‘He played second codpiece. Macbeth wore him in the fight scenes.’

I gloried in many things as a student. Some of them have not stood the test of time. Mouldy jumpers. My super-padded bicycle seat. Putting wet curly hair straight back into a ponytail. That sort of thing. Some university passions, however, are hanging on, though we're closing in on almost a decade - ouch - … Continue reading ‘He played second codpiece. Macbeth wore him in the fight scenes.’

Wall art

Remember the vintage map wrapping paper I found in Waterstones a few months ago? We finally got those suckers framed and hung on the wall. We went with the old London Underground map in the main living room, in the end. And while we didn't set out to get dark wood-coloured frames - far too … Continue reading Wall art

In Sweden they say ‘ICK-ee-ah’

I was walking into IKEA when I realised I looked like a hobo. Something about all those glistening surfaces put me out of joint. Henry and I had got caught in a July Special rainstorm at the temple, and so there was lion hair, and there was a stupidly baggy cardigan, and there was a … Continue reading In Sweden they say ‘ICK-ee-ah’

I need your help with a decorating dilemma

I was in Waterstones the other week - what, really? - yes, it's true - and discovered the most fabulous thing. Vintage London Underground wrapping paper. CONTAIN YOUR EXCITEMENT. I did not; I gasped like a minor character in an Agatha Christie whodunnit scene and startled the elderly lady woofing a cranberry scone behind me. … Continue reading I need your help with a decorating dilemma