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    Places

    Deep, deep South in Charleston

    Quite simply, Charleston will have any first-timer blinking in disbelief. Its historic centre – easily explored on foot or on a horse-drawn carriage tour – is astonishingly good-looking, and there’s so much of it

  • Rick McGinnis, a photogragrapher from Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

    Photography

    Inside Photography: An interview with portrait photographer Rick McGinnis

    I still have a list, which includes people from that original list (including Iggy Pop, Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno and John Cooper Clarke), ones I’ve added since (such as Jarvis Cocker and Jackie Stewart) or have become fascinated with recently (including Dolly Parton and David Hockney).

  • Glistening with Nivea's Urban Skin Detox Mask, which can be peeled off when it dries.

    Grooming & care

    Facial cleansing and detoxing with Nivea

    Do you look after your skin effectively? Sunlight, pollution and everyday dirt can take their toll —particularly on our faces, which are exposed for much of the day. Effective cleansing and moisturising with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) help to protect against ultraviolet (UV) B rays and keep us looking […]

  • Rail connections mean that Manchester is just two hours five minutes from central London by train.

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    Why Manchester is one of the best places to live in the UK

    If you’re unhappy with your current living situation, then why not consider moving to a thriving city like Manchester, which was voted the best city in the UK. While this may be a big move, it could be beneficial for your livelihood, especially if you have a family to think […]

  • Canadian troops training at Fort Irwin in the Mojave Desert, California, USA

    Experiences

    Training for Afghanistan in the Mojave Desert

    Fort Irwin was established during World War Two as an artillery training base. It was closed in the early ‘70s and reopened again, becoming the home of the National Training Center, where troops trained for potential combat scenarios. It’s the home of twelve mock villages, and the Canadians were being deployed for manoeuvres in two of them, where they’d encounter Farsi-speaking “villagers” and hostile “insurgents”.

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Glistening with Nivea's Urban Skin Detox Mask, which can be peeled off when it dries.

Facial cleansing and detoxing with Nivea

Do you look after your skin effectively? Sunlight, pollution and everyday dirt can take their toll —particularly on our faces, which are exposed for much of the day. Effective cleansing and moisturising with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) help to protect against ultraviolet (UV) B rays and keep us looking […]

 

Travel

Storefronts on King Street in Charleston. The city has a range of boutiques and designer stores. Photo by Stuart Forster.

Deep, deep South in Charleston

Quite simply, Charleston will have any first-timer blinking in disbelief. Its historic centre – easily explored on foot or on a horse-drawn carriage tour – is astonishingly good-looking, and there’s so much of it

 

Food & Drink

A Copper Stone Pan frying pan.

Cooking with a Copper Stone Pan

As a man who enjoys cooking healthy food regularly, I was pleased to take delivery of a couple of the non-stick frying pans, from JML Direct’s Copper Stone Pan range. The pans’ ultra-non-stick technology means there is no need to add oil or fat while cooking. I was sent pans in […]

 

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