‘2021: The Tipping Point’ – A poem by ©Anna Frances

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Will I be renting at 45?
Will I still be waiting to get that goldfish that I’ve always dreamed of?
The sofa that I’d always wished to lie on?
The coat hanging rail I’d always eyed-up in Ikea?

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‘Living in situ’ – A poem by ©Anna Frances, 2021

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I never thought I’d say the words:
‘I’m still renting at 30’
I’m still renting at 30
I’m still renting at 30

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What do I mean by ‘Divine Feminine’ and ‘Divine Masculine’? (And what do I mean by their opposites, ‘Toxic Feminine’ and ‘Toxic Masculine’?)

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I’ve often talked about ‘Divine Feminine’ as being about nurture, compassion, and creativity, and ‘Divine Masculine’ being about stewardship of the earth, strategy and building for a new world, but what do I actually mean by this? In practice, what do these character traits that (I would argue) we all have within us, look like on a day-to-day basis? And on the other end of the scale, what does an ‘immature’ or ‘Toxic Masculine’ and immature or ‘Toxic Feminine’ look like, in our day-to-day lives?

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Generation Rent: Why I think it’s time to change

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For a while, I felt that I would one day find a job – namely a 9-5 – where I would make a magic sum of money and be able to 1.) save, and 2.) one day get a mortgage in my own name.

The reality is, like many people in the area I was working in (I worked first in admin, and later communications) even on the higher pay bands, where I was based, the mortgage company would not have given me a second look on that wage, unless I was buying with a partner and we could combine our salary (and even then, this would have been tricky).

This in itself, I would argue, needs to change.

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Is gender a ‘battle’? Or is it something we have within all of us?

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Pictured: The Yin and Yang symbol. Image source: Wikipedia

I think gender for some people has become a battle. A battle with others to protect themselves, or dominate others, and for some people, a battle with themselves – to be a ‘hyper-masculine’ or a ‘hyper-feminine’ version of themselves.

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Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine – Why I think it’s essential to recognise that both are within all of us

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There’s been an argument for quite a while about what it means to be ‘female’ and what it means to be ‘male,’ and the meaning behind these terms that we we use. It’s important to recognise that we are always just ourselves.

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Why did I choose watercolour painting as the artistic medium of choice for the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series?

Pictured: Artist Anna Frances, wearing Bi in the 2000s™ merch, with the original ‘Where do I fit in my cultural landscape?’ watercolour artwork in the background

For me it was an easy decision to paint with watercolour in the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series, for a lot of different reasons. I think for me, I was drawn to watercolour paint in particular because of its fluid and subtle nature, giving the artist infinite ways to explore colour, from its most faint, to its most distinct. I also find the fluid water component of watercolour a very calming and very natural element to work with, and I find the results often very moving, for that very reason. I think every artistic medium has its own qualities, and this is just one of the paints that I love working with.

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The privatisation of Hamilton House: Why does gentrification keep leading to something like this?

End of an era for Stokes Croft as Hamilton House to come under new  management - Bristol Live
Image: Bristol Post, 2018

Although Bristol City Council have rejected property company Connolly and Callahan’s latest application(s) to turn 2 blocks of Hamilton House into apartments in 2019, the future remains unknown for the formerly abandoned office block, turned iconic community and art centre in Stokes Croft, Bristol.   

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It’s time to change: Why as a small business owner, I’m trying to source sustainable and ethical products for my online store (and why I’m hoping other retailers do the same).

‘Bi love’ Mens/Unisex organic cotton t-shirt from the Bi in the 2000s™ merchandise range

Like everyone, I’m trying my best. My business is relatively new, every step of the way is a huge learning curve, and I’m really trying to put a sustainable and ethical foot forward from the very beginning of the launch of the merchandise products that I’ve created, which I’m approaching in the following ways:

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