Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Trouble With The Truth

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The problem with the truth, is that it always hurts. We deny it, we batten down the hatches and we throw up our armour. When our truths come to confront us, we do whatever we can to make it disappear. Even if that means there is collateral damage along the way.

After my blog post, "The Rarity of Kindness" went live last Thursday, I've been forced to repeat justifications of my opinion, and deal with unpleasant reactions and the usual gossip. I didn't quite understand, to be honest. I knew I would shake it off, and I knew no person's opinion was more valid than another's. I stood by my words, and comforted myself with the small detail that they were at least talking about my work, this time.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Nailed it: Essie Watermelon

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Recently, a terrible thing happened. I found myself bored of all of my nail polishes. Even summer shades like tropical oranges and deep ocean turquoises. I was even sick of pink nails, and I was upset about it. So it wasn't exactly a devastating turn for the worst, but I was at a loss for what to do with my hands. If it had carried on much longer I may have needed some lace gloves and a new ladylike alter ego, because bare nails are not exactly my thing. First world problems, indeed.

Then I suddenly had 3 new ones out of nowhere. My bad, you guys. Besides, the situation was clearly out of my control. When I bought a little glass bottle of Essie happiness on Monday, my face was about to fall off while I waited for my antibiotics to be dispensed. If you ever have a wisdom tooth, come and complain with me and my inflamed and infected gums. I'd also been lusting after this colour for a couple of weeks. Human nature controls my common sense, because I always want what I don't have or what I see on Instagram. 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The Rarity of Kindness: A rough sleeper in Wales

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There's a lot of homeless people in Cardiff. I'd usually give change to the homeless man outside Greggs, or wish I could do more for them so they could have warm drinks on biting days and clean water on muggy summer afternoons. I admit that on occasion I have found myself unnerved by some, but generally speaking I'm far more uneasy about the drunken middle aged men stalking the dimly lit road of Schooner Way.

Yet, they are probably better off in Cardiff. A place with higher footfall, diverse population and a slight whiff of charitable understanding. Their odds are better here. If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, you'll know that this kind of issue pulls at my conscience. When I came back from New York in January 2013 I did not write travel blogs, I wrote one singular article about the homeless.

It could just as easily be me.