Gig advice for The Girl Next Door


Baxter’s Holiday Cartoon diary – Cornwall by an 8 year old

I’m still working on my New York cartoon so I got Little Tassles to do a cartoon diary of one thing every day on our recent trip to Cornwall. I should note that we did lots of fun stuff that his sense of humour has chosen not to depict here!

5th August – driving to Cornwall. It took about 9 hours due to traffic 😦  Baxter: “boring”, Us: ” stop moaning Baxter”

“More cars”

Baxter was rather taken with a dead mole whilst we looked for our holiday cottage.

The people in the pub couldn’t find our cottage key for a while l, as we waited awkwardly at the bar: ” where’s the key?”

6th August – more traffic jams heading toward the beach, and then trying to get out of a car boot sale: Baxter is strapped in the car imagining possibilities of teleportation.

Sandymouth beach, we finally made it. “Mum, Tom (a boy he befriended on the beach), Me”

Mon 7th Aug – we were rained off a rather overgrown and muddy walk.

Tues 8th Aug – we visited Tintagel, there were lots of steps: “Baxter sweating at the bottom”

Weds 9th August – we spent a long time in the local playground near our cottage.

Thu 10th Aug – A lovely long sunny day full of fun at the beach. Baxter chose to depict a very long boring queue at the coffee shop.

Fri 11th Aug – Baxter desperate to play in the sea at Crackington Haven splashed around in his jeans and got soaking. In real life he was smiling lots, but the subsequent cold soggy jeans of which he was warned (and refused to take off) made other memories.

Baxter has drawn himself with a giant stomach after finally finding his limit of fish and chips.

Sat 12th Aug – Baxter is sad to wave goodbye to our cottage.

Radio ramblings 4th July 2017

A colleague recently put me forward for a short interview slot on Radio Sheffield, which seemed like a fun thing to do.  Rony Robinson chatted to me on his show for 20 minutes and we managed to mention Sheffield street trees, my PhD  in folklore and TV, Godzilla, my band The Sleazoids, feminism and The Monks, amongst other things.  They even played The Monks’ ‘Complication’ (which The Sleazoids cover) half way through for me 🙂
Here is the interview for the Tassles archive, kindly sent to me as an mp3 by Mark Cotton  so I’ve added it to my Souncloud files – big thanks to him for his technical wizardry.

REBEL GIRL – Hannah Festival 2017

I’m very proud to be an ongoing participant in and supporter of the Hannah Festival. I’ll be away for the festival this coming week so am making my pre-emptive offering today to help kick the festival off to a punk rock start!

The festival is named after Hannah Mitchell, suffragette and socialist from a poor Derbyshire background. She worked for her socialist ideals, women’s suffrage and pacifism, eventually becoming a Labour MP and magistrate – her story is amazing and inspring. In her honour, I decided to have a stab at a cover of a favourite song of mine by another of my heroes, the aptly named Kathleen Hanna, also founder of the feminist Riot Grrl punk feminist movement.  The timing of this couldn’t feel more right, to have a go at expressing creativity, pride and anger in one foul swoop, and thanks to the Hannah Festival for giving me a reason to try something new.

This is the first recording I’ve attempted alone, and was done this morning on a crappy phone app – it’s rough and ready – could be better and more polished but it is done with punk rock feminist spirit at heart.

The Girl Next Door – Rebel Girl [2017]

[original by Bikini Kill 1993, written by Kathleen Hanna]