• Spotlight on Abu Simbel

    Dug into the rock in honour of Ramses II and his favourite wife, Nefertari, the temples of Abu Simbel, in the Nubian desert, are the high point of any tour in the land of the pharaohs. But this amazing treasure was nearly lost due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the Sixties, a civil engineering project undertaken to tame the Nile and control its regular flooding. The dam created the vast artificial Lake Nasser and without the actions of UNESCO, working in conjunction with the Egyptian government, a huge quantity of pharaonic heritage would have disappeared under

  • The world's best art at TEFAF Maastricht

    Even it you aren't actually planning to acquire that Le Corbusier chair or the Willem de Kooning painting that would look so good back home in your living room, nobody can deny you the art collector's pleasure of strolling around admiring the objets d'art the dealers at TEFAF Maastricht have on display. From the 12th to the 21st of March, the Convention and Exhibition Centre of the Dutch town will host the 23rd edition of this international event, which, despite the recession, is all set to break records with a list of 263 high-class exhibitors from 17 countries, each offering

  • Cheryl Cole's absent wedding ring sparks reports of imminent split from husband

    In the face of revelations about her husband's alleged infidelities, Cheryl Cole continues to maintain a dignified silence – pushing ahead with her work commitments, including a poignant Brit Awards performance. But while she is not discussing her private life, the ongoing removal of her wedding ring is being seen by many as a sign her marriage is in trouble. On Wednesday, the 26-year-old was spotted flying out of London's Heathrow airport en route to Los Angeles without her £160,000 marital band, having swapped it for a large gold cocktail ring. It came just one day after her appearance at the music bash – not

  • Tiger Woods to break his silence and start 'making amends' with public speech

    Troubled golfing ace Tiger Woods is to speak publicly for the first time about the alleged string of infidelities which have blighted his career and threatened his marriage to Swedish former model Elin Nordegren. A statement posted on his website says he will be addressing a group of "friends, colleagues and close associates" on Friday at a golf course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. They will hear him apologise and talk about his plans for the future – and the speech is to be recorded by a single camera. Selected journalists will be invited, but they will not be allowed to ask

  • Sinitta reveals bridesmaid hopes as celeb friends discuss Simon Cowell's 'engagement'

    The 'groom' is yet to confirm the news, but that hasn't stopped Simon Cowell's friends talking about his reported plans to wed. This week numerous reports emerged saying the music mogul is engaged to marry Mezhgan Hussainy – his girlfriend of six months. They were first sparked when the makeup artist was seen wearing a ring on her engagement finger, and in light of a recent revealing interview Simon gave to Piers Morgan. And while the millionaire X Factor judge refuses to comment on reports of his impending nuptials, his co-judge Louis Walsh has been speaking out. "I'm very surprised but delighted he's got

  • Watch unique behind-the-scenes footage of Prince William's historic photoshoot

    It marked the first time a royal portrait has been taken by a non professional, and the first time Prince William has been involved in producing a major piece of art for public display. And the historic event was also captured on film. Check out remarkable behind-the-scenes footage of the second-in-line's joint photoshoot with amateur photographer Jeff Hubbard, conducted under the guidance of renowned snapper Rankin. See for yourself William's ease behind the camera, and the work which went into creating the images, which have drawn attention from all over the world. Read the full story, and see the exclusive

  • Video recap: Six days of style at New York Fashion Week

    var vo ={vid:'6n',cid:'video1266500290',w:400,h:340} Fashion Week in the Big Apple opened with the runway shows from colourful menswear line Duckie Brown and modern women's designer Ports 1961, both featuring tweeds. The day concluded with US celebrities such as socialite Kim Kardashian strutting down the runway in the Red Dress Collection, which aims to raise awareness of heart disease among women. var vo ={vid:'6o',cid:'video1266500366',w:400,h:340} Day two also had a charitable focus, as model Naomi Campbell partnered with designers like Donna Karan and Diane von Furstenberg to raise money for relief efforts in Haiti. Other highlights of the day included British duo Preen's

  • Red-carpet beauty tricks we can all repeat

    We’re well and truly into awards season and make-up artists will be pulling out all their secret tricks to ensure their A-list clients look like royalty on the red carpet. But you don’t have to be a celebrity to benefit from the best in beauty expertise... Work well ahead - You need to moisturise before applying any make-up to help plump up skin and get rid of dry patches, which make foundation look uneven. But leave as long as possible before applying cosmetics so the moisturiser has time to sink in, and make-up doesn’t cling to the hydrating ingredients, instead of the skin,

  • Celebrity mums-to-be get on their marks for Sport Relief

    Denise Van Outen and Natasha Kaplinsky were among the celebrity mums-to-be and new mums putting their best bumps forward for Sport Relief in London on Thursday. The pair joined the likes of pregnant ex-EastEnders actress Kim Medcalf and footballer Joe Cole's expecting wife Carly Zucker in Battersea Park to walk the 'Bumps and Babies Mile'. The gaggle of pregnant stars and new mums, which also included BBC Radio 6 DJ Nemone and Olympic medal-winning badminton player Gail Emms, were aiming to prove that everyone of all levels of fitness can rise to the challenge of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief

  • HELLO! royal exclusive sparks debate over Prince William's crowning glory

    Never before has a royal exclusive had so many people talking. This week's HELLO! magazine, which features Prince William as he's never been seen before, has drawn attention from all over the world. Our exclusive pictures, which appear in issue number 1111, have sparked debate over the subject of the second-in-line's hair. Commentators have remarked that it appears much darker and fuller than William's usual look. Now hellomagazine.com is pleased to reveal more details about the historic photos, which were taken under the guidance of top photographer Rankin by amateur snapper Jeff Hubbard. Referring to the behind-the-scenes pictures -


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