Man the barricades — and the ironing boards! Radio 4 broadcaster Winifred Robinson, presenter of You And Yours, says that after a lifetime of domestic drudgery she has gone on ironing strike and will no longer press clothes for the men in her household.
As the daughter of a Liverpool dock labourer, Robinson was brought up in an environment where women took charge at home.
‘My mother did the ironing for all of us — her six daughters — until we left home,’ explains Winifred, 60.
As the daughter of a Liverpool dock labourer, Robinson was brought up in an environment where women took charge at home
‘She ironed for my father until she died — even though she also worked, part-time, outside the home. Her selfless example perhaps explains why until recently I’ve ironed for my husband and teenage son — usually on Sunday evenings as they watched the Antiques Roadshow.’
‘The other week I announced that this arrangement was at an end, after it finally dawned on me that aliens observing our family would conclude that I was enslaved.
‘My husband has decided to pay someone else to iron for him, and my son is now wearing very creased clothes.’ When it comes to gardening she is more than happy for them to do the menial jobs for her.
The BBC’s Winifred Robinson With Her Sisters At Their Fathers Home In The Old Swan District Of Liverpool Merseyside
‘My husband Roger is my assistant, always on hand for the boring tasks, watering pots, sweeping the paths,’ she has said. ‘Our son Tony is a great help with heavy lifting.’
Robinson didn’t meet Roger until she was 36 and the couple had their son, Tony, when she was 41.
In January the BBC ordered her off air after a row over her views on equal pay. She tweeted a statement from more than 130 BBC women supporting China editor Carrie Gracie after she decided to quit over the wage divide. Robinson said: ‘Equal pay for equal work — it’s the law — as Carrie says.’ The next day, she was reportedly replaced for the You And Yours show due to ‘impartiality issues’.
Lady Amelia Windsor: This week, the 22-year-old blonde was overcome with remorse when a picture of her holding a plastic cup emerged online
Eco-royal regrets being snapped with plastic cup
Dubbed the ‘most beautiful royal’ by society magazine Tatler, the Duke of Kent’s granddaughter Lady Amelia Windsor seems to be vying for ‘most eco-friendly’, too.
This week, the 22-year-old blonde was overcome with remorse when a picture of her holding a plastic cup emerged online. Sporting yellow dungarees and a pink crop top at the Sourdrop festival in Bedfordshire, she commented: ‘Please excuse the plastic cup.’
Lady Amelia plans to become an eco-fashion designer when she graduates from Edinburgh University next year. ‘We’re all aware of the huge plastic crisis and the effect it’s having on our planet,’ she said earlier this year. ‘Fashion has a key role in that, but also there are ways we can deal with it.’
I’m a Celebrity… winner Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo, who formed an unlikely bond with former Conservative MEP Stanley Johnson in the jungle last year, tells me about the rather unorthodox way she combats perspiration during the summer heatwave. ‘I am so sweaty,’ says the 23-year-old Made In Chelsea socialite. ‘I’m always running around but in this heat I’ve had to wear sanitary towels in my armpits — anti-perspirant just doesn’t work on me.’ Who knows, once the EU tampon tax is abolished in 2022, maybe this unusual method of deodorising will catch on.
The world of high finance has rubbed off on Damian Lewis, Old Etonian star of U.S. TV show Billions. ‘I have a very nice sound system in my house which I spent a load of money on,’ he admits. ‘Am I one of these guys who obsessively collects antique typewriters that cost £7,000 each? No. I’ll leave that to Tom Hanks.’
Artistic licence or poor likeness?
A portrait of Prince Charles painted by Victoria Crowe was unveiled yesterday at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Some think the picture of the 69-year-old heir to the throne bears more of a likeness to Question Time’s David Dimbleby, who is in fact ten years Charles’s senior.
The new portrait is part of Crowe’s latest exhibition which is called — coincidentally — Beyond Likeness.
A portrait of Prince Charles painted by Victoria Crowe was unveiled yesterday at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Some think the picture of the 69-year-old heir to the throne bears more of a likeness to Question Time’s David Dimbleby, who is in fact ten years Charles’s senior