Sophie Heawood

Sophie Headwood is a journalist who writes for the Times, Independent and Guardian

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Sophie Heawood: I'm having fun. They're coining it. Fine by me

To think how we used to joke about the dreariness of looking at our neighbours' holiday snaps

Sophie Heawood: Call the Midwife – you'll see we're kinder than we thought

The television drama Call the Midwife, with its Sunday night BBC1 slot and 10 million viewers, has become what they call A Surprise Hit. I am not sure why. Not why it is a hit as it's a brilliant bit of telly, but why it should be a surprise. I can see why a programme called "Call the Accountant" might not set the ratings alight, unless it was about getting raided in the Seventies for siphoning pop stars' earnings into offshore bank accounts and Quaaludes. "Call the Postal Worker" doesn't quite have that ring of emergency to it. And "Call the Information Resources Centre Strategy Consultant" is too long to trend on Twitter. But midwives, in this case, bicycling through the East End fog in the Fifties, are at the centre of the maddest action possible. People sprouting out of other people from between their legs, having grown suspended in liquid, now entering the world to get their first taste of the addictive drug that is air. Humans at both their smallest and their most impactful. Half-naked women, so tired, so strong. It's not exactly dull.

Sophie Heawood: After the turkey, we gobbled down our principles

It's a clever thing that this Queen of ours does, handing out her honours as Christmas podges into New Year, December yawns into January, and a new year beckons us with its cold and merciless eyes. If ever there was a time of year when republicanism is doomed to fail, this is it. If I were the monarchy, I'd scrap those trifling birthday honours in June altogether, and make it all about 1 January. Doomsday.

Sophie Heawood: Downward dog is not a hellhound

Our writer defies the Vatican and slips off to a yoga class

Sophie Heawood: There's no anti-men law that I can see

There is at last a trend towards recognising non-financial contributions to a marriage

Sophie Heawood: Not the type of birth we should be encouraging

The idea that you would go through such a procedure when nothing is wrong is staggering

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