Blog library

Delve into the full archive of blog posts… Everything I’ve written will appear on this page, organised chronologically, giving you a (hopefully interesting) mixture of short stories, travel blogs, or contemporary commentaries.

Feel free to browse, if you’re simply hoping to find something new. Excuse the chaos of some of my earlier posts, as this site represents my first attempt at blogging. I’m always open to comments, and will endeavour to reply quickly if you have any thoughts.

Enjoy!

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Taking care of yourself – my mental health statement

Focussing on mental health is absolutely wonderful, and incredibly important. Subsequently, I thought I’d contribute my views, should this statement be either valuable or (less likely) original. Remembering to take care of yourself is precious, especially during periods of difficulty, and given the plethora of modern challenges we face. Our brains might be fascinating, but… Continue Reading →

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Exploring Scafell Pike – wild camping with this Lake District giant

Scafell Pike Towering 978m above sea level, Scafell Pike is the UK’s tallest point, making summiting this enjoyable ascent an immense achievement. Gifted to the National Trust as a WWI memorial for conservation, there’s plenty of room for exploration! Several routes ascend to Scafell Pike, the most popular stretching 5.7 miles into the clouds. Despite… Continue Reading →

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The threat of social media is becoming increasingly dangerous

Can social media be regulated? Having posted previously on potentially regulating social media platforms, I felt this topic required updating, not least owing to some drastic changes. To be unequivocally plain: social media is dangerous. It poses a very real threat, both on an individual, and global scale. Our existing relationship with social media is… Continue Reading →

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Touring Slovenia: Ljubljana to Lake Bled

Though growing in popularity, Slovenia is an underrated gem, offering a rich variety of activities and stunning landscape! Whilst touring two summers ago, my travel companion and I spent an enjoyable weekend in Ljubljana (Luub-lee-ah-na), before gracing Lake Bled with our presence, first detouring through Skofja Loka and Kranj. This stunning country is remarkably welcoming,… Continue Reading →

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The March of the Midges

An impossibly vast carpet of blue melted into the distant horizon, the cloudless sky bleeding almost imperceptibly into the water. From here, the sea appeared everything that was. Coated by a shimmering sheen, the waves had journeyed thousands of unbroken miles to visit the cliff face, which stood quaking at the land’s end. Now glistening,… Continue Reading →

Wild camping in a tent in the Outer Hebrides

Tented wild camping in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides – how to explore

Why wild camping? If you’re wondering, why wild camping? In a tent? Stay tuned – I promise it redeems itself. As with mainland Scotland, the Outer Hebrides permit wild camping anywhere you might desire (that’s not private or specifically excluded). This generates fantastic opportunities for a truly unforgettable holiday! In the volatile wilderness of the… Continue Reading →

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Counterfeiting during the US Civil War – how to topple a government

Dismantling the Confederacy Through an unprecedented surge in the production of fake currency, Northern counterfeiters significantly contributed towards toppling the Confederate government. In extreme brief, the US Civil War erupted in April 1861, following the secession of several Southern states from the Union, primarily to preserve the institution of slavery. Concluded in 1865 by Robert… Continue Reading →

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Harmless Escapism – Charitable endeavours

Something about the image was wrong. Again. Having adopted my usual camouflage, already slick with mud, I was hurtling once more towards the trees at the foot of the hill, upon which my house resided. As they imposed themselves, extending higher with each thundering step, I realised some element was distinctly out of place, though… Continue Reading →

Statue of Winston Churchill, cause for controversy

Britain’s statues – what is the historical reality?

Britain’s statues have long-since been controversial since what exactly they represent is ill-defined. Are they celebratory monuments, or historical relics? An educational tool, or offensive, exclusionary celebration? Well, the reality is both. This site has previously referenced the cultural difficulty enshrouding statues – interpretations are as diverse as Britain’s population. Taking Cecil Rhodes, for example,… Continue Reading →

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Revolution.

I felt it tangibly. We were all of us impassioned by our rigorous adherence to the truth. Determined to defend, with force if necessary, the righteousness of our beliefs. To rebel against an evil government which had, for too long now, been abusing our people. A decaying body of authority with corruption-riddled limbs oozing the… Continue Reading →

Who was the first female President of the United States?

To clarify, the short answer is: no-one. To date, no woman has officially served as President of the United States. In fact, Kamala Harris (featured) is making history, as the first female, first black, and first Asian American to be Vice-President. A momentous achievement, just 232 years since George Washington’s inauguration, and subsequent all-male successions…. Continue Reading →

Micro-plastics: Yet another pervasive environmental threat

The natural environment has been invaded by ‘micro-plastics’. Climate change is bad, and getting no better by the day. Even worse, the narrative continues to be hijacked by interests with vested futures in destroying the environment. Unbelievably, both those statements have somehow become controversial. The politicisation of climate change has inhibited the action that can… Continue Reading →

Lockdown: Is the cure worse than the disease?

No one should doubt that COVID-19 has been utterly devastating. It has ravaged populations and wrecked an entire generation. But this question relates to the wider impact of lockdown, supposed cure for the disease. Has it instead worsened the outcomes of a pandemic it was designed to mitigate? Evidently, we were ill-equipped to manage the… Continue Reading →

The Precariat: What is it, and why does it matter?

The ‘Precariat’, a term first coined by economist Guy Standing, refers to an emerging, multi-dimensional class in society, forced into an unstable relationship with employment. People who, through no fault of their own, but as a by-product of the global capitalist system painfully birthed into the 21st Century, cannot obtain secure work. The Precariat itself… Continue Reading →

The Face in the Mirror

Ever felt that creeping sensation of being watched? Appearances are not what they seem. When a man’s reflection becomes possessed by its own life force, he is compelled to embark upon a journey of discovery, testing the limits of his bravery.

Living and Scuba Diving in Madagascar: A Frontier Adventure

Last summer, I was lucky enough to explore Madagascar with Frontier, on the small island of Nosy Be. The project primarily involved marine conservation, though I also participated in their forest rejuvenation scheme, all whilst fully immersed in the wonderful environment and culture. Most of my time was spent on a beach camp, the beds… Continue Reading →

What are we allowed to say?

Often, people like to complain they no longer know which words they are allowed to say anymore. They present these forbidden words as some great calamity, caused solely by over-the-top political correctness single-handedly destroying freedom of speech. As if the words are no longer appropriate for no reason, omitting the unfortunate and exclusionary history distilled… Continue Reading →

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