Stylist columnist, Guardian writer, author of five books, generally slightly adrift. And hungry.

One of Us review - we need more mystery down Much Foreboding Lane

theguardian.com — I've said it once, but I'm a professional, so I'll say it again: this is a review. I'm not going to go out of my way to include spoilers about last night's new BBC drama, One of Us, but there will be some.

In a year like this, we need Bake Off’s sugary embrace

theguardian.com — Forget yer mists and yer mellow fruitfulness. Chuck out yer close-bosomed friendship with the maturing sun. If autumn's on the way, it must be The Great British Bake Off (returning tonight for its seventh sinfully delicious series), Strictly Come Dancing (embarking on its 14th sashay across the floor on 3 September) and The X Factor (the 13th season of which starts on Saturday).

Can living apart bring a couple back together?

smh.com.au — It seems that the secret suspicion that owning a castle could solve most of life's problems is not as ridiculous as you might have been told (mostly by people who own castles and don't want to give you theirs). In 2011 the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk separated after nearly a quarter century of marriage, saying they had grown apart.

Living in separate wings of the same house? The Norfolks are doing marriage right

telegraph.co.uk — It seems that the secret suspicion that owning a castle could solve most of life's problems is not as ridiculous as you might have been told (mostly by people who own castles and don't want to give you theirs). In 2011 the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk separated after nearly a quarter century of marriage, saying they had grown apart.

'Rambo’ George Osborne will soon be back on the A-Team

telegraph.co.uk — What drew George to Rambo, a film about a man taking his vengeance on a government who abandoned him and his fellow warriors in an unforgiving wilderness after they had nobly served their country, no one can say. But while he's there, he may find further solace by turning to that other indispensable element of Vietnam-based Eighties iconography - The A-Team.

We’re on holiday. And yes, I’m teaching my son how to gamble

theguardian.com — Five is old enough to have mastered the basic life skills and yet here is my son, in the amusement arcade on holiday, insisting on simply rolling tuppences down the various chutes without even the tiniest hint of the techniques I have struggled for a week now to impart to him.

Pay rise: How to ask your boss for more money

So many photos that we don't bother to look at them anymore

smh.com.au — Family photos have always been a minefield. It must have been easier in the old days, before Kodak's invention of the portable camera made sure that the studio portrait was the only game in town.

Highlands: Scotland's Wild Heart review - majestic osprey, cute deer … but no Nessie

theguardian.com — The first episode of the new four-part documentary series Highlands: Scotland's Wild Heart (BBC1) opens with the Cairngorms on fire. It says something about the last few months' news that this barely registers beyond the vague thought that there are going to be even fewer post-apocalyptic sanctuaries than you once hoped.

What your family photo collection says about you

telegraph.co.uk — I wonder what the Duke of Cambridge thinks whenever he walks into the morning room at Clarence House and sees his little brother's face beaming out at him from what looks more like a Hollywood headshot than a family snap and takes pride of place, alone on a coffee table in the middle of the room?
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Aug 24, 2016

Wait, what? The ONE night I go out someone makes Jaffa cakes on TV? Fml

Aug 24, 2016

RT @ORachaelO: Emerging comedy writers: amazing odds to be awarded £10k to enable you to write for 6 months. Enter. What's to lose?  https://twitter.com/locofilmfest/status/766222378896543745 

Aug 23, 2016

Jack Reacher is late this year 😩

Aug 23, 2016

@mick_walsh I'm still in @guardian too! Tomorrow's TV review for a start - @guardiang2


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