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‘Most of us are too busy to be better’: the lazy person's guide to self-improvement

If you can really improve yourself in just 10 minutes a day, as the self-help gurus claim, Tim Dowling is all for it<p>• Yoga for lazy people<p>I am lying on a mat, looking up at the bright blue of the skylight above me. I exhale purposefully, then let my lungs reinflate of their own accord. I am trying …

Yoga for lazy people: seven moves to make you happy

You don’t even have to get off the sofa<p>• Tim Dowling’s lazy person’s guide to self-improvement<p>Lots of people tell me that while they want to practise yoga, they just can’t get off the sofa. Well, no worries. Yoga can be done by the laziest of the laziest. Just stay where you are and do this …

Yoga

My laptop no longer works. How can I erase my personal data?

Colin’s old laptop has a faulty motherboard. If he junks it or sells it, how can he erase the data that’s still on the hard drive?<p>I am unable to power on my Acer laptop, and the technician says the motherboard is faulty. I am planning to sell it. Will the buyer be able to retrieve my data after …

Personal Data

Vintage stuff: Belgium’s biggest flea market

I wake on Sunday morning in Tongeren like a kid on Christmas morning, wondering what goodies are waiting for me. This is the oldest town in Belgium, just 90 minutes from Brussels, and happily also hosts the biggest weekly antiques market in the Benelux region.<p>Wandering out of Hotel Eburon – a …

On the slide in Germany: sledging in the Bavarian Alps

Some human skills are best learned young. Languages, for example, and horse riding, plus of course, sarcasm. But the one that most Britons really lose out on is skiing. For example: instead of flying me regularly to St Moritz and Kitzbühel when I was a toddler, my own feckless parents insisted on …

When life imitates the art of sitcom | David Mitchell

The woman awarded damages after being pulled over by her friend’s dog sounds like a scene from a sitcom. What would happen if our funniest small-screen mishaps were for real?<p>Picture the scene: a crisp February day in 2012 in Trent Park, Enfield. Actually, I don’t know it was crisp – I just know it …

OUP responds to Biff, Chip and Kipper book 'cottaging' controversy

Publisher says its books ‘are created with utmost thought and consideration’, after Twitter user highlights apparently dubious scene<p>Oxford University Press has moved to reassure parents that its books “are created with the utmost thought and consideration” following a social media storm over an …

Fit in my 40s: ‘I have the forward hunch of a sedentary worker’

Everything at the front needs stretching, and everything at the back needs strengthening<p>I am back at Nyambe’s personal training studio. “Everybody is in training for the life that they lead,” he says. “If you and Mo Farah had a sitting-down-for-eight-hours competition, you would win.”<p>In case you’ve …

Pain

Jeremy Lee’s alluring chocolate mousse recipe | King of puddings

A spoonful of <i>real</i> chocolate mousse is an alluring proposition. Do it justice and use the darkest chocolate imaginable for the finest possible result ...<p>Has there ever been a question quite so loaded with hope as: “Is there chocolate mousse for pudding?” One wouldn’t want to send one’s poor, hopeful …

Dessert

The five mistakes runners make - and how to stay injury free

How to balance frequency, intensity and volume for best performance<p>Tom Craggs is a coaching consultant to some of the UK’s biggest sports brands and charities. Unlike most performance coaches in the UK, Tom wasn’t an elite athlete and didn’t run as a junior. He took up running to raise money for …

Cancer

Bordeaux’s free holiday cabins: basic but still beautiful

A giant Mr Whippy ice-cream is floating on the edge of a lake. A slender water tower rears out of a clearing in the woods. These strange structures are Neptunea and Le Haut-Perché, new additions to Bordeaux’s collection of architect-designed shelters.<p>Les Refuges Périurbains were dreamed up by a …

Roasting a chicken, Facebook privacy settings, Doomsday prep: life skills all school kids should learn

Experts say children need to be taught more about breastfeeding – but are there other real-world lessons they should be getting too?<p>The presidents of five royal colleges and expert organisations have called for a sea change in British attitudes towards breastfeeding. This would mean that we stop …

10 of the best restaurants in rural Spain: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: El Yantar, Pedraza, Segovia<p>The picturesque medieval village of Pedraza, in Segovia, is 75 miles north of Madrid and popular at weekends with Madrileños who pack the numerous <i>asados</i> (restaurants specialising in roasts). My favourite is El Yantar on Plaza Major, serving traditional …

Scotch pancakes and raisin bun recipes your kids can make | King of puddings

Pancakes and buns are quick to make and always turn out right, so ideal for making with inquisitive youngsters. Serve with a slathering of runny raspberry jam for an unforgettable teatime treat ...<p>If my memory is not playing tricks, my first foray into baking in my mother’s kitchen was armed with …

Breakfast

Beauty: black liquid eyeliner | Sali Hughes

Can we talk about black liquid eyeliner? It’s been a while, chiefly because I became a bit bored with the swooshy, Marilyn-style flicks over complex-shadowed lids that are near-ubiquitous on Instagram, and decided to park them for a bit, opting instead for smudgy, smoky, soft dark brown, grey or …

Makeup

Lisbon city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

Assemble a city-break destination from a wishlist of components and you get Lisbon: a wide glittering river, limpid skies, steep cobbled streets, palaces, churches (and a castle, of course), tiles in pink, mint and indigo, and cheap, fresh, grilled sardines to eat outside a <i>tasca</i> (bar) in the sun. …

European Travel

A showstopping chocolate cake recipe | King of puddings

There is something of the Scarlet Pimpernel about this luscious chocolate cake: an aristocratic Gallic gateau that takes the breath away<p>It happens every time. Nothing quiets the din of a great gathering, albeit briefly, like the appearance of chocolate cake. What music does to soothe a savage …

Dessert

Going Polop: writer Miró is celebrated in style in this historic Alicante town

Our new series picks the best free attractions, events and activities around the world, starting with a museum near Benidorm dedicated to the Spanish novelist<p>Spanish modernist writer Gabriel Miró Ferrer (1879-1930) described the hill town of Polop de la Marina as “an oasis on the Costa Blanca”. Now …

Writing

The best of Washington state and Oregon: readers’ travel tips

The Pacific Northwest is known for its great outdoors – lakes, mountain trails, wild shores. But our readers also have tips for the region’s eminently livable towns and cities<p>On a stormy day, dramatic tree-covered cliffs and rocky outcrops being pounded by the surf with cormorants swirling in the …

Washington State

Portland city guide: what to see plus the best hotels, bars and restaurants

It’s famous, derided even, for hipster coffee and craft beer, but there’s so much more to one of America’s coolest cities – and there are new direct flights from London, too<p>All hail Portland! The Pacific Northwest trail-blazer is a vibrant hub that celebrates the four cool “Cs” of coffee, cycling, …

San Francisco

Best beaches in Europe: readers’ travel tips

Your favourite European (non-UK) beaches include a Dutch island and the Faroes, as well as plenty of azure seas and glorious sunshine in the Med<p>• <b>Enter this week’s readers’ tips for the chance of winning a £200 hotel voucher</b><p><b>Texel</b> – an island in North Holland province – amazed us with its varied, …

Beaches

How to make the perfect lemon curd

Bring a golden glow to January with a Victorian classic, and, no matter if you’re looking to be eased into the day or hit with a full-on acid trip, there’s a variation for you<p>A ray of sunshine in one of the darkest months of the year, lighter and zingier than marmalade (and considerably quicker to …

Victorian Era

How Joe Biden became the US’s meme-in-chief

The Onion cast the US vice-president as hard living ‘Diamond’ Joe, and this week, images of imagined conversations between Biden and Barack Obama have helped to keep internet users sane<p>A successful meme is not much compensation in these weird times, but it’s something. Over the past week, the …

What an Eiffel: Paris approves proposal for nudist park

Lawmakers in the French capital vote to set up designated clothes-free area on city’s edge<p>Paris could set up a park for nudists as early as next summer, in a possible first for a capital city, in a country that is the world’s top destination for clothes-free leisure lovers.<p>Related: Paris mayor …

France

The glory and terror of Adriano Zumbo and his prescient levitating Willy Wonka cake | Ben Pobjie

Many have compared the Australian pastry chef to the famous fictional child-torturer immortilised by Gene Wilder – yet even Wonka asked less of his subjects<p>They say that when Adriano Zumbo made his first Zumbaron, he gazed upon his creation and murmured softly to himself, “Now I am become Death, …

Food in books: cinnamon French toast from The Borrowers

Even when one’s kitchen has been raided down to the bare essentials, plain bread, milk, butter and eggs can be transformed into a crisp and sugary dish, writes <b>Kate Young</b><p>... there were two roast sliced chestnuts which they would eat like toast with butter and a cold boiled chestnut which Pod would …

Breakfast

‘Grow three herbs and build up’ – the millennial’s guide to gardening

Horticultural skills are going to pot among people in their 20s and 30s, says the head of the RHS. Here’s a quick guide to getting started for this ‘lost generation’<p>When to prick out and when to pinch out, what to dead-head and what to mulch – the Royal Horticultural Society says a whole “lost …

20 best Chinese recipes: part 1

The first instalment of Observer Food Monthly’s collection of the best Chinese recipes, including dishes from Kenneth Lo and Fuchsia Dunlop<p>Tomorrow: best Chinese recipes part 2<p>Simple as it is, this is a satisfying dish to eat even with only a very limited amount of accompaniments, such as some …

Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

Why is the history of Chinese philosophy now the most popular course at Harvard? Top tips on how to become a better person according to Confucius and co<p>People are often surprised to learn that Confucius, Mencius, Laozi and other classical Chinese philosophers weren’t rigid traditionalists who …

Mindfulness