Review: Love Is All (2014). This piece was originally written in 2015 for a Press Association Magazine Journalism Diploma assignment.
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Duration: 70 minutes
Director Kim Longinotto takes us on a whistle-stop tour of love through the ages, showing the sweetest and most heart-breaking moments of the most base of human emotions.
It all starts with a kiss; the first kiss ever recorded on film. Set to Richard Hawley’s enchanting Open Up Your Door, two lovers embrace each other on a train, in the grainy black-and-white of the late 19th century. I am in tears from the very first refrain. …
How moving into a country of gendered language can change the way you navigate the world
‘Une chaise’, ‘un arbre’, ‘Une pomme’. A female chair, a male tree, a female apple.
When I moved to Paris last year I felt I had to rewire my brain in order to fit every noun I knew previously to be genderless into two neat boxes, and I still don’t quite know the rules for sorting them. Learning any language has its frustrations, but switching from a gender-neutral language such as English to a language where everything is sorted into gender (French places all of its nouns into male and female categories, ‘le’ or ‘la’) is just about the most confusing thing I’ve ever tried to learn. …
How I ran a marathon after beating my eating disorder… and completely loved it
Almost everybody has thought about taking part in a Marathon or Iron Man challenge at some point (and then promptly gone out for a run in the cold and thought ‘absolutely fuck that’), but the reality of training for an extreme physical challenge can be especially difficult for people who have recovered from eating disorders (EDs), as often exercise and dietary changes go hand-in-hand with disordered behaviour.
Running a Marathon can be an incredibly powerful and rewarding challenge, but such an extreme feat does have the potential to trigger a disordered mind-set. It’s like anything: for some, it’s best not to go near it, but for others, it can be a positive challenge that impacts your life forever. …
What happens when all you want to do is find comfort in God, prayer and church, but atheism is entrenched in your identity?
After a tragic event, accident or attack, turn to social media and many of the responses will be to pray. This call to action, of ‘thoughts and prayers’ implies comfort, hope and consideration. But what happens when this isn’t an option for you? How do you find that little thing to hold on to, when a lack of faith can make you feel powerless?
I, like almost every British person of a certain age, was made to pray at the Christian school I attended. We were told that shutting our eyes and talking to God was an effective way of helping those in need. I closed my eyes tight and clasped my little hands together but nothing happened; He never spoke to me, and I could never force myself to believe in something that I fundamentally didn’t. …