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A taste of freedom

It was Hannah’s Instagram story that finally lured me to the ocean. She’d snapped a contented seal, bobbing in turquoise waters, just off of the Torquay coast. My mind immediately drifted to the shelf of seal memorabilia I had as a child; a collection of cuddly toys and cheap knick-knacks. I have observed seals multiple…

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Virtually escaping lockdown

On Valentine’s Day, a slight Finnish woman asked me how long she should submerge herself in the frigid waters of the Baltic Sea. “30 seconds” I replied with a nervous half-laugh, shifting uncomfortably on the sofa in my study as I watched her approach the inky rectangle of ocean, cut out of the ice. The…

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