Thought: We can’t all ‘win’ at life.

“Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself. Ten days’ worth of rice in my bag; a bundle of twigs by the fireplace. Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment? Listening to the night rain on my roof, I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out.” ― Ryōkan I love this…

June Update

Flaming June seems apt for a month where half the nights seemed to be insufferably hot. I enjoyed some wonderfully sunny days and some great times with friends and family. Especially Pete who paid a (mostly) surprise visit from New Zealand! The summer really is a time to try and heal our dreary souls from…

Planning the adventure: Japan day 4-5

After the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Lucy and I will literally be heading out to the hills. We get to try our first shinkansen, then a bit more train based journeying and then, potentially, a bit of a hike. Our destination will be the Minshuku Koshinzuka which is a traditional Inn in an area…

May Update

Wow. What a month! Can’t say this has been the cheapest of months or the most healthy but I’ve had a damned good time overall. Onwards! 1) Get a new job or find a way of making current role more enjoyable. Emailed an a old friend about her time as a journalist. She kindly gave…

The mood of the world is boiling but there is always hope.

Hans Rosling was a brilliant human. His TED talk from a few years ago highlighted the impact that ignorance has on our lives. Didn’t bother watching? That’s fine. The TL;DR version is that you’re probably a fucking idiot and you should stop overreacting over many issues of the world. Everything is, generally, getting better. Hooray! Feel…

April Update

Four Months in and how am I doing? Apart from the fact that we’re in May and I’m writing about April…I blame my recent Birthday. Anyway! 1) Get a new job or find a way of making current role more enjoyable. Last month I admitted defeat on this one; at least for the time being….

Failure is an option. Embrace it.

Failing one of my A-Level units and being held back a year before going to University felt, at the time, like the end of the world. That’s the simple way to describe a really shitty moment in my life. You can guess what happened at the time – I got my results, they weren’t good…

Planning the adventure: Japan day 1

Nothing about the election? Nope. I have my thoughts and am enjoying reading about various political arguments but right now the thing you probably don’t need is another opinion on the snap election. So instead, lets talk about Japan! As you may well already know I’m finally heading out there with Lucy after many years…

March Update

Yes I know it’s the first of April but this is no joke. It’s my monthly update! 1) Get a new job or find a way of making current role more enjoyable. Applied for three, two in the same department and didn’t get any interviews. Feedback from the first two were laughable – I had…