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Why Her Majesty should invite Mirren to perform at Windsor

Theatreland: Roderick Gilchrist   Helen Mirren is no monarchist. Indeed she was in her revolutionary youth an avowed republican. Now she says she favours a slimmed down royal family while recognising the job the Queen has done for the nation. But I wonder if Her Majesty privately returns the compliment. It would be instructive to […]

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Why I have to make every second count

Football legend Sir Bobby Charlton speaks to Get up and go’s Alison Kervin about football, charity work and pitch invasions at the age of 75.   It was early evening and Sir Bobby Charlton was feeling a little ashamed. He folded himself into a large leather armchair and sighed. “Oh dear,” he said, reaching across […]

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How my father’s death showed me I was not as ruthless as I thought

My much-loved father died recently. He was 90, long-widowed, and had been an invalid since his stroke five years ago. The death of an elderly parent is a rite of passage for the middle-aged. We know it’s the natural course of events but dread it all the same, along with the onerous process of sorting […]

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David Bowie: The golden years of rock and roll

Whatever happened to live fast and die young?    Rock and roll was once a rebellion against adulthood, an ode to youth. In the 1965 song, My Generation, The Who’s Roger Daltrey famously sang: “I hope I die before I get old.” But, like many other rock stars of his day, Roger inevitably did get […]

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Interview: Herbie Kretzmer, Les Miserables scriptwriter

  “It all happened because I made small talk with Charles Aznavour”, Herbie Kretzmer tells Alison Kervin.   Anne Hathaway lifted her award for best supporting actress high into the air and thanked her fans for their continuing support, then swept off the stage clutching her Bafta to her chest. She smiled for the cameras, […]

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Love is a drug

Psychology of Love – Part 8 Scientists have known for a long time that brain chemistry is behind our sexual urges. But the mysteries of love have generally been left to writers, poets and musicians. Roxy Music and Leighton Meester have serenaded us with songs about love being a drug, and Robert Palmer was ‘Addicted […]

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Love thy Neighbour?

Psychology of Love – Part 7 It might appear that social psychology research into love and attraction should be awarded first prize when it comes to stating the blindingly obvious. For example, did you know that you are more likely to fall for someone you already know and see on a regular basis, like a […]

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Into the wild

Enjoy the final throes of summer with a breathtaking walk in the Lake Districts  The walk starts in the National Trust car park in Great Wood. This can be reached from the B5289 Keswick to Borrowdale Road about 2km south of Keswick. After parking, locate the southern pedestrian exit. This path leads toward a bridge […]

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Add flavor to your recipe repertoire

Kerry Fowler sinks her teeth into the latest recipe books hitting the shelves Simple Cooking, Antonio Carluccio, Quadrille Publishing, £9.99 “The biggest discovery of a dish happens when you are obliged to use leftovers – how to include them, how to make them interesting,” Carluccio says. “My mother was an artist in it: she knew […]

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Planning pays off

Make sure you plan for retirement properly and well in advance – otherwise you risk losing out Only 36 per cent of employers provided pre-retirement planning help for employees, despite the fact that 70 per cent of recipients said it was useful, insurance company Aviva’s Real Retirement report found. The most popular forms of support […]

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