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MPs leave St Peters Church, Birstall in West Yorkshire after a vigil for murdered MP Jo Cox. Picture: PA/Peter Byrne

It’s about time we showed some respect for our MPs

Shock, enormous shock. That is the dominant feeling in the wake of the shooting of the MP Jo Cox.

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Headphones are being worn everywhere now, says Steve Downes.

Why I sense that headphone wearers are missing out on life

What has happened to the lost art of listening? There is something wonderful about using our ears to hear what is around us: to pause and take in the amazing variety of sounds that occur.

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The board game revival is good news, says Steve Downes. Photo: Haydn West/PA Wire.

‘Let’s thank hipsters for the return of board games’

I’m not a big fan of labels that put people into a group, like chavs, skiers or tweenies.

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EU Referndum

My 24-point analysis of the great EU hokey-cokey debate

I never had to make up my mind on the EU referendum because I have never had any doubts. But there are countless people who are on la barriere, unsure whether to vote for a Brout or a Brin. The politicians don’t help, spewing out statistics designed to alarm us. It’s like the hokey-cokey: in, out, in, out? So, to shake it all about, help the undecided and maybe even to re-decide the decided, here’s my guide to the great “Inny or Outy” debate.

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Students traditionally throw their mortarboards in the air at graduation. Photo: PA

Throwing mortarboards in the air is a tradition for graduating students... but is it dangerous?

A few years ago, two friends and I were enjoying an evening at the Great British Beer Festival at Earls Court in London. The company was splendid, the beer was superb, the music was Hank Wangford – it was almost perfect.

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Norwich City's Joint Majority Shareholders, Delia Smith and her husband Michael Wynn-Jones. Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267

Hurts to admit that Norwich City need mega bucks to fulfil their dreams

When I sat down to write this column, I was resolved to mount a stout defence of the status quo at Norwich City FC.

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Football clubs must not gamble with people’s health and wealth

I’ll bet you a fiver that you can’t name the Crystal Palace FC shirt sponsor. The odds are two to one – and you can double your money if you can also name the Bournemouth shirt sponsor.

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Paul Daniels, who has died aged 77 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Photo: John Wright/BBC/PA Wire

The death of Paul Daniels got me thinking - was TV more magical back then?

I grew up with Paul Daniels. He didn’t live in my house, though he may have been there all along, hidden by one of his clever illusions. Or just crouched behind the sofa.

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Tough tackling at an Under 18s rugby tournament between Wisbech Grammar School and Gresham's School. PHOTO: IAN BURT

Outlaw the tackle and that will spell the end for rugby

Since the much worse old days, there have been necessary safety improvements in many sports.

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Starbucks stock photo at Starbucks, Conduit Street, central London.  Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Don’t lecture us- we all know what is healthy and what isn’t

As I write this, I am trying to deal with a tremendous shock. Apparently a Starbucks large white chocolate mocha with whipped cream contains 18 teaspoons of sugar.

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Storm Gertrude hits the UK. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Naming storms has given them too much attention, making every storm the focus of fuss

When a baby is born, the first question is usually: “What sex is it?” The second is: “What’s its name?”

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British astronaut Tim Peake said he will never forget his

Sorry Tim, but my excitement at space missions has peaked

Thirty years ago this week, the space shuttle Challenger exploded just after its launch, killing all of those on board.

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Steve Downes is partying with pensioners for his column this week. Photo: Getty Images/Pixland

‘Why even go abroad if you have to take Britain with you?’

So you think the British Empire is history? Well, think again.

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A generation of parents turned their children off M&S.

Blame the older generations for poor Marks and Spencer’s clothing sales

Much time, and even more money, has been spent in trying to turn around the fortunes of Marks and Spencer’s clothing business.

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Chief Inspector Chris Spinks who is retiring as head of roads policing for Norfolk and Suffolk. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

‘Retiring at 49? I’m trying hard not to be jealous, but it isn’t easy’

I like to think of myself as a generally decent kind of bloke. I buy the Big Issue sometimes, avoid kicking cats and don’t take too long in the shower.

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