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Pain, A Cane, and Gain

Pain, A Cane, and Gain

This is a scheduled post. Right about now I ought to be in Dublin. I’m probably lost, because I lack any sense of direction, and/or trying to resist the temptation to buy a lot of musical instruments that I won’t be able to take home on the plane. However, right now I want to talk about my previous trip, which was to Cornwall. (I’m having quite the tour of places of ASNaC interest this summer, apparently.) As we were driving…

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Excitement & Fear: Miriam In Ireland, 2017

Excitement & Fear: Miriam In Ireland, 2017

This is the first in a series of posts I’ll write while in Ireland, which I’ve titled as ‘Miriam In Ireland, 2017’. Not an original series title, but at least you know what you’re in for. I’m not actually in Ireland yet, but the preparation stage is an important one in any holiday, so I thought I’d talk a bit about how that’s going and some of the things I’m looking forward to about the trip, as well as some…

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Back Online

Back Online

Cornwall turned out to have very little internet. It also lasted a day longer than I expected, due to a detour to visit family friends that my parents managed to forget to tell me about. I’m finally home, though, after a very long stationary tailback on the M25 that left us all sweltering (our car doesn’t have working air-con anymore), and reacquainting myself with the world of functioning WiFi. Pictures will follow, including the disappointing results of spending a really…

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Christmas, Adulthood, and Festive Transitions

Christmas, Adulthood, and Festive Transitions

Christmas as a young adult is weird. It starts getting weird in your mid teenage years, I think, although maybe this depends slightly on your family traditions, and whether or not you have siblings (plus, whether they’re older or younger). I’m the youngest of three, so my siblings outgrew many of our childhood traditions some time before I did, although given that we were never a family who believed in Father Christmas, this wasn’t as big a deal as it…

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Missing The Bubble

Missing The Bubble

This summer is a long one. As a Brit going through the state education system, I went through my school years with summer holidays of only six weeks. Okay, so that’s amazing to working adults, but to many of my US readers, I imagine it sounds pretty short — I know your summers were considerably longer at school. Typically for us, school years would end around the 20th July and begin in the first week of September. Admittedly, in years…

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An Unfamiliar Home

An Unfamiliar Home

I’m home for the holidays, and it’s weird. Two months, it turns out, is just long enough to disrupt the autopilot habits which allow you to find things in the dark, but not long enough for things to seem entirely unfamiliar. Aided by the return of my older brother to the familial nest, the house has changed: not drastically, but enough that I find myself looking for things in the wrong places. It is personalised and homely and absolutely full…

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Little Pieces Of Peace

Little Pieces Of Peace

A quick note before I start the post proper. I’ve noticed my stats have been steadily declining in recent weeks, and I’m aware that there have been technical problems (subscriptions failing to send; moving my blog etc), so I’m not overly concerned about that. However, I’m figuring out a sort of blog schedule in order to blog more consistently, which you may notice soon. In addition, if you’ve any comments on how I could improve my blog or what I’ve…

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Dragons In The Ferns (With Bonus Ducks)

Dragons In The Ferns (With Bonus Ducks)

I’m back from my holiday in Derbyshire, where I was reminded of my complete dependance on WiFi by the utter lack of it. Not sure if the North of England just doesn’t go in for publicly accessibly WiFi or if we were simply unlucky, but man, am I glad to be home. It didn’t help that Pepper, my newly acquired tablet, decided not to connect to the only internet access we did find — my experiences of the Surface 2…

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A Productive Day and No Excuse

A Productive Day and No Excuse

Readers. Readers! Welcome. I haven’t seen you in a while. Or rather, I have seen you, but it’s been pretty uneventful and not really very interesting. More crazy than interesting, to be quite honest. Anyway, I’ve realised I’ve got absolutely no excuse for not writing a proper blog post now, since not only are most of my exams over but it’s also the holidays – and a Saturday at that. So three reasons why I really have to sit down…

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The Doctor, Christmas, And Revision

The Doctor, Christmas, And Revision

First of all, the Doctor. Well, what can I say? I’m sure there are some people out there that couldn’t tell me three facts about the Doctor off the top of their head, and there are also probably people who are sitting there going, “Is she ill? Why is she telling us about the doctor?” But I’m not. At least, I’m not telling you about the doctor. I’m telling you about the Doctor. Yes, there is a difference. However, these…

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