Things you should probably know before going to Burning Man

So, Burning Man. Hmm. How was it, you ask? Honestly. I can't even really tell you yet, and it's been three weeks. But I'll try. As a virgin burner no more, here are a few things I learned at Black Rock City in 2016. And what YOU should remember if you're going. There are NEVER enough wet wipes So you went to Walmart. You bought everything on your list, from your planet-friendly organic vegan shampoo, to the tennis ball for propping your bike on in...Read More

11 things you only ever say on WhatsApp when you’re going to Burning Man…

I LEAVE TOMORROW!! Am I ready? Probably not.  I'm what's known as a Virgin, (this will be my first time at Burning Man) and in the run up to the event I've been prepping with a friend in London, mostly on WhatsApp. And some of our conversations have been a little.... er.... well. Here then, are my top 11 things you will ONLY ever say if you're getting ready for Burning Man. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10....Read More

It started with a boy called Matt: why I’m going to Burning Man (in 2 weeks!!!)

Going to Burning Man has been pretty high on the bucket list for years... ever since I started chatting to an American guy online back in 2003, who was all set to head off to Black Rock City from his home somewhere in New Mexico. His name was Matt. We chatted so much over webcam that Matt decided to fly to London after the festival to see me. I know, I know, so romantic. And it was. It really was; as soon as...Read More

Who’s the Mills and Boon Man Of The Year 2016? Get your face on a book cover!

Here ye, all you amazing men - and women who know amazing men! Thought I'd spread the word about this. Mills & Boon are launching a nationwide hunt to find The Man of the Year 2016. The new romantic hero will front the cover of their 2016 Valentine’s Day blockbuster and be whisked away on a beach holiday for two! With a little help from presenter and actress Denise Welch, Strictly dancer and presenter of It Takes Two, Robin Windsor, and Rosie...Read More

RIP Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran (an excerpt featuring their great work, from Balilicious)

How fuggin AWFUL to hear about the executions of these two men, and the others who were wiped out needlessly today in Indonesia. Don't people go to jail in order to think about what they've done? And hadn't these guys thought enough? Ugh. "The killings were carried out at 12.30am, local time, on the prison island of Nusa Kambangan off the coast of Java." RIP, sweet souls. I was lucky enough to meet them when I was in Bali writing...Read More

Lavenders, motorcycles and a feeling of deep “uncool” at Nashville’s Barista Parlor…

There are some places in this world that will just serve to make you feel deeply uncool, no matter how young and awesome you previously thought you were. Nashville's Barista Parlor is one of them. Being quite possibly the biggest caffeine addict on the face of the earth I was more than excited to check this place out, especially as I can walk to it from my house. The Barista Parlor is basically a huge warehouse, painted blue with a...Read More

Proving my roots: The nonsense that is taking the IELTS test in London…

"PUT YOUR PENCILS DOWN! PENCILS DOWN, NOW!!!" Dumbledore boomed. I almost jumped out of my plastic chair, nerves shot to sh*t. I have a problem with authority. I realized in a heartbeat yesterday why I hate office jobs and didn't like school very much either. As soon as someone tells me what to do, a little voice in my head screams "screw you, no!" and I just don't want to do it. Anyway, the blubbering, sweaty-faced man who looked a...Read More

There’s nothing more sexist than The Sun pulling Page 3 Girls…

Yes... SEXIST. If only for what's being said around the decision to drop this whole thing! "Instead of bare breasts, the pictures will now show scantily-clad women wearing bras and pants. In Monday's issue, the model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was shown wearing Marks & Spencer underwear." Ugh! I'm sorry... but no. People, this is just as bad! And how is Marks & Spencer supporting this? "In September Rupert Murdoch hinted the end may be in sight for Page 3, describing it...Read More

If I was a celebrity, I would totally wear the hell out of this…

Is Lenny Kravitz wearing a scarf or a blanket? This was the question posed today by a select few while the rest of the world was concerning themselves with other less important things like... well, who knows? THIS is clearly the most important thing. Should we call this a scarf or a blanket? Some suggest it's a blarf. Oh I larf at his blarf! It makes him look smaller. Perhaps that's what he's going for. Perhaps Lenny Kravitz woke up and thought,...Read More

Braving a full moon silent disco in Goa…

Last night in India, (Palolem Beach to be precise) I went to a silent disco, which I quickly realised was quite possibly the only way my friend Russ and I could ever share a dance floor because he hates my music and I hate his. When we wear headphones and dance to our own respective channels however, EVERYTHING is awesome. Interestingly, no matter what people were listening to last night, they all looked the same, thrashing their bodies around and...Read More