• 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

  • Look at Life: Birthday Challenges 9 Nov 18

    Crispy roast potatoes, mobile banking, swimming front-crawl… A comprehensive trio of challenges, I thought, as I hurtled towards my 50th birthday and was contemplating what I had yet to achieve in... Read More

  • Look at Life: Phone Calls 26 Oct 18

    Like Scottish wildcats, toast racks, handkerchiefs and Christmas cards, the landline is fast becoming an endangered species. If you’re under 30 years old, you’re almost certain to own a mobile... Read More

  • Look at Life: Snobbery 12 Oct 18

    A correction in a magazine made me laugh recently. It was about a political candidate, who ‘likes to spend his free time reading Tolstoy, and not watching Toy Story, as originally... Read More

  • Look at Life: Public Conveniences 28 Sep 18

    What do these places have in common: a gift shop in Bath, a couple of trendy coffee shops in London, an underground bar in Manchester, a barber’s in Bristol, a deli in Huddersfield, a noodle bar... Read More

  • Look at Life: Pizza 14 Sep 18

    One in three people describe pizza as their favourite takeaway. One in three consider it their favourite food. And after a recent survey, analysts crunched the data (along with the black olives... Read More

  • Look at Life: Fill Up or Forego? 31 Aug 18

    I’m a forty-something-year-old woman. What this means – apart from an inability to remember why I’ve entered a room, and a new-found dependence on tweezers (where do these weird facial hairs... Read More

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