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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Stop With the Sexist 'Crazy Cat Lady' Label

(7) Comments | Posted 24 May 2016 | (10:28)

Last week, I had my darling boy cat Darcy put to sleep after a brief battle with an aggressive terminal cancer. After 15 years of love, companionship, derring do with squirrels and hilarity, it was an agonising but right decision to make.

As so many of my...

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The Eurovision Song Contest - Why the Haters Are Wrong

(5) Comments | Posted 11 May 2016 | (00:00)

It's the Eurovision Song Contest this Saturday - but a recent poll has found the UK would vote 'Leave' if there were a referendum on our participation, in some kind of musical Brexit.

This must surely be one the most depressing results of recent times. One can only...

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How Gay Culture Made Me the (Hetero) Woman I Am

(4) Comments | Posted 22 April 2016 | (00:00)

all women everywhere


Aged about 15 or 16, homophobia became a horrific reality for me, as I physically intervened to save my friend from a group of lads in our year who were hurling homophobic abuse and trying to beat him...

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Being Bullied as a Child Still Hurts Me Today

(72) Comments | Posted 16 February 2016 | (23:00)

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I am five years old. The bullies have dragged me into the cemetery behind my backgarden, cackling, whilst telling me in menacing tones that something horrific will happen to me and my family if I don't do what they tell me. What they are ordering me...

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Cold Sores - Is There a Way to Cure the Curse? I've Tried Everything...

(51) Comments | Posted 20 January 2016 | (23:00)

Cold sores are one of the banes of my life and for millions across the world. And right now, they're a misery for me.

It could be burgeoning leprosy or the results of a gargantuan glue-huffing problem. But no, that angry-looking 20p-sized area of flaking, suppurating, painful skin next to...

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From Katie Hopkins To The Refugee Crisis, Jennifer Aniston To The Tube Strike: HuffPost UK's 20 Most Popular Blogs Of 2015

(2) Comments | Posted 30 December 2015 | (16:22)

The General Election, breastfeeding, the refugee crisis, parenting, politics and policing. These are just some of the blog topics that got you, The Huffington Post UK reader, engaged this year more than any others and clicking till your digits cramped.

And as well as the high profile sorts including

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The Death of Coal Mining in Britain Is About More Than Industry - It's About People, Families

(11) Comments | Posted 18 December 2015 | (10:35)

Today, at lunchtime, the last British deep coal miners will emerge, blinking into the daylight and caked in coal dust, after finishing their last ever shift at Kellingley Colliery near Wakefield in Yorkshire.

The cagelift doors will creak open one last time and the men - for they are...

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Why Rescue Dogs Are Amazing

(2) Comments | Posted 25 October 2015 | (23:00)

I was humbled last weekend. In the midst of my hectic, human-obsessed life, I was blown away by a bunch of dogs.

Courtesy of the Kennel Club, I was at the Discover Dogs event at London's Excel - a celebration of all things canine that hopefully gave...

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My Cat Just Died and It Hurts Like Hell

(322) Comments | Posted 30 September 2015 | (00:00)

There are certain truths about cats that are universal. They are cute. We love them. They love us. Unconditionally. The unasked-for cuddles, shouts, purrs, mraows and rubs are unbelievable. If you feel a bit rubbish, they ramp up their chin knocks and chirrups and snuggle up next to you. They...

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Her Majesty the Queen - As You've Never Seen Her Before...

(6) Comments | Posted 4 September 2015 | (11:23)

Whatever your thoughts on the monarchy - staunch royalist or get-rid-of-them republican - the fact remains that the Queen is an iconic part of British culture. She's arguably one of our most famous ever celebrities, albeit a sometimes divisive one.

On Wednesday, 9 September, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes...

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Reading Festival - Still Rocking After All These Years

(2) 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

(23) 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

(21) 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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