• Look at Life: Surprises 7 Dec 18

    When my husband and I were first together, he casually mentioned that when he was a child he used to go looking for his Christmas gifts ahead of the big day. I was absolutely horrified; such monstrous... Read More

  • Look at Life: Blockbuster Exhibitions 23 Nov 18

    Call me a philistine, but these days I’m happy to look at art in books, or enjoy the insights of tv’s many art critics. I used to love going to exhibitions, but nowadays it has to be something... Read More

  • Look at Life: Birthday Challenges 9 Nov 18

    Crispy roast potatoes, mobile banking, swimming front-crawl… A comprehensive trio of challenges, I thought, as I hurtled towards my 50th birthday and was contemplating what I had yet to achieve in... Read More

  • Look at Life: Phone Calls 26 Oct 18

    Like Scottish wildcats, toast racks, handkerchiefs and Christmas cards, the landline is fast becoming an endangered species. If you’re under 30 years old, you’re almost certain to own a mobile... Read More

  • It's a Personal Thing 12 Oct 18

    “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you,” wrote iconic writer and poet Maya Angelou. It’s a profound and inspiring statement about the value of self-expression and the... Read More

  • Look at Life: Snobbery 12 Oct 18

    A correction in a magazine made me laugh recently. It was about a political candidate, who ‘likes to spend his free time reading Tolstoy, and not watching Toy Story, as originally... Read More

  • What's Your Action Plan? 28 Sep 18

    “When you’re a parent, getting children outside is like pulling teeth,” smiles Cub Leader Sarah Wright. “They won’t go for a walk with their family, but they don’t complain when... Read More

  • The Joy of Projecting Passion 28 Sep 18

    “Once you get the introduction down, the hardest bit’s over,” Northwood College sixth-former Zaynab tells me. Despite the fact that she’s unwittingly described my job as a features writer... Read More

  • Look at Life: Public Conveniences 28 Sep 18

    What do these places have in common: a gift shop in Bath, a couple of trendy coffee shops in London, an underground bar in Manchester, a barber’s in Bristol, a deli in Huddersfield, a noodle bar... Read More

  • Home for Lunch 14 Sep 18

    For better, for worse, but not for lunch. I’ve been married for 25 years, and for 25 years on weekdays I have eaten lunch either alone, with friends or with a variety of offspring (my own and... Read More

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