Whether you're stuck for ideas or looking to bag an incredible deal, these gift ideas for mums or mother-in-laws will definitely earn you favourite family member status this Christmas. There's options for all budgets, ranging from stocking fillers under a tenner, to luxury beauty sets to £10 stocking fillers. If nothing here takes your fancy, we've also got a round up of the top foodie and alcohol gifts for Christmas 2018, which, while they may not last forever, always go down a treat. Liberty London oven gloves, £30 Instead of a cheap pair from the local supermarket, treat mum to a super glamorous version of the essential household item that is the oven glove. Whether she actually uses them to get out the oven pizza, or bans everyone from putting them anywhere near the open oven door, this are certainly a statement piece that everyone can make use of. Get it from Liberty for £30 Liz Earle Christmas gift set, £40 After all that boozing and Christmas food, our skin … [Read more...] about Best Christmas gifts for mums this Christmas 2018
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I’m throwing a typical summer lunch for three friends of cold chicken, salad and wine, with one unusual difference: a six-strong theatre company is performing a Noel Coward play in my south London living room, so close we could hurt ourselves on their cut-glass vowels. Alongside our meal, we are sampling a new service cooked up by a trio of entrepreneurial, thirtysomething actors under the name Revels in Hand: bespoke, luxury, private theatrical experiences for the seriously wealthy, or just for middle-class theatre lovers who want something unique and “experiential” for a special occasion. The average cost is £5,000, but the sky is the limit in terms of budget and imagination, and each show... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week … [Read more...] about Would you hire private entertainers for your dinner party?
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser BREAKING THIS MORNING: Award-winning novelist Philip Roth has died at the age of 85, according to reports from the U.S. Read the New York Times’ obit here. Good Wednesday morning. A TALE OF 2 PARTIES DIVIDED NATION: Remainers and Brexiteers went their separate ways after work yesterday and headed for two very different soirées at opposite ends of central London. The wine flowed at both parties and the food got rave reviews — but it’s fair to say the chat was pretty different in SW1 and EC1 last night. Remainer reunion: Chancellor Philip Hammond — who else? — was the keynote speaker at last night’s CBI annual dinner at The Brewery on Chiswell Street in the heart of the City. Europhile business leaders feasted on “a lovely bit of duck” (h/t Charlie Cooper) with a toasted citrus crumb and brioche … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: A tale of two parties — 3 in a row? — Saj steps up
Following on from an Oscar win for Best Director with The Shape of Water, Guillermo Del Toro will act as show-runner on Netflix’s first anthology horror series. Titled Guillermo Del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight, the series will see the famed filmmaker curate a selection stories, described by Deadline as “equally sophisticated and horrific”. The writer and director will also helm certain episodes, while also working with a team of top horror writers to bring the selected stories to the screen. Del Toro has worked with Netflix on multiple occasions, having previously collaborated with the streaming service on Trollhunters – the third and final season of which reaches Netflix on the 25 May. 27 horror films that will actually terrify you 27 show all 27 horror films that will actually terrify you 1/27 Directed by J.A. Bayona Both my selections on this list mark the two instances in which … [Read more...] about Guillermo Del Toro making horror series for Netflix
Why: “In winter’s deepest, darkest days, where should you go to unwind? To a working lighthouse in Donegal, of course.” Those are the words of Mark Keenan, Irish Independent Property Editor, who stayed at the restored, 200-year-old lighthouse keeper’s cottages at St John’s Point in Donegal. Over a couple of days, he caught his own pollock, strolled on empty beaches, and slept beneath the historic marine beacon sentinel. It’s just one of several lighthouse campuses you can now stay in, thanks to the Irish Landmark Trust’s Great Lighthouses of Ireland project (greatlighthouses.com). — PÓC Insider Tip: Bring the telescope — if clouds part, you’ll be treated to beautifully clear constellations. Details: 01 670 4733; irishlandmark.com; two nights from €471 in low season. 8. Aldridge Lodge Where: Duncannon, Co Wexford. Why: Is this the best-value B&B+D bundle on the island? Billy Whitty and Joanne Harding’s … [Read more...] about The Fab 50: Ireland’s 50 best places to stay for 2018