Country House Weekend I

It’s 4.15am and I’ve just reluctantly abandoned the kitchen party which splintered off from the main disco in the party dungeon (yes really) following our incredible 3-course dinner for 26. Things are winding down now, and frankly I feel we can’t top our kitchen group singalong to Like A Prayer anyway (the dungeon was too … Continue reading

On Being a Domestic Goddess

Thanks to PianoLearner for sharing the veggie love with this one – split pea fritters – yum. We’ll gloss over the bit where I burnt the first pan full of boiling split peas and filled the house with stinking pea smoke… turns out one of the key principles of successful Domestic Goddessity is not to … Continue reading

Incredible women

Over the last eighteen months or so my closest friends have faced some major life challenges. There have been serious romantic temptations for some friends, unseen threats to their carefully built family lives. I felt reasonably well equipped to take those on board (having done the dreadful deed – cheated on my husband and then … Continue reading

A date with Mr Mandolin

Yesterday evening saw me arriving a whole 3 minutes later than the appointed time at a new wine bar in Oxford [be LATE be LATE do NOT be EARLY, I repeated to myself as I forcibly wandered around M&S in a cunning delaying tactic]. Mr Mandolin was already there (good), drinking coffee (?). He was … Continue reading

How to count yourself out

I’m beyond amused he bothered to even say ‘laters’ by way of rounding off this little treat. Who thinks on any level it’s OK to say “woman” in such a way? Especially – especially! – if you are trying to woo a lady. Not forgetting, of course, the truly terrifying offer to leave his current … Continue reading

OK, Cupid

I took the plunge and created a profile on OK Cupid this week. I think it’s a pretty decent profile – nice pic, honest but positive blurb, so we’ll see how it goes. Remembering a tip that either someone had told me, or that I’d read somewhere (or indeed perhaps both), I decided to focus on … Continue reading

Simple pleasures; Dipping a toe back in the pond

I’ve taken a couple of days off work around this weekend. Mentally frazzled at work, trying to keep all my plates spinning, feeling exhausted – I did the smart thing and booked a couple of days’ annual leave, thinking that two days out of my holiday allowance might well forestall two, three weeks off ill … Continue reading

Hotel Cots is open for business!

My Ikea delivery arrived last week. Hurray! A dining table (cheaper than you can get second hand), a lovely thick rug, a little side table, a gorgeous red bookshelf which I fell in love with, and, most importantly, a bed for the spare bedroom. Things to complete the house, lovely things. So there’s been a … Continue reading

A bit of SQL, a bit of banter

Ahhh the lovely M… Remember him? He’s the cute guy from way back last summer. The colleague I was at the conference with, where we had a great deal of fun at the Emirates Stadium, then stayed up till 3.30am drinking in the Travelodge bar. Oh yes. We knew how to have a good time. … Continue reading

The math of love, from a TEDx speaker who loves math

The math of love, from a TEDx speaker who loves math

Originally posted on TED Blog:
Hannah Fry speaks at TEDxBinghamtonUniversity about ‘The Mathematics of Love.” The talk has become the latest TED Book. Photo: TEDxBinghamtonUniversity When TED asked Hannah Fry to write a book on the mathematics of finding true love, Fry happened to be — of all places — on her honeymoon. “[My husband…