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A French romance

Decorating is my passion but I’ve never been one to follow the latest styles and trends, preferring to stick to the classics. I fell in love with French style long before I...


Horsing Around


The first ancestor of today’s horse was Hyracotherium, or ‘dawn horse’. Originating from the forests of North America, with its small neck, arched back and short legs, the...


Discover the southwest

Somerset and the southwest is one of Britain’s best-loved areas for family holidays, and it’s still welcoming visitors, despite the bleak television images earlier in the...


Are deckchairs going the...

They are an emblem of summer, and as British as orderly queues and fish and chips. From the manicured emerald lawns of Wimbledon to the blustery beaches of Cornwall,...

First Impressions


‘I wish they’d un-invent...

What are you working on at the moment? It’s tricky: sometimes, as an actor, because I can’t tell a lot of people what I’m doing, I feel a bit like I’m in MI5. It’s a really...


The history of dieting


1558 The Art Of Living Long by Luigi Cornaro – one of the world’s first bestselling diet books – was published. From his late 30s, Cornaro restricted himself to 400g...

Film Review

The Inbetweeners 2

Big laughs, ugly truths

So what really goes on in a teenage boy’s mind? Well, I have been one – and I urge you to think twice before asking. As Oscar Wilde said with glorious understatement, ‘The...


The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill


Brace yourself for a flood of Olympic-class pretension in The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill (BBC Four, Friday, 9.10pm) – enough to fill up Pseuds Corner in Private...

Book Reviews

Book Reviews: 22 August

New Must Reads

OUT NOW IZA’S BALLAD by Magda Szabó, translated by George Szirtes (Harvill Secker, £16.99, offer price, £13.99) In her award-winning novel The Door, the Hungarian author...

Battle of Hastings

Impromptu Guests

Impromptu Guests

He will only eat mushrooms or rotting plants. After supper he emits a strong smell not dissimilar to ammonia and his 14 legs pose something of a problem for even the...

And to drink?


It’s a cliché of journalism to describe something as ‘like Marmite’, meaning you either love it or hate it. In the case of sherry, the comparison is apt not just because it...


News round-up: 26 August

Simply marvellous vs. that’s awesome: out with the British in with the AmericanResearch conducted by Cambridge University has shown that over the last 20 years, more...

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What the stars have in store for you this week.August 22 - 28

Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius

Q: A recent survey has revealed the Top 10 things British women would love to do but are too scared. Have you done any of the following?

Sing in public / karaoke - 10.6%
Ask for a pay rise - 6.2%
Travel or holiday alone - 27.7%
Do a naked photo-shoot - 6.2%
Get a tattoo - 3.8%
Have a bikini wax - 4.9%
Get your hair cut very short - 10.6%
Ask someone out on a date - 3.8%
Quit your job - 19%
Have cosmetic surgery - 7.3%
The voting for this poll has ended on: 13 Jun 2014 - 09:12

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