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Hello. If you’re reading this, then you might have asked over social media for advice on getting into the creative industries.

First of all: I’m sorry! The world is in an odd place right now and it sucks that you’re in the dawn of something as a lot of things seem to be in their twilight.

Next: Well done for asking for help! It’s something I was never particularly good at, and in taking some initiative and asking for tips, you’ve already shown more drive and presence of mind that I did for much of my twenties.

Also: Another apology…


Some Very Small Things I Miss About The Outside

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  • Going to Nandos with friends. But not just going to Nandos with friends, but that tiny bit where one of you decides what they want to order and goes up to pay… only to circle back seconds later with a “I forget the table number!” quip.
  • That tipping point that happens at around 9.30pm-10pm where you’re in the pub and someone decides to get one more round in. But instead of getting just beer, get got additional shots. …


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Photo via Ric Flair on Instagram

The 16 time world champion is currently in recovery after a bout of recent surgeries. Here’s how the “Dirtiest Player in the Game” help bring about the hype and bluster of modern sports.

One summer in the 1961, a young boxer wanted to get tips on how to improve his game. The boxer, already an Olympic gold medalist, ended up in Las Vegas to fight a man called Duke Sabedong. …


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(via Sony Pictures Animation)

The Emoji Movie is not a “good” film. You already knew that. It’s sitting on 6% on Rotten Tomatoes. You’ve probably already seen a trailer for it. It’s a grab bag of surface level pop culture references, slapstick humour and James Corden doing that annoying thing he does. You know, that thing where he embodies what American people *think* British people are like, so there are loads of bits where he does something that resembles a joke, but isn’t funny in itself.

The Emoji Movie isn’t necessarily a “bad” film either. Bad implies you went out to achieve something and…


I found this format on the excellent wrestling blog Tape Machines Are Rolling — which I highly recommend.

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What got you into wrestling?

As a kid, because everyone was into wrestling. I didn’t drop out of wrestling because I found out it was fake, but because I put my brother in the Angle Lock when I was a kid and my mum banned it in the house.

I fell in love with it in a bad way in 2012 when my then housemate started watching shows and talking about the weird history of the WWE. I find wrestling more interesting now I know it’s fake. …


CN: Mental Health, Depression, Suicide.

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Photo via Rowan Neal on Unsplash

“Hold? I’m legitimately being put on hold on a helpline?”

“You are position 1 in the queue. I bet they tell that to everyone.”

“I need a pen. I need a pen and paper in case things get bad.”

“Fucks sake there’s never a pen in this house when you need it.”

“How can you be a writer and never have pen and paper to hand?”

“Damn this is a mellow instrumental. A lot of thought must go into what music can calm people down.”

“God I stink. I haven’t washed in days. …


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Legend had it there was a black cab rank by Kings Cross that housed an arcade machine that the best gamers in London would use. We tried investigating with… varied results.

This article first appeared in Loading Bar’s new revamped print magazine. Loading Bar is London’s premiere video game bar and hosting destination, with outlets in Dalston and Stratford. Head on in for board games, bar shots and Bomberman in their video game basement.

Street Fighter II was one of the early “Did you know you could do…?” games on the fighting game circuit. While gamers were sucked in by the bright colours and sounds of the arcade machine’s attract screen, they stayed for deceptively deep gameplay. The best fighting games are the ones that take the concept of “rock-paper-scissors” and…


It’s not my job to be your Black culture vessel.

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Photo: Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images

It’s the summer of 2015, and I’m struggling to get a piece over the line during a writing fellowship at a well-known website. I’m struggling due to several reasons, but the long and short of it is, I’m not very good at this role. I’m not good at asking for help, and I’m especially bad at taking instruction on how to improve. (To anyone reading this who knew me during that period, I owe you an unqualified apology for my abrasiveness.)

I’m also struggling because my assigning editor keeps reminding me of the adage “write what you know” and encouraging…


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Photo via Ken Lawrence on Unsplash

“Buying gifts for men is easy. You either get them LEGO, booze or socks. Failing that, just get them a bigger watch than the one they’re currently wearing.”

I’ve worn a watch since the age of nine, wearing the Casio “Terrorist Watch” F-91W to my first day of new school in year five. A watch is the last thing I put on before I leave the house, and it’s one of the most important. I’m typically always 15 minutes late to every social meeting, but I feel naked and nervous without something on my wrist to tell the time. …


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Image via MTV

(Disclaimer: While I realise this may be odd publishing a story like this the day after Valentine’s, it is because I am a slovenly man — I originally wrote up the first draft of this back in May 2016. I just needed to be reminded it was sitting in my mobile phone notes. )

(Disclaimer II: Gary and Charlotte’s relationship also ended terribly, with Charlotte leaving the show due to an ectopic pregnancy while Gary played silly buggers on Ex on the Beach, disseminating weird opinions in his column in the Daily Star. …

Carl Anka

I just write about things I’m curious about and upload it when you’re not looking.

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