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Blogs, Dating – Cover Girl – Where there’s a Will …
December 29, 2009 – 12:11 pm | No Comment
Blogs, Dating – Cover Girl – Where there’s a Will …

It’s a week after my first date with “Adrian”, the man I spotted on the Piccadilly Line reading The Liar, and at last, things are starting to kick off, response-wise. Despite the relative paucity of …

BOOKS, DATING – COVER GIRL, FIRST CONTACT
December 21, 2009 – 6:39 pm | 3 Comments
BOOKS, DATING – COVER GIRL, FIRST CONTACT

In which a date actually happens. Sorry to keep people hanging on over the weekend, by the way – I was distracted, not by a series of hot dates, but by social obligations to some people …

OPERA – LA BOHEME, IN A PUB
December 21, 2009 – 6:10 pm | No Comment
OPERA – LA BOHEME, IN A PUB

by Dasha Afanasieva

Robin Norton-Hale’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème is not really opera as we know it. It’s cheap, it’s in a pub and it’s accompanied by a piano. The whole thing feels very …

INTERVIEW – MAUREEN DUFFY
December 21, 2009 – 3:23 pm | No Comment
INTERVIEW – MAUREEN DUFFY

by Hannah Gilkes
Maureen Duffy (b. 1933 in Worthing, Sussex) is a notable contemporary British poet, playwright and novelist. She has also published a literary biography of Aphra Behn, and The Erotic World of Faery a …

REBECCA LEE – HOW EDITORS DECIDE WHAT TO PUBLISH
December 20, 2009 – 6:48 pm | One Comment

There is a society for young publishers, you know. Ingeniously, it’s called ‘The Society of Young Publishers’, or the ‘SYP’. They run speaker meetings, social events, and contribute to industry bodies as well as just …

BLOGS, DATING – COVER GIRL, WEEK TWO AND A HALF
December 18, 2009 – 12:08 pm | 3 Comments
BLOGS, DATING – COVER GIRL, WEEK TWO AND A HALF

Two weeks, ten cards … one man?

As Week Two of Project Cover Girl opens, I’m feeling fairly optimistic. I’ve leaped the first hurdle, I’ve refined my carding (and observation) techniques, and all in all …

BOOKS – SPOKEN INK
December 18, 2009 – 9:46 am | One Comment
BOOKS – SPOKEN INK

by Maya de Paula Hanika
The rise in popularity of the short story in this country is welcome news I’m sure to the readers of Notes from the Underground. Previously a neglected, predominantly American medium reserved …

The Dive by Anthea Morrison
December 18, 2009 – 8:48 am | No Comment
The Dive by Anthea Morrison

by Anthea Morrison

I’m hoping for a glimpse of the delights we have been promised, but the surface of the sea is opaque and gives nothing away. The sun beats down just like it’s supposed to …

FILM – THE LIMITS OF CONTROL
December 15, 2009 – 8:17 am | No Comment
FILM – THE LIMITS OF CONTROL

by Gabriella Apicella
When I’m told how to watch a film, I tend to think that the movie in question is probably best avoided.  Certainly if you scout around, you will see that Jim Jarmusch’s latest movie, …

Events Listings – Dec 14th-20th
December 14, 2009 – 7:53 am | No Comment
Events Listings – Dec 14th-20th

by Tristan Summerscale
THEATRE, COMEDY
Kim Noble Will Die – Soho Theatre
Until 9th January
This show has been called ‘unwatchable’, ‘visceral’, ‘hysterical’ and ‘inspiring genius’. It’s meant to be one of the best shows to catch over Christmas …

BLOGS, DATING – COVER GIRL WEEK ONE
December 11, 2009 – 3:50 pm | 2 Comments

Welcome back! And what a week it was …The first thing I discovered in my quest for compatible, literate blokes was how few people you see on the tube these days who are reading actual …

BLOGS, DATING – Cover Girl (How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tube)
December 8, 2009 – 9:32 am | 6 Comments
BLOGS, DATING – Cover Girl (How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tube)

London, August 2009. Having just dispatched a no-going-back email to the man who’s been toying with my affections for the last six months, I find myself at pretty much the loosest end I’ve ever experienced. I’m unemployed, heartbroken, and single for the first time in six years. Clearly the immediate solution is to get drunk. But what to do in the long term?

FILM – HUMPDAY
December 7, 2009 – 10:19 am | No Comment
FILM – HUMPDAY

by Gabriella Apicella

I don’t understand guys too well. Or the alpha-male type of guy anyway. They baffle me – as I’m assured women baffle men.  Not only in the ways they relate to me, …

FILM – BILL MARTELL
December 7, 2009 – 10:02 am | No Comment
FILM – BILL MARTELL

by Gabriella Apicella

It’s raining outside. Underneath a backstreet record store, a crowd gathers in front of a small stage. As the minutes tick by, expectation mounts. A softly spoken silver …

MICHAEL AMHERST – Simon Amstell is the new Eddie Izzard
December 7, 2009 – 7:47 am | No Comment

I remember a time when Eddie Izzard was so funny that I was allowed to miss my first university appraisal to go and see his live show in Birmingham. ‘If you’ve got the chance to …

REBECCA LEE – BEYOND BORDERS
December 4, 2009 – 10:31 am | One Comment
REBECCA LEE – BEYOND BORDERS

Last week brought the news that the Borders chain of bookshops has gone into administration. I don’t see how anyone was surprised, since its downfall was caused by its own customers.