I think Adele is fab and wear pastel shorts suits. I may never be cool again. And I’m cool with that | Health & wellbeing

[ad_1] Last week I spent some time recording an audiobook version of these columns (cough, out in October, cough). One thing I noticed was the number of times I had extolled the virtues of 00s girl band Girls Aloud. Music is an area where self-appointed gatekeepers decide what is cool and what is not. Pop … Read more

Teenagers have taken up smoking in droves – and forgotten the lessons of the past | Zoe Williams

[ad_1] We are as far away from 1980 now as we were then from 1939. I know that because I read it on the internet. I didn’t check it, because why would they put it there if it wasn’t true? Yet at the same time, it is patently absurd; more than ridiculous, mad. In 1980, … Read more

A stunning second act! Meet the people who changed course in midlife – and loved it | Life and style

[ad_1] Alison Webster was once showing prospective students around the university where she was studying medicine when a sixth former said: “You’re so old – why are you even doing this?” Webster laughs at the memory, home after the end of a shift as an A&E doctor. “I said, ‘When you go home, ask your … Read more

Let’s move to Rotterdam: Eurovision’s new home | Property

[ad_1] What’s going for it? Yes, Rotterdam. Were you expecting somewhere hot? Perhaps more glam, more city break, less drizzly. Some kool neighbourhood in Lisbon or Helsinki. Hear me out. I’m being practical. You might dream of relocating somewhere more superficially romantic, but Rotterdam is affordable (for northern Europe), prosperous, progressive and fantastically well-connected. The … Read more

Let’s move to East Grinstead and Forest Row, West Sussex: mystically fruity | Property

[ad_1] What’s going for it? Do you believe in the genius loci, the spirit of the place? Well, there must be a fruity old spirit in East Grinstead and Forest Row. Is there something in the water, in the soil, in the wind? How else do you explain the congregation here of those who, shall … Read more

Let’s move to Eltham, south-east London: it gave birth to Kate Bush and Bob Hope | Property

[ad_1] What’s going for it? It’s true, you do have to suspend a jot of disbelief imagining a young Henry VIII jousting in the tilt yard while you queue for socks at the tills in M&S. But that’s Eltham for you. Like many suburbs, it hides its treasures, its oddities. On the surface, it’s your … Read more

Watch out white, liberal ladies – Reductress has got you in its sights | Women

[ad_1] A little over a decade ago, the writer Christopher Hitchens wrote a column for Vanity Fair entitled Why Women Aren’t Funny. It caused a bit of a stir. To imagine it being published today, however, is to blanch at the thought of Hitchens being dragged all the way across cyberspace by feminist Twitter. Among … Read more

Let’s move to Linlithgow, West Lothian: Silicon Glen capital with a regal past | Property

[ad_1] What’s going for it? Linlithgow wears its 21st-century role as a commuter town in the sweet spot between Edinburgh and Glasgow in the way a megastar of stage or screen might – someone who, in later life, has had cause to stack shelves in Lidl. Nothing wrong with stacking shelves or, indeed, Lidl. But … Read more

Tulip Siddiq: ‘I needed a caesarean – instead I was at parliament’ | Women

[ad_1] When the Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq found out she was pregnant with her second child, which must have been roughly nine months and three weeks ago, “I said to Chris, my husband: ‘Thank God it’s [due at] the end of January – that means I can vote.’” She is sitting in the … Read more