Monthly Archives: November 2009

Why I Love… Black Beauty Supply Shops

I don’t have a clear memory of the first time I went to a ‘hair shop’, but I’ll wager that I was very young. The importance of hair for Black women starts early, so there’s no reason for me not to believe that I was in one while still in utero. Black beauty supply shops are […]

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Post-Birthday World

It was my birthday last Friday, and I was inundated with good wishes – I’m very lucky to have people who love and care for me so much. Do you remember how I lamented that 27 was such a non-age and all that? Well, for such a non-age, it kicked some serious ass. Many lovely things happened in […]

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Why I Love… Chick Lit (Guest Post)

 I’m very keen on this modern innovation called “outsourcing”. In that spirit, the lovely Ronke at The Musings of Ondo Lady has contributed to the Why I Love… series. Show her some love at her blog. Ta! Chick Lit has been dismissed and scoffed at as being cheap and trivial literature for shallow-minded girls. With a reputation […]

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Why I Love… Agent 355

My friend John has given me many things over the course of our friendship – food, comfort, writing and editing advice and a SNL compilation DVD among them - and I hope to remain friends with him for a very long time. But I can tell our friendship has aleady peaked; and it has everything to […]

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Freshly Pressed: "I'd Like To Thank The Editors, My Family, My Goldfish…"

Well, that was unexpected. There I was, writing me old blog, when I was assailed by an avalanche of hits, courtesy the good and kind Freshly Pressed editors at WordPress. My blog had been promoted to the front page of WordPress, for the consumption of a global audience. The post that caught the editors’ (no doubt sophisticated) eye was the one about […]

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The Changing Bogeyman

When you were a kid, what was your parents’ greatest fear for you? That maybe you’d get abducted? That the Cold War’s Mutually Assured Destruction doctrine would annihilate us all? That you wouldn’t get good grades at school? That you would either get pregnant, or help someone else along that route? Any of these things ring […]

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If You Don't Know Me By Now…

At the beginning and end of every new term, my dad would drive my sister and me back and forth from our boarding school. It was a two hour drive, and so we had to make our own fun – sometimes we slept, otherwise we engaged in pointless but fierce battles in the back seat. Mostly […]

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Banjos, Ballet, Black Yoghurt and Bloggers

I was very much the culture vulture this past week, darlings, as I took in, among others, some comedy, blogging bonding time and the very different delights of grown men plucking strings as well as in codpieces and flesh-coloured tights. Ooo er, missus! My palpitations have only just calmed down…

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Beautiful People

Anyone read any of the numerous articles from the most ridiculous statistic to come out of this week? No? Let’s talk. A dating website, called found that us Brits are among the ugliest people in the world, based on the number of us accepted to feature on the site. The site, which rates all […]

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27: A Non-Age If Ever There Was One

It’s my birthday in seven days - I shall be 27 years old. This is not a landmark age. The only real change that comes with it is that you can no longer say “Oh, I’m in my mid-twenties…” when trying to be age-vague. 27 puts you firmly in late-twenties mode. Which is fine, but the […]

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Why I Love… Gilmore Girls

How often do you hear the name Lorelai? Outside of (one of my favourite films) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, hardly ever. It’s just not a Top 100 kind of name, is it? Which makes it all the more awesome that both of the titular Gilmore Girls are called Lorelai. And that’s just the tip of the […]

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Open Sesame!

Sesame Street, possibly the most awesome children’s TV programme of all time (yes, I’m including The Muppets, Square One and Fraggle Rock here), is 40 years old. F-O-R-T-Y. That it still exists and it’s awesomeness remains undiminished is a great big deal. Let us celebrate!

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Why I Love… Red Shoes

Before you ask, I don’t like The Wizard of Oz much. I didn’t find it a magical, transformative childhood event, the way so many people seemed to. But I do remember thinking that Dorothy’s glittery red pumps were the bee’s knees. With a slightly more adult palate, I discovered the subtle layers that underpin the film, and still […]

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And I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For…

Hola, kids! Remember back in June, when I cast a fond eye over the search terms that various Internet devotees had employed before ending up on this blog? No? See here. By now, you’ve probably guessed what this post is about. Yes, in the manner of a breathy music chart countdown, let’s see a search term […]

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In Which My 'Wit' is Rendered Redundant

I was at my hairdresser’s the other week for a retouch appointment. That’s right, I gave in to the relaxer ‘cult’ as a child dammit, and so any longer than nine weeks between treaments and my hair starts to feel insecure. This manifests itself as bad behaviour i.e. disregarding my every request and sitting petulantly in […]

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