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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Boardrooms and burned bras: questions at the intersection of feminism and capitalism

Boardrooms and burned bras: questions at the intersection of feminism and capitalism

I haven’t written much about feminism on this blog, save for a few posts around International Women’s Day. For the most part, I feel sort of redundant writing about feminism, because I don’t feel that I’m bringing many new insights to the table. I try to write posts that reflect an idea or viewpoint that I haven’t seen or read much about and many of the feminist basics have been well covered in books, blogs and across the Internet in…

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What I read in: April 2019

What I read in: April 2019

April was a great month for books. About halfway through this month, I decided to focus on reading about capitalism and feminism this year, to try to make a dent in my huge pile of books about social issues and economics. I might stop this next month because I can be fickle, but the end of this month saw me knock out two big books on feminism and global inequality, which was a good start. I also read a lot…

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Paleo cakes and regret: an adventure in coconut flour and sweet potato

Paleo cakes and regret: an adventure in coconut flour and sweet potato

As my part-review, part-rant blog post about our visit to hip brunch venue Farm Girl should have warned you, I am deeply skeptical of fad diets and various other bits of ‘wellness’ fuckery. While I am willing to concede that what you eat can have a pronounced impact on your body, I am not willing to agree that spirulina is the key to happiness or that gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, joy-free brownies taste just like the real thing. No. Don’t make…

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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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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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Let them eat pralines (and fries): the truth behind our favourite treats

Let them eat pralines (and fries): the truth behind our favourite treats

In most of the blogs I’ve already posted about Belgium, I have waxed poetic about the food. As I recounted the food tour we went on, I referenced both the fry museum and the chocolate museum, two places that we circled back to later to get a better look at. The fry museum is particularly notable, as it’s the only place in the world that has dedicated itself to the humble chip. There are quite a few chocolate museums on…

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