On Ask Polly: You Are Not Uniquely Fucked

I once went to an amazing wedding where Lionel Richie was the entertainment. He was, btw, awesome. But the point was that he arrived early in the day and spent the entire day at the piano, practising. I was amazed by this - he's spent the last four decades playing those songs every single solitary day and he still spends hours every day rehearsing. That's my equivalent of the Seinfeld story in case it's not obvious. My memorisable instruction is that you just work hard and keep going. Whether you have become a multimillion selling superstar or you are just trying to find your place in the world. Work hard and keep going. The meaning is in the work, whether it's crappy or not. It's how you build a life, create a structure, put food on the table. It's basically "keep calm and carry on". Sorry to use that phrase but it was useful in the Blitz for a reason.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 4:59 am 2

On Ask Polly: My Boyfriend Won't Stop Raging About My Sexual History

@jalmondale Here is the poem that captures that:

I can't forgive you
Even if I could, you wouldn't pardon me for seeing through you
And yet I cannot cure myself of love
For what I thought you were before I knew you.

Wendy Cope

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 9:41 am 0

On How to Make a Good Salad Without Dumb Leaves

Salmagundi. That's all I'm saying.


Posted on June 4, 2014 at 4:46 am 0

On Horsemeat Scandal "Breathtaking, Delicious" Say British Politicians

@eatbigsea when The Awl shows its ignorance of British food and culture it's being sophisticated. If it showed the same ignorance of Italian/Spanish/French and food and culture it would just be ignorant.

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 5:21 am 0

On Why Does Pret A Manger Think Americans Are Stupid?

@evil betty. Also no kneejerk "British food is vile" post. What the hell is going on over there? Maybe my relentless whining on this topic has had an impact? It was really annoying me and you can see from my username that that is not permitted.

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 4:45 am 1

On How To Make 17th-Century Delights: Curd Cakes

The Awl - Wot no snide comments about Britain/British cooking/knifecrime?

There are also Maid of Honour tarts - reportedly Henry VIII's favourite which are curd cakes in a pastry case. http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/english/richmond-maids-of-honour.html

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 8:42 am 0

On Briton Takes A Stab At UK History Quiz, Fares Poorly

@LondonLee I agree. They were daft questions and not interesting. Also there are islands at Runnymede so this is just incorrect. It's a low lying meadow so islands come and go. It's perfectly possible that the Magna Carta was signed on an island at Runnymede. The only thing I find irritating about the Awl is its one-note approach to the UK. I absolutely can't bear Cameron but he seemed ok to me on Letterman.

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 7:49 am 0

On People Punished For Doing Very Bad Thing

@areaderwrites Fulfillingness is the best, I agree. Boogie on Reggae Woman is my wedding song (I'm not married but good to have a plan just in case) and Heaven is 10 Zillion Light Years Away is my funeral song (not yet dead).

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 8:40 am 0

On How Many Used Books Did Morrissey And His Elderly Female Accomplice Steal From The Strand?

@BadUncle Morrissey ruined my adolescence. I hated (still hate) the Smiths but every bloody party was dominated by hideous moany Morrissey adoration and floppy haired boys doing that annoying dance with flowers. Glad he helped an old lady but still.

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 8:36 am 0

On Six British Candies: Which Tastes Best?

@Helen McClory@twitter Agree that was odd. And I'm English. It's very common for Americans to conflate Britain with England so extra confusion in the mix is not helpful.

Also, can I just say that this whole article needs more references to Cadbury's - the jewel in the crown of British sweets (not candies, absolutely not candies) aand even though Kraft have tried to absorb Cadbury's into their evil empire, we are safe as long as there are Twirl Bars in the world.

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm 1