• Look at Life: Keith Flint 8 Mar 19

    I’m writing this in shock at the death of Keith Flint, frontman for dance band The Prodigy. I know that people can be powerfully affected by the death of someone in the public domain. I remember... Read More

  • A Balancing Act 22 Feb 19

    Play is more than just a bit of ‘down time’ for children. While they do need regular breaks from the mental stimulation and challenges of daily lessons, play gives them the opportunity to... Read More

  • Look at Life: Razor Sharp 22 Feb 19

    When Gillette unveiled its latest advert – replacing its legendary strapline ‘the best a man can get’ with ‘the best men can be’ – it’s fair to say that its original approach and... Read More

  • Look at Life: Women who Propose 8 Feb 19

    What a proper proposal needs is breeches and a scarlet petticoat. Well, that’s if you’re a woman proposing to a man. If you’re a man, you just have to make sure you have enough goats to give... Read More

  • Talking Tutoring 25 Jan 19

    Parents generally choose to have their offspring tutored for one of two broad reasons: concern that he or she is falling behind their peer group and expected targets – or, conversely, is not being... Read More

  • Look at Life: Women's Work 25 Jan 19

    There are plenty of strong men in my family. But when my 89-year-old aunt died last autumn, six of her nieces carried her coffin. It seemed appropriate that she should have women pallbearers... Read More

  • Look at Life: Deafness 11 Jan 19

    I’m writing this in early January – that time of year when resolutions are made, resolutions are broken. After a week of sitting around eating chocolate selection boxes for breakfast and tucking... Read More

  • Look at Life: Girls' Weekends 28 Dec 18

    Everybody warned me… that it would be like negotiating Brexit but without the frequent trips to Brussels. And they were right – except organising a girls’ weekend away involved more... Read More

  • 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

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