• 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

  • Look At Life: Ballroom Dancing 8 Sep 17

    I’ve been a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing ever since it launched and have been dying to take to the dancefloor myself for a number of years. It’s fair to say, though, that my husband has... Read More

  • Look At Life: Online Identity 25 Aug 17

    a baby is born in Sydney, Australia. Her mother emails a photograph to the rest of the family, back home in New Delhi. Little Amala’s grandfather puts it on Facebook. Within 30 seconds his other... Read More

  • Look at Life: London Life 4 Aug 17

    My husband was brought up in Birmingham. When we visit his parents, he gets cross with me for describing our journey as ‘down from London’. Geographically speaking, he’s right of course– the... Read More

  • Look At Life: Potholes 14 Jul 17

    If potholes are driving you round the bend (and often up the verge too), it’s the Romans you should be blaming. If we could only go back 3,000 years and reduce the cost of clay, we wouldn’t be... Read More

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