Paralympics London 2012 Day One.

I’m home from my first ever attendance at the Paralympics. It was day one of the Games and we were the Paralympic Park in Stratford. It is massive. A lot of walking involved, and it started before I got anywhere near any sport. We had arranged to meet at the café in M&S. I won’t go into details, but if you’re planning a similar rendez vous and arrive on the Javelin train, prepare yourself for a ten minute walk.
Outside a good coffee and then some lunch, we headed into the park. More walking. And more. A cuddle with a black Labrador, more of which tomorrow. Then some rain, and it was time to get to the Aquatics Centre, which is everything you’d expect, but with more steps. A lot more in our case as we were in the cheaper seats at the top. Continue reading

One Hundred (and One) Women

For International Women’s Day I want to acknowledge one hundred women who have had positive impacts on my life.

Some are writers. Some are artists. Some inspiring historical figures whose achievements and determination leave me awed. Some were my teachers. Some are my friends. Some are related to me by blood.

There could be more. But one hundred seems a good round number to me.

To all of them, I would like to say thank-you.

So, in no particular order, here they are: Continue reading