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www.affinitymag.co.uk AFFINITY LUXURY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

ISSUE 118

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The candy colours that you need in your wardrobe

Borrow a Boat

The new way to holiday is here

Golden Glow Our favourite selftanning products

ISSUE 118

HOME INSPIRATION

The natural essence of Tobacco Brown will bring a Scandi vibe to asny interior

Forget the Spring Clean – it's all about the Digital Device Declutter

The Best Suites and Villas at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo


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LETTER EDITOR’S

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As we go to print for this issue, the UK is slowly starting to reopen and businesses are welcoming customers once again, let’s hope the roadmap of our way out of lockdown stays on track until 21st June when everything is marked for reopening and we can start enjoying eating out, coffee with friends, shopping, travel and so much more.

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With that in mind I hope you enjoy our forwardlooking travel (page 47) that has us planning gorgeous destinations that we want to visit later this year, fashion trends that we need in our wardrobe (page 23), interiors that’ll get our homes ready for summer (page 37 ) and recipes that we can enjoy al fresco with the ‘rule of 6’ in place.

The pandemic has certainly knocked a lot of us sideways and affected us in so many different ways. It has up ended our “normal” day to day routine and may have knocked your confidence for six, we’ve put together ways you can boost your confidence whilst coming out of lockdown (page 16). Finally, we are not all in the same ‘BOAT’ but we are in the same ‘STORM’ we are all unique and managing the 'Storm' the best way we know how, some of us can swim, some of us sink and others are actually drowning - We never know what part of the storm anyone else is in - Be Kind, Be Humble and Don't Judge! Stay Safe

Much Love

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April 2021

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Adjust Your Alignment Gorgeous Glow Hot Picks Lemon Sorbet Baby Blue Beauty Foodie News Spring Dining Tobacco Brown Interiors Baskets Galore Suite Dreams Borrow a Boat Your Stars Weekend Starts Here

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First release of Executive Homes already Reserved at

Hayfield Oaks in Woburn Sands he first release of family homes at Hayfield’s most luxurious scheme to date has been snapped up in only four weeks since the launch, by people keen to secure their preferred home off-plan. Located in the historic small town of Woburn Sands within the Borough of Milton Keynes, the first homes at Hayfield Oaks will be ready to move into during the springtime.

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Located off Newport Road, Hayfield Oaks comprises 37 Arts and Crafts styled four and five-bedroom houses, set amongst mature trees. Off-plan sales are currently being taken from a dedicated Sales Lounge that has been created at the sister development Hayfield Place in Silsoe, Bedfordshire, which is 12 miles away. A large interactive model of the new scheme is enabling interested parties to take a closer look at the development layout and various house designs. Prices for the current release range from £610,000 to £735,000. Kelly Sharman, Sales and Marketing Director of Hayfield

said: “We are delighted to have reserved the first seven family homes at this exclusive scheme, prior to a show home opening. Launching a new development during the third Covid-19 lockdown is no easy feat, but our experienced and imaginative team has brought the plans to life, both virtually and with socially distanced appointments. “The outstanding specification, Five Star Hayfield build quality, and the location of this development has really captured the imagination of our buyers. Avoiding formulas or templates, our multi award-winning approach takes its cue from the principles of exemplary residential design.”

Hayfield Oaks is only half a mile from Woburn Sands train station, which is appealing to those wishing to travel for work or pleasure. The quaint high street, quality amenities, excellent schooling and access to breathtaking countryside make the historic town one of the most desirable places to live in the region.


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Hayfield Oaks’ seven unique house designs will be constructed in red brick, with render features and part-tiled hanging elevations. The collection of executive homes will feature a premium standard specification from the high level of luxury Hayfield has already become known for. Each bespoke kitchen will feature a vast range of builtin Neff appliances, as well as an instant hot tap and impressive bi-fold doors leading out to the private garden.

All homes will have underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, with the largest homes also benefitting from electric underfloor heating to the upstairs Laufen bathrooms and ensuites. Each dedicated study or smallest bedroom will feature sound-reducing construction to create the ideal work from home environment. Fitted wardrobes will be installed into the principal and second bedrooms. Other features include Minoli ceramic tiles, heritage bronze ironmongery, Farrow & Ball paint and Ring doorbells. The eight-acre scheme will be the most spacious in the area, as the development density is half the recommended level sought by Government. The family homes have been designed around a central play area with enhanced hard landscaping, conservation style block paving and an impressive feature entrance.

For further information about the Hayfield Oaks development, please call Taylor Made on: 01234 302043 or register your interest at www.hayfieldhomes.co.uk..


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Adjusting Your Alignment While it might sound a bit like having the tracking on your car sorted, what and who we ‘align’ ourselves to can have a big impact on many different areas of our life. For the purposes of this article alignment means ‘a position of agreement or alliance’ as defined by Google. We might at New Year or the beginning of a new phase, make decisions that we will align ourselves to certain things, either specific values or goals and intentions, things we want to achieve, the way we want to live our life – but over time it’s easy for us to lose sight of some of those alignments.

If you feel like somehow things have got a bit out of alignment in your own life then here are a few ideas to get yourself back on track.

Getting out into nature Something about getting out into nature causes us all to pause a little and check where we are. Some times when near the ocean or surrounded by trees we may feel a sense of our own ‘insignificance’ and this can help us to adjust our alignment.

Let’s imagine someone values peace and helping people, it would be pretty hard for them to work selling guns etc – a far-fetched example but hopefully you get the idea.

Using all your senses Many people use grounding exercises to help with anxiety or other emotional ‘overwhelms’. It simply means using all your sense to ‘ground’ yourself. One popular exercise is to identify from wherever you are at the present moment 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can touch, 2 you can smell and 1 you can taste. You can change them around a bit, the important thing is to engage all the senses. This is a really helpful way to learn to be more ‘present’ as well. Being Present

Imagine if you are a person who thinks positivity is important then you will align yourself to positivity. But what does that mean in practical terms? It starts with you choosing, consciously on a day by day – sometimes even moment by moment - basis to focus on what is positive. That doesn’t mean negative things won’t happen, and obviously you can acknowledge those but choose, rather than concentrating on them, to concentrate, through gratitude for example, on the positive. Which in practical terms means thinking about what’s positive, talking about what’s positive not allowing your thoughts or talk to fill with all the negative ‘stuff’

Learn to dwell in alignment I’m using the word dwell to think about where we spend our time. If we want to live a life that is positive but spend a lot of our time surrounded by folk who are negative, or we take part ourselves in negative conversations, read stuff that makes us feel negative or persist in concentrating on the negative then surprise surprise, we’ll be aligning ourselves with negativity whether or not that was our intention. So, check out your intentions but then make a definite, clear decisions to ‘dwell’ in alignment with those intentions.

WE can think of different areas of alignment, some to do with our values, ethics and morals and others to do with what we actually think or do but of course they do both connect and just like when the cars tracking is out of alignment you will notice if aspects of your own life are out of alignment.

Many of us might have had times when we have started to do something or ‘signed up’ for something then felt that it didn’t feel right – probably because it wasn’t in alignment with our purpose. In fact, I would always say that listening to your intuition will tell you if a course of action is in alignment to your own personal vision and intentions.

In many ways what you align yourself to is what you will attract – your alignment will have an impact on the ‘energy’ and vibration you give out and usually you will attract more of the same. So, if your desire is to align with positivity yet you spend all day concentrating on the negative ‘stuff’ then whatever your aim negativity is what you are aligning yourself to.

In lives which are very busy it can be easy to find we have no time for reflection or simply to ‘be’ as most of our lives are involved in ‘doing’. To create a bit more balance setting aside some time to be present – connected to the moment is not only good for our emotional well-being and a great way to reduce stress it can also help us check our alignment.

Wherever you find yourself in life at the moment keep in mind that living in alignment to your values and purpose will make for a happier more fulfilled life. Why not visit the Facebook group All About You for more help and support on ways you can achieve a happy, balanced and fulfilled life?

www.facebook.com/groups/AAYGroup/about


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BEAUTY UPDATES Crystal Clear Eyes Skincare experts, Crystal Clear, have launched their most effective eye serum yet, the Quartz Powerball Miracle Eye Serum (£39.99, www.crystalclear.co.uk). Combining clinically proven ingredients in its luxurious, supercharged serum, including Hyaluronic Acid and skincare powerhouse, Phycojuvenine, with a cooling rollerball head applicator. This dual action approach provides an instant wake-up call to tired eyes with an intense hit of hydration, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, treating puffiness, and improving dark circles.

Scent of Summer ETRO has launched White Magnolia (£145, Harvey Nichols), a hymn to the beauty and wonder of nature where the brightness of flowers blends with creamy tones of musk and the enveloping warmth of boisées notes. Decorated with the iconic Paisley motif embossed on the bottle’s glass transparency and gold-finished cap. The fragrance is enclosed in luxurious packaging adorned with ETRO's archival fabrics for a unique and exclusive collector's item.

Self-Care & Sleep Sleep pays an invaluable part of looking after ourselves and to help in this endeavour, The Somerset Toiletry Company has created a bespoke collection of gifts to promote self-care and wellness at home, Enjoy the calming influence of lavender and chamomile essentials oils with the ‘Sleepeze Calming Gift Set’ (£9.95) and the ‘Sleepeze Calming Sleep Stones’ (£11.95) 200g of volcanic rock infused with essential oils to enhance your night time routine. Available from www.thesomersettoiletryco.co.uk

Spring into the Season If your make-up bag doesn’t have any Pixi Beauty products, you need to change that right now. Ranging from lip tints to eye shadows, foundation to skincare there’s something for everyone, what will you choose? www.pixibeauty.co.uk


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Midlife Madness Trust me I am going to try very hard not to give away any of my very secret, secure passwords but suffice it to say that probably like many of you I base my passwords on my favourite or at least familiar things, why, well like you I suspect, it’s because they are things, we are likely to remember. So yes, Ive used addresses, birthdates, places I’ve been on holiday, because I have a fighting chance of remembering them. And of course, we have so very many to remember these days – almost everything I do on the internet requires a password! The problem is however that when I am asked by the internet higher authority, actually not asked at all ‘told’ in no uncertain terms to the point that I’m not allowed to continue until I comply, that I need to add capital letters, numbers or special characters then all hope of creating a password I can remember goes out the window or down the internet highway or whatever.

I can vividly remember a lovely holiday we had in Lanzarote so that was a common password as it made sense to me. Lanzarote99 might also make sense but when it becomes Lanza0te?99XJY it loses all meaning for me! And yes, I know I should make a note of it which I do – but then next time I go on somehow I mess it up end up resetting the blasted thing and YES I forget to make a note of it and on it goes. I also have several platforms I use regularly where I am not ‘allowed’ to use passwords or parts of passwords I have used before- which adds further angst to internet life.

Now on my phone it is different –as in a different set of issues – you see on my phone most apps remember

my log in, I might have set it to do that, I might not – frankly how on earth would I know, and it takes me straight to the’ business’! Unless my phone has recently updated itself or the app has updated, well then of course I’m back to having no idea what my password is? What I find highly amusing is when I have to ask for a password reset some providers send me a password that is Password or Welcome! Really? I know they expect me to reset it but I bet there are lots of folk who don’t – not me, obviously!

Of course, I moan about this – loudly to whoever is around! And I even feel justified in doing so – a problem shared is a problem halved! But I do always feel that they think someone that is having a problem with passwords is regarded as a person taking the first step on the road to madness. I remind them of all the ‘techie’ things I do I mean after all the reason I have such a lot of problems with passwords is because I use such a lot of ‘platforms’ surely that shows my techieness. The fact I have little patience with computer programmes telling me what to do seems entirely reasonable to me. But I’m not the only impatient person, out walking the other day with other half I had loads of phone calls not a problem as obviously I take my mobile with me – the problem seems to be that apparently, I am unable to walk and talk! He maintains walking stops when talking starts – I must say I think he is exaggerating – but he snaped a pic of me as he waited impatiently and I must confess there I was standing still! Is it just me or are others similarly unable to multitask in this way?


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No Sunshine No Problem

Love a golden glow but there’s no sun shining? Whether you like a deep golden tan or a subtle whisper of warmth, we’ve rounded up our favourite self-tanning products that’ll have you glowing.

St. Moriz Professional 1 Hour Fast Tan, £4.99, Boots

Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer, £10.99, Boots

NIVEA Q10 Gradual Tan Body Moisturiser, £10, Boots

Garnier Ambre Solaire Vegan Natural Bronzer Intense Clear Self-Tan Mousse, £14, Boots

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water, £18.95, Beauty Bay

St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mist, £26, Cult Beauty

Lancome Flash Bronzer Self-Tanning Leg Gel, £28, Selfridges

St Tropez Self Tan Purity Vitamins Mist, £27.95, Beauty Bay

Clarins Radiance-Plus Body Golden Glow Booster, £27, John Lewis


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Ways to Boost your Confidence after Lockdown It may not feel like it, but an end to lockdown is slowly coming, so we need to be prepared. The pandemic has knocked a lot of us sideways and affected us in so many different ways. It has up ended our “normal” day to day routine and may have knocked your confidence for six.

inexpensive online courses available such as Udemy, Cousera, etc.

You are Still You! Take some time to visualise yourself pre-lockdown. The selfassured person who was able to walk into every business meeting with confidence, and who was totally at ease with entertaining friends or social gatherings. The person who would happily chat with anyone from the barista to the company CEO.

Self Confidence and Standing Tall Try standing tall, holding your head up high and I promise you, you’ll feel better. Look up and you feel instantly more positively and confident.

We’ve put together ways you can boost your confidence whilst coming out of lockdown.

Whatever you may feel now, trust that you are still that person.

Now visualise a time when you felt your most confident and at ease with yourself. What environment were you in? What were you doing? Who were you with? Try to identify the factors that contributed to the feeling of empowerment and see if you can recreate them as you gradually ease yourself back to your regular routine. Visualising is one of your most powerful tools. Try it every day for a couple of minutes.

Comparing Yourself with Others is Not Healthy Comparing yourself to others will only undermine your confidence and self-belief. I know this can be a very difficult habit to break, especially with social media giving us no shortage of opportunities to measure ourselves against other people, many of whom we’ve never even met. Have you ever gone on social media to connect with the outside world only to find it just drags you down seeing all those people with apparently perfect lives who’ve sailed through lockdown in a blur of creative or positive pursuits? And that then makes you feel like you’ve let yourself down?

Stop right there! Change your focus and shift your thought patterns to focus on what you already have and how lucky you are.

You Are Worth Investing In Investing in yourself is the best investment you’ll ever make. Learning new skills and expanding your knowledge can help boost your confidence. Even making small, positive changes can inspire you to try new things and get out of your comfort zone. Here are some “you “investment tips:

• Try taking a course to learn something new. There are lots of

• Invest in your health by taking regular exercise and eating nourishing food.

• Invest in your creative abilities by pursuing a new hobby such as playing an instrument, painting, gardening or cooking.

How something that seems insignificant can have such an immediate and positive effect on how you feel, I don’t know. But I promise it does!

Your posture and stance affect your mood and the way you feel, so try experimenting. If you find yourself feeling low, check your posture, raise your head and try and straighten your body. Because let’s face it, if you can change your outlook and boost your confidence just by doing that, holy cow! Let’s do it! Let’s do it every day! Try a Different Perspective Take a moment to think about your own thoughts. Are they happy or sad? Positive or negative? Do they lift you up or bring you down?

Our thoughts are powerful and can have a big effect on how we feel. How we feed our minds is just as important as the way we nourish our bodies, and we can select our thoughts the same way we would choose from a menu. Would you order something if you knew it wasn't going to make you feel good? But you should also honour your feelings. This is not about trying to be artificially happy. Our feelings provide us with valuable information about our needs and desires and whether or not we’re in alignment with ourselves and our values. And that means they need to be acknowledged. It’s a bit like the childhood game of hot and cold. The closer you are to being on track with the truth of who you are, the better you feel. The further away you get, the worse you feel. Once you’ve acknowledged your feelings, how you react to them is governed by your thoughts.

You have the power to choose the way you think about a situation, no matter what the circumstances. And in day-to-day life that means making choices that reflect your values and supports your dreams. With practice, you'll develop a skill that will become second nature to you. Then the sky's the limit!


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The following exercise is designed to help you discover facts about yourself that will nourish your sense of wellbeing;

Every evening for the next 30 days, pick a quiet moment and review your day. Write down the positive and loving things you’ve accomplished even if it’s just one thing. That’s enough. Then focus on that one thing, and express gratitude for it. Notice both your thoughts and your feelings. Do you drift into judgment or undermine yourself? For example, do you qualify it with thoughts like “…but it could have been better” or “I won a great new client today …but it was probably just a fluke.”

If that sounds familiar, go back and think about that positive achievement again. Try and be more honest with yourself about it. Ask yourself why you’re putting yourself down with your own negative self-talk. After all, if you’ve won one great client, then why shouldn’t you be able to win many more? Think about all the reasons behind why that client chose you!

Use Positive Affirmations There’s lots of positive affirmations on the internet but choose

them carefully and change them so they fit you and what you want and need. Just repeating an affirmation with no feelings attached will do nothing. Think about what you want and make that your affirmation. This can feel a bit odd at first but stick with it and you’ll reap the benefits. Start with 2 and work up to 10! Using positive phrases will challenge any negative thoughts and can be an amazing weapon for a better life.

Be Kind to Yourself Rebuilding and improving your confidence after a tough lockdown may take time so be kind to yourself and cut yourself some slack. If your life was very busy and stressful before lockdown it may be a good time now to take stock and decide what is serving you and what not.

As life slowly returns to normal, we have a unique opportunity to consider the lessons we have learnt about our pace of life and wellbeing. Make time for rest and recovery, surround yourself with a supportive network of friends and do not be hard on yourself if you find it difficult to get back into a routine.


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best foot forward

Feet fall into the forgotten category of body parts that we hardly pay attention to because for over half the year they’re hidden away, but come spring it’s time to give them a little TLC ready for summer sandals and barefoot beach walks.

Weleda Foot Balm, £11.50, Holland & Barrett Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream, £12.99, www.burtsbees.co.uk

Rituals The Ritual of Jing Foot Balm, £10.90, Boots .jpeg

Aveda Foot Relief, £17.60, www.feelunique.com

This Works Perfect Heels Rescue Balm, £16, www.feelunique.com

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Foot Magic, £3.00, Asda

Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream, £25, John Lewis

L'Occitane Shea Intensive Foot Balm, £24, M&S


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Paradise Pink Tshirt, £25, Oliver Bonas

Pair Concrete Table Top Plant Holder, £39.99, www.blossomandbuttercup.co.uk.

AFFINITY HOT PICKS

Cowshed Hand Care Duo, £50, www.cowshed.com

18ct White Gold & Diamond Pendant, £1,250, www.bakerbrothersdiamonds.com.

Butchers Block, £22, Habitat

Cole & Mason Potted Herb, £17.99, John Lewis

This month’s must have gifts and accessories

Contessa Teapot, £36, Amazon

Lacoste Blue and White Trainers, £90, Asos

Jo Malone Silk Blossom Diffuser, £67, www.jomalone.co.uk

Enamel Bead Hoop Earrings, £44.95, SEOL+GOLD

Swirl Bag, £495, Paul Smith

Percy Pig Sweet Bouquet, £30, M&S

Roxanne Assoulin Bracelets, £125, www.net-a-porter.com

Asymmetric Swimsuit, £40, Accessorize


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Forget the Spring Clean 2021 is all about the Digital Device Declutter

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t’s spring clean season, but this year there’s a new Hinch-style home hack that you should consider - a digital device declutter!

Many people will have heard of a digital detox, but let’s face it – now is not the time to disconnect from the tech we’ve become so dependent on. Instead, why not use the annual big clear out to clean up and speed up internet connectivity in your home - by ditching the devices and a few bad habits that could be slowing you down. We spoke to the experts at Zen Internet who share five essential ways you can declutter and restore some digital harmony to the home.

Step One - Switch stuff off when not in use You may not realise it but tablets and smartphones often work in the background – even when they aren’t being used. So, if you’ve got devices that you think are using your bandwidth (by downloading updates in the background, for example) start your digital device declutter by switching off the Wi-Fi option on anything you aren’t using – you could also put it on airplane mode. A laptop will keep connecting to the Wi-Fi if it is on and open so shut it down completely when you have finished work or home schooling. Gone are the days when a computer takes a good 10 minutes to fire up so get into the habit of doing a complete shut down every day.

You might want to check wireless devices that may sit dormant most of the time too. Things like wireless printers can be switched off when they aren’t needed. You can also try turning off specific streaming settings – for example HD streaming. Netflix allows you to change

the data usage setting when you login in and select ‘playback settings’ under your profile. If there are times when a lot of devices are being used collectively, this could remove the dreaded buffering mid-stream.

Step Two - Remove any ‘shadow’ devices from your network Giving your router a quick spring clean is a great habit to get into and you could be surprised at what a difference it makes. Use your router’s admin interface to find out exactly how many devices are connected to your network. Deleting the devices you don’t recognise or don’t want connected can help to ease the pressure and speed up connectivity. It is also possible to prioritise the most important devices to make sure that they always get the best possible connection. So, whether it is your games console, work laptop or smart TV, you can choose which device gets priority when there's not quite enough bandwidth to go round.

Do this via the router settings page of your broadband provider and edit the wireless settings to add priority to your chosen devices. Of course, it might be a good idea to check with the rest of the household first! Step Three – Create device free zones Tempting as it is to have always-on devices like Alexa and automated WiFi plugs dotted around the home, it may be causing excessive strain on the router.

Try making certain rooms in the home internet-free zones, especially the bedroom. This will bring more ‘zen’ and health benefits too, especially if you’re worried about the effects of blue light on your sleep and eyes.


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Step Four – Show your router some love and attention Let’s face it – despite the crucial role that they play in keeping us connected, a router isn’t ever going to be the centrepiece of an interior design scheme. Many end up shoved under furniture, behind curtains, in cupboards and anywhere else that they can be hidden from view. In reality you should be putting a little more thought into where you keep a router – this could improve your connectivity no end.

other devices too). Ethernet is extremely reliable, secure and fast so if you can make it work with the router and device layout then it is definitely worth considering, especially if you have a large family that is all draining the bandwidth on your network.

It is also recommended that you keep it as far away as possible from domestic appliances. According to a recent Ofcom report, even the microwave can reduce WiFi signal – so make sure it is off during those important work calls. Baby monitors, stereos, speakers, TV’s, halogen lamps can all also affect WiFi if they’re too close to your router too – so spare a thought for this priceless gadget and give it, its own special place in the house.

It’s also worth getting all corresponding chargers out for each device – and see if any still work.

Place your router as close as you can to the centre of a home for a consistent connection. If your router is downstairs, keep it as high as possible, and as low as possible if it’s upstairs. You can also try a ‘mesh’ product like Zen EveryRoom for guaranteed WiFi connectivity in every part of the house.

Step Five – Consider plugging in Plugging your laptop or console into a router might seem a bit 1999 but if your device is near enough, then an ethernet connection could be the answer to the consistent, high speed connectivity you have been craving for the past 12 months.

Keeping a wired connection between the router and your device will help to keep latency low while reducing congestion on your wireless network (which is good for

If your digital declutter has spurred you on – maybe it’s time to ditch some of those old electronic devices all together.

If so, here are some top tips: Start by getting everything into one place so you can see what you’ve got, what you need and use and what is broken or outdated. From phones with cracked screens to unloved Kindles you’ll be surprised at what you unearth from the bottom of those drawers.

Next, sort the pile into electronics you really can’t let go – and the ones that you really need to say goodbye to. Then sort the ‘going pile’ into – working and broken. Anything that is still in good condition you can sell or donate. eBay or specialist ‘cash in your gadget’ type websites will allow you to unlock some value from any unwanted devices. You can also donate to a local charity shop but it is best to check with them first what their policy is for receiving electronic devices. For gadgets that no longer work or cannot be salvaged then you should recycle them via a local recycling centre. Never throw them in the bin – they could contain contaminants and they should always be recycled properly.


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FASHION

New Look


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Lemon Sorbet Yellow is the perfect colour to lift your mood no matter the weather

Split Back T-Shirt, £35, White Stuff

Bardot Dress, £35, Accessorize

Shirt, £25.99, New Look

Very

Shorts, £19.99, New Look

Puff Sleeve Dress, £22, TU Clothing

Lightweight Scarf, £24, Oliver Bonas

Stud Earrings, £15, Oliver Bonas

Scarf Print Skirt, £59.50, Oliver Bonas

Espadrille Slider, £85, Dune London

Crossbody Bag, £39.50, Oliver Bonas


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Blooming Blush Think of this as a warmer shade of cream and watch it complement any outfit or skintone.

Blouse, £28, Miss Selfridge

Cable Jumper, £20, Tu Clothing

Cashmere Jumper, £135, Reiss

Denim Jacket, £24.50, M&S

Bardot Dress, £18, Matalan

M&Co

Bag, £80, Dune London

V Neck Top, £28, Next Adrianna Papell Dress, £97.50, John Lewis

Quilted Slider, £80, Dune London

Shirt, £25.99, New Look


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In Love with Lilac Sorbet colours are all over the catwalk this season, starting with lilac.

Playsuit, £17.99, TK Maxx

Shirt Dress, £52, La Redoute

Ribbed Joggers, £9.99, TK Maxx

New Look

Button Cardigan, £16, Dorothy Perkins

Broderie Ruffle Blouse, £38, Lipsy

Tie Waist Cardigan, £27.99, Freemans

Crystal Drop Earrings, £50, La Redoute Sweatshirt, £22, Miss Selfridge

Marabella Heels, £40, Dune London

Card Holder, £8, Accessorizejpg


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Baby Blue Beauty The easiest sorbet colour to style with anything in your wardrobe

Cashmere Jumper, £180, John Lewis

Trilogy Cashmere Cardigan, £160, John Lewis

Broderie Blouse, £90, John Lewis

Pretty Little Thing

Belted Cardigan, £28, Dorothy Perkins

Blue Ballerina Shoes, £60, Dune London

Vest Top, £49, John Lewis

A-Line Dress, £129, Whistles

Cross Body Croc Bag, £150, L.K.Bennett.

Cropped Jeggings, £39.95, White Stuff


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food & drink


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FOODIE NEWS

Subscribe to Wine

Wine of England have launched an English wine subscription showcasing the extensive variety and excellent quality of English wines in a monthly subscription delivered to your door. The monthly subscription features two bottles of quality English wine, one sparkling, and one still (priced at £55 per month from w w w. w i n e o f e n gl a n d . co. u k / e n gl i s h - w i n e subscription) curated to take subscribers on a journey to vineyards in every corner of the country, without leaving their home. The box also consists of a welcome booklet with useful tips on how to taste wine plus tasting notes with information about the producer and recipes to pair with each bottle.

Life Gets Sweeter

No one needs to be reminded how dull life can become in a lockdown, but with Mon Dessert things can be a little sweeter. Offering an incredible range of scrumptious, luxury French-inspired dessert kits which are ever changing in line with national holidays and seasons, customers and subscribers alike have loved having this baking distraction. From Easter-themed kits to Baked Doughnuts and Crème Brûlée, we are seriously sorted for all our dessert-making needs. Available as a stand-alone purchase (from £20) or part of a monthly subscription (£19.95 per month). Ensuring all bases are covered, they also offer three and six-month gift subscriptions, perfect for any celebration. Available from www.mondessert.co.uk

Alfresco on The Terrace Party Pick & Mix

That ‘big night in’ has just got a whole lot better following the unveiling of a new Pick & Mix Party Pack from Bebeto. Launching mid-April, the new 750g bag contains a mix of gummy sweets and marshmallows, a scoop, 10 paper bags and stickers so you can create the cinema experience of the Pick & Mix stand in your own home. To order visit, www.bebeto.co.uk

The countdown is well and truly on for the reopening of hospitality and outdoor dining. Opening on the 12 April at The Langham, London will be The Wigmore Summer Terrace & Garden, a beautiful outdoor dining area from the popular British tavern on Regent Street. The terrace from The Wigmore has been connected with the hotel’s courtyard garden area to form one large 75 capacity dining space, ideal for long lunches and leisurely drinks in the summer sunshine. To book a table call 020 79650198 or visit www.the-wigmore.co.uk


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Prawn & Asparagus Bake

“This one-pan wonder delivers all you need for a fast and fantastic feast.” Ingredients

1 kg new potatoes Olive oil 1 lemon ½ a bunch of fresh dill 6 x 120 g dab fillets, from sustainable sources 220 g cooked peeled prawns, from sustainable sources 200 g Greek-style yoghurt 150 g mature Cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon English mustard 1 bunch of asparagus

Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Halve any larger potatoes, then cook in a large pan of boiling salted water for 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Drain in a colander and leave to steam dry. Once they’re cool enough to handle, slice them 1cm thick and place in a large roasting tray. Drizzle over a little oil, then finely grate over the lemon zest. Chop and scatter over half the dill, then season with a pinch of sea salt and pepper black.Toss to coat, then lay the dab fillets on top and scatter over the prawns. Coarsely grate the Cheddar. In a bowl, mix the yoghurt, half the Cheddar and the mustard. Finely chop the remaining dill and add most of it to the bowl, then squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and mix again. Snap off the woody ends, then use a speed-peeler to peel the asparagus into long strips. Gently fold them into the yoghurt dressing. Top each piece of dab with some of the dressed asparagus then pour over any leftover yoghurt dressing and sprinkle over the remaining Cheddar. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until everything is slightly browned on top and the fish is beautifully cooked through. Scatter with the remaining dill, then serve up.


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King Prawn Curry with Spanish Persimon® Kachumber

“Enjoy this warming, aromatic prawn curry with a chopped Indian salad” Ingredients

30g butter 1 large onion, chopped 1tsp chopped fresh green chilli 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1tsp ground cumin 2tsp ground coriander 1tsp ground turmeric 1tsp black mustard seeds 400ml reduced fat coconut milk 300g cooked, peeled king prawns, thawed if frozen 1tbsp chopped fresh coriander, plus sprigs to garnish Basmati rice, to serve Persimon Kachumber 1 Spanish Persimon®, finely chopped ¼ cucumber, finely chopped 1 small ripe avocado, halved, peeled, pitted and chopped 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander 1 tbsp lime juice Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method First, make the Persimon® kachumber by mixing all the ingredients together. Cover and set aside for the flavours to mingle. Heat the butter in a large frying pan or wok. Add the onion, chilli and garlic and cook gently for 3-4 minutes until soft and golden. Stir in the ground cumin, coriander, turmeric and mustard seeds and cook for a few seconds, then add the coconut milk and 3tbsp water. Heat until simmering, then cook over a gentle heat for 10 minutes. Tip in the prawns and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Season and serve with basmati rice, garnished with coriander sprigs, with the kachumber on the side.


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Vegan Plum Sponge

“This vegan plum sponge cake is sweet, fluffy and studded with vibrant tasting South African plums.” Ingredients

1 cup + 2 tbsp caster sugar or coconut palm sugar 3/4 cup vegan butter 1 cup oat milk 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 3/4 cups GF self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 3 South African plums chopped into small chunks Frosting 3 tbsp vegan stick butter 1 cup icing sugar 3 tbsp cacao powder/cocoa powder 5 South African plums for topping

Method Pre-heat your oven to 180c and lightly grease a loose bottom cake tin with vegan butter Combine the milk and cider vinegar together and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream together the vegan butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Whisk through the milk mixture then stir in the dry ingredients until smooth. Fold through your diced plums and transfer your cake batter into the cake tin. Pop this into the oven for 40-45 minutes, until a skewer can be removed clean from the cake. Allow to cool a little, then remove the cake tin and leave to finish cooling on a wire rack. For the frosting, beat the butter to a pale and fluffy consistency, then gradually add in the sugar and cacao. Once smooth, lather over the cake and layer on your sliced plums


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Spring has Sprung “With spring arriving it’s time to embrace bright flavours and sprightly wine styles to match the season’s lighter, fresher menus”

Tesco Finest Douro A deeply coloured, full-bodied red wine made from grapes grown along the steep banks of the Douro river in northern Portugal. The steep vineyards promote slow ripening in the grapes, resulting in brilliant flavour concentration and aromatic intensity. Full and fruity, yet elegant and fresh, it’s an excellent match for spring BBQs. £10.00, Tesco

Croix de Bézard Picpoul de Pinet The grapes for this wine come from vines grown on ancient terraces facing the Thau lagoon. The unique geological structure of the soils, the long, sunny days and moderating influence of the Mediterranean Sea all combine to produce an intensely aromatic and fresh wine. With notes of lemon zest and white blossom, this crisp and refreshing white is delicious on its own or with seafood. £10.00, Tesco

Tesco Finest English Sparkling Rosé NV This celebratory fizz is produced using the traditional method, as used in Champagne, which results in fine bubbles and elegant flavour complexity. Bursting with notes of fresh strawberry, crisp citrus and a touch of rich brioche, it is an excellent choice for special occasions. £20.00, Tesco

Tesco Finest Pinot Grigio Blush This rosé combines the grape’s characteristic notes of white blossom and pear with ripe peach and strawberry aromas. The delicate blush colour is obtained by keeping the grape skins in contact with the juice for a short time during the wine-making process. Serve with seafood, crisp salads and crudités. £7.00, Tesco

Tesco Finest Margaret River Brooks Road Chardonnay This elegant Australian white is made from Chardonnay grapes grown at the southern end of the Margaret River region and fermented in French oak barrels, which adds weight, texture and well-integrated vanilla spice to its lemon zest, peach and nectarine notes. It works brilliantly with richer white fish or creamy sauces. £15.00, Tesco


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interiors

Soho Home


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Tobacco Brown

Tobacco Brown is the perfect colour to incorporate into your home all year round. The natural essence of this colour will create a dark scandi vibe during summer and bring the outdoors in over winter.

Corded Cushion, £53, Abode Living Hardwood and Metal Stool, £199.99, Oak Furnitureland Triple Pendant Light, £134.40, Lighting Style

Feather Wreath, £29.99, www.breezefurnishings.com

Stoneware Vase, £14, Heavenly Homes and Gardens

Cage Floor Light, £566, Nicholas Engert Interiors

Barko Vase, £36, Sweetpea & Willow


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Domkapa 3 Seater Sofa, £1915, Sweetpea & Willow

Rextangular Tissue Box, £25, Rebecca Udall

Stoneware Bowl, £12, Five and Dime

Rattan Charger, £14, Rebecca Udall

Dark Brown Wool Blanket, £59, So Cosy

Brown Bamboo Lantern, £44.95, Around the House Furniture

Pebbles Picture, £8.95, Desenio


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Basket-ful

Whether it’s a cosy corner or a bathroom shelf, add style to your home with a basket or two

Nature Seagrass Basket, £25, Amara

Lene Bjerre Abiola Basket, £200, Sweetpea & Willow

Large Chunky Rustic Seagrass Basket, £32.95, www.blossomandbuttercup.co.uk

Round Rush Log Basket, £891, Nicholas Engert Interiors

Charles Ted

Rattan Basket, £24.99, Homesense

Round Wicker Basket, £30, John Lewis

Hyacinth Basket, £38, Basalt & Dune Homestore

Grey Wash Rattan Basket, £35, Marquis & Dawe


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Fry’s Footie Corner

I am writing this column as we are about to enter April and you know at this point you are entering the business end of the season – a season I might add like no other. In all my years in the game, I have never known anything like it and credit to everyone involved at the 72 EFL clubs for remaining in business despite no crowds, no commercial revenue and no real help.

This year is my 25th at Peterborough United so it would be wonderful to mark that milestone with promotion to the Championship. Darren Ferguson and his management staff have done a superb job battling against all the odds to get the team into a position where all they have to do is finish what they have started, but we know it will not be as simple as that.

It has been relentless. Games on Saturday, Tuesday and Saturday have become the norm. Credit has to go to the Fitness and Sports Science team for putting into operation a plan that was put together all the way back in the summer.

25 years at a football club is a long time. I have been manager, owner, secretary, director of football – in fact probably the only job I haven’t done in this period of time is centre forward. Thankfully, we have been blessed with them over the years with Jonson Clarke-Harris on track to become the third successive Posh striker to win the Golden Boot.

Following in the footsteps of Ivan Toney was always going to be incredibly challenging but to notch 25 league goals with nine goals to play and 27 in all competitions is a

tremendous return. He has been ably supported in the goals front by Sammie Szmodics, who now has 12 in all competitions.

Jack Marriott, Ivan Toney and Craig Mackail-Smith have all finished on top of the goalscoring charts in recent seasons with Britt Assombalonga also prolific in his one campaign here. It is testament to the hard work behind the scenes to keep unearthing these front men – I may have a small role to play in that!

Away from Peterborough United, the Premier League looks like a one-horse race with Manchester City way in front while in the Championship it looks like Norwich City are set for an immediate return after an excellent campaign under their German manager. Our near neighbours Cambridge United have been leading the way in League Two with Paul Mullin breaking a club record for his goal return so far. They have even named a stand after him at the Abbey Stadium, so he must be doing something right.

As we reach the end of the 2020-2021 campaign, it is only right to praise the supporters because they have suffered more than anyone this year, not being able to cheer their side on from their seat in the stadium. We hope and pray that next season we can welcome them all back with open arms. Take Care

Barry Fry


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Sprimngtime

scents

With Spring just around the corner, not only is it time to pull out lighter, brighter clothing, it’s also time to change your fragrances for something fresher and more seasonal.

Cartier Pasha Edition Noire Spray, £90, John Lewis

Bentley Beyond The Collection, £165, Harrods

Gucci Memoire d'une Odeur, £97, Selfridges Louis Vuitton Meteore Fragrance, £200, www.louisvuitton.com

Platinum Egoiste Fragrance, £78, www.thefragranceshop.co.uk

TOM FORD Costa Azzurra, £120, John Lewis

Montblanc Explorer, £72, www.theperfumeshop.com

Versace Man Eau Fraiche, £36.78, Amazon


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TRAVEL


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The Best Suites & Villas

At Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

s we look ahead to luxury travel coming back on the horizon, there really is nowhere that compares to Raffles Maldives Meradhoo. Located just an 80-minute boat ride from the equator, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo lies in one of the most remote and unblemished corners of the Maldives.

The second bedroom sits directly onto the beach. It is the place to feel the first of the sun’s morning rays and see the first twinkle of starlight.

Overwater Residence with Pool The Overwater Residences boast two separate bedrooms, a living room, gorgeous bathroom and a private pool over the shimmering turquoise lagoon. They are incredible homes of deep quality, cleverly designed to afford absolute privacy inside and huge relaxation space outside.

NEW Raffles Royal Residence The Raffles Royal Residence is beyond compare. It offers all the splendour Raffles is known for in this most incredible natural setting.

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As well as being one of the most beautiful island resorts in the world, it also boasts some of the largest suites and the legendary service of Raffles, with Raffles Butlers.

While all the villas in the overwater village have astonishing views, the Overwater Residences sit at the very tip of the lagoon. The views from this position are so vast and uplifting that this is truly an unforgettable place to be. Perhaps the grandest of all is the view from the master bedroom. In this sumptuous space, with the high ceiling and enormous windows onto the surrounding ocean you are in nothing but pure, palatial elegance. Beach Residence with Pool Two separate buildings, with private garden and pool in between, make the Beach Residence ideal for quality family time. Its different zones harmoniously connect to create an abundance of extraordinary room indoors and out.

The master bedroom is perfection. From the super king size (300cm x 200cm) four-poster bed to the vast bathroom suite incorporating a huge sunken bathtub, walk-in wardrobe, rain shower and opulent vanity unit.

Between the two buildings lie the landscaped outdoor pool and terrace with its own beachfront Sala, and the poolside living and dining area with daybed, sofa set, dining table and casual seating. And, of course, the private stretch of pristine beach leading onto the ocean completes the scene in unmistakeable Maldivian style.

Occupying an unblemished stretch of the resort’s blissful Beach Island, the vast three-bedroom villa expandable up to 6 bedrooms is perfect for groups of friends gathering for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration, as well as families who want to kick back and take things easy. Stretching comfortably over 1,700 square metres and accommodating up to 15 guests, the Royal Residence’s heart is the three consecutive reception rooms that border its 40-metre pool and look towards the property’s private beach. Whether savouring a fully catered barbecue, enjoying a boisterous pool party or simply admiring unimpeded views of another staggering sunset, everything the property offers can be enjoyed in absolute exclusivity.

The amount of space in this villa makes it the definitive ultra-luxury destination. Whether you are sharing it with your family or enjoying a vacation with close friends, we will make sure your every need and desire is met within this most stately of villas. For more information or to book, visit www.raffles.com/maldives


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Wine-Filled Experiences at

Rathfinny Wine Estate

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s the country emerges from the pandemic, Rathfinny Wine Estate in Sussex, will be offering an array of ‘wine-filled’ experiences for customers to dine, stay, tour & taste, on this picturesque Vineyard.

The reopening also coincides with the release of their new sparkling wines 2017 Classic Cuvée and 2017 Blanc de Blancs – which means this summer will be the perfect time to plan a food and wine getaway.

Dine – Al Fresco Back by popular demand and sold out last summer, Rathfinny has launched their al fresco Vineyard Picnic Hampers which are available to enjoy on a grassy bank overlooking the Vineyard. Estate Head Chef, Chris Bailey, has created picnic menus that embrace his love of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Picnic Hampers include a three-course snacking menu at £25 per head with the option to order chilled Rathfinny Sussex wines whilst soaking up the English summer sunshine. Picnics will be available, 12noon - 3.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Dine – Michelin Plate Tasting Room For customers looking for a fine dining Vineyard experience, Rathfinny Estate are reopening their Michelin Plate Tasting Room restaurant located within their Sussex Heritage, awardwinning Winery with breath-taking views overlooking the

Vineyard and South Downs. Head Chef, Chris Bailey, and his team serve a new take on c o n t e m p o ra r y, i n g re d i e n t - f o c u s e d British cuisine, using the finest seasonal produce available from the land, sea and garden of the British Isles. 2 or 3 course lunches are available from £32 a head and tasting menu dinners on Fridays and Saturday evenings from £55 with an option to add a Sussex wine flight. Sample dishes include Hasselback Jersey Royals with caviar, Turbot roasted on the bone with monk’s beard, young vegetables, brown butter and mussel sauce followed by Tumaco extra dark single-origin chocolate cremeaux with cocoa crisp and olive oil sorbet.

Dine – Al Fresco Walk Ins Just three miles from the sea, where the coast meets the countryside, Rathfinny is passionate about pairing their wines with the finest food and working with local suppliers. Visitors making an impromptu visit can dine al fresco on the Tasting Room balcony for nibbles paired with Rathfinny Sussex wines or relax on the Flint Barns grassy bank enjoying an antipasti lunch menu. Stay – Weekend & Short Breaks For those who are looking to extend their visit, Rathfinny is now taking bookings at their award-winning Flint Barns bed and


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breakfast from the 19th May so customers can enjoy the entire Estate offer and wake up in the heart of an English vineyard. A ‘Tour and Tasting package’ from £229.50 for two guests which includes an overnight stay, summer tour and tasting, Vineyard picnic lunch, bottle of Rathfinny Classic Cuvée sparkling wine and a seasonal breakfast. The Estate is also offering a ‘Dine and Unwind package’ from £200 for two guests, which includes bed and breakfast, tea and homemade cake on arrival with a glass of Classic Cuvée and a three-course dinner at the Flint Barns Dining Room restaurant. Reservations can be transferred or cancelled if the Flint Barns is forced to close due to Covid-19.

Tour & Taste Visiting a Vineyard would not be the same without sampling Rathfinny’s famous Sussex Sparkling wines. Summer tours and tastings will commence from 21st May where customers will be able to tour the Estate and learn how Rathfinny turns grapes into world-class sparkling wines. All tours conclude with a tasting of Rathfinny Sussex Wines. Tours are priced at £25 a person. Complimentary, drop-in tastings will also commence from the Cellar Door shop.

Wine Tasting The Wine Estate Cellar Door shop, is also open daily between 10am-3pm. Customers can now place orders in advance using the ‘click and collect’ service on their new online shop: www.shop.rathfinnyestate.com or drive to the Estate to shop, carrying out social distancing measures. For more information or to book any of the above, visit www.rathfinneyestate.com


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Borrow A Boat the

‘Airbnb of Boats’

ith staycations permissible from this month (12 April) and international travel permitted from 17 May, why not consider a boating trip this year?

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Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a complete beginner, Borrow A Boat, the UK’s leading boat hire platform, is making it easier than ever to get more people onto the water.

all fully crewed. Prices start from approximately £10,000 per week. Customers can choose from around 35,000 vessels in 65+ countries listed on the website, so there is plenty of choice: from catamarans, and motorboats, to sail and river boats, to luxury yachts and superyachts.

Founded in 2016 and launched by entrepreneur, Matt Ovenden, Borrow A Boat is on a mission to make boating more accessible, affordable, flexible, and inclusive for all.

Boats can be hired with or without a skipper depending on the sailor’s experience and all meet the stringent safety and insurance codes, standards, and regulations for yacht chartering in their respective locations. Trips can be hourly, daily, seven, 14 or 28 days.

Those venturing further afield can enjoy boating in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, North America, and South East Asia. Greece, Croatia, and Turkey are the most popular destinations. Rental starts from just £40 per day and sailing yachts from £1,000 per week.

A win-win for both the owner and the renter, Borrow A Boat’s service offers a revenue stream for owners, while offering renters a large choice of vessels at the best prices.

Sailing is a great staycation option, and Borrow A Boat has vessels available throughout the UK, including in popular boating hubs such as Cornwall, Devon, Portsmouth, and Southampton.

Anyone looking for a more luxurious option can use ‘Borrow A Boat Plus’ to find luxury boats and superyachts,

Borrow A Boat also pioneered peer-to-peer boat hire, meaning that boat owners can list their vessels and offer themselves as skippers. This helps to offset the high costs of boat ownership by reducing maintenance costs and marina fees, whilst offering consumers more affordable and flexible boating experiences.

For more information or to book, visit www.borrowaboat.com


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Introducing The Rooster,

an Authentic Greek Retreat There is a place, hidden as a gem on a tiny Greek island; A place of freedom and rejuvenation; of spiritual awakening and unwinding; of inspiration and deep relaxation On 1st June 2021, The Rooster, on the under-the-radar Greek island of Antiparos opens. More than a resort, The Rooster is the vision-become-reality of one woman driven to create a destination with depth, value and relevance to today’s traveller. Set the Scene Conceived as a wellness and lifestyle resort that embraces ‘slow living’, The Rooster has been designed with unpretentious aesthetic luxury in mind paired with excellent service, while providing a holistic mindfulness escape. It is a retreat for the discerning traveller that celebrates the soulful Greek island through sustainability, wellness, organic food, learning and fun. Cloistered between the sandy, unspoilt beaches of the Aegean coastline and the dramatic landscape of the Cyclades amidst open fields and the mystical caves of Antiparos, The Rooster exists in complete harmony with nature. It has an enchanting raw beauty with sustainability at its heart, all the while working in harmony with the local community.

The Vision The story behind The Rooster is as special as the place itself. The hotel is a complete passion project, thoroughly thought-out to the very last detail by an inspiring woman – Founder & Owner, Athanasia Comninos. Athanasia is passionate about Antiparos and safeguarding it, and her mission with The Rooster is to foster respectful tourism on the island by creating a safe haven for those who appreciate thoughtful travel, art, culture, and life’s simple pleasures.

Space & Privacy The Rooster is all about space and privacy: just 17 individual houses of differing size, each with its own independent character. With four different layouts to choose from, each is complete with ample space, private gardens, its own freshwater pool and outdoor showers. Overlooking landscaped gardens or the sparkling Aegean, they all feature furnished terraces and spacious sundecks. Antiparos's calm, laid-back vibe is infused throughout, creating a warm, homely environment with interiors inspired by the raw natural beauty and rustic charm of the surrounding scenery. Casual, yet sophisticated, natural materials such as wood, marble and cotton complement the soothing colour palette. Understated elegance, privacy, simplicity and comfort are the leading values of The Rooster’s design philosophy. A Feast of the Senses Physical and emotional well-being, and environmental awareness lie at the core of The Rooster’s philosophy. The property’s farm-to-fork philosophy celebrates seasonal, homegrown ingredients, and many of the traditional and regional recipes served at The Restaurant contain fruits and vegetables picked straight from the farm. Fresh fish meanwhile is brought in daily by the island’s fishermen, while cheeses, free-range eggs and spirits are all procured locally and exclusive to Antiparos and Greece. Guests can visit the farm, learn about traditional farming techniques and pick indigenous vegetables and herbs to make their own meal, before partaking in interactive cooking sessions en plein air with a local cook. While the Restaurant is the food-hub of the resort, the Secret Garden is an intimate, romantic experience reminiscent of the traditional


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courtyards found within the Cycladic houses. With small pebbles and lights that dance across the tables, this is a secluded place to drink and dine under the stars.

House of Healing Wellness lies at the heart of The Rooster’s ethos. The ‘House of Healing’ adopts a holistic approach and has been designed as a peaceful sanctuary for relaxation, relief, recharging and rejuvenation. The team introduces guests to custom-made treatments using pure organic products, and specially guided rituals that draw on traditional ancestral and ancient medicine to embrace the primary ways of healing: sound healing, sacred gong bath ceremonies, a Greek ceremony of fire and celebration of the elements are a handful of the incredible experiences on offer. Island Life Antiparos lies in the heart of the Cyclades, less than one nautical mile from the larger island of Paros, the port to which it is connected by a local ferry. The Rooster is located on Livadia Beach, 6km from the port of Antiparos. BOOK IT

Nightly rates at The Rooster will start from €580 (currently approx. £500 / $690) in a Garden View Suite, B&B. For more information, visit www.theroosterantiparos.com


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STARS Manish Kumar Arora (K.P. Astrologer, Numerologist, Tarot Card Reader & Vastu Consultant) reveals what’s in store for you this month

Aries (21 March – 19 April) You should be feeling good about life in general. People will respond to you with happiness, love and goodwill, more than usual in this month. You get along better with people in a group setting and feel comfortable in a crowd. If in a relationship, you enjoy being with your partner and want to spend more time with them. If single, you can meet several new people who catch your eye. Favourable Dates: April 2, 9, 11, 18, 20, 27 Favourable Colours: Red & Blue


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Taurus (20 April – 20 May) You may come across as more hard-working, grounded, and distant. You take your time when making decisions and coming up with new ideas. You can take in new information through your senses, and remember the way everything looks, tastes, sounds, smells, and feels physically. If you’re the artistic type, you can be more inspired and create something new. You can embrace your inner child and let yourself loose. Favourable Dates: April 2, 3, 11, 12, 20, 21 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Blue Gemini (21 May – 20 June) You want to focus on the lighter aspects of life, and you don’t want to force yourself to work hard and focus when all you want to do is have some fun. You may need to review the way you’re budgeting money and where you need to cut back. Spending may be tied to your mood at the moment, so be careful of impulse buying when you’re feeling down. Favourable Dates: April 5, 8, 14, 17, 23, 26 Favourable Colours: White & Green

Cancer (21 June – 22 July) You may not be up for much hard work, a little lazy and indulgent, but if you can force yourself to work, you can get more done with less effort. You may be a little scattered mentally though and have a hard time focusing on anything for a long period of time. You may come across as more seductive, secretive, and moody. If in a relationship, you can be more passionate with your partner. Favourable Dates: April 2, 9, 11, 18, 20, 27 Favourable Colours: Red & Blue Leo (23 July – 22 August) You’re more enthusiastic about the ideas you come up with and may jump at the chance to pursue one of them. The people around you appreciate you and your efforts, and notice the quality of what you do, even if you don't get a paycheck. If you're looking for love, this is a very positive time to get out and meet people, something new could start that is very promising in terms of love. Favourable Dates: April 3, 6, 12, 15, 21, 24 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Grey

Virgo (23 August – 22 September) Money is looking to be much more available for you andyou can expect success fairly quickly. There will even be an ability to share your wealth with those less fortunate than you. If you are looking for love to be successful in your relationships, action and intention on your part is necessary. Be willing to talk and really listen, to your beloved and to prospective partners. Favourable Dates: April 1, 3, 10, 12, 19, 21 Favourable Colours: White & Purple

Libra (23 September – 22 October) You may come across as more energetic, adventurous, and wandering. You’ll be more interested in learning something new with a super-piqued curiosity. You’re attracted to ideas that seem kooky and unreal and are more innovative and inventive with the ideas you come up

with. You embrace yourself as a unique individual and are less likely to follow the crowd. Favourable Dates: April 3, 8, 12, 26, 21, 26 Favourable Colours: Yellow & White

Scorpio (23 October – 21 November) Your work can be in the spotlight and you get attention for the good things you’ve done. This month puts further emphasis on your interactions and you may feel most like yourself when you’re communicating. You may identify more with the words you write and speak than usual. You feel romantic, in the mood for love and have an easier time committing yourself to someone. Favourable Dates: April 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 22 Favourable Colours: White & Red Sagittarius (22 November -21 December) Your communications may be geared towards your finances. You could talk to someone about how to handle your finances, getting input and advice on the best ways to handle them, or go over your budget. You could have difficulties with a secret, subconscious issue, or with something you need to let go of. You’re also more concerned with fairness, justice, and equality and get riled up when you don’t see that. Favourable Dates: April 1, 2, 10, 11, 19, 20 Favourable Colours: Red & Purple

Capricorn (22 December – 19 January) A project you’ve been working on to help your career along or further your life path could come to a close now. You could finally reach a goal that you’ve been working on for a long time. You could also try to get recognition for what you’ve accomplished or find yourself put in the spotlight for it. You’re more romantic and charismatic, and you want your love to transcend. Favourable Dates: April 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 22 Favourable Colours: Red & Purple Aquarius (20 January – 18 February) You can be more possessive. You want to experience life through your body and your senses are heightened. You can be more passionate and sensual in love and if you’re in a relationship, you want to let your passionate side out. If single, you can attract people to you with your sensuality and are attracted to people who seem secure, practical and earthy. Favourable Dates: April 2, 4, 11, 13, 20, 22 Favourable Colours: Orange & Green

Pisces (19 February – 20 March) You want to spend more time around other people for the mental stimulation, and you can learn something new on your own or take a class. You may come across as more curious, intellectual and scattered. You could feel you have the most energy and vitality at home or with family members. You may be more in tune with your emotions as well. Favourable Dates: April 3, 5, 12, 14, 21, 23 Favourable Colours: White & Green manishastroconsultant manish@manishastrologer.com


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