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A day at the beach: ‘I was on a quest to get my groove back. He looked like he should be on Home and Away’

Fresh out of a long-term relationship, the kind that had left me feeling flat and sexless, I was on a quest to get my groove back. Heavily influenced by Sex and the City reruns, the plan was less eat, pray, love and more download and swipe. I met him on a dating app. He was […]

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‘All relationships begin with fantasy’: why young couples are seeking therapy

Irene Wu, 28, and Dillon Tang, 24, hadn’t been together a year when they first started couples therapy. The couple, from Los Angeles, started seeing each other in the early days of lockdown, when severe growing pains set in. They found themselves constantly arguing, and their differing communication styles left both of them confused. Specifically, […]

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Taliban stop Afghan women from using bathhouses in northern provinces

The Taliban sparked outrage this week by announcing that women in northern Afghanistan would no longer be allowed to use communal bathhouses. The use of bathhouses, or hammams, is an ancient tradition that remains for many people the only chance for a warm wash during the country’s bitterly cold winters. Women, who regularly use the […]

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Can tumble dryer sheets sort your hair out?

The hackFlyaway hairs, parched locks and static strands? A retro revival courtesy of TikTok suggests tumble dryer (yes, really) could be the remedy. The promiseThis cheap, at-home hack could turn a sad hair day into a joyful one. But is smelling like laundry worth it? The testThere’s nothing like a trend from your teens being […]

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Experience: I was impaled on a shoe rack

In October 2020, I was doing a spot of DIY at home in Scarborough. My divorce had come through a week before, but my ex-husband was still living in our three-storey townhouse, which we also shared with our seven-year-old daughter. He was due to move out in four days’ time. I was finding it difficult […]

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Houseplant of the week: fishbone cactus

Why will I love it?Epiphyllum anguliger, more commonly known as the fishbone or zigzag cactus, is a fun, non-spiky plant that will add movement to your room – plus it’s non-toxic for pets and people. Light or shadeLike all epiphytes it prefers the shade, with just a few hours of sunshine each day. In the […]

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Invisible headphones to chameleon cars: standout tech from CES 2022

From colour-shifting cars to digital art TVs and stress-predicting watches, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which opened on Wednesday, offered its usual mix of wacky, visionary and desirable goods. Here are some of the highlights. The NFT television The non fungible token, which confers ownership of a unique digital item such as […]