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  • In 2009 I made a massive decision to up and leave my hometown, and all my family and friends in the UK to go to the other side of the World and live in Australia. I knew a handful of people. I had no job. And I was staying on my friend’s couch. This is my blog.
  • theonlypocket

    A Brit in Australia. I love books, animals, living on the Beaches, fitness & writing. Am a Marketing Manager & love to work with animals in my spare time

Thompson Road

Thompson Road, by Scott Wyatt – a review

I do love a good coming-of-age novel and Thompson Road is definitely that. But it’s more – it’s a love story at heart, and also a comment on the prejudices and misconceptions of society, and a reminder of how far we’ve come in our understanding of learning disabilities. The novel is set just prior to … Continue reading

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The Importance of Front Page News

Corruption, greed, war, climate crisis, prejudice – they’re all front page news issues. They all lead to the suffering of every day people just like you and me. And there’s never enough being done about it by the people in whose hands we place these matters, on our behalf – political leaders of the globe. … Continue reading

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I Don’t Want to Be a Material Girl

These last few months we have been in the aftermath of buying our place and having our wedding. These both were hugely happy events in our lives. But they were also impactful in other ways. During this time there have been so moments when I’ve sat and felt miserable.

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How To Ruin Your Life (Without Even Noticing That You Are)

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:
Erin Kelly Understand that life is not a straight line. Life is not a set timeline of milestones. It is okay if you don’t finish school, get married, find a job that supports you, have a family, make money, and live comfortably all by this age, or that age. It’s…

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A day in the life of Beau the cat

5.15am So, this day did not begin well. My minions have not yet arisen from the giant sleeping area. Disgusted. How is a feline supposed to exist under such circumstances? The round pellets of flavour are supposed to be served by this hour. I could hear the short-haired minion’s waking call repeatedly going off. How … Continue reading

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Review: Chigozie Obioma’s ‘The Fishermen’

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book as I picked it for my book club choice as a 2nd or 3rd option when my first two were not available. Also, of course, this is the debut novel from Obioma. However I’ve not been disappointed. *Contains some spoilers* The surprising thing about the plot … Continue reading

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Dear mum, your teenage daughter is sorry

Dear mum… This is a public apology. We’ve often joked about how moody I was in Disneyland at 15. We’ve looked back and laughed at the big rows we had about my piano practice (or lack thereof) when I was a teenager and all I wanted to do was go to see my friends – … Continue reading

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Autumn Leaves

Embracing the winter chill!

The weather has definitely turned a lot colder in the last few days and as pro-Stark it has been a joy to say Winter is Coming (and now, Winter is Here) with or without the hashtag. I wrote the below as a writing exercise for myself. It’s a mish-mash of reality and one or two … Continue reading

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6 months. 6 things that happened!

Well, I haven’t been around much these past 12 months have I? And even less so in the last six where I have managed one blog… and that’ll be six months ago in a couple of weeks! So, here’s what I’ve been up to and why I’ve been a bit preoccupied. I’m summarising in six  – one … Continue reading

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This is why I live in Sydney. This is why I love Sydney.

Yesterday started off as an absolutely beautiful day. We have just moved into our new home and after a weekend of chaos that can only come with moving home, I was almost joyful to be getting out of the “move-zone” and heading off to work at my office in hub of Sydney’s CBD. As I … Continue reading

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