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The Two Footballs

Notes towards an article 15th January 2002 What’s wrong with soccer is soccer (and what’s right with rugby is rugby). It is too often said…

Is Ageing Really Necessary?

Published in The Independent May 4th 2000 Persephone, Lily, Daffodil, Crocus, Forsythia and Rose. Remember these names – if your senescent brain is up…

Noel Edmonds

Published in the Daily Mail April 11th 2000 Noel Edmonds is not afraid of much. He’ll drive a racing car to the limit, or land…

The Sex Questionnaire

Commissioned by the Daily Mail August 8th 1999 Q: Who was your first girlfriend…? A: Gwynneth Williams when we were six. I bought her…

The Day My Dad Died

Commissioned by You Magazine for the Mail on Sunday July 7th 1999 When my father died, I had to finish the cheese he started….

Margaret Don’t Do It…

(Published The Independent, June 2nd 1999). Dear Phillip, As you probably know, I’m replacing you as agony columnist for Woman’s Journal in September. I’m…

Office Parties

Commissioned by the Daily Mail April 3rd 1999 There was nothing so politically incorrect as the old-fashioned office party. In the 1980s, everyone used to…