Healthy cake

Cake used to be bad for you, it had sugar, and eggs, and wheat flour (the horror), candied fruits, and butter — loads, and loads, of butter — all manner of unhealthy ingredients. But it’s made an amazing alt-cake comeback, kicking and screaming into the second decade of the 21 Century as an all-new, completely…

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Everything is porn now

Once there was just porn, and it was mostly about men looking at women, sensual, erotic images of the female form, and then, all-of-a-sudden, porn exploded into new areas, until almost everything had morphed into porn of one kind or another. Food was an early area to be reimagined as neu-‘porn’. We used to just…

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Gadget nerds: the new trainspotters

There was a time, back in the 1970s, when so-called trainspotters — bald, bespectacled middle-aged men, obsessed with train locomotives, could be seen skulking around railway stations, armed with crumpled WH Smith notepads, Thermos flasks, ham sandwiches, and binoculars. They carried out their train and transport fascinations individually, or as part of larger gathering, logging…

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In praise of a good bath

A good bath is a simple pleasure. And, in a stressed-out world, it’s often the simple things that count — the things that help us to relax. This is where a good bath comes in, and learning to enjoy it as an experience. It’s one of those ‘little luxuries’ we overlook in the West: one that…

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