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It’s bunting and party hat time

If an alien had landed his spaceship anywhere in the British Isles over the past week or so, it is likely he would have quickly flown back to whence he came, having regarded us all as unhinged.

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We don’t deserve to live in fear

Olly Murs and the words terror and scare are ones which I am sure have never before found their way into the same sentence. Until last Friday.

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The best gift we could give

We are not yet out of November, but it really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

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Getting a sense of perspective

We live in a world where we have plenty to be worried about.

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Let’s engage today’s youths

When we look back on our teenage years, many of us do so with a mixture of misty-eyed nostalgia and a hefty amount of disbelief.

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Halloween’s no magical event

For those of us who grew up in the 1980s, there are many things which we fondly remember about our childhoods.

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Unlocking all of life’s secrets

There can be little debate over whether or not today’s society is more open than any that have come before.

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Solving a problem like October

October is a funny old month.

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Emails hinder rather than help

Over the past 30 years, there have been some extraordinary advances in technology that have enriched the lives of billions of us.

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Being called ‘babe’ isn’t so bad

There are a number of requirements which come with being a northerner, some would say that they are enshrined in law.

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No need to sound last orders

Most things which vanish from public life tend to do so because they have become obsolete and, as the old saying goes, you can’t stand in the way of progress.

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School’s no place for fashion

As somebody who adopts a permanently dishevelled look, I really don’t have much room to talk about the appearance of others.

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School hols are like parenthood

This is the week millions of us parents have been waiting for since the fourth week of July – it is, of course, back to school week.

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We all need to get a move on

Nobody likes to be branded lazy.

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Farewell to King of Saturday TV

We all know that Britons are at their most comfortable when discussing the weather and what they have planned for the weekend but these topics are in danger of being usurped by our obsession with celebrity deaths.

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Kerby wins every time ...

There cannot be many of us who won’t be going away at some point during August.

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Some arguments we’ll never win

Like all faithful contrarians, I like a row.

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Don’t reveal your life to burglars

John Terry is many things to many people

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Bad times ahead for future OAPs

We all know the one about the only certainties in life being death and taxes but I would now add having to work longer than we first thought as another sure thing.

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Let’s have diversity of accents

I have always maintained that one of the greatest strengths of the UK can be found in the diversity of its town and cities, not to mention its nations and its regions.

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