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Fashion forward: England team tackle style convention

England’s first match in the Euro 2020 tournament isn’t until Sunday afternoon, but the fashion crowd are already focused on the team’s attacking threat – specifically Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the 24-year-old

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We’ve moved house, but every purchase feels fraught with indecision

When my boyfriend and I moved into our own flat, we were congratulated on our “new chapter”. I didn’t get it: we’d already been living together for several years in

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Even with gravy so thick it needs spreading, my wife triumphs in the kitchen wars

When my wife and I first got together, we came back from the shops starving and I offered to make her a stir-fry. I wanted to really impress her with

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Move of the week: how to do the plank, and ease lower back pain

This strengthens the core muscles involved in “anti-extension” – ie, any movement that resists extending the lower back – which applies to anyone who works at a desk. It uses

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Tim Dowling: I’ve escaped the city. Now what do I do?

I am in the Lake District. It’s the first time I’ve left London in months, and I’m one of a line of six people, old friends, plus three dogs on

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Which girls’ name means ‘little bear’? The Weekend quiz

The questions1 In 1605, who claimed his name was John Johnson?2 What marsupial produces cube-shaped droppings?3 Which country’s leader died in battle in April?4 What type of star is our

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Fit in my 40s: what next after the Couch to 5k app?

The best-loved in-ear coaching app for runners is Couch to 5k, which is free, NHS-supported, and excellent. It plots the minutes of each run as you build up, syncs to

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