Now playing// Soundtrack to a grey sky summer

When summer arrives, I'm never usually completely satisfied. I have romantic visions of sunny parks brimming with flowers, barbecues and pimms. FRISBEE. The sickly sweet smell of suncream. Maybe even the chance to venture outside without a coat on. I forget the reality. Skin prickled with goosebumps, the sun staying stubbornly tucked under a cloud. The feeling … Continue reading Now playing// Soundtrack to a grey sky summer

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Things NOT to take to Glastonbury

Glastonbury festival. Image by jaswooduk from UK (Glastonbury 2011) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Whenever I go to a festival I always ask the Internet what to pack, and the Internet usually obliges with handy blogposts and checklists for me to use as inspiration when creating my own list. Over the years I have managed (despite all that faffing around) to screw myself over in some way or the … Continue reading Things NOT to take to Glastonbury

How to save the environment and get hair like Kate Middleton

Bicarbonate of soda and apple cider vinegar DIY shampoo recipe

This story starts in the past, so please dear readers, conjure a flashback harp song in your head and set your mind back to six weeks ago…. **** When Gavin arrived home one Sunday afternoon, he made the mistake of telling me my hair looked nice. I leapt up from the sofa with barely contained excitement. … Continue reading How to save the environment and get hair like Kate Middleton

Lemonade by Beyoncé. A lesson in getting people to listen.

Like most human beings, this week I've been listening to, watching and loving Lemonade, the new visual album by Beyoncé. In a world where humans have shorter attention spans than the famously absent-minded goldfish, it's easy to listen to music without really LISTENING to it. It's on in the background, while you read or work … Continue reading Lemonade by Beyoncé. A lesson in getting people to listen.

The most annoying types of London commuter

Board any London tube train during rush hour and I can guarantee you'll come across one of the following people: The squeeze and leaner There is mathematically and scientifically no room left in the tube carriage. Yet this optimistic opportunist will take a look at the heaving, sweaty, compacted mass of bodies and think "yeaaaaahhh. … Continue reading The most annoying types of London commuter

Now playing// A perfect April Fools’ Day playlist

April Fools' Day. A wonderful, weird day where for centuries, little rascals across the world have been playing sneaky tricks on each other. My favourite ever April Fools' Day stunt took place when I was about eight years old. Early one Sunday morning I  crept downstairs, went through my parents' filing cabinet and took out … Continue reading Now playing// A perfect April Fools’ Day playlist

11 things that taste better than skinny feels

Famously, Kate Moss’s favourite food is ‘skinny feels’. Please do excuse my ignorance, but I don’t know what ‘skinny feels’ actually are, perhaps some kind of hipster take on french fries? ANYWAY, whatever they are, since hearing this pronouncement many years ago, I have thought about it reasonably regularly, and always after a particularly great … Continue reading 11 things that taste better than skinny feels