Tag: Lifestyle

  • Fiat Reveals Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition

    Fiat Reveals Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition

    Another month, another special edition of the Fiat 500. This time, it’s from Abarth and has a motorsport flavor of the two-wheeled kind. To celebrate the fact that it’s the official sponsor and car supplier of the FIM MotoGP Championship, the Italian company has just announced the 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition. It’s not very […]

  • New Lincoln Continental to Be Built in Michigan

    New Lincoln Continental to Be Built in Michigan

    It’s been about two decades since Ford Motor Company was building the Lincoln Continental, Mark VIII and Town Car in the Midwest. Fast-forward to the present day and Michigan will see the Blue Oval build the Lincoln Continental early next year. And yes, Flat Rock Assembly Plant is the place of birth. John Fleming, FoMoCo […]

  • Nissan Sway Previews Future Supermini Design in Geneva

    Nissan Sway Previews Future Supermini Design in Geneva

    Big things are happening over at Renault-Nissan, things that could reshape the European automotive market. While the French copied the Qashqai’s success and made their own crossover, Nissan looked at the Clio in order to design a superior supermini. Its name is “SWAY” and it’s a concept car that made its debut at the Geneva […]

  • Porsche Mission E Gets RS Treatment in Wild Rendering

    Porsche Mission E Gets RS Treatment in Wild Rendering

    We’ve been drooling over the Porsche Mission E Concept ever since the vehicle made its silent debut on the Frankfurt floor yesterday, and we can’t help but imagine what would happen if the four-door 911 would enter production. Well, for one thing, family people (that’s the age when you can afford a Neunelfer, right?) would […]

  • Subaru BRZ STI Performance Concept Revealed in New York

    Subaru BRZ STI Performance Concept Revealed in New York

    It’s hard… not to get excited at the sight of a concept car like this one, the Subaru STI Performance Concept shown at the 2015 New York Auto Show. After all, this is precisely what the wet dreams of every BRZ owner are made of. The ultimate version of Subaru’s one and only rear-wheel drive […]

  • BMW 7 series range will get a 740d model this november, with a new 320 hp engine

    BMW 7 series range will get a 740d model this november, with a new 320 hp engine

    The 2016 BMW 7 Series is celebrating its world debut as we’re writing this article, on the floor of the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015. We were there to snap photos of the cars brought out by BMW, but we’re still paying attention to what the car maker is saying in its press releases. One of […]

  • New Infiniti Q30 2015 review

    New Infiniti Q30 2015 review

    Infiniti has been trying to establish itself as the alternative luxury brand for some time now, but despite its best efforts, hasn’t exactly shaken up the market just yet. However, its new British-built Q30 compact hatchback – a first for the brand – has bosses expecting sales to double over the coming years. First impressions […]

  • The new mini wins top spot in its segment in customer satisfaction study

    The new mini wins top spot in its segment in customer satisfaction study

    A recent study carried out by ADAC, the biggest car club in Europe, shows that owners of the new MINI are the most satisfied with their purchase within the small car segment. The study revealed that the British model earned the highest grade in its segment, with the ADAC Customer Barometer being read by over […]

  • Peugeot 308 GTi review

    Peugeot 308 GTi review

    There’s more choice than ever in the hot hatchback class – alongside this new Peugeot 308 GTi, Renaultsport’s Megane 275 Trophy has been released, Honda massaged 306bhp out of the new Civic Type R and Ford will break new ground with the 345bhpFocus RS later next year. So, while the 266bhp Pug may look down […]

  • New Range Rover Evoque SE Tech 2016

    New Range Rover Evoque SE Tech 2016

    If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. That’s certainly the philosophy Land Rover has applied to the new Evoque. Only now, almost five years since the baby Range Rover was first launched, has the brand decided to update it. But don’t think Land Rover has got lazy or run out of ideas – far from […]

  • Audi Q7 e-tron 2015 review

    Audi Q7 e-tron 2015 review

    This is the plug-in hybrid Audi Q7 e-tron. Everyone’s at it: from pioneers Nissan to latecomers like Volvo, almost every manufacturer has an electric or hybrid model in its range. It comes as no surprise, then, that Audi’s e-tron family is expanding. The popular A3 e-tron appeared only late last year, and there’s already an […]

  • Ford F-150 Raptor 2017

    Ford F-150 Raptor 2017

    Truck enthusiasts and journalist alike have long swooned over the Ford F-150 Raptor. Introduced in 2010, the Raptor proved Ford could make a Baja trophy truck and sell it to the average Joe. First equipped with the old 5.4-liter V-8 and then the updated 6.2-liter V-8, the Raptor has always been a heavyweight bruiser when […]

  • On oat flour and elephant garlic

    On oat flour and elephant garlic

    While not coeliac, I am wheat-/gluten-sensitive, yet I can tolerate porridge oats. Having lived in Australia for many years, I enjoyed oat bread, but can’t find it here. I’d bake my own if I could only get oat flour and a good recipe. Some healthfood shops stock oat flour – check with your nearest ones. […]

  • Making fresh pasta is a rite of passage

    Making fresh pasta is a rite of passage

    Leo Tolstoy thought it was good for the soul to make your own shoes. As a result he spent his later years hobbling around with terrible corns. Some things are better left to the experts. For most people, pasta falls into that category. The dried stuff you buy in the shops is so cheap and […]

  • Do ‘superfoods’ really exist?

    Do ‘superfoods’ really exist?

    In the early 1990s, a cookbook called Superfoods appeared in the bookshops. It was co-written by the alternative medicine practitioner, Michael Van Straten, who is one of a handful of people said to have coined what has become one of the most spuriously bandied-about marketing terms of our times. The book revealed Straten’s “four-star superfoods”, […]

  • A well-done steak isn’t a food choice: it’s a crime

    A well-done steak isn’t a food choice: it’s a crime

    Ido so love animals, especially dead, sliced up and roasted ones, their very life blood oozing out of them to the rim of my plate; the colour of conker on the outside, of velvet plush within. Stop wrinkling your nose like that. If it wasn’t for people like me wanting to eat them – and […]

  • The secret of the Mediterranean diet? There is no secret

    The secret of the Mediterranean diet? There is no secret

    Whoop-de-doo, researchers at King’s College London and the University of California claim to have identified the “secret” underpinning the oft-quoted healthfulness of the Mediterranean diet. From their lab tests on mice (not just any old mice, genetically modified ones) they conclude that when olive oil and vegetables are eaten together, they form nitro fatty acids […]

  • Eat more anchovies, herring and sardines to save the ocean’s fish stocks

    Eat more anchovies, herring and sardines to save the ocean’s fish stocks

    Cut back on tuna and salmon and load your plate instead with herring and sardines if you want to help save the world’s fish. So says the scientist who led the most comprehensive analysis ever carried out of fish stocks in the world’s oceans and how they have changed over the past century. The study […]

  • Summer prawn salad

    Summer prawn salad

    This is a lovely fresh, crunchy salad with a hint of spice. You can substitute the prawns with crayfish meat, which is delicious and sweet, and should be cheaper too. Good delis and fishmongers stock it: opt for fresh UK-caught crayfish wherever possible. Serves two 100ml olive oil, plus 2 tbsp for cooking 300g raw […]

  • Make your own bacon

    Make your own bacon

    Buying bacon’s a lottery. There’s no telling the quality of pork that went into it, or the quantity of water added to bulk it out. If you want something that’s guaranteed to please, you’ll have to make it yourself. Start with a kilo or two of good, fresh pork – preferably organic. Choose belly for […]

  • How to eat a persimmon

    How to eat a persimmon

    Our fruit bowls are becoming more adventurous. Having embraced the kiwi, the mango and the pomegranate we are now, it seems, passionate about persimmons. Supermarkets including Asda reported sales of the yellowy-orange, usually tomato-shaped fruits more than doubled last year to more than 4m, making them the fastest-selling exotic fruit in the country. The persimmon, […]

  • Cornish blue: the greatest of cheese

    Cornish blue: the greatest of cheese

    General de Gaulle is famously said to have remarked of France “How can you govern a country that produces 246 varieties of cheeses?” The same can probably be said of Britain these days, and one of those cheeses, Cornish blue, has just won the top award at the World Cheese Awards, announced at the BBC […]

  • Homemade yoghurt: something for the live-culture vultures

    Homemade yoghurt: something for the live-culture vultures

    Yoghurt. We get through masses of it in our house. In fact, most things I cook for my children go well with yoghurt – breakfast, lunch or dinner. There’s the blob of fruity yoghurt my six-year-old likes to perch on top of her breakfast cereal or the plain blob my three-year-old likes with her buttery […]

  • Should I give a four-month-old baby solids?

    Should I give a four-month-old baby solids?

    When should babies start solids? My first child was gobbling up runny baby cereal at three months. Two decades later (my child-bearing was spread out), the rules had changed to nil by mouth except breast milk until six months. Not only that, but solids were increasingly a thing to be afraid of. Wheat, egg, peanut, […]

  • Why eating more fruit and veg doesn’t always help you lose weight

    Why eating more fruit and veg doesn’t always help you lose weight

    Will eating more fruit and vegetables make me thin? Want to get thin? Eat more fruit and vegetables – they’re a low-calorie way of filling up, right? The health site WebMD has “eat more fruit and vegetables” as one of its “22 best diet tips ever” and the next US Dietary Guidelines are likely to […]

  • Why walking is good for you

    Why walking is good for you

    Pilates, yoga and the classic treadmill get all the attention when it comes to popular ways to stay healthy. There is, however, a more unassuming workout that might not get the column inches, but has all the benefits: walking. Certified fitness professional Jolynn Baca Jaekel explains: “What I love about walking is that anyone can […]

  • Text neck: how smartphones are damaging our spines

    Text neck: how smartphones are damaging our spines

    Are smartphones a pain in the neck? According to new research carried out by a US doctor, they are far worse – “text neck” is becoming an epidemic that could lead to permanent damage. The posture we adopt as we stare at our phones, according to the surgeon behind the paper, increases the stress on […]

  • Vampire of the uplands

    Vampire of the uplands

    At first I thought it was a thorn from a rose. I ran my hand up the back of my calf and could feel it caught in my skin. Something small, sticking out, it could be flicked back and forth on the soft area at the back of the knee: a tick. Using a botanical […]

  • How to cure my allergy

    How to cure my allergy

    It was an egg biryani that started it. I had spent Easter hooked up to an intravenous drip in India – after a curry turned out to be housing a potent strain of E coli – and left the hospital feeling like I had a cold. When, on my return to the UK, it didn’t […]

  • Eat, drink and be … healthy?

    Eat, drink and be … healthy?

    It is a bright, autumnal Tuscan morning. Woodsmoke rises poker-straight into the sky, the village church jangles the quarter-hours and green-cloaked hills wrap the horizon. I’m in the walled garden of my private villa – vine pergola to the right, olive grove to the left – shadowing the movements of Andrea, my personal trainer. Eyes […]

  • Teeth problems are top reason for young children’s hospital admissions

    Teeth problems are top reason for young children’s hospital admissions

    The number one reason for primary-school-aged children being admitted to hospital is to have multiple teeth taken out, newly released figures show. The number of children aged from five to nine needing hospital treatment for dental problems rose by more than 3,000, according to figures analysed by theHealth and Social Care Information Centre. The research, […]

  • Exercise is good … but it won’t help you lose weight, say doctors

    Exercise is good … but it won’t help you lose weight, say doctors

    Being dangerously overweight is all down to bad diet rather than a lack of exercise, according to a trio of doctors who have reopened the debate about whether food, sedentary lifestyles or both are responsible for the obesity epidemic. In an article for a leading health journal the authors – who include British cardiologist Dr […]

  • Cocoa, fruit and tea can help keep heart healthy, study says

    Cocoa, fruit and tea can help keep heart healthy, study says

    Substances found in cocoa, fruit and tea could help healthy people keep their heart and circulation in good working order as they get older, according to researchers in Germany. Healthy middle-aged people who consumed two flavanol drinks a day had lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than a control group that had similar drinks that […]

  • Memory loss in old age breakthrough offers dementia hope, say researchers

    Memory loss in old age breakthrough offers dementia hope, say researchers

    Researchers may have found a way to slow down or prevent memory problems that arise in old age and which can become devastating in patients with dementia. The fresh hope comes from a series of studies in humans and mice that identified a protein which causes memory impairment when it builds up in the blood […]

  • Me and the muse: Kamasi Washington on his sources of inspiration

    Me and the muse: Kamasi Washington on his sources of inspiration

    The saxophonist Kamasi Washington, 34, is a key figure in the Los Angeles jazz scene. As well as leading his own band, the Next Step, and collaborating with a variety of jazz musicians, he has worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill and Chaka Khan. Washington was a distinctive presence on Kendrick Lamar’s […]