Here in post-UK Brexit, where hate crime and racism are on the rise, an American woman in London came up with the idea of wearing a safety pin to show your opposition to racism and to single yourself out as an ally. Continue reading
Brexit: confusion, fear & shame
On Friday morning I woke up at 7:02am and in my first few waking moments, blinked at twitter. No. Surely not. Tears sprang into my ears before I’d even fully processed the information, both the shock and the doubt merging with the disbelief. The UK has voted to leave the EU. Even as I read the facts through blurry, angry tears, my mind was refusing to accept the information.
Hey! It’s me. Laila. The author of this blog. The girl in the photo. The editor and the scribe. The immigrant’s daughter. Continue reading
24 Hours in Edinburgh
Last week I went on a flying trip around the country. My first stop was Edinburgh, one of my favourite cities in the UK! Continue reading
St Patrick’s Day
Happy St Patricks Day! I know it seems like just yesterday I was waffling on about being part-Welsh but I couldn’t really write one post about my roots and not follow it up with another…
Black & White in Brighton
Hello! Some more photos from my recent trip to Brighton. I wasn’t happy with the colouring in some of these photos so I adjusted them to monochrome. It was quite novel editing in black and white! I nearly always use monochrome film with my analog cameras, but this is the first time I’ve used that effect for photos taken with my DSLR. Brighton is a really colourful place so it’s kind of an odd choice to go for monochrome, but I quite like how they’ve turned out!
These last photos show you what I bought from Brighton, an idea completely stolen from my pal Bel in this post. I’m not really into haul posts but I remember thinking that was a nice thing to include about her trip. Holiday souvenirs and mementos are a bit different to a standard shopping trip in my book. I picked up three pieces of sheet music, a black and gold velvet skirt, vintage yellow and white blouse, graphics pens, medal, 1930s teapot, paprika, lemongrass, bay leaves and ground curry leaves. I cook a lot of curry!
P.S. If you haven’t already, I’d really appreciate it if you could give my facebook page a quick like here (it’s different to the blog page!) – many thanks for your support! Also, I have a huge exciting announcement to come in the next post…!! xx
I was recently invited on holiday to visit Gloucester and the Cotswolds. I went to Gloucester for a week of work last year but aside that have never visited that part of the country. Everybody was keen to tell me how Gloucester Cathedral is featured in the Harry Potter films. I swear half of England has been featured in those bloody films (I cannot stand them) but the Cathedral is certainly beautiful enough to have been attracting visitors long before Warner Bros and their merry gang rocked up.
I’m not a religious person but I have always been fascinated by sacred spaces. The precision, detail and sheer size of the buildings that have been constructed in the name of faith astounds me. The thing that particularly caught me in Gloucester Cathedral was the stained glass windows and the hazy watercolour lighting it created – soft and entrancing down elaborate corridors.