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Skinny-shaming and the mung bean myth

March 28, 2013

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I recently had the misfortune of catching Salt on the TV. When it became obvious that Angelina Jolie’s CIA-agent-on-the-run wasn’t the most believable character – enter gravity defying lorry hopping stunts and an immaculate hair-dye job while on the run – I turned to alternative entertainment. Twitter. “Nothing feminine about Angelina Jolie! Far too thin!” screeched […]

Smells like teen ambition

March 12, 2013

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Michael Gove has once again sparked outrage among teachers over the last week, this time singling out schools in East Durham for ‘lacking ambition’. A tad confusing, as he hasn’t even been there. Claiming that five north-east schools were underperforming dramatically, Gove recently told those at the London launch of a book on GCSE underachievement […]

The kindness conundrum

February 15, 2013

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‘Keep that wine flowing – when you’re drunk, I’m funny,’ crowed the compère at a recent comedy night, and the crowd roared with laughter. That wasn’t the only point in the evening that his self belittling quips drew snorts and guffaws – in fact each reference to his beer gut, hair loss and general inadequacy […]

What’s your food footprint?

February 6, 2013

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Food writer Joanna Blythman recently penned a controversial Guardian article – Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa? She claimed that western demand for super-grain quinoa was pushing up its prices in native Bolivia and Peru to the extent that locals could no longer afford their staple grain and were turning to cheaper junk […]

January tinted glasses

January 8, 2013

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Humans are a predictable bunch, especially at this time of year. After the alcohol infused din of festive season revelry has dwindled and eventually died, those of us fortunate enough to have spent the last couple of weeks overindulging with loved ones are generally doing one of three things. De-toxing, wallowing in a pit of […]

Adventures in meditation – part 1

November 23, 2012

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‘Go away I’m MEDITATING!’ wasn’t something I expected to snarl at the knock on my bedroom door while in the throes of meditative bliss, but as it turns out, finding inner peace through this traditional Buddhist practice isn’t as easy as it looks. For something that from the outside looks like ‘sitting doing nothing’, learning […]

Break-bone fever, arse flashing and latino Sunset Beach

October 31, 2012

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In the build up to Halloween I’ve already had a run in with a transvestite witch, donned a bad pink wig and encountered far more Miranda Hart posters on the tube than my nervous system can handle. My local florist is doing a pretty good line in ‘hellacious’ geranium displays – shit be getting SCARY. […]