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Absence makes the plot grow wilder

Another return to the plot after absence. To and fro. I am anxious. Autumn has rolled in fast. I am concerned at the speed of change. I am nervous as I walk up the hill. The day starts sluggish and later now. The sun’s decline undeniable. I turn the key. Howard and Rose, too, have […]

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I was seeing a man for a few months. Why am I so heartbroken?

The question As soon as I started writing this letter I could feel the hot tears generating in their ducts. I’ve got great friends and family, but I need an outsider’s take. I was seeing a man, for a few months. This ended around eight weeks ago. He was unhappy living in this country and […]

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Gascon wines for a taste of autumn

Domaine Capmartin Cuvée du Couvent, Madiran, France 2017 (from £21.17, thefinewinecompany.co.uk; borderswines.co.uk) I made a rough approximation of cassoulet the other day. I always make this dish – which I should probably just call “sausage and bean stew” since several of the ingredients and steps from an authentic Gascon version of the dish are missing […]

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From the archive: gazing into Paul Newman’s blue eyes, 1986

Maureen Dowd interviewed Paul Newman, who was starring in Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money 25 years after he was in The Hustler – at home in Westport, Connecticut and also at his Fifth Avenue penthouse (‘Return of the Hustler’, 30 November 1986). It began with a description of not only how guarded he was […]

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Beauty hacks test: Is ‘slugging’ the secret to perfect skin?

The hackKorean-inspired skincare trend slugging involves applying a thick layer of something like Vaseline over your usual products or on its own, usually at night. The promiseThe idea is to prevent moisture loss. It sounds simple but slugging (due to its resemblance to a slug’s trail) has divided opinion. Some call it a cost-effective hack, […]

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Can we talk to aliens? And should we colonise space? We ask the expert

Astrophysicist Jacco van Loon on the hunt for alien life, why logic can solve the climate crisis and what happens when the sun becomes a red giant Coco [email protected] 25 Sep 2021 12.00 BSTFor years, astrophysicists have been saying that alien life must exist, but finding out where and in what form has proved elusive. […]