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  • Aston Martin secures 200 million pounds to fund new models

    Aston Martin secures 200 million pounds to fund new models

    British luxury carmaker Aston Martin has raised 200 million pounds in an equity issue, backed by its major shareholders, to fund its expansion into crossovers. The 102-year old company, James Bond's carmaker of choice, said the fundraising was led...

  • I’ve got nose for you

    I’ve got nose for you

    Australia and New Zealand More than half of Australian wines are reds and Shiraz is the most important grape here, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon. White wines make up some 40 per cent of the wines and are produced from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc,...

  • Let the moon shine

    Let the moon shine

    Cow horns buried in the soil, lunar cycles and cosmic rhythms. It all sounds like some sort of ancient ritual. In reality though, these are some of the ingredients that go into producing biodynamic wine. But let’s start from the very beginning.

  • Divine valley

    Divine valley

    Dievole is one of the oldest wine estates in Tuscany. Its first vintage dates back to 1090 when two farmers, Vinizio del Fu Sichelmi and Rodolfino del Fu Ardimanno paid two chickens, three loaves of bread and six Lucchesi pure silver sovereign...

  • Look me in the ice

    Look me in the ice

    There’s a kind of joy in watching vintage Hollywood films or reading classic Black Mask writers such as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. It’s not nostalgia, because you probably haven’t lived those years. It’s more of a fascination bordering...

  • Elegant and well-structured

    Dieulele Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG is a very limited production wine by Dievole. It’s a blend of 100 per cent Sangiovese grapes and is harvested by hand in mid-October. The wine is first aged in new French and American barriques for about 12...

  • Harmonious notes

    Vendemmia Chianti Classico DOCG is Dievole’s very own take on the classic Chianti Classico genre and consists of 80 per cent Sangiovese and 20 per cent red autoctone grapes. The berries are harvested by hand at the end of September and early...

  • From dram to plate

    From dram to plate

    There are things that were made just for each other. Ice cream and a comfortable sofa, popcorn and films, a cold beer on a sunny day, convertibles and spring, wine and food, sand and picnics, a light and fragrant whisky with bread and butter...

  • What’s brewing?

    What’s brewing?

    Fermented with local microflora, has a delicate mouth feel, aged for a year in French oak barrels, ends with a dry finish: nowadays, the tasting notes for beer read like those for wine. But then again, it’s not just beer: it’s craft beer. But what...

  • McCartney reprises 1965 track in Tokyo

    McCartney reprises 1965 track in Tokyo

    Japanese fans of Sir Paul McCartney heard a world first when the former Beatle played one of his old group’s songs live for the first time − half a century after it was first released. Another Girl, which features on the Fab Four’s 1965 album...

  • Peugeot 308 R HYbrid, the compact hatchback that 'drives like a supercar'

    Peugeot 308 R HYbrid, the compact hatchback that 'drives like a supercar'

    Since its launch, the Peugeot 308 has won over more than 280,000 connoisseurs across the world thanks to qualities that are unheard of in segment C. As it presses ahead with its internationalisation strategy, the marque is present at the Shanghai...

  • A woman of substance

    A woman of substance

    Woman In Gold (2015)Certified: 12ADuration: 109 minutesDirected by: Simon CurtisStarring: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Pryce, Moritz BleibtreuKRS...

  • In search of one’s sons in war

    In search of one’s sons in war

    The Water Diviner (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 111 minutesDirected by: Russell CroweStarring: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Dylan Georgiades, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Cem Yılmaz, Jai Courtney, Ryan Corr, Jacqueline McKenzie, Isabel Lucas, Mert Firat,...

  • Ventriloquist Keith Harris dies at 67

    Ventriloquist Keith Harris dies at 67

    British ventriloquist Keith Harris, famous for his act with his puppet duck Orville, died yesterday aged 67, his agent said. Robert C. Kelly said Harris was first diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and became ill again in January. He said: “I spoke to...

  • Kardashian pledges support for Jenner

    Kardashian pledges support for Jenner

    Reality television star Kim Kardashian pledged her full support on Monday for her stepfather, Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, who said last week that he identifies as a woman. Kardashian, 34, spoke out for the first time about her stepfather...

  • True colours

    True colours

    TheatreThe PrideSt James Cavalier The most important lesson and the hardest to learn is to be comfortable with who we are – that is who we really are, rather than who society expects us to be. In our relentless and often futile struggle for...

  • A parody of Hollywood films

    A parody of Hollywood films

    Mostly Harmless Productions is staging Completely Hollywood (Abridged), an action-packed, laugh-a-minute parody of all things Tinseltown is made of. This smash-hit play, which has been performed all over the globe, was originally conceived and...

  • Dog walk in aid of The Island Sanctuary

    A dog walk in aid of The Island Sanctuary at Tas-Silġ, Marsaxlokk, is being held on Sunday. Everyone is invited to participate with their dog/dogs. Those who do not own a dog can walk a dog from the sanctuary. But since the number of dogs is...

  • Children living with only one parent ill more often

    Children living with only one parent ill more often

    Children who live with just one parent after family break-up suffer from more problems such as headaches, stomach aches, feelings of tension and sadness than those whose parents share custody, research has found. A study carried out in Sweden...

  • Parental link to child diabetes

    Children born to fathers with diabetes are around five times more at risk of developing type 1 diabetes as those without it, research has found. Those with mothers with type 1 diabetes have three times the risk, while the offspring of mothers with...