RIP Maya Angelou: Queen of Badassery

There are people on the public stage, who we might think of as celebrities, whatever their field. Their life’s work becomes our life’s consumption. And over the course of years – or shorter periods that take on the significance and weight of years via the shortcuts of strife and pain – we get to feeling […]

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On hope, and a new year

Earlier this week, back in the old year, I tweeted about how full the gyms would be in the next couple of weeks. I joked about sitting at home, caressing a gut (nicknamed Ira) and laughing. I didn’t mean to downplay the relative importance of fitness or imply that those in possession of a sizeable […]

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Go home, Joey Barton. You are drunk

Barton tweet

1. In 2010, singer John Mayer gave an interview to Playboy magazine, in which he explored an ‘interesting’ philosophy regarding his penis and black women: “I don’t think I open myself to [black women],” he said. “My dick is sort of like a white supremacist. I’ve got a Benetton heart and a fuckin’ David Duke cock.” 2. Also […]

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Free for Foreigners

My sister sent me this piece from the Wall Street Journal last week, and we had a short angry ‘WTF?’ conversation about five minutes after I’d read the first couple of paragraphs. This bit, from the event organiser Rachel Chan was interesting to me: “For most guys, especially bankers, they say, ‘I’ve seen many, many pretty girls […]

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At Year End, A Look Back

Everything happened this year. Revolutions, riots, dictator deaths, economic crises, royal weddings, the release of Captain America, featuring Chris Evans’ giant pecs, Kelly Rowland and a selection of wigs appeared on a painfully mediocre X-Factor, , a fictional Prime Minister boffed a pig, and I cut off all my hair… I could go on, but […]

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New Thing!

Hi everyone! Yes, the blog is still largely neglected, and for that I apologise profusely. But! *Bright smile* Here’s an occasional new feature to make me seem less crap! From time to time, I will be writing short (or long) essays and putting them up on the blog. They’re not necessarily going to be about […]

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Why I Fast

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It’s also pretty much the only month most non-Muslims can name, given its synonymity with fasting. For 29 or 30 days every year, Muslims the world over abstain from food and drink from dawn till dusk. On another level, the abstinence pertains to negative emotions too […]

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I’m Baaaack!

Come to Mama, my lovelies! “But YorubaGirl!” you cry. “What have you been doing all this time?” Look, readers. I don’t like to blow my own trumpet, but perhaps you heard about the closing of a little newspaper called the News of the World? Yeah – I had nothing to do with that. *taps nose* […]

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Hey, Remember What Rachel Said To Ross?

You’ve all no doubt noted my increasingly erratic schedule when it comes to posting on Yoruba Girl Dancing. Remember when I used to post three or four times a week? Yeah, me neither. I can only apologise and ask that you forgive me. Things have become quite hectic work-wise (as my various work plugs will […]

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The Friday Pretty: Crushes of the Week

Hey hey hey! Happy Friday, sweeties – hope you’ve all had productive weeks: deadlines have been met, targets smashed, feelings eaten. Cool. Cos I have some more images which you may find relevant to your mac-wearing interests: it’s The Friday Pretty! Let’s dive right in. In 2011, I’m trying to watch more movies. There is […]

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RIP Elizabeth Taylor: Badass

My first ‘scent’ as a child (my mum indulged us, yes) was Charlie, a cheap red can of sickly sweet perfume. But then, when the time came to leave home and go to boarding school, I received my first proper eau de toilette, and it was Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds. It was quite possibly the […]

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