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‘Don’t beat yourself up’: 10 ways to feel happier with your body as the world reopens

Many of us are returning to the office or socialising for the first time in a year – and may be feeling anxious about physical changes. Here’s how to feel a little bit better about yourselfAs pandemic restrictions are lifted in England, many of us will be returning to offices and meeting up with friends for the first time in more than a year – and some of us may not look the same way we did in pre-Covid times. We may have gained weight, or lost muscle, or simply look more tired than before. Perh...
Tags: Health, England, Life and style, Society, Body Image, Health & wellbeing


How we met: ‘She gave me strong signs that she wasn’t looking for romance’

Vinca, 37, and Lee, 40, were housemates in Manchester before they fell in love. They live in north Wales with their sonIn early 2008, Vinca was a self-confessed party girl, living the high life in Manchester. She worked for a recruitment firm during the day and went clubbing at night. “I lived with my best friend at the time, Flo. He and I were always having people over, but we needed a third flatmate,” she says.After seeing their advert online, Lee applied. “I was studying in Staffordshire and ...
Tags: Family, Wales, Relationships, Life and style, Manchester, Staffordshire, Lee, Vinca


Rhik Samadder tries … mindful painting: ‘It dawns on me that I’m a very talented artist’

Keen to unlock your inner creativity? De-stress and unwind? Or merely improve the quality of the gifts you make for friends? Step right this wayHave you ever forgotten to buy a loved one a birthday present? Here’s a tip. Get a card, then draw a picture inside of you giving them the gift you intend to buy them later. It’s a charming IOU, impossible to resent. I’m not the best at hands or faces, so the result often resembles demons in hell, spearing each other, which isn’t what everyone wants to s...
Tags: Art, Painting, Life and style, Art and design, Hobbies, Tom, Rhik Samadder, MasterPeace Studios


Returning office workers seek sweet spot between casual and formal

Stint of working from home rewrites rules for office dressing, with retailers seeing demand for hybrid wardrobeWith a return to the office now a real possibility, workers in the UK are thinking about something they haven’t for a while: what to wear. This comes after 16 months at home with only a laptop for company – and only a semblance of presentability required for video calls. The conventions of office attire are being reassessed, particularly by men who often wore suits for work. So are they...
Tags: Business, Fashion, UK, Life and style, Working From Home, Men's Fashion, Porter, Sam Kershaw


Jessie Cave on body image, bereavement and being relentless: ‘I don’t have any secrets’

The actor, comic and writer talks about her bestselling debut novel, the cruelty of costume fittings, how it felt to be in the Harry Potter franchise – and finding hope in small thingsAs a compulsive diary writer – she has kept one since she was eight – Jessie Cave knows that, unless it gets written down, life gets forgotten. She is glad, then, that she wrote her debut novel, Sunset, because the way she felt at the time “would have just gone, and then you’re in a different place and you don’t re...
Tags: Television, Film, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Harry Potter, Sunday Times, Bereavement, Ben, Jessie Cave, Cave


Not all narcissists are grandiose – the ‘vulnerable’ type can be just as dangerous

The introverted narcissist is harder to spot and may be more sinisterWe pretty much know what narcissism is by now. The description “narcissist” is a buzzword, a darling of amateur analysts. Those needy, charismatic attention-grabbers stride across the world’s stage, using and confusing those who fall for their charms. They have the perfect platform in a culture obsessed with both celebrity and social media. They rule countries, they mesmerise, they manipulate and wreak havoc.But beyond the more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Relationships, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Sarah Davies


I secretly hate sex and now fear I will lose my girlfriend

You don’t have to be sexual to feel love, but you do have to be openThe question I’m a guy in my mid-20s who also happens to be asexual. And no, I am not gay. I just can’t feel much, physically. I don’t see it as a problem, but people jump to conclusions online. No one other than me knows. I am in a relationship with this lovely girl and we have only been physically intimate occasionally (once or twice a month – been with her for four months), but it’s OK because she doesn’t have an insatiable n...
Tags: Sex, Relationships, Life and style


‘The assignment made me gulp’: Could talking to strangers change my life?

So often we interact with the world via phones and apps, but what if you struck up a converastion with a random person? A growing body of research suggests we shouldIt’s 7am on a Monday and my heart is racing. Normally my Mondays are reserved for tedious activities, but this morning I’m chasing a high. I’m not in a nightclub greeting sunrise with a tequila, sadly, but in an east London café. The source of my palpitations? I’m steeling myself to strike up a conversation with an unsuspecting man a...
Tags: Health, London, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing


From Oslo pram guy to the teenage vacuum expert: inside the obsessive world of niche online reviewers

Wade can tell you the best pram for a tall parent; Matthew knows which cleaner has superior suction power. But how do you become a respected reviewer on the wild west of the internet?Once a month, every month, more than 8,000 strangers pay James Hoffmann a total of £16,263 so he can go out and buy coffee machines. Hoffmann, 41, from London, is an author, business owner, coffee connoisseur and, above all, a YouTuber: more than 900,000 people subscribe to his channel, on which he discusses everyth...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, London, Money, Instagram, Youtube, Social Media, Life and style, Consumer affairs, Digital Media, Consumer Rights, Consumer magazines, Matthew, Oslo, Wade


Baxter Dury: ‘Everything was about Dad. It was the only way he knew how to survive’

The musician talks about growing up with a pop star dad, escaping his shadow – and the 6ft 7in drug dealer who lived with them Baxter Dury strolls up to the pub, casually dressed and apologetic. The indie musician, known for his stylish suits, is wearing a white vest and unbuttoned denim shirt. His face is even whiter than the vest. Food poisoning. He ate oysters the other day, and has never been so sick. He orders a pineapple juice and soda water, sheepishly. “That’s going to be the headline, i...
Tags: Books, Family, Music, Life and style, Culture, Pop and rock, Autobiography and memoir, Dad, Baxter, Ian Dury, Baxter Dury, Biography books


The knock that tears families apart: ‘They were at the door, telling me he had accessed indecent images of children’

Every month in the UK, hundreds of homes are visited by police officers dropping a bombshell: someone has been viewing images of child abuse. What happens to the families left behind?It was an ordinary summer evening in 2016 for Emma when her ex-husband, Ben, dropped their young children back after a weekend visit at his place. The couple had been divorced for less than a year. Their split had brought with it the usual pain and sadness that comes when a long relationship ends, but things were am...
Tags: Family, UK, Crime, Children, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Child protection, Social Care, Parents and parenting, Ben, Emma, Online Abuse, Sex offenders register


How Games Workshop grew to become more profitable than Google

Tabletop gaming, based on a mix of science fiction and fantasy worlds, has seen sales surge during lockdownIt started in a small flat in west London, with three friends selling board games and a fanzine via mail order; now Games Workshop is worth more than Marks & Spencer and Asos and is more profitable than Google.This week the Nottingham-based company, which produces the Warhammer fantasy role-playing brand, announced all of its workers would get a £5,000 bonus after sales and profits surged d...
Tags: Google, Business, Technology, London, Life and style, UK News, Retail industry, Culture, Nottingham, Board Games, Asos, Games competitions


Lab-grown dairy is the future of milk, researchers say

Startups are joining the race to create first imitation cow’s milk by artificially reproducing proteins in curds and wheyFor decades, people on plant-based diets were restricted to soya-based options to recreate dairy, until veganism went mainstream and a clutch of palate-pleasing almond, coconut and oat-based alternatives emerged. Last week, Swedish scientists launched a potato milk, equally lauded for its sustainability credentials and criticised for deriving from a humdrum carbohydrate. The h...
Tags: Food, Business, Nutrition, Singapore, Environment, Life and style, Food & drink industry, Milk, Plants, Silicon Valley, Veganism, Diets and dieting, Vegan food and drink


Blind date: ‘He kept name-dropping celebrities he’s worked with’

Will, 27, A&E doctor, meets Owen, 26, stage managerWhat were you hoping for?To meet the love of my life, or at least go viral. Continue reading...
Tags: Relationships, Life and style, Dating, Owen


‘I never saw my guitar again’: readers on belongings they lost in a breakup

Long after two people have gone their separate ways, some partings still rankle. Readers reflect on the beloved items they left behindEven though my breakup was amicable, I felt a lot of guilt – so when I moved out I said: “Keep it all.” But, in the years since, there have been a few items of kitchenware that I wish I’d held on to: a Le Creuset casserole dish, my favourite mug, a digital cooking thermometer, the plastic bowl attachment for my stick blender (the blender itself I retained at her i...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Maps, Film, Relationships, Life and style, Culture, Vinyl, Le Creuset


Bennifer is back, but don’t rush to contact your ex, say experts

J Lo and Ben Affleck did it, but experts urge restraint after lockdown prompts ‘rekindled romance’ dating trendRelationship experts have warned against romanticising the idea of getting back with your ex-partner, after it was confirmed that one of the most famous celebrity couples of the early noughties – Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck – were indeed back together.Last week, the actor and singer thrilled fans when they recreated a famous intimate image from J-Lo’s 2002 music video for Jenny from ...
Tags: Relationships, Ben Affleck, Social Media, Life and style, UK News, World news, US news, Dating, Jennifer Lopez, Jenny, J Lo, Bennifer


Experience: I survived a plane crash that killed 151 people

I was fighting with my brother over the window seat. After that, I don’t remember anything, except waking up next morningMy childhood was perfect. I was born and raised in New Jersey and lived in a lovely house with my family around me. For my sixth birthday my mom went all out with a Pocahontas theme – it was amazing. It’s the last beautiful memory I have of my family together. A month later, in December 1995, we were due to travel to Colombia as a family for the first time. I was so excited as...
Tags: Travel, Family, Life and style, World news, Colombia, Plane Crashes, New Jersey, Air transport


Travel plans, J-Lo’s man and why now less is more – take the Thursday quiz

Fourteen questions on general knowledge and topical news trivia plus a few jokes every Thursday – how will you fare?Have you been enjoying the Olympics? Then why not go for gold yourself with the challenge of the Thursday quiz. A mix of general knowledge and topical trivia questions, all laced with a smattering of jokes, the ever-present Kate Bush, the odd irritating anagram, and a hidden Doctor Who Easter egg for you to find. It is just for fun, but let us know how you get on in the comments.Th...
Tags: Life and style, Kate Bush, Quiz and trivia games, J Lo


Mental health memes are everywhere – can they offer more than comic relief?

Relatable jokes about trauma can help people feel less alone, but questions remain over how therapeutic they can truly beWhen, more than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, I turned to the internet to learn more about my condition.Back then, the effects of trauma weren’t exactly unknown, but they weren’t making headlines, either. Most of the information I found was on psychology websites, but it wasn’t until I went to the doctor and received my diagnosis that I ful...
Tags: Technology, Social Media, Life and style, Society, Mental Health


‘It messes with you mentally’: the fear, swelling and stress of life with lymphoedema

The inflammatory condition causes swelling of the limbs and affects more people in the UK than Parkinson’s or MS. For years it has been overlooked, but now awareness is finally growingFive weeks after being diagnosed with cervical cancer, Corinne Singleton was declared to be in remission. She skipped out of the oncology ward that day, ready to make the most of her retirement. Little did she know that her health challenges were far from over. “To be honest,” says Singleton, five years later, “the...
Tags: Health, UK, Women, Life and style, Society, Women's Health, Singleton, Corinne Singleton


The truth about fast fashion: can you tell how ethical your clothing is by its price?

To find out the true production cost of a garment is a tortuous process. Here is what you need to know to buy clothes with a clear conscienceWhat is the true cost of a Zara hoodie? In April 2019, David Hachfeld of the Swiss NGO Public Eye, along with a team of researchers and the Clean Clothes Campaign, attempted to find out. They chose to analyse a black, oversized top from Zara’s flagship Join Life sustainability line, which was printed with lyrics made famous by Aretha Franklin: “R-E-S-P-E-C-...
Tags: Business, Fashion, Aretha Franklin, Environment, Life and style, Ethical business, Ethical and green living, Zara, Inditex, Izmir Turkey, Clean Clothes Campaign, David Hachfeld, Hachfeld


‘A wild pony stamped on my tent!’: seven readers on their first camping experiences

Many of us are holidaying close to home this year and opting for camping, having never tried it before. Readers recall the cold, wet, wild and wonderful experiences they have had under canvasAfter 18 months of lockdown and seeing nothing but buildings and city life, I needed to get away. I’d dreamed of visiting the Outer Hebrides for years and decided to take the plunge in May 2021, walking and camping solo along the Hebridean Way – my first time camping as an adult. I woke up to stunning beach ...
Tags: Travel, Life and style, Family Holidays, Wildlife Holidays, Scotland Holidays, Camping Holidays, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Wales Holidays, Outer Hebrides, Bristol Continue, Hebridean Way, Bev Mackenzie


A moment that changed me: my mother died – and I became my brother’s legal guardian

I had told my mum that I would look after Declan after her death. But standing in an airport car park, the ramifications began to rush through my headIt was in Stansted airport’s Pink Elephant car park that I realised all the adults were going home. It was early January 2007 and we had just returned from Mum’s funeral in Derry. I watched as uncles and aunts ambled over to their cars, and there the three of us were left: me, 25, my girlfriend, Jade, 26, and my little brother, Declan, who had just...
Tags: Children, Life and style, Society, Death and dying, Social Care, Derry, Fostering, Stansted, Jade, Declan


‘I felt violated by the demand to undress’: three Muslim women on France’s hostility to the hijab

In France, a new law could seriously restrict women’s rights to wear headscarves in public, and there are fears that it will entrench IslamophobiaLast October, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, laid out the vision behind a new, deeply controversial bill. The government claimed a minority of France’s estimated 6 million Muslims were at risk of forming a “counter-society” and the bill was designed to tackle the dangers of this “Islamist separatism”.It is meant to safeguard republican values, ...
Tags: Europe, France, Religion, Women, Life and style, World news, Islam, Amnesty International, Emmanuel Macron


‘An eye mask transformed my life!’: 10 readers on how to get a perfect night’s sleep

From weighted blankets to white noise, here are the strategies that can take you from wide awake to well restedI stop drinking caffeine at 2pm every day. If I feel work is worrying me I do some deep breathing and I pray. I rub lavender oil on my wrists and temples before I go to bed, and I use a sunrise alarm clock to help me get up at the same time each day. This has helped me immensely, as I have a more gentle wake-up that means I am not tempted to hit snooze. I also keep a puzzle book by my b...
Tags: Health, Sleep, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Beth Lunn, Port Glasgow Continue


Student, 19, hopes to be youngest woman to fly solo around the world

Zara Rutherford, whose parents are both pilots, announces her gap year projectA 19-year-old student has announced her gap year project: aiming to become the youngest woman to fly solo around the world.Zara Rutherford, who has British and Belgian nationality, will set off from her home city of Brussels next month for the circumnavigation, which is set to take her up to three months. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Women, Life and style, UK News, World news, Air transport, Belgium, World Records, Brussels, Zara Rutherford


Pace yourself and party on! 10 ways to avoid social burnout this summer

Even social butterflies might find themselves a little overwhelmed as everything reopens. Here’s how to ease in gently, keep conversation light and avoid the dreaded ‘hangxiety’Call it the lockdown paradox: after spending so much time in isolation, adjusting to smaller lives, we may now be struggling to expand them.Now that restrictions have been lifted, the pressure to pack our calendars, make the most of the summer and say yes to every invitation is coming up uncomfortably against a public tha...
Tags: Food, Family, Restaurants, Alcohol, Friendship, Pubs, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Weddings


How ‘super-detector’ dogs are helping free Iraq from the terror of Isis mines

Branco and X-Lang are part of an elite team – four canines and their Yazidi handlers – leading a groundbreaking sniff-search for the homemade devices that litter the landOn the wide, flat plain of the Sinjar district of northern Iraq, Naif Khalaf Qassim lets his dog, an eight-year-old Belgian shepherd, range across the dry earth on a 30-metre leash until Branco stops and sits, tail wagging, looking towards his handler with enthusiasm.Branco has detected something underground and, when the mine-c...
Tags: Isis, Dogs, Animals, Islamic State, Iraq, Life and style, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Sinjar, LANG, Branco, Khalaf Qassim


Canine ‘super-detectors’: the dogs working to free Iraq from Isis mines

Branco and X-Lang are part of an elite team – four canines and their Yazidi handlers – leading a groundbreaking sniff-search for the homemade devices that litter the landOn the wide, flat plain of the Sinjar district of northern Iraq, Naif Khalaf Qassim lets his dog, an eight-year-old Belgian shepherd, range across the dry earth on a 30-metre leash until Branco stops and sits, tail wagging, looking towards his handler with enthusiasm.Branco has detected something underground and, when the mine-c...
Tags: Dogs, Animals, Islamic State, Iraq, Life and style, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Sinjar, LANG, Branco, Khalaf Qassim


My deep sleep quest: I tried 11 popular insomnia cures. Do any of them actually work?

In lockdown, insomnia has soared. Our tired, intrepid writer tried a range of remedies – including CBD, deep breathing and lettuce waterHow did you sleep last night? Insomnia rates have soared during successive lockdowns: anyone would think facing a constant existential threat isn’t the ideal preparation for a refreshing eight hours. Suggested remedies abound – behavioural, pharmaceutical, nonsensical and bleeding obvious – and I have tried most of them.Insomnia can be a competitive sport and I ...
Tags: Health, Sleep, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing