Rebecca Armstrong

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

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Actress Sienna Miller

Like Sienna Miller, I know how easy it is for ‘I love yous’ to slip out

I say it to my husband, siblings, and cat - even the odd colleague

Wine from cartons at Jamie’s Italian

Boxing clever: How I succumbed to the call of carton wine

Of course, we (I) should be drinking less. But you know what? January’s been a hard enough month

Hilary Clinton's revenge list is no bad idea

My tally is in my head rather than on my laptop. Not being a high-flying politician, I guess my enemies are fewer and easier to remember than hers are.

How to be a heroine - and get a bunch of new female friends

It's the kind of book I gobbled up, wanting to go slow to savour it - but unable to stop

The best way start to a new year is with a new diary

From Pepys to my mother, the devil - and the delight - is in the details

Monty Python's Michael Palin guest presented Radio 4's 'Today'

In praise of Michael Palin

Lovely Michael Palin is happily married to his wife (not his 32nd wife but his first)  - are you listening, Mr Cleese?

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To me, Christmas is little more than a Trivial Pursuit (literally)

Trivial Pursuit is our Christmas miracle, something that takes us back to a time when I was a toddler, the USSR was going strong, and Maggie Thatcher was at No. 10

Gift personalisation is twee, but there's something irresistible to it

I love the sound of my own name as much as everyone else

<b>5. Carluccios Beuno Festa</b> This is the first year Carluccio’s has produced an advent calendar and it was worth the wait. Besides the beautiful packaging, inspired by the colours of Bologna, each window reveals high-quality, foil wrapped chocolate in the shape of fruit, animal or something Christmassy. At 250g, there’s no skimping either. £10.95, www.carluccios.com

Rejoice, the Christmas chocolate calendar is upon us

People, I think it’s time we took a long hard look at this tradition, and ourselves

Book Review: Concretopia, By John Grindrod

In the past few weeks, two news stories have appeared that prove just how pertinent a book about Britain’s post-war rebuilding is in 2013. The first is the call from the Policy  Exchange think tank for a garden city to be built by the next government to solve Britain’s housing crisis. The second is the forced eviction of the final resident of the Heygate estate in south London so that the area can be redeveloped into luxury flats. Garden cities are still being hailed as an urban panacea, as they have been for more than a century, while Heygate’s rise and fall reveals the shortcomings of urban planning. Neither of these stories will have come as a surprise to John Grindrod, whose book Concretopia covers their inception with great flair.

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