He has seen more of the world than anyone else who has ever lived - he’s visited the north and south poles and witnessed most of the life in-between - from the birds in the canopies of tropical rainforests to giant earthworms in Australia.
But despite his extraordinary travels, there is one part of the globe that’s eluded him. As a young man and a keen rock-climber, he yearned to conquer the highest peak in the world. “I won’t make it now - I won’t make it to base camp now - but as a teenager, I thought that the only thing a red-blooded Englishman really should do was to climb Everest.”
Possibly the loveliest thing I’ve listened to in a long time.
“I felt fairly blue about that, because all along it felt like I’d been told I was going to get a promotion and then been overlooked at the last minute… I let myself hope, I let myself believe what people were saying and that was silly. I want to say, if you’re going to be in Bafta, it’s British Academy, you have to watch all the British films before you start watching the other stuff. If I had a pound for every time a Bafta member has admitted to me, weeks after the voting closed, ‘I haven’t seen Tyrannosaur yet …’! I found it upsetting: Peter [Mullan] should have been up for Best Actor, Eddie [Marsan] should have been up for Best Supporting. It’s our own Academy and they don’t watch our films.”—Olivia Colman, about Bafta (she was snubbed this year for her well acclaimed role in Tyrannosaur, which won Best British Debut). (via 1537paperstreet)
But, of course, you might be asking yourself, ‘Am I a feminist? I might not be. I don’t know! I still don’t know what it is! I’m too knackered and confused to work it out. That curtain pole really still isn’t up. I don’t have time to work out if I am a women’s libber! There seems to be a lot to it. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?’
So here is the quick way of working out if you’re a feminist. Put your hand in your pants.
a) Do you have a vagina? and
b) Do you want to be in charge of it?
If you said ‘yes’ to both, then congratulations! You’re a feminist.
Because we need to reclaim the word ‘feminism’. We need the word ‘feminism’ back real bad. When statistics come in saying that only 29 per cent of American women would describe themselves as feminist - and only 42 per cent of British women - I used to think, What do you think feminism IS, ladies? What part of ‘liberation for women’ is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? ‘Vogue’, by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that good shit GET ON YOUR NERVES? Or were you just DRUNK AT THE TIME OF SURVEY?
These days, however, I am much calmer - since I realised that it’s technically impossible for a woman to argue against feminism. Without feminism, you wouldn’t be allowed to have a debate on a woman’s place in society. You’d be too busy giving birth on the kitchen floor - biting down on a wooden spoon, so as not to disturb the men’s card game - before going back to quick-liming the dunny.