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It's hard to make time for reflection, but we should stop viewing it as 'optional'

Life today is often spent running from one thing to the next, feeling like you’re being chased by a burning fuse that’s about to explode if you don’t get to each thing on time. I’ve heard people disdain the phrase “I’m busy” as a modern affectation. That is, people are saying “I’m busy, so I’m important, I’m going places”. Where do we find time to reflect, before the world wakes up and starts with all its noise and chaos? Photo: Stocksy I don’t agree with that judgment. I think most people…

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Clementine Ford: I burned my teenage diaries, and it's one of my biggest regrets

I’m not a fastidious diarist, but there have been concentrated periods in my life when I’ve indulged in the satisfying egotism of keeping a journal. As a teenager, this translated to thousands of words dedicated to discussing (often in lightning quick non-sequitur) such meaningful topics as: my hideous body, my grotesque face, how out of touch my parents were, how many times a day I just “needed” a cigarette, the excellence or awfulness of my frenemies (depending on the week); and, in the manner of dramatic teenage diarists everywhere, how I was simultaneously both the worst and…

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It's a wrap for this aristocrat and lady who lunches

To their friends they are simply Luke and Julie Montagu, a likeable, professional couple from London in Australia for a working holiday with their young family doing the usual stuff: snorkelling on the reef and catching the sights of Sydney. Oh, and American born and raised Julie is something of a yoga and wellness celebrity in her adopted Britain. She’s also here promoting a new range of gluten-free wraps called BFree.. Luke Montagu, Earl of Sandwich and his wife Julie.  Photo: James Brickwood So, not much to report? Well, not quite. They are also British aristocracy, the Viscount…

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Game of Thrones is back – and it's 'epic'

Game of Thrones has returned for its seventh season – and the critics are generally quite happy about it. “It was a thrill to have the show back and it looked more stunning than ever,” wrote The Independent‘s reviewer. “By the end of the episode it is clear that the stage is now set for a war of truly epic proportions,” wrote Jess Kelham-Hohler of the Evening Standard. Yet Digital Spy’s Alex Mullane did feel the episode – entitled Dragonstone – was “a little underwhelming in places”. The first episode…

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Gilberto Silva tells Jack Wilshere: It's down to you whether you have an Arsenal future – LISTEN

Jack Wilshere Saturday, July 15, 2017 Gilberto Silva has told Jack Wilshere his Arsenal future is in his own hands. The midfielder spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and, with 12 months left on his Gunners contract, is facing a make-or-break year at the Emirates. Former Arsenal ace Silva, a fans’ favourite during his six-year spell in north London, insists Wilshere has talent to force his way back into Arsene Wenger’s team but must show he is up for the fight. Speaking to Ian Abrahams at the Star Sixes event at…

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'You only have one body' – Becker tells Murray it's time to rest

Media playback is not supported on this device Wimbledon 2017 on the BBC Venue: All England Club Dates: 3-16 July Starts: 11:30 BST Live: Coverage across BBC TV, BBC Radio and BBC Sport website with further coverage on Red Button, Connected TVs and app. Click for full times. Andy Murray’s defence of his Wimbledon title ended with him limping to defeat in his quarter-final against Sam Querrey on Wednesday. The 30-year-old Briton will retain his world number one ranking for now, because Novak Djokovic was forced to retire from his…

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It's taken a couple of decades, but I'm finally at peace with my moustache

 The winter of 1999 was not a great time to grow a moustache, especially if, like me, you were a 17-year-old girl. The end of the century was a fresh-faced era, after all. Aside from Paul Walker, Skeet Ulrich, Brad Renfro (RIP) and Seth Green, Dolly magazine’s list “The Hottest 99 Guys To Watch In ’99” was exclusively a clean-shaven zone. Clem Bastow: “I’ve lasered it, waxed it, bleached it, encouraged it, and occasionally darkened it with mascara, depending on Where I’m At.”  Female celebrities’ eyebrows were as slim-fit as…

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