Let's face it, there is no one quite like Mum. Whether it's a kind word or a shoulder to cry on, she is there no matter what life throws at you - and we've never appreciated her more than during this challenging year. That's why this Mother's Day, Sunday 14 March, it is more important than ever to show your Mum just how much you care. While lockdown restrictions might mean you can't be there in person, there are still plenty of ways to make her feel special - starting with the perfect gift. FEMAIL has turned to Marks & Spencer to find the very best Mother's Day presents for every taste and budget, from a soothing Apothecary Sleep Gift Set (£19.50) for Mums who love a pamper to an elegant Set of Four Crystal Prosecco Glasses (£25) that is perfect for the ultimate hostess. As you might not be there to deliver the present on the day itself, it's a good idea to get organised and order your gift early to avoid disappointment. Ready to get inspired? Here are our pick of … [Read more...] about Get ahead this Mother’s Day! Show her how special she is with our guide to gifts she will love, for every budget
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It's amazing what can be achieved with regular visits to the gym and a few discreet pricks of the Botox needle. The holier-than-thou brigade may well throw up their hands in horror at cosmetic trickery. But who cares that the Mazda RX-8 has had the motoring equivalent of a Ten Years Younger makeover when it ends up looking this good? The new R3 version heading for our shores this summer has had nips on its front and rear bumpers, tucks with new Bilstein shock absorbers and sucks in a more efficient rotary engine. It all adds up to a slightly sharper sports car than the outgoing model and still under the "serious motor" threshold of £25k. The RX-8 has won a loyal band of fans since its launch five years ago and none of these will be disappointed with the new car. Only the higher-powered 231bhp model will be sold here now and Mazda claim the engine is considerably more efficient than before. Lubrication, a bane of the rotary layout, has been improved. There is a new … [Read more...] about motoring MYLES: Mazdastroke!
Hurrah! The end is in sight. We now have a roadmap out of lockdown and of course I, along with everyone else, am sighing with relief. Summer might just be saved. The old normal — or at least a version of it — is on the horizon. But after all the celebration and jubilation at the announcement last week, I confess I now feel a teeny-weeny bit reticent. While I have loathed the past year, with the limitations to our freedom and the profound impact it has had on our economy, not to mention the health and wellbeing of so many, I’d be lying if I said there hadn’t been some positives. It took the prospect of this all ending for me to realise I’d actually become quite used to the new way of life we’ve had to adopt over the past year. Before Covid hit, I would be out most nights, often with several plans on the go at the same time. Drinks here, dinner there, I’d charge about, cramming people in. My life was hectic. Weeks sped past in a haze of meetings and dinners and outings. It was … [Read more...] about DR MAX PEMBERTON: I can’t be the only one who’s dreading socialising
Mr Potato Head toys have been around since 1952, back when families had to supply their own actual potato to play with it, adding plastic hands, feet, eyes and other accessories to the spud. Then came Mrs Potato Head, who had feminised plastic pieces in the kit, such as handbags and high heels as well as Mr Potato Head family sets. The toy has come along way over the years and it seems it is still changing. That's because Hasbro, the company behind the potato-shaped toy, have announced they are giving the brand a "modern makeover" and making it gender-neutral. In a bid to break away from "gender norms" the brand will simply be renamed 'Potato Head'. This change is set to appear on boxes later this year. Kimberly Boyd, who works on the Potato Head brand at Hasbro explained that the company is giving the toy a makeover as they want to stop leaning so heavily into "traditional family structure". As such Hasbro will also be selling Potato Head boxed sets that don’t … [Read more...] about Mr Potato Head gets new gender-neutral name as part of modern makeover after 70 years
Germany For all those who've been enduring endless bad hair days, there is good news. As of Monday, hairdressers will be allowed to open nation-wide. While that may not be high on many people's priority list, it seems it's not only a "question of hygiene" but also "dignity" as Bavaria's state premier, Markus Söder, put it recently. A visit to the hairdresser will be by appointment only and strict hygiene measures apply. If you want a complete makeover, beauticians in some states will also be open for business. To brighten up your day even more, hardware stores in a majority of the 16 states will be able to sell plants and garden supplies. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany's 16 state premiers are due to meet on Wednesday to discuss how to address the other lockdown measures that currently run until March 7. There has been widespread criticism over lack of a clear government strategy for orchestrating a gradual emergence from lockdown. Finland Confronted with a sharp … [Read more...] about Coronavirus restrictions: To ease or not to ease?