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Update 14/11/15.

I wrote this lighthearted post yesterday, blissfully unaware of the monstrous acts taking place at the very same time in a neighbouring country. I have thought quite hard about whether I should post something so seemingly trivial so soon after such a horrific event. And then I came to the conclusion that it was more important than ever to enjoy our freedom of expression and acknowledge it as a privilege, considering how, if those responsible for last night’s atrocities had their way, we would have such freedom taken away.

So here it is. Let’s not take our freedom for granted. Let’s make our world a happier place with talk of little things that don’t seem to matter and be grateful for the chance to enjoy them.


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365 days. And yet now it feels like I’ve always been like this. (We’re talking about my hair, by the way, if it’s not screamingly obvious.) Is it really only a year? I’ve gone through a huge range of colours since November 2014. Look, see. This is quite a long photo by the way, so I really hope it behaves itself for you.

What do I know now that I didn’t know then? Well, quite a lot. Let me list them for you.

  1. Children will stare open mouthed and talk about you as if you’re not there.
  2. Adults will stare open mouthed and talk about you as if you’re not there.
  3. Some people won’t like it and tell you so.
  4. People often feel the need to react to your hair in some way.
  5. Some people will compliment you on a change in colour by telling you how they like it much more than the previous colour.
  6. It’s very easy to overdo the colour in your clothes.
  7. You don’t need make-up for it to look OK.
  8. Red bleeds like crazy and fades twice as fast as other colours.
  9. You can wear heaps of make-up – sometimes it looks good, and sometimes it looks like you’re a Goth. And you won’t know till you’ve passed the line and realised you have to reach for the wipes.
  10. You don’t need shampoo to wash your hair.
  11. Very occasionally people will genuinely think your hair is either patriotic, political or supportive of a football team.
  12. You don’t need hot water to wash your hair.
  13. Very occasionally people will deliberately pretend to think your hair is either patriotic, political or supportive of a football team just to see how you react.
  14. Washing your hair in cold water does wake you up very quickly in the mornings.
  15. It lasts longer than you expect, as long you can be bothered with the maintenance.
  16. Mostly you forget you have crazy hair because you can’t see it.
  17. Each time you do a new colour, it’s like planning your latest art installation.
  18. Primary school teachers like it because they can spot you easily in the playground.
  19. Your children will get used to it, and given time, like it.
  20. It can make you feel like being adventurous in other ways.
  21. White pillowcases are for other people.
  22. You realise you can never get away with picking your nose in public again.
  23. Navy and black pillowcases are your friends.
  24. The jury is out on whether grammar school teachers like it.
  25. It doesn’t fry your hair if you know what you’re doing.
  26. You learn very quickly not to be self-conscious about it.
  27. Random strangers will frequently approach you about your hair.
  28. It doesn’t take as long to do the colour as you might think.
  29. It’s not as high maintenance as you might think, but it is considerably higher maintenance than regular hair.
  30. People do actually feel the need to touch your hair from time to time.
  31. Every time you do new colours, it’s like that feeling on Christmas morning when you find your stocking brimming with presents 🙂

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