A year in people #80 – Tess

When I first saw Tess I saw this edgy, trendy, cool chick. You know the kind, the ones that you can feel a bit intimidated by. She had a cool social media presence, worked in some trendy job in Brighton and had the best notebook for this running writing workshop we were at. And woreContinue reading “A year in people #80 – Tess”

A year in people #77 – Marsha

As I saw her come through the airport arrival gates, my eyes filled with tears and my throat burned; it took all I had to not burst into a massive pile of sobs and snot. A massive wave of relief and emotion rushed over me. The last time we’d seen each other was when I’dContinue reading “A year in people #77 – Marsha”

A year in people – I’m taking requests!

Hey hey there – I’ve decided September’s year in people posts will be chosen by you! I’m taking requests/nominations NOW for people to write about next month. Want me to write about you? Or someone you know that I know too? Or maybe there’s someone/a story about a person you’ve heard me talk about. OrContinue reading “A year in people – I’m taking requests!”

A year in people #60 – Matthew

Christmas Day afternoon, circa 1989 ish. The family were playing Monopoly and I’m pretty sure my brother was cheating. I remember something around him hiding money and property cards behind something on the table and just generally being a bit of an annoying dick. I was tired; lethal for a child. I was getting moreContinue reading “A year in people #60 – Matthew”

A year in people #46 – the secret guy at work

You look hot today. I glanced down at my phone, a smile on my face as I read the message. I was working on a project in a different department, and somehow I’d ended up catching the eye of someone who wasn’t part of the team as such, but was in one of the officesContinue reading “A year in people #46 – the secret guy at work”

A year in people #42 – Bryony

How many times have you been the new person that turns up to something? A new job, a party, a meeting, a fitness group etc. Where you don’t know anyone? It can be terrifying, right? Intimidating? Even for the most confident people. The first time I went along to the HIIT Squad when I firstContinue reading “A year in people #42 – Bryony”

A year in people #34 – the handsome plumber

“I’m waiting on the handsome plumber story…” Once upon a time, I was VERY hungover. Like, last night’s makeup smeared across my face and still in the same clothes hungover, with a massive spot and hair like dreadlocks because it was too much effort to brush it. I’m laid on my sofa, questioning my poorContinue reading “A year in people #34 – the handsome plumber”

A year in people #32 – Will the recruitment consultant

“Well. This isn’t how I expected my night to end.” I thought to myself, as I sat in just my knickers on one end of my sofa, with a guy called Will sat at the other. I’d been at an afternoon festival with friends and stopped in at Burger Star; it was about 8.30pm-ish and allContinue reading “A year in people #32 – Will the recruitment consultant”

A year in people #24 – BMF Nige

I think about Nige every time I switch a kettle on. But more on why that is later. My first birthday in Chelts was only a few months after I moved there, and when I first got there I craved time alone and put off getting out and meeting people, so by the time itContinue reading “A year in people #24 – BMF Nige”