Anne Robinson, never knowingly under-opinionated, has been telling this week of her “despair” at the young women of today who are too “fragile” to stand up for themselves.
You’ve got to love Gwyneth Paltrow, haven’t you? She always comes up with the goods. It’s not enough for her to be content with getting engaged again. Although in the phraseology of the woman who called her previous divorce a “conscious uncoupling”, she’s not just getting engaged again. She’s “pursuing the soul-stretching opportunities” offered by a second crack at wedded bliss. And this in a world where it’s often claimed that unattached 45-year-old women are more likely to be hit by an asteroid than hit on (in a good way) by a man with his own hair, teeth and a pulse.
The recent hooha over Irn-Bru being stockpiled by fans desperate to safeguard their favourite drink before a reduced-sugar version comes out has left me reviewing the items I could not live without.
Since the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness has now given way, via the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s first (and last) autumn statement, to a session of giveaways and gloomy forecasting, I have a helpful suggestion to lighten your darkness.
Sports people as role models are becoming few and far these days.
"Life is a gift. Never forget to enjoy and bask in every moment you are in."
Since this will be my last column, I hope I can be excused returning again to my real love: sport, and in particular rugby.
Chris Ogden is senior lecturer and associate professor in Asian security at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.
Last week I threw my ancient and increasingly considerable weight behind our beleaguered young people.
I know what it's like to feel there is no way out.