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Zombie Games: Run for your Life

Published in The Guardian, Wednesday 31 October 2012 When I signed up for the first ever Zombie Evacuation 5k run, I was disappointed by the wimpy reactions of my friends. One said: “Hasn’t it ever occurred to you that this is the perfect cover-up for a real zombie invasion?” Another asked: “Aren’t you worried you’ll … Continue reading

Logan’s Meadow, Cambridge, Country Diary

Published in The Guardian, Monday 8 October Any two-bit fortune teller would be able to see the river running across my palm in place of a lifeline. It’s always been a powerful draw for me, and so Logan’s Meadow – a small, wooded reserve on the banks of the Cam – is one of my favourite … Continue reading

Twilight all-night marathon: mixing it with the Twihards until Breaking Dawn

Published in The Guardian, Friday 16 November  In cinemas nationwide last night, legions of fans gathered to watch the five films from the Twilight franchise, amounting to almost 12 hours of vampiric viewing. Legions of fans, plus me. In Norwich. 4.45pm. I arrive late – some of us have jobs, you know – and the first film, Twilight, is almost … Continue reading

Muppet movie marathon: Treasure Island takes the pot of gold

Published in The Guardian, Friday 24 August 2012 It’s time to start the music, it’s time to light the lights … it’s time to watch back-to-back Muppets until the inside of my brain turns into blue felt. I’ve always been a Muppet at heart so when I heard the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square was … Continue reading