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Donald Sutherland gets mad in ‘The Leisure Seeker’

Look, it’s only fair. Hollywood has aimed undemanding, patronising films at kids for generations. It can only be right that older people now get their(...)

At least 20 people were killed in a shootout during an escape attempt at a prison in Belem, local authorities informed. Photograph: Diario Do Para/Celso Rodrigues/AFP/Getty

Gunmen have attacked a prison in northern Brazil trying to stage a mass escape of inmates, setting off a gun battle with police that killed 20 people (...)

Battling a wildfire in Anaheim Hills, California, in October. Photograph: Jeff Gritchen/ AP

‘Ever get the feeling God has a secret plan for California?” asks my godson Dara, deadpan Dub wit that he is. You think you have it bad? For months (...)

Mediterranean sun: Aphrodite’s Rock, in Cyprus

Spain: Canaries and Costa del Sol You might find a big discount on a trip to Gran Canaria, with prices from €467 per person sharing, and across the C(...)

 An aerial view from a Ventura County Sheriff helicopter shows a site damaged by mudslide in Montecito, California. Photograph: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office/Reuters

Rescue crews with dogs and thermal-imaging equipment searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for up to two dozen peo(...)

‘The whole pagan idea of a midwinter festival was a respite to get us through whatever’s yet to come.’ File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Peace! Goodwill! Joy! Magical sleighrides! No one’s Christmas looks like this. If you’re lucky enough to have food and shelter this festive season, t(...)

Vanessa Greenwood’s Christmassy red velvet cupcakes. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Amidst the tinsel and baubles this week, the kitchen brigade must be forgiven for falling into the lure of novelty bakes and some festive frippery. I (...)

Vanessa Greenwood’s Christmassy red velvet cupcakes. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography
Red velvet cupcakes

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C fan. Fill the muffin tray with paper cases. 2. In a bowl, mix the cocoa powder, vanilla essence and red colouring togeth(...)

 Mary, Mel and Sue’s Big Christmas Thank You air on BBC1 on Christmas Eve.  Photograph: Emilie Sandy/BBC

I have previewed next week’s television so you can forgo binge watching and instead spend time talking to your family, who love you, apparently. ‘Mar(...)

A Christmas tree in the great hall at Adare Manor in Adare, Co Limerick.

As you tuck into your Brussels sprouts this Christmas, spare a thought for those paying top dollar for the privilege of dining in some of Ireland’s pr(...)

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