Every year there's something, isn't there? A decade ago it was Delia, boldly introducing the nation, Walter Raleigh-like, to the notion of fresh cranberries in a sauce we could make ourselves rather than buy in a jar.
The night before I went to meet one of the most successful Avon ladies in Britain, I dreamed swear words had been scrawled on my front door in lipstick.
I should have seen it coming.
Obviously, given our lack of common ground, Toryboy and I spend a large proportion of our energies on not discussing the dominant news topics of the day.
There are fashion rules that are sensible and whose logic is self-evident: don't turn up at someone else's wedding in a long white dress, or to a job interview in clothes you'd watch daytime TV in; don't expose legs and cleavage at the same time, unless you have a thick skin and a fly swat in your pocket.
Whenever I'm worried I might be turning into a total eccentric – due to over-exposure to self-help books, maybe, or just as a natural progression from being a partial eccentric – I check in with Seth Roberts, an American psychology professor based in China.
Around the world, but mostly in Hollywood, film folks' letterboxes and inboxes are filling up fast.
Nine monks eat supper around a refectory table.
Buried in the education white paper is the fact that ancient languages now get to be counted as "languages" in our schools.
Singer Joe Cocker, whose career spanned more than 50 years, has died after a long battle with lung cancer.
Girls are quick to romanticise anti-heroes, says Harry Potter author, as she shares her vision for the future of the boy wizard’s school enemy
Virgin Media's KipstR wristband will pause your programme when you fall asleep.