• Helping children celebrate The Diamond Jubilee - a gift guide

    This week, Britons will come together to officially celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Whether gathering the family to watch the royal procession, or teaming up with neighbours to host a street party, the great British public will unite to commemorate her Majesty’s 60th year on the throne. And at the centre of all the excitement will be the children as they get caught up in the fun of the festivities. So why not make sure yours are celebrating in style? On such a momentous occasion, there are a number of ways to get youngsters involved in the Jubilee – and provide

  • Ten recession-friendly dresses wedding guests will love

    It’s always difficult to know what to wear at weddings, and it can be a pricey affair for guests. Now, more than ever, ladies are turning to the high street for outfits that are easy on the pocket. We've put together a short list of do's and don'ts in terms of what to wear on your friend’s big day and chosen our favourite recession-friendly dresses for this season.    CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY DON’T wear white! – This may seem obvious, but it's surprising how many of us forget this rule when we see something we love in the shops. If you are

  • Vote for the most elegant star at Cannes

    The films took second billing to the parade of beautiful gowns on the Croisette. Movie sirens like Eva Longoria, Freida Pinto, Aishwarya Rai and the inimitable Jane Fonda wowd the crowds with their fabulous style, but who was your favourite? Click on photos to

  • 'I can't breathe': Jay-Z's protégée Rita Ora admits nerves at X Factor auditions

    She's still a relative newcomer herself, and Rita Ora admitted to be feeling the nerves when she joined the UK X Factor team in looking for a new star. The 21-year-old, who has only one hit single under her belt, admitted she couldn't breathe before stepping up to the role of guest judge at the London auditions.   CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE She joined more experienced members of the panel – Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos, who won last year with her girl group Little Mix. "I'm here… I can't breathe!" Rita wrote on Twitter. "X Factor… I'm just like

  • Bookmark these great British literary destinations

    Edinburgh The first UNESCO city for literature has inspired over 500 novels. It plays centre stage both for the works of classical writers of the stature of Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Burns, as well as for contemporary writers like Irvin Welsh and Ian Rankin. The ideal plan is to start off by getting lost amidst the streets of the Royal Mile neighbourhood, replete with charming bookshops and multiple cafés where one can imagine JK Rowling writing the first chapters of Harry Potter. CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FULL GALLERY The visit goes on through vibrant institutions such

  • The ricing on the cake

    Fuschia Dunlop must rank amongst the most knowledgeable Westerners with regards to Sichuan cookery. She's a veritable authority on it and the first Westerner to train at the Sichuan High Institute of Cuisine. She's also travelled China extensively for two decades collecting recipes. In her most recent book, Every Grain of Rice, she takes inspiration from the healthy and vibrant home cooking of Southern China – where meat and fish are eaten but in moderation and vegetables enjoy centre stage. Recipes are wonderfully named – blanched choy sam with sizzling oil, Hangzhou broad beans with ham, pock-marked old woman’s beancurd; they’re approachable

  • The flag waving workout: Burn calories the patriotic way

    In this most patriotic of British summers, there are plenty of reasons to wave the Union Jack about. There is the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics, the Euro 2012 and the Torch relay – and now we can add bingo-wing-busting benefits to the list. The first-ever scientific research into the fitness benefits of Union Jack-waving has been carried out by leading online retailer Littlewoods.com and the results are pretty impressive!   After extensive testing on six adults in strict lab conditions it can be revealed that one hour of flag-waving activity will burn off 137 calories – the equivalent to a serving

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