Month: June 2015

Amy Schumer is Not A Racist: On Good Jokes, Bad Jokes and The Wisdom To Know The Difference.

I am a creature of habit in all things, but most especially when it comes to TV. I have a few shows I love and it takes me a really long time to give a new one a chance. I make snap decisions- if you don’t get me at the pilot, it may be season 4 before I check back to see if you’ve stopped being awful. Anyway, everyone I knew and respected were getting quite embarrassingly effusive  about Inside Amy Schumer, so I decided to give it a whirl last night. I didn’t start from season 1. I knew enough about the show to know it was intensely topical, so I thought I’d save myself the faff of filtering all the jokes through the ‘current affairs’ of 2013. Instead, I decided to see what season 3 had to say for itself. Even before the opening credits of S3E1, I was won over by the brilliant, perfectly bonkers mind of the Funniest Woman Of Our Time.* I’m of course talking about the sketch on bottoms, …

The Friday Fun: 19 June 2015

Guys, it’s here. Over 48 hours of uninterrupted no-work time. Nothing but you and whatever the hell you want to do. 4 hour manicure? Go for it. Back-to-back naps? Do you. Hiking? Yes. Marathon karaoke? YOLO. White tie banquet? We love it. Divorce celebration party? Carpe every available diem. Babysitting? Spread the love. Juice fasting? Eye of the tiger, baby. Excessive partying? Let it all hang out. We here at miafarradaily.com are 100 percent behind any and all weekend plans (except for weekend classes for professional courses which have to be the worst thing in existence). We salute you, merry-makers, however you choose to make your merry because we worship the liberty of the weekend and respect all who do the same. Here are few things to help you get into it: 1. This photo, because it’s a real thing and I have had it at almost every dinner party I have ever hosted. If you are having a dinner party this weekend, learn from me, and buy 3x as much wine as you think …

Mia’s Library: The Wideacre Trilogy and The Girl With All The Gifts

Sick as a dog all weekend, I managed to exceed my own PB for books read in a 48 hour period. Of that number, (11!) here are 4 I think you should add to your library. 1-3: The Wideacre Trilogy by Philippa Gregory. Book 1: Wideacre , Book 2: The Favoured Child, Book 3: Meridon These books are not new, and as such may already be familiar to some of you- I am sorry to be so late to the party. I however found them at the perfect time- they took me to a wonderfully juxtaposed world of pre-Industrial England, with attendant bucolic beauty, and intensely drawn malice, evil and madness. Wideacre is both the title of the first book and the focus of all three tales- a beautiful estate in Sussex owned by the ancient Lacey family. You meet Beatrice in book 1, a happy, headstrong, clever child so full of love for her father, the Squire, and Wideacre that she feels an almost metaphysical connection to home. Beatrice’s gender however works against her- …

The Friday Fun: June 12 2015

There’s no hard and fast rule that says that bad things can’t happen on a weekend. But in the same way we don’t dispute that most babies are born at night, or that most people named Alan are a bit odd, or that your luggage will never, ever be the first off the carousel after a long flight, we all know that most good things happen on Fridays, Saturdays and glorious Sunday afternoons. The weekend is here people, here are a few things to help you get into it. 1. This insanely good, mega-massive summer track by the Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face”. It’s got all the good bits of a classic Michael Jackson hit, with all the modern musical extras we’ve come to expect. There’s a huge trend for new-music-sounding-like-old-music which I am absolutely here for. This one is a great example and a surprising (but not unwelcome) departure from the Weeknd’s usual 200 minute long sexy-time odysseys. 2. This opportunity for endless belly-laughs, by way of (arguably) the best news story to ever …

So, what if men took their wives surname?

Originally posted on SO-CIO WHAT IF:
So what is a surname?  A surname is a hereditary name common to all members of a family. It’s also known as last name and family name. So does everyone have a surname? No Wait! Really? Yes, not everyone has a last name. Some people have only one name, they are known as mononymous — people who are known and addressed by a mononym, or a “single name”. Before colonization, westernization and globalization, a lot of people were mononymous. Mononymous names are still existent and common in Indonesia, Iceland, South India and Malaysia. Surnames were only introduced after World War I in Turkey by their first president as part of his plan to westernize and modernize the country. Most countries actually have laws requiring citizens and residents within their jurisdiction to have a surname. So if you believe surnames to be innate, well they are not. They are simply another human construct. So when did surnames begin? Surnames began in various regions of the world at different times. In England they began as…