SUZANNE HARRINGTON

SUZANNE HARRINGTON: So sad to bid au revoir to the land of poubelles

IT’S hard to leave a place where the word for rubbish bin is ‘poubelle’. I mean, come on. Poubelle. Could there be a prettier word for such a utilitarian object? A thing stuffed with fag butts, rotting sandwiches, ice cream sticks, sweet wrappers, old newspapers and far worse — and yet still sounds like something from fairyland. Like Tinkerbell’s French cousin.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Take the wifi away from teens, then stand well back

So what happens when a teen’s access to wifi is denied? Suzanne Harrington finds out

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: We are mostly fat and very often drunk

WE ALL know that when it comes to cultural superiority, France has cornered the market. If any of us remain unconvinced, look no further than books which tell us French Women Don’t Get Fat and French Children Don’t Throw Food.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Doing Air BnB is all very well ... unless you live in a home that’s a biohazard

How do self-employed people manage the no income thing if they stop working for any reason, asks Suzanne Harrington

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Callous and cold to citizenry in Calais

RIGHT NOW, as we speak, there is a little 11-year-old Afghan boy called Shafiq all alone in the migrant camp in Calais, writes Suzanne Harrington.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Dying to be thin is society’s biggest shame

DINITROPHENOL, according to government scientists, is “an industrial drug” which can be “extremely dangerous to human health”, writes Suzanne Harrington

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Smartphone addiction is making us dumber

SMARTPHONE owners — stop! Do you ever find yourself doing a U-turn and driving back home because you left your device on the kitchen table?

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Never again let shame be used as a weapon

It’s a bit embarrassing, really, when you think about it. Usually when Amnesty International get involved, the human rights violations are in places we dismiss as far, far away. Poor, troubled, undeveloped places, or countries in the grip of some megalomaniac tyrant. Places you wouldn’t want to go on your holiday.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Documentary is an indictment of society rather than of Amy Winehouse’s life

DOCUMENTARIES don’t tend to sell out by the lunchtime of their cinema opening night, or elicit prolonged emotional applause at the end — but the new film about Amy Winehouse was never going to be ordinary. And we all know the ending.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: My little boy has been replaced by a ‘teenager’

PERHAPS this bizarre phenomenon has also happened in your household. See if any of this sounds familiar — if it does, it would be a great comfort to me. Not as schadenfreude, of course, but more as a reassurance that we are not, you know, freaks.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: In a word it’s been week of stupid utterances

I am mildly aggrieved that nobody told me it was International Say Something Stupid Week. And yet what a week of utterances it has been. All kinds of stupid, which for the purposes of this column I will condense into three: Political Stupid, Academic Stupid, and WTF Stupid.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Earth-shattering news: women are not to blame

THE backpackers who got naked on the sacred mountain in Borneo aren’t a great advert for the phenomenon we call ‘gap year’.

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SUZANNE HARRINGTON: It’s time we had a sensible chat about prostitution

One of the most unwavering let’s-not-go-there subjects in the history of let’s-not-go-there is prostitution.

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