If I could give a few words of advice to my younger self? I'd say: "Don't expect someone to tap you on the shoulder, and then hand you what you're looking for on a plate." Because the big handicap for me was that I was a dreamer, and I thought that once I got to London, someone would just discover me. So I didn't start grafting until I was in my late 20s, even early 30s. I do think that young people should mess around and have some fun and gain their life story - I needed to find those stories, and as it worked out, it was fine. But it might not have been.
Every day the team and I were out at sea in the bay we recorded vast shoals of baitfish, as well as a deeper layer of the crustacean krill that seemed everlasting. At night we dived amongst gargantuan shoals of market squid, here to spawn in their hundreds of tonnes.
More and more the question being asked is "is to all worth it?" The cynics suggest that a big, starry American film will make its way at the box-office whether or not it wins a Festival prize. And an art movie from a small country will be bought and shown all over the world if it is good enough.
So now it's out there, how do we achieve Safe Gigs for Women? Writing this in the week we've seen debate on whether women only carriages on the tube, it feels like the debate around achieving safe spaces for women is difficult at best. But here's my ideal.
I'd love it if people who wanted to know the realities of cancer read real accounts of living with cancer, either written by sufferers or those close to them, and if we could dispel these ideas that cancer is all bald heads, cake, trips abroad, and profound moments.
Artists are the most powerful people in our societies. They influence public opinion. They make culture. The define our reality. Donating money's nice. But if artists want to really make an impact, they need to be on the front lines.
This book will have you laughing out loud one minute, then firmly raising your eyebrows the next. She surely has another book in her (not to mention a screenplay) - I'd like to see her focus on her family, especially her relationship with her well-meaning but misguided mother.
I've always been hankering for more. As a physiotherapist, it is half science and half art, and I do love both. But at school, I was always an artist first, and science took second place. My teenage hobby was making super-8 films. In a funny way, I still feel like an artist and somehow I want down the wrong path.
Heartfelt, passionate and emotional, Andrew Haig's '45 Years' is the very best of British cinema and is a should see, must see film of the week.
We all have our own personal terrors. Often it's the unexpected that hits you when you're least expecting it. For Edwyn Collins, the singer and co-founder of band Orange Juice, it was suffering a debilitating stroke ten years ago. Hosted by author Ian Rankin, Edwyn had us roaring with laughter as he and Grace shared anecdotes with fans old and new.
It's not often a children's movie comes out that is not only funny and educational, but explains mental processes more clearly than most neuroscientists can. Although let's face it, if anyone was going to achieve it, it would be Pixar who have a record of making movies that make us laugh, cry, and think (sometimes all at once).
Today, 60 years on, Guinness World Records - as it was renamed in 2001 when it was finally sold by the brewery - continues to top the best-sellers lists. In 1974, it overtook Dr Benjamin Spock's Baby and Child Care as the biggest selling copyrighted title of all time, and it remains the world's best-selling annual book, with accumulated sales to date of more than 132 million copies.
Innuendo of the week: "Right, let's get into the bottom!" Judge Paul is VERY keen to taste contestant Paul's cheesecake. I told you there was a bromance.
The Devil Couldn't Break Me,' a book by Laura Aslan, published by Andrews UK, tells of the personal horrors the young woman suffered at the hands of two sides during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.
Emylia Hall is the author of three novels including Richard and Judy Book Club pick in 2012. Her new novel, The Sea Between Us, is a story of boy meets girl amidst a Cornish landscape full of surf, art and love.
Benedict's Hamlet is sarcastic, mean, aloof to his girlfriend and vicious to his mother. He also hams up the supposed mental illness for all its worth, causing much laughter in the auditorium as his Hamlet mocks himself up as a toy soldier brought to life just to confuse and baffle those around him.
Beginning his musical career at the tender age of 13, East London rapper Bundi's distinctive flow has seen him take the stage at Wembley Arena, bag features on well renowned music channels such as BET, Channel AKA and Flava as well as gain support from prominent DJ's such as DJ Target and DJ MistaJam.
Personally, it doesn't feel right for me to be on a "diet" for the rest of my life. It is preferable to live by a set of principles that just feel instinctively but also logically right. So it is a enlightening and actually just rather nice culture to look at things like where the food has come from and how much it benefits us rather than how many calories does this contain.