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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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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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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. That did mean that I thought that my heart…

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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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It’s time to decide (about Brexit, of course)

It’s time to decide (about Brexit, of course)

I won’t repeat the news. You can find out with a few quick Google searches which votes happened in the Commons this week. In a nutshell: we voted down May’s deal, again, with a similar margin; we voted to block a no deal Brexit happening at any time; we voted to (ask the EU to allow us to) delay Brexit. We also voted strongly against a second referendum, which is a sad fact to my liberal, millennial ears. Jeremy Corbyn…

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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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Some thoughts on women’s rights around the world

Some thoughts on women’s rights around the world

When I initially conceived of this blog post, I’d been planning to share some facts about gender equality from around the world, to highlight how wrong it is to focus most of our feminist energies on the problems at home (and in similar places to home, which for me is developed, Western nations) and remain unaware of the issues women are facing in other countries. However, it’s also important to not pretend that it’s only less developed countries that struggle…

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13 feminist reads for International Women’s Day 2019

13 feminist reads for International Women’s Day 2019

For a long time, women didn’t write books. Well, that’s almost certainly not true, but women didn’t write books that were widely published or preserved for the future until very recently, in the grand scheme of things. It wasn’t until a few hundred years ago that women started regularly publishing books that we still know of today, often under male pseudonyms. But recently, as in the last hundred years recently, women have published lots and lots of books – and…

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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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