Rosie Driffill

Freelance writer

Freelance writer and blogger with a passion for green travel and eco living. Based in Leeds, UK.

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the Guardian

Private language lessons: how to get your money's worth

I've subscribed to the YouTube channels and my phone is awash with language apps, but I've decided that a private tutor is the surest route to really getting to grips with...

the Guardian

From Seaspeak to Singlish: celebrating other kinds of English

It was recently reported that the government is being urged to create opportunities for Britons to learn languages like Polish, Urdu and Punjabi, in order to effect more social...

HuffPost UK

How Do We Get Closer To Understanding, And Reframing, The Power We Want Over Our Bodies?

Most of us want to be able to control our bodies. That verb might sound quite condemning, and if we were to delve into semantics, I might offer 'check,' 'keep an eye on' or...

the Guardian

We need to be careful about demanding migrants speak English

"If you come to this country, you have to learn English." That old adage. Somehow, it seems to unite bigots and those of a relatively progressive mindset, frequently...

the Guardian

'I'm going to get cancer and there's nothing I can do about it'

We've all heard it. Many of us have probably said it, at one time or another. In the wake of the latest report that links an aspect of our lifestyle to disease, sweaty hands...

the Guardian

It's never too late to reconnect with a foreign language

A student of mine and I touched on the topic of grammar recently - I with enthusiasm, she as tentatively as a home-alone arachnophobe attempting to incarcerate a spider. She had...

the Guardian

I wasn't a typical anorexic, but my GP shouldn't have dismissed my eating disorder

Almost nine years ago to the day, I was standing on a set of scales in my GP's surgery, waiting to be told if my weight had stabilised or dropped. I remember thinking that not...

the Guardian

How to put some Romansh into your life

If you're anything like me, you will have triple-ringed the new year as the time to finally start learning that new language. You'll have acquired a dictionary, a phrasebook and...

the Guardian

Do it, boy! As Olly Alexander sings, the music world needs to get real

What's in a pronoun? Everything, if you're an LGBT artist singing about love. Exactly when is mainstream music going to accommodate men singing about loving men, and women about...

Thefword

Come to think of it, why do we want to have children?

Women in their 30s are under plenty of pressure to reproduce now or regret it later. It isn't easy to resist this pressure either; but do we ever really question our motives...

Studentmindsorg

Student Minds: Transitioning out of university: how to open up a dialogue about mental health...

Despite society's ever-increasing understanding surrounding mental health, telling a colleague or boss that you are experiencing mental health difficulties can be challenging....

Antiformonline

Guide to Vintage Shops in Tokyo - Our Top 5

Our guest blogger Rosie recently went on an adventure to Japan and went on the hunt for vintage style - here's her run down of the best vintage clothing shops in Tokyo. Tokyo,...

Wanderlust

5 philanthropic hotels that deserve your support

Rosie Driffill reveals a selection of great places to stay that also put something back into the community These five enterprises bring sustainable social initiatives and...

the Guardian

Doctor, I've got this thing in my ... but it might not be a thing ...

Many of us are rubbish at talking about problems in our nether regions. And the linguistic barrier can preclude our seeking the right help. If I tear a muscle, or incur a...

Antiformonline

Guide to Vintage Shops in Tokyo - Our Top 5

Our guest blogger Rosie recently went on an adventure to Japan and went on the hunt for vintage style - here's her run down of the best vintage clothing shops in Tokyo. Tokyo,...

Theguardian

Description job: judge people by what they do | Mind your language

Verbs can be far more useful than adjectives and nouns when it comes to describing one another. If you had asked me six months ago what I did for a living, I wouldn't have told...

Theguardian

Confessions of a reformed grammar nazi | Mind your language

Language pedants should ask themselves what really drives them in their policing efforts: genuine concern for sliding standards or a sinisterly hidden form of one-upmanship? A...

Veganrecipeclub

Beating the Odds: Heart of Joy Restaurant, Salzburg, Austria

Launching a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Salzburg was always going to be a gamble. Known for its meat-heavy cuisine, conservative values, ageing population, exclusive...

Antiformonline

Blog | Antiform

Munich: the greenest city going? September 1, 2014 Think Munich, think bratwurst and beer? While the city may be famous for its traditional gastronomy, it is doing much to...

Wanderlust

How to busk your way around the world

Could you sing - or strum - for your supper? And maybe for a ticket to the next town as well... Rosie Driffill reveals how to turn your talent into a means of seeing more of the...