Jody Thompson
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A journalist for more than two decades, Jody has worked for a host of major broadcasters, newspapers, websites and magazines since doing her postgrad NCTJ on the Eastern Daily Press, including the Mail Online, The Mirror, The Sun, BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and Five Live, ITN, BBC news online, Channel 4 and NME.

She once hit The Fall's Mark E Smith round the face on his orders, took Richey Manic to hospital to get his ‘4 Real’ arm stitched up, chaired an Oxford Union debate with Malcolm McLaren and Alan McGee about punk and has written a book about penguins.

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Friends Are the New Family

(0) Comments | Posted 23 November 2014 | (00:00)

To borrow a phrase, 2014 has been something of an annus horribilis for me. It's been a year of ill health and personal traumas that I never imagined in my worst nightmares. But the one thing that has made everything bearable and kept me going when I was struggling to...

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'Argh, I've Had a Marecut'! - AKA When New Hair Cuts SUCK

(0) Comments | Posted 9 July 2014 | (01:00)

We've all been there. You need a haircut but you're not going to your tried and tested stylist. You're feeling devil-may-care adventurous, downright lazy, they're not available or you're just out of town. And you really fancy, nay need, some kind of trim that can't wait 'til your favourite follicle...

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Why Local Street Art Is the Best Easter Present EVER

(5) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (01:00)

This weekend, I got the best Easter gift ever.

I haven't got a sweet tooth, I've already got a garden full of flowers and I don't really do hats - so chocolate eggs, bouquets and bonnets were thankfully off the menu. Best of all, I wasn't expecting anything. And...

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Why Lush Spa Is Like No Other

(2) Comments | Posted 12 April 2014 | (01:00)

Like many people in our hectic times, I work hard. I rarely leave the office on time, my laptop hours are ridiculous away from my desk, and when I do get to the gym, I pound the treadmill too ferociously and don't do pilates and yoga enough.

Coupled with stresses...

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Are Noisy Neighbours Becoming More of a Nuisance?

(17) Comments | Posted 10 April 2014 | (01:00)

In the early hours of this morning, I did something I never thought I'd do. I am usually very mildmannered. But I stormed straight out of my frontdoor into the cold air in my bright pink dressing gown, purple polka dot pyjamas and sheepskin slippers because I was so cross....

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Want a Cheap Night Out? Go to Your Local Comedy Club and You're Laughing

(0) Comments | Posted 2 April 2014 | (01:00)

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When was the last time you laughed so hard your face actually ached? When you chortled consistently for so long that your sides really were threatening to split, and at the very least, your ribs were begging for respite?

And this from more than...

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Today's Top Blog Post Picks - Wednesday 26 March

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2014 | (11:57)

Morning all and happy hump day!



Groovy scenes on blogs as well with Emily Buchanan's post about why she won't be posting a make-up free selfie still doing the business. Which is handy, as today, we're leading with Aaron Eccles, head of social media of Cancer Research and how they turned around a meme that wasn't even theirs and have raised £8m so far off the back of it.

We've then got comedy legend Ruby Wax and a fantastic post on how to use mindfulness as an internal weathervane to help ward off incoming bouts of depression.

Our very own political director Mehdi Hasan gives19 questions Nick Clegg should ask Nigel Farage in tonight's LBC debate and Sky News anchor Kay Burley wades in with her take on who will land the killer blow in the battle.

John Cridland, the director general of the CBI meanwhile says that the SNP's economic plan for Scottish independence doesn't add up and comedy star Olivia Lee writes on what the problem is with today's mensfolk ahead of her new TV show Man Up.

Sir Tony Hawkhead, chief exec of Action for Children blogs on the shocking statistic they've released today that one in 10 children in the UK suffer from neglect, and Jason Holmes interviews the Modfather, Paul Weller, about his new menswear range.

Elsewhere, student Lee Pedder highlights his friend Yashika Bageerathi's battle to fight deportation, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett says fracking is wrong (again) and Rebecca Sparrow applauds Cameron Diaz's stance that we should all embrace ageing and not be scared of it.

Xavier Bosch muses on who is right in the NUT strikes, Ciaran Donaghy reckons Newcastle's Ben Arfa is adored for doing nothing, stage four cancer sufferer Rachel Brown says what being in remission is really like and Fionn Shiner reflects on how to face your third year crisis at uni with looming exams and dissertations- and the possible abyss that lies beyond when you face Real Life (hint - it's not too shabby, so in Olivia Lee's words, just man...

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Today's Top Blog Post Picks - Tuesday 25 March

(0) Comments | Posted 25 March 2014 | (12:50)

Good morning all and hope we're surviving this gloomy Tuesday....

Blogs continue to shine however, with Emily Buchanan's blog post on why she won't be posting a no make-up selfie still going bonkers and Emma Kelly's evergreen 10 unbelievable facts you didn't know about redheads is...

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Today's Top Blog Post Picks - Monday 24 March

(1) Comments | Posted 24 March 2014 | (13:40)

Good morning - I trust we all had good weekends... Mine was spent writing, reading, wrestling with weeds and drinking wine with mates, mostly.

Lots of blog action on HuffPost UK over the weekend too, with comments, retweets and Facebook likes (and dislikes) flying as people continue to get...

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Today's Top Blog Post Picks - Friday 21 March

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2014 | (12:44)

It's Fridaaayyyyy!

And we're celebrating Andrew WK-style after another fantastic week on blogs, topping it off today by leading with Twitter king Phillip Schofield on how grown-ups should always be there for young people on behalf of the Prince's Trust and the Samsung Celebrate Success Awards.

The awards, which are backed by The Huffington Post UK, recognise young people who've turned their lives around with help from the Princes Trust. We're also backing the Mappin and Webb Young Ambassador of the Year Award, which recognises young people who volunteer their time, share their personal experiences and inspire others. Check out #PTCelebrate if you haven't already...

We've also got Anna Doble, head of online at Channel 4 News, defending the tattooed douchebags roaming the fashionable streets of Britain nowadays (*waves*) and TV star and wildlife expert Simon King writes on how important it is for us all to speak up to save the UK's ancient woodland as the government doesn't appear to care.

The HuffPostUK's political director Mehdi Hasan meanwhile launches a scathing attack on Western foreign policy in light of the hypocrisy surrounding the Crimea crisis (John Kerry comes in for a particularly ferocious drubbing and William Hague doesn't escape either) and Labour MP Chris Leslie says the Budget proves everyone's worse off under the Tories.

Author and mental health campaigner Danny Baker meanwhile gives advice on helping a love done recovery from depression, and Liam Beattie blogs on how unpaid internships are elitist.

Elsewhere, the delectable Sara McCorquodale, editor of HuffPost UK's sister site MyDaily says that Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman is right, no-one wants to see real women in fashion mags (that's what Take a Break's for, isn't it?), Ciaran Donaghy bemoans Newcastle Utd's lack of ambition and controversially compares the Toon Army to the Titanic and Nash Riggins mocks David Cameron's previous promise that the current government would be the greenest ever.

Double organ transplant recipient Adrian Grist meanwhile writes a heartwrenching post about what it's like to be invisibly disabled, Sheila Hageman on how Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke's admission that she was starving herself for her new role as Sarah Connor in the Terminator reboot sends a worrying message to young girls and Joe Cooper says that there isn't a level playing field (pardon the pun) when it comes to the financial power of Premier League clubs (as a Norwich City fan, don't I know it...)

And finally, ormer Masterchef winner Shelina Permaloo meanwhile gives us a delicious chicken and prawn 'magic rice bowl' recipe. And I'm sure plenty of you will manage to make it magically disappear after you make it this...

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Today's Best Blog Posts - Thursday 20 March

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2014 | (14:55)

Hello all,

So here's the first in what may well be a regular missive from myself, the HuffPost UK's blogs editor, informing you of the best of the Huffpost UK blog goodness in a daily bite-size round-up...

First up, it's been announced that we're partnering with the Football...

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Just Been Dumped in January? Me Too! - But 10 Reasons Why It Doesn't Have to Be a Bad Thing

(4) Comments | Posted 15 January 2014 | (00:00)

Happy New Year is it? My arse! It's only a fortnight into 2014, and I've just been dumped, like countless thousands of other people in January. I've become another statistic - another soul cast adrift on a winter wreck of broken hearts, created by the likes of Divorce Day, Blue...

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Why Are People Paying for 'Designer' Dogs?

(24) Comments | Posted 9 January 2014 | (00:00)

One evening this week, I sat next to the most adorable little dog on the train home. He was such a cute, tiny scruff, almost smiling as he panted, sat on a cosmopolitan lady's expensive skirt-clad lap. Being a polite sort, I introduced myself to both pooch and proud owner...

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Raise a Glass to Absent Friends and Family This Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted 23 December 2013 | (00:29)

When I was just eight years old, Christmas Day came to have a different, bittersweet meaning for me, compared to most lucky souls. Because when I was meant to be celebrating my eighth birthday (yes, I was born on 25 December), my Uncle Eddie, who lived next door, and to...

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'Day of the Doctor': The 3D Cinema Experience Reviewed

(4) Comments | Posted 24 November 2013 | (00:26)

I first remember watching Doctor Who aged about two, and as cliche demands, I was actually hiding behind the sofa. Family Thompson were tuned in because my dad, god rest his soul, was a huge fan, testament to the fact it was always meant to be a show for the...

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My Date With the Muscle Whisperer

(1) Comments | Posted 19 October 2013 | (01:00)

Like many people, I suffer from back problems, coupled with various other physical symptoms of spending too many hours on a keyboard.

As a consequence, my muscular aches and pains are murder and I am always looking for some kind of miracle cure after years of everything from physio, massage,...

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Ultimate Cornish Trilogy At Cornwall Hotel Spa And Estate Offers West Country Wellbeing

(0) Comments | Posted 11 October 2013 | (10:52)

I was spending a long weekend at this gorgeous 43-acre resort near St Austell for my dear friends' wedding down the road at the Eden Project.

So ahead of what turned out to be The Wedding of the Century TM, I thought I'd have a bit of R&R and...

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Tried And Tested Beauty: Can These Lava Shells Banish Cellulite?

(2) Comments | Posted 13 September 2013 | (10:58)

On first hearing of the Glacial Shells Detox Massage, my first thought was that there aren't any freezers big enough to chill the giant calcified chunks needed to pummel my shadowy husk of a person to a satisfying conclusion.

However, this treatment doesn't actually involve squishing your body with below-zero...

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Secret Garden Party 2013 Review - Or How I Learned to Ditch the Timetable

(0) Comments | Posted 30 August 2013 | (01:00)

Bank Holiday Weekend is over and it's officially the end of one of the best UK summers in years. And what was my highlight of those wonderful long months of sun and fun, the kind we haven't seen since, oooh, 2006?

Was it my first trip to the Ashes, on...

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Tried And Tested Beauty: English Rose Treatment

(0) Comments | Posted 23 August 2013 | (19:59)

The Spa Intercontinental at the Park Lane Intercontinental Hotel on Hyde Park Corner, is one of my favourites in London. I've only ever been once before (I took my oldest best friend for her 40th on a Wahanda deal) but was blown away not just by the treatment,...

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