How to Wrap a Champagne Bottle

Confused about how to wrap that smashing Veuve or Bollinger? Do not despair – try this video, from the amazing It’s a pleasure to watch this professional lady gift wrap champagne in… Continue reading

How to Wrap a Christmas Present, by Kirstie Allsopp

A very useful instructional video for December the 23rd, with some advanced tips on pleats and using ribbon to finish off a present with a lovely, well-balanced bow.

All I Want for Christmas Is… Liz Taylor’s La Peregrina Pearl Necklace

The auction of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery at Christie’s, New York, raised a staggering $115 million (£75 million) this week, the proceeds of which will go towards her charitable foundations. The… Continue reading

Falling in Love Again…. with the Clipper Majestic

He’s handsome. Sophisticated. Powerful. Good looking. A real hunk who will take you places you’ve never been before. He is the completely irresistible Clipper Majestic, the flagship Boeing 707 of ABC’s new drama,… Continue reading

The Dog and the Deer in Royal Richmond Park


My Grandfather spent his whole life not talking about his career in the Royal Air Force and he spoke even less about his experiences as an aircrew member of Bomber Command in the Second World War.… Continue reading

A “Must Read” Guide to the New Student Fees System

Martin Lewis, who runs the savvy and indispensable, has just published an article on the new student fees system. Aimed at clarifying the new fiscal process for students, teachers and parents, it… Continue reading

British Designer Paul Smith Wins Outstanding Achievement Award

Sir Paul Smith will be awarded the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award from the British Fashion Council on Monday evening. It is a great accolade for the Nottinghamian designer, whose first shop was opened… Continue reading

The Return of Greyfriar’s Bobby

Greyfriar’s Bobby, the Skye terrier who guarded the grave of his owner, Old Jock, until his own death fourteen years later in 1872, seems to have been the inspiration for a nameless dog living… Continue reading