Alexandra Ling

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What's Your Sexting plan?

Once reserved for athletes and politicians, sending phallic photos is now the late-night pastime of the dudes next door. Carrie Stewart asks: Why do even "good" guys think it's OK?<p>WHILE I DON'T make a habit of it, I'm down with sexting. A racy exchange keeps things interesting, as does sending …

Relationships

10 Guilt-Free Summer Snacks

Don't derail your summer diet by snacking mindlessly between meals. With these healthy suggestions from Melissa O'Shea, Exhale Spa's national nutrition director, you can stay satisfied all season long without having to fret about counting calories.<p>Don't derail your summer diet by snacking …

Healthy Eating

Closet Psychology 101: What Your Clothing Says About You

What we often find in a womans closet gives us a peek into her personality, emotional state, fears or desires. How does a closet project who you are to other people, and more importantly, is your wardrobe covering up your potential?<p>What is in a closet? Heaps of unworn clothing, dresses with tags …

Minimalism

How Believing in Yourself Can Save Your Life

It's the moments when we're forced to face our mortality and question everything we believe in that truly shape us.<p>It's the moments when we're forced to face our mortality and question everything we believe in that truly shape us.

Cancer

10 Surprising Foods That Pack on the Pounds

When you're trying to maintain your weight, it can be difficult to decipher which foods should be on our daily menus, and which we should ditch for good. With all of the trendy diets, health "buzzwords," and deceptive packaging we deal with on a day-to-day basis, the foods you once thought were …

Nutrition

It Pays To Exercise

A little sweat can pay off in big ways.<p>How's this for sweat equity: Women who worked out moderately for 20 to 30 minutes three or more times a week earned 9 percent more than those who didn't, according to one study cited in a <i>Journal of Labor Research</i> paper. Here are just a few of the ways exercise …

Woody Allen

The Best Way to Lose Weight in a Week With the 7-Day Diet Plan

We worked with registered dietician Junelle Lupiani to create a satisfying, comprehensive week-long plan that will leave you full, healthy, and one step closer to that summer body of your dreams.<p>If we had a penny for each time we heard the phrase "bikini body" this summer, we'd be very, very rich. …

The Happy Hookup: Friends with Benefits

Who needs "friends with benefits"? Real women know how to reap the benefits of casual sex the old-fashioned way—"taking a lover".<p>I've never been one for "friends with benefits." I know the concept works for a lot of women, but to me it suggests resignation: getting it on with a dude who's only …

One perfect day: 24 hours in New York City - NYC travel

Twenty-four hours in New York is nowhere near enough, but if that’s all the time you’ve got, we’ve got a locally designed itinerary designed to help you make the most of every New York minute.<p>Morning<p><b>8am</b> – Start your day on the Upper West Side with a pilgrimage to the granddaddy of New York Jewish …

Manhattan

How to see Brooklyn and Queens by ferry

New York City was built because of the Hudson River, but the East River – a tidal strait connecting the New York Harbor with Long Island Sound – has always been where the action is.<p>Now that the NY Waterway, a ferry service normally connected with the Hudson, has leapfrogged Manhattan and is taking …

Manhattan

Gatsby's greatest places: exploring Jazz Age gems

<i>The Great Gatsby</i> is a classic American novel, and a continual inspiration to artists of all kinds. We've uncovered New York City and Long Island sights from F. Scott Fitzgerald's most iconic work. Prohibition is passé and Art Deco is long dead, but you can still live like it’s the roaring 20s in …

Vintage

South African safaris for first-timers: 8 tips

<i>Update: Kruger National Park was affected by flooding in January 2012. Most of the camps are now open, but some access roads within the park and picnic spots remain closed. Take a look at the latest updates and get in touch with the park if you're planning a trip there.</i><p>A lifelong dream for many, a …

South Africa's top 10 parks and reserves

From snow-capped mountains to the Bushveld, and from sub-tropical beaches to the Kalahari, South Africa is a mind-bogglingly diverse country. Showcasing the best of its stunning landscapes, its parks and reserves (<i>www.sanparks.org</i>) are great places to experience African wilderness and see the …

South Africa

20 unmissable extreme sports (and where to try them)

Ready to feel your pulse racing? From zorbing to volcano boarding, we’ve rounded up 20 adrenaline-packed but accessible activities to tick off your bucket list – and the most stunning destinations to try them in.<p><b>Volcano boarding</b><p><b>The gist:</b> pioneered by an Australian traveller in León, Nicaragua, …

Zip-lines

Hunting the best pizza in America

There are two types of food in the world: Italian food and the rest. And pizza? It's so prevalent here in the US, and with so many local versions, that many of us make the mistake of thinking it's a local invention, along with the car (Germany), badminton (made by bored Brits in India), and turtle …

West Village

10 wild regions saved from certain death

Having been snatched from the very jaws of environmental disaster lends a certain added drama to these wilderness regions.<p>1. Franklin and Gordon Rivers, Australia<p>The intense battle to save Tasmania’s Franklin and Gordon Rivers from a hydroelectric dam, fought all the way to Australia’s High Court, …

Conservation

The world's best high teas

Sipping tea in rarefied surroundings is a simple treat that can turn a fun city break into something truly memorable. High (or afternoon) tea, involving delicate cakes, buttery scones and the occasional glass of bubbly, is an English tradition dating back to the 1840s. So it’s unsurprising that the …

Tea

New York City food trucks: a new way to bite the Big Apple

New York City's iconic hot dog carts are sharing increasingly crowded curbs with high-end food trucks dishing up Belgian waffles, Korean barbecue, gourmet whoopie pies and new interpretations of American classics. New York street food has evolved beyond the traditional $2 pizza slice, bagel with</i> …

Food Trucks

America's best craft breweries

It wasn't long ago when the American beer market was dominated by a handful of acrid, factory-produced brews that bore only a passing resemblance to what those in other climes called 'beer'. Thankfully, those days of choking down foul-tasting swill are long gone, with an explosion of microbreweries …

Seattle

Great places to stay on the world's loveliest islands

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked …

Trails

Middle East peace talks to resume in Jerusalem on 14 August

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will resume peace talk in Jerusalem on 14 August, the US State Department said on Thursday.<p>The sides held their first peace negotiations in nearly three years in Washington on July 30 in US-mediated efforts to end the conflict of more than six decades.<p>State …

Time for Obama to end sanctions on Iran

We, the undersigned, are all current and former political prisoners in Iran. We want to bring to the world's attention the devastating effects of sanctions and the intensified efforts to isolate Iran diplomatically in the international community. These sanctions are affecting the lives of ordinary …

Obama, Putin, Syria and Stephen Fry

Congratulations to Stephen Fry for speaking out on Russian human rights abuses in regards to their anti-gay laws (Report, 8 August). Considering the $35bn investment the Russians are putting into what for them is a very symbolic event, one wonders whether a larger international boycott could be …

US drone strikes kill 12 suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen

Three US drone strikes killed a total of 12 suspected al-Qaida militants Thursday, a Yemeni military official said, raising to eight the number of attacks in less than two weeks as the Arab nation is on high alert against terrorism.<p>The uptick in drone strikes signals that the Obama administration …

Friends, family key motivators for extremist behaviour, study finds

A study of what motivates people in Australia to become terrorists has found friends and family are bigger factors than extremist material posted …

Asylum seekers asking people smugglers for their money back because of PNG policy

Asylum seekers in Indonesia have confirmed that some of them are asking people smugglers for their money back because of Australia's new PNG …

British teens attacked with acid on island of Zanzibar

Two British teenage girls have been attacked with acid on the Tanzanian tourist island of Zanzibar.<p>The two 18-year-old aid workers from Manchester …

Australians in trouble abroad need to lower expectations of government help: Bob Carr

Ms Bishop agreed that stretched consular resources were a problem to be fixed by managing the expectations of travellers.<p>"Australians are an …