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Designer vaginas – do we need them?

I must admit that when I first read last week’s reports in the media that ‘designer vagina’ surgery in the UK had increased five-fold over the last decade, I thought someone was joking. However, the figures are irrefutable – the NHS carried out over 2000 of these specialist operations in [...]

November 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

McCririck and the knacker’s yard

John McCririck, the former Channel Four racing pundit – and now losing employment tribunal ‘age discrimination’ litigant – is an acquired taste for most of us.  A deliberate eccentric in fashion sense, attitude and the social niceties, over the past three decades he had carved a [...]

November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments


Both women’s rugby internationals I have witnessed in the flesh have been staged at the Twickenham Stoop. Three years ago, the atmosphere was special, and the place rocking nearly an hour before kick-off, when New Zealand prevailed by the margin of 13-10 over England in the 2010 Rugby World Cup [...]

November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments


Following our feature on the latest ‘side-bum’ fashion trend earlier this week, here’s an extended review of similar fads by Emine Sander in THE GUARDIAN Today we also feature a link to an article by Josephine Fairley on ‘wardrobing’ in the DAILY [...]

November 12, 2013 // 0 Comments


I was up in London on a bright autumnal Sunday in Regents Park for an article I was commissioned to write for a Japanese on line tourist magazine. My theme was that only London has such a plethora of parks in its centre. Fairly routine stuff so I was searching for an angle. In the inner circle I [...]

November 11, 2013 // 0 Comments


There’s a right way and a wrong way of doing most things, and one of the rites of passage for ladies of a certain age is learning to judge when keeping on trend is just no longer worth the candle. Whether sporting beyond-shoulder-length hair, jeans at functions when flanked by your teenage [...]

November 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard – Goodmans

There are 3 things initially to say about Goodmans. Firstly, it is extremely expensive, secondly the steaks are sublime, thirdly the chain is a runaway success. It’s unusual to start a review with a cost warning but would be diners should know that a starter , two steaks and decent bottle of [...]

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard – the Royal China

Husband Ollie and middle son Humph have been perturbed by the form of Chelsea where they have season tickets. I gather from their conversations that the Special One might mot be so special with their worst start in years. Chelsea were playing Fulham last Saturday and the idea was to have dinner [...]

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard – 28/50, Marylebone Road

Us restaurant reviewers generally adopt a low profile.We avoid openings and book incognito. Nonetheless warmth of reception is an important ingredient of a successful restaurant so when Ed of 28/50 Marylebone Lane hailed me warmly I was touched. 28/50 is part of the texture chain and they have [...]

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard – the Tyddyn Llan

It’s been a stressful time in our household. Our middle son Tarquin is leaving the coop to read environmental sociology ,at Leeds Uni , whatever that might be and husband Oliver worries the young Turks in the bank are trying to get him out. So when I suggested to Ollie we take time out in [...]

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

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