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Walking, talking and showing off – a history of Roman gardens

Cover: Model of Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, Italy showing the poikilé, the large four-sided portico enclosing a garden with central pool. Carole Raddato/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA Walking, talking and showing off – a history of Roman gardens Model of Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, Italy showing the poikilé, the large four-sided portico enclosing a garden with central …

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How pottering about in the garden creates a time warp

What’s not to like about gardening? It’s a great way to get outdoors, away from everyday routines, and to exercise your creativity. It’s good for your health, whatever your age, and gardeners tend to be happier on average. But gardening is more than just a relaxing hobby. Psychology research suggests that tending to a garden …

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Face masks: what the Spanish flu can teach us about making them compulsory

Cover: Red Cross nurses in San Francisco, 1918. Wikimedia Face masks: what the Spanish flu can teach us about making them compulsory Red Cross nurses in San Francisco, 1918. Wikimedia Samuel Cohn, University of Glasgow Should people be forced to wear face masks in public? That’s the question facing governments as more countries unwind their …

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For the full life experience, put down all devices and walk

Pedestrian: a word fitted to the most drab, tedious and monotonous moments of life. We don’t want to live pedestrian lives. Yet maybe we should. Many of history’s great thinkers have been pedestrians. Henry David Thoreau and William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Walt Whitman, Friedrich Nietzsche and Virginia Woolf, Arthur Rimbaud, Mahatma Gandhi, William …

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The fashionable history of social distancing

Cover: Crinolines, by design, made physical contact nearly impossible. Hulton Archive/Stringer via Getty Images The fashionable history of social distancing Crinolines, by design, made physical contact nearly impossible. Hulton Archive/Stringer via Getty Images Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, Case Western Reserve University As the world grapples with the coronavirus outbreak, “social distancing” has become a buzzword of these …

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Interior design of the future will seem like magic

Interior design of the future will seem like magic Bokeh Art Photo/Shutterstock.com Sara Nabil, Newcastle University Imagine a house where the walls change colour depending on your mood, or your tablecloth changes shape when you’re having a dinner party. A house where every item, from your cushions to your lampshades, interact with you. This might …

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Read this before you go sales shopping: the environmental costs of fast fashion

Cover: Think of what your clothes are doing to the planet. Joe Giddens/PA Archive Read this before you go sales shopping: the environmental costs of fast fashion Patsy Perry, University of Manchester It’s tough to love our clothes and keep wearing them for longer when we are faced with a tempting array of newness on …

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Representations of women and brand positioning at Christian Dior

Cover: Miss Dior, 1947. Author provided Representations of women and brand positioning at Christian Dior Miss Dior, 1947. Author provided Franck Celhay, Montpellier Business School – UGEI and Lise Magnier, Delft University of Technology This year marks the 70th anniversary of Christian Dior’s first fragrance for women. It thus seems a suitable moment to examine the representations …

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Conspicuous consumption is over. It’s all about intangibles now

In 1899, the economist Thorstein Veblen observed that silver spoons and corsets were markers of elite social position. In Veblen’s now famous treatise The Theory of the Leisure Class, he coined the phrase ‘conspicuous consumption’ to denote the way that material objects were paraded as indicators of social position and status. More than 100 years …

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Ole’! Ole’! Spanish-Inspired Fitness Beer Palmia is Making a Splash

Palmia raises $50,000 in 48 hours on crowdfunding site WeFunder after it sold out of its Spanish-inspired fitness beer, to make more of its popular beer.     Ole’! Ole’! Spanish-Inspired Fitness Beer Palmia Sells Out Turning to Crowd-Funding to Make Next Batch   Palmia raises $50,000 in 48 hours on crowdfunding site WeFunder after …

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