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In defence of ‘cafe squatters’

The other day, the Guardian ran an article about how freelancers who work in coffee shops are the worst people in the world. Well, it doesn’t say that in so many words, but the implication is clear: ‘cafe squatters’ are a blight on society; the ‘laptop brigade’ a thorn in […]

Thoughts on turning 30

Over the course of 2015, I had age-related anxiety dreams a couple of times a week. Sometimes in the dreams I was 17, still at school, with it all in front of me – and then there was a point where my stomach twisted and I realised I was actually […]

30 things to do before I’m 30

When I tell people I’ve written a list of ‘30 things to do before I’m 30’, it’s always with a note of embarrassment. For a start, writing such a list is, in itself, the most clichéd thing you can do before you’re 30. Screw the bungee jump, the swimming with […]

First day as a freelancer

Yesterday was my first day as a freelance journalist. Of course, since I have no actual commissions, no actual journalism was accomplished. It was a day for life admin and Sorting Shit Out, a day for feeling my way towards a routine. You see, going freelance isn’t just about the […]

Tattoo or not tattoo?

I am considering getting a tattoo. Of course, at almost 27, I’m a little outside the window for teenage rebellion. Had I done this ten years ago, in between drinking Reef and writing sonnets about the futility of all human endeavour, it would been straightforwardly cool. On the other hand, […]