• Lumbago: it's a pain in the back!

    Whether it's due to lifestyle habits, such as long hours spent in front of the computer, or caused by strenuous activity or accident, we've almost all suffered from localised back pain at some point and know just how debilitating it can be. One of the most annoying types is lower back pain – lumbago – where the problem is located at the bottom of the spine where the lumbar vertebrae are found. It can come on overnight, or its onset can be almost instantaneous, as a result of an awkward or forced movement. Friends tend to laugh knowingly when

  • Mariah Carey pregnancy rumours continue as husband Nick Cannon passes comment

    Could pop diva Mariah Carey be about to add to her family? Baby rumours have been gathering pace ever since she pulled out of a new film, and now a comment from her husband has left fans guessing. Nick Cannon took to Twitter to share this cryptic message: "If & when my wife is ready to make ANY announcements about private matters she will do it personally." Mariah's spokeswoman Cindi Berger has so far refused to confirm or deny the stories. Both Mariah and Nick have been vocal in expressing their desire to have children, and the 40-year-old singer

  • Paul McCartney feted by Mr Obama and star musicians, including Jonas Brothers

    With a career that has spanned 50 years, Paul McCartney is undoubtedly one of the music world's living legends. And this week he joined an elite group of singer-songwriters when President Obama awarded him the US Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, one of the highest honours in music. The Obama family hosted a tribute concert that brought together an eclectic group of talented musicians who performed Paul's songs at the White House. One of Sasha and Malia's favourite bands, the Jonas Brothers, played Drive My Car, while Stevie Wonder – last year's recipient – entertained with

  • Are your nails up to scratch?

    Your hands and nails have probably weathered the winter with very little protection, so why not take time now to focus on your fingers? Simple health is the basis of beautiful nails. After that, it's up to you whether you opt to paint them; if you do there's a whole colour palette to choose from: the ever-popular red, aqua, coral... they've all featured on the catwalks for this season. If you want nails to be proud of this summer, just follow our recommendations.   Cut nails straight across or into a gentle oval shape to prevent them

  • What crisis? The picture that proves Kylie and Andres are still crazy in love

    As they strolled hand in hand through JFK Airport, it was crystal clear that Kylie Minogue and Andres Velencoso are still very much together and in love. Their show of togetherness came after the Australian singer had taken to Twitter to put paid to rumours that her 18-month relationship with the handsome Spaniard was in crisis. "Wowza... love life rumours have gone mad," tweeted the 42-year-old. "Please pay no attention peeps." And in response to claims Andres had been absent from her birthday celebrations, she said: "My birthday was magical with AV (Andres Velencoso) and friends." Andres has flown

  • Becks joins England squad as they fly to South Africa for World Cup

    England's footballers have arrived in South Africa to begin preparations for their 2010 World Cup bid. Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and the rest of the 23-man squad touched down at Johannesburg's OR Tambo Airport on Thursday morning after an 11-hour flight from London. And travelling alongside them was a special guest – David Beckham – who despite being ruled out from playing in the tournament by injury, will support the players as part of manager Fabio Capello's backroom team. Looking smart in their official England suits, the boys headed off immediately to their training base at the

  • The daily grind

    Those who like getting up early in the morning are few and far between. With the De Longhi PrimaDonna Avant, however, even the heaviest sleeper could be roused from sweet slumber by the beautiful smell of its freshly made coffee. The machine works with both fresh beans and ground coffee, meaning you firstly buy whatever type of coffee you prefer but also you get a fresh cup every time. It’s got a modern feel to it with a touch screen that allows you to select the type of coffee you want (espressos to lattes and everything in between)

  • French Emmental, smoked lardons and cherry tomato quiche

    Ingredients (Serves 4-6)   1 sheet ready-rolled shortcrust pastry, thawed if frozen 10 cherry tomatoes, halved 2 sprigs fresh thyme, torn into pieces Olive oil for drizzling 200g/7oz smoked lardons 2 cloves garlic, peeled and slightly crushed with the back of a knife 200ml/7fl oz double cream 4 whole eggs Pinch nutmeg Pinch paprika Freshly ground black pepper 150g/5oz French Emmental cheese, grated Method Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas 4 and line a 22cm/9in nonstick tart case with the pastry. Trim away any excess pastry and then chill for 20 minutes. Remove from the fridge and line with greaseproof paper, bringing it up the sides. Fill with baking beans and bake blind in

  • Roquefort souffle with pear chutney

    Ingredients (Makes 6) For the soufflés 50g/2oz unsalted butter, plus 25g/1oz for greasing 100g/4oz walnuts, finely chopped 50g/2oz plain flour 300ml/½pt milk 200g/7oz Roquefort cheese 3 eggs ¼ tsp cayenne pepper Salt and freshly ground black pepper ½ bunch chives, chopped 4 egg whites For the spiced pear chutney 1 red onion,


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