Humour

The Silver Lining: Single Life, Kittens and Unrequited Love

Katie Beswick | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Beswick

I fucking hate cats, usually. Like men, they're either ugly, good-looking but dumb to the point of irrelevance, or else transparently cunning. And, also like men, they do that thing where they treat you with indifference, until you withdraw your affections, and then they're all over you like salt on chips.

No Sense of Direction

Elaine Benton | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I will admit many things, one of which is my inability to follow a map, and poor sense of direction. Well, if I were being totally honest, I'd confess, I have no sense of direction whatsoever. My husband will quite happily back me up on this point for I have demonstrated on many occasion, much to my shame and his amusement, getting lost even in familiar surroundings.

How PR Ruined My Life, and Yours Too, Probably

Katie Beswick | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Beswick

Everything's a marketing opportunity. Our existence is only a chance to prove how brilliant we are, and to congratulate our mates for their brilliance too... The fact is, the more we PR our lives online, the more isolated we become. With every 'Ibiza. Done' status update we move further and further away from meaningful relationships with our families, friends and lovers.

School's Out For Summer

Caragh Little | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

Anticipating coffee and a bun on the second morning of the holidays, I was assaulted by the first Back to School display of summer. No sooner have the holidays begun than we're preparing for them to end: hardly had I dragged myself home on that final half day of term, than the postman assured me with a cheeky grin that the break would be 'gone before I knew it.'

The Three Best-Kept Secrets to Overcoming Shyness

Kim Davies | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Davies

There must be thousands of other people out there who also live with the secret shame that is shyness, the most prevalent of all socially transmitted diseases. I hold out hope that one day there will be a cure as opposed to the band-aid solution that is a wide-mouthed funnel and a litre of gin.

ITV, Please Hire Me

Ross Semple | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Ross Semple

I'm not picky about what kind of job I do. It is my dream to host the reunion show, but I am willing to take a lesser position until you can see what I am capable of. I could write the little sound bites for the opening credits.

Why Watching the World Cup With an American Sucks

Meredith Berman | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Sport
Meredith Berman

I cheered during replays thinking it was live television. I screamed 'come on America' most definitely 900 times throughout the duration of the game. I made it very clear of my feelings of how England is terrible at the sport and we are better than you.

Freshers Expectations vs. Student Reality

Madison Taylor | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

Despite it being the summer, Freshers and the beginning of term will be upon us before we know it. There will be thousands of fresh-faced, nervous 18 year olds in the pool of trepidation which is first year. They will currently be dreaming of freedom and what university life in Plymouth (of all places) will be like.

Make It Stop! The Jolly British Gas Hive Advert Is Destroying My Life

Johnny Dee | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Johnny Dee

There are, I suspect, some adults who will be seduced by this kind of jolly CBeebies singalong advert. Who will merrily have their brain wiped clean of all the bad news stories that have plagued the energy industry and from now on look at British Gas as Brian Cant would Humpty - with fondness and kindness. Aren't they silly and sweet? I'm afraid I am not one of them.

Mindfulness - Wake Up and Pay Attention!

Ruby Wax | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

I'm thinking about how angry I am that someone in London fixing my bathroom has put in a shower tray rather than a flat-tiled floor. I'm sitting in this perfection, attempting to practise being mindful, focusing on the beauty before my eyes but no, I'm dragged back to the shower tray saga and getting more and more angry. I'm trying with all I've got to not hate myself for being so shallow.

Sticking to What I Know Best

Ben Shires | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Ben Shires

Detractors (by which I mean concerned friends) have questioned my reasons for what, in their eyes, appears a trivial pursuit, not to mention the money I must be wasting (those 50 pences begin to add up when you're buying 20 packs at a time).

Rev: Help My Unbelief

Caragh Little | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Caragh Little

Rev used to offer subtlety, humanity - the realism that we're not all types or stereotypes, that rooted on feet of clay stand individual people doing their best to come to terms with things. The beauty of Rev used to lie in the puzzlement of Tom Hollander's expression: a man bewildered by circumstance and people.

Boyfriend Scares Girlfriend In Hilarious Prank

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Every couple has their own habits, likes and dislikes and if you're in a long-term relationship, chances are you and your partner will have your very ...

How to Take a Good Author Photo

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

Your work is being published and you are over the moon. The work being published has been created so all the hard work is over, right? WRONG!

Why Silly Stuff Really Does Matter... Just Look at This Year's Oscars

Verity Stockdale | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Verity Stockdale

True to form, the Oscars on Sunday night was a truly momentous occasion. Even the Monday morning dopiness brought on by staying up to watch it on television was offset by the excitement of scrutinising every last detail and poring over critiques.

Women, Humour and Power - Review Celebrates International Women's Day

Lynne Parker | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

As another International Women's Day (Saturday 8 March) approaches, a vast and diverse array of women's organisations, movements and charities are focused on getting their messages of equality and justice out to the world.

New Technology, and Why it Pushes My Buttons

Ben Shires | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Ben Shires

About three years ago, seemingly on a whim, my Dad became one of the first people I knew to get an iPad.

The Definitive Guide to Acting Like a Real Londoner in 23 Steps

Amita Murray | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Amita Murray

So, you're a little bit in love with London. You're a Downton Abbey freak (not really set in London, but they sometimes go there), your twitter picture is actually Benedict Cumberbatch, and that smile of Kate Middleton's makes you feel a little gummy inside.

Martin Fowler and the Misappropriated Jacket

Ben Shires | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Ben Shires

A little known fact about me: I once spent an entire school year, Year Ten to be precise, sporting Martin Fowler from Eastenders' jacket (here's Martin's face when he first saw the offending item) The reason it's a little known fact is because I've done everything in my power since then to suppress it. But perhaps now is the time to finally face my coaty demons and then zip it for good.

Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss - Book Review

Robert Bradley | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

Firstly, I must state that I am not the biggest fan of cats; an animal that is so fleetingly your pet, only ever belongs to your family exclusively on it's own terms. Unlike dogs, cats have always appeared to have an air of beguiling independence and a haze of evil surrounding them.

Six Reasons Why Women Should Stop Faking Orgasms

Sofie Hagen | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Sofie Hagen

Let's face it, faking orgasms during an act of consensual sex is so 1955. It is possibly one of the worst things us women can do to each other. It needs to stop and it needs to stop now. Why, you ask? Well, here are six reasons...

Why I'm Giving Up Emoticons for New Year

Sal Thomas | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Sal Thomas

I think I hate net speak. Text emoticons. Reductionist acronyms. Lazy abbreviations. Smiley faces. I want to kill them all. Or should that be slash slash backslash them right up their colons?

Rape Chants and 'Free Pussy' Events Are No Laughing Matter

Eloise Hendy | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

It seems that many UK students are suffering a sense of humour failure. Perhaps its been struck off our list of essentials and become an unjustifiable luxury since course prices have tripled. We need bread and milk; irony can wait. Apparently even cheap gags are a stretch these days, as it seems recently we have needed a lot of explanation over what counts as 'a joke'...

Depression, Comedy and Making Good Art

Joel Tennant | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joel Tennant

Can you be depressed and funny? Thomas Ridgewell, known better as TomSka over on YouTube, made a video some days ago explaining that he had been diagnosed with depression. And yet he's funny (seriously, very funny). Should that be so astounding though?

Let's Raise the Age Of Consent to 35

Sal Thomas | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Sal Thomas

Ashton argues that almost a third of under-16s have already had intercourse, so lowering the limit will send a clear message to 14s and under that they absolutely cannot have sex for another 12 months. But where does it end? Over a third of under-16s have tried booze, but that doesn't mean we should let them into pubs. For a start they can't afford to buy a round, the free-loading bastards.