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New York, New York

29. July 2014

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New York, New York

I loved New York as soon as I first stepped out of a yellow taxi in 1990. So it was a huge joy to take Child One and Child Two and share my passion. For me it’s all about the architecture, the huge wide avenues, the vertiginous cliff faces of the office blocks, and the […]

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Someone needs a holiday ….

24. June 2014

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Someone needs a holiday ….

Thank goodness, we are entering calmer waters. The exams are over, my stomach seems to have stopped burbling, and the summer unfolds. But, naturally, it’s complicated. As well as four adults who seldom agree on anything, we now have two trainee grown-ups in our midst who have Made Their Own Travel Plans. So, no sooner […]

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A strange affair

16. January 2014

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A strange affair

Jolly though it is to see a politician in a tangle – and jollier still if it’s a French politician – I think our interest in Francois Hollande’s comings and goings is more than curtain-tweaking prurience.  In fact, I think it’s actually justified. The view when one of our own politicians is caught out being […]

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Nigella is no wicked stepmother

10. August 2013

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Nigella is no wicked stepmother

Charles Saatchi’s bizarre stunt yesterday, using his almost-grown up daughter, Phoebe, to attack Nigella Lawson for ‘heartlessness’, seems to be an attempt to claim back the moral high ground. While he now has an unenviable reputation as a public wife-strangler and probably a much worse sort of monster in private, Nigella was widely seen in […]

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Back to black?

3. July 2013

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Back to black?

Watching the Lawson-Saatchi marital tribulations, and not envying Nigella being papped packing her stuff or having a scruffy Sunday with friends, has made me think how useful it would be if we could return to Victorian dress codes. All right, divorce and separation were not big in those days, but death certainly was, and it […]

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Sex, lies and CCTV footage

5. February 2013

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Sex, lies and CCTV footage

I last wrote about Chris Huhne, the disgraced ex-Lib Dem politician and Cabinet minister, nearly a year ago. At the time, I said I felt besmirched by being dragged through the story (though obviously I could have put the newspaper down and dusted something instead. Of course, I didn’t. I’m human and it’s always a […]

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So this is Christmas

14. December 2012

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So this is Christmas

Christmas isn’t an easy time for any woman. You see us, battling around the shops, shoulders hunched, faces grim, as we do our best to grab the stuff that will, like magic pixie dust, transform our grumpy family (and isn’t every family grumpy in this cold, dark, wet, grey December?) into a Norman Rockwell festival […]

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Blending in?

9. October 2012

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Blending in?

So, we’ve been a so-called blended family now for several years – first unofficially, then officially and now with our status sanctified by marriage. Does it get  any easier? I don’t think it does. To be fair, normal parenthood can be pretty damn stretching. Many is the time I’ve hit the bottle after a day […]

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Detangling

29. August 2012

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Detangling

My girls don’t usually ask me to write about anything. Normally, they’re begging me not to mention them, their friends, the strange ways of teenagers …. anything, basically, which even touches vaguely on their lives is strictly off-limits. Until I bought them new brushes the other day. One of the awful things for divorced children […]

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Divorce: get good advice

11. May 2012

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I sometimes think, with divorce, that I really have been there, done that and been forced to give the T-shirt to my ex. Thank goodness, it’s done and dusted. But for some of you out there, it’s a new, raw and scary experience, where every phone call brings a risk of recriminations and every letter […]

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