This Isn't Normal

A few things I miss, in no particular order: Being able to trust the media. Not liking the current administration, but not feeling their tenure is the end of the world. A functioning opposition.A willingness to cooperate with international neighbours. Living in a normal country, happy with its place in the world. Not having to…

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2019 – My Year in Review

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t do New Year resolutions. Instead, I like to reflect back on the year I’ve had and see where I’ve made improvements. Despite the spectre of Brexit hanging over my head like a perverse sword, 2019 has been a productive year. I’ve accomplished quite a bit. My proudest achievement was…

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One Road

It’s taken me the better part of a week to get my head around the events of last Thursday. I’ve read a few post-mortem hot takes of the situation, but I’ve come away with just one hard fact – Scotland and England are travelling in different directions, and the chasm is vast. I had a…

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Insanity

One oft-quoted definition of insanity is ‘repeating the same action again and again while expecting a different outcome’. For over three years, I have spent every day trawling news sites and scrolling through Twitter in search of that one magical fact, that single bit of enlightenment, that would convince a small majority of voters in…

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A Classic Plant-Based Butter

As with most plant-based substitutes, I want to make clear that this recipe does not taste exactly like butter. Because nothing tastes exactly like butter. If the margarine companies could have replicated the taste, texture, and mouth-feel of butter, they’d have done it by now. Even so, this is a pretty darn good recipe for…

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My Winter Skincare Routine

In an effort to reduce spending, I cut way back on my skincare budget. I tried exchanging my favourite products for like-for-like cheaper alternatives and I’m sad to say that the difference in the appearance of my skin was noticeable. Over time it became more lined, dull, and textured, especially now that the weather is…

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