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Middle Class Problems: Our kitchen is still a building site - when will we get to finally use our Smeg hob?

It should all have been over by Christmas: old units out, one little wall down, panoramic window.....

DJ Taylor: Managers flee in terror from female misogynist Amanda Jenkinson

A casual visitor to the Lothbury offices of Messrs Tender & Mainprice, chartered accountants,.....

Alison has decided that her friends and 'concerned' acquaintances aren't the problem - she is

Alison Taylor on relationships: Being alone is a skill, OK?

When I started writing this column, I wrote about how friends, and friends of friends, seem obses.....

Tim Key: I do find it tough to get a tan. I think I'm just not built for it in the way that my dad is

I feel like I'm not getting enough credit for my suntan. I've got one, don't worry about that. I'.....

Jihadist militants leading away captured Iraqi soldiers in Tikrit, Iraq, in June

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now President Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink?

DJ Taylor: Arch manipulator Trisha Parkinson constantly demands that a fuss should not be made

There is perhaps a slight feeling among her many friends that, at 79, Mrs Patricia Parkinson is t.....

Middle Class Problems: Allotment etiquette is tricky - maybe it's time to renew the organic veg-box order?

Courgettes the size of your arm, sweetcorn towering majestically, beanpoles twined gaily with swe.....

Alison says: 'What strikes me as interesting is this fast-tracked meta-relationship and proclamations of intensified feelings from the get-go'

Alison Taylor: It's pursue pursue pursue, like a lovesick puppy, then make like a dead person and disappear

Have you heard the one about 'girlfriend simulation'? Apart from Kelly LeBrock in Weird Science a.....

Tim Key: I wouldn't say I've travelled the world to listen to karaoke, but...

My God. I love karaoke. Not doing it, obviously. But watching it. Or, more accurately, listening .....

DJ Taylor: How does ageing student Lucian afford his (surprisingly expensive) post-graduate lifestyle and what does he hope to get out of it?

People introduced to Lucian for the first time – usually fellow students at the University of Loa.....

Middle Class Problems: Group holidays are innately stressful

Holidays, of course, are about shedding the stresses of daily life. Group holidays, on the other .....

Alison says: 'Despite having had long periods of being single, I don't really 'do' one night stands'

Alison Taylor on relationships: The morning after is like the witching hour in reverse. Or The Twilight Zone

The Morning After. If this were a destination you could book to go on holiday, you wouldn't go. B.....

Tim Key: My reaction when opening my wardrobe is the same as opening my fridge. A gloom descends

On Wednesday evening I was suddenly struck by just how piss-poor my wardrobe is. It was around 8p.....

A tiger killed just outside a village

Save the tiger: Learning to live with dangerous neighbours

Even in the face of deadly attacks, the villagers of the Sundarbans realise the importance of their tigers

DJ Taylor: Mr Grist would be mortified to hear himself described as one of nature's complainers

'I think you'll find I'm within my rights," Mr Grist announces, one foot poised on the kerb of Si.....

Middle Class Problems: Should we ask before we take our Great British Bake Off pudding to a dinner party?

A nation clatters its pots and pans, oven thermometers can't be had for love nor money, everyone .....

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