There aren’t many success stories amongst the street children of Kolkata. Certainly not on the scale of Saroo Brierley, whose book was turned into the movie Lion, tipped for Oscar glory this weekend. It’s a story so moving that even hard bitten hacks at the private screening I went to were suspiciously red-eyed as the […]
“To all the little girls watching… never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world” Hillary Clinton’s words after she failed to shatter the glass ceiling to the very top floor. However valuable and deserving those little girls, it’s hard to believe that they really have […]
The normally laid back islanders in Mallorca were unusually exercised when I was there this week over half-term. They’re campaigning to stick with summertime time across the Balearics when the clocks go back across the rest of Spain this weekend as they do in the UK. Their efforts have met with local approval but they […]
It’s been described as ‘the greatest literary love-fest on earth’, ‘like Hay dropping acid’ and as ‘The Woodstock of world literature’ so 2016’s Jaipur Literature Festival had a lot to live up to. But from the moment I spilled out of the tuk tuk and through the gate of the Diggi Palace in the Rjasthani […]
On Saturday, I wrote about festive timewarps (and how I slipped into one) for the Daily Telegraph newspaper. Am I alone in thinking: Until December, I like to think our household tasks gets divided up fairly equally. But suddenly, come Christmas, my husband of 12 years and I seem to revert to some kind of 1950s […]
It’s a bummer being an August born child in England. Not only do you have to spend your birthday in the baggage reclaim hall of Gatwick airport but you’re destined to take up smoking at 11, fail all your exams and spend the rest of your life in jail. Ok, not really but there is […]
Vanity Fair’s scathing expose of Tinder, branding the hook-up culture it promotes as a ‘dating apocalypse’ has highlighted just how fundamentally apps have revolutionised the way we meet partners. But would Radio 4 listeners be prepared to tell me about whether they’d been able to find love on a smartphone?
As I trudge from the beach with my sandy, air filled friend I’m developing a new found sympathy for grooms on stag weekends in Magaluf made to carry some unwieldly object deemed hilarious by the rest of his party. I feel like someone might offer me 15 pints and a stripper.