Make Friends, Break Friends.

blog fight

I’ve always found it pretty easy to make friends. Obviously, this is surprising given my fundamental misanthropy and lack of ability to make anything resembling small talk. Still, the job I do means I meet new people regularly, and it turns out that I quite like some of them, and they seem to like me. […]

Summer in Pictures


I’ve got a sneaky confession. I’m not one of those parents that secretly breathes a sigh of relief when September comes around. I love summer. I love long days that we can fill with our own adventures, finding new places, trying new things. This summer has been just what a summer should be – long, […]

Things I’ve Learned About Blogging


So it turns out my blog is five years old this month. I know! Five years ago I was blogging about tiny Flea and how we muddled through every day, and I’m still here doing the same thing, except Flea keeps getting less and less tiny. I’m not sure I’ll still be here in another […]

Hard Time.

single parenting summer

It’s funny how fast things come around. I guess it’s a function of ageing. It feels like hardly any time since I wrote this post about how weirdly isolating it is, as a single parent, when your only child goes on holiday with her Dad for two weeks. And how people who haven’t stood in […]

My Happy Place


I always smile when I see those quizzes about where and when you were happiest. I’m a big believer that happiness isn’t a destination – it’s not a place you go, or something that arrives in a rush as soon as you’ve got the right car, or the big house, or the perfect man. Happiness […]

5 Things not to do at a Smear Test


I’m a big believer in the old cervical smear. Not as in: “I believe they exist, not like unicorns and friendly sales assistants in WH Smith, both of which are clearly mythical creatures.”  More as in: “They are a good and important thing.”  Which is why I was only 18 a few months late in […]

40 Box Sets to See Before You’re 40 (Part 2)

best tv box sets

So here it is: part two of my ultimate guide to box sets. There’s years of research and intense lying about has gone into this post. Oh yes. Yesterday, I gave you my entirely personal, partisan selection of the best 20 box-sets for fans of comedy, guilty pleasures, family dramas and teen shows. Today, I’m all […]

40 Box Sets to see Before You’re 40

best tv box sets

Like many a woman before me, I’m a big fan of a TV box-set. Once upon a time, I used to buy actual DVDs from HMV, or order them from the US to play on a specially purchased DVD player from a shop on Tottenham Court Road. These days, being a box-set fan is a LOT […]

Meeting People: why is it so hard?


So here’s the thing. Deep breath.  I’ve met someone. It happened a few months back – I was at a meeting, they were at the meeting, our eyes met. We laughed at each other’s jokes. I didn’t really think any more of it. Fast forward to the New Year and I was at an event […]

Desert Island Discs: the lowbrow edition.


Music’s a funny thing. A piece of music can transport me back to a moment better than any number of photographs or videos. I can listen to music and remember where I was, who I was with, and how I felt in an exact moment in time. Knowing this, you’d think I’d be – well […]