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1h 29m Milan art tour: fresco heaven, without the crowds
The Guardian
Resist the urge to splurge in the city’s chic shops and instead lose yourself in its transcendental art Think of Milan and you think of fashion. The first time I spent more than a few hours in the city, I roamed the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Italy’s oldest shopping arcade, built in the 1860s and still home to the original Prada store, which was opened by the designer’s grandfather Mario in 1913 – wishing that I was rich (or at least, not quite so broke). What on earth is a girl with an overdraft and a fierce lust for buttery leather supposed to do in a place where everyone is so enviably well-dressed? In Milan, even the nuns look chic. In the end, I bought only one thing: an ice-cold negroni in the Camparino, the lovely, high-ceilinged bar that has been in the Galleria almost as long as Prada (Davide Campari first threw open its doors in 1915). I still love the Galleria – wander through it as you walk from La Scala to the Duomo, which it conveniently connects – and I would tell anyone to have their evening aperitif at the Camparino, where the people-watching is unparalleled. But since my most recent visit, I’m able to see Milan not only with the eyes of someone hell bent on giving their credit card a bashing, but with those of an art lover, too. If you like painting and sculpture – in particular, if you have any interest at all in Leonardo, the city’s most famous adopted son – it is just the place, and one without the crowds and queues you can expect in, say, Florence or Venice.
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2h Fresh zippy Alsace whites for a clean start to January
The Guardian
Loads of red wine and red meat feel very last year right now. Time for something lighter and brighter
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2h From the archive: class war in 1966
The Guardian
A social columnist, a bunny girl and a Ritz restaurant receptionist all give their views on class distinctions in the Observer of October 1966 ‘Class doesn’t matter much any more,’ declares Prime Minister Harold Wilson as Britain steps into the white-coated era of modern industry. ‘I don’t think class distinction exists — not in my experience anyway,’ echoes
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2h Late January, time to feed birds and burn branches
The Guardian
More than anything it’s time to tidy up – and for that there’s one indispensable garden tool Edging towards the end of January, quiet gardening now. Time for bird feeders and fire. We spent Christmas at the beach hut. My mother-in-law is nearing 94, our weeks ever more precious together. I turn over piles of prunings carefully, fearful of disturbing a home
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2h January blues? Just get the right eyeshadow
The Guardian
Choose the colour to match your mood Beauty? What beauty? I’m in a mole hole trying to work out what January means. I’ve heard of these January blues, but I usually escape somewhere distant before they set in. A place where the sun kisses my face better. As I look at the tumultuous English Channel out of my window, I feel my eyes become as watery as what’s in view. Crash, bang, wallop, here come the blues
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2h Nigel Slater’s winter soup recipes
The Guardian
Kale with beans and sprout tops with stilton: how to use up leftover veg in a hearty soup There is a white china bowl in the fridge, its contents hidden under a plate. With luck it will be buried treasure: the remains of a casserole; steamed potatoes and greens ready for bubble and squeak; a squirrelled-away apple crumble. It is a sad day when the contents turn out to be some of yesterday’s pasta. With luck, my dear old bowl will be full of soup whose character will have mellowed for having spent a night in the fridge. Such recipes are the backbone of my eating in January and February. The best of them begin with an onion, a rib of celery and a few bay leaves and will be started on a low heat, so the onions soften without much colour. I try to catch the onions just as they turn from white to gold, when you can crush them, effortlessly, against the side of the pot with the back of a spoon. You can add cooked haricots at this point, or chickpeas or butter beans; borlotti and black-eyed beans, too, the sort whose water turns dark pink-brown as they simmer. Before you know it, you have dinner. Season with salt and pepper and continue cooking until everything is thick, rich and fragrant
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2h My rich and grumpy dad said my Christmas gifts were awful | Dear Mariella
The Guardian
Mariella Frostrup tells a man caught up in festive family tensions to ditch the present-giving charade
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2h Hyundai Elevate: ‘The world’s first walking car’ | Martin Love
The Guardian
It’s still at prototype stage, but the Elevate shows that car designers are thinking on their feet This ‘quadrupedal’ vehicle may look like a smart shopping trolley ready for a supermarket dash in some distant interstellar community. But, in fact, it’s a full-size, robotic walking car, which Hyundai believes may be helpful in rescue zones when normal vehicles, even the most robust 4x4s, just can’t hack it. It’s called the ‘Elevate’ and by blending technology found in modern electric cars with advanced robotics, it can climb up 5ft walls, straddle a 5ft hole and step across piles of debris, thanks to the addition of four fully articulated robotic legs – and all the while keeping its passengers completely level.
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2h Guy Kennaway: My sister said, ‘Well done Guy, you killed Mummy!’
The Guardian
When his 88-year-old mother asked him to buy heroin so she could end her life, the author Guy Kennaway decided there was only one thing to do: write a book about it How can you resist an author who proclaims on his dust jacket: “
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2h Beauty tips: pastel colours for cheeks, eyes and hair
The Guardian
Watch out for the radical new shades: but first get your buzz cut These are not little girl pastels, the faded greens of pretty dresses and country wallpapers. Pastel shades at Marc Jacobs extended from the eyes and cheeks all the way to the hairdos, where bleachy pink dye jobs added a supernatural quality to the 60s-inspired show. More than 35 models agreed to have their hair dyed, some buzzing it off completely before colouring it antique peach or mint, then matching their hair to their eye shadow. One to try at home? Maybe?
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2h GoCycle GS e-bike: ‘I’ve yet to ride one I thought was better’ | Martin Love
The Guardian
The new GS from GoCycle is everything you could want in an electric bike. And if you don’t believe Martin Love just ask Lennie the bulldog
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2h Pucci, London: ‘We revelled in nostalgia’ – restaurant review
The Guardian
If you enjoy large helpings of schmaltz with your pizza, head straight for Mayfair’s Pucci
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Alessandra Ambrosio goes braless beneath her workout gear as the supermodel leaves Pilates class5h Alessandra Ambrosio goes braless beneath her workout gear as the supermodel leaves Pilates class
Daily Mail
Alessandra Ambrosio showed how she maintains her supremely toned figure on Saturday, when the 37-year-old lingerie model was spotted leaving a pilates class.
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7h Irina Shayk wraps up warm in sophisticated black coat with gold buttons
Daily Mail
The model, 33, didn't let the chilly temperatures stop her from wearing her best for a relaxed outing in the Big Apple. Irina cut an incredibly sophisticated figure in a black wrap coat with gold buttons.
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John Travolta continues to showcase his newly shaved head at Living Legends of Aviation Awards7h Updated John Travolta continues to showcase his newly shaved head at Living Legends of Aviation Awards
Daily Mail
He recently embraced a natural bald look, thanking his fans for his hair transformation. John was pictured with Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, who is facing $68.5 billion divorce.
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8h We love... six fashion fixes for the week ahead - in pictures
The Guardian
A Prada necklace that adds a punch, summer basics with a timeless feel and Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng’s new exhibition at Somerset House... Fashion fixes to invest in this week
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Karlie Kloss oozes Parisian chic in navy beret while indulging in a spot of retail therapy16h Karlie Kloss oozes Parisian chic in navy beret while indulging in a spot of retail therapy
Daily Mail
The American supermodel oozed a Parisian chic as she donned a navy beret over her honey-hued hair ahead of her spending spree in the designer boutique.
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Wayne Rooney enjoys a wild night out in LA after THAT boozy airport arrest16h Wayne Rooney enjoys a wild night out in LA after THAT boozy airport arrest
Daily Mail
Wayne Rooney hit the town with his pals at Delilah, in Los Angeles on Friday, shortly after his drunken airport arrest.
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Christine McGuinness looks sensational in a tiny tweed playsuit with knee-high boots in Cheshire16h Christine McGuinness looks sensational in a tiny tweed playsuit with knee-high boots in Cheshire
Daily Mail
She is known for showing off her enviable figure in a collection of tiny stylish ensembles.
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Kate Moss, 45, displays her effortless style alongside beau Count Nikolai Von Bismarck, 30, in Paris16h Kate Moss, 45, displays her effortless style alongside beau Count Nikolai Von Bismarck, 30, in Paris
Daily Mail
The British supermodel looked demure in a belted black blazer which accentuated her slender frame as she arrived to the venue alongside her other half Count Nikolai Von Bismarck, 30.
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16h Looms with a view: weavers give ancient craft a modern twist
The Guardian
From spun metal to twisted horse hair, these four women are finding new platforms for an old craft From gallery spaces to Instagram, practitioners of the ancient craft of handweaving are finding new platforms for their work. This, coupled with a growing appreciation for all things handmade and an increasing awareness of the environmental impact of the textile industry, has resulted in a wave of weavers who operate at the intersection of art, craft and design.
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Kim Kardashian enjoys a family night out with husband Kanye West in LA17h Updated Kim Kardashian enjoys a family night out with husband Kanye West in LA
Daily Mail
The E! reality star showcased her enviable figure in a athleisure-inspired ensemble while she carried adorable Chi on her hip.
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Louise Redknapp shares first picture of ex Jamie since divorce on Instagram17h Updated Louise Redknapp shares first picture of ex Jamie since divorce on Instagram
Daily Mail
The former Strictly contestant, who share sons Charley and Beau, proved there's no animosity between the pair since their split two years ago.
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18h Suzi Quatro: ‘I look into someone’s eyes and know their life story’
The Guardian
The musician, 68, on understanding people, being home alone, missing Detroit and how Elvis changed her life for ever
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Megan Barton Hanson is SLAMMED for her ‘overnight fame’ by Dancing On Ice’s Brianne Delcourt19h Updated Megan Barton Hanson is SLAMMED for her ‘overnight fame’ by Dancing On Ice’s Brianne Delcourt
Daily Mail
Dancing On Ice pro Brianne Delcourt has allegedly slammed Megan Barton Hanson in a now-deleted post, according to The Sun.
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Ex On The Beach star Jemma Lucy shows off her baby bump as she is seen for the first time21h Ex On The Beach star Jemma Lucy shows off her baby bump as she is seen for the first time
Daily Mail
Ex On The Beach's Jemma Lucy displayed her baby bump when she was seen for the first time since breaking the news of her shock pregnancy, in Manchester on Friday.
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Joe Sugg and girlfriend Dianne Buswell take a TUMBLE during their energetic Quickstep 18 Jan 8:35pm Joe Sugg and girlfriend Dianne Buswell take a TUMBLE during their energetic Quickstep
Daily Mail
The duo were in the groove of their number, moving quickly around the stage when Joe lost his footing and the pair were dragged down.
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