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Lesley Keating

LESLEY KEATING: Would you dare hold a door open for a woman?

I’m getting increasingly frustrated by discussions on why men shouldn’t hold doors open for women. It seems to be fashionable right now for independent women to belittle men and denounce door-holding as ‘patronising, condescending and anti-feminist’.

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LESLEY KEATING: Burning issue of being a dutiful wife

Poor Mike. Firstly, he married a blonde but ended up with a brunette when I literally went back to my roots, embracing my dark side, but that was a long time ago and he’s forgiven me.

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Ant McPartlin leaving a house in west London after he was interviewed by police on suspicion of drink-driving

LESLEY KEATING: Let’s hope Ant will be able to weather this latest storm

What is going on with Ant McPartlin? After a very public addiction to painkillers and alcohol and subsequent rehab, he was back on track co-presenting I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in December with best buddy Declan Donnelly.

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Snow joke - empty supermarket shelves

LESLEY KEATING: A little snow and supermarket shelves are empty

I’d expected there to be a few gaps on supermarket shelves for a short while, courtesy of the recent white-out from the Beast from the East.

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LESLEY KEATING: A sharp lesson on Mothering Sunday that I’ll never forget

When I was 10, I forgot Mothering Sunday. To be fair, my dad had probably dropped a few hints, but I’d been far too wrapped up in whatever my 10-year-old self was fascinated by to notice.

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LESLEY KEATING: A white-knuckle pursuit ending with a lesson in trust

Last Monday, I was in a heaving, North London pub watching my daughter Eloise perform with her band. The popular pub was full to capacity, and afterwards I drove her home with her equipment

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Dame Vivienne Westwood's global empire has come under fire for saving money by hiring unpaid interns. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

LESLEY KEATING: You can be paid way beyond financially as an intern

I was reading a newspaper on holiday when something made my blood boil. And it wasn’t the warm, sunny weather.

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LESLEY KEATING: Valentine’s Day always seemed sweeter as a teenager

Wednesday is Valentine’s Day – a day when thoughts turn to love, chocolate consumption hits an all-time high, roses reach crazily inflated prices and you can’t get a table to eat anywhere more exotic than McDonalds if you haven’t booked at least a month in advance.

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LESLEY KEATING: Hunting for winter sun without any Canary catastrophes

It’s that time again. I know the signs.

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Inspiration: Madeleine Shaw

LESLEY KEATING: Sugar-free for a year and I’m glowing

It’s been a whole year now since I embarked on my sugar-free journey and also became pescatarian, which is basically a vegetarian who eats fish.

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Skeleton staff at the cemetery

LESLEY KEATING: Never say never to healing family rifts

Families are usually the lynchpin of our existence and, for the most part, we usually get along. However, some families are embroiled in long-standing feuds and have vowed to never speak again. But fate sometimes intervenes.

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Unforgettable - Basil Fawlty thrashing his car

LESLEY KEATING: If you don’t start, I’m going to give you a damn good thrashing!

It’s the new year so I’ve just upgraded my old iPhone to the latest model and I couldn’t wait until it arrived.

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Santorini sunset: paradise, but constant Greek sunshine can wear thin

LESLEY KEATING: Living the sun-kissed dream is OK, but I missed England

I was listening to a couple of shoppers moaning about the weather the other day.

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LESLEY KEATING: Makeup on a train? I’d look like a suntanned zebra

Would you apply your makeup on the tube?

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Lesley says the white poppy movement is 'piggybacking' on the British Legion's remembrance campaign

LESLEY KEATING: Support peace, but not at the expense of the British Legion

It’s Remembrance Day this weekend and we are being encouraged to buy poppies.

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Proms are a big deal for teenage girls

LESLEY KEATING: A decision on prom should not have been left so late

It’s prom time again and Year 11 girls are looking forward to dressing up in glitzy prom dresses and getting their hair and make-up done.

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LESLEY KEATING: We must stop humanising these deluded murderers

Once again the country is reeling from more terrorist atrocities.

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A garden party at Buckingham Palace

LESLEY KEATING: Buckingham Palace was an overwhelming bling-fest

We went to a Buckingham Palace garden party last week and I was very excited to see what it would be like.

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Carol Vorderman

LESLEY KEATING: Routine profiling of women could detect danger levels

It was very unexpected and courageous of Carol Vorderman to explain on ITV’s Lorraine that she’d suffered so much with anxiety and depression during the menopause that she’d considered taking her own life.

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Lesley's got heron trouble

LESLEY KEATING: Fighting back against our devious and fearless heron

Mike decided to extend the pretty little fish pond under our pergola, which is shaded by plants, climbers and hanging baskets.

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