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Writing under a pen-name for reasons of security, Natalie is a senior executive in the advertising industry. More Posts

And so life goes on

This is one of those posts where one feels slightly sensitive because its subject is a family matter touching upon the collective travails of all concerned when possessing one or more elderly parents. In this situation there’s a balance to be trod between being candid, open (and hopefully [...]

May 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Well that’s hardly news …

On my tour of newspaper websites this morning I alighted upon this report of ITV’s supposed ‘switch off’ stunt designed to encourage its viewers to go outside and take some exercise. It seems that it did not quite have the desired effect with some ITV viewers – see here – THE INDEPENDENT [...]

September 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

The art of opening a can of worms

Congratulations are due to The Sunday Times for its revelations at the weekend about the widespread degree of performance-enhancing drug-taking within elite athletics (or ‘track and field’ as our American cousins style it). According the allegations, set out over several pages in the edition of [...]

August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Believe it or not

Robert Ripley, an American,  travelled to 201 countries and was a explorer, broadcaster and reporter. His life was a constant search for the unbelievable.  He coined the phrase ” believe it or not” and there are 30 of his odditoriums . Yesterday I visited one at Piccadilly Circus with [...]

December 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Getting the balance right

As an ‘old school’ feminist, I bow to nobody in my capacity to break down the barriers, intentional or merely misogynist-instinctive, erected by the male sex to deny women equality. Despite successive legislative measures and the lip-service paid to pay-equality, for example, the still [...]

December 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

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


It’s a well written tale that the Internet has caused huge problems for the High Street and has dehumanised shopping . But has it? I know somebody who regularly lectures to business groups on the Internet as his company Cheapflights is a such a success story. Indeed my friend  has written a [...]

November 8, 2013 // 0 Comments