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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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Climate change and the individual

Climate change and the individual

I am fascinated by the conversations about climate change. Once you get past the basic ideas of the planet warming and severe sea level rises and major loss of life that comes with it (among other Very Bad Things), you get into the meat of what is potentially the most confronting and serious issue to have ever faced humanity. As I’ve written about before, it is all well and good to shun a plastic straw and want to save the…

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Why you should vote in the European elections

Why you should vote in the European elections

I have a confession to make. For all my harping on about Brexit over the past few months, I am woefully uninformed about the upcoming European elections (though my research for this blog post has been a big part of changing that). I mean, I have registered to vote, but I am only now delving into what each potential result means for the UK and for Brexit. After the political intensity of a few weeks ago, Brexit drama has been…

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Boardrooms and burned bras: questions at the intersection of feminism and capitalism

Boardrooms and burned bras: questions at the intersection of feminism and capitalism

I haven’t written much about feminism on this blog, save for a few posts around International Women’s Day. For the most part, I feel sort of redundant writing about feminism, because I don’t feel that I’m bringing many new insights to the table. I try to write posts that reflect an idea or viewpoint that I haven’t seen or read much about and many of the feminist basics have been well covered in books, blogs and across the Internet in…

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Billionaires, burned buildings and selfish generosity

Billionaires, burned buildings and selfish generosity

Last week, Notre Dame burned down, and a lot of people were sad. Some people were so sad (and so rich) that they decided to donate enormous sums of money toward the restoration of the cathedral, donations which have now surpassed a billion dollars. And now lots of the non-billionaire sad people are angry. It’s not anger at the desire to rebuild Notre Dame. It’s not even – in this specific moment – that there are people out there who…

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Thinking about what came before in Bodrum

Thinking about what came before in Bodrum

Bodrum used to be a big deal. Back around two thousand years ago, Bodrum was known as Halicarnassus, part of the First Persian Empire and home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Back in the day, the day being around 350 BC, the mausoleum was truly a wonder (as you’d expect, given that only seven structures were given that title out of all the amazing things in the ancient world). Now, it…

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Lessons in how a financial powerhouse falls

Lessons in how a financial powerhouse falls

Aside from food, the other thing we spent a lot of time learning about in Bruges was its financial and political history. Bruges is the site of the very first stock exchange, which was located at the ‘Ter Beurse’ inn. Bruges was a thriving centre of trade in the 14th and 15th centuries and visiting merchants would come to the inn to make trades, sign contracts and do deals. Eventually the process at the inn became more formalised, with trading…

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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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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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