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A courageous reissue in the not-so-brave new world of publishing

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A parcel arrives, inside which is a copy of Kay Dick’s dystopian novel of 1977, They: A Sequence of Unease, and a letter informing me that Faber is to reissue it next month. Crikey, but isn’t this amazing? Dick, who d...

Rachel Roddy’s favourite recipe for mushroom and pepper goulash

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“Language, religion, music and storytelling all form part of the migrant’s cultural toolbox, but perhaps nothing provides more of a sense of identity than food.” This is a line from the introduction of Yasmin Khan’s t...

The NHS isn’t ‘coping’ with Omicron – just ask doctors and patients

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“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” wrote the late, great Joan Didion. But what if the narratives we compulsively weave end up being the death of us? Another 335 deaths within 28 days of a diagnosis of Covid...

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for shepherd’s-style pasta with ricotta, pecorino and guanciale

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After years of driving past and reminding each other that “one day we should stop here for lunch”, we finally did. We turned off Via Ternana, a few hundred metres before Poggio Mirteto station in Lazio, and into a wid...

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for lentils, roast grapes and goat’s cheese

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It was fascinating to see lentils growing on low plants, protected by bean-sized green pods. We were in a field in the middle of Sicily, and there were chickpeas growing, too, also in neat green jackets, and in the ne...

Apps promised a sexual revolution but they have just made dating weird

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One feature of online dating that makes it a recurring pub-discussion topic among my friends is the propensity for the people involved to do strange things. A whole new spectrum of dating behaviour has evolved on “the...

‘People fear what they don’t understand’: Rachel Levine, pioneering trans official, on protecting Americans’ health

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This year has been excruciating for many Americans who have been battered by Covid, extreme weather disasters and political discord, but for one individual 2021 will be remembered for having propelled her into nationa...

Labour’s Rachel Reeves: ‘We are in the strongest position maybe in 10 years’

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There has not been much in the last decade that has given Rachel Reeves cause for optimism. Serious and careful, she has been one of Labour’s most candid critics in discussing how far the party has to go to win back t...

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Dickens

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On Tuesday, a Christmas miracle. Not only did my niece, nephew and I all test negative for Covid, so did the cast of the Old Vic’s production of A Christmas Carol. After days of uncertainty, our longed-for outing was ...

Rachel Riley awarded £10,000 damages over ex-Corbyn aide’s tweet

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The television presenter Rachel Riley has been awarded £10,000 in damages by a high court judge after suing a former aide to Jeremy Corbyn for libel. Riley, 35, the numbers expert on the Channel 4 show Countdown, sued...

Rachel Roddy’s favourite way with carrots – recipe

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AAA: a standard-size dry battery cell, backstage pass I hope for, Australian Archaeological Association, Japanese rock band, morse code for aerial attacker, and a trio of food writers, Ada, Anna, Anna. Ada is Ada Boni...

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for chicken stuffed with chestnut, apple, sage and onion

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The sawdust on the floor, the not-unpleasant smell of fat, the hooks and flesh against the white tiles: I remember these things about Harbours Butchers on Southdown Road, Harpenden. Also, the glass booth across from t...

Talk of a No 10 Christmas party is an insult to the thousands who have died of Covid

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As I type this, feeling close to tears, not one single minister has been willing to publicly defend – or even describe – the government’s position on that party. Why? Because it is indefensible. No nuance, no shade. A...

Rachel Roddy’s kaleidoscope of appetisers – recipe

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The verb stuzzicare means to tap repeatedly, poke or pick with something pointed, which might be a bad idea – a finger in a wound, for example – or a relief. Stuzzicarsi i denti means to pick something from between te...

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for dark chocolate and orange tart

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Chocolate and orange zest are two of the more complex flavours whose compatibility is simple. For lovers of Terry’s Dark Chocolate Orange, this is her richer, darker, more luxurious cousin, in tart form. I think it’s ...

Is a crush on Shaun Evans enough to sustain me through a theatrical turkey?

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Unless you’re loaded, booking theatre tickets is like Russian roulette. When to hit the website? Leave it until after the reviews and, if they’re good, you’ll struggle to get a seat. But jump too soon and you may come...

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