Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Spring Excitements

My oldest and most brilliant friend Hattie Ruffer has launched her website and you need to check out the Hattie Box blog. She is a London based stylist and writer, and we share a mutual love of Bella Freud. The clothes are some of the most beautiful and her words have had me snorting with laughter so much that I have had to stop reading it at my desk at work - for example:

"My preferred silhouette at the moment is a ‘Mom’ jean- high-waisted and tapered, slim-fitting enough but without making my buttocks look like two balloons in a bin-bag, having a fight."


Whilst we're on fashion - Samantha Cameron has stepped back into the limelight and launched her clothing range Cefinn - I particularly like the dresses - sophisticated, easy to wear and very elegant. I admire how fast this has got off the ground since leaving Downing Street last summer but rumour has it she was already brimming with ideas and had various samples ready while still working as the PM's wife. 

Image result for samantha cameron cefinn

Friday, 14 April 2017

Marshmallows with Character

I am unbelievably excited to have discovered Mallow and Marsh and their Marshmallow Bar - marshmallows covered in dark or milk chocolate - what could be more perfect ? 

There is vanilla, raspberry or coconut. I can't stand coconut so bought the other two and am happy to report they are SO good - not too filling / sweet - the perfect mid afternoon treat. Particularly delicious dipped in (proper milky) hot chocolate - thank me later for that advice. 


Available in Starbucks / Sainsburys / WholeFoods and beyond - go go go!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Stop everything !

There has been an exciting new arrival at Harrods - the Creme Egg Scotch Egg is back (this is last year's post on it)! I have been making (almost) daily visits to the store in my lunch break to check if its there.

It is not cheap (£5 each!) and you could probably make them yourself BUT these are the perfect treat. There are plenty of other Easter themed delights in the Harrods patisserie but this is the best.


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

An Update !

I haven't written a blog post for a while. I find I am either too busy to sit down and write or not busy enough and therefore have nothing to write. Can't win! Also - I spend all day in my job in front of a computer so the last thing I feel like when I get home is opening my laptop.

So - not much blogging but I do love Twitter and look at it every day - it teaches me so much. Its quick / clever / funny / useful. See my page here.

I also try and post a photo on Instagram (one every day or two) and really enjoy what I follow / see there. See my page here.

I don't post on Facebook much anymore - there are too many adverts - and generally just too much of everything. 

I have interviewed comedy duo and real life sisters Maddy and Marina Bye who are starting out on the comedy circuit with Siblings. Read it here. It is very, very funny. Jennifer Saunders says "Watch out for these gals!"

Calling all food lovers in London !! Come to Columbia Road one evening this week - The Hill Food Company are doing a Pop Up and it will be very special. Tickets available here. You can either have Supper or Brunch - honestly - its unmissable.

So excited to hear that Miranda Hart is going to be making her West End debut as Miss Hannigan in the musical Annie

My brilliant friend Alice Doyne has started making videos of her new venture Marmalade Mansions. They are laugh out loud funny and totally brilliant. When the marmalade season is over, she is going to be starting on chutneys / jams etc. I can't wait. 

I have just started reading AA Gill's memoir Pour Me. I was desperately sad to learn of his death. He successfully battled addiction but in the end, it was cancer that beat him. He was so highly intelligent and funny. I also want to read Lines in the Sand which is a collection of his articles. One of his last pieces about the NHS is particularly moving and brilliant. He wrote about food and reviewed restaurants like no other. I adored his journalism - The Sunday Times will never be the same again.

Yesterday, we celebrated the Mental Health Mates first anniversary with a big walk in Hyde Park - really quite spectacular so I think I am going to write about that in more detail. 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

These are a few of my favourite things

I am not even joking when I say that one of the highlights of my year was the discovery of Brownie Butter. Yup. Actual Brownie Butter in a jar. Like chocolate spread but MUCH better. 

You can get it from Kate at Gower CottageDo it and thank me later. I secretly want a jar sent to my office once a week. 



This winter's hottest tend is to be very HYGGE



This is the best book on how to master this Danish way of living well. I gave it to my mum for Christmas and now want a copy of my own. More candles and less social media is the way forward !

Love these striped onesie pajamas from ASOS. I managed to buy them in the sale. They were sold out before Christmas so stand by and they might come back in stock again. 

I am starting the new year with a new pair of lampshades in my bedroom. Pooky are amazing - you can mix and match the shade and the stand. Lots of colours to choose from and super stylish. 


If you are ever looking for a fun place to eat out - look no further than the Clink. I have had lunch at the Brixton restaurant and really want to go back. Fingers crossed there is a restaurant near you.


My cousin received a LILhood for Christmas and they are fab. 



Monday, 9 January 2017

Happy New Year

2016 was a rocky ride for everyone – it will surely go down as one of the most “significant” years in political history. Not least because Britain marched out of the EU (sh*t) and Donald Trump stormed into the White House (double sh*t).

The writer and editor Agnes Frimpton summed it up brilliantly:

2016’s been a cluster-fuck of a year. David Bowie, Victoria Wood, Alan Rickman, Leonard Cohen – Leonard fucking Cohen – are dead. The UK voted for Brexit, the US voted for Donald Trump and populism is on the rise across Europe. And the pollsters got it wrong. Everyone got it wrong. “People in this country have had enough of experts”, said the charming Michael Gove, and many people agreed.


Losing Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, Leonard Cohen, AA Gill, David Bowie, Prince, George Michael and many others was bad enough. Just when we thought it couldn't get worse, the actress and all-round genius Carrie Fisher died followed the next day by her mother Debbie Reynolds.

Allison Pearson did a great summary of the year in her Telegraph column - see here

Despite all the above, I found there was a lot to be positive about and I had many highlights. James Corden's Carpool Karaoke may well be what saved us all.

My lack of blogging has been slightly replaced by more Instagram posts - see here
Here are some of my "what not to miss" in 2017:

The opening of Hamilton (from huge success on Broadway to the West End). 

Adele at Wembley – beg, borrow, steal a ticket for her big finale. I got 4 tickets in the pre-sale thanks to Twitter and yes I am very smug about that.

The recreation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson. Trailer here 

Friday, 6 January 2017

Don't be Frazzled !

Christmas is over and everyone is back to work and school. It's ok to be a little bit sad about that. BUT we need not feel stressed with the arrival of.....

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled (in paperback!)


Its amazing. And clever. And funny. 

And guess what ! You could win afternoon tea with her. I did, back in 2012, and it was a huge amount of fun. You've got until Sunday 8th Jan so hurry up and enter. 

Thanks to Books on the Underground, some people picked up a free copy whilst on their way to work on Tuesday. Talk about a stress-free commute. 

Friday, 11 November 2016

Gabrielle Treanor: The Green Gables

The internet never ceases to amaze me. Every day it teaches me something new, helps me find an answer and connects me to new people, places, ideas, news....

Earlier this year I came across Gabrielle Treanor and her website the Green Gables. In her own words Gabrielle is a writer, designer and avid researcher and practitioner on the subject of happiness.

Happiness is a tricky word because it means something completely different to everyone. It's definitely something I've enjoyed exploring through her "Choosing Happiness E-Course" which covered everything from wellbeing to mindfulness and both the outdoor and indoor environment.

I was also intrigued by The Happy Paper Club - this is a monthly stationery subscription service that delivers boxes filled with papery goodness, happy and inspirational messages, and more to boost your happiness and spread a little joy. Along with a selection of the green gables’ stationery, each box includes exciting new items that are exclusive to Happy Paper Club.

The Green Gables online shop is exquisite - I bought a note pad and greeting cards - so useful and a wonderful way of being able to put pen to paper and drop someone a line - actual post (that isn't a bill) always makes anyone's day.

Here are her cards of encouragement:


Her new course on Gratitude started this week - appropriately named A Thankful Heart. She believes that gratitude is the keystone to happiness and making it part of your everyday routine is the core to living a happier life. I couldn't agree more....

For more information go to http://gabrielletreanor.com/

I am so grateful to my friend Betsy Benn for pointing me in Gabrielle's direction. I also met Betsy Benn on Twitter. Go figure.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

US Election: TODAY

I didn't write a blog post for the whole of October, and I genuinely missed doing it.... I've resolved a technical glitch on my computer / performed a major Apple software update and it now works like new. I didn't know there was such a thing as Apple Support, where you can ring about any device and they'll talk you through it. I was blown away by their help....

As I type this, millions of Americans are queuing to cast their vote in the US Presidential Election... and by the time you read this, the result might be final.. I listen to Radio 4's Today Programme every morning and it feels like, for 18 months, they have talked about nothing else.... even Brexit feels like a distant memory (its not!).

I urge you to watch this YouTube video - it is the full episode of Ruby's American Pie, the one where she interviews Donald Trump on his private jet at 30,000 feet. This article is also an interesting companion to the YouTube clip if you can't bear to watch it.

















Whilst it is not for me to say who the people of America should vote for, and it is clear that NEITHER candidate is perfect for the job, I am genuinely scared about the outcome and hope my nerves can be calmed. 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Dominique Ansel's bakery in LONDON


I have written about my love of Cronuts before.... I first tried one from Cocomaya in October 2013 (approx)...

If this is totally meaningless to you then picture the most delicious / sweet / gooey pastry which is half doughnut and half croissant bursting with filling (flavours vary - my favourite is salted caramel or chocolate or vanilla).... See below pic. Its not just any old doughnut - its like nothing you've ever had before.

I have just shrieked with delight to discover that the founder / inventor of this great pasty is opening in Elizabeth Street, London - Dominique Ansel London will open its doors on Friday 30th September.

Amazingly, this is not TOO far from my office so I can't wait to get myself down there and will report back. Queues are likely most days.... and its not just the Cronuts that are worth trying - I've seen the menu and could have almost anything on it...




Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Forever Liesl

Some would say that I had (and still have) a worrying love and obsession with the Sound of Music - whilst growing up, it was my absolute most favourite film in the whole world and I always wanted to be Maria and Liesl...

So I was distraught on Sunday to discover that Charmian Carr has died at the age of 73. Charmian played Liesl - the eldest Von Trapp child.

She wrote two books commemorating her role in the film - Forever Liesl and Letters to Liesl - neither of which I have read but will try and make time to.

Someone hold onto Julie Andrews and never let her go....


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Dolly's Advice

Every week I receive an email - known as Dolly Mail - from the brilliant writer and journalist Dolly Alderton... it is always thought provoking, funny, meaningful and an email I genuinely look forward to receiving every week. This week's is SO good that I wanted to share it here for you to read.

Do subscribe to the Dolly Mail by going to this link....



















"Have you lost weight?" my flatmate Belle squawked at me as I walked past her bedroom in my knickers last month. "You have, haven't you? Stand there," she demanded, beckoning me into her bedroom. 
"Maybe, I don't know," I replied. 
"How do you do this?" she says. "How do you lose weight so quickly? It's not fair, it's like you bend down to pick something off the floor and you lose another five pounds." 

So, reader: this is the point where, up until now, I would usually agree with her. This is the exact moment I would say: yeah, just really lucky, me. Fast metabolism. All I have to do walk a bit faster and chew a bit slower for a week and BAM I'm down a dress size. I'm just like one of those French women who chain-smokes with a pouty, downturned mouth and shrugs at the word "diet" because it's so bourgeois.

But here's the truth, which feels odd to admit so plainly: I have barely eaten a carbohydrate since July. I've gone to the gym three or four times a week. I went to Italy, my culinary Mecca, for most of August and ate tons of fish, seafood and vegetables. I barely winked at a plate of linguine. I did yoga on the beach every day. I'm taking my lattes skinny or soya. I went for a run at midnight when I finished writing last week. 


I tried something, for the first time in my life - I told Belle the whole truth and nothing but the truth about how hard I am working to lose weight. No shrugging, no myth-making. 
"I think I probably have," I said. "Because I'm, like, doing squats in my bedroom like a dick. And I'm not really eating sugar or bread or butter or any of my favourite things actually, unless it's a treat or a special occasion. So, yeah, I've tried. It's not that fun. But it works." 

Since then, since I got it out in the open, I am quick to say it nearly all as one word. If someone asks if I've lost weight, I reply: "yeahihavethanksIhaven'teatenpotatoesintwomonths" in one breath. I can tell it makes some people feel uncomfortable; I can tell they'd prefer for me to do go "oh, um, I don't really know I haven't really weighed myself!" then move onto a different subject. But after much reflection, after many years of reading interview after interview with Hollywood actresses telling me they eat peanut butter from the jar for breakfast and don't exercise, after years of me not understanding why I'm not a size eight, why my body doesn't work; why when I eat peanut butter from the jar and I don't exercise I feel like crap; I have decided I would prefer to tell the truth and appear smug than push a damaging lie and seem modest. 

Wanting to be slim is not a crime. Wanting to feel fit and healthy and like you are fully inhabiting and celebrating your body is not a non-feminist act. Lying about it is. It is the lies that pile onto the heap of contributing factors of why women end up seeking to be slim through dangerous, damaging, unmanageable routes.

It is not a grand act of bravery or politics but, for me, being honest if you're on a diet is the first rule of the shared economy of truth telling, of which we all have our part to play. These are the truths that must be told because it could benefit someone else. The things that may be uncomfortable or embarrassing to admit, but you must because you have a responsibility not to perpetuate lies that reinforce unhelpful, useless, self-loathing behaviour in others. 

When Liz Hurley first admitted in an interview that she regularly goes on "watercress soup fasts" and that she goes to bed hungry nearly every night, the world was understandably judgemental. How irresponsible was the general consensus; what an awful thing to encourage. But here's what I took from it: Liz Hurley is not encouraging anyone to go to bed hungry every night, in fact I feel she's doing the total opposite. By highlighting how ridiculous the demands of women in Hollywood are, she's making a depressing, thought-provoking statement. Emma Thompson has also said in interviews that she watches what she eats and exercises regularly for the sake of her job, even though it's boring. Amanda Seyfried once said that all she eats for lunch is spinach and seeds. Spinach and seeds. 

Of course I would prefer to live in a world where women in the public eye don't have to starve themselves to maintain work; of course I would prefer to live in a world where there are as many slim women on screens and in magazines as there are average-sized and large women. I want all women to be able to take any shape they want healthily, without judgement or patrolling from anyone. But as we get there incrementally, with these women's careers at the mercy of their shape, I really appreciate them telling the truth about it. It puts the problem into much starker, colder relief rather than glossing over it with a cheery grin and saying it's "just good genes and a lot of Evian". 


I can count off the top of my head six women I know who are not truthful about how they stay slim. One of them eats five high-protein meals a day, one of them leaves a quarter of food on her plate, the other does regular juice cleanses. All of them lie about their conscious, daily lifestyle choices. I wish they'd be honest about them, because then a lot of women would look at those choices rationally and say: "that's not a life for me" or "that could only ever be a short-term method for me because I like Shepherd's pie on a Sunday too much", rather than spending their lives chasing a hologram of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. 

Here's another one I think we have an obligation to be honest with each other about: if our parents have bought or helped us buy homes. Every young person I know has, at some point, been gripped by a total and utter despair or despondency over the housing crisis. Nearly all my working life, I've tortured myself with a very real fear that I may never be able to own a property in the city I was born and grew up in. Many of my friends have had deposits, mortgages or whole flats funded by their parents and all of them have the grace to admit to it, which means I never feel a sense of judgement. Very brief skin-tingly jealousy, yes. But judgement, no.

Because telling the truth about your parents' financial assistance with buying a flat goes beyond the duty of checking one's privilege; it's about helping someone not detest their life by pointing out that yours is a result of sheer, dumb fucking luck. It's a very small act of altruism that saves your friend from sitting on the bus after leaving dinner at your house, biting their nails until they bleed while they think how come I don't own a place like that? How come I can only rent a shoe box? Is my salary shit? Is my career going nowhere? Why am I so crap at being an adult? It's a moment of embarrassment for you that will reassure that friend that they're doing just fine; that you, through no fault of your own, were dealt an extremely rare hand of good fortune that they are not entitled to just because you have it. So they better keep working hard and hope one day they have the same. 


Here's another one: couples who meet online and don't tell people: they're not doing anything for the shared truth economy. I am not saying we all have to wander around with megaphones, shouting to any willing listener about the ins and outs of our relationship, but here are the facts that I've seen for myself: a lot of people online date. There is still a strange taboo around online dating. A lot of single people who are holding out to meet people offline are only doing so because the people who meet online are not being truthful about it. These single people are staying single for a very long time searching for the perfect real-life rom-com meet-cute that very rarely happens. If you met your partner online and you tell one of these single people about it, they'll either decide they want to stay offline and feel a huge sense of relief that it's taking a bit longer than everyone else OR they'll create an online dating profile. Only good can happen. 

We are told lies constantly by strangers; whether it's the sponsored post on instagram telling us how to get thicker hair in 30 days or Iain Duncan Smith's pathetic: "series of promises based on a series of possibilities" in post-Brexit Britain. It's our responsibility to be truthful when it matters; particularly to those we care about. We do not need to be oversharers; we don't all have a stake in each others choices. Everyone is entitled to privacy and absolutely everyone is ripe for hypocrisy (it's too hard being human not to be). But it's important we reexamine the lies we tell, hand-pick the few that might be detrimental and start afresh with honesty. Not only will lifting those lies lift potential hurt, it will bring us the greatest sense of relief.

The older I get, the less I perform. My teens and early-mid twenties were a one-woman cabaret Dolly show of aren't-I-fabulous, with my defensive ego bashing away on a tinny piano, hoping that even the total strangers in the cheap seats will adore me. And here's the thing I'm learning with every coat of pretence that I peel off - as I stop lying about how fine I am, how fantastic I am, how unbreakable I am: the truth is sacred. The truth is useful. Telling the truth is the only way we can ever feel true freedom. It's the only way we can find graspable, sustainable happiness. It's the only way we can form real, deep connections with people. And we all owe each other as much of it was can spare. 


You can follow Dolly on Twitter here

Friday, 2 September 2016

More from It Affects Me

In August, I wrote a blog post about the It Affects Me campaign.

Here is a documentary about the viral campaign - an interview with the founder Laura Darrall about her journey with mental health and the impact the campaign has had. Do watch and spread the word.


Also: her brilliant Huffington Post blog: Mental Health Affects ALL of us.


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Gene Wilder

Such sad news about the death of Gene Wilder. The wonderful girls at Addictive Daughter tweeted this picture and I love it so much I thought I would share it here:


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics

The opening of the Rio 2016 Olympics bought back happy memories of this time 4 years ago when we were celebrating the London Olympics. 

I dug out my Games Maker uniform (and put it on) and the letter from the Prime Minister AND the silver relay baton I received as a thank you.


During my recent visit to Wimbledon, I was given access to the Media centre and sat in the bar near Seb Coe - I WISH I had gone up to him to say I was one of "his team". 

It involved lots of early starts and late nights but without doubt the best job I've ever ever had.

Monday, 1 August 2016

It Affects Me

The following short piece of writing was bought to my attention by one of my favourite Twitter accounts - @itaffectsme - their aim is to encourage people to talk about mental illness and I strongly feel this is something we should ALL be aiming for. 

Stigma will always win if we don't fight it and talk. 


They are organising a super sounding I Am Normal Festival on 28th August - sadly I can't go but you should !

Their website is great too - http://www.itaffectsme.co.uk/

Friday, 29 July 2016

HateMail: Alastair Campbell

Re my post last week about gossip and the dreaded Daily Mail, I came across this video that Alastair Campbell made about his hatred of the dreaded newspaper publisher. Very entertaining.

HateMail | Alastair Campbell | #Hatemail #RipItUp from Silverfish Media on Vimeo.

And my tweet about it went slightly viral.... 

 Which lead to AC sarcastically asking for it to stop being so widely spread in order to "not" hurt Paul Dacre's feelings - the more he asked, the more it was viewed and enjoyed...

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Letters Live

Inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best-selling Letters of Note series and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter, Letters Live is a live celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence. Each show always features a completely different array of great performers, reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world.

One of the joys of Letters Live is that one never knows who is going to take to the stage or what letter they are going to bring alive.


I remember reading about it last year – after the event – so it was too late to go. I immediately signed up to their newsletter and to my delight last week, they emailed to say they are doing it again in the Autumn – and newsletter readers could buy tickets in a presale, so I’ve nabbed four.

This is the most extraordinary sounding event. Time Out says “Clear your diaries” for it.

The likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliet Stevenson, Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue, Russell Brand, Caitlin Moran, Tom Hiddleston, Stephen Fry, Jude Law and Sir Ben Kingsley deliver unique and extraordinary performances.


The last time I checked there were still tickets available so hurry and come – on for five nights only!

More details and tickets - http://letterslive.com/

Monday, 25 July 2016

First Time in History

If Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidential election, it will be the first time in history that two U.S. presidents have slept with each other.



If Donald Trump wins the U.S. Presidential election, it will be the first time in history that a billionaire moves into public housing vacated by a black family.


Go figure.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Gossip

I remember seeing the photos of Jennifer Aniston a few weeks ago, where the tabloids were sparking rumours that she might be pregnant.


I have only just seen this article that she published via Huffington Post last week confirming that what the tabloids are saying is NOT true. I urge you to read it. She is not pregnant. But that's not the point. And its not all about her. This is one part of a much wider, ongoing discussion about the need for being less judgmental of women and the way females are seen through the lens of the tabloids.

And whilst starting off by saying that she doesn’t usually address the gossip, and she’s not officially on ANY social media platforms, she felt she needed to set the record straight.

I like this quote:

“We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever afters’ for ourselves. Maybe someday the tabloids will be forced to see the world through a different, more humanized lens

Speaking of the press, I was amused this week to read via the Daily Mail that apparently the Beckham family are reportedly moving back to LA from London. Just because furniture was seen being moved from their house. Reader: if you follow the showbiz news (I read SOME of it always with a large pinch of salt), you will know that they haven’t even been here that long and are doing a large amount of controversial work on their London home – so has it not occurred to anyone that they might just be leaving their rental home and moving into the one they own when they get back from their summer holidays ?

Of course, I might be entirely wrong but Jennifer Aniston refers to these types of vicious photographers outside her home and the same can be said here.

Anyone as famous as the Beckhams or Jennifer Aniston will have accepted a long time ago that they won't be able to go anywhere without being followed. I wouldn't swap my life for theirs any day.

In conclusion, click on the following sentence:

Should I read the Daily Mail?

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Ab Fab is..... Ab Fab !

I was so excited last week when Ab Fab: The Movie opened in cinemas around the UK– and I was even more ecstatic to be able to go and see it on the opening night (not at the actual premiere I hasten to add).


Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) and Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) are back and more disgraceful than ever before. Along with the rest of the original cast which includes an additional 65 celebrity cameo roles (I KNOW!), the plot takes the naughty pair to the South of France where they are on the run having accidentally “killed” Kate Moss – that is NOT a spoiler – its in the trailer !

I love these masks we got at the Clapham Picturehouse cinema where I went to see it:


Apparently the film has made £4 million in the first weekend – which is the second biggest this year after Skyfall. If you go to Liberty, just off Regent Street, you can see fantastic window displays of some outfits from the film:



It is my favourite film of the year so far and can’t wait to see it again. 

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Hamilton: An important lesson in American History

Hamilton is the hip-hop Broadway musical which swept the board at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, winning 11 awards including Best Musical. 

Following the announcement that this smash-hit musical is coming to London in 2017, it’s about time we all need to brush up on our American History.














According to an article on the Daily Beast, Hamilton, which evokes the rise of immigrant Alexander Hamilton and the early years of America, "has received the kind of rave reviews that are usually reserved for the Pope".

A musical about one of the founding fathers of the US does NOT sound appealing – BUT this show has been a total Broadway sell-out and its biggest fan, President Obama, described it as “not only a smash hit but a civics lesson our kids can’t get enough of”.
















Now - a confession... I didn't know a huge amount about this for the obvious reason that (a) I haven't studied American History and (b) haven't been to see the show on Broadway but everywhere I turn, people are talking about Hamilton - particularly after winning so many accolades on Sunday night at the Tony's.

I have been obsessed with watching their YouTube videos including their White House performance and James Corden's Carpool Karaoke - the latter of which I sent to Ruby Wax who introduced the whole Hamilton thing to me - and it made her fall of her chair.






















This mesmerizing show was written by Lin Manuel Miranda (picture above) and he seems to have shot to fame at an incredibly fast pace (apparently in September 2015, he had 85,000 twitter followers and now he has 537,000...not that that's a strict measure of fame but you know what I mean!). He dedicated one of the acceptance speeches on Sunday evening to the victims of the Orlando shooting which happened only shortly before. 

I feel privileged to share my name with one of the coolest people around – and can hardly wait for Hamilton to come to London. He has starred in the Broadway show and may do the same in London but not necessarily at the start. Yikes ! I say Bring It ON.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Glamour awards 2016

This week saw the great and the good gather for the famous Glamour awards... It's a celebration of women, who - lets face it - (still) have to work EXTRA hard to get any kind of recognition...

I voted for Emma Freud to win Column of the Year and guess what - she WON! This is too exciting for words - so much so that she has changed her name on Twitter to: iwonanawardFFS. 

Another notable award was to Jennifer Saunders for her outstanding contribution....


It couldn't have gone to a more well-deserving recipient. Here is the most brilliantly funny moment that Dawn French gives the award and the acceptance speech from JS that follows (where she dedicates it to Victoria Wood):