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Emma Beddington tries … sword-fighting: ‘I have the upper body strength of cooked spaghetti’

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I recently learned there is a Bake Off equivalent for sword making: Forged in Fire, an epic struggle between (almost exclusively) men and hot metal. Each episode climaxes with the show’s Paul Hollywood figure testing ...

I love my new garden – i just wish it didn’t come with a gang of neighbourhood cats

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I have been wondering why no one eats the bird seed at the front of the house: my husband has the answer. He recently sent me a picture captioned “This is why”: three muscular cats draped over the wall, inches from my...

Hugs and restaurants are back – and I am not ready. Here is how I plan to cope

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Since we moved house, our elderly dog has lost his mind. A month on, he no longer understands doors, shadows us anxiously and stands for hours, guarding his bed. It is, I think, the only thing he recognises from his o...

Forget Line of Duty. I have found a show that brings me hours of primal joy

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Appointment viewing is a different prospect in Sweden. The nation is not glued to AC-12 interviews with an officer one rank superior. Instead, each spring for the past three years, the state broadcaster Sveriges Telev...

The hero of the Thames reminds me of the man who tried to save my mother’s life

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I keep thinking about Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, who died trying to save a woman who had fallen into the Thames from London Bridge. Why? God knows, there is enough death to think about. More than 3 million global Covi...

Need a lesson in fragility, transience and loss? Try this virtual pet

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My heart swelled painfully with the pathos uncovered by Twitter user @mollybackes in the phone game Bird Alone. In it, you befriend a parrot that asks you thoughtful questions (“What makes you happy?” “Do you ever fee...