Saving the World

I figured out why I don’t like it

I first saw the image on a flag wielded by a Black Caps supporter on the news yesterday afternoon.


I managed to hide my initial reaction – to recoil in disgust – because my flatmate chuckled at it. But I had to say something.

“That’s not a suitable flag.” I meant to show on the news, but I also meant in general.

“It’s something you pass around between your mates, but it’s not a flag,” she replied.

I agreed, because I couldn’t put into words my discomfort.

I often feel that way. I don’t speak out because I don’t have the right words.
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Please look after this bear.

If anyone knows of a good place for bodies, I’m looking to trade-up. My one’s broken.

From six weeks of influenza to excruciating back pain and all the meibomian cysts and nasty cramps in between, I’ve come to realise my body is probably trying to tell me something. I’m guessing it’s something along the lines of “I need more love. Please look after me.”

I signed up for the six week challenge at my gym. It starts today. My aim is to improve my flexibility and stamina. There are many other goals to work towards, but let’s keep things simple.

Now that the emotional pain of it is wearing off, I’m ready to announce to the world that I have withdrawn from my teaching course. I do intend to finish it one day, maybe even next year, but for now it’s just not what I’m meant to be doing. For now I need to look after me. Not finishing my course this year does not make me a failure. Acknowledging my need for help does not make me weak. I recently discovered Boggle the owl, who is a wonderful friend to have. You should check him out. In addition, I’ve decided I should perhaps get a luggage tag like Paddington’s made.

Please look after this bear. Thank you.

Guess What It Is?

Time for a new Guess What It Is? (see here for details)



Last Week’s Guess What It Is:

Cutie Cutie Baby Otter


Finally, in other news, Saturday was the UN Day of Peace (check out Peace One Day in my “I support” list to the right), and coming up on the 2nd of October is the International Day of Non-Violence (Gandhi’s birthday). If you happen to be in or near Hiroshima, japan, do go down to the Peace Memorial. I don’t know if they do it every year, but when I was there in 2008 there was a beautiful gathering of people celebrating with music and cake. Between these two dates, young leaders of GirlGuiding all over New Zealand are organising Take Back the Night marches, rallies and gatherings. The Bay of Plenty gathering is this Friday.


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Reading and life

There is so much going on, and the last thing I should be doing is sitting amongst the piles of disorder in my room and writing this, but my mind is spinning and and I’ve been doing so much thinking lately!

The major source of my most recent thinkOD is the book Half the Sky: How to Change the World Continue reading

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World Thinking Day 2011

January and February at Pax Lodge have been busy. I’ve had emails by the hundreds and we’ve had some wonderful individual guests and groups stay with us. We’ve had some sad farewells as volunteers have gone on to new adventures, and we’ve also had a lot of fun.


Highlight? Possibly Mary-Anne’s home-made lamingtons on Australia Day. Continue reading

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Getting out

I feel good.

Getting my thoughts out of my head and onto the ‘page’ helps so much. And so does getting out of my room. Continue reading

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Putting it out there

I’ve decided it’s time for an honest blog. Not that my others aren’t honest, but of course I hold things back. I want to make it clear though, that I’m not looking for sympathy here. It’s just that depression is a part of my life – often a bigger part than I’d wish – and to know me, you need to know about it. Continue reading

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Run, run as fast as you can

A gingerbread man mysteriously appeared on my desk a while ago (just after the boss got back from camp… I love my job).

Yesterday I woke with a funny feeling in my tummy. At first I thought it was the margaritas and tequila shots from the night before, but then I realised, no, it was because of my run. Continue reading

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Catching up

Life is good here in London. The weather has been stunning, the work stimulating, there are so many opportunities and I’ve been able to catch up with some friends.

As far as opportunities go, I know there are opportunities everywhere, but here in London, you barely have to look for them – it’s so easy. Continue reading

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¿A Londres? ¡Si!

Is it possible? I think… I might be in love with a big city. Please let this honeymoon phase continue! Continue reading

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Make new friends…

Waaaa! This is where I need a :frantics: emoticon.

The 10 days since my last post has been wonderful. With a capital FUL(l).

I’ve been making notes and beginning blog posts and composing bits and pieces of prose in my head whenever I’ve had a spare moment, but mostly I fall asleep before I get a chance to do anything with them.

The basics of what I’ve been meaning to blog about are:

  • Month Without Plastic: This is going DISASTROUSLY. Plastic is everywhere.
  • “Remember Oulu… in Spain!”: This went AMAZINGLY. Any weekend that includes old friends, the beach, foreign languages, nights out when you don’t get home until 8 the next morning and lots of laughs cannot possibly be a bad thing.
  • My move to England, my new home and new job. So much to say! I’m very happy here. That’s all I have time for right now.



“Make new friends/but keep the old./One is silver/and the other gold.

A circle’s round,/it has no end;/that’s how long/I want to be your friend.

Amistád/es lo que nos une/Y lo que nos hace/progressar”

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