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‘Being a woman is scary’: the unspoken danger of declining a man’s advances

It shouldn’t be a problem for women to decline attention from men, but it often is, as Jameela Jamil’s experiences showWhen the actor Jameela Jamil tweeted about her negative experiences of rejecting unwanted advances, she unleashed a torrent of similar stories from other women. Many men, on the other hand, seemed completely shocked.“Was out at the shops with my friend,” Jamil wrote. “Man ogles me. Man then approaches me to give me his number. I explain I have a boyfriend but thank him for the o...
Tags: Sexual harassment, Women, Life and style, World news, Jameela Jamil


Don't use it as an alarm clock! Five ways to cut down on phone use

Many of us rely on our devices for everything from rousing us in the morning to staving off boredom. But there are ways to break the habit Continue reading...
Tags: Smartphones, Mobile phones, Technology, Life and style


Running among the ruins: seeing Cambodia at a trot

A dawn jog around the magnificent temples of Angkor is the perfect way to meet an ancient country with deep rootsTemple Run is a relentlessly addictive computer game. The concept is simple enough. You’ve stolen a cursed idol from an ancient crumbling temple and now you have to run for your life to escape the evil monkeys gnashing at your heels. The temple run I am doing, however, is much slower, far less frantic and it only features a handful of snoozing macaques. But it is so infinitely more li...
Tags: Cambodia holidays, Running holidays, Asia, Travel, Running, Life and style


My wife and I don’t have sex, and I have secretly been buying women’s clothes

Until you test your the boundaries of your desires, you’ll be perpetually dissatisfied, says Mariella FrostrupThe dilemma I am a man in my late 50s. I am youthful and go to concerts, festivals and art exhibitions. I have been married for 34 years. My wife and I get along quite well. We share a sense of humour, talk often and holiday together. But there has been no sex between us for 15 years. I have always been a sensitive and feminine man. I like emotional movies, poetry, women’s clothes and so...
Tags: Relationships, Life and style


Nordic walking: a pilgrims’ route from Oslo to Trondheim

This medieval pilgrim trail has a much lower profile than the Camino. And that’s a good thing for those who like to enjoy Norway’s beauty in solitudeWe were deep in the Gudbrands valley, several hundred kilometres along St Olav’s Way in Norway, when Stig Grytting got the call. Sitting outside his 13th-century farmhouse, drinking wine and eating homemade bread, he was talking about renovations to the building when the call came. Not the voice of God, you understand, but the buzz of his mobile pho...
Tags: Norway holidays, Scandinavia holidays, Europe holidays, Walking holidays, Cultural trips, Oslo holidays, Adventure travel, Travel, Walking, Life and style


'The Brexodus is under way': meet the Brits leaving the UK

In the year after the Brexit vote, 17,000 British people sought citizenship of another EU country – and many have since upped and left. Five ‘Brexiles’ explain why they’re starting a new life overseasLast month, after a decade of living in London, my husband and I packed up the contents of our two-bedroom flat and moved to France with our 15-month-old son. With another baby on the way, we’re renting an apartment in Toulouse while we look for a more permanent setup. Leaving friends and family beh...
Tags: Brexit, Family, European Union, Europe, UK news, Life and style, Politics


10 of the strangest star cameos in video games

Rami Malek’s slasher horror, Bowie as a cyberpunk hacker, streetfighting Carmen Electra, and John Hurt down and dirty … improbable roles for A-listersIt’s no longer unusual to see big-name actors in video game roles – and usually it works out fine. Ellen Page in Beyond: Two Souls, Kristen Bell in Assassin’s Creed and Charles Dance in Witcher 3 were all perfectly cast, bringing their talent and star quality to fitting roles, and featured prominently in those games’ promotion. But sometimes, famou...
Tags: Games, Celebrity, Culture, Retro games, Life and style, Rami Malek, Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, Peter Dinklage, Christopher Lloyd, John Hurt, David Bowie, Bruce Willis, Gary Coleman, Tim Curry, Film


David Bailey: 'Deneuve said it's great we're divorced – now we can be lovers!'

As he powers into his 80s, the photographer recalls shooting everyone from Kate Moss to Andy Warhol, shares his regrets over voting leave – and reveals how Gordon Brown pulled a fast one on him‘You look knackered,” says David Bailey, greeting me at his studio. It’s up a small mews and sprawls so casually across two floors that it still feels like the 60s inside. “Look at you,” he says. “Your buttons aren’t even done up right.” I look down at my jacket: that bit is true. But I tell him: “I’m not ...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Fashion, London, Celebrity, Life and style, Society, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Kate Moss, Andy Warhol, Gordon Brown, Social history, David Bailey


How a love child found her sister – and forged a secret friendship

Laura was born to a mother who had had an affair with her married boss. Years later, a bond with her half-sister Laurie changed her lifeI’m having an affair with my sister. One of our recent rendezvous was in Charleston, South Carolina, where I happened to be traveling for a writing gig. Laurie slipped away from her home in a nearby state and we picked up right where we’d left off. That particular evening, we were headed to my work-related happy hour, where we sipped cocktails and introduced eac...
Tags: Family, Life and style, US news, Laura, Charleston South Carolina, Laurie


'Lewis Hamilton of pigeons' sold for world record €1.25m

Racing pigeon Armando goes for huge sum after bidding war between Chinese enthusiastsA racing pigeon has been sold for a world record €1.25m (£1.1m) as a result of prices being driven sky-high by a craze for bird racing among an elite group of Chinese enthusiasts. Related: The rebirth of coo: reconsidering the pigeon – in pictures Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, China, Animals, Environment, Life and style, World news, Birds, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Lewis Hamilton, Belgium, Hobbies, Armando


US accused of trying to dilute global agreements on women's rights

Draft documents suggest US will refuse to reaffirm commitment to international declaration on women’s rights at New York forumUS officials in New York are attempting to water down language and remove the word “gender” from documents being negotiated at the UN, in what is being seen as a threat to international agreements on women’s rights.In negotiations at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which resume at UN headquarters this week, the US wants to replace “gender” in the forum’s outc...
Tags: Gender, New York, Women, US, Life and style, World news, United Nations, Global development, Un, CSW, Women's rights and gender equality


'It was our catwalk': the children who gave their town a fashion makeover

How one Welsh town became the backdrop for a remarkable fashion shoot. Words by Paula Cocozza. Photographs by Clémentine Schneidermann and Charlotte JamesAfter their costume workshop at the Gellideg youth centre in Merthyr Tydfil, south Wales, some of the girls who had taken part braved the wind and the rain to parade the streets in their finery. It was soon after Halloween, November 2016. They were dressed in black, in extravagant hats, faces pale as the moon. Ice-cold curls, frozen by gel and ...
Tags: Photography, Fashion, Education, Children, Wales, Life and style, Society, Art and design, Charlotte James, Bristol Continue, Paula Cocozza, Fashion and textiles, Clémentine Schneidermann, Charlotte JamesAfter, Schneidermann James, Martin Parr Foundation


I'm a Barbie girl in a digital world: Chips with Everything podcast

To celebrate 60 years of Barbie, Jordan Erica Webber looks back at some of the key moments in the history of the world-famous doll, and examines how Barbie became a representative of the tech worldThis month, Barbie turns 60. Beloved by generations of children, over the past decade her manufacturer, Mattel, also saw the need to introduce Barbie to the digital world. Barbie wasn’t just the star of her own video games and movies. In the noughties, Mattel was encouraged to design more diverse Barbi...
Tags: Toys, Technology, Women, Life and style, Barbie, Mattel, Barbie Jordan Erica Webber


Mountain maestros: the Alpine retreat that stages world-class concerts

At Schloss Elmau in southern Germany top classical musicians ‘play to stay’, so guests can enjoy performances between spa sessions, yoga and amazing views We were halfway to the spa when something stopped us. We’d been padding along in slippers and pastel-coloured towelling robes, staring idly at the snowy mountains outside. And then we heard it. The sound of a violin: a few snatched phrases, soaring, uplifting, broken up by short periods of silence. Somebody with considerable skill was practisi...
Tags: Travel, Music, Germany, Life and style, Culture, Classical Music, Istanbul, Spa Breaks, Europe Holidays, Alps Holidays, Germany Holidays, Schubert, Schloss Elmau, Brahms Schumann


Banana blossom: the next vegan food star with the texture of fish

Sainsbury’s is to include the flower, which hails from south-east Asia, in its ready mealsFollowing on from beetroot burgers and jackfruit curries, the next star of the vegan “meat” world hails from the gardens of south-east Asia and looks somewhat like an artichoke.Banana blossom, also known as a “banana heart”, is a fleshy, purple-skinned flower, shaped like a tear, which grows at the end of a banana fruit cluster. Traditionally used in south-east Asian and Indian cooking, it can also be eaten...
Tags: Food, Asia, Business, Life and style, UK News, World news, J Sainsbury, Supermarkets, Retail industry, South and Central Asia, Sainsbury, Veganism, Vegan food and drink


The 20 greatest breakup songs ever – ranked!

On the 40th anniversary of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive topping the charts – and as the UK blunders towards its own acrimonious divorce – here’s the definitive list of tear-stained stonkersHip-hop isn’t big on romantic heartbreak, but this is a particularly fine example. There’s a lot of bragging from Guru about how he’s so inundated with offers since his ex packed him in that she’s probably jealous. But somehow, you get the sense he’s protesting too much: “Went home to see my mom and I saw yo...
Tags: Music, UK, Relationships, Life and style, Rap, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Culture, Pop and rock, Bob Dylan, Hip-hop, Indie, R&B, Carly Simon, Elvis Costello, Folk Music, Kelly Clarkson


Did you make it through the Facebook outage without calling the police?

Instagram and WhatsApp were also hit. It wasn’t the apocalypse, but for some people, it felt like itWhen your grandchildren ask you how you made it through the Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp outage of March 2019, what will you tell them? Did you Google “Facebook down” to ascertain whether Facebook was, indeed, down? Did you call the emergency services?Amid the breakdown of digital society, the Australian breakfast television program Sunrise publicised apparently official advice not to contact ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Life and style, Whatsapp, Facebook Instagram


Inside the impossible burger: is the meat-free mega trend as good as we think?

Makers of animal-free products aim to revolutionise the very idea of meat – but is their hi-tech approach really the answer?I bit into the Impossible Burger and was immediately filled with awe. I lifted my head to the bartender and, with my mouth full, croaked: “This is vegan?”I was just coming off two long days of hearings at the US Department of Agriculture, where the future of food was discussed in great detail but taste was scarcely mentioned. Now, sitting at my favorite New Jersey bar, eati...
Tags: Meat, Food, Life and style, New Jersey, US Department of Agriculture


'Digital wellness' wants to cure our phone addiction. Should we let it?

Some worry the ‘wellness’ movement and its focus on personal responsibility let the tech industry off the hookAt 9.30am on a Wednesday morning, I received a notification telling me I’d already picked up my phone 30 times that day. “11 left until you go over your goal of 41 pickups,” my screen read. “Put your phone down until 9.52am! Enjoy your time living in the moment.”These updates were sent via Moment, an app that tracks my screen time. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Social Media, Life and style, Smartphones, Digital Media


Why beating your phone addiction may come at a cost

Some worry the ‘wellness’ movement and its focus on personal responsibility let the tech industry off the hookAt 9.30am on a Wednesday morning, I received a notification telling me I’d already picked up my phone 30 times that day. “11 left until you go over your goal of 41 pickups,” my screen read. “Put your phone down until 9.52am! Enjoy your time living in the moment.”These updates were sent via Moment, an app that tracks my screen time. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Social Media, Life and style, Smartphones, Digital Media


BirthStrikers: meet the women who refuse to have children until climate change ends

A movement of women have decided not to procreate in response to the coming ‘climate breakdown and civilisation collapse’. Will their protest be a catalyst for change?As soon as Blythe Pepino got together with her partner Joshua two years ago, she felt “this overwhelming urge to create a family with him”, she says. “I think it was the fifth day after having met him, I said: ‘I’ve got to meet your parents.’ He was like: ‘You’re mad.’”Then, late last year, she attended a lecture held by the direct...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Women, Life and style, Population, Joshua, Pepino, Blythe Pepino, Joshua Continue


Saudi plane turns around after mother forgets baby at airport

‘May God be with us. Can we come back?’ says pilot during midair emergencyA Malaysia-bound plane had to turn back to Saudi Arabia after a passenger realised she had left her baby in the terminal.The pilot made the unusual request to return to the airport in Jeddah shortly after takeoff when the passenger told cabin crew she had forgotten her child. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Saudi Arabia, Life and style, World news, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Malaysia, Air transport, Parents and parenting, Jeddah


Top 10 craft beer pubs in Sheffield

One of Britain’s great beer cities is celebrating the fifth annual Sheffield Beer Week – but in these pubs there’s an exhaustive range of craft brews on tap year roundThis studenty pub has the conflicting, mismatched interior decor of a venue that has seen many incarnations down the years. But packed these days, even in midweek, the Beer Engine has clearly found its groove, thanks to its emphasis on good beer and its surprisingly accomplished food. The 17 taps cover all beer bases from the house...
Tags: Travel, Food, Bars, Pubs, Life and style, Beer, Britain, Sheffield, Food And Drink, City Breaks, Top 10s, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Sheffield Holidays, Yorkshire Holidays, Pubs And Clubs


Are you a screen-snubber whose phone use is ruining your relationship? Take this test!

A third of people in relationships are being ignored because their partners are staring at smartphones. Are you a snubber or a snubbee?A YouGov poll has revealed that a third of people in a relationship have fallen victim to “screen snubbing” – when their partners are too distracted by their phones to properly engage with them.Screen snubbing is to a degree understandable. After all, your partner is just a person and your phone is effectively the sum total of all human knowledge. But the damage ...
Tags: Family, Technology, Internet, Relationships, Life and style, UK News, World news, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Digital Media


Flour power: Monday of Lent celebrations in Greece – in pictures

Revellers celebrate Monday of Lent in a colourful flour war, a festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, Greece Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Greece, Life and style, World news, Culture, Festivals, Easter, Galaxidi Greece Continue


Flour power: Ash Monday celebrations in Greece – in pictures

Revellers celebrate Ash Monday by participating in a colourful flour war, a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, Greece Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Greece, Life and style, World news, Culture, Festivals, Easter, Galaxidi Greece Continue


How I accepted I'm an introvert – and learned to refuse invitations without guilt

After years of drinking through social engagements to make them bearable, I finally acknowledged my fear of talking to strangers and made peace with itI was on holiday in Turkey, visiting a Roman amphitheatre at dusk, when I realised I was an introvert. As the sun dimmed and cicadas hummed behind olive trees, my friends and I decided to have our photo taken. “Here,” I said, thrusting my phone at a friend. “Will you ask that person over there to take a picture of us?” He laughed. “You won’t talk ...
Tags: Life and style, Turkey, Health & wellbeing


10 of Europe’s best beach restaurants

There’s nothing like eating freshly-caught fish with the scent of the sea as an accompaniment. Travel writers pick their top beachside restaurantsThe menu, like the decor at this family-run oyster cabin, is stripped back: six grades of oysters, red shrimps with mayonnaise, whelks and country paté, accompanied by baskets of bread, and the choice of either rosé or white wine. That’s it. But the views from the garden and the little wooden jetty are cinematic, stretching over the Bay of Arcachon to ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Restaurants, Life and style, Food And Drink, Family Holidays, Bars and clubs, Top 10s, Beach Holidays, Europe Holidays, Bay of Arcachon, Dune du Pilat, Chez Boulan


Turning back time with the Amish of Ohio

At home with the family-loving American Anabaptists who seek a rural life free from the tyranny of modern technologyWhen he cuts open the peach, juice flows to the ground. He sits on a wooden crate surrounded by his six sons, who are also slicing fruit, huge piles of them, before placing them in jars. The youngest, who’s only five, joins in, as they all sit together inside a rust-red barn in the early evening light. They’re dressed identically, in blue shirts and dungarees with battered straw bo...
Tags: Travel, America, Life and style, Pennsylvania, Ohio, United States Holidays, North And Central America Holidays, COLUMBUS Ohio, Holmes County, German Village, Franklin Park Columbus, Zoombezi Bay Water Park


'A lot of us are in the dark': what teenage boys really think about being a man

What’s on the average 16- and 17-year-old’s mind? Tom Lamont talked to young men across the UK about masculinity, #MeToo, role models and coming of age now“You mean Yorkie bars and steel factories, that sort of thing?” Joel is 16 and lives in Wirral. I’ve asked him to define masculinity as he sees it, just as I’ve been asking a similar thing of 16- and 17-year-olds like him all over the country. What is going on in their heads right now, these boys on the cusp? What do they believe, and what do ...
Tags: UK, Life and style, Society, Men, Young People, Joel, Tom Lamont