THE BLOG

I write about life, fashion, feminism, philosophy, politics, gym terror, and shoes. This may not be a comprehensive list...

May 3, 2018

Picture the scene: I'm outside a tube station I've never been to before. The air is chilly; a chap is handing out leaflets, squinting into the wind. Under a nearby bridge a band is playing, and people are coming and going in the usual Sunday manner - with coffee, plant...

April 13, 2018

A guest post from my brother, Peter Coakes.

From a visit to Seattle.

Main street cafe. Empty. Quietly raining outside. Music. Passing traffic from the intersection. Waiting. Slow dripping off the portico. Everything just passing by.
 

Fan on. Fan off. Traffic passing to...

November 15, 2017

Another day, another week, another year, another lifetime. I'm forever waiting for some perfect time to start something that scares or excites me - why?

It's as if I have to get all my ducks in a row before I can undertake a challenge. Whoever came up with that phrase h...

August 31, 2017

My first ever Insomnia Gaming Festival experience

Let it be known that I have always considered this event - and others like it - Stan's domain. My idea of gaming is Pokémon, Lego Harry Potter, and the odd dabble in DC Universe (I created a character that was meant to f...

May 15, 2017

Yeah that's right - I got a spray tan. Me, Mrs Freckle Collection. Mrs blind you with my light-reflecting legs (shout out to my mama on that one). 

I feel duty bound to assert at the outset that this was not a pale skin crisis, lest I be accused of not practicing what I...

April 6, 2017

The Germans invented wanderlust: fact. The word is a combination of wandern, to hike, and lust,desire. I read it was based around a particularly German love of hiking/strolling/roaming. I think we've taken it a bit beyond hiking now, but there you have it - tiny o...

November 13, 2016

It means nothing to me.

St Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna

Two months ago, my friend Bally at work turned around to me and Tegan and said, 'how about a girls' weekend away?' 24 hours later, we'd booked three days in Vienna for some ridiculous steal of a price,...

November 24, 2015