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Why we’re happy hobbits in Jacinda’s ‘mysterious socialist hermit kingdom’

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Physician, heal thyself. This phrase has been in my thoughts ever since global media outlets, most of them British, started mocking New Zealand’s Covid elimination strategy last week. I’m a proud British passport hold...

I have tried everything, but my houseplant just isn’t happy

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Maybe it’s because I’m still new to the houseplant craze, having only begun this summer, but I can’t get Shirley (my aloe vera plant) out of my head. She droops atop my medicine cabinet, her leaves yellow and creased....

There are no happy lockdowns but every lockdown is unhappy in its own way

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It’s coming up on a year since the skies over San Francisco turned red because of smoke from wildfires in surrounding areas, an uncanny reminder of Sydney’s Black Summer of late 2019 and early 2020. Now there is diffe...

Legalising same-sex marriages made even the unwed happy

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Most people getting married think it’ll make them happy. At least I hope they do – it’s not worth it for the ring or the £5-a-week embarrassment of the marriage allowance. Luckily, even if not everyone getting hitched...

Ben Curtis: the 500-1 winner of Open who was happy to stop playing golf

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As the 149th Open Championship rumbles towards its Sunday conclusion, Ben Curtis will be staging a charity brunch in a quiet corner of Ohio. Sixty guests will learn what it is like to win a Royal St George’s Open from...

Tkay Maidza: ‘I wasn’t happy with who I was surrounded by – things were starting to fall apart’

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Scanning Tkay Maidza’s Wikipedia page can give you whiplash. Before her 17th birthday, the rapper had moved from Zimbabwe to Australia, turned her back on a tennis career when she seemed destined to turn pro, started ...

So happy to see you: our brains respond emotionally to faces we find in inanimate objects, study reveals

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Whether in a cloud, the front of a car, or a $28,000 toasted sandwich supposedly resembling the Virgin Mary, seeing faces in inanimate objects is a common experience. According to new research by the University of Syd...

‘Happy hookers’: how prescribing creativity might help wellbeing

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During press conferences signalling rising Covid-19 case numbers last week, a list of projects began percolating in my mind. The Peppermint pocket skirt, a Wattlebird jumpsuit, definitely the Hudson tracksuit pants. N...

Ashleigh Barty prevails as Carla Suárez Navarro bows out ‘happy’

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With her words, Ashleigh Barty honoured her opponent, Carla Suárez Navarro, who was playing in her 11th and final Wimbledon after cancer treatment last year. With her outfit, she paid homage to the kit worn by Evonne ...

Dan Evans happy to put country and Olympics before ATP ranking points

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Dan Evans says that he committed to the Tokyo Olympics after deciding to prioritise the sensation of representing Great Britain over the pursuit of points and ideal scheduling during the US hardcourt swing. “I think I...

I’m happy Juneteenth is a federal holiday. But don’t let it be whitewashed

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On 17 June, Joe Biden signed a bill turning Juneteenth, 19 June, into a federal holiday. Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans after the formal end of the US civil war, began in T...

Happy holiday memories of Portrush: the world feels expansive here

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The kids are stripped to their undies and on a continuous loop ferrying water from the rock pools to the beach. They top out castles built with buckets and spades bought hastily at the seaside shop. Parents have been ...

A new, rebalanced UK could be the happy legacy of a shift to working from home

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Here’s the dream. From now on, more people will work from home more of the time, which means that, for the same total commuting time per week, they can live further from the big, pressurised, expensive metropolitan ce...

Phil Foden happy to be called the ‘Stockport Gazza’ after pre-Euros haircut

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Phil Foden has said he does not mind being called the “Stockport Gazza” after inviting comparisons to the former England midfielder by dying his hair blond. Foden is one of the most exciting youngsters in England’s s...

Twenty One Pilots: Scaled and Icy review – genre-hoppers find their happy place

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In 2019, Twenty One Pilots became the first act in US history to have every song on two separate albums certified gold, for 2013’s Vessel and 2015’s Blurryface. It’s an achievement suggestive of a groundbreaking cultu...

‘Happy hours … for now’: what the papers say about Britain emerging from lockdown

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Newspapers are almost unanimous in identifying the easing of coronavirus restrictions as the biggest story of the day – but they all deliver the news with a health warning. As the most parts of the UK take another ste...

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