Grappling for inspiration for tonight’s post, what should appear on Twitter in a puff of internet magic but the following post from my friends at Upper Street? We did the interview ages ago but I had no idea it was going to be put out now, in time for Mothering Sunday. To tell the truth, I’d more or less forgotten about it but there we are, next to HBC herself. I should mention here that Upper Street chucked me a couple of shoe vouchers but I’m so financially embarrassed at present that I haven’t used them.

I must admit that I’m cringing a bit. Did I really say all those really embarrassing things? Do I really, really, own over 60 pairs of shoes? Perhaps I am an entitled old bat after all.


Incidentally, the perennial Mothering Sunday apostrophe question is predictably coming to the fore, in my mind at least.

You’ll see above that Upper Street choose “Mother’s Day” with the emphasis on one mother, and not all of them. Personally, if I use it at all, I favour Mothers’ Day: one day for all mothers, with a nod to the fact that some people have more than one mother.

Waitrose choose to fudge the issue with the following typography:


That indecisive apostrophe could be anywhere. Or at least it seemed that way to me this morning. Now, I must admit, I’m not so sure.

I don’t know why people don’t just use Mothering Sunday and be done with it.