Halloween Playlist

David Bowie Dancing

I put together a Halloween playlist in Spotify for a party we’re having this weekend.

There’s 38 songs on here, and a bit of a mix of old and more modern songs with a few slower moments thrown in.

If you have any suggestions for anything I can add to this please let me know in the comments!

Spotify Halloween Playlist


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Halloween Films that are not Scary

I love watching films, but I’m easily scared and I’ve never liked watching horror films. Not being able to turn the light of to go to sleep at night is not my idea of fun! Stephen King’s It, I’m looking at you. At Halloween I want to watch a film that has monsters, ghosts, magic, and general creepiness without being super scared.

These are Halloween films that are not scary, in no particular order. Some may have jumpy moments in them and not all of them are suitable for children, but I don’t think they will keep you awake at night!


Giant worm monsters attacking an isolated community in the desert. One of my favourite films, the blend of horror and humour is almost perfect.


The Thing

Kurt Russell vs monsters in an isolated Antarctica research station. Maybe a bit scary, but it’s the tension between the men in the station that really makes this film.

The Thing on IMDB



This is my favourite film; monsters, spaceships, and a female hero. What more do you need?

alien film

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The original Buffy film holds the honours of being the film with the best prom outfit (subjective), and the film with the best death scene (fact).


Any Harry Potter Film

Magic, and some of the best sets I’ve seen in a film. Can I move into the Gryffindor common room please?

Hermione Granger

Hocus Pocus

A teenager accidentally brings a trio of witches back to life. Load, bright, full of magic, and it’s set at Halloween!

Hocus Pocus

Practical Magic

A romantic comedy, but really the romance comes second to the relationship between the two sisters. Not the sort of film I would normally like, but the addition of magic, a sort of zombie, and the wonderful aunts make this film special.

Practical Magic

Shaun of the Dead

A zombie film, but it’s more funny than scary.

Shaun of the Dead

Sleepy Hollow

Spooky atmosphere, wonderful sets, and Johnny Depp playing for laughs.

Sleepy Hollow


Creepy atmosphere front start to finish in this one. It’s a Neil Gainman story so you know it’s going to be good.



Another animated one, this is from the same people that made Coraline. It’s about a young boy that can speak to the dead. When a witch’s curse on his town is about to come true and zombies start rising from their graves, Norman is the only one that can stop it.

It’s a PG so never gets really scary, and it’s a nice one for kids too.


Troll Hunter

An absolute gem of a film, it’s a Norwegian “found film” about a group of university students who start out to make a documentary about bear poachers.

Troll Hunter


I don’t need to explain this one do I? It’s all good fun until the orange bird things appear, then I have to hide behind the sofa. Probably the scariest moment out of all the films on this list.


Lost Boys

A vampire film that’s not scary really, but it does get a bit gory.

Lost Boys

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Folding Beijing by Hao Jingfang

Folding Beijing is a short sci-fi story written by Hao Jingfang, and it’s available to read for free on Uncanny Magazine.It’s set in a city where 3 different parts of the city literally rotate to share one space. First Space has 24 hours in the open, Second Space and Third Space share the next 24 hours.  It’s set in a city where 3 different parts of the city literally rotate to share one space. It won the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novelette and is worth a read!

My review from GoodReads

Folding BeijingFolding Beijing by Hao Jingfang
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A good story that starts off well and has some interesting ideas. Third Space was vibrant and full of life, I enjoyed the parts that were set there. When the character actually reaches First Space though I thought the story became dull and flat, only picking up again at the end.

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Tuesday Tunes – Skunk Anansie

Skunk Anansie

I’ve been reliving my youth this week. I found a Skunk Anansie CD in the local second hand record shop. I’d forgotten how good they were!

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Victoria Sadler – Darkness

Darkness book by Victoria Sadler
I’ve been entering loads of giveaways over at GoodReads recently, and I managed to win a copy of one of the books I wanted to read the most! Darkness is set in a post-apocalyptic UK where the Western world has collapsed following wars and economic troubles. A group of female terrorists that call themselves RAZR are fighting to destroy what is left of what they believe is a corrupt, patriarchal government. We follow Laura who has been living in a community in a small block of flats since the world collapsed. Now she has to leave this relative safety and decide if she should follow the new government, or fight for the cause of RAZR.

Laura is a likable and refreshing heroine. She’s logical and sensible, almost to the point of being cold at first. As the book progresses she starts to make connections with the other women around her. It was well written, although I did feel the ending was rushed a bit. I will be looking out for other books written by Victoria Sadler.

Goodreads always has loads of giveaways going on – I recommend having a look if you’re after something new to read. I know some people manage to get a few books every month this way.

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Best of the Web – September 2016 Roundup

Automaton playing the piano

The Hidden Side of Success: Real Scientists Share Stories of Turning Around Failure

Talking in many tongues – why more is better when it comes to languages

How Not to Talk to a Woman Wearing Headphones

Book cover archive

Why zebra refused to be saddled with domesticity

On Being a Black Female Math Whiz During the Space Race

Why Dressing Your Age is Bullshit (& Other Fashion Myths Debunked!)

Who says female TV characters always have to be ‘strong’?

Why the Hairstyles in Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ are so Important

Reading lists are the new mixtapes

Why isn’t there a gene for depression?

Vladimir Putin’s Walkable Streets

How a mining engineer’s invention made pop singers all sound the same

Sorry David Attenborough, we didn’t evolve from ‘aquatic apes’ – here’s why

How ‘robots’ of the Enlightenment era gave us an early glimpse of automation

The Perfectionist Trap

Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World

In Praise of Female Friendship

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Tuesday Tunes – Deap Vally

Deap Vally on stage

Deap Vally have been one of my Tuesday Tunes picks before, but they recently released a new album called Femejism.  This is the first single from the album – Royal Jelly.


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Best of the Web – August 2016 Roundup

Ghostbusters Holtzmann

Why has women’s fitness become a beauty contest?

How to Report Social-Media Harassment: A Practical Guide

I Don’t Know How. You’re Better At It

A Story of a Fuck Off Fund 

Holy Shit, Ghostbusters!

Why am I so fat? 

You like coffee, but you love paying your mortgage. 


What I said when my white friend asked for my black opinion on white privilege

Things I’ve Learned from Sewing My Own Clothes

What It Means to Smell Like a Man 

For Women in Tech, Ageism is Getting Old

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Tuesday Tunes – Sia


This is Big Girls Cry by Sia. I love the song, but I think the girl in the video is just brilliant!

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London in November

My Timehop this morning has reminded me of last November when I was in London on a UX course for a few days. London in November is beautiful, if a little cold and my course was in a building a stones throw from the Tower of London, where they had the stunning poppy display. I never shared the photos I took on my trip, but I think today is a timely day to post them up here.

Poppies at the tower of london

Poppies at the tower of london

The area around the Tower of London was packed with people who had come to see the exhibition. Fighting my way through the crowds to get back to the tube on an evening, I always stopped to look at the poppies. It was on a morning though that they were at their best. No crowds, and the early morning soft sunshine combined to make them a beautiful and peaceful sight.

Poppies at the tower of london in november

Poppies at the tower of london

Poppies at the Tower of London  seen from a third floor window

The poppies have been split up now, but if you are anywhere near Wakefield you can see a few of them in the Wave exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture park until early next year.

The UX course took place in a building in St Katharine Docks. I’d never heard of this place before, but it was full of little coffee shops, old buildings, sail boats and interesting sights.

St Katherine Docks Shops

St Katherine Docks Pub

When I was there they had a wooden hippo as part of an art installation and the Queen’s barge was on display. It got busy around lunch time with tourists and office workers looking for lunch, but later or earlier in the day it’s an interesting place to visit if you’re in the area.

St Katherine Docks Queens Barge

St Katherine Dock HippoSt Katherine Docks Boats

Finally, no trip to London is complete without a cocktail, I got mine in the charming Drink, Shop and Do café near Kings Cross train station. A word of warning though, if you want to go on one of their workshops book in advance! My friend Jenni and I had planned to take part in one but it was more than full when we got there, with a queue of people waiting for a place!

Pink sponge Cake and a cocktail jar at Drink Shop and DO

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