About Brunette Koala

Once upon a time, there was a young woman who was named ‘The Koala’ by her younger siblings. The animal nicknames have long stuck, and although most people call her Laurie, her sister (The Giraffe) and her Dad still refer to her as Koala.

IMGP0982Although she is a born and bred Leither girl living in Edinburgh, she spent six years living in Aberdeenshire studying Health Sciences and working in the Community Education sector, and two years at the University of Glasgow getting her diploma in Community Learning and Development.


When she’s not working you’ll find her blogging, volunteering with Girlguiding (which she writes about on her other blog The Girlguiding Life), listening to BBC 6 Music, watching old episodes of FriendsHow I Met Your Mother and White Collar, using her kitchen worktop as a ballet barre, trying to learn several languages, strumming on her purple ukulele, pestering sports journalists to run more stories on gymnastics, updating wikipedia to include more articles on women, hanging out with her friends at the beach, snapping photographs or hauled up in a café with a book & some cake.



She loves chocolate, cake, fresh summer fruits, singing, bouncing, chatting, laughing, music, film, theatre, dance, surfing, gymnastics, stand up comedy, books, beaches, sunshine, and learning languages.

She also supports several causes including raising awareness for organ donation, literacy, cystic fibrosis research, maternal & child health, the International Red Cross/Crescent, childhood cancer research, Surfers Against Sewage and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.


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