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Bubblies that won’t break the bank this Christmas

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As I write, rumours are swirling around that there’s going to be a shortage of champagne in the run-up to Christmas. It seems hard to credit given the squillions of bottles the Champenois produce every year, and it do...

Reginald Mobley is digging deep for forgotten musical treasures

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There’s a quote on the American countertenor Reginald Mobley’s website that sums him up: “One of the joys of seeing Mobley is hearing his beautiful alto come out of a big, tall man who looks more like a linebacker for...

Sober October: what to drink when you’re not drinking

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How are you coping with Sober October? Or maybe yours is not-so-sober, but you feel as if you ought to be building in a midweek break? Or maybe you don’t drink anyway, so it’s no big deal either way? Non-drinkers rang...

If we’re serious about ending violence against women, we need to talk about culture

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Last week saw politicians and the police scrambling for solutions to end the epidemic of violence against women. There have been the usual suggestions of rape alarms, more police officers and better lighting, as well ...

It’s September – time to go back to (wine) school

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Although January is the touted time for new year’s resolutions, I regard September as a more realistic moment to set yourself new goals – or, in back-to-school mode, simply to acquire a bit more knowledge about a subj...

Avoid eye contact, joke and invent an imaginary friend: how to have The Talk with your kids

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There doesn’t seem to be a word for “fear of talking to your young children about sex” but it’s a phobia so widespread that surely someone should have coined one by now. But there’s good news: like many phobias, with ...

Wines to make you feel you’re on holiday abroad

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Since there’s still a comparatively small amount of homegrown wine in the UK, and much of that isn’t what you’d call cheap, you probably spend most of your time already drinking wine from places you go, or might go, o...

Get no kick from champagne? Try a different bubbly instead …

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“I don’t know why anyone spends more on sparkling wine than that Aldi fizz – whatsitsname?” grumbled my friend. “Their crémant du Jura?” I ventured. “That’s the one,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t think most people cou...

What makes a wine fruity?

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One of the weird things about wine is that, despite frequently being described as fruity, it seldom actually tastes of grapes: raspberries, cherries, gooseberries, peaches, all kinds of summer fruits, yes, barring the...

TV tonight: art sleuths Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould return

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Fiona Bruce and the art historian Philip Mould return for a new series of their art-sleuthing show, working out each week whether a discovered work could be a priceless original or a cheap copycat. Veering from their...

Big reds for high summer

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From time to time, I realise that I’ve been neglecting the red wine lovers among you. Those who frankly don’t give a damn if it’s high summer and would rather drink whopping, big reds than lightly chilled ones (which ...

So many gins … but are you a purist or a pioneer?

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How are you feeling about gin at the moment? Love it? Totally over it? Somewhere in between, but a bit overwhelmed? No surprise if it’s the latter: there are so many gins out there. Spirits specialist The Whisky Excha...

Pure gold: Gladys fan art draws inspiration from a premier with star power

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There are few among us who can claim to be mononymous – instantly recognisable by only one name. That honour is reserved for the likes of Beyoncé, Kylie, Prince, Oprah, Rhianna and, of course, our very own Gladys. Whi...

Fiona Shaw: ‘I got to Hollywood at 28 and they said: You’re very old’

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There is a man outside, doing something to the windows of Fiona Shaw’s house in London, and he appears to be following her from room to room. No sooner has she laughed, apologised, picked up her laptop (we’re speaking...

I rested my way to recovery from ‘long-haul Covid’. I urge others to do the same

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Within a few days of being discharged from the hospital in March last year, it was clear I was not improving in any sort of recognizable way. My Covid symptoms morphed, and any attempt to push through the fatigue, mig...

‘Tutors change daily’: headteachers call for control of Covid catchup money

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When the government announced its first tranche of Covid recovery funding for schools, Anna Grice, a headteacher at Thameside primary in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, immediately knew where to go, as she had an existing rela...

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