Are you the sort of person who is always looking for the next challenge? Whether an exam, a sport competition, a promotion at work or a bigger house? Do we live in a culture of constant dissatisfaction where as soon as we’ve achieved something great, the feeling quickly passes and is over taken by a craving for that next big thing?
When I initially saw the headline that seven ‘Black Lives Matters’ protesters had blockaded London City Airport in protest, it took me a moment to join the dots. Were the airport staff racially profiling passengers or the management showing bias in recruitment? The actual reason for the blockade requires some mental backflips, so limber up now.
Let’s go back four years. We were living in a rented flat in Hackney; five of us all fellow Yorkshire friends from way back trying to make it in the big smoke. The place was dire. Mould in the bathroom, mould in the bedroom; drop a freshly laundered shirt on the floor and the lingering damp clung on as you peeled it off only minutes later. A mobile phone rings, you go to answer it, only to discover it’s a passer-by outside and the cracking windows have deceived you once again.
During it's heyday, the cartoon was unlike anything that came before it. Each screen, face and background individually crafted in incredible detail. This new animation style paved the way for adult favourite like Beavis and Butthead and South Park, with the glaringly obvious influence still evident in children's favourite, Spongebob Squarepants.
I’m not a 'hater'. In fact I was a fan of the original TV show, and the proud owner of a Gameboy with Pokemon Blue. I lost many an hour playing that incredible game. An undeniable work of genius that took over my life, and made me obsessive about ‘catching them all’. I’ve only completed 3 games in my life, and Pokemon Blue was one of them.
OK, credentials verified - on with Pokemon GO.
The Jack The Ripper Museum opened in August 2015 with a desire to provide “a serious examination of the crimes of Jack the Ripper within the social context of the period”- Sounds fair. I’d even go as far as to say that sounds quite interesting. What's more, it claims to have “one of the rarest Ripperologists collections of recent times”. I didn’t know Ripperologism was a thing, but I’m sold. What’s not to like?
Representation in media is incredibly important when it comes to gender equality and how we view our fellow humans. However, less than 20% of films released this year will be directed by, written by or star a woman in the principal role. One of the easiest ways that we as consumers can influence media makers is with our money
I pride myself on taking a scientific view of the world; I’m the last person you’ll find playing fixed odds gambling machines, engaging in Astrology, or paying off my student loan (yes that’s right!). So when Jonny, my prolific fad dieting friend, came raving to me about Huel, a new powdered food he was now taking instead of eating breakfast and lunch which contains “everything the body needs”. I assumed my usual logical position.
I have strong opinions. Oh boy do I have strong opinions… On the running of the country, the importance of the NHS, Immigration, food hygiene, bin collections. Everything really.
...I just don’t know to which political party my opinions are aligned.
1980’s LA - there’s a guy called ‘freeway’ Rick Ross. Not the rapper, the big-time drug king-pin. Think, Scarface x 1000. (Bear with me… this is going somewhere)
There’s a kind of rumour going round that it’s not very ‘good’ for women to talk about men all the time. As if it trivialises us. Well, meh. OF COURSE we talk about other things: Like Brexit, the threat of Donald Trump, and how would you genetically engineer a unicorn?.. but you couldn’t stop me talking about men with my friends if you paid me.