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The Way Rachel Mars Tells Them

The Way Rachel Mars Tells Them

24th April 2014

Rachel Mars has a comedy problem. She has been addressing it in her show 'The Way You Tell Them' which is a show about "how to use and abuse comedy". We caught up with Rachel to talk about what's funny, what's tragic and wolf suits (which definitely aren't tragic - they're comfy).

Funny Women: Your show ‘The Way You Tell Them’ is about finding comedy in all kinds of things, is there anything that’s just not funny?

Rachel Mars: No, I think it's all about context and who is doing the telling, and taste. I don't trust pronouncements about what is or isn't funny. We all have to decide to ourselves - which means …

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A Journey of Selfie Discovery

A Journey of Selfie Discovery

22nd April 2014

It was approximately six months ago that I uttered those immortal words ‘I need to go and find myself’, and subsequently boarded a plane to South East Asia with a friend, and half of the Home Counties. In reality, I had no such plans to ‘find myself’ but to make up for the distinct lack of stamps in my passport.  It’s no longer enough to talk about your camping trip to France but instead ‘the time I was in Indonesia, singing to the locals and hugging squirrels’ complete with Facebook album. Arseholes. I can do that. I can go abroad.

Therefore with a fear of flying, and an underlying gastrointestinal condition (a recipe for success), I beg…

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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 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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