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I wasn’t sure what to write this week. On the one hand, all I’m currently thinking about is the spread of a global pandemic, the inevitable loss of loved ones, the anticipated months of lockdown and the eternal question of why people are stockpiling loo roll when kitchen roll...
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The older I get, the more I realise that life is a constant navigation between ‘should’ and ‘want’. There’s the nagging feeling that I really should go to this social event because, after all, I accepted the invitation and I must therefore carry out my duty like a Christian...
There are few things more frustrating than being told you ‘must watch’ something on television. In the olden days, when there were but four terrestrial channels and we used to have to write to the BBC for our Blue Peter badges, television was a far more manageable prospect. A ‘must-watch’...
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I went through a phase in my 20s of taking online personality tests. I was in an unhappy relationship and I wanted someone to tell me what to do rather than having to take responsibility for my own actions which would mean… well, knowing who I was and being...
I did a spin class the other day and the instructor announced proudly that it was a retro 90s music special. I enjoyed the class (because who doesn’t want to sweat buckets while cycling double-speed to Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’?), but afterwards the idea of it made me feel about...
Four months ago, I discovered I was pregnant. It seemed utterly miraculous. I had just turned 41. My 30s were spent trying and failing to have babies. The hope of conceiving naturally seemed to be vanishing into impossibility. Then two pink lines appeared in an oval-shaped plastic window last...
Recently I was taken to an American football game with my partner’s two teenage boys. I sat there, in splendid sunshine, watching a group of men in helmets running towards – and sometimes, for variety, away from – each other. Occasionally there was an explosion of cheering from the...
Well I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted by this decade already. Barely two months in and I have an overwhelming desire to cover myself with straw and sit in a wooden crate until I’ve caught up on sleep and the crocuses are blooming. Everyone always wants their spirit...
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I was in Los Angeles recently for no other reason than to be able to write that sentence in as smug a way as possible. Only kidding. In truth, it’s one of my favourite places (it’s sunny, the avocados taste great and there’s free wifi almost everywhere). Like all...
I grew up surrounded by ghosts. Not real ones, you understand, but the on-screen versions. My favourite children’s TV programme was Rentaghost, which centred on the goings-on of a rental agency that hired out ghouls. It doesn’t seem a natural hit for children now that I think about it, but...

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