Rwanda, the 'Land of a Thousand Hills' has luscious green peaks that stretch out as far as your eyes can see. But this beautiful scenery masks a terrible period in the country's history. In 1994, a brutal genocide tore Rwanda apart. Thousands of families were murdered, livelihoods were destroyed and many orphans were left to take care of their brothers and sisters. I recently travelled there to see how some of the money raised by Sport Relief and matched by the UK government is already hard at work, changing the lives of people who lost almost everything 20 years ago.
I've started to embrace the "non-plan" which was very much the case when I hit the southern shores of Sweden by way of the Öresundsbron (the overwater/underwater bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden).
Nothing is easy. We need to do our own banking. What happened to the bank teller who would help by handing me a piece of paper and telling me how to fill it in and then say, "Have a nice day." I used to want to choke those people for saying it, now I miss it with those little insincere smiles.
Caitlin Moran and I are from the generation that normalised binge drinking and now women are paying the price. We bought a lie and now it's time to get honest.
If you have any tips for getting through the last leg of baby weight loss send them my way. In the meantime I give you beetroot and onion relish. This is delicious with cheese and crackers. Or on cheese on toast. Or in sandwiches. At the moment I am enjoying a teaspoon with a chunk of cheese whenever the hunger makes me want to gnaw at my chunk of a baby's thighs.
The author of a report says we should avoid calling people fat and should use the term overweight or obese instead. As a fat bird, I disagree. The one thing I need as a fat person is tough love. I put this weight on intentionally and it will be a struggle to lose it.
Traditionally in Mauritius we make this with corned mutton which has a much stronger flavour and Iove it but I love corned beef as well and in the UK this is readily available and easier to get hold of. To be honest with you I love most tinned things, sardines, mackerel, anchovies and I suppose it's mostly out of nostalgia
It's the only illness where you get - absolutely free with the package - a real sense of shame. I've heard people say, "I know people with real diseases, show me lumps show me X-Rays", and of course you can't so you begin to feel bombarded with self-disgust thinking," I'm not being carpet-bombed, I'm not living in a Township, how dare I, who has everything, be depressed?"
I was a war child and I was born into a poor family. Growing up was tough and I know what it is like to struggle. I also know how lucky I am to have got to where I am today. This is why I think if you are in a position to give back, you should...
It dwells on me as I stare at the Internet version of myself, I don't want to delete my past entirely... People change. People can be more than one thing. We all deserve 'the right to be forgotten' not to censor our mistakes, so our Google personas don't solely dictate who we are. I guess writing about reinvention is the easy part; it's fighting for it in reality that's the challenge.
to celebrate your love through the medium of photography, or perhaps, the making of amateur motion pictures. This is nothing to be ashamed of, and what happens in the privacy of your own home, or perhaps, workplace should remain private and confidential.
After a chat about downsides of being single in LA (which are MANY) Joan Rivers asked me 'So, why are you STILL single?' I was living in LA at the time and we were filming her show Fashion Police, in between the gaps she was grilling me - in her usual lovable direct way.
In May, I travelled to Madagascar with WaterAid where I was lucky enough to meet two amazing girls, Solo and Ze. In their village, access to clean water on tap was just a dream. Every day, they had to walk down a difficult path to a dirty pond to collect water for their families.
My decision to go to Denmark was based largely upon proximity as my life in London was particularly busy that month. My first take from Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is that it is the most livable city I have visited on #12countries12months, even if it is very expensive.
Living as I do at the side of a river and with many beautiful lakes in the area I have no shortage of inspiration. Painting in oils is my preferred medium although I must admit oil painting can get a bit messy at times! I often work as a motivational speaker aboard cruise ships enabling me to travel the world, but always carry a sketchpad and paints in my luggage.
I may have left New York, but I was still keeping tabs on my Chelsea pals and especially on my roomie, Binky. Alex made the right decision leaving New York, and with the support of her sister, AL, Alex will soon be a faded memory.