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Patience is a Virtue

Patience is a Virtue

16th April 2014

The other day, I was travelling on a bus as part of my usual morning commute. It might sound a bit dull, but here’s a surprising amount of action on a sleepy double-decker at 7am.

With the Underground station just the next stop away, we waited in a queue at the traffic lights. I wasn’t in any particular rush, because I always try to leave plenty of time. While I was gazing idly out of the window at nothing in particular, I suddenly heard someone repeatedly pressing the bell, and I glanced up to see a very impatient man.

This guy was jabbing away at the bell as if his life depended on it, like those people who desperately press the button at pedestrian crossings in the …

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Women Talk Balls about the World Cup

Women Talk Balls about the World Cup

14th April 2014

You might not think it but women and football go way back. According to press reports from 1898 two groups of women were involved in a violent clash over a football match. Last year Dr Matt McDowell from the University of Edinburgh found press cuttings from the 19th century that appear to contain the first reported incidents of football violence between two sets of women football fans! The Morton supporters (now known as Greenock Morton) and the now defunct Port Glasgow Athletic. The incident left one woman requiring medical attention.

The fight was reported in the Port Glasgow Express and Observer: “They appeared last night in swarms on Princes Street.…

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The Benefits of a BFF

The Benefits of a BFF

7th April 2014

We like to think we know how to throw a party, but our new BFFs know how to really make a party go with a bang. Last Thursday we welcomed our BFFs (and some of their BFFs) into the Funny Women friends fold for an evening at the Union club in Soho, London with none other than comedy legend herself, Jo Brand.

Each guest received a Benefit Cosmetics goody bag and one lucky lady who won our raffle for Funny Women charity Refuge took home a bumper pack of Benefit Cosmetics worth £300! Once we had all settled down 2006 Funny Women Awards winner Suzy Bennett welcomed Jo Brand to the stage.
The pair chatted about starting out in comedy, driving to gigs, hecklers, swimming and Suzy&rsq…Read more

Tell us who's powerful in comedy?

Tell us who's powerful in comedy?

7th April 2014

Regular listeners of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour may remember that back in 2013, the programme put together their first ever Power List - the 100 most powerful women in the UK today. The list included everyone from politicians to entertainers, entrepreneurs to heads of charitable organizations: what they all had in common was a profound influence on the world we currently live in. As supporters of women in comedy and beyond, this was great news for us - we even went along to the Power List’s broadcast and reported back. The Woman’s Hour list got us thinking about the world of female comedy, and some of the fantastic women who are shaping the way we laugh (and who we…

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The alternative London activity guide

The alternative London activity guide

7th April 2014

Are you underwhelmed by the London Eye? Does the Shard barely register on your radar? Has London become, well, a wee bit boring to you?

Fear not – there are plenty more adventures and escapades out there for thrill-seekers in need of a new sort of rush. Experience what it’s like to be a ‘proper Londoner’, and then promptly leave before anyone can give you a proper London smack in the face.

Here are some of my favourite top-notch ideas for getting more excitement out of your visit to this strange and foreign wilderness we locals call ‘Zone 1’. You can thank me later!

• Attempt to open and read a newspaper during either rush hour on the C…

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