I thought I’d put together a bit of an overview of some of my favourite things of the last few months, including some of the books I’ve managed to read in the depths of dissertation writing, but mostly the things I’ve been doing and places which I’ve been visiting. I’m so late to the party on this one, so this is going to be more of a gallery than an in-depth post! Disney/Universal/America British Museum & Odyssey Panel with Mary Beard Anniversary in Stratford and…Continue Reading “Favourites from Fall”

Last Wednesday, I headed back into Oxford after work to attend a talk by Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project, successful author, and possibly one of the most articulate people I have ever heard speak in public. The talk was held in the Sheldonian Theatre – always lovely – and was focussed around Bates’ new book, Misogynation. In comparison to the personal accounts of Everyday Sexism, and the manual-style Girl Up, Misogynation is more of an exploration of the myriad forms sexism which,…Continue Reading “Laura Bates – Misogynation”

This past weekend marked the annual literature festival in our nearest town. It’s a small town, so I was extremely surprised to find out that they had a book festival every year, especially one that actually attracts pretty big-name authors. This year, there weren’t too many events which I was keen to see, but the two I did attend were fantastic! Matt and I went to see Robert Peston, the political/economics/business journalist/commentator, who spoke in the cute little theatre in Chippy. It was technically a…Continue Reading “#ChipLitFest”

In July, we spent a few days in Edinburgh, meeting up with family and friends. I was SO keen to go as I’ve never been before, and despite the fairly miserable weather, it was a fantastic trip and I’m fully in love with the city already! It actually reminds me a lot of Oxford – the old buildings, often cobbled streets, and more laidback and less busy atmosphere in comparison to other cities. Of course, it does have a much better castle than Oxford, and…Continue Reading “This is… Edinburgh”

A while back, I took a trip with my mum and my grandma to Bath for a night away. It was for my mum’s birthday so we had a bit of a celebration, and it was really lovely to spend some quality time just the three of us. As we were only there for one night, and we had previously made a day trip there, we didn’t see everything Bath has to offer. However, I’ll try to throw in recommendations where I can! After checking…Continue Reading “This is… Bath”

Welcome all to 2017! I know that a lot of people were REALLY looking forward to 2016 being over, and although I can empathise with making the most of the new year, a lot of great things happened in 2016 for me. 2016 was my first full year of being employed (yay!), and my first full year out of education (even if I am now studying for a graduate masters degree…). In November, Matt and I reached four years of being together, which was such…Continue Reading “Hey 2017!”

Skiing. Anyone who’s been raves about it, and people who haven’t appear generally indifferent to it. Whether the latter comes through jealousy or inability to go skiing, or whether it is simply an indifference towards the activity, depends on the person. Before going skiing, I can safely say I was indifferent to it. In fact, I was probably more actively against going, convinced I wouldn’t be any good at it and that it was far too expensive. As it turns out, both those things were…Continue Reading “A Beginner’s Guide to Skiing (sort of)”

This is a bit of a belated post, but it’s something I did want to write about. Last weekend, Matt and I went away on the Friday night for our anniversary, to a little hotel near Broadway, which isn’t that far away from where I live in the Cotswolds. It’s a cute little town, with some great cafes and pubs, and LOTS of super cute gift shops. Just my kind of place! We set off early in the afternoon, and the weather was actually okay when…Continue Reading “A Classic Cotswolds Escape”

It was a few days late, but last night I went out to a bonfire and fireworks night. It was out by Woodstock – which is in Oxfordshire for most of you reading this who don’t live anywhere near me – in a massive field, and despite the constant drizzle it was a great evening. There was fantastic food, a classic pig roast perfect for a cold night, and plenty of hot drinks on hand to keep us toasty. They had a huge fire, which…Continue Reading “Fire, Food, & Fireworks”

  Apologies for my short absence, but I have once again been on holiday! This has been quite the year for holidays, one which I know I won’t get to recreate any time soon, and so I jumped at every opportunity to get out of the country (or sometimes just to other parts of the country). As you may be able to tell, this time Matt and I jetted off to Bratislava, in Slovakia. Most people, when told where I was going, would either reply…Continue Reading “Ďakujem, Bratislava”