Blind Date: ‘He was raiding his dad's booze cabinet’ Blind Date: ‘He was raiding his dad's booze cabinet’

Rachel, 33, a project support officer from Manchester, meets Rydian, 33, a film-maker and actor from CambridgeshireWhat were you hoping for?.

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Fit in my 40s: is cleaning as good as a fitness class? There's one way to find out | Zoe Williams Fit in my 40s: is cleaning as good as a fitness class? There's one way to find out | Zoe Williams

If you live in chaos, you can get a decent cardio workout just by tidying, moving things at speed off the floor of one room and into anotherA couple of years ago, I was trying to place the entire fitness industry on the arc of feminism, with my friend who’s an aerobics teacher. What does it mean, if we’re all dropping a load of time and money trying to hone our glutes? Is it straight...

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What nocturnal primate is named from the Dutch for 'clown'? The Weekend quiz What nocturnal primate is named from the Dutch for 'clown'? The Weekend quiz

From an aristocratic writer to a woolly sculpin: test your knowledge with the Weekend quiz1 Which aristocratic writer fronted the band Decca and the Dectones?2 What is the longest river on the Iberian peninsula?3 During the world wars, what was the WLA?4 What line precedes, “Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring”?5 Which pub name celebrates Charles II’s hiding place?6 What type of...

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Tim Dowling: have I killed the tortoise, or is it just angry? Tim Dowling: have I killed the tortoise, or is it just angry?

I look down to see a puddle of glue forming on the ground, and the tortoise lapping at it. ‘What are you doing!’ I screamIt’s a curious side-effect of lockdown living: my survival instinct is beginning to desert me. It’s not an intentional recklessness; it’s more as if I’ve lost my sense of smell, but for danger instead of curdled milk.I first noticed it a few weeks back, while...

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I like the sound of my own voice – but does that make me a narcissist? I like the sound of my own voice – but does that make me a narcissist?

Millennials are said to be more narcissistic than any other cohort of society. A self-confessed self-obsessive works out whether that’s a problemI was on the phone to a friend recently, blathering away as usual, when I realised that there was no one on the other end of the line. How long ago had this happened? I checked my phone and discovered, to my horror, that the call had ended almost five...

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A letter to… my alcoholic husband, in lockdown A letter to… my alcoholic husband, in lockdown

‘The hardest part is the loneliness. It falls on me to try to educate our children and manage our dwindling finances’: the letter you always wanted to writeI’m sitting with the folding doors open, appreciating the sunshine while you sleep in, yet again. Our children have been excitedly planning how they will win the water fight you promised to have with them at 10am. Now, at 11.30am, they...

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Nature on UK doorsteps: thousands sign up for daily 'random acts of wildness' Nature on UK doorsteps: thousands sign up for daily 'random acts of wildness'

Lockdown has prompted a surge of support for the Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild campaign for simple nature activities Try “the snail” during a “wildlife pose” yoga session outdoors. Walk barefoot on the grass in a local park. Go on a rainbow hunt in your garden. Make bird feeders. Count moths. Dance in the rain. Turn off all your devices and enjoy the silence.People are pledging to...

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The best new online beauty brands | Sali Hughes The best new online beauty brands | Sali Hughes

Try stylish vegan skincare from Typology and quality customised makeup from Il Makiage It seems extraordinarily optimistic to announce major new brand launches in such uncertain times for business, especially when household names are collapsing (RIP Warehouse, beloved purveyors of lovely, affordable dresses with sleeves). But both (skincare) and (makeup) are ideally conceived for the...

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How to turn excess veg into chopped salad – recipe | Waste not How to turn excess veg into chopped salad – recipe | Waste not

If you’ve got an abundance of veg, leaves and fruit, you can rustle up a delicious one-pot meal in minutesInventing your own chopped salad recipe is a great way to release your inner chef and use up an abundance of salad leaves, as well as raw and cooked fruit and vegetables. Imagine you’re at an American-style salad bar, choose what you fancy, letting your tastebuds guide you through your...

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Trekking the Sabine Hills: in praise of Italy, summer and freedom Trekking the Sabine Hills: in praise of Italy, summer and freedom

The author recalls dawn starts, oven-hot air and the chorus of cicadas that accompanied his walk through the hills north of RomePoggio Mirteto, Cantalupo, Casperia, Vacone, Configni, Stroncone. Hilltop towns in the ancient land of Sabina, calling to each other across parched patchworks of vineyard and cornfield. Woods, orchards, olive groves. You could drive to these places, of course. But my...

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