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John Simpson: ‘Like most men, I’m amazingly good at forgiving myself’

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Broadcast journalist John Simpson has been a face and measured voice of the BBC for more than half a century. For most of his career he has been world affairs editor, reporting from Tiananmen Square in 1989, both Gulf...

Munroe Bergdorf: ‘Transition was an act of love for myself’

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I grew up under the Tories’ Section 28 designation in Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex. That was difficult. It prohibited teachers from promoting homosexuality, which meant they couldn’t condemn homophobic bullying, eit...

After a year of sloth, I’ve rediscovered the joy of immersing myself in a book

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, a low-key but persistent source of irritation has been how impossible it is to focus. “I can’t do anything,” is a line I’ve exchanged with friends countless times, by which we mean...

Each Christmas I find myself haunted by ghosts of presents past

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When you’re a kid, Christmas is about the presents. Now middle age has made me maudlin, it still is about the presents – but in a different way. It’s about people’s presence as much as the gifts they give. Cue the eye...

‘I tell myself: You’re a penis’: Sergei Polunin on drugs, bad tweets – and his Putin chest tattoo

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Dancers sweep across studio seven at London’s Pineapple Studios, skipping through Prokofiev’s rhythms. Choreographer Johan Kobborg shouts for more gusto. “Throw her!” he says to one man handling his partner too tentat...

I consider myself polyamorous – but my girlfriend finds this hard to accept

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I’m a man in my early 20s and I’ve been in a stable, loving, monogamous relationship with my girlfriend since we were in secondary school. While she is fully aware of my bisexuality (and seems completely fine with thi...

A new start after 60: ‘I lost weight, then lost myself – until I became a burlesque dancer’

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When Marilyn Bersey, 74, stands on stage and removes her last piece of clothing to reveal her nipple tassels, she triggers the pyrotechnics. From the audience there is “the admiration, the affirmation, the claps, the ...

I have ADHD and was scared of psychedelics. Then I found myself eating magic truffles …

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If you had asked me pre-pandemic if I would ever touch psychedelics, I would have said absolutely not. The speed of my brain is literally my only skill. As a standup comedian and podcaster, I can walk out on stage wit...

Jane Campion: ‘Film-making set me free… it was as if I had found myself’

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The Power of the Dog is the first feature film Jane Campion has directed in 12 years. That it happened at all is down to her picking up Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same name and not being able to put it down. “I...

Courtney Barnett on being forced to stop: ‘I felt myself opening up in a different way’

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At the beginning of 2020, while her home country burned and the rest of the world was waking up to a global pandemic, Courtney Barnett was in Los Angeles. She’d just completed an American tour; her plan was to find he...

Living with my partner, I’m learning a lot by seeing myself through her eyes

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Recently, in the shadow of Melbourne’s latest instalment of the bestselling lockdown franchise, my partner and I introduced all our precious belongings (chests overflowing with trinkets, cursed rings, paintings of dog...

I got a camera to spy on my cat – and it made me question everything about myself

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This summer I bought two in-home security cameras. I told people I got them because my cat was sick, and I required on-demand proof he was still alive. But the truth is, I just wanted to spy on him. There’s something ...

Elton John: ‘I can still explode at any moment. I just have terrible feelings about myself’

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A good illustration of Elton John in 2021 is how, last week, he scored the eighth UK No 1 single of his career and also had his right hip replaced. The 74-year-old certainly has his frailties – “my left hip is the hip...

Lanre Malaolu: ‘I asked myself: what will you pass on?’

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Who is Lanre Malaolu? Speaking to the young actor, director, writer, choreographer and film-maker via Zoom, the question keeps occurring, albeit in different guises. Characteristically, Malaolu responds not with answe...

Daisy May Cooper: ‘It’s like I’m flypaper for embarrassing myself’

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A ripple of excitement crackles around the room as the two round cushions that will soon become Daisy May Cooper’s new bum are fluffed, plumped and preened, and then packed into her black sequined ballgown. She is abo...

My husband had an affair seven years ago. I don’t trust him – and can’t bring myself to have sex with him

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My husband had an affair about seven years ago, just after we got back together from a two-year separation. We have been married for nearly 25 years. The affair damaged me and our daughters, especially our oldest daug...

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