A bitter pill to swallow: how giving up “healthy whole grains” might be better than anything dished out by the medical community

Last week, fat had something of a national pardon. Butter and lard have been declared no longer the enemy of the nation’s waistline by the newspapers – and the government health advisors who drip feed them. With a generation expanding on a food pyramid that placed complex carbohydrates firmly at the base with fat at…

Is the Pope right? Is it selfish not to have children?

Sometimes, I think having a child is the most egotistic thing in the world. When you have a child, you’re basically saying, I think the world deserves more people like me. It is of course, also something much purer: an expression of hope, a desire for a better future. But there is a noisome self-gratification…

Sour grapes

My newsfeed is full of female friends sporting their first bumps, many well on their way to parenthood. I find it really hard not to feel bitter as I look at their happy, expectant pictures on Facebook. Perhaps that’s how they used to feel about mine. This weekend I have been shrieked at many times.…

Teeth

It’s at this time of year that I always seem to punish my teeth. The collective disappointments, slights, weather navigation and shit wading of the average day gets taken out on my pearly whites in the form of an anti-brushing movement that has all the nihilism of the vices I used to have. These days,…