Grace Dent

Grace Dent writes about television for The Independent

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Pupils arrive at school with their parents at the start of a new school year

School-run parents: be careful – very careful – what you wish for

Plans to group siblings together into the same schools may do wonders for the school run, but what about everything else?

Chocolate labs are the well-meaning but renegade splinter group of this usually dependable breed

Did I tell you about my labrador? A perilous mix of shameless and not quite the full shilling

In the past fortnight Betty has eaten a 50ml bottle of Sandalwood beard oil, a beloved home-nurtured rosemary plant, and a large tub of Philadelphia cream cheese

Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan of One Direction on stage

One Direction split: All boybands must die – it's the only way their fans can grow up

Young girls want to believe that 1D are destined to stay together forever, because all strong friendships we make as young people last forever, don’t they?

Bring me my beau with a Union Jack waistcoat - I need a ticket for the Last Night of the Proms

If I want to weep during 'Jerusalem' I will. I have done far stupider things to music
Parcels being prepared for dispatch at Amazon’s warehouse in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

Oh so handy, oh so ethically awry - I sold my soul to Amazon long ago

'Amazon Prime proudly sponsors Jeremy Clarkson’s lovely big Chipping Norton kitchen extension with heated floor tiles' is definitely not the tagline any respectable liberal wants

Show me an aerosol-toting, graffiti-daubing hipster and I'll show you my nunchucks

Graffiti is celebrated by those who live somewhere gorgeous – without graffiti but with gated security – and totally, like, completely support youth expression

Donald Trump during a recent campaign speech

Here’s a lesson in my menstrual cycle, Donald Trump – you need it

One of the weirdest things about the 'got the painters in, have you?' trope is how biologically inaccurate it is

Welcome to womanhood, Caitlyn Jenner! Great dress! Just don’t wear it again, yeah?

By the time you are trussed up to an acceptable level the thought of casually walking anywhere will be unthinkable. Besides, men will shout "Boooobs!" at you out of cars

RIP Cilla Black

Cilla Black was the nation's glamorous, no-nonsense aunt. I was really hoping she'd give immortality a go

Blathering into a phone with a coiled cord, she performed actual magic on that couch

When I hit the Lottery jackpot, I'll show all the other winners how it's supposed to be done

The crucial difference between Grace Dent and the previous umpteen-thousand suckers who have won millions is that she would spend the money properly

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