April 2013

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Pat Rafter and Me at the Noosa Mantra Morning Tea

You can tell at a glance that Pat Rafter is Australia’s best looking tennis player but it takes a little research to discover that he’s Australia’s best ever tennis

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Travel Photo of the Week: Hot Air Balloon

An Unlikely Travel Hero: Clue – He’s a Large, Grey, Fictitious Animal

I fell in love with the romance of hot air ballooning as a child. Seeing the beautiful illustrations of Babar the elephant and his blushing bride Celeste going

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52 Exercises: #17 Beach Bat and Ball

52 Exercises: #17 Beach Bat and Ball for Buddhists

‘Buddhist psychotherapist’ reads the business card but my first session with the shrink was not a zen experience. In my family when we get sick we don’t

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How to Tell People the Truth About Yourself

How to Tell People the Truth About Yourself

Blogging is great. Becoming a public figure, albeit on a very small scale not so much because unintentionally me, my name and my blog have now become

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Dingley Hall

Time Travel Photos: Growing Up in Dingley Hall

One of the best things about living at Dingley Hall was seeing the look on friend’s faces when, after you drove up the long driveway and turned the corner

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52 Exercises: Noosa Outrigger Canoeing (and What Floats Your Boat?)

52 Exercises: #16 Outrigger Canoeing (and What Floats Your Boat?)

So this morning, after waking up at 4am, I decided to do something useful and crack on with the 52 Exercises quest. As tempting as it sounds outrigger

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My wrinkles

My Wrinkles

Word is spreading about my wrinkles. In fact they are becoming a matter of some national, if not yet global concern. Recently the kind people at Avon sent

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Travel Photo: Palm Beach, Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Weekly Travel Photo: Palm Beach, Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Palm Beach, Waiheke Island, New Zealand was my address for two years and a very good address it was too. We bought our first house close to Palm

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52 Exercises: #15 Freestyle Yoga (or Escape Artists Anonymous)

Running away is one of my special skills. I started practising it as a child, hoarding biscuits at the bottom of the Ali Baba laundry basket in my room and

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Why be Happy When You Could Be Interesting?

Why be Happy When You Could Be Interesting?

“You’re really interesting!” I met heaps of new people when I was in Sydney andtwo of them surprised me by saying that, probably because I’ve lived in so

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Photo Story: Patriotism at the Victoria Memorial in London

Goldsmith’s College, London University where I studied French and English sounds so grand but unfortunatelyit was situated in the arse end of London.

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52 Exercises: #14 Boxercise and the Strength of a Woman

52 Exercises: #14 Boxercise to Find Your Inner Strength

It takes strength to get up at 5am but I make the effort to get to boxercise class at the beach for 5.30am. The sky is dark, livid and bruised. I feel a bit like that

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3 Ways to Cope With Boredom

3 Ways to Cope With Boredom

My parents called me Honeybee as a child more often than they did Annabel because I was always buzzing round doing things, as busy as a bee. I may

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