Going Green


Soooo I’m thinking of joining the Green Party. There have been plenty of reasons against joining until now.  For a long time, the Green Party seemed to be a one-issue venture, and I was unconvinced they had much to say about more than the environment – which is, let’s face …

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Teaching Women’s Self-Defense…


On November 16th I’m gonna be teaching a class in London Fields with my amazing partner-in-crime Hamida, on women’s self-defense. http://www.urbanescrima.com/fight-back-against-sexual-harassment-workshop/ It has nothing to do with books. It has nothing to do with lights! It won’t go into any particular martial art in depth, though obviously it is gonna …

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Professional Armour


So again I’ve been reminded that I’m ‘scary’. In theatre I can be very scary indeed in the face of inadequacy and incompetence, and this is fine and I will not apologise for it.  If you do your job badly, and you are threatening to break the show, then do …

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Trust Da Man


For a month last year, my Medic Mate lived in my flat, and it was lovely.  We had paella; we went on adventures on her one-day-off-every-two-weeks, we consumed obscene quantities of peas; and in the evening, she’d tell me about work. “The nurses!” she exclaimed.  “Oh but, you know what, …

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In Praise of…. Spirited Away


I cry.  Every time.  I just do.  Sorry.  It takes a lot to make me cry; traditionally my only three triggers are the lunar landings (because: man on the moon!), the fall of the Berlin Wall (seriously!!) and, yes, the Lion King. But Spirited Away makes me cry too.  In …

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