Indeed, Kate Middleton had to put up with far more criticism when she first entered the royal family, partly because – unlike Meghan – she did not have her own successful career, and partly because of her middle-class background as the daughter of a former air hostess. … [Read more...] about Harry and Meghan escaped for a life of peace and quiet – so why must the Queen suffer their loud, childish tantrums?
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Drain the lentils and purée in a food processor with just enough water to turn them into a smooth, fluffy paste – this will take about three minutes – then tip into a large bowl. Drain the rice and purée in the food processor with a splash of water until they form a paste – about one minute (it will be slightly gritty). Stir the rice into the lentils, along with a pinch of sugar. Add just enough water so that the mixture has roughly the consistency of thick cream and coats the back of a spoon. … [Read more...] about Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s batter recipes, for Pancake Day and every day
The 30-page document makes harrowing reading, with tales of up to 50,000 chickens crammed in a dark, airless shed, pumped up by a high-protein diet and suffering from 'heat stress' and respiratory problems caused by 'aerial contaminants'. So tightly packed are the birds, they sit immobile in their own soiled litter, with blistered breasts and ulcerated wounds from the ammonia in their excreta. Grotesquely obese, they suffer from ascites (a build-up of fluid in the abdomen, caused by the heart being unable to pump it around their engorged bodies), hip disorders such as femoral head necrosis (where the top of the leg bone disintegrates due to bacterial infection) and 'sudden death syndrome' (acute heart failure) - all the result of selective breeding for rapid weight gain. … [Read more...] about Pecking order
Meanwhile in England, the press, without tobacco advertising, sided with the anti-smokers. The BBC made itself "smoke-free" and I realised how sinister this was. The BBC's problem, which won't go away, is that there is no neutral viewpoint. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle is part of the basis of the mathematics that led to the computer, but it also stated that the observer affects the observed - no one is neutral. The BBC used to claim that it was neutral, but now it is part of a massive social engineering project paid for by its listeners and viewers. It is against a group of 12 million people who choose to smoke - not very fair. … [Read more...] about ‘I smoke for my mental health’
Marchesa's show yesterday proved that Chapman and Craig do have fashion knowledge, but perhaps their focus on actors strolling along red carpets has blinded them to basic practicalities. The all-in-one silk trouser suits, fastened with a jewelled bodice, prompted unglamorous musings about how on earth you would go to the loo. There were some pretty mini bubble dresses, but all in all this was a heavy, over-embellished collection. If what they're aiming for is girly clothes for girly starlets, then they've hit their target. To the rest of the world it just looks baffling. … [Read more...] about Marchesa debut woos stars