BitchBuzz: Hate Valentine’s Day? Blame Chaucer!

My latest column for BitchBuzz dips into the medieval history of Valentine’s Day celebrations. I know some people think they’re a bit excessive, but even in the Middle Ages there were a lot of fairly ridiculous beliefs about the nature of love: Hallmark and Cadbury might seem to have a lock on the holiday now,…

Purely Medicinal

A lovely gift arrived from my friend Chloë in Switzerland: Quite decadent, eh? Especially since I managed to get my codeine cough syrup in the background as well. What every writer needs (except I’ve done little writing this week). She sent dark chocolate with hazelnuts, too! Why is it so difficult to get good chocolate…