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Why Benedict Cumberbatch fell for ‘oddball’ artist and his world of cats

He was known as “the man who drew cats” thanks to his humorous, hugely popular paintings of anthropomorphised felines, but Louis Wain struggled with schizophrenia and ended his life in an asylum. Now, on the eve of the release of a film about the artist, Benedict Cumberbatch has called for more compassion in society, urging […]

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Lessons in time and space for toddlers

My son’s third birthday began more cagily than we expected. That morning he’d been reluctant to get out of bed. After weeks of being told to remember that his birthday was coming up, he now seemed hesitant and sullen. This was strange for several reasons. For one thing, we were never really sure the whole […]

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Salud! Spain’s female winemakers use their intuition to rise to the top

“I think of my wines as barefoot children that need love and care,” says winemaker Marta Casas, holding her glass up to the light. Below her, the vineyards of Penedès roll away almost to the sea, but she could be virtually anywhere in Spain. Just as they fought their way into the male domain of […]

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Sugar-free bars that pack a creamy punch

I feel slightly apologetic mentioning the same brand too often, as if that’s all I know. The reality is that I have hundreds of different-make bars in my office at any one time – like the most benevolent of office colleagues. But what I choose to write about rests entirely on that week’s whim. I […]

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Reassuringly expensive: top fashion labels bid to lure elite back

Top designers are moving even more upmarket and hoicking their prices in an attempt to make up for losses during the pandemic, it has emerged. The strategy cashes in on a surging demand for luxury from the super-rich, many of whom have grown even wealthier during the pandemic. The fashion industry broke out of quarantine […]

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Jobs, marriages, cities – we are quitting them in our droves

It’s time, friends. That high-pitched hum that’s been getting louder, the tap-tap-tap of your left foot, the way every interaction with another human makes you feel a new and more vinegary anger – these are signs that it is time, time to quit. What are we quitting? What’ve you got? More people are quitting their […]