HIM review - Carrie for the millennials leaves me unconvinced

It can be tough being a teenager – raging hormones, acne, exams, the pressures of social media, nosebleeds, telekinesis...

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Nicola Adam

Oh, how we laugh at those silly Americans..

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, it does.

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This gorgeous serving dish would be the centre piece on any dining table

When buyers craved Carlton Ware

Our antiques expert Allan Blackburn looks at pottery...

The escape bid sketch from the Illustrated Police News

Leap for freedom on railway track

Historian Kieth Johnson looks at a dramatic bid for freedom from yesteryear...

Carol Forster recalls the wonders of seventies' toys

Column: Inside the wonderful world of the seventies toy box

Long, long ago, in the sands of time, came a toy so popular with little girls, that shops would run out of the thing – a bottle and weeing machine in the form of ‘Tiny Tears’.

Rt Rev Geoff Pearson, Bishop of Lancaster

Column: How Jessica Ennis-HIll conquered the world

Only 5ft 5ins tall she was told she was too short for the heptathlon; verbally bullied as a child and the victim of a racist epithet one day at school.  How on earth did Jessica Ennis-Hill become such a world and Olympic champion?

Sam Webster (David Morrissey), Gemma Webster (Keeley Hawes), Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham), and Julien Baptiste (Tcheky Karyo) are at the centre of a mystery in The Missing

The Missing - An intricate jigsaw puzzle of a thriller

My wife recently undertook an ambitious project – completing a 1,000-piece jigsaw of a marina near Marseille.

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Photo Neil Cross
Alan Strong, better know as Ally the Clown is worried that the spate of "killer clown" incidents could damage his profession

Wheels fall off reputation for humble clown

If anybody is in need of a good image makeover right now, it is the everyday, common or garden, clown.

Tessler gramophone for sale at �19.99

You spin me right round - like a record

Looking at the world of antiques with Allan Blackburn...

Joys of a seventies' school dinner

Column: Delights and frights of a seventies’ dinner plate

In the days, when ‘five a day’ meant sweetie bags, and vegetables was a foreign word, childhood food was something else.

Rt Rev Geoff Pearson, Bishop of Lancaster

Column: Times are ever changing across the religious divides

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and Pope Francis have been meeting in Rome.

Nicola Adam, Group Editor

Strictly her business

It was an interesting co-incidence this week that during the start of Pinktober, otherwise known as Breast Cancer Awareness month, the subject of mastectomies was pushed into the public consciousness through TV show Strictly Comes Dancing.

Anne Robinson (left) with Tiggi, Anni Jones, Jamie, Gianni, Shaune, Alfie, in the first episode of Robinsons new show, which looks at different aspects of British life

The Apprentice berk-athon is back... I blame the parents

Philip Larkin famously wrote that your parents – however unintentionally –make a mess of your life by the way they bring you up.
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Rt Rev Geoff Pearson, Bishop of Lancaster

Column: Answers of matters of Christian faith

Bear Grylls in a recent advert says, “Got questions about life?  Try Alpha.”  He is not alone.  More than 29m people have tried Alpha in 169 countries.

DCI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) in series three of The Fall

The Fall - chilling, remorseless and glacially stylish

According to an online dictionary I consulted –purely for the purposes of this first paragraph – the word ‘glacial’ can be defined in three ways.

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George and Mildred was a firm favourite with Carol Forster

Column: Yearning for those simpler days of sixties television

With much nostalgia, this week I recall the television programmes of yesteryear with genuine affection and those that followed on from ‘Watch with Mother’ days.

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Nicola Adam, Group Editor

Thanks love, but my name is Nicola

We’ve all been there. When a complete stranger calls you ‘love’ or ‘darling’, how do you react?

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Coun David Brayshaw

Column: Rally to combat these unfair cuts

Lancashire County Council has announced more details of the cuts to local services and the planned disposal of council owned buildings which is going to have a dramatic effect on our local communities.

Nicola Adam, Group Editor

Are we mean or green?

The late, great, HG Wells once said “moral indignation is jealousy with a halo”.

Don't ring Carol Forster when it's bathtime

Column: Hang ups over the telephone

This week I’m back to the pet hates and one of my biggest – the phone call.

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