• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • No Mean Achiever 31 Aug 18

    If veteran politician Ken Clarke were to sum up Jenni Murray’s latest book A History of the World in 21 Women and her earlier best-seller A History of Britain in 21 Women he might echo his 2016... Read More

  • What's in a Name? 31 Aug 18

    When tv presenter Dawn Porter married actor Chris O’Dowd, she joined the growing number of people choosing to blend their surnames to create a new ‘portmanteau’ one. “I am lucky that I have... Read More

  • Mothering The Mother-To-Be 17 Aug 18

    Seventeen years ago, a thin blue line appeared on a white plastic tube and changed my life. It was to catapult me into a brave new world of pain, anxiety, sleeplessness… and utter elation; but I... Read More

  • Where's Your Head At? 3 Aug 18

    She’s been called a mixed-race mongrel, an immigrant-loving ****, a feminist hag and, my particular favourite, someone with only ‘a with sad collection of politically correct luvvies... Read More

  • Reduce our Bills and Protect our Planet 1 Aug 18

    That’s where Green Square comes in… The green energy specialists, who opened a new showroom recently in Hatch End, claim they can help us lower our energy bills, offset the ‘greenhouse gas... Read More

  • Artist in Residence 20 Jul 18

    Down a sleepy country lane, close to Elstree village, lies a Victorian gatekeeper’s lodge, formally part of the Penniwells Estate, where a quirky giraffe sculpture peeps over tall hedges, and oak... Read More

  • The Unbearable Cuteness of Being 20 Jul 18

    With their huge Disney eyes, their funny gummy smiles and their good-natured temperaments, it’s an undeniable fact that alpacas are simply adorable. These south American camelids are smaller... Read More

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