Where would we be without our Playmates? Meet the people who keep us from getting bored with each other and throwing sand in each other’s eyes. If you’d like to join us, drop us a line.

Miss Day loves 80s, androgyny, victoriana, vampires and all things foodie, an eclectic mix that leads to lots of random writings and peculiar fan fictions.

TV Kicks: The Mighty Boosh, L Word, Ugly Betty, Vampire Diaries, Larkrise to Candleford, Sugar Rush, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, How I Met your Mother, True Blood, Glee, IT Crowd, Inbetweeners, Peep Show, Being Human, Louis Theoux, Tropic of Capricorn, Planet Earth, Life, 90210, The Class, Summer Heights High, Lost in Austen.
Screenshots: The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Mannequin, Working Girl, Mean Girls, Mermaids, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Labyrinth, Sweeny Todd, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Bound, Let The Right One In, Kick Ass, Pineapple Express, Never Been Kissed, Clueless, Sense & Sensibility
Bookmark: The Brontes, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Sarah Waters, Stephanie Meyer, Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Jasper Fforde, Elizabeth Kostova.

Captain Fancy Pants is a lover of the arts, the bizarre and the surreal whose ambition is to become the ultra culture vulture.

TV Kicks: House, Weeds, Dexter, Supernatural, How I Met Your Mother, Dead Like Me, Life, University Challenge, Countdown, Harvey Birdman, Robot Chicken, Cowboy Beebop, Fist of the North Star, Samurai Champloo, South Park, Futurama, The Tick, Earthworm Jim, Match of the Day.
Screenshots: Pulp Fiction and Tarantino in general, La Haine, City of GodI’m a Cyborg but That’s OK, Amores Perros, The Aristocrats, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Escape from New York, Way of the Dragon, Orgasmo, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Metropolis (original and animé), Spirited Away and most Ghibli, The Odd Couple, The Wizard of Oz, Aachi & Ssipak, ODDSAC.
Bookmark: Hunter S Thompson, Harper Lee, Hemingway, Arundhati Roy, Lynne Truss, New Scientist, Mario Puzo, Zadie Smith, Mark Haddon, Marina Lewycka, Roger Hargreaves, Eric Carle, Masashi Kishimoto, Noriaki “Tite” Kubo, Douglas Adams, art books, comics.

Miss Barista is a self-proclaimed coffee monkey, working in Starbucks in order to pave her way to writing cliché stardom. She writes stories with lots of drugs, sex, swearing and other bad things. She is partial to cheap red wine, expensive stationery, and rants about coffee snobbery a lot.

TV Kicks: Firefly, Buffy, Misfits, The Wire, Mad Men, IT Crowd, Glee, Spaced, Black Books, Gilmore Girls
Screenshots: HUMAN TRAFFIC, all things Tarantino, True Romance, Natural Born Killers, El Mariachi series, Y tu Mama Tambien, The Princess Bride, Casablanca, Mean Girls, Anything vaguely 80s and cheesy
Bookmark: Kerouac, Bukowski, Austen, Chuck Palahniuk, A. L. Kennedy, One Day– David Nicholls, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Princess Bride, Jenny Crusie novels, and Charlaine Harris for a bit of vamp action.

Ms Elaine E. Ouse is an angry five-foot-four tea drinker who likes cats, Brighton, travelling, and liking things. She has a hat (pictured).

TV Kicks: SupernaturalSex and the City, Dawson’s Creek, Skins, Glee, Buffy, Newsnight, Scrubs, Sugar Rush
Screenshots: Casablanca, Almost Famous, Pride and Prejudice (1995), Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Waking Life, When Harry Met Sally, Fight Club, Nightmare Before Christmas, Empire Records, Rocky Horror, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Trainspotting, Dazed and Confused, All things Woodie Allen, Milk, Princess Bride, About a Boy, Dirty Dancing, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Bookmark: Douglas Adams, Douglas Coupland especially Generation X and Generation A, Andrea Michael, Pride and Prejudice with and without Zombies, Other Jane Austen things, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Catcher in the Rye, Star Girl, On the Road

Miss Understood, older than most, mentally younger, loves to challenge the norm, anything poptastic, sports (playing and thigh spotting), food glorious food, a Nigella wannabe, international travel and a damn good laugh.

TV Kicks: Skins, Vampire Diaries, Larkrise to Candleford, Upstairs Downstairs, Downton Abbey, X-Factor (guilty pleasure!), Countryfile and the gynastics mens competitions (buff boys tight lycra – what’s not to love?)
Screenshots: The Big Blue, Harry Potter, Grease, Narnia, Jean de Florette, Manon Des Source, Mercy, The Godfather (all of them), no rubber alien drivel.
Bookmark: Stieg Larson, Philip Larkin, Clive Cussler, Betjemen, Pam Ayres, The Brontes, Dickens (love those characters!), Mabinogian, Mort D’Artur, Struel Peter

Mister Meaner doesn’t care.

TV Kicks: The Wire, Twin Peaks, Carnivale, The X-Files, Damages, People Like Us, The Thick Of It (and all Armando Iannucci), Brass Eye (and all Chris Morris), Spaced, Black Books, Community
Screenshots: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Cool Hand Luke, Hud, Star Wars (original Trilogy), Akira, Meet The Feebles, Edward Scissorhands, Trapped In The Closet, Waking Life, Pixar, Jim Jarmusch, Michel Gondry, Terry Gilliam, David Lynch, 80’s John Hughes, pre-Hollywood Jackie Chan and anything associated with Kevin Spacey.
Bookmark: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Jasper Fforde, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Ayn Rand, We, Margaret Atwood, Ernest Hemingway, Ray Bradbury, On The Road, J. D. Salinger, Philip K Dick, The Bachman Books, Charlie Brooker

Mrs Dee Fine significantly contributed to the making of two wonderful people. She likes messing about with photos, sculpture, poems and ideas,  and has been lucky enough to take Open University Courses as well as go to university twice – once at 18 (only for a year) and then again at age 49 to take her PGCE. She tends to be a positive problem solver, although her solutions are not usually planned or necessarily followed through.

TV Kicks: The Big Bang Theory, Boys from the Black Stuff, Bewitched, Gavin & Stacey, The Office, Father Ted, Fawlty Towers, Only Fools and Horses, Steptoe and Son, QI, Gardener’s World, Coast and Pride and Prejudice
ScreenshotsOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Catch 22, Easy Rider, The Life of Brian, When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, Michael Moore films, Cinema ParadisoJean De Florette, IrisLike Stars on Earth, Every Which Way But Loose, The Blues Brothers
Bookmark: Ian McEwan, Dorris Lessing, Hemingway’s short stories, Huxley (The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell), Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Animal Farm1984, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Story of an African Farm, poetry especially Roger McGough, and Spike Milligan

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Dr Ella Mentary is a Northern bird. She likes films about Northern birds, and kissing Ms Elaine E. Ouse. She dislikes heteronormativity, misogyny and capitalism. And boy films, with guns and shit like that.

TV Kicks: Coronation Street, Buffy, Glee, Sex and the City, Sugar Rush, Peep Show, Queer as Folk, House M.D., The Candy Bar Girls, Britain’s Got Talent
Screenshots: KesNightmare Before Christmas, Billy Elliott, But I’m a Cheerleader, Mysterious Skins, The Lion King, Dirty Dancing, The Full Monty, About a Boy, The Breakfast Club, Grease, All over me, The Rocky Horror show. Back to the Future
Good Vibrations: Rihanna, P!nk, Taking Back Sunday, Bright Eyes, Brand New, Placebo, The Smiths, Blink 182, Queen, Disraeli, Dr Hook, Bikini Kill, Frank Turner, The Postal Service, Robbie Williams

Dr. E. Lipsis


Dr E. Lipsis  can be found on stage as Castle Radio, DJing at Early Doors Disco, or running around a rugby pitch… Failing that, you might see him peeking out of the window of his flat in NW2, wondering why on earth the neighbours are digging that hole…

TV Kicks: Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Family Guy, Flight of the Conchords, New Girl, Wilfred, The Big Bang Theory, Firefly, Sherlock, Spaced, WWE…
Screenshots: Sunshine, True Romance, Lord of the Rings, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Nolan’s Batman, Garden State, Lost in Translation
Bookmark: World War Z, The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Importance of Being Ernest, Derren Brown, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, J. R. R. Tolkien, and any other authors with an unnecessary number of Rs in their name…


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  3. JOIN US. Seriously. I’ll invite you to our Ideas Google Doc in case you need inspiration. Then you just need to think of a Zudonym… (ie Miss Penn, Miss Thropist, Captain Pants, Miss Day).

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