As commonly known, during the first world war the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise barren battlefields. Canadian poet John McCrae wrote about this in his poem Flanders Fields, helping the poppy come to represent the sacrifice made by soldiers. It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the … Continue reading Why I won’t wear a poppy
Is it just me who grew up surrounded by friends who preferred summer to winter? Summer is great and all, but lying in the sun quickly becomes tedious; there’s no sense of festivity, and long drawn out days tend to lead to lethargic boredom. There’s no uniting event to look forward to, no growing sense … Continue reading In Defence of Winter
It isn’t often that I treat myself to this type of thing. My usual hair-washing routine involves buying varying £1 Alberto Balsam shampoos, washing my face with soap and the occasional splash of bubble bath – and even that’s gone down the pan in my slightly grim student bathroom. Knowing my online spending splurges, it … Continue reading Mini Lush Haul
These are tumultuous times that we live in. A racist is President of the United States, foreign affairs are a shambles and the NHS is in utter disarray. The media is giving a platform to sexists like Piers Morgan, and the US police are killing black people on the streets. It’s a sordid state of … Continue reading Why the La La Land ‘race row’ is beyond ridiculous
In an age where food has perhaps never been so digitally in our faces, with 10-second videos of nutella-stacked-brownie-marshmallow-coated towers being viewable at our fingertips, one would think that food has never been so celebrated, so loved and so enjoyed. On the other end of the scale, there are hundreds upon hundreds of clean-eating blogs, … Continue reading ‘Food Porn’ vs ‘Clean Eating’: are they more similar than we really think?
‘Hygge.’ Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the Danish lifestyle craze of ‘well-being’ and coziness, which has spread through the UK quicker than you can say “pretentious.” People think some sort of phenomenon has surfaced, whereby the concept of ‘hygge’ has suddenly taught people how to light a candle or buy … Continue reading Can ‘Hygge’ please die alongside all the other terrible things that happened in 2016?
August 11, 2014. I wake up. It’s 41C outside – I’m in Death Valley, California, on a road trip around the west coast of America with my family. It’s urgently hot, uncomfortable. Rolling over to check my phone, I wondered why I’ve been inundated with buzzes that morning. The world, just like me, has awoken … Continue reading Robin Williams, Sad Clowns and the Media