End of decade review

It’s a long one, strap in……. What. A. Decade. This time, ten years ago I was living with a man, managing a jazz festival in the north west of England and anticipating my oncoming forties with all the dread of a fever dream in which you are frozen to the spot as a juggernaut heads […]

Fairytale of Barcelona

Picture this, if you will……. a beautiful *princess has been released from the shackles (a restricted budget and rocketing rental prices), that have kept her prisoner in a darkened dungeon for three years, (a first floor flat over a bar in the Gotic). She had been waiting, with so much hope in her heart, that […]

RI (not so much) P 2016

What an epic year it’s been.  For all the wrong reasons.  For starters, I think we might have seen some of the Grim Reaper’s finest work.  EVER. He got super slashy with the old scythe, over-enthusiastically mowing down:  Prince, David Bowie, Victoria Wood, Robert Vaughn, Leonard Cohen, Pete Burns, Jean Alexander, Gene Wilder, Caroline Aherne, […]

Reasons why I don’t have kids #40

Crippling disappointment in the partner choices your kids make. Or just good old-fashioned bafflement, as in, “what were you thinking? Why? Just, when, what, who?” When I think back on what my poor old mum has experienced, as I’ve breezily arrived wherever, heralding the arrival also, of one or other of the men I was […]