The last time I wrote anything at length about my dad, I was 21. He had died just 48 hours previously, and my local paper The Pontypool Free Press was … Continue Reading On daddy…
So the internet is ablaze with talk of the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer. Yes, the long-awaited (not by me) celluloid version of the girlporn publishing phenomenon is almost here. … Continue Reading Fifty shades of MEH…or why I’ll be avoiding the film like the plague
THIS TEXT ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON WALESONLINE ON JULY 25TH 2014, ALONGSIDE THE EXPERIENCES OF FIVE OTHER WOMEN. THE WHOLE PIECE IS WORTH READING. I agreed to write this piece a … Continue Reading When did a side order of sexual harassment become as de rigeur as a kebab on a night out?
Every time the office buzzer rang today, I silently prayed it would be the courier. And when it eventually was, and I finally had the box in my hand, I … Continue Reading On what Louboutins have in common with Nike Airs…
I bet none of these chancers were doing what I was doing last night. Viz. drinking gin in the garden, picking apart the finer lyrical points of Amy Winehouse’s Back … Continue Reading On joining a gym….
Three mornings this week the boy has been minding his own business in the kitchen only to be disturbed by hollered snippets of misery from the floor above. Thanks to … Continue Reading Goodnight Bobby…and musings on musical deaths
It’s such a cliché to not like Mondays that I really wish I did like them. I’ve tried hard to flirt with Monday, to trick myself into pretending it’s actually … Continue Reading She-Bop: A history of women in rock and pop
There’s little better on a sunny day than bagging a place on a sun lounger in the garden and tuning in to Huey (the achingly cool Noo Yoiker from the … Continue Reading Love songs reimagined
Just before I retired to bed last night, I read on Twitter that Gerry Goffin had died aged 75. As one half of one of the most successful songwriting partnerships … Continue Reading Thanks for the music Gerry
First things first: yes, I’m late to the blog party. I’ve been meaning to get around to starting one for about, ooh, seven years now. Why? Because I love writing. … Continue Reading It’s about time…