News archive from 17 July 2016

Carbuncle film explores Scotland’s ‘most dismal’ towns

IT’S the infamous award which recognises the most dismal town in Scotland and provokes fierce debate on the quality of our built environment. The Plook on the Plinth trophy has been awarded to seven towns and one city since the Carbuncle Awards were...

 
Lisa Snowdon: My guilty pleasure is chocolate

Lisa Snowdon: My guilty pleasure is chocolate

Which beauty products do you swear by? I use Sarah Chapman Ultimate Cleanse twice a day, and Cold Plasma and Chloro Plasma facial creams by Perricone MD. Melvita Argan Oil and Melvita Nectar Suprême La Crème are also great and, for my body, I use...

 
Summer soles: The best tips to avoid foot ailments

Summer soles: The best tips to avoid foot ailments

We barely give our feet a second thought as we squeeze them into ill-fitting shoes or give them a pounding while playing sport. In summer, when feet sweat and swell more, they’re even more prone to infections, blisters and other ailments than any...

 
In the closet with Hollyoaks actress Amanda Clapham

In the closet with Hollyoaks actress Amanda Clapham

From left, clockwise: One of Amanda’s favourites, this little black dress with white cuffs and a jewelled collar is by Ted Baker  Among Amanda’s Swarovski crystal collection is a padlock pendant, which was a Valentine’s gift from her boyfriend, who...

 
Beauty tricks to help you beat the clock: Try these time-saving hair and make-up tips

Beauty tricks to help you beat the clock: Try these time-saving hair and make-up tips

There is no doubt we are busier than ever. So if you feel you spend most mornings dashing around getting everyone ready while simultaneously trying to dry your hair and put make-up on, you’re not alone.  As a parenting expert and author of Mum Hacks:...

 
Carphone Warehouse, QVC and Jo Malone: The best accessories we want this week

Carphone Warehouse, QVC and Jo Malone: The best accessories we want this week

From left, clockwise: Paris matchYUJ yoga sweater, £70, Style PB (020 8133 9627, stylepb.com) You should cocoa Loving Earth raw chocolate bars, from £1.49 each, Planet Organic and lovingearth.com Light up the world LED illuminated globe light, £85,...

 
Monsoon, New Look and Topshop: Festival essentials for this summer

Monsoon, New Look and Topshop: Festival essentials for this summer

From left, clockwise: Straw hat, £20, Oliver Bonas (020 8974 0110, oliverbonas.com)  Tortoiseshell sunglasses, £187, Black Eyewear (020 7637 2144, blackeyewear.com)  Playsuit, £25, Very (0844 822 2321, very.co.uk)  Floral rucksack, £25, Asos...

 
Anna Lou, Asos and Chi Chi: Pastel and retro summer outfits for hot days

Anna Lou, Asos and Chi Chi: Pastel and retro summer outfits for hot days

From left: Sequined top, £22.50, Asos (asos.com); Ellie skirt, £44.99, Chi Chi (020 8880 1211, chichiclothing.com); holographic embellished heels, £39.99, Daisy Street (daisystreet.co.uk); rainbow earrings, £12.50, Anna Lou of London (020 8879 3676,...

 
Album reviews: Michael Kiwanuka, The Avalanches and Darlingside

Album reviews: Michael Kiwanuka, The Avalanches and Darlingside

CD Of THE WEEK Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate (Polydor) Restless, hard edged; it’s a stylistic gem, chock-full of hard-edged fuzz guitar and the kind of hysterically keening backing vocals last heard in about 1971. But the Muswell Hill singer’s...

 
Film reviews: Ghostbusters, Weiner and Ice Age

Film reviews: Ghostbusters, Weiner and Ice Age

Ghostbusters (12A, 120mins) Director: Paul Feig Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth The decision to remake the classic comedy with a female cast taking the roles made famous by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd...

 
Theatre reviews: The Hollow, Unreachable and The Stripper

Theatre reviews: The Hollow, Unreachable and The Stripper

This is only one of the extraordinary facts quoted about the bestselling novelist in history, whose work has been translated into 103 languages and whose  The Mousetrap is the longest-running play in the world. Christie’s sales may be more admired...

 
Dance review: Up & Down by the Eifman Ballet

Dance review: Up & Down by the Eifman Ballet

This is the man who, in the early 1980s, shocked Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev by presenting an entertainment at the Kremlin featuring music by the decadent and banned Pink Floyd. Brezhnev died shortly afterwards. Thankfully Eifman is still vigorously...

 
Opera reviews: Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel

Opera reviews: Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel

Out went the fairy godmother, pumpkin carriage and glass slipper. The Prince’s tutor Alidoro, having spotted the heroine’s essential goodness, enables Cinderella, here named Angelina, to go to the ball, despite opposition from her unkind sisters and...

 
Parallel lives: Our pick of the best books of the week

Parallel lives: Our pick of the best books of the week

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £18.99) If you’re missing Downton, then Julian Fellowes’ latest novel will fill the void. It has the same recipe of beautiful costumes, settings and characters, plus Fellowes’ favourite...

 
Short story: The Diversion by Katie Agnew

Short story: The Diversion by Katie Agnew

Cherry Tree Lane is divine – just ask the estate agent justifying the £1 million price tag.  Five minute’s stroll to the station, half an hour from Waterloo, a 10-minute drive to open countryside (and the M4 for those glamping holidays in Cornwall),...

 


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