Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Then in the evening I was on the Tony Livesey Show on BBC Radio Five. We were talking about Micheal Buble and his use of "bad" language onstage. I'm on from 54minutes into the show on this one and again it's up on listen again here for seven days.
I also performed last night at The Laugh Goodbye - a benefit gig for mental health charity MIND in memory of Mackenzie Taylor, an incredibly talented performer and a good friend of mine who lost his battle with mental illness and committed suicide last year. Sorry if you missed it - it was completely sold out and a lot of money raised. At the end of the show in an echo of something Mackenzie did onstage at a show once the comics were brought back onstage and the right to spank us was auctioned off for the charity. Mine raised a rather measly £10... It was an amazing night though so I was really glad to have been a part of it.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Friday, November 04, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
VERY FIRST WORDS TO LEAVE HER FACE WOULD BE
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Dear Home Secretary
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
If so you should definitely come to this:
Research Seminar II
Wednesday 23rd November, 2011, Meaux Room, Staff House, University of Hull
4.15pm-6pm. Refreshments provided. Free entry, all welcome.
Kate Smurthwaite: feminist comedienne and activist: “A powerhouse of observational wit” (The Spectator)
‘The British media: should we just burn it down?’
"Fifty years ago women were considered outrageous if they appeared in the media in a bikini and only men presented motoring shows. Now a woman in the media is considered lucky if it's only her cleavage - not her labia - on display and ... erm ... it's still only men who get to present motoring shows. TV, radio and UK comedy circuit regular Kate Smurthwaite will talk about the state of the media and her own experiences and call for immediate radical action. Bring battering rams and grappling hooks! The revolution starts here and we will televise it ourselves."
Kate Smurthwaite is a well known feminist activist and campaigner. She is the vice-chair of Abortion Rights UK, an active member of London Feminist Network and the Secular Society and a regular contributor to The F Word Blog. Kate is also a highly regarded British comedienne, having performed more than 2,000 shows including the Bloomsbury Theatre, Soho Comedy Club, Comedy Cafe, Edinburgh Festival, and the New York and Malmo Comedy Festivals. She is currently resident compere at the Soho Comedy Club and the host and writer of London’s most popular live political panel show The Comedy Manifesto. She is also a seasoned broadcaster, contributing to television and radio programmes including BBC Television and BBC Radio 4 and 5 and has hosted shows on a range of UK independent radio stations.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
"In I Don't Know How She Does It, Sarah Jessica Parker just about manages to juggle a job in a financial market firm with being the mother of two children. But she does it with a lot of help from a nanny."
"Many modern working mothers can't afford personal childcare, though."
"Mums call on their support network, dubbed 'Team Mum', to help out for around ten hours a week as they try to fit everything around their office hours, a survey found."
"Their own mothers are the first port of call in emergencies, while friends, neighbours and other children's mums are also likely to be on hand when needed."
"The study, carried out by Tesco Baby, found that 67 per cent of mothers believe they would have to give up work if they didn't receive help from Team Mum."
"Having a close support network saves the average mum £140 a month in childcare costs. That adds up to a saving of £1,680 per year."
"The trend was revealed in a study carried out among 2,000 mums by Tesco to launch its 'Help a Mum' campaign."
"Spokeswoman Lorna Dickinson said: 'Mums work incredibly hard and it's only natural that they rely on other people to help them out."
"'Juggling work, meal times, housework and various appointments can be difficult so having a trusted network of reliable people can make a difference.'"
"The study found mums typically enjoy ten hours of support from their network of friends and family, but one in 20 women has 31 hours of help every week."
"Two thirds those who took part in the poll said their own mother was the one person they could not do without, and one third of women said their mother babysits their kids while they are at work."
"Tesco's survey also revealed one in ten relies on their mother-in law's child-minding skills while five per cent get granddad to muck in."
"The findings come after Grannynet (a website for 'grannies in the know who are looking after their grandchildren') strayed into helping with childcare."
"Midwife Sally Underdown is running classes for members of the website which support the nation’s 7million grandmothers."
"Around 58 per cent said no one in their support team accepted cash for their efforts."
"But half of the participants said they returned the favour by babysitting for their friends when needed."
"A third of mums said it was far easier to juggle everything when you are a stay-at-home mum as opposed to being a working mother."
"And 27 per cent said it was 'impossible' to do everything yourself unless they were 'incredibly organised'."
"Pippa Wright, mother-of-two and blogger at A Mothers Ramblings said: 'It is incredibly hard for mums working full-time during pregnancy but there are online pregnancy forums if mums are too busy to attend pre-natal classes."
"'From these forums, I met almost 30 mothers who, after almost eight years, are friends I still rely on for advice."
"'The smallest thing - like a rash - can be panic-inducing for a mum so being able to know another mum has been through the same issue and will respond is a massive weight off your shoulders."
"'Several friends have had to move back closer to their family in order to get help during and after their pregnancies."
"'Becoming and being a mother can be a difficult journey but as this research highlights, support is always available and mothers and friends should never be afraid to ask for it.'"
"The study also found a third of women said the hardest aspect of parenting was being a good mother whilst also being dedicated in the workplace."
"But the same proportion said the hardest part of parenthood was keeping the house clean."
"Nearly three quarters of mums said it would make their life simpler if they had more close family and friends helping them out with day to day errands."
"Lorna Dickinson added: 'It's fantastic that mums help other mums out - from babysitting to giving advice and sharing parenting concerns."
"'Being able to take the weight off their shoulders and having people to turn to is precious and our Help a Mum campaign is all about celebrating mums who help other mums.'"
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
But then they get their resident "expert" on. I haven't managed to figure out who she is, but she's awful. They ask for her response and she (1) describes the harassment as unsurprising. Well true but that doesn't make it ok and (2) suggests it is the responsibility of Debray herself to "come across" in a way that deters harassment. NO! The responsibility for this lies with the people who posted the abuse. Not the victim. STOP IT! Get the victim-blamers off my screens! And then the BBC turn round and effectively ask Debray to respond to the suggestion that it's all her own fault!
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Monday, August 08, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The event: all-female cabaret show featuring former nationwide "Funny Women" winner Debra-Jane Appelby, cabaret star Bunny Morethan, singer/singwriter Becky Rose, plus character comedy from Susan Harrison as Mina the Horse and Aussie star comedienne Celia Pacquola and hosted by feminist comedienne Kate Smurthwaite. Tickets £15 regular, £12 concessions. At The Comedy Pub, 7 Oxenden Street near Picadilly Circus. Doors 8pm, show 8.30pm. [footnote, venue is 18+ and not wheelchair accessible though we will try to help if we can in any way!]
The cause: The Poppy Project is the only dedicated organisation in the UK helping victims of trafficking for sexual purposes. They just lost ALL their government funding which is instead being given to homophobic, anti-choice, fundamentalist Christian organisation The Salvation Army. It's an almighty mess. We urgently need to sort it out!
How to book: go on to the just giving page and make a donation equivalent to (or more than!) the ticket price you want. Either put your name(s) in the "encouragement" box or send us an email telling us your Just Giving username and what tickets you want (you can email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org). We're doing it this way to avoid paying the 9% fee most ticket-sales websites take. But don't worry you really will be on the guest list!!
There might in theory be a few tickets left on the door but please book now if you want to come to make sure you get a ticket and so we know you're coming!
"The X Factor judge is a global superstar with the kind of looks that can bring traffic to a standstill."
"She earns millions of pounds a year; I earn peanuts. You get the picture."
"The lovely Cheryl may have looked like the perfect pop princess in a perky little dress and sky-scraper heels, but there was no mistaking the unwanted accessory pooling round her feet."
"In fact, when I saw the former Girls Aloud singer, I gasped aloud in sympathy."
"Forget her previous woes (being cuckolded by a philandering former husband or flattened by a dose of malaria), this was worse — much worse."
"Cankles, for the uninitiated (oh lucky, lucky you!), occur when the calf meets the foot in one unapologetic union. It’s a fusion of calf and ankle."
"Think Hillary Clinton, Cherie Blair, Patsy Kensit and Mischa Barton."
"And my heart just bleeds for her because, unlike any other physical defect — jowls, ugly teeth, a wonky nose, enormous breasts —there’s little you can do about cankles."
"There is no ointment that can shrink your bones — nor can improving your diet or pounding the gym treadmill really help shrink your ankles in the way they can banish a tummy bulge."
"As a size ten, I can tell you from painful personal experience that cankles bear little relation to your weight or fitness."
"In fact — and I try not to seethe with the unfairness of this — I once worked with someone who was as round and bouncy as a TV agony aunt (she even kept a scrunched-up hankie in her hand to complete the look), but come summer, she’d unpeel woolly tights to reveal the daintiest little ankles I’d ever seen."
"It didn’t matter how many times a day I’d catch her face-down in a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel. The ankles never put on a pound."
"No, the only option for the Cankle Crew is to try to hide the damned things."
"That is why I’ve spent my life constructing a wardrobe that means my shapeless ankles are out of sight: think thick black tights, loose-fitting trousers and no short, flirty skirts."
"I dread the summer because that’s the time cankles are almost impossible to conceal — I thank God every sunny day for the maxi-dress: the ultimate in cankle camouflage."
"Selecting the right footwear is as critical as your clothes. Forget gladiator sandals or dainty ballet pumps. Flat shoes only serve to accentuate fat ankles."
"Instead, I live in long, slim-fitting, high-heeled boots — the column of black providing a cankle-disguising optical illusion. I keep these on even when the thermometer nudges 70 degrees."
"When I do buy high heels, I always select ones with an ankle strap or one across the foot to distract from the flesh beneath."
"I have a favoured pair of black stilettos with heels like a giraffe’s neck and a strap that garottes the skin and leaves a pink welt."
"At times my feet go blue though lack of circulation. But what choice do I have?"
"Any other tips? Well, I’m told that toning the calves may help — perhaps going on long walks or cycling to shift those fat deposits around the lower leg.And go easy on the salt. Too much sodium can make certain parts of your body bulge, especially your ankles."
"So it’s important to get up every 20 minutes or so to stretch your legs."
"If the only thing for it is the plastic surgeon’s knife, some clinics offer laser-assisted liposuction of the lower leg."
"An incision is made in the skin and light from the laser is absorbed by fat cells, liquefying them so they can be flushed out by the body."
"Do any of these treatments work? I doubt it. As far as I can tell, our hideous little problem is incurable and one we will take to our graves."
"So my best advice, Cheryl, pet, is simply to take heart from the fact that very few women have it all. If cankles are all you’ve got to worry about, consider yourself blessed."
"But take it from me: a short skirt, bare legs and heels? I’m afraid it’s not your most flattering look, any more than it’s mine."