• 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

  • Look at Life: Luxury Chocolate 5 Apr 19

    Did caramel become salted the same time as pork became pulled? In my youth, salt was on chips and caramel was just the posh name for toffees – but now this flavour, invented by the Parisian... Read More

  • Look at Life: Baby Gender 22 Mar 19

    ‘Expecting a Boy? Meghan’s Baby Blue Gown Raises Eyebrows’. ‘Does Meghan Markle’s pink baby shower decor mean she’s having a girl’? For royal watchers, the last few months have been a... Read More

  • 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

  • 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

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