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I ran into a friend the other day. Not literally, of course, because maintaining social distancing means that such a concept is now consigned to history. What actually happened was that I saw her on the street, immediately wanted to hug her, had to restrain myself, and then stood awkwardly a metre away not knowing...
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So, lockdown is finally being eased. Hooray! We can again buy cheap athleisure-wear at Primark, have our grey hairs tinted by hazmat-suited hairdressers and enjoy a socially distanced pint. Life is slowly inventing a new normal. For if T S Eliot measured life in coffee spoons, we can measure...
Sitting down to watch TV the other night, I was seized with a sudden panic. The reason for this burst of anxiety was that I had briefly looked at my phone and seen that it was almost out of battery. ‘Do you have a charger?’ I asked my other half,...
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I have a cat. I try not to go on about him because I know cats aren’t for everyone. I have friends who don’t like cats and we agree never to talk about it, a bit like avoiding a contentious political topic that will end in an argument across...
One of the unexpected side-effects of the lockdown is the number of people using Notes on their iPhone. It’s an application that most people only gravitate towards for their shopping lists (the last thing I’ve written in there is ‘chickpeas’ and ‘green pesto’, which gives you an insight into...
I went for a walk the other day. It was sunny, the birds were chirping and I felt like I had to go outside ‘to make the most of it’. The news bulletins had been full of how great the weather was and how we were expecting a heatwave. My...
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Before lockdown, I had what you might describe as a thriving social life. By which I mean: almost every single night in my diary was taken up with social engagements I wasn’t sure I wanted to go to and I was exhausted and often resentful about my own lack...
When my other half and I went house-hunting for a place to live together last year, I had two clear criteria. First, there had to be a bath. (I firmly believe that time spent in the bath is integral to maintaining a healthy state of mind.) Second, there had...
When I was a child, I loved Neighbours. Not the ones who lived near us, but the Australian soap that would air at 5.35pm, just in time for me to get home from school and do my homework before watching. We lived in the middle of the countryside and, for...
Elizabeth Day modesty
I once interviewed the late author Elizabeth Jane Howard. It was a month after her 90th birthday and she had just sent off her 15th novel to her publishers. I was charmed. I already loved her books, and in person I found someone who, despite her success, was humble...

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