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  • ‘Hobbit role frustrating’

    ‘Hobbit role frustrating’

    TV star James Nesbitt has admitted that it was “frustrating” working on The Hobbit. The actor, 49, was cast as the dwarf Bofur in Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy, with the final film out in December. Nesbitt said that the experience of working on...

  • Sex, lies and domesticity

    Sex, lies and domesticity

    TheatreTrue Love LiesSt James Cavalier Sexual politics have always been complicated and, until recently, this complexity used to be kept under rigidly-tight wraps: avoiding uncomfortable conflict and confrontation in favour of a perfect...

  • Great big old school musical comedy

    Great big old school musical comedy

    TheatreThe Great Big Radio Show!Manoel Theatre Philip Glassborow’s musical comedy The Great Big Radio Show! is, in his words, a “love letter to the 1930s” and a means of sending up everything that could possibly go wrong during live radio...

  • MPO Concert Series to start next week

    MPO Concert Series to start next week

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Series kicks off with a concert at the Manoel Theatre next week. The concert will be conducted by internationally acclaimed French conductor Jean Marc Burfin, featuring Maltese pianist Charlene...

  • Second concert of the MCI season

    Second concert of the MCI season

    The Malta Cultural Institute is presenting its second concert for the 2014/2015 season on Sunday, November 2, at Le Méridien St Julian’s Hotel and Spa at 7pm. The concert will feature the Malta University Junior College Orchestra under the...

  • Spaghetti with mussels and pesto

    Spaghetti with mussels and pesto

    Ingredients480g spaghetti300g mussels, fresh or frozen120g grated cheese100g pine nuts, roastedOlive oilBunch of fresh basil, washedGarlic Method Boil the spaghetti in plenty of salted water. Place the roasted pine nuts, garlic, washed basil and...

  • Classical arias for gala evening

    Classical arias for gala evening

    The Classique Foundation, a non-profit cultural organisation that aims to promote music culture, is presenting another concert in its Grand Operatic Concert series. Grand Operatic Concert 2014 is a gala evening with a programme line-up that...

  • Cell transplant helps paralysed man walk

    Cell transplant helps paralysed man walk

    A Bulgarian man who was paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack can now walk with the aid of a frame after receiving pioneering transplant treatment using cells from his nose. The technique, described as a breakthrough by a study in the...

  • Fashion designer de la Renta dead at 82

    Fashion designer de la Renta dead at 82

    Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has passed away at the age of 82. Born in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta made a name for himself in the 1960s. De la Renta was known as one of the industry's classic designers- famous for his floral...

  • Children ‘boost arthritis risk’

    Children ‘boost arthritis risk’

    A woman’s children can increase her risk of rheumatoid arthritis, research suggests. Foetal cells from an unborn baby may remain in a mother’s body for decades and trigger an immune reaction linked to the disease, scientists believe. But whether...

  • Brad Pitt educates children about war

    Brad Pitt educates children about war

    Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt revealed the importance of educating his children about the effects of war as his latest movie Fury brought the BFI London Film Festival to a rousing close on Sunday. The 50-year-old actor, who is father to six...

  • Working intestine grown in lab

    Working intestine grown in lab

    Functioning human intestine has been grown from stem cells in the laboratory, paving the way to new treatments for gut disorders. Scientists first created tissue fragments called ‘organoids’ that were transplanted into mice, where they matured.

  • Blunt: My hit song became annoying

    Blunt: My hit song became annoying

    Chart star James Blunt has declared his own bestselling hit You’re Beautiful was “annoying”. The 40-year-old singer admitted the tune was over-exposed and alienated a lot of people after being marketed to win over female fans. In an interview with...

  • Thai marinated duck breast

    Thai marinated duck breast

    Serves 2 Ingredients2 duck breasts100g kumquats150g white radish100g onions5g garlic5g chilli10g coriander10ml honey50g carrots50g leeks20ml soy sauce10g sugar syrupOlive oil Method In a bowl mix half of the soy sauce, coriander, honey, chilli,...

  • Impotency pill ‘could treat heart disease’

    Viagra could provide a treatment for heart disease, a study suggests. In trials, the impotency pill’s active ingredient improved the heart performance of patients with a range of conditions while having no adverse effect on blood pressure. Most...

  • A beer that rocks

    Rock veterans Status Quo are celebrating after achieving their first million-seller for decades – as their beer brand struck a chord with drinkers. The group launched their Piledriver ale – named after one of their classic albums – earlier this...

  • Straccetti with rocket and scamorza cheese

    Straccetti with rocket and scamorza cheese

    Ingredients500g beef, sliced100g rucola12 cherry tomatoes1 garlic cloveSalt and pepperExtra virgin olive oil250g smoked scamorza cheese Method Chop the garlic clove, wash and dry the rucola and slice the tomatoes in half. In a bowl, place the beef...

  • Sugary drinks linked to ageing

    Sugary drinks linked to ageing

    Drinking sugary soft drinks may accelerate biological ageing as much as smoking, a study has found. The findings, from an analysis of thousands of DNA samples, suggested that sweet fizzy drinks had worse effects on health than merely promoting...

  • A man ‘who will never die’

    A man ‘who will never die’

    How do you make an exhibition about a man who never existed? The Museum of London show on Sherlock Holmes, which opened on Friday after two years of preparation, acknowledges the conundrum with its title, The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never...

  • Masters’ works under one roof

    Masters’ works under one roof

    Highlights from The Dresden Picture Gallery, considered one of the seven wonders of the art world, are on show in Munich. Veronica Stivala is awed by the collection. The Dresden Picture Gallery is one of the world’s most famous mu-seums and houses...

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