Rebecca Armstrong

Rebecca Armstrong is features editor for The Independent and i paper.

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My grandmother didn't dwell on the past, but there was so much we wanted to know

I want to know how it felt to be a child in the 1930s and a young woman in the 1940s

Rebecca Armstrong's tortoise, Nimrod, hibernates annually in the fridge

Eggs, milk, butter... tortoise: What's in your fridge?

Who knew that a survey of Europe's fridges would be so fascinating? As well as shedding light on our eating habits, it also revealed the inedible things we stash in there. Medicines, nail varnish, batteries, sun lotion and glue were items that those surveyed admitted to having in their doors and drawers.

Oi, BT, forget the sport and sort my colleague out

If I worked at BT, the comments section would keep me awake at nights

How to Get a Council House, episode one

TV review: How to Get a Council House, Channel 4

The Dealership, Channel 4

Mogs have taken over from dogs as the world’s No 1 pet

It’s 10pm - do you know where your moggy is? Wildlife campaigner calls for cat curfew

The claws are out for cats who are free to roam at night. The wildlife campaigner Rosie Catford (no, really) of the Wildlives Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Essex has come out in favour of a cat curfew, of the kind already seen in some parts of the US and Australia, in a bid to save some of the “200 million birds and small animals killed by domestic cats every year in Britain”.

Just because I’ve been on holiday doesn’t mean I have to be happy

“Holiday hangover”, “back-to-work blues”, “post-travel depression” – it’s a well-known affliction, and I'm suffering from it

Take a holiday from Twitter and beat the baddies

Blabbing your movements in minute detail online is a bit daft

Mark Carney starts Monday as the new Governor of the Bank of England

My top (office) tips for Mark Carney

Making your way in a new workplace is tricky, no matter how important you are

Parents are not as good as professional driving instructors

Learn to drive with your parents and be driven crazy

Half of the teenagers polled were worried about being shouted at

Teaching children to fail has become trendy

Come on girls, fail better! The schools that teach it's okay to not always succeed

You might have thought, on hearing this week that a British girls’ school is going to start setting its 11-year-old pupils a test that it’s impossible to get 100 per cent in, that the teachers have snapped. “That’s it!” I can imagine an anguished denizen of the staff room bellowing. “Give the toerags a test so tough they’ll be begging for mercy next term!” But no. Oxford High School for Girls wants to teach its scholars that it’s acceptable “not to get everything right” and that they shouldn’t be too concerned about being “little Miss Perfect”. Blooming heck, I can’t imagine my old headmistress going for that.

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