It’s an invocation to ignore inhibition, shed self-consciousness and be our truest self. It’s a phrase that details a purity of expression and compels us to be utterly, determinedly free. The best music, the finest drama and the most honest words are conjured similarly. Musicians are at their best when playing from the heart, actors when inhabiting a character and writers when offering unarguable, irrevocable truth. That’s the quality that allows others to identify. It’s the place where people find reason to believe. And so, having framed this week’s man column like a carpenter enveloping a painting, it’s time to reflect on the only thing that matters this weekend: mums. There won’t be any playing to the gallery, no killer jokes or knowing one-liners. It’s time to write from the heart, to write like no one else is going to read it. I make no apologies for the Black Country spelling of ‘mom’, for she is a woman of this place, … [Read more...] about ANdy Richardson: Mum is the word(s): love, kindess & fun
Mums are the word
If I ever feel myself getting big-headed – unlikely as usually one needs something to be big-headed about, such as a number one song in the charts, a best-selling book or first prize in the UK Marrow Growing Championships – then I go and spend time with my mother. I had an appointment at my GPs early on Tuesday – I’ve terrible bags under my eyes and wanted to see if the doctors could prescribe some antibiotics for them – and so went to stay at my ma’s the night before. On arriving at her house, her first words as she opened the door were – and this is absolutely true – ‘Can you not do something with your beard? It looks ridiculous, and it’s going grey. It makes you look about 90 years old.’ I’ll be honest, I was hoping for a slightly warmer greeting, maybe something along the lines of, ‘Hi Steven, thanks so much for driving an hour to come and see me, would you like a cup of tea and perhaps a … [Read more...] about STEVE CANAVAN: Mum’s the word when it comes to making a brew
MUMS have taken to the web to share the words which make their skin crawl - and, no surprises here, "moist" is on the list.The tongue-in-cheek debate was sparked by Mumsnet user MrsOverTheRoad, who was venting her frustration over the word "scrumptious".She wrote: "It's a stupid, self indulgent sort of word. It's such a childish word somehow. So Mary Poppins."There are now nearly 300 comments on the original thread. MiddleClassProblem said her pet peeve was the word "panties".She added: "I mean, is that meant to be sexy? It sounds like kids speak but then you're watching something American and it's thrown in there."Meanwhile, TheNaze73 thought the word "cherish" was "ghastly" and MintyChops said: "Moist (gets to a few of us I see!)"sowhatusernameisnttaken wrote: "Pickle - as in "oh are you being a little pickle?" No, she's being f'in naughty".Some of the words which made the ladies shudder were slightly stranger. Rockhopper81 said: "'Belly' annoys me for an irrational … [Read more...] about Mums discuss the words they absolutely can’t stand… and yes, ‘moist’ did make the list
THE UK is one of the world’s biggest porn watchers, according to a new survey.Us Brits have held on to our position as the world's second biggest porn viewers – and we also have more ‘staying power’ than the rest of the EU.Figures released by Pornhub show that - while we are still some way behind the US when it comes to self-love - we watched more porn videos than any other country.Our Canadian counterparts came in third place; followed by India, Japan, France and Germany respectively.And when it came to each session of porn viewing, Brits stuck around longer than any other European country – averaging nine minutes and 40 seconds on a typical Pornhub visit.This is an almost entire minute longer than Germans linger and double the total time spent by speedy Cuba - who get their business done the quickest, in an average of four minutes and 57 seconds.The stats also reveal somewhat bizarre results when it comes to fetishes across the globe.Strange porn … [Read more...] about Brits are the word’s second biggest porn viewers… and ‘chav’ and ‘giantess’ clips are new favourites
MUMS have been revealing their biggest pet peeves when it comes to women talking about motherhood.Some of most “irritating” phrases, according to the online thread, were terms such as “yummy mummys”, “boobie milk” and “mum boss”.The disgruntled mums took to a Mumsnet thread to share their biggest annoyances when it comes to language of other mums.The thread was started by user HashtagTired, who wrote: “I’m probably setting myself up for a fall here, but it really irritates me when people use terms like ‘mummy milk’ or ‘boobie milk’ or ‘yummy mummy’s’ or ‘mummy friends’ or ‘mummy ….[^enter word^]’.“Just say it for what it is! I see it less on MN but it’s all over FB and I find it just so irritating. Is it just me? Aibu?!?”Her post struck a chord with online users and has had over 60 messages with other mums sharing their own … [Read more...] about Mums reveal the things they HATE other mums saying… so how many are you guilty of?
THE term Stepford Wife is used to describe women who have no control or autonomy in their relationships.As Louise Redknapp claims this is how she felt during her marriage, we take a look at the origin of the word...The Oxford English Dictionary defines a Stepford Wife as: "a woman who does not behave or think in an independent way, always following the accepted rules of society and obeying her husband without thinking."People often use it to describe submissiveness in relationships.This term was inspired by the book and film The Stepford Wives.In the plot of this work, the women are frighteningly submissive and almost robot-like.Louise Redknapp confirmed she's living apart from husband Jamie in a candid new interview as she confesses she "still loves him" but needs to follow her dreams.During the intimate chat, the star said she began feeling like a "Stepford Wife" because she was constantly putting others before herself.Louise added: "I have spent most of my life pleasing everyone … [Read more...] about What is a Stepford Wife, what did Louise Redknapp mean when she used the term and what are the book and movie about?
Saturday nights in the 90s meant only one thing: the Gladiators shimmying into some Lycra to prove their sporting prowess.British telly lovers may be surprised to hear that the first episode aired 25 years ago - but what became of those rock-hard abs and bulging biceps?Jet hung up her leotard and left the show after hurting her back in an unaired episode at the end of series four.She subsequently trained as a psychotherapist and pilates instructor.You may have caught her offering her expert analysis of the housemates’ behaviour on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side.Diane has also made appearances on The Big Fat Quiz of the 90s, Mel & Sue and It's Not Me, It's You.Ace tackled the travelator for a total of four series and retains an additional claim to fame as Katie Price’s first fiancé back when we called her Jordan.These days he is a devoted Christian and evangelist.Earlier this year, his co-star James Crossley claimed that finding God saved Warren's … [Read more...] about Where are the original GLADIATORS now? Jet, Wolf, Hunter, Lightning, Panther, Nightshade, Ace, Saracen and Rhino
THE naughty 90s were known for lava lamps, inflatable chairs and choker necklaces.It was a golden era of hair mascara for the girls and sun-in tips for the boys, when Take That broke our hearts but the Spice Girls reassured us that we didn’t need men anyway.Teens of the time had a lot of ups and downs to deal with but thankfully for those youngsters they had a library of weekly support to lean on in their very own corner shop.Where would teenage girls be without the problem pages of Mizz, the free gifts from Girl Talk or the tell-all interviews in Smash Hits?So in the name of nostalgia, here are the magazines every 90s teen remembers…Famed for its embarrassing stories complete with blush-o-meter, girls would pour over the pages of Mizz just to know that somewhere out there someone had done something more shameful than them.Typical anecdotes included accidentally calling your teacher mum and falling over in front of the boy you liked – cringe!Reserved for the more … [Read more...] about Remember Girl Talk, Smash Hits and J17? Here are the magazines you definitely read as a teen
ADMIT it, buddy. I’ve seen you wandering the car park, waving your key fob in the air, waiting for the lights to flash.You haven’t got a clue which one’s yours, have you?You probably spend more time hunting for your car at Tesco than you do buying milk and eggs.Well, life is just about to get even more confusing with a glut of new copycat crossovers on the way.And, as you can see here, not only do they look the same, they have much the same names — mostly with a K or a Q in there somewhere. Hence today’s “Game Of Clones” word jumble.Of course, Nissan started the chunky crossover/SUV craze with the original Qashqai and Juke and now all the big car firms are cashing in.UK crossover/SUV sales rocketed to 437,000 last year and by 2020-something the traditional hatchback will be rarer than rocking horse poo.Mark my words. Crossovers are part of today’s uniform.They’re safe, chunky, high-riding and a doddle to park between the lines at … [Read more...] about We lift the lid on the chunky crossover/SUV craze from Nissan, Qashqai and Juke — but can you spot all 14 cars in the word jumble?
THEY have been part of the Googlebox furniture - along with their squishy leather sofa - since the show first got underway in 2013.The Tapper family have provided us with plenty of laughs and emotional moments on the Channel 4 show, and they are here to stay - but who exactly are they?Parents Nikki and Jonathan and children Josh, 19, and 17-year-old Amy.They live in north London and have done ever since Josh was born.Jonathan used to own a kosher restaurant but now works as a chauffeur while Nikki is a nursery teacher.The family have been on the show since it started back in 2013 and have been a regular fixture ever since.No, but dad Jonathan has missed a few episodes.In March 2016, he spent some time in hospital leaving Nikki, Amy and Josh to hold the fort in his absence.And fans took to Twitter to share their delight that not only was he fighting fit again, but he was back on the show.The family have been the star attraction at local events.In November 2016, they helped raise … [Read more...] about Who are the Tapper family on Gogglebox? Get to know Jonathan, Josh, Amy and Nikki