TALKING BOLLOCKS AT THE BARBERSHOP

I went for a haircut last week and got chatting to my regular barber, Joe. He’d had a pretty dramatic chop himself, apparently for his sister’s wedding over the summer. ‘Yeah, I took one for the team,’ he explained. I smiled at the thought of a man who cuts hair for a living still being […]

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WHEN SOMEONE DIES, THE THING PEOPLE MOST WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAY IS THAT THEY LIVED WELL. AND I DON’T BELIEVE THAT HAPPENS WITHOUT TRYING. MAN ALIVE | LEARNING THE ART OF LIVING WELL

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BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO INSECURITY

‘I don’t like my school anymore,’ my six-year-old son told me after his first day in year two last week. ‘I haven’t got any friends.’ This seemed peculiar given that he is still attending the same school as the year before, with the same pupils and even, for the time being, the same teacher. I […]

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YOU CAN’T CHANGE WHAT YOU ARE BUT IF YOU’RE A SQUIRREL YOU CAN BECOME A FLYING SQUIRREL. MY SON, JACKSON BROOKS-DUTTON, AGED 6

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LIFE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

I used to feel like I was missing something when it came to art, like maybe I’d skipped the most important lesson at school or something. I would go to galleries and exhibitions and pretend to ‘get it’ but, truthfully, I didn’t have a clue what I was looking at or what I was supposed […]

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It’s much harder to be unhappy when you can see a palm tree. MY BROTHER, NICK DUTTON, 1997

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