A year in people #49 – Paula

I could write about how Paula loves to sing, or how she is one of the most hilarious people I’ve met in New Zealand, or how she thinks about other people before herself, or makes great cakes, or the fact she has one of the biggest fancy dress collections I’ve ever heard about, or how,Continue reading “A year in people #49 – Paula”

A year in people #48 – Dad

I think about people who have sacrificed their passion or dreams to get a ‘safe’ job because they now have a child. I get it, I get having security is important. But what about passion? I was lucky enough that all my life I knew what my Dad did for a living was his passionContinue reading “A year in people #48 – Dad”

A year in people #47 – the Down Under Crew

Sydney, 2014. I was at a winery out in the Hunter Valley somewhere, with 3 women I’d not long met. We’d done some wine tasting and decided it was time for a little picnic. Pans had already been out and bought picnic stuff. Actual adult picnic stuff. Like meat and cheese and olives and crackersContinue reading “A year in people #47 – the Down Under Crew”

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 #43 – Charley Farley

Charley was this super glamorous chick at work in the HR department. Oval face, big eyes, full lips – pretty as hell, and one of those girls who seem to glide around rather than walk. You know what I mean right? I remember she had impossibly shiny hair too, all swishy. She was so effortlesslyContinue reading “A year in people #43 – Charley Farley”

A year in people #41 – Susie Sue

“Here you go Paps.” Sue handed me a pile of envelopes. “What’s this?” I asked. “There’s one for each day. Open them when you need to.” A few days later I sat on the floor in a dusty tent in the middle of the Jordanian desert, items strewn around my feet . I was tryingContinue reading “A year in people #41 – Susie Sue”

A year in people #40 – Vic Makins

We were about 15. Vic and I were in different sets for our GCSE subjects so we decided to write messages to each other in a [pink] notebook and pass it to each other in between classes (because of course this was in the days before mobile phones). The messages were random teenage chit chat,Continue reading “A year in people #40 – Vic Makins”

A year in people #36 – Tudor

“I used to work with rubber chickens.” Not your normal interview response, but Tudor isn’t really your normal person. He didn’t get that job, but I interviewed him again for a different role some months later and this time he got it. He probably regretted it when, as one of two system administrators for theContinue reading “A year in people #36 – Tudor”

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”