Congratulations to me. I’ve found the most pedantic person on the internet. Or, to be more precise, they’ve found me, as I found out when I checked my Twitter notifications earlier today. There, waiting patiently for me, was a tweet informing me that I’d made a mistake in a tweet. Apparently, I used the term […]Read More Attack of the killer pedants!
I’ve noticed a rather odd trend in journalism – titles of articles are getting more and more formulaic. What do I mean by that? Well, let me try and explain. Do you follow any news websites, lifestyle sites or online magazines on social media (and I’m really talking about Twitter more than anything here)? If […]Read More You’ve been writing headlines wrong this whole time! (and other lazy titles)
It’s sunny! Hurray, I hear you cry! But when the sun shines in the UK something very strange happens. Normally sensible, right-thinking people suddenly take leave of their senses when it comes to the matter of clothes (or, in many cases, the lack of clothes). Walk down any high street on a reasonably sunny summer […]Read More Why the British can’t dress for sunshine
Pizza. We all love pizza, don’t we. (Well, technically that’s not true, but for the purposes of this blog let’s just assume we ALL love a nice slice of hot pizza…) So, let’s imagine the scene… You and your team are working late. It’s been a long day and you’ve all been working hard to […]Read More Politics for pizza lovers
While idly channel-hopping last night, I ended up watching the Jonathan Ross Show on TV. And one of the guests was Russell Brand, comedian, writer and wearer of unfeasibly skinny jeans. Now, I’m totally aware that Russell Brand isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I like the guy. Yes, he does play up to the […]Read More Let’s get some perspective: taking a step back from celebrity culture
There are authors you read. There are authors you like. And there are authors you truly love. Sir Terry Pratchett was one of the latter; an author that millions of people around the world loved. An author who *meant* something to so many people. An author whose fans would pore over every word that dropped […]Read More Goodbye, Sir Terry; and thanks for the books
As a writer and editor, I get to see a lot of content written by other people. And it never ceases to amaze me how complicated and overly fussy some of us make our writing. So I’ve come up with my own little maxim for these situations: and that’s ‘Keep it simple, stupid!’. What’s the […]Read More Keep it simple, stupid! A guide to effective writing
When you’re a freelancer you tend to spend a lot of your time hanging around in coffee shops, using the free wi-fi and gradually becoming addicted to flat whites. But it’s not all macchiatos and muffins when you’re a coffee shop worker (CSW) – when your local coffee outlet is also your office there are […]Read More Working from coffee shops: The top three challenges
When you’re a kid, there are few things more exciting than sweets. Candy, chocolate, penny sweets, sugary desserts, biscuits; they’re all up there on the list of ‘Things I would most like to eat instead of my dinner’ when you’re a young child burning off energy quicker than a cross-channel swimmer. But, inevitably, we all […]Read More Revelling in food nostalgia: can you ever go back?
I’m a dad. My daughter will be two years old next month and she’s a healthy, inventive, cheeky little girl, just like millions of other healthy, inventive, cheeky little girls. But I worry about her a lot. Or to be clearer, I don’t worry about her, I worry about the world she’s growing up in […]Read More Just like a girl: gender, toys and preconceptions