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Book Review: Blood, Salt, Water by Denise Mina

August 20, 2015

Hardback by Orion, priced £14.99 (ebook £9.99) Roxanna Fuentecilla has recently moved from London to Glasgow. Detective Inspector Alex Morrow and her team have had her under surveillance, suspecting her of drug smuggling and money laundering. But then Roxanna disappears, without a word to her partner or her two children.

Lifestyle

Gadgets to help you relax

August 19, 2015

Awaiting exam results, stressed at work or juggling too many tasks? These are the ultimate gadgets to help you unwind... DREAMATE SLEEPING AID If you find it hard to unwind, and even harder to fall asleep, this wrist accessory will help you visit the land of nod. It gently vibrates on pulse points providing acupressure to nudge you into a deep sleep. Even if you don’t experience those craved-for zzzzz’s straight away, the massaging band also helps to reduce stress, which in turn will help prepare you for a restful slumber. It can be a bit noisy, but the contraption activates for 30 minutes and then automatically turns itself off. £49.95

Food and Drink

Atherton keeps it sweet

August 19, 2015

Michelin-starred chef, Jason Atherton’s journey began after he left Sheffield and moved to London when he was 16, and landed a job at a Michelin-starred restaurant as a pot washer. He worked his way up, eventually becoming a pastry chef, then head chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze, and has since set up a string of restaurants across the world. His latest book, Social Sweets, is packed with tempting treats  –  two of which you can try at home.

Aberdeenshire

Road blocked after lorry turns over

August 19, 2015

The A944-B9126 Echt Lyne of Skene road is blocked after a lorry turned on it’s side. Police were called to the scene just after 8am and recovery has been arranged. A Police spokesperson said: “A ford transit lorry turned over and there were no injuries.” More to follow.    

Books

How to Be Happy (Or At Least Less Sad) by Lee Crutchley

August 19, 2015

Paperback by Ebury Press, priced £8.99. One in four of us will experience some sort of mental health problem during the year. That's quite the statistic isn't it? Although many people may only think of the extremes of mental health, it's clear from this figure that anxiety and depression can be closer to home than we allow ourselves to believe.

Celebrity

Cara Delevingne’s close-up

August 18, 2015

Cara Delevingne has wowed the fashion crowd, and now has her sights set on conquering the movie world. She talks about proving people wrong As one of the world's most in-demand models, it's not a shock to see Cara Delevingne splashed across newspapers. Recent headlines about the 23-year-old fashion star didn't have anything to do with photo campaigns or glamorous parties, however, but a particularly awkward interview on an American TV show.

Food and Drink

The Real Meal Revolution

August 18, 2015

Bread and pasta fans, look away now. The South African authors of The Real Meal Revolution tell why they believe going carb-free is the key to health and weight control In terms of kitchen 'outlaws', sugar has completely overtaken fat as public enemy number one.

Business

Wood Group has made 5,000 job cuts

August 18, 2015

Wood Group chief executive Bob Keiller said the company would spend “every dollar needed but not one dollar more” to get the job done. The company leader was briefing investors about the firm’s financial results when he made the commitment today. Read the full article on our sister website Energy Voice. 

Health and Beauty

Help yourself to help others

August 18, 2015

Depression and exhaustion are common for those caring for loved ones with dementia – so putting your own needs first isn’t selfish, it’s essential Dementia rates are believed to be on the rise, with around 850,000 people in the UK already diagnosed with some form of the condition. The number of people ‘living with’ dementia however is far higher. Because, as with many conditions, it isn’t an illness that only impacts the person who actually has it.

Books

Book Review: The Hand That Feeds by AJ Rich

August 18, 2015

Paperback by Simon & Schuster, £7.99 (ebook £5.99) Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment write under the name AJ Rich for this new novel The Hand That Feeds You. At first, this book seemed like it was going to be a slow burning crime tale, however, only a few pages in and the pace seriously accelerated.

Motors

Another decade of DB delight from Aston Martin

August 17, 2015

Aston Martin’s new 2016 DB9 GT will make its global debut as part of the marque’s presence at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week, accompanied by a glimpse of Aston Martin’s second century with the DBX concept and Vulcan supercar all set for appearances.

Travel

Center Parcs – the place you can’t stop coming back to

August 17, 2015

Here I am again, bombing down the roller-coaster water flumes like an eight-year-old, legs in the air, swishing erratically from side to side. Worried only that a) someone is coming down right behind me and b) I’ll be able to get out fast enough at the bottom before they land on me.

Food and Drink

Perfect pulled pork

August 17, 2015

From supermarket to bijou restaurants, pulled pork is certainly having a moment. Here's Tom Kerridge’s tips for creating the juicy favourite at home

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