Great places for a holiday in England

Great places for a holiday in England

ACCORDING TO psychologists January is supposed to be the most miserable month of the year. Financially most people are still recovering from the costs of Christmas and New Year, contemplating whether they can actually afford a trip away at Easter or summer. However, recently, holiday-makers have been rediscovering Britain and realised it doesn’t have to […]

Recipe of the Week

Recipe of the Week

Moroccan Lamb and Vegetables with Houmous and Mint Dip Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20-25 minutes Per serving: 500 kcal, 25.2g fat, 7.9g saturates, 9.1g sugars, 1.5g salt 2 lamb neck fillets, weighing about 200g each 2tbsp harissa sauce 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks 1 large courgette, sliced diagonal […]

Wine of the Week: Chateau Grand-Jour

Wine of the Week: Chateau Grand-Jour

Chateau Grand-Jour Cotes de Bourg 2007/8 Tesco £6.00 (down from £12 until February 2) If you like claret, red Bordeaux, then this bottle, from neighbouring vineyards, is one you’re likely to enjoy. From the Cotes de Bourg, their appellation is north of claret country, on the right bank of the Dordogne estuary. Quite hilly there, […]

Film of the week

Film of the week

What do you fancy? Romantic comedy or the growing genre of post-apocalypse? Two of the latter sort of movies are around. Both have a man crossing a post-disaster America. If he’s got his son with him it’s The Road (cert. 15), based on Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize novel. If he’s on his own, it’s The […]

Wine of the Week: Otra Vida

Wine of the Week: Otra Vida

Otra Vida Merlot Mendoza 2007 Waitrose £5.99 The deep, intense ruby in the glass, the attractive fruit on the nose (here accompanied by something akin to the scent which comes from the peelings of a green apple) heralds what to me was a marvellous Merlot, just right for serving before and also with much Christmas […]

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

In Where the Wild Things Are Spike Jonze takes the “much-loved” children’s book by Maurice Sendak and expands it to feature length. I confess to being underwhelmed by the original book, despite its awards and a lot of people analysing its thin plot. Bad boy gets sent to bed, in his imagination escapes to a […]

Nowhere Boy

Nowhere Boy (cert. 15, released Boxing Day) takes us into John Lennon’s teenage years, and to his relationships with his mother Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) who abandoned him and his Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) who raised him. Both Duff and Thomas were nominated for the British Independent Film Award for best supporting actress; Anne-Marie Duff […]