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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!)

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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.


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

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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.

Guests attend charity dinner dance and ball to raise money for Hatton School and special needs care centre

A school will soon be making a splash after a parent organised a charity dinner dance, raising a staggering £7,000 to expand a swimming pool for children with special needs.

Children's author Naomi Burman-Shine with copies of her first book. She is with Saba Rais, owner of The Village Bookshop, Woodford Green

A former television production accountant who decided to become a children’s author has published her first book.

Press Gang: Stars of the week

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Twins Bobby and Teddy, eight, have been nominated for star of the week, for improving their performance skills at performing arts school Make Beileve in Barkingside.

Twins Bobby and Teddy, eight, have been perfecting their acting and singing skills at performing arts school Make Believe in Barkingside.

Chadwell Heath historian John Barfoot

Inspiration can strike in the most unusual of circumstances. For historian John Barfoot, his curiosity about the First World War was born as a child on the streets of Ilford.

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Up to 3,000 people took to the streets of London in vigils for Mike Brown which turned into a protest march down Oxford Street.

The NHS have introduced a new pill for those who struggle to screw the lid back on that bottle of wine.

Today the doctor has received an eight-year sentence for a string of offences.

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