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

Whatever you do, DON’T tell me to calm down

On International Women's Day 2016, I thought I'd share my two penneth about a well-talked about issue that I feel helps to maintain inequality and bias. Sometimes, in the midst of an argument or a debate, just as I'm getting into the swing of it and saying some really good stuff, I will find myself … Continue reading Whatever you do, DON’T tell me to calm down

Confessions of a lazy sloth

Here are some things that laziness makes me do: The lazy-person-lean Rather than getting out of bed to get something, reaching out so far that literally only one toe is left in the bed, all the covers are on the floor and the sheet has come loose. Sitting on my bed in a towel for 4,000 years I've … Continue reading Confessions of a lazy sloth

The Luminaries

I've had this hefty 800 page book on my bookshelf for nearly a year, and after several library renewals I've finally started reading it. I'm enjoying it so far, it's mysterious and intriguing. Here's a quote I particularly liked: "With this realisation, the room seemed suddenly to clarify, as when a chance scatter of stars … Continue reading The Luminaries

How do I hate thee orchids… let me count the ways

The annual Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens is coming up over the next few weeks and as a member, I have received a tidal wave of spam about the ghastly things. I thought it was timely therefore to share some of the many reasons that I despise orchids. To begin with, I hate the look … Continue reading How do I hate thee orchids… let me count the ways

I’m from a long line of survivors…

I have been listening to Elbow's triumphant album Leaders of the Free World this morning and I love this line from My Very Best. "I'm from a long line of survivors..." Being here today, existing, in the year 2016 on planet earth is a miraculous and unlikely thing. When you consider the history of the world, … Continue reading I’m from a long line of survivors…