Being a dog and/or dog owner in the UK should be easy, right? At least that’s what you might be led to believe. As a Londoner and relatively new owner of a young pupper of around 11 months, I’ve come to understand a few things. Things that don’t align with my romanticised fantasies of strolling through London with hound by my side, sharing plates of pasta whilst playing cat and mouse with the pound. Many a time have I caught myself regurgitating phrases like ‘it’s a dog’s life’ and ‘man’s best friend’ - and whereas this may be true in most parts of the UK, I’ve come to the slow realisation that things may not be quite what they seem in doggy haven HQ. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re a country canine then you’re probably riding the easy train to comfort town but when it comes to London living, life may not be quite so simple.Read More
Taking a trip down memory lane is always a gamble. We've all had good and bad experiences but I think it's fair to say that both help shape us into who we are today.
A while ago whilst visiting my mother-in-law, I started to truly appreciate the impressive bookshelf that my husband cultivated as a child. Reading has always been one of his favourite things to do. His bedroom's bookshelf (the one he had as a child) is filled with fantasy books. Next to these books is a picture of his child-self smiling whilst pointing at the spider climbing his naked torso. To this date, he still loves spiders and other critters, which brings me to my biggest find on the bookshelf - a book called 'Amazing Snakes' written by Alexandra Parsons which is part of the 'Amazing Worlds' series published in 1990. As I understand it, this was a birthday present he got alongside the 'Amazing Spiders' book of the same series that was nowhere to be found.Read More
As most people will already know, the BBC has released a sequel to the 2006 Planet Earth series. The sequel, appropriately named Planet Earth II and featuring Sir David Attenborough as the narrator, was as stunning as you would expect.
Even if you haven't watched any of the Planet Earth II episodes, you are likely to have come across one of the many clips shared on the internet of the hatchling Marine Iguanas (photo above) escaping a gauntlet of racer snakes. It was probably one of the most memorable wildlife documentary moments of 2016.Read More