• The waterways of Amsterdam

    The canals of Amsterdam are as typical a symbol of the Netherlands as are tulips, windmills and wooden clogs, and have earned the Dutch capital the nickname the 'Venice of the North'. The waterway network was conceived as a huge town planning project in the early seventeenth century, which encompassed residential, trade and defense elements. This was the Golden Age for the country, when economic prosperity was at its height and Amsterdam was the world's commercial centre and focus of scientific and philosophical thought. Dutch art, military and science led the field and the city – whose name literally

  • Rap star rescue: US musician T.I. helps talks down suicidal man

    He's known as a bit of a bad boy who's had his own share of difficulties. And rapper T.I. put his own experiences to good use this week when he helped talk a suicidal man down from the ledge of a radio station building in Atlanta. Hearing about the man's plight on the radio, the 30-year-old jumped in his car and drove to the scene to persuade the man to come down. "I went down there and talked to a police office and he sent me to the negotiator," the musician – real name Clifford Harris Jr – told People

  • Newly-single Christina Aguilera banishes heartbreak on fun day with son

    As Christina Aguilera adjusts to her new life as a single mum, her biggest concern and focus is her two year-old son Max. And even though she might be feeling sad right now, that hasn't stopped her having fun with her little boy. The mother and son team spent a day at Halloween market Mr Bones' Pumpkin Patch, where only smiles and laughter were on the agenda. Click on photo for

  • California dreaming: After London and Paris Halle and Olivier enjoy LA date

    It may have started out as a bit of lighthearted fun following the end of her relationship with Gabriel Aubry. But Halle Berry's romance with Olivier Martinez is going from strength to strength. The lovebirds smiled indulgently and giggled as they were snapped on a shopping trip in Los Angeles. And the actress seems so comfortable with the gorgeous Frenchman that she went au naturel for their expedition, wearing not a scrap of makeup. Being Halle, she still managed looked fresh-faced and lovely. And Olivier seems well aware of how lucky he is to be squiring one of Hollywood's leading

  • Family feasts with Sarah Raven

    Food for friends and family is a seasonal guide to entertaining throughout the year packed with recipes to satisfy friends, relations, grown-ups and little ones alike. It has everything from jams for a weekend breakfast to duck rillettes - perfect for an outdoor picnic in the summer - to a sumptuous wilted green winter salad, garnished with blue cheese and crispy prosciutto. There is a focus on cooking outdoors, roasting over open fires (rose marshmallows being a particularly delicious sounding treat) although there is plenty to be cooked in the comfort of your own kitchen – beetroot tart with

  • Fancy dress and geek chic: Katy and Russell share intimate moments with fans

    She's the pop princess with a love of latex. He's one of Britain's most outspoken comedians. Together, Katy Perry and Russell Brand make a flamboyant couple.  Nevertheless, when they get married at the end of October Russell says it will be a "very normal" affair. Katy's love of Twitter, which has given fans an insight into their quirky personalities, suggests otherwise. Click on photo for

  • Beauty question: Is my hair loss normal?

    It's autumn and the leaves are beginning to fall; strangely, many people will also be noticing increased hair loss at this time of year. Let's take a look at some of the reasons behind hair loss and whether it's something you should be worrying about. Normal hair loss
 An average scalp contains about 100,000 hairs, each of which is born, grows and dies, having an average lifetime of between four and five years. Each day we lose a number of hairs which are replaced in the natural course of things by new ones. Daily hair loss – usually around 50


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