Richard and Judy: Rose Tinted Glasses

Richard and Judy's ever-popular Book Club continues to disappoint me. I've had a faint animosity towards it since it started in 2004, but it's a hypocritical kind of animosity: deep down, I don't like being told what I should read by Richard and Judy, even though I'm quite happy to follow the whims of the … Continue reading Richard and Judy: Rose Tinted Glasses

Money Matters…More Than Usual

Last week I discovered how dreadful it feels to fall off the wagon. This month we are micro-budgeting. Being married for a year brings congratulations and anniversary cards and a great deal of smugness, but also annual bills: several insurance renewals later, our bank account is whimpering in panic. After a fairly depressing session with … Continue reading Money Matters…More Than Usual

The Real Enchantment of Narnia: Snow, Sardines and Heroic Destiny

Quite a few film critics got their knickers in a twist on the release of the big-screen outing The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Polly Toynbee in the Guardian went as far as to urge all adult viewers to reach for a 'sick bag', her blog so tightly wound with … Continue reading The Real Enchantment of Narnia: Snow, Sardines and Heroic Destiny

Chart Toppers

Listening to Radio 1 in the mornings on the way to work has given me an unusual familiarity with the pop charts, something I've been missing since the days of Top of the Pops on Friday night. Generally I try not to fiddle with the radio while I'm driving (to prevent one of those Casualty-type … Continue reading Chart Toppers

Should’ve Kept The Fur, Mate

Is there any disappointment so intense for a pre-teenage girl as that of the Beast's post-Beast appearance in Disney's animated classic? I don't think so. We've had the dramatic death scene in the rain, the confession of love as Belle sobs over his massive white-shirted chest (where did the Beast get his tailored XXL shirts … Continue reading Should’ve Kept The Fur, Mate

Treadmill Swindles the Unwary Jogger

Arrived at the gym half an hour later today, after a meeting that went on a bit, and found myself on the Treadmill of Lies. Usually, early enough to beat the lunchtime rush, I have my pick of treadmills and choose one between Snail's-Pace Lady and Dr Ancient Sinews, one of whom has apparently spent … Continue reading Treadmill Swindles the Unwary Jogger

I Can See… I Can See Perfectly…

Today would be business as usual were it not for the fact that I just got my TWO new sparkly pairs of glasses (bless Specsavers and their 2 for 1 deals...). Signs your new prescription is well overdue: you look in the rearview mirror and have a moment of panic that a dumpy black jellyfish … Continue reading I Can See… I Can See Perfectly…

Sarah Brightman Prompts Embarrassed Sunday Reflection

After another busy week, our Sunday has ticked all the right boxes. We got up and were ready for Tim's early morning meetings on time, for once, and I spent the extra hour listening to someone in the ward play the piano in the chapel. Gave me food for thought: it's been years since this … Continue reading Sarah Brightman Prompts Embarrassed Sunday Reflection

Africa, Unbound: The Poisonwood Bible

Get ready for a bold statement: I have just read one of the best books I have ever come across. Take a moment to think about how many books I've read since I learned to read and you can imagine why I'm impressed. Have you ever come across The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver? She's … Continue reading Africa, Unbound: The Poisonwood Bible

Start Your Engines; Switch Off Brains

The unwelcome prospect of getting the train to work one day next week while our long-suffering Skoda is serviced has reminded me how much I love driving. Tim cackles when I say this: apparently during the long, frustrated weeks before my test, parking ineptly in Waitrose car park, I swore more than once that I'd … Continue reading Start Your Engines; Switch Off Brains