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So I’ve been thinking about getting into blogging a bit more but can’t decide what to focus on. So far I’ve written about mental health and music but there are many other things that interest me. I am just going to go ahead and blog about whatever I feel like and if definite subject areas arise I might start some new blogs but for now it’s just about stuff I’m doing, thinking and interested in.

Berlin marathon runners

Over the last year I’ve gotten into twitter. I wouldn’t really recommend this. Whilst Facebook will make you wish you weren’t friends with some of your real friends, twitter will make you want to be friends with people you don’t even know. However, it does have some benefits. On twitter I followed @bangsandabun and got the idea of doing the Berlin half marathon. I had been wanting to do more regular exercise but felt like I needed a goal to make me do that. And as I grew up in Germany for a few years and hadn’t been back since 1996 it seemed like a brilliant opportunity to practice my language skills. And when my lovely friend Steph agreed to take the crazy step with me it was that extra push to go ahead and book everything! (more…)

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This article originally appeared on the Restless Beings website on the 3rd Feb 2012.

I first heard about Restless Beings whilst attending a photography exhibition by Ruhul Abdin, one of the founders of Paraa, another charitable organisation doing great work.

Dhaka, photograph by Ruhul Abdin

Dhaka, photograph by Ruhul Abdin

The Bromley-by-Bow Centre was unknown to me and I walked right past it down a deserted residential street. It was dark and I had no idea where I was going. Heading back towards where I had come from I met some people who were also lost and also attending the event. We made it.

Inside the centre I chatted to some friends and had some samosas, taking in the images of Dhaka. The photographs filled some of the void in my knowledge of the city. Over-crowded streets and countless bikes and buses. But mostly people. Dhaka is densely populated and the Para team informed us of its serious housing issues. Every room, garden and yard is put to maximum use. (more…)

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