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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...

Shopping for pants in Warsaw and more talking points from my unlikely ratings success

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Tonight, England play Poland in Warsaw, the first time they have played them there since October 2012. That was a night that reoccurs in my dreams and nightmares, as well as those of three ex-footballers and several t...

Adrian Dunbar cast alongside Cush Jumbo in Hamlet at Young Vic

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Adrian Dunbar is to join Cush Jumbo in the Young Vic theatre’s production of Hamlet which, postponed for more than a year, will open in London next month. Dunbar, best known as Supt Ted Hastings in the BBC’s hit crime...

The secret of happiness? Be more like Ted Lasso

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Ted Lasso has changed my life. It’s a comedy series on Apple TV+ about a coach of an American football college team who, improbably, is taken on as manager of a Premier League football team in London. Ted, played bril...

On my radar: Adrian Edmondson’s cultural highlights

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Born in Bradford in 1957, the actor and comedian Adrian Edmondson studied drama at the University of Manchester, where he met Rik Mayall. Together they became involved in the 80s alternative comedy scene and starred i...

Life lessons I’ve learned from boxers? Control your aggression and forgive your foes

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In covering the Olympics for BBC Radio, it’s been my privilege to speak to all sorts of sportsmen and women. Once again, I’ve been reminded that boxers never give bad interviews. The latest one to impress me no end ha...

Adrian Lester: ‘I’ll never leave the stage’

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In the short and possibly quite nerve-racking break between an afternoon rehearsal and an evening preview, Adrian Lester is trying both to eat a sandwich and to find the right words to describe to me (via Zoom) what h...

I am a messy eaterand it is mortifying

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Five years ago, I appeared on a now-defunct Radio 4 panel show called It’s Not What You Know. The idea was that a friend you nominated answered certain questions about you. It was then your job to guess what answer th...

Have you cried with despair in public? There is nothing braver or better

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I am all for men crying; I do a lot of it myself. If we leave onions out of it, there are only two kinds of crying. There’s crying because you’re happy and crying because you’re sad. I would suggest the latter represe...

It’s time to stop making movies about Ted Bundy

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Ted Bundy, the serial killer convicted of murdering more than 30 women in the 1970s who probably killed upwards of 100 whose names receive little attention, once mused, in interviews on death row, that he hoped his st...

Let’s recognise that older people get depressed, too – and get them the help they need

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When I was a kid, I couldn’t understand why old people weren’t in a constant state of panic. I would look at my grandad, sitting there quietly reading the Birmingham Evening Mail, and wonder how he could stay so calm....

We need to get rid of business jargon. Do I have your buy-in?

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My first job in journalism was in business news. This wasn’t my first choice; in truth it would probably have been my last, but it was the only place that would have me. I was as bewildered as the next work experience...

I was desperate to watch England v Germany. But my daughter had other ideas

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Until Tuesday evening I had watched every single competitive football encounter between England and Germany, the majority of which I had not enjoyed very much. This one would have been different if I had been able to ...

Roger Federer edges through after Adrian Mannarino retires in fifth set

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Each year that Roger Federer returns to Wimbledon, the scene of eight of his grand slam titles and on the surface that has slotted so snugly into his game for two decades, he does so with the aim of winning the title ...

My number one fear in life? Being boring

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I have a visceral fear of boredom, not on my own account but on everyone else’s. I never get bored myself. This isn’t because I’m always super busy doing lots of interesting things. I’m not. It’s just that I can alway...

Need a bit of a lift? Get down to your local and watch old friends being reunited

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I am getting grumpier with age yet also more sentimental; you’d have thought the two were mutually exclusive. I found lockdown made my life somewhat easier to manage and now, with options having been limited for so lo...

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