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9 Beckhams at war 15 Judy’s sad goodbye 24 Reunited after 30 years: ‘I married the one that got away!’ 31 Slimming World: join for free, save £10, plus new diet mini mag 62 Susanna’s shock baby news

16 My husband feared he’d kill women… 44 Goodbye Thomas, hello Tanya


8 Will Mark and Michelle’s marriage last the year? 10 Patsy Kensit: ‘I’m a hopeless romantic’ 14 Christine Bleakley: Where’s Frank? I’ve left him EXECUTIVE EDITOR 18 Why is The SIOBHAN WYKES Jump back?


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Meet our new columnist! From her hilarious views on topics such as facelifts (‘I might need one – I look like an old tramp!’) to her take on more serious issues like Brexit (‘I’m OUT – it’s best for Britain. We are a tiny island – and a great one – so no wonder everyone wants to come here, but that’s not best for us’), Carol McGiffin has been giving me the benefit of her opinions for years now. And, agree with her or not, no one can deny the former Loose Woman is feisty, funny and fearless. That’s why, starting this week, Carol will be sharing her views, not just with me, but with all best readers, in a new column, The Way I See It (p43). Don’t miss it! OPlease let us know your thoughts on bestmagazine

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Every year, London Zoo records each of its 19,000 inhabitants during its annual stock-take. All 750 species have to be counted as part of the zoo’s licence. The information is then shared to manage worldwide breeding programmes for endangered animals. This little chap is making sure no one gets into a flap!


The Body Coach tops the charts Davina McCall is usually the fitness queen at this time of year, but the buff beauty’s exercise DVD has been knocked off the top spot by Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach. The 31-year-old fitness guru’s offering combines seven hours of exercise as well as his top tips for fat-loss success. With his cheeky smile and toned torso, we certainly wouldn’t mind getting hot and sweaty with him…


Davina’s DVD is knocked off the top by The Body Coach’s latest offering

January blues hav on a whole new m e taken ea our fashionable ce ning for leb are loving the stat s, who shade. Dame Hel ement en Mirren, 71, Karren Brady, 4 actress Emilia Fo 7, and x, 42, all stepped out rece ntl beautiful in blue y looking and, yet, there wasn’t better a glum face in sight!

Karren means business in this bold hue

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MINI MINOGUES! Dannii Minogue posted this gorgeous throwback childhood snap on Instagram of herself, her superstar sister, Kylie, and their brother Brendan. Aren’t they adorable? You can certainly see the family resemblance, and, looking at them now, the famous siblings haven’t aged too badly, either.


Kylie, Dannii and Brendan have barely changed


Helen shows you can still be cool at 71, while Karren makes a bold statement, and Emilia takes a more relaxed approach to the winter blues Emilia: Foxy in her boxy jumper

January is the perfect time to update your fragrance, and fashion retailer Accessorize has got just the spritz. Fresh and zesty, the new Lovelily EDT, £19, has the scents of lily of the valley and jasmine at its heart. There are also juicy notes of raspberry and orange, as well as aromatic musks of sweet vanilla. We can smell a winner!



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Fur real?

We have to salute these celebs for attempting to fly the flag for faux-fur, but we can’t help thinking that Pamela Anderson, 49, has a chic advantage over Fearne Cotton’s colourful coat. We know that colour-blocking is all the rage, but 35-year-old Fearne looks more teddy bear than ready-to-wear… 1-0 to Pammy, we think.


Claire Richards has not only reunited with her old band Steps following a triumphant NYE comeback gig in London, but the mum-of-two also turns 40 in August. ‘Yes, it’s a big year,’ she tells best. ‘I’ve missed performing. There’s no bigger buzz than having thousands of people go crazy for what you’re doing.’ It will certainly be no Tragedy for their fans!

The group have reformed after their NYE gig



Pamela pulls off the fauxfur look perfectly, but we think Fearne might need a little more practice!

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The cougar craze began several years ago with the likes of Madonna, Demi Moore and Kylie Minogue all bagging younger blokes – and the trend looks set to continue into 2017. Carol Vorderman, 56, recently set tongues wagging when she was snapped having breakfast with her I’m a Celebrity... campmate Joel Dommett, 31, and his granny. Aww! Jennifer Lopez, 47, has been flaunting pics of herself with new love, rapper Drake, who, at 30, is 17 years her junior. But our favourite has to be the ex-Mrs Rupert Murdoch, Wendi Deng, 48, with her 21-year-old model man Bertold Zahoran strolling along the beach. We’re really not jealous, honest!

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9 Practically perfect Acting veteran Dick Van Dyke, 91, has confirmed he’ll appear in the Mary Poppins sequel. That’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious news! Although he played chimney sweep Bert in the 1964 original, Van Dyke said he would only be doing a song and dance number.


January might be drab and dreary, but here’s some good news for your wardrobe. TV presenter Lorraine Kelly’s latest collection for e-tailer JD Williams has just dropped online, and we want it all! This season’s collection boasts clashing bold prints and ladylike lace, as well as smart separates and classic denim to ensure you feel stylish and comfortable at any age. The collection starts from just £12 and ranges from size 10-32.



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Will Mark and Michelle’s marriage last the year? With Michelle Keegan’s career ramping up, talk of marital tension may not die down just yet…


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topping to speak to journalists on the red carpet at ITV’s annual gala, Michelle Keegan – soon to grace our screens as Tina Moore in Tina And Bobby - joked, ‘I see more of you lot these days than I do of Mark!’ But perhaps it’s not such a laughing matter. Since the former Corrie actress tied the knot with ex-TOWIE star Mark Wright in May 2015, they’ve barely spent any time together. Michelle admitted she Enforced had the post-wedding blues separation after her big day in 2015. can test any ‘That period is so exciting, relationship, then you come home from let alone one your honeymoon and think, “What in the public now?”’ eye, and the good-looking


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pair, both 29, are set to spend even more time apart in 2017. Michelle, for one, will be busier than ever. Her ongoing Our Girl commitments – she plays lead character Corporal Georgie Lane – mean she’s leaving for Cape Town in March, and doesn’t finish filming until November. Mark, meanwhile, has a twice-weekly Heart Radio slot, and is reportedly focused on developing his career in the States, after his BBC kids’ show The Dengineers was picked up by Discovery Family Channel in the US. As they lead increasingly separate lives, Michelle must wonder what the future holds. And, as her star continues to rise, there’s also the question of Mark’s less-than-glittering career. The original Essex boy has said he’d love to become a successful TV presenter and DJ, but a truly high-profile job has so far eluded him. Mark filmed scenes for US series The Royals, which would have brought him serious kudos but, unluckily, the show has now lost its UK broadcaster, E! UK & Ireland, so those scenes look unlikely to ever see the light of day over here. Though he clearly adores Michelle, seeing his new wife’s career go so much better than his own must be difficult. Naturally, there is also plenty of baby talk, and both have said it’s something they want – but when, exactly? Michelle said recently, ‘I’m always broody, but we’re not planning anything.’ When they met, these two seemed made for each other. But now, with things moving so fast for one and painfully slowly for the other, where’s the glue to hold them together? OBobby And Tina, Friday, 9pm, ITV

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Furious rows and family feuds – looks like it’s been a rocky start to the year for David and Victoria



A troubled 2017 ahead for the power couple?

eyeing up a £13.5 million mansion close to the home of their Hollywood actor pal Will Smith, on Miami’s exclusive Star Island. The couple are already rubbing shoulders with the US city’s A-list, and were star guests at the lavish UNAIDS fundraising gala and charity dinner last month. However, rumours rumble on that Victoria is not so keen to move. According to a source, the former Spice Girl wants their daughter, Harper, five, to have Piers’s thoughts a proper base now on Cruz’s single shocked fans that she has started school, and has allegedly told David that if he’s heading off abroad, he’ll be doing it on his own. And while the designer basks in Instagram/@cruzbeckham


As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also crunch time for the sporting hero as he bids to launch a Major League Soccer team in Miami, Florida – a project that he’s worked on for the past two years. David and his business partners, media mogul Simon Fuller and Bolivian businessman Marcelo Claure, have bought a piece of land, but the venture has faced delays, and now MLS boss Don Garber has slapped the trio with a deadline for making their dream a reality. Still, it seems David, 41, is confident his persistence will pay off, and it has been reported that Goldenballs and his wife, Victoria, are

Piers – no fan of Brand Beckham!

the glory of being awarded an OBE, it hasn’t all been plaudits for the couple, with Piers Morgan, 51, turning his guns on them very publicly. After Victoria’s honour was announced, the GMB host was asked on Twitter if he thought Becks – who already has an OBE – should be knighted. Piers reacted by calling Becks a ‘very overrated footballer, not least by himself’. Ouch! The slight came weeks after the broadcaster had lashed out about the charity single released by the couple’s 11-year-old son, Cruz, accusing the couple of trying to ‘exploit their family for commercial gain’. Perhaps, with the full fury of Piers – known for his showbiz feuds – turned on them, Miami is the safest place for the Beckhams…

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s they head into 2017, the signs are that all may not be peace and harmony for ‘Brand Beckham’. Their New Year’s Eve celebrations in the paradise Amilla Fushi resort in the Maldives were marred when Becks got into a furious row with ex-Formula 1 chief Ron Dennis over seating at a show where Victoria and son Cruz were singing. The ex-England captain is said to have flipped when Dennis sat in the prime seats that Becks had earmarked for the family.


Patsy Kensit: ‘I’m a hopeless romantic’ Patsy Kensit is a woman who wears her heart on her sleeve. ‘I basically married all my boyfriends,’ the warm, funny and still stunningly beautiful actress has admitted. The exes in question are Big Audio Dynamite keyboardist Dan Donovan, Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr, Oasis rocker Liam Gallagher and DJ Jeremy Healy. And, despite having insisted that she’ll never marry again – ‘I’ve ruined the sanctity of it’ – Patsy still describes herself as ‘a hopeless romantic’, always believing love could be just around the corner. Now playing Betty Dean, mother-in-law of the legendary footballer Bobby Moore, in ITV biopic Tina And Bobby, the actress admits that the part raked up feelings from her past. It reminded her in particular of the close bond she shared with her own mother, Margaret, who

With Bowie in 1986’s Absolute Beginners

The four-times-married actress, 48, talks about love, life and how it felt to play a mum who reminded her so much of her own... died of cancer when the actress was just 23, leaving her heartbroken. ‘Betty was vibrant and ahead of her time, just like my mother,’ Patsy observes. Here, she talks about fame, love and life as a working single mother. Tell us about your role in Tina And Bobby… I’d been waiting for a role like Betty to come along, and I found the whole story so engaging. It was wonderful to be given the opportunity to portray a character so different from the others I’ve played, with a completely different look, too. Betty’s a real character role, and I loved every minute of playing her. What relationship does Betty have with her daughter, Tina, played by Michelle Keegan? Although Betty is the ‘mum’, she and Tina are more like sisters – they tell each other everything. They have a very close relationship, much like the one I had with my mother [when Patsy was a child star, her mum would accompany her to film sets]. That closeness really resonated with me – and, luckily, I instantly clicked with Michelle [Keegan]. She’s just a diamond – I


don’t think she has a bad bone in her body. The story is set in the 60s and 70s. You were a 70s child; what do you remember of that time? The strikes and blackouts. Power cuts became part of life. You look back and think the 70s were quite a carefree time, but I don’t think anyone had much. There were highs and lows. Football was a big thing in my house. My dad [James] was a big Tottenham Hotspur fan. I support Spurs, too, and my sons, James [23, whose dad is Jim Kerr], and Lennon [17, whose dad is Liam Gallagher] are football-mad. How did you cope with the pressures of being a child star? Well, one of the most damaging things that ever happened to me wasn’t until I was 16. I’d got a part in the David Bowie film Absolute Beginners, went off on holiday and put on some weight. When I got back, a director showed me something they had filmed with me during the screen tests, then said, ‘If you don’t get back to that [weight], you’re out.’ Now, that incident didn’t send me to the toilet to throw up – I enjoy eating too much – but I do think it comes back to the fact that no one would dream of saying

Patsy enjoys a lower-key life these days

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Drawn to rock stars: she married Jim Kerr in 1992…

… and Liam Gallagher in 1997

Patsy on ageing… A pin-up for the pa 30 years, Patsy st in that she feels m sists ore comfortable in he now, at almost 50r skin she did 20 years , than ag and says, ‘A wom o, an’s approval means so much more to m e a man’s these da than ys.’ The actress reca ‘When I turned 30 lls, up from 7½st to , I went 11½st, and it became a national obsession to ge ta of me,’ she recalls picture called me “Fatsy . ‘They Pa and “Patsy Scoff tsy”, sIt could have give it”. n me agoraphobia. ‘I can laugh abou now, but it was pa t it the time,’ she ad inful at mitt ‘Doing the food ed. for the boys and shop seeing magazines with my big

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fat a*** on them , having to bring apand pie to the checko ple ut see the assistant and at me and wonderlooking I should have bo ing if ug more lettuce inst ht ea that was difficult. d… ’

something like that to a man. That director now has a daughter, and I can’t help wondering how he would feel if someone said that to her. These days, you’re a working single mum. Do you find that difficult? After Emmerdale and Holby City, I purposely took some time out from acting to be with my two sons, but I’ve still had to work. You have to save – you can’t live on a pretend budget. In any case, I came from absolutely nothing – two rooms and an outside toilet. You’ve been married four times. Are you still looking for love? I still believe in love, and I shall continue to do so. I have to say at this point that I’m a hopeless romantic. My boys’ fathers [Kerr and Gallagher] are fantastic. I am working class and my boys’ dads are working class. They fell in love with my sweet nature. I had great relationships with them both, and I absolutely adore my children. How do you like to spend your downtime? When I’m at home, I’m in my fluffy slippers if I’ve been working all day, and I’m watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The whole programme is crazy, and I’m fascinated by the deterioration [of relationships] between the family members!

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They’ve just celebrated their first wedding anniversary, so Christine Bleakley caused a ripple of shock when asked...


hristine Bleakley has ditched her footie star hubby Frank Lampard – but don’t panic, it was only for her debut acting role! The TV host, 37, delivered a hilarious cameo in a one-off episode of Northern Irish comedy show Give My Head Peace. The stunning brunette showed a VERY different side to her personality in the sketch, which aired on BBC Northern Ireland last week. Playing herself, Christine was scheming to leave Frank so that she could run away with Cal, a bishop she’d always fancied. Apparently, she screamed Cal’s name during marital sex (awkward!). In one scene, Christine announced, ‘Cal, I’ve left Frank. I cannot live without you. Will you marry me?’ She first started her career behind the scenes on Give My Head Peace 21 years ago, working her way up from tea girl to floor manager. Since then, her career has flourished, with hosting roles on primetime TV shows like ITV’s Dancing On Ice and



BBC’s The One Show. Northern Irish Christine relocated to New York in 2014, when Frank, 38, signed a two-year deal with football team New York City FC. This ended in November last year. The pair, who celebrated their first wedding anniversary in December, are said to be considering a move back to London. The race is on between Premier League football club Crystal Palace and Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion to sign midfielder Frank. Meanwhile, Mrs Lampard is a hit with fans after joining ITV’s Loose Women panel. One viewer tweeted, ‘Can we have Christine on the show all the time, please? She’s wonderful.’ Stepmum to Frank’s two daughters, Luna, 11, and Isla, nine, Christine said last month, ‘I’m 37 but, in my head, I’m about 23/24. You have to get your head around the fact that, biologically, you can’t have babies forever… I would love to have children.’ We’d love you to have them, too, Christine…


Left, with Frank and his girls. Right, her shock proposal on TV

‘I cannot live without you. Will you marry me?’ Christine asks the bishop



Judy’s heartbreak over close pal George Michael Judy Finnigan and husband Richard pay a touching tribute to the late singing superstar George’s death came as a blow to the TV couple

Chloe’s moved in with rugby star boyfriend James

Tributes outside his Oxfordshire home

t’s a friendship many wouldn’t have expected, but TV hosts Judy Finnigan, 68, and Richard Madeley, 60, have spoken of their heartbreak over losing close pal George Michael, who tragically died on Christmas Day at the age of 53. The couple first met the Careless Whisper singer in the 90s when they presented ITV’s This Morning. George donated £50,000 to the show’s Christmas Appeal for needy children, on the condition of complete anonymity, and Richard wanted to thank the superstar. Judy revealed, ‘When we got home that evening, Richard downed a stiff G&T and called George to thank him. I still remember my mingled excitement and


horror when I heard Richard say, “Well, as we’re so close, why don’t you come for Sunday lunch so we can thank you properly?” I thought I was going to faint.’ The couple stayed in touch with George for many years – he even called them on their last day on This Morning in 2001 and told them, ‘You will be sorely missed in this household.’ They were also guests at the singer’s 44th birthday party at London’s Berkeley Hotel, a small, intimate affair for close friends and family. Richard admitted, ‘That lunch was the beginning of a treasured friendship but, like so many others mourning his passing, we’ll forever be proud he was our friend. And we’ll always love him.’ But it seems George’s death isn’t the only thing causing Judy concern. Her daughter, Chloe, 29, moved out of the family home last year to live with her boyfriend, Wasps rugby player James Haskell, 31, in Coventry. Asked how she felt about this, Judy admitted, ‘I will help her, but miss her like mad.’ Like any parent, it’s only natural that Judy should miss her daughter and worry about her. Particularly after online rumours surfaced late last year that James had died of a steroid overdose – rumours which were, of course, untrue – and that he had presided over a ‘kangaroo court’, during which his club teammates allegedly took part in wild games. Thankfully, the England star denied it. So let’s just hope the year will only get better for Judy, and that Chloe finds lasting happiness with James – it’s what all mothers want for their children.


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fter being together for three years, you’d assume you know your partner inside out. All of their quirks, their funny habits, their daily routines, everything, really – well, I did, anyway. But one drizzly afternoon, my long-term partner, Adam, confided to me that he thought he was going to kill someone. I was shocked, not so much by his confession – he’d never been a violent man, and I knew he wouldn’t hurt a fly – but by the fact that I hadn’t had a clue how tormented he was feeling deep down inside. I’d known Adam my whole life. Our parents had been best friends, and we’d grown up together. In my childhood memories of holidays, visits to theme parks and Saturday nights eating pizza, Adam is right beside me in all of them. So it felt natural when, aged 17, we started dating. He was intelligent, funny and undoubtedly my best friend. We had our first daughter, Angelica, a year later and married when I was 22. We went on to have four more beautiful kids – Charlotte, now 10, Blossom, six, Chase, four, and Gabe, two. He was a fantastic dad and, despite life being hectic with the children and Adam’s job in legal services, we were happier than ever. Despite the long hours he worked, he was never too tired to help with bath


Alissa Shaw, 33, was horrified when her husband, Adam, confessed he was scared he was going to become a murderer...


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ared he’d kill women… if no one else saw them, his mum would die. He feared losing other loved ones, too. It must’ve been so hard for him, carrying those thoughts around and never showing any sign of anxiety. But he started seeing a therapist, and gradually opened up. And what he revealed was so sad. I knew he’d never hurt anyone, but obsessive thoughts continually played on his mind. He feared strangling elderly women, or stabbing people whenever he picked up a knife. Adam felt out of control, to the point that he had started avoiding going out, and when he did, he carried handcuffs so he could stop himself if he felt the urge to act out his irrational beliefs. To be honest, it was difficult to understand. Sometimes he’d be just like the old Adam, smiling and fun. But other days, he was so depressed that he couldn’t get out of bed. He also started questioning me endlessly, asking if we were OK as a couple. The strain was exhausting. I had to be there for both Adam and the kids, and having that responsibility weighed heavy on me. It was incredibly lonely, and I couldn’t help feeling like I’d lost my one and only best friend. One Friday he came home after working away, and told me he’d driven to a bridge in Sheffield to end it all.

Charlotte and Adam (left) have the support of the whole family

Beneath the happy exterior, Adam was hiding dark thoughts

‘Adam was shaking and crying, terrified... he’d try to kill her’ Thankfully, the thought of us had been enough to stop him. But hitting that desperate low actually seemed to have a positive effect. Realising that he’d got through it convinced him that he could get past other difficult moments. He found a new therapist, a specialist named Dr Lauren Callaghan, and after weeks

of hard work together, Adam started to improve. She helped him accept and control his obsessive thoughts, and to stop fearing what was playing on his mind. During one session, she put a knife in his hand and placed it against her throat. Adam was shaking and crying, terrified that when Lauren let go, he’d try to kill her. But when he didn’t, that was the proof he needed to believe that he would never act on his irrational thoughts. Adam overhauled his diet and took up exercise. Being physically fit seemed to help his mental health, too. Slowly, the man I’d known so well came back to me. Adam still suffers from dark thoughts but, instead of fighting them, he now accepts them and moves on. Heartbreakingly, our 10-year-old daughter, Charlotte, has started displaying OCD tendencies, too. Every night, her door has to be open a certain amount, and she has a particular way of stepping into bed. The only good thing is that thanks to Adam’s diagnosis and treatment, we know how to help her – and she won’t battle it alone.


times, homework or bedtime stories. I felt so lucky. But, out of the blue, on a family holiday in Lanzarote in 2003, my happy-go-lucky man, now 39, started crying. It was so unlike him. Was he seriously ill? Had he met someone else? ‘What’s going on?’ I asked repeatedly. And my fears only increased when Adam blurted out that he was struggling with his thoughts and was terrified he was having a mental breakdown, but couldn’t explain any more than that. At home in Sheffield, we saw our doctor, who diagnosed Adam with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). I’d heard of it before, but only with regards to excessive hand washing and neurotic irrational behaviour, such as flicking light switches on and off or counting over and over. Adam did nothing like that. But the doctor explained OCD could also include obsessive thoughts. As we struggled to come to terms with the diagnosis, I felt guilty that my lovely hubby had been suffering in silence for so long. How had I not realised? Finally, he admitted that even when he was a little boy, he used to point out cloud formations, convinced that

iewers called for it to be axed last year, but Channel 4’s controversial winter sports show, The Jump, is back for a fourth series. Past contestants have suffered a catalogue of injuries, and even its cheerful host, Davina McCall, 49, admits she’s ‘amazed’ it’s returning. Asked by chat show host Jonathan Ross last September if she feared a contestant could die, she said, ‘Yeah, it is a bit like, “Don’t try this at home.” I worry about that as well.’ New contenders include Pippa Middleton’s future brother-inlaw, Spencer Matthews, model Vogue Williams, gymnast Louis Smith, former model Caprice and Olympic cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins. As pictures emerge of other new contestants Lydia Bright and Josie Gibson grimacing in pain after taking tumbles in training, you’ve got to ask: when is enough, enough?



Why is The Jump back? As arguably one of the most dangerous reality TV shows in recent years gets set to return, we look at the horrifying experiences of some past contestants…


‘It was worse than childbirth!’ Swimmer Rebecca Adlington, 27, who has a one-year-old daughter, Summer, with her estranged husband, Harry Needs, described her injury on The Jump last February as more painful than giving birth. Rebecca dislocated her shoulder

after losing control while practising a ski jump. She hurtled off a 100m-long icy slope at 30mph, and was in floods of tears before paramedics bundled her into an ambulance. The two-time Olympic gold medallist said last year that she used acupuncture to aid her recovery (after six weeks of physiotherapy). Remaining upbeat, she said that, as an athlete, she was used to ‘overcoming injuries’. Rather you than us…

Rebecca explained her mishap on The Jump, ‘I lost my balance and flung my arm out awkwardly to right myself as I sailed through the air, which dislocated my shoulder. Landing on it made it worse. It was an unlucky fluke accident, but I have a lot of mobility in my shoulders, due to years of swimming, so they’re my vulnerable point… I’ve never suffered pain like that. It hasn’t put me off testing myself, though… I’d happily compete on another show like this if the opportunity came up.’




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‘For me, it’s still quite a hard thing to talk about,’ Beth revealed. ‘That’s why I’m using a psychologist and processing the accident details. I didn’t panic at the time. It was when I flew back to the UK. I realised the journey I’d have to go on – the recovery phase, rehab, surgeons, physical therapy. People didn’t realise how serious it was. I couldn’t even deal with it. But I want to be able to do what I normally do, and I pushed through it.’



Perhaps the most shocking of all of The Jump’s casualties was that of Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle. The 31-yearold crashed dramatically into a barrier at speed, seriously injuring her back and breaking two vertebrae in her neck. She had to be airlifted to hospital to undergo complex surgery. Seen subsequently wearing a neck brace, Beth, whose road to recovery, she admits, was painfully slow, said last June she was so traumatised by her horror experience that she was seeing a psychologist, and having rehab every single day.

Almost a year on from her injury, former Holby City star Tina Hobley, 45, says she is ‘in shock’ that the ski-themed show is back. The Jump had a ‘huge impact’ on her life. Still visibly affected by her injuries (her elbow came out of its socket, her arm was broken in two places, and she hurt her shoulder and knee), Tina was seen out shopping last October with crutches, and could only walk unaided for the first time last December. The mother-of-three said that her daughter still had to help her get dressed, saying she’d needed help with simple tasks for months.

‘I haven’t been able to take the kids to school, run errands or do any of the things I love, like yoga, cycling or walking any kind of distance,’ said Tina. She added that her injuries have also effectively put a stop to her acting career, causing her to miss out on a meeting for a potential role in ITV thriller Broadchurch, which she’d been waiting two years for. The actress took a negative view of her experience, saying, ‘I wouldn’t put my body or my family through that trauma again.’ ● The Jump is on Channel 4

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If you haven’t had time to keep up with Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, we’ve done it for you…

Mummy’s boy... Well, it’s back, and yet again, we’ve been sucked into a spiral of watching those crazy Celebrity Big Brother contestants as they start backstabbing, bitching and generally misbehaving. We are loving the mum-and-son combo of Angie and Calum Best… though, talk about cramping someone’s style! The legendary lothario is already finding it tough to restrain himself from ogling all the ladies in the House, and he can’t really get up to anything while Mummy is around… It’s also good to see James Jordan return to do what he does best… winding people up! And shout out to best favourite Coleen Nolan – good luck, girl! Are you already gripped? Who do you want to win?

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Nothing makes us feel more relaxed than a long, hot soak in the tub but, thanks to Pinterest, bath time just got a whole lot more interesting. The users of the social sharing site have become obsessed with bath bombs, with some even sharing their tips on how to make your own colourful creations. Just make sure your bathtub doesn’t permanently change colour as a result! Find them at:


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He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother! Little ones often cause mischief, and twoyear-old twins Bowdy and Brock Shoff, from Utah, USA, are no different. When their mum stepped out of the room for a moment, a dresser accidentally fell on baby Brock. His pint-sized brother seems to assess how best to help his twin, trying to move the furniture, but it’s too heavy. Finally, Bowdy uses super-strength to slide the drawers off little Brock, rescuing his crying brother. What a superhero! The incident was caught on the family’s home surveillance cameras, and the boys’ parents decided to post the video on YouTube in an effort to raise awareness of child safety. Find it by googling ‘Bowdy and Brock Shoff’


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What’s better than one delicious thin pancake? Why, a cake made from dozens of them, layered with cream, of course! Patisseries all around the world are creating these delicious treats, with the most popular being flavoured with green matcha tea. But we love the treat on offer at London’s Kova Patisserie (@kovapatisserie) as it puts its own mark on the trend with a colourful FIND THEM ON and creamy mix of fruit INSTAGRAM AT… and pancakes – so it’s got @bestmagofficial to be good for you, right?

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Trending on Twitter @petsbeingpeople This hilarious account was set up last month and already has nearly 10,000 followers. Why? Because it posts pictures of pets behaving like people. We love Walter showing off his guitar skills, and there’s more where he came from!

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Wine protection! If – unlike us – you have some left over after cracking open that bottle of wine for dinner, you’ll want to store it to enjoy the following evening. But unless you’ve got a screwtop, trying to put the cork back in can be tricky, so now there’s a slick solution to keeping your wine fresh. Yes, it’s the Wine Condom! These rubber, well, sheaths, create watertight seals on the top of the bottle, perfectly protecting your Pinot from going off. You can keep them in your wallet, they’re 99.9 per cent effective at preventing spillages, and you can either put them on yourself – or get your partner to help you..! Sheer genius. Find them at:


Sometimes it feels like the only thing that gets us through those long days at the office is our biscuits at elevenses, 4pm chocolate, or a slab of cake for Ann from Accounting’s birthday. But spoilsport dentists from the Royal College of Surgeons believe office ‘cake culture’ is contributing to poor oral health, as well as the UK’s obesity epidemic. Well, we suppose we could cut down a bit… until Kev from HR’s leaving do, of course!



he latest health campaign from Public Health England focuses on all 40- to 60-yearolds who have been too busy to look after their own health. Working hard and looking after kids and elderly parents has meant that, for a whole generation, health has droppped to the bottom of the list. So, in 2017, it’s time to take stock and focus on YOU!

FIND YOUR HEALTH FOCUS There’s no time like the first month of the year to concentrate on your health. Visit to take the health quiz and see what you really need to focus on in 2017. Whether it’s sleep, diet or exercise, you can start laying down the foundations for a long life today. And it needn’t cost you: much of the advice is available from free NHS services, like clinics for alcohol and smoking. There are even free health apps you can download.

THINK ABOUT DRINK Women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week. If you’re drinking a few units a week, spread them over at least three days, with several drink-free days. For years, we’ve focused on liver disease as a damaging consequence of too much alcohol, but we now know it contributes to many health problems, including making depression worse and increasing the risk of cancer.

TIME TO DITCH THE CIGS Without a doubt, one of the best ways to begin the year and start a new focus on your health is to quit smoking. The moment you stop, your health begins to improve. You’re immediately cutting your risk of heart disease, cancers, lung problems and stroke, and you will feel fitter and fresher. Many quitters find their sense of taste is much better, not to mention their cash flow!

SLEEP YOURSELF SLIM Did you know that sleeping badly can affect your weight? Sleepdeprived people have more hunger hormones in their bodies, and those who sleep less than seven hours a night are 30% more likely to be obese than those who get nine hours or more. Good sleep is particularly vital for mental health: poor sleep worsens anxiety, while anxiety ruins sleep, so you can fall into a vicious cycle.


EAT BETTER A new start wouldn’t be complete without a fresh look at what you eat. There are many aspects to a healthy diet, but cutting down on sugar, adding wholegrain fibre, reducing salt and avoiding saturated fat is a great start. It can seem overwhelming, especially when you’re pushed for time and trying to feed a crowd. So choose one aspect to start with – perhaps stopping sugary drinks first – then build on that.

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Look younger with Lesley Anti-ageing guru Lesley Reynolds reveals the latest treatments to help you stay youthful We slather lotions onto our faces, but our necks are often overlooked until it’s too late. And a crinkly neck always gives the game away, especially when it doesn’t match a smooth, line-free complexion…


Botox and injectables can play a big part in neck rejuvenation. The Nefertiti Lift helps to soften the muscles that cause the appearance of the cord-like bands, in particular the platysmal bands – the two vertical muscles in the front

of the neck which stand out when you grimace. After application it will relax and soften them, making the neck appear tighter and smoother. You’ll start to see results after five days which will last up to around four to five months. From £350.


STRESS LESS Busy lives with families and work pile on the stress, which can have a big impact on physical and mental health. Long-term stress itself affects your immune system – how your body copes with infection – and damages sleeping and eating patterns. With financial problems and job woes, stress can be unavoidable, but you can learn how to cope better by using exercise and relaxation techniques, and even finding a stress-management group via your GP.

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This one-off, 45-minute procedure is especially designed to target turkey necks, droopy jowls and sagging skin. Rather than using liposuction to target fat around the neck, or undergo a surgical neck lift, this procedure solves both problems and reduces excess fat while also tightening and firming loose skin. After a local anaesthetic, a tiny

nip is made below each ear and under the chin. A small hand-held device is then inserted under the skin which introduces heat to break down fat cells which are then aspirated. A compression garment must be worn for around five days, and there may be some bruising and swelling for seven days after the procedure. Cost: £3,500.

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FIT FOR LIFE Not the exercise type? That may be what you tell yourself, but being in your 40s or 50s is no excuse not to start. OK, so we all know that exercising is good for you, but have you ever thought about just how good it is? Regular physical activity can reduce your risk of illnesses such as type 2 diabetes or cancer by up to 50%, and even lowers your risk of early death by up to 30%. Those are some benefits!

Silhouette Soft Suture Lift is a minimallyinvasive procedure that can be used on the lower face and neck area. Using local anaesthetic, tiny incisions are made near the hairline and soft sutures are inserted to lift sagging skin back into place, which will immediately tighten the lower face and neck area. There may be a little bruising, which can be covered with make-up, and results last up to one year.

‘I married th Ian and Elaine were teenage sweethearts

crolling through photos on Friends Reunited, a nostalgic smile spread across my face as I was transported back to my teens. ‘What a great idea for a site,’ I marvelled as I examined the faces of people I hadn’t seen for years. Then, I caught sight of a familiar cheeky grin and sparkling eyes in one photo, and my heart skipped a beat. Ian Vivers had been my first love, and even though I was now in my 30s, the same butterflies flooded my stomach – just like they had 20 years before. We’d met in 1984 at a local amusement arcade in Scotland when I was 14 and, although we went to different schools, all our free time was spent together. Ian was funny and friendly, and, despite being young, we adored each other. The time flew by, so it wasn’t surprising that one night, after we’d been together for four months, we missed our curfew. When my worried parents found us, they were furious and grounded me for two weeks. As a teenager, those 14 days dragged agonisingly by, and as soon as I was allowed out, I headed straight to the amusement arcade – but Ian wasn’t there. And after weeks of hanging around there, he never turned up. I didn’t even know where he lived…


It may have taken 30 years, but Elaine Vivers finally found her happy ending…

‘If there’s one thing I’ve learnt’

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might know’ section. This time, it said his status was single, but I still didn’t know whether to contact him. What if he didn’t remember me? Yet I’d spent so long thinking about him… So, before I could talk myself out of it, I sent him a friend request. And he accepted! Via messages, Ian explained his mum and dad had broken up shortly after we’d met, and he’d been moved to Wales with his mum and hadn’t been able to contact me. He’d never married or had kids. We emailed for hours, and it was like we’d never been apart. ‘Take care, speak soon,’ we both signed off. The following day, I kept checking Facebook, and when I didn’t hear anything, I felt completely crushed. Then, after a week, I received a private message from Ian, and he confessed he’d been waiting for me to get in touch with him. When we swapped numbers, we chatted Happy the newlyweds whole Elaine and Ian in 2014 night

‘There was still a spark... and we fell in love all over again’ through and, eventually, in May 2012, we arranged for me to visit him in Wales. But a week before the trip, I found a lump in my left breast. Thinking nothing of it, I booked an appointment with my GP, who referred me for a mammogram. I told Ian, who assured me not to worry, and that our meeting would be a good distraction. And when we saw each other in the flesh, there was no doubt the spark was still there. We spent the weekend talking, went for dinner and fell in love all over again. But back at home, days later, I was told I had two cancerous lumps in my left breast, and would need surgery followed by chemotherapy.

I was in utter shock, and there was only one person I wanted to speak to – Ian. After we both got over the initial blow, Ian moved to Scotland to support me full-time. Thankfully, he and Jonathan got on brilliantly, and he was my rock when I had my left breast removed in July 2012, followed by four months of chemotherapy. And when my treatment came to an end in July 2013, he whisked me off to Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands, to celebrate. On our second night there, we were having a few drinks in a local pub when Ian suddenly looked flustered, and began to stumble on his words. ‘We’ve been through so much together,’ he said. ‘I never want us to be apart again. Will you marry me?’ It was the proposal I’d spent my life dreaming about, and there was no way I was going to risk losing him again. So we married in a beautiful ceremony in May 2014. Now at 46 years old, I’m happier than ever and so thankful to be alive, surrounded by people I love. Thirty years may have passed since our first date, but Ian was definitely worth the wait!


With no mobile phones or social media back then to track him down, I had no way to contact him. I was devastated but, as there was nothing I could do, I had no choice but to move on. Eventually, I met someone else and went on to wed in 1990. We had a gorgeous son, Jonathan, now 26, but sadly it didn’t work out between us and we got divorced. My thoughts often crept back to Ian, and I’d wonder what he was doing and whether he’d met anyone else. But, after two decades, I didn’t even know if he was still alive. So stumbling across him online now had literally taken my breath away. As I read his profile on Friends Reunited, I felt like a youngster again – until I got to the bit where he said he was in a relationship. Reluctantly, I decided it was best not to contact him. Although I knew he was happy, it was still hard to put Ian out of my head. I met other men, but I couldn’t help comparing them to my young love, and none of them even came close. Ten years passed, and Ian’s face appeared on Facebook again – under the ‘friends you


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It’s chic, always in style and looks good on everyone. Earn your stripes this spring by picking up pieces with a new, modern twist… OAs J.Lo proves, nauticals don’t have to be frumpy! Keep it simple with one statement item, such as high-waisted trousers, then team with a relaxed cardigan and T-shirt to nail the spring ’17 style. A yellow bag also lifts this ensemble from dowdy to daring. OIf you are petite, widelegged trousers may swamp you, so get a similar look with a high-waisted pencil skirt. Wear with a tucked-in Breton top for a modern-yetsophisticated look. OA classic, stripy Bardot top teamed with jeans is a shortcut to easy chic. To ramp up the glam factor, complete the look with a pair of coloured leglengthening court shoes.

Jumper, £33, Wallis Pink stripe skirt, £28, Next

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Happy New You Plan! Now that the New Year has begun and the decorations have been packed away, it’s time to kick-start those weight-loss resolutions…

HOW IT WORKS Follow the menu. You can start on any day you choose and swap days around if there’s a meal you fancy, or even repeat days! You’ll find more healthy food ideas at or when you join a Slimming World group.


Foods printed in bold are ‘Free Foods’. Try to base meals around things like veg, pasta, lean meat, fish, rice, potatoes, eggs and more. If you feel hungry, snack on these foods, including fresh fruit, too.


As well as Free Foods, stock your cupboard with fat-free salad dressings, stock, herbs, oil-



free passata, tomato purée, soy sauce and spices, which can be used freely to add delicious flavour to meals. Slimming World encourages you to enjoy foods that are high in calcium and full of fibre: OChoose 350ml skimmed or 250ml semi-skimmed milk, or 30g full-fat hard cheese/40g reduced-fat hard cheese. OBoost your fibre intake by enjoying two slices of wholemeal bread (from a small 400g loaf), a 60g wholemeal roll, or a portion of high-fibre cereals.


MAXIMISE YOUR SUCCESS OTrim all fat off meats and remove skin from poultry. Use low-calorie cooking spray (1 cal per spray or less) instead of oil and fats. OKeep hydrated. Aim to drink between six and eight glasses of fluid a day. Choose water,

SPECIAL sugar-free drinks, and tea and coffee. Remember, any milk needs to come from your allowance. OTreat yourself. Enjoy up to two treats from the list provided overleaf every day.

All breakfasts and lunches serve one, dinners serve four.

DAY 1 Breakfast: Serve grilled mushrooms, tomatoes, lean bacon (all visible fat removed) and an egg, or 2, fried in a pan sprayed with low-calorie cooking spray on top of 2 slices of wholemeal toast (from a small 400g loaf).

Lunch: Pick up a chilled Slimming World Potato Salad (available at Iceland) and serve with lots of fresh lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Follow with a banana and a pear.

Dinner: Veggie bean chilli: Spray a frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add 4 peeled and

DAY 2 chopped shallots, 2 peeled and crushed garlic cloves, 2 diced celery sticks, 1 diced carrot and 1 deseeded and chopped red pepper and stir-fry for 2-3 mins. Add 1tsp each of dried mixed herbs, ground cumin, ground cinnamon and chilli powder, a 400g can chopped tomatoes and 200ml vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and allow to cook gently for 10-12 mins. Stir in a 400g can red kidney beans and cook for 2-3 mins. Season well, remove from the heat, and sprinkle over chopped fresh coriander. Serve with boiled, dried brown rice and lime to squeeze over.

Breakfast: Enjoy 50g All-Bran with chopped banana and milk from your allowance.

Lunch: Make up a platter of chopped vegetable crudités – like celery, peppers and carrot with low-fat cottage cheese. Follow with a Slimming World Pea and Mint Soup (available at Iceland).

Dinner: Beef casserole: Preheat the oven to 160°C/Fan 140°C/Gas 3. Spray a large casserole pan with lowcalorie cooking spray and place over a

medium heat. Add 700g lean beef steak and stirfry until browned. Add 2 crushed garlic cloves, 2 chopped onions, 4 chopped carrots, 2 chopped turnips, 600ml beef stock and 2tsp dried herbs. Season well, cover, and cook in the oven for 2 hours. Meanwhile, put 50g plain flour, 35g vegetable suet and chopped parsley in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and 2-3tbsp of cold water and mix to make a soft dough. Shape into eight balls and place in the stew. Cook uncovered for 2025 mins. Serve with a selection of green vegetables.


Breakfast: Soft boil an egg, or 2, to your liking, and serve with 2 slices wholemeal toast (from a small 400g loaf) and cut into soldiers. Follow with an apple.


Lunch: Spray a pan with lowcalorie cooking spray, and stir-fry some halved cherry tomatoes and sliced onions. Top a halved baked potato with the tomato mixture and 40g grated reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (from your allowance), if you like.

Dinner: Rosemary-baked monkfish: Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Cut a 600g monkfish tail fillet into 2 pieces. Cut


2 sheets of tin foil, large enough to enclose each piece of monkfish, lightly spray with low-calorie cooking spray and top with the monkfish. Make small cuts all over the fish and push in 4 thickly sliced garlic cloves, and 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Scatter the zest and juice of a lemon over the fish, divide 4 halved tomatoes between the foil sheets and season well. Fold up the foil to enclose the monkfish and tomatoes, seal the edges, and bake on a baking tray for 15 mins or until cooked through. Cut each piece of monkfish into chunks and serve along with the tomatoes. Serve with lightly crushed new potatoes and your favourite vegetables.

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30g Nakd Cocoa Loco Bar


x 125ml glass low-alcohol red, rosé or white wine

Breakfast: Top 2 slices of toast (from a small 400g loaf) with baked beans. Follow with some fresh berries.

Lunch: Make an omelette filled with sliced mushrooms, lean ham slices (all visible fat removed), chopped red onion, and a scattering of parsley. Top with 40g grated reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (from your allowance) and serve with a large salad.

Dinner: Aromatic chicken bake: Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/ Gas 4. Spray a large casserole dish with low-calorie cooking

spray. Add 800g skinless and boneless chicken thighs, roughly chopped, and stir-fry for 10-12 mins until golden. Add a chopped onion, 2 peeled and chopped garlic cloves, a deseeded and chopped red pepper and stirfry for 5 mins. Stir in 2 chopped plum tomatoes, a peeled and diced carrot, 200g trimmed green beans, 3 cardamom pods, 2 cloves, a cinnamon stick, ½tsp smoked paprika and 250g dried paella rice. Add 500ml chicken stock, season, and bring to the boil. Cover and cook for 25 mins. Fluff up the grains and serve.

x 24g Fibre One 90 Calorie Lemon Drizzle Square

x 18g bag Whitworths Banana Chips

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Breakfast: Grill some Slimming World Syn-Free Pork Sausages (available from Iceland) and serve alongside grilled lean bacon (all visible fat removed), an egg, or 2, fried in a pan sprayed with lowcal cooking spray, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes and baked beans.

Lunch: Fill 2 slices of wholemeal bread (from a small 400g loaf) with 40g reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (from your allowance) mixed with lowfat cottage cheese. Serve with celery sticks.

Dinner: Turkey noodles: Spray a wok with lowcalorie spray and stir-fry 4 chopped skinless and boneless turkey breasts

for 5 mins. Transfer the turkey to a bowl and cover. In a small saucepan, heat 200ml chicken stock, 1tbsp tomato purée, 2tbsp white wine vinegar and 3tbsp soy sauce. Mix 1tbsp cornflour with 2tbsp of water to make a paste, and stir into the sauce. Heat gently, stirring until thickened, then add 300g fresh pineapple chunks. Set aside and cover. Cook 250g dried egg noodles then drain and set aside. Spray the wok with low-calorie cooking spray. Add a chopped red onion and 2 chopped yellow peppers and stir-fry for 3-4 mins, then add 2 crushed garlic cloves and a pack of fresh stir-fry veg and stirfry for 2 mins. Return the turkey and noodles to the wok. Pour in the sauce and stir-fry until piping hot.



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SARAH CLAYTON had always struggled with her weight, but now she’s dropped from a size 24 to a 12 for good…

Busy caring for her ailing mother, Sarah forgot to keep an eye on her own wellbeing



itting at my sewingmachine, I hummed happily as I picked up another top. It may have been the fifth one I was taking in that evening, and I had a pile more to go, but I didn’t mind. Now that I’d lost 5st – and six dress sizes – nothing could dampen my newfound happiness. I hadn’t always been big. As a child, I was slender and sprightly. But, when I got my first job as a beauty therapist in my 20s and moved into a shared house, I started gaining weight, slowly but steadily. Looking back, it’s easy to see why. My whole lifestyle had changed. I had the freedom to eat exactly what I wanted, when I wanted. Rather

‘LOSING 5ST IS THE BEST THING I’VE DONE!’ than my mum’s homecooked meals, I’d grab a burger on the way to the pub with my flatmates and have a fry-up to cure the inevitable hangover the next morning. On the nights we did stay in, we’d share a takeaway and bottle of wine in front of the television. When I hit a size 18, I realised I had to do something about it. So I tried every fad diet going. The Cabbage Soup Diet, meal replacement shakes, cutting calories... I’ve been there, done that. But, although I lost weight – sometimes even a couple of stones – I just couldn’t keep it off. My curves seemed uncontrollable, bouncing back the minute I started eating normally again. Then, 10 years ago, my dad passed away and


my mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s almost immediately afterwards. My whole life completely changed after that. I dropped my working hours to part-time, so I had more time to look after Mum. She only lived a mile away from my home in Windermere, Cumbria, which meant I found myself visiting her anything from three to five times a day. Mum started wandering out of the house and getting lost, so I moved her into sheltered accommodation, then a nursing home. But that didn’t stop me

Seeing her mum battle Alzheimer’s, Sarah knew she had to make some health changes

Losing weight has given her bags of energy – and her dogs are loving it!

worrying. As my concerns increased, my eating habits were spinning out of control. I’d miss my breakfast, and sometimes even lunch, as I squeezed in visits to Mum before work. Then, at 3pm, I’d be famished and would run to the bakery for a baguette or a pie. I’d snack on crisps, cakes and chocolate, then, on my way home, I’d grab fish and chips or a Chinese takeaway. Sadly, in January 2014, Mum passed away. In her last few weeks, she couldn’t recognise me, and even eating was a struggle for her. Having seen her battle with her health so much, it really hit home how little I took care of my own. By now, I was a size 24, living in leggings and baggy tunics. I struggled to get up off the sofa, and walking my three dogs was harder by the day. I decided to join Slimming World. A friend had joined a few months before and had already lost 5st. Impressed, I figured it was worth a try. I’d hidden my scales in a cupboard months before, so I had no idea how much I weighed, but I wasn’t surprised to find out I was 15st 3lb at

my first group. Rather than risk putting myself off, I decided not to set a weight-loss target, but just to take it a week at a time. As I listened to the consultant explaining the plan, I was amazed to learn that no food was banned. It was just about eating more fruit and veg, meat, pasta and rice, and making sure it was cooked healthily. I had bananas and fat-free natural yoghurt for breakfast, vegetable soup and a BLT sandwich for lunch, then chicken or salmon with salad and a baked potato for dinner. I could even have dessert – my favourite was Eton mess, made with raspberries, crushed meringue and natural yoghurt. Within a month, I felt a difference. I’d lost 8lb, but that was the least of it. My energy levels soared, my head felt so much clearer, and I was far more positive. My dogs loved it – I was walking them further and faster every day. As I shed more weight, I could concentrate for longer at work, and I had more confidence. People stopped me in the street to tell me how good I looked and, for the first time, I believed them. Within a year, I was 10st and able to slip on a size 12. I’d always loved sewing so, as well as buying some new clothes, I also refitted my old ones. Waste not, want not… I never thought I could feel so good. At 51, I’m the best me I’ve ever been.’

‘I’m the best me I’ve ever been’

‘If there’s one thing I’ve learnt’

‘Eating healthier re es giv you so many mo ply sim n tha benefits losing weight.’



… FILLING BBQ pork and beans Spice rubs are the secret to gorgeously tender meat. Serves 4 Ready in about 1 hour

1tbsp sweet smoked paprika 1tbsp mustard powder 1tsp celery salt 2 pork fillets, all visible fat removed (around 900g in total) For the beans

Low-calorie cooking spray 6 back bacon rashers, all visible fat removed, chopped

1 large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3tbsp tomato purée 1tbsp hot smoked paprika 2tbsp mustard powder 100ml cider vinegar 3 x 400g cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 3tbsp sweetener For the tomato salad

8 red or yellow tomatoes, sliced 1 cucumber, sliced 1 red onion, thinly sliced 1tbsp balsamic vinegar


For the beans, spray a large pan with lowcalorie cooking spray and place over a medium-high heat. Fry the bacon until golden, then remove from the pan. Turn the heat to low, add the onion and garlic, season and cook for 8 mins, until soft. Return the bacon to the pan with the remaining bean ingredients and 200ml water, cover and simmer for 30 mins. Meanwhile, mix the paprika, mustard powder and celery salt with some black pepper, then rub all over the pork. Preheat the oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas 7 and roast for 25 mins. Remove from the heat and leave to rest for 10 mins. Arrange the tomatoes, cucumber and onion in a dish, drizzle over the balsamic vinegar and season with black pepper. Slice the pork and serve with the beans and tomato salad.

Cajun fish with black-eyed beans ‘Blackening’ your fish – when the spices char as they cook – adds loads of flavour. Serves 4 Ready in about 30 mins

4 skinless and boneless white fish fillets Low-calorie cooking spray Salt and freshly ground black pepper 5tbsp dried Cajun spice mix 4 small red onions, thickly sliced Finely grated zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon, plus extra wedges, to serve 200g fat-free natural Greek-style yoghurt ½ garlic clove, crushed For the rice

175g dried basmati rice 300g curly kale 400g can black-eyed beans, drained and rinsed




Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Spray the fish all over with low-calorie cooking spray, then transfer to one half of a baking tray. Season, then rub 1tbsp of the Cajun spice mix over the tops and sides. Put the onions in a bowl, pour over 1tbsp lemon juice, season and spray with low-calorie cooking spray. Spread on the other half of the baking tray. Bake for 15 mins, until the fish is cooked through. Meanwhile, cook the basmati rice according to the instructions on the packet, adding the kale for the final 2 mins of cooking time. Drain well, return to the pan and stir through the black-eyed beans. Combine the remaining Cajun spice mix with the yoghurt, lemon zest, 1tbsp lemon juice and the garlic, and season. Serve the fish with the rice, onions and lemon wedges, plus the yoghurt, in a separate dish, on the side.


Steak with smoky sauce and sweet potato wedges Rich treacle and coffee make for a seriously dark and sticky sauce. Serves 4 Ready in about 50 mins

4 medium sweet potatoes, cut into wedges Low-calorie cooking spray 1tbsp dried Creole or Cajun spice mix Salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 good-quality sirloin steaks, all visible fat removed

For the sauce

1tbsp tomato purée 1tbsp brewed espresso coffee 2tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1tbsp mustard powder 1 level tsp dark treacle 2tbsp cider vinegar 1 level tbsp chipotle paste For the greens

400g cavolo nero, sliced 4 back bacon rashers, all visible fat removed, chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped 3tbsp white wine vinegar 2tbsp sweetener

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Spray the wedges with low-calorie cooking spray, spread in a single layer on a baking tray and bake for 30 mins, turning halfway. Meanwhile, mix the spice mix with some seasoning, then rub all over the steaks. Place a griddle or frying pan over a high heat and, when hot, spray the steaks with lowcalorie cooking spray and cook for 2-3 mins each side, or until done to your liking. Remove from the pan, cover with foil and leave to rest for 10 mins. Put all the sauce ingredients in a small pan and season. Simmer for 5 mins, then set aside. Boil the cavolo nero for 2 mins and drain well. Spray a frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a mediumhigh heat. Cook the bacon until golden, then remove from the pan and set aside. Turn the heat to medium, cook the garlic for 1-2 mins, then add the vinegar, sweetener and a little salt, and simmer for 2-3 mins, until syrupy. Add the cavolo nero and bacon to the pan and stir to coat. Slice the steaks and divide between 4 plates with the wedges and cavolo nero. Pour a quarter of the sauce over each steak to serve.


Instead of traditional comfort food, try these spicy winter warmers


Pubbing, clubbing, kebabs and cider were all part of Jane’s routine



ost of us have battled with our weight at some point in our lives, and the problems often start in childhood. But not mine. Growing up, I was always slim, despite the fact that I hated exercise and enjoyed food. At 18, I weighed 9st 4lb and was a trim size 10 – perfect for my 5ft 8in height. I’d been studious at school and hadn’t spent much time socialising. But, in my mid-20s, I was working full-time as an auditor and had a bigger circle of friends. Every weekend, we’d hit the local pubs in Milton Keynes, and I developed a fondness for cider. I joined darts and pool teams, too, which meant even more nights out, and often a trip to the kebab shop on the way home. As the seasons changed, my clothes got tighter. ‘The sizes must be getting smaller,’ I said

JANE HAMMONDS shed over 11st. Now, instead of struggling to walk, she’s running marathons… was a big woman, too. to my mum, Pat, not ‘I’m just fat, like you,’ paying enough attention I said, storming out. to realise it was actually I tried every diet going me getting bigger. but I didn’t have the Looking back, it wasn’t motivation. I’d start on a surprising. I’d get through Monday but by Tuesday eight energy drinks a I’d pretty much given up. day, and breakfast was Then, in May 2011, Mum a combination of pains hurt her back. Being off au chocolat, almond her feet meant she put croissants and Danish on weight, too. pastries. I’d have stodgy ‘I’m going to join sandwiches for lunch, Slimming World,’ she followed by pizzas or a takeaway for dinner. With every mouthful, my waistline expanded. ‘When are you due?’ someone asked me in the supermarket. Too embarrassed to correct them, I muttered that I’d got a couple of months to go, then hurried off. Not long after that, a cashier A lively social life caused asked me the Jane’s dress same question. size to go up and up I was even more mortified, as she


said, hoping that shedding a few pounds would ease her discomfort. I was really proud, but it didn’t occur to me to join her. The following month, I was having a clear-out of my wardrobe and realised just how many clothes I’d been holding on to, convinced that, one day, I’d be able to squeeze back into them. Ruthlessly, I decided to get rid of them all. But, as I dragged the loaded bin bags downstairs, I tripped and fell from top to bottom, landing in a painful heap. I tried to struggle on, but I’d hurt myself. Next day, Mum and my dad, Michael, drove me to hospital. ‘You’ve torn the tendons in your foot,’ doctors confirmed. They strapped me up and sent me home with crutches. It took months to mend, and my friend suggested it might be taking me longer to recover because of the

and I’d already told Mum I’d be leaving straight ‘If there’s after I’d one thing been I’ve learnt’ weighed. ble ‘Weight loss is achieva However, that all ht if you have the rig changed when the ort pp su d tools an scales declared behind you to do it.’ I weighed 20st 6lb. Why was I so shocked? Not sure. I was a size 26 by then. But facing the figures made me realise that I really had to take losing weight seriously. I was risking my health. After talking to the Slimming World Consultant, my goal was to lose 10st. I listened carefully as she explained cooking from scratch, filling up on veg and using lowcalorie cooking spray. The next morning excess weight was a I was carrying. That was the final Friday, so I thought I’d begin on Monday. push I needed. But, standing at the In September supermarket checkout 2014, I reluctantly with my usual six pastries followed Mum to and energy drinks in Slimming World. the trolley, I suddenly To be honest, realised – I was doing I was absolutely what I always did. terrified. Group Procrastinating, and situations were sabotaging myself. my idea of hell, So I grabbed a yoghurt and some melon, and started that very second. All week, I followed Slimming World recipes and never felt hungry. The scales had another surprise in store for me the next Thursday – I’d lost 9lb! Over the next fortnight, I lost,

then I gained. It was only a little, but I was devastated. Rather than giving up, though, I pulled myself back together in time for the group talk. By the end, I was inspired and motivated again. I’d have eggs and tomatoes for breakfast, or oats, fat-free natural yoghurt and fruit. I made big batches of Slimming World curries, chillies, soups and pasta bakes for lunch and dinner. And, by September 2015, I’d lost 8st 7lb. I felt like a different person. I had more energy, I’d joined a gym and was even training for a halfmarathon, something I’d never have dreamed of doing before. When I hit my first target – 10st 6lb – I kept going. By 18 August 2016, I’d hit my new goal of 9st 3lb, was slipping into size 8 clothes, and had lost 11st 3lb in total. Not wanting to reward myself with food, I treated myself to a facial and pedicure to celebrate! Slimming World has changed my life. It isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle choice. Now, at 47, I’m a Consultant for my own group. I’ve run three other half-marathons and I’m doing this year’s Paris Marathon, too. I’m living life in the fast lane and I’m not slowing down again.’

‘It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle’

Mum Pat gave lots of support during Jane’s weight-loss campaign

Seven steps


CHALLENGE Next time you're tempted to take the lift, think twice. For every step you climb, you burn about 0.17 calories – that's roughly 1½ calories for every 10 steps. Every little helps!

FOR A SIMPLE SHAPEUP Lose weight without setting foot in the gym




If the thought of a dance class is a little daunting, grab some friends and head to your local bar or club. Just 30 minutes of fast dancing could help you lose 180 calories. Just don't undo all your hard work with a glass of wine afterwards!

Research has shown that just 15 minutes of laughter a day can burn up to 40 calories. Better still, laughing intensely for an hour can burn the same amount of calories as lifting weights for 30 minutes! Now who's laughing?

5 COUNT SHEEP We're not suggesting that you substitute the gym for your bed, but making sure you get enough sleep could help you lose extra pounds. A normal person burns 0.42 calories for every pound in just one hour of sleep – that's 63 calories an hour if you weigh 10st 10lb.

A 6 MAKE STAND It might sound too good to be true, but simply standing on your own two feet can burn up to 50 calories per hour. So give it a go – stand watching television, stand on public transport… and, of course, stand on the scales to check out that impressive weight loss!


APPLE 4 AN A DAY If you've got an especially hearty appetite, 'trick' your tummy into feeling full by eating an apple 15 minutes before your lunch. A study showed that participants who did this consumed, on average, 187 fewer calories than those who didn't.



Time to stop putting off your housework, because the average 8st 13lb person can burn 128 calories per hour ironing, 128 calories per hour washing dishes and 255 calories per hour mopping. So you lose weight and your house is spotless – win-win!

CAROL McGIFFIN THE WAY I SEE IT... Wise words from our feisty, fearless and funny columnist


It’s official: You’re supposed to be depressed on Monday



don’t know why everyone has such a downer on January. That cold, dark, dismal, debt-ridden month that follows jolly old December, with its endless parties, non-stop eating, drinking and goodwill to all men. Some ‘scientist’ has even branded the third Monday in January ‘Blue Monday’ (this 16 Jan), as officially the most depressing day of the year. Blimey, razor blades at the ready, folks – here it comes, so what’s the point?! It’s all nonsense, of course, but also potentially damaging, in a self-fulfilling prophecy kind of way, don’t you think? Because if someone tells you that, on a certain day, you’re SUPPOSED to feel ‘depressed’ – or, in reality, down, because depression is a serious illness – aren’t



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you more likely to go along with it? But, hang on, maybe they have a point… Because I do believe that, if you do or have too much of something, you’re unlikely to go back to it. Like chocolate, for example. Or Schnapps. So this Blue Monday, let’s just get it out of the way, take advantage, wallow and really go for it. Go out, stare at the grey sky, check your bank account repeatedly, watch your husband pick his toenails, strip in front of the most unflattering mirror you can find, think about how long it is till ‘dry January’ is over and you can have a glass of wine, and by the end of it, you’ll realise the only way is up. Happy New Year!’

I’m loathing... … AND OVER SPEIDI


Watching a load of old faces on Celebrity Big Brother. Honestly, my favourite show has been ruined by a rare bad idea [to invite back celebs who have appeared in previous CBB series]. I’m always asked if I’d do it again – I came fourth in 2013 – and the answer is always ‘yes’, as I had a great time, but the reality of reality TV is that it should be a one-off experience. But then I suppose some celebs are more desperate than others. FACEBOOK.COM/BESTMAGAZINE 43

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Singled out at school for wearing make-up…

Struggling to be accepted…

Trapped in the wrong body…

Goodbye Thomas,

Hello Tanya Tanya-Leigh Griffiths is finally the person she always knew she should be…

rowing up, Britney Spears was my idol. I loved everything about her, especially her perfect image, and I’d tell anyone who’d listen how much I wanted to look like her. I couldn’t see anything wrong with that. Lots of my friends admired her, too. Except, in my case, there was one big difference. I was a boy, called Thomas. When I was born in 1990, my parents already had two daughters, so my dad



was delighted to have a son, someone to watch football and build Lego with. But that just wasn’t me. Because from the age of three, I’d known I was different to other little boys. I shunned football for Barbies, and my favourite game was mimicking Ariel from The Little Mermaid by sitting on a rock at the end of our road, a red towel on my head for her hair and my legs stuffed into one leg of a pair of tights for the tail. I much preferred my sisters’ skirts and dresses, too, and would steal them from their wardrobes whenever I could. I’d shut myself in the bathroom and put on make-up, then scrub it off before anyone saw. By the time I was eight, I was convinced I’d been born into the wrong body. Mum understood and was


supportive as I grew my hair out, but Dad found it tough. When I started secondary school in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, I wore girls’ clothes and make-up, ‘borrowing’ items from my older sister and blaming my younger sister for stealing them. Luckily, most of my classmates accepted me. ‘You’re just like Tanya from Footballers’ Wives!’ they’d tell me, and the name stuck. I’d catch teachers’ confused stares and I’d be singled out for wearing make-up. It made me feel self-conscious, despite not doing anything wrong. When puberty hit, things became even tougher. I hated how my body was changing; it felt confusing and alien. There’s no worse feeling than despising your own body, and not being able to recognise the

person in the mirror. Mum comforted me when I cried, but Dad couldn’t understand it. Then in 1998, my parents split and I stopped talking to my dad altogether. But no matter how understanding Mum tried to be, I didn’t feel I could open up to her properly. I didn’t want to just dress as a girl; I wanted to be one.

‘If there’s one thing I’ve learnt’

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Waiting to have the surgery…

It wasn’t until I went to visit my auntie aged 14 that things got better. I’d been thinking about surgery for a while, but didn’t feel ready to talk to my immediate family. ‘I want to see a doctor,’ I told her. ‘I’m trapped in the wrong body.’ She supported me and, without anyone knowing, she took me to the GP, who ran blood tests. ‘You have 87 per cent female hormones,’ the doctor said. It confirmed what I already knew – I was a girl trapped in a boy’s body. But with the good news came bad – I was too young to start hormone treatment. As I struggled to accept the delay, I did what I could. I changed my name to Tanya-Leigh by deed poll, and as soon as I turned 17, I began hormone treatment, with plans to have surgery the following year. Only, there was a waiting list for the op. I was inconsolable. How long would I have to live in the wrong body? I became depressed and even contemplated suicide. My hormones were all over the place, and for months I sat in my room feeling like the walls were caving in. If I did venture out, boys

paid me attention and I even had relationships. But when things got intimate, I’d make an excuse, scared of being found out. Finally, in February 2012, aged 21, I was admitted to Charing Cross Hospital, London, for a full sex change. ‘Goodbye, Thomas,’ I said, before being taken to theatre. When it was over, I was left in excruciating pain, but it was nothing compared to the mental agony I’d felt before my operation. Dad even came to visit, and it was wonderful knowing he finally accepted me. When my catheter and bandages were removed after six days, I couldn’t believe the results. They were fantastic! I was so excited about my new body that, within weeks, I was out with my mates, wanting to shout from the rooftops, ‘This is me!’ Not long afterwards, I got my first proper boyfriend. We were together for four years before we decided to end it. I hope to be a role model for others and, this year, I’ll be giving talks to kids in schools. Growing up in the wrong body was hell, but I’m proof that you can find happiness if you’re true to yourself.

Finally, finding happiness as Tanya


The good hair day guarantee Be that woman with just-stepped-out-of-the-salon hair – for the whole year! hat would make 2017 epic? World peace? Winning the lottery? That big promotion? Well, while we keep wishing for those, how about 365 good hair days? Yes, we’re giving you the gift of great hair – every single day. And the good news? It’s super-easy – just follow our simple washing, conditioning, drying and styling steps, throw in a few affordable products, and that’s it. Happy hair days are here to stay!




You do it most days – every other if you want to be kinder to your hair – but there’s a washing technique that won’t tug your tresses around in too damaging a fashion, and will get them squeaky-clean. Work a 10p-sized dollop of new Head & Shoulders 3Action Formula Anti-dandruff Shampoo, £4.99, through the roots, really massaging it into the scalp, but being gentle with the hair. Grease and dirt is cleansed with micro-minerals, plus the strands get hydrated.

Fake it yourself

Homemade hair mask If you don’t fancy spending extra cash on a hair mask to make your locks love you again, then get creative in the kitchen instead. 1. In a bowl, whisk one egg, for protein, with a little beer, for shine, and half a mashed avocado, for hydration. 2. Pop a small towel on the radiator to warm up. 3. Smooth this mixture all over your hair, combing through with a wide-toothed comb to make sure it’s evenly distributed. 4. Wrap the warm towel tightly around your head. The heat and pressure helps the ingredients infuse into the strands. 5. Leave the towel on for at least 20 minutes, then rinse hair well and leave to dry naturally.



This step is all about smoothing down the hair after you’ve cleansed it, but only certain areas need this treatment. Avoid the roots, as conditioner will make your tresses heavy and lank and, unless you have mega-shiny hair, only do the very ends. Our fave for the job is Aussie Repair Miracle Conditioner, £4.19, as it contains superfood/superhair hero avocado oil. Follow up with Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil, £12.50, which contains kukui nut oil to infuse your hair with moisture.


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Heat and hair aren’t BFFs, but there’s no question that £5.09 using heat can make hair look better. Start by misting damp hair with Fudge Urban Feel The Heat Protection Spray, £5.99. When hair is 90 per cent dry, go in for the blow-dry, wrapping and smoothing hair around the Superdrug Large Round Vent Brush, £5.09, which gets very hot to speed up drying and reduce the damage time-slot. £5.99





Showing your tresses a little bit of love once a week is key for them looking their very best on those days in between. Put Palmer’s Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack, £1.99, on while you’re enjoying a warm bath. The coconut oil will detangle your locks and help to combat frizz, while the steam allows the nutty goodness to penetrate deeper into the layers, intensifying shine.





Good news: you can still style your way through your good hair days, but whether it’s long, short or wavy, or you tie it up, spritz on John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Flexible Hold Hairspray, £5.99, before and after. This wonderspray protects against January drizzle and leaves the hair flexible, rather than crispy, while still holding it in place. Going for a pony or braid? Use nonhair-marking Invisibobble Original, £4.75 for three.


Finance experjt Mutaz Qubba Too much month at the end of your money? Money magician Mutaz Qubbaj* shares his tips on how to budget properly…

* Mutaz Qubbaj is the founder of budgeting tool Squirrel


he new year is upon us, and resolutions are squarely on our minds. In the UK alone, according to a survey by the Money Advice Service, nearly 17 million Britons have less than £100 saved, and only two-fifths of the working population has a savings buffer to cover three months of living expenses. It can be difficult to save cash each month, and even easier to overspend – especially if most of your salary is mysteriously gone within the first couple of weeks – but, once you make a few key changes to your spending habits, having some money left over after you’ve got all the essential payments out of the way, and kicking off a savings habit, is definitely achievable. Take a look at the following top seven tips to help guide you into a more financially sound and stress-free 2017…

USE THE 50/20/30 METHOD Start getting into the habit of dividing your monthly income like this. Put away 50 per cent for living expenses, 20 per cent for savings and 30 per cent for weekly ‘pocket money’. This should be treated as a general principle, as it may not always be realistic when unexpected costs hit your bank balance. However, it is a great guide to kick off your budgeting journey.

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UNDERSTAND YOUR SPENDING HABITS It doesn’t matter how much you spend – at the end of the day, if it’s more than you earn, you will feel financially insecure. Fortunately, this can be fixed. If you don’t want to keep a track of all your incomings and outgoings on paper, try a personal finance app, like Squirrel ( or YNAB (, which can easily work out the numbers for you if you want an easier fix to help you start budgeting and saving with ease.

PLAN FOR A RAINY DAY An unexpected expense can ruin your budget and make a mess of the best-laid financial plans. Try setting money aside each month for a rainy-day fund as a buffer against emergencies. This can be part of your 20 per cent savings fund (see step two).



This is an easier way to budget for more expensive items, or a holiday that you’ve been dreaming about for a while. This way, when you do decide to go away or splurge on something pricey, you’ll know that it’s already been accounted for, and you’ll avoid those impulsive big-ticket purchases.

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CARRY CASH This may be an old-school solution, but only carrying and spending the cash you have allows you to take notice of where and how you’re spending your money, because it’s physically disappearing from your pocket rather than behind a debit card. You can easily see how far your money truly takes you. Try carrying your weekly spending money in cash to see where, or even how fast, money travels.



Each day, spend a minute to just glance (or think) through your transactions from the previous day. It will give you a better understanding of your expenses and what’s happening with your money. On a weekly basis, try to spot trends in categories where you can easily cut back.


BECOME YOUR OWN PAYROLL Yes, your employer kindly deposits your salary into your account every month, and it’s all there at your disposal, just waiting to be spent... But what if you could only access it a little at a time? Squirrel is one app which sets up an interim bank account for you, between your workplace payroll and your current account, and deposits funds weekly (or monthly), according to your preference. This will help to curtail your spending – after all, if the money isn’t there, you can’t spend it. This is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and is totally secure. Some employers (including the NHS) now offer a free subscription to Squirrel, so it’s worth checking with your payroll department.


dgeting blues...


A little of what you fancy... These mini delights will satisfy any cake craving, and are so easy to make 50 FACEBOOK.COM/BESTMAGAZINE


75g butter 225g digestives, crushed 2-3 bananas 400g jar thick caramel sauce 300ml double cream Handful dark chocolate, finely chopped


About 300ml milk 25g butter

MAKES 12 PREP: 20 mins COOK: 30 mins PER SERVING: 243 KCALS FAT: 1.5g SAT FAT: 0.7g CARBS: 56g

3-4 Braeburn apples, peeled and cubed 2-3tbsp caster sugar


450g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting Pinch of salt 50g caster sugar 7g sachet dried yeast



A knob of butter, melted About 125g icing sugar YOU WILL NEED

2 lined baking sheets 1 Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Warm milk with

butter and add. Form into a dough. Knead for 10 mins and leave for 1 hr in a covered, oiled bowl. 2 Preheat oven to 200°C/gas 6. Knead, then roll out to 12in x 8in. Scatter with apples and sugar, roll up lengthways, and slice into 12 rounds. 3 Cover and leave on baking sheet for 30 mins. Brush with butter, bake for 25-30 mins, then cool. 4 Beat the icing sugar with 1tbsp warm water and drizzle over.


6 x 5in-round loosebottom tartlet tins 1 Melt butter in a pan, then remove from heat. Add digestives and mix. Divide mixture between tins, then press firmly so they cover base evenly. Leave to cool, then put in fridge to firm up. 2 Slice bananas and top each of the bases. Add a spoonful of caramel sauce and smooth to cover. 3 Beat cream lightly until thickened, then spoon on top of each tart. Top with chocolate and chill until ready to serve. Carefully release from tin and serve on a plate.


100g dark chocolate, broken into even pieces 125g butter 1tbsp golden syrup 125g digestives, crushed 100g dried sour cherries 125g crystallised ginger, finely chopped 100g pistachios, shelled, roasted and chopped


A 20.5cm square tin, greased and lined with cling film (leave it overhanging the edges) 1 Add chocolate, butter and syrup to a heatproof bowl, sit this over a pan of simmering water and heat gently until it all melts, stirring occasionally. 2 Remove from heat and stir in digestives, cherries and ginger. Add pistachio nuts. Stir well until completely combined. 3 Spoon into tin and level top. When cool, leave in fridge for a few hours to set then slice into squares.

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with the edge of a rolling pin until thin. Season well. 2 Put the flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs in three separate bowls. Dust each chicken piece in flour, dip in the egg, then coat it in breadcrumbs. Put the chicken to one side. Heat the butter in a frying pan until melted and frothy. Add capers and lemon juice and cook for 1 min (don’t burn the butter). Put to one side. 3 Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add one or two chicken pieces and cook for 4 mins on each side until golden. Spoon a little caper butter over chicken pieces. When cooked, transfer the chicken to serving dishes. Pour over any remaining hot butter sauce. Garnish with caper berries; serve with broccoli and lemon wedges.

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Ah, just the inspiration we need to help us stick to our chosen best diet! Revenge Body sees determined individuals strive to turn their lives around. Taking on challenging workout regimes, they set out to positively rebuild themselves, both physically and mentally. Inspired and encouraged by her own body transformation after a life-long struggle with her weight, everyone’s favourite Kardashian sister teams up with exercise and nutrition experts, as well as her glam squad, to help two people each episode to recreate themselves. Inspired? Then it’s time to get off the sofa and spring into action! Or, alternatively, stay on the sofa and let Khloé and her dream team do all the hard work for you…







Seven celebs, including This Morning’s Alison Hammond, former politician Ann Widdecombe and TOWIE star Gemma Collins, embrace life on the farm and a diet of natural, wholesome food. Will cutting out the sugar prove too much, or make life sweeter than ever?

Michelle goes into early labour, and Liz tells Leanne that Michelle’s baby won’t survive. In the garage, Kevin and Tyrone keep bickering – Fiz despairs of them both.

EASTENDERS Denise heads to the hospital with Patrick to be induced but, as she goes into labour,

Kim rolls up. Elsewhere, Whitney and Lee give Mick a sweet present, but Mick secretly tells Lee to return it, as they need the money.

EMMERDALE Rebecca uses Ross to cheer herself up when Chrissie stands her up, and Charity senses all is not well for Zak and Lisa’s relationship.






The Beeb’s long-running sitcom returns, picking up with Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton) seven years after we left them. These days, they’re adapting to life as parents of three youngsters while trying to get their romance back on track.





The original chatty man is back with a one-off show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. There’s tales of his dogs, going on safari with his mum and flying high with Carol Vorderman – just what we need to give us a smile on a cold January Friday.





If you like a heartwarming medical drama, you’ll love this. Set in a coastal town in India, it follows a team of British medics working in an under-funded hospital. Coming soon to ITV


Sure-fire way to put someone outside their comfort zone? Make them kiss a total stranger! Can true love be discovered by a kiss, or will it be a total miss? Either way, the process of discovery will be entertaining, hilarious and touching.

THEY SAID WHAT?! TV’s Judge Rinder has a new partner – journalist Janet Street-Porter. The outspoken pair are in talks to co-present a new consumer show, competing to see who can be the meanest. The Judge says, ‘Janet is wonderful – we adore each other. When we get together, there’s a sea of human debris around us.’

If you missed the start of Tom Hardy’s epic new period drama, log on to iPlayer. Tom plays James Delaney, back from the dead to inherit his father’s shipping empire, who meets some enemies along the way. BBC iPlayer


…her latest role I play health-and-safetyconscious teacher Miss Gullet in The Worst Witch. She was an absolute ball to play – and what a great cast we’ve got, including Nicola Stephenson, plus Amanda Holden, who plays Miss Pentangle. I never got to film with her, which was a shame. I was flattered to be asked to be part of this CBBC remake. It was funny during filming, because we had to learn how to fly on a broomstick. It wasn’t easy. …getting recognised People always recognise me as Little Mo from EastEnders. I was lucky because I had such a fantastic story, but it was complete when I left in 2006. I always think that, unless there’s something new to tell, then there shouldn’t be a reason to go back. But they’re very lovely at EastEnders and it’s a two-way street… If the timing is right for both me and them, who knows? …her children It’s nice now that they’ve grown up a little. My daughter, Blossom, is 12 and my son, Woody, is six. They’re both at school and I can really enjoy my TV work and take on a bit more. While filming The Worst Witch, I was also in Grantchester for ITV. O The Worst Witch, Wednesday, CBBC, 4.30pm




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No Offence s r e p p o c g in t h ig f e im r C second series of Paul Abbott’s razor-sharp comedy/drama, No Offence, is currently airing on Channel 4, and fans just can’t seem to get enough. The show tells the story of a motley crew of gobby coppers, based at Manchester’s Friday Street Police Station. Headed up by DI Viv Deering (the magnificent Joanna Scanlan), the female-led team fights to prevent gang warfare across the city. The drama features a brilliant cast that includes Will Mellor, Elaine Cassidy, Paul Ritter and Alexandra Roache. Do not miss!



‘My character’s had quite a shady past’ Will Mellor plays loyal and caring DC Spike Tanner, who takes many of the cases he works on to heart. When he isn’t chasing criminals on-screen, Will, 40, lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife, Michelle, son Jayden, 12, and daughter Renee, eight. Tell us about your No Offence character, Spike… He’s had quite a shady past and, because of that, he always wants to give people a chance. Part of his job as a cop is saving


people. I always try to play him in the reality of every situation he’s thrown into. You’ve filmed the second series. What was that like? I think Paul [Abbott], the writer, nearly gave himself brain damage working on this so hard! Filming was a slog for all the cast – we spent five months on set in Manchester away from our families. We did manage a few cast nights out, but it was difficult because filming was so intense.

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‘Part of DC Tanner’s job is saving people – he’s had quite a shady past, so he alway wants to give others a chance’ Will Mellor

Any mishaps on set? [Laughs] We have this block of toilet cubicles which are fake, but not everyone knows that! One day, a supporting artist paid a visit and did a number two. After that, there was a sign clearly placed in front, telling people not to use them! Do you get recognised when you’re out and about? Yes, but mainly as Jambo from Hollyoaks – even after 20 years. I always stop and have my picture taken with fans. Renee used to get protective and say, ‘He’s my dad,’ when people came over. Now, though, both the kids realise it’s all part of my work. ● No Offence is on Channel 4, Wednesdays at 9pm

LEAP IN BY ALEXANDRA HEMINSLEY Alexandra can’t swim. So she takes the plunge, and finds that ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ works for her. Out Thursday, £12.99

LIVE BY NIGHT Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, this US crime drama, set in 20s Boston, follows Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), an outlaw who wants to dominate the underground world of

free-flowing booze which, during the Prohibition era, guaranteed power and money a-plenty. But, when Joe crosses a line, tragic and dramatic events are set in motion. Co-starring Sienna Miller. Out Friday


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The worldwide favourite, seen by millions around the world, is hitting the road and coming to stages across the UK, starting on Wednesday in Southendon-Sea. Set in the summer of ’63, Dirty Dancing tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent spirits from different worlds who come together through dance in what becomes the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. For more about the UK tour, and to book tickets, visit


ISS M T ’ N DO HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE Voted by Empire mag as the best film of 2016, this charming tale from New Zealand is about the friendship between a troubled foster child and the man who begrudgingly takes him in. Out on DVD, Monday, £10.99



The festive season may be a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean beautiful lighting effects are a thing of the past! From Monday 16 January, London’s Canary Wharf will come to life with 30 spectacular (and interactive) light sculptures, structures and installations representing four continents. Go between 4pm-9pm to enjoy the illuminating show. From 16 January, free. Visit arts-events/events


‘We never took drugs – we were clean-cut!’ Right Said Fred had a global hit with I’m Too Sexy. Richard Fairbrass, 63, tells Tony Cowell why they’re back for more…

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Your smash hit I’m Too Sexy was released more than 25 years ago. How do you regard that time? With great affection, as it changed our lives. But the truth is, we’re happier now because we understand the business better and we’re more in touch with our lives. I wouldn’t want to be the person I was then.

I’m Too Sexy was No.1 in the US for more than three weeks in 1991 – do you still work there? Absolutely. We’ve written music for TV adverts and a song for The Smurfs movie – the work has never stopped. We have been very lucky – I’m Too Sexy has always been around, and it was No.1 in 32 countries.

They’ve worked with the likes of Bowie and Jagger


Do you remember everything that happened then, or is it a blur? Well, I don’t recall everything in chronological order – it all happened so quickly. I remember [DJ] Simon Bates asking us to come on his show. I remember making the video. And I can recall when the song topped the US charts. But we never got out of our heads or took drugs – our image always had to be very clean and fit. What’s the secret of the song’s success? Looking back, we just did what we liked. We didn’t pay attention to what was in the charts at that time, we just made a record that we thought was fun. I think people loved it because it was so different. Yet record companies turned it down… Yes, all the big labels said no. So we gave it to a record plugger, who played it to Radio 1’s Simon Bates, and he loved it and played it on the breakfast

show – the rest is history. At the time, my brother [Fred] and I were still working in a gym. We had no money. You’ve played with Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Bob Dylan… Yeah, but that was before I’m Too Sexy. In the 80s, Fred played guitar with Bob and I worked on videos with David Bowie, and on Mick Jagger’s solo albums. What a great musical learning curve. Who are your favourite artists? I love the late Leonard Cohen, although he may have been miffed at the Nobel Prize for literature [effectively, songwriting] going to Bob [Dylan]! I also love the likes of Jake Thackray. Music from the 90s is enjoying a comeback – does that please you? I love some of it, of course. But I suppose we don’t follow


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Richard (left), one very Sexy shirt, and Fred

The boys lost their beloved mum this year

trends, whatever the decade. We stick to our instinct about how a song should sound. Did you ever consider re-releasing I’m Too Sexy for last year’s 25th anniversary? Not the original. We invited fans into the studio and re-recorded a few different versions. It’s on vinyl, too. Tell us about the new album… It’s out in March. We started writing the album two years ago – we’re really pleased with the songs, and excited to have something new. Will you tour with it? I hope so – we’ve also been approached by a few festivals for this year. Sadly, your mum, Betty, passed away last year… We lost Mum slowly to Alzheimer’s so, in a way, we got used to losing her two or three years ago. She was 92 when she died, but no longer the mum we grew up with – she couldn’t even make a cup of tea at the end. Alzheimer’s had done that to her. When she died, I felt relief for her. I moved out of her house and started a new relationship – with a girl, actually. O For more information on their new studio album, visit


Susanna’s shock baby news Susanna Reid isn’t ruling out becoming an older mum


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‘I’m off the alcohol,’ the TV presenter admits, saying that she’s on a health kick

resenter Susanna Reid, 46, has revealed she wouldn’t be averse to becoming a mum again at the mature age of 50! She made the shock announcement during a lively debate on Good Morning Britain last week, as the hosts talked about singer Janet Jackson giving birth aged 50 to her first child, a boy called Eissa.


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Janet has given birth to her first baby at 50

Susanna posted this Instagram snap to show the ‘real’ her


Susanna went make-up free on social media recently with the words, ‘Me on Instagram = extra eyelashes, make-up & filters. Me in real life = blemishes, lines & flaws.’

Co-stars Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid locked horns over the contentious topic, with Piers asking, ‘Is this a good thing?’ and pointing out that this means Janet would be 70 when her son is 20. Though Piers, as Susanna quickly reminded him, is an older dad himself (he was 46 when his daughter Elise, five, was born, and is now 51), he cheekily suggested it was OK for a man, but not a woman! ‘When you see an old bloke at the school gates it’s like, yeah, good on him. When a woman’s 70, it’s a bit like, why has granny come?’ But when Piers questioned his irritated co-host, asking, ‘Do you think it’s a good thing for people to become mums at 50?’ Susanna’s reply was rather unexpected. ‘I think, why not, actually. I wouldn’t rule it out!’ she proclaimed, looking totally serious. Was she just putting herself in Janet’s shoes, or is the mother-of-three seriously considering the prospect? After revealing on the previous day’s show that she’d begun 2017 with a health kick, Susanna said, ‘I am off the alcohol. Not for good – but until [Piers and I] go out drinking together!’ Susanna split with the father of her three boys (Sam, 14, Finn, 12, Jack, 11), Dominic Cotton, back in 2013, and is currently single. Viewers responded positively to Susanna’s comments, one tweeting to ask the GMB team, ‘Why do you allow him to say such hateful, offensive things?’ Another tweeted, ‘Well said Susanna’, while another commented, ‘Great comeback from @susannareid100.’ If Susanna was seriously thinking about a baby in the future, she’d most certainly have the backing of GMB fans!



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