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  • Mango presents new collection in magical Istanbul

    Mango presents new collection in magical Istanbul

    Mango presented its autumn/winter 2014 collection in front of celebrities like Beyza Arslan, Pinar Sabanci and Neslisah Alkoçlar, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Istanbul. Special guest Canadian top model Coco Rocha opened and closed the show. Rocha,...

  • Food-ban chefs turning to ‘Parmigiano-Belarussiano’

    Food-ban chefs turning to ‘Parmigiano-Belarussiano’

    Facing a ban on Italian Parmesan cheese, chefs in Moscow have discovered a new source for fine Parmigiano-Reggiano: Belarus. No sooner had Moscow banned dairy, meat, vegetables and fruit from most Western countries in response to sanctions over...

  • In Malta, everybody is related

    In Malta, everybody is related

    The recent revival at Pjazza Teatru Rjal of Porn: the Musical (book by Malcolm Galea, lyrics by Galea, Boris Cezek and Kris Spiteri, music by Spiteri and Cezek) goes back, with a few changes, to the original 2009 version. It puts aside the shorter...

  • Sneaker now part of everyday wardrobe

    Sneaker now part of everyday wardrobe

    For Chanel’s autumn-winter 2014/2015 ready-to-wear collection, Karl Lagerfeld has moved the sneaker away from its primary function – sport – to insert it into the wardrobe of everyday life. He has given it luxurious materials while preserving its...

  • British brewing industry ‘in excellent health’

    British brewing industry ‘in excellent health’

    Britain has more breweries per head of population than any other country in the world after a continuing trend of growth, according to a new study. The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) reported that 170 new breweries have started up in the UK in the...

  • Poetic testament of a nascent politician

    Henry Frendo, Dimech’s Lost Prison Poems, Midsea Books, 2014, pp. 128. On July 25, 1883, aged only 22, from his sombre prison cell in Corradino, Emmanuele Dimech joined a centuries-old chain of lyricists, since Aesop, in singing the virtues of the...

  • Gets right under your skin

    Gets right under your skin

    JoeDirector: David Gordon GreenStarring: Nicholas Cage, Gary Poulter, Tye Sheridan117 mins; Class 15;Eden Cinemas I may have mentioned before that I tend to approach any film starring Nicolas Cage with trepidation. The 50-year-old actor is...

  • Men’s fragrance by Antonio Banderas

    Men’s fragrance by Antonio Banderas

    King of Seduction is an elegant and harmonious combination of citric freshness and masculine strength. A seductive aura is kicked off with a sparkling pineapple and green apple note, refreshed by a juicy hint of cantaloupe melon. The game...

  • S. African citrus growers suspend some EU exports due to fungus

    South African citrus producers will voluntarily suspend exports to the EU in order to comply with EU standards against a fungal disease infecting the skin of some of their fruit, an industry body said this week. The Citrus Growers Association of...

  • All creatures weird and droll

    All creatures weird and droll

    The BoxtrollsDirector: Graham Annable,Starring: Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost97 mins; Class U;KRS Releasing Ltd From Laika, the makers of Coraline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012) comes The Boxtrolls, a combination of stop-motion, hand-drawn...

  • Contouring the inner arm

    Contouring the inner arm

    A new shaping cream by Pupa, aimed to tone and firm flabby inner arms, is on the market. The cream is reputed to make the skin look denser, firmer and more supple. Hypoallergenic and dermatologist- tested, the cream is available in selected...

  • 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...

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