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Experience: I live in the 1990s

We have a Spice Girls calendar on the door and an old VHS player – I watch my Vicar of Dibley box set on itI was born in 1998, at the tail end of the decade I love. Titanic was in cinemas, Britney Spears released … Baby One More...

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Experience: I was impaled on a shoe rack

The rod had gone eight inches into my body, missing my heart by two inchesIn October 2020, I was doing a spot of DIY at home in Scarborough. My divorce had come through a week before, but my ex-husband was still living in our...

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Experience: I earned more than 40m air miles

One weekend I clocked up 1m points: that was worth 14 business class ticketsIn the mid-1980s, I was living in LA – working in the rock concert industry, fresh out of college. I’d find short-term jobs as a roadie, or work...

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Experience: I taught two dogs to fly a plane

We had only six weeks to turn the dogs into pilots. Shadow got the bit between his teeth and pulled off a figure of eightI have been a pet behaviourist for more than 25 years and have also worked for the film industry, helping...

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Experience: I escaped an Arctic wildfire

We put down our sleeping bags to wait it out but within minutes the smoke had engulfed usIn 2014, my partner, Kia, and I left our jobs and went on a round-the‑world trip. I then carved out a career in travel writing and...

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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.