Yearly Archive: 2012

Is that a spanner in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Posted on November 16, 2012

The dark patch on the ceiling spread fast. Suddenly a downlighter popped out of its mounting, forced loose by the deluge of water that landed on my head. What had started off as a minor leak in the bathroom directly above the kitchen had now.. >>> more

Happy Halloween

Posted on October 31, 2012

I love all the sights, tastes, sounds and smells of Halloween night! Glowing pumpkins casting eerie shapes; the peaty aroma of smoke drifting from chimneys; a gigantic, balloon moon in a velvet sky; sticky toffee apples, melting marshmallows,.. >>> more

The man drawer

Posted on October 17, 2012

What has your husband, boyfriend or partner got stashed in his ‘man drawer’? It’s the nightmare drawer used as a dumping ground for all sorts of bits and bobs that your other half hasn’t quite got round to discarding. A tsunami of male paraphernalia.. >>> more

Stepford wives have no place in sport

Posted on September 30, 2012

The Daily Express featured a bevy of beauties on its page three this week. Admittedly they were all dressed in evening wear rather than … … well, undressed. Beneath a caption that read, Glittering WAGS get in the swing, was a group photograph of the.. >>> more

Are we there yet?

Posted on August 31, 2012

I scrabbled sideways, like a crab, over gigantic boulders and jagged basalt rocks. Midnight was drawing near and the light was fading fast.  My breathing became rapid and shallow. How much longer could I go on?.. >>> more

Read all about it

Posted on July 31, 2012

I prefer to read a good book in my spare time, not trawl through Parish Council minutes. However, I’ve reluctantly set aside the latest Hilary Mantel publication and immersed myself in an epic tale of a different kind. One in which the plot is only.. >>> more

Dot to dot

Posted on July 27, 2012

I applaud the Government’s insistence that local people must have a voice in decisions that affect their community. Yay! *waves flag*. Honesty and openness are GOOD (and rare) things, especially when it comes to politics.  That’s why I welcomed the.. >>> more

Field of dreams

Posted on July 12, 2012

If you build (on) it … they will come. Sadly, I’m talking about property developers, not American baseball heroes. Last year the coalition government introduced the Localism Bill which saw the relaxing of rural planning criteria in favour of.. >>> more

What a woman wears affects how she thinks

Posted on July 04, 2012

A friend phoned me in a tizzy the other morning. She was going to an important networking event and couldn’t decide what to wear. As we ruthlessly evaluated the entire contents of her wardrobe - tarty, bland, perfect! - I realised that there was.. >>> more

Builder's bum

Posted on June 28, 2012

There’s a builder’s bum in one of the Selfridges windows.   It’s part of the store’s quirky jubilee scheme celebrating all things British. Hence the window featuring an imaginary builders’ tea party, complete with mugs of builder's tea, giant sugar.. >>> more

Who cares for the carers?

Posted on May 31, 2012

A few years back, the television programme, This Morning, ran a campaign highlighting women who were full time carers. As part of the campaign they arranged for some of the women to experience a day of pampering. It was a disaster. The women looked.. >>> more

Blow my own trumpet? How?

Posted on May 18, 2012

Picture the scene. It’s annual appraisal time. And my boss is commenting on my lack of enthusiasm for self-promotion. I’m not a bragger. Never have been, never will be. I prefer to get on with things in a quietly confident way. Clearly, in the.. >>> more

How to spot the neurotics in the cinema

Posted on March 13, 2012

I have a very vivid imagination. I ‘live’ and ‘feel’ every moment being acted out in front of me on the large screen. I’d always put this down to being completely immersed in the enjoyment of the film. Apparently not. Now I’m told that it is more.. >>> more

Scissor sister

Posted on February 27, 2012

“The scissor sharpening man is in today!” said Heidi, my hairdresser. There was a feverish look of excitement in her eyes as she scooped up her scissors and dashed out the door - she didn’t want to miss her turn with him! I ordered a coffee … and.. >>> more

I heart you

Posted on February 14, 2012

Hearing someone say ‘I heart you’ makes me cringe. If the person simultaneously rubs their hand over their heart (yep, I have actually witnessed a television presenter do this live on air!), I immediately reach for the sick bag.  Presumably the.. >>> more

Forget coffee; I'll have a tall skinny merlot

Posted on February 12, 2012

I have an apocalyptic vision of the high street. I imagine it, a few years from now, as a scene from an 18th century Hogarth painting. Binge drinking is rife. Drunken workers lie prostrate in the streets. Slatternly mothers tip unkempt, neglected.. >>> more

Send in the clowns (older women on reality TV)

Posted on February 03, 2012

Why do older women sign up for reality TV shows? I can see why the television executives would want them there: they serve as comic fodder. But what do the women hope to get out of it (apart from a rebrand, a relaunch of their career and a big fat.. >>> more

The Queen's Yacht

Posted on January 20, 2012

The only time I saw the Queen cry in public was in 1997 as she watched the Royal Yacht Britannia being decommissioned. The Labour government, at the time, decided that the upkeep of the ageing boat was a drain on the public purse. End of story. Bin.. >>> more

My name is Blue; how do you do?

Posted on January 10, 2012

Has Beyoncé given birth to a Smurf, I wonder?  Why else would she call her baby Blue? Ah! Apparently it’s Jay-Z’s favourite colour. So that’s alright then. Hang on a minute, no it’s not. I’m a huge admirer of Beyoncé. I wish her and Jay-Z every.. >>> more

Exercising in our fifties

Posted on January 06, 2012

As I chatted with my gal pals over coffee this morning, I realised that we had one thing in common: we now exercise more than we ever did when we were younger. In truth, we didn’t exercise at all when we were younger. So what’s brought about the.. >>> more

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