School’s out – how we spent a 1980s summer holiday

The halcyon days. We were so much healthier in the 80s weren't we? All that time outdoors, making dens in the woods, playing bulldog on hard concrete playgrounds, eating Findus crispy pancakes and learning how to smoke with candy sticks... But regardless of the e-numbers and carcinogenic habits that were formed in our formative years, … Continue reading School’s out – how we spent a 1980s summer holiday

It took having a breakdown on stage to take my mental health seriously

There's this idea that acting, performing, being creative, etc, is a cushy way to carve out a career. We've heard people complain on social media when a show or a gig is cancelled because of the performer's illness or exhaustion. Surely they can just get on with it for one night? But the pressure on … Continue reading It took having a breakdown on stage to take my mental health seriously

Soap fan and proud: Why TV soaps have a crucial role in education

Our beloved Philip Schofield has just hosted another raucous British Soap Awards and the usual best dressed / worst dressed nonsense has hit the headlines again. But the soaps do a lot more for us than generating gossip on the cobbles, leaving us hanging with duff-duffer moments and making us gasp for breath as something … Continue reading Soap fan and proud: Why TV soaps have a crucial role in education

What I wish I could tell my teenage self about sex and masturbation

Strange isn't it, that as a child, you thought about nakedness and body parts and how babies were made constantly and yet never felt guilty about it. As soon as you related those thoughts and feelings to the word 'sex', they become deeply shameful. What a fucker. Just as you're finding out how to operate … Continue reading What I wish I could tell my teenage self about sex and masturbation