Polly Allen
Polly is a freelance journalist who writes about culture, lifestyle, travel and fashion, in between scouring charity shops and listening to far too much music made before she was born. She also blogs about travel at The Travelling Calavera.

Entries by Polly Allen

A Musical Worth Travelling For: Travels With My Aunt At Chichester Festival Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2016 | (14:59)

An early scene in this musical could be straight out of soap land: ex-banker Henry Pulling, attending his mother's funeral, has his parentage thrown into question by a revelation from his long-lost aunt. You can almost hear the iconic lines of Zoe and Kat Slater in 'EastEnders' ("You ain't my...

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We Could All Benefit From Wimbledon High School's Toxic Friendship Lessons

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2016 | (14:50)

With the recent news that Wimbledon High School is giving teenage girls extra support to cope with toxic friendships, via an education consultant, some might say the world has gone mad. After all, humans have been making and breaking friendships for millennia without needing guidance, long before the terms 'teenager'...

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Dublin on a Budget: Make Your Euro Go Further

(0) Comments | Posted 24 October 2015 | (21:36)

Many tourists wrongly assume Dublin is beyond their budget, but I don't agree. I've just returned from a break in the 'fair city', giddy on its atmosphere but not facing the sharp shock of a hefty bill. Here's how I did it.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe Comedy Picks for 2015

(0) Comments | Posted 13 August 2015 | (19:49)

Until someone actually invents the Time-Turner from Harry Potter or even the time-stopping watch from Bernard's Watch, choosing what to see at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is always going to be a bit of a headache.

There will be times you spend over an hour stuck in...

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London's Quirkiest Summer Events and Exhibitions

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (16:40)

Summer in London is all about lazing in parks with an ice cream, heading to festivals and trying to avoid packed Tube journeys where you end up far too close to a perspiring commuter's armpit. It's also full of good opportunities to cool off in an unusual exhibition, finally visit...

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Who Said Women Can't Do Comedy? Four Female Comedy Stars to Watch at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 16 August 2014 | (00:00)

You may have failed miserably at scoring tickets for last year's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner - FYI, Bridget Christie's A Bic for Her rightfully scooped the Best Show prize - but there are plenty of other female comic talents making waves at the Fringe in 2014, actively disproving the myth...

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Why Watching the Grand Budapest Hotel Will Inspire You to Travel

(0) Comments | Posted 22 February 2014 | (15:36)

What do you get when you put Ralph Fiennes, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman together in a picturesque mountainside hotel, amongst a large ensemble cast of even more famous faces? The answer isn't just big screen magic, it's itchy feet. The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson's latest kooky cinematic offering,...

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First Time at the Fringe? A Rookie's Guide to the Edinburgh Festival

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2013 | (22:42)

The programme's already been released, the comedians have long had their promotional photos ready, and now the countdown to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival well and truly begins. 2013 will be my fifth year as a punter and I've already scoured the listings to seek out some early ideas for what...

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The Weirdest Art Around the World (Aside From Tilda Swinton in a Box)

(0) Comments | Posted 28 March 2013 | (16:54)

So, here's a question: what's weirder than Tilda Swinton napping in a glass box at New York's Museum of Modern Art? On first thoughts, her conceptual installation, called The Maybe, is perhaps in a league of its own when it comes to unusual statements, especially as it moves to a...

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Anti-Valentine's Day Escapes

(3) Comments | Posted 27 January 2013 | (23:00)

With the cheese-fest that is Valentine's Day fast approaching, it's time to get your exit strategy in place if you don't buy into the whole phenomenon, complete with rose petals and teddy bears. To make it worse, the travel world seems to go crazy for 14 February and it can...

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Top Travel Destinations for 2013

(1) Comments | Posted 2 January 2013 | (23:00)

If you're the kind of traveller who likes to go back to the same place every year because you know what you're going to get, then look away now. It's time to look at the in-demand places for 2013, from the Spanish district that's had a serious re-brand to the...

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