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Happy birthday at last

POSTED ON 28 FEBRUARY 2020

It’s a leap year, when every four years we get an extra day in February. But what does that mean, particularly for those born on February 29? The celebrated English actor Joss Ackland, who has appeared in more than 130 film and TV roles, is 23 next month. Darren Ambrose, the former Colchester United, Ipswich …


Show your garden some love

POSTED ON 26 FEBRUARY 2020

It’s hard to imagine anything lovable about your garden this month. It’s cold, damp and that bare, bedraggled, weather-battered mess you see from your window bears no resemblance to the vibrant, verdant, perfumed patch of horticultural perfection you lovingly nurtured last summer. Those ornamental trees you bought for their eerie sculptural forms during the winter have …


Vegan mac ‘n’ cheese

POSTED ON 21 FEBRUARY 2020

If you missed out on trying Veganuary, have no fear; here we feature a tempting recipe that’s sure to whet your appetite (and the rest of the family too) Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes (plus overnight soaking) Serves: 6 Nutrition: 686kcal per serving Ingredients 160g raw cashews 200g carrots, peeled and cut …


The Brits: who won what?

POSTED ON 19 FEBRUARY 2020

Now in it’s 40th year, there has always been some controversy when it comes to the Brits, with this year’s event no exception with the furore over the lack of female nominees. But who won big last night? Hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall for the third year running, the 40th Brit Awards ceremony took place …


How to find property love that lasts

POSTED ON 17 FEBRUARY 2020

If you build something up too much you just may set yourself up for disappointment. Try to go into any property viewing with an open mind. Your favourite property may disappoint, while the one you didn’t want to view could be perfect. And your perfect home will probably be the most expensive thing you ever …


The history of Valentines Day

POSTED ON 14 FEBRUARY 2020

  For many, 14th of February will involve making romantic plans with a loved one. But where does Valentine’s Day originate from? The name Valentine itself comes from a Saint and Christian martyr, although who he was is shrouded in mystery; just like the cards we send today. However, the most popular belief is that …


Oscars 2020: Non-English film clinches Best Picture

POSTED ON 12 FEBRUARY 2020

  “Parasite” received four awards at this year’s Oscars, including the prestigious Best Picture award: making it the first time that a non-English language film has done so. The 92nd Academy Awards honoured the best films of the year, with the event taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Presented by the Academy of Motion …


Its a knockout!

POSTED ON 10 FEBRUARY 2020

The Champions League returns with the ‘Last 16’ games kicking off this month and running through to the 18th March. Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City are all hoping to make it through to the last eight; however, Europe’s elite squads stand in their way. Chelsea Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are at a crossroads. Still in …


Flights of fancy

POSTED ON 07 FEBRUARY 2020

Forget the hearts and flowers. Chuck the chocolates in the bin. The road to your loved one’s heart is not in the clichéd, but more likely in an airport terminal. Because nothing says modern romance quite like: “Get your case. We’re off.” It may be Valentine’s Day this month, but early February isn’t generally the …


Is a vegan diet the new way forward?

POSTED ON 05 FEBRUARY 2020

Since 2014, more than half a million people in 178 countries have been inspired by the Veganuary movement; ditching dairy and meat in favour of plant-based foods. But how healthy is it to be a vegan A UK non-profit organisation, Veganuary encourages people to go vegan for the month of January as a way of …


Wales thrash Italy in the Six Nations

POSTED ON 03 FEBRUARY 2020

Five tries including a hattrick for Josh Adams as Wales leave Italy without a Six Nations win since 2015 New head coach Wayne Pivac got off to a flying start in his first game in charge of Wales at the Six Nations, picking up a bonus point and not conceding a point. Under Pivac, Wales …