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Curling is the new cool

Armed with a plastic mixing bowl and a household broom, children (and big kids) around the world are making floors shine shouting and screaming with excitement when they achieve the perfect gleam.

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The Ven Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster

Column: Quick, hide the crisps

You can only be tempted by something that attracts you and is accessible.

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John Simm was excellent in ITVs three-part drama Trauma

Trauma - an excellent study of grief, but not so good as a thriller

Grief is a funny thing. Not literally, obviously, but it can affect different people in all sorts of different ways.

TV and Film
Life with a father of teenage daughters

Daughter's dream driving me off the rails

Parents of teenagers, this will make your blood run cold.

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It got knocked down but it got put up again

Bollards to the lot of you

This week a lump of  Lancashire-based granite known, via Twitter notoriety, as the Fishergate Bollard was nominated for  a ‘smile award’ for its unique take on life as an inanimate object - with a habit of getting knocked down and then getting up again.
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The Ven Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster

Column: Just what to stop for Lent?

'So, what have you given up for Lent?’ If I had a pound for each time I was asked that, a charity I support would be very grateful indeed ... well I couldn’t personally benefit from such a question, could I?
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Shaun Evans and Roger Allam star in Endeavour

Endeavour - a lesson from history

After the President’s Club, and grid girls, and Harvey Weinstein, and equal pay at the BBC, it seems there is anational debate under way about male privilege, the abuse of power and the rights of women.

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S'not on

The politics of snot

You know those days. When you wake with your head in a fog so reminiscent of pea-soup, everything is green and lumpy.

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The Ven Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster

Column: Rare day for the Church

A rare alignment takes place this Valentine’s Day.

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Ore Oduba and Julia Bradbury counted down Britain's Favourite Walks

Britain's Favourite Walks - The long walk to boredom

Mark Twain apparently once said that “golf is a good walk spoiled.”
TV and Film
Let's cut the.. office language

Let's axe the drivel (with top 10 list)

I’m holding my hand up - I’m guilty too.
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The Ven Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster

Last day of Christmas is here

When did you see your first Easter egg of the season?

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The cast of this week's episode of Inside No.9. From left, Reece Shearsmith, Miranda Hennessy, Nicola Walker and Steve Pemberton

Inside No.9 - The best way to spend 30 minutes

Thirty minutes isn’t a very long time, when you think about it. It’s less than a half of football. Barely a third of most modern films. You could probably just about manage to walk a mile in half an hour.

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Tough Mudder event

I'm saying yes to everything

My January pledge to say yes to everything and not be such a scaredy cat is reaping awards.

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Oasis

Life is faster than a cannonball

It’s a creeping thing. Age.

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The Ven Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster

Devoted churchman Jimmy Armfield

It was May 6, 2012, the 5th Sunday of Easter and I was taking the services in what the Church of England refers to as the most deprived parish in England.

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Michelle Young, whose story was featured in Millionaire Ex-Wives Club, battled her husband in the courts for 10 years

Millionaire Ex-Wives Club - A measure of sympathy for the devil?

It’s difficult to feel any sympathy for the mega-rich. There they go, swanning around in their Bentleys, insulated from the years of austerity everyone else has been forced to go through.

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The Ven Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster

Treating life like a jigsaw puzzle

The interview was not going well.

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Cauliflower (not a steak)

Sit there until you've eaten it

It was my personal Mount Everest, the demon of my childhood and resulted in numerous wasted hours sitting and staring at wilted, desperately unappealing piles of cold, congealed, food I wouldn’t touch with a bargepole.

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Sarah Lancashire excelled in Channel 4's new drama, Kiri

Kiri is a drama that could kickstart your year

It’s January. Christmas has been lost in a belch-ridden mist of over-indulgence, and the new year stretches out ahead of you, filled with unnameable terrors and 12 months of who-knows-what.

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