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Notes to Make Your Gift Feel More Personal

Before I ever purchase a gift, I think about what I'll write to go with it. Yes, a well thought-out gift can often speak for itself, but writing something simple to go with the cocktail glasses you got for your best friend, like, "The perfect glass for your favorite drink—by the way, Negronis on me …

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Readers’ recipe swap: Marmite | Eve O’Sullivan

Your recipes for this yellow-lidded spread prove that this divisive ingredient adds an umami twist to just about anything...<p>See the Guardian home cook of the year be crowned at the Cook Christmas Bazaar!<p>I’m going to go as far as saying that in my 70-odd recipe swaps, this week has been one of the …

[Correction] Huge Piece of SpaceX Debris Washed Up in UK

A piece of the disposable fairing from a SpaceX launched washed up on the UK coast. While original reports identified it as part of the SpaceX’s …

DNA matching and virtual reality: The world of online dating in 2040

How will technology change the way we date over the next 25 years? From full sensory virtual reality dating to DNA matching, researchers explore the possibilities<p>Technology has already transformed the dating world, with matchmaking websites allowing people to scope out potential partners before …

Sugary water better for performance than some sports drinks – study

Researchers say cyclists find exercise easier when they drink ordinary sucrose – or table sugar – rather than only glucose<p>Swapping some specialist sports drinks in favour of water mixed with a spoonful of sugar could boost the performance of long-distance athletes, a study finds.<p>Researchers at the …

Adele Announces European Tour

36 shows over four months.<p>After releasing her third studio album <i>25</i> to critical acclaim and commercial success, Adele has announced she will be embarking on a four month tour comprised of 36 dates across Europe starting the end of February 2016. Kicking things off Belfast, Northern Ireland, the …

Zayn Malik & Gigi Hadid: America’s Hottest Young Couple

The ex-One Direction pop star and the Victoria’s Secret model are reportedly dating. Yes, it’s Zigi’s world, we’re just livin’ in it.<p>Late Sunday …

Buy a slice of Uber at a 20pc discount

This ‘bargain’ investment trust could prosper as it enters the FTSE All Share<p>Harbourvest Global Private Equity, a £713m fund offering investors exposure to thousands of unquoted businesses around the world, could shortly benefit from a surge of buying as it enters the FTSE All Share index.<p>The fund …

Walmart-owned Asda follows Morrisons in cutting petrol prices to less than £1 a litre

Walmart-owned Asda as part of an exclusive three-day promotion has lowered the price of a litre of unleaded petrol by 4p to 99.7p (€1.4, $1.5). The …

British Airways passengers who fled plane fire file lawsuit

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Passengers who ran from a British Airways flight that caught fire in September before takeoff in Las Vegas are suing the plane's …

Great little ski resorts: Jasná, Slovakia

Slovakia’s top ski resort offers stunning landscapes, easy access, powder lines, friendly locals and beer for €2 a pint<p>In the thickly forested slopes of the Low Tatras mountains, Jasná is Slovakia’s number one ski resort. Though travel guides sometimes file the region under eastern Europe, locals …

Eating less meat isn’t just good for you, it could save the planet | Adam Briggs

The UK and US are reviewing their dietary guidelines – this is an opportunity to tackle climate change via people’s plates<p>The food writer Michael Pollan summed up how to eat healthily: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”<p>It is unlikely that when the British and American governments issue new …

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How to crack the party dress code

Send me a glamorous party invite and I’m there before I’ve opened the envelope (all right, email, but it doesn’t sound as good, does it?). Oh, the starlight of rarely seen diamond earrings, the trail of perfume lingering on the stairs…<p>I’m a romantic, of course, but like everyone else, I then wake …

Designers Are Ditching The Mouse For The “Flow” 3D Motion Touch Controller

Sliders suck. “Little too far to the left. Ugh. Little too far to the right. ARRHGH!!!” The mouse can be a frustrating controller for Photoshop, Final Cut, AutoCAD or even Spotify. But a new input device called Flow lets you play your computer like an instrument, with infinite dexterity through …

The Ultimate Guide to Good Skin

Steven Macari, holistic health practitioner, nutritionist at Drive 495 and founder of the SLVRBK mat, shares his tips to getting your best skin ever.<p>Everyone wants great skin, some people have it naturally, others have to work really hard to maintain a clear complexion. While topical remedies or a …

Six Customer Trends That Will Build Or Break Your Business

<i>Here are six trends in customer expectations and behavior that have</i> <i>affected your business in the past year and will continue to do so moving forward. Have you adapted to these yet? If not, I suggest you step on it.</i><p><b>Customer Trend #1: The Demand</b> <b>for the Instantaneous</b> <b>and the Expectation of …

30 Years Ago Warren Buffett Gave Away The Secret To Good Investing And Correctly Predicted No One Would Listen

In a speech at Columbia Business School, later adapted into an essay, Buffett introduced what he called, "The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville."<p>Buffett writes:<p><b>"The common intellectual theme of the investors from Graham-and-Doddsville is this: they search for discrepancies between the value</b> …

Skiing in the US: readers' travel tips

From Oregon to Nevada, Guardian readers suggest skiing (and some après-ski) spots in the US that offer breathtaking views, fun runs and backcountry treks<p>Underrated and little-known, Mount Bachelor is snow-sure with winding, tree-lined pistes and plenty of accessible backcountry. It’s just one of …

Secret sights of San Francisco: six things only locals know about

San Francisco is known the world over for its beauty, its open-mindedness and – let's be honest – its weirdness. So it should be no surprise that the City by the Bay harbors many unlikely attractions in far-flung locations known only to locals … until now.<p>Below are a few choice secrets – some new, …

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15 Fabulous Make-Ahead Holiday Recipes

When it comes to holiday entertaining, there's nothing worse than being stressed out and stuck in the kitchen while your guests enjoy the party. The key is to plan a menu that can be made almost entirely ahead of time. All of these dishes can -- and often should -- be made in advance so you can …