This England

Under current law, ceremonies must be held before 6pm in chambers, register offices or buildings with a special marriage licence. The deadline was introduced before use of electric light, for fear people might marry the wrong partner in the dark. - Guardian (Harvey Cole)

I prevented a man in a sports car from running over a toddler who had tripped when coming out of our village playschool and fallen into the road. "It has nothing to do with me," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, that child should not have been there." - Guardian (Sigrid Rabiger)

The Queen is godmother to my eldest daughter, who at one point fell desperately ill. I was so distraught that I wrote to the Queen, but she never wrote back. Then, one of her corgis was killed in a fight with one of the Queen Mother's dogs, so I sent a letter of condolence, and got a six-page letter back. - Guardian (Imogen Forster)

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This article first appeared in the 04 February 2002 issue of the New Statesman, Revealed: how Labour sees women