Brighton Pride Parade

The other week I had my first trip to Brighton and my first time attending a Pride Parade. Best of all I got to do it with my kitty lover, former neighbour, bestie Ginni! Gin and I were neighbours about seven years ago. One day she adopted a kitty and I was a kitty mum…

July Book Reads

I gave podcasts a bit of a break this month and guess what? It gives you a lot more time to read! Please send books 🙂 Eggshell Skull, Bri Lee All that Remains: A Life in Death, Sue Black A Cook’s Tour: Anthony Bourdain Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer, Michael Mansfield Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell Home…

May Book Reads

I have been trying to make more of an effort to read as I’ve been spending a lot of time in front of the laptop and it started to do my head in. This month I read the following books: Mindhunter written by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker I’ll Be Gone in The Dark by…

Travelling When Sick

Over the years there have been occasions where I have had to be more aware of my physical health when travelling internationally. These occasions have included going to Germany four days after getting all my wisdom teeth out and going to England as a visiting scholar at a university a few weeks after emergency abdominal…

Harassment When Travelling

It is shit, that especially as women we need to take extra precautions because other people are dicks. I have predominately travelled by myself and as a consequence have always had to be more aware of my surroundings. I was physically assaulted on our trip to Amsterdam and it made me reflect on times when…

Long Weekend In Amsterdam

Glen and I “organised” a trip to Amsterdam for my birthday, I say organised because our organisation amounted to basically booking flights and accommodation. I had a lot of work to get ahead of before going and so it was a number of nights with very little sleep beforehand. I wanted to be able to…

British Medical Bureaucracy & Safe Needle Practices

Oh wow, the British love their bureaucracy! I should’ve been aware of this after the visa application and then setting up the bank account, but I underestimated the British and their healthcare system. In Australia it is a simple process of making an appointment with the doctors and turning up – if you’re not on…

Working Remotely & Job Hunting

I have been incredibly lucky with my employment since I graduated. There have been lulls but I have been employed comfortably for the past six years without having a full-time job (I have been studying full time as well). I have been researching, lecturing and tutoring for a couple of universities and I have really…

Reality

This post may read as a bit depressing but it is just one small aspect of our move and I think it is good to be honest about reality – that it isn’t all amazing straight away when you move. In the first few weeks of moving I felt very isolated even though we were…

Sorry, I Need Proof Of Address

Becoming recognised in the UK is very difficult – even if you have a visa – everyone needs proof of address. This proof of address needs to be either a UK phone bill, a UK utility bill or a UK bank account. Now the catch 22 is that you cannot get any of these unless…