Link round-up

Sunday link round-up – 27.03.16

Someone on my Twitter feed last week said that Easter is the best of all the holidays, because you get two bank holidays and a good chunk of time off work, but there are none of the big meal/happy family time/board game expectations of Christmas. I thought it was a very astute observation indeed!

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I hope you’re having a lovely Easter break and stuffing your face with as much chocolate as one human can physically handle, because I believe that’s what it’s all about?

This is what I’ve been enjoying on the internet this week…

  • I always enjoy Desert Island Disks and I caught this one on Friday, in which the castaway is the amazing writer and feminist Gloria Steinem, who was an advocate for reproductive rights (among other things) long before it was socially acceptable. She sounds like a wonderful person and she made some great musical choices too!
  • Megan of Twenty-something Travel wrote about swimming with manatees in Florida, which sounds like a lot of fun – I’ve always wanted to swim with whales in the wild and this may have to go on the bucket list too.
  • Victoria Coren-Mitchell hit the nail on the head with this opinion piece about how there’s no grey area with child abuse
  • On a lighter note, this clay cactus bud vase on A Beautiful Mess is very cute and I’d love to try something similar.
  • And a recent dalliance with beautifully buttery pearl barley in Marrakech has inspired me to try using it in more dishes – starting with this delicious looking pearl barley and roasted beetroot salad from Amuse Your Bouche.

A Leap Day link round-up

I love round-ups of links on other people’s blogs, so I thought I’d make it a regular feature on my blog too. This is a (very eclectic) selection of what I’ve loved reading this week:

  • As a seriously nervous flier, the pilot who flew his plane into a mountain just over a year ago scared the life out of me, and I found the whole story grimly fascinating. The Real Story of Germanwings flight 9525 is a really interesting long read about it, and the circumstances which led up to the crash.
  • I loved travel blogger Rosie’s pics of the stray dogs that she met in Bali.
  • I’ve been a long time fan of Letters of Note and this letter written by Lili Elvenes, the historical figure who inspired The Danish Girl is really interesting. I haven’t seen the film yet but I’ve heard very mixed things about it – what can’t be argued with is the desperation and deep unhappiness that’s evident in this letter.
  • The Guardian’s Long Read is one of my favourite corners of the internet and their recent story about Taryn Wright, an American woman who exposes cancer hoaxers and fake tragedies on the internet is one of the best pieces they’ve published recently. Attention-seeking hoaxers on the internet is a very weird phenomenon, and it’s not the first time the Guardian has written about it either.
  • I’m off to Marrakech in a few weeks (have I mentioned that?) and I came across Emily’s blog when I first booked the trip – visiting a hammam is high on my list and I was keen to find out what visiting one entails (especially in the way of public nudity!)
  • We’re also planning a road-trip around Ireland and Northern Ireland this summer, and Angela at The Awkward Blog wrote a timely post about hiking Glendalough. It looks beautiful, and it’s been pencilled in to my itinerary.