Jennie Briscoe-Hough: We have to give up on the idea of 'what will I get out of it?'

What does it take to offer help with little expectation of reward? Our series The altruists focuses on those who do just that, such as this community leader raising money for arts in WollongongEveryone who comes into the Foundery Cafe on the main street o


Do meditators annoy you? Try meditating | Oliver Burkeman

Meditation isn’t meant to have a goal – so condemning it for failing to achieve certain goals misses the pointNothing seems guaranteed to spark an explosion of schadenfreude, in the world of psychology, like a new piece of research suggesting meditati


Thomasina Miers’ recipe for fish cakes with wild garlic messine

As wild garlic comes into season, use it to create the perfect sauce to accompany all sorts of springtime dishes, such as these cod and salmon fishcakesThe deliciously silky, buttery and piquant sauce messine is from an Elizabeth David classic, created in

Love And Sex

Should I accept that I can’t meet my young gay lover’s needs?

I’m sure he has been cheating for years, but we are fond of one another and I’m in my 50s and don’t want to be alone as I ageI’m in my 50s and very dependent on my younger gay partner (he is in his 30s). We have been together for 10 years and he i

Love And Sex

My life in sex: the 26-year-old escort

‘I earn 10 times more than the day rate in my normal job’For the past two years, I’ve been paid for sex. I was an intern barely surviving on minimum wage when another intern suggested I check out a website where you set up “arrangements” wi


Chinese burn: how the People's Republic has become an endurance-running superpower

From just a handful of marathons a few years ago, the popularity of running has exploded, with competitors demanding tougher challenges that are bringing in runners from all over the worldWith chiselled features, sinewy physiques and oversized water bottl


Why women face longer toilet queues – and how we can achieve ‘potty parity’

In a survey, 59% of women say they regularly stand in line for the loo, compared with 11% of men – the result of gender bias in architecture and design, plus a dose of prejudice and tabooHave you ever been queueing to use a toilet when some woman h


Meera Sodha’s recipe for squash coconut fry with seed and peel chutney

This dish uses the whole butternut squash – skin, seeds, pulp and all – to make a no-waste dinner that scores on all frontsMy friend Aditya comes from Someshwar, a village in the foothills of the Western Ghats in Karnataka. There, snake gods are worsh


Margot Henderson’s recipe for braised fennel sausages with tomato sauce

Serve this family-friendly dinner on a platter with soft polenta and salad to turn a midweek meal into a feastThis is one of our family staples. An ordinary dinner becomes a feast; a large platter oozing with polenta and sauce, topped by a pile of sausage


Felicity Cloake’s hot cross buns recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

Felicity Cloake’s step-by-step approach to the quintessential Easter treatThese may have been available in shops since February (and it seems to get earlier every year), but it does spoil the fun of making your own. They may take some time to prep but a


London pub's Victorian makeover wins Camra design award

Fitzroy Tavern wins Camra’s Pub Design refurbishment award for overhaul that restored many of its original featuresA former coffee house in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia has won a major national pub design award in recognition of its recent transfor

United States

Marielle Franco had to resist – no wonder she didn’t survive

The Brazilian political activist – a black, gay single mother – was a fearless fighter in a country mired in racism and inequality. Her murder should reverberate around the world‘Being a black woman is to resist and survive all the time.” So said


Anna Jones’s recipes for leeks and spring onions

Whether you’re looking for sweet butteriness or a more intense bite, these alliums have a versatility and depth of flavour that is highlighted in these two dishesNow is the moment for the year’s first sweet leeks and spring onions. Spring onions cook


Risotto, frittata, vignole: Russell Norman’s classic recipes from Venice

The Polpo restaurateur spent 14 months discovering the culinary secrets of his favourite Italian city. Here’s our pick of what he foundWhen Russell Norman put together a proposal to write a cookbook about Venice – his favourite city, one he’s visite


Cakes, tarts and scones: Easter baking recipes

Claire Ptak’s seasonal favourites from marshmallows to Nigerian dough ballsIn America there’s a tradition of dipping white hen’s eggs into colourful dyes the night before Easter then hiding them in the morning for the children. There is a papier-mac


Reading rooms: the story of an author’s house

John Boyne’s home is now a colourful and peaceful retreat in the heart of DublinAny book lover would find it hard to leave John Boyne’s home. One room is devoted to English literature, another to Irish and American books. On floor-to-ceiling shelves,


Car share, public transport and walking: better ways to get from A to B

More than 8 million Australians drive to work or study each day, adding vast amounts of emissions. Our series Life Swaps looks at smart ways to go places Australia is a car-loving nation, understandably so given the size of our country and our often meagr


Sticky Fingers Bakery's beetroot and rose truffle cake recipe

Vegetables are not just for dinner as this self-taught baker discovered when she transformed her sweet treats with help from the garden I love digging my hands into butter and sugar just as much as groping around in the earth. For me, baking and gardening


Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for tinned pulses

It takes little time and effort to transform a forgotten can of chickpeas or butterbeans into a winning salad, main course or side dishA can of pulses is the best pantry friend you can have. Yes, there are other serious contenders for that title, but, for

Love And Sex

Should I contact my abusive father?

My dad was volatile and his mother sexually abused me, but is it my duty to get back in touch? No, says Annalisa Barbieri, only see him if you want toIt has been more than 10 years since I was properly in contact with my dad. He also stopped speaking to a


Where to move for... green space

The best place to live for breathing space? Don’t rule out these citiesThe countryside, obvs. But if you fancy some concrete stirred into your flora, it gets complicated. Research suggests urban green space makes humans and ecosystems happier and health

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