Wild oversharing comic Phoebe Robinson: ‘I do dumb things. That’s who I am!’

Is the fringe ready for the brash standup who used to get paid in nachos and chicken wings? We meet one half of 2 Dope Queens as she fills her shoes with sweat What does Phoebe Robinson want to see when she arrives at the Edinburgh fringe? Just tons of dudes smuggling their bangers and mash in their kilts. Observational comic, astute social critic, signee of a deal with ABC studios, bestselling author (2 Dope Queens (the podcast duo turned HBO stars), Robinson has a philosophy: that comedy thirsty, uninhibited, occasionally gross, with riffs on Googling David Bowies penis size after learning he has died can be a force for good. At Edinburgh, Robinson will tour her show, called Sorry, …

How to pack for your holidays from plug adaptors to painkillers

Plan outfits carefully, stack things up Tetris-style and wear your bulkiest clothes on the plane Roll, dont fold, when packing clothes in a suitcase. Folding creases your clothes and takes up more room, whereas rolling compacts them and also makes them easier to fit into tight spots in your case. You can pile things up like a game of Tetris. When it comes to bulkier items such as jumpers, it is better to fold, but try to wear your larger items if you are flying. Not only does this save space, but planes are always colder than you expect, especially if you are sat by the window. When choosing outfits, lay your clothes out on the bed and see which …

My life in sex: It doesnt matter if there arent fireworks every time therell be another chance

The woman whos been married for 43 years We met when we were students, fell madly in love and married. Neither of us had ever had sex with anyone else, nor have we ever felt the need to since. We have both fancied other people, but have never felt the inclination to take it any further. We have now been together for 45 years and have had a wonderful sex life. Thats not to say there havent been challenges. I suffered a couple of bouts of clinical depression, which made things difficult, and these days sex is less frequent than when we were first in love, although we always enjoy cuddling and sleeping closely together. Weve learned to relax and …

Carpe noctem! The joy of cycling through the night

Friday Night Ride to the Coast has been spreading the joy of night riding for almost 15 years If you missed this years started by Simon Legg, who spent a decade escorting thousands to Brighton, Whitstable and other destinations with decent transport links. When he retired he entrusted his legacy to a group of seasoned ride leaders who take turns as mother hen. The distance ranges from 55 to 75 miles, and popular routes can attract more than 100 participants. There are tail-end Charlies and human waymarkers, sometimes recruited on the spot, to ensure nobody is lost or left behind. Rides begin at midnight with a chat about safety and etiquette, jokes optional. Mechanical problems along the way are met …

Duchess of Sussex to guest edit September UK Vogue issue

Meghan curated edition about Forces for Change focusing on inspiring women Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has been revealed as British Vogues guest editor of what is considered the magazines most important issue of the year, the September edition. The duchess was invited to oversee the edition by the titles editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, who said she turned down the opportunity to appear on the cover because she felt it would be boastful. Instead, the front of the magazine will feature 15 women who are trailblazing changemakers, united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers, according to Buckingham Palace. In keeping with the editions theme, which is forces for change, the duchess has assembled women including the actor Jane Fonda, the climate change …

You are what you Eid: Ramadan for vegans

Muslims are coming to the end of a month of fasting, which in Britain often means evening meals featuring heaps of meat. But there is a plant-based option The final days of Islams month of fasting are with us. And as Ramadan draws to a close, so does Veganadan, in which a growing number of Muslims adopt a plant-based diet for four weeks. I am keen to eat less meat in Ramadan, but it can be a challenge when you are invited to iftar, the meal with which Muslims break their day-long fast, and there is only meat on the table. After 18 hours without food (an extra 40 minutes if you are in Scotland), hosts like to lay on …

My wife has lost interest in sex after a hysterectomy

She rejects any show of intimacy on my part, and I feel as if my sexual desire for her is perverted Im 62, and my wife is 54. We have been married for nearly two years. Six months after we were married, she had a major prolapse of her bladder. At that point, her desire for sex greatly diminished. This went on for almost a year. Six months ago, she had a hysterectomy. Now she has no desire for sex at all, nor does she have any desire for intimacy. We even sleep in separate beds. I still very much want sex. I have really tried to be understanding, but it hurts and is very disappointing. I am afraid it …

The high life: a light-filled top-floor apartment in Porto

Homewares designer Christian Haas has set his imagination free on the top floor of his Porto townhouse Christian Haas lives in a tall, thin 19th-century townhouse on a side street in Porto, where each floor has a different mood and function. His home is on the top two floors, above a ground-floor restaurant and his work studio on the first floor. Here, there are computers, tables are spread with drawings and shelves lined with miniature models of his furniture designs. They include a bench made in tiny slivers of balsa wood and neat, origami-like chairs fashioned from paper. Even at an early stage, this is a useful way to immediately see whether a shape works, he explains. Upstairs, there are …

Hats off to Fez: go back in time in this atmospheric city

Dont fight it getting lost is one of the best things to do in Moroccos most beguiling and ancient medina It happens on the third day, after our bookbinding class, having spent the morning deep in concentration learning how to Coptic-stitch and emboss our own leather journal. Within minutes of leaving the attic studio, deep in the heart of Fezs sprawling medina, we become hopelessly and unavoidably lost. Was it the alleyway to the left of the stall piled high with spices and fresh figs? Or the other one that opens into a market square with stacks of dried fruit and couscous, cages of live chickens, rugs and candy-coloured lanterns, pottery and beaten copper plates? My teenage daughter strides ahead, …