Sweet, sweet holidays…

I love holidays.

Let’s face it who doesn’t? A time to travel, explore, relax and indulge a bit… okay, make that quite a bit.

But I never thought I’d be saying this: a trip to the United States is good for your health.

Well at least it was for me and my husband.

Our initial hotel had a ‘continental breakfast’ provided as part of an additional, compulsory, daily ‘resort fee’.

It was a little bit unusual – each room was provided with a small cold bag that you filled from the buffet and then you could eat it by the pool, on the beach or your hotel balcony. We chose the latter because of the stunning views we had.

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

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Think about it…

Reading a newspaper the other day I came across an oft used phrase but with the wrong word in it.

In disgust, I hurled the paper to one side then emailed my husband and said “you’ll never guess what…” and told him what I’d read.

He didn’t get it.

I took a deep breath. What if it was me and I’d been wrong all along?

It does happen… occasionally.

So, of course, online I went to get to the bottom of this only to discover another language minefield.

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The lady’s not for turning – postscript

It’s taken me exactly 15 months since my initial blog on Margaret Thatcher to watch the film The Iron Lady, and ironically she died the following day.

Don’t worry, I’m not drawing too much from this coincidence, but my reaction to the film was much as I feared.

The whole experience felt like we were watching it through tinted glasses. I guess we were – the glasses of an elderly woman.

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Taxi…! TAXI…!

I have to be honest, there aren’t many things I would generally say that Britain does better than Australia – but providing a decent taxi (or cab) service is definitely one of them.

Having just returned from a second trip to the UK this year I know what I’m talking about.

Every time we called a cab it arrived promptly.

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50 Shades of… hype!

There’s been so much written about these books I’ll keep mine brief.

Sadly I got caught up in the hype on a recent trip to the UK – there hadn’t been much talk about it in Australia at that point but I was picking up a lot of talk via Facebook friends in the UK and once we arrived it seemed to be the talk of the town. Every town.

Usually I resist this sort of hype. I’m sure I was the last to read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code (which I loved by the way)!

But I went into one bookshop and there it was. I read the back cover and put the book down again and walked off into the shop.

I then noticed a couple of young women come in grab a copy and run – yes run – to the counter. Then another woman came in and bought a copy.

I walked over and impulsively grabbed two books. One for me, one for my sister-in-law. Well it was cheap in the UK!

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A superstar. Yes, that’s what you are…

I have to admit I do have a tendency to get a bit star struck. Not the celebrity kind, the astronomical ones.

From a very young age I remember staring at the night sky in total awe.

My favourite smartphone app is the Sky Map.

To me there’s nothing quite so romantic as being with the one you love and watching a meteor shower or catching sight of a ‘shooting star’, as we grew up calling them.

And watching the start of the Transit of Venus this morning I’m convinced that’s one of the reasons I am with my husband today.

A fellow journalist, he’s been writing a few stories about this event so it was no real surprise when he said we were going to pick up some solar glasses so we could look directly at the Sun and see it.

It was a no-brainer that we would go somewhere together to do this.

Viewing the transit of Venus 2012

Viewing the transit of Venus 2012

But I never expected to get the viewing we did.

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Writer’s block…

I’m not a big writer of letters to newspapers – although I have done a few times in the past and I’ve generally been impressed with the way that they have phoned me to check that I am, who I say I am.

I don’t think I’ve ever written to a magazine before and that’s mainly because I hate the nauseating drivel in the letters that are usually published.

“It’s because of your magazine my life is renewed, the sun shines every day and my children are beautiful.”

OK I exaggerate but honestly, anything to get a free frying pan or writing set if you’re the letter of the week/month etc.

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Trust me… I’m a journalist…

A funny thing happened to me on the way into the city today.

I was waiting for a taxi when two business-dressed men approached looking very keen to get to their next meeting.

“Are you waiting for a cab,” one asked.

I know I was leaning against a lamppost in a notorious area called The Valley – but it clearly said “TAXI” on it.

“I am,” I replied.

“Where are you going, into the city?”

“Yes.”

“Well share one with us.”

Now I’m not one to jump into a cab with complete strangers ordinarily, but what harm could I get into in a taxi?

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Nobody’s perfect – right?

Apart from one boyfriend in my distant past – I don’t think I’ve met anyone who truly believes they are perfect.

In fact anyone who even thinks this way is obviously so self-obsessed that it counts them out anyway.

So while I may rant on here about poor journalism, bad grammar or apostrophe abuse (three of my pet hates) I thought I would share some examples of my own foibles.

Probably my worst was my understanding of the word anxiety.

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