13th January, Brockwell Park, London

13th January, Brockwell Park, London

You can do almost anything in London. There’s a 24-hour bagel shop, a different West End show for every day of the week and numerous restaurants serving the kind of freakshakes that might stop your heart. When people talk about why they love London, they talk about the food, the theatre, the mass of people to meet and the never-ending list of things to do. There are art galleries and flower markets and even a museum filled with body parts…

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Get Snappy 2: London

Get Snappy 2: London

Another week in London. I decided to bring my camera everywhere with me, and the one day I chose not to – because I was just going to work and then home and it was a cloudy day – we were treated to the most glorious, delicate, pink sunset. I went up to the sixth floor of my office building to get a better look and kicked myself. Fortunately, I hadn’t made this mistake all week. After missing a beautiful…

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On creativity

On creativity

(Photography is one of my primary creative outlets and illustrating abstract concepts is really hard AND photos of me blogging at my laptop are really boring, so this post is full of sunset pictures that I’m pleased with, because being by the ocean, at sunset no less, is definitely when I feel my most creative. And breathe. Onto the blog.) I was always a very studious kid. I loved school. I both liked, and had some aptitude for, almost every…

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Christmas at Kew: a review

Christmas at Kew: a review

‘Christmas at Kew’ is big thing in terms of London Christmas activities. So big, in fact, that booking opens in June and it usually sells out completely. This is why we visited Kew on the 4th of January, the penultimate day before it closed for the year. It was still sold out, it was still chilly enough to warrant a hat and mulled wine was still on sale for £5 a cup. Unfortunately, as soon as the clock ticks over…

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Christmas in Cornwall: walking, swimming, cake and more walking

Christmas in Cornwall: walking, swimming, cake and more walking

Weekend city breaks suit me because 2-3 days of hardcore tourism is probably my ideal amount of city exploration to do in one stretch. For longer trips, I definitely prefer getting out into nature and doing something active. I – and probably many others – don’t have the stamina for weeks of walking around for hours every day, visiting multiple museums and churches and often spending money all the time. Even though travelling is fun and exciting, it can also…

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Get Snappy 1: London

Get Snappy 1: London

Today is an exciting day. So far my plans are to: lie on my sofa, write, play Mario Kart, read and maybe go out and photograph the sunset if it looks good. Despite this relaxed Sunday, it’s still an exciting day. This is because I’m debuting a new blog feature. Yay! Throughout this year, I’ll be posting a weekly photo feature on Sundays. I hope this will encourage me to take my camera out with me more often and will…

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2018 goals review and 2019 plans

2018 goals review and 2019 plans

It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am type-A. I am a planner. I am the organiser. I like lists and goals and ticking things off. This organisation tends not to extend to the management of my home – I am still only prompted to do my washing when I run out of underwear – but, in general, I like to keep my life and plans under control. If you met my parents, you’d…

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I read 104 books in 2018. Here are the best ones.

I read 104 books in 2018. Here are the best ones.

I have learned something new in 2019 already. Writing about books is really hard. Writing about books you read months ago with no intention of reviewing them publicly is harder still. I tried to write a blog post about the best books I read in 2018. I picked my favourites, wrote a short summary and offered my opinion. But it wasn’t interesting. It all felt too stuffy and formal and didn’t flow properly. The blog didn’t feel like the best…

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2018: a year in review

2018: a year in review

It feels almost sacrilegious to have enjoyed 2018. Politically, environmentally, socially; it was bad. Trump put children in cages, Brazil elected its first fascist government in decades and Brexit chaos took over the news – and Westminster – for weeks. The climate is warming. The Earth is fucked. Just this week, news reports of the number of migrants trying to reach the UK was reported as a problem for the UK, rather than all the people crossing dangerous seas in…

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My best photos of 2018

My best photos of 2018

Learning how to use a camera has been one of the best things about this year. My parents bought me a camera for Christmas last year, and as 2018 progressed, I found myself using it more and more. Case in point: two weeks in Australia left me with around 500 photographs, whereas, a mere six months later, a week in the Seychelles saw me walk away with almost 3000 pictures to sift through. I’ve started viewing places – both abroad…

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