Wake-up time for me is 5am. I start the day by going through emails with a peppermint tea, which sounds a bit sad, but things tend to get crazy and chaotic later on so it’s the best time for me to get it done. Four days a week, I head off for a hot yoga class at 6.30am. I only took it up about a year ago but now I’m a total convert – I used to be a bit rubbish at work-life balance and it has completely changed my mindset. I’m back at my desk by about 8am after a quick breakfast.
We are all more than one woman, right? But it’s not as simple as being many things at once. We can display actively opposing qualities. And it’s OK to be all these strange and contradictory things. Sometimes you just need to be kind to the hero and zero in your personality. Because neither is going anywhere.
It would be fair to say that Maleka Dattu is the definition of courageous. As a girl, she wanted to be a hairdresser but her parents were determined that she become a doctor. Pursuing her passion, Maleka did study hairdressing at college, before going on to work in the corporate beauty world, with high profile roles at Clinique, Origins, Estee Lauder and Lancome.
With job titles like former first lady, lawyer and now author listed on her ever-expanding CV, Michelle Obama is someone that we can learn a thing or two from. The Princeton-educated powerhouse, who has consistently championed the education of girls and advocated for America’s poverty-stricken families, became a role model for many throughout her eight years in the White House. Doing it all “with grace and with grit and with style”, according to her husband Barack, the 44th President of the United States.
If I’m away filming Countryfile, we might start at 6am, so I get up an hour earlier to do my make-up and blow-dry my hair. I’m always up super-early anyway, as I like to start the day with a cup of Yorkshire tea in a china mug, or, if I have time, I’ll make a pot of Assam – there’s something beautiful about the ritual.
‘Two things you need to know. Carole’s very, very nervous, and she doesn’t do sofas,’ the Telegraph’s team on the shoot warned me the night before I went down to Bucklebury in west Berkshire to interview her. ‘When we asked her to perch on one,’ they continued, ‘Carole’s response was, “Who sits around on a sofa?”’
Breathing apps - You laughed, right? Because you don’t need to be told how to breathe. (‘Don’t forget to breathe’ in all those agonising dynamic Pilates classes.) You are practically a yogi. I mean you have the Lululemon leggings… Except someone sends you a link to calm.com/breathe and you follow the little blue bubble, and breathe in and out, and it’s the first time you’ve felt even vaguely sane all week.
Last week, Dolly Alderton won a National Book Award for her bestselling memoir Everything I know About Love, beating off stiff competition from the likes of Benjamin Zephaniah, Sue Perkins and Lily Allen.
Baroness Trumpington, a Bletchley Park code-breaker famed for flicking two fingers up at a fellow Tory peer, has died at the age of 96.
The news that a cat killer may be on the loose in Brighton has highlighted the bittersweet nature of pet ownership. They can bring you so much joy – but when things go wrong, you suffer genuine pain.
The Government has announced a £50 million investment in ending the practice of female genital mutilation worldwide. It hopes to stamp out the practice by 2030 through education and grass roots initiatives across Africa. In our piece published in September, Lucy Njomo shares her experience of being 'cut'.
We spend our emotional lives constantly on a tour, of sorts. There are no arenas or groupies. There’s no itinerary. There’s no guide. We are never dressed right and we always feel jet-lagged, but round and round we go. Sometimes we land in uncharted territories and don’t know where the hell we are. But we have certain well-trodden emotional territories, which include…
Gird your loins, sharpen your sword, and clear some space on your shelf for a new multi-room wireless speaker: Black Friday is upon us once more.
If you were to meet Debbie Binner at a party – as I did, at Christmas last year – you would imagine she was the luckiest woman in the world. She is stunning and vivacious, in love with her partner, and a proud mother and grandmother. Fate must have smiled on this woman, you think. But you could hardly be more mistaken.
If Stella O’Malley was a child today, she is sure she would have had gender reassignment treatment. The 43-year-old psychotherapist and presenter of a new Channel 4 documentary, Trans Kids: It’s Time To Talk, identified as a boy in the 1980s, long before gender dysphoria was a common part of medical and social parlance. Uncomfortable in her skin until she reached puberty, O’Malley says she “finally connected” with her biological identity when she had her first period.
She seemed to cut a rather lonely figure at her younger sister’s wedding last month, when she dutifully accompanied her mother (said to have been “a bag of nerves” on the big day), into St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Poor old Princess Beatrice. Watching your little sister walk down the aisle in the same year that your ex boyfriend of a decade also tied the knot? That must have smarted a bit.
When two policemen knocked on Roy Twiggs’s door and asked whether he had been transferring money to a woman named Donna, he couldn’t understand what on earth they meant by it. He was in a relationship with Donna - why should it be any of their business if he had sent her the odd bit of cash?
If there is one thing that viewers will be looking forward to as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits the big screens today, it is how it addressing the countless controversies that have loomed over the movie since word of its release.
Parties do strange things to the human psyche. Just as the television programme The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds is set in a playground, if The Secret Life of Midults were a show, it should be set at a party. Or perhaps in front of the mirror before the party because of the weird things we do there – pulling skin taut, examining back fat, shooting ourselves a ‘winning smile’.
Amid the Mayhem, it could easily have gone unnoticed. But a few eagle-eyed commentators spotted that, during her press conference, in the wake of minister resignations and a letter of no confidence from Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Prime Minister was wearing a bracelet bearing the image of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
She is unquestionably one of the most powerful women in the world — strong, authoritative; wonderful mother, supportive wife, world-class lawyer and dedicated campaigner. Even before she was First Lady, Michelle Obama was probably all of those things. The idea that her glamorous international life could bear any resemblance to mine seemed doubtful — or that’s what I thought, before I read last week that she too was a woman who has experienced the agony of a miscarriage. It’s amazing, really, that it is still so surprising to hear someone in the public eye talking about losing a child like this. It’s something so many women experience, and yet even in 2018, a woman who suffers a miscarriage often won’t know that two of her dearest friends have been through that same trauma.
Are men now under threat in the workplace? If you were to listen this week to a group of advertising executives at J Walter Thompson, you might believe so. The men claim they were made redundant for being “white, male, straight, and British”, and are said to have approached lawyers about the possibility of bringing a discrimination case against the company.
No-one likes to think of their parents having sex. Every generation prefers to imagine they invented it themselves, although according to the poet Philip Larkin the precise year of its inception was 1963. So if your mother came of age before then, it might give you cause for concern. Why? Because researchers have found that children follow their mother’s example when it comes to the number of romantic relationships they have.