Journey to work a daily grind? How to make your commute more productive

Nearly four million of us spend two hours a day travelling to and from the office. Here’s a guide to making that time well spent Make time for ‘breakfast for your brain’ on the morning commute. Photograph: Hinterhaus Productions/Getty Images Despite advances in remote working, Britain’s love-hate relationship with commuting continues. Workers in London are …

‘Unspeakable numbers’: 10,000 civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan in 2017

Casualties above 10,000 for the fourth consecutive year, despite small drop on 2016 figures, as UN describes ‘appalling human suffering’ Security forces stand next to a crater created by massive bomb in Kabul in May 2017, which killed 92 people and injured 491. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP More than 10,000 civilians were killed or injured in …

Sébastien Tellier and Dita Von Teese: ‘Everything we do is glamour’

He’s the Frenchest man since Gainsbourg, she’s the world’s premier burlesque star. Together, Sebastian Tellier and Dita Von Teese have made an unlikely electronic pop collaboration worthy of Serge himself The Gallic and the glam: Sébastien Tellier and Dita Von Teese. Photograph: Camille Vivier Seated together in an upscale London bar, Dita Von Teese and …

Go for gold! Vintage portraits of California prospectors – in pictures

Luce Lebart of the Canadian Photography Institute chronicles these bygone argonauts in a new book and exhibition. All photographs: courtesy the Canadian Photography Institute. Ottawa/Archive of Modern Conflict Most of the portraits are by un-named photographers and subjects The exhibition and the accompanying book are named Gold and Silver as a hat-tip to both the …

Who gets what from illness cover linked to a mortgage if a couple split?

My daughter has been diagnosed with cancer and gets the payout but has a 50-50 share in a house My daughter’s life-changing illness meant she received insurance money which may go towards the joint mortgage. Photograph: Alamy My 27-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with cancer. Nine months ago she, and her partner, took out a …

Friday briefing: Millennials’ home-owning dream ‘collapses’

Morning everyone. I’m Martin Farrer bringing you the top stories from Britain and around the world. Research by a leading thinktank has confirmed what every middle-income young adult already knows – the chance of them owning their own home has “collapsed” over the past 20 years. For 25- to 34-year-olds earning between £22,200 and £30,600 …

Friday’s best TV: First Dates; Requiem; Opium Brides

A Valentine’s special that is hard to resist, more myriad mysteries with sheep and the unintended consequences of opium eradiction in Afghanistan First Dates. Photograph: Dave King/Channel 4 Picture Publicity The dating show returns for a special to mark a saint’s day seemingly designed to Make Singletons Feel Bad. Except, of course, one of the …