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Sophie Bauer

Freelance journalist and features writer. Utter kook.

Freelance journalist and features writer. Previously content producer at the British Council. Click here to have a flick through my work.

The Ridiculous Magic Of Tidying Up

As a stoic member of generation anxiety, I have spent more time in the past or in the hypothetical than I care to admit. Having some way to grasp and ground myself in who I am at this precise moment, even if that's someone who favours Glamour magazine over Argentine pulp fiction, is incredibly valuable and liberating.
10/10/2017 15:19 BST

Millennials Aren't All London Luvvies, Let's Broaden The Discussion

My interest in the piece quickly dwindled, however, and subsequently deflated like a punctured '30 today' balloon as I read the words 'avo on toast'. All of the women interviewed as source material were lean, mean, white, middle-class, London-dwelling machines. Not a single non-yuppie or 'regional' voice to be heard.
14/08/2017 16:33 BST

Netflix, You've Gone Sludgy

What the HELL is going on with you? Are things OK at home? Are you in some kind of trouble? It's just... since series 4 of <em>House of Cards</em> came out, you've been a little... 'lacklustre'?
16/03/2016 19:50 GMT

If I Had Written Fifty Shades...

"Right. So drink up, get back upstairs and don't come down until there's at least two three-ways, some bi-curious exploration and a clever yet provocative pun for the title."
24/02/2016 14:49 GMT

Uruguay: Gay Marriage, Legal Dope and Gender Based Violence

GBV is the ugliest, most demeaning manifestation of gender inequality. Uruguay is a country that proves case in point that responding effectively to an issue as complex and deeply rooted as this requires so much more than services. It is also a question of changing cultures and mindsets.
03/12/2015 11:24 GMT

Ode to My Family (And My iPhone)

Smartphones are pretty darn good at uniting people. However, how do they fare under the pressure of having to unite larger groups of people when conflicting time zones and work schedules act as obstacles to meaningful or sustained conversation?
19/06/2015 12:31 BST

Why So Quiet? No Internet in Venezuela?

The other day I received a message from a friend clearly appalled by my poor Facebook presence since moving to Uruguay. 'Why so quiet, what no internet in Venezuela?', it read. Marvellous.
10/06/2015 10:24 BST

Help! Hype Has Killed My (Cultural) Mojo!

I don't hate anything that's 'in', I just hate being pestered. It's boring and makes me grumpy. Everywhere I look there's hype. Hype on social media, hype at the Oscars, hype at work, hype at the gym, hype in my real world, hype in my virtual world. Hype, hype, hype. And then I had a double epiphany: hype has killed my cultural mojo!!!
31/03/2015 17:35 BST

Have You Tried... Not Detoxing?

I love it that people want to juice everything in the house, be healthier, more in tune with their bodies and connected with those around them than with a pinging contraption. But honestly, when did it all get so extreme?
03/02/2015 14:53 GMT

Simply Having a Wonderful (Present Free) Christmas Time

The stomach ulcer burned into each and every one of us and accumulation of diverse but all equally useless and unwanted impulse buys sparked some revolutionary thinking: what if we, like, didn't bother with presents and, like, just enjoyed hanging out together?
22/12/2014 07:05 GMT

There's No Place Like Home...

I have always dreaded the question "Where are you from?" For me there are only two options. I can um and ah and seem horrendously self-obsessed. Alternatively I can spare myself the hassle and just go for the easiest, least controversial option: I'm from Birmingham. What a copout...
04/12/2014 18:19 GMT

<em>Anarchy</em>: A Story "Written by a Thousand Hands"

<em>Anarchy</em> is a story "written by a thousand hands" that is aired through weekly episodes on France 4. A team of 15 scriptwriters got the ball rolling on Thursday with the serie's first episode. From now until the 18th of December it is up to <em>Anarchy</em>'s viewers to craft the plot and to shape each and every character, red-herring and gag.
04/11/2014 15:09 GMT

Just Another Week in Uruguay

There was a time when I thought that travel was about getting to the top of a volcano or uncovering the trendiest bar in town. If anything, being in Uruguay made me realise that travel is about relishing the day to day
17/10/2014 12:28 BST

Stromae: Foux du Fafa Foreignness or the European Dream?

Stromae is a European megastar. And I'm not talking alternative big, I mean BIG big. Born in Brussels to a Belgian mother and a Rwandan father, Paul van Haver/Stromae first wowed everyone back in 2010 with his world-wide hit 'Alors on Danse' ('And So We Dance'). He released his second album, <em>Racine Carrée</em> (<em>Square Root</em>), last year.
19/09/2014 11:29 BST