I Think You Should Leave: the sketch show exposing our online egomania

Digging deep into the nonsensical and narcissistic – yet apparently acceptable –ways that we behave online, Tim Robinson’s Netflix series is ahead of the curve In the first season of I Think You Should Leave, Tim Robinson’s superlative Netflix show, there’s a sketch that made me laugh more than any joke I have ever seen […]

Tamara Lawrance: ‘It’s OK to know you don’t want kids’

Horror film Kindred finds a pregnant young woman battling sinister in-laws – not a position its star plans to find herself in. She explains why she’s drawn to strong, resilient characters Tamara Lawrance says she has “very little desire to be pregnant” and, given the subject matter of her latest film, who can blame her? […]

The sun came out – now all I want is to wear a T-shirt without feeling embarrassed | Romesh Ranganathan

For awkward fat gentlemen like me, warm weather is a mixed blessing For a while, it looked as if the biggest after-effect of the pandemic’s latest wave would be eternal rain – all day and all night, stopping us from wanting to go outside even though we’re allowed to. Amazon would have seen this coming, […]

You can tell a lot about a person from their food secrets | Grace Dent

Comfort Eating, our restaurant critic’s new weekly podcast, is a fascinating, funny glimpse behind closed doors. What are the snacks that see her celebrity guests though tough times? My new Guardian podcast, Comfort Eating, in which I talk to famous folk about their food secrets, is my dream opportunity for an honest chat. Interviewing celebrities […]

Is it OK to buy readymade pastry, or should I make it myself? | Kitchen aide

Shortcrust is easy as pie to make at home; puff pastry and filo, on the other hand … Got a culinary dilemma? Email feast@theguardian.com When should I make my own pastry, and when is shop-bought OK? Joe, Durham This sounds like a job for Feast’s Benjamina Ebuehi. “I like to encourage making your own pastry,” […]

Pretending that booing England is about ‘keeping politics out’ is cowardly | Barney Ronay

This shameful and hurtful act in response to taking the knee before the game only adds to the fraught buildup to Euro 2020 Romania’s players agreed to take the knee for the first time at the Riverside Stadium as a gesture of solidarity with their English hosts. As loud, angry boos rang out around the […]

Skin in the frame: black photographers welcome Google initiative

Attempt to tackle racial bias long overdue say practitioners, but it’s not just about the equipment Christina Ebenezer first started taking photos with a group of friends when she was a 17-year-old student. Even then, she noticed the difference in how her camera captured people of different skin tones. “I didn’t think much about this […]

At a time of crisis, I had no support network. So I made my own | Emily Kenway

Without any obvious ‘next of kin’, I turned to a group of female friends to help. It proved revelatory At the start of 2019, I found myself in an A&E in east London with a high fever and struggling to breathe. But the symptoms weren’t my only problem. The woman behind the hospital check-in desk […]

Never too late: ‘In my late 40s I realised writing a novel had become like Everest’

Amanda Hampson always dreamed of writing; but it wasn’t until age 50 after a complicated life and ‘all sorts of jobs’ that she was able to publish her first novel Name: Amanda Hampson Age: 66 Debut novelist at 50 I had always thought that I would be a writer. I grew up in a relatively […]

If lockdown easing goes awry, it has nothing to do with Johnson’s Modi operandi, OK? | Marina Hyde

You can tell the Indian variant of Covid is a concern: Matt Hancock is being wheeled out again When the prime minister stood up in February and unveiled his roadmap out of lockdown for England, he promised it would be “cautious but irreversible” – your clearest indication that it would at some point feature a […]

No boasting, no gloating, Boris somehow remains on topic

Perhaps stunned by the fact that things were finally going OK, PM didn’t even bother to make fun of Labour’s troubles It wasn’t the results in last week’s elections that niggled. Nor was it that he had made a bit of an idiot of himself by effectively being forced to promote Angela Rayner just hours […]

Forget me not: what if a virus stole our memories?

Christos Nikou’s new comedy Apples is about a city afflicted with mass amnesia. The director explains why technology is already leading us there Pandemic movies are likely to be at the bottom of most viewers’ must-see lists right now, but the bizarre new comedy Apples offers a fresh take, peeling away the horror to reveal […]

‘It’s OK to not be OK’ is a nice hashtag, but does it really help? | Rebecca Lawrence

Platitudes are no substitute for resources when it comes to supporting people with mental illness “It’s OK to not be OK.” A phrase I’ve seen a lot lately: on well-meaning leaflets and posters, in think pieces and, inevitably, as a hashtag (the fact that it’s the title of an acclaimed Korean drama has probably made […]

The internet has turned us all into amateur detectives | Amelia Tait

On social media, hunting for clues about other peoples’ lives is increasingly popular – and risky They’ve broken up. I know they’ve broken up because I haven’t seen him on her Instagram Stories for weeks now, and she normally doesn’t go two days without zooming in on his moustache or snapping him with his hashtag […]

Why parents are choosing to rent their kids’ clothes

The secondhand clothing market is growing fast – and not just for adults. Meet the parents changing the way we’ll dress our children in the future Erick Bouwer’s baby son Joshua was, to use a technical term, a whopper: 4.5kg, or almost 10lb in old money. “That was a big guy indeed, he’s 11 years […]

After insurrection week a hurricane swirls around Carabao Cup final | Barney Ronay

The League Cup remains real, competitive sport and 8,000 fans will watch breakaway wannabes Manchester City and Spurs OK, so where are we now? What version of the current deranged timeline is this? From serfs of the billionaire overclass on Monday, to Stone Island Bolsheviks capering down the Fulham Road on Tuesday, English football’s week […]

How we made Christiane F – the shocking cult film about a child heroin addict

‘Filming was banned at the station we shot at. So the cinematographer sat in a wheelchair, concealed the camera on his lap, and I pushed him around, following Natja cruising’ The director Uli Edel and his team came to my school. I was sitting there eating an apple. Uli’s assistant came up and said: “We’re […]

Carl Dillon was a physically vulnerable father of eight. Why was he exposed to Covid in hospital?

After shielding carefully for months, the retired engineer was taken to A&E with stomach pains and placed on a ward with suspected coronavirus patients. He died weeks later The text came through at 3.02am on 25 October last year. “They put me in Covid ward because my temp was high,” wrote Carl Dillon, then 84, […]

My brother used to bully me. Now, when I hear from him, I panic

It’s OK not to take his call, says Annalisa Barbieri. You are not responsible for his happiness I am 22 and my brother is 24. I am married with a child; he is single. We grew up in a rocky family situation and were removed from our parents’ care and placed in a children’s home […]

Birmingham respond to women’s team complaints and reveal St Andrew’s plan

Club say they are committed to women’s team Team will share stadium with men if they stay in WSL England’s Ellen White has strongly criticised the working conditions at Birmingham but the Midlands club have hit back by saying they are committed to the women’s team and plan to relocate their games to St Andrew’s […]

What causes bad breath? – and 11 other common dental questions answered

Is coffee really that bad for our teeth? Does it matter if we don’t floss? And is it possible to repair enamel? Dental expert and hygienist Elaine Tilling has the answers From the first signs of tooth decay to at-home whitening advice, we asked TePe’s dental hygiene expert Elaine Tilling to answer our most pressing […]

Lockdown made me do it: how we lost our will power

From vegetarians tucking into battered sausages to ethical shoppers splurging on fast fashion, many of us have abandoned our better lifestyle choices in lockdown. Amelia Tait discovers what sent her moral compass into a spin It started with a battered sausage – and OK, if I’m being honest, there were chicken nuggets, too. On 14 […]

ABC checking on presenter’s wellbeing after expletives shouted during Adelaide news bulletin

Radio presenter shouted multiple expletives and appeared to be ad-libbing bulletin before being taken off air An ABC radio presenter shouted an expletive twice during a late-night news broadcast in Adelaide before being abruptly taken off the air. The national broadcaster has said it is investigating the incident and making sure the staff member is […]

By changing young people’s attitudes, we can tackle violence against women | Cordelia Morrison

The school workshops I run have shown me that damaging attitudes towards sex, gender and equality start early Recently, I delivered a healthy relationships workshop at a primary school. We started by playing a drama game, where we asked the children to pretend to be different types of people. A superhero? Lots of air-punches. What […]

Entertainment was all for Frank Worthington – on the pitch and off it | Simon Burnton

England striker’s charisma and flamboyance won admirers and made enemies in a career of no major trophies and eight caps The Guardian did not have a reporter at Burnden Park in April 1979 to witness Frank Worthington’s most famous goal, a strike that demonstrated in the space of a few seconds all the flamboyance and […]

How can I stop obsessing about my fiance’s ex-girlfriend?

You need to look at how you were made to feel as a child, says Annalisa Barbieri. Was the love conditional? My fiance and I have been together for 18 months, but we haven’t seen each other for almost a year due to Covid restrictions. He had a four-year relationship before, with a girl he […]

Maybe I was wrong about Joe Biden – is he actually the progressive president I was waiting for? | Arwa Mahdawi

I was a Bernie fan, but Biden’s policies have impressed me. Still, I’m not hailing him as a ‘transformational’ leader just yet OK, fine, I was wrong. But, in this case, I’m very happy to be wrong: it seems that Joe Biden may be shaping up to be a progressive president after all. I supported […]