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Meet Flora the ‘dog doctor’
Six-year-old Flora is already a multi-award winner at Crufts — but for her owner, Robert Stuhldreer, 57, she’s also, quite simply, a lifesaver. For 12 years Robert had suffered from blackouts that his doctors couldn’t explain even though they put…
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Fang-tastic Romania
Share The wind whistled through the trees and an early evening mist rose over the rolling hills. It was
a sunny day, but an icy fear gripped me as a name popped into my head, one that filled me with dread:…
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Venice with kids
Standing in the middle of the Piazza San Marco, I gazed up at the towering campanile as its bells marked the hour. Awestruck, I turned to take in the breathtaking, mosaic-covered basilica. As pigeons darted to and fro around my…
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I can’t stop eating in my sleep
Laura Bataceli is a slim size ten, but believes she would be several dress sizes larger and many stones heavier if it were not for her partner, Daniel, putting a lock on the kitchen door. She asked him to fit…
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Going vegan made my hair fall out
Musician Jessica Drue began giving up eggs and dairy within weeks of her daughter Kayla-Ria being born in October 2013. ‘Kayla was born severely allergic to milk and eggs,’ says Jessica. ‘It was so bad that I had to stop…
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These three slender women gorge on a mammoth
Monday mornings are always a bit of a trial for Melissa Keighley. Feeling tired, listless and a little bit queasy, she struggles to do up the waistband of her skirt, and tries not to linger on the sight of her…
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Why I can’t stop looking up how much my friends’ houses are worth
George Osborne and I have something in common: our obsession with property.But his laser-like focus on getting more people onto the property ladder is music to my ears. You see, I have a bit of problem
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I’m proud I was a divorcee in my twenties
At first it was difficult finding the words. I’d meet new people, smile and exchange chit-chat about what we did for a living. Then I’d wait for the dreaded question: Are you married? I was 27, had just separated and…
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In search of the real old England
I was just dozing off against my head rest, as the scent of freshly brewed coffee filled the air, when an announcement over the tannoy roused me. Next stop, Moreton in Marsh. I’d joined the train at Reading and had…
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The love everyone said was doomed
A spring evening in Venice and music drifts across St Mark’s Square. It is the love songs — sentimental, weepy — that lure me to Cafe Florian where I sit alone at a table, sip my drink and reflect. The…
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So that’s the reason your partner ignores you
Ask 14-year-old Pippa Marchant to describe the machine that washes clothes and she might pause, then say: ‘The shaky-shaky thing.’ She knows what it is really called, but she can’t find the word.
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The other side of grief – how to survive grief
Thirteen years ago, if someone had told me one day I’d be laughing at daft memories of my dad, or able to talk about him without crying, or forget how he looked when he was dying at the end, I’d…
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The joy of being bored with someone
When we first met, my husband had a cigarette dangling loosely from his lips a la James Dean. Now he wears comfy slippers. When we first met, we’d go out at nine in the evening and stay out until four…
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