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About georgina2013

I work in digital humanities publishing and when not setting myself silly challenges am the sort of person who loves good books, good coffee, new places, historic places, old comedy, jazz & Radio 4.

Ebook Available Now!

Dear last year’s blog readers, new blog readers and accidental blog readers: my ebook A Cynic’s Challenge is now available to purchase on Amazon! Over the course of 2013, I traversed high seas and high skies, snow-capped mountains and murky … Continue reading

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Week 52: Christmas Volunteering

So it’s finally all over. Pack away the tinsel, take your unwanted gifts to the charity shops, force that last sliver of turkey down your exhausted gullet – Christmas is survived for another year. Let me not beat about the … Continue reading

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Week 51: Stonehenge Winter Solstice

Once upon one winter’s longest night, from a shire of soft beds and dry socks, three unwise travellers did rise and step out into the darkness of pre-dawn’s morn, and the driving rain of a solstice storm, to venture westward … Continue reading

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Week 50: Santa Fun Run

Last Sunday, early in the morning, I stood in the centre of an Oxford square looking for a friend. It should not have been difficult to spot her: the square was not unconquerably big, the sunshine under which its yellow … Continue reading

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Week 49: Restyle

Rarely has one reason in life to make a dramatic change to one’s looks, and when such reason arises it is normally bound to professional requirements or life-or-death necessity. So, an actress might change her hair and weight to suit … Continue reading

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Week 48: Hat Making

Why is it highwaymen and pirates alike are so disarmingly dashing? We all know they’re naughty men, yet their allure be not thereby diminished. Similarly; why is unhandsome Fred Astaire the most elegant gent to have ever tapped a toe … Continue reading

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Week 47: Live Radio

After 46 challenges conquered so far this year – scary challenges and physically tough challenges and sometimes frankly silly challenges – it takes a pretty special ‘new thing’ to set my legs shaking with nerves and my heart beating a … Continue reading

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Week 46: Tango

Imagine Paris in wartime. Where the mood is as dark as the night that fills her streets and cloaks a threat in every shadow. Where a woman walks quickly, shoulders hunched inside the full-length coat that she clutches beneath her … Continue reading

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Week 45: Poppy Appealing

If only it had been half as hard to volunteer for the army in 1914 as it is to volunteer for the Royal British Legion in 2013, we would probably now have no need to pin their poppies to our … Continue reading

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Week 44: Conservation Volunteering

England can be an achingly beautiful plot of land when it puts its mind to it. From the rolling South Downs fields smiling golden beneath an autumn’s setting sun right up to her dark, stark cliffs standing sentinel in the … Continue reading

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