Jessica Brown

Jessica is a copywriter, and blogs at cantshutitup.blogspot.com

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The scene in Tesco in Edmonton, north London

Black Friday is a reminder that shops want your money, no matter how human they appear in their Christmas adverts

Apparently mid-season sales, end-of-season sales, January sales and sales for no reason aren’t enough for our nation of shopaholics

The Serial podcast proves we’re not addicted to instant gratification

It’s slow. It’s detailed. It's totally addictive

New romantics: writer William Boyd

I don't think anything could ruin my love for novels more than product placement

Where else will we be able to retreat from the stress of everyday capitalism if writers are paid to include certain items in their books?

I'm more worried about the newly discovered 'stupid virus' than Ebola

We have almost a 50 per cent chance of catching it in the UK – and that’s if we don’t already have it

A woman shelters from the rain under an umbrella in front of the Houses of Parliament in central London

London is hostile, expensive and depressing — but I can't imagine living anywhere else

Despite all of its flaws, the capital is now the most popular city in the world

A new app has been launched that enables people to have a cuddle from a stranger

Will Cuddlr do for hugging what Tinder and Grindr did for sex?

Maybe the new app will  make it more normal to reach out to strangers when we’re feeling lonely

'Introvert' isn't a dirty word, or a character flaw to be overcome

I can't make small talk and I hate nightclubs, but I am no less happy than you

Perfect flat mates

Flatsharing with strangers as an adult is doomed - with or without a 'contract'

I write this after spending the weekend observing a chunk of bacon wallow in the sink

A man meditates on a beautiful beach - but would he better off just practicing Buddhism?

Meditation is fine, but what about the Buddhism behind it?

Closing your eyes and being mindful isn't the only way to achieve inner wellbeing

Silhouette of clubber dancing Hacienda nightclub

A comedian has opened an alcohol-free nightclub. Is he having a laugh?

Stockholm's Sober won't let you in if you're drunk, which seems to miss the point...

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Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders