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I used to read novels for pleasure, then for exams – now I read them for their little jewels of wisdom

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Novels. Why do I read them? My reading was at its most voracious when I was a kid. I suspect this was because my only purpose was enjoyment and escapism. From all 21 Famous Five stories – in order, naturally – to Anna...

Chile’s constitutional assembly rejects plans to nationalise parts of mining sector

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A constitutional assembly in Chile has rejected plans to nationalise parts of the crucial mining industry in a blow to progressive hopes of overhauling the neoliberal Pinochet-era political settlement. The proposal, k...

I fill awkward silences by babbling – so what happened when I had to film myself on a walk?

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I have just done a TV programme called Winter Walks for BBC Four. Every week someone takes a walk somewhere nice, talking to themselves. It is filmed on a clever little 360-degree camera on a stick you hold in front o...

How do I know I’m getting old? My children worry about me – and I’m exhausted by half-time

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There is a moment in the second season of the Netflix series Narcos when the baddest baddie of them all, Pablo Escobar, is reduced to burning dollar bills to keep warm. Boyd Holbrook, playing the DEA agent Steve Murph...

I find it hard to sit still. So how did I fare at the theatre?

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I find going to the theatre extremely challenging. You must sit perfectly still, and you have to concentrate. These are two things I find nigh on impossible. When I was a kid, everybody told me I had ants in my pants....

I’ve no fewer than 17 wooden spoons. But I have a favourite and I’d miss it for ever if it went missing

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I have started getting feelings for my spoons. I blame Tim Hayward, restaurant critic for the Financial Times, for this. He wrote a brilliant piece last week about his search for the perfect spoon. At first glance thi...

Football needs more than a new regulator to save it from itself

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About 15 years ago, I made a little film about a day in the life of a postman. It was an early start. As I helped him sort out his bag, we chatted about football. He was a Chelsea fan. I asked whether he had a season ...

Grime, chips, tea, and fresh air. There’s nowt fancy about ferries, and that’s why I love them

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I love ferries. Give me a ferry over a flight any day of the week, and I’d rather take a ferry than the Channel tunnel every time. All that burrowing along under the sea with no sea to look at: what’s that all about? ...

Having a quiet drink, I eyed a group of lads nervously … and then I saw their manbags

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I went for a pint with a couple of friends in a nice country pub near Lichfield. It was all rather peaceful until a posse of half a dozen or so local rascals made their entrance. They were all different versions of ea...

Does your job take a toll on your body? You’re in trouble unless you’re an athlete

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On my way to work early one morning, walking through St Peter’s Square in Manchester, I happened upon a couple of dozen blokes in hi-vis workwear standing in a big circle. At the centre stood a woman, presumably a phy...

When the same awful thing happens often enough, it ceases to be newsworthy – and that is a big problem

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For more than a week after Russia invaded Ukraine, there was almost nothing else in the news. It was all we talked about on the radio, which felt right. Then I was on holiday for a week and off with Covid for a furthe...

Chile’s archaeologists fight to save the world’s oldest mummies from climate change

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Jannina Campos walks up a sandy hillside in Arica, a port city on the edge of the Atacama desert, the driest place on the planet. The slope is dotted with dozens of orange markers placed in December. Each indicates sk...

Would you pay £15,000 for a portrait of me? Me neither

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One day, nearly six years ago, I had to sit completely still for several hours at a time. I was having my portrait painted, you see, by three artists for the Sky programme Portrait Artist of the Year. As far back as p...

Who’s the most underated person in TV? The chap who changes my batteries

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When I started in television nearly 30 years ago, to take broadcast-quality pictures out and about you needed an expensive camera requiring an Olympic weightlifting-style lift and jerk to get it on your shoulder. Now ...

What did kids learn in the pandemic? That adults know nothing

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I was told by someone who’d been on an intensive course of self-improvement that we need to identify three important moments in our childhoods: when we first experience fear; when we first feel we don’t fit in; and wh...

Like most men, I now only wear ties at funerals. So why do I have 60 of them?

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“I think,” said my friend Dai, “there should be a tie amnesty.” In the course of a clearout, he was dismayed to find he had 30 ties in his collection, a count not much greater than the number of years since he’d last ...

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