Is Copenhagen the best place for a city break outside of New York? I think so. I recently came back from three nights in the Danish capital and honestly, I want to go back immediately. We must have uttered the word ‘cool’ about 4,000 times an hour: “Look at that cute street, so cool!”, “Look at that guy holding a beer while cycling home from work, so cool!”, “Look at her minimal, chic scandi outfit, SO. FLIPPING. COOLl!” etc. etc. Copenhagen residents are said to be the happiest on the planet and it’s easy to see why. The city just…

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I write this from my mum and dad’s house in front of an open fire with Countryfile on in the background and a roast in the oven. This is how the weekend should end (if it really has to). I’ve been at a wedding this weekend up north which was so wonderful (congratulations Kate and Bob!) and I have managed to see lots of friends in between. I am about to have an operation which will see me off my feet for most of November so I’m frantically trying to see friends and do fun things before the only thing…

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No messing about with intros this week, just seven great things to read before Strictly starts. Go on, you’ve got 45 mins! Have a good week all 🙂 1. How many conversations do you have a week about being busy? Between me, my colleagues, friends and my family I would say one of us says ‘I just don’t know where the time goes’ at least once a week. We are all busy and our 2016 lives give us an abundance of options to while away time in less-than productive ways – three hours stuck in a YouTube vortex? Don’t mind…

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I’m back! I took a slightly extended break from actualanna, life took over a bit this summer with a lot of travelling and before I knew it it’s October and definitely time to embrace that ‘back to school’ feeling I love so much in autumn and knuckle down to some writing again. I’ve even bought some glasses for the occasion. I’ve always loved that ‘new pencil case, new start’ feeling you get at this time of year. Even though this should be something like my 20th #STOAS (it’s only my 11th – oops!) I am giving up beating myself up for…

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When I picked Cathy Rentzenbrink’s book in the airport last week, I wondered if it was a bad idea, the sleeve sounded incredibly sad – who wants sad on a sun lounger? But this true story sounded so raw and honest that I felt compelled to keep it in my basket. Also, Matt Haig one of my favourite authors endorsed it on the back saying: “This is a book you would want to re-read, during a tough time, to make you feel less alone.” I shouldn’t have doubted my choice: I read the whole thing in less than 24 hours.…

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