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Life * PsychoBiotic – Living in a Bacterial World

Never heard of ‘psycho-biotic?’ Nope, nor me. Read on to learn the latest in gut-brain axis research.
For Brain Awareness Week, Dr Phil Burnet (Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford) speaks about how the gut microbiome can affect mood and mental health. Part of the Bacterial World exhibition at the Oxford University Natural History Museum until 28 May 2019.

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Life * What The Frac?

No, we’re not talking extracting oil or gas by injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks here, no, but we are going beneath the surface – Fractional Laser Therapy.

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Life * Trust – Scent With Sentiment – Kelly Hoppen & Tess Daly Collaborate in Aid of The Prince’s Trust

With Christmas fast approaching and Black Friday about to bombard us, let’s focus on giving back for a second…
Jaidah was bullied at school. She became aggressive and was expelled without being allowed to take any exams. She was sexually assaulted at the age of 15, which led to her becoming HIV positive and got into abusive relationships which affected her mental health. She tried returning to college but lost four close relatives in quick succession. Jaidah’s behaviour then spiralled out of her control.

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Life * Places – Escape To Lower Mill

The ‘Sun House’ style home on Howells Mere is my personal favourite; open plan living with double height glazed windows to take full advantage of the views across the lake towards the twinkling lights of the other ‘Grand Design-esque’ homes. It is dreamy.

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Life * Legends of Clubland: Pikes Hotel

Pikes became the place to lose your head along with your inhibitions, with orgies a regular feature. Tony himself is rumoured to have slept with over 3000 women, married numerous times and had a highly publicised passionate affair with Grace Jones, going on to become her European Tour Manager. It doesn’t get any more rock n’ roll. If only those walls could talk…..

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Life * Legends Of Clubland: Manumission

Manumission catapulted Ibiza’s party scene into a whole other worldly dimension with a £200k per night budget that created an intoxicating mix of slick theatre, technology and top DJs like Fat Boy Slim and Zane Lowe. Clubbers were immersed in lavish decoration and entertained by weirdly wonderful circus acts, burlesque, a dominatrix in the music box, naked dancers on stage, erotic dancers on podiums…

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Life * Legends of Clubland: Ibiza Rocks

The concept of Ibiza Rocks was a simple one, to bring live music to Ibiza. Bored with the increasing commercialism surrounding the dance scene, Andy Mckay (of Manumission fame) believed a change was necessary to a waning dance scene and that contrast would only help rather than hurt it. Ibiza Rocks set out to try something new. But in 2005 getting licences for host venues was less simple and Ibiza Rocks for a while was a brand on the run, plus there was the question of how the highly established Ibiza dance culture would receive live rock bands?

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Life * Tincture

Perhaps we can make a dent in our ever increasing toxic world, one household at a time, by committing to reduce our chemical footprint in the same way we’ve embraced recycling and the 5p carrier bag?

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Life * Curious About Coconuts

From doctors to gym bunnies, we all seem to have gone a bit crackers about coconut lately in all its forms, from coconut oil to coconut lattes and even coconut loo roll in Tesco. Yet it is strange to think of a fat as healthy. I’m curious, another food fad or a larder superhero?

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Life * Drunk Elephant

I’ve always been lucky and had translucent skin (albeit it sensitive and pale!) that’s needed nothing more fancy than a basic moisturiser. Turn 40 and its all change. I’ve had a steady stream of dry patches, irritation and breakouts, making my skin more high maintenance than a teenagers.

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Life * Playlist – Ocean Drive

A little playlist for long drives on summer days. “Summer breeze messin’ with my hair, favourite songs on salty air. Belting out tunes like I’m still there, only truly free when I’m drivin’ nowhere”

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Life * Aurelia Botanical Deodorant

The majority of anti-perspirants are aluminium-based that work by using aluminium salts to block and alter sweat ducts. This interferes with our body’s natural response and it has been clinically proven that aluminium is absorbed through the skin. There has been a rumoured link to cancer for some time, but currently there is not sufficient evidence to establish a causal relationship between aluminium exposure and the augmented risk of developing breast cancer.

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Life * Santal 33

I discovered Santal 33 after catching it in the air at Soho Farmhouse a couple of summers ago. It’s so beautiful a scent I simply had to stop the gentlemen wearing it and ask for its name.

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Life * Veggie Pret

Veggie Pret started as an experiment last year, a London pop-up that was expected to last for about a month. It has since become permanent with two outlets in London already – an indication of a plant based food revolution?

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