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January blues? Are you really SAD?

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Most of us have moaned about winter being a slog. Many will have felt down in the dumps too, the grizzly weather and long, dark nights taking their toll, counting down the days until spring, when everything will be cheerier, brighter, more fun. But when does a touch of winter …

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Ian McKellen: ‘Many actors just want to impress their parents’

Ian McKellen

When the young Ian McKellen showed an interest in becoming a performer, his mother, Margery, was more supportive than most parents might be of such an unpredictable profession. “Apparently she said, ‘If Ian decides to be an actor, it’s a good job, because it brings pleasure to people’,” says the …

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‘La La Land is intoxicating’ says Emma Stone

Emma Stone talks about La La Land

Emma Stone’s just spilt coffee on the lush carpet of the hotel suite. It’s a moment reminiscent of a scene in La La Land, where her character, aspiring actress Mia, is rushing from her job as a barista to make an audition and ends up with coffee all down her …

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Clean Eating Alice’s 5 top tips for embracing healthy living in 2017

Alice Liveing

Clean Eating Alice (real name Alice Liveing) is the self-transformed health blogger determined to dispel the ‘diet myths’ that drag us down. She’s taken Instagram by storm with her accessible take on healthy living, amassing nearly half a million followers in just a few short years. Do you qualify to …

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Planting for birds

Planting for birds

No doubt bird feeders and baths will be filled by many of us in the run-up to the annual Big Garden Birdwatch, the world’s largest garden wildlife survey, which this year takes place from January 28-30. Yet there are other ways to attract birds to your garden in the long …

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Boost your child’s learning, the PTA way

Boost your child's learning

Dropping children off at the school gates is as much contact as some parents get with their child’s education. But parental participation in education has a direct impact on how well children do at school, whether that be primary or secondary. And that’s why PTA UK, the charity which supports …

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Milking it – cutting out fats doesn’t mean no dairy

Milk diet

Full-fat milk and cheese aren’t the foods you’d normally associate with weight loss – but they might not be as bad for your figure, or health, as you think. For while they do contain saturated fat, dairy experts suggest that fats from milk may not be quite the dietary demons …

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5 tips for dealing with damp

5 tips for dealing with damp

1. Penetrating damp happens when there’s a problem with the fabric of the building. While the damp usually moves horizontally from the outside in, it can appear on ceilings (see below) as well as walls. Defective or missing flashing on the roof, defective or blocked guttering, defective pointing and brickwork, …

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Roadshow’s most priceless collection yet

Fiona Bruce

On Sunday, BBC One aired a Holocaust Memorial edition of Antiques Roadshow – and host Fiona Bruce insists it was anything but dispiriting. “People may have thought, ‘Do I want to watch something about Holocaust survivors, wouldn’t that be depressing?’ But actually, it’s so far from depressing,” says the 52-year-old, …

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Get smart about healthy eating with your kids

Get smart about healthy eating with your kids

Most parents want their children to eat healthily but many, it seems, aren’t quite sure what that means. So although 84% of parents think their child’s breakfast, for example, is healthy, the reality is that children consume at least half the recommended daily sugar intake at breakfast, when many eat …

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