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The problem with #instatravel

The problem with #instatravel

Part of taking this blog in a direction that felt more authentic for me involves not posting on Instagram. It might seem counter-intuitive for someone who loves photography to hate Instagram, but for me, the cons far outweigh the pros. I did follow some amazing photographers on Insta, whose pictures I appreciated seeing, but any efforts to use the app in a more measured always devolved into random scrolling and stalking. I don’t think Instagram had a positive effect on…

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I am not a brand, I’m a person

I am not a brand, I’m a person

Recently, someone told me I needed to “consider my personal brand.” I can’t share the exact details of the circumstances that led to this comment, because it’s not a good idea to share everything on the Internet. But rest assured, it was intended to be judgmental, and I was pissed off. It would have been inappropriate in context, but of course, I wanted to respond by saying, “I don’t care about my personal brand. I am not a brand.” Also, “fuck you!”…

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Get Snappy 14: London

Get Snappy 14: London

Pictures of various London landmarks are not unusual on this blog. However, I’ll admit that I mainly photograph of the same part of London, which consists of the area near my office and places on my route home. I love taking photos there, especially near the bridge (as you’ll see below and in many other posts on my site) but I do think it’s nice to change up the shots sometimes. This week, I got that chance. I spent Thursday…

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What does it mean to be “British”? (WTF nationalism)

What does it mean to be “British”? (WTF nationalism)

Nationalism is a weird idea to me. I mean, I understand the sentiment of being passionately devoted to your country, but it’s a feeling that has personally eluded me so far. I can’t imagine feeling particularly attached to my identity as a British person or like my national affiliation was a core part of my being. I can’t say for sure why I feel totally detached from my ‘British-ness.’ Perhaps it’s because, legally, I am a woman of two countries….

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Who pays the biggest price as the world burns?

Who pays the biggest price as the world burns?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about the nuances of fighting climate change, especially in terms of individual choices. I’ve still been thinking about these ideas and, recently, at my actual job, I’ve been working on some pieces about palm oil and environmental issues. This blog isn’t about palm oil specifically, but the greater implications of tackling climate change globally, across countries and economies that are at vastly different stages of development. Since the banned Iceland ad about…

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What I read in: March 2019

What I read in: March 2019

Sometimes when I look back at the books I read in the past month, the month feels really long. I can’t believe I read Text Me When You Get Home only a few weeks ago. It feels like months. I have been saying to myself that I need to write each book review right after I finish a book and so far, that has not been happening. That’s my bad. One day, I’ll get it together. A Clockwork Orange –…

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Get Snappy 13: London and Oxford (and a sweet little dog)

Get Snappy 13: London and Oxford (and a sweet little dog)

This week has been more work, more Brexit, raging PMS that left me in tears more than once and mine and Jake’s anniversary. We celebrated by making nachos and chocolate-covered strawberries at home, if you were wondering. It was low-key, but lovely. Oh, and we saw Company, which was amazing. We also ended up in Oxford for less than twenty-four hours to celebrate the birthday of a dear family friend. This did mean that we were able to enjoy the…

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10 wonderful moments in Europe

10 wonderful moments in Europe

Most of what I’ve written about Brexit has centred around what the UK government is doing and how the process is moving along (or not moving along, as it were). Today, I want to write about some of the best moments I’ve had in Europe over the years, as a quiet reminder of how much such close proximity to other countries, languages and cultures can do for us. I have been visiting Europe since I was a tiny baby, and…

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Snapshots from Mount Snowdon

Snapshots from Mount Snowdon

One of my favourite posts on this site is from our trip to Snowdonia last August. Despite it being the height of summer, it rained every day. The UK is terrible. Well, it’s not all terrible. Some parts of the UK are painfully beautiful, like the beaches on the south coast or Snowdonia National Park. I can’t in good faith say that Snowdon is an undervisited location, given that there were approximately one billion people sharing the mountain with us….

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Get Snappy 12: London and the People’s Vote march

Get Snappy 12: London and the People’s Vote march

Earlier this week, I got some great photos from my usual haunt of the riverfront by Tower Bridge. I always make myself deviate through there on my cycle home if the light is good, and this week I was rewarded handsomely for that. I love the picture of the city, where the light is yellow, pink and a gentle green. It was generally a lovely, warm evening, with people milling around by the water and some beautiful scenes. So much…

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