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Beneath Bruce Garrett's shabby, overweight exterior, the passionate beating heart of a salsa king lays dormant. Only one woman can reignite his Latin fire. Spotlight hits, sweat drips, heels click - Nick Frost IS Cuban Fury.

1987: A 13-year-old natural born dancer with fire in his heels and snakes in his hips is working himself up to explode all over the UK Junior Salsa Championships. But then a freakish bullying incident on the mean streets of London robs him of his confidence, and our young hero finds his life diverted down a very different path.

So it is that 22 years later, an adult Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) finds himself out-of-shape and unloved - trapped in a downward spiral of self-pity, repression and Nando's takeouts. Only Julia (Rashida Jones), his smart, funny, gorgeous new American boss, gives him reason to live. But she's out of his league, so he imagines, with her perfect smile and perfect life. Unknown to Bruce however, Julia has issues all of her own. Luckily for him, she also has a secret passion...

Then there's Drew (Chris O'Dowd), his alpha male colleague and horny king-monkey of the office. With Drew making no secret of his desire to get physical with Julia, Bruce is forced into action. And thus, Bruce is once again brought face-to-face with the darkest and most powerful of his inner demons. Somehow, someway, and with a lot of handholding from loyal sister Sam (Olivia Colman) Bruce must learn how to unshackle his dancing beast, regain his long lost fury and claim the love of his life... and he's going to do it all On The Dance Floor.

Hits cinemas 20 March. Rated: M. Watch the trailer.

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The 2014 BMW 520d Touring

The 2014 BMW 520d Touring wagon is a thing of beauty. A facelift both inside and out has only refined an already covetable vehicle. Sleek sexy lines, a luxurious interior and an amazing array of standard features set the 520d solidly on our luxury car wish list.

Style & Drive


The five-seater BMW 5 Series Tourer comes in two different variants – the six-cylinder 535i petrol wagon, and the four-cylinder 520d diesel wagon. We were lucky enough to slide behind the sport leather steering wheel of the luxurious 520d and promptly fell in love. It’s amazing how your dream car transforms from a convertible to a luxury wagon when you have two little ones to strap in the back!

The 520d Touring wagon has been designed with family in mind. As well as the usual features found in your average luxury automobile – leather electric front seats, reverse parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic two-zone air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights – it also has an amazing array of thoughtful extras that constantly remind you that you are driving a wonderful, beautiful vehicle.

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Beautiful You Australia announces ambassadors

The time has come to change the face of beauty.

The definition of beauty is being lost with thousands of images of ‘perfection’ being pushed in our faces every single day.

Being 'beautiful' seems to now be perceived as one ideal – think perfect skin, flawless hair, crazy diets, tiny bodies… all unrealistic images that are shattering the self-esteem and self-worth of an entire generation of women and beyond. It's time to give women back the power to define for themselves what beauty means to them. It’s time to remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there’s simply not one definition of beauty.

Beautiful You Australia is teaming up with a suite of ambassadors including Dancing with the Stars celebrity dancer Carmelo Pizzino, stylist Mum Jules Sebastian and Mrs Australia 2014, Kate Johnson in a new campaign to help redefine beauty, asking Aussie women to share what really makes them feel beautiful. Women of Australia are being encouraged to take control of what beauty means to them, capture their beautiful moments, share their journey with others and refine the current, one-dimensional definition of 'beauty'.

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Win Brite Lightning metal polish

Brite Lightning is a new, Australian-made and -owned metal cleaning and polishing product containing micro-crystalline wax that really makes things shine.

It works on silver, copper, nickel, bronze, aluminium, stainless steel and more. You name it, Brite Lightning will clean it! It also removes oxidisation from paintwork, and corrosion and tarnish from any metal surface, which is handy for people restoring or reconditioning old cars, antiques or jewellery.

The creamy formula makes it easy to buff on and wipe off. And the bonus is it leaves a protective film on the surface, so the brilliant shine stays sparkling for longer.

Brite Lightning is available at all good auto retailer stores, including Repco, for $12 for 250ml, $20 for 500ml, $89 for 4 litres, and $199 for 10 litres. Check out lightningcleans.com.au for more info.

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Dyson DC58 Animal handheld vacuum review

If you haven't tried a Dyson vacuum before, you're utterly missing out. These uber-chic cleaning whizzes are the most advanced, high-tech vacuums out.

They're the only ones that never lose suction; and are so clever and powerful they capture particles as small as 0.5 microns, such as pollen, mould spores, dust mites, baby powder and even bacteria. You'll be erked at the dust the average vacuum leaves after going over the same area with a Dyson just seconds later. You can literally see what it removes in the clear, dust collection tank.

As for the DC58 Animal, specifically? It's one crazy mother fo (!) perfect for cleaning the car. 

It's the luxe-est of all handhelds and the design's not only VOGUE-mag-worthy, but practical. It boasts three times the suction of any other handheld vacuum out, weighs a mere 1.3kg and has two levels of pure oomph: regular (17 - 20 minutes straight of vacuuming) or 'Max' - which goes hardcore for six minutes. To recharge, just plug it in to the wall as you would a mobile phone. 

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Mitsubishi ASX 2.0L Petrol 2WD

16-February-2012

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Mitsubishi has blended the best of both worlds with their city-sized 5-seater SVU, the ASX (Active Smart Crossover). The car is small enough to negotiate a crowded Westfield car park without endangering any lives, and you can comfortably take it out of the city without worrying about whether you’re going to make it if you decide to take that bumpy, scenic route to your destination.

I test drove the Mitsubishi ASX 2.0L Petrol 2WD CVT automatic ($28,490) with Luxury Package (+$3,700), and discovered that bigger is not always necessarily better when it comes to an SUV.

Style & Drive
At first glance the ASX looks sleek, smart, and promising… and the drive does not disappoint. It handles well in the city as well as on the highway where you get a smooth ride. In the auto version I test drove, the car slid through the gear changes with relative ease and power while negotiating hills, heavy traffic and highways. The ASX is nimble while attempting to negotiate a tight parking spot (especially with the assistance of the reverse parking camera), and rear vision is good.

The interior is attractive, with a user-friendly dash, plenty of leg room, and comfy seats. The ASX 2WD comes standard with a 110kW/197Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine, cruise control, climate control air-conditioning, and a 4-speaker CD/MP3 player with USB and iPod connectivity. To sweeten the deal, the Luxury pack (for an extra $3,700) includes Bluetooth, steering wheel mounted audio controls, reverse parking sensors, 17” alloy wheels, leather seat trim with heated front seats, power driver seat, an electro chromatic mirror with reversing camera, front fog lamps, and a chrome exterior package (fog lamp bezel, radiator grille surround, belt line moulding). The only thing that seemed cheap was the indicators which required a heavy touch to use, and made a loud clunk while changing gears or operating the windscreen wipers.

Safety
The ASX scored a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, and comes with seven airbags, including front, front side, full-length curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. The ASX also boasts Hill Start Control (HSC), Active Stability Control (ASC), Active Traction Control (ATC), an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).

Service
Mitsubishi provides its industry leading warranty on all ASX vehicles, including a comprehensive five year/130,000 km whole vehicle warranty, backed up by its 10 year/160,000 km powertrain warranty and a five year/130,000 kilometre roadside assistance package.

Eco
Fuel consumption: 7.7L/100km manual, 7.9L/100km auto.
CO2 emission: 181g/km manual, 185g/km auto.

Describe the car in 3 words
Attractive, versatile, nifty.

What are the best things about this car?
It’s an SUV that doesn’t make you feel like you’re plowing a giant tank through the crowded city streets.

What are the downsides of this car?
For an SUV the boot really isn’t all that huge.

What kind of petrol does it use?
Unleaded petrol.

Liked it?
Yes! For an urban soul who occasionally likes to escape for a weekend away it’s a great car that works perfectly for all occasions… Just be careful how much you pack!!


 

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