k l dow

k l dow
London, UK
June 24
Dr D


DECEMBER 30, 2012 5:54PM

The rise of the idiot cyclists

Today, I told a grown man he was a fucking idiot to his face. This isn’t the sort of thing I usually get up to on my walk to work. It’s generally a lot more vanilla - you know, putting one foot in front of the other, musing… Read full post »
APRIL 23, 2012 4:22AM

Morally hungry


***Spoiler alert*** If you haven’t seen The Hunger Games and think there might just be a surprising twist in the end, be warned that you will be in little doubt as to what happens if you read this posting.


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FEBRUARY 6, 2012 10:10AM

As black as midnight on a moonless night


Before we go any further with this relationship, there’s something you should know about me. I’m a coffee freak. A snob, a bore, an obsessive, all of those. I’m one of those people who turns her nose up at coffee chains, follows the results of the annual barista competition aRead full post »

JANUARY 10, 2012 8:31AM



We all know the dull thud of disappointment when we realise a resolution – let’s say, for argument’s sake, a New Year’s one – falls by the wayside. So often, resolutions seem to end in feelings of disappointment in ourselves, guilt, a tangyRead full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2011 6:16AM

A little death


La petite mort is a French term for orgasm, long favoured by coy poets and chewed over by psychoanalysts. Putting aside bombastic descriptions of the physical experience of orgasm and goth-friendly philosophical musings about the interconnectedness of sex and death, there is anotherRead full post »

For the majority of us, who don’t have independent financial reserves to draw upon, doing work that we would do even if we didn’t need the money sounds appealing like freedom.


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Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 12, 2011 5:01AM

Working for Nothing, Working for Something


I recently chatted to an intern in the House of Lords. I was waiting to go into an interview myself. It was fairly clear that he was doing one of those internships that we’ve heard a bit about in the news recently – you know, the ones where the internsRead full post »

MARCH 13, 2011 1:37PM

Man Up

I have this somewhat self-aggrandising theory about myself that I’m a great trend-spotter, if only I would remember to write down, or even act out, the trends I spot at the time rather than thinking, ‘you know what, that’s definitely going to come into fashion in the next year&rsquoRead full post »

A Single Man and I Am Love are two recent films about love. Not surprisingly, given this, they both prioritise emotion over plot. What they also share is a serious attitude towards aesthetics. But while I Am Love is a celebration of love as life, A Single Man is an honouring… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2009 11:42AM

Tom and Kat's Straight Gay Wedding!

I live in Islington, an area of North London that is synonymous with bohemian, bourgeois, left-leaning types - artists, writers, academics and the like. And, although I have only lived in this borough for less than a year, I know that I fit right in. Fittingly for this popular image of… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2009 4:44PM

When having it all is asking too much

At the end of last week, there was a news item of the sort that is guaranteed to get my blood boiling in a manner that would, if I were a pan of water, ensure a perfectly poached egg. The Guardian reported that Jill Berry, the president of the Girls’ Schools… Read full post »

Despite never having had a facility for the natural sciences, they – and their practitioners – have always been a source of fascination for me. The reasons for this are varied, but one important part of it is an intense… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2009 10:25AM

what next?

Next birthday, I will be the same age as my mother was when I was born. She has had a path through life that is, both personally and professionally, far from linear, yet this comparison gives me pause. It gives me pause not only in relation to where I am, would… Read full post »