Author Details: John Holt

I couldn’t live without…my faithful filofax

So is your Filofax an 80s fashion statement? I certainly like it as an object, even though it’s really battered. Some of the London phone numbers in it don’t have a prefix so it actually dates from the 70s. I was back in Britain having been brought up in South Africa and working at the […]

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I couldn’t live without… My nail kit

Classical guitarist John Williams, 71. Good fingernails are absolutely vital in your business, aren’t they? Yes and I have naturally strong ones which is a blessing. I perform what I call my “calcium cull” and cut them right down every couple of weeks. The left hand nails are kept short for the fingerboard and the […]

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I couldn’t live without… A portrait of my father

Paul Nicholas on his father’s influence Who was your dad? His name was Oscar Beuselinck and he was unlike most other lawyers of his generation. He grew up in the 1940s when solicitors were upper class and bowler-hatted; he was an office boy at 14 and ended up running the firm, becoming a flamboyant libel […]

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I couldn’t live without… My egg timer

Jeffrey Archer treasures his writing time Why an egg timer? It’s a beautiful object, silver and glass. My wife had it made for my birthday by Garrard the jeweller to help with my writing schedule as the sand runs out in exactly one hour. I work four two-hour sessions each day over an initial 50-day […]

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Out & about

Our top tips will help you make the most of what’s going on around the country during the upcoming month By George! Celebrate England’s patron saint at the largest St George’s Day festival in the country at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire (21-22 April). The entertainment spans the centuries, from medieval jousting knights and soldiers of the […]

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I couldn’t live without… a photo of my dad

Baroness Susan Greenfield, 61, is professor of pharmacology at Oxford University. A writer and broadcaster, she is appearing at the Bath Literary Festival on 6 March Who’s in the photo? The smaller man in the photo is my father, Reg Greenfield, who died last year, and the larger chap is Michael Black, the sculptor who […]

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I couldn’t live without… My gadgets

DJ Tony Blackburn, the first voice on Radio 1 We thought you’d choose an old Temptations record, but you’re waxing lyrical about the iPhone. Keeping up to date has kept me going. Years ago, I had one of the first satellite dishes in the country; it was 1.9 metres across and it revolved in the […]

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Your festive cheer starts here

From food to falconry and bells to re-enacted battles, there’s a wide range of events on offer to excite and entertain across the country Despite the very best efforts over the years of Oliver Cromwell and our more politically correct local councils, all things Christmas continue to dominate the end of- year calendar in communities […]

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Summer’s not over yet

Relive 1066, feast on garlic beer, enjoy the sublime tones of Elgar or let the Red Arrows send a tingle down the spine. A look at what’s on around the UK What’s great outdoors? Those attuned to a more sedate way of seeing the world should flock to the UK Motorhome and Caravan Autumn Fair […]

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