HOW VALENTINE’S DAY KILLED MY RELATIONSHIP DEAD

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14th February, Fabulous, The Sun

VALENTINE’S Day and I were not always a perfect match, to put it lightly.

Years of single Februarys had left me deflated and cynical.

When I finally did find myself in a relationship and with plans on February 14, it wasn’t the night I’d expected.

Instead, that Valentine’s Day spelled out the end for our relationship.

In fact, it went one step further than that and killed it dead. Then stamped on it, just to really make its point.

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I’M A MILLENNIAL WHO BUCKED THE TREND AND BOUGHT MY OWN HOUSE. NOW I SERIOUSLY REGRET IT

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December 2017, Independent

Homeowner. I feel like this will be the word that defines me, the epitaph that will one day be engraved on my tombstone (even if I fail to keep up with my mortgage payments and end up in a Dickensian paupers’ prison). Here lies Amy Lavelle: she owned a house once.

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice that this is the position that all members of my generation – millennials, and yes, I’m sure you’ve heard enough about us by now – …read more

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WHY OUT OF SYNC FRIENDSHIPS CAN BE STRONGER FOR IT

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November 2017, Red Online

If I’d known the word ‘synchronicity’ growing up, I would have loved it. There was a word that perfectly described exactly what my friends and I were aiming for: the kind of lives you see play out in American sitcoms, ones that were completely entwined and entirely in-sync. For the most part, we managed it.

It’s easy to map out your life when you’re a child. Sure, you might be an astronaut or a lawyer, but more importantly, you’re going to do whatever your best friend does …read more

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LIFE ADVICE FROM SANDY COHEN THAT’S STILL RELEVANT AF

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March 2017, Comedy Central

Let’s just say it: Sandy Cohen was the best TV dad. Way back in the 00s, he was the man you wanted to turn to if life wasn’t going your way and most of the time, he’d be there with the answers. The man was completely wasted on Seth Cohen (the absolute worst).

The show might have ended 10 years ago, but Sandy Cohen’s wisdom is for life. Let’s play a game of Sandy Says.

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DIVORCE LAWYERS ARE REVEALING WHY COUPLES BREAK UP

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March 2017, Comedy Central

Divorce lawyers have been all over Reddit sharing the bizarre AF reasons marriages have broken up. It’s an eye-opener.

Pro life tip: if you’re heading that way anytime soon, try to make sure these aren’t an issue for you and your boo.

1. THE CLIENT THAT WAS INTO GOAT PORN.

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2. JUST YOUR AVERAGE, SEMI-INCESTUAL AFFAIR HERE.

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3. THIS GUY WAS HIDING A SECRET OIL RIG. CASUAL.

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4. BESTIALITY IS A REAL ISSUE IN DIVORCE COURT.

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5. THE ONE WITH THE THREE SEPARATE FAMILIES.

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6. THIS FATAL ATTRACTION STORY.

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7. RIGHT OUT OF A CAMERON DIAZ MOVIE.

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8. JUST TAKE OUT THE BINS!

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WHAT HAPPENED TO THESE ICONIC ON SCREEN BABIES

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March 2017, Comedy Central

Ever wondered what happens to child stars? Or to be more specific, the kid actors in Hollywood that have starring roles when they’re tiny and don’t grow up to be the Olsen twins?

We have the answer for you. Here’s what became of the famous babies and toddlers that haven’t grown up to become the life lessons of Hollywood.

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ACTORS WHO ALMOST PLAYED ICONIC MOVIE ROLES

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March 2017, Comedy Central

Picture a film. Any film. Then picture the lead actor. They probably came this close (*holds up fingers inches apart*) to not being in it at all.

It turns out, some very famous actors said no to some very famous parts. To quote Julia Roberts in ‘Pretty Woman’ (a role she almost didn’t get), “Big mistake. Huge.”

Hollywood could have looked so different. Here are the actors that almost got cast in the most iconic of all time.

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A RANKING OF DISNEY HEROES ACCORDING TO FEMINISM

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March 2017, Comedy Central

Oh Disney, you bastion of strict gender roles, antiquated social messages and unrealistic body images, you!

Who would have thought that old Walt would have snuck in some strong, feminist characters into those corsets and giant gowns? Not us, but somehow, some slipped through anyway. Just to prove how socially progressive some of them really are, we did the grown-up thing and ranked these Disney heroes according to feminism.

Find all the feminist heroes …read more

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IMDB JUST GOT SERIOUSLY FEMINIST-FRIENDLY

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March 2017, Comedy Central

We’ve got some good news for film fans. And women! IMDb has added a new ranking system, which is going to make it really easy to find female-friendly movies.

Any films that highlight the work of women in the film industry will now be given a big ‘F-rating’ (for feminist, in case that wasn’t clear). Specifically, this means movies that were made by a female director, female writer or that pass the Bechdel Test.

Yay feminism!

Speaking to the Bath Chronicle, IMDb’s founder, Col Needham, …read more

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HERE’S WHAT THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR GUEST STARS LOOK LIKE NOW

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March 2017, Comedy Central

Back when the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air was first on, 22 years ago (yes, it has been that long since the 90s), it pretty much defined the decade. You can thank it for bringing our attention to clashing neon prints and Will Smith pre his Scientology days. The show did some important work.

It also featured just about every celebrity you can name that was famous back then, save possibly the cast of Friends. Want to know what became of those fresh faces? You may recognise some of …read more

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