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Scotch eggs around the world – it has never been just a British thing

From India to Belgium and Brazil to Poland, meatballs, meatloaves, burgers and koftas have all had an egg added to rival our gastropub favourite

The Scotch egg – as comfortable these days in a trendy gastropub as it is in the chiller cabinet of a petrol station. They’ve come to rival the pork pie as the country’s patriotic snack of choice. But are they really as British as we assume? History, and the Scotch egg’s doppelgangers around the world, suggest otherwise.

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Are we ready to 3D print our own clothes?

3D printing in fashion might not be new. But one designer thinks soon everbody will just print their entire wardrobe, which could change holiday packing for ever

Imagine going on holiday with an empty suitcase, checking out the vibe of the hotel bar on arrival, then printing out the perfect dress to match it in your room. Such a delicious possibility could be on offer – one day – thanks to 3D printing. In fact, the work of one fashion student, Danit Peleg, suggests it could be edging nearer.

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If China wants more children, it needs to get out of the nation’s bedrooms | Isabel Hilton

Relaxation of the one-child policy hasn’t brought the hoped-for surge in birth rates. It’s just one more unintended consequence of a vast human experiment

When the Chinese writer Xinran set out to interview China’s first generation of only children, she did not know what she would find. The results were startling: she encountered young adults who had been cosseted into helplessness, struggling with the world outside the cocoon, angry and alienated from the older generations who had invested all their hopes and fears in them. Others complained of neglect by parents who were consumed by the struggle to make money in China’s boom years, and who felt little emotional connection to their parents. Most surprisingly, several of them did not want to have children themselves.

It was not a scientific survey, and Xinran does not claim to encompass all the unintended consequences of 35 years of the world’s most draconian and brutally enforced family planning policy. The social and economic impacts are well documented: the world’s most rapidly ageing population, a growing labour shortage, a heavy and unfunded pension burden, an unknown number of undocumented “illegal” children and a gender imbalance of at least 35 million missing women, are the result of selective abortion and infanticide by a population that relied on male children for support in old age and to fulfil the obligation of continuing the line.

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Slip into something off the shoulder | Alice Fisher

This summer, necklines have all but disappeared. Here’s how you can channel the Brigitte Bardot look…

Imagine having something as sexy as the Bardot top named after you. I mean, your wellingtons and your cardigans and Mao jackets are all very well, but Brigitte Bardot looked so glorious lounging at the Cannes festival in an off-the-shoulder top that the style will be forever synonymous with her name.

You can give it a whirl this summer if you want to. Pretty tops, dresses and playsuits with unusual necklines have been a big hit. On the catwalk Balmain and Balenciaga showed 80s-style bodycon versions of the Bardot top, while Topshop Unique showed sloppy, ruffly tops that were closer to the original. Labels such as Delpozo even showed beautiful formal gowns with those lovely dropped shoulder straps and exquisitely framed décolletage.

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An alcoholic fog has much to recommend it | Barbara Ellen

Being stone-cold sober might be good for your health, but oh for the days of downing a glass of good wine…

A new study involving 9,000 people published in BMJ Open states that people over 50 who are otherwise solvent, active, successful and healthy are more at risk from excessive drinking than their less-well-off peers. The author, Professor Jose Iparraguirre, Age UK’s chief economist, says that harmful regular drinking is a hidden, middle-class, middle-aged phenomenon and drinkers may not realise it’s putting their health at risk.

Meanwhile, another study shows that, despite the government’s hardline legislation, the use of ecstasy and LSD has risen sharply in the past two years among young people aged 16 to 24, up 84% and 175% respectively; and that overall young people are the most likely age group to take drugs.

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Eyewitness: Kinshasa fashion week

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Liz Kendall stands by sexism claims against Falconer

Labour leadership candidate accepts Times headline misquoted shadow lord chancellor but says he still singled out herself and Yvetter Cooper

The Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall has defended her criticism of Charles Falconer after claiming that comments he made about the leadership race had sexist undertones.

Kendall hit out at Lord Falconer on Friday, accusing him of making a “gross insult” by dismissing the contribution of women to the Labour party.

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A chance to invest in a hobbit hole

Lord of the Rings fans can stake their claim to a patch of Middle Earth through crowd-fundingTolkien enthusiasts alert! Suffolk glamping business West Stow Pods has planning permission to build the first habitable, authentic hobbit hole or halfling hou…
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18 certificate ruling keeps The Diary of a Teenage Girl away from teenage girls

Producers disappointed after BBFC finds sex scenes in film festival favourite aimed at young women make it suitable for adults only

Makers of a sexual coming-of-age film aimed primarily at an audience of young women have expressed disappointment after British film censors gave it an 18 certificate rather than a 15.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl tells the story of 15-year-old Minnie who starts a sexual relationship with her mother’s 35-year-old boyfriend.

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I’ve been single for so long that I don’t know how to start a new relationship

Three years after an abusive relationship ended, I’m considering dating again. I’ve met someone I really like, but things have stalled and I don’t know how to move them along

I’ve been single for three years after a breakup with an abusive partner. I’ve recovered, and I’m very happy and open to a relationship. I’ve developed feelings for someone I see weekly; he’s the first person I’ve felt such a spark for in ages. He always compliments me when he sees me and seems decent, but he works almost non-stop and has little free time.

Last week, we ended up kissing and fooling around, but I left before things got really heated. He said he might text me to meet up, but he didn’t, and when I saw him this week he was complimentary and flirtatious, but also distant. I’ve been single for so long; how do I turn something like this into a relationship?

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