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Meet Olive & Cosmo

Everyone loves cats.  I think I’d like for one to have me as their human, but the husband is allergic and I’m not sure I’m ready to clean up pee and poo.  Plus I will cry if anything in our new home gets scratched. This is Cosmo.  He can be a bit mean.  When I […]

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My first Comic Con (Birmingham 2014)

So I found out on Thursday that my colleague and his wife were going to MCM Birmingham Comic Con.  Now whilst I’ve not read many comics, I am a massive fan of good storytelling, art, and creativity.  And since I’d never been to Comic Con and I didn’t want to be stuck at home whilst […]

Hello, my name is Lysandris and I'm a half-elf druid.

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’21 Days to Happiness’ sounds like the title of a bad motivational seminar or self-help book, doesn’t it?  That’s what I thought.  Hence forth I’m renaming it to whatever my positive experience is for the day.  And Friday’s is actually about Thursday night’s experience, but it’s my blog and I get to call the shots. […]

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21 Days to Happiness: Day 3

To celebrate the first day of spring, the sun seems to have gone off on holiday.  I also missed the memo to wear something black, grey or dark navy to work :p  (A good camera would’ve been handy.) Still, the wet weather hasn’t dampened my spirits!  Not when I have the best husband in the […]

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21 Days to Happiness: Day 2

Today was a lovely day in Staffordshire – the sun wasn’t hidden behind ominous clouds and people are out and about more.  When the weather is good, it’s easier to get excited about things, isn’t it? Traffic was actually pretty bad this morning, but instead of getting all worked up about something beyond my control, […]


21 Days to Happiness: Day 1

What sounds like the sister band of Thirty Seconds to Mars, is actually an exercise to recondition myself to be happier, more often.  This video mentions it’s possible to do so, if for 21 days, you keep up a daily routine of: Remembering 3 things you’re thankful for Journaling a positive experience Meditation Exercise Random […]


Happiness is…

The happiest person I know, or rather the one who’s most consistently happy, is my best friend, Ari. He seems to be in a good mood most of the time, and I sometimes think: he’s blessed with good looks, a likeable personality and family money; he’s got plenty to be happy about! Even though he’s […]

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Why eBay has the worst customer service

I had an issue with my eBay account that dragged on for far too long and finally ended badly when my account was suspended for no good reason.  What you’re about to read is a case study of what NOT to do with your customers. Having been a member since February 1999 with 100% feedback […]

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UK Spouse Visa vs. Fiance Visa

What are the differences between a UK Spouse Visa and a UK Fiancé(e) Visa?  Right away I can tell you one thing they do have in common: both are a pain in the arse to obtain because of all the paperwork required for the application. Simply put, a Fiancé(e) Visa is for those looking to get […]

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Highlights of 2012

2012 has been one of the most significant years of my life.  For the Chinese, most of 2012 was the year of the formidable Dragon (often seen as an auspicious sign) whilst the first 22 days still remained in the realm of the peace-loving Rabbit.  Let’s take a look back at the highlights. January After […]