The Plight of the Smug Married

Stop preaching to and patronising your single friends

I would like to discuss the plight of the ‘Smug Married’ – a moniker made popular by Bridget Jones in the mid nineties, there are no people less cool, less popular, or more annoying, than your Smug…

The Cult of Busy-ness

A call for calm in our overwhelmed lives

As a lawyer, I measure my days in six minute intervals. The little timer at the corner of my screen currently tells me I’ve spent 18 minutes responding to emails, 36 minutes on a conference call discussing…

Post-Wedding Project Brain

Or, how not to beat the post-wedding blues

I had been warned that there would be a bit of a comedown after the wedding. Like the average bride, wedding planning had probably been the single biggest occupier of my mind for over a year. And…

Join the Anti-Lycra Brigade

Cycling to work like they do in Copenhagen

Last autumn, sick of soggy London commutes on trains full of spewing, spluttering City workers, I bought a bike. After taking it out to cycle the entire 3-mile journey to Brixton for lunch with a friend, and…

Scruffy Entertaining

Entertainment with a little e

My mother in law has text to say she’s coming round. No, sorry. She’s ‘popping by for a bit’. Cue a 23 minute scramble to clear surface space, empty the laundry bin, and put the Funny…