Sunday, 28 October 2018

The dress of dreams

We got our annual bonus at work last payday, and while I was sensible with a chunk of it, putting it in savings, and bought presents with some of the rest (work gets hectic in the run-up to Christmas so I like to prepare things early), I already had a good idea what I'd be treating myself to: the Evelyn dress in ebony crepe from House Of Foxy. Yesterday it went up on their site (I knew it was in the works thanks to their Instagram feed) and this morning I ordered one.

Thursday, 25 October 2018


Three volumes of The Pan Book of Horror Stories
Here's one to delight anyone who likes something spooky at this time of year (and if you don't, October is really not the month to be reading this blog because I love it): all next week – from Monday 29 October – BBC Radio 4 is going to be broadcasting stories from The Second Pan Book Of Horror Stories in its 15-Minute Drama slot at 10:45 am, repeated 7:45pm. There's also an omnibus of all five on Radio 4 Extra the following Saturday at 1pm.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Caro Emerald in concert

Caro Emerald live at the Forum, Bath, October 2018
Yes, I'm back! Did you miss me? (Don't answer that…) It's been a funny few weeks, and one of my magazines has been closed which made me pretty sad. When you create things, it's hard to accept they're not a commercial success, but people simply don't buy as many mags nowadays and I can see the business side of the argument. But last night Mr Robot took me to see Caro Emerald in concert in Bath, and that would cheer anyone up.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Bloofer Lady: Winona Ryder

 I'm dragging us into the 1980s and even *whispers* the 1990s for this year's spooktacular saucepot. She's still acting, of course; Stranger Things, in which she plays an uncharacteristically dowdy single mother, is a massive hit. But I want to salute the Winona we first knew, the one so many girls wanted to be, the Winona of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and Bram Stoker's Dracula, who dated movie stars and rock singers and wore a slip dress better than anyone before or since (and yeah, that includes Kate Moss).