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27 Things I’ve Learned in 27 Years

Last weekend, I turned 27.  And then Donald Trump got elected as the President of the United States. Whilst obviously entirely unrelated, the arrival of both events (and the shadow of Brexit) has had me, like many others across the globe, seriously debating whether or not I know anything about anything after all. It’s also had me truly pondering how I fit into this big old world. Happy birthday to me! In a brief moment of reflection on the Tube (where I do most of my thinking these days) I made…

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On Storytelling: Poetry at St Paul’s Cathedral

I’ve been thinking a lot about storytelling these past couple of weeks. Such intense contemplations have most probably been sparked by a period of intense reading (induced by holidays and extended commutes), my day-to-day work and, most recently, a Monday night visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral to listen to some poetry. Firstly, some context: I really do consider myself extremely lucky to have found myself a career which I truly love. As a profession, media often flies under the radar: it’s the industry you don’t…

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A Day Sketching at the V&A

The Victoria & Albert Museum, aka the V&A (#local), is one of my favourites in London. Aside from being one of the most simultaneously majestic and beautiful buildings in the city, it’s also full  to the brim of absolutely beautiful, awe-inspiring things: everything from architecture models to fine china, Rodin sculptures, paintings and tapestries. And, it’s free entry (except for special exhibitions). A few weekends ago, I had the luxury of spending a full day inside the museum, re-visiting the fundamentals of drawing at a Sketch Out…

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London Life Lessons

Yesterday, I walked through a pile of leaves. Brown ones.  You know – like the ones you see in autumn, not summer. Except, of course, if you’re in London in August.  Thankfully, there’s going to be a couple of sunshiney scorchers this week. So, if you need me, I’ll be in the park with a picnic rug and a bottle of Prosecco lapping it up. But I digress. Here’s what I’ve been up to this past week: Eating. Drinking. Socialising. That’s London summer for you….

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What to do in London when…you need a walk

I’m not sure if it’s just a symptom of living in London, or merely apartment life in general, but staying inside all day in London can turn you a bit batty. Sometimes, you just need a walk For all the city’s positives, it has a tendency to get a bit claustrophobic. Whether you were an outdoorsy person before or not, don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving the great outdoors after an extended period visiting or living in the city. Personally, I’ve never been…

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London Life Lessons

It’s officially July – how did that happen!? It feels like just yesterday it was Christmas and now we’re less than 6 months away from the next one (terrifying, I know). Good news is that the sun is shining and it’s getting warmer! Bring on summer holidays! Here’s what’s been going on in my world: It’s been all about fitness this past week. Firstly, it’s absolutely delightful to have longer days which, though messing with my sleep patterns, are naturally much more conducive to early morning/post-work…

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My 6 Favourite Touristy Things To Do in London

I’m lucky that, thanks to my job, I get to do a lot of unique and exciting things in London. Everything from murder mystery evenings to Taste of London, cocktail making and other assorted and decidedly non-touristy London activities. That said, I’ve also ticked off most of the more typical tourist London activities. Whilst not all of these I’d do again (my patience was truly tested by the queues at the Tower of London…), there’s a few slightly corny, unashamedly touristy things that I still love…

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Today I Voted in the EU Referendum

Now, before you get too excited, I’m not about to get all political – because, quite frankly, I have no patience for agenda pushing. But I will say this: gosh, what a time to be in the UK! In case you haven’t heard, today the UK voted in a referendum to answer the deceptively simple question: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? I know, right – it’s big stuff. I made the decision to vote…

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London Life Lessons

There’s nothing like the feeling of a Sunday afternoon, is there? I hope the weekend has been a fun and relaxing one for you as it has been for me. Despite London’s schizophrenic weather suggesting otherwise, summer festivities and fun times are in full swing.  And trust me when I say this, when the sun is shining, there’s few placers nicer to be than London. Here’s what’s going on: Yesterday I uttered the phrase “Oh it’s going to be quite warm – 22 degrees!” to which…

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That Time When Nick Hornby Signed My Copy of High Fidelity

Who’s read High Fidelity by Nick Hornby? If you haven’t, you need to get on it. It’s absolutely one of my favourite books of all time (not to mention one of the best books to get you feeling a little bit British). But don’t watch the movie once you’re finished (just trust me on this one). I am writing wrote this update as I sat on a London bus, (my favourite,  the number 14), completely and utterly starstruck having just met the author. If you haven’t…

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