After the jingle of Christmas and the pop of New Year’s Eve, January is, let’s face it, a bit of a damp squib. Headlines everywhere ring out the so-called benefits of different diets. There’s also Dry January, and more recently Veganuary – great ideas I suppose in theory (more so if its motivated for charity), but am I right in saying it all feels a little punishing? Puritanical even? Surely it just adds to the seasonal misery and trepidation we all feel at the beginning of the year? Let’s face it, however much you love your job, it’s still blinking hard to go back to work after a lovely festive break, and even harder still just to crawl out of bed of a morning. We already feel a little sad and sluggish, podgy and pale even. We could do without being bullied and chided into some version of healthy that an organisation feels would benefit us. Blimey, we want an incentive to get out of our warm beds on a miserable winter’s morning, not more … [Read more...] about Culture: Don’t punish yourself says Gastrono-me’s Gemma Simmonite, standing up to the new year diet bullies with a granola recipe that can be as good or as bad as you like
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Got a problem? Write to Deidre here. Every problem gets a personal reply, usually within 24 hours weekdays. You can also private message on the DearDeidreOfficial Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter @deardeidre or write to Deidre Sanders, The Sun, London SE1 9GF (please enclose SAE).I HAVE been having hot sex with a woman I met on holiday last year but that’s all she wants it to be.We stayed in touch on social media after our trip and last month she suggested we meet up for a drink after work.She is 29, I am 25. We chatted and got on really well. She invited me back to her place and she started to undress as soon as she closed the door.We ripped one another’s clothes off and went to her bedroom. She turned out the lights but the sex felt great.Now we meet up regularly but she always insists on turning off the lights. I say it’s as if she’s ashamed of us but she just shrugs her shoulders.I always stay the night. Next morning we have breakfast, chat … [Read more...] about I want more than sex with holiday lover but am I just her bit on the side?
I HAD wild sex with my ex when I was fed up with my boyfriend. It felt great to do something wicked but then I did it again and felt terrible.I dumped my ex five years ago. Sex was good with him but he was selfish and uncaring.My present boyfriend is wonderful.I couldn’t imagine being with anyone else.We’ve been together four years.He is 25, I am 24 and we are getting engaged on my birthday next year.A year ago he accepted a promotion which meant he had to go on a three-month training course 200 miles away.I was furious as I would really miss him.I went out in a rebellious mood, had lots to drink and I bumped into my ex.He is 29 and was very flirty.He moved in to kiss me and I responded.We left the bar to go for a walk and ended up at his flat.Before I knew it, we were having sex.It felt good to do something bad. It was so exciting.My boyfriend was still away and I kept thinking about sex with my ex.I went round to his and we did it again.I wasn’t drunk that time and … [Read more...] about I’m wracked with guilt over wild sex with ex while wonderful fella was away – am I a bad person?
KATY Perry has revealed that performing at awards shows is her “Achilles heel” – especially when Beyoncé is watching.The 32-year-old pop sensation is due to perform at the Brit Awards tonight, however Katy explained to Nick Grimshaw on his Radio 1 breakfast show that she probably won’t enjoy singing in front of a room of her peers.She confessed: “TV performances are my Achilles heel, because obviously I see my peers who I admire sitting in the audience, and I’m like ‘I’ll never be Beyoncé, I’m just less than Beyoncé!’“I’m me in my own way and I love being me, but shoot, Beyoncé is so much better than everyone else, so it’s hard performing sometimes.”Katy also admitted that’s it’s hard for her to be excited about the Brits as the first time she went in 2009 she was so sick that she ended up laying down in the toilets and having Natalie Imbruglia comfort her.“The … [Read more...] about Katy Perry reveals her ‘tragic’ first Brit Awards left her sick in the toilets and why she can’t stand performing in front of Beyoncé
SHE wasn’t happy when she found out what her character’s latest storyline had in store for her – but could it be that art is imitating life for Samia Ghadie?The Coronation Street actress stars as Maria Connor in the ITV soap and this week, her character has a one night stand with Aidan Connor behind the back of his girlfriend Eva Price, played by Catherine Tyldesley.And in an interview with Shayne Ward, who stars as Aidan, in Star magazine, he said Samia said she had no idea why she would be the one to cheat.He said: “I’ve known Cath and Samia for years so when we got this storyline we were all buzzing about it.“Cath said, ‘Why am I always cheated on?’ and Samia was like, ‘Why do I always steal a guy?’.”Some might see it as art imitating life for 34-year-old Samia.She got together with her Dancing on Ice partner Sylvain Longchambon in 2013 and they got engaged in May last years before their son Yves arrived in … [Read more...] about ART IMITATING LIFE? Coronation Street’s Samia Ghadie admits she has no idea why ‘she always steals a guy’ in shock new storyline
JAKE BUGG’S boyhood dreams had familiar themes. He wanted to be a professional footballer or a rock star.The only difference to the rest of us was having enough talent to make a success of either occupation.By the time he reached the tender age of 12, his path became crystal clear.“When I was a kid, I loved football and played for my county,” reports the avid Notts County fan.“But I stopped because it was getting too serious. I thought, ‘This is isn’t half as much fun as I hoped.’“At the same time, I picked up a guitar and that changed my attitude towards EVERYTHING,” Jake continues in his distinct Nottingham accent.“By 13, I could make my way around a fret board. I was into Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, even artists like Neil Young.“Seeing them play music on stage (presumably on YouTube) with people cheering looked amazing. I knew I wanted to be a musician and be on the road.”At 16, he had enough self-belief to … [Read more...] about Jake Bugg reveals why he kicked his football ‘career’ into touch, swapped balls for a guitar and followed Elvis to Nashville
Nico recently played in the U19 Bundesliga. Next season he will probably play for a team in the 2. Bundesliga. This is the reason why he does not want to disclose his surname. He wants to consult with his new club about his planned coming out. We have met Nico for an interview on a training ground on the fringes of the film set of a movie about homophobia in football. DW: With his coming out in January, Thomas Hitzlsperger wanted to progress the discussion about homosexuality in professional football. What have you made of the situation? Nico: After Thomas Hitzlsperger's coming out we hoped that there would be some changes, but I think it has become worse. The media had been giving positive reports but you have to differentiate between the media and the situation on the pitch. As a homosexual player, I feel Hitzlsperger's coming out has encouraged the right-wing. Homophobia in the stands has got worse. In the last few weeks, homophobic chants could be heard in Bundesliga stadiums … [Read more...] about ‘Homophobia in the stands has got worse’
When Tobias Schrörs leaves his home to go to the church around the corner, he often attracts attention. People stop and look - he's well aware of that. "It's very clear to me that I stand out," he says. "That escapes nobody's attention." But it doesn't bother him. Actually he seems to enjoy it. Tobias stands tall and takes big steps, but doesn't walk too fast. His eyes are focused straight ahead. He only walks along two streets, and yet it seems as if worlds are colliding. On the one side: Mainz-Neustadt, only a few hundred meters from the main railway station. It's a trendy area, home to many wine bars and cafes, and popular with students and young professionals. On the other side: Tobias in his robe, the habit - the traditional religious attire of the Dominican monks. The habit is white, but the color doesn't stand for innocence, as Tobias explains. A white robe was the simplest cloth that could be purchased in the Middle Ages, and it reaffirmed a monk's vow of poverty, … [Read more...] about Life alone with God: Why one young German is becoming a monk
Cornelia Funke cheerfully answers the phone at 9:30 a.m. California time. She had already been to the ocean, written a bit, made a few calls, and drunk her coffee. Every workday begins with a good cup of coffee, she says. Funke laughs sincerely and frequently, then speaks thoughtfully about her life, her work with words and pictures, and her relationship to fantasy and reality. Her children's fantasy novels, which she illustrated herself, have sold 20 million copies and been translated into 37 languages.DW: Ms. Funke, you have said that the world is full of stories. Which do you find particularly worthy of telling? Cornelia Funke: I am always interested in stories about people. Although I increasingly think that our species is a problematic one on this planet, I am still fascinated by it. I'm also fascinated by stories that stem from a particular place. That started with "The Thief Lord," which wouldn't have come into being if it weren't for Venice. In the stories I choose to tell, … [Read more...] about Why star children’s author Cornelia Funke distrusts words
Berlin's Zoological Garden received two pandas from the Chinese government. The couple - the female Meng-Meng and male Jiao Qing - landed in Berlin on June 24 and were formally handed over on July 5. Many Germans have appeared ecstatic about the event. Others, like German philosopher Richard David Precht, are skeptical about the fascination with "cute" animals. DW spoke with the best-selling author, whose works have been translated into dozens of languages. DW: Mr. Precht, are you looking forward to Meng-Meng und Jiao Qing? It's a very unusual visit. Richard David Precht: "Looking forward to it" is perhaps not quite the appropriate expression. But I do think it is a good thing for the zoo to have been granted the bid to host the pandas, since very few zoos outside of China are home to them. The Berlin Zoo has been busy building and installing air-conditioning systems, places with shade, a little river, some places to retreat to, and so on. The … [Read more...] about Why our obsession with animals is schizophrenic