• Look at Life: Spider Season 20 Sep 19

    It’s Spider season – the very short window of around a month or so, which starts from the middle of September as it begins to get cooler, when spiders venture inside our homes to terrorise... Read More

  • Look at Life: Magic 6 Sep 19

    I’m a rationalist. I believe in science, and straightforward explanations for things I don’t understand and probably never will. So when I had a few hours to kill in London between trains... Read More

  • Look at Life: Dresses 23 Aug 19

    Like many little girls, I spent much of my formative years wearing pretty dresses. In fact, my mother recounts the look of absolute horror on my face when she put me in dungarees for the first time... Read More

  • Look at Life: Mobile Phones 2 Aug 19

    I’d like to explain that I’m not addicted to my mobile phone. Definitely not. Categorically not. Other people are. My two teenagers, for example. Separating them from their devices is like... Read More

  • Look at Life: Is Family Stereotypes 19 Jul 19

    At a time when TV channels are being urged to produce programmes that better reflect the society in which we live, why are so many unable to accept that there doesn’t need to be a baby in order... Read More

  • Look at Life: Festivals 5 Jul 19

    Festival season is in full swing – and people are divided equally between fascination and indifference. Some, like me, were glued to the extensive BBC coverage of Glastonbury, while others... Read More

  • Look at Life: Houseplants 21 Jun 19

    I don’t like spiders and snakes. But I do like spider and snake plants. And so, it seems, do many others now. Sales of houseplants are increasing like a rampant vine, according to the Garden... Read More

  • Look at Life: Funerals 7 Jun 19

    After the deaths of my parents, I received many messages of condolence, but the one piece of advice for which I will always be grateful is this: there are no rights or wrongs in bereavement; when it... Read More

  • Look at Life: To Do Lists 3 May 19

    “We like lists because we don’t want to die,” claimed 20th century writer and philosopher Umberto Eco, a trifle dramatically. He believed they were a way for humanity to ‘make infinity... Read More

  • Look at Life: Lost Love 19 Apr 19

    While having lunch with old school friends the other weekend, I couldn’t help but think about the power of unrequited love, as we all reminisced about ‘the one that got away’. It seems to be a... Read More

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