When This is All Over: Pub Crawl

When this is over, I’m heading on a pub crawl across Exeter with my dearest friends before we leave Uni for good. A rough list of 16 pubs already exits, and we’re preparing to get completely plastered. At each pub, I’ll give a speech about why I love them, accompanied by the biggest hugs I can manage. There will be chaos, there will be nostalgia, and there will be terrible dancing. The night will end with a drunken dive into the River Exe (my goal since first year), with whoever is dumb/sloshed enough to join me. Continue reading When This is All Over: Pub Crawl

Lessons in Love

Sometimes, I don’t tell people I love them enough, or at all. If anything, I tell the wrong people I love them. I tell the people who don’t love me back or who have a curious and cruel concept of love. I mostly find myself proclaiming the infamous ‘L-word’ when I’m infused with gin and have smudged mascara because I am surrounded by those who … Continue reading Lessons in Love

Dinner Party Recipe: Roast Beef

There is something about a roast that demands an occasion. It also happens to be nice and simple. For what ultimately is it other than a lump of meat (or veg for that matter) whacked in a hot oven for some time? So with a little dressing up, a roast makes an impressive, but manageable dinner party main course. A topside of beef provides a sizeable cut of meat that is not too pricey, around which you can plan what ever veg is to hand, on sale or in season.  Continue reading Dinner Party Recipe: Roast Beef

It’s the Thought that Counts: Low-Cost Secret Santa Inspiration

‘Tis the season to be poor, fellow students! Inevitably, Christmas is a very expensive time of year. There are so many people to buy for and, as a student, it’s difficult to get your nearest and dearest the wonderful presents you feel they deserve. Then there’s the Secret Santas. When it comes to Secret Santas, there are many ways you can find affordable gifts. Often, they are more about the banter than offering a long-lasting, tear-jerking gift. Here are some ideas if you are looking for some last minute inspiration! Continue reading It’s the Thought that Counts: Low-Cost Secret Santa Inspiration

Compassion and Self-Care: Considering Friendship as Emotional Labour

When Melissa A. Fabello’s Twitter thread went viral, I understood the criticism. Fabello’s Tweets suggested that you should ask friends if they have the capacity to support you in times of emotional difficulty and provided a script for those who didn’t. The proposed response lacked empathy and sounded particularly clinical. However, the sentiment behind the message resonated with me. Although there is an essential level of effort involved in maintaining friendships, everyone has a limit to how much they can handle. Ultimately when you reach capacity, emotional support becomes performative and damaging to your own self-care. Continue reading Compassion and Self-Care: Considering Friendship as Emotional Labour

Stylish Screen: Inspirational Fashion from TV & Film

Another Halloween has been and gone but our obsession with fancy dress is far from over. And the best part is that you don’t even have to wait until your friend’s birthday or Christmas party to whip-out your best costume anymore – it seems we’re starting to integrate our favourite outfits from popular culture into our everyday wear, with John Lewis reporting last month an increase in sales of Peaky Blinders’ style flat caps, and black jumpsuits, like those worn by Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag. Continue reading Stylish Screen: Inspirational Fashion from TV & Film