Month: April 2015

5 Inspiring Celebs

If they can do it…   By Ellyn Heeley One of the worst feelings is having someone tell you that you can’t do something. Society puts labels on people to try and categorize them into neat, little drawers that can be tucked away. That’s all well and good when society agrees with the place you want to be, but what about the rest of us? Some of us don’t fit in to one particular place. Some us want to break the mould and do things that no-one in their right mind would dream of. Here are 5 celebrities who succeeded...

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Secret Travel Havens

Off the beaten track…   By Andy Parsons 1. Albania Bordered by Greece to the south and Serbia to the north, Albania is one of Europe’s undiscovered gems. Since coming out of Communism in the early 1990s, Albania isn’t a country which leaps off the map immediately but visiting this country opens your eyes to one of Europe’s last uncharted destinations. Tirana is a fascinating capital with a cascading mix of old and new with a young and vibrant population enjoying independence. Ninety minutes to the west of Tirana is the bustling coastal city of Durrës, while the port...

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Minted Lamb Cutlets

With blue cheese & apple mash…   By Phillip Sutcliffe-Mott Practice meals made up by food that’s delicious in its own right. That way, you have a versatile repertoire to fall back on. Here are two delicious recipes that are just as much a knock-out together as they are on their own. Blue cheese and apple mashed potatoes: Simmer 1.5 kilos of chunked russet potatoes in salted water until soft (20-25 minutes). Finely dice a small apple, throw into a covered pan with a knob of butter, and cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Drain the potatoes. Add...

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Forget Waist Training

It’s a waist of time…   By Adie Lee Thanks to Kim Kardashian elevating the expectations of female body image even further, ‘waist training’ has become the latest fitness fad. This outrageous body modification, also being promoted by the likes of Jessica Alba and Holly Deacon, involves wearing a tightly cinched corset for hours, even when exercising, to squeeze your waist into unrealistic proportions. Although the benefits have been recognised for aiding the loss of baby weight post-pregnancy, the trend of seeking a Barbie doll hourglass figure is harmful to both body image expectations, and your health. These 5...

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6 Underrated Film Roles

Not to be missed…   By David Kaye 1. Matthew McConaughey – Dazed and Confused This film put McConaughey on the map, all the way back in 1993. Yes, before the McConaissance, before the spangly nonsense of rubbish rom-coms, the Texan man was already grabbing attention with his trademark Southern drawl and Romanesque handsomeness. The film is Dazed and Confused, the director is the universally loved and respected Richard Linklater. In true Linklater style, there isn’t one central character to this film, nor is there a classic central plot line replete with the usual conflicts and resolutions. Rather, we find ourselves whisked into a Texan high...

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