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Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I love travel, but not so much on planes these days - I prefer to cruise and take my hotel with me to each new port. I love reading travel stories and, of course, love writing my own too. Enjoy.

January 3, 2013
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There is a 'bermb' in the building!

When I was working as a young receptionist for an international oil company, I answered the switchboard to a man calling for my flatmate (who worked for the same company). I transferred it through to her without giving it a second thought.

A minute or so later I answered another call and spoke t



Paris Hates Me

I apologise, in advance, to all the Francophiles out there but put quite simply, I hate Paris – or rather, Paris hates me. In my defence there are specific reasons for this antagonism that date back to a time when I was half my age and the world was a little younger too.



“Our lives can't be measured by our final years, of this I am sure.”

The following is a true story; I just couldn’t make this stuff up:

I have always been a sucker for the elderly, and I always give a wave and a smile to the people who live in a local hostel that accommodates seniors who are financially disadvantaged.



Chops or Sausages

When I was a young child my mother placed, upon my small shoulders, the following onerous decision: chops or sausages?

I don’t really know why she expected so much of me at such a tender age; how could I be expected to weigh up the economic, ethical and ecological issues attached to eating lamb versus… well, whatever it is in sausages.



Happy Hogmanay

After spending Christmas with friends in Hull, Yorkshire, my fiancé and I hired a car and headed north to Scotland for New Year’s Eve, 1986. What could be more romantic than enjoying Hogmanay with highland malt and haggis???

After one night in Edinburgh we had to leave because everything was clo



Right Royal Fools

I thought this was a very good April Fool's day prank that was played upon the passengers aboard Cunard's Queen Elizabeth, whilst I was on board in 2012.

This is the notice that appeared in the daily bulletin on 1st April:




Shaking my chakra

Despite being born under the sign of Aquarius I’m not a new-age kind of girl. I don’t meditate, I am not vegetarian and incense makes me sneeze. So I have started doing a class called ‘yogalates’ in my local park; a cross between yoga and pilates which I saw as a chance for some stretching as I spend so much of my life hunched over the computer.




Hong Kong looks so glamorous in the brochures. They promise you exotic delights, inexpensive shopping and a superb nightlife combined with the history and the mystery of the east.

Nobody mentions the sweat!

I guess it’s difficult to capture sweat in photographs, and who wants to travel eight