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My aunt invited everyone to a family Christmas party the day after mine. Is she being toxic?

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I sent a mass invitation for our family Christmas party for Christmas Day. The next day my aunt invited everyone over to her house for our family Christmas party, the day after Christmas. I cannot find one person outs...

My family Christmas has got a lot better since we stopped giving presents

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There is no greater gift than never again having to walk into an overheated, Wham-blasting shopping centre full of animatronic reindeer and the smell of damp hair, to spend £20 on a pot plant that nobody has asked for...

A twist on Oliver: a Dickens-themed family holiday in Broadstairs, Kent

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Among all the TV specials and stage productions at this time of year, one story is always guaranteed to be retold – A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Fans might be jollied to know about a new holiday cottage near...

Gareth Thomas and his parents: ‘As a family, we don’t live in the past’

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Former Wales and Lions rugby captain Gareth Thomas grew up in Bridgend, Wales, with his parents, Yvonne and Barry, and two older brothers. A prominent force on the pitch since the late 90s, he’s arguably been an even ...

Judge rejects opioid settlement over legal protections for Sackler family

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A judge has rejected the OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy settlement of thousands of lawsuits over the opioid epidemic because of a provision that would protect members of the Sackler family from facing liti...

Queen cancels pre-Christmas family lunch

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The Queen has cancelled her traditional pre-Christmas family lunch next week. It is understood the decision was a precaution with a source suggesting it could put too many people’s Christmas arrangements at risk if it...

The tragic missteps that killed a young California family on a hike

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When a young family died mysteriously on a trail in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains in August, authorities scoured the area for clues. Maybe there was a gas leak from a nearby mine. Maybe the family drank water t...

My family has a vaccine refusenik – should we still get together at Christmas?

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s faced this difficulty this year. One of my family members, who’s in his 40s, has consistently refused to be vaccinated against Covid and will not be moved from his position. He will...

Chris Noth on feuds, family and Mr Big: ‘I never saw him as an alpha male’

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“I’m not supposed to talk for this long. I told my publicist beforehand: ‘I need to keep this short so I don’t give quotes I’ll regret,’” chuckles Chris Noth. Too late for that. Ahead of our interview, I had expected ...

From a joyous Mancunian Wiz to the most charming of Beasts – the best Christmas family shows

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Covid precautions duly observed, it’s time for the seasonal celebrations of togetherness that were so cruelly derailed last year by the virus. Full steam ahead for family shows! First off, Hull Truck’s The Railway Chi...

Sometimes the most caring thing to do is to remove a child from their family

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Sometimes, a news report is so horrific you know it will haunt you forever. So it is with the story of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, the six-year-old tortured to death by his stepmother and father. Starved, poisoned with sal...

Tell us: is your family divided over attitudes to the Covid-19 vaccine?

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We would like to hear from people whose relatives have not had the Covid-19 vaccine, and how this is affecting your Christmas plans. As cases of the Covid Omicron continue to rise, perhaps their decision has caused co...

Donald Trump accuses Meghan of disrespect towards royal family

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The former US president Donald Trump has accused the Duchess of Sussex of being “disrespectful” to the Queen and the royal family. In a wide-ranging interview with the politician turned broadcaster Nigel Farage, Trump...

House of Gucci is ‘painful and insulting’, says Gucci family

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Surviving family members of the Gucci fashion dynasty have expressed unhappiness with their representation in the new film House of Gucci. In a statement issued on Monday, the heirs of Aldo Gucci – who ran the fashion...

The Bolds review – Julian Clary’s hyena family will have you in cackles

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It just wouldn’t be Christmas without another celebrity children’s book adaptation for the stage. Some projects feel a tad cynical but The Bolds, based onJulian Clary’s popular series, isn’t a bad bet. It’s a quirky s...

What fresh hell must Philip’s will contain to make the royal family look any worse?

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A legal challenge has been launched against an earlier court ruling, reached in secret, that the contents of Prince Philip’s will should be concealed for 90 years. News to which the reflexive reaction, along with dist...