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Harvey Wilks

Advertising Copywriter and Linguist

Harvey Wilks is a Copywriter living and working in Berlin.

I Never Came Out To My Dad. Now It's Too Late

"You never forget your first"- I think is true for most LGBTQ people. Not first loves, but coming out - to a parent, best friend or sibling, perhaps. It's something many of us remember quite vividly in fact, if tales from friends and total strangers are anything to go by. These are, after all, moments that will go on to shape our experiences of the world, our relationships and ourselves.
11/10/2017 07:46 BST

A EUlogy: Parting Words as Britain Votes to Leave

You know those mornings where you wake up so hungover that, in the space between lifting your head off the pillow and clambering upright, it's totally necessary to spend three to ten minutes perched on the side of the bed, shoulders limp and frowning at the skirting boards? I'm pretty sure that's what a lot of us felt at dawn on Friday.
28/06/2016 10:52 BST

Notes on Denmark: People and Practices

Eight months after moving to Denmark, I'm now straddling that crepuscule between things being novel and others becoming the norm, so in this lucid moment I wanted to jot down a few observations, about my experience of Denmark and, more importantly, about the people who hail from it - an invitees examination, if you will.
20/05/2016 13:11 BST

The Exhausting Life of an Expat

In my new home, I thought, there would be fewer distractions and even fewer temptations. I'd have zero friends to start with, no pub-for-lunch-and-again-after-work culture, less pressure, and all of this is true, to a degree.
07/01/2016 16:49 GMT

Denmark: Hunting Trolls and Happiness

A little while ago I wrote a piece asking why you might want to live in Denmark, which more or less lauded the place - my new home - taking into account a spectrum of criteria, from important things like crime, safety and tolerance levels, to questionably less vital things like the fact there's a restaurant in Copenhagen called Munter.
12/11/2015 15:16 GMT

Why Would You Want to Live in... Denmark?

What did you do on Sunday afternoon? I cycled around the entire inner city. No Lycra and no gears even. The city is so small, flat and well planned that you can do this at a leisurely pace in about two hours, ticking off sights like the Little Mermaid, the Lakes, Strøget and Nyhavn while still having time to see the bottom of a couple of glasses of Mikkeller.
05/11/2015 10:53 GMT

Goodbye, London... It's Been Real

After five years, my disenchantment with a city I'd formerly loved became too powerful to overlook. London is a magical place, but it can also be fucking dismal, tense yet unfeeling, and rushed.
29/10/2015 10:30 GMT

Dating in the App-Age: Why I Quit

Communication just isn't the same IRL as it is over an app, and especially a dating app. But y'all know that. These things are addictive. They're games - providing at once endless and instant entertainment within a 20km radius and, to some, perversely, a yardstick of self worth.
26/06/2015 10:31 BST

A Gay Man Discusses Dating in the App-Age (Part One)

Break up with boyfriend? Go straight to the App Store, download Tinder, Grindr, Happn, Hinge, Scruff and any other of the veritable cornucopia of dating apps and try and source a fresh one. Right? Hmmm.
02/06/2015 17:05 BST

The Gym Is Hell. Here's Why.

The muffled, grief-stricken howls of ten thousand souls denied redemption get louder, more piercing... until you realise it's actually a Cascada remix from the early Noughties. And everywhere you look, accursed subjects drip with sweat and endure their unending enslavement.
07/05/2015 12:51 BST

Drinking Caffeine After Quitting Caffeine: What I Learned

After a full month of not drinking caffeine I've just been and had my first coffee - a tasty, bitter black Americano. Relishing the first, piping-hot sip in slow motion, I sat down to chat to a colleague about existential copywriter stuff and what stuff means and stuff.
03/04/2015 18:47 BST

From Caffeine Fiend to Caffeine Free

Caffeine addiction is something from which more people 'suffer' than would probably care to admit, because really we don't see it as an addiction. Nicotine dependence gives you cancer and emphysema; alcoholism gives you liver disease and driving bans; meth could result in a face different to the one you were born with.
10/03/2015 17:40 GMT

Veganism: Why Fake It?

So as each and every one of you will know, this month has been Veganuary - a 31 day long promise to the birds and bees and cows and pigs and sheep and prawns and former racehorses that for the duration of January 2015 I will comply with a more compassionate lifestyle that diminishes their need to suffer.
26/01/2015 12:11 GMT

Veganuary: an Omnivore Faces Facts and the Ethical Hangover

Hang on, veganism is not solely about the health benefits bestowed on the individual, is it now, dear commenter? What about the benefits enjoyed by the animals that don't get ingested, or X-ed out as collateral damage in some intensive food manufacturing process?
16/01/2015 16:30 GMT

Veganuary: An Omnivore's Attempt at Going Vegan for January

The cause is, unquestionably, a worthy one, and more than a hollow New Year's resolution this would be a real challenge - one that might produce benefits I couldn't foresee, both in terms of my wellbeing and vis-a-vis the expansion of my limited culinary repertoire.
09/01/2015 17:33 GMT