• Look At Life: Mothers-in-Law 9 Mar 18

    The jokes just keep on coming… ‘Do you know the punishment for bigamy? Two mothers-in-law...’ My mother-in-law and I were happy for twenty years – then we met each other...’ ‘My... Read More

  • Look at Life: Growing Up 23 Feb 18

    I’m an adult. I mean, of course I am. I’m 31, for crying out loud. I vote. I have a mortgage, a full time job. I pay taxes. I’m married. I spent last Saturday evening looking at Ikea... Read More

  • Look At Life: Pavement Cycling 9 Feb 18

    Three times in as many weeks I have been nearly knocked down. On the pavement. Out of nowhere from behind me came someone on a bicycle – far too fast, whizzing close past my ear without the... Read More

  • Look At Life: Odd One Out 12 Jan 18

    My husband and I met at sixth form college and have been together for nearly thirty years – married for nearly twenty of them. Only don’t ask me ‘how?’, as we have nothing in common... Read More

  • Look At Life: Present Giving 15 Dec 17

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that, for women, Christmas ‘presents’ two predicaments… Not only are we the ones most likely to have researched the perfect gift for each recipient... Read More

  • Look At Life: Christmas Cards 1 Dec 17

    To send, or not to send: that is the dilemma. Should I cling to my longstanding Christmas card habit or try to kick it? After all, why go to the bother and expense when you can send a quick message or... Read More

  • Look At Life: Crazes 17 Nov 17

    Who could expect us to concentrate on algebra or Shakespeare’s sonnets when there was an electronic pet dying in our school blazer pockets? To the children of the late 1990s this question will... Read More

  • Look at Life: High Heels 3 Nov 17

    It was only when I went shopping for shoes with my teenage daughter that I realised I have a problem with high heels. She’s been invited to her first ‘formal’ party – one with a... Read More

  • Look At Life: Team Spirit 20 Oct 17

    Ever since the words ‘has potential but no team spirit’ appeared on my school report, my relationship to teams has been vexed. It’s an accusation I’ve heard all my life. Why am I rubbish at... Read More

  • Look At Life: Guilt 6 Oct 17

    I seem to be feeling guilty all the time: a constant niggling like an itch that needs to be scratched. I’m a nice person (I hope) and I certainly haven’t committed any dastardly crime that I... Read More

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