Author: Becki Jayne Crossley

Great British Bake Off Recap: The Final

Hands up who’s still sporting their I Survived Halloween 2017 Without Prue Leith Ruining the Bake Off Final For Me badge? It’s Channel 4’s debut Bake Off Final and, before it’s even started, someone’s already dropped a clanger (and it wasn’t Kate this time).  It’s a shame, although it did …

Great British Bake Off Recap Semi Final: Patisserie

It’s the semi-final of the Great British Bake Off, and in honour of the occasion Noel is urging a chicken called Michael to lay an egg. You know, I really wasn’t sure going into this, but I really have come to appreciate Noel as a Bake Off presenter. Not sure …

52 Films by Women: Halloween Special

Every month our writers will be submitting their fave films written and/or directed by women, one for every week of the year – and for October, we’re looking at our favourite horrors! Have any suggestions? Tweet us @The_Nopebook with the hashtag #52FilmsbyWomen or email our Screen Queen at media@thenopebook.com Buffy the Vampire Slayer …

Is Skinnypigs Fitness Empowering or Demeaning Women?

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss — At the beginning of the week, you probably hadn’t heard of Newcastle-based women’s fitness company, Skinnypigs Fitness. Thanks to a questionable banner and subsequent backlash on Twitter, however, that may now have changed. Earlier this week, an image of the fitness company’s banner circulated …

Great British Bake Off Recap E8: Forgotten Bakes

It’s forgotten bakes week on the Great British Bake Off so it’s very on theme that I would rather forget this week happened. Yes, I am having a tantrum. Liam is crowned King of Everything and Stacey finally gets told off for baking a paper pie, the end. I SAID …

The Outside Project is Tackling Homelessness in the LGBTIQ+ Community

There are many issues that disproportionately affect LGBTIQ+ people in society, from mental health problems to hate crime. One of the less considered issues, however, is how over-represented queer people are amongst the UK’s homeless. Research by the Albert Kennedy Trust shows that up to a quarter of homeless young people …

Great British Bake Off Recap E7: Italian

Did Noel just make a joke about Paul being a tosser while dressed as a strawberry? It’s Italian week on the Great British Bake Off and already it’s looking intense. Seemingly trying to make the challenges more authentic, the good old British weather has come out to turn the tent …

Great British Bake Off Recap E6: Pastry

It’s pastry week on The Great British Bake Off, and I brace myself to start sobbing over someone’s unflaky pastry. Prue makes a surprise appearance on this week’s intro, which has Sandi in a rowing boat with Noel dressed as a tiger in an homage to ‘Life of Pi’. Pi, …

Why Are We Still Celebrating Hugh Hefner’s Misogyny?

Last week the news broke that Hugh Hefner had passed away at the age of 91. And now, we’re told that the life of the billionaire builder of the Playboy empire will be made into a movie starring Jared Leto. In the reporting of Hefner’s passing, the response from the …