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Ask your mum, dear

As the proud auntie of three rapidly-growing nieces and a nephew, I have fallen into the role of indulgent friend, the lady who cossets, treats and sends them home exhausted with new and exciting habits like watching TV in bed, chocolate muffins for breakfast and looking at tablets way past their two-hour daily limits.

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The uniting sounds of summer

I absolutely love Wimbledon.

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Is Napercise the next big thing?

Don’t drown while doing your downward dog

I balance carefully on my knees and hands, pulling in my core muscles, while a tiny goat balances on its little trotters on my back..

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Hot metal box holiday fun

Hot metal box holiday fun

It’s the time of year where we all throw our skimpiest items of clothing, gallons of expensive creams and lotions plus multiple electrical items into a bag..

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Nicola Adam, Group Editor

Lies, damned lies, and our dearly beloved

It’s not just politicians you know, we are all big fat liars.

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Northern soul will prevail

Northern soul will prevail

Words cannot be sufficient for what has happened in Manchester.

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Floral tributes left outside Manchester Town Hall

There are some truly horrible people out there

There are some truly sick people out there, just ask anyone affected by Monday night’s atrocity at the Manchester Arena.

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Nicola Adam, Group Editor

Sticks and stones are preferable

It’s a war on words that has seen no let up as the social media-led trend for feeling offended escalates to epic proportions.

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I can think of many other things I would rather have spent my money on

A £25 garden waste gripe

If you live in Burnley and are fortunate enough to have a garden you have just had to stump up either £25 or £30 to have your “green bin” emptied.

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Editor Chris Daggett

#TrustedNewsDay

Our Fighting Fake News campaign is aimed at reminding our readers and website users about the importance of our brands in bringing you trusted news.

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Fighting Fake News

Our popularity may have waned but..

Journalists were once considered the second most unpopular professionals after estate agents.

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Tim Bobbin

Talking beer: ‘Zero tolerance’ to bar-room swearing presents problems

Now, I’m sure most of you have used a few swear words in conversion, within the confines of a public house or bar. However, if you are now heard using some choice industrial language in a Samuel Smith’s hostelry it is now likely you are going to be directed towards the exit door.

Eating Out
Toilet sign

Best times in the ladies loo

It’s a long established, unassailable fact that the best conversations, partying, gossip and general times on a night out are not to be had at the bar, or dancing like you just don’t care, but in the ladies’ bathroom with the more partygoers the better.

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Happiness is.. a good book

Happiness is.. a good book

I’m one of those strange people in shops and libraries who always lifts a book to the nose and sniffs.

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Kylie Minogue

Not so emotional downloads

Music might be the food of love but it’s also the soundtrack to many a dodgy memory throughout my life.

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Female racegoers react in the crowd during day one of the Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 6, 2017. See PA story RACING Aintree. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A fabulous time had by all

It’s that time of year when race-goers top up their tans, shoehorn on towering shoes, spend a fortune on glamorous frocks, hours getting hair curled and arranging hats at perfect tilt... only to be tabloid-shamed the next day necking champagne then plummeting from high heels, exposing their nether regions and generally humiliated via unflattering photography.

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Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar and Vicky McClure in Line of Duty

Line of Duty - Fact is, this is the best drama on TV

Apparently, we are living in a post-truth world, one in which the truth can be anything you like, as long as it fits your own view of the world.

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Nicola Adam

How words changed my life

When I was a small girl, I was so desperately lacking in confidence I was almost invisible.

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Members of the public during the candlelight vigil in Trafalgar Square, London to remember those who lost their lives in the Westminster terrorist attack. Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Finding way from the terror

I wasn’t going to write about the terror attack in London.

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The Throwdown finalists - Richard, Clover and Ryan

The Great Pottery Throwdown - The natural successor to Bake-Off's crown

It may have escaped your notice, but the BBC recently lost the jewel in its primetime crown – The Great British Bake-Off. The Beeb has been running auditions for “the next Bake-Off” for some time now – many with some arrangement of the words ‘Great’, ‘British’, ‘Challenge’ and ‘Off’ in the title.

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