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Melissa Kite writes The Spectator’s Real life column.

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My life in ailments

7 March 2015

My request to see my medical notes was granted in the end. I honestly don’t know why I wanted to see them, really. I’m just one of those people who… Read more

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My request to see my medical notes has sparked all-out panic at my GP surgery

28 February 2015

My request to see my medical notes has sparked all-out panic at the GP surgery. ‘What do you mean?’ said the receptionist who answered the phone when I called to… Read more

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Confessions of an insurance junkie

21 February 2015

Never add up your insurance premiums. I just did and the annual cost of all of them came to more than the cost of most man-made or natural disasters. That… Read more

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I wouldn't want to be a girl in the age of Tinder

14 February 2015

My foray into the world of online dating was short-lived. Within a few hours of my profile going live, a deluge of young men in their early twenties began to… Read more

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Hallelujah! And the children of Vodafone did walk again in the light!

14 February 2015

‘Hello, Vodafone customer s…, can I h…you?’ This is typical, I thought. I’m ringing to complain about them charging me £137.08 for one phone call to directory inquiries and I… Read more

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The Tooting poisoner and the relentless rise of the urban fox

7 February 2015

Cowering in the corner of a pet shop, I edged towards the door to try to escape as a stranger yelled at me. The man’s face was so puckered up… Read more

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118 000 is, I now realise, the number of the beast

7 February 2015

‘Orange 1-1-8 thousand how may I help you?’ said the cheerful voice. Carefree as you like, I asked for the number for Sky customer services to report my parents’ broken… Read more

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The dead iPad Sketch

31 January 2015

My iPad is dead, that’s what’s wrong with it. The plumage don’t enter into it. But since the blasted thing fell off its perch last November, it has somehow run… Read more

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I’m opening the pony X-Files: mine may be psychic

24 January 2015

My ponies may be psychic. I think they are communicating with each other telepathically. And before you call me delusional, let me tell you I have witnesses. It has happened… Read more

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I dreamed that my broken mop was borne aloft unto the dustcart of Lambeth environmental services

17 January 2015

Clearly, I am going to have to report my broken mop handle to the authorities. It has been sitting outside my house for seven weeks now and the binmen have… Read more

Horse's Heartbeat

Rule number one for horse-owners: every accident that happens to a horse is a freak accident

10 January 2015

Every accident that happens to a horse is a freak accident. Rule number one. Once you grasp that as a horse-owner you are on your way to understanding the nature… Read more

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Draft and save is as good a New Year’s resolution as any

3 January 2015

Draft and save. That is as good a New Year’s resolution as any. Never send an email or letter in anger. Always leave it a few hours. Sleep on it… Read more

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Here’s what I’ve learned in 2014

13 December 2014

The countryside is all very well so long as you know you can leave it. Funnily enough, exactly the same can be said for the town. I realise I have… Read more

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How HS2 has blighted my parents’ lives

6 December 2014

Waiting to appear before a Commons select committee, my father turned to me. ‘This was not on my bucket list,’ he said. My father should be enjoying his retirement. Instead,… Read more

Man and dog bird hunting

How I lost my hat (and my dignity) in a field of maize

6 December 2014

After our spectacular season opener, the spaniel and I were on probation. Cydney, you may recall, retrieved a hen bird stuck in a stream but then ran off on a… Read more

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Finally! My opportunity to say, ‘Monsieur, with zis Rocher you are really spoiling us!’

29 November 2014

The ambassador’s receptions are noted in society for their host’s exquisite taste that captivates guests. You know that, I know that. Anyone who enjoyed the cheesier television adverts of the… Read more

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If the tofu munchers had their way, horses would sleep on mattresses in bespoke tents like a Glastonbury VIP area

22 November 2014

Before I go any further, I would like to make clear that no animals were harmed in the making of this column. You might think that goes without saying, but… Read more

The impossibility of ordering the right-sized salad

15 November 2014

People don’t listen. It’s a relatively new thing. People used to listen, to varying degrees. You had your good listeners and you had your bad listeners. Now people just don’t… Read more

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My spaniel Cydney has covered herself in glory and disgrace

8 November 2014

Just before Cydney ran off and disgraced me on the first day of the shooting season, she covered herself in glory. This seems to be the way of things with… Read more

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Why won't the law go after the terror of my park?

1 November 2014

What is the point of the Dangerous Dogs Act when there is a man marauding with an illegal pit bull in south London and the police are not arresting him?… Read more

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Oh no. Where is my iPhone taking me?

25 October 2014

After four hours of driving, we should have been in the middle of Dartmoor. And yet we were not. We were pulled over in a lay-by and the infernal devil… Read more

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Is there any escape from Balham?

18 October 2014

My London flat now has so little space in it I’ve begun storing stuff at the dry cleaners. Back in May, I checked a huge winter quilt in at Viking’s… Read more

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Is New York ready for Cydney the spaniel (and her Facebook friends)?

11 October 2014

As the maître d’ ushered me into the packed restaurant, I leaned in close and intoned softly, so as not to be heard by the elegant lady sitting nearby who… Read more

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Three years on and I thought I would soon be free of the Slobs

4 October 2014

A letter arrives from the lawyers handling my defence in the phantom whiplash injury claim. It is now coming up to three years since a singularly rough-hewn couple alleged I… Read more

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The Manchester dogs’ home fire has shown up our strange attitude to animal suffering

27 September 2014

We love animals more than we love people. Of course we do. Following the recent fire at a Manchester dogs’ home, people donated £1 million and blocked the M6 with… Read more