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Varanasi was without doubt the highlight of my Just You India adventure, it was the most spiritual and cultural experience that I have ever had, it was so organic, it just happened before your eyes. My two-week, Spirit of India tour with Just You, began in Delhi, a city that is a real assault on your senses, the noise, the smells, the colours, the hilarious rickshaw ride, within minutes of arriving I was immersed in India. This was the first time that I had been on holiday with a group of solo travellers, it was a real eclectic mix, with ages ranging from 30s to 80s, I could not wait to hear everyone’s stories about why they were travelling to India and where they had been in the past. Everyone’s reason was different as I found out, some were divorced, widowed, 4

their partner did not want to travel and some like me, single and looking for an adventure. The one thing that we all had in common was our love of travel and seeking out new cultures and destinations.

After Delhi we moved on to Jaipur, home to the magnificent Amber Fort, and while we were in Jaipur we were hosted at the 17th century Sankotra Haveli. This picturesque family home was straight out of the ‘Real Marigold Hotel’, it was a truly magnificent experience, stepping into someone’s home, learning its history and being made to feel so welcome, you did not feel like a guest, you were almost part of the family, plus the traditional lunch was so delicious. Ranthambore, considered to be India’s best game reserve, was a real highlight for the whole group. As we headed out on our safari, there was such anticipation and excitement, all of us wondering if we were going to get a glimpse of the elusive tiger. Then suddenly it happened, our driver spotted one, she came out on the road and was so close, she

words aren’t enough to describe it, it was so emotional. The next morning, we sat in a boat on the river watching groups of children practising yoga as the sun rose, it was a very special moment. It was a trip filled with memories and being able to share those moments with the group of like-minded people made it even more memorable.

Claire Sweeney was a guest of Just You, exclusively for solo travellers, on their Spirit of India tour for 13 days from £2,599 per person with departures from October 2019 to November 2020.

had no fear of us. It was thrilling, just one of those once in a lifetime moment. To see a tiger in its own habitat, walking freely was incredible, we all shared in a huge feeling of euphoria…and took quite a while to calm down. Of course, the Taj Mahal was breathtaking, it was well worth the early morning alarm

call, the sight of this wonderous mausoleum surpassed everyone’s expectations, it was a real honour to be able to share that moment with the group. Towards the end of the trip we arrived in the holy city of Varanasi. On our first night we watched over 2000 people praying in unison on the banks of the River Ganges,

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Durham - the Fantastic Kynren Show

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Lion Hotel

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Oberammergau Passion Play 12 Days HB ÂŁ1639 Ten years ago we made our third visit to this wonderful play performed in this pretty Bavarian village in southern Germany close to the Austrian border. We are returning for our fourth visit in September 2020. This time instead of extending the holiday into Austria we are returning to what has become a special place for many Memory Lane clients, The Hotel Astoria, overlooking Lake Maggiore in Italy. We are now taking bookings for the tour and have confirmation of our arrangements in Oberammergau. First deposits are now due with your bookings.

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WOMEN’S ACTIVITY WEEK AT HASSNESS HOUSE IN THE LAKE DISTRICT WITH RAMBLERS WALKING HOLIDAYS on a chapter or two in bed. But I can’t resist the chance of my first optional ‘wild swim’, a bracing post-hike dip in Buttermere amidst much squealing and laughter. A real bucket-list tick! 

As a woman who enjoys mixed company, I’m always slightly wary of gatherings that exclude men. But as the light fades over the Cumbrian fells beyond the window, I find I’m really enjoying meeting my new female companions over dinner. We’re about to spend a week together at Hassness Country House, owned by Ramblers Walking Holidays and the only property on the shores of beautiful Buttermere in the Western Lakes. Beloved by Alfred Wainwright - commemorated in the tiny village church – this is an area of unspoilt natural beauty and tranquillity, away from the hustle and bustle of Lake District hubs like Windermere and Ambleside.   It’s my second time at Hassness but my first since it reopened in spring this year after an upgrade. Most of the 11 bedrooms are now ensuite and the spacious lounge and cosy dining room have had a makeover too, though I’m pleased to find that none of the atmosphere has been lost. If you can’t live without television, stop reading now. There isn’t one. But I didn’t miss it one bit.  Busy days in the fresh air meant for early bedtimes with a book and soothing cuppa. And if – like me – you really must stay in touch, Hassness does have WiFi, though as in many rural areas, it can be a temperamental.  I’m booked on a Women’s Activity Week that offers a varied taste of what this spectacular landscape has to offer. Hiking of course, but also an introduction to Nordic Walking; taster sessions ofYoga and Pilates; and, new this year, a morning’s kayaking. Plus there’s the promise of delicious home-cooked food at breakfast and dinner; picnic lunches; and the daily post-walk essential of freshly-baked cake!  This is no boot camp. Everything is optional and if you want to skip an activity, that’s fine. I opt out of 7am exercises by the lake in favour of drawing back the curtains and just admiring the fells through the window as I catch up 8

We range in age from mid-40s to a fabulously vibrant lady of undisclosed age who could certainly teach the rest of us a thing or two about fitness in advancing years. Everyone does some kind of regular exercise – walking, swimming, tennis – but I’m relieved to find that nobody is dauntingly super-sporty. The thing that clearly bonds us however is attitude. We are all up for exploring this glorious landscape in a safe, guided environment. And whilst we don’t mind how wet we get during the day (and sometimes we do – this is the Lakes in August after all!), we all appreciate a hearty meal and a comfy bed at night.  Clare, our walk leader, has been leading for Ramblers Walking Holidays for 20 years, and devised the Women’s Activity Week programme four years ago. On the first evening, we each have a confidential chat with her about any fitness issues we may have – a dodgy knee or ancient shoulder injury, for instance – but every activity can be adapted to suit.  Sunday sees us on a gentle hike from base around neighbouring Crummock Water, a distance of some 10 miles. The path is largely level but stony which keeps casual weekend walkers away, so we can really appreciate the wild fells at leisure. We pass the occasional swimmer, with and without clothes; meet intrepid competitors on a runand-swim race; and walk through fields of grey Herdwick sheep with their cute black lambs and quizzical faces. I start getting to know the other ladies as we fall into step and I begin an emotional journey which is to give me glimpses into the often-inspiring lives of some lovely fellow walkers.  Monday brings an introduction to Nordic Walking, with much giggling as we learn the movements by the lake shore. We test our skills on the surfaced 4-mile path around Buttermere before that fabulous wild swim and an hour of gentleYoga from a local instructress. Next morning, we head to Whinlatter Forest by minibus to stride out with our Nordic Walking poles up the broad forest trails to a viewpoint above Keswick.  Wednesday is a free day and those who arrived by public transport mostly take the bus into Keswick for retail therapy and the famed Pencil

Museum. With a car of our own, my friend and I drive 90 minutes through Grasmere and Ambleside to Coniston where we visit Brantwood, home of 19th century artist, author and humanitarian John Ruskin; take a stroll around Tarn Hows; and visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead (National Trust). Rest day? No way!  Against a dramatic sky of sunshine and summer showers, we set off for Crummock Water again on Thursday and a short but steep climb up Rannerdale Knotts, where I’m thrilled to capture photos looking down on a rainbow. Back at Hassness, an hour of Pilates stretches out tired muscles and prepares me for the last adventure on Friday, a morning’s kayaking on Derwentwater. It’s my first time in a solo craft and I feel quietly chuffed as I pull the kayak onto the beach of St Hubert’s Island at the centre of the lake. A real Swallows & Amazons moment.  We head back down the eastern shore of Derwentwater on foot, stopping to smile at ‘The Bear in the Window’, a cute teddy looking out from a shed beside the trail and surrounded by letters from fans, young and old. Then it’s time for the last group dinner, reminiscing over the week and swopping contact details. It’s been a physically and emotionally uplifting week with a sense of camaraderie and openness that I hadn’t anticipated.Sure, I was lucky with the group, but I also think that the magic atmosphere of Buttermere and Hassness Country House can take much of the credit. Priceless.  The Women’s Activity Week runs in July, August and September, and costs from £585 per person, including accommodation, meals and activities, but there are themed weeks at Hassness all year round from Navigation and Hill Skills to Mindfulness in the Mountains, and the leisurely Lakeland Explorer. Visit for more details.

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THE ROYAL CLIPPER - THE WINDWARD ISLANDS OF THE CARIBBEAN BY DEBBIE MARSHALL, SILVER TRAVEL ADVISOR. a great sense of humour, with a different animal each day fashioned from the towels which gave a real sense of anticipation when returning to the cabin! There’s one main restaurant with an upper lounge area and choice of bars and two decks. Free tea and coffee are available 24/7 (a great place to meet fellow Brits). Outside, there’s the tropical bar on the main deck, and a spacious upper deck with three small swimming pools and plenty of loungers in amongst the ropes and other workings of the ship.

“I absolutely must go on that ship.” Carolyn (a vibrant 65 year old Norwegian, now on her fourth Star Clippers cruise) explained over a sundowner rum punch that she had been in Barbados a few years earlier on board a large cruise liner, and her eyes were drawn across the marina to the most beautiful sailing ship she had ever seen. It was love at first sight, and she has never looked back. There were many such tales on board the Royal Clipper. At the captain’s ‘returners’ drinks party on the upper deck, almost half of the guests (out of 200 or so) assembled to toast their much-loved ship and cruise line, and of course to compare notes - how many cruises, which ships, which destinations, personal favourites, and who were the staff and crew members they recognised (and importantly, who recognised them, even down to their personal taste in wine). Loyalty like that can’t be bought - it’s deep in the soul of the warm-hearted and friendly guests and staff who return year after year. The secret? The essence of a Star Clippers voyage is that it’s a genuine sailing experience on board the largest full-rigged ship in the world with all of the comfort, superb dining and service of a 5 star cruise. 10

“I still want to enjoy sailing but not with all that responsibility.” This time it was George’s turn to explain why he had the Star Clippers bug. A retired civil servant from Massachusetts, he had captained many a small yacht in the past and still wanted to experience the buzz from travelling by sail power. His wife however, preferred luxury holidays with a little pampering in the sun. The two of them had found the perfect solution to ensure marital harmony for their golden years. January is the perfect time of year for a Caribbean cruise. Escaping from the UK with a direct flight to Barbados and then a quick hop to join the Royal Clipper, transitioning from the chill to the warmth in just a few hours. And what a welcoming ship it is, by far the most elegant and photogenic in the port, a vision of beauty with comfort and charm in equal measures. The cabins are well-appointed with an excellent shower room, TV (with a choice of free movies on DVD) and an easy walk to the restaurant (although no lift). There’s no getting lost with just three levels of cabins (the upper floor with balconies), the lower with double portholes. Our steward had

Cruising with Star Clippers is delightfully informal and relaxed, so getting to know other guests on board is very much part of the experience. Visit the top deck and watch the mechanics of the sailing experience, the moving of the masts, the hoisting of the sails, the endless adjustments to set them and even a chance to climb the rigging and visit the engine room. With 56,000 square feet of sail and a mast height of 197ft there’s a constant movement of the crew as they go about their jobs with quiet professionalism and pride; this is very much a working ship and you feel right at the heart of its operation. Wander to the front and there’s the captain standing on the bridge directing his crew with understated but absolute authority. And an unbeatable theatre took place one afternoon when we watched the man himself scale to the very top of the mast on an unscheduled working visit. Perched at almost 200 feet in the air, with a fresh wind, he was completely at ease in his surroundings. It certainly must beat a desk job! After just a day or two, life on board the Royal Clipper established a delightful and relaxed daily routine. Rising early to enjoy the sunrise with a dazzling display of oranges and pinks through the clouds and over the hills of the islands, accompanied by the water performance of the flying fish and the birds swooping to catch them on their brief dart

Some prefer the smaller Star Clipper and Star Flyer which tend to heel over with a fuller sailing experience; and others are faithful to the larger Royal Clipper which is buffeted less by big seas and so provides a more stable voyage. But make no mistake, both are true sailing ships. To add to the discussion, there’s a new ship on the way, rumoured to be called the Flying Clipper, which will be longer, taller and will have a capacity for three hundred guests.

out of the water. Then with my appetite likewise awakened, it was high time for a buffet breakfast (the bread choice and quality alone rivalled any top hotel), and the not too arduous task of deciding on the plan for the day ahead. The ship called in at a different island each day (St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, St Kitts, Iles des Saintes and Martinique), and a carefully selected range of excursions were on offer on most islands. Usually we would return to the ship for lunch which was also a buffet with different themes each day (including a fabulous beach barbecue in Antigua - what a way to lunch in style!), and any thought of hunger later in the afternoon was soon dispelled by a fabulous tea served at 5pm in the tropical bar area where a soulful singer and keyboard player entertained. Then it would be time to ascend to the upper deck, cameras at the ready, to savour the setting sun, cocktail of the day in hand, and enjoy the Sailaway - the highlight for many guests. Dramatic and emotional music (Vangelis, `1492 Conquest of Paradise’ – one of those tunes you recognise but can’t quite place) provides the atmosphere while the crew hoist the sails, the captain watches over and the guests step to the side of the incredible web of ropes and pulleys, some with a tear in their eye as our elegant ship sets sail for the next destination.

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Dinner is a la carte, where guests can choose to sit separately to eat if they choose, although it’s more interesting to be on a mixed table for 6 or 8 and join in the lively discussions with many different nationalities. Evening entertainment was very informal, with a highlight being a steel band. For guests who love to discover sea life, snorkelling equipment is available free of charge, and for those who prefer a little self-indulgence, there’s also an excellent spa with a range of treatments. And a gym should all that wonderful food be resulting in a couple of unwelcome extra inches around the waist. The seven days went by all too fast, with experiences to savour that will last a lifetime. New friendships made, stories told and a true sense of well-being shared; it is rare to find a group of guests who are collectively having such a ball - usually making their own entertainment but also enjoying the talent show, or cheering the staff as they danced around the restaurant on the final night! So where to next? I consulted with Carolyn, George and many other guests on board. What were their future plans and could they inspire me? There are currently three ships in the Star Clippers fleet, and loyalties are divided as to personal favourites.

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UZHUNNA VADA (SAVOURY LENTIL DONUTS) I have enjoyed uzhunna vada many times over the years but they are never as good as homemade. At busy restaurants, it is difficult to fry and serve the vada immediately, which is much easier to do when cooking at home. In the UK, these crispy and fluffy fried vada are often served as a starter with other fried snacks but in Kerala they are usually served for breakfast, like bagels.These are delicious as a starter, but also try them as a main with my sambar and uzhunna vada combo. Roast the 1 tablespoon of urad dhal in a dry frying pan over medium– high heat until the lentils are nicely browned. Set aside. Soak the rest of the urad dhal in water for 4 hours or overnight. Then place them in a food processor with about 2 tablespoons of water and blend until you have a smooth but thick batter. Whisk all the other ingredients except the oil into the batter, including the roasted lentils.


Heat about 10cm (4in) of oil in a saucepan until visibly hot. If you drop a piece of the batter into the oil and it sizzles and rises to the top immediately, you’re ready to go. Place a bowl of water next to your batter, as it helps to have wet hands when forming the uzhunna vada, and rub a large metal spoon with oil to help the vada slide off. Dip a hand in the water and pick up about a half handful of the batter. Place the batter on the spoon and form it into a small ring donut shape by working your finger into the centre. Carefully lower the vada into the oil and start forming your next uzhunna vada. Work quickly and cook in small batches of about four or five. Don’t worry too much if they don’t look perfect at first.You will get better at it. Allow the uzhunna vada to fry for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. They should be nice and crispy on the exterior and soft and spongy inside. Keep them warm while you make the rest.

Serve with mint and coriander sauce, green and/or red coconut chutney, yoghurt sauce or any sauce that sounds good.

MAKES 20 – FEEDS A CROWD 300g (11/2 cups) plus 1 tbsp white split urad dhal lentils 20 fresh curry leaves, chopped 3 green chillies, finely chopped 1 tbsp ginger paste (or equal amount of finely chopped ginger) 3 tbsp finely chopped coriander (cilantro) 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp table salt 2 tbsp peppercorns, roughly crushed Rapeseed (canola) oil, for deepfrying To serve Mint and coriander sauce Green and/or red coconut chutney Yoghurt sauce

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This is a fun dessert to serve and it really only takes minutes to make.When I prepare a curry feast at home for friends, people are usually quite full by the time it comes to dessert.This one isn’t really filling and is a nice way to finish off the meal. For best results, make your own chocolate and chilli ice cream. If you’re in a rush, use goodquality chocolate ice cream and stir in chilli powder to taste. I first tried these dessertstyle pani puris at Zindiya in Birmingham and now I’m hooked!You can use the chocolate bar of your choice. I prefer dark chocolate, but milk chocolate is good, too. Small glasses or even shot glasses will work well for presentation. Roughly chop the chocolate into 1cm (1/2in) pieces. Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring about 3cm (11/4in) of water to a simmer in a saucepan that is slightly smaller than the bowl with the chocolate. Set the chocolate bowl on the mouth of the saucepan, making sure that the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl. Stir the chocolate until it is about 90% melted and take off the heat. The residual heat will melt the rest of the chocolate. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking tray. Dip your puris into the melted chocolate so that they are nicely coated, then set them on the parchment paper and place in the freezer to harden for about 30 minutes. If you place the chocolate-coated puris in an air-tight bag, they will keep in the freezer for at least a week. To finish the dish, melt the ice cream but ensure that it is still very cold. Pour it equally into 4–6 small glasses. This can all be done ahead of time and placed in the coolest part of your fridge. When ready to serve, cut the strawberries into halves or quarters and fill the chocolate coated 16

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Known as the Angel orchid, the plant, which is native to Southern India, has a flower that resembles a cloaked woman with large breasts.

Red faced gardeners have named and shamed the world’s rudest plants but how many are growing in your garden? From hooker’s lips to the naked man orchid researchers from the online garden centre have identified eight slightly offensive plants from across the globe. Whether it is a flower in the form of a naked man or a sexually-suggestive shrub, rude plants show that nature really does have a great sense of humour. A spokesperson from said: “We know there is a time and a place for everything, but we just could not help ourselves when finding some plants on the cruder side of life. “But this list is not just about having a laugh, it really shows how wonderful plants can be. From one little seed, a plant can grow to create a detailed flower that just so happens to perfectly show something quite rude. We certainly had fun compiling the list.”

Here are five of the World’s rudest plants:

1. HOOKER’S LIPS So-called because of its uncanny resemblance to a heavily made-up mouth wearing lipstick, Hooker’s Lips is a shrub native to rainforests of Central and South America. It can grow more than three metres tall and its bright red lips grow to attract pollinators.

Amorphophallos Titanum, comes from three words. _Amorpho_ meaning ‘without form, or misshapen’, _Phallos_ meaning ‘phallus’ and _Titan _meaning gigantic.

5. SAUSAGE TREE Found all across Eastern Africa, the Kigalia, or Sausage tree, produces a fruit that looks like a sausage that can range between one to three feet long. The fruit, which is technically a berry, is actually very poisonous but can be fermented and turned into beer. Women have historically used the pulp to rub onto their skin to prevent blemishes. Brits have been told which plants will ensure a lush patch of green in their garden this summer despite the heatwave, with temperatures predicted to reach the mid-30s in places this summer

3. NAKED MAN ORCHID Common in Mediterranean countries, the naked man orchid, sometimes known as the Italian orchid, mimics a naked man. Believe it or not, dependant on weather it maybe possible to grow these orchids in the UK and seeds can be bought online.

Plant specialists from have compiled a guide to help flowers fans choose plants that will thrive in the record-breaking heat this summer. Drought Proof Your Garden Verbena, lavender and iris have been named as some of the best plants to survive and thrive in scorching summer temperatures. Plant specialists from GardeningExpress. have compiled a guide on the best drought resistant plants which thrive in searing heat.

2. CARRION FLOWER Known as the World’s smelliest flower, Carrion flowers bloom around once every seven years and when they do, produce a foul smell that can only be described as rotting flesh. It’s Latin name,

Last summer, hose-pipe and sprinkler bans were placed across the nation in an effort to conserve water – with those not complying being hit by hefty fines. 4. ANGEL ORCHID As with its Naked man cousin, this orchid species also produces a bit of a rude sight.

But such bans can spell havoc for many garden plants, which rely on an abundance of water to survive.






Dierama With elegant, bowing flower stems and bellshaped blooms, it is often referred to as ‘Angels fishing rod’ and is best planted in spring. Iris When established Iris is incredibly droughttolerant, however newly planted must be watered on a regular basis in order to develop roots.

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Chris Bonnett from GardeningExpress. explained: “It’s best for gardeners to be prepared for another load of heatwaves this summer. Whilst we may be able to escape to the shade indoors, our plants cannot. “Choosing flowers and shrubs carefully is imperative if you want to achieve a flourishing flower bed throughout summer. “By including some of the best drought resistant plants, you can ensure a blossoming garden all season long.” Here are’s top drought resistant plants:

Verbena The tiny clusters of bright purple flowers blossom throughout summer and well into autumn. Known for attracting butterflies and bees due to its rich nectar, they can reach heights of up to 60cm.

Blue Spire Commonly called Russian sage, this plant is a real sun-worshipper. Often place in large amounts, the tiny, violet flowers which appear on silver-grey spikes provide maximum impact for the looker-on. Sea holly Large vivid blue flowers complemented with deep green leaves, they are often planted with the Blue Spire for striking impact. Sea holly thrives in containers with good drainage during summer and cannot tolerate cold and wet weather. Jerusalem Sage A small evergreen shrub, the plant can flower from late spring into late autumn. Exceptionally fast growing, it can reach up to 4 feet tall with an equal spread. Sedums One of the easiest plants to grow, there are few that are more forgiving of bad soil and harsh sun than the Sedum plant. A rarity to find a plant that thrives even when neglected, sedums are perfect for novice gardeners.

Lavender An iconic native to the Mediterranean and the middle east the plant copes well in sunny conditions, with its strong aromatic flowers and incredibly easy to plant, lavender should be a staple in any drought-tolerant garden.

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outh Africa has lingered on my bucket list for years. I have heard so many wonderful descriptions of Cape Town of course I wanted to see it for myself. But other dreams intervened. To explore the South Pacific. To discover the wonders of Canada. So the fact that I have just spent a week in this glorious country and unexpectedly fallen in love with it is thanks to Great Uncle Barney. Ancestral tourism is all the rage, as more and more of us retrace our roots in order to understand our own DNA. Hence my pilgrimage to find Great Uncle Barney. And I am not the only one. We are a self-absorbed generation dedicated to finding new depth in ourselves. We study mindfulness, we send off our DNA to be analysed, and we explore our own family tree. I can’t be bothered with most of this, but I have become fascinated with one branch of my father’s family tree, one I only discovered when I was lucky enough to be the subject of the wonderful BBC series, Who Do You Think You Are? Until then I had never known why my father had the peculiar middle name, Barnato. To my astonishment I realised during the filming that my five-times Great Grandmother Sarah Rantzen was the sister of two extraordinary South African millionaires, Harry and Barney Barnato, who at one stage actually owned the


Kimberley Diamond Mine. I knew nothing about them, except that they started as pub entertainers in South Africa, and Barney ended his life mysteriously falling from the deck of a ship on his way back to England. So, I decided to try to dig up some of the family secrets buried, like the diamonds that made his fortune, in South Africa. My pilgrimage took me off the beaten tourist track, and into the Northern Cape. Everywhere I went, I stayed in the most luxurious B and Bs, clean and beautifully appointed. My first stop was in Johannesburg where, I discovered, Uncle Barney had set up a few businesses. It’s a vibrant city, and to my joy, when I arrived the jacaranda trees were in full bloom, a torrent of gorgeous lilac flowers. Of course, I had to find Mandela’s home, where the blossom arches over the street like a wedding guard of honour. The Old Fort Prison on Constitution Hill was a stark reminder of a harrowing time in South Africa and the tour reflects on the experiences that Gandhi and Nelson Mandela endured while they were prisoners there. But today’s South Africans told me they were determined to learn from the past and embrace the future. I was curious to discover whether Great Uncle Barney has left any footprints in Johannesburg, and indeed he has. In the

University of Witwatersrand there is a building called Barnato Hall, there are park gates with a blue plaque dedicated to him, calling him a Randlord, and a reference to a mansion he built which was later renamed Joel House. A Randlord is someone who made a fortune in the South African gold rush, so clearly Great Uncle Barney had done well in Johannesburg. But who was Joel, and why had his mansion been renamed after him? Obviously, I would have to go to Kimberley to find the answers. My preferred way of travelling is always by train, especially those classic trains lovingly refurbished. And I was in luck. The beautiful, luxurious fivestar Rovos Rail train calls in Kimberley, and I could pick it up from Pretoria, one of the three capitals of South Africa. The controversial President, Paul Kruger, lived in a modest Victorian house which is now a museum, garnished with two magnificent stone lions at the front door, which, I was told, were a birthday present to President Kruger from his great friend, my Great Uncle Barney in 1896. I nipped in to the museum shop to buy a little replica lion before I caught the Rovos Rail. It chugged through sun-bleached countryside of the Great Karoo, then its tracks wound on through the famous garden route between mountains and vineyards, to Cape Town. But I couldn’t stay. Great Uncle Barney summoned me to the diamond mine in Kimberley where he made his fortune, and I suppose mine too. Kimberley is a quiet pretty town these days, with very little of the wildness and frenzy that must have drawn the Barnato brothers to seek their fortune there. Ancestral tourists who go there are usually the descendants of those who fought in the Boer war, and there are local battlefields and monuments to visit. I was there on a merrier mission. When Barney and Harry went there in the Diamond Rush of 1873, their aim was not to fight but to make a bob or two, to continue their boxing, juggling pub entertaining because there were so many diamond miners with money in their pockets and nothing to spend it on. Barney was no fool. Little by little, from the money he earned as an entertainer, he began learning the diamond trade, and

with his savings to buy up the old claims that were no longer yielding their sparkling hoard of treasure. Then he bought some special equipment to dig deeper, and lo! there were the highest quality, including, rumour says, the fabulous huge yellow Tiffany Diamond as big as your fist. Although they no longer mine there, De Beers still has its headquarters in Kimberley, preserving its own history as well as mine. If you love diamonds it’s a fascinating visit, especially looking down from a high platform into The Big Hole, all that remains of the original mine, the biggest man-made excavation in the world. It’s now filled, not with glistening diamonds, but with bright blue water. De Beers has created a diamond museum where Elizabeth Taylor would eat her heart out admiring replicas of the most famous jewels in the world. De Beers has also recreated the diamond rush in a little village fashioned from some of the original Kimberley houses, and I was thrilled to find Barney Barnato’s Boxing Academy immortalised there. There is a picture of Great Uncle on its wooden walls, a little man with a natty moustache and a monocle, prepared, it seems to take on boxers twice his size, and described in a plaque as “an amazing personality”. I was still more thrilled to find Barney’s own boxing gloves preserved there, and to be told that when President Mandela visited, he actually (as an ex-boxer himself) tried them on and pronounced them good. But when Barney took on Cecil Rhodes head to head, Rhodes won. It was his company, De Beers which took over Kimberley and the world’s diamond trade. Cecil Rhodes himself negotiated the deal which paid Barney over five million pounds, at that time the biggest cheque ever written. My Great Uncle made it a condition also that he should be allowed to join the snobby Kimberley Club. Up till then Barney had been excluded, black-balled each time he tried to join. Rhodes was the founder and Chair, so, deal done, when Rhodes “accidentally dropped” the balls and declared that the Barnatos had been voted in, nobody dared contradict him. I was told that my Cockney uncle had been excluded because his language was so bad, it may be true. But it’s not so snobbish now, however bad your language you can stay in the Kimberley Club boutique hotel. Proud of its history, it still has the atmosphere, the mahogany and the stained-glass window of a Victorian gentleman’s club. Framed on the wall is a thank you letter dated 1947 from King George the Sixth, the Queen Mother and her daughters Elizabeth and Margaret. It seems that the Queen Mum accidentally left her diamond necklace on her dressing-table when she stayed there and they posted it back to her. There was, after all, no shortage of diamonds in Kimberley.

So now I knew how Barney made his millions. But how did he die? Nobody in the Kimberley Club, I was told, thought he had fallen off the ship’s deck by accident. Nor did they think, as the Coroner decided and the only witness, his nephew Solly Joel claimed, that it was suicide. The Kimberley Club suspect that Solly himself, who was the last person to speak to Barney at the time. as they were walking together around the deck, was somehow responsible. Especially since it appears that Barney disappeared over the side with a shout of “murder”. And according to Barney’s granddaughter Diana Barnato Walker, Barney had just discovered his nephew Solly had been systematically robbing the company of a million pounds, ever since Barney gave him a job there. But dead men tell no tales, and once Barney was drowned, Joel took over his shares in De Beers, and his mansion in Johannesburg. So that’s why it was renamed Joel House. I really recommend these explorations following the footsteps of your ancestors, even if you do stumble over the occasional skeleton. Did I discover my own Great Uncle Barney on my journey? I think I did. I caught a flavour of the rough and tumble of Kimberley during the Diamond Rush, found myself admiring the toughness of the little East End Cockney who earned a cheque of five million pounds, and on my way felt I had dug a little way under the surface of this lovely, dramatic country. Before I left, I spent a couple of nights in Cape Town, ate some delicious sea food, admired the view from Table Mountain and took an adventurous motor bike along the coast. I didn’t do the traditional tourist things, the safaris, the beaches, the townships, the vineyards, and now that I’ve fallen in love with the extraordinary country, I’ll definitely go back and do all that. But my mind is still reliving the joy of those jacarandas in blossom, and optimism of the South Africans I met. Perhaps I did solve the mystery of Great Uncle Barney’s death, and now I’m delighted he lives on in my father’s peculiar middle name.

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Foodies will be thrilled to hear that renowned Celebrity Chef Rosemary Shrager is booked for Saturday 31st August, with two more celebrity chefs planned for the other festival days. Talented chef Nigel Brown will again compere chef demonstrations in the Civic Hall and will delight with his own signature dishes. Music plays a major part in providing a great atmosphere within the town during Festival weekend. Once again there will be two live music stages and plenty of other entertainment for both children and adults. Nantwich Town Centre, Nantwich CW5 5DG For more information Tel: 01270 842680


Award-winning actress Lucy Fallon is to switch on the world-famous Illuminations in her home town of Blackpool. Lucy, who has won a host of TV awards for her role as Bethany Platt in ITV’s Credit Dave Nelson - Web friendly Coronation Street, will pull the famous switch in front of 20,000 people at the official Switch-On concert on the night of Friday 30 August. The Switch-On, which is the biggest night in Blackpool’s year-round events programme, triggers the start of 66 nights of Illuminations in the UK’s most visited seaside resort. Lucy, who studied singing, acting and drama from the age of two, made her first public stage appearance as a dancer in pantomime at the historic Blackpool Grand Theatre. Since joining the cast of Coronation Street in 2015 she has enjoyed a stellar rise to fame winning the National Television Award for Serial Drama Performance in 2018 and also Best Actress and Best Female Dramatic Performance in the British Soap Awards in the same year. The 23-year-old will now join a star-studded roster of Switch-On stars including the likes of Peter Kay, Robbie Williams, Dame Barbara Windsor, Hollywood film director Tim Burton, and last year’s celebrity, Alfie Boe. Lucy said: “I'm so excited and honoured to be switching on the Illuminations in Blackpool this year - it's always been a special tradition here and as a local girl it is going to be extra special this year for me and my family." The Switch-On show, which is being staged on the Tower Festival Headland Arena, will feature performances by Brit Award-winners Busted, Becky Hill, multi-talented singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, and Sigma, the British drum and bass DJ and record production duo who have twice topped the UK singles charts. Britain’s top dance group, Diversity, and Club MTV DJs R3wire & Varski will also join the line-up.

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Spectacular happenings / Magnificent landscapes A free festival of contemporary arts and making, in Kendal and the Lake District. Lakes Alive returns to Kendal, (and Brockhole, Grizedale and Grasmere) with a daytime and evening programme of vibrant illuminations, digital delights, spectacular happenings and performances - dance, music and play - presented by artists from home and abroad. With a focus on the changing landscape, we have brought together a festival for you to hear, watch, take part in and be amazed by. Bring the family, bring a friend and bring a sense of fun.

A full day of water sport fun ! We’re going to be making a splash at Fairhaven bringing back the much loved regattas! We will have a full day of water sport demonstrations, races and lots of activities to take part in. (Sunday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Visit the Lakes Alive website for more information.


Enjoy a day out browsing the specialist plant nurseries selling unusual plants and shrubs and gather great ideas for your garden for the following year.The Arley gardeners will be at the fair and will be only to pleased to give advice, guidance and answer any questions you may have about the best type of plants for your garden. Adult entry is £1.50 or £1 if booked in advance on 01565 777 353 Ext 20 £1.00. Entry to the Hall & Gardens is an additional fee. The Gardener’s Kitchen café is open for meals or just delicious tea and cake. Children and parking are FREE. Parking FREE, dogs welcome on a lead. Cash back available. Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich CW9 6NA Tel: 01565 777353

Fairhaven Lake Inner Promenade, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 1BD


A weekend of discovery & adventure - Music - Food - Books - Ideas Workshops - The Great Outdoors. Founded by Cerys Matthews, Steve 'Abbo' Abbostt and Charlie & Caroline Gladstone. When we launched the festival back in 2014 (remember that?), we made a conscious choice to focus on more than just music, or food, or craft. Instead we poured our energy into creating a festival full of powerful, memorable and -most importantly- FUN experiences. Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, Chester Road, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3FB Tel: 01244 784122

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Exhibitions Cross Pollination 25 May – 4 April 2020 A celebration of floral art and literature featuring still life and genre paintings. Featuring the return of John Collier’s Lilith.

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Bessie Downes: Flowers of the Southport Coast 1 June – 2 November 2019 Beautiful restored watercolour illustrations providing a botanical snapshot of the botany of Southport and Sefton’s Coast.

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Ward Thomas, Catherine McGrath and Sarah Darling will headline The British Country Music Festival, a new, annual event that will take place from the 13th to the 15th September 2019 at the Winter Gardens indoor entertainment complex in the centre of the UK’s number one seaside resort, Blackpool. Produced by festival and theatre show specialists Fit The Bill, in association with The Blackpool Entertainment Company, the event will be unique in focusing primarily on the best of British Country and Americana artists, promoting the wealth of talent in the UK that is now making Nashville sit up and take notice. Winter Gardens, 33 Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HL 01253 629600


If you are a Beatles fan, this itinerary is a must for you. Walk in the footsteps of John, Paul, George and Ringo to see where and how it all began. Start at The Beatles Story museum, walk by the Eleanor Rigby statue and visit the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Experience famous spots mentioned in Beatles songs like Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane. This well planned itinerary will help you ensure you don't miss out on any of the Beatles important places in Liverpool. If you enjoy Walking or Biking, Liverpool Ghost Walking Tour and Beatles and Sightseeing Walking Tour of Liverpool are great ways to explore Liverpool. Tour departs from Magical Mystery Tour Ticket Office,  Anchor Courtyard, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AS 0151 703 9100


Be entertained, amused, informed, inspired – and well fed – in one of the city’s most lively and interesting quarters. Liverpool’s river and docks attract locals and visitors alike, offering world-class culture, top heritage sites and vibrant restaurants and bars; the waterfront even has UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The Albert Dock is one of the country’s top heritage attractions, home to award-winning visitor attractions The Beatles Story, International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, the art gallery Tate Liverpool and recently opened Museum of Liverpool. When hunger and thirst strike, choose between stylish familyfriendly cafés, bars and restaurants, then have a ride on the giant Wheel of Liverpool for panoramic views.You can also get a different perspective on the waterfront on board one of the iconic ferries, immortalised in the hit 1960s song Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey.

PANTOS 2019 IN THE NORTH WEST It wouldn't be Christmas without a trip to the panto, it's fun for all the family from 2 to 102! Here are all the top pantomimes around the North West including Manchester, Liverpool and Lancashire. 6TH DEC 2019 TO 29TH DEC 2019 PETER PAN

Join our high-flying hero as he transports the Darlings on an adventure they will never forget, packed full of evil pirates, Lost Boys, a very hungry crocodile and the meanest man in Neverland, Captain Hook. Liverpool Empire, Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1JE


Starring the judge we all love to hate, Craig Revel Horwood as the ultimate Wicked Queen.With an abundance of jaw-dropping dance, sidesplitting comedy, sensational special effects and plenty of festive magic. Opera House, Quay St, Manchester, M3 3HP

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SARACENS HEAD Situated in the historical village of Halsall, nestled in the beautiful Lancashire countryside, perched alongside the banks of the Leeds/Liverpool canal. The venue itself is over 100 hundred years old and is renowned throughout the Northwest for its idyllic picture postcard setting. Our quality seasonal menu showcases the best of the local produce, sourced from around the county! Matched with a vast selection of award-winning wines, speciality craft beers and community favourite cask ales, we will treat you an experience to remember!​ 100 Summerwood Lane, Halsall, Ormskirk L39 8RH T: 01704 840204 email:



This new production of the classic tale is an enchanted music box gift-wrapped specially for Liverpool. It's a sparkling Christmas package sent with love, kisses - and plenty of fabulous festive magic.

Featuring the hit songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas", The Grinch discovers there's more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic.

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, 13 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BH


Starring award-winning Coronation Street actress and singer Kym Marsh as Buddy the Elf's girlfriend, Jovie, and Shaun Williamson (Barry Evans In EastEnders, Extras, Al Murray's Great British Pub Quiz) as Buddy's dad Walter Hobbs. M&S Bank Arena, Kings Dock, Liverpool L3 4FP

The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ


With two fairies, a magic hen, a GIANT and a pantomime cow, Jack and the Beanstalk is a traditional family pantomime with a modern twist - the perfect Christmas treat for kids and no-so-grown-up grown-ups. Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Fairbottom Street, Oldham, OL13SW



This pantomime is jam-packed with fabulous costumes, sensational songs, beautiful scenery, stunning dance routines and acrobatics which will take your breath away.

Following 2018's sellout sensation, we're back with a dazzling new pantomime for 2019 - Sleeping Beauty. With a hilarious script and jaw dropping effects, Saddleworth's very own panto will be bigger, better and even more magical than ever!

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BURY MARKET BRITAIN’S FAVOURITE MARKET 2019! Bury Market is a shopper’s paradise that has been an iconic part of Bury for centuries, with the current site being occupied since the 1970s. On the Full Market Days of Wednesday, Friday and Saturday the Market is home to over 350 stalls selling all manner of goods and produce and when combined with the neighbouring Mill Gate and nearby Rock Shopping Centres, Bury offers a fantastic array of shops and leisure activities.


Bury Market has received awards and plaudits across the board over the years, but the one which immediately stands out is their NABMA Britain’s Favourite Market 2019 award. The award was won via an online poll voted on by shoppers, with Bury Market’s popularity all across the UK proving itself. The Market is also very proud of the hundreds upon hundreds of positive

reviews on TripAdvisor that they have received over the years from visitors as far as the USA. This feedback has resulted in Bury Market receiving a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for several years running. To find out more and plan your trip to Bury Market visit the Markets website

Transforming Smiles As an implant centre of excellence, Douglas Lee Dental Associates recently carried out its 150th ‘Fast and Fixed’ same- day implant procedure, a technique that has transformed the smiles, and the lives, of many patients...


Leading the way in UK implant technology is Lancashire-based Douglas Lee, who was one of the first dentists in the country to adopt the highly successful pioneering ‘Fast and Fixed’ technique. The ‘Fast and Fixed’ implant procedure has made Douglas Lee Dental Associates a flagship practice and teaching surgery for the Germanpioneered technique, Testament to their skills, the team at Douglas Lee Dental were the first in the UK to carry out a full set of upper and lower jaw implants in the same day.



After reading about the procedure, sales consultant Jacqueline Shonn called Douglas Lee Dental and arranged for a consultation: “I am 55 but I am not an old 55 and I had to wear dentures on either side of my lower teeth, which I hated with a vengeance! They made me feel old!

care she received: “The team were absolutely wonderful, they are so attentive and it’s a very caring practice.”

“I had been thinking about implants for a while and after talking to Dougie I decided I definitely wanted to go ahead.’’ Jacqueline, who lives in Manchester, was amazed at the

Having experience in many aspects of dentistry and now a respected expert in implants, Dougie comments: “No-one wants to lose their teeth but sometimes, despite everyone’s best efforts, teeth fail and

After undergoing the sameday implants Jacqueline was delighted with the results: “It has improved my confidence a million per cent! I am thrilled.”

we previously had to resort to prosthetics like removable dentures. Dental implants are a wonderful improvement on these.” Jackie had lost a number of her teeth and with several failing teeth still in place, she also needed work on her gums. Sedated, Jackie was then painlessly fitted with her lower implants. During their years of experience, the team at Douglas Lee Dental Associates have refined the ‘Fast and Fixed’ procedure and have state-of-the-art in-house technology at their fingertips. In addition to the Helbo laser

PULL QUOTES “The team were absolutely wonderful, they are so attentive and it’s a very caring practice” “I had been thinking about implants for a while and after talking to Dougie I decided I definitely wanted to go ahead”

which eradicates over 99 per cent of harmful bacteria, there is a Cone beam CT scanner and an on-site dental lab with experienced technicians, who are able to custom make the implants on the same day. Sedation ensures that no pain is felt and the patient remains relaxed throughout the experience. “To be honest before the procedure I felt quite wary but, it was amazing, I felt no pain or discomfort. I also had four teeth removed and it was still better than going to the dentist for a filling!” says Jackie.


Preparation is the key to the success and the team of dental nurses, dental technicians, cosmetic dentist Usman Riaz and Dougie himself, all play their part on the day. ‘’No two smiles are the same, so there is no ‘one-size-fits all’ when it comes to this level of cosmetic dentistry, ’’ says Usman. “Carrying out our 150th procedure was quite a milestone for us and like all the

other patients, the implants have completely changed Jackie’s smile,” adds Usman. “Implants can transform people – they gain confidence and restore self-esteem. It may sound a cliché but this procedure really does change their lives.”

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as it negatively affects the small intestine causing it to be inflamed so that it is unable to absorb nutrients. People with celiac disease aren’t able to consume gluten and some dietary proteins which are found in wheat, barley and rye.Your GP may request for you to have a blood test or biopsy to test for this allergy. 3. Lactose intolerance - this is another common digestive problem which causes symptoms such as flatulence, diarrhoea, bloating, stomach cramps and nausea. The symptoms of lactose intolerance are similar to other medical conditions such as IBS, so it is important to speak to your GP before you decide to eliminate lactose from your diet.

FOOD INTOLERANCES VS ALLERGIES What is the difference between a food allergy and an intolerance? A food allergy causes an adverse reaction to the immune system which can at worst affect numerous organs in the body and can be life-threatening. Food intolerance symptoms are generally less serious and are often limited to digestive problems. People can be both intolerant and allergic to different types of food. You can be tested for food allergies by having tests such as blood tests and skin prick tests but medical tests for food intolerances are undeveloped and can be difficult because different types can have very similar symptoms, however don’t avoid seeking medical advice if you feel you may have a food intolerance.

What are the main types of food intolerance and allergies? 1. Gluten intolerance - if you experience bloating, diarrhoea or constipation, abdominal pain or headaches after eating food rich in gluten then try to cut gluten from your diet completely for a couple of months to see if your symptoms lessen. Always discuss this first with a GP to ensure you are taking the right steps. 2. Celiac disease - the symptoms for celiac disease are similar to gluten intolerance but this allergy is considered to be more serious


5. Egg allergy - 2% of children are allergic to eggs. Symptoms include a rash, nasal congestion, digestive symptoms such as vomiting, as well those similar to asthma such as coughing or shortness of breath. In rare cases this allergy can also cause anaphylaxis. 6. Tree nut allergy - is one of the more common allergies with symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, itching of the mouth, throat, eyes or skin and shortness of breath. In worst cases, this allergy can also cause anaphylactic shock. 7. Peanut allergy - many often get confused between tree nut and peanut allergies. The symptoms and testing methods are the same, however, peanuts are actually legumes not nuts. Although, about 40% of individuals who are allergic to peanuts also react adversely to at least one tree nut.

Interestingly only 1-2% of population are diagnosed with a food allergy whereas 30% believe they have an allergy. While any food can cause an adverse reaction, eight types of food account for about 90 percent of all reactions: eggs, peanuts, nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy and dairy.

4. Milk allergy - 3% of children younger than three years old are allergic to milk but 80% of children are likely to outgrow their milk allergy before they are 16, however it can affect anyone of any age. Symptoms could include a rash, upset stomach, vomiting, bloody stools and in rare cases anaphylaxis.

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8. Celery allergy - symptoms of a celery allergy can come on rapidly and may include swelling of face/throat/mouth, breathing difficulties, severe asthma, nausea and vomiting. Celery can be in the form of sticks, leaves, seeds and spices. Often reactions to celery sticks are milder than a reaction caused by exposure to celery seeds.


Those who suffer with hay fever are more likely to be allergic to celery as the proteins in pollen are similar to those in raw vegetables. 9. Shellfish allergy - This allergy tends to affect adults more than children. Symptoms include a tingling mouth, swelling of the face, lips or tongue and dizziness. Again, in extreme cases this could lead to anaphylaxis. 10. Soy allergy – This fairly common allergy is quite difficult to manage because soy is in most foods including some meat products, bakery items, chocolate and cereals just to name a few. Mild symptoms include rashes or abdominal pain, but soy allergens can also cause difficulty breathing, rapid pulse, loss of consciousness and anaphylaxis. A soy allergy can be tested through a skin prick test or a blood test. TREATMENTS Avoidance - Food allergies and intolerances mean you should avoid those foods but to what extent is dependent on the severity of your symptoms. In some cases it is important if food needs to be eliminated from your diet, that a suitable alternative is consumed. For example, an allergy to milk means finding other sources of calcium. Elimination may also not be enough, if your allergy is severe you may have to ensure you never touch it, inhale it, or eat traces. Read labels closely – Read food and drink labels carefully.You might be surprised to know that even some soaps, pet foods and adhesives may have traces of a food allergen. Always Plan - Ask in restaurants what exactly has gone into the dish you wish to order. It is hard but planning definitely helps you deal with whatever you are allergic too. Prevention is key. Antihistamines - Histamines are chemicals which cause most allergy symptoms, and antihistamines block their effects. Antihistamines can be purchased over the counter, or stronger ones may be prescribed by your GP. Adrenaline - If you have a severe allergy you may be required to carry an adrenaline injection with you at all times in case of an emergency. Dietary Changes - Eating a healthy balanced diet full of vegetables and fruit will help build a healthy immune system. Drinking two cups of green tea a day may also act as a natural antihistamine and an antioxidant. Acupuncture - There are some trials which have reported favourable results after using acupuncture to treat intolerance symptoms as acupuncture may help to improve the body's functions by stimulating the nervous system and encourage self-healing. Avoid Alcohol - Beer, wine and spirits all contain histamines which worsen allergy symptoms. Alcohol can also make you feel more dehydrated, which may make symptoms seem even more uncomfortable.


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