Annalisa Barbieri was in fashion PR for five years before going to the Observer to be fashion assistant. She has worked for the Evening Standard and the Times and was one of the fashion editors on the Independent on Sunday for five years, where she wrote the Dear Annie column. She was fishing correspondent of the Independent from 1997-2004.

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Lifestyle
23 April 2007
Some years ago, my boyfriend and I went to the cinema to see a film based in Elizabethan times. It was a good film, but...
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16 April 2007
I may have mentioned, in passing, that I was once seamstress to the Queen Mother. This is not exactly true, because it...
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09 April 2007
A few things marked me out as different at school. My sandwiches, for one, didn't look like anyone else's, save for my...
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02 April 2007
A woman's handbag is, quite rightly, a mystery. But within the folds of fluff and amid the wraps of paper that register...
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26 March 2007
It's all wrong, I know, but now is the time to think of swimwear. If you wait until you actually need some, there will...
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19 March 2007
I've written recently about looking good when dressed casually, and how it's not a look I have ever managed. These past...
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12 March 2007
One of the items on my wish-list for a house is a laundry room. I realise this seems like I'm not aiming very high, and...
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05 March 2007
Last week my daughter's godmother, Charlotte, flew in from New York and came to see us. After much chat and food, she...
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26 February 2007
How difficult can it be to buy a man a dressing gown in which to keep warm of a winter morning? I had envisaged...
Culture
19 February 2007
It was only about ten years ago that I became able to admit to possessing a "handbag". Before then, I just couldn't say...
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12 February 2007
I am never without a handkerchief. Remembering to put one in my pocket, or discovering that actually I had one all...
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05 February 2007
Some years ago, for reasons we need not go into here, I worked on a building site for three months. Because I wore work...
Culture
29 January 2007
When I was 14, there was a girl in my class who decided to have a perm. It went disastrously wrong and, with the honest...
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22 January 2007
Although we are all pressed quite heavily to be green, and to recycle and not breathe out too much, this admirable...
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15 January 2007
I think the subject of pyjamas needs to be discussed. Or, at the very least, bedwear. I have tried, over the years, to...

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