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How we met: ‘My flight was delayed, I went to the bar – and found my future wife’

In the summer of 2008, Darragh was travelling home to New York via Heathrow after a holiday in the Balkans. “Everything was delayed,” he remembers. “I was offered a room in a hotel for the night as I couldn’t get back home that day.” He went down to the bar to drown his sorrows. “It […]

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Two-thirds of couples start out as friends, research finds

When Harry first met Sally, he asserted men and women could not be friends because the “sex part always gets in the way”. But new research suggests roughly two-thirds of couples start out as friends and maintain a platonic relationship for long periods before sparking a romance. While the coming together of two strangers – […]

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Festivals are out; so is the dream holiday. But for once I’m looking forward to summer

Summer is here: I can smell it (lighter-fuel-doused charcoal and the ammonia punch of After Bite dabbed on giant angry weals) and hear it (strimmers and mowers and the ice-cream van). I can feel it too: a slither of itchy unease at the core of my being, a tight-chested sense that everything is slipping out […]

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UK retail sector records fastest quarterly growth on record

The unlocking of the economy following the winter lockdown led to the fastest quarterly growth on record in shopping in stores and online, according to the latest snapshot of consumer spending behaviour. The British Retail Consortium – the trade body that represents retailers – said warmer weather, people holidaying in the UK and the start […]

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‘Very pragmatic’: 42% of Australian women are open to egg freezing as a work perk

Last year, while working from home as a result of the Covid pandemic, Emily went through the process of freezing her eggs. It was something the 26-year-old Australian had been interested in for several years, but she made the decision to undergo the procedure when her company introduced it as an employee benefit. Emily, whose […]

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Which inanimate object would I have a relationship with? York Minster

Jumbo, a new film about a woman who falls in love with a fairground ride, sounds charming despite the strange premise. The film-maker Zoé Wittock was inspired by Erika Eiffel, the woman who married the Eiffel Tower; other objectophiliacs have fallen for chandeliers, briefcases and bridges. In a more measured way, there seems to be […]

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Guidance to induce minority ethnic pregnancies earlier condemned as racist

Proposed guidance that recommends inducing labour at 39 weeks in pregnant women from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds has raised concerns from doctors and midwives and been branded “racist” by activists. White women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be offered an induction of labour at 41 weeks, according to the draft guidelines from the National […]