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Twittering on With Angela Kelly Just get on with life – don’t dissect it I’M not a major fan of New Year Resolutions – mostly because my track record means I hardly ever keep them beyond January 12.

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However, I’m going to make an exception this year, thanks to a rather game 90 year-old called Vera. She booked an 11-day P & O cruise with a 91 year-old man she had met just 45 minutes before. She was on a coach trip and when they stopped for lunch, this charmer called John – not with her group – got chatting to Vera over a glass of wine about holidays. The upshot was that he took her over the road to the travel agents and paid £3,700 for them to have an 11-day Mediterranean trip.





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It was all above board: they had separate beds and enjoyed a lovely time. But the really interesting bit of this rather sweet tale is Vera’s take on the whole thing. When asked why she had done it, she replied: “I would say to people ‘Seize the day’.” Coming from a feisty 90 year-old, that is good advice. In other words, don’t waste too much time pondering over everything – just get on with living. Now that will mean different things to different people. To the adventurous, it might mean going travelling for a year, sailing right around the British Isles, finally getting a tattoo or changing your hair colour – or your husband. It might be something much less dramatic like taking a new work qualification, starting a particular hobby you’ve always been interested in or booking that longed-for sunshine holiday. Whatever it is, the message is clear. Life is just too short to worry too much

about the small stuff. So why not grab it by the horns and simply enjoy it? And the interesting postscript to Vera’s story is that John asked her to go on holiday with him again – to the Caribbean. Our Vera, though, has other plans. “I just haven’t got the time to waste,” she stated. “I could pop off tomorrow – I’ve got things to do.” Just love it!

Old stations and routes could be back on track THE name “Dr Beeching” may not mean much these days but at one time it was synonymous with the destruction of the Great British Railway as we knew it. Richard Beeching was, for a short time, chairman of British Rail as it then was and an affiliate of the Labour Party who, in the early 1960s, became a household name for restructuring the national rail network. His “axe” fell on more than 4,000 route miles and dozens of small stations were closed on cost and efficiency grounds. His name has been back in the papers more recently because the current Government is suggesting re-opening some of these lost lines and stations in order to drive house-building nationally. Irrespective of any political motives, this seems like a fascinating move to me and, I would guess, to many other people who love train travel. It’s such a sensible way to move through this country of ours, seeing villages and towns in a relaxed way that driving can never offer. Of course, it won’t be like in Dr Beeching’s day. Trains and train travel have altered dramatically in the intervening years. Although trains are generally more comfortable, a lack of investment and rolling stock has also meant that some busy commuter routes

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have turned into “sardine specials” with passengers cramped and standing in a small number of carriages.

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The plan may mean, though, much better and easier journeys for many, and the opening up of areas which currently struggle for direct transport. I suppose we shall see exactly what it involves as 2018 unfolds.

WE’VE all heard plenty about “fake news” over the last year or two and how information can be manipulated especially via social media.

For me, though, the plan transports me back to the regular train journeys when I was young and each Summer we journeyed to my mother’s home town of Swansea in South Wales and the glorious Mumbles’ coast. As the miles clicked by and all the little stations took us nearer to our destination, my Mum’s Welsh accent got broader and broader and we all became more relaxed. Trains do that. They allow you to sit back and consider life. And if this new plan promotes easier, stress-free travel then it will definitely be a move in the right direction.

As a journalist, I’m always horrified that anyone will accept spurious stories on face-value because I’ve had a working life of checking and re-checking information before it goes out to the public. It’s just all too easy to see something online and take it as true because someone else has put it out there. Commonsense, really, dictates that we should question the source and try to verify it but sometimes I guess we just can’t be bothered. All of which is why it’s good news that, according to a report from Ofcom – the UK’s communications’ regulator - children are becoming increasingly savvy about fake news on social media.

More than half of youngsters aged 12 to 15 use Facebook and Twitter to access news online. Often, they click on stories that have been recommended by “friends” in their network or by users they “follow”. They like to access news in this way. Now, however, they are becoming more selective about trusting these articles. The majority are making an effort to check out these items for veracity, possibly with other news’ sources, and are also checking if it was published by an organisation they can trust. This is very heartening, especially as, if they do discover an item is fake, they will often alert parents or another family member and may post comments telling others that it’s false. All we need now is for adults to follow their lead and question news’ sources, relevance and accuracy and we’ll raise news’ reporting standards at a stroke.

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Up Pompeii - Roaming Around a Roman Treasure By Dave Harcombe from Silver Travel Advisor Off to Pompeii. We had obviously upset the Roman Gods, somehow, because as we set off on the train from Sorrento it began to rain in torrents. The great Vesuvius was hidden by mist and clouds. Water everywhere and people too. The roads, paved with Vesuvian stone, were underwater—it felt a bit like rock pooling on Bamburgh beach. Over 3 million visit Pompeii each year and it appeared that most were here today. Hordes of people splashing water everywhere. And, of course, Japanese coach parties running from one photographic site to another. Sightseeing at a pace. Very few with coats, never mind umbrellas. We had come prepared. If the Roman army could live for years along Hadrian's Wall wearing nothing more than flimsy Italian designer clothing then a good old British brolly should do the trick in Pompeii. And we were unlucky with the weather; it’s more often beautifully warm and sunny. Pompeii is amazing. The visual drama is intense. Rough and rugged, beautiful and so atmospheric. The eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 flung a deep,



protective blanket of pumice over the whole town and its surrounding landscape. It lay completely buried for centuries and was only rediscovered in the 1700’s. Brought back to life from its ash-filled grave, it continues to reveal discoveries of unparalleled value and breathtaking detail. To many, Pompeii is just a load of ruins, but for others, me included, this UNESCO World heritage site represents

The preservation is staggering; loaves of bread in an oven, a bowl of eggs on a table. Even the people themselves have left us their body casts, entombed in ash. I began to imagine hooves on stone echoing through the narrow streets. Look carefully and you can make out the furrows left by heavy wagons that passed to and fro. Via dell' Abbondanza was the main street in the town. It was lively with open bars and takeaways facing the street. On every corner a Subway and Starbucks of the day. Like a moment frozen in time, it really captures the imagination and brings history to life. Wooden shades overhung the entrances providing relief from the blistering sun, and the rain today. A jumble of terracotta red roofs, this was a busy, thriving Roman town. Stepping stones enabled the good folk of

TRAVEL Above the five cubicles are painted images of sexual acts. Pictorial notice boards of the services on offer, perhaps? Or just ancient erotica, there to arouse prior to activities? An early Viagra maybe? A fascinating insight into Pompeii leisure time. We finally began to tire a little after seeing so many amazing and thought-provoking things. Time for a rest. In deference to Mars, the Roman God of War, we ate one of his chocolate bars. It did the trick. The sun began to shine and the crowds began to thin out. Grazie.

Factbox: The best way to visit Pompeii is with a company that doesn’t rush you around but gives you the whole day to take it all in, with an expert guide to bring it to life, and with several days to explore the magnificent archaeology and scenery of the whole Bay of Naples, including Herculaneum, the National Archaeological Museum, and other fabulous sites.

Pompeii to cross the roads with ease - ye olde Pedestrian crossings, with gaps to allow carts to pass unhindered along the road. It is a fallacy that the phallus was simply an erotic symbol. It is thought that in the Roman world it was also a symbol of good luck and happiness. No more erotic than hanging up a horseshoe. It was quite a common presence in the town, playfully carved or painted on the walls, or fashioned into oil lamps and objet d’art. The archaeological museum in Naples has a whole room full of such art. An attractive Italian lady had "L'ammore nun s'accate e nun se venne" emblazoned across the front of her t-shirt. It translates as “you can't buy or sell love”. Well maybe not love, but certainly in Pompeii you could buy sex. Plenty of it, in the Lupinare—the brothel. It is fascinating and the most popular attraction in the town.

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Bspoke Tours – Bike and Boat By Jennie Carr from Silver Travel Advisor The best things in life are so often simple, and so it is with Bspoke Tours and their Bike and Boat trip in Italy, cycling from Venice to Mantua. Take a large converted barge, many bicycles (some electric), an international group of passengers of all ages, great Italian food, a hilarious and charming crew and two expert guides for a week of cycling along the mighty River Po. You cycle along the rivers during the day, meeting the boat late afternoon, for a short cruise to an evening destination, where you take a walk for cultural points of interest, have dinner onboard and then repeat again tomorrow! It’s a recipe that’s attractive to couples, single travellers and families – we had three generations on our trip, which was in total a small group of around 30. We travelled with Italians, Swiss, Brits, Germans, Canadians and Americans. What’s more the cycling is flat, a word I like in relation to bicycles. Distance I can do, hills I’m not keen on. Everyone is provided for – the



ebikes a real bonus for older legs and clever tandems, where a child’s bike can couple (and de-couple) easily from an adult bike for younger legs. Our age range of 7 and a half (most important) to 82 worked beautifully!

This trip is a variation of the escorted tour (a self-guided option is available) and as always in this situation, much depends on your guides. Our Dutch, endlessly energetic and efficient Hugo, proficient in all languages needed (at least 5!) and a positive walking Wiki on this route was partnered by Italian, friendly Frederico – a European version of Little and Large, if I’m honest! We were delighted to leave the planning and logistics in their highly capable hands, we woke up and did as instructed – a holiday in itself. And I must highly commend the ‘extras’ which


we were not expecting, walks around the destinations where we moored, full of interest and information. I’m always humbled by in-depth knowledge – Hugo had it in spades! We hit the trail on day 3, having spent time in Venice on foot on the day before. The boat left Venice, in the mist, very evocative, with a parting glance at St Mark’s from the water. We headed to the island Litorale di Lido, playground of the rich and famous, glamourous and sophisticated, as could be seen from the fabulous houses.

Mornings started briskly at about 8am for breakfast and ‘packed’ lunch making, with seats in the saddle being taken by 9am at the latest! The 7.57am to Marylebone it was not. A pitstop at a beach café and then on to ferry for 5 minutes to Pellestrina, with an entirely different atmosphere: it is a working fisherman’s island with scores of trawlers along the promenade. You sense not much has changed here in generations. Just one bar was open for lunchtime drinks, the siesta is still an essential part of life here. The cycling was easy along well marked trails or almost empty roads. We picked up the boat and sailed to Chioggia, for an afternoon walk in the sunshine. The town has an impressive fishing fleet and is a combination of working port, with a charming town. Our evening routine then followed: shower and change, pre-dinner drinks on the sun deck, a hilarious explanation of the meal by our Italian chefs (a career in TV must surely be waiting!) and then we ate companionably at three long tables, a set menu with variations

for any with ‘dietary requirements’. Good value local wines (including a very decent Amarone), beer and soft drinks were available and paid for at the end of the trip. We took a further evening stroll in Chioggia, although bed was calling after all the fresh air and exercise! No sluggards on this trip, and we were excited to enjoy what each day would bring. Hugo’s enthusiasm, the jolly exchanges with our companions and the sheer glory of Italy, fresh air and exercise made this week filled with pleasure and many happy memories, and remarkably free of any aches and pains. Silver Travel Advisor recommends BSpoke Bike & Boat Holidays. Visit or call 020 7471 7750 for more details. Prices from £1,025 including • Full board - all meals included • Flights and transfers • Luggage transfers • Route maps and instructions

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Planning For The Future Everyone should consider some basic legal planning to make sure that their families and loved ones are protected in case of future events which can affect anyone. Here we consider the “essentials” of making a Will, Lasting Power of Attorney and Gift of Property into Trust. REASONS TO MAKE A WILL Making a Will is important, particularly when you realise that without a Will, the Government will decide who will receive your money and possessions after you die. Unfortunately this can cause many difficulties for your surviving family and relatives at an already distressing time. By making a Will you can help alleviate additional pressures on your family. The myth that ‘my wife will receive everything anyway’ is not true. Your estate would be shared out in accordance with the ‘Statutory Legacy’ rules and your wife may not receive the whole estate or even enough to enable her to keep the matrimonial home. When it comes to ‘common law husband or wife’, there is no such thing. Only people who are legally married or have formed a civil partnership will be classed as husband, wife or civil partner and only they can enjoy the benefits of automatically inheriting part of their spouse’s estate. If you are not married you would have to go to Court to claim part of the estate which will come with the usual costs and expenses. Children are another reason why it is important to make a Will. If something was to happen to you and your children were still minors or disabled, you can appoint Guardians to look after them. It is also important if you are married for a second time and have children from a previous relationship. If you were to die first and your estate was below the ‘Statutory Legacy’ your whole estate would pass to your second spouse and your children would have no absolute right to anything.


If you are legally separated the ‘Statutory Legacy’ will still apply until the divorce is finalised so if you want your estate to pass to someone else then you must make a Will. You should have your Will prepared by an experienced Lawyer who will make sure all the relevant points are covered especially if your Will is complicated and Tax Planning Advice may be required.

LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY Most people know they should have a Will, but have you considered what would happen if you were to become unable to manage your own affairs during your lifetime? Who would make difficult financial and personal decisions on your behalf? You can protect yourself by making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). The LPA is a legal document in which you can appoint another person or persons as Attorney(s) to act on your behalf in relation to your financial affairs and/or personal welfare if you become unable to do so for yourself. The LPA was introduced under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and must be registered with the Court of Protection before it can be used. It is useful if you are ill or in hospital or residential care when it is difficult for you to look after your personal finances or welfare. The LPA comes in two parts - one deals with your financial affairs i.e. managing your Bank Accounts and Investments and also selling your property if required. The other part deals with your personal welfare i.e. issues relating to your personal care and where you should live and also giving or refusing consent to certain medical treatment. It is important to note that you can only make an LPA if you have sufficient mental capacity and this has to be confirmed by a Certificate Provider. In some cases it may be necessary to obtain a Doctor’s opinion if there is any doubt. It is also important to note that it does not take away your independence as one of the main principles of the Act is that capacity is decision specific and Attorneys should assist people to make their own decisions wherever possible. If you should lose capacity without having an LPA in place then it will be necessary for someone to apply to the Court of Protection for authority to deal with your affairs which

FINANCE can be a very slow and expensive process. An LPA is an important legal document which should be properly prepared and explained to you by an experienced Lawyer.

GIFT OF PROPERTY INTO TRUST Most people are concerned about the costs of long term residential care. Currently if your assets exceed £23,250 including the value of your property then you will be self funding and have to pay for the cost of your care yourself. The biggest concern for most people is that you may have to sell your house to pay for the care. However it is possible to avoid this by giving your property away during your lifetime, usually to your children. The gift however must be made in good time and not simply with the intention of avoiding future care fees otherwise it may be caught by the Local Authority’s anti-avoidance measures. You could simply make an outright gift to your children but as you will probably wish to continue to live in your property this could cause problems if you were to fall out with them or they were to experience matrimonial problems or bankruptcy. It could lead to someone else making a claim against their share of your property. Additionally, it could also cause problems for your children as owning a share of a second property could

give rise to possible Capital Gains Tax implications on the eventual sale of the property. We would therefore always recommend that a gift of property should be a gift into Trust which would protect you and your children from most of these potential difficulties. The Trust would provide for you to remain living in the property for as long as you wish on the basis that you continue to be responsible for all the outgoings as at present. The Trust can also provide for the property to be sold and a replacement property purchased for you to live in if you so wished. When you no longer live in the property for whatever reason, the Trust would come to an end and the property could be sold with the proceeds divided between your children. In this way you would no longer be treated as the legal owner of the property if you were to be assessed for long-term care fees and also as you are occupying the property which is held in trust this usually means that main residence exemption from Capital Gains Tax can be claimed although this is decided by the Revenue on a case to case basis.

Obviously giving away your property is a major decision and is irrevocable which requires specialist legal advice.

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Debbie Harry

Delighting UK Audiences Since The 70’s DEBBIE Harry has been delighting UK audiences in the same way that she first did 50 years ago – with a mixture of talent and charisma. The Blondie star is unbelievably now 72 and still looks like the startling singer who first crashed into the public consciousness in the early 1970s. Her career is the stuff of films. In fact, glamorous Malin Akerman did play her in a film about seminal punk club CBGB. But any director would struggle to cover the broad spread of events, achievements and milestones in her life so far. She was born Angela Tremble in Miami, Florida but at three months was adopted by Catherine and Richard Smith Harry and raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey.


In the 1960s, she worked as a Playboy Bunny and hung out at Max’s Kansas City, a famous nightspot frequented by pop artist Andy Warhol. Her professional singing career began in 1968 as a backing singer with a folk band which later broke up but in 1973, she met Chris Stein who became her longtime boyfriend. They were both in a group called the Stilletoes. Then, together, they created punk rock/New Wave group Blondie in 1974. It was originally called Angel and the Snake but eventually took its name from the catcalls numerous truck-drivers would yell out to Debbie in the street. Her bleached blonde hair, sparkling green eyes, photogenic face and seductive voice teamed with a series of catchy songs - mostly co-writtten by her - quickly became a successful formula for the group. They swiftly transcended the cult elitism of punk to enjoy

mainstream hits in the US and UK, with Debbie taking on iconic status during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She had always wanted to be an underground artist and her new role satisfied her. As she later recalled: “That was what I always felt was the beauty of rock ‘n’ roll, it was entertainment and showbiz yet it had the idea of the voice of the people. It had an essence to it which was socially motivated. “Not that I want to change the world, you know? But it was sort of relevant to real life. It involved the real essence of poetry or the real essence of fine art. But it was also entertainment. That was the real vitality.” Whatever the formula, Blondie and Debbie Harry proved to be a major success with the record-buying public, sending hit singles like Heart of Glass, Picture This, Sunday Girl, Hanging on


Blondie in 1977

the Telephone, Call Me and the Tide is High soaring up the charts. Like many groups do, however, Blondie broke up in 1982. Debbie took a few years out to care for Chris Stein, who had been diagnosed with a rare auto-immune skin disease, then she moved onto a solo career. This allowed her not only to record solo albums but to take up a film and TV career which saw her become a highly visible star. She played a female wrestler in Teaneck Tanzi on Broadway and even dyed her hair red for her role as James Woods’ masochistic girlfriend in the film Videodrome.

The British public clearly still has an appetite for both Blondie and its music, and they are certainly still fascinated by Debbie Harry. She once said: “The only person I really believe in is me”. And perhaps it is that unique element of her that has so caught the attention of her fans over the years and is now bemusing a new generation. Well, she is unusual. After all, not everyone can be immortalised as a Barbie Doll as she was – and still be wowing the concert crowds in her 70s.

Blondie re-formed in 1997 and achieved renewed success and a No.1 single in the UK with Maria in 1999 – exactly 20 years after the group’s first UK No.1 single with Heart of Glass. They have sold more than 40 million albums over the years. The group has toured extensively and regularly throughout the world ever since and was inducted into the Rock ad Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Their 11th studio album, Pollinator, was released in May this year. The title is not a random choice. Debbie has long been associated with a variety of good causes and has put on many benefit shows for AIDS charities as well as being outspoken on various subjects. She is currently running Blondie’s BEE Connected Campaign to raise awareness of the decline in the bee population by promoting organisations dedicated to conserving and improving the health of pollinators through education, consumer empowerment and political activation.


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HOME “You wouldn’t buy a cream carpet if you had four children, two dogs and lived on a farm, or a large corner sofa and lived in a tiny high-rise apartment, would you?” Another mistake is painting a wall in a colour you have seen in a magazine or on TV “and realising it looks totally different in your own home and doesn’t work with the lighting or wall texture.” Vicky also warns against taking on complex DIY projects, thinking that you’re an expert. “If you see something like creating shelves on TV, Facebook or Pinterest and then just go ahead and try it, it may well not work out,” she states. “Leave it to the professionals.” However, there are many areas in the home you can tackle for yourself that will transform your rooms and enhance daily living.

Simple ways to update your home WHEN it comes to updating your home and changing the décor and furnishings we tend to view it as stepping into a major minefield. How can we alter our rooms without spending a fortune? What are the latest design trends and will they be suitable for our house or apartment? How can I really bring a fresh look to rooms easily and without major disruption?

beds and especially sofas,” she states. “People also buy for how these items look and if they’re on trend and don’t think about whether they will suit their purpose and fit in with their lifestyle."

“Don’t panic!” is the advice from interior design consultant Vicky Callan. She regularly deals with people revamping rooms – and sometimes fixing mistakes they have made – and suggests a cool head when it comes to making changes at home.


HALLWAYS can soon become dark places unless you work to maximise every bit of light. So, opt for very light wallpaper or paint and use mirrors to open up even the most cramped hall. In a small hall, try to avoid cluttering it up with too much furniture. Go for wall hooks rather than a hallstand and a built-in cupboard for shoes and wellies rather than a freestanding one. Ditch old carpets and choose something fresh and practical like a wood or smart vinyl flooring. You’ll be surprised at the designs and colours available in the latest floor coverings so it’s worth consulting a local flooring expert.

At this point, it’s worth taking a deep breath and doing some research. It’s also important to ensure that any new look to your home is something that you’re going to be happy with every single day.

First of all, Vicky points to mistakes that people often make when they upgrade rooms and change furniture, furnishings and décor. “One of the most common is not measuring items of furniture, TVs,

A new FRONT DOOR can make a major difference to your home. It’s not only an important part of the outside look of your property but is also the welcoming gateway to your home. A fresh coat of paint might suffice to fresh up your door but it may be worth investing in a new one, especially one with glass to allow in more light. Consult a local supplier with a good reputation and get advice on what will work in your home.

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Be objective about your LOUNGE or living-room. This is somewhere you will probably use a large part of the time so you want it to look and be comfortable and inviting.You may want to upgrade furniture or invest in a new suite. Vicky suggests keeping colours light and airy “but add a contrast colour to occasional furniture with pictures and cushions.”

Use the room’s features to their best advantage. “If you have a bay window, for example, make the most of it and use it as a feature, moving curtains back into the wall, letting more light in. Floor to ceiling curtains will give the room height,” adds Vicky. Cushions and throws in different textures “keep things interesting,” she says, “and mirrors will reflect light into the room and give the illusion of space.” If you want to be bang up-to-date with your décor, Vicky states that a bright, refreshing green called Greenery is the 2017 Pantone Colour of the Year. The industrial look is also still on trend. “Mixing patterns in fabrics like patchwork effects for cushions and bed throws is also very popular, along with lots of designs with butterflies.” Texture is important in fabrics for sofas and also textured rugs. Madeto-order furniture and lighting are also now much more accessible through independent businesses for homeowners to find and commission.

Installing window blinds is one of the easiest and most effective ways to instantly change the appearance of a room in your home. Window blinds come in an endless variety of styles, colours, and patterns, allowing you to create the perfect look in your kitchen, living room, or bathroom. Sovereign Blinds of Leyland offer a free home visit and quote service. All of their blinds are made-to-measure for a professional fit. Your in-home advisor will take precise measurements and return to deliver and fit your finished blind at a time that’s convenient to you. Then all you need to do is sit back and enjoy your beautiful blinds. KITCHENS can gain a brighter look with painted walls or by investing in new items like a kettle or storage jars. Continue a new colour scheme with a piece of suitable artwork on the wall and new floor covering in something durable but attractive.

If you can’t afford a new kitchen currently, why not change doors on your units or opt for new work surfaces? It’s surprising what a big difference that can make to a kitchen. Treat yourself to professionally measured and made curtains or blinds here, and make the window into a real feature. The current trend for BATHROOMS is still to go for pristine white suites. But you can add your signature touches through tiles or painting doors or walls in a clean, sharp shade. Take this new colour through into towels and even clever ornaments, strategically placed. Investing in a new mirror will also give your bathroom a fresh and appealing look.

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HOME And if you are thinking of updating your bathrom here is our guide to creating the perfect family bathroom HAVE Plenty of storage Bath time needs to transform from fun playtime to serene relaxation so adequate storage is really important. As well as toys you’ll need to accommodate the extra Toiletries, cleaning products, towels and linen. Pull out draws and shelves makes storage stylish but practical (nothing can hide at the back, meaning mollies favourite bath toys doesn’t got lost). install Heated towel rail & Electric under floor heating With so many family members using the bathroom on a daily basis heated towel rails are a fabulous way of keeping a nice temperature in the room as well keeping towels fluffy, warm and dry. Electric under floor heating will assist in keeping the room a nice ambient temperature but also helps dry the floor preventing slips after splish-splash bath time.

Easy clean & maintenance Busy family life means keeping your bathroom clean and tidy should be easily maintained. Your design choices can make all the difference. Make sure you have the best fan, this will protect you against nasty mildew. Innovative product design means toilets can be rimless and include quick release easy clean seat (because we all want that chore to be as quick and easy as possible) Also your tile choice, try to go floor to ceiling, a well fitted, quality tile will be there forever and takes the pain of painting every few years away. Think Child Friendly Opt for products like soft closing toilet seats, thermostatic showers reduce the risk of scalding as well as mono mixer taps can have temperature regulators them too. Anti-slip shower trays, baths and tiles are also readily available and can reduce the risk of slips and falls. Think about design, perhaps more curved features on baths and vanity units, reducing scrapes or bumps.

Plan for the morning rush hour If possible consider some of these time and queue saving ideas, to avoid the manic morning rush. Twin basins get two dirty faces washed and ready to go, twin showers and double ended baths come in useful in these situations. Separating the WC proves popular, too. We spend a large part of our lives in our BEDROOMS so it’s definitely worth getting everything just right here. Vicky advises buying new sheets as “what you use to cover your bed will set the room. Keep it simple – go for fresh white or cream sheets and up-to-date cushions or even change your headboard. “One of my favourite modern additions to any bedroom is an upholstered headboard,” insists Vicky. “It’s just the go-to piece.” Change bedside lamps and add a feature light – “a chandelier is perfect,” she add. “And re-position your bed if you can and make a new feature wall with wallpaper.” Healthbeds have been helping people enjoy a healthier night’s sleep for over one hundred years. By combining state of the art technology with traditional craftsmanship we are able to produce high quality, individually made beds using only the finest materials helping our customers get the best night’s sleep they’ve ever had.

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HOME Spruce up your space Again, before your guests arrive, take a few hours to spruce up your space. You’ll be a much more relaxed host if you’re not kicking things under the sofa or apologising for the state of the kitchen if you’ve given it the once-over. So, do the little things you’ll be grateful for later: empty the dishwasher so it’s good to go when you need it, and take the bin out so you have a fresh liner for the night. If you’re hosting a film night, make sure the sofa is clean and that the cushions are well-plumped up. Lay out snacks on your coffee table

Hosting the Perfect Night in: How to Impress Your Guests Whether you’re hosting a movie night or a dinner, there’s a series of steps you can take to ensure your guests remember it for all the right reasons. If you’re a novice (or simply want some confirmation that you’re on the right track), here’s how to pull off the perfect night in…

you’re a pro at rustling up spaghetti and meatballs, don’t be afraid to serve steaming mountains of the meal. Make your meatballs and sauce ahead of time, ensure your water is hot and wellsalted, and just spent 10 minutes in the kitchen cooking your pasta and plating it up when it’s time to eat.

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Ensure you have plenty of side dishes – even if it’s just a great salad and some garlic bread – as well as something to cater for any dietary requirements your guests might have. And remember – it’s better to overfeed your guests than have any of them go hungry.

Start by making a list of everything you need, and shopping for it the day ahead of your event. That will help to keep your stress levels to an absolute minimum, and will ensure you’ve left yourself a full day to run to the shops to get whatever it is you end up forgetting. Choose your menu carefully Whether you’re just having friends over for a movie night or are entertaining a crowd for dinner, you’re going to be serving food of some sort. If it’s the former, make sure you’ve stocked up on all the traditional movie night essentials such as popcorn and other tasty snacks. But if you’re hosting a dinner party? You’re going to need to do it properly. A dinner party is no time to try out a new recipe, so do yourself a favour by cooking your signature dish – if


Chill your wine There’s nothing more theatrical than swinging open the French doors on your fridge to reveal the stash of wine you’ve been chilling all day, so plan well ahead of time by cooling down your white wine and beer ahead of guests arriving. Don’t forget to chill some soft drinks too, as it’s likely someone will be drinking lemonade or Diet Coke.

Snacks are a great idea, as not only will they stave off hunger, they’ll also soak up the alcohol your guests are drinking. So, fill up your coffee table with crisps, nuts, olives and anything else that’s easy to pour into a bowl. Then, on a corner table, set out wine, beer, a corkscrew and some glasses: let your guests know they can help themselves in case you forget to top everyone up. Have a loosely structured plan Are you planning on serving dinner in your open plan kitchen diner? Will you be staying at the table for card games and wine afterwards? Or are you retiring to the living room for a movie? Have some idea of what’s happening next. But, don’t worry about making the night perfect: someone often ends up sharing YouTube videos if they come across a laptop, so just let it flow. Leave the tidying until tomorrow Finally, don’t let your guests lift a finger (unless they’re related to you). And try to leave the mess until the morning, or at least until your guests have gone – they won’t appreciate feeling like they’re cluttering up your home, and this kind of etiquette goes a long way in making a positive lasting impression.

Armed with these tips, you should be ready to host the perfect night in.


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JAMES MARTIN'S SLOW COOKING PORK AND ARMAGNAC TERRINE This dish is a must for me, as my family were pig farmers, and it’s from them that I got a real taste for pork. It’s just so simple, and uses all the best parts of the pig. The recipe comes from a château kitchen in the south of France, where I was inspired by its pure, simple flavours. There’s no need to be put off by making a terrine – it’s very simple, and it’s actually the dish it is cooked in (the terrine) that makes it easy for us. Serve it with pickles, chutney or gherkins and some crusty bread and butter. Serves 10–12 INGREDIENTS 300g pork liver 900g pork mince 120ml good white wine 6 tbsp Armagnac 16 thin back bacon rashers 2 eggs 100ml double cream 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper A good pinch of nutmeg 3 fresh thyme sprigs

First, the meat needs to marinate for 24 hours before cooking. Cut the pork liver into dice, place in a food processor and process to a purée. Combine with the pork mince in a large bowl, pour over the wine and Armagnac, mix well, cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge overnight. Preheat the oven to 140°C/275°F/Gas Mark 1. Line the sides and the base of a 30 x 11cm terrine with the bacon, allowing it to hang over the sides. To make the filling, whisk the eggs and the cream in a bowl and slowly pour onto the marinated pork meat mixture, then add the salt, pepper and nutmeg. Pack the mixture into the


terrine and press it down as you do so, with either a spoon or a spatula. Once the terrine is full, place the thyme on the top and fold the bacon over it, then cover with a lid or a piece of foil. Place the terrine into a deep baking tray and half-fill the tray with hot water, then cook in the oven for 1½ hours, or, if you have a thermometer probe, until the centre reaches 70°C/160°F. Leave the terrine to cool completely before putting it in the fridge to chill and set. Turn it out to serve.

SPICED RED LENTIL SOUP I’ve worked with many Indian chefs during my career, and I’ve managed to learn a lot about their food, but that’s just a drop in the ocean when you think of what’s out there. This was one of the soups we used to serve as a pre-starter for customers in the restaurant. Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 200g red lentils 1 tsp ground turmeric 2 tsp salt 2 dried red chillies 1 tsp coriander seeds ½ tsp cumin seeds ½ tsp fenugreek seeds ½ tsp black peppercorns 4 tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion 3 garlic cloves 4 tomatoes 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 fresh red chilli 6 curry leaves 4 tbsp fresh coriander leaves 4 tbsp Greek yoghurt sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place the lentils in a large saucepan with 2 litres water, turmeric and salt. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat, break the dried chillies into pieces and add to the pan with the coriander, cumin and fenugreek seeds and black peppercorns. Toast for 20 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove and place in a pestle and mortar or spice grinder, then grind to a powder. Finely chop the onion and garlic. Return the pan to the heat, add 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil, the onion and garlic, and cook gently for 10 minutes, until softened. Roughly chop the tomatoes. Add the spice mixture, onions and tomatoes to the lentils and bring to a simmer. Skim off and discard any scum, then cook for 1 hour over a very low heat, stirring occasionally. Shortly before serving, slice the fresh chilli. Heat another frying pan until very hot and add the remaining vegetable oil. When the oil is smoking, add the mustard seeds, fresh chilli and curry leaves, then quickly remove from the heat. Finely chop the coriander. Remove any last residue of scum from the soup, then transfer it to a blender in batches and process until smooth. Return it to the pan to heat through and add the tempered spices and coriander. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into serving bowls and finish with a spoonful of yoghurt. Serve immediately.


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RUMP OF LAMB WITH PROVENÇAL VEGETABLES Lamb rump should be much more popular than it is. It’s the ideal cut of meat for 1 or 2 people, almost a mini-joint on its own. It can be simply roasted (it takes about 15 minutes), but I prefer it pot-roasted like this, as you get much more flavour. The cut comes from the top of the leg.

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1 red onion 2 large courgettes 1 aubergine 2 red peppers 3 garlic cloves 50ml olive oil 2 x 300g lamb rumps off the bone 2 large fresh thyme sprigs 125ml white wine 16 Kalamata olives 300ml tomato juice 1 tsp sugar finely grated zest of 1 lemon 4 fresh basil leaves Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas mark 3. Cut the onions into 2.5cm dice, the courgettes into 4 large chunks, and the aubergine in half lengthways, then each half into 4. Cut the pepper in half, deseed it and then cut the pieces in quarters. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Place a deep, sturdy roasting pan over a medium heat until hot and add a drizzle of oil. Add the lamb and fry until golden brown on each side, then remove from the pan and set aside. Add the onions, courgettes, aubergines, peppers and garlic to the pan and fry for 2–3 minutes. Add the whole garlic cloves and thyme and the rest of the oil


and stir well. Return the lamb to the pan on top of the vegetables and cook in the oven for 1 hour. If it starts to dry out at all, add a splash of water. Once cooked, remove and allow to rest. Place the pan back over a high heat, add the white wine and bring to the boil, then add the olives and tomato juice. Return to the boil, add the sugar and season with salt and pepper. Grate the lemon zest and tear the basil leaves straight into the pan, then stir well. Remove from the heat, divide the vegetables between the plates, then slice each lamb rump and place the slices on top.

BRAISED HALIBUT WITH CHICKPEAS AND CHORIZO Spain has some of the best ingredients in the world. Of all the amazing produce you can find in the markets there, the pork products have to be the best of the bunch. Chorizo sausage is made from pork, salt and pimentón peppers, which give it a fantastic smoky flavour and rich colour. Look out for the picante (spicy) version, and try to buy soft cooking chorizo, rather than the drycured version, which is better for slicing.

Serves 4 ingredients 250g cooking chorizo 2 banana shallots 2 garlic cloves 2 fresh thyme sprigs 6 tomatoes 400g tinned chick peas, drained and rinsed 200ml white wine 500ml chicken stock 4 x 200g thick fillets halibut on the bone 2 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas mark 3. Slice the chorizo, thinly slice the shallots and crush the garlic cloves. Heat a flameproof casserole dish until medium hot, then add the chorizo and fry for 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the oil is released. Meanwhile, roughly chop the tomatoes. Add the shallots, garlic, thyme and tomatoes cook for a further 3–4 minutes.

halibut on top of the chick peas. Cover again and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 5 minutes before removing the lid. Roughly chop the parsley. Carefully lift out the fish using a fish slice and place on a serving dish. Stir the parsley into the chick peas, season with salt and pepper, and serve them alongside the fish.

Add the chick peas and stir well, then add the white wine and chicken stock and bring to the boil. Cover with the lid and bake in the oven for 1 hour, then remove and place the

Slow Cooking by James Martin (Quadrille, £12.99) Photography © Tara Fisher


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Out & About A guide to the amazing events around the region for 2018

10th August - 11th August

Walking With Dinosaurs at FlyDSA Arena

7th june - 12th June

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling. Operating in the heart of UK, we’re a hub for all documentary and non-fiction content across all platforms, from feature length to shorts, and including interactive, augmented reality, and virtual reality projects. Various Venues, Sheffield

23rd june - 30th June

Bradfield Festival of Music 2018 at St Nicholas' Church The award-winning Bradfield Festival of Music is an annual celebration of music performed in the Parish Church of St Nicholas’, a historic 12th century church set in the beautiful landscape of High Bradfield, Sheffield within the Peak District National Park. The Festival in 2018 will run from Saturday 23rd June to Saturday 30th June. The 2018 Festival will be our 21st Festival since its revival in 1998; evidence from the Bradfield Parish archives shows that a music festival was held in the Parish Church on Whit Monday in 1813, 1825 and 1835. Little did those festival organisers of 200 years ago know that a week-long festival would be happening in the same church today. Church of St. Nicholas, Bradfield

Seen by over 9 million people in more than 250 cities around the world, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular, is back. Starring Michaela Strachan* be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes. The dazzling $20 million production features new, state of the art technology, making this the biggest and best dinosaur show in the world. Internationally renowned designers have worked with scientists to create 18 life-size creatures, including the Stegosaurus, Raptors, and the terrifying Tyrannosaurus-rex! Broughton Lane, Sheffield

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31st March

The Simon and Garfunkel Story (50th Anniversary Tour) Direct from it’s success at London’s Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, a SOLD OUT Worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed! Civic Theatre, Rotherham


4th April

The Magic of Hollywood Lights, Camera…. Ballroom. Pasha Kovalev (from “BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing”) returns with his brand new show “The Magic of Hollywood” This amazing new show will be jam packed with sequins, glitz and glamour as Pasha takes to the stage with his sensational dancers as they perform “Oscar worthy performances” all set to a Hollywood theme…. it promises to be a night, not to be missed! Civic Theatre, Rotherham


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7th April

The Dressing Room Returning by public demand, the hilarious comedy play, written by Bobby Ball, that combines sitcom with variety and comedy. Part play, part variety show – a whole night of great entertainment! Set behind-the-scenes at a run-down theatre TOMMY CANNON and BOBBY BALL find themselves involved in the crazy goings-on of compère STU FRANCIS and fellow comic JOHNNIE CASSON. Civic Theatre, Rotherham


espite being within Sheffield's border, the Strines Inn could be a world away. Nestled amongst breathtaking moorland scenery, it is one of the local landmarks in the Peak District National Park.

Originally a manor house, it was built in 1275 for the Worrall family, although most of the present day structure is 16th Century. After becoming an Inn in 1771 when John Morton leased the property from the Worrall's, it got its name from an Olde English word meaning the meeting of water, quite appropriate as nowadays it overlooks the Strines Reservoir. In the height of Summer the Inn attracts hundreds of visitors on a daily basis. The glorious sunshine and stunning views perfectly compliment the excellent food and drink available, with many dishes being homemade. 21st April

Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise In 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise returns to the UK’s theatres for the 9th successive year. Taking you on a magical mystery tour through an era that changed the music world forever, where an amazing number of rock ‘n’ roll stars will be hitting the stage at each show. As the jukebox makes its selection, no two performances will be the same.Among the great rock ‘n’ roll legends the show pays tribute to are Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, The Big Bopper, Carl Perkins, Del Shannon, Eddie Cochran, the Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, Duane Eddy, Neil Sedaka, Connie Francis, Brenda Lee and the King himself – Elvis. Civic Theatre, Rotherham

The Strines Inn is also famous for its numerous peacocks, the previous Landlord having introduced several pairs twenty years ago, there are now over thirty of them. There is also accommodation available for those people looking to escape for a few days to relax. All rooms have Four poster beds and En-Suite facilities.


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Tomato Lycopene and Prostate Health By Prof T G Truscott (Keele University) and Prof Fritz Boehm (Medical Consultant, Berlin)

As men get older the risk of prostate diseases, from prostate enlargement to aggressive prostate cancer, increases. While enlargement is common in men aged over 50, the risk of getting prostate cancer is no more for such men than it is without this problem. The main prostate disease, which DOES concern older men, is prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with near 1000 new cases diagnosed every week – it can develop slowly. If you have a close male relative, such as your father or brother, with prostate cancer you are at a higher risk. This means if you have this disease your son(s) are also at a higher risk, especially so if another male relative has the disease. One of the most common tests for prostate cancer is a blood PSA test (Protein-Specific Antigen) - while this test can sometimes be unreliable (a high PSA level may not be due to cancer) it can be useful in detecting early prostate cancer.

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Another trial comes from America - Omer Kucuk (Oncology Professor, Detroit) studied men with existing prostate cancer who were to have radical prostatectomy. The trial results, (published in The American Institute of Cancer Research) led Professor Kucuk to report: “Lycopene from tomato extract may not only prevent prostate cancer but may also be useful to treat prostate cancer”. As well as these and other promising results for men with established prostate disease, what about those currently free of the disease but possibly at higher risk? Here, we believe the results of a large trial from the USA are important. Professor Edward Giovannucci, (Harvard Medical School), has followed 50,000 men, investigating the relationship between the incidence of prostate cancer and lycopene intake. In a recent paper (published in ‘The Journal of National Cancer Institute’ - Oxford University Press), he concluded: “Dietary intake of lycopene was associated with reduced risk of prostate cancer, especially lethal prostate cancer”.

Lycopene is the red colour in tomatoes - it is known to accumulate in the prostate and there is evidence that lycopene can help those with established disease as well as those at a higher risk. A trial at Kings College Hospital, London, used Lycoplus (10mg Lycopene per day). All the men on this 1 year trial had established prostate cancer, an average age of 70, average PSA 23ng/ml and they were monitored during and at the end of the trial. The trial results (published in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases) showed that 70% of those on the trial had a significant reduction in the PSA rate or a PSA reduction. The urologists running the trial reported ‘‘Our clinical study lends weight to the probability that dietary supplementation from Lycopene [from Lycoplus] slows disease progression in men with prostate cancer”. The reason why only 7 out of 10 men showed an improvement and 3 showed no improvement is not explained in this work. We believe some men are unable to take up sufficient lycopene and so a higher dose may have increased the number who would have benefited. This is why we have increased to dose of bio-available lycopene in Lycoplus capsules, since this trial, from 10mg to 15mg/capsule.

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“Lycopene’s effect on preventing cancer of the prostate is near miraculous”

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While the trials so far indicate the benefits of tomato lycopene for those men with established prostate cancer, more extensive trials would be worthwhile. However, many men are not waiting but are taking bio-available lycopene, such as Lycoplus, to reduce the risk of prostate disease and, we believe, mitigating the disease if it is already present.

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HEALTH as possible, making the most of what daylight there is.

Five top tips to help you wipe out winter weariness Many people feel more tired and lethargic during the winter months, which can also manifest itself in low moods, sometimes called the ‘winter blues’. When the temperature drops, the mornings are darker and the days shorter, it’s hardly surprising that so many of us find it harder to get out of bed and get on with the day ahead. Some people just want to hibernate through the winter and emerge when spring arrives! But keeping healthy through the winter months means keeping going, and there are many ways to combat and even wipe out winter tiredness and the apathy it can bring. Here, from the NHS Choices website, are five ways to do just that: Let some light into your life: The long hours of darkness in the winter months can disrupt your normal sleep pattern and leave you feeling drowsy even when you’re awake. The lack of sunlight

means your brain produces more of a hormone called melatonin, which makes you feel sleepy. The antidote is to let as much natural daylight into your life as possible. If it isn’t icy underfoot, wrap up warm and get outside in the fresh air and natural daylight. Taking a little walk will also get your circulation and respiratory system going. Just remember to always stay within your limits and don’t overdo it. If you don’t want to go out, try to make your home environment as light and airy

Get a good night’s sleep: A little exercise and fresh air during the day will also help you sleep better at night. Try to resist the temptation to ‘hibernate’ through winter and instead stick to your normal bedtime and getting up routine. Also try to resist snoozing in the chair during the daytime, as this will also disrupt your sleep pattern. It’s not always easy, especially if you’re keeping your home warmer than you usually would, but if you can stay awake during the day you’ll reap the benefit of quality sleep at night. We don’t actually need any more sleep in winter than we do in summer. Everyone’s different, but most people do best on around eight hours’ sleep per night. Exercise when you can: It’s tempting in winter to ‘hole up’ indoors and do as little as possible, but exercising however you can and whenever you can will benefit both body and mind. A little and often is the key and it’s important not to overdo it or put yourself at any risk, but any exercise is better than none. Some people find it easier to join an exercise group (your local council or GP surgery should have details of what’s available in your area), while others prefer to work out their own exercise routine at home. It’s important to keep your body moving, especially

in later life, and exercising regularly will increase your energy levels rather than make you more tired. It’s also been proved that a little exercise can boost your mood and help combat depression. If you’re planning to begin an exercise regime, it’s a good idea to consult your GP or another medical professional first, especially if you have an underlying or long-term health condition.

in it are much more appealing. But it’s important to keep eating a healthy and balanced diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables. Try to avoid too much starchy and stodgy food, or balance it out with healthy winter veg such as carrots, swedes, parsnips and turnips. There are lots of ways to prepare them for a little variety. Also, try to avoid too many sweet treats, especially around Christmas. There’s no need to deprive yourself, but by having ‘all things in moderation’ you can avoid winter weight gain which would be bad for your health generally. Also, try to eat at regular times and limit snacking inbetween meals – this will also help you sleep better by giving your body a routine. Drinking plenty of milk will also boost your energy levels. Make time to relax: When the days are shorter you might feel under more pressure to get everything done. This is especially true in the days and weeks running up to Christmas, but allowing yourself to become stressed is bad for your body and your mind. Try to make time in each day to relax and, as the young people say, “chill out”. Whether it’s reading a good book, watching your favourite TV programme, taking the dog for a walk or practising deep breathing techniques, everyone has their own way to calm down and ‘de-stress’.

Eat healthily: Very few people fancy a salad in the depths of winter, when a bowl of hot stew and some bread to dip

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South yorks issue 47  

Local magazine for the over 50s includes leisure, lifestyle, holidays and finance

South yorks issue 47  

Local magazine for the over 50s includes leisure, lifestyle, holidays and finance