• Heartbreak and Humour 17 Nov 17

    In real life Sue Holderness is much more well spoken than her alter ego Marlene (or Marleeene as fictional husband Boycie in comedy classic Only Fools and Horses would say). Moreover, she’s not... Read More

  • Keepers of the Law 3 Nov 17

    It was King Richard I (1157-1199) who came up with the idea of ‘keepers of the law’ to uphold the rules of the land. Little did he imagine that, 850 years later, the concept would still be... Read More

  • Choosing Life in the Slower Lane 20 Oct 17

    They may be able to whip up a soufflé, talk to gorillas, top the charts, win a BAFTA and offend half the country respectively, but there’s one thing that Marco Pierre White, Sir David Attenborough... Read More

  • If You've Got it, Haunt it! 20 Oct 17

    When ‘ET’ hit the big screen in the early 80s, the nation didn’t just become enamoured with a cute and vulnerable alien, it also became enchanted with the idea of celebrating Halloween on a much... Read More

  • The Tyranny of the Ticking Clock 20 Oct 17

    I turned 30 recently. Soon afterwards, a relative enquired cheerfully: ‘So, have you just decided not to have children?” Married for several years, established in my career and healthy, the... Read More

  • All the Fun of the Folk 22 Sep 17

    Folk arts have seen a massive resurgence in recent years, with bands such as Mumford and Sons making singalongs with a fiddle ‘cool’, and a wealth of festivals celebrating all-things-folk... Read More

  • Septuagenarian Siren 22 Sep 17

    For someone whose name is now synonymous with the glamorous world of Hollywood, it took a good while for Helen Mirren to make her breakthrough on-screen. That role – as Jane Tennison in long-running... Read More

  • The Romance of the Railways 22 Sep 17

    When you go for the train, do you regret always being in such a rush that you never have time to take in your surroundings? You have a vague awareness of quickly passing through a rather reassuring... Read More

  • Getting the Drift 8 Sep 17

    if you’ve spent the summer seeking out the sunshine, here or abroad, in search of a warm break with plenty of opportunities for relaxation (and why wouldn’t you?), then spare a thought for... Read More

  • 20 Years of Google 8 Sep 17

    1. Google is now a verb (with a small ‘g’): It’s been a byword for going online since 2006, when it was officially recognised by the Oxford English Dictionary. Merriam Webster defines it as... Read More

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