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Marcella - It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world

Drums thrum menacingly, as a woman strides through a deserted office. She heads to the roof and steps up on to the parapet, the street far below. She hesitates, teeters on the edge...

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Roy Edmonds

A Word In Your Ear - February 22, 2018

Ordering a coffee used to be simple: you asked for white or black. There was also what we called ‘expresso’: coffee frothed up with hot milk, usually mixed half and half.

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History could have been very different if a bungled plan to assassinate Richard Nixon with a plane hadn't been thwarted

The Thing Is With Steve Canavan

Regular readers of this column will know I’m a hugely intellectual man - indeed I was once a contestant on Mastermind and scored maximum marks in my chosen specialist subject, Playboy centrefolds of the 1980s.

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Rev Ron Feb 19 PE memories, shoe polish, Blackpool front and tower facts

REV RON GREENALL: Every picture tells a story

First of all, a few facts about what happened in this week in times past that has relevance for us today.

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REV RON GREENALL: Tall stories from Lancashire but always true

REV RON GREENALL: Tall stories from Lancashire but always true

I’m asked if I tell you tall stories in these articles – the answer is no, for I deal in facts not fiction.

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24th Blackpool Scouts celebrate Pancake Day

Scouting Snapshots

A flipping marvellous way to mark Mardi Gras

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John Simm was excellent in ITVs three-part drama Trauma

Trauma - an excellent study of grief, but not so good as a thriller

Grief is a funny thing. Not literally, obviously, but it can affect different people in all sorts of different ways.

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It got knocked down but it got put up again

Bollards to the lot of you

This week a lump of  Lancashire-based granite known, via Twitter notoriety, as the Fishergate Bollard was nominated for  a ‘smile award’ for its unique take on life as an inanimate object - with a habit of getting knocked down and then getting up again.
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The Thing Is with Steve Canavan

The Thing Is with Steve Canavan

I was in Sainsbury’s to do – and I know this is surprising – some shopping, when I met a couple who live on the same street as me.

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Roy Edmonds

A Word In Your Ear - February 15, 2018

It’s time to talk rubbish. By that, I mean our household waste collection and council recycling. Is it working? Look around and see the answer.

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Shaun Evans and Roger Allam star in Endeavour

Endeavour - a lesson from history

After the President’s Club, and grid girls, and Harvey Weinstein, and equal pay at the BBC, it seems there is anational debate under way about male privilege, the abuse of power and the rights of women.

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S'not on

The politics of snot

You know those days. When you wake with your head in a fog so reminiscent of pea-soup, everything is green and lumpy.

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The Thing Is with Steve Canavan

The Thing Is with Steve Canavan

‘Kitchen’ door’s an open and shut case

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Roy Edmonds

A Word In Your Ear - February 8, 2018

Everything in the garden is rosy and there’s a hint of spring in the air.

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Ore Oduba and Julia Bradbury counted down Britain's Favourite Walks

Britain's Favourite Walks - The long walk to boredom

Mark Twain apparently once said that “golf is a good walk spoiled.”
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Let's cut the.. office language

Let's axe the drivel (with top 10 list)

I’m holding my hand up - I’m guilty too.
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The Thing Is with Steve Canavan

The Thing Is with Steve Canavan

If I ever feel myself getting big-headed - unlikely as usually one needs something to be big-headed about (a number one song in the charts, a best-selling book, first prize in the UK Marrow-Growing Championships … that kind of thing), then I go and spend time with my mother.

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Roy Edmonds

A Word In Your Ear - February 1, 2018

“I lost my shirt playing cards,” confessed Harry, “also my suit - had to borrow clothes to walk home. She wasn’t pleased,” he added, glancing at wife Barbara.

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Aasma Day

Congratulations! Oops ... you're not pregnant ...

There’s nothing quite like a pregnant pause... and there’s nothing as awkward as the pregnant pause you get when you congratulate a woman on her impending arrival – when she’s not actually pregnant.
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The cast of this week's episode of Inside No.9. From left, Reece Shearsmith, Miranda Hennessy, Nicola Walker and Steve Pemberton

Inside No.9 - The best way to spend 30 minutes

Thirty minutes isn’t a very long time, when you think about it. It’s less than a half of football. Barely a third of most modern films. You could probably just about manage to walk a mile in half an hour.

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