Policy Position: Reject the Santa Monica LV Ballot

I recently wrote an opinion piece on the Santa Monica LV Ballot for a college course. With the general elections coming up, I thought people trying to decide on local issues might find my thoughts relevant. In discussions of urban development in Santa Monica, one controversial issue has been the Land Use Voter Empowerment (LV) […]

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Shift to the Thrift

In this post, I will be discussing my love affair with second-hand clothing and listing my four favorite thrift stores in LA (aka charity shops to English folk). Thrift stores usually carry negative connotations.  They’re often viewed as dingy, dirty places stocked with other people’s rejects.  Why would you want to pay for other people’s refuse?  Many […]

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a Pterosaur!

Last weekend, I visited the pterosaurs exhibition at the LA Natural History Museum.  I fell in love with the extinct family of bird-like flying reptiles who ruled the skies millions of years ago.  These mysterious creatures were not dinosaurs.  While some dinosaurs transcended their mass extinction in the form of birds, pterosaurs were completely wiped out. […]

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Leather – Love it or Leave it?

In this post, I’ll be discussing modern leather alternatives and my journey to embrace them. I was brought up to wear leather rather than leather substitutes and I understand why.  30 odd years ago, leather alternative clothing and accessories didn’t have a great reputation.  They usually didn’t last long, shoes were uncomfortable, and they weren’t […]

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Twilight Concert Series Guide

If you live in LA, you may have heard about the summer Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier.  These appeal to everyone and anyone – the organisers have tried to include a diverse range of music from around the world. I’m a big fan of these events and have been to several. I […]

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This place stinks!

I’m a bit of a cheese fancier you see and, since moving to the US, I’ve been on the lookout for mature cheddar.  British supermarkets offer a huge selection of cheddars, ranging from mild to medium and from vintage white to extra, extra mature! I’ve scoured Whole Foods, VONS, Target, Gelson’s, Bristol Farms and Trader […]

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