Darling, you are the gentry

(photo from the Windsor Castle’s Facebook page) I’m bored of middle class people complaining about gentrification. Especially when those same middle class people are the first to flock to a trendy new coffee shop in Bethnal Green, or gallery in Clapton – soaking up the culture that comes with it. I had a neighbour who,

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Why women nag

Firstly, it’s not just women. Men do it too. “You’re too hairy, why don’t you wax?” “You’re too fat, why don’t you lose weight?” “Why don’t you want to have sex with me?” “Stop trying to have sex with me” “Why don’t you ever bake pies?” “We need to eat more healthily” “Don’t heat up

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We need to talk about Lionel Shriver

Yesterday evening at Kings Place Lionel Shriver was in conversation with Claire Armitstead, the Guardian’s literary editor, about her recently published novel: Big Brother. She joked that the title works wonderfully for those who know that the book is about an obese older brother to Pandora, the narrator. But doesn’t work at all well for

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The most poignant message in Mina Nair’s film adaptation of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a 2007 novel by Mohsin Hamid, is that there are two sides to every story. It’s easy to become consumed by our own experiences, understanding and opinion of events but there’s always an opposing experience/ understanding/ opinion. The film is almost unrecognisable

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The Hypocritical Feminist

My husband likes it when I wear light pink, frilly, lacy, overtly ‘girly’ clothes. According to my mum, I’ve always liked pink – so this should be fine. But it’s not. Because as soon as Rich asks me to put on a floral dress, or a pastel pink blouse, I feel inclined to rock out

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Normandy

I spent the bank holiday weekend in Normandy hunting down boulangeries that open on Sundays, driving through beautiful countryside (fields of the greenest grass, meadows of bright yellow rape seed), dipping my toes in the freezing – but crystal clear – sea and contemplating the epic D-Day invasion of Normandy. First of all, the Eurotunnel

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