TV and Radio
19 December 2005
Who Rules the Roost? and House of Tiny Tearaways are examples of how the BBC is polarising viewers into chavs and the...
Society
07 November 2005
Friends come to see us in the Dordogne for a "break" with their children. They don't get one. Instead of chilling out,...
International Politics
17 October 2005
So you want to make a difference to the world? You're bored of your books, fed up with politicians, and the only "party...
Politics
02 May 2005
A recent incident gives a clue to how British expats in France would like to vote. It was a 50th-birthday dinner. Over...
UK Politics
18 October 2004
The Conservative Party spent the conference season trying to shrug off its image of blue rinses, blue blazers and...
06 September 2004
It's been nine months since I left London for the gastronomic heaven of the Dordogne. Craig, my husband, still amuses...
Society
09 February 2004
My computer was downloading a picture of Janet Jackson's breast from the internet (well, it was funny, seeing her pop...
Society
02 February 2004
Regular readers will know that I have great respect for minicab drivers. In the past six years, I have learnt more...
26 January 2004
Clare Short has again labelled page three as "porn", incurring the wrath of the Sun editor, Rebekah Wade, who has since...
19 January 2004
There is little more cringe-making than an A-list superstar reduced to a sideshow freak, willing to be humiliated for...
12 January 2004
Last January, I had a purge of my New Age, feel-better collection. I threw out Rosemary Conley's diet books and Geri...
Lifestyle
05 January 2004
January is the month of waist-pinching, ring-twisting (were they this tight before?) guilt. I am avoiding the bathroom...
15 December 2003
I try to get Karla, who's a teacher, to come for a drink at a private club. "But I like pubs," she says. "How do you...
TV and Radio
08 December 2003
When your work is hectic, you hope for a peaceful home life. But what if the two collide? A PR woman has been sending...
Society
01 December 2003
I was flying from France to London to attend Ken Livingstone's peace reception and the bugger-off-Bush march in London...

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