Q. I'm a single mother in my forties and I think I've begun to develop some kind of social phobia. People think of me as quite a confident person. I'm fine dealing with people in my work and at the school gate (I have two sons aged 11 and 14), but I dread any social event.
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Friday 06 September 2013
After too many summers spent getting drunk on warm cider and soaked by cold rain, is it time for a year off?
Wednesday 24 July 2013
Some experiences that you notch up as a student you just can't beat.
Reginald D Hunter at the PFA Player of the Year awards: Right man, but wrong event at the wrong time
Monday 29 April 2013
The Independent's Sam Wallace, who was in attendance at last night's awards, provides an insight into events
Wednesday 20 February 2013
Emili Sandé is the most nominated artist up for four awards followed by Rita Ora, Mumford & Sons and Alt-J with three nominations each
Monday 18 February 2013
Hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks have been added to the line-up of the Isle of Wight Festival along with 1980s favourites T'Pau.
Tuesday 29 January 2013
"It's time to re-Rat, to go back to Boomtown for a visit," Bob Geldof said as he announced the Irish post-punk outfit that really don't like Mondays were to reform for shows including a Sunday-night spot at the Isle of Wight Festival.
Sunday 30 December 2012
A new set of celebrities reveal their pet hates. Jonathan Owen investigates
Justice Collective's Hillsborough charity single He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother wins chart battle beating Simon Cowell-backed X Factor winner James Arthur
Sunday 23 December 2012
Proceeds from ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ will pay legal costs for relatives campaigning for justice
Monday 03 December 2012
Singer-songwriter Jake Bugg, Blondie, Ellie Goulding and Bloc Party are among acts added to the line-up of next-year's Isle of Wight Festival.
Thursday 22 November 2012
Sir Paul McCartney is to take on the X Factor for the Christmas number one after joining the line-up of a Hillsborough charity single.
Saturday 17 November 2012
The BBC's Children in Need appeal raised more than £26 million during this year's live television show, beating the 2011 total.
Tuesday 13 November 2012
Three days before the BBC hosts its annual Children in Need telethon it is desperately fighting to shore up public trust in the organisation.
Friday 02 November 2012
Take That frontman Gary Barlow has signed up to play what could be the smallest gig of his career - in DJ Chris Evans' pub.
Monday 11 June 2012
Gary Barlow and his Commonwealth Band have leapt to the top of the chart this week with Jubilee anthem Sing.
Friday 09 March 2012
When Adele's producer stepped into the limelight at the Grammys, a Svengali was unmasked, says Elisa Bray
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict
- 1 'Kidnapped boy may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,' say police
- 2 Ridley Scott on Exodus, Gods and Kings casting: 'I'm not going to get it financed if my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such'
- 3 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 4 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 5 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school