I think Adele is fab and wear pastel shorts suits. I may never be cool again. And I’m cool with that | Health & wellbeing

[ad_1] Last week I spent some time recording an audiobook version of these columns (cough, out in October, cough). One thing I noticed was the number of times I had extolled the virtues of 00s girl band Girls Aloud. Music is an area where self-appointed gatekeepers decide what is cool and what is not. Pop … Read more

A new start after 60: ‘I always dreamed of being a writer – and published my first novel at 70’ | Life and style

[ad_1] When Anne Youngson’s agent told her a publisher had made an offer for her first novel, she was worried. “I said: ‘Don’t they want to meet me?’ I was convinced that when they discovered how old I was, their whole attitude to whether they wanted me would change,” she says. Youngson was 69 then … Read more

How Kacey Musgraves divorced ‘the revenge dress’ | Fashion

[ad_1] Has the pandemic killed off the “revenge dress”? This week, Kacey Musgraves teased her new album and short film Star-Crossed. The releases come after her divorce and there are deep echoes of Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Billed as a “tragedy told in three acts”, the film uses fashion to tell her breakup story, but there is … Read more

My wife says she is too tired for sex. So why has she bought a vibrator? | Sex

[ad_1] I love my wife but our sexual relationship isn’t great right now. She complains about being too tired to make love, as we have two kids (ages one and two) and we’re living in a one-bedroom apartment while our house is being remodelled. I accidentally found out she has ordered a wand massager – … Read more

A stunning second act! Meet the people who changed course in midlife – and loved it | Life and style

[ad_1] Alison Webster was once showing prospective students around the university where she was studying medicine when a sixth former said: “You’re so old – why are you even doing this?” Webster laughs at the memory, home after the end of a shift as an A&E doctor. “I said, ‘When you go home, ask your … Read more

How can I approach my best friend’s wedding when I am so worried about her future happiness? | Relationships

[ad_1] My best friend is getting married in a few months and I am so sad. We have known each other since childhood, and while it is true that I probably hold too high standards for my loved ones, her fiance seems like a poor choice of life partner. He is combative, argumentative, immature and … Read more

Let’s move to Rotterdam: Eurovision’s new home | Property

[ad_1] What’s going for it? Yes, Rotterdam. Were you expecting somewhere hot? Perhaps more glam, more city break, less drizzly. Some kool neighbourhood in Lisbon or Helsinki. Hear me out. I’m being practical. You might dream of relocating somewhere more superficially romantic, but Rotterdam is affordable (for northern Europe), prosperous, progressive and fantastically well-connected. The … Read more

Let’s move to East Grinstead and Forest Row, West Sussex: mystically fruity | Property

[ad_1] What’s going for it? Do you believe in the genius loci, the spirit of the place? Well, there must be a fruity old spirit in East Grinstead and Forest Row. Is there something in the water, in the soil, in the wind? How else do you explain the congregation here of those who, shall … Read more

Let’s move to Eltham, south-east London: it gave birth to Kate Bush and Bob Hope | Property

[ad_1] What’s going for it? It’s true, you do have to suspend a jot of disbelief imagining a young Henry VIII jousting in the tilt yard while you queue for socks at the tills in M&S. But that’s Eltham for you. Like many suburbs, it hides its treasures, its oddities. On the surface, it’s your … Read more

Let’s move to Linlithgow, West Lothian: Silicon Glen capital with a regal past | Property

[ad_1] What’s going for it? Linlithgow wears its 21st-century role as a commuter town in the sweet spot between Edinburgh and Glasgow in the way a megastar of stage or screen might – someone who, in later life, has had cause to stack shelves in Lidl. Nothing wrong with stacking shelves or, indeed, Lidl. But … Read more