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Ice Dance at Somerset House

Coinciding with the new series of Dancing on Ice on ITV, Skate School 2010 at Somerset House starts this week, with opportunities to improve fitness and learn an exciting new skill, ahead of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Skate School at Somerset House, under its Honorary Patron, Jayne Torvill, teaches hundreds of people of all abilities how to skate each year in the glorious setting of the 18th century Courtyard. From courses for beginners to intermediate level, ice dancing, the Penguin Club for under 8s, wheelchair sessions, Skate School at Somerset House has led the way in encouraging participation and […]

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Generation 2010

Whether the Teenies represents a brand new world, a brand new you or a bit of both, here are a few hints on what you can look forward to during the next decade. Health and Fitness This year we’ve brought to your attention the fro-yo calorie battle as to how low you can go – Snog, Yu-Foria and Yog you know who you are – and we thoroughly anticipate calorie negative options proliferating during the ensuing decade. We’ve also highlighted the trend for calorie counting menus at high end establishments: Buddha Bar flew the flag where Smithfield’s Saki Bar and […]

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Banish that Belly

Marks & Spencer Bodymax will do for men what Spanx do for women. Marks and Spencer’s new Bodymax range has just been designed to slimmer the male silhouette, reducing the waste by up to 1.5 inches. Priced at £12 for the vest and £15 for the T Shirt, the items give you an affordable way of slimming down without the diet! . Marks and Spencer’s predict that in a few years’ time, shapewear will be as much of an essential in men’s wardrobes as ties and socks. Personally I would rather my man hit the treadmeal rather than Marks and Spencer’s […]

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The Big Weigh-In

  We all know that your weight is a serious business.  Especially in January.  But we’ve found a lighter way of looking at things which is just as well considering that every bottle of wine you consumed on New Year’s Eve equated to something in the region of two Big Macs.  Allow us to present the Animal and Celebrity weighing scales.  These two genius gadgets won’t tell you your actual weight – that would be far too depressing.  Instead, they measure the load in either ducks, rabbits and the odd horse or celebrities ranging from Gizmo the Gremlin and Mother […]

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Are you in the know…?

    Google Wave.  Currently in preview.  Which we think, is a slightly less Greek way of saying in beta, yet somehow with more democratic connotations.  It’s also the self appointed new Facebook. Now far be it from us to pour cold water on the self appointed new anything so we’re going to delay judgement until we can find enough mates with whom we can attempt the full Mexican.  However, there’s one new online event going live in the spring that we’ll bet our the entire contents of our Christmas stocking won’t be a disappointment.  Yes, we’re talking the new […]

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Food for thought

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen group and former Fifteen chef and nephew of Mick Jagger, Arthur Potts Dawson’s social enterprise, Acorn House may be the most high profile ventures to undertake the training of disadvantaged youngsters but now Thomasina Miers’ Mexican mini chain, Wahaca has partnered up with The Prince’s Trust. The group’s new Canary Wharf venture has been actively targeting young people living in the capital’s Centrepoint hostels with a two week course which marks the latest in an on-going programme. And now, seven unemployed Londoners have defied the credit crunch by scooping jobs at the restaurant. The course, which comes […]

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Grab a BIFA the action …

    It’s been a long time coming, but Boxing Day finally sees the release of Sam Taylor Wood’s directional debut, the acclaimed Nowhere Boy biopic about the early Life of John Lennon set in the war torn city of Liverpool, the tussle for his love between  formidable aunt, Mimi, and Julia, the spirited mother who gave him up and the tragedy that was to shape his entire life and career.  The movie has already won plaudits at The British Independent Film Awards when Anne Marie Duff scooped Best Supporting Actress for her role as Julia and also sparked controversy over […]

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Lanvin in La Poste

Just when we thought the French couldn’t get more chic…Lanvin made them stamps. Yes, this coming year, French mail will be adorned with beautifully illustrated, colorful stamps designed by Alber Elbaz himself, in celebration of the fashion house’s 120th birthday. The stamps will go on sale alongside a collection of pencils, paperweights and notebooks embossed with the classic Lanvin mother-and-child emblem, which is also splashed across the glamorous totes on sale at net-a-porter. Three limited edition ceramic hearts will also be on sale, to send a little bit of love to your favourite people through the post. Although only physically […]

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Soap & Glory – Bright Here…

Gorgeous girlie brand Soap & Glory has just launched a new collection of five fabulous skincare items jam packed with hero ingredients and hard working formulations set to see the most hardcore of party animals right through the season – with bells on!  There’s the Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser, a 3-in-1 deep-purifying formula with a natural blend of revitalising aromatic essential oils which cleans, smoothes and melts away makeup; No Clogs Allowed Deep Pore Detox Mask, a self heating, colour changing,  5-minute deep pore detox face mask; You Wont Believe Your Eyes , an amazing tired-eye brightening moisture serum […]

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Sophy Robson

If you ask any girl about town in London where they go to get their nails done nine out of ten will answer Sophy Robson. This is because once discovered it’s impossible to go anywhere else. Situated on the second floor of Fortnum and Mason, Robson has her own salon opposite Fortnum’s Beauty a la Carte. Perfectionist doesn’t even describe half of what Robson’s treatment involves. Combining both chiropody, polish and good conversation, Robson is leading the way in the nails world. Her speciality, the Medi-pedi, begins with the removal of dead skins and rough edges of your feet using […]

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