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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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Get Snappy 13: London and Oxford (and a sweet little dog)

Get Snappy 13: London and Oxford (and a sweet little dog)

This week has been more work, more Brexit, raging PMS that left me in tears more than once and mine and Jake’s anniversary. We celebrated by making nachos and chocolate-covered strawberries at home, if you were wondering. It was low-key, but lovely. Oh, and we saw Company, which was amazing. We also ended up in Oxford for less than twenty-four hours to celebrate the birthday of a dear family friend. This did mean that we were able to enjoy the…

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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, and…

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Snapshots from Mount Snowdon

Snapshots from Mount Snowdon

One of my favourite posts on this site is from our trip to Snowdonia last August. Despite it being the height of summer, it rained every day. The UK is terrible. Well, it’s not all terrible. Some parts of the UK are painfully beautiful, like the beaches on the south coast or Snowdonia National Park. I can’t in good faith say that Snowdon is an undervisited location, given that there were approximately one billion people sharing the mountain with us….

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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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Get Snappy 11: London

Get Snappy 11: London

Getting creative with a camera in your day-to-day life is a challenge. Even in a city like London, it’s hard to make the mundane moments the subject of a striking picture. But not only is Get Snappy as good a motivation as any to try, it also pushes me to go and actually do the things on my London ‘to-do’ list. I’d been planning to go Columbia Road flower market for months but the necessary combination of a free Sunday…

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Get Snappy 10: London

Get Snappy 10: London

This week contained basically my two favourite ‘public’ days: Pancake Day and International Women’s Day. I have come to treasure Pancake Day (should this be capitalised? It does feel like an occasion that deserves capital letters) as a sacred opportunity to eat pancakes for dinner (and breakfast and lunch if you want to be truly inspirational) without anyone questioning your nutritional choices. The best pancake topping is Nutella, strawberries and whipped cream. I will take no questions on this matter….

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Get Snappy 9: London and Cornwall

Get Snappy 9: London and Cornwall

The glorious sun we were treated to last week sadly came to an end. We had a few more blissful sunny days (I am a sun worshipper through and through) before the heat broke and the rain arrived. The one good thing that came out of our tragic return to drizzle and clouds were some astonishingly moody views over the centre of London that made for some great pictures. I was pleased that I’d taken some Get Snappy contenders so…

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Tregardock beach, 2018

Tregardock beach, 2018

I read a lot of travel blogs, and one thing you come to realise is that every blogger has certain places they love, that they return to over and over and over again. One of those places for me is Tregardock beach. If you’ve read a few posts on this blog, you may have come across some glorious Tregardock photos. This beach is gorgeous. I took a host of photos at Tregardock last year, as I managed to visit five…

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Why you should cycle in London

Why you should cycle in London

When people find out I cycle in London, I get a lot of comments, primarily to the tune of, “that would be so scary. I could never do that.” I’m sorry to burst your bubble – but you’re wrong. I believe in you. You could do it, if you wanted to, with a few pieces of advice and a gentle nudge in the right direction. Here is that nudge, and some advice, because I only thing I like more than…

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