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'I was stressed but happy': weddings, Haitian style – a photo essay

In Haiti, where more than half the population lives below the poverty line, only the wealthiest couples can afford a grand ceremony, lavish dinner reception and honeymoon. In a country where couples often have to surmount obstacles including unrest, hurricanes, power outages, most have to get creative to wed in style.Photographs by Valérie Baeriswyl. Written by Sarah MarshAs anti-government protesters in Haiti’s capital blocked principal roads and clashed with police last year, Stanley Joseph an...
Tags: Americas, Life and style, World news, Weddings, Haiti, Sarah, Stanley Joseph, Valérie Baeriswyl, Daphne Gerard


Why doing nothing is a radical act for India's women – photo essay

‘Leisure is a feminist issue’ says Surabhi Yadav, whose photography project captures carefree moments of women around herWhen Surabhi Yadav’s mother, Basanti, died Yadav realised she had never really known her. “I knew her as my mother, but nothing else,” she says. “I asked one of her friend’s how she remembered her and she told me: ‘She was the funniest and goofiest in our group.’ Those were not words I associated with my mother. I thought of her as a very serious person.”Her father was the “fu...
Tags: India, Women, Life and style, World news, South and Central Asia, Feminism, Global development, Yadav, Basanti, Women's rights and gender equality, Surabhi Yadav


Emily Ratajkowski accuses photographer of sexual assault

Photographer Jonathan Leder denies assaulting model and actor at photoshoot in 2012The model and actor Emily Ratajkowski has accused photographer Jonathan Leder of sexually assaulting her during a photoshoot at his home in 2012, a claim he strongly denies.Leder published a book of the photos in 2016. Ratajkowski claims this was without her consent, but Leder disputes this. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Life and style, World news, US news, Emily Ratajkowski, Ratajkowski, Jonathan Leder, Leder


Best served cold: 17 delicious no-cook meals with four ingredients or fewer

The hottest days can make you yearn for a simple, cooling dinner. Here are a plethora of options that will tickle your taste buds without testing your patienceThis is not a time for cooking. The weather is so blindingly hot in much of Britain that even the thought of walking to the kitchen – let alone standing there for an extended period of time – is exhausting. But, then again, it is not really a time for shopping, either, unless you happen to get a kick out of maskless idiots lunging at you i...
Tags: Food, Life and style, Britain, Vegetarian food and drink, Soup, Vegan food and drink, Salad, Picnics, Summer food and drink


Posh splosh: wild swimming spots at British stately homes

From Highland castles to Anne Boleyn’s home, take a late summer dip in the lakes and rivers at these historic estatesWith many of the UK’s finest stately homes and country houses still closed to visitors, or with limited capacity for shorter, small group tours only, it makes sense to try to get more out of a visit, adding extra elements to turn a trip into a lovely long day out, be that with a hike or cycle ride, or picnic in the grounds.At an increasing number of historic estates, you can even ...
Tags: Travel, UK, Fitness, Life and style, Heritage, Day trips, Swimming, Swimming Holidays, Scotland Holidays, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Highland, Anne Boleyn


Withings ScanWatch review: health-tracking watch with 30-day battery

Hybrid smartwatch tracks heart rate, ECG, sleep, blood oxygen and activity with smartphone alerts The new Withings ScanWatch is one of the most advanced health trackers you can buy and comes in the form of a hybrid smartwatch with a traditional analogue face and a 30-day battery life.The ScanWatch comes in two sizes, with either a black or white face. The 38mm size costs £249.95 but it is the larger 42mm size costing £279.95 that is reviewed here. Continue reading...
Tags: Gadgets, Technology, Life and style, Smartwatches, Health & wellbeing, Wearable Technology


Florida city ends anti-sagging saga with move to allow low trousers

Obama once admonished ‘brothers [to] pull up their pants’Opa-locka commissioners cite equality as they withdraw banIt was a fashion that offended those with delicate sensibilities, and even caused Barack Obama to wade in. Related: Belt up, young man Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Florida, Obama, Race, Barack Obama, Life and style, World news, US news


How to make your own luck and turn a mistake into the best thing ever

Seeing meaning in the unexpected can help turn mistakes into opportunities, says researcher Dr Christian BuschDr Christian Busch has had a lucky life. He narrowly escaped a catastrophic car accident at the age of 18. The car was wrecked but he walked away without a scratch. It was just the wake-up call he needed. “I turned my life around. Before that I’d been a reckless teenager who lived in the moment, having fun. The accident instilled a sense of urgency to try to find meaning.”Luck continued ...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Starbucks, London School Of Economics, Busch, New York University, Dr Christian BuschDr Christian Busch


Is this the end of the buffet?

The writer Joel Golby has been obsessed with buffets since he was a kid. But in a post-Covid world, will we see the end of helping yourself?In Liverpool, before the pandemic, I went to a hotel breakfast buffet. I always fret about the breakfast buffet, mainly about what to wear, because it’s one of those weird places where the full 7am suit-and-tie crowd sit elbow-to-elbow with people yawning in frayed jogging bottoms and thin hotel slippers. So anyway, I found my hotel slippers, rubbed a small ...
Tags: Food, Life and style, Liverpool, Joel Golby, Coronavirus outbreak, Liverpool Hilton


I love Spider-Man – but would my son? How I learned a hard lesson about heroes

He’s my all-time favourite comic character. But do the real heroes still wear spandex?A decade ago I got married in a wedding outfit that, because of the shambles of assembling it, I can remember thread for thread. I had a new suit (dark grey, secret pockets) that I was shyly proud of; but with a couple of hours to go, I hung it in the wrong place in a public bathroom and the jacket was sprayed at close range by an auto-dispersing air freshener, the rich and tangy scent of which I could never sc...
Tags: Books, Family, Television, Children, Film, Marvel, Spider-Man, Superman, Life and style, Society, Culture, Television & radio, Parents and parenting, Superhero movies, Comics and graphic novels, Shakespeare


Margaret Atwood: ‘If you’re going to speak truth to power, make sure it’s the truth’

A polarising US election, a global pandemic, the rise of cancel culture: what does the queen of dystopian fiction make of 2020 so far?Margaret Atwood is smiling, waving a green copy of her book The Testaments at me, while I wave a black one back at her. High-cheekboned, pale-skinned, her curly grey hair like a corona, she’s wearing a jewel-green blouse that makes her eyes glitter. Behind her stretches her large, comfy, slightly darkened sitting room in Toronto, with books and wall hangings and a...
Tags: Books, Women, US, Toronto, Life and style, Transgender, Culture, Feminism, LGBT rights, Margaret Atwood, Bereavement, Atwood


Roams with a view: 10 UK peaks with stunning 360 panoramas

You don’t have to climb the highest peaks to get the best views; on top of these hills it feels like ‘the entire Earth is at your feet’It is undoubtedly true that the best views are to be had from high places, although as musical hall star Gus Elen observed:Wiv a ladder and some glassesYou could see the ’Ackney MarshesIf it wasn’t for the ’ouses in between Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, UK, Life and style, Earth, Health & wellbeing, Walking, Top 10s, Walking Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Gus Elen


Keeping Up With the Kardashians gave America its real first family

Show that gave us Kim, Kylie and Kendall is ending after 14 years, leaving behind a Kardashianised world The first time the Kardashian family’s private life became part of the public conversation was not in their reality TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians (known as KUWTK), which turned them into global phenomena and will, it was announced this week, end after 14 years and 20 seasons. Nor was it with Kim Kardashian Superstar, the notorious sex tape of probably the best known member of the f...
Tags: Fashion, Reality TV, Technology, Television, Kim Kardashian, Media, Instagram, US, America, Social Media, Life and style, Culture, Digital Media, Television & radio, Kardashians, Kendall Jenner


Diana Rigg: star with an independent streak to match her glamour

From kick-ass screen roles to award-winning theatre and TV ones, with a curious sideline in nuns, the Yorkshire-born actor’s class and spirit earned her a magnificent careerDiana Rigg, Avengers and Game of Thrones star, dies aged 82When Diana Rigg made her Broadway debut in 1971, the theatre programme Playbill introduced her in terms that established the wide range of work and appeal that still marked her career at her death today, five decades later, at the age of 82.The then-31-year-old Yorksh...
Tags: England, Television, Media, Celebrity, Film, Women, Life and style, Culture, United States, Feminism, Television & radio, Television industry, Stage, Broadway, Yorkshire, James Bond


Booze battles: how the pub became the focus for pandemic Britain’s culture wars

Pubs are the most inclusive of all possible spaces. So how did they suddenly become more contentious than a vegan sausage roll?It was inevitable that the lifting of lockdown would throw up contradictions that make no sense. From next Monday, children in England will spend their days in classrooms of 30, but adults won’t be able to meet in groups of more than six. Earlier in the season, childcare was reinstated before people were allowed to visit their families, throwing up the absurdity that you...
Tags: England, Pubs, Life and style, Society, UK News, Britain, Nigel Farage, Coronavirus outbreak


My dishevelled flat felt like a cage rather than a cocoon this summer. I finally decided to do it up

Before March, I spent every weekend at my partner’s tranquil apartment. When that became impossible, I had to turn my place from teenage doss house to adult work spaceI’ve never really been house-proud. While my peers have moved to larger and larger homes over the years, I’ve been happy in my dishevelled council flat in Tooting, south London. I don’t entertain at home and my flat is basically a safe place to leave my stuff, wash and go to sleep. Gardens, balconies, spare rooms and home offices a...
Tags: Family, London, Diy, Life and style, Work & careers, Working From Home, Coronavirus outbreak


Easy as pie: 17 mouth-watering apple recipes – from tarte tatin to roast pork belly

Baked apples are your starting point as the autumn evenings close in, but there are many more delicious ways of using the fruit, including savoury and salad dishes, and an unusual cocktailThe British apple season is a long one – spanning the earliest and latest ripening varieties, it runs from August to November – so there is no need to panic or speak of gluts. Stored under optimal conditions, apples also last a really long time, which is why we’re never without them. For the grower, apple seaso...
Tags: Food, Life and style, Fruit, Dessert, Salad


I had hardly spoken to my neighbour before lockdown. Now he's my constant companion

I’m a writer and he’s a bouncer, and we used to have very different schedules. But this summer we found we shared not just a porch but a political outlookAs an artist and writer, I already worked from home and was used to living alone. Then came the pandemic.During the past few months, my neighbour has taken over our shared porch. He is a bouncer who has been out of work since the bars here in North Carolina closed. Previously, we kept very different schedules since he worked nights and slept du...
Tags: Life and style, North Carolina, Coronavirus outbreak


Keeping Up With the Kardashians to end next year after 20th season

Kim Kardashian West announced family’s long-running reality TV show will end in early 2021 after 14 yearsKim Kardashian West has announced her family’s long-running reality TV show will end after a final season next year.Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered in 2007 and made worldwide stars out of the family. Continue reading...
Tags: Television, Life and style, US news, Culture, Television & radio, Kim Kardashian West, Kardashian West


‘I was hammered for the first month of lockdown’ – meet the people who quit alcohol in the pandemic

Despite the stories of people drinking more when confined to home, for many this has been a time to tackle their dependencyThere was nothing extraordinary about the weekend that Charlotte Davies decided to stop drinking. The 47-year-old office manager, from the Berkshire village of Warfield, watched TV with her husband. They cooked. On the Saturday evening, Davies drank two bottles of red wine. Fetching the wine from the garage, where she stores it, she realised with dismay that the 36 bottles s...
Tags: Health, Alcohol, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing, Alcoholism, Berkshire, Davies, Warfield, Coronavirus outbreak, Charlotte Davies


One step beyond: the ascent of mountain runner Kílian Jornet

He is the most outrageously talented mountain runner there has ever been, conquering peaks in dizzying new records. But what keeps driving Kílian Jornet ever upwards? And how does he cope with his new life as a social influencer?More days than not, Kílian Jornet runs up a mountain. A short run will take him between one and four hours. A long run will take him five or more. Usually he’ll take a backpack with him, but for the sake of efficiency there won’t be much in it. “I can run for 10 hours, c...
Tags: Mountains, Life and style, Everest, Running, Usain Bolt, Mont Blanc, Kilian Jornet, Eliud Kipchoge, Jornet


George Takei: ‘Getting cast as Lt Sulu in Star Trek was life-changing’

The actor and activist on being locked up aged five, his passion for performance and coming out because of Arnold SchwarzeneggerMy father was an Anglophile. He was a San Franciscan, but he loved all things English. He adored all the kings and queens and I’m named after the stuttering King George VI.Getting cast as Lt Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek was life changing. The show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, told me the idea was a metaphor for the fact that the earth’s strength lay in its diversity; people...
Tags: Television, Life and style, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Arnold, Gene Roddenberry, Sulu, George Takei, Hikaru Sulu


‘Everyone was drenched in the virus’: was this Austrian ski resort a Covid-19 ground zero?

At least 6,000 people say they caught coronavirus in Ischgl, dubbed ‘Ibiza on ice’, and their class action is gaining pace. Those who were there recall a terrifying weekIn the first week of March, Charlie Jackson had an argument with his wife. The recruitment agent, 53, from Pangbourne in Berkshire, was due to catch a flight to Innsbruck for a three-day “boys’ holiday”, skiing in the Tirolean Alps. Jackson’s wife, Carol, felt Ischgl, the resort booked by the group, was a bit too close to the par...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Law, Alcohol, Bars, Pubs, Life and style, Austria, Infectious Diseases, Health & wellbeing, Innsbruck, Italy, Jackson, Ski Resorts, Berkshire


Oliver Burkeman's last column: the eight secrets to a (fairly) fulfilled life

After more than a decade of writing life-changing advice, I know when to move on. Here’s what else I learnedIn the very first instalment of my column for the Guardian’s Weekend magazine, a dizzying number of years ago now, I wrote that it would continue until I had discovered the secret of human happiness, whereupon it would cease. Typically for me, back then, this was a case of facetiousness disguising earnestness. Obviously, I never expected to find the secret, but on some level I must have kn...
Tags: Life and style, Work & careers, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, Work-life balance, Philosophy, Guardian, Oliver Burkeman


From cool beans to has-beens? The Covid threat to Britain's coffee shops

Why the chains and independents at the heart of Britain’s high streets are in deep troubleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt’s the multibillion-pound industry that kept on growing, based on a bean that Britons couldn’t seem to get enough of: coffee.Until, that is, the pandemic struck. As is the case with many businesses hit hard by coronavirus, the ubiquitous coffee chains that have powered city centres and high streets across the UK are in deep trouble. Continue read...
Tags: Coffee, Food, Business, UK, Restaurants, Life and style, UK News, Retail industry, Britain, Shops and shopping, Pret A Manger, Coronavirus outbreak


Britney Spears 'welcomes' #FreeBritney support in guardianship fight

Pop star’s lawyer suggests she appreciates fans’ help in challenging her father’s role as conservator of her affairsBritney Spears has pushed for greater transparency in the court hearings regarding the legal arrangement that has managed her life and finances for more than a decade, and in doing so appeared to endorse the #FreeBritney movement.Since Spears’s breakdown in 2007, her father, Jamie (known legally as James Spears), has primarily been at the helm of a conservatorship that means the 38...
Tags: Health, Music, Celebrity, Law, California, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Mental Health, Culture, Britney Spears, Jamie, Spears, James Spears, Law (US


Experience: I was married to an Islamic State leader

John was becoming more radical just as I was becoming more independent. He wanted to go to Syria; I was adamant I didn’t want to take our children to a war zoneI was born in north London in 1983 and grew up in a Bengali-Bangladeshi family. I just wanted to be English, but felt pressure from my family to be a “good Muslim girl” and to not integrate with western society. My family were dysfunctional. When you don’t trust your parents, you learn to distrust authority altogether.When I was 17, we mo...
Tags: Family, London, Marriage, Education, Life and style, Society, Syria, John


Plane food, grounded: 'You can buy airline meals on land now. They cost $2 each. I bought 27'

With flights on hold, airline caterers have pivoted to selling direct-to-public, so how does an airline meal taste without cabin pressure?“If you’re going to a cafe and paying $25 for a meal you have certain expectations. If you’re doing a 10-course fine dining degustation you have expectations … It’s one of those things where you have to set your expectations accordingly.”This is the sage advice of aviation journalist Jordan Chong, who is counselling me on the purchase I’ve just made – three me...
Tags: Travel, Food, Life and style, Airline Industry, Australian lifestyle, Jordan Chong


'Beef or chicken?' What $2 airline meals taste like on the ground

With flights on hold, airline caterers have pivoted to selling direct-to-public, so how does an airline meal taste without cabin pressure?“If you’re going to a cafe and paying $25 for a meal you have certain expectations. If you’re doing a 10-course fine dining degustation you have expectations … It’s one of those things where you have to set your expectations accordingly.”This is the sage advice of aviation journalist Jordan Chong, who is counselling me on the purchase I’ve just made – three me...
Tags: Travel, Food, Life and style, Airline Industry, Australian lifestyle, Jordan Chong


Estée Lauder reviews skin-lightening lines amid Black Lives Matter outcry

Firm to review language and marketing as cosmetics industry accused of hypocrisyEstée Lauder is reviewing the language and marketing around its skin-lightening creams, after accusations of cultural insensitivity levelled at rival cosmetics firms.The company, which owns 25 brands including Bobbi Brown, Clinique and La Mer, did not disclose which products would be affected. It will assess the use of terms such as lightening and brightening on its products and if certain product lines should have a...
Tags: Fashion, Makeup, Race, Life and style, World news, Beauty, Estee Lauder, La Mer, Black Lives Matter Movement, Bloomberg Continue, Bobbi Brown Clinique, Susan Akkad