Perfect parties… on a plate: How cutlery and crockery are just as important as food in making the perfect meal


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Perfect parties… on a plate: How cutlery and crockery are just as important as food in making the perfect meal New study shows food tastes different depending on what plate its onProfessor Charles Spence advised those planning a dinner party to spend as much time on the table setting as the food By Fiona Macrae Science Correspondent PUBLISHED: 01:59 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 1 January 2013 If your dinner parties always go a little awry, don’t blame the cooking – it might be the plates.

Huge spike in online dating after Christmas as holiday spirit encourages thousands to cure their loneliness


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Huge spike in online dating after Christmas as holiday spirit encourages thousands to cure their lonelinessOnline dating sites are reporting 350 per cent more traffic post Christmas Match.com expects three million email messages to be sent this week One in five UK relationships now begins online | UPDATED: 20:32 GMT, 30 December 2012 Looking for love: Millions of singletons will be looking for their perfect date online this week with dating websites reporting a surge in users in the period between Christmas and the beginning of January It may be the annual onslaught of loved ones questioning your single status over Christmas dinner or the pressure to find that special someone to kiss at midnight on New Year's Eve. But it seems that the post Christmas slump is the time to find romance online with the period between Boxing Day and the turn of the year the busiest stretch for online dating sites.

One for you, one for me: Online shoppers treat themselves to a Christmas gift every time they shop


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One for you, one for me! Online shoppers treat themselves to a Christmas gift every time they shop (and sometimes more than one…) | UPDATED: 17:09 GMT, 24 December 2012 There is just one more night to go until stockings are opened and gifts are unwrapped, and some of us are waiting with eager anticpiation to see what fortune will bring us. But according to a new study, a great many of us aren't satisfied with relying on Santa or loved ones to bring us the perfect gift. A survey has revealed that nearly half of us have been treating ourselves to at least one Christmas present with every purchase we made online this festive season

Half of men think women exaggerate stressfulness of Christmas while a third think they could do a better job


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Half of men think women exaggerate stress of Christmas while a third think they could do a better job Four in ten women would not trust their partners to carry out essential tasksA massive 85 per cent also say men don't understand the effort required for a perfect Christmas42 per cent of women find hosting Christmas Day their most stressful job of the year | UPDATED: 20:12 GMT, 16 December 2012 The festive season is generally considered to be one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year. Finding time to buy presents, cooking a Christmas dinner for the whole family and the nagging worries about how much the whole lot costs can leave some with their fair share of anxiety at this time of year.

Looking for love? According to the people behind the Tube Map app, the solution to your dating woes is Underground


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Looking for love According to the people behind the Tube Map app, the solution to your dating woes is Underground One in ten commuters spot someone they find attractive every single day One in 100 have married the person they met below ground | UPDATED: 19:09 GMT, 14 December 2012 If you've been looking for the perfect partner without success, the answer could be deeper than you realised. Deeper underground that is. According to the makers of the Tube Map app, almost half of train travellers say they see someone that takes their fancy at least once a week.

The perfect man DOES exist… in fact there are FIVE types of them out there


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The perfect man DOES exist … in fact there are FIVE of them out there! Women aged 18-24 are suckers for six packs 25-34 value career driven men 35-44 are happy to date a man 5 years older Women over 45 often date younger men 55+ women still value sexual compatibility and are pickiest daters | UPDATED: 12:00 GMT, 14 December 2012 Many of us look back on our dating past and wonder how on earth we could ever have considered romancing men so incompatible. But new research has found that this is perfectly normal, revealing that women’s tastes change as they get older and proving that there is indeed a ‘perfect man’ for every stage in a woman’s life.

The turkey turnaround: Lower the cooking temperature, cut browning time and let it rest longer for a juicy dinner


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The turkey turnaround: Lower the cooking temperature, cut browning time and let it rest longer for a juicy dinner, say producersThe British Quality Turkey organisation's guide to the perfect Christmas bird | UPDATED: 22:00 GMT, 14 December 2012 If your Christmas turkey turns out so dry that only drowning in gravy can rescue it, maybe it’s time to change your cooking method.

The magnificent Instagram images of iconic London in 2012


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London, by Instagram: Unusual exhibition of images taken and edited in 2012 using smartphones | UPDATED: 18:14 GMT, 13 December 2012 These dazzling artworks depict the capital in ways never seen before – and they are all photos captured and edited on mobile phones. The images, edited using smartphone app Instagram, are part of Iconic London 2012, which showcases the work of some of the best mobile photographers on the arts scene. Instagramers London is exhibiting the work of 30 influential 'IGers', who will each present their own unique vision of the city in a memorable year.

How Red Bull made the world"s most elaborate Rube Goldberg contraption


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Magnificent men and their flying (and rolling and riding and shooting) machine: How Red Bull made the world's most elaborate Rube Goldberg contraption | UPDATED: 18:30 GMT, 13 December 2012 It's a perfect example of man and machine working in perfect harmony to achieve, well, not all that much actually. But the way in which this elaborate chain reaction reaches its convoluted endgame is truly mesmerising

Jakob Wagner"s nightscape photography of New York, Cape Town, Shanghai, London


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Shimmering 'nightscapes' from the world's greatest cities: Time lapse pictures show New York, Cape Town and Shanghai in glittering glory Photographer Jakob Wagner can spend hours looking for the right spot to capture his stunning 'nightscapes' photosWhen he has found the perfect view, he sets up his tripod and takes a time lapse photo of the vast skyscape | UPDATED: 16:15 GMT, 12 December 2012 Perched on his vantage point above twinkling cities, photographer Jakob Wagner can spend hours looking for the right spot to capture photos for his stunning 'nightscapes' series.