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Porsche Cayenne E3 - Big Game Hunter

Porsche Cayenne E3 - Big Game Hunter

The third generation Cayenne leaves its competition in the dust Defying all its detractors, the first generation Cayenne sold 270,000 copies between 2002 and 2010. Its replacement, which did not look significantly different, sold 500,000 copies by the time production ceased earlier this year. Thus, Porsche sold a total of 770,000 of its first... [More...]

The Right Contenders

The Right Contenders

Not long time ago, the Spanish Sparkling Wine per Excellence – Cava seemed condemned to live in champagne’s shadow, and was merely considered a cheap Spanish version of its French neighbor, But things have changed, today Cava made by small-scale, top-class producers with their sights set on quality — is a reality. Cava is made extensively... [More...]

The Great Escape from Christmas

The Great Escape from Christmas

There are those who love Christmas, people who are indifferent and then there are those who really don’t like it one bit. Everyone has personal reasons for their antipathy towards the festive season, which is pretty much unavoidable from November onwards in Spain as the shops fill with decorations and gifts, and advertising in every medium is... [More...]

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

It’s that time again. Suddenly the air is crisper, you notice the darkness falling much earlier than usual and there is that indescribable smell in the air. People roam the streets with rosy cheeks and contentedness plain for all to see on their faces. Children run and scream with joy in their hearts. Inside fires are lit and candles... [More...]

A pet is for life – not just for Christmas!

A pet is for life – not just for...

A pet is often on children’s lists of wished for Christmas gifts. It may seem like a great idea at the time, but all too often those highly desired puppies and kittens are abandoned, because the child and perhaps other family members realise that keeping an animal requires dedication, and in the case of puppies hard work. The RSPCA in the UK... [More...]

Gwen’s a Country Girl at Heart

Gwen’s a Country Girl at Heart

Ever since calling time on her marriage to Gavin Rossdale in 2015 and taking up with Blake Shelton, her colleague on the American version of The Voice, our cover girl, Gwen Stefani, has discovered the simple joys of country life. In an in-depth interview with Marie Claire magazine she revealed that one of her favourite things is to escape to... [More...]

Cataluña - Country or Province

Cataluña - Country or Province

The Autonomous Region of Cataluña in the north east of Spain and on the borders of France, consists of the provinces of Barcelona, Tarragona, Lleida, and Girona.   In France itself the district of Rousillon may also be considered Catalán.   But whilst there is no discernable movement for independence in that area, any... [More...]

Katy Perry: Total Access

Katy Perry: Total Access

Whatever you might think of Katy Perry (the best pop princess that America has turned out since Britney, or an overhyped madam who can’t even be relied upon to hit the right note when singing live), it cannot be denied that she is not easily avoided. Not only have her five albums sold millions of copies around the world, she is extremely adept... [More...]

Latest Blogs

Partner Power: Supportive Relationships Linked to Personal Development

Partner Power: Supportive Relationships Linked to...

Your romantic partner can be a source of encouragement or discouragement and, depending on whether they uplift or deflate you, can determine what you achieve in life. New research also suggests that if you have a partner that is supportive, you are more likely to take advantage of opportunities for personal growth that come your way (Feeney et al. 2017). On the other hand, if your partner is... [More...]

Merry Xmas Everybody!

Merry Xmas Everybody!

By KJ Elsdon In his popular 1998 novel, About A Boy, author Nick Hornby explains his main protagonist, Will Freeman’s idle and dissolute lifestyle as the result of being able to live the high life on the back of royalties from his father’s enduringly successful Christmas single, written years before. Is it possible that a seasonal song can keep a whole family in beer and skittles for the... [More...]

The ‘Most Wanted’ Toys for Christmas 2017

The ‘Most Wanted’ Toys for Christmas 2017

London is home to one of the most famous toyshops in the world. It is called Hamleys and you’ll find its store on Regent Street, which is also the thoroughfare that people flock to for its Christmas lights that are traditionally switched on by a celebrity. Every year Hamleys announces its list of the Top 10 toys and games for Christmas, which is usually swiftly followed by parents battling (in... [More...]

It's Chistmasssssss!

It's Chistmasssssss!

This month Jonathan shares his love of the festive season, the scent of Christmas and Gerry! Enough to send me crackers Call me Scrooge, but truthfully Christmas isn’t my favourite time of year. I like the elves, I like Santa and the idea of him coming down the chimney and, of course, the peace on earth, and goodwill to men idea but, to be honest, I feel it’s like communism. In other words,... [More...]

10th Anniversary Celebrations for Cirumed Clinic

10th Anniversary Celebrations for Cirumed Clinic

Champagne corks were popping recently at Cirumed Clinic’s 10th anniversary celebrations. Dr. Alexander Aslani and his wife Jeannine nostalgically recalled how their team, now 26-strong, originally comprised just four members. The Clinic has gone from success to success, ensured in part by the division of specialisations between Dr. Aslani (also of the Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and... [More...]

Retreat from the heat

Retreat from the heat

The Indian summer retreats of members of the British Raj make ideal holiday destinations for 21st century Europeans. Retreat from the heat: India’s Hill Stations One of the many charms of Paul Scott’s novel "Staying On” and its compelling dramatisation for television with Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson, was its backdrop of an Indian hill station as their choice of place to retire. Of... [More...]

Wine & Cheese Moments

Wine & Cheese Moments

Though pairing wine and cheese is a centuries-old tradition it can still be a challenging and difficult task. The best thing to do is to follow some simple principles to achieve an exquisite experience. Generally hard cheeses are better with reds, soft cheeses with whites and blue cheeses with sweet wines. With this concept in mind you should be able to make cheese and wine pairing less... [More...]

How to Make Clever Food Swaps

How to Make Clever Food Swaps

Like most of the people I know, I started this year with a long list of New Year’s resolutions. Drink less booze; eat more healthily; exercise more; save money. Oh, and I also promised to drink more water and always to take my make-up off before I go to bed. It’s pretty pathetic, but the one thing I managed to stick to is eating more veggies and staying clear of gluten, with which I... [More...]

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