Home and dry


Water and electricity don’t mix, or at least that’s what I was always told. It’s why bathrooms don’t have hairdryers and you can’t microwave in a canoe. Since I was a kid, I had it drummed into me to dry my hands thoroughly before flicking the bathroom light switch and you would never catch me dead drinking juice with an … Read More

How do you solve a problem like support crew?

Maria and me

I’m an optimistic little mite, so full of hope there’s almost no room left for cake. Wait, I said almost; I’m sure I can squeeze in another doughnut. But even this cheerful fool couldn’t bring herself to expect a positive response, when she put out a call for a brave kayaker to leave behind their life for 6 months and … Read More

It’s gym life, but not as we know it


I’m no gym bunny – I lack both the drive and the floppy ears – but it was clear, even to me, that my Big, Mad Swim Around Britain would require a bit more training than my current motivation fuels. When Glasgow Club gifted me an unlimited membership to their 22 gyms and 12 pools across the city then, I … Read More

Staying afloat


Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink. I’m pretty sure Coleridge hadn’t The Big, Mad Swim in mind when penning his epic poem, but I reckon I’m starting to feel a fraction of the Ancient Mariner’s pain. Fine, I still haven’t quite left the comfort of carpet underfoot just yet, but even planning for a challenge so at odds … Read More