Deborah Ross

Deborah Ross writes the "If you ask me..." column for i. She also writes for The Daily Mail.

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Davina intervention: Britain's most cheery presenter on overcoming addiction

Davina McCall has always lived life at full pelt. In the past, it was doing drugs, eating sweets and struggling for love. But now - whether she’s bellowing into a microphone or at home with her family - it’s non-stop happiness and haircare advice, as Deborah Ross discovers.

The staff of Claridge's star in the BBC's new documentary

Have you lost your work-life balance?

If so, our columnist has a practical guide to how to rediscover it. Do take note.

Most women’s magazines are actually diet-lite

Cheer up! We can really bolster your self-loathing!

How to be more aware of your downfalls in the new year

If you ask me…it’s time I expressed my true feelings on alternative medicine

Conventional science has nothing to say about realigning your energy fields with ylang-ylang. Not even one research paper.

If you ask me...I'm sticking with my 'twosie' - a more toilet-friendly outfit by far

Here's my review of 2012: A lot of stuff happened. It was marvellous

Excuse me, but are you fluent in colour swatch? Can you speak Farrow & Ball?

I didn’t even know there was more to white than just white or that All White was a million miles from Strong White

If you ask me...holiday course work starts with your pile of dirty washing

The London Home-School of Ross offers a cautious welcome home to its (only) applicant

Xaviera Hollander: Is the Happy Hooker still happy after all these years?

Deborah Ross went in search of author Xaviera Hollander, whose erotic memoir, The Happy Hooker, shocked and informed decades before Fifty Shades fever. What she heard – in an Amsterdam B&B – was more racy than anything in either book...

Kate Middleton is pregnant! If you ask me, it's about time we recalled a few choice fairy tales

I only seem capable of common-or-garden babies, but that hasn't stopped me picking up a few royal baby tips over the years

If you value your life, move away from that thermostat

How to keep warm this winter.

Day In a Page

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics

Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith: The man behind a British success story

Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith

Acton Smith launched a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do

Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

The North Korean embassy in London complained when M&M Hair Academy used Kim Jong-un's image in the window. Curious, Guy Pewsey heads to the hair salon and surrenders to the clippers
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part
Vespa rides on with launch of Primavera: Iconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales

Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
Taunton's policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success

Education: Secret of Taunton's success

Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner
10 best smartphones

10 best smartphones

With a number of new smartphones on the market, we round up the best around, including some more established models
Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

The former Australia coach on why England must keep to Plan A, about his shock at their collapse Down Under, why he sent players home from India and the agonies of losing his job
Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal