A walking juxtaposition

“My glasses are dirty, hang on,” Lis says as she takes them off, “I was going to clean them while I was upstairs having a nervous wee but I forgot.”  She cleans them with her t-shirt, making small talk about how the glasses she’s wearing are at least 3 prescriptions old, before putting them back … Continue reading A walking juxtaposition

A year in people #98 – Andy

Andy and I clicked the first time we met. Well, we must have done, as we met on a Saturday and didn't stop talking for days, in a field somewhere in Surrey in October 2015. He was so interested in me, my life and my thoughts. When someone is so genuinely, actually interested in the … Continue reading A year in people #98 – Andy

A year in people #87 – a dick

Years ago Meet guy at work Both attracted to each other from the get go Hang out a lot Great chat Lots of messages Become friends Go out, spend the night together He stops messaging Stops chatting at work I raise it. Is there an issue? No, I've just been busy Right mate. It was … Continue reading A year in people #87 – a dick

A year in people #82 – Nic

I think Nic was the first person I met in New Zealand when I moved here who I didn't already know, or who wasn't connected to my ex-boyfriend. It was like a Tinder date for mates. We met online, through the UK group Adventure Queens, and arranged to meet for a cuppa. I'd only been … Continue reading A year in people #82 – Nic

A year in people #81 – Michelle

"Hi Michelle, sorry for the late notice but I'm going to have to cancel tonight. I split up with M yesterday and I'm not in the best state to meet I'm afraid! It's all still a bit new and I have quite a lot to sort out. Hoping to stay in Christchurch though so hopefully … Continue reading A year in people #81 – Michelle

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'd … Continue reading A year in people #77 – Marsha

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 #73 – Rick

A year in people #65 – Siany

Sian is a little Welsh rocket. A lean mean fitness machine who just keeps going and going and going until she literally drops (or gets meningitis). She's also the kind of person you just want to pick up and put in your pocket and keep safe from the world. See, she's tough and feisty and … Continue reading A year in people #65 – Siany

A year in people #56 – Lily

Back in 2009, I had a message telling me I should go to see Lily in Lincoln hospital asap, like, that day, as there was a chance she might not make it. She was very poorly. This week I sent a Happy Birthday message to my friend and old boss. We're still in touch, 10 … Continue reading A year in people #56 – Lily