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Three years ago my mother died and we inherited her 13-year-old Shetland sheepdog Nutkin, writes Julia Stephenson. His sibling had just died with severe joint damage and arthritis and Nutkin was in similarly bad shape too. He was overweight, listless, limped badly and his teeth were covered in plaque.

 


 

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Dr Brian May, the legendary Queen guitarist, speaks up for animals at every opportunity he can - writes Julia Stephenson. When I hosted the launch of the Green Party animal welfare manifesto at my flat, we were thrilled when he turned up to offer his support. Modest and unassuming, he deflects the attention he attracts towards causes close to his heart.


 

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And so to Hampton Court to see the The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned, an exhibition of portraits of Charles II’s principal mistresses, including Nell Gwyn and Barbara Villiers, brought together for the first time, writes Julia Stephenson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Like many townies, I often fantasise about quitting my urban eyrie for the bucolic delights of the countryside, writes Julia Stephenson.

 

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I was recently gripped by an article written by the glamorous SAC (single and childless) Petronella Wyatt in which she details the unpleasant and judgmental comments other people make about her situation.


Is it true? Are single childless women penalized by society?

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A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Choose Life in Holland Park


Like many of us, I didn’t know much about the eminent historian Dr Arnold Toynbee, beyond his book of dialogues with SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, Choose Life, but I was very keen to be involved with the 40th anniversary celebration of these profound conversations.

 

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I’ve just returned from a few days holiday in the South of France. Holiday? It was hell on earth, writes Julia Stephenson.

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