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Downton creator adapting classic Trollope love story for ITV

Doctor Thorne, the tale of a penniless beauty who falls in love with a handsome aristocrat, is Julian Fellowes' latest screenwriting project<p>Julian Fellowes, the creator of <i>Downton Abbey</i>, is to adapt one of his favourite romantic novels about the love story between a penniless girl and an aristocrat …

'The Longest Ride': Critics aren't bullish on Nicholas Sparks romance

"The Longest Ride" looks to be in for a bumpy one, at least if movie critics have anything to say about it.<p>Starring Scott Eastwood (son of Clint) as a hunky bull rider and Britt Robertson as an aspiring New York City gallerist, this 10th movie adaptation of a tearjerking Nicholas Sparks novel is …

Mario Vargas Llosa: 'the novels we read now are purely entertainment'

Approaching 80, Mario Vargas Llosa tells Tim Martin of his unabated hunger to change the world through fiction<p>Aged 78 and with the Nobel Prize for Literature behind him, the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has now begun an acting career. Or has he? “No, no no!” he laughs delightedly, rocking on …

How to Heat Your Room for 15 Cents a Day

Wanting to cut costs on the energy bill, especially now that temperatures are dropping for the season? Economics may be one reason to seek more …

Since when did obedience become the epitome of good parenting?

Two stories caught my attention recently. One was a report that breastfed babies are more challenging in their behaviour and the other was about a new book called French Children Don't Throw Food: about how French children apparently behave really well, in restaurants and just generally.<p>(Hmm. Can I …

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Mary Berry's chocolate and vanilla marble loaf cake

<b>SERVES</b><br>10<p><b>TOTAL TIME</b><br>1 hour 40 minutes<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><br>For the cake<p>225g (8oz) butter, softened<br>• 225g (8oz) caster sugar<br>• 275g (9¾oz) self-raising flour<br>• 2 level tsp baking powder<br>• 4 large eggs<br>• 2 tbsp milk<br>• ½ tsp vanilla extract<br>• 1½ level tbsp cocoa powder<br>• 2 tbsp hot water<p><b>For the icing</b><p>25g (1oz) butter<br>• 15g (½oz) cocoa …

Fresh Fig and Almond Breakfast Cake

This skillet cake was divided into four pieces and eaten without apology. There was coffee: two cups each. There were a few dishes in the sink: no …

Strawberry Fruit Leather

Easy Homemade Strawberry Fruit Leather<p>By Rachel // August 12, 2013 // 148 comments //<p><i>Easy homemade strawberry fruit leather, requiring only a few</i> …

Habib Ullah Khan's answer to What are the most surreal places to visit?

You could end up near a hot stream flowing under a glacier in Kamchatka making it seem like you're in a fantasy universe when the sun shines …

How We Can Embody Abundance Regardless of What We Have

<b>“Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves.” ~Mahatma Gandhi</b><p>Embody abundance. I heard …

Spirituality

8 Ways to Grow Your Happiness by Letting Go

Happiness in all walks of life is often more about stopping than starting. More about subtracting than adding. More about letting go than holding …

Why Knowing Yourself Is Everything and How To Do It | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

If your understanding of yourself is not strong, you are doomed to interact far less effectively with family, friends and colleagues.<p>And yet, to see …

The Only Brownie Recipe You'll Ever Need

We've found the best one.<p>It's hard to go wrong with a brownie recipe. When there's chocolate involved with sugar and butter, you almost just can't fail. But if you're looking for the best, most perfect, totally ultimate brownie recipe, then you have to be a little more discerning. You can't be too …

Afghanistan in the 1950s and 60s

Fractured by internal conflict and foreign intervention for centuries, Afghanistan made several tentative steps toward modernization in the mid-20th century. In the 1950s and 1960s, some of the biggest strides were made toward a more liberal and westernized lifestyle, while trying to maintain a …

‘Boris bike’ cyclist killed in rush hour lorry crash outside Aldgate East station

<b>A female cyclist has died after being hit by a lorry while riding a ‘Boris bike’ in east London.</b><p>The woman, aged 20, was hit by the heavy goods …

The Physics Behind Waterslides

A lot of science goes into providing a safe trip down.<p><b>At the top of the Summit Plummet waterslide at Walt Disney World's Blizzard Beach in Orlando, Florida—which stands some 120 feet (37 meters) above the ground—thrill seekers have been known to turn back.</b><p><b>It's not hard to see why: The 12-story</b> …