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  • Alicia Keys pregnant with second child

    Alicia Keys pregnant with second child

    Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release - her second child.A representative for the Grammy-winning performer confirmed that the singer is pregnant.Keys posted a photo with her baby bump on Instagram today, which also marked her fourth...

  • More than five a day ‘no effect’

    More than five a day ‘no effect’

    Eating more portions of fruit and vegetables than the recommended ‘five a day’ has no additional benefit on reducing a person’s risk of death, researchers have suggested. Consuming five portions of fruit or vegetables each day is linked to a lower...

  • Star Wars film-makers in row over island occupation

    Star Wars film-makers in row over island occupation

    Film-makers shooting the latest Star Wars blockbuster have clashed with conservationists over their occupation of a remote island off the coast of Ireland. As filming started on sea-swept Skellig Michael – 12 kilometres off Co Kerry – heritage...

  • Home cooking ‘helps healthy eating’

    Home cooking ‘helps healthy eating’

    Parents who spend time and trouble preparing food in the home may help their children develop healthier eating habits, research has shown. A study found that the amount of time parents devoted to meal preparation had a direct effect on children’s...

  • ‘New’ Stairway to Heaven release

    ‘New’ Stairway to Heaven release

    An unreleased version of one of the most celebrated songs in rock, Stairway to Heaven, is to come out later this year – after sitting in the vaults for more than 40 years. An alternative take of the epic track, one of Led Zeppelin’s most famous...

  • Middle-age ­drinking linked to memory loss

    Drinking too much in middle age can lead to memory loss in later life, a study has found. Scientists questioned 6,542 American middle-aged adults about their past alcohol consumption and assessed their mental abilities over a period of eight...

  • Film studio apologises for tweeting Ninja Turtle 9/11 poster

    Paramount Pictures film studio yesterday apologised for a poster for its upcoming film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, showing the four characters jumping down from an exploding skyscraper underscored with a September 11 release date. The poster...

  • Gorgonzola risotto

    Gorgonzola risotto

    Serves 4 Ingredients300g Arborio rice100g butter1 onion, chopped1 litre vegetable stock2 tbsps white wine150g peas150g mushrooms50g Parmesan cheese75g Gorgonzola60g rocket leavesSalt and pepper40g Parmesan wafers Method Melt 50g of the butter in a...

  • Levelling the law: the two faces of feminine ingenuity

    Levelling the law: the two faces of feminine ingenuity

    TheatreThe Merchant of VeniceSan Anton Gardens It has been over 20 years since MADC last put up The Merchant of Venice at San Anton Gardens as their traditional annual Shakespeare production; and a new airing of one of the Bard’s best crafted and...

  • An everyday hero

    TheatreKappillan ta’ MaltaFort St Elmo The staging of historical fiction and its adaptation into a play script is not an easy task, especially when presenting it to an audience which is more than a little familiar with the setting and half of...

  • Fans will ‘go Gaga’ over jazz album

    Fans will ‘go Gaga’ over jazz album

    Lady Gaga is a bona fide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop. Gaga has spent two years recording an album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett called Cheek To Cheek, to be released in the autumn. “You know, it’s...

  • Mitch Winehouse to release album

    Mitch Winehouse, the father of late singer Amy, is to release another album which will raise money for the charity set up in his daughter’s memory. Mitch − who released an album in 2011 in the months prior to her death − said she had helped to...

  • The Rock is Hercules

    The Rock is Hercules

    Hercules (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 98 minutesDirected by: Brett RatnerStarring: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Aksel Hennie, Reece Ritchie, Rebecca Ferguson, Joseph Fiennes, Steve Peacocke, Peter...

  • One night of lawful anarchy

    One night of lawful anarchy

    The Purge: Anarchy (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 103 minutesDirected by: James DeMonacoStarring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Michael K. Williams, Justina Machado, John Beasley, Jack Conley, Noel Gugliemi,...

  • Divided they shall remain

    Divided they shall remain

    A United Nations peacekeeping force was deployed in divided Cyprus in 1964 and remains there till this very day, patrolling the ‘Green Line’. Ray Bugeja spoke to some of the actors on the Turkish-Cypriot side. A sad episode in the history of...

  • Chicken with grilled ratatouille vegetables

    Chicken with grilled ratatouille vegetables

    Ingredients4 pieces of chicken breast1 eggplant2 large marrowsTomatoes, large200g mozzarella50g margarineFlourSeasoning Method Cut the breast into eight pieces (two per person). Heat some margarine. Season the chicken, pass each piece through...

  • New exercise claim for older people

    New exercise claim for older people

    Pensioners can dramatically boost their health by doing just one minute of intense exercise twice a week, according to a new study. Scientists at Abertay University in Dundee found that in just six weeks the physical fitness of older people...

  • Stars flock to Comic-Con

    Stars flock to Comic-Con

    Marvel superheroes of all kinds from Iron Man to Ant-Man took over Comic-Con this weekend, as leading actors revealed surprises to films that will showcase the characters. Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly anticipated sequel to 2012’s superhero...

  • Lucy and Hercules beat box office expectations

    Lucy and Hercules beat box office expectations

    Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a super-powered brain, collected $44 million to win the domestic box office race, outmuscling Hercules which took in $29 million for the second place. Both new films exceeded expectations, pumping...

  • Cheryl Cole tops UK singles chart

    English singer-songwriter Cheryl Cole took the top spot in Britain’s singles chart with Crazy Stupid Love, notching up her fourth solo number one track, the Official Charts Company said. The single, which features rapper Tinie Tempah, is taken...

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