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Amy Winehouse and her demons

I’m playing Amy’s poignant Back to Black as I write this. We have read so much about Amy Winehouse’s untimely death in the last week, there is very little to add. Death is always a sharp reminder of our own mortality, of leaving behind broken hearted loved ones to grieve who wish they could have done more. Amy’s early death reminded me of my dear friend Sue who died from...
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Rupert Murdoch’s apology

This is Rupert Murdoch’s apology published in today’s national press: We are sorry The News of the World was in the business of holding others to account. It failed when it came to itself. We are deeply suffered for the hurt suffered to the individuals affected. We regret not acting faster to sort things out. I realise that simply apologising is not enough. Our business was founded...
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Why Hayley Turner is a first class champion

Hayley Turner is an outstanding woman who is achieving terrific success in a man’s world – and is sharing her success with Headway Cambridgeshire, the charity I support. The UK’s top woman jockey last week won became the female rider to win a Group One race outright, the Darley July Cup at Newmarket . As she celebrates her historic victory, she took time out to donate a piece...
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My News of the World job

I’m still in shock after hearing that the News of the World is to close. As a young cub reporter I used to admire its undercover work and stand against injustice. However, in its desperation for sales and survival, it overstretched the limits of human decency, arousing national revulsion – and a swift withdrawal from advertisers. Its fate was sealed. I wonder how many more sickening...
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Well done Wisbech

It’s not every day that streets are strewn with rose petals. To get the sun shining too for Wisbech Rose Fair is an added bonus. The highlight of the annual Fair is a parade of decorated floats through the Fenland town, my home town, and I love the way it brings everyone into the streets to share in the fun, a community united, from excited children and proud parents,  to the disabled in...
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The question I wished I asked Nicholas Parsons

We took pa-in-law to see Nicholas Parsons’ one man show, A Laugh A Minute, last night, and he couldn’t help comparing the performer’s youthful looks to himself after calculating that they must be around the same age. While pa-in-law suffers from age-related ailments which cause him to walk with a limp, experiencing pain and breathlessness, and is hard of hearing, Nicholas seems...
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What do Kate Middleton, Katherine Jenkins and I have in common?

It’s a bit of a tenuous link, I admit, but my main indulgence is trying out new face creams. When I read that Kate Middleton and Katherine Jenkins were both devotees of Karin Herzog, I decided to try out their products and placed an online order. That was around a month ago, and I’m still waiting for delivery. I wrote to them last week asking for an update, but have had no reply, and...
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