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Be more…Jane

Paper XVI The Wild One

Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. This month, Jane Scotter, founder of biodynamic farm Fern Verrow dreads feeding her pigs after a heavy snowfall and cooks a mean chicken stock with egg noodles

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How to go vegan in the bathroom

Paper XV Beauty Matters

Nowadays it is definitely not at all WILD to eat meat exclusively on a regular basis, but have you scrutinised your beauty regime? Clemmie Fraser has a four-step plan to help you clean up your act in the bathroom. Artwork by Michalis Christodoulou

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Be More…Bryan

Paper XV The Wild One

Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. This month, Bryan Adams, photographer, vegan and all-round total rock star, aims to plant a million trees, and gets down to KC and the Sunshine Band.

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Meet the women who want to clean up your makeup bag

Paper XIV Beauty Matters

Green makeup (as in “clean” not the colour) is set to corner a $20.8 billion share of the cosmetics market by 2025. And with products that are as effective as they are kind to your skin, it’s no wonder. Danielle Fox meets five clean beauty pioneers to discover the stories behind their brands...

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Be more… Marcia

Paper XIV The Wild One

Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. This month, Marcia Kilgore, founder of some of the world’s most exciting beauty brands, including the water-saving Soaper Duper, has recycled 50 tons of plastic bottles and has a crush on her husband (now that he has a new beard)

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The original girl bosses

Paper XIV Wise Words

Aren’t we all just a little bit in awe of female founders? A woman who has managed to break through all kinds of ceilings, shake off naysayers, find an understanding partner and achieve a happy work/life balance. So what inspires them and what can we learn from their experiences? Julie Hoegh fin...

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Mind over moisturiser

Paper XIII Beauty Matters

Is the old adage “beauty is only skin deep” about to be turned on its head? Nicola Moulton examines the intertwined relationship between our mental wellbeing and how we look – and discovers new schools of thought linking a positive frame of mind to healthy, beautiful skin

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Be more… Kate

Paper XIII The Wild One

Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. This month, Kate Spicer, journalist and author of Lost Dog, does wonderful things with carrot tops and thanks her dog for the gift of routine and unconditional love

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Moving on Up (and Out of Depression)

Paper XIII How to Live Wild

From feeling mildly out of sorts to being consistently laid low, there’s always something you can do to shift your mood and your energy. Kevin Braddock, author of Everything Begins with Asking for Help, shares a few of his favourite tricks to make every day a happier day

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When the past is a foreign country

Paper XIII Good Deeds

For people with dementia, the confusion of memory loss can be isolating, painful and deeply dehumanising. Which is why the work of the UK charity My Life Films is proving to be so life-affirming. David Annand looks at how the bespoke celluloid life stories it makes are bringing hope, comfort and s...

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The literary cure

Paper XII Wise Words

Need a tonic for a broken heart? Medicine for a numbed mind? Treatment for a soul looking to be renewed? It’s all in the written word. Bookworm Julie Hoegh curates a pharmacy of poems, essays and short stories to remedy your every ill

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Be more… Bobbi Brown

Paper XII The Wild One

Real dilemmas; real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. This month, mother-of-three Bobbi Brown, who left her eponymous cosmetics brand after 25 years at the helm and now heads up a wellness brand, a hotel and a website,, loves drinking tequila in her spare time and wishes ...

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Born to be wild

Paper XII How to Live Wild

Mass rewilding programmes across the globe are seeing vast tracts of land being returned to their natural state, with indigenous “big five” beasts – from jaguars in Patagonia to red deer in Sussex – spearheading Mother Nature’s rebirth. David Annand explores a brave new world of booming ...

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As nature intended

Paper XI How to Live Wild

Writer and gardening enthusiast Tom Loxleyon why we need to embrace biodiversity and start cultivating a healthier planet for all of us to live in – including the pests…

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The magic breakfast club

Paper XI Good Deeds

It’s a shocking fact that some half a million children in the UK turn up to school too hungry to learn. When author and campaigner Carmel McConnell came face to face with this in her own London neighbourhood, she knew she had to do something about it. Here, she tells David Annand how, by the end...

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Skincare 2.0

Paper XI Beauty Matters

Meet the high-tech (and one ancient low-tech) facial tools that promise to boost collagen, reduce puffiness, make wrinkles fade, and even prevent acne and soothe rosacea – all in the comfort of your own home. By Danielle Fox

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Be more… Don

Paper XI The Wild One

Real dilemmas; real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. This month, Don Letts, filmmaker, DJ and former member of Big Audio Dynamite, credits his education to the school of punk rock and wishes he’d said something a bit smarter to Lauren Hutton

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How to… do Valentine’s Day without cringing

Paper X How to Live Wild

Valentine’s Day is not at all wild; rather it is tired and annoying. But if nothing happens at all and it is ignored, then feelings of rage and despair over one’s life and state of relationship bubble up uncontrollably and cause a terrible re-evaluation of the status quo. Which is NEVER good. Ho...

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That loving feeling

Paper X Wise Words

Unfortunately, more often than not Valentine’s Day induces that sinking feeling, not the idealised love bubble presented to us at every turn. But don’t fear, the antidote is nearer than you think – Julie Hoegh goes on a literary quest for self-love

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Be more… Sam McKnight

Paper X The Wild One

Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. This month, fashion’s favourite hairstylist Sam McKnight is careful what he wishes for, but makes time for Good Times.

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Why we all need bath time

Paper X Beauty Matters

Ritualised in many countries – the Japanese onsen, Turkish hammam, Russian banya – the benefits of bathing go far beyond getting clean. Charlotte Sinclair explores the body, mind and soul-healing powers of immersing yourself in water

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Be more… Solange

Paper IX The Wild One

Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. This month jeweller Solange Azagury-Partridge tries her best while setting the dance floor on fire to Grace Jones

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Alternative 2019

Paper IX Wise Words

The birds chirp louder than I’ve ever heard The trees are greener than I’ve ever seen No smog Or petrol-diesel vehicles to block my periphery Instead I see countless walkers and cyclists to boot And some electric vehicles making their way around too But a revised public transport is more likely ...

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The Kitchen Prescription

Paper IX Beauty Matters

The research is compelling – from the common cold and depression to life-threatening diseases such as cancer and heart disease, what we eat can help us heal. Writer and nutritionist Danielle Fox talks to the experts about what food we should all keep in our 21st-century medicine cabinets

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Cut to the chase

Paper IX Good Deeds

How hairdresser Joshua Coombes’ desire to reach out and connect with people living on the streets launched a humanitarian movement with a pair of scissors and a hashtag. David Annand hears the story behind #DoSomethingForNothing

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Be more… Sinéad

Paper VIII The Wild One

Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. This month the Irish writer, academic and advocate Sinéad Burke champions climate justice and dances to the Spice Girls. By Kathleen Baird-Murray

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Banking on kindness

Paper VIII Beauty Matters

For many of the 13 million people in the UK living below the poverty line, grooming essentials such as toothpaste, tampons and deodorant have become unreachable luxuries – a fact that catapulted PR Jo Jones and writer Sali Hughes into launching Beauty Banks, a charitable foundation committed to pr...

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Shaping the landscape

Paper VIII How to Live Wild

When the eternal beauty of the natural world embraces the artistry of sculpture, something extraordinary happens. From Bronze Age man’s carved figures on the canvas of the countryside to modern day masters’ sculptural creations in parks around the country, Jo Craven explores the awe-inspiring al...

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Be More… Val

Paper VII The Wild One

Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. World-class make-up artist Val Garland, author of Validated, saves the planet one fleck of glitter at a time and talks to angels. By Kathleen Baird-Murray

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Lights, camera, action

Paper VII Good Deeds

#BeMoreMark Last year cinematographer Mark Milsome was tragically killed while filming in Ghana which threw his wife, daughter and much of the British film industry into mourning. The man who was behind the camera for countless classics, including Game of Thrones and The Theory of Everything, ins...

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These books will change the way you think about beauty

Paper VII Beauty Matters

Images of beauty bombard us. From the moment we wake up and put on our make-up (as Aretha Franklin so eloquently put it) until we go to bed at night, pictures of painted faces, glossy hair, bodies of all shapes, sizes, colours and ages pop up on Instagram, fill the pages of magazines, beam through o...

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Wilson Oryema for The Wildsmith Papers

Paper VII Wise Words

2030 12 years can represent many things Just one year short of a baker’s dozen A zodiac cycle 3 world cups Or 3 olympic games depending on your preference A billion births Plus Many, many deaths Most due to disease Some by vehicles Fewer from “Natural causes” We mourn all the same Meanwhil...

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Be More… Jan

Paper VI The Wild One

Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. A model now, a model back then, a model citizen always – American-born Anglophile Jan de Villeneuve believes wishes can come true and just might be related to Spike Lee.

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How to… keep bees in the city

Paper VI How to Live Wild

For those with a timid disposition, keeping bees in the city is the perfect way to give oneself a wild veneer. Think about it – there’s lots of saving bees from worldwide Colony Collapse Disorder, lots of increasing plant diversity in your neighborhood, lots of delicious honey that you endlessly...

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Why sleep deprivation is as bad as smoking

Paper VI Beauty Matters

Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, obesity – it seems not getting enough sleep has a lot to answer for. David Annand, who is pretty sure his nightly, six (interrupted) hours isn’t healthy, finds out how much we actually need and, more importantly, how to make sure we get it

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One step at a time

Paper VI How to Live Wild

From a daily constitution to an epic trek, a meander through city streets to a bracing, headland hike, stepping out on foot has a way of bringing you back to yourself. Charlotte Sinclair explores the healing power of the humble walk

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Be More… Nancy

Paper V The Wild One

Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. One half of the band Babeheaven (“we’re the best band ever, so cool and so nice”), Nancy Andersen drinks from the Love Island cup and admits to being a bit of a Drake fan from time to time.

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Back-to-school books for grown-ups

Paper V How to Live Wild

September always feels like a fresh start. Blank pages, sharp pencils, new shoes – they all point to renewed ambitions, boundless energy, the chance to do better. In the energising spirit of grasping summer’s close as a moment of opportunity, Ellie Pitherssuggests eight books to set you on a wi...

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Every breath you take

Paper V Beauty Matters

Fancy cutting six months off your life? Breathe our deeply polluted air and you will, according to statistics predicting British city dwellers live six months less than in other parts of the world. Natalie Evans-Hardingargues the time has come to take note of air pollution and its effects on our he...

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Into the Woods

Paper V Good Deeds

With as many as one in ten children and young people suffering from mental health problems*, it feels like the idyll of childhood has been lost. But, discovers Fiona Golfar, a charity supported by Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex is using nature to help troubled teens heal their fears and anx...

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How to survive a festival if you’re middle-aged

Paper IV How to Live Wild

Firstly, and most crucial to your survival is to Pick Your Festival Carefully. No matter what you have coped with in your life to date, spending three days in the rain listening to grime music with 10,000 hallucinating teenagers, with no toilet or cappuccino facilities, is going to send you over the...

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Be More… Bill

Paper IV The Wild One

Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. This issue, leather designer Bill Amberg is murder on the dance floor and a murderer on a life raft.

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How sunscreens are threatening the planet

Paper IV Beauty Matters

For Autumn Blum, a US cosmetic chemist and certified diver, it all began with a dive in Palau, an island in the Pacific Ocean, which happens to have one of the most beautiful and endangered coral reefs in the world. On her ascent, Blum thought she saw a rainbow, but as she got closer she realised i...

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Loved Up: A Poem

Paper IV Wise Words

Loved Up: A Poem We dance to mighty words, We speak to righteous riddims, We dub it hard. We get up united, We stand up undivided, Like lions in Zion We are fearless wise eyes. We are peacemaking rockers, Dancing on grass Loving under trees, As creation intended. How we love sky, How we love each ot...

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Paper III Good Deeds

Bob Roth is the world’s most in-demand Transcendental Meditation coach with some 25.7k followers on Instagram, many of them celebrity devotees. He sat at the feet of guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1970s and today he dispenses wisdom to stressed-out, 21st-century souls, including war veterans, B...

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Back to nature

Paper III Beauty Matters

As the annual beach-body-ready season kicks off in earnest, Christa D’Souzacelebrates her decision to have her breast implants removed and finds that for her anyway, natural is best

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Could a Shaman change your life?

Paper III How to Live Wild

It’s not just in California that people are starting to regard a visit to a shaman as essential as medical check-ins with a doctor. But beyond taking the pulse of your aura and giving you a supercharged dose of TLC, are there any deeper effects? David Annandgoes in search of the modern-day urban ...

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Be More… Paloma

Paper III The Wild One

Real dilemmas, real solutions – from our real-life superheroes. This issue, just back from her world tour, Paloma Faith uses Tinder in entirely the wrong way and no longer chases idiots.

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Be More… Eric

Paper II The Wild One

Real dilemmas; real solutions. From our real-life super-heroes. This issue: former Royal Ballet Soloist Eric Underwood has a crush on Oprah Winfrey and is thankful for not fitting in

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How To Go Off Grid in the City

Paper II How to Live Wild

Going off grid in the city is a really wild way of reducing your carbon footprint, your bills and probably your circle of friends, as all your time will be spent either trying to grow your food or praying for the sun to shine in order to dry your hair. It’s also a brilliant way to ease anxiety bec...

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The Bitterest Pill

Paper II Beauty Matters

Taking a daily dose of supplements to boost your health and wellbeing is good for you, right? Not, it turns out, necessarily. Sharon Walker investigates what we’re really swallowing

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Wild at Heart Foundation

Paper I Good Deeds

When society florist Nikki Tibbles embarked on her third dog rescue mission to Puerto Rico, she thought she knew what to expect. But as Fiona Golfar discovers, you’re never quite prepared for the heartbreak and inspiration.

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Be More… Skye Gyngell

Paper I The Wild One

Real dilemmas; real solutions. From our real-life super-heroes. This issue: Skye Gyngell, of Spring Restaurant, votes to take her brother-in-law Jeremy on a life raft and safeguards the fish in the ocean

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Paper I Wise Words

After Lavinia Greenlaw My love, the red bricks are still here and so is the sense of loneliness. It is strange to think my roots grew here but I ripped them from their beginnings and tried to plant them elsewhere. The corner shop has closed down. The land is cursed and so is its money. It’s gone f...

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Wild Swimming in the UK

Paper I How to Live Wild

Ice cold shivers, furry rocks underfoot, nipping minnows… for fans of wild swimming, nothing beats the thrill of leaping into a natural pool. Charlotte Sinclair says it’s time to dip a toe in the water

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Sustainable Beauty has Come of Age

Paper I Beauty Matters

As a child, Josephine Fairley loved to create her own natural, home-made skincare; as an adult, she would go on to have a stellar career as a beauty editor in a world of high-tech beauty. But what if these polar opposites could meet?

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