Lola, me, Mum and Didi in Porthcawl, Wales.

It goes without saying that dogs are one of life’s greatest joys. If you had £1 for every time you’d pointed at a dog and said to the person next to you (or, you know, yourself) “Oh my god, look at that dog!”, I’m confident we could both dine on a Greggs vegan steak bake every day for a year. At least.

We’re a nation of dog lovers. But here’s the thing: unless you adopt, buy, rescue, or steal (your entry into dog ownership is up to you, I’m not here to judge) your dog the day before you die…


Photo by mana5280 on Unsplash.

It’s ski season. It’s that time of year when people start getting pumped up for the holiday that’s packed with crack-of-dawn starts, awfully uncomfortable footwear, limited amounts of relaxation and high risk of injury.

And yet, we love it. Maybe it’s the overpriced mulled wine on the mountains, or living in the same outfit for a week — I don’t know. Either way, fasten your seatbelts to your ears, because we’re about to take a trip down memory l̶a̶n̶e̶ ski-slope (or preparation, if you’re a newbie) and visit 15 of the things you’ll hear on a ski holiday.

1. “Right…


It’s Friday. It’s five to five. And no, it’s not Crackerjack, but it is the verge of the weekend. Work’s been winding down since lunchtime, and everyone’s looking for things to appear busy with until Google Calendar strikes 5:30pm.

The conversations that previously delved deep into your lunch choices have now shifted to weekend ahead. And the inevitable question lands in your ears, ‘So what are you up to this weekend?’

Everyone stands a little taller, faces light up, lip pursed smugly, ready to announce their grand plans. Your colleague Anna says, ‘My friends and I are going for brunch…

Emily Ash Powell

writer. words and ideas for brands. other words for publications. big fan of crisps and also your dog.

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