New Zealand vs the UK

I love New Zealand. I also love the UK. Some people think you can't do this, that it has to be one or the other; that living in New Zealand means dissing the UK, and this really bugs me. You can't really compare the two. Bloody comparison is the thief of joy. Yes, there are... Continue Reading →

A year in people #75 – Nate

Every day Nate laughs and shakes his head at me. Mainly because every day I generally ask him the same things (how was your evening) and say the same stuff (isn't today a GREAT day?) in a very enthusiastic manner. I’m sure he finds me mildly annoying. Every new starter is given a tongue-in-cheek-but-is-it-really Nate... Continue Reading →

A year in people #74 – Emma

“Tara! I need your help.” My friend Emma shouted from downstairs. “I think you need to call an ambulance.” She was staying with me after an operation in which a metal coil was put down the main (femoral) artery in her leg.  “I think something’s bleeding inside, it’s happened really quickly.” She lifted the covers... Continue Reading →

I run.

I run. I just keep going. One foot, in front of the other. No end in sight, no time to think, nowhere to be. What goes through my mind? I couldn’t tell you. My whole life, and nothing at all. It’s blank, but so full it might burst. Like a conveyor belt, one thing after... Continue Reading →

A year in people #73 – Rick

Rick was one quarter (the boyfriend - now husband - of Kim) of the forced-couple-socialising by my ex-husband. As way of introduction, I was told Rick was a DJ, funny and a nice guy. Rick and I share an appreciation of beer and late night deep chat. One Saturday night in September 2008 we'd all had... Continue Reading →

A year in people #71 – Sue Scott

Sue started her role as Human Resources Director at Lincolnshire Police in 2005 with a massive bang. The Personnel Department she inherited was tired, outdated and not really fit for purpose, and so Sue invoked a total transformation - implementing the Ulrich model to turn Personnel into Human Resources (for non-HR peeps, the Ulrich model is... Continue Reading →

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