Why hope is the enemy of thrift

The other day, a friend was mulling over the possibility of taking out gym membership.

20th January, 2007

The other day, a friend was mulling over the possibility of taking out gym membership. Not wishing to come between her and her New Year’s resolution, I didn’t remind her of Bridget Jones’s New Year’s Eve diary entry in which she vowed to ‘‘go to the gym three times a week and not merely to buy a sandwich’’.

I also didn’t remind her...

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