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Country diary: The outlook is good for this year’s cherry plum jam

Cherry plums’ flower buds seem impatient here. Their scales began to loosen in early January. By the end of the month they’d swollen, like small clusters of miniature pearls, set in green clasps. Then, one morning in mid-February, restraining sepals lost their grip, unable to contain the force within any longer. As the rising sun melted overnight frost, leaving glistening water droplets suspended from every twig, the first flowers unfurled their...


What would happen without a Leap year? More than you might think

What would happen without a Leap year? More than you might think - 2024 is a Leap year, so we have February 29, but why?


All apologies: The 20 best make-up songs

No matter the make-up vibe you're looking for, there's a song on this list that will fit the bill.


Best potjie recipes: how to make it with chicken, seafood, lamb or beef?

Looking for great Potjie recipes to try with family and friends this festive season? Take a look at this article for a range of recipes you can try out anytime.


Is smoking ‘cool’ again? Why cigarettes have been dominating on our screens and catwalks

Is smoking ‘cool’ again? Why cigarettes have been dominating on our screens and catwalks - LET’S UNPACK THAT: As London Fashion Week designers fill their shows with cigarettes, Olivia Petter asks whether smoking is really becoming ‘trendy’ in 2024, or if it’s more of a nostalgic nod to a bygone era of hedonism


Will Woolworths Dash overtake Checkers Sixty60?

South Africans embrace the convenience of online grocery and delivery, fuelling growth for Woolworths Dash.


12 amazing glaze for gammon recipes to impress your guests

Glaze for gammon always turns an ordinary pork meal into a memorable feast for your guests. Try these 12 recipes to elevate your culinary skills!


How the Moon influences our weather

As our closest neighbor, we Earth inhabitants have a certain fascination with the Moon and how it impacts our planet. Ask anyone who is into astrology and they'll tell you: it's all about the Moon. Although much of what people believe about the way in which the Moon affects us can be dismissed as myth, in fact there are subtle ways that the Moon and its forces do affect our planet. Check out this gallery to find out how the Moon influences our weather.


Mont Saint-Michel: 15 unusual facts about the famous French island


Security threat to Prince Harry not as high as he thinks, says Princess Diana’s bodyguard

Security threat to Prince Harry not as high as he thinks, says Princess Diana’s bodyguard -


100 movies you should see at least once in your life


Rescue dog Indie goes to Crufts

A dog that was found injured and later rehomed is set to compete at Crufts in a flyball competition.


How to choose a lover according to the zodiac signs


Delicious low-carb swaps that are healthy and tasty

While we all love potatoes, pasta and pastry, try these stodge-free alternatives and you’ll be surprised how easy and delicious low-carb meals can be.


Vase found at home could fetch thousands at auction

It is thought that the "beautiful" Chinese vase dates back as far as 1640.


Revealed: Britain eats more ultra-processed foods than anywhere else in Europe, with junk like cakes, sweets and biscuits making up almost 60 PER CENT of an adult's average diet

Data shows the UK consumes more ultra processed foods (UPFs) - a category that includes cakes, sweets and biscuits - than anywhere else in Europe.


Here's how to make a home senior friendly

It's an unfortunate fact that most houses are not built to accommodate older people's particular needs. Fortunately, there are lots of ways elderly homeowners or their younger relatives can adapt properties to make them more senior friendly. So, what are the changes to consider when upgrading a home to make it suitable in later life? Click through this gallery for handy tips on how to age-proof a house so that older people can continue to live safe, happy, and independent lives.


6 ways to eat food cleverly without making a mess

There are some foods that are just impossible to eat without creating a mess.


What’s the point of a Leap Year? Why 2024 brings 29 days of February

What’s the point of a Leap Year? Why 2024 brings 29 days of February - Leap Years are typically every four years with a few exceptions


Climate change could make chocolate go extinct


Pisces: Your daily horoscope - February 29

Pisces: here are your free predictions for the day February 29


How leap years are viewed across the globe

From curses to proposals: In many countries, February 29 is riddled with bad luck. But in some places, it is seen as an opportunity for women in love.


Simple cheese platter ideas: Create a board to surprise your guests

Cheese platter ideas ensure you create a delightful snack or appetizer for your next social gathering. Make a platter that caters to different tastes.


FEATURE: Oudtshoorn sees gold in ostrich plumes

At a South African farm, hundreds of ostriches stretch their slender necks and shake their black feathers under the setting sun.


Stamping out police sexism: Sign up to our expert International Women’s Day panel event

Stamping out police sexism: Sign up to our expert International Women’s Day panel event - VIRTUAL EVENTS SERIES: Our expert panel, hosted by The Independent’s crime correspondent Amy-Clare Martin, will include Dr Jessica Taylor, director of VictimFocus, Harriet Johnson, a barrister instructed by The Centre for Women’s Justice, and Ellen Miller, interim chief executive of leading domestic abuse charity Refuge


Make classic Scandinavian cinnamon buns with Nigella Lawson's all-in-one recipe

Cinnamon buns are a staple in Scandinavian cuisine that can be easily made from scratch in the comfort of your own home.


Perfect tender sirloin tip roast recipe: How to cook it

Beef is one of the relished meats in the world and sirloin in particular is preferred by many chefs for its versatility. Here is a sirloin tip roast recipe.


Easy to make appetisers that can be whipped up in minutes

From easy canapés to simple but tasty nibbles and brilliant bites that can be whipped up in minutes, we’ve rounded up the best prep-ahead appetisers and party snacks around.


How to make dumplings with flour from scratch: tips from an expert

Wondering HOW TO MAKE DUMPLINGS with flour from scratch? Here are elaborate steps that you can follow after acquiring the affordable ingredients outlined.


School for deaf children celebrates relocation

The school has state of the art acoustics tailored to the pupils' needs.


The most beautiful designs of architect Gustave Eiffel


Self-preservation and self love is the key to leading a happy life

To safeguarding your mental and emotional well-being beyond indulging in pamper sessions and dedicating Sundays to self-care


How to be kind to yourself (without going to a day spa)

A one-off trip to a day spa is unlikely to transform your mental health. But these expert tips might help you cut yourself some slack.


5 best savoury mince recipes in South Africa and best traditional side dishes

These 5 best ever SAVOURY MINCE RECIPES South Africa will easily add up as a snack, breakfast, or a dinner dish depending on what ingredients you combine.


'Starbucks' new frothy drink tastes just like ice cream - and lid feature is a game-changer'

You might want to shake-up your Starbucks order this spring, as the coffee chain is about to drop the prettiest drink of them all - the iced strawberry matcha tea latte


Impressive structures crafted from granite

Stone is one of the world's oldest building materials, and granite has been used in the construction of monuments and other structures for millennia, in fact as far back as the prehistoric era. The ancient Romans and Egyptians used granite widely, and ever since the properties of this tough and durable igneous rock have made granite a favorite material in the creation of some of the world's most recognized and celebrated buildings. So, what are these impressive structures, and where can they be admired? Click through and build up a picture of some of the world's greatest granite designs.


Best women’s charities UK: Celebrate International Women’s Day 2024 by donating to a worthy cause

Best women’s charities UK: Celebrate International Women’s Day 2024 by donating to a worthy cause - Girl Power for all


Top tips adults wish they could tell their younger selves

As we grow older, we reflect on the past and the paths we took on our journeys. Despite the many successes we've had, we've also been prone to many mistakes, some of which were simply because we didn't know any better. Looking back at our younger years, we sometimes ponder what we could have done differently... With this in mind, this list will show you the top tips adults wish they could tell their younger selves. Click on to discover them all!


Spring trainers: 5 trends to be seen in this season

Spring trainers: 5 trends to be seen in this season - From peach fuzz to vintage vibes, here’s how to step up your style, says Sam Wylie-Harris.


Butterflywatch: brimstones in midwinter raise adaptability issues

The first butterfly of the year is usually a heart-lifting sign of spring. Now it’s arriving in midwinter. Spotting a lemon-yellow male brimstone jauntily cruising along a hedge filled with the bridal-white flowers of blackthorn is when spring starts for me, and that’s usually in mid-March. This year, I saw one in Surrey on 15 February alongside the blossoming blackthorn and cherry plum. My first butterfly of the year turned up on New Year’s...


Everything you need to know when preparing to adopt a child

Adoption can make families out of children and adults who otherwise wouldn't have the pleasure. It is not only a noble undertaking, but also a beautiful and emotional chance to build connections between those in need of children and those in need of parents. All of that beauty and fulfillment takes a long time to achieve though; the adoption process can be long, confusing, and even overwhelming at times. There is a lot to learn and a lot to do before you'll be ready to welcome your new child into your home. But it's so worth it! Read on for tips to help prepare you for your life as an adoptive parent.


In India cows are safer than women and Muslims


Inspiring self-care anthems to get the self-love flowing

If you're ever feeling a little down, or lack motivation to take care of yourself, these songs will give you a push to get back on track! They each champion the concepts of accepting yourself, loving yourself, and valuing yourself and your right to space. Who do you spend the most time with? Yourself. Who do you have 100% responsibility for? Yourself! These anthems act as a reminder to lift yourself up and take care of you, because you're worth it and you deserve it. We're not always as kind to ourselves as we should be, but these songs won't let you get away with it! Click through for a list of the most inspiring self-care anthems.


Groom’s family hires men to splatter bride’s dress with red paint as she walks down the aisle

Groom’s family hires men to splatter bride’s dress with red paint as she walks down the aisle - A bride’s in-laws make elaborate attempts to sabotage her wedding with no success


Rosebank Mall to host retro street festival this weekend! See here

Rosebank Mall will host a 90s style retro street festival on Saturday 2 March. Read here for more details.


From Wendy’s to Krispy Kreme, here are the best Leap Day deals and freebies

From Wendy’s to Krispy Kreme, here are the best Leap Day deals and freebies - This Leap Day, there are lots of deals and freebies to choose from


Hook, line and dinner: Sustainable tuna recipes for a guilt-free supper

Hook, line and dinner: Sustainable tuna recipes for a guilt-free supper - RECIPES: Ever feel like a fish out of water when it comes to navigating sustainable fish? These MSC-certified recipes will have you hooked from the first bite, says Hannah Twiggs


25+ cheap dinner ideas South Africa in 2024: Budget-friendly meals

This article highlights CHEAP DINNER IDEAS IN SOUTH AFRICA which save time and money and vary from lunch to dinner. Read on to find out about the cheap meals.


Turn these 24 surprising food 'scraps' into delicious dishes

There's a whole host of ingredients out there that many may dismiss as waste, weeds or just plain wacky. But with a little know-how, they can be turned into delicious dishes.


The new rules for parents who take their children out of school for holidays

The new rules for parents who take their children out of school for holidays - Fines will be increased under the new rules for parents in England