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It's Not Me, It's You

Jun 12, 2012

Jean Paul Sartre said that hell is other people and anyone who has stood on the Underground amid a sea of steaming, rain-soaked coats wafting up your nose and MP3 leakage worming in your ear will know that the Piccadilly line at 8am is a one-way, cattle cart to Old Nick's playground.

But just as no man or woman is an island we are sociable beasts who need a mate or a life partner to make us mashed potato and give us foot massages when the going gets tough. We are often defined by our relationships, the people we chose to love or to call friends and that connection makes us feel good, "got" and grateful.

Well, that's the theory anyway. In reality relationships between lovers, relatives and friends, instead of being a bed of roses, can feel like you are swimming in a shark-infested, primal swamp. How did it get that people we like and love can be so, well, darn difficult?

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The Extreme Sport of Vulnerability

May 1, 2012

You remember back in your rapscallion youth if you wanted to create some high jinks you'd double dare your pals to do so some outrageously dodgy deed? With the gauntlet (or hand-knit mitten) thrown down you or your friends would be compelled to follow through the dare or face the consequences of the "cowardly custard" chant evermore.

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Tummy Talk and Listening to Your Gut

Mar 28, 2012

You know how it is  - you are sitting in the bath talking to your stomach.  No not navel-gazing, I save that for the sofa and my Leonard Cohen/absinthe sessions - but having a conversation with the bap-like folds which are mercilessly revealed in the tubby bathtub of shame.

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The Love Issue

Feb 14, 2012

If you could be with anyone right now who would it be and what would you be doing? George Clooney peeling you grapes? An aerobics class with Kylie? Allow me let me get even more specific - who would you like to be romantically enwrapped with now? Your soul partner, the anima to your animus; the Fred to your Wilma?

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