Portraits in 2020

Not long ago, I stumbled across an incredibly moving Instagram account, Portraits in 2020.  I had the pleasure of chatting to David Cavan, the man behind the project and photographer behind the lens. ‘Portraits in 2020’ is a portrait of a different person every day for one year.  David asks everyone the same question, so…

Tropical Noël

Christmas: only a short time ago but now a distant memory. The holidays have ended, the spirit of Christmas has been distinguished along with the tree lights, decorations are hidden for another year.  The gruelling return to work means a lost motivation to stick to New Year Resolutions. Having always spent Christmas the ‘traditional’ way…

Potty for Tea

Full article published in Lifestyle, The Mancunion. Spilling the tea on Britain’s tea addiction

A day at Malendure

The black sands of Plage de Malendure offer a gateway to dive in La Reserve Cousteau. Another day spent in paradise.

La Toussaint en Guadeloupe

All Saints’ Day, known as La Toussaint across the French-speaking world, is celebrated on the first of November.  A Christian festival in which believers join together to pray for their deceased loved ones, the tradition also helps to bring families together to spiritually contemplate life. The religious significance of ‘All Saints Day’ reminds Christians that…

Feeling Loopy

London girls Georgia and Millie have been best friends since school; they both love fashion, getting inventive and designing their own funky accessories. They would spend time in the school holidays making necklaces, earrings, headbands. Struggling to find quirky, well-made accessories at an affordable price, the girls seized the gap in the market and started…

Opening up

Thursday 10th October was World Mental Health Day. The term ‘mental health’ is thrown about too much but not effectively discussed. Two weeks after the accident and I am out of hospital. I want to reflect on my feelings from this week. I ended my previous article optimistic and confident, anticipating the start of rehab…

A ‘leg day’ like no other

Friday 27th September marked my first month in Guadeloupe. Having fully adjusted to this incredible island, I was having the time of my life. Happy, healthy and tanned, I made my way to the gym at 7am for a workout. It was “leg day”. Ironic. Friday night brought spontaneous plans to go out with my…

Trippy visions or ceremonial practice?

When tobacco was first discovered by European voyagers in the sixteenth century, it provoked moral outrage at the prospect of a diabolic herb perforating its way into European society.  It was used in Mesoamerican cultures for medicinal and spiritual benefits.  As the tobacco plant was hotly debated amongst Europeans, its slow incorporation into western value…

First Impressions of Island Life

Summarising the first two weeks and capturing the array of emotions is difficult to put into words.  This is a short article detailing my first impressions of the French Caribbean island where I am living. Why am I in Guadeloupe? Some crazy travelling expedition to ‘find myself’ on the ‘gap yah’ I never had? Running…