This morning I walked past a shop selling the kind of clothes that I like. A sign in the window was advertising a 50 per cent off sale. I was tempted. In fact, if the window display had featured something that caught my eye, I may have gone straight in. But the fact that it didn’t meant I paused, and thought better of it. I don’t need any new clothes. In fact, my husband has … [Read more...] about The dangers of believing you’re a consumer
Super-luxe French retailer Hermes has just unveiled its latest creation: a miniature diamond-studded Birkin handbag with a price tag of £1.2million. I have no problem with objects of beauty. But there is a point at which conspicuous consumption reaches a level of obscenity. The super-rich, who will snap up these mini totes, live on a different planet to the rest of us. A planet on which … [Read more...] about Would a million-pound handbag make you feel rich?
Internet dating has been in the news this week. The Guardian asks, “Is it destroying love?”; Time Magazine wonders: “Does it make it harder to find The One?” I can speak with some authority on the subject because I met my husband through a dating website. Our story was deemed remarkable enough for a leading newspaper and monthly magazine to print articles about how we met - … [Read more...] about Things I know about internet dating
All you need to do to lose weight is spend 15 minutes writing about the values that are most important to you. This is according to a new study published in the magazine Psychological Science, in which researchers recruited 45 female undergraduates who had a body mass index of 23 or higher (58 per cent of the women were classified as overweight or obese). Each woman was weighed, then given a … [Read more...] about Is the pen mightier than the diet?