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Freelance Journalist and Presenter, BBC Front Row and NewsWatch — BBC
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Presenter BBC Front Row&Newswatch.Freelance Journo,Visiting Prof Kingston Uni.Spiritual Berliner,ex-LosAngeleno,movie connoisseur,especially Westerns&SF.

Samira Ahmed: By indulging our book fetish we’re ignoring the looming threat — I went to a fancy middle-class holiday camp the other week. You know the ones. It was fabulous. We did fencing, crossbows, rode Segways and swam every day in a giant subtropical paradise dome like we were living in a 1970s future world of wholesomeness.

Did Dickens invent time travel? — "As the words were spoken, they passed through the wall, and stood upon an open country road, with fields on either hand. The city had entirely vanished. Not a vestige of it was to be seen. The darkness and the mist had vanished with it, for it was a clear, cold, winter day, with snow upon the ground."

Samira Ahmed: "Being booted off Celebrity Masterchef was a relief" — I look at the slightly charred chapati in the palm of my hand. It should fold like a soft cloth. Instead, it cracks into black shards. I feel myself being sucked down a black tunnel of shame. My mother might be watching this. Or worse, all her friends.

Samira Ahmed Celebrity Masterchef 2015. Samira Ahmed Experimenting at home.

Jul 09, 2015

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How to survive Celebrity MasterChef: Heat four with Samira Ahmed — I was great at school exams so I guess it feels a bit like that. Except it's all one giant chemistry practical combined with a theatrical performance. The boys are super seriously competitive. That's freaking me out. I'm used to being top of the class.

How The Bomb changed everything — It was HG Wells who first conceived the atomic bomb and even gave it its name, in a 1914 novel called The World Set Free. Wells imagined a uranium-based hand grenade that "would continue to explode indefinitely". He may have got the shape and size wrong, but it became a reality in his lifetime - just over 30 years later.

Samira Ahmed: Fame seems like the escape route but maybe it’s the trap — "I used to scrump apples in the grounds here," says Jim Dale, smiling that boyish smile as we sit for our interview in a grand medieval manor house. Now a country house hotel, it used to be a school when he was a boy in the 1940s. It's a remarkable journey.

Age of Ultron’ review by Samira Ahmed • Letterboxd — Sometimes more isn't more. Or rather it's just more. This film is the cinematic equivalent of China spewing out climate-changing heavy industrial pollution with no sense of the overload on the environment.

News & Views - The girlification of character's hair — Long girly hair is a feminist issue and we need to talk about it. Putting your long hair up or styling it short has long been a shorthand for sophistication. It's not about being old, so much as it's about embracing maturity - a girl turning into a woman.

Samira Ahmed: When is it acceptable to exploit murder for entertainment? — It was late, I was tired and I needed cheering up, and I found this great comedy on TV that I'd never seen before which did just the job. Burke and Hare (pictured), directed by John Landis in 2010 and starring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis, is a rollicking love song to Edinburgh's architecture, its gothic medical pioneering past, its lowlife and its ghosts.
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Aug 30, 2015

@EsdaileCarter So strange how the idea's been twisted in so many ways over the years, but still has such potency.

Aug 30, 2015

Plotting Paradise from medieval maps to the minds of jihadists. On @bbcradio4 again tonight 1130pm or iplayer now:

Aug 29, 2015

It has though prompted a family discussion about whether Jesus would have approved of refined sugar. I say fair trade wheat & barley only.

Aug 29, 2015

Checking out vicar's trolley. Morally disapproving of his sugary breakfast cereals & how long he lingers in biscuit aisle. #suburbanthrills

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