Sunday, 16 December 2018


My name's Grace. 

I love a good face/body scrub, my favourite Christmas song is 'The Happiest Christmas Tree', my aura is apparently lilac, film trivia will always fascinate me, this blog needs a revamp, I really want to be friends with Emma Thompson, I'm bi and demi, it really concerns me that I won't quite hit my Goodreads Reading Challenge this year, I'm keeping my buzzcut for the foreseeable future, I'm a plant eater, I get anxious, most of my wardrobe is blue, I still believe in fate, the family cat gets me like nobody else and knows all my secrets, I've only bought two albums this year, if I don't get a permanent role in the job I'm currently doing there's every chance I'll run away to Australia, and 2019 is going to be exciting. 

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Those Christmas Hot Takes: a rundown.

It’s that time of year again! Pretty lights are being strung up over the dreariest streets, jingling bells have been added to the Pop Master theme tune, shopping centres are becoming Panic Zones, couples are arguing about whose parents they’ll be spending the day with this time round, unsuspecting babies are being dressed up in absurd yet adorable costumes, and folks my age are regretting offering to host their extended families for the first time. 

Yes, it’s a great time of year when all sorts of lovely things happen and awful traditions are enacted. Another thing that has been happening for the past few years on social media is people throwing out buzzwords and Hot Takes that, frankly, we are all sick of hearing. So here, let me give you a little guide to each of them (in case you missed any, because you have no access to the internet apparently – in which case, how did you get here?! Whoa), and debunk things a bit. 

'Love, Actually' is problematic, actually.

Yes, we’ve all read those Buzzfeed articles and seen the influencer retweets and basically, YAWN. We get it. This modern classic Christmas film penned by Richard Curtis with editing done by his wife, Emma Freud, may actually have been one of the last good eggs in the seemingly endless era of rom coms – don’t @ me – and while so many of us hold it so dearly and insist ‘it’s not Christmas until I’ve seen that scene with the signs on the doorstep’, over the past few years more and more of us are realising it’s really quite horrible in some bits.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

'The Merry Wives of Windsor', by the RSC; a review.

Last night I returned to one of my favourite theatres in the city, the Barbican, to see ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ performed by the RSC. Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know how much I love seeing the RSC, and so it should come as no surprise to you that I really enjoyed this production. 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Recent Reads: the 42nd, 43rd and 44th of 2018.

Well, I’m still no closer to deciding on a casual reading schedule/To Do List type thing for 2019, but I have to say my latest reads have been quite varied, and have rocked. So maybe I’ll just keep it mixed up for the foreseeable future.  

So, here are some of my last 2018 reads… 

Monday, 19 November 2018

Why do gigs suck?

I don’t see a whole lot of live music. I mean, obviously I see and review musical shows quite often, but I reckon I could count the amount of gigs I go to on one hand – ermm, plus a couple of fingers!? 

This is mostly because there are only a select few artists or bands I’d want to travel into the city and pay dolla to see, but also because, well… gigs can suck. 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Briefs: Close Encounters - a review.

I was lucky enough to see Briefs: Close Encounters live in London’s Leicester Square Spiegeltent last Sunday 11th of November. 

Basically, I read the words ‘drag’ and ‘burlesque’ and I was 100% in.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

I just eat plants now.

At the beginning of this year, I finally went ‘full vegan’. After an actual lifetime of being vegetarian (no, that doesn’t mean I ate fish) and 2 years dairy free, I finally took the plunge and gave up what little animal products remained in my diet in order to transform into a 100% all-green plant-based 'Vg' Human. (Like the Hulk, but a bit nicer.)

(Photo: Erin Veness)

Friday, 2 November 2018

Recent Reads: the 37th, 38th and 39th of 2018.

I have read a mad mix of books, lately. I am definitely still loving not having to stick to a schedule this year – I’m just trying to not buckle under the pressure of proofs, now! But I must ask you readers… should I employ a loose reading routine next year? Maybe a gentle one, like ‘one non-fic per month’ or something? If you have any ideas, send ‘em my way via Twitter or in the comments below, pretty please.

Right, let’s get into this… 

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