Lesley Keating

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.

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.

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.

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.

If you can do this, you've won Lesley's respect

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

Would you apply your makeup on the tube?

Lesley says the white poppy movement is piggybacking on the British Legions 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.

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.

Lesley Keating

LESLEY KEATING: We must stop humanising these deluded murderers

Once again the country is reeling from more terrorist atrocities.

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.

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.

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.

Lesley says we could live without electronics on flights

LESLEY KEATING: Shouldn’t there be a total ban on electronic devices on planes?

New regulations are prohibiting laptops, iPads, Kindles and other electronic devices from being brought into the UK in hand luggage via direct flights from six Middle Eastern nations – Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Siri can be unwelcome

Is lunchtime too soon for me to have an early night?

The first hour is the rudder of the day’, said 19th century American social reformist Henry Ward Beecher.

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They may be low fat, but they’re loaded with chemicals and sugar

As my healthy eating regime kicks in, I’ve been trawling the supermarkets to see which has the best cache of organic and sugar-free produce.

Lesley says the driving test needs to be renamed

Time to rename test and bring in regular driving refreshers

Now I’m not suggesting for a moment that I have an unblemished driving record. I’ve had the odd prang, like many of us.

Donald Trump

I’m no big fan, but Donald could still come up trumps

Newly sworn-in Donald Trump certainly wasn’t the most popular choice on the world stage with his shock election as the next US president and the world’s most powerful man.

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