Yearly Archive: 2010

Expecting a delivery?

Posted on December 31, 2010

Why can't courier firms get things from one place to another on time? I mean it’s not as if they are multi tasking. They are set up to do just one thing – deliver – or fail to deliver as has been my experience. You wouldn’t expect a bakery to keep.. >>> more

Stockings for me

Posted on December 31, 2010

I don’t understand the allure of camping out in the middle of the night just so that you can be first in line for the Next sale. Or bagging a place at the head of the Selfridges queue, your nose jammed so tightly against the door that you literally.. >>> more

Bah Humbug!

Posted on December 15, 2010

I've been burgled. Yes, really! Where's the Christmas spirit? More to the point, where's my computer?
I'm bashing this out on a borrowed laptop but hope to be up and running again soon. In the meantime I hope you enjoy my short story.
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Hands are the new face

Posted on November 29, 2010

A few seasons ago the fashion industry declared that navy was the new black. The colour black was deemed too harsh and unflattering to the skin. Navy, it was argued, offers the same slimming effect but is much kinder to the complexion. This was.. >>> more

A plastic fantastic royal wedding

Posted on November 18, 2010

The marriage between William and Kate has only just been announced. Yet already it is being dubbed the ‘austerity’ wedding (groan!).  I love a royal wedding and all the trimmings that go with it but all this talk of paring things down is threatening.. >>> more

The Women’s Land Army: how it fought and won the battle to feed the nation

Posted on November 14, 2010

An old proverb states that, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. The woman who feeds him well, so the saying goes, will win his affections forever. But what if food is scarce and it’s not just one man but every man, woman and child in.. >>> more

Je n'adore pas Dior

Posted on November 11, 2010

Today I picked up a copy of Harper’s Bazaar, my occasional ‘treat’ magazine. I love Harper’s Bazaar for its sleek, glossy style and unabashed celebration of all things fabulous and luxurious. I also enjoy reading its insightful interviews with.. >>> more

Happy Hallow-Christmas-een

Posted on November 10, 2010

I love Halloween - pumpkins, trick or treat, kids in funny costumes, adults in risqué outfits, a pot of stew warming on the stove, glowing candles, conkers, table settings in glorious Autumn colours – I just can’t get enough of it! Yet Halloween.. >>> more

Is now a good time to talk?

Posted on October 27, 2010

As I watched the Piers Morgan interview with Cheryl Cole at the weekend I felt as if I was eavesdropping on an intensely private and painful conversation. Cheryl was uncharacteristically guarded and clearly distressed about revealing the details of.. >>> more

Ed's feminine side

Posted on September 29, 2010

Ed Milliband, in his first speech as the new Labour leader, said that the Party had been “wrong to take Britain to war” and for claiming it could "end boom and bust." Why all the apologising? A recent study in America has shown that men apologise.. >>> more

Why today's young graduates are my heroes

Posted on August 30, 2010

I'm a baby boomer who returned to university in my late 40s. This gave me a unique insight into into the world of today’s graduate and I discovered that it’s much tougher than I could ever have imagined. When I first graduated from university in.. >>> more

Island in the sun?

Posted on August 29, 2010

When my husband told me he had booked a romantic island getaway I imagined he was whisking me off to somewhere balmy and Mediterranean - Capri, Sardinia or maybe Corsica. I was not thinking Shetland.  Yet here I am, stoically facing the buffeting.. >>> more

The Village: "Lady with the twenty pound note"

Posted on August 17, 2010

I’d just sprinted down the road to catch the No 5 bus and was out of breath by the time I mounted the steps. I fumbled around in my purse looking for loose change to pay my fare and silently cursed when I realised that I didn’t have any. I.. >>> more

Eeeks!

Posted on July 30, 2010

When Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in an LA prison, she posted a message on her Twitter account …. It read: "The only 'bookings' that I'm familiar with are Disney Films, never thought that I'd be 'booking' into Jail ... eeeks."  Eeeks?.. >>> more

What do you mean I'm fat?

Posted on July 29, 2010

I recently decided to join a gym for the first time in my life.  The results of my initial fitness assessment were much better than I had hoped for and I was starting to feel quite good about myself until the personal trainer fed back my body fat.. >>> more

Too perfect for spying

Posted on July 12, 2010

As the alleged undercover Russian spies settle back into life in their motherland we should all spare a thought for poor “Cynthia Murphy”. Up until a week ago, Cynthia was a happily married, mother of two living in New Jersey successfully juggling.. >>> more

Desperately Seeking Celebrities

Posted on June 30, 2010

Hands up! I’ll be the first to admit that I love reading celebrity interviews. It doesn’t mean I want to hang around street corners or outside clubs in the hope of bumping into my favourite star. That’s the job of the paparazzi, right? Not any more... >>> more

The Village: The Call of the Ice Cream Van

Posted on June 30, 2010

My heart still thumps with excitement when I hear the tinkling tune of an ice cream van. Round my way it’s an up tempo version of Greensleeves which sounds like a medieval minstrel on speed. Every time I hear it I want to rush out into the street.. >>> more

Shoot me now....

Posted on June 20, 2010

I ‘heart’ you Whenever I hear the phrase ‘I heart you’ I want to reach for the sick bag. It smacks of superficiality rather than true depth of feeling. It’s the verbal equivalent of wading through a river of sticky treacle or being confronted by a.. >>> more

Digital Distortion

Posted on May 31, 2010

The first time I saw Twiggy's advertisement for Olay in a magazine I gasped at the ageing face staring back at me.  I quickly did a double take. Yes, I really could see fine crease lines around her lips, wrinkles at the corner of her eyes and.. >>> more

The Village: Not So Pretty In Pink

Posted on May 31, 2010

What’s the topic du jour? The Tory – Lib Dem alliance, the £6 billion cost savings, the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud or the BP oil spillage? None of these if you live in Thaxted. Here it’s the colour of the windows of the Indian restaurant which are.. >>> more

Naked in Barcelona

Posted on May 25, 2010

I was sitting in a bustling roadside cafe in Barcelona last weekend eating lunch when a naked man walked past. I almost choked on my salmon a la plancha. He was striding purposefully down the busy street, oblivious to the finger pointing and the.. >>> more

We, You and I

Posted on April 30, 2010

No, it’s not a sequel to the film Withnail and I. I’m afraid I’m referring to the prime ministerial debate that took place last night. I’d missed the previous two having completely forgotten when they were scheduled. So I felt it was high time I.. >>> more

Books RIP

Posted on April 16, 2010

“Books are gone; there won’t be any books in ten years time”. So says my 13 year old niece. We’d been chatting around the dinner table – her mum, my husband and me – about good books we’d recently read, the type that you just have to finish in one.. >>> more

The Village: Run Henry, Run!

Posted on March 13, 2010

It’s lashing down with rain when I spot a man with an orange flag striding across the field behind my house. A black Labrador is loping alongside him, occasionally nose-diving into the long grass for a root around. The man takes on the air of.. >>> more

The Village: The Herb Garden

Posted on March 12, 2010

My husband, clearly influenced by our move to the countryside, has decided to go all green fingered and create a herb garden. At first he thought he would dig up a sizeable area of our (not very large garden) and convert it into an allotment. That.. >>> more

The Village: Finding Rhiannon

Posted on March 12, 2010

I’m waiting for the number 5 bus that will take me to Saffron Walden. It’s late November and I’m cold and wet through. An old lady standing beside me strikes up a conversation to pass the time.   She says she doesn’t mind it being cold, even finds.. >>> more

Express Yourself

Posted on February 28, 2010

What is it about turning fifty that drives us to find new ways of revealing our ‘true self’? As my husband approached his fiftieth birthday he became utterly obsessed with getting a tattoo. “I feel I need to put my mark on life…on me,” he explained... >>> more

The Village: Floristry Isn't Easy

Posted on February 27, 2010

The large banner across the railings outside the Adult Learning Centre said 'Enrolling Now'.  Feeling inspired, I plumped for something I’d never tried before and signed up for the four week introductory course in floristry. This was met with howls.. >>> more

The Village: The Pub Singer

Posted on January 29, 2010

Who says London nightlife is where it’s at? For unique entertainment I never have to look any further than my local, The Swan, which attracts the most eclectic bunch of people I’ve ever come across in a pub. I wandered in, for what was meant to be a.. >>> more

Taking Liberties

Posted on January 17, 2010

It’s around this time of year that I regret having glutted myself on turkey, booze and chocolate during the greedy, I mean, festive season. I look down at my bloated stomach and resolve to drop the additional pounds toute de suite. However, this.. >>> more

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