Countdown to Christmas

What a week to be a working parent.  The children are hanging on by their fingertips to get to Friday when 1.30pm brings the end of school and the official start of Christmas. They are puffy-eyed, over tired and bordering on hysteria in that unique ‘it’s nearly Christmas’ way. At school, the curriculum has gone…

What every woman wants for Christmas

Darling, don’t buy me a Dyson When you’re out Christmas shopping this year There’s something else I’ve got my eyes on But it seems that my hints are not clear Sweetie, do not buy me saucepans I don’t care how special they are And I would think twice, if you think it is nice To…

What Camping and Business Travel Have in Common

Not so long ago I wouldn’t have set foot inside a tent.  The aversion to canvas was in part formed by an early experience with the Brownies where we camped on a rugby pitch in Abergavenny; one of our party had (to put it delicately) a “very upset tummy”, the rest of us were just “very…