• David's rollercoaster: father's death follows victory, new baby and family tragedy

    It was a bitter-sweet moment when David Cameron stood outside Number 10 in May, accompanied by his radiant and heavily pregnant wife Samantha, having secured his life's ambition. As he savoured his triumph, the politician's thoughts cannot have far been from the one person in his family, who would never experience the sumptuous new lodgings - his son Ivan. Sadly, the little boy was born with cerebral palsy and a severe form of epilepsy and died aged six in February 2009. And now the leader is mourning another beloved figure in his life - his stockbroker father Ian, who died

  • 'Sorry Coleen': Jennifer Thompson's parents apologise over allegations

    The parents of Jennifer Thompson, the woman at the centre of allegations concerning England footballer Wayne Rooney, have issued an extraordinary apology to his wife Coleen. Oil company engineer Hamish Thompson and his wife Danuta said: "We would like to offer our most sincere apologies to Coleen Rooney and her family. "This may sound somewhat hollow, but my wife and I would never condone what has or may have happened. "We had absolutely no idea about any of the allegations that have been made." Meanwhile, Coleen is said to have spoken to her football star husband Wayne in a

  • There's something about Olivier: What is it that makes Kylie's ex so irresistible?

    With his good lucks and French charm it's clear to see that Olivier Martinez is a hit with the ladies, from Kylie Minogue to Halle Berry Click on photo for

  • Love match: Celebs playing doubles at the US Open

    Grand Slam tennis takes over the New York borough of Queens and the A-list couples are out in full force to get into the swing of

  • 'Strictly' stars get sequinned up for show launch

    The same day they were unveiled to the public, this year's lineup of contestants for Strictly Come Dancing were out in force at the launch party for the

  • Ingredient of the week: sweetcorn

    The shops in September are packed with corn – every market stall is laden with the bright, sunshine coloured beauties hidden under their green sleeves and the market traders are virtually giving them away – six for a pound at my local. They beat the tinned variety by leagues; their sweet flavour is perfect coupled with heat – a fiery chilli butter or stuffed into empanadas with chorizo, thyme, shallots and a good gooey cheese. Alternatively, they make a brilliant salsa for barbecues (yes, we’ve still got a few to come!), perfect with smoky chicken or beef –

  • Jasmine and elderflower cocktail

    Ingredients 150ml jasmine tea, cold 100ml gin 40ml elderflower cordial 50ml sugar syrup (made by bringing equal quantities of sugar and water to the boil, then cooling) Method Mix all the ingredients and shake in a jam jar or cocktail shaker packed with ice. Strain and serve in two martini

  • Colourful cutting

    Kitchen knives are an essential tool for any chef but can be quite pricy if you are aiming for a full set. Most chefs will keep two basic knives at all times – a large chopping, general purpose knife and a small paring knife for more delicate, intricate work. From Kuhn Rikon, the innovative cookware makers from Switzerland, comes a range of funky coloured paring knives for your kitchen. The Colori non stick paring range come in bright colours that make them easily locatable in kitchen drawers or indeed if you are eating outdoors having a picnic. Their

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