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Shauna Reid

Welcome, weary traveller! I'm Shauna Reid, an Australian writer who moved to Scotland twelve years ago in pursuit of adventure and kilts

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Workin’ For The Man

My morning routine

02 Jul 2015

The very first thing I do when I wake up is drink a glass of hot water with lemon, say many highly successful people on that bloody Morning Routines website. How does that work? If you have to get out of bed and go down to the kitchen to prepare it, it’s technically not the very Read More

Retirement Plan

18 Jul 2012

Now and then when working from home, Gareth and I like to meet up at lunchtime to have a cup of tea and listen to the radio. We quite like newsy programmes on Radio 2 or 5 Live because they can get some real nutters calling in and it’s fun to shout at them. Awhile Read More

Dream Job

01 Aug 2009

"I would be a professional cyclist," said Dr G. "Like the Tour de France?" "Oh no… like just riding my bike round the toun around all day and getting paid for it." I want to be the person who gets to chop up make-up for the beauty section of women's magazines. I spent ten minutes Read More

The Browns

02 Jun 2008

Some people get the blues, Holly Golightly got the mean reds. I think I have the browns! I've been splashing round in denial for months but today I am just going to admit to myself that things have gone a bit brown. Brown is not all bad, you know. It's a nice hue for those Read More

Crunch Time

15 Nov 2007

I'm slowly adjusting to life in the private sector, but I need to get to work earlier. How is it that I used to leave home at 6.30AM for the train and be in the office by 7.30 (mmm, flexi time), but now the office is a mere eleven minute walk away, I'm sprinting up Read More


01 Oct 2007

So I’m all Big Kev excited about the news that Radiohead’s new album is coming out in ten teeny little days. I love their stealth tactics too, bypassing the record companies and avoiding the usual leaked copy hoopla by offering the album for download on their website, with the downloadee deciding how much to pay. Read More

My Brilliant Career

13 Jan 2006

Actual email received at work today: Good morning With regards to the new photocopier that has been installed on the 1st floor, there will be training provided for this on Tuesday 7 February at 1.30, and should last approximately 2 hours. Thank you. !!!

Abandoned Gloves of Scotland

02 Dec 2005

Well, I’ve been a moody little shit this week. The Darkness is getting to me again. Going to work in the dark, getting home in the dark. Etcetera, etcetera. Then I got into a huff at work this morning because I had to put up the Christmas decorations, and they were in the same jingle Read More

A Time To File

29 Jan 2005

"Did you know that every morning I wake up and HATE YOU because you work from home and can snore away for another hour, while I have to go out and join the commuting masses?" "Well, if you became a filthy rich author then you too could work from home!" "Ha! Only JK Rowling gets Read More

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