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100 years on, why we should all remember Emily Davison

Nina Reschovsky on the suffragette who died at Epsom Racecourse The recent passing of Lady Thatcher reminds us just how far women have come in the past century. Although she divided opinion, we will always remember the late prime minister as a powerful woman who wasn’t afraid to stand up for her beliefs.   But, […]

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You don’t worry about things that might have tortured you when you were younger

By Jane Hooper She’s glorious; a British institution. Victoria Wood is one of the most talented comedians of her generation and the woman who brought us remarkable lines like: “Beat me on the bottom with a Woman’s Weekly.” Now, today, May 19, she turns 60. It seems barely possible. Wood has such a warm and youthful […]

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How I see it… Monica Porter

I could teach you a thing or two about becoming a grandparent, Charles Back in the Seventies when Prince Charles and I were young, I fancied him and sometimes imagined myself canoodling with him. I was delighted when, as a novice journalist – staff writer on the venerable Local Government Chronicle, no less – I […]

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A case for cruise control

I always thought cruising was for old people, so naturally I was never interested, not being old. And never will be. It’s only other people who are old such as, well, older people. We did go on the QE2 to New York many years ago, back in 1976, American bicentenary year. I remember the year […]

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The joys of being a couch potato

I don’t remember the l948 Olympics, though I was 12 at the time, alive and kicking. Probably out in the street playing football in bare feet, kicking an old sock. Oh, but we were happy then. So were the Olympians, even though no new venues were built for them, no Olympic village or any special […]

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Who needs to be first at everything?

I have an iPhone. Pause for wild applause. I knew you would be impressed. I have yet to take it out of the house, but yes, I have one. It does email. So I am told. It’s lying there like a small black coffin as I wonder if I will ever get the hang of […]

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The family that laughs together

Forget the generation gap – there are lots of things that still bring old and young together in mutual mirth Recently, my niece overheard me yodelling the lyric of a well-known but hardly current song. Stately as a Galleon (Old Time Dancing to give it its proper title) as performed by the matchless Joyce Grenfell. […]

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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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Senior moment

I have four grandchildren – two bigs and two smalls. The olders are Amelia and Ruby, aged 12, while the youngers are Amarisse, four, and Sienna, three. God, I hope I have got their ages right or I will be for it. My wife knows the age and birthday of every member of the Royal […]

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Just call me Beatrix Potter

It’s time to come out of hibernation, shrug off the sweaters and enjoy what spring will bring – wildlife, greenery and plenty to do Spring is here and not before time. If you’re anything like me and detest January and February, the arrival of warmer days and lighter nights is a blessed relief to the […]

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