Category: Features

Featured articles about health, lifestyle, travel and family.

Catch the cuddle bug - hugging health benefits

Catch the cuddle bug – hugging health benefits

The average person would like six hugs a day, apparently - though most have to settle for two - and who could blame them? We all love a good hug (the more squeezy and bear-like the better), and while chances are we all have at least one or two friends or relatives who are a…

Beautiful buys to make your Valentine's Day

Beautiful buys to make your Valentine’s Day

With less than a week to go until the most romantic day of the year, if you haven't already picked out a present for your special someone you'd better get your skates on... Help is at hand, however, as the beauty departments have been flooded with perfectly-timed perfume launches and neatly packaged sets ready to…

Feel fab at 50 and beyond

Feel fab at 50 and beyond

More than half a million women in Ireland and the UK will turn 50 this year - including TV favourite-turned-fitness-fanatic Davina McCall, plus Kate Garraway and Ulrika Jonsson. But far from feeling past their heyday, 82% of women are winding up, not down, as they approach this landmark birthday, according to a new survey by…

Golden rules for healthy kids

Peacock’s golden rules for healthy kids

Families are constantly bombarded with messages about the importance of healthy eating and maintaining an active lifestyle, so it's not surprising that most young people know what they should be doing to stay healthy. However, research suggests that knowing what food is good for them and how much exercise to take doesn't necessarily mean young…

Vegan Nick Knowles - more carrot, less steak

Vegan Nick Knowles – more carrot, less steak

Nick Knowles is aware he's not what many would picture when the word 'vegan' comes to mind. "You tend to think that most vegans are petite, small, slim people, and I'm not," states the 54-year-old TV presenter, best known for his 18 years fronting BBC One home-improvement stalwart DIY SOS. "I'm a 46-inch chest, 6ft…

Trainspotting 2

Trainspotting II – ‘It makes you yearn for your youth’

Trainspotting dealt with drugs and youth culture and caused huge controversy on its release in 1996. But it went on to become a cultural phenomenon, and now, 21 years later, the gang - Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud - are finally back on the big screen. T2 Trainspotting is an adaptation of Irvine Welsh's…

The Genealogy Event - Fri 1 Sept & Sat 2 Sept

THE GENEALOGY EVENT: Irish Genealogy & DNA Conference in Adare, Ireland

People looking to find out more about their family history should head to Limerick in September, where a two-day genealogy conference will be taking place. The Genealogy Event, sponsored by Roots Ireland, will take place Friday 1 September and Saturday 2 September at Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel & Spa in Adare. Situated within a few…

Keeping germs in the family

Keeping germs in the family

If there's one thing you can guarantee about a child, it's that they'll catch some, if not all, of the bugs going round their school or nursery. And what's almost as certain is that someone else in the family - usually mum - will then catch it too. (more…)

Reviews of the best e-readers

Six of the best… e-readers

Kindle E-Reader, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display If you're new to the world of e-readers - a world dominated largely by Amazon - this basic Kindle could be a good starting point. Not least because the screen is glare-free making lengthy sessions with your tome of choice easier on the eyes. At just 161g, the Kindle…

Hair nutrition

Feed your hair from the inside out

We all know the Golden Rule when it comes to growing your hair: regular trims to help ensure your mane stays healthy and strong - along with using suitable heat-protective products, to keep breakages, split-ends and frizzy, frazzled tresses at bay. Regular protein and deep-conditioning treatments are a good idea too. But aside from that,…

Tom Kerridge

‘There are more fat 40-year-olds than chiselled geezers’

Dieting is a divisive subject, not least with the current debate surrounding clean eating, but chef Tom Kerridge is open-minded. The cheerful TV foodie has lost 11st over the course of three years on his self-devised regime, bidding bye-bye to big boozy sessions with his 'naughty boy chef mates', exercising daily and skipping certain types…

Nadiya Hussain

Star baker rises to novel challenge

Star baker Nadiya Hussain has an unusual method of managing panic attacks. "When I was on Bake Off, I used to have an elastic band around my wrist and used it for shock therapy, where you ping the elastic band which reminds you of where you are and that you'll be fine. (more…)

Piers Morgan

‘Trump follows one Brit on Twitter – me!’

Piers Morgan's just arrived on the 20th floor of the ITV studios on London's Southbank, half an hour after Good Morning Britain's ended. "By this time I'm normally in bed," he states. "I just go straight home. I don't even talk to my wife [writer Celia Walden]. I walk straight through the door, upstairs, back…

James McAvoy

James McAvoy: “I can do anything”

There's no challenge too great for James McAvoy. The Scottish actor won over American audiences with his critically acclaimed breakthrough performances in The Last King Of Scotland and Atonement; he drew rave reviews for his gruelling 88-show portrayal of Macbeth in the West End; put in a gasp-worthy performance as a drug-fuelled cop in Filth…

Seasonal Affective Disorder

January blues? Are you really SAD?

Most of us have moaned about winter being a slog. Many will have felt down in the dumps too, the grizzly weather and long, dark nights taking their toll, counting down the days until spring, when everything will be cheerier, brighter, more fun. But when does a touch of winter blues become full-blown seasonal affective…

Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen: ‘Many actors just want to impress their parents’

When the young Ian McKellen showed an interest in becoming a performer, his mother, Margery, was more supportive than most parents might be of such an unpredictable profession. "Apparently she said, 'If Ian decides to be an actor, it's a good job, because it brings pleasure to people'," says the star, now 77. (more…)

Emma Stone talks about La La Land

‘La La Land is intoxicating’ says Emma Stone

Emma Stone's just spilt coffee on the lush carpet of the hotel suite. It's a moment reminiscent of a scene in La La Land, where her character, aspiring actress Mia, is rushing from her job as a barista to make an audition and ends up with coffee all down her front. It's this goofiness, both…