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If there’s one thing Sasha Khan loathes, it is shopping for swimwear. Which makes it a strange coincidence that, on the day we speak, Khan has just be(...)

Valentine’s Day comes with a pretty hefty price tag for most Irish couples

That time is upon us again: the day when everyone is supposed to be in love and told by the media and the markets of the world to express their love b(...)

Globally, the plant milk industry is estimated to be worth $16bn. Photograph: Getty Images

In the spring of 2018, New York was gripped by a sudden, very particular and, for some, calamitous food shortage. Gaps appeared on grocery shelves. Co(...)

Mocha mountain: paper coffee cups wait to be recycled at James Cropper’s specialist recycling plant in Kendal, UK. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

In numbers: Easter egg rising 23 Percentage rise in Easter-related chocolate product launches this year compared with last, according to market rese(...)

China’s new plan to slash import taxes on a wide range of consumer goods promises to boost the prospects of multinationals in the Chinese market, with(...)

Twenty years ago – if you were lucky – you had a landline and if you didn’t you had to rely on a pay phone. There used to be queues at telephone boxes. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” So said the wise-beyond-his-years Ferris Bueller in t(...)

Children help Cynthia Erickson decorate a lemon blueberry cake she made from a boxed cake mix at her home in Tanana,  central Alaska. People customise cakes with Sprite, rum, sea gull eggs and other available ingredients. Photograph: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

In a modest boardinghouse on an Alaskan island just 30 miles across the sea from Russia, a handwritten order form hangs on the refrigerator. There are(...)

From left: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, tennis player Novak Djokovic and fashion designer Victoria Beckham are all vocal supporters of a grain-free diet. Composite: Irish Times Premedia Department

It’s hard to imagine a high-street fashion chain selling something that jokily referenced irritable bowel syndrome or a nut allergy. Yet last year, Za(...)

Scientists are trying to find ways to get young people to drink more milk, including inventing a ‘fizzy milk’ in the lab at Arla in Denmark. Photograph: Getty Images

A man in skinny jeans and a bow tie is standing by a whiteboard with various buzzwords written on it: empathy, respect, create. He is leading a corpor(...)

The way gin is served – fishbowl-style glasses with garnishes  – adds to its fashionability. Photograph: Getty Images

No other drink has had such an image turnaround as gin. Such are the currently booming sales of the spirit in Ireland and abroad that the drinks indus(...)

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