14

Feb,

09

Love Is In The Air

untitledSo it’s Valentine’s Day again. That time of year when half the nation takes leave of their senses and feels compelled to send bouquets, chocolates and human-sized teddy bears to work colleagues, classmates and random strangers. There are countless suggestions for the origins of this odd annual outburst of pent-up romantic feeling: pagan fertility rites, medieval courting rituals and celebration days for martyred saints, to name just a few. My own personal favourite tells of a physician named Valentine who concocted his own medicines from honey, wine, herbs and spices – an early home economist, perhaps. Continue reading

05

Feb,

09

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

One of the perks of my job, and there are many, is how well travelled I have become in the past couple of years. I know I complain about being in a perpetual state of motion, as most days it seems as if I am seat-belted and twitchy in one form of transport or another. But the upshot of this is that I have been privileged to see countless large and colourful chunks of the world – my passport, I would wager, has seen just as much action as the Tardis, so I shouldn’t moan too much. Continue reading

04

Feb,

09

Video Killed The Radio Star…

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It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was talking about my photo-shoot for the cover of dinner., and how peculiar the whole affair was. There is nothing quite like somebody telling you to act natural while they point a camera in your direction. Frankly, the whole process is distinctly unnatural. At first it’s perturbing, but when you ease into it and ignore the flashes and shutter clicks, it’s actually quite fun. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BukJPKpA1VM]

So much fun that I got a taste for being on the other side of the lens. Call me an attention grabber if you will, but if you take a wander across to YouTube you can find a new clutch of videos featuring yours truly. Continue reading