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Postcards from… York in Autumn | Tourism

Contrary to the vast majority of bloggers and instagrammers who are filling up my feeds with their joy at the return of woolen jumpers, rainy days, and cold, dark nights, the colder months are not my favourite. I dread saying goodbye to warm sunshine and long evenings when this time of year rolls around. But now I live in York, there’s something to ease the transition into the latter parts of the year, because autumn in this city can be nothing short of spectacular. Perhaps because it’s the time of year I first moved here (almost exactly four years to the day as I type, no less), but York’s autumn holds such a special place in my heart. I actually think it’s one of the best times to visit the city, so if you’re heading to York this autumn, here are some prime photo-spots for your cosy, golden-toned Instagram feed.…

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‘Anxiety for Beginners’ by Eleanor Morgan | Shelved

Eleanor Morgan’s Anxiety for Beginners presents itself on the cover as ‘a personal investigation’. Morgan, a journalist and author who has suffered from severe anxiety since her teens, weaves her personal experience of mental illness with well-sourced and well-executed research to present this part-autobiography, part-self-help-guide to those whose lives are pulled taut by this debilitating illness.…

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Postcards from… Durham | Tourism

It hadn’t occurred to me just how straightforward it is to get to Durham from York until I took a trip to Newcastle back at the beginning of 2018, and the train sailed straight past it less than an hour after we left York station. I was captured by it then, the astonishing Cathedral presiding over this quaint little city nestled in the northern countryside, and resolved to venture there myself sometime soon. ‘Soon’ ended up being almost eighteen months later, in the middle of summer while I took some spontaneous annual leave from work.…

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When Stress Becomes Incapacitating: Writing My Dissertation in One Week

It was Time to Talk Day back on February 7th. I tend not to purposefully act on days like that – every day presents an opportunity to talk about mental health – and it’s a pretty long time ago now, but on that day I was presented with some concepts for a post I’ve been meaning to attempt to put together for a while. It’s the kind of piece I needed to take some time over, because it’s lengthy and complex and personal and tricky, so it took me almost three weeks to even sit down and try writing. When I did start, I realised that what I wanted to say would be most helpful if accompanied with some context, namely by explaining something which happened back in May last year.

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Six Reasons to Love York

Choosing to stay in York after I left university was anything but a difficult decision. Even while my first year was difficult, I fell in love with the city almost instantly, and something in me just felt right. It’s the perfect size (for me), with amazing connections to the rest of the country (except, of course, my parents back in Norfolk!). And, besides being utterly photogenic, there’s just something special about this historic little city. That I’m now able to properly call it ‘home’ still hasn’t quite sunk in, because from the food to the architecture to the culture, there’s just so much to love about York – so here are my top six.

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