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  • Working up a sweat in San Diego

    Summer is an opportunity to relax in the sun, but in fitness-crazy southern California, you are more likely to see people pounding the pavement than lounging on the beach, as Mary Milliken and Mike Blake find out. This might just be the easiest...

  • Olly’s Premium Eats

    P. Cutajar has unveiled its first own food brand, Olly’s Premium Eats, featuring a range of six products, including burgers, chicken fingers and chicken nuggets. The products contain no added spices or flavours and are produced from top-quality...

  • Storytelling for children

    A storytelling event for children, called Legends from the Middle Ages, is being held as part of this year’s Medieval Mdina Festival. The event offers children an opportunity to learn about what happened in Malta and in Europe during the Middle...

  • Those with glass churches throw flowers, not stones

    Crossing the street on the isle of Jersey in midsummer is a risky business, though thankfully injuries can be more floral than fatal. Bedding plants can inflict some nasty injuries if you don’t look left, then right, and left again to make sure a...

  • Blumenthal shuns NY for Melbourne

    British chef Heston Blumenthal, famed for his bacon and egg ice cream, credits fans, friends and the ‘food explosion’ in Australia for his decision to move The Fat Duck to Melbourne for six months while the Michelin-starred restaurant is being...

  • Petal power

    Cherry blossom season lures thousands of visitors to Japan each spring, but Helen Raine explains there’s still time to catch this beautiful phenomenon. Every year in Japan, a phenomenon sweeps the country. Cherry blossoms explode out of the long,...

  • Roast leg of lamb with anchovy, rosemary and garlic

    Ingredients1 leg of lamb weighing about 2kgSalt3 tbsps groundnut or grapeseed oil6 cloves garlic, peeled, halved and de-germed400g of semi-skimmed milk12 anchovies in olive oil, drained, rinsed and cut in half4 sprigs of rosemaryWhite wine½ tsp of...

  • The slush pile

    So that’s another one off my bucket list: joining a book club. (That’s me, living on the edge, right?) For our first meeting the book to read was John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. Green is an American, young adult, fiction author who is a...

  • Drama helps autistic children

    Autistic children who par­ti­cipate in drama and performance-based activities may demonstrate improved levels of communication and interpersonal interaction. The children involved in the University of Kent research project experienced interactive...

  • Going bananas

    Love Punch (2013)Certified: 12ADuration: 95 minutesDirected by: Joel HopkinsStarring: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Timothy Spall, Tuppence Middleton, Celia Imrie, Marisa Berenson, Louise Bourgoin, Laurent Lafitte, Patrice Cols, Jordan JonesKRS...

  • Teenagers at risk of neck and back pain

    Youngsters are putting themselves at risk of neck and back pain because of their excessive use of technology, experts have said. Slumping over laptops and tablets could be contributing to a rise in neck and back problems among teens, the British...

  • Traditional pub grub to celebrate St George

    What could be more English than fish and chips, or a steak and kidney pie, washed down with a pint of ale? The genuine traditional pub lunch is coming to Malta this St George’s Day (April 23) during a day of celebrations for England’s patron...

  • Rowling to report on Quidditch World Cup

    Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling is turning sports writer to pen a series of match reports from the fictional Quidditch World Cup. The writer’s fans will be able to read regular updates from the tournament, which first featured in her books about...

  • Late Paul Walker’s brothers to fill in for him in Fast 7

    The brothers of actor Paul Walker, who died in November, will fill in for the late action star in order to complete scenes in the upcoming film Fast & Furious 7, according to a statement posted on the film’s Facebook page. Caleb and Cody Walker...

  • Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young

    Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers have found. The study, published yesterday in the Journal of...

  • One Direction fans may be refused entry to gigs

    Young fans of chart superstars One Direction are being warned they could be turned away when the boy band begins a UK tour next month due to strict age limits. Ticket holders for the stars’ stadium gigs are being cautioned to check they are old...

  • Statins ‘may curb prostate cancer’

    Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may curb the spread of prostate cancer by interfering with the ability of tumour cells to squeeze into bones, research has shown. In laboratory experiments, scientists found that statins helped to stop cancer...

  • Scan predicts recovery from brain damage

    A brain scanning technique has “far-reaching” potential for predicting the fate of severely brain-damaged vegetative patients, research has shown. Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging was able to identify signs of awareness in patients...

  • French Parliament bans cultivation of GM maize

    France’s lower house of Parliament adopted a law prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment. France adopted a decree last month to halt the planting of Monsanto’s...

  • Cold chocolate fondant with banana and yoghurt ice cream

    Ingredients70ml double cream40ml orange blossom water (or tap)70ml whole milk 30g agave syrup25g cocoa chocolate (70%)20g cocoa powder (100%) For the chocolate fondant340g dark chocolate 70% cocoa solids250ml whipping cream (heavy)50g agave...

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