I am a proud crazy dog lady. I have a four-year-old Spaniel-cross named Archie, who on a daily basis I kiss, cuddle, propose marriage to, etc, etc. (He hates me.)

What do you mean, why does Archie have a raincoat…?

Anyway, one thing I am very careful with when it comes to Archie is his diet. He’s naturally slim so weight isn’t an issue; rather, I am very aware that I want him to eat the best he can, at all times. After all, he’s not a wild dog snuffling around in the – er – desert. Rather, he’s totally reliant on me to make sure he is as well-fed and happily nutritioned – totally a word – as possible. This is a role I take seriously. Much like there is a lot of ‘human’ food that’s crammed with e-numbers and preservatives, so to are there endless baddies lurking in the pet food aisle.  Continue reading PAWS FOR THOUGHT: PEANUT BUTTER DOG BISCUIT RECIPE

Happy 30th birthday, EastEnders! Trivia every fan needs to know

Happy birthday, EastEnders! BBC’s flagship show is celebrating its 30th anniversary today – marked by the unveiling of the killer of Lucy Beale.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, here are the facts and figures every fan needs to know…

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Five things you need to know about SERIAL

It’s the podcast that’s gripped the world – Serial has topped download charts since it was first released in October 2014 and its investigation into the real-life 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee has kept us gripped. Centre to the weekly episodes are journalist Sarah Koenig, who is leading the quest for truth, and Adnan Syed, Hae’s ex-boyfriend who was jailed for her murder in 2000.

Chances are you’ve listened to the podcast – but we thought we’d bring you a few little snippets about the series to seperate the fact from the fiction… Continue reading Five things you need to know about SERIAL

The Classic Creatives: Joyce Grenfell


Joyce Grenfell (1910-1979) was a British entertainer, famed for her songs, monologues and acting. After her death, volumes of her personal letters to friends and family were published, and universally adored.

Laughter was Joyce’s forte, and her roles in films such as the St Trinians series and The Happiest Days of Your Life secured her status as one of the great female comic actresses of the 1950s. However, it was for her brilliantly witty and fast-paced monologues and songs that Joyce is best remembered, including George, Don’t Do That - have a listen below. Continue reading The Classic Creatives: Joyce Grenfell

What you need to know about Frozen Fever

Let it go, let it go… A sequel to the world’s favourite snow-set movie is coming – and it’s seven minutes long. Here’s everything you need to know…

– Technically, Frozen Fever isn’t a sequel per se. Rather, it’s a seven-minute mini movie, which will be shown ahead of screenings of Cinderella. Continue reading What you need to know about Frozen Fever


I’m a little late to The Miniaturist party – the book was first published in July 2014 and has been met with endless acclaim, including being crowned Waterstones’ Book Of The Year in December.

The story centres on 18-year-old Nella Oortman, who has arrived in Amsterdam to live with her new and barely-known husband, the successful sugar merchant Johannes Brandt. The marriage is affectionate but loveless, despite Nella’s best attempts to seduce her husband – for reasons that become clear as the novel progresses. Continue reading REVIEW: THE MINIATURIST BY JESSIE BURTON

FILM REVIEW: Fifty Shades of Grey

Has Sam Taylor-Johnson’s hotly-anticipated adaptation of E.L. James’ global best-seller lived up to the hype? 

Hands up who can remember life before the marketing for the Fifty Shades movie began? I have hazy memories of the days before Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson first came tumbling into my life – and now that I’ve finally seen the film, they seem even longer ago. Much like the non-stop chat surrounding the release of the books, the hype surrounding the movie has been relentless. And if we had £1 for every time we’ve been sent a tenuously-linked press release trying to link a necklace/hair dryer/shampoo to the movie, we’d be even richer than Mr Grey himself.  Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Fifty Shades of Grey

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