Six of the best allergy gadgets for those pestered by pollen

Pestered by pollen or driven up the wall by dust mites? These great buys could make your life a whole lot easier. Miele Compact C2 Allergy EcoLine Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner SBD290, £250, Debenhams Good things come in small packages, as this petite vacuum cleaner proves. Miele boasts that this cleaner has an effective filtration system – combining a dust bag, motor protection filter, an exhaust and a High Efficiency Particulate Air (or HEPA filter) – in place to catch 99.9% of even the smallest of irritant particles settling in…

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Putin: Those who leaked Trump dossier ‘worse than prostitutes’

In a speech that one-upped even some of the president-elect’s colorful Twitter commentary, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called Donald Trump’s political enemies “worse than prostitutes” for disseminating a dubiously-sourced dossier last week alleging a relationship between Trump and the Kremlin. Speaking during a news conference, Putin said last week’s leak of the 35-page report — written by a private investigator as a series of memos and eventually passed on to the intelligence community — was a last-ditch attempt on the part of President Obama’s outgoing administration to “undermine…

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Those lives unparalleled, spirits sublime: Shebaba by Renuka Narayanan

A happy Christmas to you, dear HT readers. Christmas, like Janmashtami, is dearly beloved to us for its spirit of joyous welcome to a divine energy believed to have taken form in our midst. Christmas, like Janmashtami, makes us want to believe in positive transformation, in redemptive spiritual ‘magic’. How curious that both Krishna and Christ were born in humble places, that their death was sought by tyrants even as babies, that they were both charismatic rebels. Such facts may be well-known but their festivals are a chance to remember…

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