Seeing the grieving… in a man

“Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it,” Joan Didion wrote in A Year of Magical Thinking. In a heartfelt BBC documentary earlier this week, Rio Ferdinand showed us his place of deep grief following the death of his wife Rebecca in 2015.  The subject was always going to be moving but … Continue reading Seeing the grieving… in a man

It’s a mother of a day

Timed no doubt to chime with this weekend's Mothering Sunday, Kate Middleton spoke at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists this week of her experience of motherhood, "Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge. Even for me, who has support at home … Continue reading It’s a mother of a day

It looks like handbags at dawn for these head girls

The roaring row this week between the First Minister of Scotland and the Prime Minister looks set to become a proper female feud - up there with fashion designers, Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel - who “accidentally” set Schiaparelli on fire by pushing her into a candle chandelier, in a moment of rivalrous madness. Nicola Sturgeon's determination to force another Scottish referendum … Continue reading It looks like handbags at dawn for these head girls

Misled by fancy’s meteor ray

In the YBA boarding school/ mystery novel, Murder Most Unladylike by Robyn Stevens, new girl Hazel is led astray by the charismatic Daisy - after being tricked into climbing into her own trunk and then locked in. Hazel says “in a way, I have been getting into trunks for Daisy ever since, without stopping to ask why”.  Who's influencing our children, once … Continue reading Misled by fancy’s meteor ray

When all the money still isn’t enough

It's been a week for humble pie. All that apologizing following the hoo-haa at this year's Oscars ceremony was followed by an expression of regret from multi-billionaire businessman, Sir Philip Green, as he, finally, filled up (the BHS) pension pot.  The Oscars were dealt with quickly, at the scene. Green (who sold the ailing store for a quid in 2015 and … Continue reading When all the money still isn’t enough