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Lockdown taught me that time is precious – so why am I running out of it again?

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There was a time not long ago when we had plenty of time; now there’s too much to do. Lockdowns dragged on for ever when we were in them but feel shorter as they edge further into the past. I have heard lockdowns desc...

Gary Anderson defeats Adrian Lewis in battle of former PDC world champions

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Gary Anderson brushed aside the challenge of Adrian Lewis on day two at the PDC world darts championships, fighting back from losing the opening set to prevail 3-1. This was a rare early meeting at Alexandra Palace be...

Adrian Chiles’s Christmas Strictly diary: ‘Unused to my tight outfit, I didn’t get low enough for the lift …’

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My invitation to appear on Strictly Come Dancing’s Christmas Special came very late. Being a cynical soul, I assumed someone had dropped out, but I’m warmly assured this wasn’t the case. I am nobody’s idea of a dancer...

Emmanuel Macron’s dangerous shift on the New Caledonia referendum risks a return to violence

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The French government’s decision to hold New Caledonia’s self-determination referendum on 12 December, despite the resolve of pro-independence parties not to participate, is a reckless political gambit with potentiall...

Ironing has a rival for my affections – the matchless, marvellous joy of log-stacking

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Those of us with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder crave absorption more than most. It would help if I were blessed with more practical skills. Basic competences in carpentry, knitting or even Lego would be so ...

I have become what I hate – the driver who pushes into a lane at the last minute

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Thou shalt not pass; thou shalt not squeeze in. The instant we realise that up ahead on the road to hell, three lanes are to become two, those of us drivers with good intentions do the honourable thing and vacate the ...

I want to be a wise, careful consumer – but useless online reviews have me stumped

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For environmental reasons, I want to be a better consumer. And also because I’m sick of buying crap. Buy less, buy better. But that’s much easier said than done. To be the wise, discerning consumer I want to be, I nee...

‘I jumped for joy’: Floella Benjamin, Adrian Lester and more on their top screen moments

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I was about eight or nine years old. We had one TV in the house which sometimes people fought for control over. In those days, you watched one channel at a time and if you missed your programme, well, you missed it. ...

All you can eat? I take those words as a promise – and a challenge

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There’s a Twitter account called Fake Showbiz News that is occasionally kind/cruel enough to feature me as the subject of one its “exclusives”. Even if there’s an unpleasant undertone to the story, I’m at the stage in...

Strangers on a train, until she gave me her pink jumper

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As simple unexpected acts of kindness go, this one will take some beating. I was on a train from London to Plymouth last Friday afternoon, on my way to a reunion of some university friends, among them people I’d not c...

In the pandemic £27bn worth of fraud was committed – why aren’t we angrier?

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We have never been far from fury since the start of the pandemic. There’s all the anger at the government’s handling of it and, conversely, anger at those being angry about the government’s handling of it. People got...

Ask not what the NHS can do for us … but what we can do for the NHS

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We love the National Health Service. It’s a pure, unconditional love. Most of us have experience of great treatment within the NHS, and terrible treatment too, yet our love for the institution seldom wavers. When thin...

We’re told not to bottle up bad experiences – but a stiff upper lip can be for the best

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Sometimes people I speak to on my radio programme say something that will stay with me for a long time. Marguerite Turner, 98, said two such things to me last week. She was talking about her work in the second world w...

‘Large or extra-large?’: my perilous first condom purchase

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I see many things at this time of year that take me back to the uncertainties of going off to university. This week it was an advert for condoms, which made a big deal of the range of sizes available. I was transporte...

Proper sobbing and perspective – what I learned when my younger daughter left home

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This child-leaving-home business seems to get harder every time. My first experience of it was as the child, albeit a 19-year-old one. Very upsetting it was, too. My parents went away for the weekend so as to avoid an...

Must Emma Raducanu become a brand? Let’s just enjoy her genius

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There was, to my ears, one discordant note in the awards ceremony for the US Open women’s tennis final. It came when Andrea Lisher, JP Morgan’s head of Americas, client – whatever on earth that job title is about – pr...

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