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Hammond’s balancing act

It will be like a day at the circus for Chancellor Philip Hammond when he delivers his Budget this week. But it will certainly not be a fun day out for him.

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Beauty born from drab factory

As a child, Alberto Alessi was not a fan of his grandfather’s place of work.

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Blabbing secrets by accident

‘Three may keep a secret ... if two of them are dead.’

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The cast of Love, Lies and Records, including Ashley Jensen (second right)

Love, Lies and Records - Love, lies and too much more

My kids used to like a book called The Busy World of Richard Scarry, in which animals dressed as humans scurried about, going to work or enjoying their leisure time, all being terribly busy and pressed for time.

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Winnie the pooh

COLUMN: Why are we all so horrid?

One  worrying side effect of our web generation is the increased opportunity to be perfectly horrid to each other.

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Party like it’s November 1999

Eighteen. How the hell did that happen? Daughter #1 is 18 tomorrow.

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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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A sackful of brawling ferrets

A sackful of brawling ferrets

Another day, another Cabinet calamity.

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Nicola in her faithful car

COLUMN: Farewell my old friend

I never thought I was the sort of person who would grieve for the loss of an object that is completely unaware of my existence - as it’s a car

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An open book for tech giants

If you had lived in East Germany between 1950 and 1989, it is quite likely the State Security Service, known as the Stasi, would have kept a file on you.

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St Johns Place where the attack took place

Teenage robbery victim lured by temptress in Preston

Local historian Keith Johnson takes a look at the brutal robbery of a teenage soldier in war-time Preston...

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The lady in red is an oil painting on canvas and on sale for 80

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to paintings

Our antiques expert Allan Blackburn gives some top tips on how to judge the value of a painting...
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The cast of the new BBC2 sitcom Motherland, including Diane Morgan (second left) and Anna Maxwell Martin (centre)

Motherland and The Detectorists herald a good time for new comedy

Comedy seems to be stuck in a timewarp at the moment – just look at the reboot of Porridge currently clogging up BBC1, or ponder the inexplicable success of Mrs Brown’s Boys, which attracts millions of viewers despite being as funny as a poke in the eye with a stick.

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Growing pains of a parent

Being a parent of teenage children is like having a starring role in Nanny McPhee.

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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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Tory party’s fraying at the edges

Tory party’s fraying at the edges

The Conservative Party is in a mess. It is fraying at the edges and is in urgent need of repair.

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Bob had a light bulb moment

Bob Rosenzweig helped change the way we see the world.

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Surfing bottlenose dolphins featured in the incredible Blue Planet II on BBC1 this week.

Blue Planet II - The very best of the BBC

It has been a central part of British life for almost a century, but the BBC seems to be under attack more than ever. The right thinks it’s a hotbed of leftist luvvies, while the left sees it as an organ of state-sponsored propaganda.

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Harvey Weinstein

COLUMN: The importance of #metoo

The phrase a ‘rolling stone gathers no moss’ seems to have been proven absolutely wrong in the past two weeks.

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Braving sickness and soldiering on ...

No matter how bad things get, you can always rely on the British to display a stiff upper lip and fortitude in the face of adversity.

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