No One RSVP'd To Boy's Birthday Party, So Twitter Threw Him One Instead

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When Odin Camus turned 13 on Friday, his mum, Melissa, planned to throw him a bowling party in Peterborough, Ontario. But after sending invitations...

Thinking About Thirty

Deirdre Collins | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Deirdre Collins

As I turn thirty, to the world I am a qualified adult. The final curtain is closing on my 20's, a decade where I was fully for the first time immersed into the big bad world. Thirty may be just a number but it's a good time to take stock and reflect upon the last decade.

Nothing Says Love Like a Gigantic Helium Balloon

Felicity Fox | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Felicity Fox

I would do rational tomorrow. Today, I was freaking out. I hurried down to the location, hair thrown on top of head, make-up absent and dressed in full-spandex running gear as I knew my endurance would be tested.

Birthdays: A Time to Reflect

Jared Joffe | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jared Joffe

Getting older can present us with a number of challenges, but aging comes with rewards too. Unlike the body, the mind (while it's still sound) is capable of taking on more from age thirty and beyond. In fact, its depth increases as we continue to feed it and experience more from life.

That's the Best Present Ever! (Not)

Claire Kirby | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

Before I had children, I never really knew what to buy children. I'm still not sure I know now, unless it is for my own offspring. What I do know is what not to buy them. So here is my top three gifts never to get a kid. Never. Ever.


Ben Shires | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Ben Shires

That's right, it's my 30x30x30 Challenge: Thirty days to conquer thirty as yet unfulfilled ambitions before I hit the big Three Ohhhhhh. Can it be done? Possibly. Will my time, money and enthusiasm hold out for a whole month? We can only speculate.

Four Ways to Accidentally Rock at Children's Parties

Natasha Batsford | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

I don't often get called effortless: In fact in a stand up contest with a one legged emu I reckon I would still come off looking more awkward. It's a natural gift of mine, my hair is never tidy, my clothes are always creased and I never, ever look like I have my shit together. This is especially true of birthday parties...

Turning 30

Gina Lyons | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

Thought I'd share on something in the hope that I'm not the only one to feel like it. I can already hear my older friends grown at the title of this blog. I'll probably get a few "wait until you hit 40/50" comments. And rightly so I guess.

The Top 10 at 25

The Mac Twins | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

Our mid twenties without Google search would be a shameful series of questions to family members starting with 'I know I should know this but...' whilst gazing wearily down at our Young person railcards. Much like the deteriorative hangover, the road to 30 creeps up without warning or fan fare..

The Birthday Wall of Grief

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Did you know about the wall of grief? The wall of grief is weird. It's a part of recovery no one talks about because it really is so odd. In recovery grief is an absolute f*cker. Basically for every bit of big, significant progress made, grief sits just around the corner, waiting.

Parental Appreciation and Existentialism

Daniel M. Cooke | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel M. Cooke

I inherently dislike my own birthdays as they serve primarily as a gentle reminder that I will at some point not exist. This fact scares me no-end despite the many hours a day I put aside to contemplate it. Fortunately these hours coincide roughly with the many hours I naturally put aside for contemplating issues of metaphysical scale anyway, so my existential calendar is not entirely full...

What Turning 18 Means to Me

Susannah Keogh | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Susannah Keogh

Here's something you probably don't know about me- I'm a twin-and no, before you ask, we're not identical. This month, we turn eighteen - but we're celebrating in very different ways...

Happy Birthday Amazon UK - You Curious and Charming Brand

Howard Milton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Howard Milton

Who knows what Amazon will reveal about me over the next 15 years. I can only hope that it continues to do so with the same quiet charm and gentle persuasiveness that it uses today. Happy Birthday indeed - what a very sensible place to look for presents!

What Does 70 Feel Like?

Gareth Johnson | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth Johnson

My 70th birthday is still another thirty years away. It's hard to imagine where I'll be or what I'll be doing, but I do like planning ahead so it never hurts to have a few options up your sleeve.

Turning 25

Emily Sargent | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Emily Sargent

Since I turn 25 next weekend, I thought I'd do some light research into quarter-century bucket lists. Not that I'm dying (physically), but it's always good to know what you should have achieved by now.

'Caught In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time',

The Huffington Post/ PA | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK

Police believe a young woman killed while celebrating her birthday was an innocent victim, "caught in the wrong place at the wrong time." Sabrina M...

Largest Ever Portrait Of Nelson Mandela Marks His 95th Birthday

The Huffington Post UK | Matthew Tucker | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Entertainment

He's a huge name with a big chapter in the history books - now the largest ever portrait of Nelson Mandela is to go on sale, priced at a handsome £19...

TV: My Super Sweet 16

Emily Sargent | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Comedy
Emily Sargent

This interval is a retrospective on My Super Sweet 16, mainly because - and don't be coy - we can all relate. I mean who hasn't turned their face to the gold ceiling fan, tears streaming down flushed cheeks, and collapsed to the floor whilst their mother wails: "Don't give up hope! This will be ok, we will get you that hot air balloon entrance."

Birthdays on the Breadline No Piece of Cake for Parents

David Holmes | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Politics
David Holmes

From the work Family Action does with low-income parents, it's clear that for many a worrying combination of rapid rises in living costs and welfare cuts is resulting in ever-tightening family budgets.

Confessions of a First Year Student - 'I Felt Just Like Ke$ha'

Eve Betts | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Betts

The constant anxiety of what soap opera dramas awaited me at university didn't exactly help matters. I've been considering selling the movie rights of my university life to Universal Studios, on the grounds that I will be played by Audrey Tautou (she'll have to wear seven inch heels) and that The Killers must be used in the opening sequence.

Is Saying Thank You Considered Rude?

James Emtage | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
James Emtage

One thing is for sure - saying thank you is a nice thing to do. It makes you feel good, and makes the receiver feel valued. We may not subscribe to the hand written parchments of old, with ruler straight lines and wafty words of gratitude penned from inky quills, but we do still subscribe to basics of liking to give and liking to be thanked.

Watch: 'I Am Benga'

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 22.11.2012 | UK Entertainment

Benga and Skream took their dub-laden soundtracks to East London last week, playing an intimate - yet still insanely loud - gig at Stoke Newington's B...

Why the Queen Has the Right Idea About Birthdays‏

BritChick Paris | Posted 03.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

I have an unhealthy obsession with my birthday. I think I'm a birthday addict. The sight of a pristeen white envelope or the rustle of a wrapped present send me into a frenzy. I love everyone else's birthdays too. Card shops are my favourite haunts.

I'm Giving Sobriety a Chance

Ronnie Joice | Posted 21.07.2012 | UK Comedy
Ronnie Joice

Ah, alcohol. It's the mainstay of hundreds and thousands of years of culture. The discovery of late Stone Age beer jugs has established the fact that purposely fermented beverages existed at least as early as 10,000 BC.

The One With the Boys Second Birthday

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 27.04.2012 | UK
Georgy Jamieson

Two years ago today I was in hospital having the boy!