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Adele circa 2009

End of the affair: heartbreak behind Adele’s song ‘Someone Like You’

Have you ever loved someone so hard, only to have that relationship not turn out the way it was supposed to? A relationship that...
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Love songs: on opening and closing doors

It was early 1991 when I met him. I was reeling from a newly broken off relationship, he had returned to his home town....
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Remembering those punks, The Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in 1975. They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the...
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Piano lessons in my forties

I used to play the piano as a child but stopped at Grade 2 (I think) aged 14 or so. I loved being able...
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The Exhibitionist Hotel – where art meets next generation luxury hotel

The Exhibitionist Hotel certainly lives up to its name. Behind the demure exterior of an 18th century townhouse in South Kensington, there is a...
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Bright old things – @Selfridges celebrate the older creative

I wrote a newspaper column last year entitled 'One hand on the keyboard and one foot in the grave?,' which mooted that older people may not...
Young Keith Richards and Mick Jagger

Keith Richards on meeting Mick Jagger for the first time

If you are unfamiliar with the website, Letters of Note, you are in for a treat. I'm feeling that envy for people who are yet...
Message in a bottle

Missing you

This beautiful piece of poetry was written by a wife to her husband after his death. The poem was sealed in a bottle and...
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Ballet classes as an adult beginner at aged 50

The problem here is deciding what is more inspiring; Sarah's foray into her beloved world of ballet at aged 50, or her achingly beautiful drawings of...
Tattooed young woman

Tattoos: Th-inking it through

When I was a child, tattoos were not looked upon favourably. Along with ankle bracelets and red stockings, inking one's body was not considered...
Artistic baby in pram

“There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the...

“There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall,” said writer and critic Cyril Connolly in 1938. Although coined by a man, the phrase has...
Enid Blyton book

On re-visiting Enid Blyton with a politically correct red pen

Once upon a time, there was a lady who wrote enchanting fairy tales which fired the imagination of children all over the world. Her...

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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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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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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,...
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Inner conflict – a writing prompt

This week's writing prompt is about inner conflict. Are you wrestling with a problem, for instance, that has a solution, but you're reluctant to take it?...
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Your personal elevator pitch

This week, we're asking you to sum up in 140 characters or less (actually in about 122 characters or less with the hashtag we give...