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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Reading Festival - Still Rocking After All These Years

(1) Comments | Posted 1 September 2015 | (00:00)

I went to Reading Festival this weekend. I've been going virtually every year since my first time in 1989, apart from when I got banned, which is a long story (yes, I really am that old and yes, I really did get banned).

And you know what? It was still...

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Loki: The Cat Who Crossed London - and the Thames - to See Me Again

(58) Comments | Posted 14 August 2015 | (13:20)

Last night, while I was casually cooking dinner, something rather unbelievable happened. A cat I'd fostered earlier this year appeared, miaowing, at my open kitchen window - having taken three weeks to travel all the way across London, from his new home in Brixton to my flat in Kilburn. An...

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If You Don't Like Criticism, Don't Put Your Stuff Online

(21) Comments | Posted 9 June 2015 | (22:38)

On Tuesday, a Goodreads thread was shared over and over on my Facebook timeline. If you haven't seen it, it's here and it's hilarious.

For all the LOLZ, it also illustrates a major and worrying trope online nowadays. Everyone now has the ability to be a critic, yet...

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Youth Tribes Are Still Alive - Even Though They're Mostly Retro

(1) Comments | Posted 6 June 2015 | (00:00)

I had a a bit of a cultural epiphany the other day. After a wonderful long weekend holiday on the Kent coast, I saw recently reformed Nineties rock band Babes in Toyland at the Shepherd's Bush Empire.

For those unfamiliar with Babes In Toyland, frontwoman Kat Bjelland and her cohorts...

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Twelve Things I've Learned About Having a Bad Back

(20) Comments | Posted 9 May 2015 | (00:00)

Back pain is an annoying bugger that affects many people at some point in their life - popping up occasionally like an 'unexpected item in the bagging area'. For some, it morphs into a longstanding problem, like chewing gum on seats. It creeps up on you unannounced and...

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Why Villa Penelope in Turkey Is My New Happy Place

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2015 | (00:00)

I'm lying flat on my back in agony coming round after a major operation, staring at the ceiling in a spinal unit, wishing it was a scant three months ago when I was happily gazing into the bluest cloud-free sky.

I'm trying to practice a meditation/hypnotherapy technique I learned a...

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Why I Won't Be Sharing My Facebook End of Year Review

(23) Comments | Posted 23 December 2014 | (23:00)

It's that festive time of year again - when everyone posts the 12-monthly highlights of their fabulous lives on Facebook.

This year, Facebook has created an interactive slideshow thingy that actually puts your 'highlights' together for you and tonnes of my friends are sharing it willy-nilly as the last days...

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From Cancer to Gaza, Beyonce to Top Gear: HuffPostUK's 20 Most Shared Blogs of 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 22 December 2014 | (16:26)

It’s been a stellar year in which HuffPost UK has hosted blogs from the great, the good and the infamous including the likes of Prince William and his dad Prince Charles, Russell Brand, David Beckham, Sir Richard Branson,

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12 Life Lessons I've Learned in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted 17 December 2014 | (23:00)

I'm sure I'm not the only one for whom 2014 has been something of an annus horribilis - an awful lot of people I know have had more than their fair share of challenges thrown at them with considerable force and frequency this year.

As we wave the dregs...

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Friends Are the New Family

(5) Comments | Posted 22 November 2014 | (23:00)

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 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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?

(16) Comments | Posted 10 April 2014 | (00:00)

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 | (00:00)

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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 | (10:57)

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 | (11:50)

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 | (12:40)

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 | (11:44)

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 | (13:55)

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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