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ILKLEY LITERATURE FESTIVAL

10/08/10

We have a Literature Festival in Ilkley. It’s in full swing as I type. It was launched by WH Auden in 1973 and since then has gone from strength to…

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CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

10/05/10

My book for Book Group this month is Shappi Khorsandi’s “A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English”. It’s an autobiography which covers the comedienne’s life between the ages of three and eleven. I…

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ARGUMENTS BY INTERNET

10/01/10

I have recently had a rather unsettling spat with someone. It was over the internet with a man that I don’t know and am never likely to meet. Had we…

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BUYING BOOKS

09/29/10

When my mum asked me what I would like for my birthday recently, I answered without hesitation. Book tokens please. Sounding a little doubtful, she asked me if I was…

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THE SUPERMARKET RUN

09/27/10

Supermarkets do my head in.It’s Monday morning. I see the children off to school and then head to the supermarket. It’s a routine. It’s dull but it works for me,…

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ME AND FLYING

09/23/10

I have a fascination for flying. If Icarus’s dad was still in business, I would probably have commissioned myself a fabulous pair of wings by now. That’s what my paragliding…

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BOTTOMS UP

09/21/10

I seem to have all but given up drinking. A strange conclusion to reach but there it is. And it’s not an attempt to detoxify my liver or any of…

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MAKING A START

09/19/10

You know how it is when you put things off?I don’t mean tackling the ironing pile or mopping the kitchen floor. I certainly put those mundane, day to day things…

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COMING HOME TO OXFORD

09/16/10

My favourite television programmes are detective dramas. My children are horrified, failing to understand how I can enjoy something that is liberally scattered with corpses. I suppose they have a…