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Top of the Shop with Tom Kerridge - A flop from top to bottom

Napoleon, in one of his wilder flights of fancy, is alleged to have called Britain “a nation of shopkeepers”.
TV and Film
The Ven Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster

Column: Playing the name game

What does your name mean? Choosing the name of a baby can be quite a difficult task, there are countless books and websites on baby names.

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Not quite ready to shed those layers

Jabbering Journo column: I'm totally unprepared for Spring

After the longest winter known to  womankind, spring is finally in the air and my enormous, reinforced and padded, hooded and fur-trimmed winter coathas finally been relegated to the cupboard.

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Mark and his two sons, from Channel 4s Class of Mum and Dad

Class of Mum and Dad - A class act of a documentary

According to my kids, they usually don’t do anything at their primary school, and when they do get round to doing something, it’s always boring.

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These mix and match pairs start from under seven pounds including side plates

It doesn't have to match to be a great tea set anymore

Our antiques expert Allan Blackburn looks at a new trend in cutlery...

Nostalgia
The Ven Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster

Column: Scars of a lifetime's mishaps

On Good Friday on the Flag Market in Preston I got hundreds of people to gasp in horror as I talked about my left hand.

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The cast of Ordeal By Innocence, not just another chintz-athon. From left, Luke Treadaway, Anna Chancellor, Bill Nighy and Morven Christie

Ordeal By Innocence - An Agatha Christie murder-mystery with a jet-black heart

It was the Easter Bank Holiday weekend this week, and to go with the traditions of hot cross buns and the need to loosen the waistband of your trousers after one-too-many Easter eggs, we also had the now-traditional bank holiday Agatha Christie murder-fest.

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Not tax on doughnuts - yet

Jabbering Journo column: A taxing time cutting out the food I love

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in spending approximately 25 per cent of my day thinking about food.

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The Ven Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster

Column: Countdown to a landmark birthday

The first week in April used to be a very expensive time for me.

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Time for the great Easter house-selling adventure

Jabbering Journo Column: Get the coffee pot on, it's time to sell the house

The coffee pot is on, the windows are squeaky clean and the smell of freshly baked muffins is wafting through the impossibly immaculate kitchen.
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Bishop of Blackburn's Easter message

There’s a lot of talk about victims at the moment …

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The Ven Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster

Column: Day I was an April Fool

It was a little embarrassing.
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The triple funeral for the Gibraltar Three (Sean Savage, Dan McCann and Mairead Farrell) in Belfast, in March 1988

The Funeral Murders - a reminder of a troubled past

It seems hard to remember now, when security threats seem to originate from the maelstrom in the Middle East, that it wasn’t long ago we seemed to have daily reports of atrocities which came much closer to home.

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A nice cup of tea - but did you pay for the milk?

Column: Have you stolen milk from the office fridge?

You may work for the most international, high-flying, sophisticated and trendy organisation in the world – but it is unlikely you have escaped  the ubiquitous communal fridge theft rage.
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The Ven Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster

Column: Potent symbols of unity

A friend of mine has just come back from Belfast. He had gone there to look at communities and issues of division.

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Nicola at Chorley FM

Coming in your ears: A new radio career?

If I had a bucket list for life, I’m pretty sure that I would be adding a great fat tick this week.

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Eight-year-old Lily Harrison, who survived the bomb attack at the Manchester Arena in May last year

Four Days That Shook Britain - Amazing stories of kindness, bravery and humanity

The world seems to be heading towards apocalypse these days. At the very least, a new Cold War is just around the corner, as countries around the world posture from their opposite corners.

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Lesley Manville and Peter Mullan in the brilliant Mum

Mum - BBC's jewel of a sitcom is an affectionate portrait of an everymum

It was Mother’s Day last week, as I’m sure you were aware. I’m also sure you honoured the mothers in your lives. And no, a few wilted carnations and box of Roses from Tesco Express is not an honour.

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The Ven Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster

Column: My parachute jump challenge

I am terrified of heights. I never used to be and then once in the Cathedral at Florence someone pushed me against the railings at the base of the dome and in that moment I imagined myself falling to the floor below.

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The bittersweet inequality of Mother's day

Column: Not everybody gets to celebrate Mother's day

Every year, this day come comes around, a dose of national emotional blackmail on a vomit-inducing scale.

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