Category: Features

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…

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…

Planting for birds

Planting for birds

No doubt bird feeders and baths will be filled by many of us in the run-up to the annual Big Garden Birdwatch, the world's largest garden wildlife survey, which this year takes place from January 28-30. Yet there are other ways to attract birds to your garden in the long term if you plant species…

Boost your child's learning

Boost your child’s learning, the PTA way

Dropping children off at the school gates is as much contact as some parents get with their child's education. But parental participation in education has a direct impact on how well children do at school, whether that be primary or secondary. And that's why PTA UK, the charity which supports parent teacher associations (PTA) nationwide,…

Milk diet

Milking it – cutting out fats doesn’t mean no dairy

Full-fat milk and cheese aren't the foods you'd normally associate with weight loss - but they might not be as bad for your figure, or health, as you think. For while they do contain saturated fat, dairy experts suggest that fats from milk may not be quite the dietary demons other saturated fats are thought…

5 tips for dealing with damp

5 tips for dealing with damp

1. Penetrating damp happens when there's a problem with the fabric of the building. While the damp usually moves horizontally from the outside in, it can appear on ceilings (see below) as well as walls. Defective or missing flashing on the roof, defective or blocked guttering, defective pointing and brickwork, and cracked or missing render…

Fiona Bruce

Roadshow’s most priceless collection yet

On Sunday, BBC One aired a Holocaust Memorial edition of Antiques Roadshow - and host Fiona Bruce insists it was anything but dispiriting. "People may have thought, 'Do I want to watch something about Holocaust survivors, wouldn't that be depressing?' But actually, it's so far from depressing," says the 52-year-old, who took up the Roadshow…

Get smart about healthy eating with your kids

Get smart about healthy eating with your kids

Most parents want their children to eat healthily but many, it seems, aren't quite sure what that means. So although 84% of parents think their child's breakfast, for example, is healthy, the reality is that children consume at least half the recommended daily sugar intake at breakfast, when many eat and drink foodstuffs containing a…

Fitness relationships

Ready to find fitness love?

Think the key to attraction and a successful relationship is all mystical je ne sais quoi? According to the experts, there's actually a lot of science to it - which could be applied to other areas of your life, including your fitness regime. Fitness First has teamed up with evolutionary anthropologist and relationship scientist Anna…

Tom Daley

GB Olympic diver Tom Daley’s cookbook

When you picture Tom Daley, he's probably in pair of Speedos or a Team GB tracksuit - not an apron. But the Olympic diver is showing off his culinary skills in a new healthy eating cookbook, Tom's Daily Plan. "One of the things people don't necessarily know about me is I enjoy cooking. I've always…