8 mn read Book travel, sort dogs, pack a bag, grab passport. My usual approach to travel. Not for this trip. The decision to drive to Finland UK in the middle of a global pandemic for Christmas 2021 was a result of a drunken zoom between me, my brother Mik and our friends, Ed and Vee who live […]
6 mn read I think your attitude toward Christmas depends on your early experiences and the bounds of your imagination for presents need not be about money but depend on the fact that you have given time and thought into people you love and like.
6 mn read It is ten years since I published The Colony Room Club 1948-2008 book, almost nine years since Jan Vink and I took over the lease of the crypt in Tower Hill/Aldgate and made it into the Vout-O-Reenees arts club. It’s five years since I left that marriage. Four years post–divorce, we are still working together. […]
4 mn read I struggle with terms to define intimate relationships, especially regarding my own. Boyfriend seems a juvenile way to describe a relationship between anyone older than 40. LAT, or Living Apart Together, expresses how one does or doesn’t share space but feels emotionless. Partner is a way of describing a connection that, for me, too much […]
16 mn read Pamela Des Barres, 74, is a musician and actress known for being an American rock groupie. In fact, she wrote a famous memoir I’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie which details her experiences in the Los Angeles rock music scene of the 60s and 70s. It turns out that she’s been running workshops […]
7 mn read Have you ever experienced the death of someone you love and realised that you have no idea what was to be done next? Or found out just how many decisions (and paperwork) needed to be taken care of – whilst reeling with grief and shock? I had these exact experiences and they moved me to […]
8 mn read Age is just a number goes the stereotypical gush around getting older. Or 70 is the new 40. But age isn’t just a number, getting older is significant and 70 is a seminal life stage. I believe it’s important to re-define the parameters around what we can do at what age. Of course. If we […]
7 mn read Male friendship can be a potentially very risky thing. Here Peter Marriott reflects on male friendships and how patriarchy impacts upon it.
5 mn read Earlier this year, in May 2022 – after a long winter of shielding and healing where I occupied an increasingly shrinking, but very safe-feeling world – I emerged, tentatively, into the sun. This process was facilitated in no small part by a group of bright, young women – my daughter’s closest and dearest friends, who […]
5 mn read At age, 10. I made Christmas Crackers on my parent’s kitchen table for pocket money, and later TV Tuners, because you got more money. My fingers still bear the scars of pulling copper wires and soldering. I was not as bright as I thought though, as I could have got more money for the copper […]