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A Plea to Vote

A Plea to Vote

‘My vote is my voice… and the voice of all who struggled, so that I may have my voice.’ – Lydia C. Obasi. On 4th June 1914, a woman stepped out in front of King George V’s horse Anmer in the Epsom Derby and suffered injuries that proved to be fatal four days later. That woman’s name was Emily Davison and she was protesting her right, as a woman, to vote. Emily Davison was one amongst hundreds of suffragettes who protested vehemently…

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HTMW Recaps – May 2017

HTMW Recaps – May 2017

I normally add a quote to the beginning of each post that sums up or enhances my writing. However, I’m going to use my monthly recaps as an opportunity to sum up the month – be it the mood, the weather, my feelings… Anything really! This month was far quieter and more relaxed than April, and I’ve felt a lot less stressed out. I’ve taken time for myself, in extreme contrast to last month, so the quote this month reflects…

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On Returning: A Range of Emotions

On Returning: A Range of Emotions

‘Your emotions are meant to fluctuate… It’s a system that’s supposed to move back and forth, between happy and unhappy. That’s how the system guides you through the world.’ – Daniel Gilbert. The featured image in this post is one of my absolute favourites from The Long Journey Home, taken in Beijing at the Olympic Park. The longest stint I was away from friends and family in the UK was fourteen months, and coming back after all that time away was…

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HTMW Recaps – February 2017

HTMW Recaps – February 2017

I normally add a quote to the beginning of each post that sums up or enhances my writing. However, I’m going to use my monthly recaps as an opportunity to sum up the month – be it the mood, the weather, my feelings… Anything really! This month has really been all about my wonderful friends and family, so here is a quote for February that just about sums up how I feel about them all: ‘How I measure riches is…

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Summer Nostalgia

Summer Nostalgia

‘Aaah, summer – that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility.’ – Darell Hammond. The national topic of conversation in the UK is the weather. Waiting for your change from a shop assistant? Mention how cold and grey it is today. Got a meeting in work with people you don’t know well? Talk about how wet it has been for the past three months and joke that we will soon need to start building an ark….

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When Life Is Unexpected

When Life Is Unexpected

Above: home long enough to walk Sybil a few times before leaving again… Facing off with a sheep!   ‘I’m not a very fast-paced person.’ – Patrick Fugit. Or, at least, I thought I wasn’t!! When I got home from our Long Journey Home on the 17th June, I kind of thought I’d have a month or so to catch my breath before plunging into the next bit of whatever life threw my way. Despite being stone broke, the comfort…

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