UK Lifestyle

Has the Seven-Year Itch Become the 11-Year Itch?

James R Brown | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
James R Brown

According to the ONS, the average divorce now happens after 11.6 years, and this has been steadily growing - in 1985, the average divorce happened after just 8.9 years... So what are the factors behind this surprising trend?

Forever Failing at London Life (and Netball)

Danielle Warren | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Danielle Warren

As an energetic pre-teen, I was convinced that I had the skills of a world-class goal shooter, menacing my opponents with my sharp eye and killer aim. I ruled the Doncaster courts, not even a palm in the face could come between the net and me.

Who Are Urban Outfitters?

Harriet Williamson | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harriet Williamson

I've always hate a love/hate relationship with Urban Outfitters, caught between my adoration for their clothes and my disapproval for the controversies they seem so adept at racking up. They might be known for their hipster beanies and shoes with crazy platforms, but who are Urban Outfitters? Who are they really selling to? And what makes them popular?

Creating That SpottieOttieDopalicious Moment for People

Rebecca Okot | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Okot

For me the love of food and music are deeply intertwined. A good meal can taste even better when enjoyed with the right song. A great track can make me want to eat a good meal. I even have songs in my head for each of my favourite foods.

Why You Deserve Everything You Get

Jamie Flexman | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jamie Flexman

Next time you feel the need to publically pour out your emotions, whether it's to a friend or God forbid, the internet. Stop and have a think about whether you could have done anything different and ask yourself if you are partly to blame for the situation.

Tattoo Shaming, Sexuality and Cheryl Cole

Harriet Williamson | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harriet Williamson

The headline, irrespective of poor grammar, clearly suggests that Cole's tattoo might impinge on her sexual desirability, which I believe is part of a wider culture of associating tattooing on women with their sexuality.

Psychologists Find the Colour Red Holds the Secret to Attraction

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

New psychological research suggests a significant sex effect for the colour red. This colour might be unique in rendering young women more sexually attractive to men. The latest study was partly inspired by previous work which found, for example, that when a woman wore a red T-shirt, men chose to sit closer to her, than a woman wearing blue. Another previous study found women wearing red in a bar were more approached by men.

How to Take Care of Yourself When No One Else Will

Joanna Montgomery | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Joanna Montgomery

Last week I lost my last remaining grandparent. It was an event which, although loosely manageable in its own entity, kick-started nearly a week of endless headaches. Cancelled business trips, re-arranged meetings, car accidents, delayed flights...

A Cure For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? New Treatment Could Erase Haunting Memories

PA | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Neurologists believe they have come a step closer to being able to erase unshakable haunting memories. In research sounding like the plot of a sci-...

Are You a Feminist?

Fiona McPhillips | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona McPhillips

Are you a feminist? If you've paused to contemplate your answer, then here are a couple of questions that might help you clarify your position. Do you think that men and women should be treated equally? Do you think that sexism prevents this? If you have answered yes to both questions then congratulations, you are a feminist!

Who Cares About a Few Fat Kids?

Alan Jackson | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Jackson

Apparently not many do, and I'd like to tell you why. As a weight management practitioner and obesity lecturer of 20 years I have made up my mind on a number of weight-related matters, however they are unlikely to draw any gasps or change the course of history.

Six Driving Forces to Zero Hour Contracts

Maite Baron | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Recent news stories about ' Zero Hour Contracts ' demonstrate just how much the world of work is changing, and professionals who think this is a phenomenon confined to the realms of fast food and low cost direct retail, are likely to find themselves overwhelmed by a tsunami of change.

Modern Masculinity: Reflecting Our Relationship to Success and Failure

Nick Clements | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I believe disappointment, failure and vulnerability are essential to our development as whole human beings. By facing them we grow, and paradoxically, become happier. The measure of a man is not in his search for acclaim, success and power, it is in his reaction to disappointment, failure and vulnerability.

Should Pro-Choice Mean Women Are Free To Have Abortions On Basis Of Gender?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK

Women are legally free to end a pregnancy should they not like the sex of their unborn child, an abortion charity has said. Ann Furedi, the chief exec...

A Glimpse Into an Artist's Life

Ana Tzarev | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

Today, artists may have their cake and eat it, too. Though the importance of community to fledgling creative souls must never be devalued, we are now afforded the ability to grow and strengthen our work through the support of an international network

Eating My Way Through Scandinavia

Valentine Warner | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Valentine Warner

As I travelled through these Scandinavian countries I enjoyed wonderful tastes I'd never experienced and incredible produce. Liquorice, cherry wine, haddock, langoustines, beers, cloud berries, salt cures, birch syrup, fermented herrings, cheeses spruce tips, smoked reindeer heart, rhubarb aniseed cake and moose.

Going Through Uni as a Virgin

Gayathri Kanagasundaram | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gayathri Kanagasundaram

For some students, the idea of boasting about newfound sexual promiscuity at uni is enticing. Why not? The freedom of suddenly being away from home is there to be embraced. However for those who are still virgins when they reach university, the idea of sex itself (not to mention the kind of environment mentioned above) can be incredibly nerve-racking.

'Poor People Should Buy Less'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK

"Poor people" should buy fewer clothes and be more careful about the quality of the garments they buy, according to Dame Vivienne Westwood. Speakin...

Kelly's Mag Cover Raises Eyebrows

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Entertainment

Kelly Rowland's cover photo for the October issue of Shape magazine has raised a few eyebrows. The former Destiny's Child singer, who works out fiv...

Meet: The Chicken Nugget Base Pizza

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Chicken nugget base pizzas and lasagne on toast are just some of the questionable recipes students have concocted to see them through university, rese...

The Stigma Surrounding HIV and AIDS

Scott Forbes | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK
Scott Forbes

How would you react if someone told you they were HIV positive? Would you treat them the same as any other person? Would you still hug them without thinking twice? Would you take a sip from their glass of Coke? It sounds harsh, but unfortunately a negative stigma has developed around HIV that causes many people to react with fear towards anyone who tests positive.

Terms And Conditions

Caragh Little | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK
Caragh Little

The Back To School signs have been in the shops since June. Bargain uniforms, special offer pencil cases: making spirits plummet as the summer break ...

Celebrating 14 'Uplifting' Years in Lingerie

Michelle Mone | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Mone

Ultimo celebrated it's 14th birthday last week, which was a very proud moment for myself and my team. It's been a rocky year for the brand due to my marriage break up (a lesson learned, never mix business with pleasure!), but the company is back on solid ground and our future is looking very bright indeed. I couldn't be more excited about the next chapter. Like any birthday, you find yourself looking back nostalgically at what you've achieved, where you've been, what you would have done differently - and after 14 years in the industry, I can honestly say it's been an incredible ride and I wouldn't change a thing...

The International Junkie

Lana Citron | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

The International Junkie rages in three different languages. We hear her, below our window. It is late September, I am in Barcelona with friends staying in a house along the narrow streets of Barcelonetta.

Poorna Bell

Jodie Marsh Gets Twitter Support After Anti 'Lose The Lads Mags' Campaign Comments | Poorna Bell | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

After the Co-op supermarket chain dropped lads mags Front, Nuts, Zoo and the Sunday Sport after they refused to cover their magazines in modesty bags,...