FRIDAY FOURTEEN ISSUE 03

We’ve spent much of the last few weeks reading the New York Times' extraordinary 1619 Project, which reframes America’s memory of slavery, and draws connections between present and past injustice (for example, how modern prisons and traffic jams are connected to racial inequity).

Could you draw a bicycle from scratch?

Okay so maybe the celebrity profile isn’t dead after all

The mistakes you’re most likely to make according to your star sign (“Oh Gemini, it’s almost not your fault. When you combine your natural lust for social stimulation with your epic disorganisation, you inevitably end up in situations where you have to send texts like, “that was TODAY? SORRY leaving now!”)

This raw tomato pasta dish will make you never want to cook toms again

Obsessed with this story about college sweethearts who decided to break up and meet five years in the future (“We settled on meeting at the New York Public Library, near the uptown lion, at 4 p.m. on the first Sunday in April, five years from that spring. We wrote our pledge on a dollar bill, tore it in half and gave each other the half we’d written on.”)

Short money rules (“Wealth is what you don’t see – money that hasn’t been spent, cars that haven’t been bought, jewellery that hasn’t been purchased.”)

This quiz tests you on the most effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint – and the results will 100% surprise you

Here’s a wonderfully simple olive oil cake that you can make with stuff you have in your pantry

…and a gluten-free clementine cake that calls for four entire clementines (yes! skin and all!) to be whizzed into submission before being blended with almonds and eggs. Heaven.

We’ve just started sharing our fave reads over on our Instagram, and the next book on Vanessa’s bedside table is Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, while Lizzie is reading Her Body & Other Partiesa short story collection by Carmen Maria Machado

We love the simplicity of this sleep timer

If you’ve ever travelled with a parent, stop what you’re doing and listen to this episode of Conversations immediately (“He discovered his Dad didn't like museums or monuments, galleries or landmarks, or travelling much at all. And he really didn't like Paris.”)

Laura Callaghan's illustrations are a celebration of flawed, wonderful, fleshy, real women.


 
Vanessa Keys