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What I’m reading now

Well, I am taking a few of my ten minutes (almost a month) for a holiday from England. I am going to the back of beyond to play Treasure Island and Swiss Family Robinson on the west coast of Ireland.

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Parenting and other fails – get me to class, now

Well, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m signing up for some parenting classes. Apparently, all you have to do is ingest a lot of illegal drugs and then the courses are free. David Cameron and his

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The Empress’s New Clothes: A 7-piece capsule wordrobe anyone can own

It’s a great moment. Isn’t it a great moment? You know the moment I mean. The moment when the small boy points at the Emperor and says, ‘But mother, the Emperor isn’t wearing anything at all.’ Well, if you’ve ever

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Writing Formal Verse (with apologies to Douglas Adams)

We didn’t mean to hitchhike. We’d planned to take the bus. But our Italian was so bad we didn’t find the bus stop until the bus had been and gone. We thought we’d take the train but by the time

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