Seeing red

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6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

In a sea of dark neutrals, red is fashion's standout hue of choice this season.

Scodelario has found her way

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6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

Kaya Scodelario's mother recently pleaded with her daughter over her choice of roles. "My Mum asked, 'Can you stop playing crazy characters? I can't handle it any more'," reveals the 22-year-old actress, laughing.

The family way

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6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

The Tooth Fairy is visiting more young children's homes than she should be, judging by a new report which shows many three-year-olds have tooth decay.

Thirsty work

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6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

With the curtain finally closing on our Indian summer and the wine harvests underway, there couldn't be a better time to replenish the wine rack with styles to suit the change of seasons.

All bases covered

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6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

A key component of autumn's 'no make-up' make-up trend is a flawless complexion, and right on time, a ton of the big beauty brands have unveiled their latest foundation formulations.

Brain tumours 'poor cousin' of cancer resarch

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6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

They're the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, yet brain tumours currently receive just 1% of the national spend on cancer research.

Be inspired by autumn walks

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6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

So it's official - a walk to take in the seasonal colours of autumn is good for our wellbeing, according to new research by the National Trust.

Playtime beckons for Johnny Marr

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6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

You wait 26 years for a Johnny Marr solo album, and then two come along at once.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

Laughter is best medicine for Merton

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6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

I'm half expecting Paul Merton to be one of those angst-ridden comedians who's deadly serious off-stage, the comic genius only emerging when he steps into the spotlight.

Six of the best: iPhone extras

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6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

Stand up

Cooking up a desert storm in Jordan

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6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

As the sun disappears behind the cluttered skyline of Amman and the call to prayer echoes through the city, I'm sitting down to dinner.

Hugh sees food in a new light

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6:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

A few years ago, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was startled to learn he had high cholesterol.

Nothing beats a trip on the unforgettable Cambrian coastal line

Redditch Advertiser:

5:19pm Thursday 9th October 2014

THE first time I took the train from Birmingham to North Wales was unforgettable, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Schizophrenia in the spotlight

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6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

As head of empowerment and social inclusion at the Mental Health Foundation, David Crepaz-Keay is in a good position to talk about 'living with schizophrenia', the focus of this year's World Mental Health Day on October 10.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

'I've made the decision to die'

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

Lynda Bellingham is hoping to make it to Christmas to celebrate her favourite part of the year for one last time, surrounded by her family.

A good Ed on his shoulders

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

Ed Sheeran is sitting in his dressing room in Melbourne Cricket Ground. In the background, Tom Jones can be heard soundchecking.

Pike's good girl image gone

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6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

Rosamund Pike sits munching from a fruit plate. She's pregnant with her second child, and apparently has a craving for watermelon. "I'll gun down any questions that contain spoilers," she warns with her mouth full.

Plan your perfect US getaway with My America Holiday

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4:36pm Friday 3rd October 2014

SPECIALIST USA travel firm My America Holiday have announced a raft of discount deals for tourists wanting to sample state-side.

Beauty is more than skin deep in Cyprus

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

Locking my gaze into the splintered grooves of a pine tree, I try to hold my balance as I totter on one leg with my hands in an Anjali Mudra pose. There's not a mirror in sight, but as I wobble from side to side, I imagine I look a bit like an unsteady Buddha.

"I'll keep going 'til my knees give up'

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6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

When you meet Liam Neeson in person - all 6ft 4 of him - it's easy to see why he's still fielding action hero offers, while others his age dream of retirement.

Six of the best: For 3D printing

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6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

Robox - £849.90 from robox.cel-uk.com (Available for pre-order from December)

Get the London look

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6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

When it comes to the Fashion Week calendar, London is undoubtedly the most experimental of the capitals, while New York is commercial, Milan is all about glamour and Paris showcases high-end chic.

The backstage rebels

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6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

Spring/summer season at Fashion Week is notorious for its no-make-up looks. The fresh-faced glows, the oh-so slightly dewy cheeks and rosebud mouths.

Hang(over) a minute!

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6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

How many times have you been hung-over? I have no idea - which probably implies, and rightly so, that the figure's pretty high.

Find garden inspiration under the covers

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

With autumn comes books, lots of them. Celebrity autobiographies, new novels from top-notch authors and, best of all, a plethora of gardening books.

'It's raucous up north''

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

It's a curse of modern life that whenever you ask someone how they are, they say they're 'busy'.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

An oasis of peace set in stunning surroundings!

Redditch Advertiser:

11:21am Friday 26th September 2014

HIDDEN away down a quiet country lane in the stunningly beautiful west Pembrokeshire countryside, Ty Gwartheg is the kind of idyllic holiday retreat which, once discovered, you'll want to return to again and again.

Cycle-friendly Calvia rightly sends riders' weak at the knees

Redditch Advertiser:

5:30pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Mention Mallorca to a cyclist and they go misty-eyed and weak at the knees, writes Steve Zacharanda.

Milton comes up trumps in intimate venue to keep audience smiling

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5:34pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Milton Jones is one of those comedians whose face is familiar from the plethora of panel shows on television, writes Phil Barnett.

Mack got back on track after start that lacked

Redditch Advertiser: Lee Mack

5:29pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

It rarely bodes well when a comedian resorts to a bad impression of the local accent just seconds into a performance, writes Phil Barnett.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

'It's time for us to turn things on their head'

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6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Faris Badwan is more than half an hour late to our meeting.

Mirren's a real madame

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6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Whenever Helen Mirren's in need of a little pick-me-up, she searches out a slice or two of eggy bread. "My mother used to make it. Oh, it's amazing," she says, a wistful look in her eye as she pictures the naughty treat.

Top tucker served Down Under

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6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

"How about we cook a kangaroo tail for afternoon tea, Pete?" suggests my charismatic aboriginal host Neville, as I cast a fishing rod into the river and keep an eye out for crocodiles.

Beware the silent killer

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Autumn will soon be in full swing, and it won't be long before the central heating is cranked up in many British homes. But as well as warming people up, the big switch-on could also bring with it a silent killer.

The family way

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6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

Mums who do all the cooking at home could make their lives easier by getting the kids to help in the kitchen - perhaps using some of the skills they'll now be learning at school.

Protect our Pollinators

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6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

We know bees, hoverflies and other beneficial insects provide a welcome sight for gardeners in spring and summer, pollinating our flowers and helping us to reap rich harvests, but these valued species also need plenty of protection in the winter to ensure they return in years to come.

Palin's progress

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

He has travelled pole to pole, been around the world in 80 days - well, in 79 days and seven hours to be precise - and most recently played to sell-out crowds at The O2 with his Monty Python pals.

Uncle Tone returns with a familiar touch of old school class

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4:50pm Friday 12th September 2014

Tony Bennett, approaching the end of a joyful performance, again pronounces Birmingham's Symphony Hall as 'the best concert hall in the world', writes Phil Barnett.

Kevin Bryan's Record Reviews

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

The latest reviews from Kevin Bryan.

'Acting is such a weird profession'

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6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

In an industry where people crave fame and recognition, Jesse Eisenberg is quite an anomaly.

The drugs do work

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

After The Pierces released You & I in 2011, it turned into a word-of-mouth hit.

Strictly at sea

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

Peering over a balcony, I admire the dancers below. I'm not sure what dance they're performing, but it looks like they know what they're doing. A cute teenage couple are perfectly in step, the girl's pretty dress swinging elegantly as she moves. On the other side of the room, an elderly lady is with a very handsome young gentleman, who looks especially suave in a tuxedo. They're gliding over the dance floor, and from above, it looks like they could almost be floating.

The pain of migraine

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

As one of the symptoms is a throbbing pain in the head, migraine is often dismissed as a headache.

Grey matter

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

If black and navy are the fallback colours for autumn/winter, then grey is the new neutral on the block.

Boost your spring garden with new bulbs

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

There's a nip in the air which, to me, signals the end of summer and provides a wake-up call to start planting some spring bulbs to brighten up borders and patios next year.

Thirsty work

Redditch Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

The sun may be setting on summer, but that's no reason to sweep away the refreshing, light wines you've been enjoying or replace the ice bucket with a crystal decanter.






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