Things I don’t want to regret

I know it sounds morbid, but I’ve always read those articles listing the regrets of the dying with great interest. I’ve seen a piece doing the rounds on social media comprising 37 regrets people have when they’re dying, and even a couple of weeks after I first read it it’s been playing on my mind,…

24 personal pleasures

I like surprises. I love serendipity and chance and coincidence and it’s often teeny tiny things that make me happy. While the traditional view of hygge is being swaddled in a blanket in front of a roaring fire with a mug of something hot and delicious, I’m constantly banging on about the fact that hygge…

A lesson in hygge dressing

It’s not warm is it?! It was a cool 2 degrees when I dragged myself kicking and screaming out of bed at 7am, and it was pretty when I was loitering at the bus stop after work too. It’s been a pretty mild winter, but that doesn’t mean I’m anywhere near ready to ditch the…

Hygge x Overdiluted: AW15 menswear

Everyone knows how much I love hygge – and how much I love my boi (ya boi) Jake Story. This is an extra special post from everyone’s favourite menswear blogger Jake from Overdiluted.net, who has something to say about super-cosy menswear for AW15. Hyggeligt attire is usually one of two things. It’s either cosy, warm…

Goodbye Soup du Journalism… Hello Hygge!

Friends and readers, The time has come for me to do what I have been hinting I’ll do for a while now. It’s time to say a fond farewell to Soup du Journalism. But it’s absolutely not all over. I started Soup du Journalism when I started training to become a journalist in 2012, full…

Five New Year’s resolutions for a writer

I don’t know how it happened, but it’s 30th December, and that means it’s New Year’s Eve tomorrow, and that means it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. I don’t want to think about sorting my life out, so here are my writer’s resolutions. 1. Read more This year I feel as though…

For the love of books and reading

I’m delighted to say that I am now officially going to be participating in World Book Night! I have collected my allocated 18 copies of 59 Seconds by Professor Richard Wiseman, and will be giving them out on 23rd April. The aim of World Book Night is to get people reading, especially those who don’t often…

Rufus Wainwright at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London 06/04/14

“Any questions or comments?” Yes, as it happens, Lucy Wainwright Roche, I do have some questions or comments. How on earth does your half-brother Rufus Wainwright hold those notes? Why have relatively few people heard of Rufus? How did he get into those trousers? Why did nobody mention that Jean Paul Gaultier was here until…

The big event

Hello! This week has been unbelievably busy. The company I work for was exhibiting at a big event in London, and as part of the marketing team I was there both days. It was tiring, my legs were aching like hell and everyone started to lose their voices but it was also SUPER FUN. I…

Going out with a fizzle

Hello! How is it nearly 2014? Where has this year gone? An awful lot has happened this year, and it feels like it’s roared by in the way that time seems to these days. Even the weeks go quickly. It’ll hit Friday afternoon at work and I’ll think about all the things I did during…

So this is Christmas

Hello! Just a very quick one today to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my beloved followers. Funnily enough I have more festive things to do than update my blog tomorrow (and I hope you do too) and I hope you all have a wonderful few days. We have a festive giant Yankee Candle burning, the…

Vote for Soup du Journalism in the UK Blog Awards

Hello beautiful followers! Just a quick one today – my blog is up for a UK Blog Award and I would really appreciate it if you could vote for Soup du Journalism! It’s super quick to vote and I’d be so grateful to anyone who takes the time to do it. If you’re a new…

Back in the game

Hello! I’ve been crazy busy recently and nothing is showing any sign of slowing down at all. In fact, it’s all about to explode with the BIG WORK CHRISTMAS PARTY (my first ever office Christmas party! It’s finally happening!) which looks amazing and various other festive events to look forward to. This weekend I’m chilling…

Awesome autumn

Hello! So, as you may or may not know, autumn is far and away my favourite season. ‘Autumn people’ are also my favourite people. If you prefer the bright, brisk mornings and moody, mumbling evenings, welcome on board. You’re one of me. As such, I’ve been having a great few weeks, not least because I…

Happy Mondays

Hello! Today is Monday, yet despite this I am very chipper. I know, how and why? WELL… Today was also the first day of my new job! I don’t want to say too much but I will just say that I already love it and I think I’m going to really enjoy everything. I think…

A year with diabetes

Hello! Today marks the first anniversary of my type 1 diabetes diagnosis. It’s funny to think that on this day last year, I was in intensive care and I had no real grasp of what was going on or how my life was going to change forever. I remember looking at the clock at around…

Should bloggers worry about SEO?

Hello! So, as some of you may know, a lot of the work I do has at least something to do with SEO. It is mostly writing SEO-friendly copy that reads naturally and functions as informative, engaging content for websites so that visitors actually find it useful. I always think about the SEO as being…

The disappearing act

Hello! I know, I know, another excuse-laden post about the fact I’ve gone AWOL. I’ve been very busy with all sorts of things recently, so blogging has very much fallen by the wayside! I’ve had some interesting extra little projects going on recently to keep the writing ticking over, and admittedly a lot of non-writing…

Congraduations!

So, yesterday was what some people would consider ‘the big day’ of a degree – graduation! It was a surprisingly long and tiring day considering it was mostly sitting around, clapping and throwing hats and looking joyous. Mostly I was excited to see everyone again. Graduating felt a little bit irrelevant in a way. Lectures…

If you Wannabe my lover

  Hello! As you might be able to tell, I was Friday’s Featured Wannabe in the Wannabe Hacks newsletter. I don’t know why I said ‘killer portfolio’ and I kind of hate the fact I did but aww, look at my little face! The eye operation was a roaring success and now I can see…

A storm’s a-brewin’

Hello! Again, apologies, but this is just a quick one – eyeballs are still playing silly buggers so can’t really look at the screen for long enough to write anything in depth without losing my thread. I promise I have lots of ideas in the pipeline though! The main news is that I appear to…

I’m not a patient, I’m an impatient

Hello, Just a quick one really to fill you in on my hospital appointment as lots of people have asked me how it went. It was a super early appointment and I was the only young patient there so I think everyone felt a bit sorry for me. We all had to be weighed and…

Appointment #8452

Hello, I’m back from Madrid! When I have some spare time and have put my photos on my laptop I’ll write my city review, but for now I can sum it up by saying 44 degree heat, meat and so many chispas. All will become clear, little ones. The title today simply stems from the…

Eye eye sailor, I’m off to Madrid

Hello, Just a quick one to give you a couple of updates. Firstly, I’m off to Madrid at the end of the week until next Wednesday so you won’t be able to enjoy my witty tweets for a few days. I thought I’d let you know so you know to keep yourselves occupied throughout my…

A stressed mess

Hello, Nothing much in the way of journalistic endeavour to report today I’m afraid. I do hope you don’t see this update posts as a cop-out, but why let my boring life stand in the way of a new blog entry? Basically at the moment I am SO STRESSED. I have my final exam EVER…

My pick of the free Brighton Festival events

I WISH I had enough disposable income to attend the entire festival, paid events included, I really do. I love Brighton Festival. However, I’m up to my eyeballs in student debt and I’m realistic about what I can afford. Some people would say that attending an arts festival in your own city is a bit…

Soupe de l’année: A year on

Hello and welcome to post #100 of Soup du Journalism! Incidentally, the weekend just passed saw the first birthday of this blog. Aww! So, to commemorate these two excellent events colliding at once, I’m going to run you through a year in the life of Soup du Journalism and its owner (me). OK, so I…

All about the News

Hello! Well, this blog is on a right old comedown from the day I posted about the journalist’s voice – I suppose this is the problem with creating hit material, right? I jest, of course, but it’s quite the fall from grace – guess which day I posted that: I’ve been working a lot in the…

You heard it here first

Hello! Now, as I’m sure you’re all very aware by now, I interviewed Jack Buckby (though at the time he requested that I use a pseudonym for him owing to the massive amount of abuse he was getting about his beliefs). I did my absolute best to maintain a neutral, factual stance on the way I…

Connecting with the world like it’s 1999

Hello! This week has been a technological explosion in Tanner HQ. There are several reasons for this: I have upgraded my phone from a BlackBerry Curve to a Bold.  Not a massive leap, but I actually quite like the combination of the keypad and a touchscreen, which makes web browsing a lot easier. Onto this…

You are what you eat, which is why I’m a pancake

Hello! I’m only too aware of the fact that my blogging has slowed down significantly recently, and I do apologise for that. However, I have just started a new job, and juggling that and my final year of uni and maintaining some sort of social life keeps me very busy indeed. Today I wrote my…

Exciting developments

Hello! The exciting news here is that I am employed! I will be working in Haywards Heath in the realm of internet marketing and SEO, which will involve article writing, blogging and learning the basics of HTML and SEO techniques. I’m very pleased, very excited and very relieved to have a job! I can honestly…

The Soup du Journalism 2012 roundup!

Hello and welcome to this very special post where I summarise this soupy, soupy year with a rip-roaring ride through this very blog and the most popular entries since its conception in March! An interview with Sophia Danielsson-Waters: Around the world in not-80 days Let us start with my interview with my friend Sia about…

Comfort and joy

Hello! Note about the title: I’ve been thinking recently that if I opened a shop, I would probably call it Comfort and Joy. Terribly twee, I know, but I like it and so would you, in time. I have very little (nothing) to report in the way of journalism today, but I felt I should…

Seasons Eatings!

Hello! The title today is in honour of the fact that my Ceviche review is now online for you to read! It’s nice to have something else published by a different website… what can I say? I’m ALL about the diversity. What I’d really love is for you to like it, share it, tweet it, comment…

Feeling manly and healthy

Hello! The title is a massive lie. I feel neither manly nor healthy. I had an excellent bath earlier with all the Lush products in the world and now smell of vanilla, and I sound like Gollum at the moment. The title is, of course, a reference to the fact that my Men’s Health work…

A taste of things to come

Hello! This week has been great! It’s been extremely busy, but in a really good way. Firstly, I carried out my first ever restaurant review at Soho’s Ceviche, which will hopefully be appearing on the Flux Magazine website soon, so I’ll link to that once it’s online. It was great fun, and to be honest…

Back in busy-ness

Hello! I know, I know, more appalling blogger behaviour on my part… though in my defence, I have been blogging, just over at Bete It! In the way of journalism, I’m starting to get some more things set up. Tomorrow I am interviewing the founder of the new, and insanely cool, Peruvian restaurant Ceviche for Flux…

Unhappy birthday to me

Hello, All is quiet on the Western front journalism-wise at the moment, what with my return to uni (ish – more on this later) and the horrific time I’ve been having generally coming to terms with my big diagnosis. My next post will be inspired by this post from Brighton Journalist Works, from which I…

Portfolios and a major life change

Hello! Once again, I’m sorry for my absence, but I have the most legitimate reason of them all this time! About a week and a half ago, I was rushed into hospital, suffering from a severe form of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which led to a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. It’s the ‘unlucky’ type rather…

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Hello! Again, apologies for my appalling lack of blogging! Genuine reason though – our student house has no internet, so I’ve been going out of my tiny mind with boredom all week. I’m now back in Brighton to use the home internet, busting a gut trying to get my PA feature finished for my portfolio….

Staying out for the summer

Hello! Apologies for being a horrendously poor blogger recently, and I don’t even have a real excuse for it. So just… soz. Since I last updated, I have had another piece in The Argus – in fact, the very same piece that was published in Sussex Society! I had no idea it was going in,…

A fully functioning member of Society

Hello! The main news for this post is that my first Sussex Society feature has been published! (go to p.77, it’s the full page article called ‘Raising the barre’, about young ballet dancer Henry Dowden). Now you may notice it’s not my byline, but this was down to a subbing error. I’ll be receiving a copy with…

A horrible dentist and job panic

Hello! An annoying event from today has inspired a future blog post. About a year ago, I was meant to be having a teeny tiny filling at the dentist. I have what is known as medical phobia, i.e. a generalised fear of anything medical, including dentists, hospitals, injections, blood…, so obviously this was NOT something…

English Summer Rain

Hello! Any Placebo fans might recognise today’s title. It is, of course, a reference to the glorious weather we’ve had of late. (any non-English readers: it’s been torrential downpours and galeforce winds and flooding all the way, hahaha) You’re reading the blog of a very chilled journalist today. Yesterday, we had our shorthand exam. I…

Prints Charming

Hello! The news today is that my first print story (hence the title) has made it into my local paper! (page 19 of  The Argus in Brighton, in case you were wondering). I have a byline and everything! Also, inexplicably, my story is now on both the community page AND the normal news page of…

When I get that feeling, I want… Friday feeling

Hello! Apologies for rhyming ‘feeling’ with ‘feeling’ in the title; it’s just one of those frivolous days (a Friday, in fact). So, at this time in a week, I will have taken an 80wpm shorthand exam, assuming I’ve passed the 60wpm (less assuming, more PRAYING). The thought makes me feel physically sick to be honest,…

Happy Humpday!

Hello! Now before you ask what the title is about, it was inspired by this hilarious blog post. I’d only ever heard the term on Mean Girls before, but never understood what ‘Humpday’ meant… but I now know that it refers to Wednesday, i.e. the ‘hump’ in the middle of the week! Seeing as it’s a…

Flashes of inspiration aplenty

Hello! I’m sure you’ll all be thrilled to hear that after a couple of weeks utterly devoid of inspiration, I have, at long last, broken through the wall that is writer’s block, and I now have ideas! I’ve set about chasing up people for a grilling, and I have some ideas for more features to…

Jubilee-tions

Hello hello! Sorry I’ve been such a slacker on the blogging front lately – my laptop has been taken off to be repaired (and my god it needed it) so I’ve been left to do battle with the painfully slow desktop computer! This week at Journalist Works, we went off to Lewes Crown Court. Crown…