Guardian columnist, writes books, comes late to technology.

Britain Beneath Your Feet review - ‘it really needed to dig deeper’ — I'm not sure where to begin with a review of Britain Beneath Your Feet (BBC1). It hopped around all over the place. One minute we were looking under the Shard and asking a structural engineer to confirm that the 300m building really did need foundations 53 metres deep to keep it standing (yes, it does, because it's standing in clay.

Help! The Mumil* is taking over... — A Mumil? Gwyneth Paltrow loves her lycra. Photo: James Devaney You have heard, I'm sure - though if you haven't, lucky you and please tell us where you live so that we can come and stay till all danger has passed - of the rise of the Mamil, the middle-aged man in Lycra?

The rise of the Mumil - middle-aged mum in Lycra — I am not generally tempted. I had something of an exercise epiphany a few years ago when, my then-newborn son having finally fallen asleep in his pram, I dived into the nearest café for a much-needed coffee, sit-down and - probably - cry.

Lucy Mangan: Ditch that wedding invitation you're dreading — By Lucy Mangan There was a brief time in my life when a wedding invitation dropping onto the mat filled me with delight. Friends! Getting married! Love! Flowers! A lifetime of happiness embarked on! But now? Well, now people have gone insane.

Guest etiquette: How to get out of that wedding you're dreading — There's the new outfit and another stab at buying non-crippling shoes for the day. The accommodation: choose between the distant B&B just within budget (as long as you don't count the taxi fare there and back) but replete with plastic undersheets on the beds and landlord you are pretty sure has bored peepholes in every room, and the lovely nearby hotel, a night under whose auspices costs more than your monthly mortgage payment and doesn't include breakfast.

Crackalackamental - Standard Issue — Lucy Mangan didn't sweat the baby stuff when it came to her little boy, but the responsibility for his moral education is making her decidedly edgy. Most of the time I manage to keep things in perspective, I think. Obviously, I am not to be wholly trusted when I say this.

A love spell for $400? No wonder witches are cursing Etsy’s ban on magick — Horned Goddammit! Etsy - the online marketplace for goods handmade by people among whom the proportion of talent to enthusiasm varies to an almost dizzying degree - has recently revised its selling regulations and outlawed all magical (or to use the handmade spelling preferred by its vendors, magickal) goods.

How to pass the posh test: ‘Do you know Marmaduke Von Snittlebert?’ — Unless you're a Social Darwinist who believes the privileged are inherently more talented (I'm going to presume you're not), then the lack of diversity at the top of society should be profoundly depressing. More than half of the top 100 media professionals in Britain hail from private schools, even though only 7% of Britons are privately educated.

The Interceptor review - the Beeb’s latest attempt to find a replacement for Spooks — He! is Ash, the son of a drug addict who once shot a man, now all grown up and a customs officer fiercely committed to the war on drugs! But frequently frustrated by HMRC's preference for going after dealer minnows while the big fish swim on unmolested, leaving crime, misery and despair in their wakes!

The Syndicate review - Anthony Andrews suaves around with aplomb — When I am president of the world, every television drama will have Anthony Andrews suaving around a Queen Anne drawing room in a handful of key scenes before the credits roll. Life is simply better that way. He is currently doing so particularly valiantly in the third series of Kay Mellor's The Syndicate (BBC1), which began last night.
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Jul 05, 2015

RT @PenguinUKBooks: "The Twits is the quintessence of Dahl." @LucyMangan on loving @Roald_Dahl's rotten read:

Jul 04, 2015

"Get sick of using my mouth to form words". I wish to marry this person.…

Jul 01, 2015

@narkyCT3 You know I'm basically living the dream, babe, always living the dream.

Jul 01, 2015

Off to the post office. Very slowly, in case my head melts.

Jun 30, 2015

This month's piece for @PuffinBooks, about the glorious grotesquerie of The Twits…

Jun 30, 2015

@pablomcc Would have loved to but can't, alas, sorry! xx

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