Let’s focus on Maia and Marissa’s delightful blossoming friendship, because the rest of this episode was really not great.
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Time to think big when it comes to exporting Scottish skills
What lessons does Downsizing have for us about ethical living in a dangerously warming world? And should the Scottish whisky industry be worrying?
We need a Prime Minister who will stand up to bullies, actually
In the stranger-than-fiction real world, the actual US President is retweeting hate via Britain First then sniping at the actual UK Prime Minister when she indirectly criticises him for it.
Eleanor Oliphant is not fine – this book is dangerously irresponsible
This is a book about a character who is part of one of the most marginalised and misunderstood populations in society – and it perpetuates a number of harmful myths.
Joking aside, critics should examine their sexism
There’s no place in criticism for ruling that because a performer has the audacity to reflect on her own life experiences, she is at best niche and at worst intolerably self-absorbed.
Looking for role models? Try a nun instead of a pop star
NOT all heroes wear capes, and not all potential role models have the arrogance to think of themselves in such terms. But in a world of clickbait headlines and emoji verdicts – where humans are increasingly reduced to good or bad, hero or villain, thumbs-up or angry frown – isn’t it time we admitted thatContinue reading “Looking for role models? Try a nun instead of a pop star”
Eden: Paradise Lost (Channel 4) episode five: burn the witch
The madwoman-in-the-attic trope is our Christmas gift from the self-proclaimed “Valley Boys” of Eden.
Eden: Paradise Lost (Channel 4) episode four: kill the pigs
The lazy comparisons with Lord of the Flies started before any of these new episodes were shown, but there are two key reasons why we need a new reference point. One, just because the female population of Eden has greatly reduced in number, that doesn’t mean the women are merely a side note in aContinue reading “Eden: Paradise Lost (Channel 4) episode four: kill the pigs”
Eden: Paradise Lost (Channel 4) episode three: too many mugs
After failing at the “boy job” of chopping logs and losing his number one fan, cameraman Oli sets his sights on Anton.
Eden: Paradise Lost (Channel 4) episode two: locker-room talk
NO-ONE who watched – and properly remembers – the first series of Eden should be surprised by the turn things take in this episode, but I can’t get too exercised about dumb plumber Titch’s “boy jobs and girl jobs” ranting. I don’t doubt that the men, as a group, were more efficient when it cameContinue reading “Eden: Paradise Lost (Channel 4) episode two: locker-room talk”