"We are gathered here today to put to rest Rosie and Jim." Our guinea pigs inevitably passed away so we did the standard
I've hung up my elf outfit, put away my glitter and said goodbye to working in Santa's grotto for another year. I've lost
So this afternoon I made the classic mistake of thinking that I could just 'pop' into Tesco with the boys in tow. All I needed was milk and honey, surely as a woman in her thirties who has a mortgage, car finance, a job and many other responsibilities I could manage this?
The mother-daughter dynamic between Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher was both hilarious and heart-rending. We've all had those toe-curling "Mom, noooooooo!" moments, but Debbie took it to a whole new level when it came to embarrassing her daughter.
The definition of a good PR is often a good storyteller. When I say story, I mean it in the literal sense rather than a tall tale or spin. A story or anecdote done well can convey a message and entertain. Done badly it can be the most mortifying and dull experience. Here are a few thoughts on how to keep attention rapt.
"A good rule for rocket experimenters to follow is this: always assume it will explode." - Letter to the Editors of Astronautics
Our best creative work happens when we are in flow, using our imaginations, having fun. Obviously there will come a point where we become hypercritical of our writing and believe we'll never be the next e.e. Cummings, E.L. James or J.K. Rowling.
It's late, the room is warm and dark, the bed soft, my eyes are closed. I can hear little freckles of rain tapping on the window and the house settling down for the night like an old dog: gentle groans from rheumatic floorboards and the rhythmic breathing of the boiler.
As the Chief Executive of Relate, the UK's leading relationship support organisation, I thought it might be apt to share a little of my own experience of how relationships can develop over time. Ian, my husband, announced on the eve of a long weekend that we should paint the kitchen. I felt my chest tighten and an acute sense of impending doom.
I haven't really ever understood the concept of Valentines Day. When I was 14 I had a big crush on a bloke my age, and basically I made it so blatant that I fancied him for so long he practically went into hiding.