I wrote about graduates and minimum wages jobs for The Guardian.
I wrote a guest blog for The F Word about the return of Tatu at the Sochi games. I was immediately accused of queer erasure for neglecting to mention that one of the women did actually come out as bisexual so, I will mention that here instead. I don’t believe it affects the rest of the article whatsoever.
I also love Tatu and always request the megamix when I’m out even though, up until the Winter Olympics, I was only aware that they had one song.
I am halfway through formulating an article about the Sochi Olympics and LGBT rights and this just popped up on my newsfeed. ‘Hello my name is Vladimir’ is Brewdog’s latest ultra-hetero, ultra not at all gay beer in honour of the Winter Olympics. It is only for people who do fishing and who horseback half naked in the wilderness, these people touching their half naked man friends in a manly way, are categorically 100% not gay. There are of course, no gay people in Sochi although they are ‘welcomed’.
This statement from Brewdog pretty much sums it up…
‘The sick, twisted legislation brought about in Russia that prevents people from living their true lives is something we didn’t want to just sit back and not have an opinion on. Our core beliefs are freedom of expression, freedom of speech and a dogged (no pun intended) passion for doing what we love. Thus, we are donating 50% of the profits from this beer to charitable organisations that support like minded individuals wishing to express themselves freely without prejudice.’
You can read more about it on BrewDog’s blog here: http://www.brewdog.com/blog-article/hello-my-name-is-vladimir
I wrote about The Archer Project a charity which provides help for homeless people, in http://www.chiclifestylemagazine.co.uk before Christmas after visiting them and seeing what fantastic work they do. Gavin, one of my favourite customers of all time from when I worked at QCs Bagel Bar (is he a customer if he just eats free sugar?) has been supported greatly by this team along with countless others. It’s CAP day on Friday so I’m trying to decide what I can do to raise some money and awareness (no, not running). Even if it’s just taking 5 minutes to login to Justgiving and donate some money which is more than likely what I’ll end up doing, then it’s worthwhile so please, please take the time too, it will keep someone warm, fed, clothed and in a place that offers great opportunities, advice and care.
A while ago I spoke to Wretch 32 for http://www.thestudentmag.co.uk about his latest album and he was very, very kind to me because I was completely incompetent. He even talked me through how to use my iPhone. And also speakerphone. #journalism
I did an interview with local band (very local to me as one of them lives with me) Seven Tors for http://www.thestudentmag.co.uk.
‘How is it fair that there’s a women’s minibus and not a men’s minibus?’
‘What, so all the women can just get home for free, and we have to walk? That’s fucking discrimination!’
‘That’s literally so sexist’.
I look out of the window at the group of lads outside. They’re a bit cold, a bit drunk and a lot lairy. I feel safe within the confines of the women’s minibus, perched up here on my sexist seat of discrimination; heels kicked off, eyes blurry from the cheap vodka and mixer, dress pulled down lower than it was earlier because I’d stopped bothering to hoist it up.
I think of the walk home, it takes half an hour. I walk it every day. Every day. But every night the shadows appear and although I tell myself that there’s nothing there, what if there was and I was there too?
Wrong place. Wrong time. And they’d all shake their heads sadly.
The monsters are rare but they’re real and they want us and not you. That’s why we get our own minibus, because you got the streets.
I went to see Pitch Perfect which could not have been more up my street: singing, dancing, singing, dancing, Anna Kendrick, singing, dancing and whip smart dialogue is a winning formula in my eyes.
The soundtrack is pretty standard glee-esque fare as you might expect but this track which is used to open the film is ridiculously good, I will be so sad if they don’t release a full version.