Make the Yuletide Gay: Going Home for Christmas

'In the holidays, the lonely gays are everywhere’ sings Krystle Warren, in her track "Yuletide Carol" from the album Circles. She may have a point. Apparently, it was penned whilst strolling through bars in San Francisco’s queer district on Christmas Eve on spotting many lone drinkers who hadn’t done the conventional ‘going home to the family’ thing.

20 Dec 2012 17:00 GMT

The Difference Between Regrets and Lessons

“You’ll regret those when you’re 80.” I’m not a heavily tattooed lady, but anyone with some ink will know that the tiniest of tattoos seems to permit those who don’t like them to tell you how stupid you are. I am forever told that I’ll regret getting tattooed by the time I’m a grandmother.

18 Dec 2012 12:00 GMT

Making Your Resolutions for 2013 Stick

Christmas is the only time of year that it's okay to look forward to a fat old man sneaking into your bedroom while you sleep. It's the only time of year that it's socially acceptable to munch your way through an entire tin of Quality Street in your pyjamas. It's also the time of year that you have to smile and nod politely, resisting the urge to throw your Bucks Fizz all over a distant relative telling you all about her fungal toenail infection.

17 Dec 2012 13:30 GMT

The Half-Arsed Girl's Christmas Party Plan

There is something wrong with my diary. It should be full of festive soirees and events yet, alas, there are vast expanses of blankness where the Christmas drinks and office parties should be. That’s what happens when you become a hermit post-graduate student and writer. Office Christmas shindigs vanish from the yuletide timetable and you find yourself alone at the computer, wearing a reindeer jumper and wondering if it would be acceptable to have a drop of sherry and a mince pie for...

14 Dec 2012 15:00 GMT

Exes & Roller Skates: Online Dating Pitfalls

Nowadays meeting on the Internet is so common that cruising in bars, at parties and in the supermarket aisles (just me?) seems almost passé. Yet there are still plenty of horror stories out there. I once met a date who decided to bring her ex and best mate along. They fired questions at me like a bizarre interview panel. Then the woman and her ex disappeared to the loo together for a while. On their return, I decided to make my excuses and leave. The woman suddenly s...

13 Dec 2012 14:00 GMT

Gift Guide: Men Who are Impossible to Shop For

Shopping for men tends to send me into some sort of Christmas Meltdown. I don't know what it is about my male family members and friends, but when it comes to trying to figure out what to buy them, I'm at a loss. Quite frankly they're harder to please than the women I know. (Sweeping generalisations, I know...)

13 Dec 2012 09:30 GMT

Social Media & The Bystander Effect

A few days ago I read a really heart wrenching article about Ki Suk Han, a man from New York who was pushed off the Subway Platform in front of an approaching train by a stranger he had been arguing with.

11 Dec 2012 16:57 GMT

The Christmas Survival Guide: Part Two

Behold part two of Kate Henley's Christmas Survival Guide. If you missed it last week, here is the Christmas Survival Guide: Part One.  If you’re not enjoying the Christmas season yet and my previous tips on limiting the stress haven’t washed away the anxiety of the dreaded day itself, you require another mince pie, some online shopping (for yourself ...

10 Dec 2012 11:25 GMT

The A.C.O.D: Adult Child of Divorce

It’s amazing what you can find while aimlessly Googling. Today I was plugging things like ‘new families after parents’ divorce’ into it, as I was trying to work out what I should call my Dad’s fiancée once they get married next year. To my surprise, I found that there is a comedy called ‘A.C.O.D’, the commonly used acronym for Adult Children of Divorce, slated for release...

07 Dec 2012 12:00 GMT

Sex: Blog or It Didn't Happen

Calling all lifestyle bloggers, you’re doing it wrong! Actually, you’re not doing IT enough and, by IT, I mean sex. At least that’s the view of New York Magazine’s Broadminded columnist, Lauren Sandler. In her latest column, ‘No Sex Please – We’re Domestic Goddesses’, Sandler bemoans the lack of sex in the blogosphere. Why...

06 Dec 2012 10:00 GMT

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