Award winning garden designer Adam Frost talks about his Gold medal winning creation at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show Watch the following video where Adam talks us through his creation of The Homebase Garden - ‘Sowing the Seeds of Change’ in association with Alzheimer’s Society which has won a prestigious gold medal at the centenary year of the event. Adam Frost is no stranger to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and this year’s outdoor space is the sixth garden that he has designed for the prestigious event. Styled as a modern family garden, it provides an environment where people can enjoy a connection to food and nature, as well as an outdoor space where people can spend time with family and friends. Watch our video feature for a look at Adam’s garden which aims to encourage people to be more engaged with the great outdoors.
Adam Frost discusses his RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winning creation, and is joined by a host of celebrity ambassadors from the Alzheimer’s Society. Watch the following video where Adam, Mary Berry, Lynda Bellingham, Arlene Phillips, Ruth Langsford while they talk us through The Homebase Garden - ‘Sowing the Seeds of Change’ in association with Alzheimer’s Society which has won a prestigious gold medal at the centenary year of the event. Adam Frost is no stranger to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and this year’s outdoor space is the sixth garden that he has designed for the prestigious event. Styled as a modern family garden, it provides an environment where people can enjoy a connection to food and nature, as well as an outdoor space where people can spend time with family and friends. Watch our video feature for a look at Adam’s garden which aims to encourage people to be more engaged with the great outdoors.
Forget the broad, skinny and rounded, new research shows how men's body shapes have changed. For years men came in three basic body shapes – Broad, Skinny and Rounded. But now researchers have identified seven major new profiles – the Nacho, Pear, String Bean, Tomato, Brick, Snowman and Cucumber – to represent the changing figure of the Great British bloke. According to the comprehensive ‘Body Report’, conducted by leading menswear retailer Jacamo, most men are going pear shaped. Almost half (49 per cent) of the sample identify themselves as pear-shaped and carrying a little extra weight around the middle, 15 per cent think they’re a sleek straight up and down Cucumber, while the rounded Tomato represents one in ten (10.4 per cent). The broad bodied Brick struck a chord with 9.7 per cent, but just one in twenty see themselves as a broad shouldered, slim-waisted Nacho. Bringing up the rear, 4.3 per cent describe themselves as a String Bean (very skinny and lean) or a Snowman (rounded figure of eight shape). Jacamo’s ‘Body Report’ took an in-depth look at the changing shape of man and his relationship with his figure too, unveiling that blokes suffer from the same body confidence issues as women. It found that 28 is the age that men are happiest with their body with 40 per cent epitomising it as the time they had the perfect shape for their age. A third felt they were most body confident and least self-conscious at this point, and a quarter earmarked it as the time in their lives when they could wear what they wanted. A further one in five felt most attractive at this age too. Almost three quarters (72 per cent) dislike their body and actively want to change it, and a further one in six (16 per cent) don’t like anything about their figure or features. One in seven avoids the opposite sex because their body confidence is at an all time low, and one in eight claims their body shape makes them feel depressed. One in six guys (16.4 per cent) have let their body hang-ups get in the way of clothes shopping with almost two thirds (59 per cent) struggling to find garments to fit their figure. A shocking one in twenty have even put off socialising with friends because they’re embarrassed about their body shape. Feeling under pressure to change, two thirds of men (60 per cent) blame themselves for their body bug bears and 16 per cent blame the media’s portrayal of men for their body angst. One in ten feel hassled by their partner to trim down (10 per cent) while one in twelve accuse male celebrities that women lust after for putting them under pressure. So it will come as no surprise that men want to look different. Almost half of those questioned want to be a Cucumber (46 per cent), followed closely by a third longing for that burly Nacho physique. A whopping 47 per cent of blokes want to lose weight, one in six (17 per cent) crave a muscular body and one in twelve (7.9 per cent) would like to be taller. On average, blokes rate themselves five out of ten for attractiveness and interestingly most men (14 per cent) pick their face as their best feature, closely followed by their bums (11 per cent) and their chest (10 per cent). The once pear-shaped Ricky Gervais was voted the guy who best represents the average British man securing one in eight votes (12.5 per cent). Brick-like Robbie Williams came a close second with one in ten votes, followed by Cucumbers David Beckham and Freddie Flintoff (9.4 per cent and 7.4 per cent consecutively). The seven new body shapes: Pear – a little bit larger around the middle Cucumber – straight up and down with no extra weight Tomato – slightly chubby all over Brick – broad all over Nacho – broad shoulders and slim waistline String bean – very skinny and lean Snowman – rounded around the stomach and chest creating a figure of eight like shape. http://www.jacamo.com
Watch our video to see Alton Tower’s new record-breaking ride, The Smiler, in action for the very first time Alton Towers Resort has unveiled the world’s first 14 loop rollercoaster, The Smiler. Twice the size of Nemesis, The Smiler has been given the official Guinness World Record for the most loops in a coaster has officially been broken by the UK’s number 1 theme park, smashing the previous record of 10. The Smiler, which is Alton Towers Resort’s biggest ever investment at £18m, has the equivalent of ten football pitches of ride-track and took over eight months to build. Not for the faint hearted, the marmalising rollercoaster also features a series of twisted psychological effects including optical illusions, blinding lights and jabbing needles designed to mess with your mind. Watch our video to catch the first glimpse of the rider’s experience in action and meet the man behind the record breaking rollercoaster. You’ll also get to see what impact the 14 loop ride will have on a rider's body and mind through facial recognition technology. See if you can handle it. The Smiler will be open to the public on 23rd May. Some more quirky facts: - The track of ‘The Smiler’ is equivalent to 78 double decker buses lined up within a row - Track length – 1,170m. This is 3x the length of Oblivion - Highest drop is 30m, comparable to 17 black cabs stacked up on top of each other - Maximum speed – approx. 85km/hr. which is 10km/hr. faster than Air - 3,000 hours of manual labour, equal time to flying to Australia 143 times For more information visit http://www.the-smiler.com
How to transform your office day look into evening glamour A lot of us struggle when it comes to deciding what to wear to work and how to make the transition from office to evening chic after a long day at work. Maybe you feel like you’re stuck for new ideas on transforming an outfit? Or perhaps you’re not sure on how to pull off a pencil skirt? Well fear not because stylist Tabitha Somerset Webb will show you it doesn’t have to be time consuming. Fashion designer Tabitha is the founder and principal designer of the label Tabitha London and also runs international clothing label Project D with her business partner Dannii Minogue. Tabitha has teamed up with Sight Station fashion reading glasses to show us that not having the luxury of time doesn’t mean you can’t look your best and talks us through two looks that will give you four outfits! Watch our video where Tabitha shows us her useful hints and tips to take your office look to evening chic. Whether it be adding a sparkly sequined jacket or changing accessories Tabitha will show you how to quickly transform your outfit from work to play. For more information visit http://www.sightstation.com
Gerard Basset, World Champion Sommelier shares his Cannes film festival wine pairings With Cannes Film Festival now in full flow, what better way to celebrate the season with a spot of the good stuff? Everyone knows that film and wine goes hand in hand so watch our video to scrub up on your know how. Gerard Basset, World Champion Sommelier and the only person ever to simultaneously hold the Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and MBA Wine honours shares his advice on how to pair French wines with up and coming films which will be gracing our screens in the coming months.
Summer is here and that means it is time to enjoy some delicious cocktails in the sunshine! This year why not get mixing and shaking to create your own POM Wonderful cocktails! POM Wonderful has created 8 cocktail recipes. First up it's POM Pimms: POM Pimms: Ingredients: - 150ml POM Wonderful Pomegranate Blueberry 100% Juice - 150ml Pimms - 4 Strawberries - Handful of mint - 8 Cucumber Slices - 4 Lemon Wedges - Handful of pomegranate arils - Lemonade to top Glassware: Pitcher or Jug Preparation: - Chop off the top of the strawberries and slice in half - Add the pomegranate juice, Pimms, strawberries, mint, cucumber slices, lemon wedges and pomegranate arils to the pitcher - Add ice and top with lemonade - Stir with a long spoon For the POM Syrup recipe and more delicious cocktails visit www.pomcocktails.co.uk
Next week (14th May,) Jane Nicklinson, the widow of ‘Right to Die’ campaigner, the late Tony Nicklinson will begin her quest to see the Court of Appeal overturn the High Court ruling against doctor-assisted death. She will be joined by Paul Lamb who is severely paralysed and is seeking a separate court declaration that any doctor who killed him would have a defence against a charge of murder. In what is shaping up to be the start of a momentous week and long battle, Lord Charles Falconer QC will be tabling an Assisted Dying Bill in the House of Lords on Wednesday 15th May, seeking to legalise the choice of assisted dying for terminally ill adults with less than six months to live. In England and Wales, it is an offence to encourage or assist a suicide.The law is almost identical in Northern Ireland and anti-euthanasia campaigners say the current law protects vulnerable people. Joining us in this special Benenden Health assisted dying live webTV show are Heather Pratten, Official Patron of Dignity in Dying, who is in support of assisted dying and Mik Scarlet, Broadcaster and Journalist, who is against a change in the law. Mik has experience of members of the medical profession questioning his "quality of life", even though he is happily married and has a successful career in the media, things which many non-disabled people dream of. Heather herself has been put on bail for murder for being with her son Nigel (who had hereditary degenerative neurological disorder, Huntington's disease) and putting a pillow over his face when he lost consciousness from the overdose. In the end she was charged with aiding and abetting a suicide and received a conditional discharge for one year. So where do you stand in this controversial debate? Would you consider assisting a loved one to die, knowing it is illegal in the UK? Would you travel to another country where assisted dying is legal to help a loved one die as/when they choose? What circumstances should qualify for the right for any ‘assisted dying’ law to be utilised? Watch the Benenden Health webTV show where we have two voices from different sides of the assisted dying debate, who will be discussing the whole issue in much more detail. Website: www.benenden.co.uk
Peta Hunt from You and Your Wedding and Ryan Hackett from Austin Reed provide some top tips for groomsmen on what to wear for their special wedding day
FHM has revealed its annual 100 Sexiest Women in the world list – with Mila Kunis coming top, followed closely by Rihanna and third spot filled by the UK’s Helen Flanagan. Last year X-Factor judge Tulisa took top honours, ahead of Cheryl Cole. Watch our video to find out who won the title www.fhm.com/100sexiest