0 Have your say Stuffed full of turkey and with enough drink in the house to sink a warship, we'll all settle down at some point on Christmas Day in front of the magic rectangle, as acerbic TV critic Victor Lewis-Smith once described the small screen in the corner of our front rooms But just because it's a day of miracle and wonder – you DO believe in Father Christmas, don't you? – do not for one nano-second think the BBC will schedule a series of programmes that will live long in the memory. People my age – I'm 50 next month – will often say that the ’70s and ’80s were the golden age of television.Yes, there were fewer channels – only three until 1982 – but in terms of sitcoms, family entertainment and chat shows the standard of programmes has rarely been bettered.So let us go back in time, to three Christmas Days – 40, 30 and 20 years ago. Just what were we watching on the Beeb back then?Christmas Day … [Read more...] about What we watched on Christmas Day 40, 30 and 20 years ago. How does it compare to today? – Simon Carter
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The place exists, and it's called Monart. It is not a boutique hotel, although it feels intimate. It is not even a hotel in the typical sense, although it has all the hallmarks of a great one. Instead, it defies categories, where life revolves around the spa, the heart of the property. Whether or not you buy into the idea that a day spent in a bathrobe is appropriate, there's no doubt that a little white-robed nirvana is good for the soul. Ireland's first destination spa is as idyllic a retreat as you'll find, just 10 minutes from busy Enniscorthy. It's morning as I arrive and the sun is twinkling through swaying trees as it rises over Vinegar Hill. Horses canter in a paddock below the old house and a family of ducks waddles through the woodland on their way to the pond. The atmosphere is a hushed one; the pace slow. "Guests regularly ask whether we put something in the air down here," laughs General Manager Mark Browne. "Once the gates close behind you it's like you've entered … [Read more...] about Secrets of Monart’s magic: What does it take to make this spa so special?
BEFORE the Victorian era there was little pain relief available for women during labour. Queen Victoria is credited with making chloroform available during childbirth, after she used it during the birth of her eighth child. In modern society there are many forms of drugs and pain relief for women, and chloroform is no longer used. The most common are gas and air, pethidine injections, a TENS machine, a water birth and an epidural. The Obstetric Anaesthetists Association estimate one in eight women choose to have an epidural. Despite its popularity, the NHS says epidurals not always 100 per cent effective in labour. What is an epidural? An epidural is a form of local anaesthetic, which numbs the nerves which carry the pain impulses to the brain. For most women, it gives complete pain relief as they often cannot feel anything below a certain point. It’s often good for women who have a particularly long or painful labour. The use of your legs after an epidural is dependent on … [Read more...] about What is an epidural, how does the nerve block relieve the pain of contractions during labour and how long does it last?
WHEN a beauty product goes viral, you know it's going to be tricky to get your hands on. Here's everything you need to know about buying Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream. Make sure you don't miss out... What is Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream? Worn as a foundation, it's equal parts BB and CC cream. BB creams are usually lighter in texture than a foundation and are used to even out skin tone. CC creams help to address issues such as redness or sallowness, usually with light-diffusing particles. It's a bestseller and has won several beauty awards. As you may already know, Bare Minerals is known for using naturally derived minerals. This product is no different. It's formulated with heart-leaf globe daisy, an antioxidant that protects the skin from environmental stress and damage. Marine botanicals hydrate and replenish the skin to leave it with a smooth appearance and a boost in radiance. It's silicone, paraben, oil and fragrance free … [Read more...] about Is Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream available in the UK and how much does it cost?
The detention and release of anti-corruption campaigner Bill Browder in Spain has again cast an unfavourable spotlight on Russia. Police in Madrid picked up Mr Browder on a warrant issued by Russia before setting him free on the advice of Interpol's secretary general Jurgen Stock in Lyon, France. The former investment fund boss, born in Chicago but of British nationality, believes he was detained by order of the Kremlin on false tax evasion accusations as revenge for his work with US Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act. Read more Putin critic Browder detained in Spain after Russian arrest warrant But what is that law and how does it relate to President Vladimir Putin? The Russia and Modova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnistsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 takes its shortened name from Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered a tangled web of tax fraud in 2008 involving 23 companies and $230m linked to high-ranking officials … [Read more...] about What is the Magnitsky Act and how does it relate to a British anti-corruption campaigner’s arrest in Spain?