10 top tips for budding gardeners

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I know I’ve said it before, but I kill plants. I don’t intentionally set out to kill, but that is the result – every time. My parents bought me a big green thing in a pot (don’t ask me for names) for my last birthday, which … [read more]

A brave man’s legacy

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So this is not my average frivolous rant, or product review. This is important. My brother in law, who I will call ‘Alan’ to respect his family’s privacy, has suffered four years’ of cancer. It began in his tonsil and eventually spread to his lungs … [read more]

An ordinary life: the best plot there is

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How do you write a biography about an unnamed person, who you’ve never met and who seems to have discarded their life’s work, in a skip? That was the question addressed by Alexander Masters, author of A Life Discarded, at last week’s book launch. Alexander … [read more]

Oh my aching bones

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I am falling apart, it’s official. Bad knees run in the family, which is ironic as I’m now not allowed to run. My last MRI scan showed that my kneecaps are slowly deteriorating and I have arthritis. It’s not a bad case, and the majority … [read more]