Afternoon tea Charlie and the Chocolate Factory style! (at One Aldwych)

Commuting might be an absolute ruddy nightmare on days like today but sometimes we forget we get to work/study/live in one of the greatest cities in the world!! We love you london 🇬🇧 (at Hay’s Galleria)

Well I just read someone describing U2’s album as forcing it on them ‘like a rapist’.

I’m not one to get on my soap box but really now, . Just about the most unfunny thing and it’s already got 40 ‘likes’ on Facebook. Granted, I have an inappropriate sense of humour but there is a line. Whyyyyyy do people insist on making rape jokes. There is literally nothing borderline funny about it and it just makes you look like a dumb arse.


A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."


There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’


35 Harry Potter covers from around the world

Adding my two cents because I love foreign book covers! I try to collect one from every non-English speaking country I visit now. Although Arabic Harry Potter was too tricky to get hold of and I don’t think that was a coincidence… Almost bought Italian Harry Potter but completely forgot to go back into the shop and buy it! Grrr. So my very limited collection isn’t doing too well!

I started collecting because (beside the fact they’re just kind of cool looking) I wanted to learn more languages and I thought Harry Potter would be a fun way to do it because I’m familiar with the stories and I also thought it would be easier to learn because they’re sort of children’s books. Oh how wrong I was…


3 News' 6 o'clock coverage of Nicky Hagar's Dirty Politics has been a vast disappointment. Paul Henry, well, let’s not even go there.

The Nation, though, delivered this morning. This is a fantastic interview with Cameron Slater by Lisa Owen. Slater can very much speak for himself, and I’m…

Although I work for a public sector organisation in the UK and it’s almost certainly a different kind of structure, I have to echo a few of those feelings, even if some of them are just coincidences and not the result of some malice, because it does wind me up.

The majority of us are contract workers and only three people in my team have permanent jobs, although everyone takes up their job knowing this but it does create a bit of a fragmented atmosphere and there’s not as much continuity as there could be as there’s always uncertainty and people coming and going. But now my department is being restructured as of this month and I’m the only lucky one who’s guaranteed a job until January. Yet the Mayor says all these positive things about our organisation and how he appreciates every department’s work and we’re all making amazing contributions etc. just in time for him to run for Parliament, it seems…  

And although I’ve not experienced it myself, political bias and ‘judgment’ is   a thing. We’re meant to remain impartial in our professional environment, which is find and totally understandable, but it does occasional seep through and make things a little uncomfortable. Personally, I don’t think it helps that they sit the media teams for each political party on separate floors as it promotes an air of partisanship. Although personally speaking, I sit opposite to a particular party’s media team and, by and large, they’re all really nice guys.


i hate when people complain about how technology is “ruining everything.” i have over 200 pictures of my dog on my phone and i can send them to my friends when they are sad. how is that ruining anything. why do you hate happiness