About me

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:

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  1. Manchester 10K. 2 weeks away and therefore time to panic. Unless the gentle 250m rise from the Imperial War Museum back up to Chester Rd counts as ‘uphill all the way’, it’s just not going to do it for you. Last year it was just me, Haile Gebre Selassie and 35,000 hangers on. I believe this year another 5,000 have entered.

    • Go go go! Very impressed. It brings me out in a rash just thinking about that many people.

  2. Found you thanks to my ongoing search for all the women’s bike blogs in the world (womenbikeblogs.com). You’ll be featured in the Twitter feed and then added to the ongoing newsfeed from the @womenbikeblogs account. Thanks for writing! (Love the post about learning to be a roadie.)

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