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Could yoga save prisoners from a life of crime? | Society

Locked up in a tiny cell in Wayland prison, in Norfolk, detoxing from heroin and methadone, Mike Smith found that bending and breathing his way through a yoga meditation could give him up to three hours without any withdrawal symptoms Read more…


My carnivore diet: what I learned from eating only beef, salt and water | Food

When I started my carnivore diet, I had no idea what it would involve. I thought it could be fun. I wasn’t to know I’d started on a journey that would involve rapid weight loss, complete exhaustion, and a professor Read more…


Counsellors on motorbikes put Boko Haram survivors on road to recovery | Festus Iyorah | Global development

Cletus Nicholas takes his life in his hands when he gets on his keke marwa motor tricycle each morning. For the past five weeks, he has been offering “counselling on wheels” support to survivors of Boko Haram attacks, going into Read more…


Airbnb and the so-called sharing economy is hollowing out our cities | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion

The banner hung from a third-floor balcony, unfurling itself almost all the way down to the cobbles of the square. Barcelona no està en venda, it read, in large hand-painted letters: the city is not for sale. It wasn’t the first Read more…


Brighton to offer free sanitary products to female fans in Premier League first | Football

Brighton have become the first Premier League club to commit to providing female fans with free sanitary products after a campaign was launched by three women who are supporters of Celtic. The Guardian understands that both Liverpool and Everton are Read more…


How Spanish flu helped create Sweden’s modern welfare state | Cities

On 15 September 1918, a 12-year-old boy named Karl Karlsson who lived just outside Östersund, Sweden, wrote a short diary entry: “Two who died of Spanish flu buried today. A few snowflakes in the air.” For all its brevity and Read more…


Thousands greet Pope Francis on arrival in Irish village of Knock | World news

Pope Francis arrived in the west of Ireland village of Knock in pouring rain on Sunday morning, on the second day of a visit to Ireland which has failed to quell mounting anger over abuse within the Roman Catholic church. Read more…


As small as 12ft by 12ft: are these the worst new flats in Britain? | Money

Shockingly small flats that apparently measure as little as 12ft by 12ft, residents packed in “like sardines”, a busy six-lane highway just yards away, broken glass and rubbish strewn all around outside … is Newbury House in east London the Read more…


Modern myths about cancer – from ‘chemicals’ in food to wifi | Science

Cancer is not up there with the most likely explanations for what caused the mass extinction 66m years ago of the T rex and the triceratops. That said, at least one species of dinosaur suffered from blood-vessel tumours – and Read more…


‘Stress is just huge’: New Zealand’s foreign buyers ban brings home scale of crisis | World news

At 55, Gem Pritchard has given up on the dream of ever buying a home for his family. The single father’s decades of work in the construction industry have essentially come to nothing. According to statistics New Zealand, home ownership Read more…