‘Dirt doesn’t matter’ is the feminist mantra we really need

A fun time was had by all at the Oxford Literary Festival at the weekend. I was sorry to miss the session featuring Rachael Wiseman, one of the authors of Metaphysical Animals, a book about four women who revolutionised Oxford... Read more

Government and big businesses are treating customers like an inconvenience

It is a common, and growing complaint across Middle England: why are taxpayers treated as supplicants, rather than as empowered consumers? In an interview with this newspaper, Rob Behrens, the parliamentary and health service ombudsman, offers HS2 as an example... Read more

How becoming a tarot reader helped me when my life fell apart

The Queen’s Gambit actor Anya Taylor-Joy said recently that she carries her tarot cards around everywhere. Of course, famous and powerful people looking to seemingly ‘alternative’ sources for help and guidance is nothing new. The Tsar and Tsarina Nicholas II... Read more

I’m inviting strangers to live with me so they can help with my DIY

Decorating and DIY have become my life. I wake up and drink my morning coffee while painting kitchen cupboards pink. I fall asleep reading plastering tips. Now I can’t even go for a walk past a field of sheep without... Read more

Dear Richard Madeley: ‘My friend wants to separate her sons after her divorce – and I’m appalled’

Dear Richard,  Recently and without warning, a friend from the school gates with two sons the same age as mine left her husband for a man 20 years older. (Not, I hasten to add, for financial gain – the opposite,... Read more

5 ways to stay motivated to work out

Londoner Afsaneh Parvizi-Wayne, 56, founder of natural period-care brand Freda, was a keen Parkrunner who relished “getting fit in a very social way” with her friends, but hasn’t attended since before the pandemic. “I lost that part of my life... Read more

Fixing my gut health made me feel and look ten years younger

Last week, Goop’s former chief content officer spoke out on social media denouncing “all cleansing”. For Elise Leohnen, it had become synonymous with dieting and restriction. “I felt like I was not in a healthy relationship with my body… I... Read more

Why your neck is an ageing giveaway – and what you can do to solve it

But it’s not all misery. There are non-invasive skin-tightening treatments you can have in a doctor’s chair, targeted products for the neck and décolletage to help with microcirculation, and daily exercises you can do at home. All will help to... Read more

The dress you can wear all year round – and any occasion

A good green dress is like having a best friend tucked away in your wardrobe: it has the potential to cheer you up, plus it can cope with any situation, at any time of the year and will provide you with... Read more

Meet Harris Reed, the new gender-fluid darling of London fashion: ‘I’m about breaking boundaries’

A week later, on the day we meet, Reed is sitting by the open fire at the Standard Hotel in London’s Kings Cross, a picture of serenity in a white blouse, honey-brown suede flares, and platforms by the London shoemaker... Read more

Ukrainian mother raped by Russian soldier as she sheltered in school

A Russian soldier repeatedly raped a young mother while holding a knife to her throat, amid growing evidence of sexual violence being used as a weapon of war in Ukraine. Olha – not her real name – had sought shelter... Read more

Ukraine afternoon briefing: Five developments as bodies of 410 civilians found near Kyiv

Good afternoon. Ukrainian prosecutors investigating possible war crimes by Russia have found the bodies of 410 civilians in tows near Kyiv following the retreat of Russian troops, Prosecutor General Iryna Venedyktova said.  Meanwhile, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of... Read more

‘New Srebrenica’: Mass graves found around Kyiv as Russia accused of genocide

Mr Kuleba told Times Radio: “We understand they were killing civilians while leaving, while withdrawing, while staying there in this town of Bucha and also in other towns and villages in key regions, but also while withdrawing from them out... Read more

Russia strikes Odesa with missiles, in first major attack on Ukraine’s strategic Black Sea port

Russia struck the city of Odesa with missiles on Sunday, in the first major attack on Ukraine’s strategic Black Sea port since the start of the invasion. Russian forces have continued to pound the south while retreating from northern Ukraine,... Read more

Russia must face justice for ‘war crimes’ against civilians, says Boris Johnson

But European diplomats were unconvinced that Berlin would drop its opposition to an outright embargo on the import of Russian gas and oil in the light of the attacks in Bucha. A source told The Telegraph: “We will shrug it... Read more

How Imran Khan has fallen out of favour in Pakistan

Four years after his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party was elected, he stands on the brink of being pitched back into opposition. Snowballing political defections have seen him haemorrhage parliamentary numbers. Political wheeling and dealing will continue to the end, but... Read more

‘Prayer only thing getting me through,’ James Foley’s mother speaks out at trial of IS ‘Beatle’ who tortured her son

The story of Mr Foley’s years in captivity is being told to the court by European hostages of the Beatles who were released in return for ransom.  Most of the 27 captives were eventually returned – except for the British... Read more

Pakistan plunged into political chaos as Imran Khan sidesteps no confidence vote

Yet when Sunday’s session began, the information minister, Fawad Chaudhry asked the deputy speaker to dismiss the motion, alleging it was the result of collusion with foreign powers seeking “regime change”. The deputy speaker – a close ally of the... Read more

‘It’s like 1937’: Informants denounce anti-Ukraine war Russians

OVD-Info, a Russian human rights organisation, said other examples of people denounced by informers included a woman in Siberia who tied yellow and blue ribbons to a tree in the garden of her house, a Moscovite who hung a Ukrainian... Read more

What the US takeover of a Swiss resort might mean for skiing in the Alps

However, Sawiris has long held the view that Andermatt needed a strategic ski operator to take it to the next level. Enter Vail Resorts, who are now in the driving seat. So what does this mean for European skiing?  For... Read more

The thrifty way to holiday this summer

So while prices have risen in lira, a cup of coffee in the popular destination of Marmaris, on the south coast, now costs just 59p on average, according to the Post Office’s holiday costs barometer, which compares the prices of... Read more

Government pressures video games firms to ban children from buying ‘loot boxes’

Companies represented at last week’s meeting included major games publishers such as Activision Blizzard, the developer of Call of Duty; and Electronic Arts, best-known for the Fifa franchise. Apple and Google, which take a percentage of microtransactions on smartphone games,... Read more

Government pressures video games firms to ban children from buying ‘loot boxes’

Companies represented at last week’s meeting included major games publishers such as Activision Blizzard, the developer of Call of Duty; and Electronic Arts, best-known for the Fifa franchise. Apple and Google, which take a percentage of microtransactions on smartphone games,... Read more

Michael Bublé: ‘I wasn’t ready for a comeback. I was still a wreck’

The album was initially set in motion when Bublé made a recording of Charlie Chaplin’s Smile for the late Captain Tom Moore when he was doing his charity walk for the NHS. “I was moved by that, and I recorded... Read more

Michael Bublé: ‘I wasn’t ready for a comeback. I was still a wreck’

The album was initially set in motion when Bublé made a recording of Charlie Chaplin’s Smile for the late Captain Tom Moore when he was doing his charity walk for the NHS. “I was moved by that, and I recorded... Read more