12 thinkers to discover online this year

12 THINKERS TO DISCOVER ONLINE THIS YEAR

Now that we're all stuck at home with our devices the temptation is to succumb to a vortex of internet clickbait in the vain hope that...

Films to look out for in 2021

FILMS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2021

For cinema goers 2020 was understandably a year of thin gruel. The advent of Covid-19 meant that many films banking on a big cinema...

 
 
 
Mincemeat-baked apples: why end the indulgence?

MINCEMEAT-BAKED APPLES: WHY END THE INDULGENCE?

I often feel conflicted around this time of year: can Christmas food be justified in January? I'm quite strict on when the Christmas...

Sweet perfume: inside cinema's fascination with scent

SWEET PERFUME: INSIDE CINEMA'S FASCINATION WITH SCENT

There's something intriguing about being asked to imagine what we can't directly experience for ourselves. Perhaps this is why scent...

 
 
 
How will the markets respond to lockdown?

HOW WILL THE MARKETS RESPOND TO LOCKDOWN?

What a strange non-event was the stockmarket reaction to the announcement of the latest national lockdown. Retailers, leisure companies,...

The meat-free butcher: vegan fad or the future?

THE MEAT-FREE BUTCHER: VEGAN FAD OR THE FUTURE?

The UK's first vegan butcher, recently opened in Islington, could well be a set for a Netflix sci-fi drama. Smooth slabs of artificial...

 
 
 
10 films about the final days of rulers

10 FILMS ABOUT THE FINAL DAYS OF RULERS

‘All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics...

In defence of Grease

IN DEFENCE OF GREASE

One of my relatively new but already beloved annual rituals brought fresh enjoyment this year - that of browsing the festive TV schedules...

 
 
 
Five basketball exercises to try at home

FIVE BASKETBALL EXERCISES TO TRY AT HOME

Basketball is a great way to keep physically active at home or in the park during this latest lockdown. With team sports suspended,...

The rise of the smoking jacket

THE RISE OF THE SMOKING JACKET

The fact that we're being encouraged to go out as little as possible is no reason to allow sartorial standards to slip - and if you...

 
 
 
Tom Kerridge: ‘I was a latchkey kid'

TOM KERRIDGE: ‘I WAS A LATCHKEY KID'

Tom Kerridge is a Michelin-starred chef. He opened The Hand & Flowers in 2005, and now has another restaurant and a butchers in Marlow,...

10 films to banish the January blues

10 FILMS TO BANISH THE JANUARY BLUES

At the best of times, January is a depressing month. Everyone is feeling poor and bloated after the Christmas extravaganza, and the...

 
 
 
Who's who in the Biden clan

WHO'S WHO IN THE BIDEN CLAN

The electoral college has confirmed it: the US will have its 46th president on 21 January next year - Joseph R Biden Jnr. While Scranton...

‘Forget perfection' - How to master home school

‘FORGET PERFECTION' - HOW TO MASTER HOME SCHOOL

For parents, children alike, there is an unacknowledged sense of dread as we try to galvanise ourselves for the return to ‘school',...

 
 
 
Saltimbocca: give your game an Italian twist

SALTIMBOCCA: GIVE YOUR GAME AN ITALIAN TWIST

Our original restaurant, The Shed, opened 8 years ago this month and, bar Covid, has been a huge success ever since. One of our early...

How to beat the Christmas bulge: tips from Strictly and Dancing on Ice

HOW TO BEAT THE CHRISTMAS BULGE: TIPS FROM STRICTLY AND DANCING ON ICE

“I've got a 20 kilo weight bag that I can now lift above my head with one hand,” says Ski Sunday presenter Graham Bell. The former...

 
 
 
Florentines: just the lift we need after Christmas

FLORENTINES: JUST THE LIFT WE NEED AFTER CHRISTMAS

Is there a more elegant post-Christmas treat than the florentine? Thin and lacey, full of candied fruit and golden nuts, they are indisputably...

How to avoid a cyber hack

HOW TO AVOID A CYBER HACK

While most of us can't wait to see the back of 2020, it's been a good year for some. Food delivery companies, streaming services and...

 
 
 
Word of the week: NERVTAG

WORD OF THE WEEK: NERVTAG

Definition: The New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group. A body that advises SAGE, who then advise the government...

What causes Long Covid and how can it be treated?

WHAT CAUSES LONG COVID AND HOW CAN IT BE TREATED?

The announcement by the Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock that the NHS is to set up more than 40 specialists clinics in England...

 
 
 



Phil Spector, Music Producer and Convicted Murderer, Dead at 81

Phil Spector, Music Producer and Convicted Murderer, Dead at 81

Famed music producer Phil Spector has died while serving a 19-year prison sentence for murder. He was 81. Spector was pronounced deceased from natural causes on Saturday, Jan... Read more ...

Pep Guardiola insists two-goal hero John Stones 'deserves the best'

Pep Guardiola insists two-goal hero John Stones 'deserves the best'

The defender is enjoying a renaissance having been effectively exiled from Guardiola's plans for almost all of last season, and bagged his first two league goals for City in... Read more ...

Ronnie O'Sullivan compares Yan Bingtao to snooker legends after Masters win

Ronnie O'Sullivan compares Yan Bingtao to snooker legends after Masters win

Yan Bingtao claimed the Masters title on Sunday night Ronnie O'Sullivan believes Yan Bingtao's Masters title is reminiscent of when snooker legends like Stephen Hendry, John... Read more ...

‘Architects of own downfall' - deflated Wilder condemns team performance in...

‘Architects of own downfall' - deflated Wilder condemns team performance in Spurs defeat

Chris Wilder has described the Premier League as “brutal” following Sheffield United's 3-1 loss to Tottenham on Sunday afternoon. The Blades are currently 11 points from safety... Read more ...

Justin Timberlake CONFIRMS he and Jessica Biel welcomed second child. and...

Justin Timberlake CONFIRMS he and Jessica Biel welcomed second child. and name is of Hebrew origin

Timberlake and his 38-year-old actress wife - who are already parents to a five-year-old son named Silas - had welcomed a bouncing baby boy he revealed during an appearance on... Read more ...

Explanation provided for Wilfried Zaha's absence from Crystal Palace squad...

Explanation provided for Wilfried Zaha's absence from Crystal Palace squad vs Man City

Etihad showdown The Eagles are currently locked in action with Pep Guardiola's men at the Etihad, in their latest Premier League outing. Palace of course headed into... Read more ...

Covid: Dancing On Ice stars 'livid as Vanessa Bauer lives with her boyfriend'

Covid: Dancing On Ice stars 'livid as Vanessa Bauer lives with her boyfriend'

Some pro skaters have reportedly accused bosses of endangering their Covid-19 bubble by letting the dancer, 24, live with her beau Rory McCall. Read more ...

DOI's Jake Quickenden takes cheeky swipe at Joe-Warren Plant's debut after fall

DOI's Jake Quickenden takes cheeky swipe at Joe-Warren Plant's debut after fall

Former Dancing On Ice winner Jake Quickenden has questioned the judges' scoring tonight as Joe-Warren Plant wracked up a respectable score despite taking a tumble halfway through Read more ...

Laura Whitmore shares unseen snap of pet dog 'who played key role at wedding'

Laura Whitmore shares unseen snap of pet dog 'who played key role at wedding'

Laura Whitmore has revealed that her wedding to Iain Stirling was aided by their four-legged friend Mick, who she says played a star role on their big day Read more ...

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo admits 'our attitude was wrong from the start' in...

Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo admits 'our attitude was wrong from the start' in defeat to Inter Milan 

Arturo Vidal and Nicolo Barella struck in each half to give a dominant Inter their first league win against the Turin club since September 2016 to leave Juve seven points off... Read more ...