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How to win friends and keep them

Emma Beddington has never mastered the art of friendship so when she moved back to her hometown, she turned to science instead. But would it open doors? Moving back to my childhood home town after 25 years has meant many things keep me awake at night. What have we done, will my sons start taking spice, why is York obsessed with bubble tea and Harry Potter, where did all these seagulls come from? One that recurs frequently, late at night, as the birds shriek outside my window is: will I…

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Calvin Klein is all bite in New York with Jaws homage

Raf Simons features red beanie hats, wetsuits and wet hair in spring/summer tribute to Hollywood masterpiece The Jaws theme is one of the most famous in cinema but its fair to say it hasnt had a fashion moment. Until now. On Tuesday evening in New York, it signalled the start along with a floor-to-ceiling projection of the water in the 1975 Spielberg film of the Calvin Klein spring/summer show. The collection, designed by creative director Raf Simons, had references that all fans of the film would pick up. It felt,…

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Do you look like your dog? Canine-human lookalikes in pictures

Canine-human lookalikes photographed by Gerrard Gethings Gerrard Gethings says: Certain breeds would be essential because of their unique characteristics: Afghan hounds, poodles, pugs, bulldogs etc. I put out the word on social media and was inundated with dogs. I chose 10 of them and then set out to find their human counterpart. Fenella and Georgine, a Saluki Fenella and Georgine, a saluki The plan was to shoot the dogs, find the humans, style them, then have them behave or pose in a similar way. This process would be repeated until…

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Elena Ferrante: Beauty triumphs in childhood photos, along with charm, joy, happy laughter

Missing is the distress, tiredness, irritation, fear, tantrums I dont have much to do with children these days. Friends and relatives send me photographs and videos of their children. I save this material carefully: I like comparing the face of a newborn with what he or she has become at eight months, at two years, at three. I have no photographs of myself as a newborn; the first image goes back to when I was two. Whereas theres not a day in the life of my granddaughter that has not…

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Protesters damage ‘sexist’ open-air urinals in Paris

Uritrottoirs seen as discriminatory in city that still frowns on public breastfeeding Feminist protesters have begun vandalising the new urinals in Paris, labelling them sexist and discriminatory. Several of the eco-friendly urinals have been placed in public spots in recent months as an experiment to counter Pariss problem of urine-soaked pavements. But protesters in recent days targeted two on the le Saint-Louis and near Gare de Lyon station plastering them with stained sanitary towels and tampons, then blocking them with concrete. Notes left behind attacked Paris authorities for encouraging men…

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KSI v Logan Paul:was the YouTubers’ fight more than just hype?

The pairs boxing bout on Saturday drew a global audience of two million. For a fanbase used to fake online beef, it was a welcome next step To understand why millions of people watched two YouTubers duke it out in the Manchester Arena this weekend, you have to remember one thing: it had very little to do with boxing. KSI, real name Olajide William JJ Olatunji, and Logan Paul are better known for their antics online than they are for their boxing prowess. Yet, after months of online feuding, they…

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Modern myths about cancer from chemicals in food to wifi

The idea that lifestyle changes have made the disease more common is a gross exaggeration but increasingly prevalent. We separate fact from fiction Cancer is not up there with one species of dinosaur suffered from blood-vessel tumours and misinterpretations of some small studies and claims by self-styled wellness gurus that cancer is a man-made disease have fed the belief that cancer is modern. While that does not mean anyone concerned about cancer should visit their local natural history museum for information, thinking of cancer as a result of modern life…

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Kathleen Turners candour becomes her and shames other A-listers | Rebecca Nicholson

In an era of young celebrities being scared of saying anything controversial, the Hollywood veteran is a breath of fresh air I used to love the film New York magazine published a brilliantly candid conversation between Kathleen Turner and David Marchese, who has a skill for these kinds of exchanges, in which she was open and honest about practically everything she was asked. She said that when she guest-starred on Friends, she found the cast such a clique. On the craft of acting, she said: You just shut up and…

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It made me question my ancestry: does DNA home testing really understand race?

Dubious results, emotional fallout, privacy concerns: inside the 7.7bn industry that promises to tell you who you really are Last year, I did what 12 million people from all over the world have done and surrendered my spit to a home DNA-testing company. I hoped a longed for a country to attribute my blackness to, or for help answering the ubiquitous Where are you from? question. Id spent years making up exotic-sounding combinations to justify my appearance (some days Jamaican-Spanish-Swedish; other days half Brazilian, or half Iranian). But, at 24,…

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Know thyself by writing your first novel

Dig deep inside, battle self-doubt and become the person you know you can be. Richard Skinner on the healing powers of writing a novel Writing a novel is a scary prospect. Theyre so long and winding, they can seem never-ending. The main obstacle might seem to be starting the terror of the blank page but the real stumbling block lies elsewhere. There is no reason in the world why you cant write a novel and the only thing stopping you from doing so is yourself. It seems such an insurmountable…

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Jameela Jamil: ‘I won’t become a double agent for the patriarchy’

The former presenter turned The Good Place star on why she refuses to stay silent about the aftermath of #MeToo, unhealthy body ideals and the tabloid media When British celebrities make it big in the US, they go through a by now familiar process of becoming Hollywoodified: they get thinner, more groomed, less fun, all the while insisting that their occasional deployment of a quaint British swearword proves they havent changed a bit. This is not James Blake. But as we walk through the club she decrees it a bit…

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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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