12:14pm Friday 13th January 2017
STOP blaming the old. Start blaming the drunks. The NHS is in crisis and we’re desperate for someone to blame. Just about everyone’s had their turn in the stocks – from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt down to junior doctors and women GPs who are more likely to work part-time. How dare they?
10:28am Friday 6th January 2017
TRY harder. Walk more. Eat less. Be kind. There – I’ve just saved you a small fortune. It’s the time of year for self-improvement.
8:18am Friday 30th December 2016
DOES anyone know exactly what “auld lang syne” means? No me neither. Still, I like the sentiment. Auld acquaintance should certainly not be forgot..
7:55am Friday 16th December 2016
Always look on the bright side of life. It’s good for you. There’s a cheery thought.
5:06pm Friday 9th December 2016
RIGHT, northern mothers, time to stop slacking! Get those children working. Up at the crack of dawn, violin practice, ballet practice, extra maths, beginner’s Mandarin, advanced French, Duke of Edinburgh’s award, charity works…
8:33am Friday 25th November 2016
STOP being so NICE – it’s costing you a fortune. The nicer a woman is in work, the less she’s likely to be paid. Good manners may cost nothing, but be too polite and it can cost you a lot. Well, thanks for that… If we want a decent pay packet women should be less compliant and more demanding and assertive.
11:29am Friday 18th November 2016
So all those muddy camping trips in torrential rain weren’t wasted after all… Scouting is good for you. For ever.
11:31am Friday 4th November 2016
IT’S not just the money… it’s finding somewhere to live. Today MPs are debating a Bill to put an end to unpaid internships – the practice where bright graduates desperate to get into the most wanted jobs, generally in media or fashion, have to be prepared to work for no pay. Not just week or two. Many work months or even a year, doing a full-time job for nothing.
10:32am Friday 28th October 2016
Hooray for Miss Iceland! Her name – Arna Yr Jonsdottir - doesn’t exactly trip off English tongues, but she’s a star.
10:38am Friday 21st October 2016
SCHOOL photographs are dire. That’s the point of them. Imagine looking back at yourself at five years old, or ten or fifteen, and thinking you would never ever look that good again. Grim. Self-esteem down the plughole straightaway.
9:30am Friday 14th October 2016
ACCORDING to a survey by Poundland (why?) a third of young adults apparently can’t change a lightbulb, wire a plug or boil an egg.
8:39am Friday 9th September 2016
IT’S like throwing sweets at children and expecting them to say no… One of the most important things that students learn at university is not the subject they’re studying, or how to work a washing machine or cook a meal, but how easy it is to borrow money.
12:15pm Friday 26th August 2016
SUN tan, silly hat, bottles of the local booze… and somewhere in among your summer souvenirs could just be a demand for divorce.
10:35am Friday 12th August 2016
ARE the Olympics making you feel inadequate? Your plans for fitness reduced to slumping in front of the TV watching amazing athletes doing impossible things?
11:22am Friday 5th August 2016
I’M trying to get enthusiastic about the Olympics. But it’s hard… Not on account of the athletes, who are wonderful. Every single one has a story worth telling. I admire their skill, stamina, their determination, all those days when they’ve got up at the crack of dawn, yet again, or turned out on cheerless wintry nights in their bid to be just that split second faster, higher, stronger.
11:52am Friday 15th July 2016
EMILY and Norris could be leading a revolution. The two elderly Coronation Street characters share a house. One owns it and the other’s the lodger. But they’re both trailblazers. For flat and house sharing is booming among the over 50s.
11:11am Friday 8th July 2016
MORE roundabouts to help elderly drivers? No, please no… I’ve never forgotten the nightmare of going round Scotch Corner while an elderly driver on the roundabout started reversing towards me, completely oblivious of me, other cars, blaring horns and the basic rules of roundabouts. Or common sense.
12:39pm Friday 1st July 2016
THE country’s in turmoil. Europe’s in turmoil. The weather’s appalling and the football team’s rubbish. And a dentist wants to ban the cake run.
8:22am Friday 10th June 2016
A handbag sold for more than £200,000 last week – and it wasn’t even new. The bag was made of Himalayan crocodile with gold detailing and lots of diamonds and was officially the most expensive handbag in the world. But its real value lay in the bragging, showing-off rights it would give its new owner. Hey ho. If it makes them happy…
8:33am Friday 3rd June 2016
FEMINISTS are putting on their pinnies, tugging on their Marigolds and getting back into the kitchen.