• 1 Billion Rising – more than just a hipster cause

    I once worked with a woman who was so superficial and ill-informed about life around her, that every moment (right or wrong) was an opportunity to jump on the brandwagon in a bid to be trendy. She was my manager – as much as she could manage to get to work on time with her hangovers explained away as tummy aches or lateness explained as having to drop by exclusive books first thing to buy ‘magazines for the offices’. Nobody bought it, we just smiled and nodded. I also just smiled and nodded when, on the day of a protest at parliament, she wasn’t in the least interested in the…

  • The problem with my hair

    is that there is no problem. Let me explain. Hair is SUCH a sensitive thing in coloured culture. Chemical treatments, ‘swirling’, weekly trips to the salon and, lately, Brazilian straightening methods is part and parcel of the whole grooming thing. If you hair is not perfectly straight, sleek and shiny…well, you’re letting yourself go and clearly don’t care about the fact that you’re an embarrassment to your family. A few years ago, I decided that I’ve had enough of that malarky. As a rule I don’t put any chemical straighteners on my hair and stick to the occasional professional blow-dry and use a GHD only when needed. In fact, I…