Love and Life
The confidence that can come from wearing high heels is a potential minefield dividing the opinion of feminists everywhere. Sometimes, all you can do is accept the complexities of a seemingly insignificant subject and take a personal stance. And you don't have to feel pinned down.
We are so fortunate that distance is slowly being eroded by amazing advances in gadgetry. We can IM a thai fisherman or tweet a president. Online friends and relevant others are a few extra bubbles in the bargain fizz of life.
What is love? Seriously? The Greeks divided it up into several concepts. Of course we won't leave the ancients out of this, but Buzz takes on the Greek heavyweights with his own version of what love is. Bring it on.
Should you settle for second best in your quest to find someone you really love to bits? Should you go out with a 0.9, knowing he's not enough for you and that if he was free he could be some lucky girl's 1.0?
Babe's Bible: The single life. What comes to mind? Machiavellian nights on the town with the girls? Your blackberry brimming with texts from handsome eligible bachelors? Or is it your sofa, slippers and Doctor Who re-runs on a Saturday night?
Babe's Bible: First loves tend to be lovely little boys who have pudding bowl hair cuts and share their sandwiches. Should one Facebook them as a 16 year old? Or should some loves be treasured as memories?
Babe's Bible: Our little Ruby, who for some reason once thought hummus is a type of honey, is a self-confessed member of Airheads Anonymous. She looks at the pros, cons and whys of being an airhead in an attempt to rediscover her lovely (blonde) roots...
Babe's Bible: For ladies of the school-leaving persuasion, the year's end means two things: Examinations and the Prom. An iconic, integral part of the American high school experience, proms are becoming increasingly common worldwide. Any excuse for a party! Here are the pros and cons for having prom arm candy...
Babe's Bible: The high-maintenance she-devil bytch from hell is - much like the blue whale - more often sighted on a television screen than in reality. Laura bids us open our arms to these maligned creatures.
Babe's Bible: After previously forcing her number on the tousle-mopped Alex Zane, Zoe-Ann Harris has a second chance to make good - when the tattooed, ear-tunnelled guy from the Levis ad walks into her local. Is that the sound of wedding bells? No, it's the sound of lead balloons plummeting back to the pillowy chest of Mother Gravity...
Babe's Bible: The only criterium (ooh, get us! We know grammar!) for a hen do is to be wild and free like a Grecian maenad. With the rise of ladette culture, what happens when Mars and Venus collide? And is it possible to have an alternative hen night that is neither cheesy nor po-faced?
Babe's Bible: Isn't it lovely when you go on a perfect date, and you feel completely familiar with each other, and they don't mind when you refuse to share the popcorn and walk at your own pace? Char goes on the perfect date. You can, too.
Babe's Bible: It's January and people worldwide are making the bleakest month of the year even worse by comfort-eating away the guilt of ballsing up their NY resolutions already. Want to lose weight? Our Char has an innovative new diet plan. But you won't like it. And if you do, it probably won't work...
Babe's Bible: Fast food is a crazy phrase from the modern world that you only really give weight to when you've got a greasy noodle stuck in your teeth. 'Moving on'... another term that's all about our modern obssession with 'fast'. Can you actually outrun yourself?
Babe's Bible: Has your happy relationship become slightly stale? Oh dear. These tiny yet delightful tips will accentuate the positive. And if you've got a creative, crafty side, try sneaking it into the relationship. It might help strengthen the seams...
Babe's Bible: "I need you to write about coitus, about making it better, you know, for women". That, says our advice columnist Char, is an example of a typical lad's mag brief which I'd normally happily get working on, full of feature ideas even better than the aforementioned. I'd get myself comfortable then sit down, coffee steaming, classical music playing, packet of cigarettes next to me - half of them smoked - and get to work. So what's changed?
Babe's Bible: There is no finer way to make an impression on your celebrity crush than to peak and crash on a sugar-high, seranade them with a poor rendition of the Beastie Boys then ask them out with the retro usage of a post-it note. Zoe-Ann Harris lives the dream.
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton have been going out for years, and live in houses next door to each other - because she can't stand gothic interior decoration, and he can't stand the chintz. 'The new paradigm' is being in a loving trusting relationship but living separately.
There is no doubt - we are irresistible, intelligent, worth dying for and we can do anything... right? Life is wonderful, gives us the chance to thrive and... f*ck up. It puts us in the most unexpected situations, and what we decide can determine how we think of ourselves.
The next time you spill your saddened, overburdened PMT heart to a man and wonder why he's so non-understanding and brisk about it, be kind. When he has a problem, he hides in a cave and ponders... scratch a modern guy and, in a historical not a catty sense, you'll find a caveman. Read on.
H What do you do when your best mate invites you to a terrible party that has Jamelia on loop, you watch aghast as she sticks her tongue down the nearest boychild, then your ex turns up? Lola Ross has the answer.
Single in Soho London is meant to be the vibrant city of swinging sauce and glamour (or at least brutal punishing of the liver then a snog outside a chip shop). So why is Zoe-Ann the only single person in all of Soho?
Do past relationships, and we mean the biggies of our lovelorn lives, create a new dating style for future hookups or are we just a little too emotionally analytical for our own good? Our Char breaks it down, from the spat to the stalking to the revenge shags to the getting fat to the... future?
No-one wants to proselytize, but our Steph goes to a slutfest New Year's party dressed as a sexy army girl - and the only difference between her and everybody else is that she is, on this occasion, sober. A report from the frontline.
Now Ruby is in her early twenties and has discovered such joys as buying her own bras, salad, and debit cards, she's had the chance to shudder at her teenage years and reflect on those oh-so-important issues at the time. To help you get through your wonder years, she's offered some advice they don't give you in girlie teenage mags. Is her age showing?
Parents, Hans Christian Anderson and the media have all conspired to make us believe that we will be swept off our feet by a perfect man with a white horse and a golden spear - his name is Lancelot, and yours is Guinevere. Charlotte Kymberley dispels the myth of 'the Cinderella effect', and looks at what we can do to replace it with something more realistic...
With modern nights out consisting of expressive freedom on the dancefloor spoiled by idiots and clumsy fools, Debbie Read takes us to a beautifully formal yesteryear... the 1920s... when men were real men, dammit, and women had a dance-card...
It has been statisically proven that rejected women are more likely to engage in stalker-like behaviour than rejected men. The problem is, says Charlotte Kimberley, that women are hard-wired to need confrontation and resolution when a relationship breaks down, and men and women have a very different take on the meaning of 'desire'...
We all have relationship skeletons in our closet... Ex-boyfriends we should never have gone out with in the first place, things we did to our former beaus that we're ashamed of - but Debbie Read knows how to make it better. A break-up CD!