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Su 9/11 I learned there are no guarantees in life

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Over the past two decades, 9/11 has taken on all kinds of different meanings for people, from the end of American dominance to the rise of a new kind of terrorism. But when I think of 9/11, the first thing I think of ...

This is what I tell friends who are torn about having children

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I am of an age when most of my social group is in their late 30s and early 40s, e, as has always been the case, the majority of my friends are women. So I find myself increasingly having this conversation – usually ...

‘Rebranding’ Prince Andrew? Now there’s a real mission impossible

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History is unfolding all around us. Tragedies are occurring every day. So I was very taken with a recent article addressing the most urgent issue of our time: what can be done to help Prince Andrew’s reputation? As ev...

Thank God for Bennifer, a much-needed respite

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It’s OK everyone, you can all stop crying into your toast, anxiously waiting to see if I’m back. Because I am! Giusto, after a month away, I’ve returned, and what a month it’s been. “Say, Hadley, how did you spe...

The dweeb and the hot girl: Matt Hancock’s affair belongs to an 80s movie

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Among the many, many words that have been spoken and written by now about Matt Hancock’s relationship with his colleague and university friend, Gina Coladangelo, I don’t think anyone has said this: isn’t this a bit li...

People have told me I’m on the wrong side of history, but I still want to be their friend

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It’s rare to see a woman really let her anger glitter, unhindered by any fear of accusations of hysteria or worse, so what a blast of delicious fire Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has given us. Her essay It Is Obscene, publ...

Reviving Friends is like getting back together with your ex: a bad idea

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I know I need to move on, but I just cannot stop thinking about the Friends reunion. Extreme 1990s enunciation: what was that anyway? I was never a diehard Friends fan – I liked it, sure, but let’s be honest, it was n...

'Mamma, cos'è una cabina telefonica??': guardare i film degli anni '80 con i bambini è diventata una lezione di storia

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“Non esiste una cosa come la riproduzione. Quando due persone decidono di avere un bambino, si impegnano in un atto di produzione”. Così inizia il brillante libro di Andrew Solomon Far From The Tree, sui genitori che imparano ad accettare i propri...

There’s nothing guilty about the pleasure I get from TV shows by women, for women

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Tomorrow night, the final part of the latest adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit Of Love will screen on the BBC, but it is imperative you do not watch it. o, if you do, you absolutely must hate everything about...

Marriage doesn’t work (just ask Bill and Melinda) – so let me present some alternatives

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A lot has been said about the end of Bill and Melinda Gates’ marriage, mainly by people who have as much insider intelligence on it as I do, which is to say, none at all. But there really is only one conclusion to dra...

I swore I’d never go camping. Now I’m toasting marshmallows – who even am I?

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Even if you were lucky enough to avoid getting sick with Covid, there is a general consensus that we’ve all been changed by the pandemic, and the most popular consensus around what’s changed is that, after a year of s...

I once became an editor by mistake. It taught me to value the people behind the scenes

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I am going to assume you are a Guardian reader, given that you are at this moment reading the Guardian. Whenever I meet Guardian readers, they invariably ask me about my fellow Guardian writers: what’s Tim Dowling lik...

A rich New York playboy with a famous surname – what if JFK Jr had lived?

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Because I’ve been watching a lot of 90s sitcoms recently, I’ve been thinking about John F Kennedy Jr. Seinfeld, Sex And The City, Murphy Brown: his name pops up in them all. It will be 22 years this summer since he di...

My sons ask if a man has ever hurt me. Not really, I lie

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A recent YouGov survey found that 86% of women aged 18-24 in the UK have been sexually harassed. This statistic shocked me: did the other 14% not understand the question? To live in fear of harassment or assault is su...

I love awards ceremonies – but losing on Zoom is another story

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Awards ceremonies are absurd and frivolous, and people say that as if it’s a bad thing. Some children stay up late on Christmas Eve, waiting for Santa Claus. The only night of the year I stayed awake as a kid was Osca...

British Jews have always been self-effacing, but we’re starting to show our chutzpah

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My children are still too young for teenage rebellions, but watching the increasingly vocal irritation among British Jews, generally a pretty placid crew, has given me a feeling of something akin to maternal pride. Lo...