7 Days of Positive – Day 145: Clogs

  I’ve been trying to buy a pair of these shoes for at least four years. I love the spirit of them. They’re cool and there’s something upbeat about them. They remind me of the best things about the mid-70s when my mum sent off to Sweden for clogs for all of ...

7 Days of Positive – Day 144: Gorgeous George

Mr Clooney. That’s almost enough to say really, but listen to this clip of him talking on UK radio show Woman’s Hour and marvel at his wisdom on the subject of ageing, which boils down to this: Get older, or die. In case you can’t listen to this in territories outside the ...

7 Days of Positive – Day 143: Stranger danger

I was in the Waitrose five minutes from my mum’s place and when I reached up to pick up a block of wrapped cheese, another one further along fell off the shelf and hit a woman next to me on the upper arm. I immediately apologised profusely and when the woman ...

7 Days of Positive – Day 142: The Bearded Tit

It makes me so happy that there is a bar in Sydney called 'The Bearded Tit' (knowledge for which I owe my pal Saska Greville).  I didn't get to go there on my last visit, dammit, but I'm just happy to know it exists, because I am so fascinated by hipsters. ...

7 Days of Positive – Day 141: Let’s get lost

We are a one-car family. This is mostly for eco reasons - ecology and economics - but also because we can't be bothered with all the kerfuffle of owning a second vehicle, especially as the street we live in is hard to park in with one car. There is a ...

7 Days of Positive – Day 140: Keep it new

  I'm so happy to be back in Sydney. I feel like I've fallen in love with it all over again - despite the fact that it's rained every day since I've been here. It doesn't matter. This is particularly precious as the last couple of times I was here - three ...

7 Days of Positive – Day 138: The first nine pages

    Would you like to hear the first nine pages of my new book? I’ve recorded them for your listening pleasure (certainly not for mine, it’s so horrendous hearing your own nasal tones played back… do I really sound like that?). There’s a bit of page rustling and moments when my daughter’s phone ...