Neil Stokes

Neil Stokes

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2015's unfinished business

At my age it's hard to remember what you had for breakfast, never mind what happened 12 months ago. That's why I love a review of the year, to jog the memory and bring myself up to date. So, I hope you...

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Who needs Netflix?

If you read our report on the long-awaited arrival of Netflix in this country, on pages 36 and 37 (if not, go back and do so; I'll wait for you here), you may well be excited at finally getting to share...

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Not one to miss out on

So, finally the moment of truth is almost upon us. Soon the long-awaited September 27 elections will be here and voters in Catalonia will get a (sort of) chance to decide the future of the country. Naturally,...

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There's no place like home

I 've always wanted to see India, and visit the jungle-bound pyramids of South America. I've always imagined striding across Red Square or surfing at Bondi Beach. Yet, as 50 approaches, I realise I have...

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A day all about George

Whenever an historical figure is associated with a place, things can get out of hand. Famous figures attract attention and it is only normal that an influx of visitors keen on seeing birthplaces, artefacts...

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Anyone up for a bit of sport?

People who hate sport cannot understand what sports fans see in it. While lovers of sport know that the people who hate sport are simply misguided (guess which side I'm on). However, what cannot be denied...

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Not goodbye, just au revoir

It could be my advancing years making themselves felt, but it seems to me that we are increasingly critical of young people these days. Despite living in a society that idolises youth, where middle-aged...

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How about a top-up?

When you've seen one, you've seen them all. That is the ungenerous thought that often creeps into my mind on those occasions when I've found myself being led around a winery. Visiting a wine grower in...

Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn - My Fair Lady
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From 'guttersnipe' to lady

My 11-year old son was genuinely at a loss when I suggested watching the “girl's film”, My Fair Lady. Almost three hours later, however, he was still there on the sofa, mouth slightly open, absorbing...