• Hard Cash… and the Lack of It 22 Mar 19

    They say money makes the world go round. But is that money tangible – coins and notes – or is it digital transactions; card payments, bank transfers, smartphone taps? Increasingly, it’s the... Read More

  • Behind Closed Doors 28 Dec 18

    From the Tower of London to the town lock-up, old prisons have always intrigued us. Let’s face it, we enjoy the grim frisson of the impregnable architecture, the lurid stories of the inmates... Read More

  • After the War was Over 9 Nov 18

    “The Armistice was signed at five… the War ceased at eleven,” announced Lloyd George, as the ‘war to end all wars’ came to an end. Yet it wasn’t the final war and, while the conflict may... Read More

  • A Brush with the Law 26 Oct 18

    With some trepidation, I report for a briefing at 6.30am to Watford Central Police Station, which is located, splendidly, in Shady Lane – a great name for a place that deals with criminals. Before I... Read More

  • Backing for the Battle-Weary 12 Oct 18

    “Whenever humans come into contact there’s potential for dispute,” offers Victoria Harris, CEO at Mediation Hertfordshire, a not-for-profit organisation that helps individuals and businesses who... Read More

  • 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

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