Phew. I’ve finally remembered a) where on Earth this latest attempt at a blog was, and b) what the heck I’d chosen as a password.

I have absolutely no luck with blogs. I’m very, very good at starting them but between Facebook, Twitter, my creative writing blog on the rival site Livejournal, my Guardian CiF commenting and my fiction community (not to mention my ‘fictional’ community on Sims 3) it’s hard to find the time.

But I will MAKE time. I’ve been inspired by the wonderful Anna Pickard, Guardian columnist and blogger extraordinaire. I’m very impressed that she’s maintained a blog since 2001! I didn’t even know what a blog was back in ’01. I was too busy getting hammered on two for one vodka and cokes at the Student Union. I’d mastered online dating though, but that’s a Story For Another Time (i.e. never).

You can read her blog here: and I recommend you do. It’s very funny. Of course, I very much doubt any bugger will read my witterings, so the only person who’ll see this recommendation is me. And I already know about it: it’s all a bit pointless really. But hey ho, that’s life…

In other news, I saw a magnificent Fringe show on Friday night with my good friend (and assistant two-for-one vodka drinker all those years ago) Miss Emily McCoombe. She’s a nurse at a sexual health clinic in London and also a Sociologist, meaning she can shrewdly work out what the rise in STDs means for society as a whole whilst she’s prodding mimsys and suchlike. She is very wise.

The Fringe show was called Pappy’s Fun Club. Their goal: to perform 200 sketches in an hour. “200 sketches in an hour?” I hear you cry. “Why, that’s not possible!”

Well, you’d be right about that, but it doesn’t matter. The “Fun Club”, intent on pleasing their mysterious benefactor (the eponymous ‘Pappy’) work their way through a series of increasingly hilarious, sometimes touching (I defy you to witness the repatriation of Dean the Shit Dinosaur without ending up with a tear in your eye) and downright clever skits.

Definitely worth the Twitter hype, and there’s been lots of it, including: “Just saw @Pappysfunclub. They were absolutely amazing, not laughed so much in ages”, and suchlike.

Hmmm, what else have I been doing since April? Well, in May I attended my Aunt’s 50th birthday party at a Phoenix Nights style social club in Bolton. She sang. We ate egg rolls (made by me, I might add) and people got drunk. In June I went to the wedding of the truly lovely Christina (aka @gin_operated on Twitter). That was Dahn In Lahndahn and I foolishly took the 9 hour MegaSweatyFunBus, even though I have a job and should have just got the train. No idea what I did in July. Can’t remember. And this month I won a Sony Reader in a Waterstone’s competition (I had to pick another classic novel that deserved the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies treatment. I suggested ‘Bridesdead Revisited’). I then sold it for £160 to someone in Afghanistan as it took just a moment too long to turn each page which was frustrating as I read very quickly…

(Takes deep breath)

And that’s about it. Well, tune in next time (er, which given my track record will be in January 2010) for another exciting installment of BRAINSQUAWKS.


About Hilary Wardle
Hilary is a freelance journalist and copywriter who writes for a wide range of websites, magazines and newspapers, including Buzzfeed, MSN, The Poke, Chortle, the Guardian and the Independent. She specialises in arts and entertainment, comedy, video games and viral content. Contact her at

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