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My Fitness Journey: Dogged determination Naomi Duffree Article Image.jpg
Back in May, on my morning run (yes, I know that sounds like it is an everyday occurrence but sadly it's more like a four times a week experience) I was chased around the park by a dog. A ginger Pomeroy I believe. Not a huge specimen but fast, strong and obsessed with my ankles. Ginger fireball The...
Circle of Words: a review of the Brussels Writers’ Circle first anthology Circle of Words, Avocado, Review, Brussels Writers' Circle, Anthology, Books, Kettle Mag, Naomi Duffree
The idea that writers can work together to improve their work is a well held theory; one that members of the Brussels Writers’ Circle (BWC) must surely hold to. This writing group, founded in 1987, who have 200 members among them, meet twice a week in the centre of Brussels, giving readings and feedback on...
Cat seen as potential hazard by Royal Mail cats eyes, Naomi Duffree, Kettle Mag
A cat who enjoys snatching the mail as it drops through the letter box has been identified as a “potential hazard” after a health and safety risk assessment was carried out by Royal Mail. Hazards and risks In a report in theindependent.co.uk a letter from Royal Mail has been sent to Matthew Sampson and Laura...
Put a sock in it, you monster!
It is a sad sight. I’ve seen them in gutters, trees and curled up next to fences. They will probably never find their partners again. But who is behind this outrage? I think I can answer one part of that question. The Sock Monster. Haven't you always wondered where lost socks go... #fridayfunnies #cleaninghumor #lostsocks...
The night The Archers broke Twitter Rob and Helen, The Archers, social media, Naomi Duffree, Kettle Mag
For the last two and a half years the script writers for The Archers - a radio soap opera, set in Ambridge, have been working on a coercive control, domestic abuse storyline involving the evil Rob Titchener and his wife Helen (nee Archer). There are many fans who tweet along with the episodes as one big Archers community. Fans often take to...
Meeting the parents? What you can get away with – and what you can’t
So the time has come to meet the parents. Do not fret, sweat or run to the hills. You can do this. It's simple. Just follow these handy dos and dont's. Most of them are dont's ...but that shouldn't put you off. Not if you are serious...and if you are meeting the parents then it...
Should Adam Johnson have kept his job while awaiting trial?
Adam Johnson, the Sunderland winger who admitted kissing and grooming a 15 year old girl, was found guilty last week of one count of sexual activity with a child and cleared of one further count. Johnson was allowed to continue to play football, earning around £3 million while awaiting trial, despite the police fully briefing...
I never knew that! With Kettle Travel Editor Sophia Bi Sophia Bi, travel, frivolity, I Never Knew That, Naomi Duffree, Kettle Mag
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at Frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out…and this week we discover all about Sophia Bi,...
I never knew that! With Kettle Health Editor Bekka Chaplin
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out…and this week we check up on our health editor...
EU? What might that stand for then? EU letters , Kettle Mag, Naomi Duffree
Okay the debate has started. In, out, shake it all about…who knows where we will end up come the end of June. And yes, don’t get me wrong it is a pretty serious matter this European Union. But I know already that some top political journalists are already fed up of the whole debate. The arguments...
No carb bread? Hell yes!
I used to bake my own bread years ago … but I also used to eat about half a loaf within hours of making it. Delicious. But not clever, especially when bread is one of the things that causes me to balloon up. That and cake, chocolate, biscuits etc. Carbohydrates.  But bread is such a...
Valentine’s Day: Its roots, growth and survival
“They spent the evening cuddling, kissing, laughing and talking to each other…Their internet was obviously down” : Valentines card, shop window 2016. “From your Valentine” : A sign off on a letter to a girl who had shown Valentine, a priest, kindness during his imprisonment, AD 270. Has Valentine’s Day changed much in those intervening years? I...
Thirty three million pounds worth of excuses! washed lottery tickets, Kettle Mag, Naomi Duffree
You know that terrible feeling when your numbers come up on the jackpot lotto, yet you can’t find your ticket? No. Me neither. I’ve never had a jackpot win. But we’ve heard of a few in Worcester who had…or believed they had. Yet the winner hadn’t washed their ticket, fed it to the dog etc…...
I never knew that! With Kettle Culture Editor, Gemma Hirst
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out… and this week we go high-brow by talking...
Review: Kinky Boots
I’d been meaning to see Kinky Boots for months. I loved the film which I had seen a few years before, and was interested to see how it transferred to the stage. Of course, it’s set in a shoe factory and lyrics and music were written by Cyndi Lauper so I had a feeling it...
Penis, pussy and other things they didn’t mean to say Mistakes, Radio, TV, Frivolity, Kettle Mag, Naomi Duffree
We all love it when the so-called experts make a cock up for want of a better phrase... however cringeworthy it is to watch. From TV broadcasters to actors to radio reporters, I'm sure it gives us a small boost to know they aren't all perfect. I've put together a small collection that tickled my fancy. If...
I never knew that! With Kettle Style Editor, Sian Bradley
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out…and this week in true Kettle fashion, we talk...
The 30 day throw out diet – no food or drink required! attacking the clutter, Kettle Mag,Naomi Duffree
Forget Dry January and stopping the carbs. (Oh how I wish I could forget) I’m here to promote a different type of January diet. It needn’t involve food or drink and will help clear your mind as well as your handbag, make-up bag and home. Make way for the ‘Thirty day throw out diet.’ Every day...
I never knew that! With Kettle Sex & Relationships Editor, Emmi Bowles
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out…and this week we cosy up with Sex and...
I never knew that! With Kettle Technology Editor, Joshua Daniels
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out…and this week Technology Editor Josh Daniels gives us...
I never knew that! With Kettle Food and Drink Editor, Chloe Sayers
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out…and this week we feast over what Food and...
Album Review: Lil BUB, Science and Magic (Yes, she’s a cat)
I’m a big fan of this six degrees of separation lark. A few months ago I was interviewing a cat. Last month I interviewed our Music Editor and now here I am reviewing, for our music editor, an album performed by a cat. It doesn’t come more connected than that. Not in my world anyway....
I never knew that! with Kettle Beauty Editor, Renate O’Connor
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out…and this week we put a mirror up to...
I never knew that! With Kettle Business Editor, Kirstie Keate
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle Towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting, and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out...This week we get down to business with Business...
I never knew that! With Kettle Science Editor Lindsay Dodgson
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle Towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting, and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out...and this week under the microscope is Science Editor...
Who wants to listen to The Noise Next Door? You Do!
Nobody likes to listen to the noise next door…or do they? Well YES! They do! But that’s only because The Noise Next Door are a group of five young ‘gents’ who have been causing laughter and excitement on stage for seven consecutive years at the Edinburgh Fringe. They've been together for eight years after meeting at...
I never knew that! With Kettle music editor, Lorna Holland
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we really know about these creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out…and this week hitting the right notes is Music...
I never Knew that! With Kettle World Editor Fiona Carty
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle Towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting, and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out. On the global stage this week, World Editor Fiona Carty tells...
Don’t talk! Read my badge.
It came to light this weekend that a pregnant commuter was asked, by a fellow passenger on the tube, where her baby was. It wasn’t that she was pushing an empty pram, holding an invisible bundle or anything out of the ordinary. She was in fact wearing a ‘Baby on Board’ badge; the ones that...
Tradishon v Tradition: Why playing Words with Friends will never quite live up to Scrabble
The title spells it out. Words with Friends (WWF) and Scrabble may be games where you put out words on a board crossword style and aim to make the highest score, but the similarity ends pretty much there. Do not get me wrong – I love WWF for the reasons I am about to share. However recently I...
I never knew that! With Kettle Football Co-Editor Nathan Price
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing,tweeting and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we really know about these creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out...and this week on the penalty spot is Football co-editor Nathan Price....
Yes, you heard that correctly #what?? Snatched conversation, KettleMag, Frivolity, Naomi Duffree
As a writer I do spend a great deal of time listening to others conversations. Technically I should put ‘eavesdropping’ although in my defence I will say if you talk loudly on public transport then I can’t help but hear. Sometimes it is just plain crazy chit-chat from a person that has no idea they are being...
I never knew that! With Kettle Film Editor Emily Murray
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting, and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out. On the red carpet  and in the spotlight this...
I never knew that! with Kettle Political Editor, Bridie Pearson-Jones
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out...and this week we knocked at the door of  political...
I never knew that! With Kettle F1 Editor Holly Wade Holly Wade, F1 Editor at Kettle Mag, Naomi Duffree
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out...and this week F1 editor Holly Wade finds herself...
Re-use, re-cycle, re-think: Ten things to do once you’ve spent 5p on a plastic bag Plastic carrier bags, Naomi Duffree, Kettle Mag
As you will have heard the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are bringing in charges for plastic carrier bags in England. It is, according to the Gov.UK site, ‘part of the policy to reduce waste’ and will be enforced on 5/10/2015. According to research done by NEMA,UNEP & KIPPRA in 2005,100M plastic bags are handed...
I never knew that! with Kettle Student Life Co-Editor Alex Veeneman Alex Veeneman Kettle Mag Naomi Duffree
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle Towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting, and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out...and this week we grabbed a word with the...
I never knew that! With Kettle TV Editor Alexandra Goode
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle Towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting, and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out...and this week we prise open the thoughts of...
Women’s Season: An interview with visual and performance artist, Rachel Gadsden
Rachel Gadsden is a visual artist “exhibited internationally and who works across the mainstream and disability art sectors, presenting cross-cultural visual dialogues that consider the most profound notions of what it is to be human.” As a promoter of human rights and champion of the disabled I was interested to hear Rachel’s views on women...
I never knew that! With Kettle Editor Kealie Mardell
At Kettle Mag the editors remain hidden away in Kettle Towers occupying themselves with ideas, proofing, tweeting, and keeping their ears tuned to the latest news. But what do we know about these busy creatures? Here at frivolity over the coming weeks we intend to find out...starting with our very own Deputy Editor, Kealie Mardell....
A Review: Tales From the Vicarage 4, Live Adam Leventhal, Tales From the Vic live, Naomi Duffree, Books Kettle Mag,
In the early evening of Sunday September 6th, despite the International break I found myself making my way into Watford town centre. It was not to watch a match though but the launch of Tales From the Vicarage, volume 4. BREAKING #WATFORDFC: #TFTV reveals the new cover of forthcoming Tales from the Vicarage Volume 4. Launched...
It’s great to be a woman…sometimes Why it's great to be a woman...sometimes; Naomi Duffree, Kettle Mag
It is coming to the end of Women’s Season at Kettle and women have been celebrated in many fields. But what is it that we personally enjoy about being a woman…and what do we not? Here are a list of 'tongue-in-cheek' reasons why in 2015 here in the UK, it is great being a woman...
Tweedy Toff claws back – The puuurrrfect riposte Kettlemag, Tweedy Toff, Frivolity, Naomi Duffree
Following Bella the Tibetan's interview with KettleMag, the cats on Twitter were up in paws. There was a clamour to end this argument regarding superiority of the species once and fur all. Tweedy Toff, a tabby cat of the highest class, agreed to grant an interview with Kettle Mag with the help of Kirstin, a staff member of...
The Bella Bacon interview: Positively pawsome! Bella Bacon gives an exclusive interview to Naomi Duffree for KettleMag
Bella the Tibetan, from Mansfield, Nottingham with kind permission from her Mum Christine, agreed to speak to the frivolity section here at KettleMag. In a charming interview she reveals her tyical day, her love of other animals and her mischievious nature.  I see from your twitter feed that you have 4,232 followers and counting. What...
I’ve got something to ask you Wedding ring in a heart shaped box
2007 was drawing to a close. There I was sitting in my lounge listening to my teenage daughter and her friends partying in the next room. I’m sat on my own watching a Take That concert on the TV – for there should be some sort of music on New Year’s Eve, right? But before...
Mary Poppins: The Film That… Influenced my Career Kettlemag, Film, The Film That, Mary Poppins, Naomi Duffree
The power of cinema lies in the effects films have on people. Films can make you cry, laugh, alter your opinions, influence you, be representative of a milestone in your life and can even change your life. Kicking off our new weekly film column, 'The Film That...', which explores the impacts of cinema on people, Naomi Duffree lets us know...
Aggressions of a door-to-door salesman no cold callers, naomi dufree, kettle mag
Somewhere in the back of my mind I’m sure I was taught that being polite to customers is the first step in building up a rapport with them. Seems logical doesn’t it? Even more so if you are trying to sell them something. Last week I met a man who seemed to believe that throwing...
D.M.Woon, Tales of The Bastard Drunk : A review
I’m generally not one to read horror, although I do have a couple of Stephen King books on my shelves from my more adventurous days. I prefer horror in film format; that way I can take the cushion and place it in front of my face, screening out the gory bits. This is not possible when you...
Sun, fun and friendly festival: 2000trees 2015 review
The sounds of zippers on tents being opened for the final time brought 2000trees 2015 to a close on a damp Sunday morning. It may have rained the night before but for three glorious days the sun shone and the mood was high. Spirits were still soaring despite the drizzle; there was laughing in the...
I say potato, you say…crisps? Let’s call the whole thing off. Kettlemag, Frivolity, American, British, Words,
Americans and their vocabulary can become a tad confusing. Okay I’ll be honest – it is more than a tad. Their vernacular is becoming more and more accepted by the British people as they cleverly spread it across the pond. But it’s not just the Americans themselves that are pushing this trend, UK companies are...