September 27, 2006

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!

I now have plans for Christmas and New Year.

No family Christmas feeling bloated after too much festive fodder. No dull drizzle as some poor substitute for a white Christmas. No spending a dissappointing and ridiculously expensive new year in some bar. No having to pay an extortionate cab fare home afterward. Not me.

I shall be spending Christmas on the beach. In the sun. In Australia. Yippee!!!

It’s been over two years since I lived there for a year and I have missed it everyday. I can’t even begin to describe how I feel, but i’s almost like I’m going home. I can’t wait!

I’m flying in and out of Sydney and renting a camper van to drive up the East Coast. I’ve done it before and I can’t wait to see all of my favourite familier places.

What makes this even more fun is that I will be travelling with a friend of mine who I met the first time I was out there. I had gone on my own and met her when we were temping together at the Sydney Morning Herald. We hit it off and spent the following 10 months travelling together. It’s going to be so great to relive all of our happy memories together.

One whole month of Australian bliss, it’ll be too too pleasant!


September 26, 2006

Contact Your Friends Today

Okay, so this might not be a particularly uplifting topic for my first blog, but it’s my blog so Ill blog what I want.

A couple of months ago, a dear friend of mine died. It’s tragic to lose a friend to death in any way but its something that is almost completely impossible to comprehend unless it has happened to you.

Katrina was only 30 years old when she died. She was a hugely healthy person who enjoyed excercise, didn’t smoke, drank in moderation (most of the time!) and ate healthily, so when she collapsed after running a 10k london race in July this year, there seemed to be no explanation for it. It turned out that Katrina had a heart condition that she was unaware of and the fact that she had just run 10k had nothing to do with it, it could have happened at anytime.

Cardiac Risk in the Young is a charity set up to recognise and try and prevent other such untimely deaths and it is surprising how many people have died in this way.

I still wake up everyday and can’t believe that someone so beautiful and funny and caring and ambitious and loving could be taken away from the world so prematurely, but the worst thing has to be the awfulness that her husband (and family) is going through and probably will keep going through for a long time. They were soul mates and best friends, how can you come to terms with the fact that someone you’ve been married to for barely a year and you think you will spend the rest of your life with, is gone?

I speak to her husband and everytime I can feel the void that has been left in his life and I feel so terrible for him. It’s sad for me but I can’t imagine what he must be going through.

If you want to find out more about Cardiac Risk in the Young (C-R-Y) follow the link below. http://www.C-R-Y.org.uk

And if you want to make a donation in honour of Katrina please do:

http://www.justgiving.com/kbbeautifulprizedraw


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