LIFE AND STYLE

Chronic wounds: the hidden health crisis hitting 2m Britons

Chronic wounds: the hidden health crisis hitting 2m Britons

got a little scar, an ulcer, but I thought nothing of it.” Lauren Brimble recalls the mark that appeared on her lower right leg 11 years ago. It seemed routine at the time, but it was the start of Brimble’s long struggle with wounds in different parts of her body. She says through gritted teeth […]

How to eat in a heatwave

How to eat in a heatwave

You know all those wonderful things a heatwave will do to a landscape? Obliterating flaws, flattening tedium, idealising the quotidian with sudden contrasts? Well, it does the opposite to food. You are not hungry anyway, so that doesn’t help. Almost all meat starts to look sweaty and botulistic. Salami is the worst, its fat sweating […]

Why I chose to have a ‘fertility MOT’

Why I chose to have a ‘fertility MOT’

I am in a determinedly neutral room on Harley Street, my feet in stirrups, my dignity nearly preserved by a flimsy sheet. On the monitor in front of me is my womb, empty of baby but nevertheless being energetically narrated by Prof Nick Macklon. He points out my contraceptive device, my uterine lining gearing up […]

Tangram Smart Rope – why mess with the zen-like emptiness of skipping?

Tangram Smart Rope – why mess with the zen-like emptiness of skipping?

There exists no purer evocation of childhood than the skipping rope. A rope, two handles, hours of fun. Of course, adults have a way of taking the same ingredients and making them far less innocent. Which possibly explains the Tangram Smart Rope (£79.95, apple.com/uk): an “LED-embedded jump rope that displays your fitness data in mid-air”. […]

Why Kate Winslet is happy to be descended from poor immigrants

Why Kate Winslet is happy to be descended from poor immigrants

Name: Kate Winslet. Age: 43. All right. At least I know what she looks looks like. Good. Remember she’s just an ordinary, down-to-earth, seven times Oscar-nominated mum. And a multimillionaire? Yes, I expect so, although she doesn’t like to make a big thing out of it. She lives in Sussex, does the school run, brings homemade biscuits to interviews. […]

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