Too many choices

I just put my washing machine on and was thinking about how I only ever use one setting. Even if my life depended on it I don’t think I could be bothered finding out what the difference between all the settings is. It made me think about how we have so many pointless choices to…

…and then I fell out of the plane.

The log book I found in the drawer under my bed says ‘fell off airplane.’ And that’s what happened. It was the worst three seconds of my life. Even now, 21 years later, my heart races when I think about it. We were flying at 2,000ft when I shuffled into the open doorway. It was…

Facebook confusion

I set up my facebook Writer’s page, thinking it would be much the same as my personal profile. But when I posted a blog article, a message popped up. Did I want to boost this post for £3? I had no idea what would happen, but £3 didn’t seem like much – a couple of…

Insomnia

The worst thing about insomnia is the boredom. I wake at 2.30am, and I’m feeling kind of cosy and snuggly in my bed. I go for a pee (should have done those pelvic floor exercises like my midwife said) but when I get back to bed I’m still only half awake, and there’s a chance…

A Catful of Character

One of the biggest personalities I’ve ever met was my husband’s cat Chichi. When I first started staying over at Alister’s house, Chichi would stretch out in the hall and hiss and lash out at me when I walked past. What a horrible cat, I thought, but kept it to myself, having seen how devoted…

It’s good to share…?

Everyone’s life looks great on social media, and I’m sure mine is no exception. I post about things that make me happy, or things that make me laugh. I post about the many things that irritate and infuriate me. But I never post about the things that make me feel truly awful. On days when…

Hitchhiking

I trudged along the desolate mountain road, sweating in the heat. There was dense forest on either side of me and a series of sharp bends ahead. I was roughly two miles from the Swiss village I was aiming for. My rucksack was heavy and painful; two days earlier I’d lain out all day reading…

Too Much Information

Social media allows you to get to know amazing people you might otherwise not have time to have a face to face conversation with. Before facebook, work colleagues would pass in the office corridor. They would smile and nod a hello to one another. They might exchange a brief conversation about the potholes in the…

Terrifying Twitter

When I set up my Twitter account a few years ago, I only took the occasional nervous look around. I didn’t really like what I found. It was like walking into a gigantic room – no, not a room, an aircraft hangar – full of strangers, half of whom were talking in a language I…

Intolerant of Intolerance

I keep wondering why so many Muslim men are joining ISIS, Boko Haram etc. And I keep being drawn back to a book I read years ago: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She turned her back on Islam because she believes the view of half the world’s population as inferior does not make for a…