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‘When Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston were cast I was in shock’: Sarah Perry on The Essex Serpent

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In March 2021, I was driven by a stranger down to the Essex coast, and there I found myself at the end of the 19th century, in a place that had never existed, full of people who’d never been born. At any rate, that wa...

Life after Fleabag: actor Sian Clifford on taming her inner ‘Claire’

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Sian Clifford is not Claire from Fleabag. I mean, she is: over Zoom, even with her glasses on in quite un-Claire hoop earrings, she’s instantly recognisable as the older sister, that seething ball of duty, ambition, s...

Fire (or Both Sides of the Blade) review – Claire Denis’ many-faced love story

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Claire Denis’s new film is a seductively indirect love triangle, a drama of the mind as much as the heart. It’s intriguing if contrived and anticlimactic, though acted at the highest pitch of sensual conviction. Denis...

Vets want to help your pet – and you – but death threats aren’t good for anyone’s health

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I’ve been a vet for 18 years, and I hope you never have to bring your pet to see me. I’m an oncologist, so all my patients have cancer. It’s a tough time for families – often tougher on them than their pet. Your dog d...

The best way to stay safe from Covid in England? Don’t ditch the mask

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On Wednesday, Boris Johnson’s government announced that plan B measures for England, which were put in place in December, will be scrapped. This includes mandates on face coverings, which will no longer be compulsory ...

Ministers know which masks provide the best Covid protection – why not tell the UK public?

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It is now accepted unequivocally that the virus responsible for Covid-19 is airborne, travelling metres on an infected person’s breath within liquid microdroplets and aerosols. One of the most important measures to pr...

A Very British Scandal review – Claire Foy is masterful as the ‘dirty duchess’ out for blood

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Well NOW it’s Christmas. Sarah Phelps has delivered. Not an Agatha Christie adaptation this time but an original drama, A Very British Scandal (BBC One), about the notorious case of Argyll v Argyll – the only one any ...

TV tonight: Claire Foy is gleefully on-brand in scandalous new BBC drama

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Plummy diction. Roaming eyes. Pouting red lips. Claire Foy is gleefully on-brand as Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll in this three-part drama from Sarah Phelps. Following the duchess’s real-life divorce from the ...

Claire Keegan: ‘I think something needs to be as long as it needs to be’

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For those who know and follow her work, a new Claire Keegan book is as rare and precious as a diamond in a coalmine. There have been just four of them over 22 years, and all are small, sharp and brilliant. Fortunately...

Noodles, tarts and meatballs: Claire Thomson’s recipes for all the family to make

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Prep 15 minCook 10 minServes 4 For the sauce120g smooth unsweetened peanut butter 2 tbsp Chinese sesame paste, or tahini ½ tbsp fish sauce1 tbsp light soy sauce2 tbsp sesame oil 2 tsp light brown sugar 1 tsp finely g...

Marie Claire owner reports record profits on back of Covid reading boom

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Future, the owner of magazines from Marie Claire to Metal Hammer and sites such as TechRadar and GoCompare, has reported record revenues and profits in its first half as the company continues to cash in on the pandemi...

Judith Collins’ comments on Māori health policy are a diversion

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In October I wrote in praise of the Māori party’s Mana Motuhake policy, a 25-year plan to improve Māori outcomes based on Māori asserting their right to exercise tino rangatiratanga – roughly translated as self-manage...

Backlash to Labour’s housing policy has exposed signs of internal party disarray 

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As the first majority government in New Zealand’s MMP history, with an extraordinarily popular prime minister, many have urged Labour to spend its “political capital.” This is the buffer that enables popular governmen...

Top 10 novels set in villages

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What comes to mind when you think of a village, no matter where in the world it’s located? Perhaps a place where everyone knows everyone else’s business? A place that is small enough to let an eccentric or two stand o...