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Queen delivers good news for future of state pension

Age UK has welcomed the changes to the state pension outlined in the Queen’s Speech earlier this month.

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How the Paignton Peach became the face of Wimbledon

Kate Battersby says it is about time Sue Barker is given the credit she deserves

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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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How Rufus the dog puts marathon pair through paces

Team Run For It are preparing to run the London Marathon to raise money for dementia sufferers.   After months of rigourous preparation with “personal trainer” Rufus, an Irish setter who accompanies 52-year-old Stephanie Atkinson of Ilkley, West Yorkshire, and her daughter Emily on weekly runs, the duo are ready to take on London. The […]

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I’m certain that golf is the best game in the world to be bad at

“Golfing hacker” Peter Corrigan explains why he perseveres at golf – in spite of a handicap of 28.   The more haughty golfers tend to look down their noses at players like me because we are not very good at the game. They call us hackers on account of our progress around the course resembling […]

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Lincoln: a story of struggle, sacrifice and some success

  Abraham Lincoln’s fight to abolish slavery in America was cheated of an Oscar, says Peter Kervin.   First, a confession; I’m a hopeless geek when it comes to American presidents. I read about them, watch every documentary about them, and like to think I know a great deal about the inner and outer lives […]

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The marvel of Marrakech

Nina Reschovsky discovers the quaint post-colonial charm of the North African city.   “What does Morocco mean to an Englishman?” asked George Orwell in his 1939 essay about the country’s dazzling imperial capital, Marrakech. “Camels, castles, palm-trees, Foreign Legionnaires, brass trays and bandits,” he concluded. Although almost 75 years have passed since Orwell described the […]

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Pottering around? Your garden will need a little more work after winter

With the promise of springtime looming, it’s time to start preparing for the most important period in the gardening year. To get some tips on how to nurture your garden back to life, Nina Reschovsky speaks to Janson Lotery, director of Chelsea’s World Ends Nursery.   What can I do to ensure my soil composition […]

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