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'My polygamous marriage has made me a better person'

Suzie Morrison is in a polygamous marriage. She lives with her husband, Abel, and his two other wives – and says their domestic arrangement has made her a better person. The 36-year-old lives in an isolated community of fundamentalist Mormons in Utah’s Rockland Ranch, where half of the men have more than one wife. They believe that it is their calling to replicate God on earth, creating big families in the image of God’s creation of humanity. Their belief that polygamy is one way to reach the
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Mutiny's Chris: I am the absolute opposite to how I was on the show

Adventurer Chris Jacks thrives on his own company. Joining eight other men for a 4,000-mile voyage in a tiny open wooden boat was always likely to prove a challenge, then – beyond the obvious. The former prisoner turned professional sailor from Liverpool has been the standout character so far in Channel 4’s series Mutiny – the televised attempt to recreate Captain William Bligh’s 1789 journey to safety, following the mutiny on the Bounty. Separated from dry land with only each other to rely on
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‘My morning sickness was so bad I had to have two abortions’

Zoe* had two terminations after suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a condition that causes extreme vomiting during pregnancy. She was able to give birth to her daughter in 2009. “When I was pregnant I was being sick at least thirty times a day. I couldn’t keep any food or drink down, and was signed off work. I was pretty much bedridden and would crawl from the bed to the toilet and back again. “I kept being referred to hospital for dehydration. For my first two pregnancies, I was given no
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What I want you to know about postpartum psychosis

Sleep deprivation and anxiety are common complaints from new mothers in the first months after giving birth. But for a few mothers, the combination of lack of sleep, hormonal imbalance and fears about the baby’s health can escalate into an acute mental health illness. Postpartum psychosis (PPP) affects one in 1,000 mothers but the condition is barely spoken about. When Sara Fenwick, 27, was diagnosed with PPP after suffering delusions that her baby was experiencing seizures, she had never heard
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Putting the clitoris back into sex education

More women are watching porn and sending sexts than ever before, yet few can distinguish their vagina from their vulva, or know where their clitoris is. Ignorance about female genitalia is so widespread that almost half of women cannot label their vagina on an anatomical diagram. Sixty per cent of women do not know where their vulva is, according to research from gynaecological cancer charity The Eve Appeal. The clitoris has an estimated 8,000 or more nerve endings It is thought to be twice as
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Why hospices deserve our support this Christmas

Christmas can be a difficult time of year for those who have recently lost a loved one, or are caring for an ill relative. Jennifer Lambert, whose husband of 50 years died of cancer in July while staying in a hospice, will be thinking of him on Christmas day when she sees their grandchildren. But as well as spoiling them, she will be playing them a special song sung in memory of their late grandfather, David. Lambert is one of 300 singers from 18 hospices across the south east who have recorde
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Mums of autistic children share the tips that changed their lives

Parents of young children with severe autism can learn the skills to dramatically improve their child’s development, according to a “hugely cheering” new study. According to the breakthrough study, early intervention has been shown to have an effect on reducing the severity of autism symptoms, a reduction that continued for six years after the end of treatment. With the help of a therapist, who films parents playing with their children and watches it back with them, parents can learn to pick u
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The recovering heroin addict using photography to find inner peace

Hester Brodie was addicted to heroin, crack and alcohol for six years. She has been clean since 2001, but her days of using intravenous drugs still stay with her. Rather than let her past continue to define her, she has used photography – her favourite hobby – to tell her story of addiction, and those who she has met on her road to recovery. After becoming pregnant with her first child, she was inspired to put her photographs on show in the corridor of her housing association flat this summer,
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A strong woman can change history: Iranian media scared to show that

Iranian women do not have the right to travel, work or study without the permission of their husband. If they are spotted in the street wearing a loose hijab, they can be put in prison. If they are seen in a car not wearing their headscarf properly, their car may be confiscated by the police. Three years ago, the government banned women from watching all-male sports in the country’s stadiums. In 2014, a British-Iranian woman was imprisoned for attending a men’s volleyball match. Tired of the d
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The app that lets you order restaurant leftovers destined for the bin

Thousands of tonnes of food are wasted in the UK every day. One app aims to reduce this, allowing restaurants to sell unused food for a cut price to help feed people on a budget. Too Good To Go links restaurants that would normally throw away food with people who want to eat a well-balanced meal on a shoestring. For between £2 and £3.80, users of the free app can order a meal from 160 restaurants across the country and collect their hot dinner to takeaway. Restaurants in Leeds, Birmingham, Lo
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The migrant crisis revisited: the truth behind images manipulated for campaigns

The images of refugees crossing Europe last year have become burnt in the national consciousness. Photographer Matt Cardy took some of those images. As a staff photographer for press agency Getty, he followed groups of migrants as they travelled from Greece to the Austrian border through Serbia, Macedonia and Hungary. His photos and those taken by his colleagues have been used by campaigners on both sides of the political debate. In September last year, the image of drowned Syrian boy Aylan Kur
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What's it like to work as a drone designer?

Justin Pringle has built more than 400 drones, some of which have featured on the sets of Star Wars, Game of Thrones and James Bond to help film from awkward angles. When he tells people what he does for a living, he is typically asked “but don’t drones keep hitting planes?” Part of his job is to re-educate people that drones can be used for a greater good. As well as supplying drones for TV and film sets, Pringle and his team create devices that can help to detect radiation and landmines. He
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