Sweet Sugar Dumpin

Fancy your own slice of the Caribbean? Then Sugar Dumplin’s newest branch offering soul food and copious amounts of rum could be just the joint you’ve been looking for.

Tucked neatly inside Kingston-upon-Thames Rotunda complex, you’d find it difficult not to saunter inside with it’s eye catching neon lights, artistic street art and ear grabbing music from outside and within.

The insides of Sugar Dumplin were cosy yet spacious with beach like huts in the style of private booths and with steel pan-esque centre bar tables. Decorated with nods to Kingston Jamaica, singing legend Bob Marley, Caribbean delicatessens and bright, bold and summery colours, this felt like we’d landed on the isles of a dream holiday destination. What better way to feel like we’d begun a summer holiday, than to get stuck into the colourful array of rum, vodka and disaronno infused cocktails?

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Whilst the chefs got down to creating a selection of Sugar Dumplin eats we got started on the cocktails which some of you may be pleased to know come in the shape of a twice a day, 2-4-1 offer (12-7pm and 10pm-midnight.) We began with the Bob Marley £9.95- one of the stronger ones as suggested by Sugar Dumplin staff, decorated with Jamaican colours and doused with sweet and fruity mixed rum to make you go crazy. Although a long drink, it didn’t take us long to finish the drinkable treats and we particularly enjoyed the Wray & Nephews filled passionate fruit that had been flamed for added fire. We fitted in another cocktail before our food arrived, the ever popular and creamy Pina Colada £9.95- bursting with pineapple and coconut flavours… also available in a sharing size.

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The queen of condiments, I was pleased to see a selection of spicy hot sauces and a seriously severe tasting garlic sauce (there was steam escaping from my ears!) We were presented with 3 trays full of tantalisingly tasty food, with dishes that catered for those into spice and those not. My favourite had to be the curry goat; slow cooked and off the bone, mixed with pepper, potato and carrots, this was perfect teamed atop a side of rice and peas, which featured basmati rice, kidney beans, black eyed peas and spices. Although I’m used to eating this curry goat dish with the bones still included, the boneless dish would be perfect for those screamish about eating around bone.

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A popular dish these days, we couldn’t fault the sweet potato fries topped with nigella seeds and spring onions, matched with jerk chicken thighs and wings under sliced chillies and an optional side of hot sauce. Not one for hot and the super seasoned, then the buttermilk fried chicken (also available in burger form) wrapped inside a salad filled wrap, is just what those spice avoiding fusspots are after.

We loved getting to know staff members, some who really shone bright under the lights of Sugar Dumplin. Perfect host Amy, guided us through some more cocktails options- the sweet & sour disaronno Short Skirt, fruity and creamy Bahama Mama and refreshing signature drink being the grapefuit and rum flavoured Wray & Ting. Being almost slap bang in the middle of Kingson town, Sugar Dumplin is the perfect spot to take advantage of and when the mood strikes customers wanting to wined their hips are more than welcome. Friday and Saturday evening’s will be made inside Sugar Dumplin, as DJ’s take requests across reggae, ska and soca genres. If you can’t wait until the evening you could head to the food van in front of the Rotunda which will be serving small bowls for less than a fiver… that’s lunchtime sorted.

Let’s fast forward back to the main event, we’d sampled an atmosphere that meant we wanted to dance and sing whilst eating and drinking, we were heartedly filled to the brim but we couldn’t resist dessert, consisting of a drenched rum cake. Almost packing a punch more than the tropical cocktails, with lashings of white, dark and spiced rum (perfect for rum lovers and full time pirates,) we wondered how we could top the experience.

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Although we were sad not to spot good old fashioned mac & cheese on the menu, we are looking forward to trying more from this ever expanding chain, such as the veggie butternut squash and chickpea creole, saltfish patties, sweet dumplins, red slaw and plantain chips.

So if you’ve always wanted to sample Caribbean food but you’ve been too scared, then Sugar Dumplin is the perfect introduction… let Sugar Dumplin do all the hard work for you and after you’ve come in for food, you’ll find yourself sticking around for the vast collection of tropically smooth cocktails.

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One Love: Festivals to close summer

It seems ever more crucial that the world needs some peace and love right now; a large helping of humility and understanding to certify a harmonious planet for future generations to come. Celebrating music, culture, food and people is what we need to do and there will be no better place to get involved in this than at this year’s One Love Festival at Hainault Forest Country Park, Chigwell.  


Taking place from 2nd- 4th September and now in it’s ninth year, One Love is a festival for those who are in synch with the peaceful messages of Reggae legend Bob Marley, who promoted the philosophy of One Love. With an impressive final announcement of headliners including JUNIOR REID, BIG YOUTH, HALF PINT, TAPPA ZUKIE, KABAKA PYRAMID & JAH9, who join the ranks of hundreds of other international heavyweights, this years festival looks set to be one of their best. Each year the lineup grows but the mission never changes, with a community of like minded music fans wishing for a friendly, creative and chilled few days, this is an event for all ages.


The UK’s No.1 Reggae & Dub camping festival also has a transport first, riding the wave of tfl’s nighttube service which will allow ticket holders the opportunity to stay until closing and why would you want to go home early? Organisers have described the 3 day event as “a melting pot: a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, free trade and environmentally-friendly event. One of the most diverse and unique festivals in the UK.” So if like me you feel Notting Hill Carnival simply isn’t enough to celebrate Reggae Roots culture, or if you’ve always wanted to immerse yourself with the sound of the Caribbean, One Love Festival will be bringing that Jamaican flavour to the outskirts of London. Supplying festival attendees with authentic food, music veterans and up and coming musicians, alongside stalls that embody the rasta lifestyle.  


On the bill is dub pioneer and inventor Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, who has graced the stages of Coachella, won a Grammy for ‘best reggae album’ and featured in Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest artists of all time. Catch him alongside Max Romeo who had several hits with The Emotions and made his UK breakthrough with single ‘wet dream.’ Kabaka Pyramid and Jah9 will be cause for celebration, since catching the attention of roots fans over the past 3 years; with sell out performances, they are a force to be reckoned with and will ignite listeners with their radio-ready hits. With countless fans, their sets will be met with jubilation, just as Half Pint predicts for his own performance. The dancehall vocalist said of being invited to play at One Love Festival “it is such an honor to be asked to play, nothing will come close to the energy that Half Pint will deliver and the vibes that will be rocking through the festival when we hit the stage!” Quite the confident performer, Half Pint’s set will surely possess energy, exuberance and style, epitomising the feel of dancehall.  


The three day festival will welcome a mass of UK festival performance exclusives, including Saxon Sound Marquee, The Reggae Choir, Big Youth, The Congos and Battle of The Dubplates… just to name a few. But back to the festival’s headliners which comprise of Junior Reid, famed for ‘one blood’ and ‘this is why I’m hot,’ which some may recognise as it was sampled in US rap star Mims same titled track. Big Youth who you may remember covered Ray Charles ‘hit the road jack,’ is a reggae DJ catalyst, with an extensive catalogue of anthems that will cause nostalgia and hysteria as he co- headlines. He says of the pleasure “it’s pretty surreal and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Dan Wiltshire also commented: “This year really is a big one for One Love Festival. Seven headliners across three days – it’s a first for us and the UK Reggae scene.

The festival will be one to close summer in style and with so much love and loyalty from their fans travelling from across Europe and beyond, it’s apparent One Love has built up a festival that lends about a unique experience. Take from the weekend what you will; a chance to unwind, an opportunity to reminisce or to delve into a culture that embodies positivity, peace and love. Why not take advantage of the festival’s most in demand line up, the ever more transport catered location and its ever welcoming philosophy.


For more of the 2016 lineup:

Lee Scratch Perry / Junior Reid / Big Youth / Max Romeo / Half Pint / Kabaka Pyramid / Jah9 / The Congos / The Gladiators / I Kong / SisterNancy / Brinsley (Aswad) Forde / Natty / Bass Odyssey/ Sound System Meets Saxon Sound System (40th Anniversary Special) / Battle of the Dubplates – Coxsone Sound Vs Java Sound Vs Stereophonic Sound Vs Qualitex sound Vs Lord Gelly Sound Vs Love Express Sound Vs G.I. Roadshow Sound System Vs Mackabee Sound / Saxon Sound System Marquee / Dennis Bovell & Roger Robinson / Capital Letters / Macka B / King Addies Sound / Gaudi- Live Dub Show / / Mad Professor – Live Dub Show / The Underclass ft. Neville Staple / Prince Hammer and Dub Natty Sessions / Nucleus Roots / Jimmy London ft Black Roots / Gary Clail ft 2kings sound system / Chris Peckings & Ras Charmer / Dubateers / General Roots / The Reggae Choir / Digitaldubs Sound System / Twilight Circus / Fatman Sound Sound Meets Saxon Sound /King Lorenzo / I.R.I.E / Bunny Lee / Don Campbell / Disciples / Smith and Mighty / Mixmaster Morris/ Dan Wiltshire / Salutation Dub / Chris Dubflow / Babilondon / One Style MDV / Instrument of Jah / Direct Impact Sound System / Nick Manassah / Wendy Walker / Aurelia Dey / Ben Russell and the Charmers / The Downsetters / Josephine and The Artizans / Lion Star / Junior Dread / Robin Catto / Flying Muses / Konquerin Soundz / LPOJ Jahcub and the Chosenones / Michael St. George / Friction & The Roots Drivers / Paul Morgan and The Messengers / King Solomon / Yechidah / Genral Steppas ft R Zee Jackson / Poorman Dub / Roots Renegade / Dread Culture / Dub Doctor / Maitree Express / The Tribe / Jah Eyes / Lobster / Maximum Heights Band / Positive Vibes Crew / Ras Lando & The Internationals / Jeremiah Ferrar / The Mighty Dub Generators / Stop Press / Tree House Fire / Skipyard Rockers / Last Tree Squad Tony / Aleighcia Scott / Ras Pilot / CBlock / Nano Fish Dippers / Joe Angel & Pamodzi Band / Wadada / Dub Marta / Leanne and The Radix / The Stalks / Steel City Rhythm / Stig of the Dub / Jamie Irie

Day tickets start from £47.50, camping and weekend ticket deals are also available from  onelovefestival.co.uk/buy-tickets-now/

“When you experience ONE LOVE it is something not to be forgotten.” – Dan Wiltshire (Festival Director)

Strawberries & Creem Festival

Strawberries & Creem was a petite looking festival, one that was small in structure but huge in passion and personality. Arriving in Cambridge I had a good feeling about how the day would pan out, it seemed the whole city was jubilant and heading to Haggis Farm, on what had turned out to a marvellously sunny afternoon. On first inspection this festival had the appearance of a quaint and cute summer fayre, with bunting, giant strawberries and retro bicycles adorning the site but don’t get it twisted- Cambridge knew how to party.  As Jamz Supernova set up the energetic pace for the day, some ticket holders relaxed in hammocks, whilst VIP’s enjoyed rainbow coloured Alize cocktails, massages and Deliveroo goody bags. Tans were topped up at the Anchorage beach club with Ibiza & Croatia feels as people got funky to motown, soul and dance anthems, whilst over in the Strawberry tent garage, funky house and grime rang out from Freerange and Crazy Cousinz.


Going against the grain with a early 2pm slot, Kano mastered a run down of tracks from ‘made in the manor’ assembling mosh pits and creating pistol signs as he delivered ‘garage skank freestyle’ and ‘this is England.’ Man of the moment Kano also included hits from time ago before  Channel 1 slowed the tempo down with their mellow mix of reggae and dub ska. Keeping crowds irie before D Double E came about with his unmistakeable lyrical style.


Urban clothing brand TSCH kitted visitors out in snapbacks that made for a united look, it didn’t matter where you were from or how you were dressed, people were all in support of this majority university run day and it was interesting chatting to so many organisers of the event to see how far it had come in 3 years.


Memorable moments included performances from Nelly who quite simply owned the stage, as the field sang lyrics back to the international rapper, it was surreal that the US star was with his henchmen entourage, on a humble sized stage by the side of the motorway; surreal but astonishing and proud even for a townie who had come for the day to witness a catalogue of hits spanning 10 years.  


Chants lead the Euro match of England VS Russia, with a giant screen before a sea of England tops and S&C snapbacks, it couldn’t have been a more unified scene with a music background from Snakehips who had crowds in harmony as they sang along to ‘All my friends.’ Big Narstie worked his fans into a lather, whipping off his t shirt to cool himself down before dropping ‘when the bassline drops’ and new collaboration with duo producers Star.One.


MBE legend David Rodigan was probably an unexpected hit with many as one girl admitted to me she had no idea who he was but thought he was absolutely amazing! His ability to hypnotise audiences with his extensive archive of reggae, dancehall and ska, with shout outs to artist near and departed, alongside a music history lesson… there really isn’t another DJ like him. Compelling people to “give (me) a signal,” rewinding tracks that demanded it and just getting people to hop about without giving a f*ck, the next act had some following to do, especially as they were fashionably late.


Kurupt Fm commanded the stage with gusto, opening their set with champagne sprays, inviting the heavens to open but you don’t honestly think that deterred crowds from enjoying the last act of an incredibly lark about day, do you? Combining ukg, dancehall and grime, the sportswear clad geezers had everyone skanking in the rain to the sound like So Solid Crew, well into the car park as some attempted to make their way home. Another festival highlight, those in the know of their BBC 3 credentials relished the set as much as those who had no experienced of the ‘get out the way’ MC’s and DJ’s.  


In 2017 I can see Strawberries & Creem setting their sights on a bigger venue space, adding more tents, along with bus shuttle services to accompany their environmentally friendly cycle access. With bigger things to come, I look forward to coming back to the sleepy city for more music and mayhem.


Festival review: We Are Fstvl

originally posted: http://www.festivalforyou.com/reviews/2016/we-are-fstvl


We Are Fstvl came, saw and conquered this bank holiday; with energy consistently high, I was dazzled by the love and happiness that erupted as I began my journey from West Ham’s tube station, aboard Upminster’s shuttle buses, seamlessly covering Damyns Hall Aerodrome like a blanket and carried me home sweet and sound in the early hours.

wearefstivalA festival jungle, myself, my wingman and new recruits (I did warn you in the preview that you’d leave having made a set of new friends) weaved our way through giant lettering, climbed under abandoned airplanes and cargo and mingled with other excitable people, which lead us to Philip George on the main stage who gushed about the festival that it “gives me goosebumps inside knowing people vibe to my music like this,” as he entertained crowds with his addictive dance featuring cosmic sounding segments. The ever popular Amine Edge & Dance whizzed crowds into a frenzy; known for their slick remixes and with an injection of hip hop, the French duo kept fans focused with huge drops. With enough tents to keep ravers occupied it wasn’t surprising it was a muggy affair in some, with a stellar line up in UKF you were lucky to get a look in but I was fortunate enough to experience My Nu Leng spinning classic garage, causing the tent to drip… the heat was on! MCs were an added bonus as the arena jumped about ecstatically when reminded of vintage tracks. DJ SKT sent revellers wild when he rocked up with cavemen and cavewomen in tow, seemingly dropping tracks with jungle like elements, as well as his current remix of Bell Biv Devoe’s ‘Poison.’ Then came the swap, Norwich duo Sigma set about getting hands in the air and caused crowds to sway in solidarity to some of their most desired hits, including ‘Changing’ and ‘Redemption.’ They quite easily could have closed the evening but it was still very much early days on day one of We Are Fstvl. Rumour had it in the aptly named tent that Bill Patrick was dipping adoring fans in nu romantic electro. Ok, it was no rumour, as he transported us heat worshippers to the white isles; alongside Patrick the Rumour tent welcomed music muncher Eats Everything and Guy Gerber. Back at UKF Monki rolled back time with Detroit mash ups to 90s deep house and current day grime numbers. Bringing the day’s shenanigans to a close were DJ Fresh & Fatboy Slim, who beat crowds into submission on the main stage. With die-hard revellers still bouncing around, they laced their own loved up hits with 21st century belters under a stream of ribbons, a rainbow of pyrotechnics and an explosion of fireworks. We wouldn’t be shocked if a quarter of the festival’s weekend attendees copped out of coming the next day, as I got wind of friends that physically couldn’t handle another day of musical debauchery.


Day 2 and Upminster had again became a torrent of glitter, empty balloons and near earth-shattering bass as we approached the site but Festival For You was made for this life, so with grit and determination we were ready. Queueing up for more loot (that’s tokens to those who are picturing me in pirate gear) we gained speed for the day’s antics but agonisingly missed man of the moment Craig David’s TS5. Alas spirits were lifted as we heard a West London twang, a voice that rang a bell instantly as the realisation that Kurupt FM’s MC Grindah was taking the reins to get crowds hyper. Working the field like snake charmers, showing off some moves that Sean Paul would would be proud of, but ultimately making people scream as banger after banger scratched, they were without a doubt my act of the day. It’s a lot to impress people with an extensive garage discography but to also have people hunched up laughing, well that was a bonus. As we sashayed away Mistajam and General Levy ensured the energy refused to waver, and off we went to track down a handful of Sunday’s bulky line up. Inside the Cocoon arena we experienced Richie Hawtin who lifted the room with his ambient house and techno, whilst Sven Vath shut the house down with his Ibiza trance. For those who were struggling to know when one song finished and the other began, there was Disciples who alternated between their hits like ‘How Deep is Your Love?’ and other head bopping and arm elevating tracks. As darkness and the chill reminded us that the day would soon be over, I headed over to what would be the closest bit of Paradise as Marco Carola traded places with Jamie Jones to see Sunday out. With the tent packed to capacity, lights flickering and dancers swaying on stage, this really was the DC:10 of Upminster, as he slipped through some of the most hypnotic deep house and techno of the day. Shuffling out of the tent around 11pm I had to admit defeat, force myself out of my new community of friends or attempt to find refuge in the ancient realms of We Are Fstvl.

wearefstivalThe weekend could only be described as euphoric. Sure a lot of people (including myself) weren’t sure who they were listening to half the time but the people you met along the way and the joint exhilaration was something that money couldn’t buy. So having recovered by Monday evening, we were amped to learn that tickets for 2017 would be on sale very shortly. Keep your eyes peeled here.

Gutted you missed out? Then click here to go through to We Are Fstvl’s Facebook page where they’ll be sharing a recap of the weekends most magical moments

Written By Vanessa Carby

We Are Fstvl: You ready? We are.

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We Are Fstvl will unofficially be kicking off festival season this month and with demand for tickets showing no sign of slowing, this week could be your last chance to get involved. Taking place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May in Upminster, you can expect to witness an array of 200 artists in attendance, across sixteen stages alomg with 50,000 of your fellow ravers.

The Essex festival set upon Damyn’s Hall Aerodrome (less than an hour from Central London) will be bringing you their biggest line up yet and they’ve some serious notches on their belt so you don’t have to take our word for it – ‘Best Medium Sized Festival,’ ‘Winner of Best New Festival’ and ‘Best International Festival.’ No biggie but We Are Fstvl is one of the most talked about, rapidly growing and most anticipated dance events of the summer.

WearefstvlWhittling down some of our favourite acts was hard but we’re buzzing to see Fatboy Slim, DJ Fresh, Amine Edge & Dance, DJ SKT, MK, Hannah Wants, Shy FX, Monki, Norman Jay MBE and Eats Everything on the Saturday, covering event brands from Half Baked Records, UKF, LoveJuice and Used & Abused. Sunday brings you Steve Angello, Craig David’s T2, Mistajam, Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin, Sub Focus and Hot Since 82, from respected brands Abode, Hospitality, Cocoon and Defected in The House.


This year everything will be bigger and better, with five brand new zones to explore: Ancient Realm, Favela Fiesta, Island Hideaway, WHSE District and Disco Tropics – it’s enough to conjure up the colourful memories you could be making this May bank holiday.

For final tickets, group deals and to see what else is up their sleeves, you’ll want to click here now.

Written by Vanessa Carby


Original post: http://www.festivalforyou.com/news/electronic-essex

Strawberries & Creem Festival’ 2016 Preview

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In a game of Cambridge word association you’d be forgiven for avoiding genres and words being Grime, Hip Hop, Reggae, Red Stripe and Nelly, or rather I’d forgive you if you asked me what words came to mind when Cambridge was articulated.

Strawberries & Creem Festival (and that’s with two E’s by the way,) now setting up for it’s third year since its 2014 takeover has revolutionized the perception of a city so well known for its academic history and it’s punting past time. So could we be blamed for expecting a more chilled affair? Yes, yes we could. Swapping textbooks and graduation gowns for sound systems and an array of non quintessentially British delights, Strawberries & Creem are putting the regal city on the map, for the first time running things on a Saturday, the 11th of June to be precise.


In their first year Strawberries & Creem brought together Jus Now, Star One, Shy Fx and David Rodigan and by year two, remember that this was only last year, they brought Skepta, Stylo G, General Levy and My Nu Leng together. Headlining this year will be USA rapper Nelly, ‘Made In The Manor’s Kano and Reggae MBE holder David Rodigan as special guest. Know that the energy will be high before this point with pirate radio’s finest Kurupt Fm, 1xtra’s Jamz Supernova, carnival favourite Channel One Sound System, Big Narstie & Snakehips all in attendance with many more. A break from other House doused festivals, Strawberries & Creem will be soaking Cambridge in the best Grime, Hip Hop, Reggae, Disco and Funk but not only will the music test your stamina, the food will have you teeming. From luxurious lollies to keep you cool in that sought after heat, to gourmet burgers, Mexican burritos, Caribbean cuisine, vegan options, wood stove pizzas and even sausage and scones for those that can’t get enough of our eclectic British delicatessen.

This is a festival that’s about to cause some twitter beef amongst other festivals, the type that some of our favourite musicians are used to these day but remember it’s all love at Cambridge’s Haggis Park. Seriously we wouldn’t delay if we were you because in the words of Skepta, it’s going to be a SHUTDOWN.

Buy tickets here: http://strawberriesandcreem.com/

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Recycle Me Project

The new year is well behind us what with being a quarter of the way through the year. How did that happen? Those new years resolutions, well what on earth are those? Most of us gave up on those pesky things a few weeks on whilst a minority pushed forward.

I called them New Year Goals and I can only remember one that I well and truly smashed (big head here) but it was an important one because recently I’ve been debating what it is that makes one labelled as ‘materialistic.’ Described lightly as being: excessively concerned with physical comforts or the acquisition of wealth and material possessions, rather than with spiritual,intellectual, or cultural values.

Does that definition describe you?

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My plan was to halt my money spending ways on fashion items that I honestly didn’t need, not only was it wasteful of me but it was wasting money that could be going towards better things like experiences. With a wardrobe that hoarder’s would dream of I thought to myself firstly to give away possessions that I hadn’t worn in years (yup, I have clothes that I wore when I was 19 years old,) and secondly to not buy any clothes for at least 3 months, although initially I had little belief in myself and whittled it down to 1 month. I totally should have been confident about my shopping addiction habits because I didn’t even buy what I felt was an essential in those 3 months, I’m talking underwear and tights.. I ended up discovering tights for the masses and after looking in nooks and crannies, I found more lingerie but obviously you have you’re favourite bits that you live in whilst the rest go into hiding.

Feeling like a martyr and excuse the ott example, I went into my challenge with concerns.

I bought my first piece of clothing for the year on 2nd April and I almost toyed with the idea of purchasing it but then I thought of how it would see my right up until summer and I was sold. May I add it was a Primark item and how savvy of me to be thinking of the multiple ways in which I could enjoy it- shirt dress, shirt dress with jeans/ leggings/ jacket/ picnic blanket… Ok the last one was a joke.

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How did I feel after my transaction? Distinctively underwhelmed but that’s all good, I enjoyed wearing it and got compliments but I know I won’t be in a rush to go back to my weekly online shop ways… or at least I say that until my holiday approaches and summer arrives. My sister tried to say I was contradicting myself when I confessed I was going to buy some trainers and when she did it made me feel a bit lousy because me wanting to buy some new trainers when I buy about 4 a year was a distant cry from buying a handbag that I wouldn’t really get much use out of. Yes trainers are a luxury but I’ve never been brought up seeking maximum luxury items, I’ve been brought up to be thrifty and that means me heading to sale sections online and being hella proud to buy something unbranded as long as I make it look good, that’s all that counts.

After I write this I admit I will be looking online on one of my favourite shops Missguided and it makes me laugh because I paused briefly to remember what the place was called. I want to buy something for the weekend as I’m off for drinks in London but over the past few weeks I’ve been struggling for outfit inspiration, so I’m going to treat myself to one or two reasonably priced separates to mix and max with the rest of my hoard (will probably have whatever I potentially buy for another 10 years ha ha.)

I don’t look down on people that consider themselves materialistic, if you can live beyond your means then so be it but I definitely prefer spending my money on memories rather than possessions.





You’ve got to fight for you right, for an education: protest or pointless?


It’s been some time since a blog has infuriated me and enabled me to jump off the fence and join a side.

This Tuesday 25th August, I saw a shared profile picture of a student called Isabelle Warby, she was stood with a sign that read- “I am being denied an education because of the colour of my hair. Please share.”

Dying your hair a bright shade of purple is nothing shocking in the slightest. These days people of all ages are joining in the revolution of unnatural hair colourings, so when I spotted this share, I believed there had to be more to it… To my annoyance there wasn’t.

According to the student, her plea has been shared over 32,000 times (I’m sure not all 32,000 times are positive shares but combine my negative view.) I do not know how old Isabelle is, I’m not even sure if she is English, American, Canadian etc but I do know that she is incredibly naive and perhaps far too wrapped up in this societies social media concepts.

She’s not a rebel, she is not an activist, she is simply a stubborn girl that doesn’t want to dye her hair back to its usual mousy brown hue. The rules stated when I was a school student that hair must be of a natural colour, and as much as I can see its no biggie to have purple hair, why should Isabelle be exempt from the rules? I even went into a job role where that was the same issue, thrown in that tattoo’s must not be visible and voila.. Did I throw a hissy fit about it? No.

It offends me quite frankly that she’s protesting about this as if it were something she was born with. Was she born black and in 1910? Had she known herself to be Bi/ Lesbian and have the prosecution that she couldn’t get married until now? Those are examples that can’t be changed, one can’t be cured of being gay and one can’t change the colour of their skin but this young girl can the colour of her hair.

I can’t fault her for spreading her story but I think it’s a bit of a joke that it’s being so widely spread. I think back to the Pakistani school girl who was shot in the head for her campaign to ensure females the right to an education. It makes Isabelle’s case seem trivial! Malala Yousafzai was just 14 when she depicted how she wanted so badly to have the entitlement to an education, so much so I can imagine she would have shaved her head for that right.


Rules are with us to stop persecution, bullying and suffering. I remember my school would say our skirts must be a certain length to which our teachers tried in vain to get us to pull them down, to then roll them up again. Piercings were frowned upon unless it was one set of earrings, a stud, not dangley’s, definitely no nose piercings. So sadly when my best friend came into school with her nose pierced she was instructed to remove it or be removed from school.

Dye your hair on school holidays, have that exhilarating change and come back to school with the comradeship that you’re there to learn. Isn’t that what muffty days are for? That’s the day when we declare our individuality that when you look closer is far from individual when your sat with a bunch of friends wearing the same branded clothes and the same desired make up.

“Why do you have to be the same as the others? …Most of them are stupid.” Source (unknown)


Original post here: http://www.flavourmag.co.uk/youve-got-to-fight-for-you-right-for-an-education-protest-or-pointless/



It’s been a while since Ke$ha fed us a dose of electronic pop and like her previous tunes, this is scarily addictive.

‘Die Young’ probably wasn’t the most PC of song titles but it’s rather fitting when this year alone Ke$ha has apparently perished once or twice… that’s what the tweeters tried to make us believe. So this track is a nice ‘screw you’ to the haters.

Ke$ha hasn’t disappointed with yet another catchy dance track and after listening to it once, I already felt the need to jump around my gaff and then quite possibly wake up in my bath like the singer has done herself.

Ever the lyricist, Ke$ha entices me to party hard by singing ‘let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young,’ relives my many weekends by suggesting ‘downing shots,’ and describing most teens by mentioning party dwellers ‘stripping down to dirty socks.’ You’ll remember how instantly you loved ‘Tick Toc,’ well we’re have to announce that this is yet another belter….

You can watch the video below:

Written by Vanessa Carby
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