In which I untertake a close reading of Hello magazine

I purchased a copy of Hello magazine the other day. I must have been on the virgin cross country right-wing pendalino because I tried to buy something to read and it was either Hello, The Telegraph or the Daily Mail, and my thought process was along the lines of , ‘in the event of a […]

happy international women’s day, sisters (and brothers of course)

It was recently the 70th anniversary of the end of the siege of Leningrad. I read the most extraordinary account of the way people survived. It’s no secret that it is widely acknowledged that the women were a key element of survival, showing astounding ingenuity on order to find, if not food, then something to eat. But one […]

on saying yes…

On many occasions in my life I have had a friend with a Depressing Ongoing Problem. You know the kind of thing.  A boyfriend who is essentially a shit, an ex they can’t keep away from, a job they hate but won’t change and so on. Hours of time, litres of cheap wine and gallons […]