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The Hour, Episodes 1-2

[Images taken from Digital Spy, BBC on Youtube and ComicsBulletin.com]. I was really impressed by the first two episodes of this six-part series, which had been given the unfortunate label of the ‘British version of Mad Men’ to live up to. I don’t think that this is an entirely fair comparison, as The Hour can … Continue reading

The Best of Everything – a book that speaks to women across the generations

Rona Jaffe’s debut novel was first published in the 1950s when she was just twenty-six. The driving force for her, thematically, was the wall of silence concerning the lives of women at work and going out into the world for the first time. Though she focuses on the publishing industry in New York, the scenarios … Continue reading

Pantone addicts of the world, unite

[Click to enlarge and enjoy a spectrum of colours, including the Pantone tips for Autumn 2011 trends]. In recent years I have developed a very niche addiction: I am in love with the Pantone colour system used by designers and graphics workers worldwide. For the uninitiated, this company gives every single hue of every single … Continue reading

Stop the casual sexism, please

Apologies for the lack of blogging – I’ve been preparing for a trip to Bristol this weekend. Rest assured, I will be back to normal soon. In the mean time, I wanted to leave you with this thought, from Jeff Stelling on Countdown (Channel 4, 21st July). Whilst discussing university and degrees with Rachael Riley, … Continue reading

Glamour Magazine France (Aout/August 2011) – more than a holiday read

[Images taken as photographs of the August issue. Please click to enlarge]. Returning from a French wedding last week, I was desperate for something to read on the Channel Tunnel journey home – it may only be half an hour, but you can’t exactly look out the window and marvel at the view. Seeing this … Continue reading

New Orange advert with Potiche: it’s funny because we can’t speak French

Watch the full ad here. I’m really pleased that Orange has decided to expand its ‘Turn your phone off’ adverts to include World Cinema. This genre of film is often overlooked by the general public because of the endless subtitles required to understand the plot (unless you have a decent grasp of the language in … Continue reading

The 39 Steps: 1959 film adaptation

Not every hero has to possess the suave charm of James Bond or the action potential of a Marvel comic strip; some of the easiest characters to love are the ones who reek of normality and wouldn’t stand out in a crowd. Richard Hannay (Kenneth More) is definitely part of this brigade, and he manages … Continue reading

The Next Wrinkle-Buster – Article for Pigeons and Peacocks Magazine

Here is the second of my Pigeons and Peacocks articles – please click on each thumbnail to enlarge and view the page.This longer feature (following on from a piece by the fashion blogger Susie Bubble, no less) explores our attitudes to anti-ageing strategies throughout our lives. In the modern world we have become increasingly concerned … Continue reading

The Hour – the trailer alone is worth watching

Exploring the heady world of current affairs in 1956 England, The Hour is a new BBC drama about, well, the BBC. We follow reporters Bel (Romola Garai, last seen in The Crimson Petal and the White) and Freddie (Ben Whishaw, Bright Star) as they try to forge a career in the newsroom that makes the … Continue reading

The Next Big Thing (According to a Ten-Year-Old) – Article for Pigeons and Peacocks

This is an article (please click to enlarge) that I wrote in March, which has just hit newsstands as part of the fourth issue of Pigeons and Peacocks Magazine*. Each issue has a theme, and this one was ‘The Next…’, so all of the written submissions other than main features had to begin with these … Continue reading

Get real, WAGs. Your men are not knights in shining armour.

You’ve read the headlines. You’ve seen the photographic evidence (thank you, Ashley Cole, for inducing nausea at the breakfast table with the reports of your white underpant-clad sexting). You’ve watched wedding rings go on and off more times than most of us have had hot dinners. So when will these Wives and Girlfriends (WAGs) learn … Continue reading

Jane Avril dances on: Images from the Courtauld’s Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition

As you can see, the exhibition that I visited yesterday was colourful to say the least. Viewers were offered many types of visual stimuli – paintings, preparatory studies, newspaper articles, Moulin Rouge programs and Toulouse-Lautrec’s other sketches and lithographs. It was a comprehensive exhibition squeezed into a few rooms of this expansive gallery, which is … Continue reading

A Woman Killed With Kindness: a play worth seeing

Images courtesy of the National Theatre and Good Books. I am incredibly excited about this play being brought to the National Theatre in August. I studied it as an undergraduate at university and was pleasantly surprised to see that a 1603 drama could be so utterly relevant to our modern lives, and also be so … Continue reading

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