I am a freelance writer, playwright, director and lecturer from London. Self professed nerd, art lover and Neurodivergent, vegan since '16, piano player since 7 - let's see...oh and music, lots and lots of music
My Favourite Front Man: Honouring Steve Harwell
Today we wake to the news of 90s alt behemoth, and lead singer of Smashmouth ,Steve Harwell's untimely death. As I have talked about on these pages, I am a music nerd. I'll listen to anything once, and many things twice. A lot of things, several. I've played piano since I was a child, so the ear was prepped, but still, Smashmouth remains the most pleasing to the ear for decades, and true masters of the story song - genre jesters doing their thing on every single one of their tracks, whilst staying true to their 1960s, easy listening vibe, even incorporating ska and punk elements, with that 90s edge. To me, true pioneers.
- Top Story - August 2023
Olives and Chips; The Only True PairingTop Story - August 2023
Potato and an offshoot of a shrub. You cannot get more humble, or basic. And yet. Odes have ben written in their honour; paint to their pleasing Still Life credentials - they feature on every menu. But truly. When was the last time you stopped to revel in the joy that is the simple chip and olive? Fear no longer, cos here comes a little essay with my two cents to my most beloved of evening starters.
Love Is A Funny Thing: One Scene From Euphoria
I was going to write, harsh and sharp-tongued on the alarming new trend of viewers' new found confidence and penchant for bodyslamming tv show and film creators when things don't go their way enmasse, on Twitter in a mindblowing and mass sense of inflated ego - you try writing it then, you wouldn't last five minutes, my guy, and I say that as a former creative writing student- or: 'Everyone's (Literally) a (Very emotional an ill-informed) Critic' - as the old adage goes. But I'm taking a page from Rue's book and turning a criticism into a praise.
Top Five Dancing Videos of 2021 (So Far)
If it ain't broke...my previous article here on the best choreo of 2018 went down so well I've been planning an encore - on top of which the last twelve months - let's just say I had some time become a certified dance sequence fiend. Award shows, music videos, talk show appearances - you name it, and I was all over it so that you may have a few minutes interest ha. So settle in.
Shake Your Bones With My Ultimate Spooky Playlist
So here in the UK, we kinda 'try' to Halloween, but it ends up a very lukewarm milky thing, hey, like our tea. Over in 'Murica you guys have it down pat - so much so that I kinda don't want to be there when it happens? Like y'all *get into it* into it, and I've never been good with gore. So when I saw this Challenge I honestly scrolled past, keen not even attempt to take the crown of our Amercian cousins.
Some Thoughts on Squid Game
Squid Game is, no doubt an amazing drama, topping charts in every conceivable corner of the globe, boosting its impressive roster of talent, scope, scale and storytelling to an adoring international audience. and rightly so. But it isn't new. Taking the Hunger Games, Divergent, Black Mirror-ness away from it - there's really nothing unique about centuries old entertainment in the ages of emperors, kings and queens which means death to the have-nots for the blood lust of the haves, lion-in-amphitheatre style. And what's interesting about that particular chapter in history is that people could pay to watch it happen. How much does a Netflix account cost a month, by the way?
5 Best Disco or Disco Inspired Tracks of 2020
Ah yes, time for the semi-annual dragging of the '5 best...' trope out of my closet, dust blown of its surfaces. Only this time it its to be reimagined, attached to my ceiling to slowly rotate a constant flurry of light and disco fever over my impassioned, cold face as I sit in my dressing gown eating cereal at 10:10 pm.
Love More Challenge: Process, Aesthetic and Decompression
Oh. You don't know the three P's? Where have you been living? Well never mind, and gather round children, so that you may learn..no but seriously I know you all might actually not know what it is, and fair play, so behold:
Women Who Inspire: Nina Simone Is Not Kidding Around
Ah, Eunice. Though not as widely hand-wrung as Sylvia Plath or Virginia Woolf, Nina Simone (born Eunice Waymon) is just as much a genius and just as much tragic. Her end isn't quite so widely sensationalised as those of her fellow female heroines but hers is somehow more personal to me, despite her and I being the most opposite two women could possibly be in our respective situations.
Unpopular Opinion: Bob Dylan Can't Sing
Okay yes. I hold my hands up. I'm one of these feminists. One of these feminists that doesn't like Bob Dylan. We're a small faction, true, but we are vocal. And way more melodic than Mr Bed Head himself. We had a meeting in a pub off Kings Cross and I was selected to make the case in their behalf. So here goes.
Wanna Throw a Ball, Slugger?
Arya Stark. Right? I mean, I've not watched a paltry second of Game of Thrones, ever (totally true, on my life) and even I am aware of the two milestones the 22-year-old scrappy thing has reached in her young life. She's had a shag and killed a big baddie. Basically James Bond, am I right? As a consumer of Westernised film and TV this is how it goes: ol' James Bond shoots and leaves like its his job (which it kind of is, now you think about it), ooh about a million times by now so what's the big furore? Why should it be so different, so 'wrong' for a 22 year old female assassin to get hers? The day after, news headlines shouted of 'Fans Cringe at Game Of Thrones Sex Scene' and a million GoT Twitter fan accounts had conniptions that a girl should take control and own her sexuality in this way. It was all anyone talked about for roughly 48 hours, so I had to look see.
Flip, Reverse It: The Power of the Remix
As the eponymous and everlasting Missy Misdeameanor Elliott once said: "Put my thang down, flip it and reverse it," and then something that always sounded like: "It's your-thingy-fema-thang-wip, it's your-thingy-fema-thang-wep," and we all went, "Yeah, ok," because it was very cool, and we sang it in a kind of I-Don't-Know-What-I'm-Saying-But-This-Is-On-At-The-Club-So-Lets-Get-It kind of way.