Along for the Ride with David O’Doherty, review: middle-aged men, Lycra and chitchat

During the pandemic, my husband became a cyclist. It started small: bike rides to the park with the kids. Then, the purchase of a more expensive bike. Now we’ve reached the stage at which he thinks padded Lycra leggings are... Read more

Travel to Germany: latest Covid rules and holiday advice

As numbers continue to rise sharply in Germany, particularly among the unvaccinated, the country is looking for ways to urgently slow the pace and boost its vaccination programme – with rules changing quickly. Focus is also turning to the festive... Read more

Why Europe’s fourth wave could boost the holiday appeal of rule-free England

For families, the UK is more relaxed than many countries when it comes to entry requirements for children. Canada imposes quarantine on unvaccinated children aged 12 to 17; Israel imposes an outright ban on unvaccinated minors; France requires all children... Read more

Travel to Australia: when the border could reopen, and latest Covid rules

Australia’s borders are to open a little further from December 1 – permitting certain visa holders and holidaymakers. Since November 1, immediate family members – including parents – of Australian citizens and permanent residents are permitted to enter the country.... Read more

Can I travel to the Netherlands? Latest Covid rules and holiday advice

Holidays to the Netherlands are currently impacted by tightened Covid-19 restrictions in the country. From November 13, for at least three weeks, bars, restaurants and non-essential stores are shut after 8pm. People have been urged to work from home, and... Read more

Will Europe’s ski resorts remain open this winter – and should I cancel my holiday?

As Europe continues to experience a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, and Austria today goes into a 20-day “firebreak” lockdown, British skiers are being urged to keep calm.  Tour operators are remaining positive, thanks to the determination of ski nations... Read more

Black Friday travel deals: The best bargain holidays for 2021 and 2022

Southern charms Nearly 20 months after shuttering its borders to UK travellers, the US is firmly back on our holiday menu. So why not not celebrate with a near-fortnight in one of its richest cultural regions. Nashville, Memphis, Graceland and... Read more

Meet the conservation hero loved by royalty and rhinos

“We were walking for so long in the rocks and the heat,” sighs Simson, “but we only saw the animal for two seconds.” Although fleeting, the sighting made a lasting impression on the Duke of Cambridge, who this evening awarded... Read more

Emma and AJ Get to Work, review: fixing ailing businesses with nothing but a smile

Had you heard of AJ Odudu before she appeared on Strictly Come Dancing? I confess that I hadn’t, even though she’s got more than a decade of TV programmes under her belt. And she’s not someone you’d forget, with that... Read more

America’s saddest clown: the outrageous life of Rodney Dangerfield

One of the main reasons he invested $250,000 in his own Dangerfield’s comedy club in New York was because it meant he would not have to travel as regularly, allowing him to look after his children, a role he took... Read more

Eight of the finest country house stays for a great British minibreak

It has been almost 75 years since Francis Coulson bought a small Victorian manor on the shore of Ullswater and converted it into what is now widely considered to be Britain’s first country house hotel. Sharrow Bay set a new... Read more

Plotting a Sound of Music-style escape after being snared by Austria’s lockdown

This joyful holiday in the mountains, marvelling at cute chalets, and enjoying the smell of autumn firesmoke, is ruined on day one. I want to scream, but turn around, trudge down the mountain and back to Das Ronacher Hotel. Staff... Read more

The true story of the world’s most famous ski run and why it’s at risk of disappearing

Both routes involve a killing skis-on-shoulder climb in ski boots – up 580 metal steps to the cable-car base station or 40-minute trudge up a steep snowy mountainside. The vertical ascent is particularly gruelling after negotiating the challenging off-piste descent... Read more

Dartmoor’s lost railway returns after 50 years

Simmons Park is lovely though, with its ornamental tree collection, contemporaneous to a Victorian shopping arcade with an arched glass roof from 1906. The Museum of Dartmoor Life has an exhibit chronicling Okehampton’s years in railroad wilderness, while the impressive... Read more

19 tricks to becoming more organised

I know I’ve already doled out advice on how to be organised: before going to bed, lay out your clothes for the next day to alleviate early-morning anxiety; put a paper recycling bin in the hall so all of those... Read more

The best wedding dress trends to inspire brides in 2022

In the bridal world, trends tend to be few and far between, with traditional styles being the overarching theme. But with Covid restrictions and delays an increasingly distant memory, the bride-to-be can finally focus on the most important thing: the... Read more

What to wear with grey hair: ideas for an ageless, flattering wardrobe

Many women nowadays are deciding to embrace the grey. To ditch the blonde dye and let your natural hair colour shine through. The transition process might take longer than expected but few have any regrets. Has grey hair changed the... Read more

How to declutter your home and keep it permanently tidy

When life feels like it’s spinning out of control, one way to impose order is to organise your home. ‘Decluttering is my therapy,’ says Vicky Silverthorn, a professional organiser who has worked with celebrities including Lily Allen. ‘There’s an enormous... Read more

Four magnificent UK hotels for a Christmas shopping minibreak

Christmas shopping can so easily turn into a chore, but it doesn’t have to be that way. By combining gift-buying duties with a couple of days away, staying somewhere with plush suites, a good restaurant and (most important) a well-stocked... Read more

How to achieve Dawn French’s new ‘gronde’ hair colour

So how do you achieve it? Harriet Muldoon, senior colourist at the Larry King salon in London offers her advice. “Sometimes when we go back to our natural shade or when we go grey, we need a touch of warmth.... Read more

How Princess Caroline is stepping up to become Monaco’s ageless royal style star

As the eldest daughter of Grace Kelly, Princess Caroline of Monaco knows a thing or two about maintaining an elegantly cool demeanour at all times, a talent which has surely come in useful during the recent upheaval in her family. ... Read more

My husband doesn’t make enough effort on my birthday and it really upsets me

Every year around the beginning of November my husband and I fall out. It’s not down to the darker evenings or the nights drawing in, or even the never-ending lurgies our children pick up – it’s because my birthday passes... Read more

The lives changed by meeting the real Duke of Edinburgh

When Simpson’s name was called, she walked into the ballroom where an orchestra was playing on the balcony. She curtseyed for the Duke and shook his hand. “He asked me if I worked and I said, ‘No, I’m in college.’... Read more

Want a truly heavenly home? Why church conversions are all the rage

Why are so many churches for sale? Rachel Morley is the director of Friends of Friendless Churches, a charity which campaigns for and rescues redundant historic places of worship threatened by demolition, decay or inappropriate conversion. “Churches can and should... Read more

The party’s not over at 50: why midlifers are refusing to give up on fun

When did you last go out-out? Not just out to the pub, but home-at-2-am, clear-your-diary-for the-next-day out? Ask around your friends and you’ll find it’s not just Michael Gove who loves a late-night boogie. Whether it’s a Covid-compliant festival, gig,... Read more