A year in moments #22 – the supermarket

I stood staring at shelves full of tins, boxes and packets, squinting my eyes, as if to try and focus. But they were fully focused, that wasn't the problem. You know when you go abroad to a foreign supermarket, and it's fun and exciting, and you laugh at all the different names for things? It's … Continue reading A year in moments #22 – the supermarket

A year in moments #21 – Hellraiser

Do you ever have those moments where someone reminds you of something and you have no recollection? Today was one of those times. On a video call this morning, my friend Rachel reminded me of a story from when we were teenagers. Back when we were about 15, apparently I wanted to watch the film … Continue reading A year in moments #21 – Hellraiser

A year in moments #20 – a random video call

25th April 2020, 13:15 and a Facebook Messenger notification popped up in my browser while I was going some admin on my laptop. 'Morning! You OK?' It was not morning in New Zealand, so it had to be someone in the UK. I smiled. Anyone from there messaging me in the afternoon on a Saturday … Continue reading A year in moments #20 – a random video call

A year in moments #19 – Ride him like Seabiscuit

It was a Saturday morning in February 2017, and for some reason that I can't remember, we were doing a fancy dress BMF (British Military Fitness) session. It was cold but bright, and quite muddy. I'd been out the night before, and was still feeling a little tipsy as I walked through town in my … Continue reading A year in moments #19 – Ride him like Seabiscuit

A year in moments #18 – the beach

Giant wisps of sand blew across the beach towards the sea, disappearing into the waves. The wind swirled in gusts, like it was dancing to a tune they couldn't hear. She ran towards the edge of the sea, laughing, and he ran after her. She stopped suddenly. 'Isn't it beautiful?' She said, the wind blowing … Continue reading A year in moments #18 – the beach

A year in moments #17 – The Peak and the Ultrarunners

I sat on a bench at the top of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong in the dark. I was in shorts and a singlet, because it was still hot and humid as fuck, even at night. I was waiting for two people I'd never met before. I was in Hong Kong for a week, and … Continue reading A year in moments #17 – The Peak and the Ultrarunners

A year in moments #15 – the ‘what have I got myself into, am-I-going-to-die?’ moment

I was told I was to accompany Sandeepan’s husband later that day to some accommodation outside of Shimla. It seemed like an instruction rather than a request. I was in Northern India and had connected with a family who ran an NGO which helped with the education and empowerment of women and remote villages. They … Continue reading A year in moments #15 – the ‘what have I got myself into, am-I-going-to-die?’ moment

A year in moments #14 – Bleedin’ hell

The winter sun was shining on my face, feeling warm against the chill of the air, as I ran slowly up the hill. I was feeling a bit grotty, a bit sluggish, and it was good to get outside. I stopped to take a picture halfway up the hill, the view across the snow-capped mountains … Continue reading A year in moments #14 – Bleedin’ hell