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Imagine's film about Vivian Maier, a French nanny who turned herself into a remarkable photographer, began with the tabloid headline reduction of her life: "Mary Poppins with a camera". If you already knew her story, I imagine that might have made you wince a little. If you didn't know her story, it was a mark of how good Jill Nicholls's film was that you winced in retrospect, when the Mary Poppins tag came round again. By then you understood how far short that simplification fell of Maier's captivating and thought-provoking tale, full of sad ironies and fruitful paradoxes.

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Review: First Call, Last Call

First Call

My Worst Car: Lesley Walters' Mini - Me and my Mini

I REMEMBER my worst car quite fondly. It was a bright orange Mini which cost pounds 200 and was held together with wire and clothes pegs. You might wonder how the pegs were used; well, that was to keep the choke out. It would not run without it. In all, I had six in a neat, colourful row.

Right of Reply: Martin George

British Airways' marketing director responds to Egon Ronay's criticisms of their food

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Family Affairs: Diary of a divorce


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Michael Ratcliffe explores the nature of our passion

Sport on TV: Strangled gurgles and too much silver lining

Tom Watts, get out of town. There's a new voice on the blocks. Well, not so new. Seventy-one years old, in fact.


THE EYE PROFILE : VANESSA FELTZ talks with James Rampton

'After three, groove on down to the booth'

The Referendum Party is planning to rock the vote with its single "Let the People Decide", sub-titled "The Rabble Army Song". It will be released in the run-up to the General Election in a bid to get youngsters boogying on down to the booths. Its creator was George Hargreaves, the man whose hit "So Macho" took Sinitta to number two in the charts in 1986.

Quiz reveals everything that you didn't want to know about Channel 5

Welcome to the age of the Mezzobrow.


Publishing cookbooks used to be a genteel business, with erudite heroines such as Elizabeth David. No longer. Following Delia Smith's spectacula r successes last year, everyone wants a slice of the action. Emily Green watches the gold-rush

It's pop cuisine: the new way to a lad's heart

What has 35 TV shows a week, dozens of brash magazines and now a whole channel to itself? The answer is food. Vanessa Thorpe investigates

fringe round-up: Poems to Read to Your Parents

It was when the woman in the multi-coloured waistcoat started dancing to Neil Diamond's "Mr Bojangles", strummed with severe melancholy by a grey-haired man in white shorts, that the flashbacks started. Pebble Mill at One, mid-Seventies. That childhood incomprehension, barely articulated at the time, at so much desultory and unfulfilled adult behaviour. John Dowie (tracksuit bottoms, Larry Grayson specs "as skinny as a man can be") had prepared the way for this tot-recall with a series of short poems that sounded funny on the outside, but were, more often than not, sombre reflections on mortality (lines on dead cats and ageing men). "If you can't depress them when they're six, then what's the point of being in Edinburgh?" he inquired, to much parental approval.
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