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My lovely sassy boy Toksvig exploring the tank the day after a water change. 

He might not be the frilliest, or show the brightest colours (sometimes I have to look for ages to find him because he’s skulking in shadows!) but he’s incredibly active, nosy, and wriggly.

I love his looong white-tipped ventral fins. 

I’ve got a few more decent photos from this batch, but the majority are a sparkly blue blur.

When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’ It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?
—  Sandi Toksvig

“When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. "This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’


“It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions? How often had I sped past them as I learned of male achievement and men’s place in the history books? Then I read Rosalind Miles’s book The Women’s History of the World (recently republished as Who Cooked the Last Supper?) and I knew I needed to look again. History is full of fabulous females who have been systematically ignored, forgotten or simply written out of the records. They’re not all saints, they’re not all geniuses, but they do deserve remembering.”

[In America], I went to have a meal at one of the many fast food outlets. On the way, announcements warned me not to sit on the escalator (a thought which had never crossed my mind), to hold on to the hand rail, to be careful–to be endlessly instructed in what I might or might not do, presumably so that I wouldn’t end up in court before Judge Judy.


At the food counter my meal options quite literally dripped with grease. A family so fat that three of them were sitting at a table for eight, were silently eating under a arrage of music and instructions. I realised that it is not anthrax that will kill the nation but cholesterol. Perhaps the Taleban have actually gone into catering.

—  page 289. Toksvig, Sandi. Gladys Reunited: A Personal American Journey.  The Little, Brown Book Group. 2003.

Boxpark just off Shoreditch High Street. Lots of containers all stacked up to create a pop-up mall. Quite an impressive idea in its execution.

The last of my London photos for the moment. Despite being at the THE Awards on Thursday night and King’s College yesterday my phone refused to cooperate. I don’t think there is anything to share from Thursday night (Sandi Toksvig’s jokes were worthwhile though)  but King’s College’s chapel was impressive and a surprising inclusion inside what looked like a ‘normal’ university building. 

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It's goodbye Sandi Toksvig... from News Quiz alumni, The News Quiz - BBC Radio 4
It's goodbye Sandi Toksvig... from News Quiz alumni

A nice little video farewell to Sandi, whose last show airs at 6.30pm tonight on Radio 4. We had a Black Tie leaving party for her last night after the recording, my favourite bits of which were:

Various members of the production & writing teams having real difficulty with how Posh Clothes work, since we’re all pretty much constantly in jeans & T Shirts. This included one person having to use script fastening tags instead of cufflinks and at one point 5 people crowded around one man trying to work out how to fasten his bow tie. In the end we used a safety pin.

Also, Carrie Quinlan, who in the video which was also played last night is apologising for not being able to be there, WAS there. When she came on saying she was away, she tried to hide, but everyone pointed at her going ‘AAAAARRRGGGHHH’ like a bunch of Donald Sutherlands.

Sandi Toksvig’s last News Quiz, review: ‘tak for the memories’

As Sandi Toksvig helmed her last ever edition of Radio 4’s The News Quiz, she was admirably free of sentiment, hardly referring to it herself. Fortunately, her guests did it for her and at the show’s climax, Hamilton introduced an affectionate [Read More]

Women's Equality Party held first ever fundraiser in London

Women’s Equality Party held first ever fundraiser in London

On Tuesday 9 June 2015, I attended the first ever Women’s Equality Party fundraiser at The Conway Hall in London. I had plans to go with two friends but for various reasons which occur when you’re ambitious, hardworking and busy women; it turned out that I would be going on my own when the evening arrived. I was a little anxious of going on my own. I didn’t know what the format was going to be…

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I was tagged by paulsbr0kenaglass

name: Michelle
nickname: don’t have one
birthday: 21st October
starsign: ???
gender: female
 height: 5′6??
sexual orientation:
favourite colour: red and pink
time rn: 1:46pm
average hours of sleep: 5-6
lucky numbers: 7, 12, 16
last thing i googled: That Girl
words that come to mind: sweets, kitten
number of blankets i sleep under: two
favourite fictional characters: C.C. Baxter, Fran Kubelik, Fran Fine, Amy Brookheimer, Malcolm Tucker, Nancy Drew, Dan Egan, many others
favourite famous people: Richard Ayoade, Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, David Mitchell, Charlie Brooker, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Sandi Toksvig, Chris Morris, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Rebecca Front, Josie Long, Amy Poehler
celebrity crushes: Richard Ayoade, David Mitchell, Charlie Brooker, Riz Ahmed, Stephen Colbert, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Eva Green, Aisling Bea
favourite books: The Grapes of Wrath, The Hour, On the Road, The God of Small Things, A Thousand Acres, 1984, The Time Machine, Small Island and many others
favourite bands: Buffalo Springfield, The Monkees, CSNY, Manassas, The Byrds, Pond, Tame Impala, Temples, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Fanny, The Zombies, Spirit, Foxygen, Love, Jefferson Airplane, The Runaways, The Lovin Spoonful, Oasis and many more
last movie i saw: The Tenant
dream trip: traveling alone all over the world
dream job: actress, writer, radio dj
what i am wearing atm: my pj’s

Thank you!

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The Westminster bubble, which clearly isn’t a thing. If it was a bubble, it would already have burst due to the sheer number of pricks.
—  Sandi Toksvig, The News Quiz