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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...

After 26 years of baldness, I still miss my hair. But I have new hopes of a cure

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A new Harvard study has confirmed the link between stress and hair loss, giving hope it could be halted or reversed. The researchers identified that the release of stress hormones suppresses a molecule, Gas6, involved...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Emma Beddington tries … fell running: ‘It’s like dragging bags of cement uphill – only the bags are my legs’

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My favourite part of childhood summer holidays with my dad was our trip to the Yorkshire Dales agricultural show, a respite from his usual gruelling regime of mountain walks and examining dead fauna. Between prize ram...

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 ...

Emma Beddington tries … the Cyr wheel: ‘I’m about as supple as an ironing board’

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I love the circus. The first time I took my infant sons – their chubby faces bathed in multicoloured lights, tiny minds blown – we emerged to find a freak snowstorm had transformed the car park into a hushed, white wo...

Emma Beddington tries … ballroom dancing: ‘This is the closest I have been to a stranger in a while’

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I know it’s Strictly season, because I see it when I look into other people’s houses, my chilly face pressed against the glass, illuminated like the Little Match Girl by the glittering scenes of wonder inside. I can’t...

Emma Beddington tries … being a mermaid: ‘I’m more beached seal than beguiling siren’

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I am too old for Disney’s Little Mermaid. My sister was the right age, but our right-on 80s household was a princess-free zone (though The Little Mermaid is arguably one of the more subversive films in the canon, with...