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Interview series is a December delight

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George Clooney on Friday, Mel Brooks on Saturday, Chris Noth on Monday – this series of interviews by Hadley Freeman is almost as life-enhancing as our street’s advent windows. Claudia JonesOxford In the mid-1960s, w...

Bulb chief used government advisory role to ‘brief against’ rivals

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Collapsed energy supplier Bulb Energy appears to have used its role advising ministers on green business to exaggerate its own environmental credentials, while playing down rivals’ progress. Bulb’s chief executive, H...

When polos are a pain in the neck

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Much as I loved wearing polo necks up to a few years ago (Succession dressing: how the polo neck came back in style, 29 October), I no longer want to wear them because they form a backdrop for drawing attention to my ...

When retiring ‘early’ is the best medicine

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When I retired from general practice six years ago aged 60, I was often asked when I had made this decision, and my answer was always: “The day I started work.” I believe 60 is a reasonable retirement age for any high...

$11 for ‘brief emotion’? The hidden charges of US healthcare are utterly enraging

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Words are cheap, but emotion will cost you. An American woman recently found that out the hard way when she went in for a routine medical checkup that included a mole removal, and ended up with a hefty invoice that in...

Keep National Trust estates open for all to enjoy

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Dinton Park would not be the only property the National Trust has leased out recently (Outcry over National Trust plan to fence off acres of Wiltshire park for tenant, 19 September). Last year, it offered a 125-year l...

In brief: Human Frontiers; Interviews With an Ape; Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time – review

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Michael Bhaskar Bridge Street Press, £20, pp416 We live in an era of endless discovery and development, but are our best days already behind us? This is the question at the heart of Michael Bhaskar’s fascinating book...

Cheaper Covid tests help high hopes in Italy

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In Italy, mandatory Covid tests required for travel have a fixed price of €15 set by the government, with a result provided within 20 minutes (Cowboy’ providers could lose approval to sell PCR travel tests, 23 August)...

In brief: Writing in the Dark; Dust Off the Bones; Looking for the Durells – review

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Will LoxleyWeidenfeld & Nicolson, £20, pp388 Will Loxley’s first biography concerns the fortunes of Horizon magazine, the influential 1940s literary title that Cyril Connolly edited, George Orwell and Graham Gree...

I’d dine with Charles if the price was right

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Re the article by Gaby Hinsliff (The ‘cash for access’ revelations mean a veil of secrecy around Prince Charles must be lifted, 2 August), for the avoidance of doubt, can I just say that Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak or ...

The Ozymandian reason that we cannot stop HS2

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Simon Jenkins makes compelling points regarding HS2, but surely the reality is that it cannot now be stopped (Depleted and unwanted, HS2 hurtles on as Johnson’s £100bn vanity project, 30 July). Were sense ever to prev...

Chapter 1: a subject to send you to sleep

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Nigel Farage should really be given a knighthood for his fundraising efforts (Donations to RNLI rise 3,000% after Farage’s migrant criticism, 29 July), but unfortunately he wouldn’t be able to accept it because he has...

A brief history of ‘ping’, from gun fights to the NHS Covid-19 app

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Are you enjoying the pingdemic? Huge numbers of people are being told to self-isolate by the NHS Covid-19 app, which issues the instruction even if you have been sitting on the other side of a solid wall from an infec...

The war on woke is a war on decency

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I too have been struggling to understand the word “woke”, but one word used by Nesrine Malik (The right is winning the culture war because its opponents don’t know the rules, 19 July) has now nailed it for me: “decenc...

The Guardian view on Labour’s byelection win: a leader’s brief reprieve

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Britain feels better for putting an ugly byelection contest behind it. The very worst of politics was on display in West Yorkshire, with homophobia and intimidation taking root in the campaign to be the next MP for Ba...

Lake District coach ban would be a start

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James Rebanks’ superb review of last summer in the Lake District (Camper vans, crowds, hanging dog poo bags: can the British countryside cope this summer?, 26 June) posed implicit challenges to the national park autho...

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