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The secret to dealing with a family estrangement

<b>Stay safe.</b> If there has been abuse of any kind, it may not be safe or healthy to reconnect with a family member, no matter how tempting it is to think things will be different now. Consider seeking advice from a specialist organisation or a counsellor.<p><b>Consider the causes.</b> Reflect on the reasons for …

Bridges

I want to cut off contact with my mother – but worry about my sister

<b>My sister and I are both in our 30s and were brought up by our single mother. We need to set boundaries with her, because she’s stressing us to the point where it’s affecting our health.</b><p><b>We have differing relationships with her: she looks to me for comfort and support, and to my sister, who is</b> …

Parenting

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own.<p>Smartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes—car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a …

Parenting

Anna Jones’s picnic recipes

Picnic food is tricky. You have to choose food that improves as it sits – nothing that needs to be super-cold, and save the ice for the drinks. My picnics are almost always a happy pairing of some good shopping (good bread for tearing, some cheese, a nice jar of chutney, fruit or 99’s from the ice …

Recipes

From cocktails to cake: eight recipes for a Mediterranean summer feast

This menu was created on a sunny day while sitting in the garden,” says Marianna Leivaditaki, head chef at Morito Hackney Road. “I wanted icy drinks and lots of punchy salads and vegetables. It’s the perfect feast to share with friends and family. I felt as if I was back in Crete.” Crete was where …

Recipes

If Trump wants to blow up the world order, who will stop him?

Donald Trump’s early departure, and his subsequent refusal to endorse the G7 communique, has thrown the mainstream press into an apoplexy reflecting a deeper incomprehension of our unfolding global reality.<p>In a bid to mix toughness with humour, Emmanuel Macron had quipped that the G7 might become …

Budget Deficit

Six of the best new potato recipes

<b>New potato and beetroot salad (pictured above)</b><p>Prep <b>10 min</b><br>Cook <b>20 min</b> <br>Serves <b>4-6</b><p><b>750g new potatoes</b>, halved<b><br>3 eggs</b> <b><br>2 tbsp good-quality mayonnaise</b> <b><br>2 tbsp Greek yoghurt</b> <b><br>1 tbsp horseradish cream</b> <b><br>Salt and black pepper</b><b><br>4 spring onions</b>, finely chopped<b><br>250g cooked beetroot</b>, diced<p>Cook the potatoes in a large pan of …

Recipes

How to reset your midlife body to burn fat – in six easy steps

Weight gain is not an inevitability of ageing – although, for many people, as they accumulate years under their belt, they also gain pounds.<p>A big part of this is down to the modern dietary environment, which encourages gradual weight gain over time. Over the last 10-20 years, we have started to eat …

Diabetes

How to train yourself to become a speed reader

Read all your emails, project reports, and briefs in half the time using these speed-reading tricks.<p>Reading is one of the most fundamental skills, and reading for pleasure can transform your health, memory, and productivity. In our age of information overload, however, it can feel like there isn’t …

Productivity

Josh Eggleton’s recipe for spaghetti with roasted garlic and anchovies

This recipe is quick, simple and easy to rustle up with staple ingredients that you’d find in your cupboard. You can really make this dish your own by adding a host of seasonal ingredients whether it be vegetables, herbs or spices. I’m trying to eat less meat at the moment, so the anchovies in this …

Italian Food

Britain has ignored the cruelty of Northern Ireland’s abortion ban for decades—it’s time to do better

<b>People attend a People Before Profit protest calling</b> of<b> for provision of Abortion in Northern Ireland. Photo: PA</b>The landslide result of the …

Northern Ireland

Experiencing these 5 things? You might be in the wrong profession

Sometimes a job or career is just not meant to be. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you might want to think about making a change.<p>While “picking the wrong career is not an uncommon thing,” according to Karen Elizaga, career coach and author of Find Your Sweet Spot, it’s not always easy to …

Employment

Nigel Slater’s easygoing ready-when-you-are salad recipes

The most useful of recipes are those that do not demand our punctuality at the table. They carry with them a sense of ease, allowing them to be eaten at our pace rather than theirs. So you can pounce on them the moment they are made (that spirit of urgency to tuck in), but they are also happy to …

Recipes

Seven ways to manage anxiety

CBT<p>Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) includes a variety of techniques ranging from exposure therapies – where the person either vividly imagines the feared situation or gradually confronts it in real life with the support of a therapist, in order to modify the irrational fear response – to …

Cognition

Anna Jones’s vegetarian barbecue recipes

This week I bring you the two best things I ate last year at barbecues. One was cooked in my sister’s front yard in the LA sunshine; the other in my British back garden, hurriedly, before the dark clouds descended. Both were unreasonably delicious and are now firmly on my summer lineup. I’ve edged …

Recipes

Six of the best barbecue side dishes

<b>Turkish-style slaw (pictured above)</b><p>Prep <b>20 min</b><br>Serves <b>4</b><p><b>Juice of 1-2 lemons</b><b><br>10 ripe cherry tomatoes</b>,deseeded and juice kept<b><br>1 garlic clove</b>,lightly crushed<b><br>½ small red onion or 1 shallot</b>,thinly sliced<b><br>2 spring onions</b><b><br>1 bunch radishes</b>,cut in to eighths<b><br>¼ small white cabbage</b>,finely shredded<b><br>⅛ red cabbage</b>,finely …

Recipes

Felicity Cloake’s barbecue masterclass: jerk chicken – recipe

Jerk chicken is one of my favourite things to barbecue. I’d even go as far as to say that, with a few honourable exceptions , it’s about the only chicken dish worth the grill space. You can also use this sweetly aromatic, unapologetically fiery Jamaican rub on goat, mutton or pork belly.<p>Serves …

Recipes

How to make the perfect hasselback potatoes

Hasselback potatoes, named after the Stockholm restaurant said to have created them, are one of those dishes that tend to look better than they taste: painstakingly chiselled fans of gloriously golden carbohydrate perfect for the Instagram age, yet sadly soggy on the fork. As Ed Smith writes in On …

Recipes

Ignore the hype over big tech. Its products are mostly useless

Back in 1999, Google hit 1bn searches a year. Wifi began to make an impact about two years later. Thanks to the pioneers of Facebook and Twitter, the age of mass social media dawned between 2004 and 2006 – and non-stop posting, messaging and following was soon enabled by the iPhone, launched in …

Artificial Intelligence

Smokestak’s favourite barbecue extras – recipes

Pickles<p>Rich and salty smoked meat calls for something sharp to cut through it. Pickles allow you to play around with different vinegars, aromatics and vegetables, which often lend a bit of texture, too. This is our favourite pickle brine.<p>Prep <b>10 min</b><br>Cook <b>20 min</b><br>Pickle <b>4-5 days</b><br>Makes <b>1 litre</b><p><b>1 litre white</b> …

Recipes

Thanks to Donald Trump, night is falling in Iran again

The first reason for the President’s actions – as with so much he does – is his obsessive loathing for Obama<p>In the White House on Tuesday, with the world just where he wanted it — eyes on the TV, transfixed by his boldness — President Trump uprooted the Iran nuclear deal. Under this agreement, …

Yes, I know that Brexit is driving me (slightly) mad. But I'll never shut up about it

Rosé wine is, I know, considered naff. Were you unaware of this you’d fast conclude as much from the incidence of lifestyle commentary informing us that rosé is newly smart. As with those columns advising that everyone is drinking sherry now, or that some prosecco is actually OK, or that men will …

A warning to the Tories: Britain’s true-blue suburbs have turned liberal

David Cameron, George Osborne and their circle bigged up diversity and liberal values. Then came the referendum result<p>Two weeks ago there was a small earthquake on the southern edge of Greater Manchester. The Tories lost control of the borough of Trafford, the “island of blue in a sea of red”, …

Great Britain

How to bounce back and build grit after a disappointment at work

Reading Angela Duckworth’s Grit really changed my perception of what makes someone successful. From a young age, we hold on to many myths about the ultra successful. We think talent, connections, luck, or right place, right time dictate who will win, but what actually counts is usually hard work …

Self-improvement

Seven ways to deal with hay fever

1 Monitor pollen forecasts<p>Try to stay indoors as much as you can on high-pollen days. In particular, avoid outdoor activity between 10am and 4pm, the peak time for pollen dissemination. The best time to be outside is after rain, which helps to clear pollen from the air. If you are outside on …

Hay Fever

A broken idea of sex is flourishing. Blame capitalism

Feminism and capitalism are at odds, if under the one women are people and under the other they are property<p>Under capitalism, sex might as well be with dead objects, not live collaborators<p>Since the Toronto bloodbath, a lot of pundits have belatedly awoken to the existence of the “incel” (short for …

Feminism

12 groups of companion plants to make your vegetable garden thrive

<b>Some plants help each other enormously, while others hinder their neighbors – use this cheat sheet to ensure harmony in the vegetable plot.</b><p>There can …

26 Really Clever Gardening Tricks

No green thumb required.

What Foods Are Best to Eat on an Intermittent Fasting Diet?

<i>Before changing the way you eat and altering your diet in any significant way, please speak with a health professional to make sure it's the best</i> …

Nutrition

What are 10 habits that are good for a person to get into?

These are my Top 10 habits I’ve developed over the last 33 years after studying entrepreneurs, executives from Fortune 1000 companies and my own …