Jo, aged almost 3, went to see the play version of The Snowman as his seasonal theatre treat. If you donâ€™t know the story of the boy and his snowman who comes alive one night to transport him on a wonderful adventure, what follows is a major spoiler alert.
So go on, confess, did you read 50 Shades of Gray? This was the question posed recently by my cousin to a room full of our relatives.
Great British Drama: the other night, I broke my parentsâ€™ kettle by boiling it with no water in it. The button clicked up and down, no lights came on. Heat was notably absent. So I boiled water in a pan, made them a cup of tea, then I confessed the news. They took it pretty well, all things considered.
â€œOh, thatâ€™s nothing,â€ said my Aunty Jen. â€œHelen has one of those kettles that looks like a whistling kettle that goes on the hob, but actually, itâ€™s an electric one. I wasnâ€™t paying attention one day, and I put it on the stove. The next thing I knew, it was on fire, and there was plastic melting all over everywhere.
Dom, fresh off the plane from Hong Kong, was excited to be invited to his first Giants game, â€œI didnâ€™t know a lot about American sports, but I was willing to give them a go.â€ Continue reading
It’s the most pretentious thing in the world to obsessed with small batch artisanal tonic syrup. That’s it really. But what’s a gal to do?Â Continue reading
I’d toasted marshmallows before I came to America – of course I had. Pretty much the only thing that persuaded me to Guide Camp was the prospect of a toasted marshmallow. But real, genuine, smores? Nope. Continue reading
Apparently no couple is above domestic drudgery: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian spent two late nights last week cleaning out her wardrobe to match her â€œ2015 visionâ€.
So I met a man at a party who told me that he once had a friend who worked at Coney Island in a curiosities show. Her particular curiosity and talent was that she was able to eat insects in a theatrical way. Continue reading
Every Christmas, we spend a lot of time driving around the UK, visiting family, and one thing this year was inescapable: the children in our lives, our godchildren, our nieces and nephews and the children of cousins, are growing up. Barbies are out. K-pop is in. Not across the board, of course, but at the top end we now have teenagers in the family. Continue reading