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Blunt Instrument - by John Birmingham

The bounding dowager Sophie.

'Ye gods, mad hound. Slow down'

She is an old dog, this labrador of mine, cloudy of eye and infirm of gait but her glorious explosion of ill-advised energy was magnificent.

Unless it's a Nobel cause, I'm over ignoble calls

Cold-calling is the bane of this columnist's life.

Old-fashioned phone calls have been so weaponised — not just by scammers but also by slightly less dodgy operators cold-calling for charities, businesses and survey companies — that it feels like answering any unknown number is an invitation to a shakedown.

Why I deleted my Facebook and Twitter apps

Life without social media apps has its benefits.

So, I deleted all the social media apps from my phone. I think my life is better without them. Before you protest, "But JB, I just saw that photograph of a black cat dressed as Darth Vader that you shared," I didn't delete my accounts. Just the apps on my phone and, for good measure, my iPad. Having done so, I feel a lot less stressed and I'd like to talk to you about why.