Steiner

A dried thistle flower. She hands it to me, sniffling, drying her eyes from some head-bang or dog lick, and tells me in a small voice, β€˜it is a hedgehog’. And it is! It has two eyes and a nose, and my heart turns to mush at the prickly little treasure she has brought back from her

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Insta-inspiration: October

My Japanese film addiction continues as Autumn creeps in, along with some seasonal inspiration. Let’s hear it for photos that make your heart hurt with envy, and your brain hum with joy.   I’ve loved Hilde’s photos for forever, but the beautiful imperfection of this shot really caught me. I’m actually pretty outraged that someone

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Autumn spider bastards

Ah, Autumn. Season of falling leaves, rosy red apples, the first frost under foot … and giant bastard spiders invading your home after dark. You know what I’m talking about. Those massive black meaty ones that are too big to fit under a teacup. Not that I’m getting close enough to try, to be honest, because what if

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Sara-Syndrome (or possibly POTS)

My whole life I’ve been weird. I don’t just mean socially (although, yes), but physically too – I’ve always known I am fundamentally different to other people, and admonished myself for not conforming better. For example, I am always too hot. I overheat so easily that I routinely sleep naked, with a window open, under a towel,

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10 ways to improve your writing

ten mistakes you might be making in your writing Not an expert, purely observational. Well, I did study linguistics at Uni but I’ve forgotten it all, so… 1. Over-using the thesaurus. It was drilled into many of us at school to look for fancy or alternative words. While this works as a vocabulary extending tool,

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Show & Tell: August in photos

I know, I know – it’s mid-September. I got a little distracted. Here’s what with: 1. New social media profile pic, for the first time in years. Always find I prefer it when you can’t see my face too much. Do you think that’s a disadvantage when making connections online?  2. This series of sponsored

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how the clickbait algorithm is choking instagram

Have you noticed a shift in Instagram lately? Since the latest round of updates, most people have: their posts attract fewer likes, the content they see on their home feed is less varied. Occasionally, and seemingly inexplicably, a post will garner unusual attention. It attracts likes at a remarkable rate, and you see your followings

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