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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

With the run up to New Year well under way, using up those last days of holiday to jet off somewhere warm may be impossible - with limited time to plan and spiralling Christmas prices. But, though the next few months may be cold and dreary, there is no other city quite like ours and taking steps to enjoy it is easier than you think.

Stained glass tree biscuits. Picture Laura Edwards.

Hit TV show, The Great British Bake Off has released a recipe book full of tasty festive bakes.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until: 06/12/2014 - Programme Name: Doctor Who Christmas Special - TX: 25/12/2014 - Episode: Last Christmas, written by Steven Moffat (No. 1) - Picture Shows: ***EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01hrs 6TH DEC 2014*** Santa Claus (NICK FROST), Doctor Who (PETER CAPALDI) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Adrian Rogers

There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy on TV this Christmas as the channels compete with a bumper feast of festive delights to draw the viewers in. From a selection box of brand new programmes, to a stocking full of seasonal specials, we take a look at what’s on offer this Christmas on TV…

Christmas Eve at Crisis Centre

A donation of just £21.62 would buy one homeless person warmth, food and support this Christmas.

How to make a Christmas Cosmopolitan

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Christmas Cosmoplitan

Impress your party guests with a Christmas Cosmopolitan cocktail. It takes just five minutes to prepare and makes enough for 10 people (or five if you want two each!)

Recipe: Apple Snow with Fennel Biscuits

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Apple Snow with Fennel Biscuits. Picture: PA Photo/Handout/Clare Winfield.

Food writer and cook James Ramsden believes in preparing in advance to make the festive season, Christmas day in particular, as stress-free as possible.

Beer Tasting Set

We’ve picked out six gift ideas for those who enjoy a tipple.

There are lots of ways you can ensure your pet is healthy and happy at Christmas

To ensure your pets are as safe, healthy and happy as possible during the festive period follow these handy tips from pet retailer Pets Corner.

We tested a selection of mince pies from different supermarkets. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

As much as we’d all love to serve home made mince pies, finding the time to bake them can be tricky. To help you choose the best supermarket alternative we’ve undertaken the rather enjoyable job of sampling a selection.

The Christmas puddings and brandy used to make the gin at Sacred in Highgate

Whether you’re a gin fan or not, the Sacred Christmas Pudding version should get your taste buds wondering enough to try it. Especially, as it’s distilled by hand, by one man from his home in Talbot Road, Highgate from a handwritten family recipe dating back to the 1920s.

Tips for staying healthy this festive season

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Milk thistle supplements can help detoxify your liver after drinking

Christmas isn’t really a time that we want to be restricting ourselves, however there are things we can do to limit the effects.

Paddington

With Christmas comes a host of movies to the big screen, from festive family comedies to action blockbusters. Here is our pick of the best out next month.

Trustee Sue Nash poses with youngsters from Leading Our Lives Youth Project

A youth club for children with communication disabilities has been running for over 15 years but after losing their funding a couple of months ago they have decided to go it alone.

Barkingside Royal British Legion chairman John Coombes with wife Pauline. John's father George fought in the First World War

A young man stands proudly in his soldier uniform in an old photograph, posing with a Field Artillery horse at a training camp.

Toni Mascolo OBE with Diana Shehu the model. He visted the Ilford branch of Toni&Guy hairdressers as they have been doing really well so they are expanding and putting more into the business to open up more opportunities for training and apprenticships

One half of the world’s most famous hairdressing duo is travelling to just a few hand-picked salons to grow and develop the business in order to encourage more apprentices to take on the trade.

Toni Mascolo OBE visted the Ilford branch of Toni&Guy hairdressers as they have been doing really well so they are expanding and putting more into the business to open up more opportunities for training and apprenticships

One half of the world’s most famous hairdressing duos, Toni & Guy, graced Ilford with his presence yesterday as Toni Mascolo dropped into his salon in the High Road.

Survivor of the Trilokpuri killings in East Delhi - a photo from the 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms Remembered exhibition at the Wiener Library in Russell Square. Photo: Ram Rahman

WARNING: The image on this page contains graphic content.

Roger McGough will open the Redbridge Fabula Festival tomorrow. Picture: Colin Clarke

A celebration of libraries and the arts is taking over Redbridge this weekend with a schedule packed full of workshops, talks and activities.

Lighting diyas for Diwali

The colourful Hindu holiday Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is all about love and the victory of good over evil.

Owner Nicola Munday outside Hurst House, a stately mansion in Woodford Green which is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year

The fates of the borough’s historic manors have differed dramatically.

L-R Judith (Sally Lawrence) and Gerry (Chris Rees)

Eric Chappell, the comedy writer, is happy to reveal how he came up with the idea for his new play, Ground Rules.

Katharine Hurst as Marie with Mark Morgan as the drum major in last year's Redbridge Drama Centre production of the show. In the background are cast and audience members

There’s no interval, but there is the chance for a mid-show chat with the cast in a new production at Redbridge Drama Centre.

Asian wedding planner Rajesh Chouham in his restaurant Pakwaan in Ilford.

Organising a wedding is stressful for most, but one man has been taking the strain off couples for more than two decades.

Poet Valarie Bloom talking to pupils at Gearies Primary School in Gants Hill

A children’s poet captivated school pupils as she performed and taught Jamaican Patois to celebrate Black History Month.

Referee Ken Aston in 1962. [Picture: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport]

Some of the most inspirational figures in history have been known for their multitude of talents.

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