In Summary: 12 in 2012 (Part II)

I’m thankful for how much 2012 stretched the boundaries of my mind (and palate!), the mountains I climbed, the valleys I crept out of, the people and places I won over and fell in love with, and those I lost and fell out of favour with. Still, there is nothing as intoxicating as a brand new start. May 2013 be as wonderfully serendipitous, full of happy coincidences and most of all, hopes and dreams that take flight.

Tripping with: Charlie Hedges

KISS FM’s Charlie Hedges is the youngest female breakfast DJ in the UK and is one of the most listened-to voices in the UK, broadcasting to over 4 million people every week. Outside of the KISS studio, Charlie has also been busy making a name for herself as a club DJ, playing what she calls ‘Electro-House with a twist’ at her first residency at Space, Ibiza this summer. She is also an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.

Tripping with: Hannah White

This week’s Tripping With guest is Olympics 2012 Sailing commentator Hannah White, who has over the last 10 years, made a mark for herself as one of the UK’s most talented and successful single-handed offshore sailors. At only 29, Hannah has achieved quite a lot, including being the youngest woman to compete in the world’s toughest single-handed ocean races, the OSTAR (original single handed transatlantic race), in 2005. Hannah is currently the official MC for the world’s premier offshore race The Volvo Ocean Race which takes place over 39,000 nautical miles of the world’s most treacherous seas via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, Cape Horn, Itajaí, Miami, Lisbon, and Lorient.

Offbeat: Female athletes fly economy, their male counterparts in business

This week’s Offbeat spotlight shines brightly on BOTH Australia and Japan after the former’s Women’s Basketball team and the latter’s football team flew in premium economy seats enroute to Europe for the Olympics, while their male counterparts stretched their limbs out in business class.