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Fury as bookies’ VIP scheme that ‘grooms’ gamblers avoids ban 

The gambling watchdog yesterday came under fire for its refusal to ban ‘grooming’ tactics used by bookmakers – even though it admits they are designed to make punters spend more. New Gambling Commission rules to govern VIP schemes – accused of enticing the vulnerable with cash bonuses and exclusive tickets to sports matches – stopped […]

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Poet Laureate Simon Armitage’s new work about coronavirus is released to mark National Poetry Day

You might think all that time for reflection in lockdown would quite suit a poet. But yesterday, the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage – whose uplifting new work about how the pandemic has changed lives is released on National Poetry Day today – told how it sometimes left him lost for words. In a Zoom interview […]

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I just can’t bear to throw out my ex-husband’s clutter

When my husband left our family home 18 months ago, all he took with him was a small sports holdall and a clothes airer. He walked down the garden path leaving me, our two teenage children and the life we had spent 26 years creating together — and even at that catastrophic moment, I was […]