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Wisdom teeth and wishful thinking

Wisdom teeth and wishful thinking

I had a wisdom tooth removed yesterday. It was… fine, actually. I mean, I got jabbed with a needle delivering local anaesthetic upwards of fifteen times and had an enormous tooth wrenched out after having my gum sliced open, but really, it was so much less bad than I was expecting. I credit my time rowing with learning how to manage nerves and not stress out about something until it’s happening. I also managed to make my dentist laugh while…

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A man, a book, a slur and me

A man, a book, a slur and me

I have always had close female friends. Maybe it’s because I grew up with staunchly feminist parents, or maybe it was just the luck of the draw, but I never felt alienated from other girls or like I was just “one of the boys.” My closest friends have been women and girls as far back as I can remember. Of course, as we matured alongside each other, we fought, we gossiped and we hurt each other’s feelings. That’s part of…

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Thoughts from a small island on the brink of collapse

Thoughts from a small island on the brink of collapse

I am rattled about Brexit. I know that’s not ‘news’ – everyone is getting rattled. The Brexit think pieces have switched from political updates and potential options to articles explaining how Brexit is going to tank both the UK and global economy and how businesses are putting their no deal contingency plans into motion. A no deal Brexit might actually happen. There have been many points over the past few months where I naïvely believed that there might be a…

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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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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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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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Birthdays, free glitter and a lot of things I’m bad at

Birthdays, free glitter and a lot of things I’m bad at

There’s a lot of pressure, when you live with someone, to make their birthday special. You are the person they wake up to on the one day of the year they can reasonably refuse to do any washing up and you have to begrudgingly say fine. Jake turned twenty-three last week and I was ready to create birthday fun times. The real fun of Jake’s birthday had been planned for the weekend, when a group of our friends descended upon…

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Sushi, sugar and settling in for winter

Sushi, sugar and settling in for winter

Other than a brief trip to Poland in December with Jake’s family (are we all ready for me to unleash my elementary Polish on the world with abandon? Take cover) my passport will be staying put for the rest of the year. Given I’ve taken 19 flights so far already this year – I’m sorry, polar bears – I’m okay to keep the passport usage to a minimum. However, as this is a travel blog, it means I’m going to…

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