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Lynne is going bra free

In search of a new freedom, Lynne Mortimer has decided to let it all hang out... or rather, down, as she ditches the D-cups.

Charles Dickens was born in February 1812

Charles Dickens was born in February 1812 and, in his lifetime as a journalist and author he visited East Anglia on many occasions – he reported an election in Ipswich and (apocryphally) a hanging at Norwich Castle.

Umpire Arnaud Gabas, of France, holds his face after being hit by a ball during first-round Davis Cup tennis match action between Canada's Denis Shapovalov and Britain's Kyle Edmund. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian Davis cup player Denis Shapovalov this week said he was “incredibly ashamed and embarrassed” after his default for hitting the umpire in the eye with a ball.

Armada portrait of Queen Elizabeth I

On January 30, 1649, King Charles I was taken to a scaffold specially erected outside the banqueting hall at Whitehall and executed. His death sentence for treason was passed by an angry parliament after a bloody civil war that set friends against friends, brothers against brothers and crown against state.

The naked truth about happiness. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

One should not airily dismiss an idea without giving it a whirl... which is why my laptop computer is making my thighs quite hot.

The gates at Auschwitz. Picture: HMD Trust

Today, on Holocaust Memorial Day we look at the importance of remembering not only the wartime victims of concentration campincluding Auschwitz-Birkenau, but also those killed in genocides since.

Ed Sheeran says he would love to appear on Desert Island Discs. (Photo: Greg Williams)

Desert Island Discs is 75 years old. Today we look at the music you wouldn’t rescue from your sinking ship.

Good riddance to the humble courgette, says Lynne Mortimer. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Courgettes or, if you are of an Italian or transatlantic persuasion, zucchini. At some point in the history of the world, the well-known vegetable came to the attention of three travelling French plant hunters, riding by.

Saturday 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day - will you be celebrating? Picture: Frances Crickmore citzenside.com

f you’re looking for a day to avoid, you might want to consider this Saturday, which is not only National Hug Day but also Squirrel Appreciation Day.

Lynne's grandsons at Christmas

The magic formula is: take one trimmed fir tree, add a pile of wrapped presents and stir in two small boys, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Lynne is ready for Christmas - and the excesses that are now a tradition

There are many, many experts that offer to help us through Christmas, writes Lynne Mortimer.

We can't all have Kirstie Allsopp's patience

George and Wil joined us at the weekend so we put up the Christmas tree, writes Lynne Mortimer.

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