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  • New York winemakers vie with France’s top Merlot producers

    New York winemakers vie with France’s top Merlot producers

    Long Island wineries are smaller, younger and have less experience than their French counterparts, but some local vintners think the Merlot wines they produce compare favourably with those made in Bordeaux. Many different types of grapes flourish...

  • Not sexy, not funny, just lame and tame

    Not sexy, not funny, just lame and tame

    Sex TapeDirector: Jake KasdanStarring: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry94 mins; Class 15;KRS Releasing Ltd The most remarkable thing about Sex Tape is how unsexy it is, apart from being completely unfunny, uninteresting and uninspired. While...

  • Useful ‘mini-bite’ updates

    Useful ‘mini-bite’ updates

    Sometimes there are a number of what I would call ‘mini-bites’ of information all relating to our health. This gives a wealth of information I’m keen to pass on, as someone, somewhere, will find one of them useful. Here is my set of updates for...

  • From Berlin to Malta with love

    From Berlin to Malta with love

    Every bag, purse or accessory by Liebeskind Berlin is the result of genuine hand craftsmanship. Whether zips or tassels, woven fabric or double-dyed leather, every collection unveils new surprises. Liebeskind Berlin is at No. 36/37, The Strand,...

  • French apple growers face loss of revenue

    French apple growers face loss of revenue

    French apple growers are facing a sharp drop in revenue this year due to Russia’s restrictions on food imports from Western countries. With the EU’s second-largest apple producer Poland unable to export its usual 700,000 tons of the fruit per...

  • Straying from structure

    Straying from structure

    Structure. Order. It makes us feel safe. It makes us feel civilised. If order is good, then the chaotic and random, by default, must be bad. But is this really the case? Could it be that structure sometimes amounts to little more than a false...

  • Breathalyser bid to spot concussion

    Breathalyser bid to spot concussion

    Scientists are developing a pitch-side breathalyser that can show if a footballer or rugby player is suffering from concussion. So far they have only tested gases in the laboratory, but a trial involving 40 students could pave the way to making...

  • Wild trip

    Wild trip

    The Boxtrolls (2014)Certified: UDuration: 96 minutesDirected by: Graham Annable, Anthony StacchiStarring: Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg, Dee...

  • Scientists ‘reset’ human stem cells

    Scientists have made a breakthrough in creating stem cells crucial to regenerative medicine. British and Japanese academics have successfully ‘reset’ human pluripotent stem cells, considered useful because they can become human cells or tissues...

  • Kicking unhealthy habits

    Kicking unhealthy habits

    Do you smoke cigarettes or even weed? Do you drink alcohol? Do you have an unbalanced diet? Would you change these unhealthy habits if you were pregnant, asks medical student Sahra Abdallah Haji. Beware of the consequences. During pregnancy,...

  • In favour of breastfeeding

    In favour of breastfeeding

    Charmaine Gauci, director, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, believes breastfeeding provides the ideal nourishment for babies and a special bonding experience with the mother, besides long-term benefits for both. The decision...

  • Time to plan

    Time to plan

    Marianne Theuma, a childbirth educator, pinpoints some stark changes a baby may bring into a couple’s life andgives advice on how to get prepared. A male and a female are attracted to each other, then they choose to get together and one fine day a...

  • Lesser-known reds pressed

    Lesser-known reds pressed

    Noble red grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are just three of the red grape varieties that are being pressed at the Delicata winery this harvest period. These varieties are by far the most famous and thus widely planted...

  • Choosing suitable skincare products

    Choosing suitable skincare products

    Mustela is the leading skincare brand for babies and mothers-to-be. The range comprises: Mustela Bebe: daily use products for hygiene, bath time, nappy change and skin protection, formulated for the delicate skin of babies and children. All are...

  • White chocolate and Bailey’s mousse with vanilla ice cream

    White chocolate and Bailey’s mousse with vanilla ice cream

    Ingredients For the white chocolate and Bailey’s mousse350ml Bailey’s70ml milk1.2kg white chocolate35g gelatine1litre cream For the chocolate glacé1.5 litres water4.5kg sugar1.5kg cocoa powder250g gelatine leaves2.625 litres cream For the vanilla...

  • Experts highly advice against ‘fat shaming’

    Experts highly advice against ‘fat shaming’

    ‘Fat shaming’ does not help people lose weight, experts have said. Making overweight and obese people feel bad about their size does not encourage them to shed excess pounds – and may even make them put on more weight, researchers found. The...

  • Food substances are ‘not addictive’

    Eating can be addictive but foods high in fat or sugar are not to blame, a study suggests. An international team of scientists has found no strong evidence that particular chemical substances in foods are addictive. It is the positive feelings...

  • Moroccan farmhouse minestrone

    Moroccan farmhouse minestrone

    Serves 4 Ingredients4 tbsps olive oil1 garlic clove, crushed100g butter beans, soaked overnight1 small turnip, cut into cubes2 celery sticks, cut into cubes1 fennel bulb, shredded120g cabbage, cut into strips100g cannellini beans, soaked...

  • Pharrell Williams ‘king of downloads’

    Pharrell Williams ‘king of downloads’

    Pharrell Williams has been named king of the downloads with three tracks in the top 10 most downloaded songs, including the top spot for Happy. The star also takes second and sixth place with his collaborations with Robin Thicke and Daft Punk...

  • U2’s free album surprise

    Veteran Irish rockers U2 pulled off the largest album release in history at Tuesday’s Apple Inc. event to launch new products (see page 27), after making its latest record available for free on Apple’s iTunes online stores to half a billion iTunes...

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