Like Hillary Clinton, I graduated from Swansea University in 2017, but that's not all we have in common. We both have Welsh ancestry and we share a name, though mine is spelt properly (obviously). When it was announced that Hillary Clinton would be receiving an honorary degree from Swansea and delivering a speech, I applied … Continue reading What’s in a name? Thank you Hillary Clinton.
I despised history lessons when I was at school. For the most part, it was limited to British history and I was more interested in the rest of the world. For the other part, I took the attitude 'why are we focussing on the past?' or, as the SSX Tricky character would yell, 'the past … Continue reading History in Context: From hating history to, well what exactly?
Nearly everyday I learn something new from the cycle tracking app Clue. Usually it's about my own body, a new trend the app has noticed, a connection I thought was a coincidence that actually might be cycle related, or a fact that the app provides in its educational features. Last week however, I was lucky … Continue reading What I learnt at Clue last week #Periodically 14
When my sister and I began planning our trip to South America, we each had one bucket list accomplishment for the continent. Alice's was Copacabana and mine was to do an Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu. Unfortunately, even though we were booking over six months ahead of time, by the time we had organised … Continue reading Mashed Potatoes Saved my Life: An Alternative Route to Machu Picchu
As discussed at great length (sorry) in A Tale of Two Pills I consider my relationship with hormonal contraceptives to be over. It is an unpopular opinion, one I've struggled to conclude myself for a long time. In my world, the pill has always been seen as this great feminist tool. It sat on its pedestal throughout … Continue reading Does being ‘anti-pill’ make me a bad feminist? #Periodically 13
I am now over three weeks post-laparoscopy. I've started working, from home happily, and I could be doing a lot worse. But for the sake of record, I thought I better write about how everything's healing up. Badly, is the answer. In my blog about the surgery itself I included this picture of my stomach's … Continue reading Recovery & do I Regret Having the Laparoscopy? #Periodically 12
It has been three months since I finished my degree! What! While I've always been good at keeping up with the literature side of my degree, the French side can be a little harder to slot into everyday life (without moving to France that is, believe me - I'm trying). I was reading at least … Continue reading An attempt at not forgetting 17 years of French
It's no news to this blog that last summer I finished my first novel, Project 27. Writing it was a process I really enjoyed and it brought me great solace while I was on my year abroad. Reading it again at the beginning of my final year brought me slightly more concern as a worried … Continue reading Why don’t you self-publish?
I think I have always been quite a moany person. When I was little I would moan about going to summer camp or after school club. As I got older I moaned about maths and music lessons. Then I started moaning about redundant news stories in prime time spots, the patriarchy and inequality, Brexit, tuition … Continue reading Articulating Pain #Periodically 11
Know that feeling of relief when you worry about a worst case scenario but when push comes to shove everything is OK? I do, I had it for about half an hour after my surgery, but that was all. Last week my lovely mum managed to get me to Swansea, operated on and back to … Continue reading Good news, bad news & speculation #Periodically 10