Deborah Ross

Deborah Ross writes the "If you ask me..." column for i. She also writes for The Daily Mail.

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If you ask me...Are you financially inept(ish)? Here’s the tax return form for you

Have I received any interest or dividends from UK Banks, building societies etc in the past year? Maybe I have, maybe I haven't. Who wants to know?

Davina intervention: Britain's most cheery presenter on overcoming addiction

Davina McCall has always lived life at full pelt. In the past, it was doing drugs, eating sweets and struggling for love. But now - whether she’s bellowing into a microphone or at home with her family - it’s non-stop happiness and haircare advice, as Deborah Ross discovers.

The staff of Claridge's star in the BBC's new documentary

Have you lost your work-life balance?

If so, our columnist has a practical guide to how to rediscover it. Do take note.

Most women’s magazines are actually diet-lite

Cheer up! We can really bolster your self-loathing!

How to be more aware of your downfalls in the new year

If you ask me…it’s time I expressed my true feelings on alternative medicine

Conventional science has nothing to say about realigning your energy fields with ylang-ylang. Not even one research paper.

If you ask me...I'm sticking with my 'twosie' - a more toilet-friendly outfit by far

Here's my review of 2012: A lot of stuff happened. It was marvellous

Excuse me, but are you fluent in colour swatch? Can you speak Farrow & Ball?

I didn’t even know there was more to white than just white or that All White was a million miles from Strong White

If you ask me...holiday course work starts with your pile of dirty washing

The London Home-School of Ross offers a cautious welcome home to its (only) applicant

Xaviera Hollander: Is the Happy Hooker still happy after all these years?

Deborah Ross went in search of author Xaviera Hollander, whose erotic memoir, The Happy Hooker, shocked and informed decades before Fifty Shades fever. What she heard – in an Amsterdam B&B – was more racy than anything in either book...

Kate Middleton is pregnant! If you ask me, it's about time we recalled a few choice fairy tales

I only seem capable of common-or-garden babies, but that hasn't stopped me picking up a few royal baby tips over the years

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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
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Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

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Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
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A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

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