Real life

Don’t bother calling the doctor

20 July 2024 9:00 am

‘If you are calling about sinusitis, sore throat, earache in children, infected inset bite from the UK not overseas, impetigo,…

Drama on the London Underground

13 July 2024 9:00 am

The girl lay slumped against a wall in front of me and someone ran to push the emergency button. I…

We’re serviceless, stateless – and still off grid

6 July 2024 9:00 am

You need a personal public service number to get married in Ireland, but in order to get one, you need…

A visit to ye olde Ireland

29 June 2024 9:00 am

The £80 million super-yacht with a helicopter on the upper deck sat in the harbour, and we sat outside the…

Have I finally found the most incongruous leftie?

22 June 2024 9:00 am

As the disappointingly unmacho South African toddled off after giving us a lecture about hedgehogs, I declared the contest over.…

The trials and tribulations of getting a plumber

15 June 2024 9:00 am

‘Please, I’ll do anything,’ I told the plumber. ‘I’ll give you all the money I have if you just come…

No one knows how to sell the European project to the Irish any more

8 June 2024 9:00 am

A few days after having Sunday lunch at the hotel where Michael Collins ate his last meal, we found ourselves…

I’m setting up a ‘climate crisis hub’

1 June 2024 9:00 am

‘We thought the house would make the most fantastic centre for climate action,’ I heard myself telling the cat rescue…

Why are doctors blaming my birth for my mother’s tumour?

25 May 2024 9:00 am

A curious letter has been sent to my mother blaming the tumour in her neck on my birth. An NHS…

I feel for my Jewish friends

18 May 2024 9:00 am

‘So what you’re telling me,’ said the priest to the builder boyfriend, ‘is that you were brought up by Irish…

Do charities really deserve my mum’s data?

11 May 2024 9:00 am

A letter from Archie Norman, chairman of M&S, popped into my inbox after I complained that I had run over…

My parents and the sorry state of the NHS

4 May 2024 9:00 am

Pushing through a crowded hospital corridor behind my father, I heard a voice calling me. Then a nurse grabbed me…

The struggle to book my wedding in Ireland

27 April 2024 9:00 am

‘How does anyone young and stupid manage to get married?’ I kept shouting at the builder boyfriend as I pummelled…

Lefties don’t know anything about farming

20 April 2024 9:00 am

The artists and hippies are re-wilding their land, which is to say doing nothing at all to it and watching…

Will I ever get my HRT?

13 April 2024 9:00 am

The novelty of living in a place where a policeman called Ambrose lives in a house whose door you can…

Are conspiracy theories just conspiracy therapy?

6 April 2024 9:00 am

At the Centre for Rare Diseases, the car park was full and lots of people were milling about. I pulled…