When is hygge not hygge? And do we have to name it to know it?

Did you ever see the comedy show Goodness Gracious Me? There is a sketch in there where the Dad explains why Christianity is Indian. He can look at it all and recognise the parts of the religion that are Indian, the making food stretch, the working for his dad, the idea that Moses was Indian. It’s funny, because when he says it you know he’s … Continue reading When is hygge not hygge? And do we have to name it to know it?

Waitrose Weekend: Winter is Coming and now my time of Hygge awaits.

A VERY quick post today, just to say that I should be mentioned in the Waitrose Weekend newspaper available in all good Waitrose stores from tomorrow, the 12th. A very nice man called Paul Kirkley got in touch and wanted some questions answering: I have no idea whether he was a happy Hygger or it’s a sharp, sarcastic and biting take on hygge…. but I’ll find … Continue reading Waitrose Weekend: Winter is Coming and now my time of Hygge awaits.

24/7 hygge people? No, hygge is like an oasis in a busy day

Miriam Bouteba hit a raw nerve last week when she said in Timeout London that “Hygge is a waste of London.” I have never seen anyone so perfectly trounced on Twitter, laughed at and basically told that she wasn’t living right if she couldn’t find anything to hygge about in her life. I’m calling bullshit on that: the word does have an exact English translation, and … Continue reading 24/7 hygge people? No, hygge is like an oasis in a busy day

Does the Queen do Hygge? I bet Queen Margrethe does.

There are days when random thoughts pop into your head and leave just as quickly. Usually when I pass through a door and forget what I’ve gone for. It’s now been proven that there is a portal problem; that even if it’s only a small door it still has a memory-wiping effect (Forbes Magazine, January 2015) so I… well, where was I? I digress. On … Continue reading Does the Queen do Hygge? I bet Queen Margrethe does.

How to hygge when there’s too much month left and not enough pay check

It’s one of the crazy things about the UK but every time a new concept/theory of living/lifestyle choice comes along there are a slew of articles all designed to make you get the wanties and to flash the card. It’s like we ARE a nation of shopkeepers and shoppers, obsessed with buying what we think we need over the counter. I could list articles and … Continue reading How to hygge when there’s too much month left and not enough pay check

Is Hygge just mindfulness in a new, fancy Danish wrapper?

I have read in several articles or discussions on hygge that it is essentially just mindfulness in another form, that is it about doing only one thing at a time and focusing on that to the exclusion of all worries. Mindfulness was everywhere the other year, you couldn’t pass a bookshop without seeing the mindful book of colouring, of cats, of everything. A quick search … Continue reading Is Hygge just mindfulness in a new, fancy Danish wrapper?

I write this with my woolly tights on…

It’s 14 degrees and raining as only it can in Britain, which is to say a fine mist that doesn’t fall hard enough to put you off going out but is persistent enough to stop you from staying dry. It’s 10 to 4 in the afternoon and the lights are on the cars already. One of those “Oh my word, I can’t believe it’s still … Continue reading I write this with my woolly tights on…