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    The thousands of Sicilians who live in villages on the foothills of the volcano are constantly alert to Etna's moods and, from time to time, his grumblings shake heaven and earth as if to remind us all just who is in charge on the island. The ancient mound – site of the legendary workshop of Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire - is around 500,000 years old. At an altitude of 3,340 metres, Etna's peak dominates the east of Sicily, and the fire-breathing mountain has sculpted the landscape and way of life around him as few other volcanoes have

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    Although she looked a little tired, Oksana Grigorieva still managed a faint smile and a 'thumbs up' for the cameras. The Russian musician had just emerged from a 12 hour deposition with her lawyers and her ex Mel Gibson. It had been a day-long meeting as part of the ongoing custody battle between the two parties over their one-year-old daughter Lucia. The session was the first time 40-year-old Oksana and Mel, 58, had come face to face since they began the dispute earlier this year. Oksana left the lawyers offices in Century City, LA, at 9pm. Mel followed separately shortly

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    As she once pointed out her former life as a single mum hardly called for fairytale gowns. Having married into the Norwegian royal family, Princess Mette-Marit has been on a steep learning curve, which has seen her exchange a classic, unadventurous look for a truly show-stopping wardrobe that holds its own on the big occasions. Click on photos for more fabulous pictures of Mette-Marit's changing style In New York this week, marking the 100th anniversary of the American-Scandinavian foundation she was radiant in a sensational creation by one of her favourite designers – Valentino. All the weapons in her style

  • Sam Taylor-Wood reveals it was 20-year-old fiancé Aaron Johnson who wanted a baby

    Theirs is a love that has raised eyebrows. With a 23-year-age gap between Sam Taylor Wood and her actor fiancé Aaron Johnson, many were surprised when the artist and director announced she was pregnant with their daughter Wylda Rae.  And the 43-year-old has made a further surprising revelation to a US publication - it was 20-year-old Aaron who wanted to have a baby. Sam told Harper's Bazaar: "Aaron, almost before anything started between us, said he wanted kids. He was very clear about wanting a family." Crediting the Kick Ass actor with having "family values", the successful artist and director said: "We hardly go

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  • Get the look: Cheryl Cole's red-hot hair

    There's only one hair trend in the headlines right now – and that's fiery red tresses à la Cheryl Cole. The red-hot X Factor judge has sparked a sales frenzy as fashion-forward fans clamour to copy her dramatic new 'do – and the good news? You can do it yourself! Her look is the result of a £5.99 home hair dye kit - L'Oréal's Casting Creme Gloss in shade #550 Mahogany. Sales of red hair dye have doubled nationwide since Cheryl unveiled her new locks - and the trend-setting singer isn't the only A-lister unleashing her inner vamp with

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    It's every woman's nightmare. Debuting your new dress at a glitzy party only to find that a fellow fashionista has picked exactly the same outfit to wear for the evening. With more and more stars stepping out at different events in the same pretty frocks, decide who you think wears it

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    On a warm summer's evening in Llucmajor, one of the gorgeous Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Jenna Araujo and Tim Witcombe became husband and wife. The bride's parents are lucky enough to live on the island, making it the perfect place for the happy occasion. Around 55 of the couple's closest friends and family united to enjoy the ceremony, which had a rustic, laidback theme with sunflowers as a major motif. The live band began with Van Morrison's classic Have I Told You Lately before covering a wide selection of music from Frank Sinatra to Kings of Leon. After tying

  • Espresso martini

    Ingredients (makes 1) 1 shot espresso 1 shot vodka ½ shot sugar syrup* Method Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass or espresso cup. *sugar syrup is made by heating equal parts sugar and water till dissolved before

  • Get the look: Cheryl Cole's red-hot hair

    There's only one hair trend in the headlines right now – and that's fiery red tresses à la Cheryl Cole. The red-hot X Factor judge has sparked a sales frenzy as fashion-forward fans clamour to copy her dramatic new 'do – and the good news? You can do it yourself! Her look is the result of a £5.99 home hair dye kit - L'Oréal's Casting Creme Gloss in shade #550 Mahogany. Sales of red hair dye have doubled nationwide since Cheryl unveiled her new locks - and the trend-setting singer isn't the only A-lister unleashing her inner vamp with the eye-catching hue.


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