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Blind date: ‘He ate his burger with a knife and fork’

Ivan on Ethan What were you hoping for?Someone I could enjoy a meal and good conversation with, and maybe a second date. First impressions?He was on time and waiting at the table. He had a big, beaming face with a nice smile and a chatty mouth. What did you talk about?Living in London, because he […]

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Tim Dowling: we’ve been doing pilates together for a year and it’s got competitive

It is 8.44am, and my wife and I are arguing on the way to pilates. We’ve been exercising together for about a year – with assorted Covid-induced breaks – and over time it has got competitive. The first competition is to be the person with the most legitimate reason for running late. “Sorry,” I say, […]

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Cuppas for crops: how to make your own fertiliser ‘teas’

Plants don’t need much to be happy. Sunlight, water and food are pretty much all that’s necessary for them to thrive and provide us with delicious homegrown produce. As long as you have chosen a nice sunny spot in the garden and go for the odd wander with a watering can or hose, the first […]

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Do long jail sentences stop crime? We ask the expert

Until recently, the subject of criminal punishment hasn’t been a massive concern for the public (putting aside that small demographic committed to a “hang ’em all!” approach). But in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder, calls for misogyny to become a hate crime have gone from a whisper to a roar. That change would give […]