Do you ever daydream about your alternate life?

Do you ever daydream about your alternate life?

I do. I daydream a lot. While I love the fast-paced, always doing things, accessible life I live in London, I do spend much of my free time plotting to get away from the city. I love cycling through the city at night, surrounded by the bright lights and buzz of millions of people living together, but I also love standing by the sea, in silence, letting the waves wash over my feet. I recently finished reading Naomi Klein’s book…

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Get Snappy 20: London and Cornwall

Get Snappy 20: London and Cornwall

Okay, after last week’s latest chapter in the chronic UTI chronicles, I assumed that this week would be an improvement. Alas, that was not the case. The symptoms I’d ascribed to a UTI had actually become a nasty kidney infection, leaving me extremely nauseous, sick, tired and in pain. I spent the week in and out of work, lying down and taking YET ANOTHER course of strong antibiotics. Part of me remains vaguely skeptical that I’m even that ill, despite…

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Five ways to travel without going anywhere

Five ways to travel without going anywhere

I think one of the biggest misconceptions about travel is that you learn about history and other cultures just by being somewhere. Yes, when you go abroad, you do literally see another place, but if you barely leave your accommodation, sit on your phone as you’re driving or walking around, don’t go into a single museum and don’t talk to anyone, you probably won’t learn much. When I write blogs, I draw heavily on the experiences I had, but I…

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Climate change and the individual

Climate change and the individual

I am fascinated by the conversations about climate change. Once you get past the basic ideas of the planet warming and severe sea level rises and major loss of life that comes with it (among other Very Bad Things), you get into the meat of what is potentially the most confronting and serious issue to have ever faced humanity. As I’ve written about before, it is all well and good to shun a plastic straw and want to save the…

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Bedruthan’s Steps, Cornwall

Bedruthan’s Steps, Cornwall

Anyone who’s read more than a couple of posts on this blog knows about my love affair with Tregardock beach. I know. I’m sorry for bringing it up again. I’m sure you’re all sick of it. Don’t worry, this post is not about Tregardock. It’s about another one of my favourite beaches in Cornwall: Bedruthan’s Steps. Unlike Tregardock, Bedruthan’s Steps is not unknown. It’s protected by the National Trust. I mean, there’s a car park and a café up on…

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Get Snappy 19: London

Get Snappy 19: London

Oh, guys. This hasn’t been my week. After a few months of top-quality chronic UTI management, I’ve been hit with a serious infection and am now taking strong antibiotics four times a day. And, for the first time ever – I think because of the strength of the pills – I have not been reacting well to them and have spent much of the week feeling extremely nauseous. Not ideal. Oh yeah, and I’m PMSing. So it’s all a good…

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More photos of spring flowers in Cornwall

More photos of spring flowers in Cornwall

Yesterday, I posted a blog full of photos from early March in Cornwall. Today, I want to share some photos from this past weekend. If you read the most recent Get Snappy, you’ll probably have got a sense of how pleased I am with these pictures. I love them! I love taking pictures of flowers and the daisies and wisteria were perfect subjects. I don’t really know what else to say, to be honest! It’s hard sometimes to think of…

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Throwback to magnolia in March

Throwback to magnolia in March

In March, I took a load of photos of beautiful magnolia in Cornwall and posted them alongside a thousand words about my brief foray into plant science at university. It was funny enough, but that same week I had a crisis of confidence about my blog topics and deleted it for being a blah post. Since then, I have found my feet a lot more with the blog. I have interspersed photo-focused posts with political essays and think pieces and…

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Life lately: climate change, sustainability, weightlifting & money

Life lately: climate change, sustainability, weightlifting & money

I wrote a post at the start of the year all about my 2019 goals and plans. I’m still plugging away at them and feeling good generally about how this year is panning out so far, but in the past few weeks some other ideas keep jumping out at me as things I want to do or at least think more about. I’m not going to write out a whole new list but I have decided to write through some…

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Why you should vote in the European elections

Why you should vote in the European elections

I have a confession to make. For all my harping on about Brexit over the past few months, I am woefully uninformed about the upcoming European elections (though my research for this blog post has been a big part of changing that). I mean, I have registered to vote, but I am only now delving into what each potential result means for the UK and for Brexit. After the political intensity of a few weeks ago, Brexit drama has been…

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