Column: Stag Weekend

Published in The Times It’s 1am on a Sunday and I am sitting at the back of a strip club in a town in provincial Britain. Needless to say, I’m not here by choice. I’m a feminist. I flick straight from page one to four when I read The Sun. I’d...

Column: Dubai

Published in The Times There are certain places that I would like to visit before I die, Tokyo, Mumbai and Havana among them. But, like grilled cheese sandwiches, I don’t travel very well and there are many more places that I would rather die than visit. And,...

Column: Why not be a Writer?

Published in The Times Why not be a writer? If the question sounds familiar, it’s because it probably is. An organisation called The Writers Bureau has been posing it in national newspaper adverts for years. You know the ones – they begin with the claim...

Column: Suicidal Lawyers

Published in The Times The juxtaposition of two stories in The Times last week -one reporting that top-flight City lawyers were charging as much as Pounds 1,000 an hour for their expertise, another that a quarter of lawyers wanted to leave their profession -raised a...

Column: The RAC

Published in The Financial Times It seems there are certain things you’ve just got to start doing if you want to get ahead in business: peppering conversation with words like “strategy” and “vision”, for instance; developing a preference for golf over all other human...

Column: Brevity is Best

Published in The Financial Times Last week I wrote about how I would rather eat my own arms and legs than speak in public and received two sorts of response: e-mails from people who would, similarly, rather eat (their own) limbs than make a speech; and e-mails from...