Last Monday night, I left my parents’ house in quite a bit of pain – the left side of my back was in agony – shooting pains that got worse every time I attempted a deep breath. My dad insisted he follow me to the hospital, but I convinced him – finally, at the bus […]
Category Archives: Health & Fitness
The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) is in trouble. You can read all about them and the work that they do here, but what is even more important is that you help if you can. You can do so in a number of ways, but the easiest methods are to: Text ‘ACLT’ to 70300 to […]
This past weekend, The Guardian sent over a photographer to take my picture to illustrate a piece I did for them. I was given a couple of days’ notice and in stereotypical ‘Neurotic Modern Woman’ mode, dedicated the time to mapping my various bodily flaws. To be honest, ‘various’ is a bit of an exaggeration […]
Last weekend, I went to Bournemouth for the birthday of one of my best friends in the world. In a couple of years, I’ll have known her for ten years, which is when we first went to university together. It also means that we’re both fast approaching thirty. Egads.
This time last year, I was in Nigeria, coming down from the high of my high school reunion and gently simmering in the sub-Saharan heat. Today, I am in north London; the weather’s hardly blazing and the most exciting thing on my social calendar is a visit to my threader’s at the weekend. My blog, […]
I’ve been averaging around four hours sleep a night in recent weeks. I have not shacked up with a swarthy chap who likes to you know, do it. I have not discovered a hitherto hidden gift for cat burgling. I have not taken up stargazing as a hobby. I am not insane, nor am I […]
Woohoo! 110%! Burn baby, BURN! What? Sorry, I can’t hear you over the glorious rush of technicolour endorphins I’m experiencing! I’ve got a shine, and I’m feelin’ fine! I’m well and feelin’ swell! I’m ace and I’ve got a face! That last one didn’t make any sense, but you know what? It doesn’t matter. Because I […]
I just had a simple pasta dinner, and enjoyed a rousing episode of University Challenge. I shouted my answers (often wrong) at the telly, and filled the kettle for a hot water bottle. So far, so Monday night. The difference tonight lay in the exhaustion brought on by a full working day, in an actual office, […]
Can I get a round of applause, sil vous plait? Yeah, I said it. Put your hands together, if you please, for me. Why? Because I finally, finally learned to ride a bike. Well, duh.
Just after I turned 15, I woke up completely blind. It turned out to be a symptom of advanced acute malaria and my sight was restored in a couple of hours. I’ll never forget the sheer panic and terror that assailed me when I realised I couldn’t see. More than a decade later, I woke up […]
“We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” ~ Will Rogers Yesterday, the sun was shining again (we could get used to this!) and saw more than 35,000 people take to the streets for the 28th annual London Marathon. These people, from all walks […]