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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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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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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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