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Laura Barton

Laura Barton

    Pill-popping insomniacs need an urgent wake-up call
    Pill-popping insomniacs need an urgent wake-up call
    And what are the alternatives?
    Sanitisers score hand over fist
    Sanitisers score hand over fist
    Bakersfield, California, is a large city about 160km north of Los Angeles. Founded on recovered swampland by Colonel Thomas Baker, it is today...
    A world awash with germs
    A world awash with germs
    Saturday October 15 marked the fourth annual Global Handwashing Day, and in schoolgrounds around the world -- in Peru and Bangladesh, in Ghana and...
    The truth about health drinks
    The truth about health drinks
    Earlier this month, the global drinks giant Coca-Cola dropped out of an annual list of the world's top 10 brands for the very first time; having...
    Idle tittle-tattle not so idle
    Idle tittle-tattle not so idle
    "Gossip," the grande dame of rumourmongers, Liz Smith, once noted, "is just news running ahead of itself in a red satin dress." It was Smith's...
    Actor's plans for wife's placenta
    Actor's plans for wife's placenta
    It is safe to say that actor Matthew McConaughey has not been restrained on the subject of his newborn son, Levi.
    The business of sleep
    The business of sleep
    The days following Heath Ledger's death have swirled with speculation, with tales of hard drugs and prescription pills, of anti-depressants and...
    A passage from India
    A passage from India
    One day in mid-September, Kiran Desai went looking for herself. The Man Booker Prize shortlist had just been announced, and her second novel,...
    Murderous monk
    Murderous monk
    It is not often that one finds oneself sitting in London's chic Claridge's hotel pretending to be Tom Hanks. Nevertheless, this, curiously, is...
    The big squeeze
    The big squeeze
    Perhaps I shouldn't have had lunch. Indeed, to be in with even a cat-in-hell's chance of mustering the waspish proportions of Kylie Minogue,...
    From lonely heart to online tart
    From lonely heart to online tart
    The lights are coming on in Soho, London. The bar is quiet, populated by a few early cocktail-drinkers and a handful of staff chopping up lime...