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A driving force

TV, stage and radio stalwart Nicholas Parsons took up golf in his later years and he’s never looked back. Nicholas Parsons took up golf seriously in his 50s and, 30 years on, he can still occasionally be found at the driving range or taking part in a celebrity charity match. Golf was a gentler alternative […]

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This Life, Lesley Garrett

The straight-talking diva from Donny on classical girl power, Botox and why she would still strip off on stage in her sixth decade. Lesley Garrett is one of those women who, when they say they are comfortable in their body, you really believe that they mean it. Chatty, cheerful and busy with a string of […]

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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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A matter of taste

Stephanie Sparrow takes the orders from some celebrity sandwich fans for their favourite bread-and-butter treats  

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This life, Wilbur Smith

He’s known for his dashing, daring heroes and Maureen Paton discovers that Wilbur Smith’s own 79 years have had more than their fair share of adventure, travel and romance The statistics of Wilbur Smith’s success as an author are as breathtaking as his derring-do plots. Since his debut novel, When the Lion Feeds, was first […]

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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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This life, Celia Imrie

She started in soft porn and showed us her bakewells on stage. But as she nears 60, Celia Imrie tells Maureen Paton that the role of retiree is not one she’ll take on anytime soon She’s the character actress who became a star. Instantly recognisable with that expressively long upper lip and inimitable upper-crust drawl, […]

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This life Cherie Lunghi

From football manager to high-class madam – Cherie Lunghi talks to Maureen Paton Cherie Lunghi has always been ahead of her time. In a prolific 46-year career, the actress who doesn’t “do sheepish” easily has patented the strong yet feminine type on screen, above all as the first female manager of a professional British football […]

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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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From the silver screen to the Street

He’s played presidents, conmen, billionaires and spies, and off-set Robert Vaughn is equally happy in a variety of roles – author, academic, teacher and, most of all, actor Even by the very starry standards set by celebrity CVs, Robert Vaughn’s employment record is something of a blockbuster in its own right. He’s the star of […]

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