Finding the Words to Say Goodbye

Finding the Words to Say Goodbye

My dad always loved flowers. On October 20th this year he turned 79 years old, and I spent that morning trying to decide what was suitable to give him. I hadn’t had time to buy him any presents, but an assortment of birthday cards which had landed through the postbox went into my bag. The […]

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Waiting For Grief

I’m sleeping on a sofa bed. This has been my life for two months now: since June, apart from brief escapes to Scotland, Italy, and the east of London. I’ve relocated to the front room of my dad’s house. I’ve unfolded a dust-covered mattress from the confines of green sofa cushions, pulled it out, covered […]

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Doune the Rabbit Hole: The Best Music Festival You’ve Never Heard Of

  We’re going ‘Doune The Rabbit Hole’… Up in the Scottish Highlands, close to the city of Stirling and down the road from the Lake of Mentieth, is a place called the Cardross Estate. And every summer, it plays host to a music festival called Doune the Rabbit Hole. My music festival history (so far) […]

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The Ten Most Adventurous Travel Challenges I’ve Ever Faced (And One I Haven't...Yet)

The Ten Most Adventurous Travel Challenges I’ve Ever Faced (And One I Haven’t…Yet)

A little announcement: I’m speaking at a festival! This coming weekend I’ll be heading to the heart of Oxfordshire, England, where hundreds of people will be wandering around Wilderness Festival. And at some point, some of them are hopefully going to gather round a campfire to listen to me talk about travelling. For a full […]

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Paronella Park – an Abandoned Spanish Castle in the Australian Rainforest

Paronella Park – an Abandoned Spanish Castle in the Australian Rainforest

I want to tell you a story. It’s probably the closest thing to a real-life fairytale I’ve ever encountered, and it takes place in the middle of the rainforest in Far North Queensland, Australia. Our starting point is an unexpected location, though. We pull into a tarmac car park beside the highway where white cars shimmer in […]

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Behind the Blog – The Community You've Never Met

Behind the Blog: The Community You’ve Never Met

I need to tell you something. Two weeks ago, while walking through my local East London park on the way to see my therapist, I opened up Instagram Stories and I started to talk. I told an unknown number of potential viewers a truth: a collection of facts which I’ve been keeping quiet for months now. My dad […]

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