People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck

But because it’s Valentine’s Day, here’s some stuff I love

When I saw that this week’s newsletter fell on Valentine’s Day, I debated skating over the subject altogether. After all, it’s a commercial holiday that plenty of people choose not to observe-why should a journalism newsletter feel compelled to tackle the almighty subject that is love?

Truth be told, despite the bitterness of this email’s subject line, I don’t hate Valentine’s Day. ‘People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck’ is just too good a tune not to include. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m actually a bit of a hopeless romantic… which is why I thought I’d dedicate this newsletter to lurve. So without further ado, here’s some journalism-related stuff I love:

Here’s some non-journalism stuff I love:

  • Music: I love nothing more than lighting a few candles, turning my lights off and laying in the dark watching the flames flicker with one of my favourite records spinning
  • Table Manners — combining three of my favourite things (music, food and journalism), ‘Table Manners’ is a podcast where Jessie Ware and her mum and their celebrity guests talk about food, family and more
  • Love Actually style films where all the characters turn out to know each other-see also Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Day etc. Also, the film One Day. Bill Nighy, ILY
  • Goodnight/good morning text messages (tbh just the early stages of dating, when you’re both obsessed with each other and neither of you are playing it cool)
  • If you’re lazy like me then The Roasting Tin cookbook series by Rukmini Iyer is brilliant-particularly recommend the scallop, leek and chorizo gratin from The Quick Roasting Tin, which is definitely date night/self-care fare

Not feeling the love at all? Here’s some stuff for the anti-Valentines fans amongst you:

My week

… in editing

I edited this ‘ Love Letter To Live Music’, a 10,000-word feature where The Indiependent contributor team poured their heart out about the best shows they’ve ever been to, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

… in writing

Pitches: 2

Commissions: 0

I pitched a music column but it got rejected within a record 7 minutes by the publication I thought it would be a great fit for. I’ll try elsewhere-watch this space.

Articles written: 1

Articles published: 2

I reviewed Death By Unga Bunga’s new album Heavy Male Insecurity for The Indiependent, which came out on 12 February and is a great listen.

Another article I wrote for work, I enjoyed this Q&A with LGBTQ+ artist Anita Gabrielle about her new EP ‘Just Neat’, which features a duet with Ed Sheeran collaborator Amy Wadge.

… in listening/watching

I had a bit of a ~meh~ week on the productivity front if I’m totally honest with you. A lot of Brooklyn 99 and New Girl was comfort binged.

Psst- Framing Britney Spears (on Hulu) is an important watch, examining the mistreatment of Britney by the press, paparazzi and general public in the noughties.

… in reading

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The Indiependent Founder, NCTJ qualified journalist, Oxford University grad. Interested in tech, political communication & data ethics. Tweets: @BettyKirkers

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