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‘I spent a lot of time pretending to be a dinosaur’: how play helped one family survive the lockdowns

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“I spent a lot of time walking round with a pillow stuffed up my jumper pretending I was pregnant,” says Mary Syder, who found that responding to the demands of her “casting director” daughter Seren, five, was the onl...

An actor, two big bees and a lot of experts: a week spent tackling the planet’s problems

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At times in Marseille’s early autumn sun, pre-pandemic life felt tantalisingly close at the world’s largest conservation gathering since Covid began. Scientists presented the latest research on nature – in-person – to...

Britons spent third of time watching TV and online videos in 2020

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Britons spent a third of their waking hours watching TV or online videos in 2020, according to research from the media regulator Ofcom that shows how we were driven to our screens during the pandemic. The average UK r...

Coalition spent 30 times more on tax cuts than women’s economic security in 2021 begroting

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It was billed as the “women’s budget” before its delivery earlier this month but new analysis of the Coalition’s eighth budget has found it spent 30 times more on tax cuts than it did on women’s economic security. Die...

Hanky-panky in the Tardis! How a writer’s divisive Doctor Who movie spent 25 years being hated by fans

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“I’ve written lots of things that I’ve happily forgotten about, or that have been remembered fondly,” says Matthew Jacobs. “But the Doctor Who TV movie is very much like a tattoo that just won’t go away.” What is it l...

Home Office spent almost £9m on deportation charter flights in 2020

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The Home Office spent almost £9m on deportation charter flights last year, het die voog verneem, including more than £500,000 for planes that never left the tarmac. Ten minste 828 people were removed by air, more th...

How to turn spent coffee grounds into a rub – recipe

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Spent coffee is one of the most potent and aromatic spices a cook could wish for, adding an energetic, flavourful kick to sweet and savoury dishes alike, from cakes and cookies (check out my spent espresso brownies) t ...

How to turn spent lemon rinds into a classic tart – recipe

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While digging through the compost bins at our restaurant, Poco, in Bristol, spent lemon rinds were one of the first food-waste products that we identified as a potential new ingredient. Later, at Slow Food’s Terra Mad...

I sent a £40,000 loan to my son by mistake and he spent it

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I am about to lose my home and don’t know where to turn. My partner and I took out a second £40,000 mortgage through Nationwide last year. It was to be paid into my partner’s account, but it didn’t arrive. I made seve...

I spent half my life in horse racing. The Medina Spirit scandal lays bare why I left

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Horses running in the Kentucky Derby have only just hit their third birthday. Those magnificent creatures on which millions are wagered and stories of glory and sentiment inspired are but enslaved toddlers. No horse a...

I spent lockdown on a Portuguese island

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The sun is slowly rising over the Atlantic and I sit watching from the house I have rented overlooking dunes on the small Portuguese island of Armona. The sound of fishing boats heading out marks the pre-dawn, a time ...

I spent years trying to drink and eat myself numb. Then I began a year of intense transformation

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By 42, I believed that my food and alcohol dependencies defined me. In my mirror, I would always be as I saw myself then: fat and drunk. I was over the hill and past the point of any meaningful change. Who, at my age,...

I’ve spent 27 years squabbling in French. Is that enough to earn me citizenship?

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Just as “whelk war” with France is – perhaps – narrowly averted, I am unpatriotically heading to an outpost of the Fifth Republic in Manchester to take the French language test that is a prerequisite for citizenship. ...

James Coppinger, surely the best £30,000 Doncaster have ever spent

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It is the kind of script even Quentin Tarantino or Martin Scorsese might deem a touch far-fetched. Picture the scene: into the 102nd minute, James Coppinger, on as a substitute and for his first appearance aged 40, we...

Lara Trump-linked dog rescue charity spent $2m on Trump properties

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A dog rescue charity that has links to Lara Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law, has spent almost $2m at Trump properties in the last seven years, according to US media reports. While other companies and gro...

Man who spent 22 years in solitary urges Illinois to curb ‘psychological torture’

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An inmate who spent 22 years in solitary confinement in an Illinois prison after being arrested for stealing a hat and a dollar bill is campaigning for legislation to end a practice that he says drove him to self-muti...

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