Mittwoch, 31. März 2010

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Die Geheimnisse der Stars von "Grey's Anatomy"

30.03.10 20:00
verrät, was Sie über McDreamy und Co. wissen sollten ...

Endlich ist es soweit: ProSieben zeigt die neue Staffel der Kult-Serie "Grey's Anatomy" (mittwochs, 20.15 Uhr)! Zur Einstimmung auf die neuen Dramen am Seattle Grace Hospital verrät MSN STARLOUNGE die Geheimnisse der Stars von "Grey's Anatomy" - einfach hier klicken!


Patrick Dempsey alias Dr. Derek Shepherd wurde vom US-Magazin "People" drei Mal hintereinander zum zweiterotischsten Mann der Welt gewählt. Geschlagen wurde er jeweils von Matthew McConaughey, George Clooney und Matt Damon ...

Ellen Pompeo alias Dr. Meredith Grey wurde in einer kleinen Stadt im US-Bundesstaat Massachussetts geboren, wuchs aber in New York auf. Später zog sie nach Miami, wo sie als Kellnerin jobbte ...

Pompeos Mutter starb an einer Überdosis Medikamente, als die Schauspielerin vier Jahre alt war ...

Eric Dane alias Dr. Mark Sloan begann seine Schauspiel-Karriere in der Kult-Serie "Wunderbare Jahre": Er trat in der sechsten Staffel in der 109. Folge mit dem Titel "Nasenprobleme" auf ...

Katherine Heigl alias Isobel "Izzie" Stevens begann ihre Karriere als Kindermodel: Im Alter von gerade mal neun Jahren war sie in diversen Werbespots zu sehen ...

Justin Chambers alias Dr. Alex Karev wurde in der Pariser U-Bahn von einem Model-Scout entdeckt und machte unter anderem Werbung für Calin Klein. Später zog er nach New York, weil er ins Filmgeschäft wechseln wollte ...

Schauspielerin Sandra Oh alias Dr. Cristina Yang hat koreanische Wurzeln. Ihre Eltern, beide Bio-Chemiker, wanderten in den 1960er Jahren nach Kanada aus ...

T. R. Knight alias Dr. George O'Malley schlug sich zum Beginn seiner Karriere mit kleinen Rollen in noch kleineren Broadway-Produktionen durch. Der Durchbruch gelant ihm erst 2003 mit Moliéres Drama "Tartuffe" ...

Patrick Dempsey hat eine Leidenschaft für schnelle Autos. Er besitzt nach eigenen Angaben "ein paar Jaguars" und "zwei Porsche" ...

Decoração infantil para menino

Roses - PAP/Passo a Passo

Download and print this pattern: You will have to click on the image to view and print its true size

1) Fold the pieces in the middle and sew. For the oval pieces, fold from the farthest points. Leave a half-inch allowance for turning inside out. After sewing, turn inside out.

it's never a good idea to use a pointed thing for this part. i am using the blunt handle of my machine brush here.

ready for assembly

2) Take your smallest piece and tuck the part that you did not sew into the half circle. Hand sew the bottom straight part (using running stitch) and pull until you have a petal-shaped piece.


stitches gone a-runnin'

first petal, yay

3) Do not cut the thread. Continue by attaching a button (or bead or anything pretty) to the part of the petal that you gathered.

thank god for crystal buttons

4) Now work on your second smallest piece using step 2. Attach this to the other side of the button.

5) Follow step 2 when working on your medium pieces. Attach them to the assembled rosette this way:

6) Follow step 2 once more on the largest pieces. Attach them under the assembled rossete, following the orientation of the smallest petals.

only one more petal missing

7) You can attach now attach this to a blouse, bag, dress, etc. Or you can attach a pin (secured by a bias tape to hide the gathered areas) under your rosette to make it movable.

it is better to use a matching bias tape for this part. that's why mine looks ugly.

The photo below was taken the next morning. This shows the true color of the fabric. When I’m taking pics for a tutorial, I kinda don’t care about adjusting the camera’s white balance. Hehe.

Dienstag, 30. März 2010

Smartphone users 'vulnerable to identity theft'

Government-backed says users should password or PIN-protect their phones

By Matt Warman, Consumer Technology EditorPublished: 7:02AM BST 30 Mar 2010
Blackberry Storm 2
More than two-thirds of smartphone users are leaving themselves vulnerable to identity fraudsters, experts at Government-backed are warning today.
New figures revealed that 67 per cent of those accessing the web via their mobiles do not password or PIN-protect their handsets, leaving home telephone numbers, family names and personal emails easily accessible.
They could all help identity thieves, experts warned, as could information about passwords either entered into mobile sites or stored on devices.
One in four (28 per cent) mobile users access the web on their phone; the figure rises to 50 per cent among 18 to 24 year olds. One in six manage their finances by mobile.
Tony Neate, managing director of, said that “smartphones are a great way to make the most of the web and it’s easy to see why they are so popular. However, users must remember that they are essentially carrying around a tiny laptop with a wealth of personal information that is very attractive to fraudsters.”
Get Safe Online’s research also indicates that one in five smartphone owners have lost or had their handsets stolen. “As far as fraudsters are concerned, it’s what is actually on your phone that counts more than the handset itself. This is why basic measures such as using the PIN function are so important,” said Neate.

Coming out is likely to boost Ricky Martin's career

Coming out is likely to boost Ricky Martin's career
Ricky Martin's revelations about his sexuality are getting him tonnes of press and are likely to expand his already considerable gay fanbase.

By Helen BrownPublished: 4:51PM BST 30 Mar 2010 ´

Like most music fans with an internet connection, I love YouTube. But the one aspect of it that regularly depresses me is the “comments” section, where vicious visitors to the site so frequently focus on the artists' sexual orientation as the key means of expressing dislike. Until youtube showed me otherwise, I really thought this sort of ignorant bullying was on the wane. But I've scrolled pages of homophobic reaction to male and female musicians who are both gay and straight.
As I click on a video by the very out-and-proud Canadian songwriter, Rufus Wainwright, I wonder who out there would waste time accessing the same video to 'alert' the world to Wainwright's widely proclaimed sexual orientation. The man who wrote and sang a song called 'Gay Messiah' prefers men, you tell me? Get outta town! And enjoying his music will alter my own orientation? Wow, that means my dad and all his Elton John-loving friends down the golf club are seriously overdue for a coming out party.

So although it speaks so badly of our 'civilization', it's no surprise to see that, directly under the YouTube video of a news report on Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin's recent departure from the closet, some moron hiding behind the moniker Dallas2000 has called for “a gay slay”. Other bigots are expressing their illiterate hatred beneath all of Martin's other youtube videos.
And perhaps it is for this reason that, he says, those managing his career have advised him against being honest about who he is for so many years. On his website he writes: “Many people told me: ‘Ricky it’s not important’, ‘it’s not worth it’, ‘all the years you’ve worked and everything you’ve built will collapse’, ‘many people in the world are not ready to accept your truth, your reality, your nature.’ They feared he would alienate prejudiced fans.
How true is that? The Wall Street Journal has looked into the economic fallout for pop singers who've been gone public with their homosexuality – Elton John, George Michael – and found it hasnt made a difference. In the case of American Idol winner, Clay Aitken, they suggest his announcement may have put a dent in sales, while a media furore about another Amerian Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert (who kissed a male band member during a public performance) may have generated more sales. He outsold that year's winner.
Although we like to think that we embrace gay stars in the UK – and singers like Rufus Wainwright have spoken of finding a more liberal attitude over here – it is telling that Will Young waited until after he had won Pop Idol in 2002 to tell the world he was gay. In interviews he has described how “it all got very serious. Late night meetings with heavy lawyers.” The tabloid press had found out and camped out (as it were) outside his flat. He had a massive panic attack in his local supermarket.
We're all curious about the private lives of celebrities, even if we pretend not to be. But the old idea of pop stars hiding their sexuality or marital status in order to seem more “available” to fans is something we should have gotten over years ago. So you're a woman living in Luton and you find Ricky Martin attractive – your chances of getting it on with him are no slimmer now than they were yesterday. And you, Dallas2000, I really doubt you're his type. So you don't need to take out that restraining order on him just yet.
I spoke to a few music industry insiders about what they thought would be the effect of Martin's announcement and one said: “It's been an open secret for years and I don't think anyone is really that shocked. His career in English speaking territories has taken a back seat recently but he's still a massive star in Latin countries. There'll be some fans he'll lose there but if artists are honest and open about their sexuality, it's amazing how accepting their fans are. Darren Hayes of Savage Garden came out a few years ago and artistically produced his best work. It's not been as popular commercially but that's arguably more to do with the fluctuations of popular taste than a comment on his sexuality. I think Ricky Martin is to be applauded for finally acknowledging publicly who he is and hopefully his fans will not bat an eyelid."
Another pointed out that this is very likely to boost Martin's career in English-speaking territories. He's getting tonnes of press and is likely to expand his already considerable gay fanbase. So, flagging sales may well rise and Martin says he's happier than ever now he's free to be himself. I bet every gay disco in the world plays La Vida Loca tonight. And while the gay community are out whooping it up under the bright lights, the lonely homophobes will sit alone at their keyboards, tapping out their impotent rage under YouTube videos. Who knows, they may even find themselves tempted to sing along.

Outing ist in - Ricky Martin

Outing ist in!
30.03.10 07:58Diese Promi-Männer lieben Männer
Latino-Star Ricky Martin hat sich am 29. März 2010 geoutet: Auf seiner Internet-Seite "" schrieb der Sänger, über den es jahrelang Gerüchte gegeben hatte: "Ich bin stolz sagen zu können, dass ich ein glücklicher homosexueller Mann bin. Ich bin gesegnet, der zu sein, der ich bin ..."

Moscow metro: 19 black widows could launch fresh attacks

Nineteen "black widow" female suicide bombers trained by an Islamist terrorist known as "the Russian Bin Laden" remain at large and may launch fresh attacks on Moscow, Russian investigators have warned.

Andrew Osborn in Moscow Published: 3:28PM BST 30 Mar 2010
The Russian Orthodox Church was expected to hold a vigil for the bombing victims at Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Moscow's largest cathedral Photo: EPA
The warning will heighten fears that Monday's rush-hour suicide attack on the Moscow metro by two women may just be the start of a large-scale terror campaign.
Investigators have said they were trying to confirm whether the two women were part of what was originally a 30-strong female "martyrs' brigade".
The terrorist who trained the brigade, an Islamist convert calling himself Said Buryatsky, was killed in a special forces operation earlier this month in Ingushetia, a strife-torn region bordering Chechnya. He was known as the Islamist rebel movement's ideologue-in-chief in southern Russia and the media had dubbed him "the Russian Bin Laden."
Investigators said the late terrorist, whose real name was Alexander Tikhomirov, had recruited 30 potential female suicide bombers in Chechnya and Ingushetia and dispatched them to Turkey to be taught the precepts of radical Islam in an unnamed Madrasah.
On their return to Russia, he had personally continued their "education." The women are known as "black widows" because they have usually lost husbands or close relatives in clashes with Russian forces and are motivated by a desire for revenge.
Nine of the original thirty brigade members are known to have already blown themselves up in the lawless North Caucasus region along Russia's southern flank where suicide attacks started up again last year after a long pause.
But that, say investigators, leaves 19 "black widows" at large.
The Moscow metro attack may have been vengeance for his death, they added.
"If people trained by Buryatsky himself were involved in these attacks then the explosions are only the beginning," said a source from Russia's FSB security service.
"Especially since Doku Umarov, the leader of the militants gave Buryatsky his orders and has long promised to spread war across Russia."
No group have claimed responsibility for the bombing.
The worrying disclosure came as Russia marked a day of mourning for the 39 people who lost their lives in Monday's attacks and as unconfirmed reports claimed the security services may have had advance warning of the bombing. Flags fluttered at half mast across the country and mourners lay flowers in the two metro stations targeted. At least five people who were badly wounded in the blasts remain in a critical condition.
There was strong criticism of Vladimir Putin, the prime minister, as well as President Dmitry Medvedev, for not doing more to prevent the atrocity. Questions were also being asked of the country's state-controlled television stations who were slow to interrupt normal programming and report news of the bombings.
Mr Putin responded in typically tough fashion. Speaking on state television, he said he was confident the perpetrators would be "scraped from the bottom of the sewers" where they were hiding. Other officials called for the death penalty to be introduced for terrorism offences.

Caso Acusativo

Caso Acusativo

Só um gênero é afetado pelo acusativo, as palavras do gênero masculino. Ou seja, não precisa se preocupar com o feminino, neutro e plural.. É sempre igual ao nominativo.

O masculino fica assim: DER vira DEN, EIN vira EINEN, KEIN vira KEINEN e assim por diante.. tudo terminando em -N.

O acusativo é um caso oblíquo, ou seja, usado para complementos verbais ou preposicionados.. Geralmente (leia-se GERALMENTE) equivale ao nosso objeto direto.

Por exemplo... O HOMEM COMPROU O CARRO. Quem comprou o carro? O HOMEM.. o homem é o sujeito da frase. Sujeito fica no NOMINATIVO. Comprou o quê? O CARRO. "o carro" é o objeto direto, fica em geral no acusativo.

O HOMEM = der Mann
COMPROU = hat...gekauft
O CARRO = das Auto ou der Wagen (só que palavras masculinas no acusativo levam o artigo DEN)...

"Der Mann hat das Auto gekauft". OU "Der Mann hat den Wagen gekauft."

DAS AUTO tbm está no acusativo, só que o acusativo é sempre igual ao nominativo, com exceção das palavras masculinas no singular. O plural do acusativo é tbm igual ao nominativo.

(O homem compra o carro)
(A mulher vê o homem).
(Minha mãe ama meu pai).

Os pronomes pessoais no acusativo são:

eu ich mich
você du dich
ele (masc.) er ihn
ela (fem.) sie sie
ele, ela (neut) es es
nós wir uns
vocês ihr euch
eles, elas sie sie
formal Sie Sie

Ou seja... EU AMO VOCÊ em alemão é dito ICH LIEBE DICH, pois VOCÊ neste caso é o objeto do verbo AMAR, LIEBEN.

Ich liebe sie. - Eu a amo/Eu os amo. (ou como se diz no dia-a-dia "eu amo ela", "eu amo eles").
Ich liebe ihn - Eu o amo ("Eu amo ele").

A palavra QUEM? é dita em alemão WER?, por exemplo, WER BIST DU? (Quem é você?).
Mas se a palavra QUEM for o objeto de um verbo, ela tbm vai terminar em -N e se transformará em WEN? Ex.: Wen liebst du? (Quem você ama?) Wer liebt dich? (Quem te ama?)

Não é difícil de entender... quando se pergunta "WEN liebst du?", é você que ama alguém, você é o sujeito e a pessoa que é amada é o objeto do verbo amar.. por isso WEN?... quando eu pergunto "WER liebt dich?" você é objeto do verbo amar, por isso DICH... A pessoa que ama é o sujeito da pergunta.

Nem sempre a regência dos verbos em alemão é igual ao português. Por isso, é importante memorizar quando as regências não forem iguais. Por exemplo.. em português a gente pergunta algo a alguém. Ou seja, a pessoa a quem se pergunta é objeto INdireto.

Se você tiver dúvidas, pergunte ao professor. (AO PROFESSOR: objeto INDIRETO)

Em alemão a pessoa a quem se pergunta fica no ACUSATIVO.

Wenn du Fragen hast, frag mal den Lehrer. (DEN LEHRER: Akkusativ).

Outro exemplo clássico para iniciantes.. BRAUCHEN (precisar de). Em português a gente precisa DE alguma coisa (objeto indireto). Em alemão BRAUCHEN é usado com o ACUSATIVO.

Ich brauche das Telefon. (Eu preciso do telefone).
Ich brauche deine Hilfe. (Preciso da sua ajuda).
Ich brauche jetzt den Computer. (Tô precisando agora do computador).

Dica: alguns professores pedem pra os alunos memorizarem para cada verbo o seu caso. Minha dica é memorizar apenas os verbos em que a regência não é igual ao português.

Dica 2: alguns verbos são comumente usados com complementos no acusativo. Por exemplo, verbos com o prefixo BE-.... a grande maioria deles é usado com acusativo. Muitos verbos com o prefixo AN- são usado com acusativo.

- Ich habe einen Fisch bestellt.
ANRUFEN - Er hat mich angerufen.

Algumas preposições pedem tbm o uso do acusativo. Algumas delas são: FÜR, OHNE, UM, DURCH, BIS, GEGEN etc.

Ex.: Dieses Buch ist für den Jungen, und das Buch da ist für das Mädchen. (Este livro é para o garoto, e aquele livro ali é para a garota).
Ohne dich bin ich nichts. (Sem você eu não sou nada).
Er kämpfte gegen einen wilden Löwen. . (Ele lutou contra um leão selvagem).

Outras preposições podem ser usadas tbm com o acusativo ou dativo.

Was ist jetzt aktuell?

Was ist jetzt aktuell?
Durch den März mit
Der kulinarische März: Frühlingskräuter, Fasten & Faschiertes
Endlich lässt sich die Sonne wieder blicken, bunte Tulpen lachen uns aus den Blumenläden entgegen und wir warten sehnsüchtig auf den Frühling.

Kulinarisch verwöhnen uns Bärlauch und Spinat mit grünem Genuss. Wir widmen uns im März aber auch den Themen Faschiertes und Pasta. Beide bieten unendliche Vielfalt und viele schnelle Rezepte. Da bleibt mehr Zeit für einen Spaziergang in der frühlingshaften Natur.

Mein persönlicher Favorit im März: Der Heurige "Dreimäderlhaus" in Münchendorf. Ein Heuriger der ersten Klasse: wunderbares Essen, tolle Weine und eine überaus gastfreundliche Wirtsfamilie. Ausg'steckt is': vom 25. Feb. bis 15. März 2010 - reservieren Sie schnell Ihren Platz!

Auch aus der Welt der Knabbereien möchten wir Ihnen diesmal ein Produkt besonders empfehlen: Probieren Sie unbedingt die neuen Chips aus dem Hause Lorenz "Naturals Kürbiskernöl" mit dem original Kürbiskernöl der Firma Steirerkraft. Sie sehen nicht nur grün, saftig, steirisch aus, sondern schmecken auch ganz außerordentlich anders und gut. Ein wirklich interessanter Snack! empfiehlt Ihnen jetzt im März:
Detox - Entgiften Sie Ihren Körper
Bärlauch - Der kulinarische Frühlingsbote
Faschiertes - So viele Möglichkeiten
Spinat - Die kulinarische Einstimmung auf Ostern
Pasta - Die weite Welt der Nudeln!

Ich wünsche Ihnen einen schmackhaften März!
Maria Tutschek-Landauer

P.S. Sie wollen auch unterwegs nie ohne das passende Rezept sein? - mehr als 8.000 Rezepte auf Ihrem Handy immer und überall abrufbar!

Für Fragen und Anregungen stehe ich Ihnen gerne zur Verfügung

D-lernen Páscoa - Eier färben - Para uma páscoa mais colorida....

D-lernen Páscoa - Eier färben

Para uma páscoa mais colorida....


beige - mit Zwiebelschalen kochen
blau - in Heidelbeersaft einlegen (Mais conhecido como Blueberry - já vi gente chamar de amora, mas não é a mesma coisa. Não é fácil, nem muito barato encontrar a fruta de Blueberry no Brasil, mas é possível)
braun - mit Schwarztee kochen
grün - in Spinatsaft einlegen
rosa - in Preisselbeersaft einlegen (Mais conhecido como Cranberry, esse eu já vi o suco para vender, mas não a fruta)
rot - Eier in Essig mit Saft von Roter Bete einlegen

Farbige Ostereier gehören einfach zum Osterfest. Es ist ein alter und schöner Brauch Ostereier zu färben und dekorieren, sie zu verstecken und suchen, die Wohnung in der Zeit vor Ostern mit bunten Ostereiern zu dekorieren und natürlich auch die bunten Eier zu essen.

Natürlich kann man die Ostereier fix und fertig kaufen, aber es macht viel mehr Spass sie selbst zu färben und zu verzieren

Wer künstliche Farben nicht mag, da sie oft bis ins Eiweiß abfärben oder wer als Allergiker auf künstliche Farbstoffe empfindlich reagiert, kann die Eier mit natürlichen Materialen färben. Diese Färbungen sind zwar oft nicht so kräftig, dafür aber frei von eventuellen Nebenwirkungen. Viele viele Pflanzen, Gemüse, Kräuter, Tees aus Küche und Garten können zum Färben verwendet werden, oder man kauft in der Apotheke natürliche Farbstoffe. Viele Pflanzen aus dem Garten sind gut geeignet, die Eier zu färben!

Wichtig: Eier ob ausgeblasen oder gekocht vor dem Färben immer gründlich mit Essigwasser reinigen, damit sie die Farbe besser annehmen. Verwenden sie Eier von freilaufenden Hühnern, deren Schalen sind dicker und kräftiger, und daher zum Färben geeigeneter und sie schmecken besser.

Wünscht man bei gekochten Eiern bräunlich gefärbte Schalen, so kann man je nach Wassermenge ein paar Teeblätter ins Wasser streuen oder einen Teebeutel hinein legen. Schwarzer Tee färbt bräunlich, Pfefferminze oder grüner Tee grünlich und Hagebuttentee rötlich. Himbeersaft ergibt eine rosa Färbung, Heidelbeersaft oder rote Rüben eine blau-violette, Spinat eine grüne. Zwiebelschalen färben die Eier hellgelb bis rostbraun, zu einer goldgelben Färbung verhelfen Safran oder Löwenzahnblätter. Auch abseits des Ostereierfärbens, erhält man so zum Frühstück Eier, die nicht nur ihres Geschmacks, sondern auch ihrer Farbe wegen wirken.

So wird gefärbt:

1. Farbsud herstellen: Grobe Pflanzenteile (z.B. Rote Rüben, Karotten usw. zerkleinern evt. raspeln. Farbsud herstellen, manche Substanzen wie Rinden und getrocknete Beeren müssen vorher eingeweicht werden. Aus frischen Pflanzen wie Rote Rüben, Sprinat usw. kann sofort ein Farbsud hergestellt werden. Farbsud nach dem kochen filtern.
Die meisten Farben können durch bestimmte Zusätze intensiviert werden: Alaun intensiviert die Farbe; Eisennagel,bzw. Eisensalz verdunkelt die Farbe, insbesondere Grün und Gelb; Essig hellt die Farbe auf; Pottasche/Kaliumcarbonat verstärkt die Farbe

So stellen Sie den Sud her:
Lassen Sie die zerkleinerten Kräuter, Pflanzen, Hölzer, Berren oder Schalen einweichen und einkochen und filtern Sie dann mit einem Sieb oder Kaffeefilter den Sud ab. In diesem Sud werden die Eier dann gefärbt.

Einige Richtlinien für 2L Wasser:

* 500g Frischpflanzen und Germüse sollten ohne Einweichzeit ca. 30-40 Minuten eingekocht werden
* 30-100g Blätter/Beeren und Blüten sollten einige Stunden eingeweicht und danach 30-60 Minuten eingekocht werden
* 30-100g Wurzeln, Rinder und Hölzer sollten 1-2 Tage eingeweicht und danach 1-2 Stunden eingekocht werden
* 3-4 Teelöffel Pulver sollten 30 Minuten eingeweicht und danach 30 Minuten eingekocht werden.

2. Eier hart kochen vorher gründlich reinigen, ab Besten mit Essigwasser

3. gekochte Eier abschrecken und ungefähr eine halbe Stunde in den erkalteten Farbsud legen.
Zwischendurch die Eier mit einem Löffel herausholen umd die Fabintensität zu prüfen, ist die gewünschte Farbtiefe erreicht Eier zum Trocknen auf ein Küchentuch legen. Für zarte Farbtöne reicht ein kurzes Farbbad, kräftige Töne erfordern etwas Geduld. Bei ausgeblasenen Eier die Farbe sofort herauslaufen lassen und unter fließend kaltem Wasser abspülen.

4. die gefärbten Eier mit ein paar Tropfen Speiseöl oder einer Speckschwarte abreiben, das macht die Farbe leuchtender und die Eier bekommen einen schönen Glanz!


Marmorierung: Man kann mit einen Plastikhandschuh etwas Eierfarbe verteilen und ein abgekochtes noch warmes Ei darin wälzen. Danach trocknen lassen und mehrmals wiederholen bis die gewünschte Farbintensität erreicht ist. Oder mit der sog. Wickeltechnik arbeiten. Dazu wird das Ei mit Zwiebelschalen umwickelt fest in einen Nylonstrumpf oder ein Stück Stoff eingebunden und so ins Fabbad gelegt. Den Strumpf erst abnehmen, wenn das Ei getrocknet ist.

Auf die gleiche Art und Weise kann man auch Blattmotive auf dem Ei anbringen:
Auf das Ei ein Blatt (z.B. Efeu, Petersilie) legen. Einem Strumpf über das Ei ziehen, daß das Blatt fixiert ist und danach in das Färbebad geben.Den Strumpf erst abnehmen, wenn das Ei getrocknet ist.

Muster und Batik: Wenn man vor dem Färben mit einem Pinsel oder Wattestäbchen kleine Muster mit Zitronensaft oder Zitronensaft-Konzentrat auf das gekochte Ei aufträgt, dann nehmen die so behandelten Stellen keine Farbe an.
Sie können auch mit flüssigem Wachs und einer Nadel Muster auf das ungefärbte Ei zeichnen. Das Ei ins Farbbad tauchen. Nach dem Färben und Trocknen das Wachs in einer Kerzenflamme abschmelzen. Auf dem farbigen Ei bleibt ein weißes Muster zurück.

Kratztechnik: Dazu brauchen sie Eier mit einer dicken Schale, die sie kräftig färben. Wenn die Farbe trocken ist, ritzen Sie mit einem Federmesser oder einer Klinge Verzierungen in die Schale.

Gesprenkelte Eier: Die Farbe wird mit einer Zahnbürste durch ein Teesieb auf das Ei gesprenkelt. Auch hier könnnen sie nach dem Trocknen in mehreren Durchgängen mehrere Farben aufzutragen.

Auf diese Art können Sie Eier mit allen möglichen Motiven und Verzierungen versehen. Auch Klebebilder, Wasserfarben, Filzstifte oder Konfetti, Stoffreste und vieles mehr können zum Einsatz kommen. Lassen Sie Ihrer Fantasie freien Lauf!

Bedeutung der Farben:
Rot: Kraft, Liebe, Lebensfreude, Blut (Lebenssaft), Opfertod Christi, Magie, Wärme, Kult- und Opfergabe. Die rote Farbe hat in vielen Ländern für die Eier eine besondere Bedeutung, weil sie unter anderem an den Tod Christi am Kreuz erinnert und als Farbe des Lebens gilt.
Grün: Hoffnung, Neubeginn (Frühling), Glück, Zufriedenheit, Jugend und Unschuld, Ruhe, Harmonie
Blau: Unglück und Kälte
Gold: Prunk und das Göttliche an der Geschichte Jesu
Gelb: Licht, Sonne, Helligkeit, Hoffnung
Orange: Kraft, Ausdauer und Ehrgeiz
Weiß: Farbe der Reinheit

Symbolik der Motive und Muster auf Ostereiern:
Endlose Linien: Ewiges Leben
Wellen: Wasser
Dreiecke: Dreifaltigkeit / Luft, Wasser, Himmel / Himmel, Erde, Hölle / Familie
Sonne, Sterne: Leben, Wachstum, Glück
Sonnenstrahlen: Wärme, Licht
Kreuz/Wein: Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung, Sieg über den Tod Christi
Pflanzen: Jugend, Gesundheit, Liebe, Güte, Wohlwollen
Punkte und Tropfen: Tränen der Maria
Hahn: Fruchtbarkeit
Bäume: Lebensbaum

Texto e fotos Extraídos de: Ich Koche: Aqui

Magath’s top-secret plan: winning the 2011-championship with Bochum

Magath’s top-secret plan: winning the 2011-championship with Bochum
Tags: Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern München, Bruni, Bundesliga, Bundesliga 09/10, Felix Magath, Ferrari, Football, Fußball, GDR, Gorbachev, Hamburger SV, Jackson, Lukas Podolski, Obama, Presley, Rihanna, Sarkozy, Schalke 04, VfB Stuttgart, VfL Bochum, Werder Bremen
There’s one thing my coach never tired of saying to me: “Hau den Ball ins Tor hinein!” – best translated with: “Just slam it into the back of the net!” What did yours used to say to you? What about this one: “The country’s going to the dogs! Everything was better back then!”
1958: In the old communist GDR, food rationing was finally ended, although East Germany had to wait for Helmut Kohl and the fall of communism to get their promised land. This was also the year in which Elvis Presley arrived in Germany to do his national service in the army; seemingly by chance, another music legend Michael Jackson was born. A 17-year old Brasilian named Pélé wrote World Championship history in Sweden and Schalke 04 won the German league for the seventh and last time.
1988: This is the year in which Mikhail Gorbachev declared that every socialist state should be free to develop its own societal model – if he’d only known what that would lead to… Enzo Ferrari, the greatest Italian racing driver ever died and Rihanna, the American R&B singer, was born. The Dutch won the European Championship, their only ever international title, in Germany of all places; and Bayer Leverkusen celebrated its greatest triumph as UEFA cup winners.
2008: In the US, Lehman Brothers reports bankruptcy and Barack Obama becomes the first ever Afro-American president. Even more importantly in some people’s eyes: Nicolas Sarkozy marries Carla Bruni. Spain become European Champions after beating Germany in the final and Bayern Munich take the German league title for the 21st time.
2010: Three teams, three aims – Schalke 04, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern München, or “were champions an incredibly long time ago”, “were never champions” and “are record holders” – and the recent 28th day of play was decisive in deciding to which of these three contenders the championship might fall. Whilst Munich surprised everyone by losing their home game 1:2 to VfB Stuttgart, Schalke also surprised by winning in Leverkusen by 2:0 and taking the top-spot in the league table.
As recently as last week, Bayern were still able to pull off a convincing performance and look like they deserved to be in the cup final. Now, despite good play, they fell victim to an unlucky equaliser followed be a short but intense period of pressure from Stuttgart. This was the second league defeat in a row for Munich and as such gave Schalke and Leverkusen the chance they needed to conquer the heights of the table.

And oddly enough, it was Schalke that made the most of this opportunity. The “almost could-haves”, as Schalke are known, did not play like a top team in their cup match against Bayern, but in this championship game, they dominated the team in third place in the league, Leverkusen. Waiting to counter-attack, compact and good in one-to-ones, ready to run their opponents ragged and suffocate any signs of recovery – that’s how Magath likes to play. His team made a great show of implementing this strategy and won the game through two goals from Kuranyi. The 29th day of play will now see a duel with Bayern, and it will be interesting to see whether the lads from Schalke look better than in the cup match – if they win, it would be a sure sign that history is about to repeat itself, just as Schalke, by beating Wolfsburg, took a decisive game against Munich; and it would become even clearer than Magath has a very precise top-secret plan for exactly this sort of occasion. It doesn’t matter which team his takes the championship with – any team that follows his secret strategy is bound to win. Bochum, for example, will take the championship with him next year, and Bayern München will soon realise that everything really was better back then.
Kevin Kuranyi and his two goals have really put Germany’s coach Joachim Löw under pressure to cap him for the world championship in South Africa; then again, it was Kuranyi who left the national team by his own choice – but everything is different now. Kuranyi has scored 17 times and, compared with the lacklustre performance of players like Klose, Gomez, Podolski and Helmes, Löw is fast running out of reasons not to bring him in.
At the other end of the table, the five teams languishing at the bottom were all incapable of winning. Hannover96 were notable for a particularly poor performance, losing 1:4 to 1. FC Köln and thereby earning themselves a top spot: in the second division.
In recent years, the boys at Bremen were able to have a good laugh at the expense of their northern rivals Hamburg. And whilst HSV are, as ever, ruining their season and tearing themselves to shreds as players go public about leaving and the trainer has to take all kinds of criticism, Werder Bremen just keep on their steady course into the cup final, leaving their Nordic arch enemy standing. Quite symptomatic of this day of play: Bremen claimed a 4:2 victory against Nuremburg whilst Hamburg took a 0:1 loss to Mönchengladbach.

(Stefan Reichart / Brian Melican)
Results Matchday 28:
VfL Bochum – Eintracht Frankfurt 1:2
1. FSV Mainz 05 – VfL Wolfsburg 0:2
Bayern München – VfB Stuttgart 1:2
Hertha BSC Berlin – Borussia Dortmund 0:0
Hannover 96 – 1. FC Köln 1:4
Werder Bremen – 1. FC Nürnberg 4:2
Bayer Leverkusen – FC Schalke 04 0:2
1899 Hoffenheim – SC Freiburg 1:1
Borussia Mönchengladbach – Hamburger SV 1:0

1 FC Schalke 04 58 P
2 Bayern München 56 P
3 Bayer Leverkusen 53 P
4 Borussia Dortmund 49 P
5 Werder Bremen 48 P
6 Hamburger SV 44 P
7 VfB Stuttgart 41 P
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 41 P
9 VfL Wolfsburg 40 P
10 1. FSV Mainz 05 38 P
11 1899 Hoffenheim 34 P
12 Borussia Mönchengladbach 34 P
13 1. FC Köln 31 P
14 VfL Bochum 27 P
15 1. FC Nürnberg 25 P
16 SC Freiburg 24 P
17 Hannover 96 23 P
18 Hertha BSC Berlin 19 P

Holi hai!

30. März 2010
Holi hai!
Geschrieben von Ram Shankar um 16:25

On the 13th of March the Heidelberg Indian Students Association (HISA), led by its President Mr. Aprameyo Pal, organized Holi celebrations at the DKFZ (Deutsche Krebs Forschung Zentrum) Heidelberg and I was there for the weekend. This is the second time I was attending a function organized by HISA, the earlier being Diwali October 2009.

Holi, the festival of colours, is an important part of Indian culture and tradition and is celebrated with great fervour all over the country. People meet and greet each other and then start playing by throwing different coloured powders on each other or throw coloured water around on everyone! It signifies joy, celebration, and more importantly, it erases man-made differences by colouring everyone alike and marks the oneness of all. And then there are gifts, sweets, lots

thats how its played!
of food, drinks.. and then more playing with colours!

Just like Diwali (the festival of lights), I was once again thrilled and very happy to be able to get together with such a large Indian gathering here in Germany and experience our traditional festivals.. Hats off to HISA for pulling off a fantastic show and also to the people at DKFZ and our German colleagues at the International Office of the University of Heidelberg.

The only thing I missed was not being able to actually play with any colours but its quite understandable that, given the kind of crowd we had(around 150 guests) it would have taken only a few seconds to convert that beautiful hall into a multi-coloured mess, and the organizers had also probably thought on similar lines!

The show started with a scintillating musical performance by Kiran and Varun,on the flute and tabla (Indian percussion instrument) respectively. They performed ‘Pal pal hai bhari’ from the film Swades and ‘Kehna hai kya’ from Bombay. They were actually first time stage performers and looking at the way they did it, I could easily bet they were going to become regulars in the future events.. click the links and check out for yourself!

Varun and Kiran – first show

We then had a special guest Pandit. Dhyaan Pradeep Sharma who performed a beautiful piece on the Sitar (Indian music instrument) and he was accompanied by Dr. Parthasarathi from the EMBL.

Pdt. Sharma on the sitar

Then it was over to the singers and they let down a storm of pure rhythmic bliss upon the audience. Anashua Banerjee from Bioquant and my friend Harish from DKFZ, simply stopped time as everyone were lost in the amazing magic of all timemelodious tunes like Tere ishq main, Saathiya, Ey Hairathe aashiqui..all Indian songs and you can listen to these and experience pure joy. No wonder they say music has no language – our german friends in the audience were as spellbound as ourselves!

Harish and Anashua

We then had one of our German participants Johan, on the keyboard and he rendered a couple of Jazz pieces and added to the charm of the musical evening.

Johan from the Dept.of Mathematics, Uni Heidelberg, on the keyboard

Harish then joined again with Sandeep (from Bioquant) for a fast paced song ‘Rock on..’ which really set the mood and the pace for the next events.

Next followed a unique dance performance by Anuradha and Sowjanya,both PhD students at the HeidelbergUniversity. This pair is a regularat the HISA events and their dance performances are among the highly anticipated ones. They performed a really wonderful dance with unique traditional blends that can only be found in the villages of India. One has to see the video to really appreciate the amazing coordination and effort that has goneinto this performance. It requires some really clever steps to create 4 characters (2 male and 2 female) from actually just 2 persons.

This is a must-watch!

Anuradha and Sowjanya

In the other dance show, there was Proteeti Bhattacharjee performing a power packed semi classical fusion (mostly based on Khatak) which drew a large applause from the audience.

Proteeti – Khatak performance

I was personally very proud among many others there to know that the participants and organizers at HISA, in between their tight work schedules had taken time to rehearse and present such performances in all earnest.

It was then time for some great Indian food- dinner was organized by Indian Palace restaurant, Mannheim. We then had a dance party and by around 12 30 we were all totally exhausted and retired to our homes. It was too early to finish but we had all arrived in the morning after a lot of travelling and so we had to catch up on some sleep.

It was really the best weekend I ever had so far in Germany and I thank all the people at Uni Heidelberg administration, DKFZ and nevertheless HISA..!

Oreo Cookie Milkshake

Jeg er helt GAL etter Oreo Cookie milkshaken fra Friday's.. Jeg ELSKER den! Har prøvd meg på forskjellige versjoner hjemme, men de blir liksom aldri like gode.

MEN.. En innsideperson har gitt meg oppskriften! Og den deler jeg selvfølgelig med dere:

3 scoops med vaniljeis
3/4 kopp med melk
6 knuste oreo cookies
2 teskjeer vaniljesirup (evt vaniljeekstrakt)



The Oreo Cookie Milkshake from TGIF is my all time favorite. I'm absolutely gaga over it!! I've been trying to recreate it at home without much luck.

BUT - I've met an insider! And now I have the ORIGINAL recipe! And I'm of course going to share it with you guys:

3 scoops of french vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup of milk
6 crumbled oreo cookies
2 t vanilla cyrup

Aprenda como melhorar a aparência

Quem nunca acordou com a "cara amassada"? Olheiras, olho inchado... Nem dá vontade de sair de casa. Contudo algumas receitas do tempo da vovó podem ajudar a melhorar a aparência.

Acordar, olhar no espelho e não gostar do que vê. Acontece com a maioria das pessoas.

O inchaço no rosto é causado pela posição durante o sono. Quando a pessoa está deitada, a circulação fica mais lenta, o que aumenta a concentração de líquido na região.

O aspecto piora com a pressão do rosto sobre o lençol ou sobre o travesseiro. O que muita gente não sabe é que, com alguns cuidados, é possível se livrar desse efeito de "cara amassada" rapidinho.

Cinco minutos de massagem com a ponta dos dedos. É simples, dá para fazer em casa. Movimentos lentos e leves, de dentro para fora, superior e inferior.

Para completar, que tal uma máscara caseira? A mistura de banana e abacate, aplicada uma vez por semana, hidrata, ajuda a tirar o aspecto de cansaço.

Quer uma alternativa mais rápida? Capriche na limpeza do rosto logo depois que sair da cama. Vale para mulheres e homens. A limpeza ajuda a melhorar todo o aspecto do rosto.

Pela manhã, tudo que as pessoas querem é se livrar das olheiras, que ficam em evidência, principalmente, depois de uma noite mal dormida. Além dos cremes clareadores, uma receita que é do tempo da vovó e que tem efeito imediato: compressa gelada sobre os olhos.

Depois de vinte minutinhos, complete com uma massagem. O efeito pode até ser temporário, mas com essas receitas é possível recuperar (em alguns minutinhos) a aparência e o ânimo para mais um dia!

Veja também a receita de máscara caseira , para hidratar e deixar a pele mais viçosa, tirar o cansaço:

- Meio abacate médio amassado
- Meia banana média amassada

Junte o abacate e a banana até formar uma mistura cremosa. Passe no rosto e deixe ficar por vinte minutos. Retire com água, de preferência, corrente.

Junk food pode viciar tanto quanto cocaína

29/03/10 - 20h39 - Atualizado em 29/03/10 - 20h39

Junk food pode viciar tanto quanto cocaína
Pesquisadores descobriram que esse tipo de comida, cheia de calorias, tem muito mais poder do que se imaginava. O açúcar e a gordura despertam no cérebro uma espécie de satisfação imediata.

Cientistas americanos chegaram a uma conclusão que serve de alerta para quem abusa das comidas gordurosas e altamente calóricas, conhecidas como junk food.

Estudos com ratos mostraram que esse tipo de alimentação em excesso pode viciar tanto quanto a cocaína. É o que mostra a reportagem do correspondente Flávio Fachel.

Não há chuva que diminua a fila nas carrocinhas de comida que se multiplicam por Nova York. O cheiro da fumacinha da chapa se espalha pelo quarteirão e atrai a multidão.

“Não dá para resistir, o cheiro é bom”, diz um homem.

Algum ingrediente exclusivo? O dono da barraca diz: “É o nosso segredo, meu amigo. Não vamos contar”.

Pode até ser. Mas a Ciência acha que está perto de desvendar esse mistério. O açúcar e a gordura despertam no cérebro uma espécie de satisfação imediata. Prazer mesmo.

Isso, a ciência já sabia. O que os pesquisadores descobriram agora é que esse tipo de comida, cheia de calorias tem muito mais poder do que se imaginava.

Cientistas da Flórida deram a cobaias a dieta típica de lanchonetes americanas: bacon, salsicha, torta, cobertura de bolo e chocolate.

Quando os ratos comiam esses alimentos, o cérebro era inundado por dopamina, um neurotransmissor que ativa entre outras áreas aquela que é responsável pelo prazer.

No experimento, os cientistas descobriram que, com o tempo, essas áreas se deterioravam e os ratos procuravam mais comida calórica para recuperar a sensação de prazer perdida.

Em outras palavras, ficaram viciados. Segundo os pesquisadores, ainda não dá para dizer que o mesmo pode acontecer com humanos.

Mas o resultado do experimento pode ajudar na produção de remédios contra a obesidade. O que os cientistas descobriram em ratos, uma mãe já suspeitava. É difícil convencer o menino a comer outra coisa. Ela diz: “Cachorro quente tem poder, sim”.

Floração das cerejeiras muda visual da moderna Tóquio

Floração das cerejeiras muda visual da moderna Tóquio
Os japoneses, normalmente tímidos, fazem piqueniques ao ar livre. É uma tradição antiga.

No Japão, hoje é dia de olhar para as árvores. Elas estão dando um espetáculo.

Foi o primeiro dia da época mais bonita do ano do Japão. As ruas e parques ficam cobertos pelas flores das cerejeiras. Não mudam apenas a paisagem, mudam também o humor dos japoneses.

Normalmente tímidos, eles deixam de lado as formalidades para celebrar a natureza. Reúnem a família, os colegas de trabalho e fazem piqueniques ao ar livre. É uma tradição antiga. Os primeiros registros de encontros como este têm 18 séculos.

As flores das cerejeiras duram apenas duas semanas e são muito frágeis. Se chover nos próximos dias, elas caem das árvores. Para os japoneses, isso tem um significado: demonstra que a beleza, muitas vezes, é passageira e, enquanto dura, merece ser apreciada.

É o que os japoneses pretendem fazer nos próximos dias. Aproveitar cada segundo desse espetáculo

Topless Audi R8 V10 spyder

Topless Audi R8 V10 spyder
We stow the roof of the Audi R8 Spyder supercar and enjoy the arrival of spring.

By Erin Baker
Published: 7:00AM BST 30 Mar 2010

Dash board and instrument panel in the Audi R8 V10 spyder has Vorsprung Durch Technik writ large
You know spring is sprung when you can stow the roof on your convertible and not be forced to don a silly woollen bobble hat and gloves in its place. Last week, convertible owners came out in force, delayed, like this year's daffodils, by the harsh and prolonged winter.

They sat in stationary traffic with big grins on their faces, basking in the sunshine, and looking only mildly chilled at speeds above 30mph.
For five glorious, blue-skied days, I joined their number, and my grin was probably widest of all, because I sat in Audi's most expensive car yet, the R8 Spyder supercar, with a 500-horsepower V10 engine humming behind my seat, cocooned deep inside a black leather cockpit, shielded by aluminium and carbon-fibre body panels.

This is a great-looking car; sexier than its hardtop sibling. Gone are the coupé's controversial side panels in a different colour; instead there is a very low, sleek, black fabric roof, which smartens things up considerably.

You can no longer see the mid-mounted engine beneath a glass cover, because the roof folds away over it, so, with the roof up, the glass is replaced by two matt-silver arrows that house vents to cool the V10 monster and lend more dynamism to the design.

It's still a mystery how the unit doesn't overheat with a protective cover and the roof piled on top of it, but in 400 test miles of motorway, urban traffic and congestion, the engine ticked over happily, so we'll put it down to more wunderbar Vorsprung durch Technic.

With the roof down, that superb engine note shimmies and crackles in the hot exhaust air and begs you to raise the revs to 4,000rpm, the sweet spot where the gates open and the Kraken wakes, and you have to find a tunnel through which to floor the throttle, clack down through the gears and hear the thunder roar.

It's not the electric explosion of a Ferrari; it's deeper and firmer, but it turns heads as much as any Italian stallion.

If you are after the temperamental excitement of a prancing horse, the R8 is not for you, and for that reason the big Audi has its detractors, who say it looks boring and acts boring. Give me dull any day for road driving, over the unpredictable ways of a rear-wheel-drive Italian thoroughbred.

The last Ferrari I drove kicked its tail out in a straight line in the wet at 80mph and had an electric hissy fit every half an hour. I don't much relish getting into six-figure cars with sweaty palms.

The R8, on the other hand, oozes confidence, if not charisma. The quattro four-wheel-drive system dulls the steering response but ensures you travel in the desired direction in the wet. The throttle and brake responses are so linear, and the clutch so light, that the car trickles happily around town.

In a welcome mark of just how practical this supercar is, the tyre walls even protrude slightly from the wheel, thus protecting the strikingly designed alloys from being expensively kerbed.

I spent four hours sitting in the Spyder in comfort, a feat for any true supercar, but even more of an accolade when the driver is six months pregnant.

Audi says it has 240 UK orders so far for the Spyder, with a waiting list stretching into next year if you order one now. The company expects half its Spyder customers to choose the manual version and half to choose the automated transmission, which costs an extra £5,000.

If you do have to wait until the first quarter of next year for your Spyder, get your bobble hat ready because, come rain or shine, you'll want that roof down.

Price/availability from £112,500/On sale next month with waiting list until next year

Tested R8 V10 Spyder/six-speed manual (R tronic option an extra £5,000)

Power/torque 518bhp/391lb ft

Top Speed 194mph

Acceleration 0-62mph in 4.1sec

Fuel economy 12.4mpg (Urban)

CO2 emissions 356g/km

Verdict Better looking than the hardtop version and more fun

Telegraph rating * * * * *

The Rivals

BMW M6 convertible

Price from £91,630

• Despite M engineering, there is still something slightly golf-club about this car. The styling
splits opinion, but we think it's a fine-looking beast, with a great engine and chassis.

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Price from £130,791

£ It's still very much a driver's car, but small, old-fashioned switchgear and poor ventilation mean you've got to be a serious 911 fan to spend this much money.

Jaguar XKR

Price from £80,995

This car defines the quintessentially British B-road character that made Jaguar a success. The R badge gives it some much-needed aggression and the sound with the roof down is a lot of fun.

Remote restaurants with rooms: great adventures in dining

Remote restaurants with rooms: great adventures in dining
Map in hand, Andrew Purvis finds the best out-of-the-way eateries luring guests with fine food and comfortable lodgings.

Published: 12:25PM BST 30 Mar 2010

The dining room at Gidleigh Park

When I ask for directions to The Crown at Whitebrook, James Sommerin's Michelin-starred restaurant in the Wye Valley, they fill two pages of my note­book. "You drive along one side of the valley, go over a bridge, turn right and go back along the other side," says Elizabeth Carter, consultant editor of The Good Food Guide. "You go up and up along a single-track road and after several miles think, 'Where is this place?' It's all part of the adventure."

So, too, is the journey to Gidleigh Park, deep in darkest Devon. "It's an extraordinary drive," Carter says, "down a squiggly little lane, past a few houses and on and on and on until you get there." Not surprisingly, both places – like all mentioned here – are restaurants with rooms where diners can stay the night. "They go for the food," Carter says, "but also for the fabulous rooms."

Leaf through The Good Food Guide 2010 (Which? Books, £16.99) and escape is clearly a trend. "Ambitious chefs have eschewed London and other cities to set up in these fairly remote places and make a name for themselves," Carter confirms. "If you are remote, there has to be a good reason for making the journey and that is often the food."

At the Inn at Whitewell, in Lancashire, Jamie Cadman is reeling in customers with his "top-notch North Country" cooking – but what must they endure to get there? On the website, I look for driving directions. Instead of a section called "How to get there", I find one saying "How not to get lost".

However, the restaurants themselves are full every night and accommodation has to be booked weeks in advance. While these places may appear remote, it is merely an illusion of remoteness. With just one exception, they are close to motorways or major roads – so the "Am I lost?" part of the journey is a short one.

If true remoteness is what you want, head to the north-west tip of Scotland. The most isolated restaurant in Britain is the Ozone Café at Cape Wrath lighthouse near Durness, Sutherland, reached via a ferry and an 11-mile hike across moorland. This is the place from which Kay Ure, the owner's wife, set off to buy a turkey last Christmas and was stranded by the snow for weeks. As it serves mainly soup and sandwiches, it did not make it on to our list – even though the Ures' story may soon become the subject of a Hollywood film.


The Farmer's Inn
Higher West Hatch, Somerset

This 16th-century inn near Taunton is so far off the beaten track that it does not have an address – though its website gives an OS grid reference for walkers. Motorists leave the M5 and take the A358 for a mile uphill, looking for a right turn marked "RSPCA". Following country lanes and brown inn signs for two more miles, they should spot the white-fronted building on their left. Once there, guests find long, uninterrupted views of the Somerset Levels and the sound of lambs in the fields. The inn's five rooms are so luxurious that it is one of only 19 hotels in the country with a five-star rating from Visit Britain. However, this is very much a country pub and the menu and prices reflect that. Beer-battered fish and chips (£10.95) and homemade beefburger with Montgomery cheddar, bacon and chips (£9.95) make an appearance, but some dishes display haute-cuisine flair: Cornish scallops with fennel salad, orange and vanilla (£8.50 starter, £11.95 main); wild mushroom risotto, Parmesan crisps and truffle essence (£10.95); and warm dark chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream (£5.95).

Double rooms from £125; 01823 480480;
The Inn at Whitewell
Near Clitheroe, Lancashire

This is the place with a website section "How not to get lost", using such landmarks as "the Old Oak pub" and "a sharp left-hand bend with white railings where you turn right". With 23 rooms stuffed with old prints, antique rugs, four-poster beds and Victorian bathroom fittings, this former 14th-century manor house in the Forest of Bowland is part of the Duchy of Lancaster estate. Sitting right on the banks of the River Hodder, it has four "rods", or licenses, available to residents for fishing a seven-mile stretch for trout, sea trout, salmon and grayling. Bar and lunch menus are available, but the evening à la carte is where chef Jamie Cadman excels. A typical starter might be pan-seared king scallops with a Thai fish cake, beansprouts, coriander and sweet chilli jam (£8.75) or toasted brioche topped with Lancashire cheese rarebit and roast vine tomatoes (£6.50). Mains include market fish (from £18) or fillet of beef for two served with whole roast garlic, game chips, beef tomato and horseradish sauce (£50).

Double rooms from £113 b & b (Sunday to Thursday), £139 b & b (Fridays, Saturdays, bank holidays); 01200 448222;
Gidleigh Park
Chagford, Devon

If its 107 acres of grounds are not enough to tire you out, explore the wild, poetically bleak Dartmoor National Park in which the 24-room hotel is set. Walking, fishing, horse riding and shooting are on the menu of activities, but it is the faultless cooking – albeit at a price – that keeps guests coming back. For 11 years, Michael Caines has retained two Michelin stars with ambitious, complex dishes that sound like a Selfridges Food Hall shopping list. The eight-course tasting menu (£115), available at lunch and dinner, might feature Tartar of marinated tuna, scallops and lime with Oscietra caviar, soused turnip and beetroot, wasabi cream, honey and soy vinaigrette; or Brixham turbot with crisp belly pork, pea purée and a velouté of smoked bacon and shallots. A vegetarian tasting menu is also available, as is à la carte (£95).

Double rooms from £310; two-night Gourmet Getaways from £1,120 per couple, with à la carte dinner, tasting menu, picnic and breakfasts included; 01647 432367;
The Old Passage Inn
Arlingham, Gloucestershire

Set at the end of a peninsula on a great oxbow bend in the River Severn, this is an ideal spot for watching the Severn Bore – the 6ft wave that surges upstream in certain tidal conditions. There are three rooms overlooking the river and the Forest of Dean beyond. In the restaurant, Mark Redwood's River Menu (£20 for three courses) shows off the seafood for which it is renowned: Colchester oysters; roast cod with fennel, tomato and chorizo; smoked haddock with sauté potatoes, wilted spinach and mustard foam. À la carte choices include fresh Cornish lobster from the seawater tank and a six-course shellfish tasting menu (£50).

Doubles from £95 weekdays, £110 weekends; 01452 740547;
The Samling
Windermere, Cumbria

It may be in the teeming heart of the Lake District, but the only thing marking The Samling's presence is a road sign indicating a sharp bend. Turn right, and you ascend a steep driveway to this luxury hotel high above Lake Windermere. Set in 67 acres of grounds dotted with sculptures, it was once the home of Wordsworth's landlord and the poet often trudged his way uphill to pay his rent. Guests can stay in the main house or in one of five cottages in the grounds. Nigel Mendham's tasting menu (£67 for seven courses, plus £31.50 for wines throughout) might feature fillet of John Dory with kipper tortellini and caper berries, or Herdwick mutton, langoustines and Jerusalem artichoke. Scaled-up versions of these and other dishes appear on the à la carte dinner menu (£55).

Double rooms from £190 b & b, £280 dinner, bed and breakfast for two (minimum two nights); 01539 431922;


Doune Dining Room
Knoydart, near Mallaig, Invernesshire

Located on the Knoydart peninsula, opposite the Isle of Skye, this qualifies as Britain's most remote restaurant serving decent food. So wild is it, there is no road, so guests are collected from nearby Mallaig by boat, or take a two-day hike through an area of natural beauty frequented by wildlife photographers, sailors and divers. Accommod­ation is available, in three stone lodges or a larger property sleeping 14, but it is the food – "more home cooking than fine dining", says Martin Davies, one of the chefs – that has put Doune on the map. A starter of homemade soup, smoked venison pâté or Doune Bay crab might be followed by locally reared roast lamb, herb-crusted haddock or a generous seafood buffet featuring creel-caught prawns. Dessert often draws upon soft fruit or peppermint picked fresh from the garden.

Open April to September only. Three courses plus cheeseboard £28. Dinner, bed, breakfast and packed lunch £72 per adult, £28 per child; 01687 462667;
The Three Chimneys
Colbost, Isle of Skye

For 25 years, Eddie and Shirley Spear have delighted diners at this former crofter's cottage, off a single-track road five miles from Dunvegan, in the north-west corner of Skye. The journey, via the Skye Bridge, ranks among the most spectacular in Britain. Apart from the views, the reason for going is the food. An à la carte menu is available (£55 for three courses) but the Seven Courses of Skye tasting menu (£70 per person) best reflects head chef Michael Smith's commitment to sourcing from Skye and Lochalsh. Expect such dishes as Sconser king scallop with hazelnut crust, pickled winkles, split pea and ham hough purry (ham hock purée to Sassenachs) and claret jus, followed by Highland cheeses with oatcakes. Next door to the restaurant is the House Over-by, with six simple rooms.

Double rooms £275 b & b; dinner, bed and breakfast £385 per couple; 01470 511258;

The Crown at Whitebrook
Whitebrook, Gwent

This should really be The Crown near Whitebrook, since you leave the village and follow a country lane for two miles before seeing the eight-room hotel and restaurant to your left. Guests describe this place as "a romantic auberge" and it does have a Michelin star. James Sommerin's dishes combine unexpected ingredients – braised tongue with langoustine, poached trout with skate, Gressingham duck with dates and capers – but the robust flavours are beautifully balanced and the presentation delicate. The same innovation is evident in desserts such as spiced pineapple, tonka bean, coconut and sherry. A three-course set dinner costs £45, a two?course lunch £25 (excluding wine); a six-course tasting menu £90, with wine.

Double rooms from £90 (Sunday only), including Welsh breakfast; £115 Monday-Saturday. Dinner, bed and breakfast start at £165 per couple; 01600 860254;

Hardy Amies: Queen's favourite dressmaker 'abandons its heritage'

Hardy Amies, which for half a century was the Queen's official dressmaker, is to abandon its heritage as gown provider to the Monarch and return to providing only men’s suits.

By Andrew Hough
Published: 9:15AM BST 29 Mar 2010

The Queen wearing Hardy Amies at her Silver Jubliee. Photo: GETTY
the company announced on Monday that in a bid to avoid further financial problems it was returning to its founder's original purpose. Photo: REX FEATURES
The venerable Savile Row fashion house, for decades a byword for elegant haute couture, has decided to focus on gentlemen in need of bespoke suits and made-to-measure dinner jackets.

It is a return to the company’s roots after it provided pink silk gowns to the monarch for more than 50 years after Sir Hardy Amies founded the company. The designer was knighted in 1993 and died in 2003 aged 93.
Its decision to abandon its famous heritage and focus on a different clientele comes after the company, opened at 14 Savile Row in 1946, collapsed in 2008.

The fashion house, which was then rescued by two Hong Kong-based entrepreneurs, had embarked on a disastrous expansion into ready to wear women and men's clothes.

But the company announced on Monday that in a bid to avoid further financial problems it was returning to its founder's original purpose.

It will now concentrate on being the quintessential English tailor, providing fine tweeds and other suits to male customers.

A bespoke suit, the company said, would start from about £3500.

The company's new owners, the investment arm of the £8bn global trading company run by brothers Victor and William Fung, have not, however, cut its ties completely with the Royal Family.

Freddie Windsor, the Queen’s 29 year-old cousin who is 28th in line to the throne, is to be the tailor's "brand ambassador", reports said.

The financial analyst is to become "the embodiment of the new Hardy Amies man", they said.

Tugba Unkan, director of the company headquartered in the building bought by Sir Hardy as a bombed-out ruin in 1945, said it was a return to the company’s roots.

“Although Hardy Amies was renowned as dressmaker to the Queen, he was also a revolutionary menswear designer: he was the first to lower the waist on men's trousers, to give a sexier, more athletic silhouette,” she told The Independent.

“He also introduced the first runway shows for men.

“The new Hardy Amies aspires to bring back the look of the 'perfect English gentlemen'."

Five years after founding the company Princess Elizabeth, who boasted an outstanding figure and 23in waist, became one of its client.

She asked him to design some day clothes for a trip to Canada with the Duke of Edinburgh.

For the next 48 years he fashioned the Queen's public image with a wardrobe for all occasions. The company was given a Royal Warrant in 1955.

“I do not dress the Queen," Sir Hardy once declared.

"The Queen dresses herself. We supply her with clothes - there is a difference."

Some of his creations are so enduring that they are on permanent exhibition in Kensington Palace.

The Queen, who still wears many of his outfits, now relies on in-house designers such as Angela Kelly.

"I don't think she feels chic clothes are friendly," Sir Hardy once said.

"The Queen's attitude is that she must always dress for the occasion, usually for a large mob of middle-class people towards whom she wishes to seem friendly.

“There's always something cold and cruel about chic clothes, which she wants to avoid.”

His archives were recently opened to the public to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Too sick to insure?

Cancer patients denied affordable travel insurance, or refused cover, can now turn to specialist providers.

By Emma Simon
Published: 10:30PM BST 29 Mar 2010

Too sick to insure? Photo: MARIO TESTINO/FTBC/PA
Thousands of people hoping to jet off to sunny weather this Easter will run into difficulties trying to arrange basic travel insurance.

This is because they have had a serious illness, such as cancer. But advances in treatment mean that more and more people now recover from such conditions.
This was demonstrated yesterday by Kylie Minogue, who is fronting the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign, after her own battle with the disease.

Unfortunately, many insurance companies tend to take a more pessimistic view, and will either refuse cover or load premiums significantly for those who have had medical problems in the past.

In some cases, this can present holidaymakers with the choice of cancelling their trip or risk travelling without insurance, leaving them out of pocket should disaster strike.

Mike Hobday, the head of campaigns at the cancer charity Macmillan, says this "major problem" affects thousands of people each year. In fact, one in three of us will be affected by cancer at some point during our life.

"Most people who have survived cancer just want to get on with their lives. But when it comes to taking a holiday and arranging insurance, there is this shadow hanging over them, which often seems to have no obvious justification."

From talking to cancer patients, Macmillan found that many do not know where to go to get advice on travel insurance. Several complained that they had to deal with "insensitive" call-centre staff, who often had little knowledge of the disease – some, for example, asked whether callers had a "terminal diagnosis", or did not know what a mastectomy was.

And while many affected said they expected to pay higher premiums, particularly shortly after a diagnosis of cancer, they told the charity they were shocked at the size of this loading and how long they were expected to pay it.

Some patients who had been told their cancer was in remission were concerned that these higher premiums meant that their doctor had not told them the truth about the state of their health.

Given the size of the premiums, it is not hard to see why such concerns arise. If you have recently had treatment for cancer, many companies will charge up to 10 times the normal rate for travel insurance, or refuse cover.

Even if you have remained in good health for five years after treatment, some insurers will still load premiums, or exclude this pre-existing condition. As a result, almost 10 per cent of people affected by cancer have said they have resorted to travelling without insurance, according to Macmillan.

Rochelle Turner, head of research for Which? Holiday says that the insurance industry has failed to keep pace with medical developments, which have enabled many patients to recover and lead a normal life. In fact, once a problem like cancer appears on your medical history you can effectively be blacklisted by some insurers.

"Many companies don't understand these ailments, or take the worst-case scenario, when calculating premiums," she adds.

But the good news is that those affected by such serious conditions can seek cover from a growing number of specialist insurers that provide comprehensive cover at affordable prices.

Fiona Macrae runs, a broker that focuses on providing insurance for those who have had cancer.

She says she was moved to start such a business after being diagnosed with breast cancer in her thirties and found it difficult to get cover afterwards. "I had worked in the insurance industry and felt a better service could be offered."

She joined Travel Insurance Facilities, after meeting up with Tricia Pearson, the company's head of medical screening, who had also undergone treatment for breast cancer. Their enthusiasm for the project led to the launch of the service.

She says: "Initially, we focused on women with breast cancer, but by working with charities and specialist medical underwriters we are able to offer cover for other cancers and conditions and offer insurance to those who would be turned down elsewhere."

Macrae says this includes those who have secondary cancers. They will also offer cover a month after any course of treatment has finished, provided the patient's doctor advises they are well enough to travel. Other insurers typically only offer cover three months after treatment.

And the difference in price can be significant. One customer who contacted the company had been quoted £1,000 cover for for a two-week holiday in the USA. Although she had been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer, the Insurancewith premium was just £180.

Macrae explains: "Many insurers simply see secondary cancer as a terminal diagnosis and will refuse cover.

But many people with secondary cancer go on to live healthy lives for years, will still work full-time and will want to go on holiday, so we are trying to ensure that they can get realistically priced travel insurance."

How do they manage to undercut other companies by such a margin? Macrae says they can offer affordable cover by looking at each case individually and assessing the risk more accurately.

"We have tried to keep up with modern medical techniques and practices. Some insurers just see the word 'cancer' and ask no further questions. They will just decline cover or load the premium. But we ask about the treatment and your prognosis to offer a more competitive quote."

Macrae says the company has been working with several charities to combat problems that arise when patients try to arrange cover.

As a result of consultation with Jo's Trust, the cervical cancer charity, it offers all applicants the option of completing medical questionnaires online. "People often don't want to discuss personal medical issues with someone in a call centre, although we always give them that option."

After consulting the Teenage Cancer Trust, it launched a new gap year travel policy for young people and also pioneered a long-stay travel policy aimed at the 50-plus market, for those who, after treatment, plan the trip of a lifetime.

Insurancewith isn't the only specialist company. Those with serious medical conditions should also consider contacting Insurepink, Free Spirit, All Clear Plus, Freedom Travel or It's So Easy.

Many mainstream insurers will refer customers to specialists. Axa, for example, refers customers to Freedom Insurance, while Aviva puts clients in touch with All Clear.

Don't just ring one specialist, as ever it pays to shop around as quotes can vary substantially. A recent "mystery shopping" exercise showed that Insurancewith would charge a 63-year-old woman with a history of breast cancer almost £30 for a two-week holiday in Cyprus. All Clear, on the other hand, quoted £85 for the same insurance.

Macmillan's Mike Hobday added: "Those who have been clear of cancer for about five years should try to get cover from a mainstream insurer with no extra loading, as this will typically be cheaper."

The charity does not recommend any insurers or brokers but names companies that, in some cases, offer insurance without loading premiums to those who have had cancer. These include Royal Bank of Scotland, City Bond Sure Travel, Saga, and Higos Insurance Services.

But he says those who have recently had a serious condition such as cancer, or who have secondary cancer, need to talk to a specialist company. The former are likely to pay far more with a mainstream insurer and the latter are unlikely to get cover at all.

Which?'s Rochelle Turner adds: "Anyone with a life-threatening condition should seek a quote from one of these specialist providers.

"There are also specialist insurers that cover conditions such as diabetes or higher blood pressure. These include CIS (Co-operative Insurance) Saga, Karam and Insure-

Pierce Brosnan interview for The Ghost

Losing Bond was a blow, but Pierce Brosnan has been through worse. Much worse. The natural-born smoothie talks about grief, faith and being ‘messed with’ by Roman Polanski on The Ghost.

By David Jenkins
Published: 11:41AM BST 30 Mar 2010

Pierce Brosnan fights pleasingly shy of narcissism: certainly, he takes one look at the hotel room in which we’re meeting and moves his chair so that it sits beneath a large, gilt-framed mirror rather than facing it. ‘I don’t want to talk about myself and look at myself at the same time,’ he says, his voice affably tinged with Irishness.

His loss, really: what he would have gazed upon is a handsome, bronzed 56 year-old, a few flecks of grey at the temple, wearing a black Tom Ford jacket with silver buttons, a black Tom Ford shirt, black Ralph Lauren trousers and a pair of brown suede brogues from Gucci.

Property in Spain: Castles in the sandAround his left wrist is a plaited leather bracelet given to him by his wife, Keely, a former environmental journalist, and around his neck is a string of wooden beads; his teeth shimmer.

It’s a pretty soigné look and one befitting a man whose global fame has revolved around his portrayal of suave and dashing types – James Bond, Thomas Crown, Remington Steele, Sam, the overpoweringly good-looking architect-cum-Casanova of Mamma Mia! But it’s also a look that seems to speak of an old-fashioned film star rather than an actor. Which is he?

Brosnan chuckles lightly, perhaps nervously – he certainly chews at the inside of his mouth a lot and frequently pushes the tip of his tongue firmly into his left cheek.

‘Well,’ he answers, that tongue in overdrive, ‘I think the pendulum is swinging back to being an actor once more. I’ve done my bit in the limelight as a movie star.’

But did he like being a movie star? ‘Oh, I liked it all. Because I wished it, I wanted it, I desired it. And I revelled in it, in my own way. But then…’ He trails off, reflects. ‘Then how do you get out of that corner? How long does it last? These are questions I never really ask myself in too much detail.’

Maybe. Or maybe this amiable fellow just has a sensibly solid take on the way the movie world works. He has, for instance, just shot a film, Remember Me, with Robert Pattinson, currently the world’s teen heart-throb.

‘Lovely lad, lovely lad,’ Brosnan says. ‘Just caught up in the vortex of fame. There we’d be, on the streets of New York, and I'd come out of my trailer and there’d be hundreds and hundreds of young girls. And I’d get a lovely round of applause and waves and photographs and I’d trip up the steps of the Plaza [Hotel, where they were shooting], feeling chuffed that I still had the juice. And then – then Robert would appear and I’d hear this bedlam of beauties, this monstrous, monstrous cacophony of screams and shouts.’

He shakes his head, wryly. ‘And the circle grows,’ he says, portentously, ‘the circle grows. And you move on.’

Brosnan does have a tendency to invoke fate and say, sonorously, that things just weren’t meant to be. And indeed to remind me that the first film he saw in England was Goldfinger and say of the time Shirley Bassey came upon him, smoking a cigarette, at the premiere of Goldeneye: ‘Ah! The old Jungian synchronicity! It happens time and time again. And you hope to have more of it before there’s less of it, especially the good stuff’ – which ranks high in the league of opaque utterances.

It’s an opacity that’s eminently suitable for a politician, which is what Brosnan plays – very well – in Roman Polanski’s excellent thriller, The Ghost.

Brosnan plays Adam Lang, a former British prime minister, reviled at home yet feted in the United States, under legal pursuit for his part in prosecuting an unpopular war and trying to knock his memoirs into shape with the help of a ghostwriter, played by Ewan McGregor.

The film’s adapted from a novel by Robert Harris, who was once a great friend of Tony Blair. ‘This man Lang’s a rock star, he's a craze – it’s all Tony Blair. All roads lead to one man,’ Brosnan says. ‘So I began to play tapes of Tony Blair as PM.’

The result, he says, is ‘a sketch of what it was, a light brush.’ A brush he’s applied acutely: as one reviewer put it, Brosnan plays the part with ‘toothy insincerity’.

Polanski affected to see things differently. Brosnan was ‘intrigued beyond words’ as to why Polanski wanted him for the part. ‘But I never asked the question. I just asked: “Where do I stand in regards to playing Tony Blair?”’ To which, he says, Polanski replied – and here Brosnan adopts a nasal, whiny mittel-European accent – ‘“No, no, no, no, you’re not playing Tony Blair. Don’t worry about that.” So we got that out of the way, fairly quickly. And then we talked about life, children, love.’

He takes a beat, thinks, I presume, about the death of his first wife, Cassie, and continues, ‘and losing wives. He spoke briefly and tenderly about Sharon [Tate, Polanski’s murdered wife], and that she was the light of his life.’

Which doesn’t alter the fact that on Brosnan’s first day of shooting Polanski was a pain. As a director, Brosnan says, Polanski's ‘all-encompassing’. ‘The actors, the way the camera moves, the props, the make-up, how the blood was going on when I have my brains blown out. He was futzing,’ he says. Futzing?

Well, Brosnan’s first day was a Monday and his first scene was one of his longest, most psychologically complex. ‘And I’m: “S--- me; this is not good. I’m walking into the lair” – and, you know, this man is mischievous.’

The scene takes place on a plane: ‘So we run through it, and I’m ready, seconds out. And Roman begins to talk about what sort of computer my secretary [in the film] should be using, and he begins to futz with the luggage, and he begins to futz about the gun my security man has, he begins to do anything but point the camera and shoot.

‘But the energy’s still going and at five minutes to one, he gets out his viewfinder – he always has this viewfinder, burnished with age, he’s obviously had it since Knife in the Water – and he’s looking through it and he says: “Ah, this is good. The camera goes right here, we do a 27 lens on Pierce – after lunch.” And I thought: “Is he messing with me? Is this something to throw me off?” And I look at Ewan and I say: “Has it been like this all the time?” And Ewan says: “Oh, yeah. I’m so glad you’re here – I’ve had three weeks of this.”’

In due course, the scene is shot, and Polanski says how marvellous it is – save for one thing. Brosnan has to laugh and Polanski tells him he has to laugh ‘from a certain part of my anatomy. From beneath. From the lower regions. From the top of my groin. And I think: “Oh, b----- me! I don’t care! Bring it on, man!” And we did it again, and I laughed from my groin. And I said: “Will that be OK?” And thereafter, we got on.’

Brosnan has spoken to Polanski since ‘the troubles’, most recently via conference call to the Swiss house where he’s under arrest. ‘And his spirit is indomitable. His humour never leaves him. He said: “Just speak to the press about me as the man you know. Tell them I’m a genius!’”

Does Brosnan think Polanski should be taken back to Los Angeles for trial? There’s a long pause. ‘It looks like he could be taken back.’ He sighs. ‘And, er, I think it would be good to see closure for this man and his family, and this woman. For this man, 76, that’s a long road to hoe. Oh, it was wrong in every way, what happened, but I think he’s done his time, in many regards.’

Polanski had lost his wife, to a murderous Charles Manson; Brosnan lost his, to cancer. Does Brosnan feel grief can lead to a certain madness?

He clears his throat, chooses his words carefully: ‘I can see where there could be a deep fragility of the spirit and mind. And a time when everything was possible, and the revolution in sexuality was in full bloom, next to the intoxication of drugs and music, and the shiny, glittering claws of that town [Hollywood].

'So I think there was a certain breakdown in his judgment. A deep, deep grief in his life, so brutally played out in the media.’ He pauses. ‘I don’t know. It’s none of my business – except that he’s a magnificent director.’

Brosnan has had a hard road to hoe himself. His father abandoned him and his mother, May, when he was two; May soon left Navan, County Meath, to train as a nurse in London.

Brosnan was brought up first by his grandparents and then by other family members. At six, he fell into the hands of the Christian Brothers. ‘Oh,’ says Brosnan, puffing the air out from his cheeks.

‘Oh, the Christian Brothers were fairly mangled fellows in Navan. Some men speak highly of them; unfortunately, I never saw that. I just remember the brutality: the paddy-bats, the straps that would fly out of the soutane like vipers’ tongues, the beatings amidst the prayers – whack! Or some boy standing at the blackboard trying to remember the Psalms and being hit across the calves as the s--- ran down his legs. I remember that. I remember that.’

It certainly toughened him up for his next oh-so-sensitive school: a comprehensive in Putney, to which he went after arriving in England on August 12, 1964 – ‘the same day Ian Fleming passed on’ – to join his mother and her new husband.

His accent was thick, his nickname ‘Irish’ – ‘I wore it as a badge of pride’. He ‘jumped school’ at 16, worked as a commercial artist (he still paints) and got involved with fringe theatre, where he learnt to breathe fire, a stunt he pulled off on The Muppet Show when he was Bond.

At 19 he went to the Drama Centre, and then moved into film, television and stage work – an appearance in a duff Tennessee Williams play elicited a telegram from Williams that read: ‘Thank God for you, my dear boy.’

He fell in love with an Australian actress, Cassie Harris, who was 12 years older than him – she already had two children, whom he adopted after their father died.

In 1982, on a ‘wing, a prayer and Freddie Laker’, they decamped for Hollywood, he yearning to be in the next Scorsese movie. Instead he landed the part of Remington Steele, a roguishly charming former con man.

The show ran on television for five years; he became, he says with a chortle, ‘Smooth Git No 1’. But is it a chortling matter? Doesn’t he regret the indelible immersion in the soup of suavity? ‘I don’t regret it. I certainly fell hook, line and sinker into that whole world. But I knew I was going to have a hard time getting out of it.’

Not that he wanted to then: in fact, in 1986 he was tapped to succeed Roger Moore as Bond. ‘I thought: “I’ve become a TV star. It’s time to be a movie star.” And I did the wardrobe fittings, went to Pinewood, sat with Cubby Broccoli [the Bond producer], took photos outside by his Rolls-Royce – and years go by, and somebody gave me those photos. And I look like such a boy. Such a pretty, moptop lad.’

A lad whose hopes were dashed; he was still, contractually, bound to Remington Steele. ‘Greed’ won and he was forced to do a paltry six more shows. Broccoli wasn’t prepared to have his Bond smarming it up elsewhere: Timothy Dalton got the gig. It was, he says, ‘powerfully gut wrenching’.

‘But it was more devastating for Cassie, God bless her, because she really hung her hat on the whole thing. And we moved the children into private schools here – we set up this infrastructure. But it wasn’t meant to be. When catastrophe strikes like that, you just have to let it go. Fast.’

But catastrophe kept coming. In 1991, Cassie died. Brosnan was inconsolable. He tried grief counselling, but ‘it just didn’t fly with me. I went to my religion.’

Despite the Christian Brothers? ‘Despite the Christian Brothers. I have a strong faith in my God.’ He had, too, the children, Charlotte, Christopher and Sean, the son he and Cassie had in 1983.

‘I tried as best I could to counsel them but it didn’t seem to be working.’ He looks away, his mouth working powerfully. ‘A very dark, painful time. Just as any man or woman who’s suffered. And we all…’ he pulls himself together. ‘It’s just part of life.’

And work helped enormously: ‘I just kept the foot on the pedal.’ And, at length, got Bond.

Critics liked him; so did the box office. In between his four Bond outings, he made the self-produced The Thomas Crown Affair and Mars Attacks!, directed by Tim Burton. ‘There’s a wonderful stable of directors I’ve worked with,’ he says, ‘and work I’ve done that has dignity and meaningfulness.’

Brosnan was keen to do a fifth Bond and was full of ideas for making the sex dirtier, the violence more real. He wanted, he said, to get back to the spirit of the original Casino Royale. Did it annoy him when the Bond people did just that, without him? ‘Yeah! Oh yeah!’ He flings his arms wide, fizzes with angst.

‘Quentin Tarantino wanted to direct it! Quentin Tarantino! Quentin and I had cocktails one night, and he said: “You’re the best f------ Bond! I want to do it with you!” But they would have nothing to do with me or he.’

He sighs, then laughs a meaningful laugh. ‘It’s funny because on Goldeneye Barbara [Broccoli] gave me a first edition of Casino Royale, with “Here’s to New Beginnings” on it. Delightful present.’

It’s what Brosnan did next that so endears him to me: make a very funny, dark movie called The Matador, in which he played a hitman going mad. In one scene, he strode through a hotel lobby dressed only in well-packed black underpants and boots. It could have been even more subversive, save that the original script was ‘too on the nose’.

He honks with laughter. ‘There’s quite enough ambivalence about my character’s sexuality: I thought me bonking bellhops would be a little too much.’ He honks, again. ‘Yes, The Matador was a sharp left turn. At this point in the career, anything goes.’

He took another sharp left with Mamma Mia!, which, despite featuring Brosnan singing ‘like a water buffalo’ (according to one US critic), has brought him an entirely new, Bond-averse generation of fans.

Brosnan is now an American citizen – he voted for Obama, for whom he has high hopes – and has homes in Malibu and Hawaii. With his wife Keely, he’s had two further sons, Dylan Thomas Brosnan, who’s 13, and Paris Beckett, who’s nine. He does a lot of charity work, worries about the environment and has been awarded an OBE for services to the film industry.

Whether that includes casting Aaron Johnson and Carey Mulligan in his latest, rather mawkish production, The Greatest, I’m not sure, anyway, they’re there, as are Brosnan and Susan Sarandon. The film is about parents’ grief for a dead son, killed in a car accident.

Brosnan nearly lost Sean to such an accident, off the Pacific Coast Highway. ‘The phone rings at 4.30am and there’s a man going: “Pierce, Pierce, Pierce – please, we’re really f----- up. We’ve had an accident, we’ve gone off the mountain.” And I was mega miles an hour up the PCH and there’s a helicopter in the sky and an ambulance, and this man saying: “We’ve got six victims, one critical.” And up came my son, on a backboard, straight into the helicopter, and I’m holding his hand, hoping it’s not his last breath.’

Sean recovered after a six-month stay in hospital, and is now acting. Brosnan laughs, forcedly. ‘So yeah. No acting required. I love the film. It’s not for everyone, but I don’t care. You make the pictures for yourself.’

And, if you’re Pierce Brosnan, you recall the happy, hippy days when you performed in Puckaree, an Irish rock musical, at the Edinburgh Festival and had to prance around the stage, wearing ‘this mighty, mighty codpiece of a phallus’. He chortles: ‘I could have laughed from the top of my codpiece!’

‘The Ghost’ is released on April 16

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