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Nora is the author of popular psychological suspense and crime thrillers and a free-lance journalist. To comment on any of the issues raised in her column, go to www.euroweeklynews.com/3.0.15/nora-johnson
ACCORDING to a recent medical study, adolescence now stretches to the age of 24 as growing up is slowing down. Is this delayed development because we’ve feather-bedded today’s youngsters so that they stay at school till 18, followed by three further years avoiding responsibility at uni (for them, just three…
AS divisions within the Conservative Party deepen and plots thicken, the prospect of a leadership challenge increases daily for Theresa May. But who could take over? The one thing that the Brexit negotiations have demonstrated is that we simply don’t have the calibre of politician around who can deal efficiently…
LAST week I wrote about a restaurant that was briefly rated number one on TripAdvisor - this week about another three that are similarly top rated by TripAdvisor. So what’s the difference? Well, the first one, the Shed, was a total fake, whereas these three are genuine restaurants, set up…
THERE are so many daft ‘fake’ stories doing the rounds now. But surely all are topped by the one about the man who created a fake restaurant in his garden, purely to hoax TripAdvisor. ‘The Shed’ in Dulwich, England, became an internet hit, ranked number one on TripAdvisor, even though…
HEARD about the latest coffee trends for 2018? Lattes souped-up with everything from chia seeds to coconut oil, and ‘bulletproof’ coffee that replaces milk with butter and coconut oil, then blitzes the whole thing into a froth. This allegedly suppresses your hunger and makes you energetic. Phew! But have you…
WHAT’S the 2017 food trend you’d most like to see the back of? For some, it’s sharing plates that come out in the order that suits the kitchen, and waiters taking orders without notepads. Plus: communal seating, no bookings, no getting in. Except for making you stand in a line…
WHAT will fashionable babies be called in 2018? Will slebs carry on giving kids daft names (Apple, Moon Unit etc) or follow the example of George and Amal Clooney with more traditional ones (Ella and Alexander)? Whilst I’m all in favour of the Clooneys’ choice of names, let’s hope their…
LOOKING back over 2017, I can’t recall a year so full of odd clothes trends. For instance, mismatched earrings and shoes, underwear intended as outerwear: slips, pyjamas, you name it. Likewise playsuits - which shouldn’t be worn by anyone over three - let alone such grotesque footwear as ‘flatforms.’ Even…
IT must be Christmas - with the advent of all the usual political correctness! First off, there’s Father Desmond O’Donnell, an Irish Catholic priest, urging Christians to abandon the word ‘Christmas’ because, for him, the words ‘Christmas’ and ‘Easter’ have lost all sacred meaning. Then there’s the vicar who banned…
INSPIRED by the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment, a PR consultant wants the Sleeping Beauty story taken off the curriculum at her son’s school because the non-consensual kiss by the prince who wakes her up has an ‘inappropriate sexual message.’ For goodness sake! What’s the world coming to? For centuries,…
BRITISH AIRWAYS really created a storm with its latest wheeze: First on pays highest fare, last on gets cheapest deal (but may lose hand luggage to the hold). But, really, what else would you expect from an industry that refers to ‘pax’ as ‘self-loading baggage’? But the airports themselves are…
The ‘sainted Delia’ (Smith) was recently roundly attacked online for complaining that: “Cooking has become very poncey, very chefy. If I get one more plate put in front of me with six dots of sauce on it, I will go mad.” Personally, I can’t stand Michelin-style minute portions, the emphasis…
WE’RE living in an age of endless TV reboots with news that the comedy classic Four Weddings and a Funeral is being remade, as is the 1980’s series Magnum PI. But reboots are invariably disappointing because the original was part of its time that can’t be recreated second time round.…
HEARD about the latest squabble between rival three-Michelin star chefs Gordon Ramsay and Michel Roux? Ramsay described Roux as “pompous” and an “old fart” for banning diners at his Waterside Inn in Bray from photographing their food on Instagram: “If I see a great-looking picture posted, I’ll want to go…
THERESA MAY ‘begged for help’ and the UK press has been inundated with tales of sexual shenanigans in Hollywood and Westminster. First up, Hollywood. That people are no longer willing to accept disgraceful, predatory, controlling behaviour is welcome news and long overdue. Yet it seems that any accusation is immediately…
Theresa MAY ‘begged for help’ and seemed ‘tired’ and ‘politically weak’ at the recent EU summit according to leaks reportedly by the EU side to further weaken the PM. Regardless of the truth of these leaks, it’s clear the UK needs to rapidly progress the negotiations before relationships deteriorate any…
HEARD about the country pub in North Yorkshire voted best restaurant in the world by TripAdvisor? My first thought was great! Hopefully, a no-nonsense country restaurant serving no-nonsense food that excluded one of my restaurant bugbears: taster menus (convenient and lucrative for the restaurant but only half the items of…
Fifteen months on from the EU referendum and it’s all about ‘should she go?’, ‘should he go?’ etc. when the only thing that matters is getting Britain out of the mess it’s in and ending the uncertainty - one way or the other. Too many politicians have hijacked the Brexit…
When I’m exhausted from thinking deep thoughts (say, about Kim Jong-un and nuclear war or the Catalan independence issue) which is often because I am a very deep and thoughtful person, I find myself contemplating the great philosophical questions. Like why do slebs choose such daft names for their kids?…
HEARD about the thousands of students starting college this autumn being given Paddington Bear-style wristbands printed with their address and emergency contact details to help them get home if they’re too drunk? And nervous students helped to ask questions in lectures courtesy of an app that’ll let them send anonymous…

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