Actor Chris O'Dowd

  • What's in a Name? 31 Aug 18

    When tv presenter Dawn Porter married actor Chris O’Dowd, she joined the growing number of people choosing to blend their surnames to create a new ‘portmanteau’ one. “I am lucky that I have... Read More

  • Mothering The Mother-To-Be 17 Aug 18

    Seventeen years ago, a thin blue line appeared on a white plastic tube and changed my life. It was to catapult me into a brave new world of pain, anxiety, sleeplessness… and utter elation; but I... Read More

  • Look at Life:Lollipopers 20 Jul 18

    Other little girls wanted to be ballerinas, pop stars or mermaids… I wanted to be a lollipop lady. The fascination began on my first day at school, when Brenda gave me a Jammy Dodger. She... Read More

  • Who's Holding the Baby 15 Jun 18

    The traditional picture of the British father is of a cigar-smoking businessman, coming in after a hard day to pat his offspring on their heads. Or, more recently, it’s a hapless man-child... Read More

  • Entrepreneurial Acumen 1 Jun 18

    Starting a business is as thrilling as it is terrifying, and as daunting as it is uplifting. There’s no guarantee of success; the myth that hard work is all you need to ensure success belies the... Read More

  • When's the Right Time… to Rightsize 18 May 18

    I’m a fan of a fashion blog written by super-stylish Penny Kocher (a woman with a magpie eye for a bargain), in which she records how she puts together incredible outfits for all the glamorous... Read More

  • Healthy Challenge 4 May 18

    How does your job make you feel? Does it bring healthy challenges? Do you feel valued and appreciated, and confident that you make a difference? Or do you feel trapped and miserable, aware of a huge... Read More

  • The End of the Road? 6 Apr 18

    When St Pancras International announced it was to run a series of special events, exhibitions and installations leading up to the station’s official 150th birthday this October, the programme was... Read More

  • Love and Marriage… 26 Jan 18

    For Jane Austen, it was a truth universally acknowledged that marriage was the end goal. Her heroes and heroines might have dilly-dallied on their way up the aisle, but there was never any doubt... Read More

  • Declutter Your Life 29 Dec 17

    I send my car for its annual MOT and service in late December: a chance to get it checked as the year draws to a close, and to ensure any problems are dealt with as a new one begins. Even if it... Read More

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