Category Archives: Life and style

Fifty Shades of Grey leaves out all the joy of BDSM

As a professional dominatrix, I tie people up, spank them or humiliate them. Their joy is to submit to me; mine is the power rush of that controlIm grateful for Fifty Shades of Grey. It is low-grade, escapist smut, filled with misconceptions and wildly…
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I made J-Los lion birthday cake and Im proud of it

When Samantha Brooks got the call to make Jennifer Lopezs 45th birthday cake, she knew it would need steel pipes and floor flanges as well as the requested coconut mousse fillingLast week I got a text from Ron Gelish, an old friend of mine, and J-Los p…
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Gardens at Shuttleworth Collection open after £2.8m makeover

Lord Ongley’s 1830 creation, including listed buildings and Doulton sculptures, restored after years on at-risk register There was just one problem when in 1830 Lord Robert Henley Ongley decided to create a romantic Swiss garden complete with waterfall…
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Five a day will do, larger study of fruit and veg intake suggests

Chinese and American researchers settle on lower number than seven-a-day recommendation of English studyThose who despaired of ever being able to eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day, as suggested by a team of scientists earlier this year, …
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Meet the next generation of cool fashion photography in pictures

From conceptual wizardry to contentious and controversial imagery, fashion photography has evolved from a platform for showcasing clothes to a playground for something far more experimental. Just over a century after fashion photography first appeared in magazines, a new book, Fashion Photography Next, curated by Magdalene Keaney formerly of the National Portrait Gallery in London, showcases 35 cuttong-edge photographers from 14 countries. Meet the next generation of Nick Nights and Bruce Webers here

  • Fashion Photography Next, by Magdalene Keaney, is published by Thames & Hudson at £24.95

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OKCupid admits: ‘we experiment on human beings!’

The dating site says that like Facebook, ‘all websites’ experiment on their users and claims to have lied to users to test a theory about compatibility

Dating service OkCupid has weighed into the row over Facebook’s experimentation on users by revealing that it too has manipulated what it shows users to see what would happen.

Christian Rudder, OkCupid’s co-founder and data scientist, posted three examples of experiments the firm had performed on to the site’s OkTrends blog, in a cheery article entitled “We Experiment On Human Beings!”.

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Running just seven minutes a day cuts risk of dying, research finds

Researchers from Iowa State University also found running at slow speeds has potentially life-saving benefitsRunning for just a few minutes each day can reduce the risk of dying from heart disease, research has shown.Running at slow speed also has pote…
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FSA inspects chicken abattoirs at request of health secretary

Scunthorpe and Llangefni facilities at the heart of a Guardian investigation into levels of food contamination in British chicken Continue reading…
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Why the UK’s food prices aren’t so high after all

Families in seven cities around the world took part in our survey of the cost of food and household basics. Here’s what we foundGermans pay the least for their groceries and Canadians the most, according to a survey of supermarkets in seven major world…
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The Dysart, Petersham, Surrey restaurant review

‘Anyone sniffy about the suburbs is missing a trick: there’s significant talent in this kitchen’

Despite being on the tube (just), leafy Richmond, with its sylvan river pathways and jumbo cords, panama hats and shops for chic ladies d’un certain age, is so Not London, it’s like being in a foreign county. Oh, that’s right it’s Surrey, which has become shorthand for everything polished and perjink and twee. And Petersham Road isn’t likely to loom large on the tick-lists of the capital’s foodie jeunesse d’orée. The Dysart, in all its Tudorbethan, mullion-windowed magnificence, could almost come adorned with a banner saying, “Gin and Jag-ers welcome.” (I don’t mean Jaggers, although he does live up the road.) But anyone sniffy about suburbs or half-timbering would be missing a massive trick: there’s some significant talent in this kitchen.

That it’s no common or garden boozer is evident in, well, the garden. From this lush exuberance chef (and former Roux scholarship winner), Kenneth Culhane gathers herbs and leaves and edible flowers for his meticulously presented dishes. You can gauge the poshness by the freebies. Canapés: buttery parmesan shortbread topped with leaves of piment d’espelette jelly. Amuses: peeled cherry tomatoes in a relish made from cornue des Andes (chilli-shaped tomatoes of sweet intensity) with blobs of olive oil “jam”. And petits fours: squares of vivid fruit jelly and salted caramel truffles. This has destination dining writ large over the flagstones and heritage colour charts.

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