Celebrities have been urging us to copy their lifestyles, but the experts are less enthusiastic.
This varied country has an elegant capital city, calm and wild beaches, unspoilt wetlands, horseriding, surfing... and world-class beef, says Tim Burford
Gisele Bundchen, the Brazilian supermodel, has called for mothers to be forced to breastfeed for the first six months of their baby's life.
World Cup Lives: There is more to Blanco than meets the eye, which is saying a lot. He is probably the most incongruously ethereal talent at this carnival
MP calls for new controls to rein in advertisers who 'airbrush' for perfection
An intriguing battle of wealth, power and influence from across the pond threatens to spill over to the United Kingdom.
Some gastropubs have too much pub and not enough gastro, and you find yourself eating your lunch balanced on your knees. Some are all gastro and no trace of pub at all, as though the management decided one day that people who just stand around drinking beer and talking on their premises are horrid riff-raff. It takes a place like the Carpenter's Arms in Fulbrook to remind you how the joint concept is supposed to work.
There are supermodels – and there is Gisele Bündchen. How did the girl from Brazil become the biggest star in fashion history? Harriet Walker unzips her extraordinary career
It's the Oscars of the fashion industry, but if the looks on parade at Monday's Costume Institute gala in New York were anything to go by, that industry is in a sorry state of disarray.
News that Gisele Bundchen - or at least her twin sister and manager, Patricia - has insisted that Pantene pay the model in euros not dollars to represent the brand was duly plastered all over the press last week, not least because it provided picture editors (mostly male) with the opportunity to break up any hard news with this utterly gorgeous woman's image once again. And who can blame them?