Things I would like to see happen in 2015

1) For the media to stop giving Katie Hopkins the column space. Like a fight outside a pub, they need to just leave it, because it’s not worth it. 2) For the media to also stop asking famous people whether they’re feminists or not, like they’re compiling an international register. It’s getting really boring, and… Continue reading Things I would like to see happen in 2015

On doing something for nothing

It’s kind of tricky to admit, but I know I can be pretty selfish at times. Certainly no more so than the average twenty-something – I hope – though I do have an aversion to sharing food and drink that borders on the psychopathic. And to make that worse, I am That Girl – the… Continue reading On doing something for nothing

Long time, no blog

So. It’s been a while. In fact, I’d sort of made the decision to abandon this blog – at least temporarily, anyway. I have a real job now, in an office, and it involves spreadsheets and phone calls, and means that there is no better time than 5.30 on a Friday evening. And I’m actually… Continue reading Long time, no blog

Girl problems

What’s wrong with this poster? So this is festive. I wrote about sex & relationship education relatively recently, but in the last week or two, I’ve stumbled across a couple of articles that only reinforce the worry that our whole attitude to teaching young people about relationships is dangerously out-of-touch. Firstly, there was this, which… Continue reading Girl problems

On the Brandwagon

…come on, what else was this post going to be called? Just another excuse for me to ogle Paxman’s beard. I didn’t really want to come in on this one. Enough’s been said about it – either by writers going “oh, he’s so trivial and stupid” but then proceeding to write 1000 words about him… Continue reading On the Brandwagon

It’s a bit late in the year for this, but still…

Or, how to REALLY do a festival – a first-timer’s guide. Festivals are like sex – the first time is spent worrying that everyone is doing it more skilfully than you are; the bad times are vastly improved by large amounts of alcohol and drugs, and when the good times are over, you have to… Continue reading It’s a bit late in the year for this, but still…

Bad education

You know what distresses me? I mean, other than the price of Dermalogica products, the situation in Syria and people to whom the words “please” and “thank you” are alien concepts? Well, this. (If you can’t access it, it’s a Telegraph article about the government’s proposals to drop sex and relationship education from the curriculum… Continue reading Bad education

I’m not crazy, I swear.

A few months ago, I nearly died at East Croydon station. I didn’t really, but as opening lines go, that’s not half-bad, is it? With the juxtaposition of melodrama and utter banality – yeah, yeah, English students die hard and whatnot; I’ll get on with it. I thought I was going to die. For perhaps… Continue reading I’m not crazy, I swear.

What to do with your free time…

…if you still have any. I can’t remember the last time I fell as completely and utterly in love with a film as I did with Mud, which I saw on Wednesday evening. It certainly wasn’t the last time I made it to the cinema, to see Les Miserables – the only bit of which… Continue reading What to do with your free time…