In January, we
asked you for your best animations – and they came flooding in. From a
claymation comedy set in the Arctic to the Thriller dance done by Lego men, our
animation expert Sofronis Efstathiou has handpicked his top 10
adults eat below the recommended calories per day, and most meet suggested
activity levels, but more than half of us are overweight or obese, report the
latest official figures released today
official statistics on diet, lifestyle and obesity are released today by the
Health and Social Care Information Centre. A link to the full report is here.
This is not all new data, but brings together the latest figures for 2012 in
one place, together with previous research on the issues, and so is the most up
to date source of information about the state of the UK.
effort to support education, clean water and women empowerment programs,
H&M’s Conscious Foundation will donate over $28 million to global programs
that enact change. The chosen innovators include UNICEF, WaterAid and CARE,
which strive to implement new policies for long lasting change in each of these
areas. Starting in February 204, the funds will be distributed between the
three programs, in H&M’s support of sustainable development.
Older models: the women in their 60s, 70s and 80s who
are shaking up fashion
Amid a sea of teenagers, this season's most
striking faces are 60-plus and have other jobs. Are older models here to stay?
Anne Karpf finds out
Her body is
lithe, her full lips bright red, her hair thick and tumbling. There's just one
thing that distinguishes Jacky O'Shaughnessy, the latest face of American
Apparel, from the models in any other fashion campaign: she's got grey hair.
American Apparel's choice of a 62-year-old model to represent their brand
coincides with Vivienne Westwood's 2013/14 campaign, shot by Juergen Teller,
which features 60-year-old musician Leslie Winer. Meanwhile, 70-year-old
Catherine Deneuve fronts the latest Louis Vuitton campaign.
Where do you live if you cannot afford
London's soaring rents? I took the only home I could find: a tiny, mouldy room
in a freezing barge on the Thames. And there are many desperate people in the same
Zaha Hadid Among Six Firms Picked to
Design Fancy New Water Fountains for London
A new kiosk
design challenge will not only result in a series of beautiful fountains across
London, but also reduce the amount of environmental waste created by the city's
reliance on bottled water. Six British architectural firms have been selected
to take part in the competition, including Zaha Hadid Architects, Hopkins
Architects, Studio Weave, Eric Parry Architects, ADAM Architecture and Allford
Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM). Keep reading to see some of the stunning design
looking for your best beautiful and striking weather-related photos. From
sunshine to snowstorms, share your pictures of this week's weather and we'll
choose a selection to be printed in the paper.
From heatwaves in Australia, to snow in the US
and Middle East, to storms
French chef Alexandre Gauthier attempts to put an end
to food selfies
La Grenouillère menus show pictogram of camera
with line through it as chef wants diners to eat food, not photograph it
Alexandre Gauthier has a helpful suggestion for diners at his Michelin-starred
It may be
stating the obvious, but Gauthier says he has noticed some customers seem more
interested in photographing their food than putting it in their mouths.
"They used to come and take pictures of themselves and their family, their
grandmother, whoever, as a souvenir. Now they take pictures of the food, they
put it on Facebook or Twitter, they comment. And then food is cold.
Jack Monroe's female food heroes of Tanzania – video
Monroe, who writes the blog A Girl Called Jack, is a powerful new voice in
British food. Just a year ago Jack was writing about feeding her small family
on £10 a week, now she's petitioning Parliament to highlight food poverty in
the UK and about to publish her first cookbook. Here she is seen in Tanzania, a
trip organised by Oxfam to draw attention to projects involving inspirational
women in difficult circumstances
beauty: makeup tips to match the professionals
the no makeup look all the way to orange lips, here's how to get the new
Where Creatures of the Wind, Desigual, MSGM,
DSquared, Rag & Bone, Prabal Gurung.
lipstick gives the same face-brightening boldness as red, but feels more
summery and cool. It allows you not to bother with complex eyeshadow looks –
just one bright lipstick does the whole job.
with matte, powdered lips. Take a soft, sharp orange lip pencil and stand your
elbow on a table top. Trace around the natural shape of your lips, starting in
the upper lip's V and working outwards. Use a flat, sharp-edged lip brush to
fill in with lip colour. Matte, satin and gloss are all fine, but avoid frost
backstage makeup artist seemed to choose Mac's Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in What
A Blast! (£14.50) to line the mouth before filling with orange. At Rag &
Bone, Gucci Westman used Revlon's new ColorBurst Matte Balm in Mischievous
(£7.99), while Charlotte Tilbury chose Mac's Morange lipstick at Prabal Gurung.
I also love Bourjois's Rouge Edition Lipstick in Orange Pop Up (£8), but if
bright orange seems too scary, try an orange-based tomato or coral red. My
favourites are Mac Lady Danger and Tom Ford's Firecracker.
To Stop the Coffee Apocalypse, Starbucks Buys a Farm
Mario crouches next to a knee-high seedling growing in a plug of volcanic soil
wrapped in black plastic. The young plant will one day be a coffee tree. A
yellow sign identifies it as “Par 1 Plan 1,” the code name for a new coffee
hybrid. The mermaid logo on Mario’s black cap identifies his employer.
Par 1 Plan
1 is one of 165,000 seedlings growing on a Costa Rican ridge 4,500 feet above
sea level. The plants are arranged in long, neat rows within a 7.5-acre
trapezoid crisscrossed with white irrigation pipe; there are scores of
varieties, with names like Obata, Bourbon 2, and Et 47-P1. The patch is an
open-air laboratory where Mario, a slight, 52-year-old agronomist with a
salt-and-pepper mustache, tends to what he calls his “little babies.”
Here are a
series of videos from McDonald's Canada that attempt to answer the question
"What's in a Chicken McNugget?" in a positive way. To that end,
McDonald's takes viewers into the Cargill production facility in Ontario, where
the nuggets are made, packaged, and shipped across Canada. It's not a
particularly attractive process:
Nouveau Thermia Palace in Piešťany, Slovakia, has for over 100 years welcomed
anyone from kings, sheiks and czars, all wanting to experience the sulfur-rich
thermal mineral waters and healing mud sources on the spa island.
20-strong medical staff in Piešťany focus on wellness and weight loss, aiming
to become once again Europe's top medical spa.
one-week slimming spa stay program includes a doctor consultation and health
examinations including metabolic functioning, nutrition planning, fitness
training and a wide assortment of doctor-prescribed therapies (up to 30 a
week), such as hydromassages and medical massages to increase blood
have a sulfur mud bath under the stained-glass windows to target specific
slimming program focuses not only on diet and fitness, but also on preventing
damage to joints and to the body. Natural springs have been proven to aid in
diseases such as rheumatism, and also give incredible energy and strength to
anyone coming to kickoff a fitness lifestyle.
the pharmaceutical industry, it's not well-known if the treatments will last,
or what kind of long-term damage is being done," says CEO Klaus Pilz, who
says their programs are so effective that over 50% of repeat guests visit at
least once a year. "As a medical spa, the only side effects of our
treatments are sore muscles after a massage."
at Thermia Palace is a unique program designed by Wellbeing Escapes and costs
from £902 ($1,482)/per person for a seven-night stay inclusive of all spa
treatments, fitness classes, luxury accommodation and meals; +44 207 644 6111;
couple Michele Bertomen and David Boyle have built a one-family house out of
shipping containers on a very small plot in their neighborhood Williamsburg.
Using containers as a building material is not something particularly new, as
cargotecture has taken a massive rise over the past years. This single-family
house, however, takes it to the next level. It’s well-integrated in the
existing urban context, looks good and brings in a solution for small
Much as we
enjoy indulging in a full English on weekends, we confess to being thrilled at
London’s expanding midday meal offerings. A number of restaurants across the
capital, from Thai cafés to all-day New Zealand-inspired eateries, have
launched all new brunch menus filled with exciting eats over the course of the
past few months. For those looking to indulge in a languorous, multi-hour long
meal with rib-sticking fare, endless cups of coffee and an exceptional Bloody
Mary, or several, our favourite London brunches are sure to do the trick. Don’t
worry about shuffling up bleary-eyed, uncombed and hungover, though: that’s all
a part of the experience.