The best way to look successful is to tell people how busy you are.
Tracey Thorn fills the airwaves with audiobooks, articulate teens and Caitlin Moran.
It’s pretty difficult to get excited about Starbucks finally getting the red cups in when one of the adults present at Christmas dinner could soil themselves at any moment. But even a bittersweet Christmas is worth having.
The basic chemistry of hair dyes has changed little over the last century, but what do we know about the risks of colouring our hair, and why do we do it?
As your children keep changing, so does the job of bringing them up, each different phase bringing its own specific concerns, which vanish as new ones arise.
Nicholas Lezard’s Down and Out column.
Monogamy is rare, no matter what we might tell ourselves. We need a new currency of commitment.
Nicholas Lezard's Down and Out column.
The role of parent, which seems so demanding while you’re playing it, requires mostly that you underact.
Calpol. It tastes fantastic. Works a treat. Helps me to sleep. All round, it’s a winner. It’s the pre-Calpol debate that bores me.
Now that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have split up, brace yourself for weeks of repetitive jibes at her “craziness” and his “reticence”.
This is my default way of dealing with things. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
It's official, women really are more attractive with less.
Sue Douglas’s Diary.
Our children's education is reinforcing the idea that it is natural for women and girls to be decorative, whereas men and boys are the active ones. Do we want them to be learning blind faith in gender stereotypes?
The appliance hasn’t worked since the days of Callaghan but provides an excellent receptacle for reading matter.
Watching BBC1's Outnumbered is less painful now but it's still bitter-sweet.
The Starman implored Scotland to “stay with us”.
With more cannabis shops than branches of Starbucks and further liberalisation to come - why hasn't the trade in legal marijuana decreased the number of dealers on the street in Colorado?
Britain’s ongoing flirtation with a military way of life.
The many odours of Nicholas Lezard’s hovel.
After three waves of feminism, we're now being told subservience is "romantic". You can't be too hard on yourself, but you have to acknowledge the problem: so I will take those flowers and my boyfriend's coat, but I will keep my name, my goals, and my ind
Some people see gender as a galaxy of possibilities. I experience it as a trap, a network of prejudices rooted in conservative notions of complementarity and evolutionary purpose.
Mainstream conversations about feminism usually proceed from the standpoint of middle-class white women - but they need to know their experiences aren't universal, including when it comes to hair.
Alcohol consumption has been found to correlate positively with verbal ability, evolutionary adaptability and going to university.
The only word that used to be available if you were non-straight and masculine presenting was "butch". Times have changed - and one woman has found that the term "Masculine of Center" strikes a chord with America's LGBTQ community.
There's plenty of marijuana-smoking and khat-chewing on my doorstep - in the park it's all good fun.
Thinking of reaching for a leotard and a suggestive foam finger so you can twerk your way through the spookiest night of the year? Think again!
Inevitably, the idea of a film-maker bringing his central themes together in a final, mature flourish has an appealing sense of artistic completeness. But what looks like form is more likely to be pure randomness.