There are few corners left on the planet where you can leave the rat race of modern Western life so completely to one side as in Bhutan, known by its people as the 'land of the thunder dragon', and by many admirers as 'the last Shangri-La'. Barely half the size of Scotland, the Himalayan kingdom is sandwiched between the giants of China and India; it was firmly closed to the rest of the world until around three decades ago, and in many respects remains so. Its original isolation was due to the surrounding mountains, many over 7,000 metres –
It was another emotional edition of X Factor this week after Cher Lloyd feared she'd messed up her audition at the judges' houses stage of the competition.
The 17-year-old broke down in front of Cheryl Cole and Black Eyed Peas singer Will-i-am after struggling to sing with a sore throat.
But her tears of sadness were replaced with tears of joy, when Cheryl decided to put her through to the final, based on earlier performances.
She told her: "It is one of the hardest decisions I can genuinely say I've made in the three series that I've done, because my heart
The live rounds don’t even kick off until next weekend, but The X Factor’s Louis Walsh already seems to have picked his winner.
In an exclusive interview with this week’s HELLO!, the 58-year-old judge cites Essex painter and decorator Matt Cardle as his tip for the top.
“The winner is going to be the one with the most votes, but I think Matt has got something very special about him,” says Louis, who is interviewed at his chic and minimalistic new Miami home, seen for the first time in HELLO!
The revelation may come as a surprise to Louis’ group, the “Overs”.
With his geeky looks and eccentric character, 45-year old Lembit Opik is not an obvious heart-throb. Yet no one could argue that he hasn’t had enormous success with the ladies.
In an exclusive interview and photoshoot with HELLO! he introduces his new girlfriend 21-year old Merily McGivern, whose ex boyfriend is a Zulu.
And she admits that her union with the ex MP raised eyebrows at first.
"When my Dad found out I was dating Lembit, he Googled him and wasn't happy. But he calmed down and, as soon as they met, they got on really well," she says. "It was
A rundown of all the stars attending the
Wimbledon legend Martina Navratilova has told HELLO! she is looking to the future after beating breast cancer this year – and reveals she’s still looking for a lasting relationship.
"Absolutely," she tells us. "But maybe it's not meant to be. We'll see. I always thought I would grow old with one person, one woman - as it turns out - but it hasn't worked out that way.
"Some people just fall in love with the right person when they are 25 and some do it at 55 and some never do it."
Her 2008 split from girlfriend-of-eight-years Toni Layton
It wasn't just the prospect of sporting competition that set royal pulses racing at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
The Duchess of Cornwall was particularly impressed by some of the athletes' physiques as she and Prince Charles were introduced to competitors in the Indian capital (above).
"I see you are suitably dressed, gentlemen. You guys look very fit. How are you coping with the heat?" she asked decathletes Tom Reynolds and Roger Skedd.
The royals have been in India for the past week ahead of Sunday's spectacular opening ceremony.
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Prince William has taken his first steps into the music promotion business. And it's all in the name of a good cause.
The second-in-line to the throne has helped launch an album of star-studded cover tracks to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Centrepoint, the homeless charity of which he is patron.
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William invited a group of special celebrity and musician guests – as well as youngsters helped by the charity - to Clarence House to take part in a photoshoot which will make up the album's front cover.
And among those present was Radio 1 DJ Sara
The traditional pumice stone may not rate high in the glamour stakes, but other volcanic stones are now playing a leading role in one of the latest beauty treatments: they have become an essential part of an increasingly popular spa treatment, called hot stone or geothermal therapy, which combines traditional massage techniques with heated stones placed on the body's energy points and meridians.
Although it's a technique that has long been used in rituals by healers from ancient civilisations all round the world, geothermal therapy has recently become one of the latest trends in the modern world of beauty and