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Stairway to heaven: Jimmy Pages castle is his home

The founder of Led Zeppelin shows off Tower House, his beloved 13th-century Gothic castle in London Growing up in London, there was a house I was fascinated by. It looked like a mini castle with a tower; red-bricked and handsome, a portal to another time with its stained-glass windows. Back then, I had no idea who lived there. Later, I discovered it belonged to the guitarist and music producer Led Zeppelin. I knew I had no hope of ever stepping inside. But life can throw some crazy stuff at you…

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Yotam Ottolenghis picnic recipes

Embrace the sun with these packable and portable dishes Weve had a record number of picnic-worthy days so far this year, which, in theory, would mean hours of lying about in gardens and parks, were it not for all the thunderstorms that broke our sunny harmony. Im happy to admit that I find picnics a bit of an inconvenience, so welcome any excuse to decamp back to the comfort of my dining table. But whether youre sitting on a blanket or a chair, picnic food can be as versatile as…

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Calm down, carnivores: fake meat with real flavour is good for all of us | Aine Carlin

Plant-based burgers now so tasty they deserve to be sold alongside the real thing are not just for vegetarians and vegans, says the food writer Aine Carlin Fake meat. Its a divisive topic, and one that frequently reduce their meat intake given the colossal environmental crisis we find ourselves in. But regardless of which camp you belong to, its going to take a collective effort to undo even some of the strain livestock production puts on the planet. So its a head-scratcher that people are up in arms after pea…

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Would you like a jobbymoon?

Weve had honeymoons, babymoons, staycations and bizcations now the latest portmanteau trend offers you time out ahead of a career move. But is it a holiday? Name: Jobbymoon Age: The coinage is new, if the thing is not. Appearance: To the untrained eye, a holiday. Is it not a holiday? Its like a holiday, but different. What is it then? To be honest, its an allegedly emerging trend with an ill-advised name. I was going to say: whatever it is, it sounds disgusting. Sounds disgusting feels great! Well, I remain…

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An abortion at the age of 23 gave me freedom

During the Irish referendum, there was a lot of talk about abortion in extreme cases, but some like mine are banal but necessary When I was 23, my life forked. Until then, it had felt like one of those LA freeways with half a dozen lanes: I had options in terms of which path I took, but they were all going in the same general direction. I was barely making a living in a job I enjoyed, and living in a dump with friends I adored. Lifewas wide open. Then…

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Sofia Helin: Lets talk about periods. Women should be proud of them, not ashamed

Across the world, staggering numbers of women and girls are being harmed by poor facilities and myths around menstruation, says Sofia Helin, actor in The Bridge and ambassador for WaterAid When filming the first series of Saga Norn, whos known for her directness and deviation from social norms, but its not something we feel is acceptable in normal everyday life. That needs to change. One in three women have no access to a decent toilet, which is especially challenging during their period. If there isnt one in schools, girls are…

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Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle

Prince Harrys father to stand in for Thomas Markle Sr, who cannot attend wedding Prince Charles will accompany Meghan Markle down the aisle at St Georges Chapel when she marries Prince Harry, Kensington Palace has said. A statement said Markle had asked the Prince of Wales to accompany her on Saturday. The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the royal family in this way, it said. Charles is standing in for Thomas Markle Sr, who told his daughter this week he would be…

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Valentine’s Day pranksters book odd-numbered cinema seats in China

Couples will be forced to sit apart after group of singles work together to buy up tickets to romantic movie at Shanghai cinema Romantics in Shanghai will have to forget dinner and a movie for Valentine’s Day. Chinese pranksters have reserved all of the odd-numbered seats at a cinema’s primetime screening, forcing couples to sit apart. The seating plan at Xintiandi cinema. Photograph: Shanghai Morning Post A group of embittered singles worked together to buy up the tickets to a 7.30pm screening of Beijing Love Story, a sappy big-budget romance,…

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Cant sleep? Tell yourself its not a big deal | Oliver Burkeman

Theres growing evidence that thinking of yourself as an insomniac is a major part of the problem Note to publishers: in my view, theres an unfilled gap in the wellness market for a book on how sleep isnt really that important. In contrast to thats not what the science says. But you know what? Unlike all those other books, this one would help people sleep. Because take it from an intermittent bad sleeper: theres nothing more likely to keep an insomniac up at night, or turn a good sleeper into…

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The Queen’s corgis are dead: long live the ‘dorgis’

Willows death marks first time the monarch has not owned a corgi since the second world war The Queens last remaining corgi has died, it has been reported. Willow, who was almost 15, was put down after suffering from cancer, making it the first time the monarch has not owned a corgi since the end of the second world war. Willow was the 14th generation descended from Susan, a corgi gifted to the then Princess Elizabeth on her 18th birthday in 1944. The Queen has owned more than 30 dogs…

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Atheists who bring logic to the Easter story are missing the point | Julian Baggini

Having faith is a complex business. To assume that religious people are either crazy or stupid is lazy, says philosopher Julian Baggini Many years ago, I had to recount the life of Jesus to a young Taiwanese student who knew nothing about Christianity. As I told him about the virgin birth, the miracles, crucifixion and resurrection, he responded with incredulous laughter. Most nonbelievers in traditionally Christian cultures would show a bit more respect. But inside, our reaction is often pretty much the same: how can people really believe this stuff?…

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Farm Girl Caf, Chelsea: We don’t stay for dessert, because we have suffered enough restaurant review | Jay Rayner

The food was so bad, says Jay Rayner, a nearby Yorkshire terrier started to look more appetising Farm Girl Caf, 9 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ (020 3674 7359). Meal for two, including drinks and service 110 The menu at the She didnt quite manage it, but its an ambition Im happy to inherit. The menu here is omnivorous with a heavy emphasis on non-meat cookery, which is a fine thing. I like vegetables, me. They can taste really nice. But this sort of cooking does have to be done…

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My teenage daughter is embarrassed by the car were giving her for her birthday

Its not cool enough and its the wrong colour. I think shes being ungrateful but am I out of touch? No, says Annalisa Barbieri, but let her make her own mistakes Ask Annalisa Barbieri Sat 10 Feb 2018 03.59EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close annalisa.barbieri@mac.com. Annalisa regrets she cannot enter into personal correspondence. Follow Annalisa on Twitter

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Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando were lovers, Pryor’s widow confirms

Jennifer Lee Pryor, who was twice married to the comedian, corroborates claims by music producer Quincy Jones, noting that it was the 70s and drugs were still good Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando were lovers, Pryor’s widow confirms Jennifer Lee Pryor, who was twice married to the comedian, corroborates claims by music producer Quincy Jones, noting that it was the 70s and drugs were still good Thu 8 Feb 2018 05.17EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close wide-ranging interview…

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The girther movement: is Donald Trump fatter than the White House doctor says?

A physical examination of the US president has declared him to be in great physical shape. But some are questioning his vital statistics Shortcuts Last modified on Wed 17 Jan 2018 09.42EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Hey guys, on a cheeseburger-in-bed diet, you too could look like me Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Name: The girther movement Age: One day old. Appearance: Questioning, sceptical, suspicious. Is it like the like Trump, maintained that Barack Obama was born in Kenya was found to be in great physical shape.…

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