My youthful ideals have not yet left me

Bearing this in mind — would I wake up one morning with a wrinkly neck and an irrational preoccupation with immigration? — it seemed a good idea to get ...

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Time to stop censoring comedy with manufactured and over stated outrage

The clitoris has 8,000 nerve endings — twice as many as the penis — yet remains significantly less sensitive than angry right-wingers when someone makes ...

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Swipe right for lessons in anthropology

In an effort to distract myself from our end-of-days Trumpian hellscape, I have been doing two things all week.

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When marriage doesn’t work, be authentic

Have you noticed how almost everything written about divorce, either in print or online, is illustrated with that generic photo of a wedding cake split down the ...

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No flying off the handle with slow travel

The Swedish word ‘flygskam’ means ‘flight shame’. I think of this word – the only Swedish word I know apart from Ikea — as I ...

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The only good cure for eco-anxiety is action

Eco-anxiety is a First-World problem. Literally, writes Suzanne Harrington

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Living the good life on a hillside in Portugal

Given how sustainability is and undoubtedly will remain the ultimate buzzword between now and the end of life on earth, two friends of mine decided to tackle it ...

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It could go Lord of the Flies... fat ones go first

When the Soviet writer Solzhenitsyn was in the gulag, he used to sew bread rations into his mattress, so that if the guards withheld his food, he wouldn’t ...

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A movement where librarians turn outlaws

This is the beginning of a new movement, one where librarians become outlaws, and children become warriors, writes Suzanne Harrington

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Notre Dame raises question about values

ARE buildings more important than people?

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Outside the Box: Brexiteers all following each other over a cliff

I live on the south coast of England, by the white cliffs. That’s roughly halfway between London and the French coast, were I a seagull.

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What should I do about my face falling down?

How’s your face? Mine is collapsing.

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Generation Greta wants action, not just hope

“We need a whole new way of thinking. The political system that adults have created is all about competition. You cheat when you can because all that matters ...

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The lost world: Why breathtaking Malta should be your next holiday stop

With direct flights from Cork to Malta launching next month, Suzanne Harrington visits the breathtaking island.

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Ring leader: Why boxing is good for the body and mind

Boxing isn’t just good cardio – it’s also a workout for the mind. Suzanne Harrington dons her gloves to report on the latest A-list craze

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Would soccer lout act that way in front of his mother?

What makes a man run onto a football pitch and attack another man whom he has never met? Tribalism? Hyper masculinity? Hyper stupidity? The outcome for the man who ...

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What do you do when your kid hates school?

My kid hates school. As a teenager, he already knows everything anyway, writes Suzanne Harrington

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Getting kids washed, getting kids dressed, getting kids fed, getting kids to sleep. And repeat

The title - ‘The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read’ - is catchy if nothing else, but Philippa Perry’s parenting book delivers on everything it ...

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Men are not the only abusers in the home

Power and control over a partner can be something far more subtle than muscle, writes Suzanne Harrington

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Society loses when it’s all about the money

When people are addicted to drugs or alcohol or food, so that their life revolves around acquiring and consuming, we regard this as a mental illness.

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Outside the box: A tale of two Calais and suffering beyond reason

In the dining room in a cheap hotel in Calais, a table of men are having breakfast. When they finish their coffee and croissants, these men – meaty, booted, ...

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Marie Kondo clean out sparks more confusion than joy

I am Marie Kondoing my life, says Suzanne Harrington. Not because I’m a neat freak with time on my hands, but because the house, despite being made of elastic, ...

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I’ve had enough of red lines and backstops

Suzanne Harrington talks us through BBB — Brexit Bollocks Bingo.

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Addictions must be treated, not glamorised

WATCHING Beautiful Boy at the cinema, two things become apparent. That no amount of Hollywood lighting can glamorise the grinding monotony of relapse, the way the ...

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Razor ad too close to bone for fragile men

Oh boy. How much more polarised can we become, without actually relocating to the dwindling icebergs at opposite ends of the planet?

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Dry January window of opportunity for help

It’s the people who desperately want to complete Dry January but fall into a vat of drink midway that we need to watch out for, writes Suzanne Harrington

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Dating apps are easy but love is hard to find

January is the month of divorce lawyers and dating apps. Especially of dating apps.

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If the asteroid doesn’t get us, killer robots will

Just one more night and everything will all go back to normal. Introverts, humbugs and knackered livers can exhale, for the seasonal hullabaloo is drawing to a close. ...

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Room available at my inn this Christmas

If you live your life resisting the pull of a steady job — because you value time more than money— you’ll be adept at fiscal ad libbing, writes ...

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‘The four boys at the station are lost deer’

Heading north on the M1 on the long traffic-clogged slog from Brighton to Leicester, on a dark December Friday evening, I’m stuck in a monster tail back behind ...

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Whatever you say, just don’t mention Brexit

Sorry. But as much as it’s flooded the Irish news, imagine what it is like to be here in England, stuck in the thick of it.

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My only WFH rule is to avoid full frontal nudity

You may have recently heard about the WSJ lecturing the WFH, and thought WTF. I certainly did.

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Thanks Friedrich, for the nihilistic self-help

Given how we are all snowflake ninnies now, offended at everything as the world convulses around us, maybe we could do with some help. Self help.

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We need a reminder of what consent means

Where are we, Salem?

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Intoxicated England needs to sober itself up

DEAR England, I’m worried about you. You’re like an old friend who has become outrageously drunk at a party and started throwing punches, your drinks ...

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Facebook relationship status single. U ok hun?

Modern life poses many perplexing questions. Like where is the start of the Sellotape, and why beige shoes are called nude while not all nude people are beige, writes ...

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We are dressed to kill this Halloween

WHAT are you dressing up as for Halloween? Our extended household is using it as an opportunity for catharsis, a high colonic for the head, for flushing out all ...

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It’s so hot here that I’m too cool to go to France

Mary Robinson said that climate change is a man-made problem that needs a feminist solution, writes Suzanne Harrington.

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