• Beat the winter blues

    As the temperature drops and the dark nights creep in, many of us get the winter blues and in some more extreme cases, may even be affected by SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). SAD is caused by a biochemical imbalance in a portion of the brain called the hypothalamus due to the lack of sunlight in the winter months and shorter daylight hours. During this time we can often experience a dip in mood but may also suffer with symptoms including sleep problems, over eating, anxiety, mood changes, lethargy, loss of concentration and libido. But there are ways to beat

  • Dive in and discover Egypt

    Expect more than a place to build sandcastles - an Egyptian holiday could involve anything from camel trekking and haggling in the souks to embracing the glittering nightlife of the Red Sea resorts. Timeless Egyptian Sights Follow the throng of tourists by bus, taxi or even camel to Giza for the amazing spectacle of the sphinx and the three pyramids. The tallest pyramid, Khufu, is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and was also the highest man-made structure until the Eiffel Tower was built. The Temple of Karnak will also take your breath away and rightly deserves its

  • What's in a name? An alternative way to welcome your child

    From christenings and baptisms, to Namakarma Sanskars and Brit Milahs, the arrival of a new baby is a cause for celebration all around the world. But now more and more people are looking for non-religious ways to commemorate the birth of a child - and top of the list is a naming ceremony. What is a naming ceremony? A baby naming ceremony is a purely celebratory affair with no legal bearing. An increasingly popular alternative to the more traditional services, it doesn't follow any religious rules and focuses on the relationship between the child and the parents, rather than welcoming that

  • Sausage Roly Poly

    Serves: 4-6 Cooking time: About 45 minutes Ingredients: 454g Pork and tomato or chilli sausages 11tbsp Vegetable oil 1 Clove garlic, crushed 1 Onion, roughly chopped 1 Tomato, roughly chopped 300g Self raising flour 100g Suet 200ml (approx) Cold water Method: 1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4, 180ºC, 350ºF. 2. Heat oil in a pan and lightly fry onion and garlic together. Remove from the heat, add the tomato and allow to cool slightly. 3. Place flour and suet into a bowl and mix together. Add sufficient cold water to bind the mixture together (approx 200ml). Pull the pastry together with your hands and then place on a floured

  • Sunday Sausage Brunch

    Serves: 2 Cooking time: About 20 minutes Ingredients: 4 Chunky traditional pork sausages 454g Potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks Splash of milk Knob of butter 1 1tsp Vegetable oil 4 Chestnut mushrooms, sliced 50g Black pudding, cut into chunks 8 Cherry tomatoes, cut in half 2 Eggs Method: 1. Place potatoes in a pan of boiling water and cook until tender. Drain and roughly mash with milk and butter. 2. Heat oil in a small (1 person) frying pan (either make 2 small or 1 large ’squeak’) add 2 sausages and half the mushrooms per person. Cook until sausages are starting to brown. Add half the black pudding

  • Hearty Sausage One-Pot

    Serves: 4 Cooking time: About 1 hour, 30 minutes Ingredients: 454g Pork & herb, garlic or onion sausages 1tbsp Vegetable oil 1 Onion, roughly chopped 2 Cloves garlic, crushed 150ml Stock 300ml Red wine 225g Red cabbage, shredded2tbsp Cranberry or redcurrant jelly 1 (approx 400g) Can green lentils, drained 3 Sprigs fresh thyme Method: 1. Heat oil in a large ovenproof pan or casserole. Add the onion, garlic and sausages, lightly brown. 2. Add all the remaining ingredients and stir well. Bring to the boil. Place lid on the pan and put in the oven for about 1 hour. 3. Take out of the oven, give a good stir and replace

  • Sausage Mash-Up

    Serves: 4 Cooking time: About 40 minutes Ingredients: 454g Pork and apple sausages 900g Potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks 1tbsp Vegetable oil 2 Leeks, washed and cut into large chunks 2 Parsnips, peeled and cut into small cubes 1tbsp Plain flour 300ml Cider or apple juice 5 Fresh sage leaves, roughly torn Splash of milk Knob of butter 50g Strong Cheddar style Method: 1. Place potatoes into a pan of boiling water and cook until tender. 2. Heat oil in a large pan, add sausages and leeks. Cook until sausages are lightly browned. 3. Add the parsnips and flour,

  • New dad Robbie Williams lights up Oxford Street

    New dad Robbie Williams switched on Oxford Street's Christmas lights in front of a strong crowd of 20,000 fans. The star was joined by Spice Girl Emma Bunton, who helped him push the button to light up the famous street. "Tonight's event was incredible – the Oxford Street crowds were amazing, and it was fantastic being part of the celebrations," said Robbie. The Take That singer was in mood of celebration on Monday night for another special reason, his single Candy topped the official singles chart making it his first solo UK number one hit for eight years.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY It is the 14th number

  • Katie Holmes embraces new Broadway play with gusto

    There were plenty of theatrics as Katie Holmes' new play, Dead Accounts, opened on Broadway on Monday evening. Throwing herself wholeheartedly into her brand new role, the brunette wrapped her arms around her co-star Josh Hamilton onstage before a rapt audience. Katie is starring as Lorna, the highly-strung sister of a con man whose sudden return home — with millions of dollars in hand — launches his family into a comedic, money-charged frenzy. If the 33-year-old was feeling nervous about opening night, it wasn't obvious as she tread the boards like a consummate professional.   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR GALLERY Of course,

  • Victoria Pendleton reveals dancing plans for her summer wedding

    Victoria Pendleton has revealed she plans to enlist Strictly Come Dancing partner Brendan Cole to help with her first dance at her wedding. Olympic cycling's golden girl, who won two medals in this year's Olympic Games, has already started to teach fiancé Scott Gardner dance steps in her kitchen. She also admitted that she loved wearing a wedding dress to perform a tango to White Wedding on the BBC1 Halloween show. CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE "Putting it on reminded me how excited I am about marrying Scott - I can't wait", she told the Radio Times about the wedding next summer. "I wanted us to

  • 'X Factor's Nicole Scherzinger and Tulisa Contostavlos support fellow judge Gary Barlow

    Nicole Scherzinger and Tulisa Contostavlos may be rival judges on the X Factor, but the pair joined forces on Monday night to support fellow panel member Gary Barlow, as he was honoured at the Music Industry Trust Awards. Both ladies pulled out all the stops in dazzling black numbers. Nicole opted for a long gown with cut-out panels whilst Tulisa wore a mid-calf length satin dress with a wide belt and peep-toe shoes. Also from the X Factor were host Dermot O'Leary, judge Louis Walsh and Xtra Factor co-host Caroline Flack, who went for casual chic in a leather mini-skirt and blouse.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL

  • Celebrate British Sausage Week with a banger!

    Present in cultures around the world, sausages can combine wonderful herbs and spices, flavourful meats, vegetables, fruits, and grains in a natural casing. But with 2012 as a year full of national pride, what better way to celebrate British Sausage Week than by Standing up for British Bangers to mark the event's 15th year anniversary. It's the nation's favourite meaty dinner, outselling chicken or minced beef and accounting by a staggering 864 million meals every year. And to uphold the farmers who produce them simply look out for the Red Tractor logo in supermarkets to ensure your products are to the best possible British

  • Zara Phillips and her Olympic gang horse around for Children in Need

    She may be the Queen's granddaughter, but Zara Phillips isn't afraid to have a giggle, as the blonde clearly demonstrated when she and her colleagues from Team GB's equestrian outfit danced 'Gangnam Style'  for Children in Need. The novelty pop gem by Koren star Psy became a worldwide phenomenon thanks to its wacky dance routine. Now, it has the royal seal of approval and three new high profile recruits.   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR GALLERY Kitted out in their jodhpurs and jackets, Zara and fellow silver medal winners Tina Cook and Nicola Wilson gave it their all for their number. The

  • Miranda Kerr shows off runway ready physique ahead of Victoria's Secret show

    She is gearing up to strut her stuff for one of the most popular catwalk shows in the world, Victoria’s Secret, on Wednesday. And Miranda Kerr is also in the middle of shooting the lingerie giant’s new season campaign. But the supermodel, who is no doubt used to juggling hectic schedules since becoming a mum to baby boy Flynn in 2011, seems to be far from fazed by her busy week.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY She looked as glamorous as ever as she stepped out in New York on Monday, attracting the attention of onlookers as she left

  • The fascinating rags to riches story of fashion mogul Ralph Lauren

    With a net worth of $6.5 billion, it’s hard to imagine that Ralph Lauren’s luxury label and privileged lifestyle is a far cry away from his modest upbringing. But in the recent documentary, Bloomberg's Game Changers: Ralph Lauren, the richest man in American fashion reveals the struggles of his youth growing up as part of a Jewish immigrant working-class family. CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY Youngest of four children, Ralph Lauren or Ralph Lifshitz, shared a bedroom with his brothers, whilst growing up in the Bronx, New York in the 1940s and 50s. At the age of 12, he worked after school

  • Vote for the most heavenly Victoria's Secret Angel

    It's that time of the year again, when the Victoria's Secret Angels descend onto the catwalk to showcase their lavish costumed lingerie and incredible bodies. This year, models will include familiar faces such as Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr and Alessandra Ambrosio, who has been chosen as this year's model of the iconic 'Fantasy Bra'. Since the brand's first show in 1995, the event has become one of the most watched spectacles on TV and by 2011 the budget for the fashion extravaganza was $12 million up from the first show's budget of $120,000. We have chosen 20 of the most iconic Angels

  • Be inspired by tradition with Downton Abbey's Elizabethan beauty look

    When Mrs Patmore, Downton Abbey's trusty and traditional cook exclaims "Is that rouge on your cheeks Missy", she is promptly reminded that, for women, times are changing. Not only has the turn-of-the-century drama brought us the trials and tribulations of an upstairs-downstairs household and the horror of the First World War, but the dressing rooms of Downton Abbey have also played host to the history of a cosmetic revolution.  CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY As the third series of ITV's English costume drama marked the beginning of the 1920's, flapper-style dresses came on the show in full force with glistening headbands and

  • The Boss and Jay-Z join stars giving Barack Obama final election push

    It's been proclaimed the closest fought US election in recent history – so Barack Obama must be glad to have the support of some A-list celebrities, as well as a couple of music legends, as the race for the White House draws to a nail-biting close. The president was joined on the road during his last 24 hours by Jay-Z – who has hosted a number of fundraisers and appeared in campaign videos – and 'The Boss' – aka Bruce Springsteen. CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY Taking to the stage in Columbus, Ohio, Beyonce's husband even changed the lyrics

  • Newlywed Cat Deeley shows off bridal look for fashion awards

    She recently wed her Irish comedian love Patrick Kielty in Rome. And it looks like Cat Deeley is still is in wedding mode, rocking a bridal look as she stepped out at the WSGN Global Fashion Awards on Monday night. The presenter wore a silk ivory Charlie Brear 1930s dress, complete with an ostrich feather overskirt.   She paired the eye-catching ensemble with a white blazer, which managed to steer the outfit away from total bridal territory. The 36-year-old, who wore her hair straight and sported natural make-up, was hosting the ceremony at London’s lavish Savoy hotel. The awards show

  • First look: Entire Kardashian 'Kollection' finally revealed

    British fans were excited to hear news that the Kardashian sisters are set to take the UK fashion scene by storm after joining forces with high street retailer Dorothy Perkins. And while the 'Kollection' doesn’t launch until Thursday, Kim, Kourtney and Khloe have ended our suspense by releasing pics of the entire collection. Oozing the ladies' signature high-octane glamour style, the line features a series of figure-hugging party dresses and a great deal of leopard print.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY Kourtney’s bohemian chic is found in floaty drape sleeve blouses, while Kim’s red carpet glamour arrives in 'look at me' dresses.  And Khloe's edgier dressing