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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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...