Ann Lee, The Guardian

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Recent articles by Ann:

Tree of the week: the oak that ‘sat down' on some stairs – and stayed

This tree was a surprising discovery for a tourist in Barcelona. Did somebody build the steps around it or did it find a way to grow there? → Read More

'I'm a loner': Gillian Jacobs on the snarky art of playing misfits

In Community, Girls and Love the actor has been a activist, an artist and an addict. As her new film, I Used to Go Here, opens, she talks about why she likes messy, complex characters → Read More

As an NHS psychiatrist, my pandemic summer was shockingly busy. Home became a mess – and a haven

Before lockdown, my home was a sociable place. But working long hours on the wards, it became a retreat with my daughter, dogs and a good gin and tonic → Read More

Tree of the week: 'I'm always afraid someone will cut down this lonely sycamore. It's a relief just to see it'

It stands alone with a perfect rounded shape in a bare area of limestone once used by miners. How did a tree come to grow so large on such a remote fell? → Read More

Henry Golding: 'Moving from Malaysia to Surrey was a slap in the face'

The actor talks about growing up without a sense of home, how he went from hairdressing to a leading role – and the joy of filming sex scenes with Parker Sawyers → Read More

Why transforming my scrappy backyard into a 'yarden' has been life-changing

Making the most of space created a sanctuary, meant we could leave the parks and shorelines to those who needed it during lockdown – and even saved me money on lettuces → Read More

Tree of the week: the hornbeam that inspired one man’s lifelong obsession – and his tattoo

Tim Mosley has photographed this tree in south London more than 100 times. He goes there to think, hang out with friends – and even took his fiancee to see it on their first date → Read More

Tree of the week: 'The grapefruit tree's small, beautiful blossoms looked like stars'

With its dense foliage, sweet fragrance and lush fruit, it provided a perfect place to work for the artist Cece Cole. Now she hopes its seeds will grow a replica tree for her new home → Read More

Tree of the week: the beloved 250-year-old wild pear being cut down for HS2

The Cubbington pear tree is the second-largest in the country, a local landmark and was England’s tree of the year in 2015. Yet, despite years of protests, it is being felled for a railway line → Read More

Tree of the week: 'It looks a bit of a hippy so I named it after Neil from The Young Ones'

In this weekly series, readers tell us about their favourite trees. This week: a bottle palm in Japan → Read More

Tree of the week: A maple and a lime tree adopted in honour of two beloved lost sons

In this weekly series, readers tell us about their favourite trees. This week: a red maple tree and a lime tree in North Yorkshire → Read More

'Mike Leigh's office almost went up in flames': casting directors tell all

As Bafta rewards scripted casting for the first time, those doing the choosing talk us through the process – from being flashed at in auditions to chasing would-be stars around with a tenner → Read More

My streaming gem: why you should watch Private Life

Continuing our series of writers highlighting underappreciated films: a bittersweet comedy drama about infertility → Read More

Go with the grain! 17 unbeatable rice recipes – from pilafs to puddings

This store cupboard staple can be transformed into the star attraction with just a few extra ingredients → Read More

'Can Tony Soprano make me a better parent?': the lessons we've learned from lockdown TV

They might be stuck at home, but our writers have still found plenty to educate them on TV and YouTube, from crafting and DIY to working out how a mobster’s kid went off the rails → Read More

Sex and the sixtysomethings: the steamiest scenes starring older actors

The actor Amanda Redman says British viewers are too uptight about onscreen sex between the over-50s. This is what they are missing … → Read More

What do female film-makers have to say about male stories?

The directors celebrated in a new season at the Barbican – focusing on films about men, made by women – on turning the traditional gaze on its head → Read More

To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You review – entertaining romcom sequel

Lara Jean finds that dating her dream boyfriend isn’t as blissful as she expected in To All the Boys I Loved Before follow-up → Read More

Why Jojo Rabbit should win the best picture Oscar

Critics are divided on this whimsical satire about the Hitler Youth but ultimately it’s an uplifting movie about love trumping hate → Read More

‘AA’s rules are for men’: Holly Whitaker on how women can stop drinking – and get happy

When she decided to quit drinking, Whitaker turned, like many people, to Alcoholics Anonymous. She didn’t like what she found there, so she decided to create her own unique approach → Read More