5 Reasons Why London Made Me Smile This Month Or Jack Kerouac Was Kind Of An Arsehole, Wasn’t He?

In which I discuss my motivations for writing, and ponder why a certain douche nozzle frat boy is considered a literary iconoclast, remarkable novelist and poet.* You know that feeling you get that’s like a surge of inspiration, an electric current pushing you forward and physically forcing you to bring a pen to paper, to write…Read more 5 Reasons Why London Made Me Smile This Month Or Jack Kerouac Was Kind Of An Arsehole, Wasn’t He?

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How the Government Spends Your Tax Contributions: A Quick Example Using London Police Horses

Yesterday on the bus to work I was gazing out of the window and brushing up on my favourite tardiness excuse — ’sorry there’s awful traffic at X due to Catastrophe Y and time delay is thus completely not my fault’ — when I came across a peculiar scene. I actually saw a real traffic jam. It’s as if…Read more How the Government Spends Your Tax Contributions: A Quick Example Using London Police Horses

Banks – Beggin For Thread

Active since May 2013, Banks has been slowly but surely etching her way onto the British music market. Zane Lowe has played her music. I have played her music (I used to have a radio show on my university's radio station; mainly involved making a fool out of myself in from of notable guests and listeners…Read more Banks – Beggin For Thread

Review: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

Director: Francis Lawrence Screenplay: Danny Strong, adapted from Suzanne Collins Key Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson Rating: 3 stars Before you light your torches and grab your pitchforks, let me make one thing clear: I'm a big Hunger Games fan. I read inhaled the books over the course of a couple of…Read more Review: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

The King. Is. BACK. FYI I mean Ronson - don't get me wrong I love Bruno, but sadly he's not the one who wrote half the soundtrack to my effortlessly edgy teenage years. I joke, of course - the coolest thing about me 10 years ago was probably just my country of origin (Russia - keep…Read more Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

Why I Can’t Write: Wrangling with Writer’s Block

An Internal Monologue of Indeterminable Length or Sorry Mr. Orwell, I know this is not what you wanted I can’t write. I just can’t do it. Just write something. Just pick up a pen and DO IT ALREADY. Writing, or convincing myself to do so, often feels like trying to swat a persistent and scarily…Read more Why I Can’t Write: Wrangling with Writer’s Block

Currently Listening: my June Top 25

Cos it's summer, innit. https://play.spotify.com/user/akrechetova/playlist/5mOg977jliBi5lXqw9OKCQ Because Spotify is a wee bit poopy, I couldn't find some tracks I'm really liking at the moment on their database. I will be uploading them as separate 'song of the day' posts over the coming week, don't you fret. This is why I'm still so reluctant to completely switch…Read more Currently Listening: my June Top 25

Lykke Li – No Rest for the Wicked

She's finally back! Swedish indie songstress Lykke Li has just released her new album I Never Learn  (in March but hey, I only just heard!) and it's all very wonderful and weird and pleasing to my ears. The vocals are deep and velvety and gentle all at the same time and the music is a…Read more Lykke Li – No Rest for the Wicked