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Me and Katniss Everdeen: Why, we're practically the same person!

Friday 23 November 2012
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The other night, in the pub, a friend said to me that he had just seen me in a film, and that I was great in it.

"Yeah, thanks, I know"

For a second, I was relieved that someone had finally appreciated my acting talents. But then I remembered that I hadn't actually been in a film. Ever. So I asked him what he was on about.

"The Hunger Games!"

I thought for a minute. I was pretty sure that, to the best of my knowledge, I wasn't in The Hunger Games. I mean, I've seen it a few times, but I was pretty certain that I hadn't played the starring role.

I thought some more about it. I was also pretty sure I look nothing like Jennifer Lawrence, alas.


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So why am I so similar to Katniss Everdeen? Well... we both wear a waterproof jacket. And have scraggy hair. And fight to the death. Mystery solved.

I've always been on the hunt for a waterproof jacket that isn't the pinnacle of ugliness. But I've never succeeded. However, I live in a county where I'm likely to get bucketed on whenever I leave the house. I hate umbrellas, I walk a lot, so sometimes the only choice is the ugly waterproof.

One day, I'll find what I've been looking for. But until then? Me and Katniss will rock the EFF out of our waterproofs.

And do you know another reason why they're amazing? You can store SO MUCH in the pockets. I wore mine, begrudgingly, on a flight to Liverpool recently, because it was pissing down at home. I looked awful, but it did mean I could put at least 2kg worth of stuff in the deep pockets. I had my purse, my ipod, phone, cables, everything.

Hurrah! Another way to get around restrictive hand baggage rules.

Plus, you know, you don't get wet in the rain.

We're pretty wise, me at Katniss. Pretty wise indeed.

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