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I’M los­ing old friends by the dozen be­cause my new part­ner is so out­spo­ken and in­tense.

She is a great one for a good cause. At the mo­ment, she’s up in arms about lazy politi­cians and plas­tic.

But while I find her pas­sion ad­mirable, I’m aware that peo­ple are start­ing to drop us.

More than one mate has com­plained she’s too over­whelm­ing and, even a lit­tle bor­ing. This breaks my heart, as she’s a re­ally good per­son un­der­neath.

Re­cently she at­tacked my old boss who runs his own firm, ac­cus­ing him of un­der­pay­ing his staff and treat­ing them like slaves.

He hit the roof and I had to apol­o­gise for her. Now I re­alise that he hasn’t in­vited me to his an­nual sum­mer party, which is usu­ally the high­light of my year.

What am I go­ing to do?

JANE SAYS: You need to be hon­est with your girl­friend about bal­ance.

Of course it’s good that she has such a strong so­cial con­science and in­ter­est­ing views, but there is a time and a place for ev­ery­thing.

Ex­plain to her that you would ap­pre­ci­ate some down­time; some silli­ness and fri­vol­ity too.

Ban all po­lit­i­cal or “heavy” con­ver­sa­tion for the time be­ing and maybe have a pre­ar­ranged code word you can ut­ter when­ever she gets car­ried away?

Ob­vi­ously you don’t wish to sti­fle her pas­sion – or shut her up – but you are en­ti­tled to speak your mind too.

If she doesn’t like it, and friends con­tinue to drop you, then maybe you need to re­think this whole sit­u­a­tion.

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