Gratitude and F**king Appreciation for Alyssa from The End of the F**king World.

In my humble opinion, ‘The End of the Fucking World’, is cinematically the most exciting part of 2018 TV thus far. I can’t comparatively think of anything recently, which matches its themes of being a Hate-The-World-Adolescent, in a world that appears to be timeless. The costumes and set design suggest it’s set in the present day, but there is no plot driven necessity for mobile phones, emails or technology and this unpinpointable otherworldliness adds to its charm. Tonally it almost feels a bit Sci-Fi, without all the flying spaceships, time travel and aliens; making it a perfect bit escapism without having to suspend your disbelief. Lead character Alyssa is the best thing about it, her partner in crime James is pretty cool too, but he might be a Psychopath so that puts a bit of a spanner in the works.

In appreciation, please enjoy my top five Alyssa quotes, listed in no F**king particular order:

 “He said he thought I needed a bigger bra, so I threw a chicken Kiev at his head” 

“I am gonna be so fucked off if we get murdered” 

“I will have a great big banana split with extra fucking cherries on top” 

“I didn’t have to pay for you, I was being fucking polite actually”

“A double room with a double bed for double sex”

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My (parents) Place or Yours? – Being an Adult Child.

Disclaimer – I am (obviously) not a Psychologist.

There is a theory in Psychology called the Parent-Adult-Child model. The theory, as I understand it, is that as adults we have three ego states, Parent, Adult or Child. When we reach adulthood, we should ideally have partnerships and relationships in which both people are in the Adult ego state, therefore the relationship is Adult to Adult. But, if one person in the relationship shifts to their Child or Parent Ego state, then it is not really possible for the other person to remain in their Adult ego state, they will move into the ego state which is the opposite of their partner. For example; if Partner 1 moves to their Parent Ego state, then Partner 2 will shift to their Child Ego state, this can result in a dissatisfactory partnership between two adults which is not equal. The diagram below should simplify this theory. Continue reading “My (parents) Place or Yours? – Being an Adult Child.”

Hairy, Mary, Quite Contrary, how does your pubic hair grow?

Hair removal has been a thing since the beginning of time. The ancient Romans, Greeks and Egyptians all had methods and reasons for removing hair, but in modern history hair removal for women took hold, as we know it, around the turn of the 20th century. Exposed armpits and legs that were normally hidden away were now exposed, and in the late 80’s the Brazilian wax really took off, (that was almost a pun and it was half intended). Now in the 21st century, women (predominantly) are sold products to increase luscious shiny hair growth on the top of their head, pencils and ink to thicken their eyebrows, extensions for eyelashes, and then razors, crèmes, epilators and waxing kits to remove every strand of hair below the nose. All because hair on any part of the body is simultaneously, not right, gross and dirty.

As a child I vaguely remember the front-page furore of Julia Roberts at the premiere of Notting Hill, wearing a sleeveless dress and showing off her bountiful underarm growth to the crowds. Julia didn’t seem that bothered, although I remember the general consensus at the time being that it was a bit too long and a bit too exposed to be a forgivable ‘faux pas’. Continue reading “Hairy, Mary, Quite Contrary, how does your pubic hair grow?”

Social Media Seriously Harms Your Mental Health – a Public Service Announcement from Gigi Hadid

The closest I have ever been to Gigi Hadid was when I was watching Kanye West at Glastonbury and she was  backstage, (apparently); it was a pivotal moment in mine, and my friends lives. Since then, we have considered her to be one of “the gang”. We document her every move in our WhatsApp group chat; admiring her for speaking out politically, squealing with excitement when she shows up on old episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and send out daily prayers that she’ll ditch those narrow sunglasses, that seem to have somehow become the height of fashion. (side note: No, just No. unless you’re trying to look like that guy from star trek).

Last week we were a bit perplexed to see that she was photographed covering her face with her IPhone, which carried a warning. It read ‘Social Media Seriously Harms Your Mental Health’…. But Gigi is one of The Queens of Social Media. Continue reading “Social Media Seriously Harms Your Mental Health – a Public Service Announcement from Gigi Hadid”