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The Nervemeter

October 22, 2014


One of these days, after one of those networking events (can’t complain, really, met some interesting people), we were approached by a homeless man, selling a magazine. I expected it to be The Big Issue but he said it was something else. Something that was started by people who did work for The Big Issue before but had left, to do something different.


I recognised Edgar Allan Poe in the cover, we all had a laugh over that (I’m so clever, aren’t I?), I gave him the £3 and as soon as I opened the magazine, found a quote by Aleister Crowley, right on the 3rd page. ‘This could be interesting, I thought’. And indeed it


The Nervemeter is much, much darker than The Big Issue could ever be. It’s a mish mash of images and quotes and images about all sorts of addiction: Sex, heroin, alcohol… you name it. The imagery is right up my street. Creepy,  dark, thought provoking.

Reminds me of fanzines from back in the day. The collages, the black and white printing, the ‘forbidden’ themes. You can see the current issue and download previous issues here. I’m devouring them.


This was very welcome with someone of my tastes but I wonder how well it was received by the public in general?



November 5, 2013

I was sent an issue of Psychologies Magazine for me to take a look as they have now changed their design and features. I was curious as I have never bought the magazine before (I tend to look at the fashion magazines only) and was curious as it promises relevant ideas in motivational content from real people.

(Yes, that’s how I read magazines, all the time.)

Although I don’t think I ever picked up an older issue to be able to compare the look, currently it looks fresh and features good photography. The regular features show us suggestions on books, film, art and ideas, an interview with someone famous (in this issue, Julia Roberts) as well as several opinion articles on varied themes such as divorce and casual sex, among others. You can also find a Dossier, in which a theme is more extensively explored (in this issue, communication), articles on scientific studies and a section with mixed themes such as DIY, home decor, recipes and travel. I found it to be a very complete and diverse magazine, with plenty of interesting things to be learned. I particularly liked the interesting facts and numbers that can be found among the shorter articles as I’m always curious to know about statistics!

Here are some of my favourite quotes from the magazine, that I can relate to:

Julia Roberts on Honesty: “I always want to hear the truth. No matter what it is. I have a great family and amazing friends. I expect them to be honest with me. And I want them to be very straightforward, very plain.

On the  Speaking Up article: “The world tends to value extrovert qualities over introvert ones”.

Amanda Cadenet says: “I just never wanted to live someone else’s life. I don’t know why I’ve got this kind of spirit but I’m very much an advocate of living honestly”.

On the A Life More Ordinary article: “Finding joy in the mundane helps you look at life ‘in the round’ and see that it’s good”.

In sum: I liked the magazine and will probably look for it when I get to buy a magazine to read when I take the train, as the content can be a lot more informative and relevant than regular women’s magazines.

If you want to see if for yourself, Psychologies Magazine is now running a promotion: you get 3 issues for £3 only. T&Cs are on the link.

I know everyone is aching to know what I wore, so here is the rundown: Bow – H&M, Dress – H&M (via Ebay), Boyfriend Cardigan – Zara, Belt – c/o ASOS (it was on their Access All ASOS welcome package), Shoes – Irregular Choice, Tights – I can’t remember!

PS: Psychologies sent me a copy of their latest issue for review, no money was received and the opinions expressed are my own.