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“The millennial Bridget Jones. The new voice of a generation.” Grazia UK. A raw, relatable and binge-worthy storytelling podcast made from over 9,000 diary entries. Listen to Liz Beardsell share vulnerable and unapologetically honest true stories about the complexities of sex, modern dating and coping with grief. Listeners are recommended to start listening from Series 1, Episode 1.

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“The millennial Bridget Jones. The new voice of a generation.” Grazia UK. A raw, relatable and binge-worthy storytelling podcast made from over 9,000 diary entries. Listen to Liz Beardsell share vulnerable and unapologetically honest true stories about the complexities of sex, modern dating and coping with grief. Listeners are recommended to start listening from Series 1, Episode 1.

    Series 2, Ep 16 - A Love Hotel

    Series 2, Ep 16 - A Love Hotel

    I had been captivated by Japan, perhaps since the early 2000’s when Bill Murray and Scarlette Johanson brought the delights of Tokyo to my attention via Lost In Translation. This was shortly followed by developing a curiosity in Japanese street style whilst studying Fashion Promotion and Illustration at university. Then as my interest in interiors started to develop, so did my interest in Japan’s calming and simplistic style, quite the contrast to the chaotic Japan I had first been presented with. Their juxtaposition of cultures was enchanting, but equally overwhelming and despite it being top of my holiday list for some time and being comfortable holidaying alone, when it came to Japan, I was waiting to meet someone, so I could enter and guide my way through what seemed like a bewildering other world with someone else's support. But then I thought fuck it, stop waiting, just go and it was the best solo holiday I could have hoped for.

    Follow Instagram for more extracts from my Diaries: https://www.instagram.com/diaryshewrote/

    Key Characters:

    Billie - A holiday fling

    Locations:

    Yogi Park, Tokyo
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3034_002.html

    Cat Street
    https://www.japanvisitor.com/tokyo-area-guides/catstreettokyo

    Opening Ceremony
    https://www.openingceremony.com/en-gb/

    City Shop
    http://cityshop.tokyo/

    Shibuya Crossing
    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/tokyo/attractions/shibuya-crossing/a/poi-sig/396831/356817

    Fushimi Inari-taisha (Red Pillar Temple)
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3915.html

    Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
    https://www.insidekyoto.com/arashiyama-bamboo-grove

    Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3908.html

    Kyoto Onsen
    https://www.insidekyoto.com/kyotos-best-onsen-hot-spring-baths

    Naoshima Island
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5475.html

    Dans Le Noir
    https://london.danslenoir.com/unusual-restaurant-in-london.html

    Benesse House
    https://benesse-artsite.jp/en/stay/benessehouse/

    The Park Hyatt Plaza - The New York Bar
    https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/japan/park-hyatt-tokyo/tyoph

    Kaikaya By The Sea
    http://www.kaikaya.com/

    Oath
    https://www.residentadvisor.net/club.aspx?id=16967

    Mori Digital Museum
    https://borderless.teamlab.art/

    Cultural References:

    Yayoi Kusama
    http://yayoi-kusama.jp/e/information/

    Entertainment References:

    Lost In Translation
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_in_Translation_(film)

    Normal People
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal_People

    Greta Thunberg School Strike
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Thunberg

    Gwen Steffani - Harajuka Girls
    https://open.spotify.com/album/3Lqn8M0QxPLIPRJ4nUKTGN?highlight=spotify:track:3L7P7HZVQ3wxzKoUyxaC9H

    Lost In Tokyo
    https://lostin.com/products/lost-in-tokyo

    Katy Perry Roar
    https://open.spotify.com/album/2bELFHKEF8yIDHMelNab2p

    Pulp Common People
    https://open.spotify.com/album/3ly9T2L4pqTZijFgQssd3x?highlight=spotify:track:2fXKyAyPrEa24c6PJyqznF

    Snow Informer
    https://open.spotify.com/track/2LjiPAQOVazT8sRyXL3XRs

    Queen Don’t Stop Me Now
    https://open.spotify.com/track/3lrNq7iGL5r3KS93YiKAbC

    Pulp Fiction
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulp_Fiction

    Diary, She Wrote was produced by Liz Beardsell in partnership with Bird Lime Media with original music by Ethan Illingworth

    • 30 min
    Series 2, Ep. 15 - That's Actually My Bra

    Series 2, Ep. 15 - That's Actually My Bra

    I had always been turned on by the female body, when I masturbated and sometimes when I was having sex with a guy I would imagine I was with a woman. But I never knew if it was just a fantasy. I had one memory of being attracted to a female friend when I was 19 and then I dated Dan for 11 years. But at the age of 31, when I was single again I started to fancy another female friend, so I changed my dating app settings to include women so I could fully explore my desire.

    Follow Instagram for more extracts from my Diaries: https://www.instagram.com/diaryshewrote/

    Key Characters:

    Dan - My ex boyfriend who I spent 11 years with from 2001 - 2012

    Rachel - The first girl I fancied

    Carrie - A friend

    Susie, Sophie, Holly - Some of my oldest friends

    Adina, Stephanie, Melissa, Heather, Patrick - London friends

    Stephen Minder - An uncomfortable encounter before #metoo

    Beth - My best mate

    Adele - A one night stand

    Locations:

    Stories - Now closed
    https://www.timeout.com/london/bars-and-pubs/stories

    Pizza East
    https://www.pizzaeast.com/

    Chiltern Street Firehouse
    http://www.chilternfirehouse.com/

    Entertainment References:

    The Strokes - Is This It
    https://open.spotify.com/album/2k8KgmDp9oHrmu0MIj4XDE

    Destiny’s Child - Survivor
    https://open.spotify.com/album/2HcjLD0ButtKsQYqzoyOx9

    Mariah Carey - Glitter
    https://open.spotify.com/album/5fN9sJIh7mAXBsb3mvX7A1

    Camp America
    https://www.usasummercamp.com/

    Tinder
    https://tinder.com/?lang=en-GB

    Burning Man
    https://burningman.org/

    Florence and The Machine
    https://florenceandthemachine.net/

    Happn
    https://www.happn.com/en/

    Diary, She Wrote was produced by Liz Beardsell in partnership with Bird Lime Media with original music by Ethan Illingworth

    • 17 min
    Series 2, Ep. 14 - I've Changed My Mind

    Series 2, Ep. 14 - I've Changed My Mind

    Despite keeping a diary, I don’t remember all of the first dates I’ve been on, but I do remember my first Tinder date and the story that followed. This is a short story about wrong decisions from both parties, but it’s an important one to share. I faced a similar situation a year later and once again it wasn’t dealt with in the right way but the third time it happened in 2018 the world had changed and I felt comfortable expressing my decision.

    Follow Instagram for more extracts from my Diaries: https://www.instagram.com/diaryshewrote/

    Key Characters:

    James - A guy I dated

    Isaac - A London friend and the first man I fancied after ending an 11 year relationship

    Jared - A one night stand

    Harry - A guy I dated

    Julian - A guy I dated

    Rowan - One of my best mates I met in my single years

    Beth - My best mate

    Dan - My ex boyfriend who I spent 11 years with from 2001 - 2012

    Eric - A guy I dated

    Locations:

    White Hart
    https://whitehartstokenewington.com/

    The Victoria
    http://www.jaguarshoes.com/venue/the-victoria/

    Ace Hotel
    https://www.acehotel.com/london/

    The Duke Of Wellington
    https://www.frontierpubs.co.uk/your-local/duke-of-wellington-dalston-pub/

    Cultural References:

    Tippi Hedren - The Birds
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tippi_Hedren

    Entertainment References:

    Tinder
    https://tinder.com/?lang=en-GB

    Breaking Bad
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking_Bad

    Little Mix - Shout Out to My Ex
    https://open.spotify.com/album/4TvPWe1vbrh0hozmCoSFRI

    Diary, She Wrote was produced by Liz Beardsell in partnership with Bird Lime Media with original music by Ethan Illingworth

    • 17 min
    Series 2, Ep. 13 - It Sort Of Felt Life Changing

    Series 2, Ep. 13 - It Sort Of Felt Life Changing

    Throughout my twenties I wasn’t interested in going to festivals. I rarely listened to new music, my morning alarm would be joined by Magic FM playing the same songs on repeat that I’d known all my life. I also didn’t like the thought of camping, the dirt, the portaloo's, the greasy hair. I just didn’t think I’d enjoy it. And then as part of my transition into single life I dipped my toe into Field Day in London - a one day festival within walking distance of my flat which I obviously loved, from here I moved on to Glastonbury and others followed.

    Due to CoronaVirus all our festivals have been cancelled for 2020, so for a bit of nostalgia, I thought it would be nice to share some festival experiences and dedicate an episode to our absent festivals. This episode takes a slightly different approach to others because it features 6 individual events rather than one overarching story over time.

    Follow Instagram for more extracts from my Diaries
    https://www.instagram.com/diaryshewrote/

    Key Characters:

    Rowan - One of my best mates who I met in my single years

    Grace - One of my best mates who I met in my single years

    Beth - My best mate

    Heather, Jessica, Bob, Dave, Flossie, Charlotte, Jay, Nina, Sylvia, Caitlin, Adam, Vera, Ian, Jeff, Sasha, Patrick, Hayley, Gina, Heidi, Kristin, Megan, Helen, Lee, Shane, Eddy - London friends

    Dustin, Poppy - American friends

    Isaac - A London friend and the first man I fancied after ending my 11 year relationship

    Gerard - A festival hook up

    Vince - A guy I dated

    Jill - A festival crush

    Corey - A festival kiss

    Locations:

    Field Day
    https://fielddayfestivals.com/

    Glastonbury
    https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/
    https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/Areas/shangri-la/
    https://www.facebook.com/lizardstage/
    https://www.facebook.com/The-Rabbit-Hole-at-Glastonbury-Festival-226177724076526/
    https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/areas/pyramid-stage/
    https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/areas/west-holts/
    https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/line-up-2020-item/the-crows-nest/
    https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/areas/the-green-fields/croissant-neuf/
    https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/areas/the-park/
    https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/areas/the-glade/
    https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/areas/beat-hotel/
    https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/areas/arcadia/

    Burning Man
    https://burningman.org/

    Green Man Festival
    https://www.greenman.net/

    Festival No. 6
    https://festivalnumber6.com/

    Shambala Festival
    https://www.shambalafestival.org/
    https://www.shambalafestival.org/2020/venue/chai-wallahs/
    https://www.shambalafestival.org/2020/venue/rebel-soul/
    https://www.facebook.com/WombyView/

    Cultural References:

    Same Sex Couples Act 2013
    https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2013/30/contents/enacted

    StoneHenge
    https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/

    Temple Project in Derry
    https://www.artichoke.uk.com/project/temple/

    Entertainment References:

    Magic FM
    https://www.radio-uk.co.uk/magic-fm

    Broadchurch
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadchurch

    Get Lucky by Daft Punk
    https://open.spotify.com/album/2ePFIvZKMe8zefATp9ofFA

    Savages
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/1WFsBUAgQmrGQQEUyFKS60

    Solange
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/2auiVi8sUZo17dLy1HwrTU

    Everything Everything
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/1HOeqtP7tHkKNJNLzQ2tnr

    Django Django
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/2ARO60gI5do88ho6azmzab

    Drunken Sailor
    https://open.spotify.com/album/5iyQuCFO65zkVXaqtBYFuo

    Alice In Wonderland
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice's_Adventures_in_Wonderland

    Blondie
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/4tpUmLEVLCGFr93o8hFFIB

    Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk

    Lily Allen
    https://www.lilyallenmusic.com/

    Tune Yards
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/0asVlqTLu3TimnYVyY5Jxi

    John Wizards
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/4sPLhyVBoVtdlX0MaetdVK

    Duncan and Disorderly
    https://op

    • 31 min
    Series 2, Ep. 12 - The Hot Waiter

    Series 2, Ep. 12 - The Hot Waiter

    This story is about my 10 day solo holiday in Mexico in Oct 2016. It touches on loneliness, lust and communication.

    Follow Instagram for more extracts from my Diaries: https://www.instagram.com/diaryshewrote/

    Key Characters:

    Antonio - The Hot Waiter

    Locations:

    Chichen Itza
    https://www.chichenitza.com/

    Casa Jaguar
    https://www.casajaguartulum.com/

    Casa Banana
    https://www.instagram.com/casabananatulum/?hl=en

    Posada Margherita
    https://www.posadamargherita.com/

    Entertainment References:

    Bridget Jones Baby
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridget_Jones's_Baby

    Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
    https://www.jkrowling.com/book/harry-potter-cursed-child/

    Jamie XX, Gosh
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6hXkrOoS5XhXsp2XG5PNi9

    Amelie
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amélie

    Tinder
    https://tinder.com/?lang=en-GB

    Jurassic Park
    http://www.jurassicworld.com/films/jurassic-park

    Diary, She Wrote was produced by Liz Beardsell in partnership with Bird Lime Media with original music by Ethan Illingworth

    • 25 min
    Series 2, Ep. 11 - 1999

    Series 2, Ep. 11 - 1999

    On 31st December 1998 I met a guy called Macey from the year above me at school. I go on to talk about Macey for 116 of the 365 days of 1999. If I heard he was going out, I would go out, I would sit at home imagining he would call my landline, despite him not having my phone number, I learnt his lesson plan and knew that when I walked along the school path between my Psychology and Art classes I would pass him. Every time I would prepare myself to look up, lock eye contact and smile, it’s a simple concept, it makes you look more attractive, but, every time I would fail.

    Macey plays a big role in this story, but this is really all about a 17 year old who wants to be noticed, I wanted people to call me pretty, I wanted people to describe me as fun, I wanted people to recognise how hard I worked, I wanted to be rewarded with the role of house captain for my sporting achievements, I wanted to be patted on the back for organising a charity fashion show, and embarrassingly I wanted people to notice my family's wealth.

    As I’m 17 I am lazy and use the word ‘cos’ instead of ‘because,’ my writing is quite chaotic and I am also very unaware of my white privilege. I was brought up in a white middle class area, a bubble of security. I’m ashamed to say I thought it was normal to live in a semi detached house, to have annual family holidays, to never have to think about where the next meal was coming from. When I went to university I began to understand that this was not the case, but it still took me a good 10 years to really start to unpick this. I’ve learnt from friends I’ve met along the way, I’ve learnt from reading, listening, following activists and I still have a lot to learn.

    Follow Instagram for more extracts from my Diaries: https://www.instagram.com/diaryshewrote/

    Key Characters:

    Macey - My school crush

    Beth - My best mate

    Lily, Holly, Georgie, Ashley, Erica, Susie, Ben - Some of my oldest friends

    Polly - A friend at school

    Mum, Dad - Family

    Annabelle - Macey’s school crush

    Kev - Another school crush

    Locations:

    Wetherspoons Cheadle Hulme
    https://www.greatukpubs.co.uk/kings-tap-cheadle-hulme?utm_source=google&utm_medium=local_seo_gmb&utm_content=website

    Governors House
    https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/cheshire/governors-house/

    Zest, Wilmslow
    Now closed down

    Surrey Institute of Art & Design
    https://www.uca.ac.uk/

    Bar Med, Manchester
    Now closed down

    Pizza Express
    https://www.pizzaexpress.com/

    Renaissance
    Now closed down

    Cultural References:

    UCAS
    https://www.ucas.com/

    Entertainment References:

    Saving Private Ryan
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saving_Private_Ryan

    Shakespeare In Love
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakespeare_in_Love

    There’s Something About Mary
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There's_Something_About_Mary

    Prince, 1999
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_(Prince_album)

    S Club 7
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S_Club_7

    Five
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_(group)

    Seven
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_(1995_film)

    Robbie Williams
    https://www.robbiewilliams.com/

    White Men Can’t Jump
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Men_Can't_Jump

    Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
    https://open.spotify.com/album/0JwHz5SSvpYWuuCNbtYZoV

    Gatecrasher
    https://www.gatecrasher.com/

    Kylie Minogue
    https://www.kylie.com/

    Ally McBeal
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ally_McBeal

    Now and Then
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Now_and_Then_(film)

    Diary, She Wrote was produced by Liz Beardsell in partnership with Bird Lime Media with original music by Ethan Illingworth

    • 34 min

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