Life Moves Pretty Fast | Hadley Freeman

“If you could only watch one film for the rest of your life but could watch it as many times as you like, which would you choose?” That’s the question I asked of my friends and family on Facebook before last year’s Oscars ceremony. All the buzz was of 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Dallas Buyer’s Club and American Hustle. I was curious as to how big the disparity was between what wins Academy Awards and what people go back … Read More

Growing into Geekery + The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

  [NOTE: Want an audio version of this post? Scroll down to the bottom of this page.] This past Sunday I sat in the shopping concourse of a hospital with a grande-soy-latte-extra-hot, a Starbucks Rise & Shine muffin and a copy of the latest shiny issue of SciFi Now magazine. I wasn’t visiting anyone or attending an appointment of my own, I just like it there on a Sunday. No, it doesn’t have that antiseptic hospital smell that creeps everyone … Read More

Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break

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I’ve always maintained that Scandinavians really know how to live. They appear to see things through a different lens to the rest of the world, and certainly to wider Europe. I’ve been overly enamoured with the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ since I watched Neil Oliver learning about it first hand during an episode of Coast several years ago. Loosely translated it means to enjoy and take comfort from cosy things. I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t fall in love with something … Read More

Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig (+ my own story)

  [WANT AN AUDIO VERSION OF THIS POST? SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.] One day last year when Twitter was being used to promote mental health awareness, author Matt Haig re-shared his blog post on depression. Without even a teaspoon of schmaltz he explained how he’d found himself stood on the edge of a cliff in Ibiza about to end his life, before finding the strength to step backwards and start the long process of first finding … Read More

Three Spring & Summer Cookbooks

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I own a lot of cookbooks, books about food and the joy of eating, along with some tall tales from chefs on restaurant life. At my last count I was floating around somewhere just under the 100 mark and I have no intention of stopping. I can’t believe I’d ever reach a point where I’d think, “Yes, that’s enough now. This is as much as I need.” Call it greedy, which I certainly am, but it’s probably because I can … Read More

How to Get Dressed – Alison Freer

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If you’ve been hanging out here over the past few months you may have noticed that I have a thing for TV and film costume. I study it in everything I watch. I love that the way a character looks tells us so much about who they’re supposed to be in the story or can immediately indicate to viewers which era to shift their minds to. Their costumes are almost like an additional character. Between focussing on that, the hair, … Read More

BOOKS: Yes Please – Amy Poehler

Talking about yourself is always a tricky business. Sneak into self-indulgence and you become narcissistic, which is massively unattractive. If you find yourself having conversations along the lines of, “That’s enough about me, what do you think of me?” please stop. Stay too vague in relaying your life and you aren’t interesting enough to hold the readers’ attention. It’s testament to Amy Poehler’s lack of ego and her casual openness that Yes Please strikes the delicate balance between being an … Read More

COLUMN: The YouTube Trap

Back in September I wrote a column on YouTubers and putting your everyday life online, along with both the rewards and the pitfalls of doing so. I remember posting that column and thinking that the whole microcosm of YouTube fame was something of a ticking time bomb. The more I sat back and watched it unfold, the more it seemed unruly, chaotic and a disaster waiting to happen. This column isn’t intended to be a late ‘I-told-you-so’, but this week … Read More

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