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Gimme Shelter

Jun
22

From deserts to mountains, to infinity and beyond, Anna Samson charts the fascinating world of female explorers…

Sally Ride.

Sally Ride.

Picture an explorer. Let a cartoon quickly sketch itself into your mind. The khaki shirt tucked into khaki shorts with a thick brown leather belt, rolled down socks and a water bottle. The Panama hat. Is it a man? It’s probably a man.
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On The Home Front

Jun
19

Forget faraway shores – you can learn a lot by exploring where you come from, says Anna Samson.

Dunnottar Castle. Photo by Anna Samson.

Dunnottar Castle. Photo by Anna Samson.

I’m Scottish but I live in London now, and have done for a while. And I’m mostly happy here – I’ve fallen hard for the cavernous museums, spicy street food and clubs that don’t close until the trains have started again. I’ve nestled in the corner of a tower block, and I’m in the city for the long run.

But Scotland has a habit of always managing to drag me back. Sometimes it feels like a weary mother tugging me back by the collar, sometimes it’s like a friend who turns up at your door on a Friday night with an already open bottle of Glen’s and a glint in their eye; either way, after a few months of being down the road, I always have to come home.
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Travelling Alone

Jun
08

Maria Moore looks back at the things she learned by taking a solo trip around Europe as part of our EXPLORATION series.

Nice, France.

Nice, France.

The year I graduated from university, I was a shell of a person. I was suffering from the stress of university life and it had triggered feelings of depression and anxiety. I had a lot of good stuff in my life, a caring boyfriend and good friends, I was studying a subject I loved and I lived by the sea. But somewhere along the way I had lost myself.
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Leaving On A Jet Plane…

May
19

Emma Lawrence writes about finding a place to call home.

Bernauer Strasse.

Bernauer Strasse.

I can remember when I realised Berlin was the place I wanted to live in. It was a Wednesday night, and my boyfriend Will and I had spent the day sightseeing in the German capital. We Are Scientist’s ‘After Hours’ played in the background of The Pub, the place we had chosen to have dinner that night.
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Between The UK And OZ, There’s No Place Like Home…

May
17

Lottie Wilson grills the ladies of the Prowse family over lunch about being based in both the UK and Australia, and their experiences of finding a sense of home abroad.

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Once again I am lost somewhere in Soho. I moved to London for university three years ago, and am still embarrassingly glued to my phone when I venture outside my East London bubble. Still, the size of the city has never particularly phased me. The sheer vastness of it is perhaps one of its most attractive qualities and I have always felt at home here. I am British, born and bred, through I tend to emphasise my Irish and Scottish roots when questioned as I think it makes me seem sexier. It really doesn’t. Questions of home and cultural identity have always been straightforward for me and are all essentially mirrored in any typical British upbringing. Although I do maintain a love of proper cider, which I attribute entirely to growing up in Somerset.
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I Want To Live Like This

May
16

Laura Transue wonders what it means to be from Suburbia.

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On Pinterest, I have a board called, ‘I Want to Live Like This’. I have filled it with over 200 images of the same few things: fields, farmhouses, meadows of flowers, laundry lines, sunshine, the solitary figure of a woman, the wind blowing her hair as she turns from the camera – whether running, sleeping, or dancing – losing herself to the abundant beauty and peace of the place she has chosen to build her life, her home.
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I Don’t Belong Here?!

May
14

Clare Marcie got disproportionately furious when Morrisons wouldn’t accept her non-EU ID…

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I’ve been thinking a lot about this month’s theme. It obviously resonates powerfully with me. But what specific point to make? What feeling to convey?

Turns out, I have many. So here’s a mosaic of feelings and thoughts about being from somewhere else…
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Five Best Places To Be A Lesbian

Sep
22

For the latest in our Five Things series,  Catriona Reilly discusses Five Best Places to Be A Lesbian.

Being resident in Glasgow, I’m lucky to have a lot of things; a vibrant alt culture scene, cheap beer/rent and a pretty good queer scene. But Glasgow’s not the only place where it’s great to be gay so here’s a list of five super Sapphic hot spots to take a gay vacay.

1. Hebden Bridge , England
This quiet market town located in West Yorkshire has the highest number of lesbians per head of population. This Sapphic saturation apparently came off the back of the town’s bohemian past which saw the declining market town filled with loose and liberal creatives taking advantage of the cheap rent in the 70s. This inevitably led to a carefree attitude especially with regards to sexuality. The town itself is a typically charming Yorkshire ex-mill town but instead of unassuming pubs selling pints of heavy and tea rooms it’s rammed with gay shops, independent businesses and veggie restaurants. Basically, it’s like the lesbo Emmerdale, but not awful.


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A Flight To Bangkok

Apr
24

Award-winning photographer Jannica Honey writes a short personal essay for TYCI on her experience in Bangkok.

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