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The revolution will not be retweeted

May 31, 2015

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Almost a month ago now here in fair Blighty queues were formed, poll papers shuffled and boxes dutifully crossed. The general election 2015 ran its course and the Conservative party came to power once again. The people had spoken. Well, some of them anyway. Sixty-six per cent of the voting-aged UK general public cast votes […]

My festival love affair

April 15, 2014

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It’s light past 6pm, newborn ducklings waddle at the riverbank, trees are dressed in blossom and adults nationwide are silencing toddler tantrums with crème eggs. Spring has sprung – which means one thing only. Festival season is nigh. There’s so much to love about this time of year but for me it’s the thought of […]

No More Page 3 – an ode to tits and arse

April 17, 2013

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I remember The Sun newspaper littering the worn coffee tables of my school common room. The boys in the year above comparing page 3 models to various girls they’d seen naked. Katie from Dorset, 34DD, out on display like strawberry millions in the local sweet shop window. She was an aspiring photographer, apparently. I remember […]

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 […]