Cheating on your hairdresser

Google “cheating on hairdresser” and you get over three quarters of a million results.  Some telling you how to do it, some telling you it is the best thing they ever did, some saying they regretted it the second the stylist made the first cut and are now wearing a hat for eight weeks.   My reason for cheating on my hairdresser recently was a little less complicated and was

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You’re fat because you eat too much

  “You’re fat because you eat too much” is a direct quote from an article Michael Buerk has published this week.    He went on to say that essentially we should give fat people the facts and then let them die, thereby saving the NHS money.   The NHS is buckling under the weight of obese people and that they are reason it’s in the current dire financial state Thanks

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Just do you

  If I had to write a top five of phrases to live by “just do you” would certainly be up there.   I was reminded of this on Twitter yesterday when a chap I have never met but have chatted to online for years sent me this Tweet: And it really struck a chord. Then, weirdly, I got my daily email from Medium and included a link to an

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Back to school organising

This is it, if they haven’t gone back already, children all over the country are heading back to school this week.  New hair cuts, shiny shoes, pristine book bags.   And as they all head off us parents can let out a collective sigh of relief that we have done it.  We have checked everything off the kit list, remembered to sort out dinner money, or bought the new lunch box, and

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Turning off the outside world

My phone buzzed at 07.18 this morning.  Not my alarm, I had turned that off at 5am when I had finally given up on sleep because my mind was whirring, but a text.   A text that had been sent with a query that needed to be dealt with fairly urgently.    This on the back of another interruption from the outside world last night at 10.15pm. I am always attached to

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Still getting notifications?

“What do you mean you don’t have notifications on for emails and only check it a couple of times a day?” I was incredulous.  The very idea that my husband didn’t get a red dot on his home screen that alerted him to the fact I had sent a message that needed his urgent attention horrified me.   That after being together for 17 years I was only just learning

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Luke’s memorial cricket match

  Every year one of Mr B’s oldest friends, Rupe, (met at uni 30 years ago “old”) hosts a cricket match in memory of his son Luke, who died suddenly a few years ago aged 12.   Held on Luke’s birthday it’s a “lads vs dads match” and the day also raises money for Great Ormond Street and ends with a barbecue.  It is the perfect way to spend a

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This new CR-UK obesity campaign …

Want to know why I have a problem with the new CR-UK obesity campaign?  I will tell you. It is based on statistics that state obese people outweigh smokers in the UK by 2:1 and that whilst smoking is still a leading cause of cancer, being fat is the leading cause of four types of cancer: bowel, liver and kidneys. But we all know that statistics can be manipulated to

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50 things I have learned as I turn 50

Next month I turn 50.  A whole half a century.  In a summer that saw Woodstock and moon landings yours truly arrived into the world in a hospital in Roehampton.   It was the summer that Bryan Adams would go on to sing about and as he was buying his first real six string in a five and dime, playing it til his fingers bled, my parents were working out

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Can we talk about death for a minute?

Sorry, I know that might be a bit of a downer and that nobody ever starts a conversation with “can we talk about death for a minute?” but can we, please? I am a huge champion of having a will.  Everyone should have a will, even if you think you don’t have a home or assets, you do have “stuff”.    It doesn’t have to be about expensive pieces of

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An open letter to Tanya Gold

Dear Tanya Well this is weird, I feel like I am writing to myself.  Maybe I should explain, or at least introduce myself.  This is an open letter to you, Tanya Gold, from me, a woman who shares the same first name as you but I fear that might be where the similarities end. I had the misfortune to read your latest piece in the Telegraph this week that sat

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Beano Time Travellers at Mottisfont

Mottisfont might be my favourite of all the National Trust properties, especially at this time of year.  If you haven’t been, then you really should because the walled garden, full of roses really is  stunning.  You can smell it before you even reach it and I have written about it here: Mottisfont’s Rose Garden but I wanted to let you know about an opportunity to win a day pass to

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