Liza Bel

​What's Going On, Donald?

Liza Bel | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Politics
Liza Bel

On my Facebook feed, at my workplace and at the events I go to - I haven't seen a single Trump supporter. Same goes for my colleagues and friends. ...

Understanding African Time

Liza Bel | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Liza Bel

Why time is such a sensitive issue is because it defines our awareness of space and others. As the world keeps shrinking in front of me, I feel like perception and use of time remain the few concepts resistant to globalisation. Time is where globalisation stops. It puts communication and adaptability of human species to test.

Stand Behind the Yellow Line

Liza Bel | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK
Liza Bel

It has been a week of nightmare commutes. Trains were cancelled due to leaves on the rails, to signal failures and for other unknown reasons that TFL wishes to keep to itself. This is just one of the perks of living and working in London.

The Bum Craze of the Modern World

Liza Bel | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
Liza Bel

Since the arse-liberating trend began in the 90s, we have become incredibly open-minded about revealing our bottoms, yet extremely prejudiced about how they should look like - size, tan, firmness, roundness... Everybody seems to have a vision of how a perfect bottom should look like - nobody is indifferent.

Le Prince Miiaou: The Rising Star of French Rock Comes to London

Liza Bel | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Liza Bel

The English translation of écorché vif doesn't do justice to this French expression: "tourmented soul" is too lyrical and romantic. Un écorché vif is somebody who voluntary butchers his own soul. It's brutal. It's like putting the ingredients of your soul through a food processor, set on "shred." This is how, in France, they describe Le Prince Miiaou, the rising star of French rock music.

French Tuesdays: Party for the Globetrotters

Liza Bel | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liza Bel

The locations are also part of the fantasy that "French Tuesdays" are trying to offer. Looking for the hottest venue in town is part of Alla's job. Having been to some of the most famous and beautiful places in London, I wonder if she has her favourite spot.

Digital Memory Loss

Liza Bel | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Tech
Liza Bel

I never realised how much digital memorabilia one acquires during a long-lasting relationship until the moment I had to face it all and decide what to do with it: long threads of texts and WhatsApp messages, Facebook exchanges, Twitter comments, long emails, not to mention endless photos and selfies on Instagram or in the Camera Roll...

Sochi: A Timeless Unreality

Liza Bel | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Sport
Liza Bel

Since Sochi was selected as host for the Winter Olympics, there has been a general sense of dismay among the Russian intellectual elites and public figures. Boris Nemtsov, one of the members of the opposition, famously said "You'd have to spend a long time searching the map of this huge country to find someplace with no snow"

Love & Tinderness

Liza Bel | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liza Bel

I have just been introduced to Tinder. It's a dating app that matches people by using one simple criterion - you need to like each others' photos. If you do, you have the option to start chatting. In one minute you can have a match with dozens of potential candidates and all of them in your area...

French Obsessions With Sophie Delila

Liza Bel | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Liza Bel

She applies her rich jazzy voice to catchy pop tunes with a touch of soul. She already has two albums to her credit and several appearances alongside prominent contemporary musicians. She agreed to give me a sneak peek into her rehearsal and her studio.

My complicated relationship with Bridget Jones

Liza Bel | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liza Bel

There have been a lot of female comic heroines in British and American cinema but they have come and gone. Bridget Jones has stayed. Her polka-dot, oversized knickers stand proudly next to the Tramp's baggy and worn out track suite in the history of fictional characters. Equality has been achieved.

Soviet Cooking Is on the Menu

Liza Bel | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liza Bel

"Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking" has a mind-boggling scope. It isn't only about recipes and tastes. It is also about culinary habits, traditions and government policies.