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TWITTERING ON BY ANGELA KELLY “mockumentary” which will take what they see as gospel. They will, wrongly, assume that this is true history being played out by actors and definitely happened. In fact, as in The Crown, there are some scenes “imagined” – in other words, they made it up. Although accepting that it can be used by those with an agenda to shape public opinion, it’s not necessarily always a damaging ploy. In the hit 2017 film Darkest Hour set in May, 1940, and about Winston Churchill winning the hearts and minds of both Parliament and the public during World War Two, there is a scene on the London underground which is pivotal.

Do film and TV dramas really tell the truth? VETERAN broadcaster John Sergeant raised an interesting point about how fictionalised versions of history may fool people into believing this is actually what happened. He was concerned about the Netflix hit series The Crown. He felt the way it depicted the Royal Family might not be “appropriate” and that timelines and events were “massaged and altered” to assist the drama. This comes after the Queen’s ex-press secretary called imagined scenes “distasteful.” However accurate or otherwise such dramatised versions of real-life are, there is definitely a concern there about how near the truth such versions may be. They are, after all, created for entertainment and perhaps some periods of history, some lives, are just not that interesting for quite a large part of them. When there are occurrences (and, goodness me, the Royal Family had a year packed with them in 2019) then they tend to be the ones on which, quite naturally, dramatists focus. More worrying – which I think is John Sergeant’s point – is that there will be a large portion of any audience of this kind of 4

Churchill meets and chats to Londoners who give their opinion about the war which alters, or possibly cements, his own views. As a result, he makes an inspirational speech to Parliament.

However, researchers who observed people meeting in local government, public organisations, the police and health bodies found decision-making is actually very limited. These findings will be balm to all those harassed souls forced to attend endless meetings with their job. Furthermore, the researchers say that these meetings are often more like “therapy”, allowing people to air complaints, justify their job or clarify their own status. Brilliant! Some decisions are best taken by a very small number of purpose-driven individuals who will get on with what’s important. Ready for my 10 o’clock meeting? Sorry, it’s just not productive enough.

Apparently, there is no evidence that this ever happened. We don’t mind, though, because it is artistic licence and adds to the points being made about Churchill which were historically accurate. I suppose the problem is that most of us have either forgotten what we’ve learned of some specific period or event in history or are simply too lazy to find out the truth. We go with the version that entertains us, happily accepting that this “seems right” so it must be true, which is possibly dangerous naivety.

When meetings really take us nowhere I LOVE the latest findings about business meetings: that they may be more about status and showing off than actually getting anything done. According to academics from Malmo University and Lund University in Sweden, some managers spend more than half their working week in meetings.

YouTube is the go-to place for practical skills ARE you a Bake Off fan? I watch it sometimes but it always leaves me feeling hungry. I do love, though, Junior Bake Off because it’s not only inspirational but fascinating to witness the skills that these youngsters display with so much confidence. The latest winner was 13 year-old Finley Woodward. Far from having to be prised off his X-box, Finley plainly loved to cook and was absolutely amazing at it.

He learned his skills from his grandmother and from watching YouTube videos and, while the former seems so logical, us older types have had to come to terms with how people pick up new talents these days. In fact,YouTube is a fantastic tool. I’ve learned how to put my hair up in quite an enviable style, can now re-wire a plug and regularly watch “how to massage” videos purely for the relaxation. OK, it’s not Bake Off, but what other clip can make your eyelids shut and you feel totally relaxed. Oh, sorry, forgot Newsnight.

Cheers to the wine tasters – and good luck! I DON’T know about you but I’ve always been in awe of those wine buffs who really understand their subject. You know the type: they study the bottle before it’s even opened, pronounce on the year or the region in some knowledgeable way, swill the first mouthful lovingly around before swallowing and then talk about its nose or undertones.

Walliams’ wicked humour makes him top author DAVID Walliams may be a comedian but he is definitely laughing all the way to the bank as the writer of children’s books. The creator of Mr Stink, The Boy in the Dress and Gangsta Granny has notched up sales of £100 million. This puts the Britain’s Got Talent judge into an exclusive bracket of children’s authors. Since he first started writing children’s literature in 2008, the former Little Britain star has written 25 books including seven picture books and four short story collections. Perhaps what helps the talented Walliams is that he now has a six year-old son but I’m sure what is equally important is his own quirky personality and lack of fear when it comes to performing in public. He’s worth a book in himself.

Now, research suggests that many so-called wine connoisseurs cannot tell one bottle from another. Food scientists at Oxford University had experienced tasters convinced they were sampling a delicious rose when they actually drinking a white wine – made from an entirely different grape but dyed pink with food colouring. Now, there is concern that wine snobs may not actually be able to distinguish one tipple from another by taste and aroma but are primarily driven by colour. In that case, minesh a red!

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Overview: Nothing says spring quite like Daffodils! Since the first event in 1969, the weekend has grown larger and larger attracting thousands of visitors over the years to come and enjoy the village and its fantastic fair & daffodils. The 4 Star Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel stands in 8 acres of grounds in Hertfordshire.  Dating back to 1652 this former old English Manor House retains many Jacobean features. Tour Highlights: Thriplow Daffodil Weekend & Country Fair. University City of Cambridge.

Overview: A holiday in Blackpool will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and recharged - even if you’re on the go 25 hours a day! Perhaps it’s the resort’s infectious zest for life. Or maybe it’s just that, uniquely, whatever your routine Blackpool can offer a perfect break from it. Day Excursions:  ½ Day and 1 Full Day Excursion. These will be operated by The Doric Hotel and although these are included in the cost of the holiday, please ensure that you register your name with the Hotel Reception staff upon arrival at the hotel.

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AVEBURY MANOR & GARDEN AND BRISTOL BOAT TRIP Best Western Blunsdon House Overview: A lovely new tour for 2020 which includes something for everyone with a City Docks Boat Trip, a visit to a 16th century Manor House & Garden and free time to explore the beautiful city of Bath. Tour Highlights: Admission to Avebury Manor & Garden, Market Town of Marlborough, Bristol including a Boat Trip, Beautiful Bath, Pretty Village of Lacock.

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LLANDUDNO Marlborough Hotel Overview: Llandudno is Wales’s largest resort, uniquely situated between the Great and Little Ormes with two wonderful beaches, the awardwinning North Shore and the quiet, sand duned West Shore. We enjoy the short journey to Conwy, a delightful small town with a picturesque quayside overlooked by the mighty Conwy Castle.

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JOHN SUCHET TAKES A DANUBE RIVER CRUISE WITH UNIWORLD I was a great fan of river cruises before I ever took one. There must be something to see every day. Was I right? There was only one way to find out, and the opportunity presented itself last October - a Danube River Cruise with Uniworld, on which I would give talks about Vienna, City of Music, also describe how the waltz came to Vienna, and introduce a concert in an ornate Viennese palace.

It got better. We went up on to the sundeck and sat round a table admiring the beautiful city of Budapest from the river. I spotted a waitress climbing the steps, one hand on the handrail, the other balancing a tray with six glasses of champagne. I wonder if she’d bring some for us, I thought. Smiling, she put the tray down and said: “I thought you

I decided to combine pleasure with business. For the last decade or so, every October I have had a reunion with my oldest friends in the world, fellow students I graduated with over half a century ago. We were at university in Dundee, so in past years bottles have been opened and consumed in Scotland’s great cities. This time, why not make it extra special, and toast our friendship aboard S.S. Maria Theresa, gliding gently along the Danube, surrounded by exquisite scenery you might almost be able to reach out and touch? It took a masterpiece of planning. Let me tell you how it began. My wife Nula and I had barely unpacked in our state room (cabins are so passé), when I received a text message: ‘We’re in the Habsburg salon.’ 8

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That was a hallmark of the trip. Impeccable service on a truly beautiful ship. The captain addressed us all on the first evening, and it was evident how proud he was of her. The S.S. Maria Theresa is done out in the style of the Empress she is named after. Luxurious, splendid, glass doors and walls, gilded mirrors and chandeliers. He acknowledged, in his welcome speech, that the state rooms were not large. How could they be on a river cruise ship which needed to negotiate some narrow passages of river and many locks? “But have you noticed the space underneath the bed?” There was a collective intake of breath. Bed coverings are so luxurious they reach the floor. It had not occurred to us to lift them up, to reveal a vast space underneath specially designed to take your suitcases. Clever.

Uniworld Lobby Our cruise began in Budapest and travelled west, via Bratislava and Vienna to Passau in Germany. Over the course of a week you see more variety than you could ever predict. Big city life in Budapest and Vienna. Small city life in Bratislava and Passau. Country life as you cruise down the Wachau Valley, Austria’s wine growing area. You want activity? Every day excursions were available - from city tours to walking tours and bike rides, from a visit to a winery to an exclusive visit to a saffron workshop. You want to stay nice and quiet? Just lounge on the sundeck or in your state room. You might want to join some of the more energetic tours, if only to work off the weight you put on in the restaurant. The food was exceptional, and just as the ship itself reflects life in the historic Habsburg Empire, so the food brings you a taste of the area the ship is in on that particular day. There is no doubt about it. Uniworld river cruises - from Portugal in the west to Russia in the east - are the height of luxury. Several experienced river cruisers told us they always travel Uniworld - with a knowing look and a comment along the lines of “You get what you pay for.” Yes, they are not cheap, but everything is included, and I mean everything. That means all food and drink. Not just wine

and soft drinks, but all drinks. That first tray of champagne is already paid for - so is very other drink you consume on the trip. Experienced Uniworld travellers know to pace themselves. Tips too are all included.You are not expected to tip, but several discreet handshakes were given for exceptional service.You really could leave your credit card at home. So was I right about river cruises? In a word yes, and now I really can speak from experience. The only problem: much as I love the cities of Scotland, next year’s reunion will have a lot to live up to.

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EQUITY RELEASE? THESE days we have to look at a variety of ways to raise cash and ensure that our future will be secure and one popular way for anyone over 55 to do just that is via equity release, with research carried out by the Equity Release Council showing that 72% of homeowners over 45 questioned wanted to stay in their property for as long as possible, with 41% also looking to invest in home improvements. Equity release offers the chance to access the cash – the equity – tied up in your home, which can be released either as a lump sum or in several small amounts, or a combination of both. There are two equity release options: a home reversion and a lifetime mortgage. A HOME REVERSION involves you selling part or all of your home to a home reversion provider in return for a lump sum or regular payments.You have the right to continue living in the property until you die, rent-free, but you have to agree to maintain and insure it.


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The Money Advice Service explains that a LIFETIME MORTGAGE means that you take out a mortgage secured on your property, provided it is your main residence, while retaining ownership. You may be able to ring-fence some of the value of your property as an inheritance for your family or you can choose to make repayments or let the interest roll-up. The loan amount and any accrued interest is paid back when you die or when you move into long-term care. Most people who take out equity release use a lifetime mortgage. Usually you don’t have to make any repayments while you’re alive and interest “rolls up” (unpaid interest is added to the loan), meaning the debt can increase quite quickly over a period of time. However, some lifetime mortgages do now offer the option to pay all or some of the interest. Some will let you pay off the interest and the capital. In the same way ordinary mortgages vary from lender to lender, so do lifetime mortgages, and if you’re looking at this option it’s worth knowing that the minimum age for this is usually 55. As we’re now all living longer, the earlier you start the more this is likely to cost in the long run.

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SIR CLIFF RICHARD CELEBRATING HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY FEW artists can lay claim to the kind of stellar career that Sir Cliff Richard has enjoyed – and even fewer can say they are still touring successfully.

been there for him for several decades. But the reality is that Sir Cliff has managed to keep in tune with the times very astutely throughout his long career.

He is, though, amazingly celebrating his 80th birthday this year (2020). And it’s probably no surprise that this celebration involves a new tour.

He is the only singer in the history of music to have a No.1 hit in the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and 1990s. He is the third artist, after Elvis Presley and The Beatles, with the highest number of No.1 hits in the UK and more Top Ten hits than any other artist.

It is certainly a tribute to the man and his music that demand for The Great 80 Tour means that two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall have already been added and ticket demand is likely to be extremely high. It would be very easy to dismiss the bulk of those fans as being older – and he certainly has a great many loyal followers who have


In 1989, he became the first British recording artist to release 100 singles with The Best of Me. Behind all the statistics, however, lies a genuine home-grown music legend who helped to build the UK’s music reputation over all those decades and since. The man

has musicality running right through his veins. That was all obvious to fans even when the young Cliff burst onto the rock ‘n roll world of the 1950s. Music was just moving away from the Sinatra crooning years and offered exciting possibilities to young fans across the world who were, finally, getting music that belonged just to them. Cliff Richard was young, good-looking and considered the UK’s answer to America’s Elvis. His first hit single Move It in 1958 appeared to confirm that and Cliff - with his quiffed hair, moody looks and sexy moves - soon became a screamable star at home and abroad.

He had a good voice and savvy management as he quickly moved into films in 1959 with Serious Charge in which he played a young tearaway, adding to his then “bad boy” image. He also sang Living Doll in this film, creating just one of his popular classics. The same year, he appeared in another film, Expresso Bongo, in which he prosaically, played a young singer at the start of his career. The Young Ones followed in 1961 and then in 1963 he and his backing group, The Shadows, made Summer Holiday. The wealth of hits from this feelgood film really helped cement his reputation in the home market and across the world. He made three more films – Finders Keepers in 1966, Two a Penny in 1967 and Take Me High in 1973 – which also pleased fans but by then Cliff was box-office gold wherever he went. Interestingly, Cliff was a great admirer of Elvis. “He was my idol from the beginning,” he has said. “Even today, when I’m alone, I’ll often put on the King Creole album. He’s produced the most exciting pop music sounds of all time.” For Cliff, We Don’t Talk Anymore in 1979 proved to be his best-selling single, notching up more than five million sales worldwide. Private Collection in 1988 was his best-selling album with almost two million copies sold. His reputation now settled into being a wholesome entertainer with fans across the age divide. Cliff was chosen to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968 with Congratulations and in 1973 with Power To All Our Friends. With the former, Cliff was beaten to the title by just one point when the Spanish entry – long forgotten – won. Ironically, Congratulations has endured to enjoy the same international popularity as Happy Birthday as a celebratory song. His long popularity has been underlined by a whole clutch of awards over the years. He won the British Record Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist n 1977,

the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist in 1982 and a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1989. In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to British music and as an integral part of British music culture. He is still recording and in October, 2019, collaborated on a duet, Samstag Nacht, with Howard Carpendale, and the album Symphonie Meines Lebens was released physically and digitally worldwide. Cliff Richard and the Shadows: The Best of the Rock ‘n Roll Pioneers was also released in November last year, focusing solely on Cliff’s output with The Shadows and featuring many of his top hits. Born in Lucknow, India, as Harry Rodger Webb, Sir Cliff always had a strong family with three sisters. He has never made a secret of the fact that he is a Christian and has been perceived by all, not just his fans, to have lived a wholesome life. This may explain the outcry in 2014 when his home was very publicly searched by

police following an historic allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. Sir Cliff was questioned by police but not arrested and the allegation was subsequently dropped. His many fans were never in doubt of his innocence and his popularity remains undimmed. Although he has always been generous in praise of his pop peers throughout the decades, Sir Cliff’s own remarkable, record-breaking success has not always been acknowledged. As he stated himself: “My only gripe is when critics writing the history of rock ‘n roll leave me out altogether.

“I don’t subscribe to the view that if you’re not No.1 , it’s a failure. Maybe that’s why people disappear so quickly these days, because they have that attitude.” For Sir Cliff, entering his eighth decade still on-song and still entertaining the fans, longevity in the notoriously fickle world of pop is obviously just not an issue.

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WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO FUTUREPROOF YOUR FAMILY one you have no say in who inherits and the administration of your estate will be unnecessarily complex for your family.

What better way to start 2020 than thinking about how you can protect your family and look after your loved ones. Multi-generational living is the way forward for some families with almost 1.9 million households in Britain increasingly choosing to spread the cost of living and stay under one roof, but even then communication about financial or inheritance planning, or a legal structure for living arrangements, is often overlooked. At the same time many elderly people live alone away from grown-up children who may have moved away for work. In these cases it is important to make plans for what may happen should your circumstances change, if you need care and to make sure your loved ones know your wishes. “Above all else communication with your family is essential to prevent arguments about Wills, who gets what and how estates are divided,” said solicitor, Joanne Jones. “By making a few arrangements with a legal adviser a lot of disputes and confusion can be avoided,” she added. We all want to do the best for our families, so by making it part of a New Year resolution it could be a great way to galvanise yourself and just plan ahead to look after your nearest and dearest. So what should be on your to do list:

Will You or Won’t You Plan Ahead? It’s a sad fact that almost 70% of us die without a proper Will in place. Without 14

Making a Will is easy and essential no matter what age you are and as our families and circumstances change for example divorce, the death of a partner, the birth of children or grandchildren, this can have an effect on your estate, so keeping your Will up to date is crucial. Will writing is often a sensitive area, people often put off making their Wills when instead it should be considered prudent planning ahead. Many don’t always realise that a surviving spouse will not necessarily inherit everything, an unmarried partner has no automatic entitlement, the family home may have to be sold, your children may be unintentionally disinherited. Having a Will means peace of mind knowing your Estate is taken care of when you pass away.

Inheritance Tax and Estate Planning are for the Rich – aren’t they? With baby boomers benefitting from escalating house prices many people now fall into the Inheritance Tax bracket. Inheritance Tax is charged at a rate of 40% on the value of assets, over and above £325,000, left by a person on their death. Simply put, anything below £325,000 is Inheritance Tax free; anything over £325,000 may be taxed at 40%. Fortunately, Inheritance Tax, though a complicated area, is one of the most avoidable taxes. Through a number of measures we can help you to minimise your liability, if not remove it totally. Trusts can also play an important part in this strategy if you discuss the options with your solicitor. ‘Estate Planning’ is an everlasting gift to your family and we refer here to employing the many and varied financial and legal tools available to plan your financial affairs in a tax-efficient manner so you can enjoy hard earned wealth into retirement and provide a meaningful inheritance for your family.

Lasting Powers of Attorney What would happen if someday you were to become mentally incapable of managing your own financial and welfare affairs? The reality is that as the average lifespan increases the need to have a Lasting Power of Attorney is becoming ever more important and will help your family plan alongside you – again it’s all about having those channels of communication open. Broadly speaking there are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney which allow you to choose someone trusted (the Attorney) to make decisions on your behalf about Property and Financial affairs and Health and Welfare issues if you lack the mental capacity to make those decisions yourself. If you become mentally incapable before making a Lasting Power of Attorney it will become necessary for your relative, friend or solicitor to liaise with the Court of Protection to obtain a deputyship and this can be a drawn out and expensive procedure. “We strongly recommend that all adults make arrangements under the Lasting Power of Attorney system especially if your partner or elderly relative is in poor mental or physical health,” said Joanne.

What to do about Property - Is it my best asset? Downsizing and equity release are two options to consider as you get older and you can get advice on both, but many people consider their house their best asset – “I’ll put it in my children’s name,” we often hear, but this is not effective for IHT purposes and HMRC have a series of criteria which much be met for any IHT planning strategy to be effective. If you have unmarried family members that live together, or you yourself are unmarried and live with your partner you may consider a Cohabitation Agreement which can deal just with property division, or provide an extensive and complex financial document dealing with all assets brought into the relationship.

The Paying For Care Calculator? Care home fees are something all families worry about at some point. It’s often a cause for concern because it’s a unknown, but a paying for care calculator works out the average cost of either residential or nursing care by UK region. The calculator helps to work out how much the cost of care could be. It takes you through a short set of questions - providing relevant, helpful information alongside the questions - to find out if the State will help pay for Local Authority assistance with the cost of residential / nursing care, based on the government’s current care funding rules. You can check this out at www.pearsonlegal.co.uk/site/ financial_services/residential_care_ calculator/ Similarly, you may have already been paying for care with should be provided by the NHS and we have helped reclaim fees for many families. In 1999 a landmark ruling said the NHS was responsible for funding if the primary reason for extended care was a health need and each Primary Care Trust has its own procedures for dealing with such requests.


We have challenged NHS continuing healthcare funding eligibility decisions for clients, whether it be an initial decision not to grant funding, a decision to revoke funding previously in place or to help reclaim nursing home fees have paid in the past that should have been funded by the NHS.

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Pension Planning Many people think when it comes to pension planning it is too complex and they are doing too little too late. As longevity increases and state provision reduces in real terms, the issue of whether people will have enough income in retirement is one which will inevitably continue to grow in importance. Retirement is supposed to be the time to relax and enjoy the benefits. But often expert help is needed to identify the best pension scheme, and to ensure the required income upon retirement.

So as you enter the New Year and you want to get your affairs in order this is all food for thought. Our families are our future, ideally we all want a long and happy retirement with enough money to enjoy ourselves and do the things we have dreamed about – some forethought and planning ahead can help, as Abraham Lincoln once said “The best way to predict your future is to create it!”.

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so why not choose a colourful front door? Flank it with tall planters, a big quality doormat (well worth the investment) and luxury lighting overhead for a big welcome. De-clutter areas like this as much as possible: stow coats, umbrellas and shoes away so they don’t detract from this welcoming space. Getting rid of boxes, ugly cupboards or just piles of items in any room will really allow you to appreciate your home space and improve it. Ditch dated FURNITURE. If your old sofa in your living room makes you wince every time you look at it, invest in something new – or just new to you. The same for LIGHTING throughout the home. Nothing detracts from anywhere more than poor or old-fashioned lighting. New ones aren’t necessarily expensive but they can bring a room alive!

HOME décor is very much about personal taste but we all like to feel we are keeping up with contemporary trends, don’t we?

These are available online or in the shops and show how various shades complement and enhance each other.

So, our homes tend to be a blend of what we’ve always liked and what is currently available in the shops, stores and online. If something is promoted well as “this year’s trend” then we probably evaluate it.

Before you start any changes – even to buying major new items of furniture – it’s worth taking a holistic look at your home.

In other words, we look at whether it’s right for us and whether or not we feel we can comfortably live with it. However, style is very subjective and it’s always useful to know what is a New Year will bring to the market. For 2020, there are plenty of new ideas to appeal – and if you haven’t the finances for expensive items or makeovers, there are always ways to adapt them to your budget. The good news in 2020 is that there are plenty of styles to choose from, and plenty of shortcuts to take to achieve them. Devising a completely new COLOUR CODE for any room – or for your whole home – can be costly and may be hit and miss if you are simply trying to match up shades. Investing in a colour wheel can help.


Start where a visitor would with the ENTRANCE. This should be a focal point

Opt for CLASSIC interiors that don’t just pander to the latest fads but offer a minimalist palette that gives a high-end feel. Abstracts are going to be major force in the interior design world this season. Work with bold geometrics, hand-drawn sketches and blocks of colour around the home in décor that expresses your personality. If you don’t think that this trend will fit entirely with your decor, try a taster with cushion covers in one room or a sketch you

like in a quirky frame you might pick up in a charity shop.

Accessories need to be tactile, whether in natural wood, weaves or sculptured forms.

Stripped back style will continue from 2019 as a popular trend this year to give a happy, chilled-out space for relaxing and regenerating.

Oriental prints are still popular for walls and echoed in soft furnishings. Keep the colour palettes soft though with that feeling of wellbeing and mindfulness coming through. After all, your home is a place where you want to feel good.

The new neutral colours are warming and calm to offer understated style with unfussy pieces. So take a serious look at that shelf of knick-knacks and decide whether you really want to look at them for another year! There is a shift away from cool grey with warmer neutrals like oatmeal and natural buff and beige to the fore. Natural pigments are also likely to be popular this year. Layer up comforting CUSHIONS, throws, knits and faux furs to ensure any space is more inviting and cosy. The Winter is the ideal time for this look as you feel instant warmth here, however cold outside, and then this space is still fashionable for Spring. TEXTURES are big in 2020 – whether that’s a rich velvet, handsome leather or a warm wood. Go for furniture with rounded curves and fluid shapes to ensure a pleasant flow and use them centre-stage as a feature. Or go for a plush statement sofa to anchor your interior design theme around.

Keep NATURAL LIGHT in mind wherever you are around the home but especially in the living room and kitchen. Look where it falls and see how the sun moves around your home. This will affect how the colours you use are perceived and can help you divide up your space for the various activities you want – watching TV, reading, socialising and relaxing. Create SOCIABLE SPACES where people can actually talk to each other happily. Two sofas facing each other, for example, offer a sociable space but keep the room scale in mind.You don’t want this to dominate or to look lost in a room. Have statement walls in contrasting colours to more neutral areas to make them stand out. And take a proper look at all your flooring. Does it enhance the room? Is it in a matching style or completely at odds? Does it offer flow from one room to the next? Is it comfortable?

There are lots of reasonably priced floorings to be had, especially in natural woods, that provide a complete change for any room. Invest in cosy rugs if you feel this is too cold a look but make sure they are the right size and don’t upset the proportions of the room. Bear in mind though, that wood’s warm tones can easily provide an impressive backdrop for furniture and fittings. CURTAINS can bring a fresh design feel to any room but you may feel in need of a change to BLINDS. The latest looks are created to complement the contemporary home interior styles and well worth investigating. Updating INTERIOR DOORS is a simple way to give a modern look to the whole property. Dated BATHROOM accessories do the same here and don’t cost a fortune; new soft white towels and a few imaginative accessories will brighten the look here. The same applies to BEDROOMS. The latest calming colours and rich textures work well in here and promote deep sleep. So get rid of any clashing colours, buy a dimmer switch and prepare to enjoy your home for another year.


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Italian chef and restauranteur known for his association with his British protégé Jamie Oliver and his partnership with fellow Italian chef Antonio Carluccio and their television series 'Two Greedy Italians'. Here we present recipes from his new book 'Gennaro's Pasta Perfecto'.

RIGATONI ALLA ZOZZANA This robust Roman recipe takes its name from zozza, which in Roman dialect usually means ‘dirty’, but in the case of this recipe means ‘rich’, because all sorts of ingredients are added. It’s a cross between the other classic Roman pasta dishes cacio e pepe and carbonara, and uses up all the typical leftovers, making it a substantial but extremely delicious dish. Serves 4 300 g/101/2 oz rigatoni pasta 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 100 g/31/2 oz pancetta, finely chopped 100 g/31/2 oz Italian pork sausage, skinned and crumbled 1 egg yolk 30 g/1 oz/scant 1/2 cup grated Pecorino, plus extra for sprinkling 2 tbsp single (light) cream sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente (check the instructions on your packet for cooking time). Heat the olive oil in a frying pan (skillet) set over a medium heat, add the onion and sweat for 1 minute. Add the pancetta and sausage meat, and sauté for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolk, grated Pecorino and cream, along with some salt and pepper, in a small bowl. Drain the cooked pasta, add to the pan with the pancetta and sausage meat, mix well and cook for 1 minute over a high heat. Remove from the heat and mix in the creamy mixture. Serve immediately, with an extra sprinkling of black pepper and Pecorino. 20




MINESTRONE GENOVESE This soup was originally made with fresh homegrown produce and offered to sailors docking at Genova so that they could enjoy fresh food after being away at sea. Traditionally the vegetables were boiled and the soup was made so thick you could stand a spoon in it! If there was any left over, it was sliced and fried. My version is not so thick and I like to sweat the vegetables to obtain more flavour.That said, if your veggies are of the freshest homegrown quality, then simply boiling them will be fine.The addition of pesto gives this soup a lovely green colour, as well as the pungent flavour of basil. Serves 4-6 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 celery stalk, finely chopped 1 large carrot, finely chopped 1 small courgette (zucchini), cut into small chunks 1 large potato, peeled and cut into small chunks 140 g/5 oz Swiss chard, finely chopped, including stalks 2 fresh plum tomatoes, seeded and diced 1.5 litres/52 fl oz/6½ cups hot vegetable stock (bouillon) 1 x 400-g/14-oz can of borlotti beans, drained 120 g/4½ oz thick spaghetti pasta, broken into 5-cm (2-in) pieces 1 x quantity of Basil Pesto freshly ground black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the onion, celery and carrot, and sweat for 2–3 minutes until softened. Stir in the courgette, potato, Swiss chard and tomatoes, and continue to sauté for 1 minute or so. Add the stock, season with some black pepper, then cover with a lid, increase the heat and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes until the vegetables are cooked but not mushy. Stir in the borlotti beans and cook for 2 minutes. Increase the heat and bring to the boil, then add the spaghetti pieces. Reduce the heat and simmer until the pasta is cooked al dente (check the instructions on your packet for cooking time). Remove from the heat, let rest for about 3 minutes, then stir in the pesto and serve.


PEPERONI RIPIENI DI PASTA Filled vegetables are very common throughout Italy and started off as a cucina povera dish to make the veggies go further, adding whatever ingredients were available. Commonly, (bell) peppers are baked and then filled and the addition of pasta makes this dish a very different and enjoyable way to eat our favourite Italian staple.When you first roast the peppers, make sure you do not overcook them – they need to be sturdy to be filled with the pasta mixture. I have used red and yellow peppers as they are sweeter, but you could use the green variety too, if you prefer.

Serves 4-6 6 mixed (bell) peppers (yellow and red) 300 g/10 ½ oz sedanini pasta or pennette (small penne) 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 1 garlic clove, left whole and squashed 4 anchovy fillets 20 black pitted olives 2 tsp capers 300 g/101/2 oz baby plum tomatoes, halved 10 basil leaves, roughly torn 125 g/41/2 oz mozzarella, cut into small cubes sea salt Preheat the oven to 200oC fan/220oC/425oF/gas mark 7.


Slice the tops off the peppers and scoop out the seeds inside with a spoon. Replace the tops on the peppers to resemble little hats. Put them into a baking dish or onto a baking sheet and roast for about 15 minutes, until the peppers soften but are not mushy. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente (check the instructions on your packet for cooking time). Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat, add the garlic and anchovies, and sweat until the anchovies have melted. Add the olives, capers, tomatoes and basil, cover with a lid and cook over a medium–low heat for about 7 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft. Discard the garlic. Drain the pasta and add to the tomato sauce, mixing well to combine over a high heat for a minute or so. Remove from the heat, then stir in the mozzarella. Reduce the oven temperature to 180oC fan/200oC/400oF/gas mark 6. Drizzle a little extra-virgin olive oil into a baking dish. Place the peppers in the dish and fill them with the pasta mixture, covering them with their little ‘hats’. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, leave to rest for a couple of minutes, then serve.

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This light pasta, steam-baked with king prawns (jumbo shrimp), will surely delight your guests as they open their parcels of delicious goodness! Steam-baking is not only a feast for the eyes, but a lovely light way of cooking that locks all the flavours in. I have used ready-foiled parchment paper, but if you can’t find it, use a sheet of parchment paper inside a sheet of foil and make sure you wrap tightly so that none of the juices can escape during cooking. Serves 4 150 ml/5 fl oz/ 2/3 cup Basil Pesto (see page 168 or use a readymade variety) extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling 8 raw king prawns (jumbo shrimp), cleaned 125 ml/4 fl oz/½ cup white wine

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Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta for half of the cooking time stated on the packet. Drain well, mix with half of the pesto sauce and set aside. Spread 4 x foil-lined parchment paper sheets out on your work surface (foil-side down) and drizzle each with a little extra-virgin olive oil. Divide the linguine into 4 portions and place a portion on each sheet, top each with 2 king prawns, followed by the remaining pesto and a little salt and pepper. Drizzle white wine over each portion and a little extra-virgin olive oil. Wrap the parcels well, place on a baking sheet and bake in the hot oven for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve each parcel on an individual plate with a slice of lemon each and a few basil leaves to garnish.

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around and run an auction - and never looked back.” Undoubtedly the TV show has boosted things even further with the Saturday auctions now standing room only and during the week there is a constant stream of people viewing what will be in the latest sale. The programme is also currently Yesterday’s biggest ratings hit.

Rows of classic MGs waiting to go under the hammer


INTERVIEW WITH STEVE HAWORTH NOW I am not usually a fan of ‘reality’ TV shows as they seem aimed at those less intelligent members of society… but one big exception is Bangers & Cash. Just about to hit our screens on Freeview’s Yesterday channel for a second series, it follows the action at a classic car auction company in North Yorkshire – Mathewsons. Boss Derek with a vintage truck

Having stumbled across the show, which follows an amazing array of classic vehicles from ‘barn find’ to proud new owners, I became hooked and lapped up every episode of series one. We saw everything from vintage Rolls Royces to Bond Bugs go under the hammer at the auctioneers in the picturesque village of Thornton-le-Dale, some vehicles immaculately restored and others abandoned wrecks. But what makes the show for me are the characters we meet as the cars, motorbikes and commercials find new homes - from the sellers, who in many cases have cherished their vehicle for decades, to excited buyers 24

and the family dynasty which owns and runs Mathewsons. Head of the family is Derek, who ably assisted by sons Paul and Dave supervises the sale of around 200 vehicles each week along with putting a mountain of motoring memorabilia under the hammer. Also a key member of the team is office manager Sarah, who features prominently as she tries to make sure all runs like clockwork. Together they contribute to an entertaining, interesting and highly watchable show – although it helps if, like me, you are a classic car fan. I managed to get an interview with Derek during yet another busy day at the auctions, but he explained it was not always like that. He said: “We were selling classics and memorabilia for many years but got fed up with people who would phone up and keep us talking for half an hour about a particular car, saying they were coming over to view it but then never turning up. “It was very disheartening, not only for me but the lad as well so in 2012 we decided to switch things

Derek added: “I am still amazed at some of the things which turn up and the money they can go for – two cars which particularly stick in my mind were both barn find wrecks, a 1960s Mini Cooper S which sold for £18,000 and an Aston Martin that fetched £125,000.” But the show is not all about exotic and rare machines and features more humble cars like Marinas, Cortinas and Austins. “It’s the car your dad used to drive or the one you took your first driving lesson in – those are the really interesting lots to many people,” said Derek. My behind the scenes tour of Mathewsons was certainly a day to remember and I can’t wait for the second series, which starts on Yesterday on Feb 6 and runs for 10 weeks. Series two promises to unearth even more amazing finds including a rare 1960s’ Bentley S3 in France, a classic Fiesta XR2 which sells back to its first ever owner after they tracked it down and a rare 1970s Sunbeam Lotus that was rotting away in a farmyard for 29 years. And the good news is a third series is already in the can with talks underway for more in the future! Bangers & Cash is a UKTV original production by air.tv. For more information see www.mathewsons.co.uk/bangerscash

From Mustangs to Marinas… they are all on offer at Mathewsons


LAND ROVER DISCOVERY NOW we all know Land Rovers are great in the rough stuff but I am sometimes still amazed when I get the chance to take part in some real off road action. So it was recently when those nice people from Jaguar Land Rover invited yours truly on the first UK drive event for the new Discovery Sport. Launched in 2015 the mid-sized SUV has proved very popular becoming JLR’s second best seller after the Evoque with over 100,000 sales so I was looking forward to taking the new car for an extended on road test plus the chance to tackle their off road experience course in NorthYorkshire.

grille and bumpers – JLR also say the new car is 13 per cent stiffer. New for 2019 are 48-volt mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) powertrains on Discovery Sport petrol auto models. First launched on the new Range Rover Evoque, the system uses an engine-mounted starter/generator to harvest energy during deceleration and stores it in an under-floor battery. At speeds below 11mph the engine will shut off when the driver applies the brakes before redeploying the stored energy to assist the engine under acceleration and so reduce fuel consumption.

On the outside there are new signature LED lights at the front and rear, an updated front

The former proved invaluable during the off road session allowing you to see what is ahead when cresting a steep incline or where your front wheels are on treacherous ground. Innovative Terrain Response 2 technology also ensures you can wade rivers (up to 600mm deep), climb mountains and explore places other SUVs cannot reach. The new Discovery Sport is available in S, SE and HSE trim in addition to the R-Dynamic variants that have unique bumpers and bodywork details. I got to try both petrol and diesel versions including the mid-range P200 S R-Dynamic (£41,425) with the mild hybrid system which was both quick and sure-footed hitting 60 in 8.6 seconds yet returning up to 36mpg. The most efficient Disco Sport is the frontwheel Drive 150HP diesel manual which can do up to a shade under 50mpg. Other highlights include wireless charging for compatible mobile devices, a 4G WiFi hotspot and USB and 12-volt connectivity points for all occupants while ‘Smart Settings’ uses artificial intelligence to learn driver preferences, adjusting massage and seat positions, music and climate settings and steering column positioning. Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist is optional however.

A near two hour drive from the Lake District to the centre near Skipton proved the new Disco Sport to be a change up from the outgoing model.JLR say it is a new car from the ground up but the ‘premium compact’ SUV still looks a lot like the outgoing model. One of the biggest changes is the interior which features the latest user-friendly technology, more premium materials and improved comfort.The latest Disco Sport is also a full seven seater with reasonable room given to people in the third row and is quieter, more spacious and better equipped.

definition rear-view camera which transforms the rear view mirror into a wide screen at the flick of a switch.

An even more efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant will also join the range soon. Other new features include cameras beneath the front grille and facing forward below the door mirrors which allow the driver to ‘see through’ the bonnet on the touch screen (an option on lower spec models) and a high-

Prices range from £31,575 for the 2WD diesel manual up to £48,575 for the R-Dynamic HSE auto P250 petrol and the new Discovery Sport is on sale now. For more information see www.landrover.co.uk To view more of Steve's testdrives visit our website www.50plusmagazine.co.uk 25





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Be inspired by our exhibitions! We’ve artist led craft activities, painting, drawing and creative fun for all the family on the first Saturday of the month. Drop in activities, no need to book. All Super Saturday activities run 1 – 3pm and are FREE. Our next Super Saturdays are: 2 February 2 March 6 April Join our extra special Super Saturday as we take part in the Fun Palace festival on Sat 6 October, drop in from 11am – 3pm to take part in our annual drawing festival! Gallery Oldham is full of fun, creative and exciting activities, events and workshops for children & families of all ages. From our early years sessions to our small cinema viewings there’s always something to bring your little ones to. As well as our regular events, we also have activities in our gallery spaces and landings which are linked to our exhibitions. We also guarantee to have at least one family friendly exhibition at all times Gallery Oldham Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL T: 01617704653 www.visitoldham.com



This breathtaking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music. It stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the boys guested on BBC One's Saturday night live programme, “The One and Only”, hosted by Graham Norton. Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster. Middleton Arena LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way Middleton M24 1AG For Box Office ticket sales, please call 0300 303 8633

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Darren Page will entertain you with all of Orbison’s biggest hits. With a setlist that includes ‘I Drove all Night’, ‘Running Scared’, ‘In Dreams’ and many, many more, the memories are endless as Darren covers everything from Orbison’s early years with Sun Records to his stint with supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. Tickets £17.00 on sale from 22nd February Playhouse 2, 2 Newtown St, Shaw, Oldham OL2 8NX TeL: 01706 841697


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Bolton's award winning market is a great day out and has everything you need for a freshly prepared meal. With everything under one roof at good prices and from all local businesses. The market has over 200 stalls to choose from located both indoor and outdoor which are all under cover. Customers travel for miles just to visit the famous fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetable halls, lifestyle hall and food court seating area. How to find us ;

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HOW TO COPE WITH A LOVED ONE WHO IS LIVING WITH DEMENTIA It can be very upsetting to see a loved one with dementia. If you feel overwhelmed by the level of care needed for your loved one, do not hesitate to contact professional help or book an appointment with your GP. There are several excellent voluntary agencies that support carers as well as sufferers.

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to turn on the washing machine or labelling where things are in the kitchen and have important phone numbers by the phone. Practical solutions can make a huge difference to daily life. It is also important to attempt to make their life as safe as possible. Forgetfulness could mean leaving windows and doors open and not switching off appliances. Try to make sure this doesn’t occur with regular checks and phone calls. Understand that moods and personality traits of a loved one with dementia will change. Sometimes someone with dementia can get very upset by a sudden movement or sound so bear this in mind with any activities you do together. Look to attend a Dementia Friends session which helps to raise awareness and understanding of Dementia. Dementia Friends commit to 5 Key Messages that help to increase awareness of the conditions. There are currently over 3 million Dementia Friends in the UK. Bluebird Care Rochdale delivers these sessions each month in their offices or across the community, so if you would like to learn more then give them a call on 01706 759933.

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