Invisible ageing

My passport went off for renewal last week. Naturally, the application process entailed getting some new identity photos. Or, as it’s also known, a reality check. Compared to ten years ago I’m rather paler (the Abu Dhabi tan has long faded) and the face fungus is still a comparatively recent addition. Otherwise, not too bad really: a little more…

The 10 rules of supermarket shopping

All shopped out? Thought so. Even the most prosaic shopping expedition – to your local food supermarket, for example – can be a highly stressful experience. The problem of course, is the other shoppers. Obviously, the problem is worse during the holiday season as there are more of them about and they’re buying more stuff, but in truth your fellow shoppers…

Right first time

“Flip flop. Think of a topic or issue about which you’ve switched your opinion. Why the change? Nobody likes to admit they’re wrong and frankly it’s a little embarrassing to tell everyone (ha!) about how I couldn’t see the point of an iPad at all when they first came out. If you tried to take…

The next big thing

“What will the next must-have technological innovation be?” Recently I saw something on Twitter that gives an interesting insight into perceptions of technological process. It’s pretty self-explanatory, albeit a little depressing: On this basis, I’m fine with TV (as long as it’s in black and white and the set, which is the size of a small car, takes ten…

Listmania

“The satisfaction of a list: Who doesn’t love a list?” Who doesn’t love a list indeed? They are apparently one of the most popular genres of posts in the blogosphere, almost guaranteeing more views than might normally be expected. This fact alone is enough to explain why there are so many. I’m quite partial to…

Masterly inactivity

“Shoulda, woulda, coulda: Tell us about something you know you should do….but don’t.” Truth is, there are many things I know I should do, but don’t – or at least not in the most timely fashion. I reckon I could have prevaricated for England – but I just never seemed to get round to it. My…

Resolved. Not.

“Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?” Yes. Next question. I did once lose weight over the course of a year, having actually resolved to do so. ‘Once’ being the operative word. Although I trust you will not think me immodest if I casually let slip that last year I didn’t…