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Alcohol harm greatest in three life stages

Australian researchers have narrowed down the three periods in life when people are most at risk from alcohol consumption.


The cookbooks of 2020 you need: From Towpath to Jikoni

There has never been a year when we’ve needed cookbooks more. We’ve spent our lives at home, gotten to know our kitchens again, and even dusted off the Bundt pan stashed in the back of a cabinet. We’ve had time – time to try our hand at sour dough and then decide that mixing up a quick loaf of Irish soda bread is fine, thanks very much. But it’s not only that we have more time on our hands, it’s that food is our escape, the punctuation mark in...


National Lottery EuroMillions results: Winning numbers for Friday December 4

Find out if you've scooped the massive £175million jackpot.


'A filthy hovel' - Britannia named worst UK hotel chain eight years running

Britannia has been ranked the UK's worst hotel chain for the eighth consecutive year, after guests described their venues as "filthy".


Nintendo's Super Mario Christmas jumpers on sale

Mario time!


Matthew Perry launches a Friends-themed clothing line

Matthew Perry has announced via Instagram that he's launching a 'Friends'-themed clothing line to benefit coronavirus relief.


North Wales hotels with 'great sadness' and 'heavy hearts' close down for busiest time of the year

The new Covid-19 hospitality regulations have forced some of the region's best known sites to shut in the run up to Christmas


How to make Romy Gill’s Christmas fruit cake

We didn’t celebrate Christmas at home back home when I was growing up but I did go to celebrate at my friend’s house. Now, my husband Gundeep and I celebrate with my daughters and neighbours. Growing up, my mum never baked a cake. That was something she let other people do and plus, we didn’t have an oven. I grew up in Newtown in West Bengal, and my friends lived in the nearby towns of Asanol and Burnbur. Asanol is a small town steeped in...


Ikara Wilpena Pound, Uluru and Arnhem Land tourism experiences on new online platform

Indigenous tourism experiences are being featured on new national not-for-profit database, helping businesses affected by COVID-19 lockdowns recover from closures.


Celeb landlords back call to give £2billion supermarket Covid tax refund to pubs

EXCLUSIVE: It's your round Rishi Sunak as Tom Kerridge and Jodie Kidd back the Mirror's campaign for £2billion in refunded Covid supermarket tax break cash to go to ailing businesses


29 best stocking fillers for men this Christmas, from gifts under £5 to luxury treats

Shop the best stocking fillers for men Christmas 2020 for the fashion savvy, foodie, sporty or funny guy. From cheap men’s stocking filler ideas under £5 to luxury gifts in grooming, chocolate, games and more.


Zoë Foster Blake looks stylish in $2K outfit while out in Melbourne

Zoë Foster Blake looked nothing but incredibly stylish as she enjoyed a day out in Melbourne on Thursday.


PlayStation 5: GAME is offering four free PS5 consoles - here's how to get them

If you still haven’t managed to get your hands on the console, there’s good news, as GAME and PlayStation have teamed up to offer a range of prizes, including four PS5 consoles


Matthew Perry launches limited edition Friends fashion line for charity

The Friends actor has turned his hand to fashion design - and modelling - for a good cause as he does his part in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus pandemic


What Santa's got in his travel pack: The best gifts for globetrotters

Here are some choice items for globetrotters to put in their letter to Santa this year. From luxury hotel vouchers to a raft for outdoor swimmers, they are perfect for anyone fired up with wanderlust.


Amanda Holden reveals epic Christmas door makeover in new video

Britain's Got Talent star Amanda Holden showed off her door's new Christmas look in video of her house


Five minutes with... Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

Over the past five years, you have built something of a vegan empire. What led you to focus on vegan plant-based cooking? Initially, Ian went vegan. He was on a January health kick and challenge, so he went vegetarian and then that turned into vegan… Sooner or later, we watched Cowspiracy, the movie, and I [Henry], was convinced and turned vegan overnight. What we both found is that we just felt amazing after making the decision. Our bodies felt...


Winter 2020 Fashion: Faux Fur All Over

From coats to caps faux fur is hot for fall and here to keep you warm all winter. In recognition of Faux Fur Friday take a look at the textile which made its debut in 1929, and now over 90 years later is still a must-have from some of the most coveted designers like Givenchy, Prada, Michael Kors and many more.


I'm a Celebrity viewers react to winner Giovanna Fletcher being crowned the first Queen of the Castle

The ITV reality series, which was filmed at Gwrych Castle, concluded tonight after three weeks


Charles and Camilla: Their love story secrets

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, lovers since the 1970s, had to wait 35 years before openly displaying their affection for one another. Scandals, loveless marriages, divorces, adultery: the lives of Britain's Royal Family never cease to fascinate and surprise. Let's relive a half-century of forbidden love between Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.


The white wines you need for a magical Christmas

One thing is for sure this Christmas: however we celebrate, if we are only allowing ourselves a couple of meals with family and friends or if it’s just that Zoom celebration, we need to do it as well as we can. And that means serious wines. While red wines can often seem to dominate at Christmas, we do need full-flavoured whites in our cellar as well, for aperitifs and oysters, for smoked fish and canapes, and for centrepieces such as salmon...


IWM Duxford: Museum designed to dimensions of Cold War nuclear bomber becomes one of youngest listed buildings

The American Air Museum at Duxford was designed by Norman Foster to house an important collection of US warplanes used to fight in Europe


The 12 tips of Christmas: How to prepare for the unexpected and still make it special

Where do you start with prepping for Christmas this year? That’s the question we put to chefs, food producers, and drink extraordinaires across the UK. The general consensus seems to be to plan for a feast regardless, but be prepared to spend the festive period with fewer people that you might usually, and get inventive with leftovers. Here’s how you do that... Tip 1: The time to plan is now The one certainty we have this Christmas is we all...


Pokemon Go Shiny Celebi Special Research event coming this month

Celebi will take another spotlight in the animated Pokemon film coming next year


Fit in my 40s: can Instagram influencers motivate me to move?

I’ve never much used Instagram except for looking at pictures of pitbulls, so when I met my first influencer (an interiors one rather than fitness) I, of course, had no idea of the deadly seriousness of the medium. Existing not just on likes, but on likes as a proportion of followers, he expressly forbade me from following him, on the grounds that I seemed like the kind of person who, though approving of a post, would forget to actually click...


Exclusive: Real Housewives of Atlanta star confirms wedding will be shown

"I've never been so stressed out in my life."


Prohibition and when America went dry

One hundred years ago in January 1920, the United States dried up. The Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution effectively banned the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcohol. The country couldn't drink. Prohibition had arrived! The 13-year nationwide constitutional ban on alcohol was one of the most contentious periods in US history. But the origins of Prohibition stretch back much further, fermented as it was back in the 19th century. Browse this gallery and imbibe the fascinating story of how America abstained, but only because it had to.


Top 20 PS5 hidden features you didn't know your PlayStation 5 had

The PS5 has a wealth of advanced options and features that make gaming better – don't miss out on using them


Blind date: 'First impressions? Wow!'

Aiden on Charlotte What were you hoping for? My housemate Meabh (who signed me up) was determined to find my future wife. But I was just hoping for someone to have a fun night with. First impressions? Wow! She’s a helluva lot more beautiful than I was expecting and she has great fashion. Shout out to those good-time polka-dot tights. What did you talk about? We spent half the night arguing with the waiter about my nut allergy. The restaurant...


A Guide To Doing Your New Year's Eve At Home Because... 2020

It’s the question people ask every year – forget Christmas, what are you doing on New Year’s Eve? Have you found a willing house party host or a pub that doesn’t cost £50 a pop to get in? Are you having a few friends round for dinner or planning a major pub crawl into town? Of course, this year is different. There will be no house parties, pub crawls, or people crammed in a bar. There’ll be no kissing random strangers at midnight, or being so...


What to cook with couscous

Couscous is one of the most versatile cooking ingredients found in the kitchen. Made from crushed durum wheat semolina, couscous originates from North Africa and the Middle East, where it's often served with a hearty stew. Introduced into Europe through the Iberian Peninsula in the 13th century, couscous is today listed in all sorts of delicious and appetizing recipes. And guess what? It's so easy to prepare. Hungry to know more? Click through the following gallery for some mouthwatering meal ideas and serving suggestions.


Karl Lagerfeld’s cat is the richest pet in the world


Adorable animals celebrating Christmas

It's not just people who celebrate Christmas. No, really! Animals love it too. They love the parties, the hats (especially the hats), getting dressed up—the whole nine yards. And even if we think we know how to celebrate in style, we could learn a thing or two from our furry friends. In this gallery, check out what these guys get up to at Christmas while we're all sleeping...


‘Speedy BOSH!’: Quick and easy vegan recipes from spicy stuffed aubergines to the ‘ultimate’ mac and cheese

Spicy stuffed aubergines A cheeky twist on the classic dish imam biyaldi, these stuffed aubergines are to die for. Imam biyaldi roughly translates to “the priest fainted”, and folklore tells us that a priest was so impressed by the dish upon first eating it that he swooned. Our version is definitely delicious enough to make a holy man topple… The mince and onion stuffing browns brilliantly and packs a spicy punch, while the traditional tahini...


Inside the 'Iron Maiden' house dominating Sydney's chicest suburb

Clinton Cole spent three years designing a truly unique family home on Sydney's lower North Shore, now known as the 'Iron Maiden'.


Have a wild day out in the Crocswolds at Britain's only crocodile zoo

Crocodiles Of The World, in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, is home to many crocs that have been rescued from private collections. Rob Crossan visited and became a VIP keeper for the day.


Honey, Honey, This Mamma Mia Workout Will Get You Sweating – and Singing

Wholesome, feel-good cardio


Strictly's Oti Mabuse reveals unreal feature inside her dance studio

You'll be delighted when you see what Oti Mabuse has in her London dance studio…


Mariah Carey's most iconic diva moments

Mariah Carey is the most famous diva in the music business, and she has been for decades—because divas don't just fade into the background. With a vocal range said to span up to seven octaves, giving us that unbelievable whistle register, her elevated status is quite justified. She's given the world 15 studio albums, some of the most intense and brilliant shade, dreams bigger than some of us could ever imagine, and a degree of luxury that we should all aspire to. But she's so much more than a diva, and in fact some of her greatest diva moments have been pulling the curtain back on what it's like behind the dazzle and diamonds. Click through to celebrate her most iconic moments.


DOMINIC SANDBROOK says UK may be on the verge of a truly dazzling 2021

DOMINIC SANDBROOK: A day to remember, in a year to forget. That was Health Secretary Matt Hancock's verdict on Wednesday, after news that Britain had approved a Covid-19 vaccine.


Why 2020 is the year of the historically maligned brussels sprout

In a year that will forever be branded “unprecedented”, news that the historically maligned brussels sprout had been voted Britain’s favourite vegetable seemed pretty much par for the course. Indeed, one could easily make a case for the sprout being the vegetal manifestation of 2020: bitter, unsightly and bound to have powerful consequences. The survey, released late last month, was conducted by Waitrose: not the most representative of...


The Welsh heartland town where young locals are becoming 'tourists in their own communities'

Campaigners say too many are living with their parents and sleeping on sofas because they can't afford to buy property in an area dubbed the 'new Abersoch'


I’m a Celebrity: Every winner from the first series to last year

As the new series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! draws to a close, you might be wondering what became of previous winners. This year, 10 contestants will take on a variety of challenges at a derelict castle in north Wales. They are: Shane Richie, Hollie Arnold, Jordan North, Beverey Callard, AJ Pritchard, Sir Mo Farah, Jessica Plummer, Vernon Kay, Giovanna Fletcher and Victoria Derbyshire. Read more about this year’s contestants here...


Tim Dowling: I've recorded a Christmas song for charity. What could go wrong?

It’s a cloudy Friday morning and I am standing on a disused golf course somewhere in London, trying and failing to pick up a dog turd. I’m having trouble opening the biodegradable poo bag because of the white gloves I’m wearing. I’m wearing white gloves because I’m dressed as Santa. The dog is pulling at the lead as I hunch over the wet grass. In the distance an onlooker is standing on the fairway, watching this disturbing scene unfold. He is...


Saturday Scotland forecast 05/12/20

5 Dec - Scotland weather forecast presented by Aidan McGivern


The cutest mini Christmas trees for your kids room (or small apartment)

You don’t necessarily need to go big in order to muster up a little holiday cheer!


Long Read: Tom Kitchin on Covid, Christmas and keeping on cooking

Long Read: Tom Kitchin on Covid, Christmas and keeping on cooking


Wear And Care: Mend Your Socks & Denim To Save Money And The Environment

Martha Mouat Salkeld, who is a seamstress at Cornwall based Clothes Doctor, shows how you can mend and darn denim and the holes in your socks. Saving you money, avoiding buying fast fashion and reducing landfill.


The mood-boosting buys guaranteed to spark joy

I don’t know about you but I am longing, positively longing, to get dressed up. I want to get all zhuzhed and preened for an evening of reckless razzmatazz. I’m craving short skirts, long nights and too-high heels. The sparkly mini in my wardrobe is winking at me, begging for her annual twirl on the tiles. But alas, this year she’s unlikely to see a dinner never mind a disco. Instead, I am determined to bring the party indoors, with a few key...


BEL MOONEY: Should I blame my son-in-law for bitter family rift?

This week, Bel advises a father who says his wife has been left distraught after falling out with their daughter and son-in-law.