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  • Why So Serious? 14 Sep 18

    “As a child, it was always Sherlock Holmes with whom I was deeply in love, and whom I wanted really to be,” explains a wistful Emma Thompson on the character that has most fascinated her... Read More

  • The Tea-Drinking Tenors 14 Sep 18

    “Keeping a group together is like a marriage in that it needs good communication, respect and love,” Paul Martin – one third of Tenors Unlimited – tells me, as he reflects on the band’s 15th... Read More

  • Time is Running Out 14 Sep 18

    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the naturalist Chris Packham. We agreed that the current crop of politicians were a hopeless bunch, fiddling while the state of the nation’s wildlife... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: Virundhu Street Kitchen 14 Sep 18

    A genuine Sri Lankan street kitchen, like the famous ones in capital city Colombo, must be an incredible experience: a multi-sensory assault of sound, smell and colour, and an overwhelming choice of... Read More

  • Home for Lunch 14 Sep 18

    For better, for worse, but not for lunch. I’ve been married for 25 years, and for 25 years on weekdays I have eaten lunch either alone, with friends or with a variety of offspring (my own and... Read More

  • Art and Nature 14 Sep 18

    Until recently, Robert Redford simply didn’t know when to stop. Well into his 82nd year, the actor, director, producer and founder of the Sundance Film Festival has been active in the movie industry... Read More

  • The Youngest City 14 Sep 18

    My mum’s uncle Frank was a mysterious figure. Hardly mentioned in the family, he seems to have been a prodigal who ran away at 16 to join the army, lying about his age and stating his religion on... Read More

  • On Your Bike 14 Sep 18

    When my children were younger, school holidays were spent hanging out with friends… long days in the park or at each other’s houses. There was plenty of fresh air, plenty of energy expended... Read More

  • How to Make The Most of Open Days 14 Sep 18

    People buying a home typically spend just 33 minutes looking around the property before making what is likely to be one of the most expensive purchase decisions of their lives. It’s a shockingly... Read More

  • The Flower of the Sun 14 Sep 18

    The common marigold, with its daisy-like golden flowers that brighten our gardens from early summer until the first frost, is otherwise known as calendula officinalis – or even, more romantically... Read More

  • Look at Life: Pizza 14 Sep 18

    One in three people describe pizza as their favourite takeaway. One in three consider it their favourite food. And after a recent survey, analysts crunched the data (along with the black olives... Read More

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