Failed academic, fickle enthusiast. Fearless badass-in-training.
I used to be a linguist, so I write about language for the Guardian sometimes, including this on portmanteau words like phablet and fauxhawk, this daft Spiral vocabulary quiz, and this slightly more sensible look at French slang.
I also write about women’s cycling for BikeRadar, including this on team time trial tactics, and this on women who work in bike shops. My alter ego, Training Tsarina, dispensed dubious advice in now-sadly-no-more Women’s Cycling magazine. I also wrote cycling horoscopes and the odd article for Women’s Cycling, and blogged about cyclocross at Total Women’s Cycling.
I do a bit of blogging for the lovely Victor & Liberty, too.
I’m a new (and very proud) member of the White Rosettes, Britain’s most successful ladies’ barbershop chorus. The White Rosettes have won the Ladies’ Association of British Barbershop Choruses’ competition an unprecedented 14 times, and are current European champions. We’re on our way to Convention in October, to try and win our fifteenth gold medal. Read my updates on our progress (and my ongoing struggles with choreography) under #barbershop.
Some of my bizarre side projects:
- rêvesperminute, the world’s foremost procycling dreams archive
- text to speech, people reading short texts they love (you can join in, if you like: some background here)
- Other short things I’m trying to write (mostly flash fiction) are on cut write cut
- Intermittent baking and craft projects, including my Almost Legendary Cycling Cakes, are on damn fine piece o’ pie
- The now-mostly-defunct International Ned Boulting Fan Club, @INBFC (official tumblr: Gosh, yes! Ned Boulting)