Monday, 15 April 2013

M - delay

M was going to be marathons and my feelings about all that running but I am going to rethink after the tragedy of the Boston Bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

My thoughts and love are sent out to all those hurt, injured, the families, the friends and the amazing police, medical and other services working tirelessly tonight! Some amazing people out there! X

Friday, 12 April 2013


L is for letters.

I love letters - for the purpose of this blog I mean letters like those we receive in the mail not just alphabet letters, though they're cool too! Anyway letters...people don't take the time to write them anymore and receiving post is so much fun. So with this in mind I would like to introduce you to an amazing website! It gets you to write letters/postcards and you can send them all over the world! It's amazing! I have just signed up and sent 3 cards off today! Try it! xxx


K is for kaleidoscope baby!

I think my good buddy Grover of the Inane Ramblings blogspot did this K for last ears A-Z so 1) thanks for the inspiration and 2) sorry if its not as good!

The word kaleidoscope derives from the Greek word Kalos (Beautiful) and Eidos (Shape). It was invented by Sir David Brewster in 1816.

A kaleidoscope is a tube of mirrors containing loose beads, pebbles or other small colored objects. The viewer looks in one end and sun light can enter the other end, reflecting off the mirrors to create unique and spectacular images. The multi-coloured murals created within the kaleidoscope can be viewed from the end and patterns ever changing ever more beautiful and intricate can be viewed.

We had several as kids and I used to love holding them up to the light, even when it wasn't sunny something so colourful and bright and beautiful could always be seen in those Kaleidoscopes! Amazing! So did you ever have one? And has anyone been to the big one near San Diego? Bet that's amazing!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013


J is for JABBERWOCKY by Lewis Carroll: this is one of m favourite poems ever purely because every time I read it I get take something new from it. I think it paints a different picture in my mind every time and I love that so here's to the JABBERWOCKY :) Let me know what you think? What's yor favourite poem? Xxxx

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"
He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.
"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.


I is for illegal stuff. Specifically weird illegal, don't be rude I didn't say kinky stuff you rude lot just weird like bizarre stuff.

Now when I was travelling and I got to Singapore i was told it was illegal to chew gum. I still don't know if that's a myth or not but I do know that you're not allowed to buy it and that the streets are cleaner and nicer for it. So a simple but seemingly unusual law was made for a i wondered what other laws have been made that are a bit weird? Upon googling it I found a website....possibly all false and all myths but I am going to ignore that because they're fun and WEIRD and all apparently illegal!


1) In France, it is against the law to sell an “E.T” doll. They have a law forbidding the sale of dolls that do not have human faces.
2) In Oklahoma, you can be arrested for making ugly faces at a dog.
3) In Pennsylvania, it’s against the law to tie a dollar bill on a string on the ground and pull it away when someone tries to pick it up.
4) In Florida, it is illegal to fart in a public place after 6 P.M. on Thursdays
5) In Samoa, it’s a crime to forget your own wife’s birthday.
6) In England, where I live, it is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament....apparently? I shall be asking my friend Bellars this though...
7) In England again, it is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the Queen upside down. I think this one is true....and if not treason it's highly, highly frowned yes illegal don't be doing it!
8)!In Indiana, it’s against the law to dress ‘Barbie’ in ‘Ken’s’ clothes.
9) In Indonesia, the punishment for masturbation is death by decapitation.
10) In Australia, it’s illegal to name any animal you plan to don't call that cow daisy if she is going to be your beef burger or your little lamb dolly or your Roo....
11) In London, it is illegal to flag down a taxi if you have the plague. (I hope this is true, we do like to keep our cab drivers safe!)
12) In Portugal, it’s against the law to pee in the ocean.
13) In Italy, anyone considered “obese” is forbidden from wearing polyester.
14) In Michigan, it is illegal to chain an alligator to a fire hydrant....because they aren't trained to use fire hydrants.
15) In North Carolina, it is illegal to swear in front of dead people. RIP dead people RIP.
16) In Florida having sexual intercourse with a porcupine is illegal. (ouch… I mean why, why would anyone want to!)
17) In Iowa, it is illegal for horses to eat fire hydrants.....
18) In Israel, you could be prosecuted for picking your nose on Saturday....something to do with pulling hair out I believe, something in ancient scriptures or something....
19) In Ohio, it is against state law to get a fish drunk.
20) It is illegal to say Hannah (me) is not cool and not awesome because that's just not true!

Mwah xxxx

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Hhhh....part 2

This was the lady who led my team of heroes for my mum and for us that day :)


H is for Heroes.

Of course when I say heroes most people will be thinking superheroes like Superman or Batman or even maybe The Incredible Hulk then as you analyse the term more deeply you might think about our Soldiers out there fighting for our country, or doctors who save lives every minute of the day, policemen, firemen, maybe even teachers who inspire our next generation. Well with this blog I'd like you all to take a moment and think about what a hero is to you. Who is your hero?

Just over a year ago my mum was taken into hospital after losing a lot of blood. She has a rather serious heart condition and so doctors and hospitals had been putting her off having a hysterectomy because her heart could not take the anaesthetic and she would more that definitely die on the table if they tried. We couldn't even pay privately for help! Then, as I was saying, she got taken in on a Sunday evening and they pumped her with blood as was routine. I went to work the next day and got the call that no child ever, ever wants. Next of kin were being called in. I arrived at the hospital to find a very, very quiet Dad and a rather grey and beaten looking Mum, my brother was racing back from college and arrived just in time for the surgeon to explain what was to happen. Without emergency surgery my Mum would be dead within 10-12 hours. With it, if she survived the anaesthetic, she stood a 30-40% optimistic chance of survival. She had the surgery and then began the longest wait of my entire life. You put your trust in strangers. Not just the strangers there that you have at least seen the faces of: the nurses, the matron, her anaesthetists, her surgeons, the side kicks, the porters but you put your faith in the drugs companies, in the teachers of her surgeons and their team, you put it in fate. You pray for a hero.

It was touch and go for a long while afterwards and their were complications but my mum got through it, the nurses, the surgeon, the porters and everyone else I mentioned worked and got her and us through it. To me they are all heroes! I think we all to often dismiss how brilliant people are with excuses like 'Well it's there job,' and 'they do things like this all the time!' Does that make these things any less of achievements. If a fireman rescued 1 person every day does that make today's save any less brilliant that yesterday's? I think not.

The point of my blog....I am sorry I went off track slightly....the point is that the medical team and everyone who showed up for work that day are heroes to me. Today as much as any other day they are still heroes. My mum is a hero for raising my brother and I, for working as hard as she does, for being her. Take a minute today and say thank you to one of your hero's because I know that you meet heroes everyday, we just don't look for them but they are there hiding in plain sight. Maybe it's the person who brings you a morning coffee at Starbucks? Maybe it's a priest who guides you? Maybe it's a friend who never fails to make you laugh when you want to cry. They're all heroes!

So smile and be proud because if we use logic that would mean that you're someone's hero too and that makes you really rather great!