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Sian Gardiner
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Going phone-free
Digital detoxes are a complete cliché by now. We've all read the magazine feature or watched the Youtube video where the Internet addict goes cold turkey for a weekend, at home or in some far flung, zen-heavy type tropical location. But I've realised that f...

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The Magic touch
At my house, there's a worn out copy of Micky Flanagan's stand up tour 'Back in the Game' on DVD, which I stick on occasionally when I could do with a laugh. Last week, after coming to the end of my latest Netflix binge and not being in the mood for the glo...

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An exclamation intervention
Hello and a very happy weekend to you all! If I sound terribly overenthusiastic and chirpy today that’s because I…well I’m not feeling either, particularly, but you’d be forgiven for thinking I was permanently ecstatic, being the serial exclamation mark use...

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Someone who runs
These days, one of the questions I dread being asked the most is 'How's your love life?', which any sane person knows is something only sociopaths ask. But when I was younger, and blissfuly ignorant of the twin evils of curious acquaintances and societal sh...

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The compliment economy
Around this time last year, I went to see Laura Marling at the Southbank Centre. Being a longtime fan, I was already pretty excited to have secured tickets for a rare London show. But I was even happier when I looked down and spotted that one of my all-time...

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Learning to learn again
Last week, Tom Hanks made his debut appearance on Desert Island Discs. As Kirsty Young's latest castaway, he was as charming as you'd expect, and pretty moving, too; at one point, he had to pause to collect himself as he talked about the impact of hearing o...

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The joy of doing a geographical
There's a saying that I've heard is popular among therapists: 'Doing a geographical'. It's a phrase that supposedly originated in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, and it describes something that's common among addicts. Essentially, to impulsively up stick...

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The 'meet cute' myth
There's a moment in the 2007 classic that is The Holiday which I'm sure you're already familiar with, since the schedulers at ITV2 apparently LOVE a transatlantic, real estate-heavy rom com. In it, the elderly former Hollywood scriptwriter that Kate Winslet...

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The Matching Socks Theory
One of my best friend’s mum has a theory which, now she's told me, I can't seem to forget. The theory goes a bit like this: whenever we wear socks, we carefully select a matching pair, despite the fact that doing so doesn’t really serve any real purpose oth...

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Splitting hairs
If you've seen the news this week, you'll know that Prince William and Kate Middleton are currently on one of their 'Royal Tours', this time in India. Sporty photo ops and the symbolism of them retracing Diana's steps to the Taj Mahal have generated global ...
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