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Working the night shift

27
Jul
2015

Sarah Montague’s alarm goes off at the unearthly time of 3.25am on working days. Why? Because she’s one of the presenters of BBC Radio 4’s flagship current affairs programme, Today. She arrives at the studio at 4am, spends the next ...continued

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15
Jul
2015

One of the loveliest presents I’ve ever received is this pen and ink drawing of London by my daughter. There are loads of maps of the capital but this one ...continued

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07
Jul
2015

The coastguard helicopter flew low over the cliff and hovered for a couple of minutes. As the onlookers waved from the ground, the door slid open and the crew waved back. ...continued

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05
Jul
2015

Like her older brother Boris, Rachel Johnson is one of those incorrigible characters you can’t help liking. The same goes for her novels. Fresh Hell is the third of her ...continued

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03
Jul
2015

Why is it impossible to look summery and stylish? For ten months of the year I get dressed in the morning with no trouble at all. When it comes to ...continued

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