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While You Were Sleeping: 19 years and 6,000 words

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I am, by my very nature, a fan. I enjoy things and I enjoy enjoying them. And there are few films I enjoy enjoying as much as While You Were Sleeping. It’s a warm, gooey pie of a movie, starring Sandra Bullock at her sweetest, Bill Pullman at his most gravel-voiced, and Peter Gallagher’s lips […]

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10 Things I Hate About You: 15 years and 6,000 words

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So, listen. January’s hysterical descent into nostalgia and the depths of unedited self-publishing proved ridiculously, astonishingly popular. This is not false ‘third encore’ modesty. Obviously I believe every keystroke of mine is prize-winning, but I was so pleased and surprised that so many people liked that (half-dissertation length) piece! Seriously, thank you for reading the recap […]

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She’s All That: 15 years and 5,000 words

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I first watched She’s All That back in 1999, at the Stratford Picturehouse some weekend after school. I remember loving it, because it hit all the spots it was supposed to: boy and girl got to have each other at the end, and bad guy kind of got his comeuppance, which is as it should […]

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On ‘surprises’ and paying attention

The (beautiful) cast of The Best Man Holiday (2013)

Last week, I saw a tweet in which the author was marvelling at having spotted the term ‘twerking’ in a song all the way back from 2006. I think the tweet ended on an exclamation point – it was perhaps a jokey way of saying, “Hey! Pop culture, eh? Undiscovered layers like an onion.” Even […]

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The First Kiss

This weekend, I came to a stunning realisation: I’ve watched You’ve Got Mail many more times than I’ve seen When Harry Met Sally. Man, I even saw it box fresh at the Stratford Picturehouse back in 1998. What can I say – I used to have a disposable income unattacked by council tax and the […]

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Virgin Territory

After a lifetime of taking my life lessons from the big screen, I’ve learned that losing your virginity is fun. On the metaphorical journey of losing one’s innocence, you get to bond with your friends, perhaps even go on a road trip. A lot of the time ‘crazy’ misunderstandings happen, leaving you in embarrassing situations, […]

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The Truth About Cats And Dogs – A Life Lesson

Bored at the weekend, and with a little cash burning a hole in my pocket, I revisited my Amazon.com wishlist. I tend to put things on in fits of activity – lots of childhood favourites like Enid Blyton and all sorts of 90s RnB – and then remove them at leisure when common sense prevails. […]

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Modesty Be Damned!

I love being a writer. It’s the job I’ve always wanted to do, even though it didn’t quite crystallise as a career choice till I was 17 and my sister told me I looked ‘right’ tapping at a typewriter. Since then, I have been lucky enough to write for a number of publications, both online and […]

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Where Are The Black Romcom Queens?

Listlessly browsing my Twitter timeline, I came across a link which led me to this post about romcom’s new leading contenders. Click the link and you will see a list of young Hollywood actresses – Katherine Heigl, Amy Adams, Isla Fisher, Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, and Kristen Bell among others. While certainly distinct in their […]

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Why I Love… Something New

I’m just a landscaper. I take hard earth, and make things bloom. The internet is a miraculous thing. But I’m grateful that while theoretically you could see me as I type this – what with the magic of webcams – I still hold some power, by refusing to hook it up. Because as I typed those twelve […]

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Clueless & Cupcakes

The recent demise of Hollywood actress Brittany Murphy left many people shocked and sympathetic. It also had them reaching for their Clueless DVDs, by far the pinnacle (for me, at least) of Ms Murphy’s all too brief cinematic career. This weekend, we paid homage to the shining light that was Brittany, by watching Clueless as […]

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Why I Love… Christmas Telly

For many, Christmas is exemplified by the consumption of alcohol before noon. People roll out of bed and keep on rolling straight into the booze cabinet – Champagne, Port, Brandy, Gin, hold the tonic – emerging only to leisurely swallow their own weight in meat and vegetables, before resuming the imbibing or yet more alcoholic […]

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Forgotten Favourites

So there I was, a few weeks ago, trying to find a DVD (Zoolander, since you ask) to lend a friend when I realised it wasn’t on my DVD shelf. Wha’? Where’d it go? Who has been raiding my DVD ‘collection’? (I’ve put it in quotes because I’m not sure that 97 DVDs makes what […]

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For Black Girls Who Have Fancied John Cho When Taye Diggs Was Enuf*

I studied multi-media journalism at university and in my final year, I specialised in radio. For my final year project, I found a 2004 article that journalist Helen Kolawole had written in the Guardian Weekend magazine. In it, she said that she, a Black woman, would only go out exclusively with Black men. The standfirst of the article said […]

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