Hard Times or Great Expectations? Lord Holmes’ Unpaid Internships Bill by an Unpaid Intern.

The former English student in me appreciates a literary turn in political rhetoric.  Although I imagine Theresa May is less entertained by Boris Johnson’s self-serving nods to Shakespearean usurpation plots, Lord Holmes of Richmond makes compelling allusions.   His private members bill proposing a ban on unpaid work experience or internships lasting more than 4 weeks … Continue reading Hard Times or Great Expectations? Lord Holmes’ Unpaid Internships Bill by an Unpaid Intern.

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The Women on the Train: From Art to Politics, Feminism is a Doing Word.

This week I read Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train to understand the fuss about popular books with ‘Girl’ in the title (forgive me but I haven’t completed the survey with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo yet.)  I enjoyed them. Gone Girl in particular has a pleasingly unreliable narrative stance and its … Continue reading The Women on the Train: From Art to Politics, Feminism is a Doing Word.

Breaking Bard: Exploring Bryan Cranston’s Shakespearean Trump

During the last leg of 2016’s highest budget theatrical production – the Presidential Election campaign – Bryan Cranston made a peculiar statement about Donald Trump. He told BBC Newsnight it was “not real” to him that Trump could win.  Cranston expanded: “he’s saying nothing, he has no ideas”, no solutions.  So far, so quotidian. What … Continue reading Breaking Bard: Exploring Bryan Cranston’s Shakespearean Trump

Austen and Writing Fuckboys

Last week I found myself enjoying the pleasing pain of discussing my friend’s latest rosé-fuelled rambles amongst fuckboys.  And what is a fuckboy?  Urban dictionary has many amusing definitions, including “the fuckiest of the fucks, a ‘fuckboy’ is the lowest possible form of the vile, degenerate waste pouring from the proverbial asshole of society”.  The … Continue reading Austen and Writing Fuckboys

Rose-Tinted Dawn: Sublime Romantics to Instagram Antics

"The soft and shadowy tint, that overspread the scene, the waves, undulating in the moon-light, and their low and measured murmurs on the beach, were circumstances that united to elevate the unaccustomed mind of Blanche to enthusiasm… ‘I have been shut in a cloister from the view of these beautiful appearances, which were designed to … Continue reading Rose-Tinted Dawn: Sublime Romantics to Instagram Antics

The Gendered Voice of Power: Lessons from Shakespeare’s Women

PISANIO:  “You must forget to be a woman; change Command into obedience, fear and niceness The handmaids of all women, or more truly Woman it pretty self – into a waggish courage, Ready in gibes, quick-answered, saucy and As quarrelous as the weasel.” […] IMOGEN: Nay, be brief. I see into thy end, and am … Continue reading The Gendered Voice of Power: Lessons from Shakespeare’s Women