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As any pet owner will know, this is a hard time of year. Our little furry friends don't understand why we set off fireworks.

It's that time of year again - winter is here, and with it comes heightened health risks for certain people.

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I have a confession. I used to spend many hours watching TV shows like The Only Way Is Essex wondering what it would be like to pop down The Sugar Hut and have a totally pointless row with a footballer's wife and girlfriend, aka WAG.

Earlier this month, I attended an event organised by the local council to celebrate the life and values of Mahatma Gandhi on the 150th anniversary of his birth.

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Time has gone so quickly. I have finished filming on the final episode of The Mash Report for another series. Over the last six weeks so much news has happened.

In my last column for The Post I challenged the prime minister to deliver upon his pledge to reinstate the 20,000 police officers the government has cut over the last 10 years.

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Who gets to be a charity?

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I have invented a new game called Top Trumps. I know, that sounds like an old game but I mean Trump as a proper noun.

October 10 is World Mental Health Day, an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our own mental health and perhaps that of those close to us as well.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson compared his approach to leaving the EU to The Incredible Hulk.

Brexit has once again been dominating the headlines since MPs returned to parliament this September. I have been heartened to see members of parliament finally working cross-party to rule out the possibility of a 'no deal' Brexit and to sort this mess out.

I wasn't in favour of parliament being prorogued. If nothing else I didn't want a new word I had to learn.

Samantha Combie works for the charity DABD (formerly the Disablement Association of Barking and Dagenham), providing care to people with physical and mental disabilities in the borough.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

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I am pleased to announce that The Mash Report is back on BBC Two.

I attended a visit to the borough last week as part of the London Assembly's Regeneration Committee to find out more about the Participatory City project - the first of its kind worldwide.

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The Edinburgh Fringe is over and I am back in England. I feel bad for what I have done. Not the show, that was fun, but I went by plane.

Since being elected by less than 1pc of the population, the prime minister, Boris Johnson, has wasted little time in making announcement after announcement about new spending commitments, or so they seem.

Ges Smith is executive headteacher at Jo Richardson Community School and Dagenham Park School. He gave The Post his view on the borough's young people and how the government could help out educators.

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It has been a week of controversial policies. First the Conservative Party put forward plans for us to keep working till we are 75. Then Labour have said they would ban people from having monkeys as pets.

Kieron Bell will do an apprenticeship with JP Morgan Chase after a set of stellar A-level grades from Sydney Russell sixth form in Dagenham.

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