— Ellie Broughton

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Last Valentine’s weekend, I got up on stage to entertain strangers with the story of my hopeless return to the dating scene at Romantic Misadventure.

Although my Romantic Misadventure reading isn’t available online, you can check out past readings on Soundcloud.

If you want to read any of my creative writing, you can find short stories I read aloud at Literary Kitchen in Peckham last year on The Learned Pig and The Cadaverine. (I also have one published with Queen Mob’s Teahouse).

My next reading is on 4 August, for The Vine Collective, where I’ll be reading on the same bill as hero storyteller Salena Godden. Come along!

And, if you ask nicely, I might retell dating anecdotes in person.

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05xejnbRAn Elle article about the daily diet of a so-called health expert had foaming at the mouth, so I wrote about it for Independent Voices, the comment site for The Independent. 

It was the irony that first caught everybody’s eye.

“Bacon,” one person tweeted – enough to catch anyone’s attention. “Her name is Bacon.”

Amanda Bacon runs a juice bar in LA and was just featured on the website for US Elle. It was a ‘day in the life’ feature about what she eats – or, to be more accurate, what she doesn’t eat.

Because Amanda Bacon’s ‘diet’ consists of only a handful of solid food every 24 hours. She consumes (spoiler alert): tea, a warm drink, veggie ‘shots’, juice, bee pollen, cashews, another juice ‘shot’, raw courgette and olives, more tea, coconut yoghurt, fresh and dried fruit, hemp milk, seaweed and mushroom broth, and almond milk. At bedtime, she eats chocolate made from raw cacao, mushrooms, and rice protein.

At one point she literally eats dust. ‘Brain dust’, to be exact: it’s hard to tell from the website what’s in this supplement for nut milk. My guess is, not brains.

Click here to keep reading. You might also want to read other rants, raves and disclosures:

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This was first published on the Elsewhere blog.

On Boxing  Day I walked up Brockle Beck, a little stream outside Keswick. At the bottom of the path sits Spring Farm. A heap of sodden toys, carpets and chairs lay outside next to a silver Rolls Royce that gleamed in the sun.

Marks from the floods, which had happened two weeks ago, were still present. From the mounds of soil by the roadside to the still-wet floodplains around the Derwent, the water’s draughtsmanship was everywhere.

The footpath led up Brockle Beck through the woods. There were still sweeping traces down the lane of leaves and gravel, marks made by the overflow.

A 30-foot oak lay on its side in the riverbed, redesigned by the force of the floods.

A photo posted by Ellie (@elliebroughton_) on

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“Six months ago I wouldn’t have agreed to be interviewed for a newspaper – absolutely no confidence there at all,” Paul confides.

“I’ve been using tools all my life, so that’s not much of an issue, but the main difficulty is actually dealing with people. At one point I just wouldn’t go near people. Now I can at least talk to them. I’m not exactly fond of it yet but I’m not running away from it either.”

I spoke to Paul about the charity project Restoration Station – a furniture restoration course for people going through rehab. Click here to see the feature in full on the Hackney Citizen’s website.

I worked as the features editor at the Citizen in 2015, covering stories including:

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New waves of wearables are changing the way we exercise, but intuition remains the smartest ‘app’ we have for monitoring our own health. I spoke to a UK GP, a gadget guru and a professor of wearable technology for a supplement that ran in The Times to find out how personal tech might reduce our risk of CVD in the next twenty years.

I discovered that wearables are unlikely to be a solution for everyone and are only likely to have a short-term benefit. Dr Deborah Lupton, a sociologist who researches self-tracking and digital health technologies at Australia’s University of Canberra, points out that most people who buy apps and wearables are already interested in voluntarily managing their own health and don’t use the apps or devices for long.

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