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Prince Harry

Even republicans approve, surely?

Microwaving tea

Recommended by scientists, apparently. Disgusting

No televised election debates

Disappointing; we were rather looking forward to May vs The Sturge


Olivia Coleman = nailed-on Future National Treasure

Spring Bank holidays

Too close together! Very bad!


“I queued for THREE BLOODY HOURS at B&Q for a new recycling bin! The entire town’s in CHAOS”


To be listened to whole on a long journey for maximum effect

Using a proper paper map

Strangely satisfying

The “Flash” Flash ad

It’s back! Possibly the best ever singing dog in an advert ever

Crap tacos

Reheated, with too much chilli: middle-class kebabs, basically

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    Is there anything worse than an "ice-breaker"?

    Have you been through that moment at a brain-storming session or training day when the leader of the session makes you do a peculiar brain-testing exercise with someone you don’t know, just to “get things going”?

    At the training days I have to go on as a teacher you have to do loads, and I have found myself having to, among other things, confess the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever done, work out how you would carry water without a bucket, and mime being part of a football crowd.

    On one particularly awful occasion, I was told to sketch the person on my right; fine in theory, but she was hugely obese, so what to do? (I just did her face). They’re all excruciatingly embarrassing, and not actually ice-breakers at since all anyone wants to do at the end of them is get away from the other person. I’ve always felt these actually make it easier for the leader, because they get to waste half an hour that they’re presumably getting paid for.

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