Category: Lives

Experience: I lost my sight overnight

When I opened my eyes, I knew this was more than just an ordinary hangoverI was 16 when I first went to sea. Having joined the merchant navy after school, I got a round-the-world cruise as my first trip – we went to South...

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Experience: I am the dullest man in Britain

My three ex-wives all found me dull; not in the bedroom, but in every other part of the houseI grew up in Small Heath, Birmingham, known to most as Peaky Blinders territory. I was interested in football and history at school,...

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Experience: I punctured my lung by eating cereal

I’d got through about a third when I felt an excruciating pain under my shoulderAccidents happen to me all the time – I play a lot of sports in Melbourne, where I am finishing a master’s degree and potentially storming towards a...

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Experience: a cactus saved my life

‘This is it,’ I thought as I started to roll down the canyon, rapidly picking up speedI ended up in South America quite by chance. Having left school in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, in 1993, thinking I might like to go into...

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Experience: my scream is famous

You’ve heard me in Paranormal Activity, Free Guy and Scream. We are like stunt people, doing stuff that could damage an actor’s voiceIf I see a bug, I will scream. I’ll shriek when I’m scared or startled. It’s just so natural,...

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Lady in Waiting

The remarkable life of Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret who was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation. Anne Glenconner reveals the real events behind The Crown as well as her own life of drama, tragedy and courage, with the wonderful wit and extraordinary resilience which define her.