Your Problems Solved, With Holly Harper

Dear Holly,
My husband is obsessed with all things related to cars, and he spends all of his free time under the bonnet of some old jalopy, covered in grease and muttering about pistons and crankshafts. He never takes me to dinner or cuddles up to me on the sofa to watch America’s Next Top Model, and any form of rutting is completely off the cards. How can I tempt him away from this pointless hobby and convince him to start fiddling with my undercarriage instead?

Dear Louise,
From my experience, all boys like to waste their time doing pointless things, and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. Little girls spend valuable time rehearsing for their future lives as wives and mothers, playing with tea sets, brushing their dollies’ hair, and punishing naughty teddy bears. On the other hand,  boys are generally to be found frittering away their youth rolling marbles about the ground, collecting useless rubbish like stamps and conkers, and, worst of all, fighting each other with a vast range of invisible weaponry. What you have to realise is that you’ll never get a boy to join you in a tea party, and if you do then he’s probably planning to smash your teapot and take your Barbie hostage.
Hope that helps!

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Your Astrological Week Ahead, With Psychic Bob

Leo (23 JUL-22 AUG)
Why not finally ruin the promise of your early directorial career by releasing what appears to be a big-budget remake of Mortal Kombat with the word ‘Bender’ in the title?

Virgo (23 AUG-22 SEP)
Your dedication to learning a foreign language pays off as you finally become fluent in jive.

Libra (23 SEP-23 OCT)
You’re not wrong, child rearing is incredibly difficult.  Best to just
leave it to someone else. Like a big, fancy boarding school or that fat lady from the

Scorpio (24 OCT-21 NOV)
I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy. I do, however, need 50p. It’s for a bus, not for drugs. Okay, it is for drugs. Can I have 50p for drugs please?

Sagittarius (22 NOV-21 DEC)
Please take this as a general notification that I will not be attending
any Facebook event you ever invite me to. Unless you’re up at the front.
In a box.

Capricorn (22 DEC-19 JAN)
This week your call for humans to colonise space as soon as possible
or face extinction goes largely ignored even though you’re the
cleverest person in the world. If only you had great big knockers.

Aquarius (20 JAN-19 FEB)
This week quit your job with a grand gesture that will make millions of people all over the world write the words ‘you go girl!’ on one of those stupid fucking internet things.

Pisces (20 FEB-20 MAR)
Things are coming to a head with your troublesome work colleague. You
have two choices – either seek mediation and arbitration through the
human resources department or accuse him of fondling your child.

Aries (21 MAR-19 APR)
You found paradise in America. You had a good trade, you made a good
living. The police protected you and there were courts of law. So you
didn’t need a friend like me. Now you come and say ‘Bob, give me
justice’. But you don’t ask with respect. You don’t offer friendship.
You don’t even think to call me ‘Psychic’. Yer an arse.

Taurus (20 APRIL – 20 MAY)
If it’s still looking like that after a week, I’d wrap it in a blanket and get to the doctors. In the meantime, stop sticking it in your mouth.

Gemini (21 MAY-20 JUN)

This week if you are going to be a self-centered, narcissistic
nightmare, try to do it in private rather than during an important trial
at the Hague.

Cancer (21 JUN-22 JUL)
An old acquaintance gets in touch after you parted on bad terms and gives you the chance to show whether you’ve matured in the intervening 20 years. Tell them to go fuck themselves.