Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Baby groups? Hmm, says Emma Mitchell, whose own experiences have been fraught with the new-mother horror that is “oneupmumship.”

The Needle and the Damage Done

Abigail Burdess has taken up sewing. And it’s a blast. Just don’t mention the blood (or the “crappy shirt”).

A Slattern’s Diary #2

Welcome to the next chapter of Margaret Cabourn-Smith’s continuing struggle to balance a failure to give a toss about a sinkful of dirty dishes with the calmness which comes when everything’s nice and tidy.

A Moment’s Peace: The BFI Reuben Library

Our new series recommending the best places to be by yourself for a bit gets started today with Rebekah Staton suggesting you call action on a visit to The BFI Reuben Library in London’s Southbank.

Making Winter

In the first of her monthly creative survival guides, Emma Mitchell explains how craft evenings can be the answer to winter blues.

Public Gransport

When it comes to advice about life, men and cold sores on buses and trains, Rae Earl is in praise of older women.

You’re Not Neurotic. You’re British

Comedian Joanne Lau knows good manners are the backbone of British society. She also knows it’s impossible to go through life without offending people. That won’t stop her trying.

Shit in the Garden: The Mass Exodus

Despite her lovely fat balls, the birds in Sarah Millican’s garden all sodded off. She decided to find out why.

The Meaning of Obsession

In the latest part of a fascinating series, psychotherapist Philippa Perry continues her quest to mine the meaning of things. This week, she’s digging around obsession.

How to be one careful lady owner

Scared of looking under the bonnet of your four-wheeled friend? Debra Jane Appleby dispels the mystery of the motor and offers some basic tips to keep your car out of the garage and on the road.