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To appeal to non-Christians, National Trust drops word Easter from annual...

Theresa May has condemned the National Trust for omitting the word “Easter” from its annual children’s egg hunt, saying she was furious both as the...
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Amazing Chinese fairy tales and legends

Snowflake Books marked Chinese New Year 2016 with a series of children's books retelling amazing Chinese fairy tales and legends, festivals, traditions and wisdoms. Written...
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Book: Shtum, Jem Lester

Shtum: Silent, non-communicative. That is what my dictionary tells me.  Maybe you are keeping Shtum to keep a secret, maybe you don’t have the...
Saint Patrick's Day green beer

Forget green beer and lucky charms – the real Saint Patrick...

Here's what we know about the real St. Patrick.The modern St. Patrick’s Day celebrations that will take place on Thursday, at least in the...
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Book review – Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Loved the sound of this book! A secret slowly revealed. Growing sense of unease. I haven't read The Girl on the Train, but the...
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Return to Boggle Hole, Yorkshire

Yorkshire was the venue for all my holidays until I was nine. More than forty years down the line I have travelled all over...
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Remembering unforgettable Natalie Cole

Natalie Maria Cole was an American singer, songwriter, and performer. The daughter of Nat King Cole, Natalie rose to musical success in the mid–1970s...
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Seven secret places in London

Visit London, whether to live, for a holiday or just for a day out and I can guarantee you’ll walk past places every day...
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Best books in 2015 and upcoming reads in 2016

2015 was a fantastic reading year for me. I've read over 150 books, I've started more, I've given up on some, others I have...
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What to add to our 2016 arts & culture watchlist

“FT writers select some of the artists, performers or events that will make their hearts beat faster,” from jazz, visual arts, world music, theatre,...
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5 stand-out books on writing

Before I do anything, I read a book about it. Running, drawing, painting, blogging, if there’s a book on it, I read it first. I...
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Best arts and music programmes this Christmas

David Walliams, David Attenborough, David Beckham, Darcey Bussell, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Dickens... the alliteration may stop there, but not the sense of déjà...

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Silly season #writing prompt… (be warned)

Who remembers that silly game we played as children where you had imaginary fights between things or people? My siblings, friends and I would...
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Write a letter you need to read

I was speaking to one of my young people this week about the foundations of their blog. They said: "I'm just writing the letters I...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...
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Very first visit to the cinema

We liked Sue's treatment of our writing prompt No. 107 (First cinema experience). Her simple telling of walking out with her dad without, uncommonly,...