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High hopes: Has our love affair with heels hit an all-time low?

Love them as we do, there's no escaping the fact that high heels take a determined mindset to wear. They may lengthen your legs and make you walk like a catwalk model - and, of course, men love 'em - but in lockdown they died a sudden death. But their demise was evident way before the pandemic. It's a sad truth that high heels have been losing popularity for some time now, but Covid accelerated the trend. While the pandemic has hit the overall footwear market, dress shoes are the...

Married to a bigamist and psychopath, the shocking true story of a woman abused

The Psychopath by Mary Turner-Thomson Eight years ago I received a phone call from a stranger asking me to meet up and discuss a collaboration. She was based in Edinburgh, so I travelled up and met Mary Turner-Thomson in a park, very appropriate given her story. The outcome of this meeting was far more interesting than I could have imagined and far less stressful than the phone call from a stranger Mary had received on April 5, 2006, which opens her first book. We talked about her life married to a...

UK women with deadly cancer organise billboard campaign to raise awareness

Women with ovarian cancer in the UK have joined forces with others in New Zealand and the United States to organise an international billboard campaign hoping to draw attention to their disease which lacks funding. The tagline “An ad you can’t miss, for a cancer you do” will appear on the iconic Piccadilly Lights  in central London and Times Square billboards to mark World Ovarian Cancer Day, today, May 8, as well as over 350 billboard sites across the UK. UK co-organiser Katie Wilkins was diagnosed last year at 38-years-old....

Review: Delhi House Cafe, stunning cuisine and not a poppadom in sight

My first introduction to Indian food was via a Vesta curry, a packet of dried food you added water to and cooked in a pan. I thought it was the most exciting food I had ever tasted. Fast forward a few decades and thankfully my consumption of Indian food has become a little more sophisticated. I am fortunate enough to have travelled to India a few times and eaten in cafes as well as being a culinary guest of renowned chefs, and of course, everything in between. So when the...

From Chocolat to strawberry, another sweet offering from author Joanne Harris

The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris There’s an ill wind blowing through the picturesque French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes… and it means someone will be dead by dawn. If your sweet tooth is crying out for more Chocolat, then indulge yourself in a truly tasty return to the enchanting world created by Joanne Harris in her multi-million-copy series which won hearts and minds, and was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Lyrical writing, a unique brand of magical realism, stunning atmospherics, and a cast of sparkling characters who...

Fatshaming: How I lost 10 stones is not as important as WHY

By Phillip Redgrave At the age of 16 I weighed 22 stones and was morbidly obese. Today I’m around 12 stones depending on how I’m training and the size of my breakfast. When I was eight, I lost my father. He wasn’t a good father by any means but he kept me active, and losing your father at that age messes you up. So, I became less active and turned to food for comfort, which is how I got to where I was four years ago. As you can see though,...

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