Browsing All posts tagged under »Edinburgh«

A life less ordinary

February 8, 2014


Yesterday, I went to my old boarding school, Edinburgh’s Fettes College, to talk at Careers Day. I rarely say yes to public speaking opportunities… I’m far more comfortable behind my screen than in front of a crowd, but over the years, I’ve become so aware of how fortunate I am to have been educated at […]

Beauty & the ‘burgh

July 22, 2013


One of my greatest joys in life is discovering a new city on foot. I’ve written about this often in the past from cities as far afield as Bangkok to Budapest, Singapore to Sydney, Lyon to Lijiang. Rising at the crack of dawn to discover crooks and explore crannies, watch day break and neighbourhoods come […]

This is a story …

May 7, 2013


This is a story about a lady who loved to write. Robin Sharma sent out an email about her last week and I was reminded of how she’s a true and perfect demonstration of believing in yourself and doing what you love. All this lady ever wanted to do was write but few believed in […]

From dusk till dawn

September 12, 2011


I had a coffee yesterday morning with the awesome photographer Wouter Kingma.  We spoke briefly about the incredible light that can be captured during a shoot first thing, at dawn, or last thing, at dusk. And then as luck would have it, I went for a run last night and captured dusk in all its […]

Chill @ Chill

May 4, 2011


Once upon a time I had a full-time office job (the memories still haunt me!) and the office in question was on the 11th floor of Al Shatha Tower, Media City. Fortunately, on the 9th floor, was a beauty salon where Bea, a fantastic masseuse, would pummel and pamper me at least a couple of […]

Runs, rain & relationships

April 13, 2011


This morning I had a gorgeous run with Anja …. the first I hope, of many. Three things have played on my mind since my return: Familiar faces & friends I have seen Anja on Beach Road runs for a year or two. Always running solo but with a very consistent pace, I’ve often wondered […]

Gifts & Presents

January 3, 2011


This morning I ran my last sweet run in bonnie Scotland … not a long one, nor a particularly scenic one.  It was still dark and you could already tell it was going to be a pretty dreich* day. But nonetheless, I was determined to pound the streets and get my fix of cool crisp […]

Pull the plug on procrastination

December 20, 2010


Today I thought a lot about procrastination.  Here’s why.  Right now, I’m in bonnie Scotland which, unless you’ve been hiding on another planet, you’ll know is covered with a blanket of snow … and underneath that snow, sheets of pure blue ice. So … even though I’m finally allowed to start running again, my usual […]