I’m the kind of person that attracts unsolicited advice. Friends, acquaintances, sometimes even strangers on the bus – people of all walks of life take it upon themselves to bestow onto me all manner of pearls of wisdom, ranging from advice on how to find the best pub to stylistic writing conventions. It’s not uncommon […]Read More Miscellaneous Advice From the Well-Intentioned: Part One
This story takes place in Blinders, a bar in St Petersburg that I wrote an incredibly soppy blog about yesterday. The month was April; the canals had just thawed and I had swapped my thick winter jacket for my very slightly thinner spring fleece. I was, predictably, in the pub, tasting the newest pint they […]Read More Another Cautionary Tale
-or:- My First Three Months in Russia: a Culinary Journey I just got home from the second leg of my year abroad, an invigorating semester-long stint in St Petersburg. Whilst I can honestly say the past four months have been the best of my life, winter in Russia wasn’t without its challenges – for example, […]Read More How to Stay Healthy When You Don’t Have Regular Access to Fresh Vegetables
When you start learning a language, the first two years of oral lessons are spent responding to surprisingly formulaic questions about your opinion – they’re always to do with some inoffensive, general topic that everyone relates to somehow. At school it was usually about uniform or homework; in first year we graduated to the lofty […]Read More How to cope with the grossest season of them all
No matter how old you are, you’re always growing and changing. At secondary school a teacher of mine once put it, “We’re all always in a process of self-actualisation,” and once I’d got home and Googled what self-actualisation means I couldn’t agree more. How, though, can we possibly self-actualise if we don’t know ourselves? The first […]Read More What your blood type says about you
“Rosie,” they say in awe, “your skin is so grainy. Your hair defies all known laws of physics. Did you know irons exist?” I’m used to the public’s veneration by now; I nod modestly and try and change the subject, but my admirers are unstoppable. “You look like an extra in a film about rickets,” […]Read More Beauty Regime
I’m fairly open about being one of the least productive people in the history of the world. It’s something I’ve had to make my peace with over the last twenty-something years. No sooner do I sit down, determined to do some work, am I distracted by my phone or an email or a passing moth. […]Read More Tricking yourself into being productive.