Annabel Burn
In their free time, you will usually find Annabel and Gonzo the Vizsla, writing, riding horses, herding chickens, running caniX, or on their backs, listening to BBC radio 6 music...

Entries by Annabel Burn

Writing Poetry for Addiction Recovery - A Case Study

(0) Comments | Posted 13 May 2016 | (11:30)

Poetry has been in the news due to its usefulness in therapy, helping the traumatised, the bereaved, and those who just have difficulty expressing themselves through normal conversation.

Perhaps less well known is the use of poetry in helping people recovering from addiction. Emotional pain is part of the wreckage...

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Why Bowie Dying Feels So Personal

(0) Comments | Posted 11 January 2016 | (11:19)

Still don't know what I was waiting for.... I was 4 when I discovered Hunky Dory in my big brothers record collection. It was an explosion - this record spoke to me and I'd never experienced anything like it. Every day I'd put it on and leap all over his...

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Being a London Dog Walker Is No Walk in the Park!

(7) Comments | Posted 27 May 2015 | (14:54)

It's that time of year again, when the sun comes out and everyone starts asking about dog walker's pay. No one seems to care when it's cold and wintery. I'm a personal assistant turned dog walker, renting a tiny place. I walk in Richmond Park and Battersea Park. Without a...

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Poetry Changes Lives - A Different Kind of Therapy

(1) Comments | Posted 19 May 2015 | (07:47)

One big downside of trauma and depression is that you come out of it feeling like roadkill.
To give up a long standing depression is to have a significant part of your life abruptly removed. No wonder you feel flattened and empty.

In such a state...

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Russell Brand ....Bah, Humbug

(2) Comments | Posted 14 December 2014 | (18:17)

The UK is the world's sixth largest economy, yet 1 in 5 of the UK's population live below our official poverty line, which includes 3 million children whose lives are a daily struggle.

It's a disgrace that huge companies like Tesco can still manage a downgraded £1.4 billion profit, yet...

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Thank You Julien Blanc for Highlighting the Checklist for Domestic Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2014 | (20:08)

This week, controversial American 'pick up artist' Julien Blanc posted a domestic abuse chart on his Twitter page calling it a 'checklist' for 'how to make her stay'. The diagram was originally designed by a domestic abuse charity, intended to help women identify when they are being abused, and has...

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My Generation Needs to Rethink Property in London - It Just Ain't Worth It

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2014 | (16:05)

Many of my generation (and a larger chunk of those younger than me) missed the boat with buying property in London, not having had any capital for a deposit at the crucial time. I've long ago given up on ever aspiring to owning a home in London and I definitely...

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Does Your Office Allow Dogs? Well Maybe It Should

(3) Comments | Posted 4 November 2014 | (16:48)

Does your office allow dogs? Well maybe it should. it's a growing trend in the UK, as employers look for new ways to beat stress, which is the number one cause of employee absence; but it now appears that a dog in the office has other surprising beneficial effects too,...

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The Joy of Chicken Keeping

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2014 | (00:00)

Our five chickens arrived a couple of months ago, and what a joy they have been. They are such curious little things. They love following the dogs around, and investigating visitors, mirrors, or anything new in their environment. When I put speakers in the garden, they belt over as the...

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Eating Disorders Are Notoriously Hard to Cure, But Does Animal Therapy Hold the Key?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2014 | (09:00)

At school, someone was always dieting. We would read "Just 17" at lunch, laugh at the sex problem page, and discuss our bodies. I knew about eating disorders and I never would have thought myself prone to one, but in my early twenties, when I was working full time as...

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Is My Dog Smarter Than Me?

(0) Comments | Posted 23 April 2014 | (14:16)


One of our dogs, Gonzo the Vizsla, will eat anything, even a blueberry or a lettuce leaf dressed with vinegar. The other, Roodie the Border Collie, eyes anything new with suspition, food included, and will accept raw meat, but anything else...

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That Danish Giraffe and the Questions It Raises

(2) Comments | Posted 10 February 2014 | (14:54)

That Danish giraffe is all over the news today, and the world is in uproar. A giraffe, in case you haven't heard, was humanely killed in a zoo (to prevent in breeding), and then chopped up and fed to the lions. The public were allowed to watch if they wished,...

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David Attenborough's Grisly Discovery, the Revolution & Digging Up History on Richmond Hill

(2) Comments | Posted 4 January 2014 | (02:29)

Sir David Attenborough is one of the higher profile residents of Richmond Hill in Surrey. Recently, while his builders were converting the old "Hole in the Wall" Pub by his home, a severed skull was unearthed and examined, solving the "Barnes murder" dating back to the 1800s. Inspired by this...

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Don't Kill Yourself Trying to Buy a Flat in London, When You Can RENT, RENT, RENT

(0) Comments | Posted 3 November 2013 | (19:22)

We all know that property prices in London are too high, and way out of kilter with average incomes. Everyone wants to buy here, and for the last two decades, it's been the investment of the century.

A few days ago, I was listening to cab drivers on LBC...

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Courts Are Putting Victims of Domestic Violence in Danger

(0) Comments | Posted 20 September 2013 | (15:43)

Eve Thomas is a survivor of Domestic Violence. On 29th August she went before His Honour Judge Platts at Manchester Civil Justice Centre ,after surrendering herself to the baliffs. A warrant had been issued for her arrest after she was placed in contempt of court for not providing her flee/safe...

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Yes My Dog Has a Facebook Page and I Love It

(0) Comments | Posted 6 September 2013 | (17:10)

Cyber bullying and trolling are on the increase and we often hear statistics quoted about how people are more depressed after going on Facebook because it triggers feelings of insecurity and jealousy in the majority of users. Well I can tell you, that's not the case for me! You see,...

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UK Dangerous Dog Legislation Is 20 Years Old and It Isn't Working...

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2013 | (19:49)

Eight people, including six children, have died as a result of dog attacks since 2007; a record 6,450 hospital admissions for dog bites in the 12 months to April 2012; annual costs to the NHS of treating dog attack injuries are around £3 million; and some eight assistance dogs and...

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My Doctor Has Just Diagnosed Me With an Ear Problem Which I Think Stars David Bowie

(0) Comments | Posted 17 August 2013 | (08:35)

Have you heard of Labyrinthitis? I hadn't until I walked into a large tree and visited my GP. For the last week I have been crippled by a sporadic sensation that the room is spinning. It pounces out of nowhere and gets you at anytime - when you are walking,...

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Goodbye Dominance Dog Training

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2013 | (05:02)

Dominance theory is an outdated view of dog behaviour that became popular in the 1960s. It has since been disproved, evidence having been accumulated that shows that it is unhelpful and often very destructive. Unfortunately, some trainers still cling to the idea, reluctant to let go of something that they...

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Is a Second Dog a Good Idea?

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2013 | (14:23)

Obviously, you need to be meeting the needs of your current dog before another dog can be considered. Is he well socialised? well behaved? Are you meeting his grooming, walking and general needs? Can you afford another dog? It is vital to carefully consider these things, as introducing a second...

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