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Domestic dramas

If I only had a housekeeper – or even an ambitious assistant cook like Downton’s Daisy Mason. This was my constant lament as I worked away on The Housekeeper’s Tale – a...

Feature

Mary Shelley

The woman behind Frankenstein

Don’t leave me alone with her. She’s been the bane of my life since I was three years old!’ These were the words of Mary Shelley to her daughter-in-law, who had kindly...

First Impressions

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: CHARLOTTE GREEN

CHARLOTTE GREEN

What are you working on at the moment? I'm presenting a programme for Classic FM, called Charlotte Green’s Culture Club, which involves playing music and also interviewing...

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Fabulous flora

Of all the fascinating trades that have long been practised, floristry must count as among the most special. I remember being enraptured by the sumptuous array presented in...

Globetrotter

Festive fantasy

Christmas is coming to Kingston, Surrey – in a big way. From 13 November when the festive lights are turned on, the Royal Borough will be transformed into Narnia and the...

Food

...And to drink?

We’re on one of my periodic economy drives as we’re saving so that my daughter can go to the nursery school of her dreams. It means drinking cheaper wine. I’m coping...

Film Review

Gone Girl

LOVE’S DEADLY GAME

Oh, what a relief after the dross of the summer blockbusters to come across a movie that invites you to take your mind to the cinema. I’ve not read Gillian Flynn’s novel...

Book Reviews

Book Reviews: 31 October

New Must Reads

OUT NOW THE GRAND DUCHESS OF NOWHERE by Laurie Graham (Quercus, £19.99; offer price, £17.99) Princess Victoria Melita, or ‘Ducky’, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, is the...

Television

Small Animal Hospital

DR WHO TO DR DOOLITTLE

The exigencies of TV sometimes throw up such extraordinary mismatches of presenter and subject that we may well scratch our heads and wonder if the invitation went to the...

Theatre

SELFIE, MACBETH

BIG HOPES, SMALL RESULTS

The National Youth Theatre is an enduring star in the firmament of British theatre. It began in 1956 as the first of its kind in the world, offering actor training and...

Home

THE END of PREFAB

Eddie O’Mahony and Max Hentschel fought on opposite sides during the Second World War but you could say that they share something precious – a house. Eddie, a 94-year-old...

Daily

News round-up: 30 October

Soldier's letter to sweetheart revealedA heart wrenching letter from a soldier to his sweetheart that was written the night before the Battle of the Somme has been found 98...

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What the stars have in store for you this week.Oct 31 - Nov 6

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Q: A recent survey has revealed the Top 10 things British women would love to do but are too scared. Have you done any of the following?

Sing in public / karaoke - 10.6%
Ask for a pay rise - 6.2%
Travel or holiday alone - 27.7%
Do a naked photo-shoot - 6.2%
Get a tattoo - 3.8%
Have a bikini wax - 4.9%
Get your hair cut very short - 10.6%
Ask someone out on a date - 3.8%
Quit your job - 19%
Have cosmetic surgery - 7.3%
The voting for this poll has ended on: 13 Jun 2014 - 09:12
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