Grace Dent

Grace Dent is a journalist, author, and broadcaster.

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Small talk isn't about gathering facts. It's about getting the ruddy job done

The "job" being nine arduous minutes left with a joy-vacuum uncle at a barbecue

Two tourists pay respects to victims of IS attack on beach in Sousse, Tunisia

Tunisia attack: Is Isis really at war with British grans on their sunloungers?

The killer attacked what he saw as ‘the infidel’ – a beauty blogger, a football coach and a carer

For those eight hours flying first-class, it felt like none of life's tedious minutiae existed

Grace recalls a flight being pampered with a dozen other first-class adult babies

How to annoy a summer junkie - wear long trousers in 25-degree heat, and insist on eating indoors

Grace Dent pays tribute to Summer Marshals - the self-appointed Solero-slurping sun-obsessives in our midsts who doggedly ensure everyone gets the most out of the sun

Thousands of working-class people are being denied jobs at top firms, as they effectively need to pass a 'poshness test' to join elite employers, according to the official body set up by the Government to promote social mobility

Elite firms prefer to hire posh. Well, who wouldn’t?

Love or hate the posho, but they can fit in anywhere there is money to be made

My new dog-nanny will have to fluff Betty the labrador's ears and tuck her into bed

Grace is currently auditioning childcare for her 18-month-old pet

Sir Richard Branson carries model Kate Moss on a wing of a jumbo jet in 2009

Kate Moss being removed from an easyJet flight presents a clash of two gloriously immovable forces

There’s a beautiful irony in rumours that Moss called the pilot a 'basic bitch', because the offer of Gatwick to Cologne for £24 makes basic bitches of all of us

This week Grace is decorating her hallway

Watching paint dry: Most things can be improved by throwing 10 litres of Ivory Silk emulsion at them

The Prime of Life: House maintenance is like painting the Forth Road Bridge

Tom Hopper is a striker, who spent the season on loan at Scunthorpe

Leicester City sex tape: So the lower ranks of football are as sordid and sinister as the top

This is about men degrading women, giggling with joy at the unfairness which lets them

Octogenarians head towards Scafell Pike. I watch them agog from my cafe table

Grace morphed into a tourist in her old stamping ground, Keswick

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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'