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This is my story, about my life. It'll take time to build, but I hope my story will be up-to-date soon, and I'll add stuff as it happens. It's worts & all - I've tried to be as bold as possible. Please check out my web site.



Fri, 06 Jun 2008 14:28:43 +0000

I can't remember all my cousins names. We are a big family, with a bigger extended family.

I have about 10 cousins, but only ever really had frequent (frequent being 2-3 times a year at most) visits from Beverly. She' only about 8-10 years younger than my mum and because mum was so close to her age, they spent a lot of time together growing up.

Bev was pretty cool. Has had a pretty colourful life as well. She has 4 kids (my 2nd cousins), the youngest two spending time in child detention and jail. We used to see her a lot in the 70's and early 80's.

It's normally a death in the family these days that brings the extended family together.

I haven't seen any of my cousins since the mid 90's when one of my uncles died.


Best Friend?

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 14:17:27 +0000

Well, considering I've never had many, it's pretty easy to name them.


Mum -


A constant really. I mean, she's been there from the start. But I suppose we really didn't become "friends" until my late teens. I was a pretty Emo teen. I would spend my days in my bedroom listening to music. We were pretty close when I was smaller too, but I did the teenage thing. I wasn'treally rebellious as such, I just withdrew. I liked my own company as a teenager and I was a moody cow for a few years and a bit music obsessed, so relations were strained during those years - but it only lasted like 2-3 years. We're really close now and have been since I was around 16-17. She drove me up the blooming wall the last time I was in Oz though - only because she just has no "off" switchwhen it comes to sitting down and relaxing. She's been like that for as long as I can remember.


Sandy -


She was a BIG buddy during my teen years. Probably my only constant (besides mum). She was just the best dog ever. Talk aout human attributes. She loved hugs. We'd play outside together a lot. I had tried to run away with her a few times (hangs head in shame). She was just so lovely and warm. She was ALWAYS happy to see you and if you were upset it's like she knew, and she would lick the tears away from your face. She was really special and I still think of her at times and know I'll never own another dog like her.


Steven -


A real "mates mate". He was there for me during the 90's. We were just the best buds. I'm not sure I want to go into it all at this time, but we were really close then. We lost touch for a long time and have re-established contact, but don't exchange much banter these days. Too much water under the bridge now I think. I might go inot it in further depth sometime down the line.

Em -

For the last 10+ years, she's been my "rock". Just the bestest of friends. MORE than a friend, an absolute soulmate. I'm sure there will be a personal dedication I can write somewhere else, but for now suffice it to say she has been for the last 10 years, and will be, until my dying day, the most important person in my life.

Kelly -

It's early days in our friendship. We've only been exchanging emails a few weeks (as of early June, 2008), but there's a real kinship there that I feel will last for a very long time. We're kindred spirits that took a long while to get in contact.


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9/11, 2001.

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:41:27 +0000

I was at home at the time. I was watching the TV, as I had been doing housework in the morning, and had just finished my chores for the day. I can't remember now if the news came on interupting normal programming, or whether I had just turned on the 24 hours news channel anyway, but I remember seeing the live footage of the second plane hitting the tower.

Em was at work at the time and I remember ringing her after seeing the second plane hit the tower telling her what had happened. I don't think she really took it in what I was saying until she saw the images herself. I can't remember now if her first visuals of what happened were when she got home from work, or whether the word got round the school and people saw it on TV there.

I don't really remember much else of that day, just being glued to the TV watching what was going on in New York. Unforgettable.

Seeing one tower collapse, then the other...what else can you say?

London bombed, 2005.

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:31:34 +0000

I was in Australia at the time, visiting my family. The Ashes series was being played in the England and my mum and I were watching the cricket match when reports started to come in. I must admit, I thought it was odd that something of the nature that was initially being reported (IE: that the underground had come to a halt due to a major technical failure) was strange to be making news so many thousands of miles away - normally breakdowns on the tube would only ever be reported in London itself (not even the rest of the UK). But as updated news came in, it was becoming pretty obvious that more than just "a breakdown" had happened. Then when they showed what happened to the bus on Russel Square I rang Em, just to make sure she hadn't gone to London for the day. She was home, thankfully.

Most of the networks in Oz had continual coverage until the early hours of the morning and overnight. I was awake until about 2am just watching in astonishment as the severity of what had happened slowly unravelled in the screen. Seeing hordes of people coming out of tube stations with soot and smoke and blood on them, in bandages - it was just unbelievable. I just couldn't imagine what it was like to have been in London that day.

It was really strange for me personally. I was here in the UK when 9/11happened and seeing the live images of that at the time was mind-numbing, but with 7/7, even though I was further away from the event, because it was "closer to home" it hit me even harder than my reaction to what had happened on 9/11. And also, as more information came to light, Luton (my home town) was implicated, which made it even scarier. The bombers got on the train at Luton station to go into London and one of the bombers lived in Luton.

It was just madness.

Saddam Hussein caught, 2003.

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 22:02:15 +0000

He seemed to evade capture for a while. Nowhere in the realms of Osama of course, but it's not like they got him straight away. It was shocking to see how dishevilled he was. But after being in a hole iin the ground for 4 months or however long it was, it wasn't surprising really. Amazing that Saddam also was found WAY before those supposed WMD's he *had* in his possession.

Face transplant, 2005.

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 21:55:31 +0000

It was like a piece of weird science. I remember seeing computer imagery on the news of what the surgery would involve. It was just amazing, really. It was like the future had arrived..."Face/Off" no longer seemed like just a movie.

Most Important Quality in Marriage?

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 21:50:28 +0000


I just cannot imagine being in a relationship in which there is no trust. I feel very lucky to be in a relationship in which I don't even have to question whether I can trust my partner. I just know...don't ask me how, it's too complex, but suffice it to say that it is just NOT an issue in my relationship, and I am SO grateful.

Nieces and Nephews

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 15:08:46 +0000

My nieces and nephews are very important to me. I was the youngest of my siblings, with fairly large age gaps between us, so when my first niece came along in 1981, I was ecstatic! She was more like a little sister than a niece and by the time she was a toddler, we were really close. I have 11 nieces and nephews in all and I love them all. The name of the parent to the child will be in brackets after their name. Lisa (Quince) - eldest niece - DOB: 2/7/1981 She just turned my world upside down! I was 11 and SO ready to have a younger child around to molly-coddle! I used to spend lots of time at Kym & Quince's first flat in Drummond Street near Warwick Farm. Lisa was great fun. She was a very inquisitive baby and loved playing. The thing she really hated was bath-time. That was a bit of a trauma! Even when Paul came along later on, we were still close. Probably right up until the move to Leumeah. We weren't as close by then, but I still would spend time at their house. I think it was just me getting older and not seeing them as much as in earlier years. We hadn't really been in contact at all the last few years, but recently we re-established contact and it's been really good. Shane (David) - eldest nephew - DOB: 25/1/1985 We had a bit of a tempestuous relationship. He was a fairly wild child. He always seemed to be in a bad mood (his father's son, I suppose). He was a BIG boy (not as in fat, but just tall, and filled-out, he always looked older than he was 'cos he was so tall and well-developed). And he was incredibly cheeky. He was always speaking his mind, which I always thought was a bit risky for a child and we had falling outs because I would find him very insulting at times. From the time he was about 5-6, until he was in his mid-teens I wasn't really a big fan (bad to say that about your own nephew, but that's how it was). Then he began to change. He started to mature and the last time I saw him he was lovely. He's a very gentle and lovely man - much like his dad. I don't see him much these days, and I regret that. Daisy (Roy) - DOB: 11/6/1985 I regrettably don't know Daisy as well as I'd like. I got to spend some time with her when I was there in 2005 and she is a lovely girl. I spent time with her when she was smaller. Until Roy and Carole moved to Umina (on the central coast of NSW - 90 mins from Sydney), then I got to see Daisy less and less. She has been in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend. I think they've been together as long as I have been in the UK! Childhood sweethearts and still together. They were wanting to buy a house together when I was there in 2005 and Roy was trying to put her off the idea, for although her and David (her boyfriend) had a healthy sum of money saved, they really didn't have enough for a deposit. I think Roy succeeded in getting them to wait, but good on them for getting in that position so young of even considering it! She's at university studying nutritional health with aims of becoming a dietitian. Bec (Cheryl) - DOB: 11/2/1986 We are probably closest as niece and auntie. It wasn't ALWAYS the case. I had been there right from the start. Mum and I stayed at the hospital while Cheryl was in labour and were there waiting when she gave birth. We got to see Bec just around 30 minutes after she was born. I got to see her open her eyes for the first time! I was always at Cher's when they moved out. She was more like a little sister than a niece. Then we had a pretty big falling on my first return back to Oz in 2000. Bec was already living away from home at the time and came to visit. Man, she had some attitude!! We had a little tiff about something or other (I think I thought she was being disrespectful to Cheryl at the time and was pulling her up about it), and she flew off the handle and told me that she hated me and hated Em and didn't care if she never saw us again! I was [...]

"Titanic," 1997.

Sun, 04 Feb 2007 14:42:58 +0000

Em had just left Australia, we'd just got married, and I went and saw this on my own, and cried like a baby!!!

It was everything a newly-married but separated from partner due to "circumstances beyond their control" - type person should *not* see at such a vulnarable time!

W A T E R W O R K S!

Now - ten years on - it just seems naff and chuck-worthy!

SARS, 2003.

Sun, 04 Feb 2007 14:35:20 +0000

I remember this very well. In January 2003 I had booked to go back to Australia for a holiday. There were a few cases at the time, but they were being confined to South-East Asian countries, initially China, then spreading to Hong Kong and Singapore and others. I was traveling with Malaysia Airlines and would be stopping at Kuala Lumpur, so wasn't initially concerned as there had been no outbreaks in Malaysia.

I was due to fly out early in April and so when that time came around, there had been considerable concern. Movement between Asian countries was being restricted. And by this time, it was widely known about. There were conflicting reports about the nature of the virus, how easy it was to contract it, etc. We were getting images from Asian countries of scores of people going around in gas masks.

Combine this with the beginning of the Iraq war (21st March - our wedding anniversary) and I wasn't feeling overtly confident about traveling.

But travel to Oz is what I did.

The plane journey to KL was amazing! I don't think I'll ever experience the like ever again. I was in economy (obviously) and the plane was all but empty. Myself and the other passengers had seats and rows between us! I would say there were around 70-100 people flying economy that day. The average capacity for economy on a Boeing747-400 is around 250. I had a window aisle of 4 seats to myself. I was able to use the WHOLE window to aisle seats as a bed. It was heaven!!! It is the longest sleep I've ever managed on a plane - probably the only TRUE sleep I've ever managed on a plane!!

When I got on the plane, some of those who had been brave (or stupid) enough to travel were wearing face masks. It was like sharing a plane with surgeons! And there were lots of people milling around KLIA with masks on too. The number of passengers increased on the KL to Sydney leg - those with masks on too. I didn't get any sleep from KL to Sydney, as the numbers increased enough for me to be sitting next to people - but there was still a vacant seat between myself and the person next to me. I'd say that leg probably had maybe 200 passengers. There were still vacant seats, but nowhere near as many.

It was a lot calmer by the time I was returning home. The seats were near to full on the flights and there wasn't as much evidence of mask-wearing either.

I never did find out if SARS was a storm in a teacup, but I for one am glad I didn't cancel my travel plans due to it!!

Low carb eating, 2003.

Sun, 04 Feb 2007 13:32:35 +0000

Yes! I tried both The Zone and Atkins! I suppose they worked for a while, but there is only so much meat you can eat - it's not the best plan to follow when you live with a vegetarian!

I can see why aspects of the diet would work, but I got so SICK of snacking on cheese! It did slowly curb my appetite, especially on Atkins. I found The Zone a lot harder to follow in terms of knowing what was the right thing to be eating at any one time.

In  the end I just felt like I was having salad, meat and cheese.

I kept my addiction to having cream in my tea though. That was bad. I've only just kicked it - but still have cream in coffee (and hence, don't have coffee very often).

"Hey Ya!," 2004.

Sun, 04 Feb 2007 13:25:08 +0000

I remember hearing this for the first time because Em had heard it a few times first, and kept raving about it! She kept talking about this song she'd heard on the radio. Initially she didn't even know who had done it, and when she *did* find out it was Outkast, she'd never heard of them anyway (where as I remembered Ms Jackson)! I think it was number one in the UK. But having looked at the charts, no it wasn't!!! I can't believe that! It was played to death! How could it have not been a number one! I *so* thought it had been! The video was genius! All those different Andre 3000 varients.

Five Senses

Sun, 04 Feb 2007 13:16:08 +0000

Without giving it a full, lengthy amount of consideration, I'd have to say sight. It would be a toss up between hearing and sight, but I think sight would win out for me. Just the thought of not being able to see the faces of loved ones, or the wonderful sights of nature: exotic birds and other animals, beaches, clouds (high, fluffy summer clouds). But if keeping my sight meant not being able to hear - the idea of never hearing music again is a little scary. But if this question means us losing it now, and I keep memories of how things used to sound, then I suppose I would sacrifice hearing to keep sight.

Grunge rocks, 1991.

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 13:39:53 +0000

I can't say for me - personally - that I'd even heard of Nirvana until 1994. Although I remember Smells Like Teen Spirit being a hit, which when I look at the official Australian charts website was in 1992. But I don't think I really remember them getting a lot of exposure until Kurt Cobain died.

I do like their stuff and I did end up buying some singles. I think I bought Come As You Are and Lithium, which is my fave Nirvana tune.I was into Hole as well, and bought Live Through This as well as Celebrity Skin.

Y2K, 1999.

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 13:24:00 +0000


This had to be *the* biggest false alarm I have ever experienced. I remember there being reports that air traffic control around the world would break down, planes could lose instrumentation readings, supermarket bardcoding would malfunction - etc. Most of all, everyone's PC's would just melt and implode.

Well, that was a bit overblown wasn't it? Those of us who like a tipple on New Year's Eve, and are geeks as well, sat at our PC's one minute after midnight on January 1st, 2000 (perhaps a little worse for wear) and were amazed but not overtly surprised to find our PC was STILL WORKING! Shock-horror!!!

Go figure....