Could Catalonia make a success of independence?

Amid speculation that the Catalan parliament might unilaterally declare independence, some of the region’s banks decided to move their legal headquarters to other parts of Spain. Meanwhile, the government in Madrid says any such declaration would have no effect. But supposing the region did eventually secede, would Catalonia be able to stand on its own two feet? Trappings of statehood […]

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No Sweat: Small Doses is Exercise May Ward Off Depression

By Jasmin Malik Chua,  Anyone who has experienced the euphoric “runner’s high” that follows a satisfying workout will likely attest to a connection between physical activity and mental health. Studies have long borne this theory out: Endorphins, the opiate-like chemicals that flood the brain after intense or sustained exercise, appear to act as a buffer against depressive thoughts and feelings. […]

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Healthy lunch ideas for work 

By Sarah Lienard – Senior writer – bbcgoodfood.com Try our delicious, healthy packed lunch ideas. Choose from pasta or rice salads, homemade protein pots, hearty soups or filling wraps and sandwiches. Pack your lunchbox full of nutritious ingredients and look forward to a midday meal that not only tastes great, but is good for you too. Read on for all […]

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The words that can make us calmer

By Fiona Macdonald 27 September 2017 In the introduction to his new book The Poetry Pharmacy, William Sieghart quotes the British playwright Alan Bennett. “The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, […]

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Canada’s tiny disputed island

By Robin Levinson-King 28 September 2017 It’s not the puffins of Machias Seal that have the US and Canada fighting- it is what lurks in the oceans just beyond the island. To the lighthouse On Christmas morning, Anthony Ross woke up on an island at the point where the Gulf of Maine meets the Bay of Fundy. Outside, the wind […]

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