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A man who had given up the drink years previously told me it was the most selfish thing he had ever done. “And that’s the only reason it worked,” he a(...)

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About a year ago on a tourist coach in Austria, a fellow passenger became agitated because she thought she had lost her mobile phone. The venue we had(...)

‘I would there were no age between 16 and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting we(...)

I used to do business with a man who always said no the first time you asked him for anything. I eventually figured out that if I went away for a coup(...)

I wonder if eating is the most emotionally-laden of our behaviours? And if that is so, aren’t attempts to deal with the obesity issue by making people(...)

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