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Sweet dreams are made of this: why dream analysis is flourishing

Are dreams a message from the soul or meaningless ‘brain farts’? Groups dedicated to interpretation are thrivingJason DeBord regrets the demise of an old parlour game once much-loved in the 19th century: What Did I Eat Last Night? It involved a player recounting their dreams – recorded in a journal upon waking – as an audience was challenged to guess what dream-provoking food they had consumed for the previous night’s supper, be it stilton, rarebit or undercooked or cured meats (all understood t...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Sleep, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, DeBord


Are you dreaming of a booze-free Christmas? Join the (soda) club

The market in no- and low-alcohol drinks is booming in the UK as more people swap the festive hangover for mindful drinkingThe concept of a Christmas without champagne, wine or whisky is counterintuitive to many. But this festive season, growing numbers of Britons are eschewing alcohol and gearing up for a teetotal – or at least partially so – celebration, according to retailers.Sales in the no- and low-alcohol category, also known as “NoLo”, are expected to grow by 17% in the UK this year, repo...
Tags: Health, UK, Alcohol, Christmas, Tesco, Life and style, Society, UK News, Food & drink industry, Sainsbury, Alcoholism, Nolo, IWSR Drinks Market Analysis


‘I dread Christmas. My husband won’t get jabbed’: The families split over Covid vaccines as they plan holiday gatherings

We talk to three people faced with moral crises over reconciling family festivities with the risks posed by coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChristmas is meant to be a time filled with joy, but for many families it can underline divisions between parents, children or siblings and bring unresolved tensions to the surface. This year adds a particular issue to that dynamic – whether or not individual family members are vaccinated. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Family, Christmas, Life and style, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Louis Theroux: ‘I’ve always found anxiety in the most unlikely places’

The broadcaster, 51, talks about his first memories, last meal, lockdown resets and his brainier older brotherI always felt like the second fiddle to my older brother Marcel, who I thought was impossibly brilliant and mature and seemed to be reading more or less from the womb, although I’m two years younger, so I wouldn’t have known that first-hand. I was the sideshow: the funny one, the ridiculous one my grandparents said was “good with my hands”, which at five or six I embraced. It was only as...
Tags: Television, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Marcel, Louis Theroux, Ssouth London


I was told the 12 steps would cure my addiction. Why did I end up feeling more broken?

In this quasi-religious programme, ‘working the steps’ is the remedy for any problem, but for me the cracks soon started to showEight of us sat together in a circle in a wooden shed, an outbuilding at a large country house, somewhere in the south of England. The door was ajar, and spring light flooded the room. “Can anyone name any treatment methods for addiction, other than the 12 steps?” asked a counsellor.“Cognitive behavioural therapy?” offered a patient. Continue reading...
Tags: Psychology, Health, England, Drugs, Alcohol, Religion, Life and style, Society, World news, Mental Health, Christianity, Alcoholism, Methamphetamine (crystal meth


Abuse, intimidation, death threats: the vicious backlash facing former vegans

Going vegan has never been more popular – but some people who try it and then decide to reintroduce animal products face shocking treatmentIn 2015, Freya Robinson decided to go vegan. For more than a year, the 28-year-old from East Sussex did not consume a single animal product. Then, in 2016, on a family holiday in Bulgaria, she passed a steak restaurant and something inside her switched. “I walked in and ordered the biggest steak I could have and completely inhaled it,” she says. After finishi...
Tags: Health, Animals, Environment, Life and style, Communities, Society, World news, Mental Health, Ethical and green living, Animal Welfare, Bulgaria, Veganism, Diets and dieting, Robinson, East Sussex, Freya Robinson


How the ‘mundane’ trend is bringing some Christmas sparkle for everyday brands

Aldi, McDonald’s, Ikea and Marmite jump on the festive bandwagon with branded jumpers, pants, hats and baublesA Lidl bit of style goes a long way. After the supermarket chain scored a surprise hit with its own-brand trainers, rivals are looking to capitalise on the “mundane” trend which has seen clothes emblazoned with the logos of everyday brands become surprise fashion icons.Aldi, McDonald’s, Ikea and Marmite have all jumped on the bandwagon with jumpers, hats and even Christmas baubles after ...
Tags: Business, Fashion, Christmas, Life and style, Aldi, Supermarkets, Retail industry, Food & drink industry, Fashion industry, Ikea, Lidl, Mcdonald's, Marmite, Aldi McDonald 's Ikea, baublesA Lidl


Grounded! What did a year without flying do to the world?

Normally, planes are in constant motion, pinballing between continents. But in March 2020 all that came to a halt. What did it mean for our jobs, our horizons – and the planet?On 14 March 2020, I left my home in the Orkney Islands to drive to Edinburgh international airport. I was due to travel to Germany for a research trip. Full of nervous anticipation, and making frantic last-minute preparations, I hadn’t paid as much attention to the coronavirus crisis as I might have, but events were develo...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Business, Germany, Life and style, World news, Air transport, Airline Industry, Edinburgh, Flights, Grey, Orkney Islands, Coronavirus


Blind date: ‘It would have been better if he hadn’t had to stop for a takeaway on the way home’

Adriana, 27, reporter, meets Streisand, 27, freelance reporterAdriana on StreisandWhat were you hoping for?A good night, some delish food and to meet someone fun and exciting. Continue reading...
Tags: Relationships, Life and style, Dating, Adriana


Whamageddon: is this the world’s most difficult Christmas game?

The object is simple but the mission is impossible – avoid hearing Wham’s ubiquitous 1984 classic, Last Christmas, at any point between the start of December and Christmas EveName: Whamageddon.Age: Eleven years old. Continue reading...
Tags: Christmas, Life and style, George Michael, Wham


Experience: I was attacked by a dog while climbing a volcano

He came back and sunk his teeth in again. The pain took my breath away as I felt his fangs in my fleshI was backpacking in Panama over Christmas in 2018, and planned to climb Volcán Barú. At 3,474m, it is the highest peak in the country and one of the only places on earth from where you can see the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans at the same time. It is an active volcano, but last erupted around 1550.I set off before sunrise. It was a little chilly, so I had pulled on tights under my trekking tr...
Tags: Dogs, Animals, Life and style, Atlantic, Panama, Volcan Baru


You be the judge: should my girlfriend spend less money on her cats?

We air both sides of a domestic disagreement – and ask you to deliver a verdict• Have a disagreement you’d like settled? Or want to be part of our jury? Click hereLakshmi spends her entire salary on the cats, then says she can’t afford to go on holiday with me Continue reading...
Tags: Cats, Relationships, Pets, Women, Life and style, Men


From utopian dreams to Soho sleaze: the naked history of British nudism

A new book details how nudism began as a movement of intellectuals, feminists and artists, only to be suppressed by the state. But our attitudes to nakedness also tell us a lot about ourselvesWhen Annebella Pollen was 17, she left behind her strict Catholic upbringing for the life of a new-age hippy, living in a caravan and frolicking naked among the standing stones of Devon, while earning a living by modelling for life-drawing classes. That early experience, followed by a relationship with a br...
Tags: Art, Photography, England, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Devon, Soho, University of Brighton, Pollen, Annebella Pollen, Naturism, Sun Bathing Review


Proximity to green space may help with PMS, study finds

Research adds to growing evidence of the health benefits associated with natural environmentsLiving near green space could reduce the physical and psychological symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), researchers have found.A first-of-its-kind study of more than 1,000 women aged 18 to 49 living in cities in Norway and Sweden found that women who across their lifetime live in neighbourhoods with more green space are less likely to experience PMS symptoms than those living in less green neighbour...
Tags: Health, Sweden, Environment, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Wildlife, Health & wellbeing, Norway, Menstruation


Smells like Matthew McConaughey: the new wave of celebrity odour

Film stars have long advertised beauty products, then they started their own cosmetics firms. Making products for their own personal use was the obvious next stepMatthew McConaughey has a lot going on at the moment. He has spent the last few months toying with the idea of running for governor of Texas. He has come under fire for his hazy attitude towards vaccinating children. He wrote a self-help book, Greenlights, that remained on the New York Times bestseller list for almost a year. So it goes...
Tags: Texas, Matthew Mcconaughey, Celebrity, Film, Life and style, Culture, New York Times, Jackie, McConaughey


The most unusual movie sex scenes – ranked!

Lady Gaga and Adam Driver give us animal grunting in House of Gucci and Agathe Rousselle mates with a car in Titane – but that’s tame compared with some of the sexual themes cinema has found to exploreIn 1933, the Austrian star Hedy Lamarr (who also had a remarkable parallel career as an inventor) appeared in the Czech erotic drama Ecstasy playing Eva, who gave us the first female orgasm in movie history. This is simply an extended closeup on her face, after her lover’s head has disappeared from...
Tags: Film, Sex, Hedy Lamarr, Life and style, Culture, Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Eva, The Lion King, House of Gucci, Agathe Rousselle


Why do female pro gamers earn millions less than men?

The best esports competitors make millions, and the industry prides itself on meritocracy. So why are there so few women among the top earners?According to independent site esportsearnings.com, the highest-paid esports player has accumulated more than $7m (£5.2m) in winnings across his career. Johan “N0tail” Sundstein is a Danish Dota 2 player and has competed in more than 100 tournaments to amass his fortune.Below him in the rankings, the next 30 highest earners are all male Dota 2 players. But...
Tags: Games, Gender, Women, Sport, Life and style, World news, Culture, Game culture, Gender Pay Gap, Esports, Games competitions, Sasha, Johan, Dota, Danish Dota, Hostyn Hostyn


Covid: avoid ‘snogging under mistletoe’ this Christmas, says UK minister

Thérèse Coffey says people should not kiss anyone they do not know to limit spread of coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritons should avoid “snogging under the mistletoe” this Christmas, according to a government minister, as a leading scientist said people could enjoy Christmas if they took “sensible” precautions.The work and ensions secretary, Thérèse Coffey, told ITV’s Peston programme that “we should all be trying to enjoy the Christmas ahead of us”, add...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Relationships, Christmas, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Itv, Vaccines and immunisation, Peston, Therese Coffey, Coronavirus


The pandemic body: how the Covid era changed us – from hair loss to weight gain

Sore, blurry eyes, decaying teeth, spreading feet – the strange, difficult years of coronavirus have changed us physically. Will we ever get back to our former selves?This year, out of nowhere, my left heel has started hurting. Is it the onset of some degenerative condition, a normal byproduct of ageing, or simply pandemic life, I wonder. After all, living through this period has had surprising health consequences – even for people who have not caught coronavirus. It has recently emerged, for in...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Life and style, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Beauty, Microbiology, Dentists, Hair Loss, Coronavirus


Britain’s worst Christmas trees: is anything secretly more festive and fun than a disappointing fir?

There have been no end of complaints about some of the trees being put up –from a metal one in Cardiff to a puny one in GrimsbyName: Disappointing Christmas trees.Height: As much as 25m. Continue reading...
Tags: Christmas, Life and style, Britain, Cardiff


The urinary leash: how the death of public toilets traps and trammels us all

Britain has lost an estimated 50% of its public toilets in the past 10 years. This is a problem for everyone, and for some it is so acute that they are either dehydrating before going out or not leaving home at allFor about an hour and a half before she finishes work and gets the bus home, Jacqui won’t eat or drink anything. Once, while waiting at the bus stop, and suddenly needing the loo, she had to head to the other end of town; the public toilets nearby had closed. She didn’t make it in time...
Tags: Health, Politics, Life and style, Society, UK News, Public finance, Public sector cuts, Public services policy, Disability, Infrastructure, Britain, Hygiene, Jacqui


Rescue me: why Britain’s beautiful lockdown pets are being abandoned

The cats and dogs that helped us through the pandemic are increasingly being dumped in the street or handed over to charities – and shelters are dealing with the falloutOn a cold, steely grey day in a farmyard in Essex I meet Spike. Thick-set, broad-chested, narrow-eyed, he has a look that says “don’t mess with me”, and he has tiny, pointed ears that have been cut to make him look more intimidating.Spike is an XL bully; bully stands for American bulldog, XL means bred to be bigger. They are fash...
Tags: Cats, Dogs, Animals, Pets, Life and style, Britain, Essex, Moss, Spike, Waltham Abbey, Ira Moss, Essex XL


A moment that changed me: when my beloved teacher taught us about mortal sin

I had impressed Mr Priamo with my passion for winning. In questioning his certainty I learned the eternal value of doubt and ambiguityEven before I entered his class, I knew Mr Priamo, the sixth-grade teacher at my Catholic elementary school, as the small, powerfully built man who strutted the hallways, and especially the gymnasium, with the ease of an athletic star. In golf shirts and trousers that pulled too tight at the rear, he appeared to be in perpetual motion – an illusion enhanced by his...
Tags: Books, Education, Religion, Life and style, Society, Canada, Catholicism, Christianity, Young People, Catholic, Religious Studies And Theology, Priamo


Mother jailed for harming baby hits out at ‘unjust’ appeal ruling

Lawyers and campaigners fear decision not to grant appeal against conviction risks silencing other victims of domestic abuse A mother jailed for harming her baby has accused the courts of “injustice” after judges accepted she was a victim of abuse but ruled against an application for an appeal against her conviction made on the grounds that her violent ex-partner coerced her to lie at her trial.The woman, known as “Jenny”, was convicted in 2017 of causing or allowing serious harm after her child...
Tags: Children, Law, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, Domestic Violence, UK criminal justice, Global development, Court of appeal, Jenny


Prickly present: dancing cactus toy that raps in Polish about cocaine goes viral

Walmart removes listing by third-party seller after Ontario woman discovers one of toy’s songs is about cocaine and hopelessnessA word of warning before you go toy shopping this Christmas: beware the rapping cactus.The toy, marketed as educational, may teach your children more than you want them to know, as a woman in Brampton, Ontario, discovered the hard way. The miniature, bright-green dancing cactus Ania Tanner bought sings in English, Spanish and Polish while squirming to the beat. After bu...
Tags: Toys, Americas, Walmart, Life and style, World news, Canada, Ontario, Tanner, Brampton Ontario, Ania Tanner


‘Virgil was here’: Miami hosts Abloh’s final collection for Louis Vuitton

The designer’s last show underlines his rule-breaking attitude to menswear with electrifyingly futuristic garms“Is it too soon?” is the question we ask ourselves, as the final collection from Virgil Abloh goes on show just a few days after the announcement of his death. It may have been one of his final professional wishes – and in keeping with his furious work ethic – to finish the show, yet there’s a brutal finality seeing it play out before our eyes.Emotions are running high as the show, stre...
Tags: Fashion, Life and style, Miami, Louis Vuitton, Virgil, Virgil Abloh, Abloh


Lust actually: Christmas movies are everywhere – and this year they’re horny

Move over, Miracle on 34th Street and Elf. As we face another troubled festive season, there will be some surprisingly saucy viewingName: Blue Christmas films.Age: New. Continue reading...
Tags: Film, Christmas, Life and style


‘The women are cannon fodder’: how Succession shows the horrors of misogyny

Season three of the daddy issues drama speaks volumes about the monstrous Man Club that rules society – and even billionaire’s daughter Shiv Roy can’t escape its sadistic clutchesEveryone eats their share of dung beetle surprise on Succession – HBO’s unrepentant daddy issues drama – but the women’s portions come heavily seasoned with the patriarchy’s favourite ingredients: sexism and misogyny. Even billionaire’s daughter Shiv Roy (played by Sarah Snook) can’t escape it. “It’s only your teats tha...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Television & radio, Sarah Snook, Succession, MeToo Movement, Kendall Jeremy Strong, Shiv Roy, Man Club


Preloved and perfect! The seven essential rules for secondhand presents

For a thoughtful, less consumerist Christmas, make sure to tell the truth about your purchases, spritz musty clothes with vodka and invest in vintage wrapping paperIt’s not a pair of box-fresh Bottega Veneta boots, or cashmere spun from the wool of a rare-breed yak, that will ensure you strike gifting gold with fashion fans this Christmas: it’s the revelation that you bought their present secondhand.Once a dirty word, secondhand is an increasingly valued quality (the global “preloved” fashion ma...
Tags: Shopping, Christmas, Life and style, Bottega Veneta


‘I owe an enormous debt to therapy!’ Rita Moreno on West Side Story, dating Brando and joy at 90

She overcame racism and abuse to break Hollywood, romanced Brando, dated Elvis to make him jealous, fought hard for civil rights and won an Egot. Now in her 10th decade, she is busier and happier than everRita Moreno pops up on my computer screen in a bright red hat, huge pendant necklace and tortoiseshell glasses. “Well, here I am in my full glory,” she says from her home in Berkeley, California. And glorious she sure is. Moreno is a couple of weeks short of her 90th birthday, but look at her a...
Tags: Hollywood, Film, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Marlon Brando, Elvis, Rita Moreno, Tony, Berkeley California, Moreno, West Side Story, Liza Minnelli, Brando