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Gods gift: how to look like Chris Hemsworth

More than 1 million people have already downloaded Chris Hemsworths fitness app. Why? Is it because they too want to look like a Norse demi-god, asks Alex Moshakis The actor Chris Hemsworth Hollywood leading man, make-believe Thor employs a small army of fitness professionals to maintain peak condition. There is the personal trainer he has known since he was eight, and the nutritionist and the Pilates coach and the yoga coach and the meditation guru. Even Hemsworths stunt double is part of the gang. Collectively the army is known as…

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The new workwear: has the suit finally died?

Hardly anyone wears a suit to work now. How did we all get so scruffy? And what about all those lovely ties? Richard Godwin charts the demise of looking smart One afternoon about a decade ago, I was standing at a pub urinal not far from my old newspaper office when the man standing next to me opened up a conversation. A tie, huh? (He was American.) Never take a job where they make you wear a tie. He was in his mid-30s, wearing expensive-looking trainers, jeans and a sweatshirt.…

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What happens when you try all the CBD products you can find?

Would the alleged magic of cannabidiol have an effect on me or is it all snake oils and placebos? Shortly before I sat down to begin writing this, I squirted a 1 milliliter dropper of full-spectrum hemp extract, also known as CBD oil, under my tongue. It contained according to the bottle 6.25 mg of CBD per dosage, and tasted also per the bottles label of cold-pressed oranges. I wasnt sure what to expect, if anything. But with the mania around CBD approaching fever pitch, I was curious to know…

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Renaissancecore: why everyone is dressing like Anne Boleyn

Think square necklines, OTT sleeves and embellished headgear the 16th-century queen is fashions latest muse Fashions muse for party season 2019 stares coolly from an oil painting in the Manrepeller. Anne Boleyn on a catwalk near you. Photograph: Roger-Viollet/Rex Features The renaissance of the Renaissance is popping up far and wide. On the Strictly Come Dancing results show a fortnight ago, Tess Daly wore a black velvet dress with a very Boleyn-ish square neckline and leg-o-mutton sleeves. The same week, the Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie Ganni spring/summer 2020.…

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‘It locks you into a disintegrating friendship for life’: the new rules of godparenting

Oddparents or squadparents: its not just the names for todays secular guardians that are causing confusion Once upon a time in Redhill, Surrey, Sophie and Joe asked Jenny and Mark to be godparents to their baby daughter. It made perfect sense to Mark. Joe had been his best man. They went way back. But Jenny wasnt so sure. I said no, because Im not a Christian, she recalls. They said it was fine, as they arent Christian, either, and they werent going to bother with the church bit. I still…

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I gave away our stuff: the minimalists doing more with less

Growing numbers of people, partly inspired by Marie Kondo, are ditching consumerism for a simpler life Its time to declutter. Fuelled in part by Marie Kondos call to eschew anything that does not spark joy, a growing number of people are questioning whether they are better off with less in life from old jackets stuck under the stairs to unnecessary shopping trips and gadgets that clog up the home, or even a property that is larger than they need. This new push towards minimalism, whereby people live with less, can…

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All hail Tina Fey: the funniest comic of the 21st century

From skewering Sarah Palin to handing us Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, here are 10 of the SNL legends most hilarious moments A nice girl with an anarchic bent and a tongue as sharp as a boning knife, Saturday Night Live), network comedy (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), while writing Jimmy Fallon, the goofy little brother to her sardonic big sister, then with The 2004 movie, which Fey blithely adapted into Alec Baldwins Jack Donaghy. For Fey at her neurotic, lemon-scented best, try the second-season episode Sandwich Day, which shows her…

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A tale of two cities, New York style meets London chic

Art is given centre stage in a designers bright monochrome apartment. By Kate Jacobs Carl Blcher sits in his trademark baseball cap and eye-poppingly bright trainers, his friendly miniature dachshund, Mr Big, on his knee in his New-York-loft-inspired east London flat. When the new Whistles creative project manager bought the compact flat in an Edwardian mansion block 13 years ago, the original dining room was being used as a third bedroom and the kitchen was tucked away at the back. It felt very small, dark and boxy, says Blcher, but…

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Gadgets, drug mules and a French accent: my life as a private investigator

Emmanuelle Welch was a journalist before becoming a PI. Now she tracks down embezzlers and the occasional lost teddy bear Im often asked how I chose the life of a private investigator. In my case it was an accident. PIs tend to be former law enforcement, but not always. Im French and worked as a journalist before I made the leap. I used to live in Los Angeles. A mens magazine asked me to do an article where I would track down people the magazine had written about years earlier…

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Starwoman? Mattel announces David Bowie Barbie dressed as Ziggy Stardust

Toy company heralds the ultimate pop chameleon with new doll, complete with striped jumpsuit and accessories Mattel has announced its latest Barbie doll: one dressed as David Bowies iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Complete with red boots to match a backcombed mane of hair and a striped jumpsuit, plus some cosmic accessories and face paint, Barbie replicates the look of Bowies bisexual messenger from the stars though her usual pleasant smile doesnt quite match the intense stare usually associated with the character. Introducing the $50 (40) doll, The Rise and…

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Blind date: There was little leeway for a two-way conversation

Rachel, 22, client services co-ordinator, and Ty, 27, consultant Rachel on Ty What were you hoping for?To meet the love of my life, obviously. First impressions?Considering I was 10 minutes late, I thought his first impression of me would be fairly low. But he was 15 minutes later than that, so I was both relieved and a tad irritated. What did you talk about?His friends, his family, his job… there was little leeway for a two-way conversation. Any awkward moments?Our debate about Pip from Great Expectations turns out you either…

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‘I wanted sex on my terms, and it was’: readers on the joy of losing your virginity in your 30s

Our article about later-in-life virgins generated a huge response much of it from readers who had finally found love, or started having sex, in their 30s or later. From the woman who lost her virginity six months ago, to the thirtysomething who no longer feels alone, here is what you told us When Preeta vaginismus which the NHS describes as the bodys automatic reaction to the fear of vaginal penetration. Their marriage lasted 10 years; Sarah eventually left her husband, whom she came to see as a bully. She subsequently…

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My life in sex: I have always loved spanking womens bottoms

Away from spanking, Im a light-hearted, mild-mannered chap This morning, I visited my next-door neighbour and spanked her. Afterwards, I drove down the motorway and spanked another woman, whom I visit twice a week. Tonight, Im having a first meeting just drinks and a chat with a woman who wants to be spanked. Then, tomorrow, Im driving to Plymouth to see another woman whom I discipline regularly. There are others, too. Im a graphic designer (freelance, hence the daytime freedom) in my late 40s, and I have loved spanking womens…

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‘Mom, is it bad to be brown and Jewish?’: how to talk to your children about race

Since Trumps rise to power, writer Mira Jacob has faced increasingly difficult questions from her young son It started with Michael Jackson. It was 2014, and Mira Jacobs six-year-old son Z had moved on from being obsessed with Freddie Mercury (He demanded fake moustaches for a solid year), to being obsessed with Jackson. He knew all the moves and was never without a fedora. So my husband and I, thinking we were geniuses, got him all the albums, Jacob explains. The problem is, when you give a mixed-race kid albums…

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How black mothers talk to their daughters about skin tone

Photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis gathered women to capture the variety and pride in skin tone across all black women, and also between mothers and daughters. Audrey and daughters Annette and Tricia Annette and Tricia: We are light-skinned but with a yellow undertone. Audrey: Im brown-skinned. Audrey: I was so dark compared to my mom and my sisters. In my own family they would tease me because I looked so different. Annette: Growing up we were infatuated with her. We thought she was so pretty. We would sit on the floor outside…

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