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Tag Archives: Amanda’s Column

So how exactly are we all turning our babies into monsters?

Amanda reflects on an article she read recently and wonders if there’s any truth in the allegation that we’re turning our babies into consumerist monsters.

Good News Stories to Take to the Land of Nod

With most of her time taken up with looking after others, Amanda realises the part laughter and compassion play in her life.

The average woman spends how much?

Amanda reads in an article what the average woman spends on clothes in a lifetime and, having got her breath back, considers how ‘average’ she is.

Are virtual friends good for your mood when travelling?

Amanda has a bad experience with a satellite navigation system which leads her to wonder if she’s better off without a virtual friend on a long journey.

Contradictory advice can become a bit wearing

Amanda finds that scientific studies seem to offer a lot of contradictory advice, maybe there’s something to be said for just making up your own mind … or following the crowd.

Maybe it’s time to reclaim the initiative!

Amanda wonders why people can’t take holidays like they used to and hears about an enterprising idea which may allow us to go back to the good old days before email became king.

Learning to cope with a potentially stressful task

Amanda’s found a new pastime which isn’t exactly offering her any relaxation.

The pitfalls of the modern grocery shop

Amanda finds self-service tills raise her stress levels, not to mention fruit which is rock hard, flavourless and rots in her fruitbowl!

Is watching the 24 hour news channel a good idea when you’re convalescing?

Amanda discovers that you can learn as much in short, sharp bursts as you can in one, albeit sleepy, very long lesson

Why we should try to resurrect that long forgotten landmark of the working day, the lunch hour

Amanda reminisces about the days when people left the office to do a bit of shopping or even created some marital harmony during their lunch break …

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