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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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Chlorophyll, coconut bacon and CBD oil: a part-rant, part-review rundown of brunch at Farm Girl, Notting Hill

Chlorophyll, coconut bacon and CBD oil: a part-rant, part-review rundown of brunch at Farm Girl, Notting Hill

I love brunch. Give me some avocado and a poached egg and pop it on some fresh bread and I’m happy. I’ve got time for granola and porridge with fancy toppings and shakshuka and smoothies and juices and creamy hot chocolates. When it comes to brunch, I’m easy to please. We’ve imported avocado on toast (with halloumi or salmon for an extortionate bonus charge or your left kidney) brunch culture from Australia and Israel in the past decade or so…

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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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A Christmas Prince 2: WHY?!

A Christmas Prince 2: WHY?!

Watching brilliantly awful Netflix films is a treasured hobby of mine. 2017’s A Christmas Prince was a solid addition to the terrible Christmas film canon, containing all of the classic elements: at least one, if not more, dead parents, as this is apparently the only way to add emotional depth to a character, a non-white best friend who receives almost no screen time or lines and writing that makes you want to start lauding 50 Shades of Grey as a…

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On “beach bodies”

On “beach bodies”

There’s a weird cultural phenomenon where, before a holiday or the summer, people suddenly start trying to lose weight, solely for the purpose of looking thinner on the beach and in their holiday photos. Bikini bodies, beach bodies, summer bodies – whatever you call it, clearly there’s dissonance for many between the body they live in most of the time and the public body that they want others to see (or are less stressed about others seeing). The idea that…

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Why Instagram fitness is the worst

Why Instagram fitness is the worst

A few years ago, I was a lightweight rower. I counted calories and weighed myself daily, timing my meagre meals around my training sessions so I could fuel myself enough to train for several hours each day while also rapidly shedding weight. It was not an easy, or healthy, way to live. Along with the dysfunctional eating habits eventually came the promised reward; the scale went down, I got closer and closer to competition weight and my muscles starting bulging…

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