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Author: Ellie Hopgood

What I read in: January 2019

What I read in: January 2019

I’m giving writing about books another go. I want to be good at reviewing books via the written word rather than relying on verbal ramblings and flailing hand gestures. What better way than to write a monthly post reviewing all the books I read that month? In January I read seven books, all of which I enjoyed. It was a good month for reading. I’m starting next month with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, a book about a million people…

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Chlorophyll, coconut bacon and CBD oil: a part-rant, part-review rundown of brunch at Farm Girl, Notting Hill

Chlorophyll, coconut bacon and CBD oil: a part-rant, part-review rundown of brunch at Farm Girl, Notting Hill

I love brunch. Give me some avocado and a poached egg and pop it on some fresh bread and I’m happy. I’ve got time for granola and porridge with fancy toppings and shakshuka and smoothies and juices and creamy hot chocolates. When it comes to brunch, I’m easy to please. We’ve imported avocado on toast (with halloumi or salmon for an extortionate bonus charge or your left kidney) brunch culture from Australia and Israel in the past decade or so…

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Expectations, reality and not seeing the northern lights

Expectations, reality and not seeing the northern lights

I’d be willing to bet good money that anyone who loves to travel would like to see the northern lights. Anyone who ever hangs out in the travel section of Instagram or has an interest in travel and landscape photography has probably seen numerous, astounding images of the stunning polar light phenomenon. They look incredible. It feels almost like a rite of passage for a keen traveller. There are only a few places on Earth where the lights are even…

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Get Snappy 4: Lapland, London, the lunar eclipse & a Labradoodle

Get Snappy 4: Lapland, London, the lunar eclipse & a Labradoodle

This week has been an almost perfect example of why I started this weekly blog feature. We returned from Finland on Monday evening, where I took almost a thousand photos across only a smattering of days, and, back in London, it took me until today, Sunday, to turn on my camera again. Oops. I have carried it with me everywhere, I promise. I have dutifully carted my big DSLR and its charger to work and back every day, but somehow…

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What I learned in the Arctic

What I learned in the Arctic

The Arctic is not a singular landmass, nor is it a fixed point. It comprises the area above the most northern of the world’s five major lines of latitude, known as the Arctic Circle. The exact area changes a little, depending on the Earth’s exact axis tilt, but broadly, the northernmost parts of Canada, Russia, Finland, Norway and Sweden, and parts of the USA (Alaska), Iceland (the tiny offshore island of Grímsey) and Denmark (Greenland, which is kind of cheating…

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How to not die at -35C (AKA what to pack for the Arctic)

How to not die at -35C (AKA what to pack for the Arctic)

While we were in Finland last week, the lowest temperature we experienced was -35C. This is very cold. My dad actually got frostbite, on his face. Only mild frostbite, but suddenly a spot on his cheek and nose went white and the guide we were out with looked at him and said, “we have to get you inside immediately.” It was -15C when we arrived in Ivalo on Friday morning, which would hold the record for the coldest temperature I’d…

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Get Snappy 3: Finnish Lapland

Get Snappy 3: Finnish Lapland

Greetings from Lapland! After two weeks of London photos, we’re changing it up with some pictures from extremely northern Finland. There’ll be plenty of blogs coming in the next few weeks with pictures, information and exclamation points galore in order to try and communicate the magic of the Arctic Circle, so this will be a quick introduction rather than an in-depth post. In terms of photography, photographing somewhere as cold and snowy as Lapland has its challenges. Firstly, the extremely…

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Brexit: pessimism, apathy and doing what’s right

Brexit: pessimism, apathy and doing what’s right

I have spent a lot of time in the past few months talking about Brexit. We probably all have, to varying degrees. It’s been almost three years since we voted to leave the EU in June 2016 and we are still talking about it, largely because it remains as confusing, uncertain and shocking as it was then. Somehow, it manages to keep getting worse! And we still have no idea what’s happening! What a fascinating and stressful time to be…

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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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