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Welcome to facial rolling



Recently after a particularly amazing remedial massage, I noticed that I was entirely relaxed and stress-relieved – but only from the neck down. My jaw and forehead were actually holding enough tension to make my face hurt, made all the more apparent by how relaxed the rest of me was. So after a longtime casual […]

May 21, 2022

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Life with dog



As a new dog parent of a gorgeous, West Highland White Terrier puppy (Fergus), I’ve been reading up on everything from behaviour training goals to terrier needs to doggy mental wellbeing. If you’ve ever had a difficult day and your best doggo friend came over and sat by you, it wasn’t just a coincidence. Dogs […]

March 15, 2022

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Movie Review: Dune



One of my current excitements is that with audiences flocking back to the cinema, it’s an early peak season with a smorgasbord of major film releases. From the latest 007 to Jane Campion’s critically acclaimed new Western ‘Power of the Dog‘, it was a tough pick for my first film after two years. I was […]

December 8, 2021

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Docuseries review: A life in ten pictures



The ABC / BBC series ‘A life in ten pictures’ is a riveting documentary series that examines a famous person’s life through the lens of ten iconic photographs. From Elizabeth Taylor grabbing a quick nap on the couch next to James Dean during the filming of ‘Giant’, to Freddie Mercury’s exuberant baby face in Zanzibar […]

August 18, 2021

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Maneater



At the tender age of ten years old, I can still recall the hot shame on my face at hearing the Hall & Oates hit song ‘Maneater‘. ‘Ohhhh here she comes, watch out boys she’ll chew you up’… ‘Maneater’ was a song about the evils of a powerful woman who will ‘eat you up’. A […]

July 16, 2021

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Guilty Pleasure: the case for cardamom



Lately I just can’t seem to get enough of cardamom. On any given day you’ll catch me sprinkling it’s powder on breakfast porridge, popping a couple of pods into a pot of rice, adding it’s fragrant crushed seeds to chai, or even dropping a heavy pinch with some cayenne pepper into a hot chocolate. Although […]

May 18, 2021

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