What’s The Worst Advice Your Mum Gave You?

Mums are usually wonderful and wise but they can make mistakes and give some bad advice. “Don’t wash your hair during your periods.” This is an old Italian belief, together with a ban on having showers and on touching plants – which would die. Hey, lady gardeners, it’s time for weeding! “Never contradict your husband,…

How To Argue With Your Partner

Move away from fragile items. Stick to the original topic. If your started off about dirty laundry and, after a while, you find yourselves arguing over money, unless you’ve mentioned a launderette along the way, you’ve gone off topic. Mentioning in-laws, each other’s friends or pets grants an instant penalty shoot to the adversary. An…

When The Highway Code Doesn’t Mean What It Says

Solid white lines: as solid as a lick of white pain. They will not protect you from incoming vehicles. Central reservation: not reservable. Traffic lights: to be obeyed whether there’s traffic or not. Zebra crossing: do I even need to say it? U-turn: not an instruction. Speed restriction signs:   can you spot the similarities?…

Taming The Driving Jitters

When I have to drive my husband’s car or a rental car or any car that’s not my trusted little one, I feel like I’m eighteen again. I don’t mean young/fit/adventurous eighteen. I mean scared-to-drive eighteen. So this is my advice to you who are: eighteen (or seventeen) and harbour homicidal impulses towards the inventor…