Last conversations with my mother

No matter your age, it comes as a seismic shock when your mother loses her mind. Christabel Smith navigates the choppy verbal seas of her mother’s Alzheimer’s… Ten years ago, when I was 42, my 80-year-old mother – a gracious, selfless, clean...

The history of Halloween and the health benefits of the humble pumpkin

It’s time to deck the halls and put on that outfit as silly season approaches. And no, we don’t mean Christmas, we’re talking about Halloween. Halloween stems from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear...

Every picture tells a story

He may not have realised it at the time, but Derek Ridgers’ ‘casual snaps of interesting-looking people’ would serve as a unique visual record of subcultural style. Derek Ridgers is a documentary portraiture photographer, best known for his images...

Vaginal lube, libido and orgasms: the truth about sex after the menopause

Vaginal dryness and a loss of libido don’t exactly make for a fruitful time between the sheets, but experts agree that communication, lubrication and experimentation can all help Let’s face it, the menopause can be bad enough for women without...

Are we ready for the new lessons life still has for us?

Life is one long learning experience. I remember seeing an amazing guide to life on the back door of the toilet of my former wife’s parents’ house (her father was an Oxford professor) which had something about never being too old to learn, and...

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Walking Scandi-style

Don’t fancy the gym? Walk this way… Love exercise, but baffled as to why anyone would put themselves through the kind of pain that is a marathon or triathlon? Want to get fitter without ending up in physio...

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