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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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Restore, renew, revive

The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association supports skilled craftspeople and their work in preserving our heritage Craftsmanship is woefully undervalued in this country and in a recession training has a low priority in every field. However, over two decades the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant […]

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Tea for One

What would you eat if you could have anything you wanted, whenever you wanted it? The Queen prefers it plain and simple The Queen doesn’t seem particularly bothered about food. She oversees the menus at the Palace every week but she tends to be just as interested in what the dogs are going to eat. […]

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Ready for the next chapter

Campaigner, broadcaster, writer and reality TV star – Esther Rantzen has never shied away from reinventing herself and, at the age of 71, has new challenges in her sights There are far worse places to be on a sunny afternoon than on Esther Rantzen’s two-tiered roof terrace, gazing out at the panoramic view over north […]

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There is nothing like a dame . . .

. . . and there’s no one like Joan Bakewell. From ’60s chick to campaigner for the elderly, she’s still making news after five decades in the spotlight It’s a measure of just how busy Joan Bakewell continues to be that it took me three attempts to schedule this interview. Not that the 78-year-old broadcaster […]

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