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Scenes from the ‘Put it to the People’ march

Scenes from the ‘Put it to the People’ march

Today I marched through London to fight for a second referendum or the revocation of Article 50, along with a million other people. A million. It was one of largest protest marches in British history, second only to the Iraq war protest in 2003. The route started at Marble Arch, then headed down Park Lane, Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square, until we reached Parliament Square, outside Westminster, where we all congregated for a rally. This was a very British protest. Yes,…

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What should I do with my life? Balancing money and meaning

What should I do with my life? Balancing money and meaning

The reason I read a lot of books is that I like being introduced to new ideas. It boggles my mind just how much stuff there is to learn about. From astrophysics to dolphin physiology to how to bake the perfect brownie – there is so much you can be an expert in that choosing what to do with your life can feel overwhelming.   I read book after book after book, I read articles and columns and blogs, I…

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On being restless in writing and changing direction

On being restless in writing and changing direction

This blog isn’t called Endlessly Restless for nothing. I chose it not only because it seemed fitting for a blog about travel but also because it would technically work for posts that were not about travel too. I am often restless in my thoughts and focus as much as in location and I knew I wanted to create an online space that made room for all of that frenetic energy too. In the six months that I’ve been diligently posting here on…

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Is travel frivolous?

Is travel frivolous?

I have been thinking a lot recently about what I post here on Restless. (This post is going to completely disabuse anyone of the notion that I am chilled inside my own head. Get ready for some major overthinking). I feel torn between thinking that these posts are frivolous and unimportant and reminding myself that sharing stories and writing something you think is funny or interesting is not a worthless thing to do. Also, not everything needs to be serious and important…

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Will we go green enough? The reality of fighting climate change

Will we go green enough? The reality of fighting climate change

I have been thinking a lot about climate change recently and especially what I can do to be a better person regarding the environment. Writing this blog makes me feel even more accountable, because, even with my tiny readership, if I am going to put my thoughts and choices into the abyss I better at least try to be someone I am proud to show the world. So, while I can’t remember the last time I bought a plastic bag…

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Hi, I’m Ellie. Nice to meet you.

Hi, I’m Ellie. Nice to meet you.

When I write posts for this blog, I always assume that the only people reading are people I know personally. Obviously, that’s not what I want – I would love for people I don’t know (yet) to read my blog. That is, after all, the whole point. Many people I know do dutifully read my blog – thanks team – but I absolutely understand the people who don’t, or, at the very least, only read the occasional post. If you…

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Having fun in a world on fire

Having fun in a world on fire

Two Brexit blogs in one week is a lot, I know. I’m sorry. But it is hard to put Brexit to one side because it is very much not at the side. It is at the forefront. Fortunately for us all, this blog is less of an angry rant and more of a thought process. Politics has become an overarching feature of my day, and I’m sure the days of many others too. This is not a bad thing. Greater…

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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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On creativity

On creativity

I was always a very studious kid. I loved school. I both liked, and had some aptitude for, almost every subject we studied, making school a generally enjoyable place. I was also lucky to have many wonderful, fun, insightful teachers who somehow made quadratic equations and phenolphthalein titrations fun. Magic, the lot of them. It never made sense to me when people complained, “why do we have to learn trigonometry – I’ll never use it!” To me, it was obvious….

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2018 goals review and 2019 plans

2018 goals review and 2019 plans

It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am type-A. I am a planner. I am the organiser. I like lists and goals and ticking things off. This organisation tends not to extend to the management of my home – I am still only prompted to do my washing when I run out of underwear – but, in general, I like to keep my life and plans under control. If you met my parents, you’d…

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