When I’m feeling sorry for myself, berating the state of the country, or trying to get my mum to buy me a takeaway, I’m wont to refer to myself as a ‘poor student’. The term is meant affectionately, ironically — my astronomical student debt spelt the kiss of death to Nick Clegg’s career far more than it ever will mine.Read More
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But then, comes a time, somewhere between Boxing Day and New Year's Eve, when the Christmas magic starts to wear off. Without warning, my mother ceases to bend over backwards to meet my snack requirements, and begins to show worrying signs of wanting to get on with her own life.Read More
We may not have known it then, but by assigning us the various roles of this timeless production, our teachers were doing more than getting out of having to do P.E. that day - they were earmarking us for a star-studded (or otherwise) future.
I bet I can tell you what kind of person you are by your role in the school Nativity (no prizes for guessing which one is me).Read More
You know those rare moments of pause sandwiched between the 9-5, working on the side hustle and catching up with friends and family? The moments when you stop for breath long enough to think 'seriously, what did I do with all that free time I had as a kid?'
Well, I've found the answer, my friend. TV.Read More
You like chocolate. You like pizza. You assume, therefore, that you will love Dominos’ new Lotta Chocca pizza.
Here at I read past bedtime, we enjoy experimental eating as much as the next person, so I decided to try this strange new delight for myself.Read More
Friday's Love Island ended on such a cliffhanger that you just know tonight's episode is going to be a real humdinger. I'll be saying what we're all thinking right here as the drama unfolds.Read More
Ah, Bruno Mars. Didn’t he grow up so fast? One minute he’s hanging onto our every word, catching grenades for us and telling us he wants to marry us; the next minute he’s strutting round in edgy shirts telling us we’re lucky to have him.Read More
Love Island has taken the nation by storm this year: the bikinis are skimpier, the gals are posher and the ‘chat’ has never been better.
Speaking of chat, have you ever noticed that the islanders don’t quite seem to be speaking English? Rather than treat themselves to the full expressive scope of the English language, the contestants have restricted themselves to a few key phrases designed to work in any scenario.Read More
May half term has arrived and all any teacher wants to do is spend the next week lying in bed chewing vitamin C tablets before frantically cramming the last few days with work.
Why I am off on a family staycation, then, is beyond me.Read More
In case you didn’t know, I’m a massive Lord of the Rings fan. There are few situations in which a Lord of the Rings quotation isn’t (in my opinion) an appropriate response to someone (I mean with three films and a range of comedic and serious characters, you’re spoiled for choice).Read More