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Friday column: Olivia Colman’s barnstorming performance in The Favourite

11
Jan
2019

January isn’t my favourite month of the year. It’s cold and bleak, Christmas bills are flooding in and it’s tax return time too. To make matters worse, I’m doing Dry January. Actually, I do it every year – a habit ...continued

21
Dec
2018

The Christmas tree is up, festooned with decorations and, thanks to our wonky wooden floor, leaning at a jaunty angle. One of my favourite moments of the festive season is ...continued

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16
Nov
2018

It felt strange to be sitting in a café overlooking Edinburgh Castle as this week’s Brexit dramas unfolded in London. During my reporting years I would have been in the ...continued

07
Nov
2018

I’ve been an admirer of Cecelia Ahern for years. She wrote her first novel, the bestselling PS, I Love You, at the tender age of 21, and in the intervening ...continued

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26
Oct
2018

“Have you ever stayed at a Hoxton before?” asked the charming hotel receptionist. “I’ve stayed at all of them,” I said proudly, sounding like a middle-aged Hoxton groupie. We’d just ...continued

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