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Dressing to beat the heat

03
Jul
2015

Why is so 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 July and August I’m completely stumped. If it wasn’t for ...continued

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30
Jun
2015

Am I the only person who isn’t watching Wimbledon? It may be the world’s greatest tennis tournament but I couldn’t care less about Andy Murray’s quest to win the men’s title again. The ...continued

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13
Jun
2015

I’ve worked as a freelance education journalist for years, interviewing heads and teachers, eating rather a lot of school dinners and writing about the inspiring work schools are doing. I got into ...continued

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08
Jun
2015

My lovely father-in-law died last month. He was 84, a man with a hugely successful career, a long and happy marriage and an unmatchable zest for life. Sadly for us, ...continued

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06
Jun
2015

Virtually everyone I know has an Ottolenghi book or two in their kitchen. My favourite is the first – the eponymous Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, a gorgeous tome with recipes that ...continued

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