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I met an old friend from university recently. We hadn’t seen each other for a few years because he’d been busy pursuing a worthy career and having children, while I’d been busy eating cheese and buying discounted athleisure wear in the Asos sale. ‘So what have you been up to?’...
When Isis took control of northwest Iraq in 2014, it shattered the lives of a generation of young women, who lost their homes, loved ones and freedom. Here, six of them tell Lena Corner about broken dreams and how, even though the conflict has ended, they are struggling to...
It’s hard to believe but, despite the many warnings about the dangers, people are still using sunbeds. I am astonished when I hear this. I understand that in deepest winter, when we’re all pale and pasty, the temptation of a ‘healthy’ glow is hard to resist. The reality, though,...
TV gameshows may be just a half hour of easy watching for most of us, but for the contestants featured here those precious, pressured minutes have been transformational. They reveal how it feels to hit the jackpot – and share their winning secrets. The impossible dream come true Conflict analyst and...
Mary Berry Quick Cooking
We lead such busy lives these days that it’s all too easy to become reliant on convenience foods. Finding time to cook a meal yourself can seem daunting – so much easier to pop something in the microwave or buy a takeaway. But making a dish from scratch doesn’t...
Men lie up to eight times more than women. True or false? Following her own run-in with a compulsive fibber, Sophia Money-Coutts sets out to separate fact from fiction. First, I need to tell you a brief story. Some years ago, I fell in love with a man who couldn’t stop...
From saying ‘I do’ after 35 years to a crafty way to keep calm, comedian Jenny Eclair reveals the little things that tell her story. When my dad Derek was in the army and stationed in West Berlin, my parents would pop over to East Berlin where they bought this...
Charles and Diana were all smiles but, says royal expert Jennie Bond, the fairytale was starting to crack. It was, perhaps, one of the happiest days of Diana’s married life. After an overnight stay, she stepped out of the Lindo Wing of London’s St Mary’s Hospital, with her husband at...
It’s Sunday, and although Sundays are my digital detox days, I look at my phone. A text. From David. After, what, six weeks? ‘Hi. I’ve just started the final syringe of Sweetie’s medicine.’ ‘OK, I’m picking up next month’s supply tomorrow. I can drop it off on Tuesday.’ ‘I won’t be here...
Huge glass sliding doors, double-height ceilings, concrete floors… Not your average Victorian terrace! Lifestyle entrepreneur Shelley Simpson reveals how she transformed a dilapidated townhouse into this bright, airy family home. Shelley Simpson, founder and managing director of interiors brand Mud Australia (mudaustralia.com), her husband James Kirton, the company’s executive director,...

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