Room to roam is good for chooks, says study

AN AUSTRALIAN first study has revealed free range chickens spend more time outside when there are fewer hens per hectare and greater outside space available.

Maserati's first SUV lands in Sydney, and is it a bargain?

SYDNEY REVEAL: A diesel SUV Maserati? It's the luxury all-wheel-drive family high rider you've been waiting for, but can it steal Range Rover Sport and Porsche Cayenne buyers?

New SUV should double Maserati sales volume in Australia

Toowoomba woman stars in world-wide reality TV show

WEDDING GOWNS: Ferrari Formalwear and Brides of Toowoomba owner Leesa Pailthorpe is excited to feature on reality television show Say Yes to the Dress.

Say Yes to the Dress was filmed at Brides of Sydney

One third of young mums smoking during pregnancy

A smoker enjoys a cigarette in Sydney, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The cost of a packet of cigarettes could rise to $40 after Finance Minister Mathias Cormann confirmed the Federal Budget would contain a 12.5 per cent annual increase in tobacco excise over the four years to 2020. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING

Young mums still not getting the message

Shacking up with VW’s Caddy Van, road test and review

CADDY LIFE: Compact van an enduring commercial favourite with its car-like driving manners and economy, and secures half the market share of its segment in Australia

VW holds half the small van market with its enduring Caddy

Alpaca my fork! TAFE students cook the new red meat

ECHOES RESTAURANT: Chef David Campbell with TAFE student Maggie Wu prepare the Kimchi and Sriracha for the braised Alpaca shoulder.Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

“It delivers a beautiful, delicate flavour between lamb and veal"

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My Shout: A wink to a veteran in the craft beer market

You don’t buy IPAs if you are not into big hops, but this one manages to deliver that but without completely overpowering the malt.

Winter: time for comfort food

Kumara are full of vitamins, antioxidants and dietary fibre.

Hearty vegetarian alternatives for winter.

The chocolate queen shares her cake tips

Kirsten Tibballs’ decadent chocolate cake.

Check out Kirsten Tibballs' sweet, sweet chocolate tips

EXCLUSIVE: Find out what really makes Heston tick

Heston Blumenthal is a judge on the MasterChef panel this week.

Heston on cooking and questioning everything

Red, red wine - this has to be the best way to stay warm

Feeling the cold? We've got the 10 best red wines to keep you warm

Book review: The vibrancy of vegies

This book is for anyone who loves cooking with vegetables.

Don't know how to make the most of your vegies? Here's the solution.

Eat: Snag a winter winner with sausage and lentil simmer

Warm up this winter with this cold weather cure.

Weekly recipes from MKR winners Dan and Steph Mulheron

Verandahs are out, 'eskie' homes are in

The verandah is decreasing in popularity even though it has many benefits for the tropical Australian home.

3 out of 5 Aussies judge friends on their toilets

Aussies have high standards when it comes to cleanliness

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?

11 carpet cleaning hacks we bet you’ve never heard of

If your vacuum cleaner struggles to pick up pet hair, try a squeegee for fur-free carpets every time.

11 carpet cleaning hacks you've never heard of.

DIY: Building a sawhorse with Ayden and Jess

Builders Ayden and Jess show you how to use leftover timber

DIY: Add a splash of luxury to your bathroom

A gooseneck tap over the claw-foot bath adds a traditional touch to an otherwise modern design.

At what stage in home-building do you plan a bathroom?

Interior: Inject a little colour into a tired home

The right cushions can also add a fresh look and inject colour into any space. Stylist Miv Watts' home.

Even the most loved interior touches get boring after a while

Gardening: Bush delicacies to grow in your own backyard

MOST of the food plants that we grow and eat originate in places other than Australia.

Clone and grow your own potatoes

Spoiled for choice ... there are close to 4000 different varieties of potato.

Turn one kilogram of potatoes into enough for winter

Gardening: Repair storm damage to encourage new growth

Remove damaged leaves to make the garden look better and minimise the risk of infection.

MOST gardens along the east coast took a severe battering this week

Orchid will spike interest

A pink and white evergreen cymbidium clarisse orchid flower in bloom.

Everything you need to know about growing orchids

Zygocactus is one plant that celebrates winter in style

The zygocactus is recognisable yet has an uncommon name

It's hardy and easy to grow and all it needs is good drainage.

Edible flowers: Roses aren't just for looking at

An Ian Thorpe rose.

There are plenty of flowers useful in the kitchen

TRAVEL: Skiing in Japan is value for money

EARLY bird deals for 2016/17 Northern Hemisphere snow season.

Missed Sydney's Vivid Festival? Here's how it looked.

Vivid Sydney Cruise

WATCH: This year's Vivid Festival in colour

Travel: Where killers go to be stitched up

Snake surprise: An incredible X-ray showing Ingrid the carpet python with a large flying fox she swallowed and which made her ill.

You wouldn't think Australia Zoo could make you feel like a voyeur

Why Lucca is the place to get lost

The view over the Italian town of Lucca and its typical terracotta roofs.

If Italy is on your travel bucket list, you'll want to read this.

What's on the big screen this week

TWO new releases add to the school holiday offerings at the cinema this week.

Mel B plans for Spice Girls reunion next year

Mel B has reveals a Spice Girls 20 year reunion.

Johnny Depp gives first interview since divorce

Depp's first public interview since split from Heard.

Olivia Wilde wears her son's baby lotion

The actress wear's her son's baby lotion when she misses him.

Offspring cast reflects on show’s ‘explosive’ return

Asher Keddie and Linda Cropper in a scene from season six episode one of Offspring.

WHERE to now for the Proudmans? Warning this story contains spoilers

Beyoncé didn't like her wedding dress

The pop star has revealed she hated her wedding dress.

Tom Hiddleston's mum gushing over Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift impresses new boyfriend's mother.

PHOTOS: Is 17-year-old Ashlee Gladstone's next top model?

At just 17, Ashlee has seen herself on the big screen and in national beauty magazines.

Zeil’s the real deal when it comes to world-class shopping

Frankfurt, the fifth-largest city in Germany, is home to the Zeil (below right), one of the busiest shopping streets in the country.

Is this the world's best shopping destination?

Meet the first transgender woman to enter beauty pageant

Transgender female Mandy Leigh Jones is proud of her 186 tattoos.

Mandy the first transgender woman in the Miss Ink Australia pageant.

Ash could be saying Aloha for Hawaiian Tropics

Ash Anderson will leave Gladstone on Tuesday to compete in the national titles for the Miss Hawaiian Tropics. Photo: contributed

Ash could be saying Aloha for Hawaiian Tropics

City glam team beautifies Miss World Australia finalist

YOUNG BEAUTY: Miss World Australia finalist Emma Peterson visited Toowoomba to have a glam team beautify her for her competition portfolio.

Miss World Australia will be chosen later this year

GALLERY: Beef Week babes grace the fashion catwalk

THE Northern Star is a proud sponsor of the Casino Beef Week Fashion Parade and this year's 2016 event held at the Casino RSM was a sold out success. Local businesses and community came together to showcase fashion, music and entertainment. Up and coming fashion designers along with Casino fashion houses featured a wide range of winter clothing and accessories modelled by locals with professional hair and makeup artists adding to the glamour of the night. Performances by the talented young dancers and singers ensured the 600 guests revelled in community spirit and fashionable fun.

The lingerie section wasn't quite what the guys had in mind

Sydney Fashion Week awash with muted tones

American model Bella Hadid (centre) leads the Misha Collection show.

Collections anchored in cream, white, black and grey

ATM operating systems need security updates

Barnaby jack is the Kiwi who first hacked into an ATM.

Are your copies of Harry Potter worth thousands?

Harry Potter books

How to tell if your old copies of Harry Potter are worth $80,000

Thermomix explodes leaving mum with burns

Sonya Enkelmann suffered burns to her arms and face after her thermo mix exploded

Gracemere mum learns what not to cook in a thermomix.

Coles and Woolworths' dairy war hurts CQ farmers

Michael and Aaron Clews, from Slatewood dairy farm in Rossmoya, discuss the impact of supermarket milk wars on Central Queensland farmers and economy.

Dairy price war impacting $70 million injected into CQ economy

Queensland dairy industry struggling as farmers hit wall

"...now they’re not producing enough milk to cover Queensland"

Is the new Macbook worth it?

The new Macbook

It's expensive but the new Macbook is impressive

Myer, eBay launch world first virtual reality store

eBay giving away thousands of VR devices to promote new retail shop

Be the master of your success - it’s all in the mindset

How getting your head in the game helps you succeed

Can cancer just disappear?

Could stimulating the immune system causes regression?

OPINION: Steaks have been raised in vegan challenge

My meals have comprised vegetables, soy and a squeeze of lemon juice for dinner. And another firm favourite is a wombok salad for dinner and lunch.

Four days in and it’s a lot tougher than I thought.

How to be a farmer when you're allergic to your crop

Rob Hutchings from Freshwater Crayfish Traders at Tarome.

VIDEO: Crayfish invasion hits the Scenic Rim.

Five weight loss mistakes and how to right them

Most of us have fallen into these traps at some stage

Should we be napping during the day?

It may be that our bodies prefer sleeping in two phases

Why we struggle to get out of bed

People that sleep in the 'Freefalling' position tend to feel like life happens around them and they are just hanging on for the ride.

Hitting the snooze button can do you more harm than good

OPINION: Should society give dads more praise?

WHILE I know there are plenty of hard-working mums in the community, what about the dads?

Pushing your political views on to your kids

SWINGING TO THE LEFT OR RIGHT?: Communication with our children on politics should be open and issue-oriented rather than dogmatic.

How to talk to your kids about politics

Which is harder, full-time work or being a full-time mum?

BALANCING ACT: Working mum Jodie Lynch with her daughter Annika,12.

Firefighter: chasing kids the toughest job going

Working full time and being a mum just as hard as each other

"Everyone is in different situations with their own challenges."

OPINION: Why I returned to work after 2mths maternity leave

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

I had this very workable situation to return to

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

LISTEN: Smacking children does harm says trauma specialist

Stephan Friedrich gets set to walk into the cage before one of his fights.

Smacking children limits children's brain development.

10 tips for a long and strong marriage

AFTER sixty-six years of marriage, Fay Wyeth says dating should never get old and it’s okay to admire the opposite sex as long as it’s nothing more.

Relationships: Boyfriends versus husbands

Rides a motorbike? Boyfriend. Fun boyfriend, but boyfriend never the less.

The big old debate about who makes settling down worth it

Five steps to make someone fall in love with you

Clarence Valley single men - a new TV series wants you.

Psychotherapist and author M. Gary Neuman shares his top tips

'Love drugs' now exist - how do we handle that?

You have three wishes from the love genie, what do you ask for?

You have three wishes from the love genie, what do you ask for?