• 'Any act of giving can spark joy': how charity shops are benefitting from the Marie Kondo boom
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    'Any act of giving can spark joy': how charity shops are benefitting from the Marie Kondo boom

    We’ve all been there. You’ve spent hours – possibly days, due to your habitual hoarding and inability to let go – trying to declutter your home. And now that you’ve officially Kondo’d the heck out of your abode, your old belongings have found their penultimate resting place in the hallway, because despite your best intentions, you are quite unsure what to do with them.

  • 8 social trends that midlifers hate... but can't avoid
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    8 social trends that midlifers hate... but can't avoid

    OUT OF OFFICE - In the good, olden days of yore, we simply went on holiday. Then we evolved  to the out-of-office message. Now one of two things happens: We leave OOOs because we’ve popped to the loo, so paranoid are we about not being available for a millisecond. We don’t leave an OOO at all, trying to convince everyone that we are not away, never away, always on, totally available… while simultaneously never replying to any emails and having a nervous breakdown.

  • International Women's Day 2019: How the day began and why the fight for women's rights is still necessary
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    International Women's Day 2019: How the day began and why the fight for women's rights is still necessary

    International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality.

  • 6 workplace truths you only know if you have big boobs
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    6 workplace truths you only know if you have big boobs

    Some might say it's a nice problem to have. But one thing is for sure, Britain is bustier than ever. The nation's average bra size has gone from a 34B a decade ago, to a more generous 36DD - and 53 per cent of cupped bra sales at Selfridge's are now a 34DD or larger.

  • Samantha Morton: ‘At 16, I was crying in my trailer because I didn’t want to do a sex scene’
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    Samantha Morton: ‘At 16, I was crying in my trailer because I didn’t want to do a sex scene’

    The first time I interviewed Samantha Morton, we ended up really drunk and she told me – firmly, boozily off-the-record – that she’d been charged with attempted murder as a teenager.

  • The 10 holidays every midlifer needs to take right now
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    The 10 holidays every midlifer needs to take right now

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be going to Mexico for two or seven weeks, and to return gently tanned, laden with skull ornaments and embroidered stuff? Or to see the Galápagos Islands and all the imperiled wildlife? Or go walking, walking, walking your troubles away with a side order of Michelin-starred puddings? Plus dancing? And maybe a boat? But first, what we really need is about 10 weeks off to get into neutral before any travelling begins. If we only had the time, oh, the places we’d go.

  • Bird boxing - the latest dating trend you need to know about
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    Bird boxing - the latest dating trend you need to know about

    First came ghosting, then breadcrumbing: now there’s a new entry into our ever expanding lexicon of dating terminology - bird boxing. Taking its name from the popular Netflix movie which sees Sandra Bullock grappling her way through life in a post-apocalyptic world entirely blindfolded, this new trend follows much the same plot. Coined by romance experts over at Tinder, we fools of love are apparently “blind to just how bad your partner/the person you’re seeing is”. Guilty as charged.  

  • 9 micro-mistakes that every midlifer makes
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    9 micro-mistakes that every midlifer makes

    You’d think, by now, that we’d have learnt. That we would make the mental calculations required to not keep doing the same things and expecting different results. You’d think, wouldn’t you, that we’d KNOW. That we’d be grown-up enough to pay attention. Apparently not. Because we persist in…

  • Ever made a camera phone faux pas?  You're not alone... here are 5 mishaps that could happen to anyone
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    Ever made a camera phone faux pas?  You're not alone... here are 5 mishaps that could happen to anyone

    This may come as a shock to our friends under 30, but there once was a time when telephones were plugged into the wall. They sat on the hall table, on top of the telephone directory (Google it) and when you dialled someone’s number, it was on the understanding that neither of you could actually see each other.

  • ‘We thought my sister had run away… but she’d been murdered by Fred West’
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    ‘We thought my sister had run away… but she’d been murdered by Fred West’

    Mary-Ann Mitchell was just seven years old when her big sister disappeared. No more daily school pickups or shared bags of sweets enjoyed together on their walks home, these all stopped when Juanita vanished.

  • Take the Stella poll
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    Take the Stella poll

    The Stella poll is sent out weekly to subscribers of the Stella Daily newsletter.

  • Confessions of a relationship OCD sufferer: could you have it, too?
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    Confessions of a relationship OCD sufferer: could you have it, too?

    Watching Channel 4’s newest drama Pure, I was both cheered and immensely sympathetic. A fictionalised adaptation of Rose Cartwright’s acclaimed biography, the lighthearted drama details a young woman’s experience of living with ‘Pure O’ – a form of OCD.

  • ‘It's the worst sort of betrayal – sold by husbands or fathers’: Freida Pinto on the pain behind her sex trafficking film
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    ‘It's the worst sort of betrayal – sold by husbands or fathers’: Freida Pinto on the pain behind her sex trafficking film

    Freida Pinto had her MeToo moment when she first arrived in Hollywood, a decade ago.

  • Gail Porter: 'My daughter has always put a positive spin on me being bald'
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    Gail Porter: 'My daughter has always put a positive spin on me being bald'

    Changing Faces is one of the Telegraph’s three chosen charities for our 2018 Christmas appeal  There are only a few days left to donate please visit telegraph.ctdonate.org for details about how you can help someone today

  • 8 games that midlifers play... from emotional charades to 'cancel chicken'
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    8 games that midlifers play... from emotional charades to 'cancel chicken'

    The date has been in the diary for some weeks. It’s raining. It’s chilly. You are hormonal. Well, you think you are but it could just be your horrible personality. Anyway, it’s 4pm and… silence. No one has confirmed. This, my friends, is cancel chicken, and you are a player. Will it be you? Will it be them? There are various ways to play this game:

  • The midlife guide to… Janxiety
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    The midlife guide to… Janxiety

    The inability to deal with going out at night because of a crippling fear of the hangover – a week of feeling like you’ve tripped down some terrible rabbit hole and you are falling, falling, trying to grab all the croissants on the way down. For others, it’s waking up the morning after with your soul passed out on the pillow next to you. It might never return to your body.

  • Gina Martin: 'How I got the law changed and made upskirting illegal'
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    Gina Martin: 'How I got the law changed and made upskirting illegal'

    When the House of Lords yesterday approved a ban on upskirting – the taking of a non-consensual photo of another person's genitals – tears rolled down Gina Martin's cheeks. For the past 18 months she had fought tirelessly to make the practice illegal and give police the tools to prosecute after she herself became a victim.

  • Isle of Man becomes first place in British Isles to decriminalise abortion
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    Isle of Man becomes first place in British Isles to decriminalise abortion

    The Isle of Man has become the first place in the British Isles to decriminalise abortion.

  • Calling all young women writers: Enter the Telegraph's Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize
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    Calling all young women writers: Enter the Telegraph's Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize

    Last November, Dolly Alderton won a National Book Award for her bestselling memoir Everything I know About Love, beating off stiff competition from the likes of Benjamin Zephaniah, Sue Perkins and Lily Allen.

  • Scars, rosacea, and adult acne: Meet the Instagram stars who turned their visible differences into social media campaigns
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    Scars, rosacea, and adult acne: Meet the Instagram stars who turned their visible differences into social media campaigns

    When Michelle Elman was 15, she decided she was ugly. At her all-girls boarding school, she stuck out like a sore thumb — she was mixed race, bigger than most of her classmates, and bore secret scars all over her body from the multiple operations she had endured in her early teens. She listened day-in, day-out to her friends agonising about their skin, their hair, the latest diet they were trying – and a wall went up in her mind. “Is this all we are?” she thought. “God this is boring. Count me out.” Unlike most teenage girls, Michelle understood that there was more to life than beauty. Having been born with a brain tumour, later suffering from a condition called Hydrocephalus (where an excess of CSF fluid is produced around the brain and spinal cord) and twice suffering from obstructed bowels, Michelle had undergone 15 surgeries by the time she was 13. “My process was to go ‘you know what, my scars aren’t going anywhere, so I just need to accept them. I’m ugly. Cool, that’s done. That’s a fact of life, now let’s try to create something with the rest of it.”

  • Inside the luxury lives of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos - and how their fortune could be split
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    Inside the luxury lives of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos - and how their fortune could be split

    A "bookish and shy" MacKenzie Tuttle first met Jeff Bezos when she interviewed with him for a job as a research assistant at New York hedge fund D.E. Shaw in 1992.

  • 5 things about parenting and marriage the first episode of Catastrophe series 4 got absolutely right
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    5 things about parenting and marriage the first episode of Catastrophe series 4 got absolutely right

    The return last night of Channel 4’s hit sitcom Catastrophe for a fourth series felt like meeting an old friend and discovering, with delight, that nothing has changed between you. The friend still makes you laugh like a drain and you find yourself wondering why the deuce you have left it so long.

  • School Gate Knowledge: the 5 things you can find out spending 15 minutes at the gates
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    School Gate Knowledge: the 5 things you can find out spending 15 minutes at the gates

    Next Tuesday is the deadline by which parents must apply for a place at a state primary school starting in September. This time last year I was one of them, sticking local school names into Google Maps to calculate their distance from our home, and thus how early I would need to raise myself in the mornings.

  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor: ‘When the work-life balance grinds to a halt, family has to come first’
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    Sophie Ellis-Bextor: ‘When the work-life balance grinds to a halt, family has to come first’

    My family likes to sleep in. Kit might get up at 6.30am to play games, but by 7.30am, the rest of us are often still waking up.

  • 13 goals for 2019 that all midlifers will relate to
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    13 goals for 2019 that all midlifers will relate to

    Resolutions? They’ve only ever made us fat, drunk and sedentary. We are all carrot and no stick, you see. We need goals and praise. Besides, who doesn’t love a deadline? And so we have decided that, by the end of this year, the following things will have happened. We will have made them happen. Yes, by New Year’s Eve 2019 we will have…