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WISE WORDS: James Morrison On The Lessons Of A Seven-Year-Old, And Why He Doesn't Want To Ask For Too Much'
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In the latest in our WISE WORDS interview series – where stars from a whole range of fields share the important life lessons they’ve learned along the way – we’re posing some of the big questions to singer James Morrison. MORE WISE WORDS: Alesha Dixon Reveals Her Toughest Life Lesson Ben Fogle: ‘Chin Up. Straighten […]

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"How Long Should My Book Be? What's the Best Length for a Novel or a Non-Fiction Book If You Want to Get Published?"
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A new author approached me recently asking for my help with a publicity campaign for a book he’s just written. He had a fascinating story to tell about his journey from being brought up in an orphanage, to drug abuse in his teens, to becoming the successful entrepreneur he is today. His heart was in […]

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On Death
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A friend of mine confided to me in utter shame that what keeps her up in the night is thinking about death. She was so mortified that I thought she was going to tell me she killed someone but no, she just whimpered about her deepest fear. I thought: welcome to the club, I think […]

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From Caravaggio to Kylie – A Day in the Life of Sky Arts
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One thing you must never ever do when you have the privilege of running a channel like Sky Arts is talk nonsense. This is the number one rule of running an arts channel, with the addendum that you must be able to stroke your beardy chin and say something frighteningly clever and well informed about […]

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Junior Choice: The Demise of Post-War Childhood's Soundtrack
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Yuletide nostalgia from the BBC – Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart returns on Christmas Day with a special edition of Junior Choice. I remember this well – the only programme that would escape my parents’ beeline for the off switch in the mid-70s, when shared frequencies meant accidental exposure to Radio 1. Starting with the birth of […]

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The Force Awakens: Rey and the Thorny Issue of 'The Feminist Protagonist'
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So this little piece I’ve written here is a request: please can we ease up on the strong woman/ feminist trope? I ask this as, with all the excitement over the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, there has been an awful lot written about how Rey, the new female lead played by Daisy […]

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BBC The Apprentice 2015 The Final
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As many people may know, I was a candidate on last year’s show. What people might not know is that my idea was, like Vana, an app. It is now my business The Link App. Despite not winning I went on the launch my app regardless. The final is always an interesting episode and this […]

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The Apprentice: Is it Still the Business?
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So that’s it for another year and the chosen one (not the Special One – in case you missed it, they were fired last week by someone even more ruthless) has been anointed. As we now know, the lucky candidate was Vana Koutsomitis. Yes, I am aware that she was the runner up and as […]

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Why Serial Is Killer Radio
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With a bang and a crash of its website, the new series of the popular podcast Serial arrived earlier this month. Sarah Koenig and her colleagues are taking up the story of Bowe Bergdahl for their second investigation. Bergdahl was serving with the US Army in Afghanistan when he left his camp in 2009. He […]

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On Star Wars, The Craft of Writing and What Novelists Can Learn From 'The Force Awakens/
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Credit: Walt Disney Studios I was 4 years old when I saw Star Wars for the first time. It was on a 12-inch cathode-ray television that had 4 buttons, 2 knobs and looked like a giant microwave (not, I’m guessing, what Lucas had in mind) and I got sent to bed during the trash compactor […]

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The Force Awakens… Happy Memories
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On the opening day of the new Star Wars movie my wife and I staked our place in the queue for the Science Museum’s Imax cinema’s showing of The Force Awakens with our tickets clutched in our hot little hands, filled with excited anticipation. We were at the back of the queue, after enjoying a […]

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Ally McBeal star Lisa Nicole Carson shares her struggle with bipolar disorder
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The 46-year-old opened up to the magazine about the diagnosis that pulled her away from showbusiness and into a ‘complicated and challenging journey.’

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People are taking selfies with cows and posting the pictures on social media
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A woman taking a selfie with a cow (Picture: Getty Images) This is a selfie competition with a difference. Rather than taking a picture of yourself in a crazy location, or doing a bizarre pose, you have get a snap with a cow. The contest ran by cattle protection group Go Seva Parivar is over […]

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