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Become A Better Parent With This Great Advice

Parenting just may be one of the most challenging tasks you ever undertake. Use this article to become a better parent and a more confident person in general. You can improve your parenting with time and effort. Consider what you are actually saying to your child. Your kids need to know that you are trustworthy. […]

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Blind date: ‘Max has a penchant for doctors – maybe in a few years I’ll qualify for another date’

What were you hoping for?Someone funny and up for a good time. In a perfect world a doctor – we can all dream. First impressions?Great smile and charming. He clearly had a free-spirited sense of self. What did you talk about?Growing up in the countryside and whether London was an amazing place to live or […]

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How can Britain become a ‘great cycling nation’ when it’s so scary to ride a bike?

There is a pothole on the Bristol Road just north of Nailsea, north Somerset, which I cycled over at about 30mph back in June. It casually blew out both my tyres; somehow I managed to skid, on my two flats, to a stop. It is in moments like this that your vulnerability as a cyclist […]

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New year, same old you! The secret to self-improvement is embracing your messy, imperfect life

It’s the time of year for reinventions – or, perhaps more accurately, preparing for reinventions. For buying the diet book, drawing up the new morning routine, bookmarking the therapists’ websites or purchasing the storage cabinets for the soon-to-be-perfectly-organised house. As with all attempts at personal transformation, at new year or otherwise, this is the fun […]

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Escape your comfort zone: I can’t ride a bike, drive a car or swim. Can I learn to rollerskate?

I consider myself to be “transportationally challenged” – that is to say, I can’t drive a car, ride a bike, ice-skate, ski or swim (at least not in a way that doesn’t endanger others, given my aggressively flailing limbs). Any method of moving from one place to another aside from walking eludes me. It’s probably […]

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Adam Peaty: ‘My trunks once ripped on the starting blocks when I was a teenager’

Born in Staffordshire, Adam Peaty, 27, became a world, European and Commonwealth champion swimmer. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, he broke his own world record in the 100m breaststroke final and claimed Team GB’s first gold medal. In last summer’s Tokyo Olympics, he won two golds and a silver. He is the world record-holder […]

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‘Sauna patrons just sit on the icy street’: Manuel Vazquez’s best phone picture

In 2019, the UN named Finland the happiest place in the world, and Manuel Vazquez and journalist Ana Alfageme were sent by a Spanish magazine to find out why. Saunas are a big part of life there; the country has more than 2 million in residential and public settings. The pair agreed that they’d be […]

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‘There are no bad kids. Just kids making bad choices’: the former gangster battling knife crime

If you made a film of Mark Bracewell’s life, audiences would probably look on sceptically and think: “That’s a bit extreme.” Bracewell grew up on an estate in Moss Side, Manchester, in the 1980s. When he was 13, he watched members of a gang hack a man to death in a pub with a machete. […]