April 16

The Understanding of Self

Sometimes I have an urge to write and normally this happens when I have a series of stressful events that knock me off balance for a temporary period and then I have a moment of clarity.  The last couple of weeks have been horrendous, this might have to do with Venus being in retrograde (I’ve […]

April 14


PARATY, BRAZIL 2016.  A small colonial town like this was what I needed after a week in Rio.   I love Rio but carnival fever had already started and the city was getting to me.  I took this over the bridge on the way back to my pousada.  Camera was taken, RIP Canon.  I loved […]

February 23

SHORT STORY: Mrs Mason gets rat-arsed

Her ankle buckled as she lost her balance in her gold stilettos. She was drunk. “More Babycham, Mrs Mason?” offered Mum. Mrs Mason was my private English and Maths tutor that visited our house every Saturday to improve my school grades. She was middle aged and petite with short mousy hair and was never without […]

January 26

Primary Skills in Counselling Relationships

My first essay back.  Not bad considering I whipped it up overnight.    

December 30

Who are you bringing into 2017?

I started doing a dating blog, listing each sorry-arse bloke of 2016, where I met them and all the funny or bizarre incidents that ensued in our time together but it made me feel quite melancholy so in the end, I decided not to go there. Though hilariously funny, there was something gloomy about it.  As I […]

October 10

EVENT: World Mental Health Day

You could say mental health is something I know a little something about.  According to the statistics presented by the Mental Health Foundation, one in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem. The ignorance phlegm still lurks on the chest of many mental health issues and sufferers […]

March 21

Stand up to Racism and Fascism March

LONDON: Here are a few photographs from the anti-racism march:

December 31

Should old acquaintance be forgot….

At the end of every year, everyone makes an audit of the year and makes plans for the next. That’s what people do and it’s a great thing – I’m certainly not knocking it. There’s the hope or sense that things will be on the up after a trying year. But there comes a time […]

November 12

Pureism Supper Club

“We are Pureism. Inspired by the simplicity and purity of 精進料理 (shōjin ryōri – Buddist temple cuisine) we are three cooks who are passionate about celebrating seasonal produce using the principles of Zen Buddhism principles. We have all received training at Itadakizen (a vegan Japanese restaurant in London) and are eager to focus on temple […]

October 25

Speak Street Language Cafe

Very often we want to be able to practise speaking a language with someone but we don’t often get past a Rosetta Stone course.  Worse, we may get a comprehensive phrase book but can barely manage asking for the bill at a restaurant on holiday.  I tend to ask for the bill in sign language. […]