They say losing your libido is often part of the territory when you have kids. No privacy; exhaustion; the mind is willing but the body is weak (or is it the other way around?) But what happens when you have the children but no longer the partner? Or to put it in nursery language, what's the nitty-gritty of rumpy-pumpy when you're single?

To find out, we tasked Michelle Duff with finding out how single people navigate dating and relationships when they already have kids. She found out lots of interesting things, including, surprisingly, that there are a certain group of men who mark women who already have kids as "family material" and good stock to have children with in the near future. I guess for those men, the proof really is in the pudding.

But if the sex life of singletons isn't your thing, then we have lots of other stories, including an interview with former Goodie Bill Oddie, and an interview with former resistance activist Carmen Aguirre (both of whom are coming to next month's Auckland Writers Festival) and we have a couple of exclusive recipes from Gwyneth Paltrow's new cookbook, one of which, believe it or not, involves pasta, cream and cheese.

Have a great weekend.

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