Sunday 23rd February 2020
Nadia Nadif

Nadia Nadif

Mouthy blogger

Nadia works as an actress. She also teaches acting and storytelling to adults at City Academy and is an associate for National Youth Theatre, directing young people and leading inclusivity training.

Speculate Accumulate

Speculate to accumulate: part two

First things first, I have a confession. Whilst I have been running every week for the past month or so, I am yet to buy new trainers, as I had promised – having an advert and two films cancelled in short succession does that to you. But, I recently took a much bigger risk than trainers. Last…


Should I save or should I blow (my savings)?

I am in a bit of a dilemma. I am self-employed and work in the arts. It’s not a particularly high income, at the moment, but I am good at saving money and am really not a big spender. Though I have had to pay out well over £100,000 on rent, estate agent fees, and landlord checking fees…

Dating relationships money

Date in a dash: a pub quiz with romance?

Dating can be an expensive business; from paying, to apps, to nights out. So, I have taken up the gauntlet to explore different ways of dating and their value for money. In the name of research, I signed up (with a friend), to do my first speed dating pub quiz this month. I’ve done speed…

Diversity Workplace

Why diversity will help your work force!

I can’t quite believe that I am writing this because, to me, it seems bloomin’ obvious that diversity would help your work force. Maybe I would say that; with my three cultural backgrounds and having lived in Essex and Yorkshire. With a myriad of friends and colleagues, some from mansions, council estates and everywhere in…


Hold back the river, let me buy a houseboat…

With only half of 25-34 year olds on the property ladder now compared with in 1996, and the number of young people owning outright trumping those with a mortgage (Sesame Street Explanation: only those with the wealthiest parents can buy), many people are looking for housing alternatives. I have spent the past 18 months exploring shared…

Theatre Company

Seven things to consider before starting up a company

Do you need to start a company to achieve what you want? Or will a one-off project suffice? A fellow theatre maker and I were given opposite advice by two established theatre companies. I was advised to start a company as you get longevity for future shows and projects, you’ll have a better chance of…

2017 New Year

Welcoming in 2017: we’ll take a cup of kindness yet

2016: Brexit. Trump. Syria. Yemen. Attacks. Cuts. The rise of fascism. All the lost icons.  Southern Rail. 2017…??? I don’t think I have ever looked forward to a new year as much as i look forward to 2017. Whilst, personally, I had a lot of highs (I got to go to six weddings!), 2016 has…

New Year Spending

Mouthy no Money: my new year’s resolution

Last week I worked 60 hours. The week before I worked 80 hours. The two months before that I averaged 40-70 hours. I have spent all of this week asking to be paid for work done between September and November, I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet, and I am avoiding doing my food shop…

Train Prices

No train, no gain, much pain

Train fares in Britain will go up by an average of 2.3% from 2nd January, the rail industry announced today.   ‘Campaigners said passengers would be disappointed by the increase.’ Too bloody right we are! It is already expensive. I travel by train a lot and have lost count of the times that I have cancelled…

Ethical Shopping

The ease of ethical shopping

Whilst the exploitation of workers is sadly nothing new, dangerous factory conditions, anti-environmental policies, and even companies supporting apartheid are frequently ‘outed’ on the news channels and on social media. I’m a bit of a reactive conscious consumer; as soon as I hear that a supplier of clothes/food/technology is using slave labour, not paying tax,…



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