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Actress Jessica Alba is penning a book offering parenting and lifestyle advice to help promote honest living among her fans.

world Updated: Jan 22, 2013 02:05 IST

Jessica alba pens lifestyle book

London: Actress Jessica Alba is penning a book offering parenting and lifestyle advice to help promote honest living among her fans.

The ‘Sin City’ star decided to write the book after becoming frustrated with the lack of trustworthy parenting information available to new mothers.

The actress gives readers an insight into her home life in the book, The Honest Life, which promotes healthy, clean living for busy families.

“The Honest Life recounts Alba’s personal journey of discovery and reveals her tips for making healthy living fun, real, and stylish... Her solutions are easy, chic, and down-to-earth: they’re honest," a statement on Alba’s lifestyle website read. PTI

Indian stamp with queen for sale

London: A rare 159-year-old four-anna Indian stamp, with an image of Queen Victoria’s head upside down due to a printing error, is expected to fetch £70,000 at an auction here.

During the first printing of the stamp in the survey office in Calcutta in 1854, the Queen’s head was accidentally printed upside down.

The mistake went unnoticed and dozens of the stamps were sold in India.

The postage stamp is said to be one of the most sought-after items in the world of philately.

Only about 20 or 30 of the stamps remain in existence today and the one that is to be auctioned is said to be completely free of faults or blemishes. It was in the collection of renowned US philatelist Robert Cunliffe. PTI

Loneliness taxes immune system

Washington: Don’t take loneliness lightly — it could harm your immune system and health, says a new study.

Loneliness spurs production of proteins signalling the presence of inflammation, linked to coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer's disease, as well as the frailty and functional decline that can accompany aging, say researchers.

The results are based on a series of studies conducted with two populations: a healthy group of overweight middle-aged adults and a group of breast cancer survivors. PTI

Number plate before car

Beijing: Car lovers in China’s Shanghai city rush to buy a number plate even before purchasing their car. It happens due to increasingly expensive and hard-to-get license plates.

One such motorist, surnamed Qian, made a successful bid for a plate Saturday during the municipality's first monthly auction this year. But Qian, who wanted that only her surname be used, said buying the plate first makes sense. In the seventh consecutive month of record high prices, the cost of a Shanghai car license plate had a record winning bid of 75,000 yuan. IANS