Divorce

Uncoupling …

Well, Twitter nearly broke yesterday under the sheer weight of Jennifer Aniston memes following the news that Brangelina is no more. For those living (happily, I’m sure) far from the ceaseless thrum of social media and needing a translation, this means Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are getting a divorce, and that Jennifer Aniston is …

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Bird’s nesting

Moving house after my divorce was probably one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made, and certainly has made life very difficult for me and my children. After initially moving country, and re-establishing ourselves in a new area and a new school, we then moved again, half an hour away from everything the girls had …

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Happy holidays?

Ugh, it’s that time again. Blimmin blimmin blimmin summer holiday planning. I feel as though I’ve only just got over last year’s jaunt and yet we are already way behind everyone we know on sorting out joyful summer romps for the whole family. As if. What on earth do you do with an age range …

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Divorce infographic

As I sit here trying to plan our summer holiday, with the wishes of four adults, two semi-adults and two little ones to consider, I’m reminded of fraught pre-divorce attempts to have fun in the sun – if your marriage is troubled, then summer is often a bit of a flash point. For all those …

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A strange affair

Jolly though it is to see a politician in a tangle – and jollier still if it’s a French politician – I think our interest in Francois Hollande’s comings and goings is more than curtain-tweaking prurience. ┬áIn fact, I think it’s actually justified. The view when one of our own politicians is caught out being …

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Nigella is no wicked stepmother

Charles Saatchi’s bizarre stunt yesterday, using his almost-grown up daughter, Phoebe, to attack Nigella Lawson for ‘heartlessness’, seems to be an attempt to claim back the moral high ground. While he now has an unenviable reputation as a public wife-strangler and probably a much worse sort of monster in private, Nigella was widely seen in …

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Back to black?

Watching the Lawson-Saatchi marital tribulations, and not envying Nigella being papped packing her stuff or having a scruffy Sunday with friends, has made me think how useful it would be if we could return to Victorian dress codes. All right, divorce and separation were not big in those days, but death certainly was, and it …

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