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grown-up flat-sharing
They get to share childcare, chores, bills and even dog-walking – how grown-up flat-sharing became the smart way to live. 'We call home our mummume' Single mum Sonja de Rooij, 41, an account manager, lives with her children Milla, five, and Jake, three – and single mum Armandine Gaulin, 34, and...
‘I’ve got a new-found respect for rock stars,’ I told my best friend Emma recently. ‘I can totally understand why they get addicted to drugs and alcohol.’ ‘Why’s that, then?’ she asked. Emma is a psychotherapist and therefore quite used to people making bizarre statements out of nowhere. ‘Well…’ I began....
niche scents
These niche classics won’t disappoint. One of the questions I’ve been most asked of late – once the details of my day job have been mentioned – is: ‘What’s an alternative fragrance to Portrait of a Lady?’ To be clear, there is nothing wrong with the scent of one of the...
Christmas at the Chateau
There may be 45 rooms to decorate, but stars of TV hit Escape to the Château Dick and Angel love a challenge. Here's how they deck the halls, walls... and every inch of their stunning French home.  Angel and Dick Strawbridge are the wonderfully eccentric couple who captured our hearts while they painstakingly...
Election
If we’re all going to get through the next four days, preparation is key, says Lucy Sweet.  Play election night bingo Eyes down for a full house! Get your magic marker ready to tick off these clichés: Jeremy Vine jumping around an enormous pie chart, miserable people counting votes in Doncaster...
donna hay prosecco brined turkey
A sparkling spin on the trad roast, plus easiest-ever sweet treats from ice cream to bakes: these Donna Hay Christmas recipes will please any crowd. Prosecco-brined turkey with Brussels sprouts and speck GET THE RECIPE Honey and almond hasselback squash GET THE RECIPE Crispy pork belly with fennel salt GET THE RECIPE Spice-rubbed roast duck with...
YOU’s resident astrologer Sally Brompton reveals your horoscope for 9th-15th December 2019. So, what does the week have in store? SCORPIO 24 Oct-22 Nov Scorpio may be the most driven of the signs but that doesn’t stop you daydreaming about things you’d like to happen. That is fine as long as you...
As the days close in we often turn to winter comfort food such as filling stews – slow-cooked and flavourful. Not only are they warm and soothing, they’re good for us, too. Part of the benefit may be due to what you’re not doing when you slow cook food: frying...
Lee Janogly
Fitness guru Lee Janogly may be in her ninth decade but she’s not letting that slow her down. You can’t do anything about getting older, she says – you just have to know how to handle it. (Rule number one: no more DIY hair dye). Ageing creeps up slowly. You’ll...
I often think men are mad. David came for the weekend. He had, trying to be helpful, picked up a table with a marble top I’d bought for £50 on Ebay to replace the Eero Saarinen I’d sold to pay for my collie Gracie’s spine surgery. I remember last Christmas...

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