Virginia Ironside is an agony aunt, columnist and author. She writes the weekly Dilemmas column for The Independent.
03 February 2015 10:48 AM
"Dissatisfaction is her natural setting. It’s her comfort zone, and where she feels safest."
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29 January 2015 12:00 AM
19 January 2015 05:46 PM
"Trying to stop drinking isn’t good enough. You have, simply, got to stop. End of, as they say."
12 January 2015 06:04 PM
"You remind me of the story of Greyfriars Bobby, the dog whose memorial in Edinburgh immortalises the end of his life, as he waited on his owner’s grave until he died himself"
15 December 2014 06:05 PM
"You can’t force him to want to live, to find sources of energy to make him welcome chemotherapy"
10 November 2014 06:30 PM
"It could be that she feels, at some subconscious level, that she’s performing an important role in the play of her son’s life"
03 November 2014 06:13 PM
"To get back on friendly terms after being so badly treated doesn’t reflect well on how you think about yourself"
27 October 2014 06:23 PM
"They seem to think that shouting and then imagining that it has all blown over after five minutes is a morally superior way of behaving"
20 October 2014 06:44 PM
"Try to see things from their point of view. They see you (wrongly, perhaps, but that’s their interpretation) as lonely"
13 October 2014 05:35 PM
"It partly depends on your accent and your circumstances"
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