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Like Nectar

Like Nectar

16th October 2014

Like many people, I have on the side of my purse, a little zip-up compartment separate from the main stash. Easy to access, yet distinct enough to be considered a place 'for safe keeping'. It is here that I keep an important resource that can make my everyday a little more enjoyable. This is not where I keep a credit card or anything dodgy; this is my Voucher Pouch - a pouch for vouchers.

I am not ashamed; I just love vouchers. I am starting to realise that this obsession is beginning to act as a framework for my daily life; a currency by which, I take a different pleasure than the kind I would experience from your average cash transaction; b…

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Crooked Pieces release A Funny Thing

Crooked Pieces release A Funny Thing

10th October 2014

Remember that new Crooked Pieces podcast project we mentioned back in the summer? Well - fanfare please - we’re delighted to announce that Crooked Pieces have released of the pilot episode of 'And Then She said A Funny Thing...'

TA DA!

The show was created to showcase the work of female comedy writing talent, and features bite-sized sketches, songs, spoken word and more from some of the funniest women around.

Crooked Pieces were blown away by the response to their call for submissions for the pilot episode (you sent them a whopping 560!), they finally settled on a line up of 16 brilliant pieces and recorded them with a crack a team of performers and creatives in …

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Improv Vs Stand Up

Improv Vs Stand Up

8th October 2014

In May Paul Merton said in an interview with 'The Times' this week that he doesn’t want to do stand-up anymore because of the drunken crowds, preferring instead to focus on improvisational comedy.

This got me to thinking… if someone had a gun to my head (which they don’t. I’m fine. I’m eating toast.) which one would I choose? If I had to give up either stand up or improvisation forever, which one would I go with?

Mr. Merton describes improvisation as a way to break out of the "straight jacket performances" of stand up. Which I suppose I understand. There is something wild and daft about improv that means an audience will f…

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An Observation: Jongleurs

An Observation: Jongleurs

30th September 2014

I’ve finally been to Jongleurs in Camden, and as far as the comedy went it was a bit of a mixed bag. Something did bother me a bit, though.

All four acts on the bill that night were men. That’s not a terrible thing in itself: there are a lot of people out there trying to make it in comedy, male and female. But I did wonder how often that’s the case.

When I got home, I looked at the Jongleurs website to see how many upcoming shows included a female act. The site lists all shows across all venues on one page, so it’s pretty easy to check.

Not including the ‘secret’ acts where there’s no way to tell, for October 3rd and 4th I counted six …

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POF Filter System

POF Filter System

25th September 2014

Having written an instructive little piece on dating apps and how to wheedle out the dodgy men for this site I've realised that, on reflection, I was slightly unfair to focus on the men. In some cases women can be just as crafty when it comes to luring in a male via the magical medium of online dating. You could be chatting away to a curvy blonde with a love for baking and house music, or perhaps a brazen brunette with perky boobs and a passion for outdoor pursuits but end up picking up the bill for someone three sizes larger than her pictures, who's never gone for a jog let alone participated in that triathlon she claimed was the reason she didn't text back for hours and whos…

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