atlantis the palm

Atlantis the Palm, Dubai – a review

  Atlantis the Palm is one of the most famous resorts in Dubai - or, indeed, the world. For many travellers, you need only say the name and they'll know what you're talking about: that pink hotel with the hole in the middle, built at the tip of the Palm Jumeirah, with its very own waterpark and massive indoor aquarium. As we were coming … [Read More...]

anzac day 100th

Living List Tick: Visit Gallipoli (Bonus: on the 100th Anniversary of the Anzac landings)

Dear Karen, On behalf of the Australian Government and the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, we are very pleased to inform you that your application for a double pass to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli on 25 April 2015 has been successful. You might recall my post from a year ago … [Read More...]

piazza del popolo

Living List Tick – Visit Rome: Part 2

This is the Piazza del Popolo (the "People's Square") and it was at this moment when Rome and I finally 'clicked'. I am high up on a balcony at the edge of the Villa Borghese. We'd had a fairly disappointing time until that point, but after a refreshing morning in the Villa's gardens I was starting … [Read More...]


20K by 20th June

I think it's fair to say that many writers and workers in the arts industry have been feeling pretty deflated since the Australian Government announced its budget last week, revealing huge cuts that are going to take effect. It's understandable; I get it. But one of the things I have always loved … [Read More...]


Living List Tick: Visit Rome: Part 1

I admit to feeling a slight... ambivalence... as to what laid in store for us in Rome. It's been on my Living List since studying the Judio-Claudian emperors in ancient history and watching old movies a child, all those 'sandal and toga' epics, full of fighting and chariot races. And, of course, I … [Read More...]

World Vision

Helping Efforts for the Nepal Earthquake

We were in Dubai when news of the first devastating earthquake in Nepal started to hit the television. I mentioned this over on my Facebook page, but I remember sitting there at breakfast at our five-star, sipping my coffee and nibbling on a danish pastry, watching BBC World, feeling out-of-place, … [Read More...]


Living List Tick: Visit Whitby Abbey

Then as the cloud passed I could see the ruins of the abbey coming into view; and as the edge of a narrow band of light as sharp as a sword-cut moved along, the church and the churchyard became gradually visible. Whatever my expectation was, it was not disappointed, for there, on our favourite seat, … [Read More...]

mitre square

Living List Tick – Do a Jack the Ripper Tour

When I was in Year 9 in high school, we undertook what was called a 'Visions' project. Each student chose a subject of his or her own and examined movies, songs, poems and more relating to this subject. From memory, it was our first truly independent venture as learners and as you'd expect we were … [Read More...]

lock bridge

Living List Tick – Visit Paris: Part 2

There were parts of Paris that I did a lot of research about ahead of visiting and there were others where I knew just enough to want to go, but left discovering the finer details until arriving. The Catacombes de Paris (or Catacombs of Paris) was one of these places. I wondered how the kids would … [Read More...]


Living List Tick – Visit Paris: Part 1

We emerged from our long, though blessedly uneventful, flight at Charles de Gaulle airport. I found a strong Wi-Fi connection as soon as I turned my phone back on. My data roaming was turned off, so I became a bit of a Wi-Fi hunter while in Europe - easy in some places, harder in others, but more on … [Read More...]



Photo taken on our last evening in Venice   For weeks I've wondered how I would begin this first post after returning from the trip. Would I open by apologising for the longer absence than I had intended and then list off the excuses why this was the case? Or would I launch straight into a … [Read More...]


Au Revoir!

Hello! Here we are a few days out from our trip and I feel like I need to leave a few reminders and notes before I go. My life over the past few weeks has been led by 'to do' lists and meetings (why is March so busy?) and so, along the way, when people have asked if I've been excited about the … [Read More...]

Tips on How to Market your Book

Tips on How to Market Your Book

  I had the pleasure of talking to Summer Land last week via Skype about writing and marketing your book once it has been published - a sometimes tricky topic but, as I mention in the video, Summer does it very well. Further details below. As ever, you can watch the video or just listen if … [Read More...]