Paris – city of Magic

Last night we watched ‘Midnight in Paris’. I had needed something easy relax to and I imagined a stroll through the streets of Paris would be ideal.


Annee in Paris circa 1982

A successful Hollywood screenwriter is struggling with his first novel and is in the romantic city with his fiancé. Walking the streets alone one night, he accepts a lift – and finds himself back in time to the 1920s, the very period he has been drawn to. Here he rubs shoulders with great men of the time, as one after another of the city’s famous folk shake his hand.

I must admit to finding the character a little irritating, but that apart, the clever twist in the story is that this is not the only time period he could choose to go back to. And he sees that every age is the ‘Golden Age’ for somebody, looks more alluring from outside than inside.

For those of you who are with me, you’ll have made the connection already. We are, right now, in l’Age d’Or! It’s not tomorrow and not yesterday, it is here and now, what we make it.

Make it Great! We are each co-creating our reality individually and collectively. Let’s imagine we can make this the decade that will go down in history as the one that marked the end of all the things we do not need to take forward: war, poverty, famine, discrimination etc and the start of all good things; sharing, kindness, sustainability, Love.

annee_logo150At last I have launched my new design website and am ready to branch out into my new future! How exciting.

It is years since I trained as an aromatherapist and reflexologist, and almost as many years since I practiced either of them. It’s not as long since I trained as a yoga teacher, but still a while. And now I plan to make myself available as a speaker, and follow my love of writing as well.

Please visit and while there perhaps you would visit the Blog and Facebook pages (and ‘like’ my new StarDrum page while you are there!)

Thank you



I’m been doing it for years. Lots of us have been, just putting people in touch with one another, enjoying the connections.

But now I have joined Athena Women’s  and I am having a great time. My group is ideal for me – I’m in Highworth, part of the Swindon region run by the lovely Rachel Goddard. And I am really impressed.

This is organised networking. You all get to have a business card from everyone present; each person stands up and introduces themselves in a 1-minute presentation, then you make your connections. More than that though, it is very supportive, and I have moved forwards in leaps and bounds in such a very short time.

Ladies, I recommend this group very highly indeed. If you are a lady in business, I urge you to find the nearest group to you and join – fast!

Here’s the link:

Cirque Magnifique!

Oh my Goodness!

I have not been particularly a fan of the trapeze, scared of heights myself, I never found it entertaining to watch people daring the very thing that terrifies me. I can appreciate the skill, the training and the nerve of course, but to and fro, to and fro, fly, catch, okay seen it.

cirquedusoleilBut what an incredible experience Cirque du Soleil’s film was. It was our first 3D experience as well, as I had stubbornly refused to wear ‘those silly glasses’ all the way through a film, believing that they would spoil my enjoyment. (I thought they were still made of cardboard!) Quite the contrary.

This was a magical experience from start to finish. The theme of the story is that the young trapeze artist, daring and brave, falls without a safety net, and the ground gives way taking him through into another world. Beautiful girl seeks him….

The art, the scenery, the acting were all superb. I cannot praise the concept high enough, and cannot wait to see the show live in London. Do go if you can!

In England autumn 2013, Start here: and Enjoy!