ByDiane Shipley

Diane Shipley is a freelance journalist and inveterate tweeter whose hobbies include reading memoirs, watching TV, and being sent photos of dachshund puppies, hint hint. Her blog is No Humiliation Wasted.

  1. Growing up in the suburbs of a medium-sized town in the middle of England, I spent a lot of time wishing something exciting would happen. In 1993, when I was 14, it finally did. First, I formed an intense best friendship with Holly, who lived a couple of streets away and was in my class at school. We both had long brown hair (hers wavy, mine straight) and dressed alike, so from a distance people…