• Come to Angoulême, a comic-book mecca in France

    There are plenty of reasons to visit the traditional walled city of Angoulême, with its beautiful Romanesque cathedral, and its town hall built from the ruins of a medieval castle. But from 28th to 31st January, many of the visitors will be amateurs and professionals from the world of the comic book, and they will be here to attend the largest event of its kind in Europe, which has been hosted by the city since 1974. Exhibitions, themed areas, concerts and conferences are among the activities that make up the programme of the upcoming 37th Festival. There will even be

  • Sandibe Safari Lodge: an African dream

    Adjacent to the Moremi private game reserve, where the fresh water meets the sands of the Kalahari Desert, Sandibe is an oasis of pleasure in the truest African style, in full contact with nature. There are just eight exclusive adobe villas to choose from, with thatched roof, en suite bathroom, open air showers and ceiling fans; there's a swimming pool hidden in the jungle, and the views of the riverSantantadibe are stunning. The spacious rooms are decorated in earth shades, with furnishings of silk and leather, woven mats and rustic wooden furniture. The dining room and living area are

  • Big night for 'Avatar' as Hollywood converges for wet but glam Golden Globes

    As the second highest grossing film of all time, big things were expected of James Cameron's Avatar at Sunday's Golden Globe awards. And it didn't disappoint. The sci-fi epic was named best film drama at the ceremony, beating off competition from Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and George Clooney's latest venture, Up In The Air, which had received the most nominations. It also secured the best director award, leading film maker James to tell the star-studded audience: "This is the best job in the world, it really is." The evening – in no way dampened by the inclement weather - saw many of

  • HELLO! exclusive: Prince William's sweet gift for birthday girl Kate

    When Kate Middleton turned 28 this month, her royal beau Prince William made sure it was a birthday she will never forget – HELLO! can exclusively reveal. In this week's magazine, issue 1107, read all about Kate's special birthday celebrations, and William's surprise homemade gift for her. There are also pictures of William's graduation from his advanced helicopter training course, during which the normally reserved Kate couldn't hold back her elation. The couple's increasing closeness, plus Wills' touching birthday treat for Kate will only intensify speculation about if – or when - the couple may announce their engagement. But

  • Rugby, a Maori greeting and an audience with a kiwi get William's NZ tour started

    Talk about an action-packed first day. Prince William hardly had time to pause for breath as he crammed in a wealth of activities at the beginning of his first ever official tour. And he was clearly loving every minute of his new role within the royal family, judging by his sunny demeanour in New Zealand. The smile hardly left his face for a moment as the sports-loving Prince joined in a training session with some youngsters at Eden Park rugby stadium in Auckland. Joking with the children about the photographers, the 27-year-old – wearing a blue, green and white

  • Yummy mummy club: Christina Aguilera marks Max's birthday with Gwen and her son

    With presenting duties at this year's Golden Globes and her son's second birthday to celebrate, mum-of-one Christina Aguilera had her hands full this weekend. The day before the annual ceremony, the Burlesque actress and her little boy boarded a Seagraves fire-fighter's truck for a ride along with a very familiar face, Elmo. And if the sight of Sesame Street's beloved furry red muppet didn't make the birthday boy's day, Max and his mum, 29, were also joined by another famous mother and son team. Gwen Stefani and her elder boy Kingston, three, were also riding the vehicle as it trundled along the streets of Beverly Hills.

  • Brad Pitt misses Golden Globes glitz to take Maddox to football game

    As the rest of Hollywood prepared for Sunday’s Golden Globes award ceremony, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie preferred to sit things out and spend some quality time with the kids.  Brad enjoyed a father-son outing with eldest boy Maddox to an American football game in New Orleans on Saturday. Sporting his now familiar long beard – grown for his current movie role – the Ocean’s Eleven star and his son were cheered by fans as they walked to their pitch-side seats at the New Orleans Saints versus Arizona Cardinals game. The eight-year-old, whom mum Angelina Jolie adopted from a Cambodian

  • Casserole cooking

    Cast iron casseroles are a kitchen essential – they are ideal for soups, stews, bakes, stocks, poaching – the list is endless; you can even cook bread in them. Every kitchen should have at least one and the new range from Raymond Blanc is a great example of the art. The French master-chef has teamed up with Lakeland to create stylish lidded casserole dishes made to a professional standard. Similar in styling to Le Creuset but with their own individual look, these stand up comfortably in testing to the industry standard. The dishes were perfect for a tagine and

  • Casserole cooking

    Cast iron casseroles are a kitchen essential – they are ideal for soups, stews, bakes, stocks, poaching – the list is endless; you can even cook bread in them. Every kitchen should have at least one and the new range from Raymond Blanc is a great example of the art. The French master-chef has teamed up with Lakeland to create stylish lidded casserole dishes made to a professional standard. Similar in styling to Le Creuset but with their own individual look, these stand up comfortably in testing to the industry standard. The dishes were perfect for a


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