For All Those Freaking Out

Great radio usually has human stories at his heart. This couldn’t be more true of Fi Glover’s “landmark” series Generations Apart, which was broadcast on Radio 4 the last two Wednesdays. In the series, Fi gets to know individuals from two very different generations, all from very different walks of life and now facing very different problems.


The stories of the people she chose to feature are the perfect representatives for addressing the issues everyone in the nation are familiar with, no matter which generation you are part of. She speaks to the post-war ‘baby boomers’ about what they remember about leaving education, facing the world of work and settling down and establishing a family.


That is then perfectly contrasted with individuals born in the 1990s, who have grown up with a huge range of lifestyle options available, in an technology driven global age. However, they are the ones now struggling to find their way in life through this economic crisis.


And this was the part which spoke to me the most. Fi speaks to one girl who has a story almost identical to mine, and many of my friends. The girl was a journalism undergraduate in her final year, trying to network her way into the media industry by continuously doing weeks of internships and work experience placements.


This is exactly what everyone I know is doing right now, including myself! Don’t get me wrong, I am so excited about achieving my goals when working in radio, and I enjoy being placed in new environments.


But it’s scary. Four short months, and then we’re out there in the big wide world! We’re standing on the edge of the void now.


Maybe I was just feeling particularly emotional that day, but when I heard Generations Apart and the stories from real people around the country, it comforted me. It’s a reminder that there are people experiencing the same thing up and down the country, and it’s always nice not to be alone.


So if you want some comfort, and to hear real stories about the paths in life and what’s important, listen to Generations Apart. Don’t freak out.


And luckily, it’s available for over a year thanks to the BBC’s new online archive!


Generations Apart

Fi Glover, BBC Radio 4



And if you’re into radio drama, I’ve really enjoyed these adaptations. It’s the autobiography of New Zealand author Janet Frame, who grew up in an interesting time with an interesting family. Her take on the world is beautifully told, taking us through time and locations.


An Angel At My Table

BBC Radio 4


I Want To Be An Animal

Africa has done it again. The TV programme I mean. The country has obviously done it too by evolving such magnificent landscapes and amazing creatures, but the team behind the show have done a brilliant job capturing the Congo.

I’m sitting in my room, surrounded by notepads, appliances and other objects that indicate my very enjoyable but very human existence. What I wouldn’t give right now to be one of the little fish swimming in the Congo rivers, or one of the colourful birds zipping through the rainforest. Just finding food, keeping out the rain, not getting eaten, what could be nicer?


I’m the daughter of an RSPB warden, and we watch a lot of wildlife documentaries in my house, but I’d never seen these birds before!




The Picathartes looks like it’s been made out of modelling clay, with its disproportionate wings and smooth feathers.





African Skimmer


And the African Skimmer looks like a child’s drawing of a bird! If that makes sense…



I’m not usually a big watcher of television, probably because I don’t actually own one and only have my laptop, but I am just massively impressed at the journeys we can be taken on and things we can be shown.


I’d much rather see them with my own eyes of course! African expedition, anyone?

‘Snow’ Much Fun

I was smugly satisfied when it woke up and saw inches (well, centimetres) of snow building up in the North London suburban cul-de-sac that my window looks out onto. Looking Out My Door

I love the novelty and the fuss when it snows in the UK, as it just makes the day have a few more adventurous challenges for everyone, and it’s interesting to see how the nation tackles them.


But as much as I hate to admit it, a small siren did go off in my head regarding my existing plans for the day. I really must be getting old!


My ‘Snow Problems’:

Would I be able to go out and fetch some groceries? I let my food stores dwindle until I had a free day to head to the shops, and there’s only so long I can go with 4 sheets of toilet paper.


How am I going to get to and from my social plans? I had to get down to Hackney for the Stand Up Tragedy live night which I’m recording the podcast for this evening. Also, I was looking forward to joining my friends for a birthday bash in KOKO afterwards. I’ve done the night bus in the snow before, and I guess it’s happening again…


How many layers of clothes am I going to have to wear? I get cold really easily. Like, really easily. I’m talking tights, jeans, two pairs of socks, vest top, t-shirt, cardigan, big thick hoody, base gloves, Canadian mittens, leopard print fur hat that encompasses my face, huge woolly scarf big enough for two and sub-zero temperature outdoors coat.


The most pressing question though was…


Which snow animal am I going to build!

As much as my body protests against the cold, I love playing in it, and a regular snowman just doesn’t cut it with me.


I headed to the park nearby, and made this little guy!


My Snow Bear 2013

 My Snow Bear 2013

My Snow Bear 2013



I love a good pun.


Bryony Bakes

In general, I’d say I have a pretty healthy diet. I’ve been vegetarian for over five years now, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. It taught me how to cook, taught me to keep an eye on what goes into my food and what goes into my body, and it makes me feel good that I can commit to something for so long.

But that aside, my diet has two requirements that I could just never change. They are:

a) A large amount of fruit and vegetables. Sounds boring, but if I don’t get enough of the fresh stuff I start to feel kind of sluggish and gross.

b) Some kind of sugary, chocolately treat every day. I don’t go overboard, but I do look forward to having a little something, I have a major sweet tooth.

And of course, the best stuff is the stuff you make yourself. I really enjoy cooking when I get the chance, I like finding and trying new recipes. So this week before Uni starts getting hectic I’ve had the kitchen to myself to potter around in. And I wanted to share what I created…

The Healthy

Lentil and Butternut Squash Casserole

This was so amazing, I even wrote the ingredients down so I can make it again. It’s typical of me just sticking anything flavoursome I find in the cupboard in a dish, but this time it worked really well!

If you’re interested, it was lentils, butternut squash, carrots, a tin of tomatoes, a red onion, coriander, paprika, mustard, chilli powder and a cheeky splash of port!

Giant Couscous with Carrots and Peas

Again, made out of what I found in the cupboard, but food like this makes you feel zinging with healthiness!



The Not-So-Healthy-But-Oh-So-Fun

As well as making pancakes and muffins for breakfast, I have been treating friends to some baking goodies. I wanted an excuse to use the amazing cake decorations Mum bought me for Christmas so I made this delicious monstrosity.


Why have a normal cake when you can make it blue?!

You’ll get used to everything I make tending to up looking like a six year old made it…