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Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate

DJ Taylor: Mrs Striver could profit by immersion in the pool, but Wendy doesn't 'do' exercise

Of all the spectators gathered at the Macclesfield and District junior swimming club's gala night.....

Middle Class Problems: When it comes to university applications, parents must ensure their child's Personal Statement soars above all rival efforts

With only a couple of weeks to go until the final deadline for university applications, parents .....

Alison says: 'It's been a magical year for friendship. I've had several first dates with prospective new pals that have developed into something really rather special and emoji-filled.'

Alison Taylor on relationships: 'The Joy of Sex is the second best thing to come out of the 1970s after you,' wrote my friend

How was it for you? 2014, I mean. It's traditional at this time of year to take time to reflect o.....

Tim Key: I am getting something engraved for a special lady. This is a big, big commitment

I went to get some engraving done this week on a metal box thing that I've bought for a special l.....

DJ Taylor: The Huntley family would not dream of contriving excuses to stop Auntie Carol visiting

No one can quite remember the precise nature of Auntie Carol's connection to the Huntley family. .....

Middle Class Problems: The round-robin letter is a relentless pass-the-parcel of familial festive cheer

The post is here. Off we trot expecting something innocuous – a personalised Christmas card from .....

Tim Key: I have five of mocha in front of me. This is a joke. At least, I think it is

When is a joke not a joke? Not sure, really. I suppose when one person thinks it's a joke and the.....

Alison says: 'I'm still lucky now, so shut up about being single'

Alison Taylor: My Christmas isn't defined by the fact that I don't have a husband or boyfriend

I wrote a piece for a magazine last December about how I enjoy going home to mum and dad's for Ch.....

DJ Taylor: Sir James Pendlebury occasionally concedes that his career was really very tedious

Visitors to the big house at Berkhamsted, watching Sir James Pendlebury deadheading his roses or .....

Alison says: 'I'm a sucker for a man who can give a charismatic speech'

Alison Taylor: You've got to love a bad boy ... but why?

'I like baseball, movies, good clothes, fast cars, whisky and you. What else do you need to know?.....

Tim Key: In the UK countryside, miles away from anywhere, I worry that cabin fever is setting in

I find myself in the wilds this week. Stuffed up in the UK countryside, miles away from anywhere,.....

'The CIA's depravities are not going to infuriate the Muslim world – because the Muslim world has been enraged about these crimes for years'

CIA torture report: These depravities are not going to infuriate the Muslim world – they've been enraged about them for years

It's the Western response that the torturers really fear, which is why the CIA has been so intent on misleading us

DJ Taylor: There's a drawback to spirit guide Bella Moriarty's technique ... she's never particularly exact

It was as a small child, playing innocently in the back-garden of her grandmother's house at Llan.....

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At some point in their intrepid exploration of the gastronomic landscape, urban foodies feel duty.....

Alison says: 'The lines of 'relationships' these days can be so blurry and undefined'

Alison Taylor on relationships: How do you call time on a 'non-thing' which is soon to become even less of a 'thing'?

'Phasing'. I've heard this annoying verb in the context of relationships three times this past we.....

Tim Key: I am playing cat and mouse with Amazon. Over some pink roller skates

Cat and mouse. That's what I am currently playing with Amazon. I am the cat: writing notes on my .....

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