The Good Bits

Welcome to The Good Bits – my version of the best things I’ve come across on the internet, all collated into a little collection for your consumption. There are articles, videos and podcasts that moved me, inspired me, made me pee a bit with laughter or all three and more. I’ve inhaled each and every one countless times and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. This collection is also constantly growing and I’m always on the lookout for more things to soak up, so if you have any recommendations please let me know!

Things to read

Articles:

Elle’s A-Z of easy ways to be better to the planet by Lena de Casparis

A straight girl’s guide to being single and happy by Lucy Hancock

I rewatched Love Actually and am here to ruin it for you by Lindy West

The profound misery of ABBA’s Dancing Queen by Dolly Alderton in her Dolly Mail newsletter

Smells like pure bullshit by Ashley Davies

Money diaries: Freelance Writer by Refinery 29

6 harsh truths that will make you a better person by David Wong for Cracked

Things to watch

The True Cost movie – a documentary starring Stacey Dooley about the clothing industry, who makes them and how they’re made.

Daniel Sloss – ‘Jigsaw’. There’s a reason this show has broken up over 4500 relationships and counting. If the analogy of everyone’s life being like a jigsaw doesn’t blow your mind, I’m not sure what will.

Jenna Marbles saying ‘I got a basketball game tomorrow’

Pearl the Landlord

Melissa McCarthy’s Lip Sync Battle (Skip to her second song and thank me later)

Jimmy Fallon Tight Pants

“Ew!” with Ariana Grande

Will Ferrel and Mark Wahlberg Insult each other 

Things to listen to

Table Manners – Jessie Ware and her mother, Lenny, candidly interview guests in their homes with a slap-up meal of their making in a laidback podcast around food. Listen to episodes with Nigella, Yotam Ottolenghi, Sadiq Khan, Stacey Dooley and Sandi Toksvig in particular.

The High Low – a weekly pop culture podcast by journalists Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton

Nobody Panic – Stevie Martin and Tessa Coates tackle the how to’s of life on this weekly podcast. Favourites include: How to live without plastic, how to talk to people and how to do online dating.

Ctrl Alt Delete – Emma Gannon interviews guests such as Lena Dunham, Liz Gilbert, Jodi Picoult, Reni Eddo-Lodge and so many more on themes around creativity, feminism, the internet, mental health and careers.

Adulting – Oenone tackles how to start attempting to be an adult by conversationally chatting to guests about their specialist topic, including fast fashion, mental health and marriage.

The Guilty Feminist – A comedy podcast where Deborah Frances-White hosts panel discussions with fellow comedians, actors, feminists and activists, always starting with ‘I’m a feminist, but’ admissions.

Talking Tastebuds – Venetia Falconer interviews guests about their life in food, including important questions like ‘what did you have for breakfast?’.

You’re Booked – Daisy Buchanan delves into the bookshelves of famous authors to discover their beloved reads, how a reader becomes a writer and the books they’ll borrow, but never give back.

 My Dad Wrote A Porno – Jamie Morton’s father has written a series of erotic novels. Along with Alice Lavine and James Cooper, they read them out and dissect the contents. Careful listening to this one in public, it’s laugh out loud.

Happy Place – Fearne Cotton talks to interesting guests about what happiness means to them. Notable guests include Russell Brand, Stephen Fry and Dawn French.

How I Built This – Guy Raz interviews entrepreneurs about the empires they built. I would recommend the Instagram, Air BnB, Bumble, TOMS, Spanx and Virgin episodes.

Specific podcast episodes to listen to:

Dolly Alderton’s Love Stories with Sara Pascoe (the Emma Freud episode is equally moving)

Caitlin Moran’s Desert Island Discs

Sandi Toksvig’s Desert Island Discs