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Stellan Skarsgrd: I dont give advice to my children

The actor, 68, tells James McMahon about dreaming of being a diplomat, smashing telephones with skill and the days before Marvel ruled the world I intended to become a diplomat. That was my dream. I didnt take acting seriously until I was 16 and got a role in a Swedish show that made me extremely famous right away. There were screaming girls, all that stuff. Id never had any girl take an interest in me before that. Suddenly being a diplomat didnt seem half as attractive as it had done.…

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Readers on the pain of miscarriage: In my head I was already a mum and then suddenly I wasnt

According to a new study, a third of women experience PTSD after losing a baby in early pregnancy. Guardian readers describe their experiences Eleanor, 34, Northamptonshire I had three miscarriages in 2018, all under 12 weeks. I became very anxious to the point that it was impacting every area of my life. It affected my sleep and I had very negative thoughts. I spent a lot of time crying and kept having flashbacks to the third, most traumatic miscarriage, particularly when I was trying to sleep or relax. I had…

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Vivian Suter: the rainforest-dwelling artist who paints with fish glue, dogs and mud

She was ignored for decades, but now Suter has been rediscovered as a pioneering eco-artist. We meet her, and her 97-year-old collagist mum, in the wilds of Guatemala A large dog romps across a blue and white canvas, leaving a trail of brown paw prints. Oh well, shrugs Vivian Suter. Theyre part of the work now. I dont think anyone will mind. I realise Bonzo one of three Alsatian crossbreeds that shadow the artist wherever she goes in her Guatemalan home has just put the finishing touches to an artwork…

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From renewables to Netflix: the 15 super-trends that defined the 2010s

It was the decade of austerity, fracking, populism and internet lies. But not everything about the 2010s was terrible The plastics backlash Garbage, including plastic waste, is seen at the beach in Costa del Este, Panama City. Photograph: Luis Acosta/AFP via Getty Images It was once the height of metropolitan chic: the dash into Starbucks for a skinny decaf caramel latte en route for work, the takeaway cup a mark of upward mobility. Those were the days of Sex and the City, when the culture of doing everything on the…

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Thank you to … the stranger who knew I needed to cry for my mother

In this series writers celebrate someone who changed their lives. Here Samantha Morton recalls the person who arrived out of nowhere to provide comfort in her grief Dear stranger, I often wonder if you were an angel. The feast of the assumption was upon me again. I was feeling frightened, lost, alone, raw; riddled with the unexpected sucker punch of grief. I was filming far away from home, from my friends and family and the things that grounded me, things that had always helped me cope in the past. At…

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Animal magic: how my pet saved me

From Wolfy the lurcher to Trixie the hamster, these affectionate animals helped five people get their lives back on track I put myself on peternity leave and we hung out: Kate Spicer, 49, journalist, and Wolfy the dog, 9, London There were a lot of things that were a bit awry about my life. The main problem was that I went out and didnt come home. Id go on these benders that were incredibly destructive to my wellbeing. And then when I was working, Id never leave the house. Id…

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Kamala Harris and Mindy Kaling’s Indian cooking melted my heart and made me cringe

As Harris struggles to protect her flagging campaign, its clear why turning to Kaling, and dosas, is important I have a complicated relationship with Mindy Kaling. Ill watch pretty much everything she makes, and eagerly, but not without disappointment. While her more recent productions exclusively by white writers and producers. I feel similarly about presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who is black and Indian. On the one hand, Harris gave me goosebumps when she took Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general, dialogue with then supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. On the…

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More fathers are taking paternity leave, but mothers are still doing all the work

A survey found 62% of fathers in the US took time off for their newborn, but women saw a greater damage to future job prospects Attitudes towards paternity leave have drastically changed in America in the last five years as more fathers feel comfortable taking extended time off, but gender stereotypes persist when it comes to career prospects and the home, according to a new study of working parents. Research by the Boston College Center for Work & Family, which surveyed new parents at four large US companies who were…

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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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