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Top Gear, series 18, episode 7, BBC Two, review

imageRachel Ward reviews the final episode of the current series of BBC Two’s Top Gear

Thanks to Dave (the TV channel, not Cameron), I’ve seen my fair share of Top Gear episodes. This, the last of the series, was the one with Slash, Kimi Raikkonen, and golf. I must admit that much of this 18th series has passed me by, mainly because (sorry super fans) I’m usually tuned into Dancing on Ice on ITV1 – an adrenalin-fuelled activity of a very different kind.

Mail order flowers

imageMail order flowers: get ready for some colourful arrivals
Using mail order is a great way to add variety to your floral collection with minimal fuss – provided you know what to look for.

It’s always tempting to try something new – a new holiday destination, the new beaujolais. And in recent years the number of new plants appearing at mail-order nurseries seems to have become a flood; it can be hard to distinguish between what is just a “me too” version of an old favourite and what is both new and actually worth growing.


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Ford Madox Brown, Manchester Art Gallery, review

imageA new show captures the brilliance of Ford Madox Brown, says Richard Dorment

Ford Madox Brown is the odd man out among the Pre-Raphaelites. Born in 1821 to English parents in Calais, he learnt to paint in the academies at Antwerp, Ghent and Paris. But from the beginning Brown was a paid-up member of the awkward squad. He rejected the academic systems and conventions he’d been taught at these institutions in favour of the archaic purity of line he found in the work of the German Nazarene painters, and although he shared the ideals of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, he never felt the need to became a member.

The perfect setting for outdoor opera

The gardens at West Green House, Hampshire will offer the perfect setting for outdoor opera, says Francine Raymond.


Marylyn Abbott is an extraordinary person. When the view from her garden at Kinnerton Green in Australia (featured by Monty Don in his series Extraordinary Gardens of the World) was threatened, she upped sticks and moved to England.

She had visions of a cool garden encircling an old English house. What she found at West Green House was an 18th-century baroque gem in dire straits, bombed by the IRA, whose lease she bought from the National Trust. It was surrounded by 10 acres of old parterres protected by brambles and fields of daffodils, bluebells and cow parsley.

Prince Harry Biography


Prince Henry of Wales (Henry Charles Albert David; born 15 September 1984), commonly known as Prince Harry, is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales,

Fergie Biography


Stacy Ann Ferguson (born March 27, 1975), better known by her stage name Fergie, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, fashion designer and actress. She was a member of the children’s television series Kids Incorporated, and the girl group Wild Orchid.

Ronnie Barker’s biography


Ronald William George Barker, OBE (25 September 1929 – 3 October 2005) was a British actor, comedian, writer, broadcaster and businessman. He was known for his roles in various British comedy television series, such as The Frost Report, Porridge, The Two Ronnies and Open All Hours.

Expats expand horizons in the quest to live the dream


Adventurous Britons are seeking new places to settle, says Laura Henderson.

The global recession has cast a pall on many of life’s “big” adventures. Take the legions of eurozone émigrés who, until recently, were enjoying sun, sea and sand on fixed sterling incomes from savings and pensions.

Chris Lilley returns with Angry Boys


Star and creator of We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High will be back on UK screens this summer. Will you be watching?

Neighbours, Kylie, Home and Away, Prisoner Cell Block H, Dame Edna, John Torode. Australia has made its mark on television history, but it hasn’t always been pioneering. Then Chris Lilley came along. And now the creator and star of We Can Be Heroes and the immense Summer Heights High is returning to our screens with a new 12-part series, Angry Boys – you can watch a trailer for it here – a co-production between the Australian network ABC and HBO which will be shown on the BBC in the summer.

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