HOW CAN WE HELP YOU, FRANKIE FRIENDS?
Dearest frankie, I’d been living in London for nine months. I thought I was settling in, but the last few weeks had been tough. Bad news from home, on more than one front, meant I’d lost my best friend and another close one – a death and a misunderstanding. A new job was coming up, but I had a period of lonely non-action and was starting to wonder if it was all a mistake. Until I picked up the stack of magazines my sister had collected and sent to me. Back-dated to issue 82, I started reading, and my small sharehouse began to feel more like home. You’ll always be my favourite. Love Beck ...................
Frankie, frankie, frankie... Thank you for putting all my heroes in your recent edition, hand-drawn and stunningly summarised in “Forces of Nature”. These dudes and dudettes are the shiz and have shaped who I am today. David Attenborough is the absolute bee’s knees – he’s the connection between many a modern-day child and the natural world. His docos are more thrilling than any Hollywood blockbuster, and I know this because my four-year-old is hooked. She even refers to him as “Mummy’s boyfriend”… one can only dream. Thanks for your tip-top mag and this stellar lineup. Love, Sarah
Dear frankie, I’ve been laid up in hospital for quite some time with Guillain-barré syndrome, and have lost count of how many times I’ve read issue 85. I especially found the article “How Do You Look After Your Brain” to be helpful through such a rough time. From being a super-active mum of three, busy at taekwondo and trying to start up my paper florist business, to then finding myself completely bedridden with no feeling in my legs has been a huge struggle. But after taking everyone’s advice on board, I’m in a position where I’m well enough to go to rehab and learn to walk again! Thank you a million times over xx Love, Em
Dear frankie, I’ve made some questionable life choices that have led to me being not-quite-divorced at the ripe old age of 27. I frequently feel as though I’m up the proverbial creek without a paddle, compass or clue. But I’ve managed to find a glimmer of hope reading Mia Timpano’s “One False Click”. I, too, secretly cyber-stalk my crushes, living in fear that I’ll inadvertently hit that damn thumbs-up button and die of embarrassment. But reading Mia’s article has given me the courage to take the leap of faith and hit ‘love react’ on the profile of whichever unfortunate soul I decide to moon over next. Anna xo
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Dear frankie, I loved reading about Deirdre Fidge saying sayonara to her 20s, as I recently did the same. And I love 30. I’ve finally figured out how to style my curly hair after years of weird frizz and mushroom-shaped haircuts; I’ve realised I’m allowed to wear floral dresses every day because I like them and life has no dress code; and I’ve stopped giving fucks about what other people think (well, most of the time. It’s a process). Thanks for always bringing the goods, frankie. You’re something I’d never say “fuck you” to. x Eliza