My work has been featured in the Telegraph, Londonist and rated as Highly Commended in the Bradt/Independent Travel Writing Competition 2014. I write for online magazines LO:PA and Alturus, and welcome other collaborations. Please contact me on robyn dot jankel at gmail dot com.
I struggle with filing, stubbornness, and a lack of enthusiasm for fruit. My love of colour permeates all I do, from home-made jewellery to lime-green bathroom, via an overly beflowered bicycle basket. The basket purveyor herself, Grazel the Bicycle, is a much-photographed fixture outside my place of work (a film and television agency in Soho) to the extent that she recently took to social media (@thatflowerybike on both Twitter and Instagram).
This blog moves between feminism, cycling, travel and my life in London, although the latter is more heavily documented on Yelp. According to the ratings, I’m significantly funnier than I am cool, which helpfully sums up my life.
I lived in China for a year at age 18, and have since travelled extensively with friends, my partner, and solo. Recent destinations include Sarajevo, Helsinki, and a somewhat truncated trip to Vietnam during which we got caught in Super-Typhoon Haiyan.
My boyfriend got me into cycling 18 months ago, since which time I’ve gone from riding Boris bikes to buying my own bicycle, and promoting “normal” cycling to all and sundry, particularly women who are tentatively interested but too afraid to set wheel to road. I believe we need to achieve a critical mass of cyclists to instigate change in London’s transport infrastructure and will happily lead the charge with my anti-Lycra, anti-roadster, anti-red-light-jumping style.
Obey the rules, be nice, look fabulous, and arrive quicker than the Tube. That’s my motto.
I take fancy dress extremely seriously, bloody love a bit of upcycling, and have a list on my phone entitled “future karaoke songs”. My bowling is notoriously awful; my baking slightly less so. I take blurry photographs and have never once been described as “shy and retiring”. My father wishes I were more sophisticated. I probably ought to swear less, but beyond that, I’m perfectly happy careering through life with all the grace of a teenage hippo.
Proud instigator of the fledgling #BakedLiterature Instagram tag. It’s going to go viral. Watch this space.