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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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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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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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10 wonderful moments in Europe

10 wonderful moments in Europe

Most of what I’ve written about Brexit has centred around what the UK government is doing and how the process is moving along (or not moving along, as it were). Today, I want to write about some of the best moments I’ve had in Europe over the years, as a quiet reminder of how much such close proximity to other countries, languages and cultures can do for us. I have been visiting Europe since I was a tiny baby. I…

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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 the largest protest marches in British history, second only to the Iraq war protest in 2003. The route started around 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….

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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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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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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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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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