Kate Weston describes the moment she and her husband first saw their future home: "We arrived in the drive and I could see my husband's shoulders relax. We saw the views and both thought 'We have to live here'. It was such an instant emotional reaction to such a special place."
Just ask milliner William Chambers. The winner of Accessories Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards can spend as long as two days making one single piece of headwear. Today, with the help of Chambers, I'm going to attempt to make one in one hour.
But her point is acute. She's referring to her 15-year-old son, the red-headed bundle of life who just has burst into the middle of our conversation.
Muir was only four months old when he had his first epileptic seizure, but he would be eight before he was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome, which has left him with severe learning difficulties and developmental delay. It's every parent's worst nightmare; but in an astonishing twist of fate, Maxwell tells me later, he's also the reason she is alive today.
WHEN you buy a property, you don't just buy a roof for over your head – you buy a lifestyle, a place to put down roots and, most importantly, a space that will become your home, soon to be filled with memories.
It's no wonder then that Ian and Fiona Robertson – who bought their beautiful mews property in Glasgow's west end in 1990 – are finding it so hard to leave their home behind.
I’M familiar with the gender pay gap but it’s only recently I was introduced to the humour gap. The idea is that women attempting to be funny in the workplace often fall flat while their male colleagues get all the giggles. The study discovered that 90% of male humour in the boardroom receives laughter, while at least 80% of the female humour was met by silence.
It feeds into the widely-held belief that, on the whole, men are funnier than women – an attitude so widespread that even feminist icon Germaine Greer pronounced this herself.