Q. I'm a single mother in my forties and I think I've begun to develop some kind of social phobia. People think of me as quite a confident person. I'm fine dealing with people in my work and at the school gate (I have two sons aged 11 and 14), but I dread any social event.
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Tuesday 02 February 1999
Spring term, week 4 at the Manchester Student House; Exams are over, and the students' attention is turning to other topics. In Dave and Alistair's case, this means money.
Sunday 15 March 1998
HESTER Lacey, in her fascinating article on modern drug writing ("It's not big and it's not clever", 8 March), misquotes me as saying that Kerouac "wrote when he was stone cold sober". He wasn't that systematic, but usually didn't get drunk until after the stint. His growing recourse to Benzedrine to replace a failing inspiration was not very successful. There was something inviolate, even prissy, about his personality which was antipathetic to the dissolving powers of psychedelic drugs (rather like William Burroughs who only ever had one acid trip). Kerouac died the classic alcoholic's death, from cirrhosis of the liver, at 47.
Saturday 10 August 1996
Letter: No change to drink-driving limit
Saturday 26 September 1992
MY BEST friend, Little Jo, often amuses me by asking whether by any chance I'll be in London over the weekend. She assumes that, in the general run of things, everyone takes off on Friday afternoon for some daft place like Gloucestershire.
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