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BBC picks Sophie Raworth to take Andrew Marr’s place temporarily

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Sophie Raworth has been announced as the interim presenter of BBC One’s flagship Sunday morning programme, known to viewers as The Andrew Marr Show. The BBC said Raworth, 53, would present the programme, temporarily t...

It takes a village to raise a child. Is communal living the future of parenting?

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I first spoke to Prophet Walker about a year ago, when I was pregnant with our third child and fresh off a Covid-precipitated six-month stint of living with my parents. Whether it was the kindergartner getting sick, o...

Sophie Ellis-Bextor: never stop dancing, it’s the best tonic for these pandemic times

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When I was growing up, charity efforts always seemed to involve slop of some kind. People got dunked with gunge or they sat in baths full of baked beans. And then it shifted. You could no longer expect to be slipped a...

Climate change has driven farmers to despair and in return we get callous disregard

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My husband has left the farm we have worked so hard on since 2007. He says, “I can’t do it any more.” He needs time to rest and heal. I don’t know what that means for my marriage or if I can run this farm alone. Will ...

Parenting young kids is exhausting. Should we rethink the nuclear family?

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My husband, Dave, and I welcomed a third child into the family in July, and spend much of our days flinging kiddos back and forth, relying heavily on a network of relatives and paid help, and plotting Nasa-level strat...

If Covid’s ‘new normal’ makes you even more anxious than before, you’re not alone

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The other morning, my kindergartner woke me up by clambering onto the bed and stage-whispering hotly in my ear, “The mama is lost!” What? “The mama, she’s lost!” Long pause, as I squinted open my eyes and my brain st...

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Janet Ellis: ‘Having a famous mum was a high value currency when I was little’

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Born in Hounslow, west London in 1979, Sophie Ellis-Bextor is the daughter of the broadcaster Janet Ellis and the director and producer Robin Bextor. The sunny face of children’s TV – notably Blue Peter – Janet spent ...

Sophie Ecclestone seals the deal as England skittle New Zealand in first ODI

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England skittled New Zealand for 211 in 46.3 overs at Bristol to take first blood in the ODI series, winning by 30 runs despite being bowled out for an under-par 241 earlier in the day. Put in to bat, England had sunk...

Does overhearing your spouse’s work calls put you on edge? Me too. I found out why

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“Daddy, you workin’?” my two-year-old daughter asks throughout the day, as my husband saunters around the living room in a fugue state conducting back-to-back business calls, AirPods locked and loaded, eyes fixed to t...

Sophie Devine helps New Zealand set up T20 decider with England

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New Zealand captain Sophie Devine celebrated her 100th T20 international in style, leading her side to a four-wicket win over England at Hove. Devine, who took a two-month mental health break from cricket earlier in t...

Where would I be without my group chat? In praise of my Whatsapp group

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My WhatsApp chain, started six years ago with three girlfriends, has been my lifeline during this bizarre year. OK fine, it was my lifeline pre-pandemic, too, because I am the mother of three children under five-and-a...

Don’t blame Russian trolls for our anti-vaxx problem. Our misinformation is homegrown

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On 18 May 2021, German YouTuber Mirko Drotschmann tweeted an unusual message: a marketing agency was asking him to share allegedly leaked documents on Covid-19 vaccine deaths. Within a week, French YouTuber Léo Grasse...

After two daughters, I had my first son. The reaction was different – and revealing

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By the time we left the hospital 34 hours after my son, Jules, was born on 14 July, two nurses had commented on the strength of his suck, four friends had written us some version of “Finally, you’ve got your boy!” and...

Sophie Taeuber-Arp review – the great overlooked modernist

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Her beaming face is the first thing you see at Tate Modern – the Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943) sashaying sideways in a solo dance performance, wearing an op-art dress to the beach or catching the camera’...

Sophie Taeuber-Arp review – ‘Her paintings pop and quiver before your eyes’

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Little rectangles hurry across the paper, arranging themselves into figures. Urgent and precise, they might fly apart at any moment. Coloured rectangles warp away from the horizontal and vertical, impelled by unseen f...

China and the west must now cooperate to achieve global Covid vaccine coverage

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“Vaccine diplomacy” has evolved into a dirty phrase, not least in relation to China and the notion that its government could be exchanging ineffective jabs for geopolitical capital. At the weekend the G7 pledged just ...

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