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You can’t panfry mackerel from frozen: cooking with Henry James

I am, if I say so myself, known for my cooking. Just not in a good way A few years back a friend begged me to enter the pudding competition at the village summer fete in aid of the church

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The self-cleaning loo and the origins of creativity

When we had just one baby, more than a decade ago, a book was published saying – again – that despite the gains of feminism, women were still doing far more cooking and cleaning at home than men. I heard

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Creativity and hats: when E De Bono met JK Rowling

All creativity is merely judicious plagiarism. Voltaire The other half of last week’s seminar was run by James Steel, a five-time published novelist, who challenged us to define creativity. I think I muttered something about mind maps and others talked

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Dull and lifeless? How some Dutch verbal can help

We were on holiday and having a drink before supper in a hotel. My friend Amphora and I were discussing our hair. ‘I should have washed mine,’ I said. ‘Stop worrying,’ said Amphora, just as her partner Schmutter joined us.

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