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Turning up the heat in Helsinki

Turning up the heat in Helsinki

For a population so adeptly conditioned to cold weather, Finns are surprisingly good at taking the heat. Tossing a large ladle of water over hot coals, a glistening, tattooed Nordic grins gleefully as our dark, charcoal-stained smoke sauna transforms into an angry furnace. As steam singes my nostrils and beads …

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Taylor and his technicolour dream home

Will Taylor to describe his home decor

Ask Will Taylor to describe his home decor and his answer is unhesitating: sea-inspired style with a touch of sunshine. “I’m often at my happiest by the ocean with salty, windswept hair, barefoot, with sand between my toes, and nothing to crowd my mind beyond the endless roll call of …

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'A chef's life isn't a rosy as people think'

Ping Coombes - Malaysian cuisine

“I’m flying to Madrid tomorrow and I have a million and one things to do,” Ping Coombes whispers down the phone, giggling at her hectic schedule. “And I’ve just moved house so I am surrounded by boxes. It’s madness.” But for the MasterChef champion – who has spent the past …

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Five ways to make a splash in Paris

Five ways to make a splash in Paris

It once divided a city by wealth and status, and even today visitors to Paris have a favoured bank of the Seine; while sightseers tend to veer a droite, artists and creative types clearly keep a gauche. Right now, though, the focus of activity is the river itself, dubbed the …

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Getting fruity this summer!

Pomegranates are proof that you shouldn’t judge a fruit by its cover. They’re not the most appetising fruit in the bowl, and don’t even offer edible flesh – but they are packed with sweet seeds, which are extremely good for you. In fact, they’re often hailed as one of the …

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Think before leaving kids home alone

Think before leaving kids home alone

The school holidays can be a childcare nightmare for parents, particularly those who work, and it can sometimes be tempting to leave children home alone. But the NSPCC is urging parents to think carefully before leaving their children at home without supervision during the summer holidays, as it could leave …

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Make a head start with autumn veg

Make a head start with autumn veg

Are your vegetables looking a little stunted, jaded or straggly this summer? If so, you won’t be alone. “Summer has only just started, Mediterranean-style,” garden expert Pippa Greenwood observes.

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