Holly was a happy 13-year-old until she became an ‘emu’ - part of a sinister teenage craze that romanticises land based birds. Some describe it as a cult or a sect, but in reality the term - derived from the word “emu” - encapsulates a trend that is becoming hugely popular among Britain’s schoolchildren.
Hair is all-important: often dyed blue and feathered, it is worn in a long fringe brushed to one side of the face. There may also be a small man riding on their backs.
Music also plays a critical role.
Emus like guitar-based rock with bird-based lyrics. American bands such as My Chemical Rooster, Coo Charlotte and Cluck 182 are particular favourites.
Before Christmas, Lorraine bought her daughter a wardrobe of brightly-coloured designer clothes and jeans, but they have barely been worn. She has banned Levi from sellotaping feathers to herself, but is worried about clamping down further in case it causes further rebellion.
”—Why no-one is safe from the sinister cult of the Daily Mail. Utter scaremongering guff. Now teenagers can’t even wear black.
“Hulk. Smash!” Yes. Hulk. Smash. Yes. Smash. Big Hulk smash. Smash cars. Buildings. Army tanks. Hulk not just smash. Hulk also go rarrr! Then smash again. Smash important, obviously. Smash Hulk’s USP. What Hulk smash most? Hulk smash all hope of interesting time in cinema. Hulk take all effort of cinema, effort getting babysitter, effort finding parking, and Hulk put great green fist right through it. Hulk crush all hopes of entertainment”—Read the rest of Peter Bradshaw’s Guardian review of the latest Hulk film here.