No matter whether you are religious, agnostic or atheist, the great old churches and temples of this world carry a powerful charge of energy from the centuries of prayer, of song and of silence that have been carried out there. Even now, most folk hush themselves when they enter an ancient church and take a moment to feel the echo of the ages.
Whether it's you, or someone else in your life, we all know a health nut who wants nothing but an organic stocking filled with life-boosting goodies.... So, I've put together a list of my 10 favourite gifts to make your life a little easier!
With Christmas just around the corner, lots of us are looking to cut down our spending to save for the indulgent time of year. We were shocked to read last week that most people in the UK eat only one portion of fruit and veg every day - and all too often the reason is cost, according to research by the National Charity Partnership.
Beneath all of this frivolity, cynicism and forced humour there is a more serious note. Christmas is hard, and for many reasons for many people. And when the over excited, overgrown kids start ramming it down your throat on the 1st of November, those of us who don't 'feel' the magic have just that bit longer to feel crap about it.
Loneliness is one of the main reasons that we see coming up again and again when we talk about December depression. It's hard to believe that living in London--one of cosmopolitan centres of Europe and one of Europe's most densely populated cities--could be regarded as lonely.
Rather than coming from the North Pole or even a toy shop, these gifts were actually found while you spent a Sunday morning pottering round a car boot sale, or a lunch break scrolling through Freeads for a furry friend for the kids.
This year, my favourite novelty kitsch comes courtesy of Jo Jo Maman Bebe with this red cashmere mix jumper (£22), a very fabulous Christmas jumper from George by Asda (£8), some festive winter warmer Peppa Pig PJs from Boots Mini Club (£14) and fabulous furry socks from Mothercare (£8). I mean, what's not to love...
Picture the scene: It's Christmas Eve and your self-driving car pulls into the driveway. You step out, greeted by the soft glow of your connected house lights and take a step to your front door - unlocked with the swipe of your smartwatch.
Christmas, they say, is a time for family. But according to a new survey, 18% fewer single people plan to spend theirs with relatives or friends than last year - and the number who are taking an organised break or holiday has almost doubled, up to 20%.
We also both agreed that we have received some incredibly thoughtful gifts ourselves for Christmas. However we have additionally been guilty of gifting, and being gifted, last minute indulgence purchases because we simply ran out of ideas or time.
In shops across the country, change is approaching and an old friend has arrived: tinsel. The encroaching face of Santa Claus and red and green wrappi...
Anyone talking about tinsel in August gets firmly ignored. And if you've bought all your presents by September, I don't want to know. But when it comes to travel, it's never too early to think about Christmas.
We're officially halfway through the year and do you know what that means? Christmas is coming. I know it seems crazy to be talking about the festiv...
I don't remember the actual moment when we made the decision to marry but it was because of what we learnt from the loss of two such important people from our lives that we suddenly felt that it was important to us and important that we didn't waste time waiting.
Gaming has always been popular, but this has increased exponentially over the last few years. Whereas gaming was once seen as 'geeky' and 'uncool,' nowadays, geeky IS cool. You can blame the huge rise of comics and 'cosplay' conventions such as Comic Con for contributing to this massive change in perception.
This, I have decided, is the year for change. This is the year that I will have sex more than three times, fall outrageously in love, stop eating chocolate as a pre-bed snack and, obviously, have less than 12% of body fat. However for now whist I decide where to start we best have a celebratory drink, although best make mine a slimline!