Reeling

The New York Times describing London as ‘reeling‘ from violent attacks has given us all a lovely gift today.


Podcasts I love

Aaahh podcasts, I love them. Here are three podcasts that are on high rotation at my house (actually my car – people interrupt my listening at home!)

The Guilty Feminist

A comedy podcast about feminism with loads of interesting guests and stand-up comedy thrown into the mix.

Recent favourites include “Episode 43: Nice Girls Don’t with Cal Wilson”, Episode 35: The Bechdel Test with Andi Osho” and “Episode 27: Hair Removal with Jordan Raskpoulos”. Genuinely big laughs and plenty of ideas and discussion to ponder.

Made of Human

Sophie Hagen was one of the founders of The Guilty Feminist podcast. Made of Human is a beautiful, gentle podcast. Sophie has a genuinely curious and deeply emotional way of interviewing. Actually it’s not an interview, this is true conversation. I just love her style of discussion and that she is always willing to reveal something of herself. Wonderful, angry, sad, a great podcast.

Recent favourites include: Episode 29: Gina Yashere – I’m not cocky; I’m confident and Episode 32: Jo Brand – I was surprised the heroin addict was unfaithful.

Standard Issue

Standard Issue was an online magazine, now turned into a podcast. Hosted by comedian Sarah Millican, this is one of my favourite podcasts for when a big belly laugh is needed. Women comedians talk discuss masturbation, stationery, not being cool at school and more with a healthy dashing of swearing. So good.

Recent favourites include: Episode 7: Brand, Burke and Millican, Episode 8: Winkleman, Toksvig, Horgan and Millican and Episode 11: Coren-Mitchell, Hynes, Morgan and Millican.

That’s it from me. Tell me, what are your favourite podcasts right now?

Crying in the dark

My daughter and I went to see Wonder Woman tonight. So many feelings, even two and a half hours after we left the cinema.

Until I started to really consider my own feelings about feminism, I didn’t give much thought to female representation in films and on TV. I guess growing up there weren’t many cool, brave female role models apart from Princess Leia and I never gave her much thought. Because I was obsessed with doing everything the boys did, and if they loved Han Solo and Luke Skywalker and ignored Princess Leia, so did I. Damn. (And don’t worry once my teen years rolled around, my love for Princess Leia and her badassery grew exponentially!)

Now, as a 41 year old woman, I will readily admit that I cried tonight in the cinema. Several times. I cried tears of joy at seeing women being strong and brave and kicking arse. I cried when Wonder Woman was confused and strong and focused. I cried because it was a woman, front and centre on that screen. Damn it was good.

The movie and the tears.

 

Ready to blog!

Let’s not talk about the number of times I’ve tried to join #blogjune. And I’m avoiding the fact that the next 30 days are jam packed with final NLS8 preparations, Medical Research Week, several birthdays in the family and the usual life type stuff.

HOWEVER.

I do love reading blogs and have been thinking about joining a 30 day challenge lately so, bingo! There seems to be a little resurgence in library and information folk blogging, perhaps partly due to the Glam Blog Club run by newCardigan, which is great. There are already some familiar faces sharing their first posts for the month and some new ones too. And I do love the enthusiasm that’s flying around, talk of scheduled posts and topics, this is a good way feel connected and part of the GLAMR world.

If you want to join #blogjune, send a tweet with #registerblogjune and the URL of your blog. More details are here.

Don’t have a blog? Nooo problem, super quick to set up, don’t think too hard about it, just have a go. Someone will enjoy reading what you write (that’s what my Mum tells me…).