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Lady shopping

Seven ways to shop more sustainably after lockdown

With our social lives confined to park visits and online video chats, there hasn’t been much call for new outfits during lockdown.

But at the same time, the coronavirus pandemic has made many people take a step back and consider the effect humans have on the planet.

If you want to reduce your own carbon footprint, examining your fashion-buying habits is a good place to start...

Tony Robinson

Sir Tony Robinson says for 15 years dementia was the main thing in his life

Best known for playing Baldrick in hit British sitcom Blackadder, Sir Tony Robinson is hard man to pigeonhole.

An avowed polymath, the actor-turned-presenter-turned-author-turned-activist has fronted everything from Time Team to a History of Britain, written a ton of children’s books, and spent several years on the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party.

After...

Lady sat at desk working from home

Seven essential purchases to make your home desk set-up better

If you used to spend a lot of time commuting to and from the office, working from home initially sounds great. You recoup your extra travel time, you can get ahead with your house chores on your lunch break and you don’t have to worry about noisy desk neighbours interrupting you.

While there’s no question that working from home has heaps of benefits, it’s easy to miss the comforts of...

Tom Bradby

Tom Bradby talks lockdown and mental health

ITV News at Ten anchor Tom Bradby, friend of the royals, seasoned correspondent and documentary-presenter, confesses he’s enjoying life in lockdown with his wife Claudia and three grown-up children at home near Winchester.

“But then you come to work and dip your head in a bucket load of misery,” he laments. “It’s odd living with an all-consuming news story that is killing a lot of...

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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on appreciating life in lockdown

While many of us are chafing at the limits and restrictions of lockdown, TV personality and interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is positively enjoying the experience.

He’s just launched a new Youtube channel, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s School Of Flock, a personal journey through the art, history and alchemy of interior design, which he presents from his Cotswolds home.

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Colouring hair in lockdown

Things you must know before colouring your hair at home

If you’re anything like us, there’s one question you desperately hope to hear the answer to every time there’s an announcement about the easing of lockdown restrictions: when will hair salons be open again?

Sadly, we can’t help with that, but if you’ve finally caved and realise that after weeks of religiously applying root touch-up spray it’s time to bite the bullet and dye your own...

Children with asthma

Is it safe to send my asthmatic child back to school?

My son isn’t shielding but has asthma. Am I putting him at risk by sending him back to school?

Respiratory expert and GP Dr Andy Whittamore, Asthma UK (asthma.org.uk) clinical lead, says: “Going back to school after a long break is usually an exciting time for children. Understandably, parents of children with asthma are more concerned this time round, and may be worried about...

Gardening tips

Five ways to make your garden more sustainable

It’s not just in the garden where being green is important today. But there is a lot that we can do in our own outdoor spaces to help create a healthier environment and reduce our own carbon footprints! Now is a great time to consider your outdoor practices.

Here, the gardening experts at Toro have shared five ways you can do your little bit for the environment, from your own garden...

Children playing in the garden

Noisy neighbours - Top list of worst neighbour noises during lockdown

The world’s fastest-growing marketplace has revealed the worst noises neighbours make in the UK after a rise in noise complaints around the nation.

When the marketplace polled the British public about the worst sounds heard from their neighbours, 86% cited ‘bad music choices’ as the worst offender, followed by ‘children playing’ and ‘loud lovemaking’, completing the top list of...

Teenager at home on phone

How do I stop my teens from just drifting now they’re off school for such a long time?

My teenage children don’t go back to school till September, and while they’ve reluctantly done some schoolwork at home, they’re mostly just getting up late, playing computer games and drifting. How can I realistically get them to use their time better over the next few months?

Hannah Abrahams, leading educational and child psychologist on the Zoono Family Panel, says: “Young people...

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