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Sam Cam’s sister praises former PM

28
Jul
2016

I do like the sound of Emily Sheffield, who as well as being the deputy editor of Vogue is Sam Cam’s sister. Like her, I’m still raging at the Brexit vote and am delighted that she’s written a column in The Spectator ...continued

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25
Jul
2016

What a peculiar day. The sun is blazing and the beach is packed with holidaymakers. As they saunter along clutching ice creams, buckets and spades they seem oblivious to the ...continued

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14
Jul
2016

A rush of celebrities are following in David Walliams’s brilliant footsteps and writing children’s books. In recent months Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy and former Home and Away star Isla Fisher ...continued

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09
Jul
2016

If I was in charge of a primary school library I’d make sure we had a copy of every single book by Mick Manning and Brita Granström. The award-winning pair ...continued

08
Jul
2016

A career in journalism can take you to some extraordinary places. My highlights include interviewing Sir Richard Branson 40,000 feet above the Atlantic on Virgin’s first flight to Miami, sitting ...continued

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