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Blaise Tapp

BLAISE TAPP: The UK is the belligerent drunk at the end of bar

It’s fair to say, we are living in a country that feels far from united right now. It’s almost two years since 17.4 million people backed Brexit and voted to leave the European Union.
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Blaise says, unlike plastic, cold hard cash has never let him down

BLAISE TAPP: Cold, hard cash in my pocket – and a wry smile

The great thing about being an honorary Luddite is that you can very occasionally sit back in your faux-leather 1970s’ swivel chair and smugly chirp ‘I told you so’.
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BLAISE TAPP: 'Tis the season to be more giving to the lonely

BLAISE TAPP: 'Tis the season to be more giving to the lonely

We are not yet out of November, but it really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.
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BLAISE TAPP: Dear reader, without you we are nothing.

For as long as I can remember I have been a fully blown news addict, having got my regular fix from newspapers, radio, television, Ceefax and nowadays also via my laptop and smartphone.
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Aaaah, gardening - an escape

BLAISE TAPP: The joy of gardening – yes, I've hit middle age

I have long taken great pride in the fact that I am a prime example of a kidult, an overgrown man-child who refuses to act his age.
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BLAISE TAPP: Dear reader, without you we are nothing

For as long as I can remember I have been a fully blown news addict, having got my regular fix from newspapers, radio, television, Ceefax and nowadays also via my laptop and smartphone.
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BLAISE TAPP: Dear reader, without you we are nothing

For as long as I can remember I have been a fully blown news addict, having got my regular fix from newspapers, radio, television, Ceefax and nowadays also via my laptop and smartphone.
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Blaise's head is beginning to resemble Bobby Charlton's

BLAISE TAPP: It's not just little old ladies who are lonely

Although I am  generally happy with my lot in life, there are a number of issues which I really should get a grip of.
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Mind-reading - a terrifying prospect.

BLAISE TAPP: Thought Police will have a field day with our minds

It is not an over-exaggeration to say the past week or so has been full of shocks. First we had the deaths of two 1980s' sporting heroes – Ray Wilkins, the England midfielder who made an untucked shirt the playground fashion of that decade and Eric Bristow, he of five world darts championships and 12 pints a night fame.
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BLAISE TAPP: Festivities take many forms – for me it's Boxing Day footy

BLAISE TAPP: Festivities take many forms – for me it's Boxing Day footy

Christmas means something different to each of us.
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Prince William could be a role model for people struggling to cope with hair loss. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

BLAISE TAPP: Thoughts of baldness are not worth losing your hair over

There was a right royal fuss last week when the modern face of our most famous family, Prince William, got himself a new haircut.  
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Blaise has been working hard on his new year resolution

BLAISE TAPP: Is there a duller week in the year than this one?

The Christmas and new year break is fast becoming a distant memory, with the only reminder being the nearly empty box of Celebrations - if your house is anything like ours, there will be half a dozen tiny Bounty bars rattling around the bottom.
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Blaise Tapp says councils must understand the effect increasing parking charges has on the local economy

BLAISE TAPP: Are councils biting the hand that feeds them?

Is there anything more annoying than thinking you have spotted a space in a busy car park, only to find it is (partially) occupied by one of those micro machines?
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BLAISE TAPP: Roy Wood’s dream would be our logistical nightmare

BLAISE TAPP: Roy Wood’s dream would be our logistical nightmare

‘Daddy, why does this man on the radio want it to be Christmas every day? That would be really boring.’
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BLAISE TAPP: Is it too late to rectify my biggest ever regret?

BLAISE TAPP: Is it too late to rectify my biggest ever regret?

Like most people I make a point of publicly claiming that I don’t have too many regrets in life. But that is the fattest of lies.
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A dog owner letting their dog foul the pavement, with no thought of clearing it up

BLAISE TAPP: Dog dirt cretins should be named and shamed

Speak to any aspiring journalist – and I have met and interviewed hundreds in the past 20 years – and they will reveal a very clear set of ambitions.
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Sir Ridley Scott called teaching 'the most important of professions'

BLAISE TAPP: The lifelong influence of our classroom leaders

Ask most people to recall the name of the teacher who had the biggest impact on their school days and they will be able do so in a heartbeat.
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BLAISE TAPP: Murs was doing what we do best in an age of panic

BLAISE TAPP: Murs was doing what we do best in an age of panic

Olly Murs and the words 'terror' and 'scare' are ones which I am sure have never before found their way into the same sentence. Until last Friday.
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Kenny Tutt MasterChef 2018 champion.

BLAISE TAPP: Just grow up and learn how to wash your hands

If there is one thing guaranteed to make most people feel inadequate it is watching MasterChef while eating their tea.
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BLAISE TAPP: A mind-blowing year for historians of the future

BLAISE TAPP: A mind-blowing year for historians of the future

It is hard to believe that it is exactly 12 months since the world and his live-in lover were penning the obituaries to 2016 - a year unlike any other.
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