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The return of Downton

Downton Abbey will be back on our screens in just over a week and all will be right with the world. So what can we expect in the fifth series of a phenomenon watched by...

First Impressions

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: SIR ROGER MOORE

SIR ROGER MOORE

What are you working on at the moment? Selling my new book, Last Man Standing, and preparing for a UK theatre tour with my one-man show. It’s all tightly scripted and I’m...

Pets

dogs

A tale of five dogs

Take them to the vet before you have a chance to get fond of them,’ said my friend. ‘There’s a good one in town. He’ll put them down for you. It’s the only way, Mary.’ I...

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Sitwell family

The Sitwell Family Fortune

The odd and flamboyant Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell were the children of perhaps the most selfish and mismatched couple in the English aristocracy. DH Lawrence...

Profiles

Mr Firth's toughest role?

He may have won an Academy Award, two Baftas and played a king, a prisoner of war and Mr Darcy during his 30-year career, but nothing could prepare Colin Firth for working...

Profiles

Love, loss & sharp elbows

Jeff Pope doesn’t make life easy for himself. The award-winning scriptwriter gave television audiences Mrs Biggs, which told the story of her rascal of a husband, Ronnie,...

First Impressions

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: CELIA BIRTWELL

CELIA BIRTWELL

What are you working on? Sorting out a new home. We’ve downsized but what do you part with and what do you not? It’s very, very difficult. When are you at your happiest?...

Features

Speaking correctly

A is for Accent Why lose your accent? Our accent is part of who we are. Just learn to speak clearly with your accent and remain unique. B is for Breathing When you breathe...

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Horsing Around

Horsing around

The first ancestor of today’s horse was Hyracotherium, or ‘dawn horse’. Originating from the forests of North America, with its small neck, arched back and short legs, the...

Features

Become more attractive

The strangest finding of modern science isn’t to do with sub-atomic particles, far-flung planets or the laws of motion. It’s to do with us. We’ve long split the atom, flown...

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Punch

Punch

Well, here is a treat – two of my favourite things combined in one: cartoons and war. Not the ‘Donner und Blitzen, Achtung Tommy’ I preferred when I was 10, but an equally...

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WELCOME TO BAKE BRITAIN

Bake Off

It comes around like summer, sparking raised spirits, a change of diet and a new outfi t – in this case, aprons all round. Yes, The Great British Bake Off has returned to...

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Will Hodgkinson

What does it feel like, just as you are congratulating yourself on having been a perfect mother, to have your own beloved son write an embarrassing family memoir that makes...



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Horoscopes

What the stars have in store for you this week.September 19 - 25

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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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