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Could virtual therapy really cure your phobia?

Could virtual therapy really cure your phobia?

I’d started feeling a little queasy as soon as I sat down and buckled my seatbelt. Now, as the plane rumbles down the runway and starts surging skywards, my temperature’s also soaring and my stomach’s beginning to churn. Thankfully, rather than reaching for a sick bag, I simply whip off …

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What to watch this week – top movie releases

David Brent: Life on the Road

David Brent: Life on the Road (15, 96 mins) Comedy/Drama/Musical/Romance. Ricky Gervais, Tom Basden, Ben Bailey Smith, Andy Burrows, Steven Clarke, Stuart Wilkinson, Michael Clarke, Tom Bennett, Jo Hartley, Mandeep Dhillon, Rebecca Gethings, Andrew Brooke, Nina Sosanya. Director: Ricky Gervais. Our pleasure is Ricky Gervais’ self-inflicted pain in David Brent: …

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Find solace in summer shade

Find solace in summer shade

When the mercury soars, some gardeners enjoy the peace and calm of a cool, shady haven. Yes, we can all crouch under the sun umbrella, but it’s just not very pretty, is it? And I’m afraid I don’t go for canvas gazebos either, even if they are practical, what with …

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5 tips for an exterior makeover

5 tips for an exterior makeover

1. If your home has a painted exterior, it won’t stay looking good forever because the weather will take its toll. The easiest way to give the exterior a new look is to paint it a different colour, using a high-quality masonry paint. Even if you’re happy with the existing …

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Smoothing the path to 'big school'

Smoothing the path to 'big school'

In homes across the country, families will be preparing for the next big milestone – moving up to secondary school. It can be an exciting – and nerve-racking – time for everyone, mainly for children, but also for parents, as they stand by and watch their little ones head off …

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Eat like you're on holiday – Mediterranean diet

Eat like you're on holiday - Mediterranean diet

It’s a well-known fact that eating a Mediterranean diet has numerous health benefits. But according to new research, it’s also more likely to help weight loss than a low-fat diet. A study by the University of Barcelona revealed an unrestricted-calorie Mediterranean diet, high in olive oil, led to participants losing …

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Six of the best: Back to school gadgets

Back to school gadgets

Before you know it, the summer holidays will be coming to an end and kids have to get ready to go back to school. One way that parents can soften the blow is to distract them with some cool new school gadgets to give them a positive outlook on heading …

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Six of the best: Garden gizmos

Six of the best: Garden gizmos

Cloud control – Hozelock Cloud Controller including hub This new automatic watering system allows you to water your garden through an easy-to-use App, whether you’re at work or on holiday, via your smartphone. It uses a low-power, long-range radio signal to connect to the internet while the free App eliminates …

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How to be nice to your knees

How to be nice to your knees

As Baz Luhrmann told us in his 1999 song, Sunscreen: “Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.” Some two million people around the world have surgery called knee arthoscopy every year to heal meniscal tears, damage to the crescent-shaped cartilage that cushions the knee joint.

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