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Inside this week's Weekend section

By Gail Walker

So, another Weekend starts here. Welcome to the second week of our brilliant, 64-page, full-colour magazine – free with your Belfast Telegraph every Saturday.

It's been another hectic week putting your super-sized read together – complete with 7-day full TV cove rage.

Your response to our first Weekend last week was wonderful – you are already hooked on our unrivalled mix of celebrity interviews and reportage and our packed Lifestyle section, all about you and how you live your life.

And once again our experts are here to help. Whether it is about relationships and health, or food and travel, or gardening and interiors, we have the most up-to-date advice on hand.

Our cover story this week is an interview with Belfast actress Geraldine Hughes, back home in her native city after shooting her latest movie with Clint Eastwood. Geraldine, who came to Hollywood fame in the last Rocky movie, also takes time out to splurge on a shopping spree on the city's Boucher Road and we were on hand to record the excesses of a woman who just loves to shop!

In our reportage, BBC Northern Ireland's William Crawley takes us behind the scenes of an up-and-coming documentary on our relationship with alcohol entitled Dying For A Drink. His own personal experience with booze makes for some very sober reading.

Our top columnists are here again this week. Francis Burscough talks about how she has only now discovered that weekends are a time for simple pleasures and a wee bit of self-indulgence, while Carlo Gebler says actress Helen Mirren should stick to the day job and stop mouthing off about sensitive issues.

The lovely Christine Bleakley let's us in on her beauty secrets while relationships guru Virginia Ironside comes to another reader's rescue.

Once again, you can keep bang up-to-date with our fashion and beauty pages and we tell you how top get the Eva Longoria look.

We have pages of food from celebrity chef Paul Rankin and our new restaurant critic Joris Minne as well as great reads on interiors, gardening and the great outdoors.

Travel takes us to San Diego, an oasis of sheer indulgence, and sailing in Bilbao as well as things to see and do with 48 hours in the lovely city of Exeter, and the five best hotels for barflies.

All this, and a full 7-day TV Guide, will take you right through the week.

Until then, have fun and enjoy.

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