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Get Snappy 20: London and Cornwall

Get Snappy 20: London and Cornwall

Okay, after last week’s latest chapter in the chronic UTI chronicles, I assumed that this week would be an improvement. Alas, that was not the case. The symptoms I’d ascribed to a UTI had actually become a nasty kidney infection, leaving me extremely nauseous, sick, tired and in pain. I spent the week in and out of work, lying down and taking YET ANOTHER course of strong antibiotics. Part of me remains vaguely skeptical that I’m even that ill, despite…

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Bedruthan’s Steps, Cornwall

Bedruthan’s Steps, Cornwall

Anyone who’s read more than a couple of posts on this blog knows about my love affair with Tregardock beach. I know. I’m sorry for bringing it up again. I’m sure you’re all sick of it. Don’t worry, this post is not about Tregardock. It’s about another one of my favourite beaches in Cornwall: Bedruthan’s Steps. Unlike Tregardock, Bedruthan’s Steps is not unknown. It’s protected by the National Trust. I mean, there’s a car park and a café up on…

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Get Snappy 19: London

Get Snappy 19: London

Oh, guys. This hasn’t been my week. After a few months of top-quality chronic UTI management, I’ve been hit with a serious infection and am now taking strong antibiotics four times a day. And, for the first time ever – I think because of the strength of the pills – I have not been reacting well to them and have spent much of the week feeling extremely nauseous. Not ideal. Oh yeah, and I’m PMSing. So it’s all a good…

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More photos of spring flowers in Cornwall

More photos of spring flowers in Cornwall

Yesterday, I posted a blog full of photos from early March in Cornwall. Today, I want to share some photos from this past weekend. If you read the most recent Get Snappy, you’ll probably have got a sense of how pleased I am with these pictures. I love them! I love taking pictures of flowers and the daisies and wisteria were perfect subjects. I don’t really know what else to say, to be honest! It’s hard sometimes to think of…

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Throwback to magnolia in March

Throwback to magnolia in March

In March, I took a load of photos of beautiful magnolia in Cornwall and posted them alongside a thousand words about my brief foray into plant science at university. It was funny enough, but that same week I had a crisis of confidence about my blog topics and deleted it for being a blah post. Since then, I have found my feet a lot more with the blog. I have interspersed photo-focused posts with political essays and think pieces and…

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Get Snappy 18: London and Cornwall

Get Snappy 18: London and Cornwall

This has been an amazing week for photos! Seriously, Cornwall in the spring is clearly one of the most photogenic places on Earth. The flowers are in bloom and it is absolutely stunning. I love photographing flowers. I spent a long time taking pictures of the wisteria from as many angles as possible. I especially liked getting pictures from underneath with the sun shining through. Often middle of the day sun washes out a photo but the combination of the…

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Get Snappy 17: London

Get Snappy 17: London

My brain feels like mush right now, honestly. I have been trying to write all weekend but the words haven’t been coming out nor have I been able to focus on a book or anything else. But I have yet to miss a Get Snappy so I will get these words out come hell or high lethargy. I have been feeling the urge to take more photos of my family and friends recently, which has already been a joy. Every…

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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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Get Snappy 16: Bodrum, Turkey

Get Snappy 16: Bodrum, Turkey

I have written so many blogs this week that I’m all written-out by now, which is a shame given that I have some cool photos from Turkey this week and would like to put some interesting words with them. This week, I have posted blogs about a food tour in Bruges, the role colonisation played in the development of our favourite snacks, a piece comparing the fall of Bruges with Brexit and the potential decline of the UK, a post…

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