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On How Old Is "Old Enough to Complain About Being Old"?

As for hairdressers, who say "ah bless" they must clearly be destroyed. I think this might be an English thing that stupid English people say - I can't visualise (?) this in an American accent (and no it's not Dolly Parton in Steel Magnolias - that's a whole different thing). It's highly, highly patronising.

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 10:53 am 0

On How Old Is "Old Enough to Complain About Being Old"?

@Danzig! Or you have someone at work, who actually does a proper, technical job as opposed to being the work experience person, who has never heard of the Fonz. This has happened to me.

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 10:49 am 0

On The Lost Art of Dress: A Conversation with Historian Linda Przybyszewski

This is very interesting. I also love a 30s and a 40s style dress. My grandma wore them and they were in beautiful heavy crepe, with interesting necklines as described, and lovely 3/4 length sleeves. Also my pet peeve with a lot of fashion now is that it's all too short. You could imagine Anthropologie selling an updated version of any of the dresses illustrated on the McCall / Simplicity pattern packs. But they would make them end half way down the thigh and I don't have the appropriate thighs. I also just think that longer is prettier - even Heidi would look better with a skirt six inches longer http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/fashion/emmy-awards-2010-red-carpet-hits-misses-show-highlights-gallery-1.29825?pmSlide=1.27576

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm 1

On Snacking with Jane Austen: Brown Bread & Parmesan Ice Creams

brown bread ice cream is still a thing in the UK. Not a well known thing but a foodie thing and it is really good. Never had parmesan ice cream but bacon and egg ice cream is also a thing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon_ice_cream

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 4:44 am 0

On Famous Fictional Food in Photos

this looks great. It's already on my Amazon pre-order list. What does it say about me that this is far more in my zone than the piece (although interesting) above about group sex. I think it's says I'm square and greedy.

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm 0

On Get Your Arse Out, Mate!

This is quite difficult to watch because of the cringe factor. What's worse is reading the comments on the Guardian site (and this is the Guardian so these are as good as they are going to get). Wholesale missing the point. Lots of men saying "but these are just ordinary men going about their business - they might not be the horrible kind of men who do this". Missing the point that this happens every single day to ordinary women going about their business, and even decent men don't really know this.

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 4:46 am 0

On Mysteries of Adulthood

@Casanova Frankenstein I know someone called Candida.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 4:24 am 0

On Signs I Want You To Leave My House After I've Hosted You for Dinner

@hotdog I'm British and I couldn't even begin to say your way. I would do all the other ways listed here. And would follow up with a "thank you so much for coming, it's been delightful" when they finally left. It doesn't even strike me as passive aggressive - we all know exactly what's meant by that. This may be at the root of our foreign policy problems, by the way.

Love the list, the concept and the execution. Hate having people to my house.

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm 3

On Meet the Ostracized, Pad-Wearing, Goat's-Blood-Collecting Reproductive Health Hero of Southern India

Great story and a great man. Just thinking about how disempowered these women are that it is absolutely impossible for them to move this forward without a very determined man. He's done something fantastic for women - let's hope one day they can do it for themselves.

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 4:44 pm 1

On An Excuse to Reread Roald Dahl's "The Mildenhall Treasure"

Late to this but I love that Roald Dahl story and I think of it every time there is another hidden treasure uncovered story. Mildenhall Treasure is actually on show in the British Museum although it's actually more fun to imagine it as it emerged from the mud.

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 11:03 am 0