I’m Bouncy

My outfit is all ready – already – a dead giveaway sign that I am excited and my huge holdall style handbag is stuffed to bursting with the essentials for my favourite day out of the year. Can you guess where I am going from what I have packed ?

2 bags Coconut Mushrooms, 1 […]

Till Death Us Do Part

If you were wearing a long white wedding dress and a veil and carrying a beautiful trailing bouquet of lilies and gypsophilia , and your dashing groom was in a navy suit with a cream rose in his buttonhole and you were both wearing shiny new matching wedding rings – would you be in Tesco […]

Put It Away

On Friday evening I was invited to be part of a discussion on the BBC Radio 5 Live Stephen Nolan Show. The topic was school uniform, and in particular girls shrinking interpretation of it. Every secondary school in the vicinity of my house could be renamed The Britney Spears Academy because the majority of the […]

No Go Go

I tried a Popmobility class a couple of weeks ago. I bought a special headband and a pink water bottle especially for the occasion. And I tried, I really did. The music was fabulous, thirty of us had to bounce around to tunes including ‘My Boy Lollipop’ and,coincidentally, my first dance wedding song ‘Kung Fu […]

All Over the Place

I once worked with a very grand lady who was called Tessa Browne, and whenever she was on the ‘phone requesting that something should be posted to her she would stress “That’s Browne – with an E‘”. Her post would arrive at the office and 99% of the time it was addresed to Tessa Brown-Witherney. […]

Sign of the Times

In my GP surgery this morning there was a very helpful notice on the reception desk. It read : ‘If you have any symptoms of the current influenza pandemic please do not come to the surgery. Stay at home and telephone this practice for up to date advice and information.”

To be in front of […]

A Hair Raising Tale

I’ve been going to the same hairdresser regularly for five years. My three daughters and my sister go there, too. When I turned up for my last appointment there was a bright yellow banner across the salon window declaring that all new customers would get a 50% discount on their first cut. My mouth did […]

By a Hair’s Breadth

Will The Apprentice ever be the same without Margaret? Where will the BBC find a doughty grey haired intellectual with eyebrows that have special powers to replace her? And one who champions boxy clothes, shoes and glasses? She was the square star of that show.

By the end of the programme I liked all the […]

Dawning of the Day

Have I have mentioned before that I am like something out of The Exorcist in the morning? I do get pleasanter as the day goes on. Mostly. This morning I was stirred from my sleep by monkey noises. My husband was making them as he hopped into his work clothes. Seeing my eyes open he […]

A Bum Choice

I think that Victoria Beckham is as mad as a box of designer frogs and her tight wardrobe makes me wince. But it is reported today that she is a big fan of a new face cream – and nightingale poo is the main ingredient.

I never had a spot in my life until I […]