Do it badly

Today is Blue Monday. Hashtag, etc. Not just a Monday, which Twitter and Garfield tell us is bad anyway, but a Blue one. Which is the most depressing colour, as everyone knows. Blue Monday is meant to be the day in the year when people are their saddest. Christmas and New Year’s Eve are distant … More Do it badly

Individual basis

Veganuary is in full swing and people have opinions. I’ve read more than one Facebook rant about how vegans are actually destroying the planet with their almond milk and lust for avocados, and have been tempted more than once to have a club sandwich after being exposed to a pious diatribe on the evils of … More Individual basis

Other people’s problems

For many years, my favourite place on the internet was the Guardian Experience column. Each week I looked forward to reading about whichever unlikely scenario had taken place. The column’s subjects were mostly affably bonkers, on just this side of comfortable. It stands to reason that the well of weird would eventually run dry. Recent … More Other people’s problems

Fewer gifts, more heart

Christmas is coming, and I’m one of the enthusiastic ones. I love the holidays: the cosy nights, too much food and wine, spending time with loved ones. Cheesy films, mince pies, Bailey’s. I’ve had my tacky jumpers out for a fortnight already. The history of Christmas goes back millennia, to pagan celebrations of mid-winter. Drinking, … More Fewer gifts, more heart

Swing through winter

This time last year my baby could not yet crawl. She lay like an adorable lump, squeaking, laughing, rolling from side to side. As a brand new parent, I still worried constantly about SIDS and about her temperature. Was she too cold, too hot? Was she randomly going to stop breathing? That winter was a … More Swing through winter

Feeling lucky

    My daughter was born in May, and since then I have felt lucky. I have felt this way every time I look at her face, every time I take her out and show her more of the world, every time she does something new. I feel lucky that I live in a country … More Feeling lucky