These two powerhouses of Irish cinema first worked together on Abrahamson's delightful 2014 black comedy Frank, but their latest collaboration is even more remarkable, a gothic chiller that's bursting at the seams with atmosphere, and menace. Based on a novel by Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger is set in the dreary gloom of postwar Britain and stars Gleeson as Faraday, a prim country doctor who's called to Hundreds Hall, a grand but crumbling 18th-century mansion, to tend to a sick maid. The maid complains of ghostly occurrences but Faraday dismisses these superstitions. As doctor is leaving, he makes the acquaintance of Caroline Ayres (Ruth Wilson), the handsome and capable daughter of the house's formidable matriarch, Angela Ayres (Charlotte Rampling). When the young doctor tends to the recurring war injuries of Caroline's morose brother Roddy (Will Poulter), he becomes a favourite of the household, and he and Caroline grow closer. But what they don't realise is that he's obsessed … [Read more...] about ‘All the way through, it felt like a balancing act’
Living a balanced life
Rebecca Loos shot to fame while working as David Beckham's personal assistant in 2004, when she was accused of having an affair with the England footballer, which he has always denied. But 14 years on, the former model has put the scandal well and truly behind her, and is now an outdoor loving, yoga fanatic with a family of her own - living the simple life in the picturesque Norweigan countryside. On her Instagram page, Rebecca describes herself as 'on a mission to spread the joy of yoga, the love of nature and the power of a plant based diet.' Read More The Beckhams And the site, which boasts more than 5000 followers, is packed full of pics with her English Setter dogs, young sons and stunning mountainous backdrops. After escaping city life, the reality TV star now lives happily with her husband Sven and two boys in Norway. "This family life close to nature, where less is more, where we collect moments and not things ❤ ️So grateful for my journey, all I have learned … [Read more...] about David Beckham’s ex PA Rebecca Loos lives a very different lifestyle now
A few weeks ago I found myself hunting for my iPhone in a frenzy - pulling cushions off the sofa, rummaging violently through piles of paperwork, my increasingly shallow breathing climbing higher and higher up my chest, until I was on the verge of panic. And it finally hit me, the absurdity of being borderline hysterical about misplacing a tiny mod-con. “Help, I can’t find the object that makes me feel physically anxious, professionally inadequate, emotionally disengaged, distracted and unproductive,” my inner voice shrieked. “What am I going to do without it?” This week, Simon Cowell answered that question: live a much happier, healthier life. “I literally have not been on my phone for 10... 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 … [Read more...] about The secret to getting a phone-life balance
Spaniards sleep fewer hours and work longer days than their European neighbors, but are less productive. At the same time Spain fails to attract overseas talent, while tens of thousands of well-educated Spanish youngsters are heading abroad in search of work. The country also has one of the EU’s highest school drop-out rates and a work culture hostile to the needs of families with young children. Meanwhile, its birth rate is fast approaching negative as its population ages. In short: it’s the perfect storm. It’s long been a cliché that Spain is a great place to live but a terrible country to work, and over the last five years, as the economic crisis has bitten deeper, many of those lucky enough still to have a job are finding themselves working harder, often for lower wages and with fewer resources, as their employers strive for greater competitiveness. While it’s true that official figures for the average number of working hours have fallen in recent … [Read more...] about Spain – A great place to live, a terrible place to work?
Whether you’re suffering a few annoying twinges or facing your first serious health issue, there’s no doubt getting older takes its toll on your body. And TV GP Dr Pixie McKenna says it’s pretty common to have a health wake-up call after turning 40. “It can be a challenging decade. You might have started getting the odd health niggle, your parents are ageing and there’s also the stress of managing work, relationships and children,” she explains. “So there’s often a eureka moment when you realise you’re not indestructible and if you don’t get yourself together, you risk suffering a whole host of problems in the future.” But it’s also the decade where healthier habits can pay dividends now and in the years to come. Dr McKenna adds: “It’s about being prepared for what’s coming down the tracks. It’s a time to ditch the bad habits and pay closer attention to your weight, diet and … [Read more...] about Are you suffering from a mid-life health crisis? Your worries answered