Wednesday 24 April 2019

Leslie Ann Horgan

Meghan Markle was basically the winner of 2018. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Leslie Ann Horgan: 'I'm delighted to present the only end-of-year awards that matter - the 2018 Poppies' 

The remains of the turkey's been curried, the straggler gifts have been given and on Monday we'll see out the old year, and with it the last of the festive sparkle. Even if you're the type to leave the tree up until Nollaig na mBan, the Christmas magic ends when you're trudging home in high heels and a deluge in the early hours of New Year's Day. Thankfully, we don't have too long to wait before...

Miranda Kerr takes a selfie on her ‘crystal piano’

A crystal piano? My friends need to up their present game 

What sort of present can you expect to get from your friends this Christmas? A pint at the local? A book you've been dying to read? That lip gloss you covet but would never splash out on for yourself? How about a personalised, hand-crafted crystal grand piano that you can use in multiple ways, such as lying on top of for a magazine photoshoot and, um, playing. You may need to make some small changes, such as renovating your home to make sure that piano is protected from the elements, but sure you have to give in order to receive.

Theroux described his split with Aniston as a small event

What happened to the traditional fire and brimstone celebrity divorce? 

I was somewhat bleary-eyed as I scrolled through my phone on the bus to work earlier this week, trying to coax my brain into waking up with some tidbits about the wider world. It was too early to compute housing figures and Brexit was liable to put me back to sleep, but buried among the celebrity news I found a sentence that made me sit up straight. "These are actually, in reality, small events that take place," actor Justin Theroux told The New York Times. I spluttered incredulously, rubbed my bleary peepers and re-read the piece. Had he really just referred to his...

Therapeutic: tap dancing

Leslie Ann Horgan slaps on a big Billie Barry smile 

I couldn't believe how quickly it came back to me. Though it had been more than a decade since I'd last pulled on my shoes, as soon as I stepped out onto the wooden floor it all came flooding back in an instant. All of the days that I'd spent learning steps, all of the weeks I'd spent honing technique, all of the months I'd spent memorising routines and all of the years that I'd spent perfecting style came bubbling up from under the surface… And so I promptly spun the wrong way and tripped, rather appropriately, over my own left foot.

Debut: Kirstie Allsopp has published her first cookery book, Kirstie's Real Kitchen. Photo: by Rita Platts © Hodder & Stoughton 2017.

Kirstie Allsopp: 'There's nothing traditional about my life' 

Kirstie Allsopp - finder of houses, maker of crafts, wearer of tea dresses - is something of a girlcrush of mine. It's a soft spot that I know to be shared by many women of my acquaintance, not least my godmother, for whom Kirstie is a deity made of glossy-haired flesh and straight-talking bone. So it's, well, crushing, when Kirstie answers my first question - is she comfortable being hailed as a domestic goddess? - with a flat "NO". There's a beat of silence, where I mentally flail about looking for a follow-up question, before her raucous laugher comes rolling down the line from London.