Sophie Butcher

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Coming Off The Contraceptive Pill: 1 Year Later

I only realised recently that it’s been pretty much spot on a year since I stopped taking my contraceptive pill, something I shared on the blog in this post here. I made the decision to come off the pill because I wanted to get back in touch with my body and its natural cycle, and to see whether it would potentially impact my mental health positively – as I wasn’t sure if taking it was…

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Don’t Fear The Smear: What To Expect From Your Smear Test

Not only is turning 25 a reminder that you’re officially closer to 30 than any other decade, and that you can no longer say you’re in your ‘early 20s’ – but it’s also the time that dreaded leaflet drops through your door, telling you to book your smear test. No-one really likes going to the doctors, but when it’s to have a clamp shoved up your hoo-ha and cells scraped off, it’s even less appealing.…

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Photography: Cherry Blossom

These photos are from the day our new cat, Toast, took her first steps outside into our garden since we brought her home. The weather was just gorgeous; the sun going down casts this beautiful orange haze over our garden on an evening and it made our cherry blossom tree that had freshly bloomed all the more striking. I couldn’t resist getting some snaps – I’ve turned into that person who is obsessed with their…

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is Everything You Wanted (And More)

The release of Avengers: Infinity War has raised a lot of questions. Can a film successfully balance this many characters and still function as one cohesive movie? Can Thanos really be a villain worth the attention of all the Avengers combined? Can the film tackle Marvel’s issues with the third act and the lack of stakes? And, most importantly – can it live up to the hype? Turns out that the answer to all of…

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Poetry: Drive Through

I recently became friends with the drive through The sweet anonymity of the thing I crave, passed through the small translucent square No need for self consciousness, for hunched shoulders and crossed arms Your face is barely recognised at each window The ease of the contactless card Feeding my demons in one foul swipe I pretend to mull over my choice Act like it’s for two Because who are they to know That when I…

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Poetry: FULL

***This poem was written in late 2016/early 2017 (I can’t quite remember!) when I was at the peak of my disordered eating. Things have improved since then, but I thought that sharing this expression of my experiences might help others who’ve been through something similar feel less alone.*** It’s hard to explain the urge to binge Stuffing your face Feeling unhinged Visit the shop, see the mecca of calories Losing your willpower Losing all clarity…

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‘A Quiet Place’ Review: High Concept, High Intensity

It’s Day 89 of we’re-not-sure-what, and the Abbott family are out shopping for supplies. Barefoot, they creep across a shop floor. We don’t know how it happened, we don’t know why it happened; all we know is that they can’t make a sound. As we soon learn, there’s something deadly out there waiting to hunt them down if they do. The family have adjusted to living without noise. They play Monopoly with pom poms, eat…

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‘Unsane’ Review: ‘A distinctly unsettling atmosphere’

Making a good impression working at a bank after moving 400 miles across the US, Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) is a smart but somewhat unapproachable woman trying to move on after suffering at the hands of a stalker. Struggling to fit in this new city, she reaches out to a support group for victims of stalking, talks to a therapist, and fills in some paperwork. After admitting she’s had suicidal thoughts to the therapist, she…

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’: Almost As Fun, Not As Refreshing

As we rejoin hooligan-turned-superspy Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, he’s enjoying the Kingsman life and getting to grips with meeting the regal family of his new girlfriend Princess Tilde (Hannah Alstrom) – who you may remember from that controversial and clumsy ending of the first film. After the world of the Kingsman comes under major fire, him and Merlin (Mark Strong) are forced to head to Kentucky and team up with the…

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Low Light Photography: A First Attempt

I got my hair done a few weeks ago, and had it dyed a little darker. So, naturally, I wanted to try and take a self portrait to celebrate. Is it just me or does dying your hair darker make purple lipstick just feel so much more appealing? I got the camera out around 4pm which, in February, means there wasn’t much light left. I started off taking photos facing the window front on as…

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‘Black Panther’ Review: ‘A huge cultural moment’

‘In times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers’. Picking up shortly after the events of his father’s death in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther starts with T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) on a recon mission ahead of the ceremony to crown him as the King of Wakanda, and solidify him as its protector – the Black Panther. Meanwhile, ex-soldier Erik ‘Killmonger’ Stevens (played by Michael B. Jordan, and so named because…

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