My new piece from the Daily Express.
It's the start of a new year and time for resolutions.
One that I can heartily recommend is to start keeping a diary. Oscar Wilde wrote: "Memory is the diary... that we carry about with us".
But while that may work for the big things that happen to us, smaller matters are very easily forgotten unless they're written down. That's a pity as it's often the things which we regard as mundane that become the most interesting.
Last year I rediscovered old diaries of mine from the late 1970s and early 1980s when I was in my teens. In these diaries I recorded almost everything: what television programmes I watched, what meals my family and I ate, what the weather was like, the national and international news.
Sounds a bit dull? Not a bit of it.
You can read the whole article here.