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Value of the magic lantern

The memory which defines my happy childhood is sitting in my grandparents’ front room watching their ancient television while it blared out the opening strains of Coronation Street.

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Our gratitude to Mog and Tiger

Back in the good old days, when men used Old Spice and fish was only served on Fridays, the threat of an early bedtime without any tea was a popular form of psychological warfare.

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Pitching up with Dads’ Army

You would think that, as mankind continues its technological advance, spending a week under canvas would be considered a primitive pursuit but, on the contrary, camping is very much on the up.

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When the lunchtime bell rings...

I don’t know about you but I have fond memories of my time in both primary and secondary education but this isn’t down to a yearning for a return to lessons about the history of the industrial revolution or learning how to order a ham sandwich and a fizzy orange in German.

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Blaise Tapp

From pop master to flop master

Last week I found myself at the loosest of ends as I limbered up for the next stage of my career - a triumphant act two as opposed to that tricky second album. I hope.

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Blaise Tapp

Advice conflicts on parenthood

It was Michael Gove, a man who could stop hiccups with a fleeting trademark startled stare, who famously said that Brits were fed up with experts. It was this killer line which stuck in the minds of millions before they voted in the Brexit referendum nearly three years ago.
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Blaise Tapp

Don’t roll out the eggs too early

There is more than a fortnight to go before Easter but I would put a family pack of hot cross buns on the fact that many of you have already scoffed at least one chocolate egg this year.

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Blaise Tapp

ET, are you really out there?

My first experience of alien life-forms came at the cinema aged five, when my Old Man took me to see E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, one of the finest blockbusters ever made.

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Blaise Tapp

When the music dies ...

There was a time, in an age long before drive-thru dry cleaners and stuffed crust pizzas, that I was something of a performer.

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Blaise Tapp

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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