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…

Turn Your Leggings Into A Crop Top

This is not a sewing project because there’s no sewing involved, only hacking away. Buy a pair of leggings without trying them on Put them on and discover that they feel like flight compression socks Take them off after a few hours and muse over the marks they’ve left on your legs Give up and…

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?…

Raise Your Pulse

Lentils Pasta I can’t think of any vegetarian dish that doesn’t require shedloads of cutting. If you are a young person recently moved out of your parents’ home, there’s a number of reasons why you don’t want to do shedloads of cutting: Unless you are extremely rich and can afford to rent a place all…

Dating Advice #2: Respect His Elders

The percentage of 20 to 34 year olds in UK living with their parents has gone up from 21% in 1996 to 25% in 2016, with men more likely than women to be living with their parents (31% of men compared to 20% of women in this age group  – Office for National Statistics) This…

5 Things You Should Keep In Your Wallet

Of course wallets are for carrying money, credit cards and loyalty cards, but not only. In fact, the least amount of money and credit cards you carry in your wallet, the least trouble for you when it’s stolen (even better if you don’t keep your PINs in there). So, with money and cards kept to…

Only Fools And Mamas Use A Passapomodoro

When I got married, I refused to consider a ‘passapomodoro’ (tomato squeezer) part of my dowry. A ‘passapomodoro’ is a metal contraption which separates the skin from the flesh of cooked tomatoes and it’s used to make tomato sauce from raw tomatoes. I had seen my grandma sweating over (and, sometimes, into) it, my mum…

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. No, unfortunately not. I mean scared-to-drive eighteen. So this is my advice to you who are: eighteen (or seventeen) and harbour homicidal impulses…

Dating Advice #1: Don’t Fake

A friend once told me that a friend of a friend (this probably means it was her) went on date with a boy. Being flat-chested, she decided to wear not just any old push-up bra, but one with gel inserts bigger than what nature had actually given her. During the date things got hotter, the…

Trouser Hems

If you happen to be a bit shorter and a bit chubbier than the average person, chances are that when you buy a pair of trousers you find them too long. For some lucky people this is fixable with (and a good excuse for) extra-tall stilettos or platforms. But, for others, the problem is of…