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Phone puzzle for today’s parents

For the past fortnight or so, we have been bombarded with a seemingly endless succession of headlines about the perils of young social media obsessives who have been pushed to the brink and beyond.

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Blaise Tapp

I won’t thank my biros just yet

I am delighted to report that, half way into January, my year has begun largely how the last one finished - in a flurry of baked produce consumption, alongside the odd glass or two of booze.

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Blaise Tapp

Pets trump iPads every time

The great ‘screen time’ debate has reared its head again, this time after pediatricians concluded there is no evidence that sitting in front of computers is bad for our kids.

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Blaise Tapp

Plastic is not so fantastic...

It was little more than three years ago that most of the population welcomed the news we would have to shell out 5p for single use carrier bags every time we went to the supermarket.

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Go small and local this Christmas

Like most children born in the 1970s and early 1980s, I spent much of my formative years in shops, the majority of which were independent businesses such as butchers, greengrocers and even the largely long forgotten general stores, where you could buy a chunk of Red Leicester along with a box of picture hooks.

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Blaise Tapp

The strange tale of Brexit Britain

When I was a whippersnapper with a swagger, rather than the middle-aged waddle which defines me today, I couldn’t understand why old people talked so much about their past.

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Blaise Tapp

No longer agreeing to disagree

We inhabit an age of division, where the tolerant centre ground seems to be disappearing from under our feet and is being replaced by the increasingly shrill voices on the left and right.

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Party week without the booze

Last week was freshers week at universities up and down the country, a week that used to mean at least five nights of debauched behaviour, powered by cheap booze and very little in the way of nutrition.

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