• Monet at the Grand Palais in Paris

    It's over 30 years since so many of Monet's masterpieces have been on display at one time, but for four months, until January 24, 2011, over 200 of the works of the French master can be see together in Paris under the marvellous glass roof of the Grand Palais. From his early landscapes of Normandy and Paris, right up to the final, delicate works with which he tried to capture the full beauty of the garden and ponds at Giverny, for over 60 years, Monet, the undisputed master of the Impressionist painters, dedicated his life to his art. Born in Paris

  • 'I hope I didn't offend': Joaquin Phoenix returns to Letterman with an apology

    It was the talk of Hollywood. Over a year ago Joaquin Phoenix shocked viewers of David Letterman's show when he turned up with sunglasses and a long beard, and mumbled his way through the interview. This week, he returned to David's sofa. And he had an apology for the TV host. "I hope I didn't offend you in any way," he told the presenter on Wednesday night. "I mean, I think that you've interviewed many, many people and I assumed that you would know the difference between a character and a real person." Joaquin's incoherent appearance on the show was

  • Your nails' worst enemies

    If you want beautiful hands, you need to take care of your nails. And that means being aware of factors and habits that can be damaging to them. A diet deficient in vitamin B, zinc, calcium or fatty acids will have a detrimental effect on the appearance, colour and strength of your nails. A healthy and varied diet should cover all your body's needs, but watch out for changes in your nails that may reflect other health issues. Humans have invented a whole host of tools for a whole host of situations:

  • Your skin's worst enemies

    Internal and external, personal and social, a range of factors affects how your skin ages. But many of these factors are lifestyle choices and in at least some of the cases you can take control: The sun. It can't be said too often, the sun is one of the greatest enemies of unprotected skin. The effects? Loss of elasticity, irregular texture, wrinkles, blemishes, discolouration, dullness... Remember that most of this is avoidable by simply using sun cream. Tobacco. Smokers are much more likely to have skin that tends to become dehydrated and

  • Another treat for the Gleeks: first pictures of the Britney tribute

    Hot on the heels of news that Gwyneth Paltrow and Javier Bardem are to appear in Glee, after begging creator Ryan Murphy for roles comes another treat for so-called Gleeks.  A clip from the highly anticipated episode featuring Britney Spears' music has been released. To be shown on US TV next week, it showcases the vocals and sizzling dance moves of Heather Morris – aptly named Brittany on the show. In the episode Brittany, the series' promiscuous cheerleader, persuades their teacher Mr Schuester to choreograph a Britney homage – despite the fact he considers her "too edgy". And the princess of pop

  • The time is right... for a facial

    Even if you don't generally class your skin as 'sensitive', you may have noticed that there are times when it seems to be more easily irritated. Of course, hormones play a great part in this, and most women find that in the days immediately before and after their period their skin tends to be more sensitive. This means it's a good idea to check your body's personal calendar when you're booking an appointment at the beauty salon. As a rule of thumb, try to leave seven days after the end of the menstrual cycle so that your hormones are

  • Keeping up with Kim: Reality star gets the beers in at Oktoberfest

    Keen to experience European culture, Kim Kardashian made a memorable appearance at this year's Oktoberfest in Munich. The star embraced German customs by donning traditional Bavarian dress - the dirndl. Kim was thrilled with her outfit and posted a picture of herself on Twitter, saying: "Off to Oktoberfest in my new dirndl!" The 29-year-old has been traveling around Europe with her mother, Kris Jenner, promoting the family's reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. It seems that her experience has been good so far."I love Germany, its Vonderfull here! I love z apple strudel," she tweeted. Click on photo for

  • Celebrity slimmers: see the stars who've shed the pounds

    Celebrity slimmers: see the stars who've really shed the

  • Rocco rocks out: Ritchie junior steals show at Lourdes' clothing launch

    Looks like Rocco Ritchie has inherited his mother's flair for entertaining – and her dance skills too. Madonna's ten-year-old son was the centre of attention at the launch of his big sister's clothing line Material Girl as he showed off some slick break-dancing moves.  Looking every inch the cool tween in black stone-washed jeans and a skull-print t-shirt, he walked on his hands and moonwalked for the cheering audience. CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR GALLERY The impromptu dance routine had echoes of one performed by Victoria Beckham's son Cruz during his mum's Spice Girl reunion concert in 2008. This week, the scene unfolded at Macy's department store,

  • Five reasons to have an intimate wedding

    A carefully-selected guest list allows you to enjoy your special day in the presence of only your closest friends and family. Nowadays, intimate weddings are very à la mode and an increasing number of couples choose to say ‘I do’ surrounded by only a handful of guests. If you think a huge wedding bash is the only way to go, take note: here are five good reasons for you to celebrate yours in intimacy. * If you've fallen in love with a tiny, picturesque chapel, why not hold it there? It will be much easier to keep the guest list to

  • Flavour saver

    Not a recipe book as such, The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit is equally, if not more, of a powerful ally in the kitchen. If you’ve ever sat at home with a fridge full of leftovers and wondered how to make them taste exciting then this is the ideal book. It covers the classic combinations – pork and apple, cucumber and dill for example, but also explores food in ways you hadn’t thought of before – beef with anchovy in its form of Thai style beef salad with fish sauce along with other modern and unusual pairings such


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