‘Bad’ children condemned as witches

Bedwetting, disagreeing with parents or being left-handed are considered relatively normal features for many children, but in some African countries, these are grounds for sometimes deadly accusations of witchcraft against them. Thousands of children each year are beaten, burned, imprisoned and subjected to exorcism rituals because they are believed to be witches, according to Kurt…

You don’t have to be rich to lead an ‘eco-friendly’ lifestyle – here’s how I do it

Shopping second-hand is hardly a new concept – the practice of making do with castoffs and finding treasure in trash has existed for as long as there have been those desperate, thrifty or creative enough to try it. Renewed environmentalist concerns are now begging us to revisit and revitalise these ideas. Why? Well, because increasingly,…

Spotify data reveals boom in sleep and relaxation albums

Putting on music is often seen as an energising action to aid dancing, even jogging. But now one of the fastest-growing new album categories features music focused on the opposite goal: putting listeners to sleep. Spotify’s fastest-growing music category is the newly named “environmental/sleep/relaxative” – in the last week alone, 282 albums from the category…