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Planet Appetite: El Salvador, Central America - Small But Perfectly Formed

Rupert Parker | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

In El Salvador they say the country is so tiny that nothing is more than 40 minutes away. Whether it's volcano, beach or capital city, all are close - it's just the traffic around San Salvador that might hold you up

Cosmopolitan's Awards Countdown

Louise Court | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Court

The day before Cosmo's Ultimate Women of the Year Awards is rather like going into labour. You know it's going to hurt, but something you really love will come out of it.

Three Out Of Five Girls Say They Feel Pressured - It's Not Surprising They Feel So Harshly Judged

Heather Goult | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Goult

With this pressure to look like celebrities, why should girls look for role models who are famed for intelligence over their fantastic figure and always perfect dress and make-up? At one of my recent Guide meetings we asked girls to come dressed as a female role model with some surprising results.

Why I Get Out Of Bed Everyday

Kate Croxton | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Croxton

What many people with breast cancer ask me is "what does 'normal' mean now"? And how does a person find their 'new normal' after the huge impact of a breast cancer diagnosis? There are so many unanswered questions, fears and anxieties.

It's a Man's World

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Sherriff

As much as I hate to admit, this is still a man's world. But I don't think feminism is going to change it... I don't like being called a feminist. I'm a woman. That's it. Just because I believe women should be equal doesn't mean I want to pick up a placard and protest. In fact, I'm not alone.

Halloween - What's It All About? And What's With the Sexy Nurse Costumes?

Greg Jenner | Posted 30.12.2012 | Home
Greg Jenner

Consider this for a moment - there's a fair chance that you, or someone in your family, spent the weekend dressing up like a rotting corpse, and standing in a room with various other ghouls and demonic creatures, munching on eyeball cupcakes and drinking witches' piss punch. Odd, isn't it? That's the curious thing about history; even when it loses all its meaning, some traditions just cling on regardless, making us look a bit weird in the process. Anthropologists sometimes call this teleological superfluity, when the original purpose of something is lost but it continues being used anyway, like wooden handles on steak knives.

'Addiction Won't Happen To Me'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Students who take illegal drugs are convinced they won't get addicted and are ignoring the long-term health risks, despite more than a third experienc...

Top 10 Spookiest Places in Britain

Sara Bran | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Bran

I still have a love/sh*t-my-pants relationship with this time of year and occasions such as Samhain, Halloween, All Saint's Day and Bonfire Night. Many of the festivals taking place over the next few weeks are, at heart, celebrations about finding light in the darkness of winter as well as being a time to honour those no longer with us. In short, it's spook season and I spend quite a lot of it hiding behind the sofa, peeping between the fingers of my six-year-old. But I'm feeling brave, and in the spirit of not being a lily-livered, malingering pant-wetter, here is a list of the spookiest most atmospheric places in Britain I can think of.

Autumn Essentials: Statement Jewellery

Eleanor Doughty | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Style
Eleanor Doughty

I have equipped you with all the magical pieces you need for the season. From ankle boots to your new winter coat, to a selection of bags (big and small) to the warmest jumper, I think I have it covered. So to the final bow: the statement necklace. It's big and bold, always chic but hardworking.

Child Benefit Changes Could Cause Considerable Complications

Anita Monteith | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Politics
Anita Monteith

ICAEW is worried we are going to see the same operational problems arising that we saw for tax credits - especially for those with fluctuating incomes. We want a simplified tax system that is as clear and efficient as possible. However as you can see from the issues raised, this charge will add considerable complications.

Teenage Porn Epidemic? Let Them Get Over it Without a Teacher

Helen Croydon | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Helen Croydon

We should leave young people to stumble though their own individual paths of sexual discovery. This particular gateway to adulthood is the most exciting of all. Safe sex education is one thing, spelling out preferences, defining fantasies and dictating appropriate reactions is short of social engineering... There has always been a demand - and therefore a supply - of eroticised images. From explicit Egyptian cave drawings and carvings, to top shelf magazines, people - mostly men - have perpetuated a fascination in the physical sexualised female form.

A Well-Rehearsed Date With the Local Potplant Who Failed to Grow on Me

The Guyliner | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

One slogan I do have a fondness for, however, is 'shop local'. It's nice to keep things in the neighbourhood, to contribute to the good of the community, and so it is that I find myself in a bar not a 20-minute walk from my house, waiting for the next Guy.

No Such Thing as a Non-Believer

Felicity A Morse | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Felicity A Morse

No one's religious anymore. Not anyone with any sense. Religion incites hatred, starts wars, and vilifies anyone who challenges its narrow-minded views. Believing in a big bearded man in the sky is stupid. I can say and do what I want because when I die I'm either going to be burnt or rot in the ground. That's it.

Unleash the Data! Why Patients Need the NHS to Set Their Data Free

Rachel Carrell | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Carrell

The potential in health is absolutely enormous. With free-flowing and reliable data we could better understand the causes of illness, identify the best ways to treat, and eliminate many of the irritating inefficiencies that today seem to just be part of being ill.

Science, Money and Women's Reproductive Choices

Clare Murphy | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Murphy

Some women may abandon breastfeeding because they have been given insufficient support - and if so that certainly needs to change. But many other women may choose to stop or reduce breastfeeds because of the physical burden,

Porno Booze and Other Weird and Wonderfuls in the Land of Drink

Ryan Cheti | Posted 27.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

The truth is, alcohol is inextricably linked with our humanity- our evolution. It's taken all the steps with us. And ye gods, that's included the thick and thin.

The Truth About Ouija Boards

Nikki Harper | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Nikki Harper

Are ouija boards dangerous? As it's Halloween, it's the peak time of the year for people to dabble with ouija. And - ooh, look - the same old hysteria is beginning to erupt any time someone mentions the dreaded board. An alternative in Online Wine Shopping

Mike John Matthews | Posted 26.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Mike John Matthews

It's simple. Take a wander in to your nearest wine store, or supermarket, and have a wee peak at the range of quality half bottles on their shelves. Not too many eh! In my time as a retailer I have lost count the amount of times where someone asked me for a half bottle of wine. Not everybody wants to spend money on a full bottle, especially if they only fancy a tipple once a week.

Is an Emotional Affair Technically Cheating?

Lewis Shepherd | Posted 26.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Lewis Shepherd

So when we actually sit down and think about it, even though we aren't ripping someone's clothes off and throwing them around the bedroom, by sitting with them in the nearest coffee shop or bar we begin to become emotional dependant on them and by default this is cheating.


Caragh Little | Posted 27.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

Maybe the masks of Halloween aren't so very different to the masks we all wear, every day, at every time of year. I do this all the time. We all do, I think.

Real Food Leaders Unite at One Young World

Food Revolution | Posted 26.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Food Revolution

During the conference, Jamie Oliver also announced the date for Food Revolution Day 2013 - May 17th! Now's the time to start thinking about how you'll be standing up for real food and empowering and inspiring your community to do the same on May 17th next year.

Blame This Weekend's Hour Change for Our Impending Winter Weight Gain and Ill Health

Aidan Goggins | Posted 26.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Aidan Goggins

In the winter we have to go against our natural inclination to reduce our activity levels as its dark and miserable in the outside, as well as endeavouring to be more disciplined in our eating patterns - despite the encompassing festive season - aiming to keep evening and night-time carbohydrate intake low, especially those of the simple variety e.g. white pasta, white bread, white rice, baked/roast potatoes, baked goods, soft drinks, desserts etc, to reduce insulin demand. For serious cases of rhythmic misalignment bright light therapy can also be used.

Brogan Driscoll

The Shard: A Viewing Experience Worth £25 Per Ticket? | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle

While the public might have three more months to wait until The Shard finally opens (February 1, 2013), journalists from all over the world were today...

Planet Appetite: Mayan Ruins and Tropical Beaches in Honduras, Central America

Rupert Parker | Posted 23.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Honduras is very much off the beaten tourist track yet it boasts fantastic Mayan sculptures at Copan and the lush tropical island of Roatan.

'Extremely Worrying' Mental Health Figures Released

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK

The rise in the number of mentally ill people sectioned while in police custody or while in hospital has been described as "extremely worrying" by cam...