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Digested week: the joy of missing out on Glastonbury, and why moaning works

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Hurrah! After an enforced three-year hiatus (there was this pandemic thing – I can’t get into it now), Glastonbury is back! The older I get, the more I love this music festival of music festivals, its noise, its mud, ...

Digested week: this laissez-faire version of the Queen is an inspiration

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I have just got back from a gorgeous weekend in Bath, after doing a book event with proper writers Marian Keyes and Nina Stibbe at the literary festival. I was high as a kite on my return. Because sure, I love to talk...

Digested week: I feel pure schadenfreude about collapsing crypto

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The detection of messages through the TV or newspaper has long been a symptom of psychiatric unease. On Monday, the New York Times made a jittery decision to pull the answer to that day’s Wordle, lest players, unnerve...

Digested week: bank holidays exist to remind me why schools exist

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I started the bank holiday in traditional fashion, arguing with my 14-year-old son. This is why bank holidays exist, by the way, to remind you why secondary school exists, which is to let someone else irritate the hel...

Digested week: a downward spiral from Vogue to Brooklyn Beckham’s Instagram

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I hate myself for it, but as with new leads on cold cases or anything involving the House of Grimaldi, I simply can’t look away. Brooklyn Beckham, whose achievements in photography are rivalled only by those of Rocco ...

Digested week: the birthday rat race is back – oh, for pandemic parties in the park

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One welcome hiatus during the pandemic was from the rat race of children’s birthday parties. It never reached Christina Crawford levels of pony and fairground rides in our corner of New York but, before March 2020, mi...

Digested week: our response to Ukraine refugee crisis will be a lasting stain

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It was the week the 14-year-olds chose their GCSEs, and therefore a big growth-mindset week for me, one in which I was happy to discover a whole new vista of my own ignorance and wrong-headedness. Goodbye, then, all t...

Digested week: a night out at the circus leaves lots to think about

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At the weekend, we went to the Big Apple Circus, and let me tell you those places have changed. Instead of a sad elephant chained up outside the Big Top – standard in my childhood, unthinkable today – there is “Diana ...

Digested week: all aboard the party bus for a cake slice and a sit down

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With a capitalist zeal I admire, New York is bribing young kids to get vaccinated, as it bribed their older siblings and parents before them. Not for these under-12s the lame promise of protecting grandma at Thanksgiv...

Digested week: The Atlantic can’t protect me from Boris Johnson shame

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It has been a feature o f Covid that, along with all the other bad things ushered in by the pandemic, it has opened up whole new categories of people to hate. Thought the mum you exchanged casual greetings with every ...

Digested week: it feels outrageous to have a cold again

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It’s a feature of single parenting that you have to outsource some aspects of your children’s education to people beyond the immediate family. Where a partner or spouse might fill in your gaps, friends must be called ...

Digested week: I’ll miss face masks. They give me freedom to mouth obscenities

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Now that he has left the tender embrace of the select committee, Dominic Cummings has taken to – is the word explaining? – himself to paying subscribers via Substack. In the unlikely event that you are not prepared to...

Digested week: I’ve belatedly become an American. Congratulations, people say

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“You can’t wear that!” says a scandalised six-year-old, looking at a pair of trousers I have pulled from the drawer. With effortless conservatism redolent of my child’s nationality from birth – and one which, today, I...

Digested week: the 99 Flake crisis is solved, with northern nous

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Oh frabjous day – callooh callay! Monday 17, that long-awaited day that marks our arrival at the next staging post of the roadmap out of lockdown. Swap your horses, adjust your britches, take a draught of small beer a...

Digested week: leak mystery solved but I’m lost on Line of Duty

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Typical. We had one job … Our daughter, whom we hadn’t seen for the best part of 18 months, was coming to London and all we had to do was to get to Heathrow in time to meet her as she passed through immigration and cu...