Everyone needs a place to let off steam – here’s mine
These days we live in a tedious ‘culture of outrage’, where social justice warriors hover over their keyboards waiting to rip someone’s character to shreds for saying the ‘wrong’ thing. Even more tragic are those people who say the ‘wrong’ thing and then hastily issue a fake apology under pressure from these easily-offended, freedom-of-speech-murdering buffoons. Well, this is a space where I’ll voice my opinion about anything and everything and at times I’m likely to be offensive, even to myself. If you’re offended, please know that I’ve enjoyed every moment of writing something that will offend you in particular. This culture of outrage has to come to an end soon, surely; it’s strangling the hell out of light-heartedness.
I’m not hot stuff at ALL! It seems that my nervous breakdown has left some lasting changes in my life – but not in the way I expected. Have you heard of those people who wake up from a coma and can fluently speak a foreign language that they couldn’t understand more than a few […]
Antarctica in winter: only the hardiest remain It was approaching winter when I voyaged to Antarctica and was lucky enough to set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula and many of its surrounding islands. Dave and I were on a research expedition ship with a Russian crew and it was late enough in the season to […]
Ah, the stresses and strains that come with being online … One thing that’s been seriously grating on my nerves recently is the way that every single website I visit seems to hit me with endless pop-up screens, begging me to sign up to their NEWSLETTER PACKED WITH FRESH IDEAS! or to GET LIFE-CHANGING TIPS […]
I’m full of bright ideas, me! “The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas” It was 5am when I woke up suddenly, sat bolt upright, prodded Dave’s cheek and whispered, “I’m going to walk round Iceland!” “Good,” he grunted. “Let me know when you’re back.” And that was it. […]
Dealing with people after mental illness People tend to avoid talking about mental breakdowns like they’re the plague. It’s all they can do to hold on to their own sanity without having to think about yours! You’re facing people for the first time since you suffered a mental breakdown. You’ve had plenty of rest and […]
The coldest, windiest, driest, highest continent Dave and I were lucky enough to join a rare hiking expedition on the Antarctic Peninsular – it was by accident, actually. I’d booked bunkbeds on a Russian research ship for our honeymoon (yeah, I know, seasickness, bunkbeds – it’s what romance is made of) and we only found […]