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Sir Paul McCartney ‘gives up cannabis for daughter Beatrice’

imageThe former Beatle said it was finally time to give up smoking the drug due to a “sense of responsibility” in caring for his daughter.

“I smoked my share. When you’re bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you’re lucky, at some point,” he said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. “Enough’s enough – you just don’t seem to think it’s necessary.”

The 69-year-old rocker also revealed that the Fab Four had considered a reunion but had decided against it so they didn’t “spoil the idea of the Beatles”.

In the magazine interview Sir Paul admitted to smoking cannabis “a lot” and has previously declared a passion for “wacky baccy”. Heather Mills, the mother of Beatrice, claimed Sir Paul smoked marijuana as often as most people drink cups of tea during the couple’s divorce proceedings.

Snow: fresh travel chaos looms as Britain hit by ‘freezing rain’ weather

imageA blanket of snow will spread across the Home Counties on Thursday night amid warnings of fresh travel chaos and freezing rain.

Forecasters warned up to four inches of snow will hit most of the south as two weather systems collide, with temperatures struggling to remain above freezing.

The Met Office issued a rare “freezing rain” warning for most of northern England and southern Scotland, prompting fears of more havoc on the country’s fragile transport networks.

Edinburgh – The 10 best northern cities to buy property

imageFive years ago the towns and cities of northern England and Scotland symbolised the UK’s bullet-proof housing market. Prices were going up almost as quickly as new flats were being built. That has all changed now, of course. The days of endless price increases are over.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing, however. These areas contain some of the most spacious properties in the country. Large gardens are the norm not the exception, and a decent family house is the price of a Mayfair garage. After the Government this week confirmed plans for a new high-speed railway line linking London and Birmingham, the distance between north and south is set to shrink even further.

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Older homeowners sell up to start renting

imageEquity-rich, older home owners are selling up and renting to release cash for retirement or the next generation.

The smart money is with the older home owner these days. Generations who have lived through successive housing booms are equity rich and in a position to downsize and help the young by releasing capital. They have more choice than ever before. Older people can join the growing ranks of more involved grandparents, or move to rented accommodation, or spread their wings and travel. Whichever way – the decisions of the old impact on the young.

Halle Berry braves Scottish weather on set of Cloud Atlas

imageHollywood star Halle Berry braved cool showery weather as she filmed scenes for a new movie in Scotland.

The actress is on location in Glasgow working on Cloud Atlas, which comes out next year.

The city is standing in for 1970s San Francisco and vintage American cars and US sign posts can be seen in some streets in the centre.

Dressed in indigo flares, a beige jacket and brown high heeled boots, Halle shot scenes with actor Keith David today.

Between takes she wore a long puffy black coat to keep warm.

Cloud Atlas is based on British author David Mitchell’s best-selling 2004 novel, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

The unconventionally-structured tale of interlinking narratives charts the story of one soul across the centuries.

Sporting estates are the greatest prize

Every self-respecting billionaire should own their own country estate – it’s the ultimate prestige purchase, discovers Caroline McGhie.

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It is one of the things we do best. Our sporting estates offer more romance, spectacular landscape and historical resonance than any in the world. The great salmon rivers of Scotland, the dancing chalk streams of Hampshire, the majestic hills of Leicestershire where the Quorn Hunt rides out, the woodlands and pastures of rural England teeming with pheasants – these are crucial ingredients in this highly specialised niche market. What new billionaire doesn’t dream of being monarch of the glen to his own Glenbogle?

TV review: Show Me The Funny and British Masters

Show Me The Funny? You get a lot more laughs from Karren, Nick and Lord Sugar

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The first and last time I laughed during Show Me The Funny (ITV1) was when the world’s only half-Welsh, half-Spanish comedian introduced himself to his audience. “Buenas tardes. I am Ignacio Lopez,” he began. “Some of you may recognise me as the barman you slept with in Magaluf a couple of years ago.”

Miraculously, he channelled both halves of his noble heritage: Tom Jones’s understandably smug expression before being showered with knickers; and Antonio Banderas’s cross-species sexual braggadocio in Shrek. You remember, when he voiced Puss in Boots and propositioned Cameron Diaz’s princess.

Dumfries House: a Sleeping Beauty brought back to life by the Prince of Wales

Saved by Prince Charles from the auctioneer’s hammer, Dumfries House – a time capsule of 18th-century furnishing – has been restored to its former glory Dumfries House has been portrayed as an 18th-century Sleeping Beauty.

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Adam-designed and Chippendale-furnished, it remained untouched for 250 years, so the story goes, before being kissed by a prince and startled into trembling new life. Astoundingly, this fairy tale is largely true.

Until this gem of an estate was ‘saved for the nation’ in June 2007, few people even knew of its existence. Yet its contents, dating from the mid-1750s, when it was built by the 5th Earl of Dumfries, include at least 50 pieces by the great British furniture maker Thomas Chippendale – some specially made for the house – along with the finest surviving collection of carved Scottish rococo furniture.

UK travellers shun foreign holidays

Business travel hit by sharpest decline as visits abroad fell by 15% in 2009,with many Britons opting for UK-based ‘staycation’ Was it plummeting business budgets or, as the local tourism industry would have us believe, a wave of nostalgia for retro seaside holidays?

imageOfficial figures have confirmed the picture of what many referred to as the “staycation” trend in 2009, as visits abroad fell at a record pace last year. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the 15% drop from the year before to 58.6m was the biggest drop since records began in the 1970s.

The main driver in the sharp drop was a fall in business trips, which fell by almost a quarter – while holiday trips declined by 15%. In the other direction, business trips into the UK fell by a fifth, overshadowing a rise in holiday visitors and leaving overall visits by overseas residents down 6.3% to 29.9m.

Kate Middleton Biography

Britain's Prince William smiles as he walks with his girlfriend Kate Middleton at RAF Cranwell, central England

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, 9 January 1982), popularly known as “Kate”, is the wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. William is second in line to the thrones of the sixteen Commonwealth realms.

10 of the best spring gardens to visit

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Tony Russell celebrates the seasonal planting highlights at a handful of Britain’s finest gardens

Armadale, Isle of Skye

This 40-acre garden, set around the romantic ruins of Armadale Castle, has a spectacular setting on the Sleat Peninsula of the Isle of Skye. The warm, generally frost-free climate of the west coast of Scotland allows this sheltered garden, dating back to the 17th century, to grow a diverse range of tender trees, shrubs and bulbs from all over the temperate world. South American shrubs, such as the Chilean fire bush (Embothrium coccineum) and

Gerard Smith dies at the age of 34

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TV on the Radio musician Gerard Smith dies after battle with lung cancer.

Gerard Smith, who has died of lung cancer at the age of 36, is performing here at T In The Park Festival in Scotland in 2009

Gerard Smith, the bass player with alternative rock band TV on the Radio, has died at the age of 34 after a battle with lung cancer.

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