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Dining across the divide: ‘He said: don’t go there. So I was like, we’ll definitely go there’

Alex, 32, Isle of WightOccupation Social worker Voting record Generally Labour, Green on occasion Amuse bouche When Alex was a child, she once appeared on CBeebies’ Teletubbies Robert, 70, Isle of WightOccupation Artist, freelance journalist Voting record Labour Amuse bouche Robert used to keep rats as pets For startersRobert Alex arrived later than I did. […]

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Collagen supplements: do they actually work?

I am sent so many collagen supplements that barely anyone leaves my house without a box of overpriced gelatine foisted upon them. I receive frequent questions from you asking if, from a skincare point of view, collagen powders, capsules, jellies and drinks are worth the cash. It’s no wonder the US oral collagen industry’s value […]

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Losing my family caused a tsunami of grief, but also taught me how to live

On my 30th birthday I realised I was totally alone. My father had died five days earlier. My mother had died nine years previously, and my brother 21 years before. I’m still living with the grief, but the journey I’ve been on since that day 18 months ago has taught me to seek joy; it […]

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Breakfast time: Christopher Anderson’s best phone picture

Christopher Anderson often makes breakfast for his family (eggs, pancakes), but what caught his eye here was the light and the colour, the repetition of shapes. Blue plate, yellow circle. Of course, the pose his three-year-old daughter Pia struck just as he moved into position with his phone – well, that was all her. “You […]

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Smashing pumpkins: how to cure and store squash for winter

I creep through my pumpkin patch, peering under leaves to see the swelling, ripening fruit, counting my bounty for the months ahead. But now the frosts are approaching these need moving indoors to cure and store (you can also cure winter squash from a farmers’ market). This way, you can pick or buy them while […]

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A Suffolk oasis: my year reviving Cedric Morris’s garden at Benton End

Swifts race past our south London window on midsummer evenings and nest below the terrace rooftops opposite; in rural Suffolk, droves of swallows dart across an agrarian skyline and down into next door’s open barn. For a nature enthusiast, this swapping of one set of neighbours for another is a subtle contrast between the city […]