A brave man’s legacy

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So this is not my average frivolous rant, or product review. This is important. My brother in law, who I will call ‘Alan’ to respect his family’s privacy, has suffered four years’ of cancer. It began in his tonsil and eventually spread to his lungs … [read more]

My beauty heroes: Spring

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We’ve had such a lovely Easter break: A week in Cyprus with the kids, relaxing in the sun, followed by a long weekend with some of my oldest and dearest friends. Now I’m breaking the writer’s block with a mammoth ‘best of’ beauty post – a … [read more]

Five hour lazy lamb

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I am famously grumpy in the mornings. No one would describe me as a morning person. I doubt anyone would call me an evening person either. I peak between 11am and midday, after my morning dog walk and before I get really desperate for lunch. I admit … [read more]

An ordinary life: the best plot there is

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How do you write a biography about an unnamed person, who you’ve never met and who seems to have discarded their life’s work, in a skip? That was the question addressed by Alexander Masters, author of A Life Discarded, at last week’s book launch. Alexander … [read more]

In defence of tights

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I’ve just booked my first leg wax of 2017. I wouldn’t usually even consider such a thing this early in the year, but we have just booked a last minute break to Cyprus and one doesn’t want to scare the other holidaymakers. My legs are … [read more]

A restorative weekend in the New Forest

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I’ve just returned from a relaxing weekend with my oldest friend, a rare event indeed. The last time we were away together without partners or kids was in 1990, when we spent a week with a group of Mormon lads in Turkey. The Mormon bit … [read more]

Oh my aching bones

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I am falling apart, it’s official. Bad knees run in the family, which is ironic as I’m now not allowed to run. My last MRI scan showed that my kneecaps are slowly deteriorating and I have arthritis. It’s not a bad case, and the majority … [read more]

9 ways to boost your blooms

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I kill plants. Even the most hardy of flora cannot survive in my custody. I’m currently trying to nurse an orchid back from the brink. It brought much needed colour to our hallway for less a month. It is now just a bare stick in a … [read more]