More light, more sun, May brings gardeners the promise of an endless summer

Get sowing – summer squash, sweet peas, calendula, tagetes, peas, salad – and enjoy this special time of year

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Sexy selfies may be lucrative – but they won’t overthrow the patriarchy

A study of #hot tags on Instagram says it’s about women maximising their lot, but nudity is about control by men

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How to tell if your cat is happy and healthy (and how to tell if it’s not)

Cats are masters of deception, which means sometimes you have to be a pretty good detective to figure out what’s going on with your feline’s wellbeing. Take a cue by watching out for these signs

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Poor sleep makes people pile on the pounds, study finds

Disrupted sleep alters metabolism and boosts body’s ability to store fat, data shows

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We can’t look away: the guilt-inducing spectacle of outdoor fitness

What is it that stirs agitation when we witness displays of athletic pride? Is it simply that we feel guilty for not exercising?

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Raymond Blanc: three books that taught me how to cook

Chef Raymond Blanc arrived in Britain 45 years ago with no English and no idea how to cook. But he quickly learned both – thanks to these three chefs …

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If having a dog means you can never have another holiday, is it worth it?

Jilly Cooper hasn’t been away for 22 years because she can’t bear to leave her greyhound – but every day is like a holiday when there’s a dog in your life

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