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Anne Diamond

Anne Diamond

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  • So sad to hear of Dame Judi Dench admitting that she’s badly losing her eyesight, due to macular degeneration. It’s a truly horrible condition that robs so many older people of their independence. Dami Judi says she can no longer travel alone, and cannot recognise people’s faces when she walks into a room. My own dear Mum is suffering from this too, and it is truly frustrating and worrying. She can no longer enjoy watching TV or movies and mourns the loss of being able to use her mobile phone and computer tablet. Every day she dreads that this is the morning she might wake up blind. We have tried consultant after consultant, and it seems that nothing can be done. Hearing that is has happened to Dami Judi makes you realise that, if they can’t help her, then they really cannot help anyone. Why isn’t more being done? Is it yet another case of not enough money being invested in old people’s conditions and diseases? It will be a wonderful day if they can ever find the cure or even the ability to halt this eye disease. Interesting that macular degeneration was even a storyline in Broadchurch, when it was happening to Charlotte Rampling’s character.

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  • Just heard a wonderful science fact. Honestly, I don’t know why we in this country still seem to have so much trouble recruiting youngsters into the study of physics! So here it is - a wonderful Nobel fact. In 1906, he won the Nobel Prize for Physics for discovering that electrons were particles. Then just thirty years later, his son George won the Nobel prize for Physics, too, - for proving that electrons were waves! How amazing is that? Two Nobel prizes for father and son separately, one for electrons as particles and the other for the opposite? Next question is huh? How come? Did one disprove the other or are both right? And THAT’S how you draw young people into physics – teach them the humanity of it, the history as well as the equations. And get them to watch The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything. With a box of tissues for the last.

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    They’ve been part of all our lives for the past thirty years, and now they’re suffering from Empty Nest syndrome. They’re the Waltons – the guys who had the world’s first ever girl sextuplets. They’re on my show today, and they come across as the nicest and most sane people you could have ever met. Yet, to suddenly discover you’re expecting six babies must have put them through such difficult times, you can barely imagine how they got through it. Have a listen to them talking to me about Hannah, Ruth, Lucie, Kate, Sarah and Jennie.

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    I’m trying like mad to love green tea. It’s all Michael Moseley’s fault. (You know, the tv doctor?). Spend too long in his company and you end up revising your whole attitude to your own health. Ever since he did his original Horizon programme about the 5:2 diet (where you “fast” for two days a week), he’s regularly appeared on my Radio Berkshire programme talking about health issues. Even once telling us all how he swallowed a tapeworm to see if it would help him lose weight! Well, last week on The Wright Stuff, we were sitting alongside each other on the panel and we talked even more....

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    High winds made driving almost anywhere last week pretty treacherous. There were wheelie bins all over the road, scattering their disgusting contents all over our highways. And even when the weather’s fine, our streets and leafy lanes are now punctuated with ugly bins – they’re everywhere, in combinations of various hues. When I moved house recently, I had to acquaint myself with a new fortnightly round of days when the green bin would be picked up, mornings when the black and blue bins were permitted, and afternoons when the kitchen waste (or slop bucket as some councils insist on calling...

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    Why on earth has Labour decided to reach out to the female voter with a pink van, carrying Harriet Harman (and presumably others…) touring the country and a slogan “Woman To Woman”? Is this a massive step forward in voter outreach, female emancipation, or a rather patronising offensive?

    The van is going to turn up at various female friendly locations, like er… supermarkets and shopping malls, offering discussion topics and highlighting policies on issues such as childcare and domestic violence. At first I brushed this all off, as has a sizeable amount of people on social media this morning,...

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  • Thirty odd years on from the birth of breakfast TV in this country, the media are still talking about it – perhaps because from time to time, they still can’t get the programming right. Witness what’s been going on for the past few years at ITV. Well, tonight there’s yet another programme all about those early months. It's on BBC 2 tonight (“The Battle for Britain’s Breakfast” at 9pm) which claims to expose some of the skulduggery that went on behind the scenes. Just thought – when me and Nick (Owen) started on TVam all of those years ago, he was a fan and lifelong follower...

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  • To journalistic legend Chapman Pincher, who I was thrilled to meet the other day as he prepared for his landmark birthday. What was his top tip for wannabe journalists? "Don’t drink with your sources" he said. The reason he got so many exclusives was because he was more than happy to take his victims and contacts for slap-up meals in top restaurants, and let them get drunk whilst he remained stone cold sober. Nothing better, he said, than to stroll back to Fleet Street knowing you’d got a great scoop. Mr Pincher is writing his latest book and has several more in the pipeline. Still a...

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  • The Great British Breakfast Merry-Go-Round starts all over again. After yet another abortive attempt to produce a blockbuster breakfast show, ITV have now announced another relaunch. What really annoys me is they’re going to call it Good Morning Britain, which was my old show on TVam, and historically still the single most popular breakfast show on British TV. Then came GMTV which made few changes, and was still very successful. The decision to replace GMTV with Daybreak followed the full takeover of GMTV by ITV plc but it never really worked.

    What do they keep getting so wrong? I reckon...

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  • Today we’ve been celebrating the part Huntley and Palmers biscuit factory took in nourishing the troops on the front line and in the trenches of World War One. They made a special military biscuit, called the ‘Number Four’, designed to be filling, but not necessarily tasty. In fact, one disgusted Tommy sent his home, attached to a label that read: ‘Have gone on hunger strike, reason attached, mind your toes!’. It’s now in Reading Museum, which starts a new WW1 exhibition on April 4.