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Blue Monday Add a Little Ambience with Scented candles this wintertime
Age-proof your eyes and face
We show you how to beat the January blues
Time to De-clutter your home and your mind
Winter Wardrobe Edit A new season deserves a new look
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As you read the first issue of Affinity for 2021, I hope it’s just what you need to take you away from the reality of the pandemic, even if it’s just for a short while!
The colder months have us eating food that warms us from the inside, our recipes this month will do just that (page 32) washed down with a glass or two of winter warming Bordeaux wines (page 35) that will set you up nicely for a cosy evening huddled round the fire. What better way to whet the appetite for some sunshine and travel later in the year (hopefully) than to share with you Maslina Resort, a luxury hotel in Croatia (page 48) or if you want to stay closer to home and feel like you’re in an episode of `The Crown’ then York House in Devon (page 50) is a must. And of course, with a New Year comes the everburning question of “What will life hold for me this year” well we don’t know about the year but we certainly know about the month, turn to page 56 to read this month’s stars. Stay Safe & Well
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Dont Fail at Healthy Eating Midlife Madness Start with Serum Camel Chic Hats Off Foodie News Sticky Fig Delight Homework in Style Candle Light Andante Travel Weekend Starts Here
On The Cover Oliver Bonas
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Five Reasons you can’t Stick to your Healthy Eating Plan If healthy eating plans keep falling through, it can often be down to five main reasons, from not setting clear goals, to being too restrictive and having subconscious beliefs about food, if you’re struggling to keep to a set eating plan, it’s important to look into exactly why you may be breaking it.
Dr Rachel Evans (PhD) shares five reasons we often find ourselves failing our healthy eating regimes and her professional advice on what to do to stay on track. 1: You haven’t set clear goals Goals can often be too vague and it’s not enough to say that you just want to eat ‘less sugar’ or ‘more fruit and vegetables’, as it’s then difficult to know exactly what you’re working towards and track progress. Without clear, identifiable goals – you could be left feeling unsure about what action you need to take when eating healthily, which can lead to no action being taken!
2: The goals you have set are too restrictive Even with clear goals, if you can’t keep to an eating plan, it may be because it’s too restrictive, which can lead to a state of physiological and psychological deprivation. When we don’t consume enough, we often end up thinking a lot more about food, which is a survival mechanism and can cause us to become irritable and crave ‘junk’ foods. If you believe you are meeting your body’s energy requirements but are still finding it difficult to stick to your healthy eating plan, then this may be because you are feeling mentally restricted, as when we cut out certain foods it can actually make them more attractive, because typically we want what we can’t have. 3: You think you have ‘blown it’ If you believe you have ‘blown it’, in psychology this is called the abstinence violation effect; when you have one thing off plan which leads to total collapse. This
cycle of feeling like you have blown it, so you may as well eat everything you want to and start again with healthy eating on Monday, results in people often eating more unhealthy foods than usual, because they believe they won’t be able to eat that food again when they get back on plan - which can be damaging to long term healthy eating plans altogether.
4: You are trying to get by on pure willpower We often believe that willpower is all we need to stick to a diet, but my own research has found that good self-control did not predict how well people could stick to their intentions to eat healthily; habits and how people ate in the past was more important.
5: Subconscious beliefs about food If you ever feel like you know exactly what you should be doing to stick to your plan, but something is keeping you stuck in old habits of overeating, it can often feel like you are sabotaging yourself over and over again, and this behaviour is likely to be driven by deep subconscious beliefs about food and yourself which can be difficult to break. To help get a grip on healthy eating plans, it’s important to be clear on goals, to ensure that they aren’t too restrictive, and to take small sustainable steps. Rather than beating yourself up and eating more, try to learn from slip-ups and form new healthy habits instead of relying on willpower.
One of the most effective ways to combat negative subconscious beliefs and bad eating patterns is to recognise patterns from childhood and when exactly they are showing up in life now. Another way to tackle these behaviours is to look into hypnotherapy, to directly access the subconscious mind and find the root of eating issues - through hypnotherapy, these can be rewired for more helpful thought patterns, to help healthy eating become more achievable.
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BEAUTY UPDATES Face ‘Smart’ Foreo UFO 2 is like the Swiss Army Knife of the beauty world. A “smart mask” with eight LED settings to target redness, ageing, uneven tone and fine lines. Heat softens and preps the skin, before cooling makes for a more youthful look. Sonic pulses massage your face while an app guide you through each mask and how to use it. Available in three colours for a RRP £249, mwww.foreo.com. Hydrate, Protect & Strengthen Elemis Ultra Smart Pro-Collagen EnviroAdapt Day Cream (£185) is a technologyinfused moisturiser that helps the skin adapt to micro-climatic changes, leaving it feeling strengthened and resilient.
Hydrate, Protect & Strengthen Elemis Ultra Smart Pro-Collagen Enviro-Adapt Day Cream (£185) is a technology-infused moisturiser that helps the skin adapt to microclimatic changes, leaving it feeling strengthened and resilient.
The Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment Box from Smile Science (£49.99, smile-science.co.uk), offers fast and effective results for sensitive teeth of up to 8 shades whiter in just 10 days, combining whitening with aftercare to maintain maximum results. The treatment offers a simple 4 step process involving pre-stain removal followed by applying a whitening gel on a mouth tray using syringe tips for precision application and zero wastage. A 5-point LED accelerating light is attached to the mouth tray to begin the whitening process up to 20 minutes suitable for even the busiest of lifestyles. Poppy Appeal The latest addition to the Jo Malone London Cologne Intense Collection is the ravishing Scarlet Poppy. This new floral has been inspired by the extravagant and exotic great scarlet poppy from the wild steppes of Asia and will become a permanent part of the Cologne Intense Collection. Available at jomalone.co.uk RRP from £86.
Paintbrush Fragrance Jo Loves has redesigned her trademark Fragrance Paintbrush into a sleeker and more sustainable design, which is launching this month. The next generation Fragrance Paintbrush takes the innovative concept to the next level whilst putting the environment at the forefront. The slimmer, silver design utilises less packaging and now has a refillable cartridge. The paintbrush (£40) will be re-launching in the following scents Pomelo, White Rose & Lemon Leaves, Jo By Jo Loves, Pink Vetiver, Orange Butterflies, No.42 The Flower Shop and Green Orange & Coriander.
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Midlife Madness I suppose it all started to happen a while ago – during our first lockdown when enjoying a glass of wine in the garden on a summer evening, I started to realise that I love fairy lights. So of course, I started putting them all over the garden creating a wonderful fairy grotto effect. But as nights started to draw in and temperatures dropped, I started to create a similar ambience in the house.
It must be acknowledged that I knew others in the household were not as keen on it as I was but I was undeterred. I have always enjoyed aspects of what people might call the mystical world. I believe in the law of attraction, in miracles, in the power of plants to heal, in serendipitous happenings, in magic and occasionally I swear I could even stretch to believing in unicorns.
I confess to having a book of spells and in some ways feel I could get in touch with my witch persona but let’s be honest they’ve had a bit of a bad rep completely different ‘branding’ to fairies! It was pretty much open season on witches for decades – essentially women who were usually trying to help other women but were then burned or drowned for their efforts – I won’t use this space to go off on a diatribe about misogynistic males ……. but I could!
So, recently I’ve been doing a bit of Feng Shui thing in the house, and a Buddha is on my Christmas list to create a nice meditation space in the garden. I also started to investigate crystals – as a tool for healing. Do I understand how on earth they can work? Not at all but I know they are thought to promote the flow of energy AND they have been used for thousands of years. Am I willing to give them a try given that it’s hard to imagine them doing any harm? Definitely! The other day on a work call with someone I’d describe as having her feet firmly on the
ground, a colleague told me one of her favourite ‘rituals’ bit of a scary word in itself – makes me think of semi naked folk dancing round trees in a forest somewhere making strange noises- was after her baby was in bed she’d sit with her tea and amethyst crystals to re-set herself! But that actually got me looking at rituals and I found they don’t all involve forests, darkness or semi-nakedness, yes I know a bit of a shame in some ways, I was particularly drawn by moon rituals.
There is a belief that many of us are influenced by the moon –before you dismiss the thought remember that the Moon’s gravitational pull causes tides, there is clearly some pretty powerful energy and if I can tap into some of that why wouldn’t I? As it happens many Moon related rituals are pretty simple and involve setting intentions, lighting candles and such and usually geared towards you making decisions reviewing where you are and where you want to be, sort of goal setting but tapping into some other energy.
Now the thing is the family feel I’ve gone a bit mad. Clearly, I’m not – I’m just getting in touch with more ethereal worlds and I’m not harming anyone else or myself so please hold fire with the cries to burn or drown – though thankfully at least here we’ve moved on a bit. My longsuffering husband regards it as a phase – which it might be though he has made the odd joke about finding himself turned into a frog – not very supportive – but I’ll continue to enjoy it and who knows maybe life will become more magical – must confess to buying myself a wand – which has all sorts of uses I’ve discovered but no one has become a frog or bat yet – I can always live in hope!!
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Bright Eyes Thought you had your eyes covered just because you regularly moisturise? Think again, the skin here is so fragile it needs a little extra help, here’s some of our favourite anti-wrinkle eye creams.
This Works My Wrinkles Eye Repair,, £40, John Lewis
Darphin Wrinkle Corrective Eye Contour Cream, £52, John Lewis
No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Eye Cream, £18, Boots
DIOR Capture Totale Firming & WrinkleCorrective Eye Creme, £52, Selfridges Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum, £70, www.murad.co.uk
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream, £62, Space NK
Renewing Eye Cream, £65, www.murad.co.uk
Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal, £69, www.uk.elemis.com
Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior Eye Gel, £51, Cult Beauty
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Why a De-clutter might be just what you need! I guess we are all aware that our physical environment can have a significant impact upon us. When the environment is chaotic often its hard to concentrate or relax although, what is chaos for one might be a sea of tranquillity for someone else.
The fact is that clutter can cause stress. According to the principles of feng shui clutter can drain you of positive energy – you actually ‘feel’ the impact of clutter. Most of us want our home and the different spaces within it to be places that are a haven from stress not somewhere that actually adds to our stress. Clutter also costs us in terms of time – we’ve all had times when we might have spent ages hunting for stuff whereas if there’d been just a teeny bit more organisation and less clutter, we’d have found it more quickly. Living in clutter can even cost you money, we’ve probably all had receipts we’ve lost that means we can’t take stuff back or ‘vouchers’ that have gone out of date – even bills that may have been unpaid causing problems later. Of course, decluttering can happen at any time of the year but Spring is when many people decide to have a clear out and clean. If you come into that category then be assured that you are not only decluttering but taking part in an ancient tradition. The roots of spring cleaning can be found in many cultures and religions, linked to the Jewish Passover, Greek orthodox ‘clean week’ and in Iranian and Persian culture prior to new year.
In Victorian London there was an annual spring clean to rid homes of winter grime and open windows to get rid of soot from coal fires. This of course would have a number of health benefits and it remains true that clutter gathers dust and if places are difficult to clean, we are less likely to battle to clean them and of course that isn’t good for any of us. Dust in itself can be an allergen for many, but also the act of cleaning is exercise – you can actually burn calories while decluttering and cleaning and its good for our mental health to as its easier to relax and live ‘efficiently’ imagine not having to hunt for things all the time or move piles of stuff to reach the thing you are after! With all those benefits what are you waiting for! Well, it can be daunting but like many things getting started is the hardest part, though it needs to be said that there are companies that do it for you if it really does feel like you can’t face it – certainly any outsider
would be way more ruthless than I’d ever be.
You can launch into it as a weekend, or months long project if your house resembles mine, but you can also approach it by allowing just a small amount of time each day, or picking one area, cupboard or ‘type’ of clutter and tackling that then moving onto another. It may take longer so you may not get the same sense of satisfaction but it will be a more manageable approach. Unless your home really is worthy of a slot on a TV show it’s likely there are particular problem areas, things like kitchen cupboards with long forgotten herbs that went out of date decades ago, wardrobes that have become hiding places for all the clothes you don’t wear, items like photographs or bills though many of those may be digital, (digital decluttering is a whole different issue). One way to declutter is to pick a room and target the problem area first – usually the rest falls into place, or worst-case scenario falls on your head as you open the door! Whenever you tackle an area or room think about what you want to keep, or get rid of – which may be gifting, donating or selling. It is very easy to hang onto things that we don’t use and haven’t used in ages, many people have a ‘just in case’ mentality so keep things they haven’t used in ages, but likelihood is if you haven’t used in the last couple of years you are not likely to, meanwhile someone else could benefit from it. Just think if you got rid of just one unused item a day that would be 365 less things in your home by this time next year! Creating order can be easier with good, ample storage so sometimes investing in some appropriate storage can help a lot with organisation but don’t be tempted to use it to hang on to lots of unwanted ‘stuff’.
But one of the really important aspects of decluttering is that it can free us in other ways. When we start clearing our physical environment it often becomes easier to recognise the emotional ‘clutter’ we carry – hurts we’ve buried, frustrations we haven’t let go of, relationships that have become toxic in some way, which in turn get in the way of dreams, wishes and desires we may have for the future. In many ways decluttering is a step in the process to creating the life you dream of – one that is happy and fulfilling. For more tips about living a life you love join our face book group All About You www.facebook.com/groups/AAYGroup
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Start with Serum
A great serum will make the biggest difference when it comes to overhauling your complexion. Whether you're looking for an anti-ageing elixir or a super hydrating potion, a high-quality face serum has the power to transform your skin's health
SOS Serum, £15, www.sosserum.co.uk Aqua Plus Multi-Moisturising Intensive Serum, £32, www.lookfantastic.com
Antipodes Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum, £27.95, www.feelunique.com
Shani Darden Texture Reform Serum, £80, www.cultbeauty.co.uk
Clinique Smart Custom Serum, £55, www.clinique.co.uk
Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum, £72, www.murad.co.uk
Evolve Organic Beauty Hyaluronic Serum 200, £39 ,www.feelunique.com
Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, £76, www.spacenk.com
Elemis Peptide4 Antioxidant Hydra-Serum, £53, www.uk.elemis.com
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Jo Loves Fragrance & Lotion Set, £155, www.joloves.com
Diamond Studs, from £895.00, www.bakerbrothersdiamonds.com
AFFINITY HOT PICKS
Rhubarb & Custard Sweets, £5.95, Cartwright & Butler
Print Bow Headband, £19.50, Oliver Bonas
Cashmere Cardigan, £105, Pure Collection
Medium Suitcase, £125, Dune London
This month’s must have gifts and accessories
Cushion, £68, www.theworldincushions.com
Silk Velvet Set, £143, Amara
Heart Charm Ring, £97.95, Seol + Gold
Jug, £22, Habitat
Wrap Dress, £35, Mango
Starfish Slippers, £39, www.thebiascut.com
Phone purse, £45, Dune London
Hotel Chocolat Biscuits, £22.95, www.hotelchocolat.com
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Ways to Beat Blue Monday
The 21st of January, also known as the most depressing day of the year, is slowly creeping up on us. Our experts have provided their top ‘pick me ups’ to help you beat not only Blue Monday but all of those dreaded Mondays…
Reach out to those around you When it’s an overcast grey day we may feel gloomy and choose to avoid being sociable. This avoidance may lead to a spiral of negativity. Whilst experiencing prolonged winters and occasional low mood, reaching out and connecting with a friend can improve it instantly. If this is ‘too much’ then connect via text or email and arrange to call or have them call you.
Get a good night’s sleep Sleep is a significant part of living a healthy lifestyle, and after a decent amount of ‘zzzs’ it can help you put things into perspective and manage your nerves. “Stress, sleep and anxiety are all related. If we don’t get enough sleep we can find it harder to adapt to challenging situations, and when we can't cope as efficiently with stress, it can be harder to have a good night’s rest. “Magnesium is known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ and is needed to relax our muscles and nerves, which helps us fall into a peaceful sleep. To ensure you’re getting enough magnesium, try and include plenty of magnesiumrich foods in your diet such as, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, fish and leafy green vegetables.
Eat food that boosts your mood In the depths of winter, there’s no doubt that you feel like stocking up on those comfort foods. Which is no surprise because our genes have a seasonal clock and that carb crave is just part of our seasonal physiology. Just like to so many animals that hibernate over the Winter, we too have that hibernate instinct. So, lean into those feelings instead of fighting them. Tune into your seasonal clock. If you need to eat to feel the comfort of Winter then this is not something to fight against.
Boost your immunity There’s nothing worse than feeling ill on a dark winter day. Give yourself an immunity boost in the morning with Urgent-C (£14.95 www.provenprobiotics.co.uk) from Pro-Ven Probiotics. The product was designed to support our immune system and give it the support it needs; whilst also maintaining gut health with 5 billion of the extensively studied Lab4 friendly bacteria, which form a natural part of the human intestinal microbiome. It also contains contains 1000mg of vitamin C, along with vitamin D, zinc, selenium and beta glucans - which all contribute to the normal function of the immune system. Don’t relate to Pathetic Fallacy Just like weather, exercise has a big impact on mood and a little exercise goes a long way. It promotes the feel-good hormone, serotonin, that regulates mood, sleep and appetite. By taking a long leisurely walk or having a short burst of interval training, you can alleviate symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. It’s even more beneficial to exercise outside, even in the rain. Even walking on grey days allows UV exposure and regulates circadian rhythm and mood.
Dry February Struggling to budge the Christmas bulge? We all know that alcohol is an anti-depressant, so not only will Dry January help improve your mood, but it could also help budge the extra chub that you may have added on over Christmas. “Alcohol stimulates appetite so you are more likely to over eat. It also affects judgment and willpower so you are less likely to make healthy food choices. What’s more, it provides ‘empty’ calories that are readily converted into fat in the body” explains Dr. Sarah Brewer, working in association with CuraLin Diabetes supplement (www.curalife.com). If you’re too late for dry January, be different and try dry February.
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Classic in Camel The sandy, beige-y hues of camel means it’s one of the most stylish, classic colours that everyone needs in their wardrobe
Chicago Logo Sweatshirt, £17.99, New Look
Roll Nexk Top, £8, Dorothy Perkins
Sonder Studio Scarf, £40, Dune London Wide Leg Trousers, £59.50, Oliver Bonas
Cashmere Pom Pom Hat, £35, Marks & Spencer
Belted Blazer, £59.99, Miss Selfridge
Button Top, £89, Hobbs
Cable Jumper, £24, Dorothy Perkins
Camel Slingback Heel, £95, Dune London
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Gorgeous Gilets Whether you’re looking for tailored or casual, a gilet will have you covered
Barbour Hooded Gilet, £139, John Lewis
Black Faux Fur Gilet, £65, Sonder Studio
Padded Gilet, £29.99, M&Co
Next Snow Leopard Fur Gilet, £38, Tu
Grey Fur Gilet, £59.50, Oliver Bonas
Puffer Gilet, £35, Marks & Spencer
Navy Faux Fur Gilet, £130, The Pure Collection
Shearling Gilet, £149.95, White Stuff
Padded Khaki Gilet, £129, Mint Velvet
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Leather Look Update your wardrobe with a leather look at a fraction of the price with PU leather – you really can’t tell the difference!
Tan PU Skirt, £40, Sonder Studio
Black PU Skirt, £19.99, New Look PU Shirt Dress, £46, Next
Black PU Mini Skirt, £55, Oliver Bonas
Khaki PU Leather Trousers, £13, Primark
Damsel in a Dress
Green PU Dress, £65, Monsoon
Leather Look Pencil Skirt, £16, Matalan
Black PU Trousers, £59.50, Oliver Bonas
Black PU Dress, £42, Lipsy
PU Leggings, £16, Miss Selfridge
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Of all the winter accessories you could possibly invest in, a pom pom beanie hat is a must, available in a multitude of colours they not only keep you warm but pull any outfit together effortlessly
Animal Print Pom Pom Hat, £6.99, New Look
Grey Ribbed Pom Pom Hat, £22, Oliver Bonas
Yellow Pom Pom Hat, £10, Very
Cable Cream Pom Pom Hat, £6, F&F Chunky Pom Pom Hat, £17.60, John Lewis
Barbour Cream Pom Pom Hat, £27, Very
UGG Pom Pom Hat, £50, Very Embelished Pom Pom Hat, £39, Phase Eight
Stripe Pom Pom Hat, £10, Marks & Spencer
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Make your hair the star of the show with a hair slide or two
Jewel Hair Clips, £12.50, Marks & Spencer Circle Hair Slide, £9.50, Oliver Bonas
Diamante Hair Slides, £9.50, Marks & Spencer
Crystal Flower Hair Slide Set, £12, Accessorize
Half Moon Hair Slide, £15, Accessorize
Shooting Star Hair Clip, £12, Very
Multicolour Stone Circle Hair Slide, £12.50, Oliver Bonas
Tortoiseshell Hair Slides, £6, Claires Black Bead Hair Slide, £5, Pretty Little Thing
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food & drink
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FOODIE NEWS Doughlicious
Crack into Ice Cream
This January Magnum is launching its newest vegan ice cream the Magnum Vegan Sea Salt Caramel (3 x 90ml RRP £3.69). Made with a velvety sea salted caramel base dipped in a sumptuous vegan chocolate couverture; this ice cream will be sure to give vegans, non-vegans and foodie lovers something to “crack” into this Veganuary.
Cookie Dough brand, Doughlicious, has recently launched two exclusive new flavours into Marks & Spencer. The two new flavours, Dark Chocolate & Salted Caramel and Vegan Double Chocolate, are perfect for time poor cooks who want a delicious, freshly baked cookie. Each pack makes 6 delicious cookies, simply pop on a baking tray and cook for 14 minutes – Delicous!
Cooking with Tom Coffee Break
The sleek new Calix cup (£19.99) from SHO is designed to wave goodbye to single use coffee cups. This eco-friendly, sustainable stainless steel cup will make coffee drinking a more stylish and guilt-free experience and comes in 12 different colour options or stylish stainless steel. The cup will keep your tea or coffee hot for 6 hours and ice coffee cold for 12. To find out more visit www.shoreusable.com
Chef Tom Aikens has launched a new Instagram cookery school for 2021! 'Cooking with Tom Aikens' will be available through a members-only Instagram channel, its aim is to offer an intimate online environment where learning feels as organic as possible. The first course kicks off on 4 January 2021, with six lessons in a 'Meat Free Mondays' series. Focussing on hearty vegetarian food which is applicable to the post-work, mid-week chef and using the best of the season's produce. No plantbased meat in sight, just good quality, simple ingredients. Costing just £60 for six sessions, it's ideal for upping your Meat Free Monday game, For more information on this and other courses, visit www.tomaikens.co.uk/cookery-classes-2
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Spiced Filo Pie
“Give lovely leftovers a new lease of life by teaming with smoky harissa and salty olives, all wrapped up in shop-bought filo. Delicious."
2 onions Olive oil 400g leftover cooked higher-welfare turkey 500g leftover cooked vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, parsnips, greens 2 heaped tablespoons harissa 1 x 400g tin of quality plum tomatoes 10 kalamata olives (stone in) 1 bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley (20g) 1 x 220g pack of ready-rolled filo pastry 100g couscous Natural yogurt (optional) Hot chilli sauce (optional) ½ a lemon (optional)
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Peel and finely chop the onions, then place in a large shallow casserole pan on a mediumlow heat with 1 tbsp of olive oil and cook for 15 minutes, or until soft and sweet. Shred the turkey and roughly chop the leftover vegetables, then stir into the pan with the harissa. Scrunch in the tomatoes with ½ a tin’s worth of water, destone and add the olives, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes, or until thick and delicious. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper, then pick, roughly chop and stir through the parsley. Grease a 20cm-springform cake tin
lightly with oil. Layer the filo over the base and all up the sides – letting it hang generously over the edges, so you can fold it back over the top – brushing with a little oil between each layer. Sprinkle the dry couscous onto the filo base and pour over the filling, then fold the filo back over the top, roughly scrunching it into place. Brush with 1 tsp of oil, then bake at the bottom of the oven for 50 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Carefully release the pie from the tin and transfer to a board. Delicious served hot with a dollop of yogurt, a dash of chilli sauce and a squeeze of lemon juice. Recipe from Jamie Oliver.
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Butternut Squash Ravioli
Pasta Dough: 300 g flour type 00 3 eggs Drizzle of olive oil Salt
For the Filling: 300 g squash Sprig of rosemary/sage 1 bay leaf 1 large shallot, chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 50 g parmesan, grated 100 g goats’ cheese 50 g fresh breadcrumbs Olive oil 1 egg, beaten
For the Sauce: Large knob of butter 1 tablespoon capers and some of their juice Juice of a lemon Sliced almonds grated parmesan Chopped parsley
“An authentic ravioli recipe, that is full of flavour from Brescia in Lombardy, Italy”.
Method Make the dough by putting into the food processor and whizzing into a ball. Cover with cling film and refrigerate. Cut the squash into small chunks and fry off gently with chopped rosemary, shallots, bay leaf and seasoning. Add a small drop of water then cover and stew until tender. Take off the lid and boil hard until all the liquid has evaporated. When the mixture is cold, add the breadcrumbs, parmesan and goat’s cheese. Check for seasoning. Cut the dough into 8 segments and roll out each segment of dough in the pasta machine, starting on the widest setting and re-rolling until you have come to the finest setting. Lay out on the table and egg wash 4 of the strips of pasta and then place a spoonful of the mixture, equally spaced. Then place the pieces without egg wash on top. Press around each mound in order for the pasta to stick and then cut out rounds with a cutter, or cut into squares. Go around each one again with your fingers and then place on a tray lined with a tea towel. At this point, freeze them making sure they aren’t touching each other. When frozen, remove from the tray and put into containers. Melt the butter in a large frying pan and add the almonds to brown a little, then the capers and lemon. Put a large pan of water on to heat and, before it comes to the boil, add the frozen ravioli, bring back to the boil and cook for about 2 minutes. Drain and add to the frying pan to coat. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve. Recipe from ‘Mountain to Sea’ by Kate Probert
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Sticky Fig and Walnut Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce Ingredients
“Comfort food doesn’t come any better than this delicious sticky fig pudding, perfect for cold winter evenings.”
100g dried figs, roughly chopped 0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda 50g unsalted butter 100g light soft brown sugar 2 free-range eggs 0.5 tsp vanilla extract 175g self-raising flour 50g walnuts, toasted and chopped For the sauce: 175g light soft brown sugar 75g unsalted butter 200ml double cream 50g walnuts, toasted and chopped 0.5 tsp vanilla extract 6 x 200ml metal pudding basins
Method Preheat the oven to 180 C, 160 C fan, 350 F, gas 4. Butter and flour the pudding basins, tapping out any excess flour. Place the figs in a bowl with the bicarbonate of soda and 200ml (7fl oz) boiling water. Stir well and set aside. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until smooth and fluffy. Beat the eggs with the vanilla and pour on to the butter and sugar mixture, beating continuously. Don't be alarmed if the mixture looks curdled at this stage. Add the flour and beat well, then pour in the figs, walnuts and all the liquid. Mix well. Divide the mixture between the pudding basins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until well risen and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before turning out on to plates. To make the sauce, place all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Pour a couple of spoonfuls over each pudding and serve the rest in a warmed jug. Add a scoop of clotted cream.
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Top 5 Bordeaux Wines for Warming Winter Dining Time to warm up this winter and dish up some sumptuous food accompanied with our favourite Bordeaux wines.
Maison de la Rougerie Crémant Blanc Brut Fresh and bright with flavours of green apple, blossom and brioche, with a fine attractive mousse, It offers fine bubbles and will partner well with salads, seafood or dessert.. £8.75, Iceland
Château de Cruzeau Blanc 2016, Pessac-Léognan Hailing from one of the finest white wine regions in the world, this Sauvignon Blanc has been fermented in barrels with regular lees stirring to add depth, weight and complexity. It offers an attractive textural palate with flavours of grapefruit, elderflower and gun flint, and a creamy undertone. Château de Cruzeau is wonderful paired with butternut squash and sage risotto. £17.99, Waitrose
Château Bauduc 2019, Sauvignon Semillon This delicious, crisp Sauvignon Blanc is listed at Stein's Seafood Restaurant in Cornwall and is the prestige house white at Hotel du Vin across the UK. A crisp, unoaked white. Unlike the wines of Marlborough, Bordeaux sauvignon blanc has gentlemanly understatement. Think unripe nectarines. £11.95, Fine Wine Direct
Château La Rame 2017, Sainte-Croix-du-Mont An elegant honeysuckle nose with bright, citrus zestiness to balance the gentle sweetness, this wine could happily match with savoury dishes such as Thai cuisine. £12.99, Majestic Château Tour Bayard 2016, MontagneSaint-Émilion A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, grapes are hand-picked and sorted to always make the best quality wine that speaks of its fine terroir. This is a smooth yet rich red from a legendary vintage, showing great depth of fruit, the palate displays pronounced flavours of blackberry, raspberry, chocolate, smoke and spice. Serve with a pork and parsnip onepot casserole for a simply delicious feast. £15.99, Majestic
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Time to Illuminate
Another year is here and the Pantone colour of the year for 2021 is going to make our homes even brighter! PANTONE Illuminating yellow.
Velvet Chair, £399, Atkin and Thyme
Geo Cube Throw, £35, Joe Browns
Bedside Cabinet, £145, Cuckooland
Glass Candle, £6, Habitat
Vintage Bunch Yellow Cushion, £25, Cath Kidston
Sofa, £1,799, John Lewis
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Tripod Table, £95, Bombay Duck
Velvet Armchair, POA, Ligne Roset Furniture
Fluted Mug, £8, John Lewis
Leaf Cushion, £7 George Home
Dining Chair, £459, Nest
Modernist Artwork, £195, Cielshop
Bertazzoni Twin Range Cooker, £3,739, John Lewis
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Candle Light Scented candles are perfect for adding a cosy ambience to any home this wintertime
L'Occitane Douceur Immortelle Candle, £20, Dobbies Cedar Leaf Multiwick Candle, £10, Habitat
Porthouse To The Seaside Candle, £24, Beaumonde
Orange Scented Candle, £25, Oliver Bonas Tropical Paradise Scented Candle, £29.95, Mint & May
Olive Green Candle, £22, Oliver Bonas
Halycon Days Trellis Candle, £110, Amara
Crosskey Avenue Candle, £39, crosskeyavenue.com
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Fry’s Footie Corner
Well, here we are again. Lockdown part three, but at least, despite huge challenges, elite football can continue, and we hope and pray that we can finish the campaign without the need for PPG – we were burned before that route and we feel we are once again in a decent position for the challenging schedule that remains.
As you may have seen, we had numerous games called off over the festive period due to Covid-19 cases within our camp and also within the Doncaster camp. In all my time in the game, that is the first time I have not been involved in fixtures on Boxing Day and over the New Year period and it was immensely frustrating for all.
I know first hand that this pandemic is incredibly tough to deal with. I tested positive back in November and it floored me. I was side-lined for quite a while and it was a tough fight, but given my medical history, that would come as no surprise to many. I am back and fighting fit and although I wouldn’t put myself up front this weekend, I feel I could do a job from the bench (!). Of course, living through a pandemic in football provides financial challenges and no player at any club is not available for transfer and despite those challenges, the January transfer window was still an active one both within the EFL and the Premier League.
Speaking of the Premier League, it is nice to see a really open league this year. I guess most would not be surprised by that given the amount of games, Covid-19 challenges and of course injuries, but it is refreshing to see nobody running away with it. At the top, Manchester United have provided a really interesting story because I don’t think anyone would have tipped them for the title, but consistency has proved key for them in the last couple of months whilst others around them have struggled to put a run of results together, Liverpool and Chelsea included. Chelsea spent a lot of money in the summer and with that outlay comes expectation. I am sure Frank Lampard would have expected that. When you make as many changes as they have in personnel, it does take time to find a formula, but he is at a club where patience is not ever a virtue.
They, for me, have the best squad in the Premier League with plenty of youth and experience to call upon from the substitutes bench. I am sure given time, Frank will get it right and if this isn’t there year, I am sure next term will be a better effort. Stay safe during this period.
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January Blues Light or dark, patterned or plain, a blue shirt can be teamed with jeans for a casual look or trousers for a more formal look.
Check Shirt, £49.95, Joules
Electric Blue Shirt, £29.99, TK Maxx
Linen Shirt, £45, John Lewis
GANT Spot Shirt, £85, John Lewis
Gingham Shirt, £22, Burton Menswear
Oxford Shirt, £12.50, Matalan Navy Shirt, £64.95, Barbour Slim Fit Shirt, £85, Ralph Lauren
Floral Blue Shirt, £89, Ted Baker
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Maslina Resort The World’s Best New Luxury Hotel
elebrations are taking place on the picturesque Croatian island of Hvar, as Maslina Resort has been confirmed as of one of the ‘World’s Best New Luxury Hotels 2020 ‘by Luxury Travel Intelligence, who has been hailed as ‘one of the worlds most respected review portals’ by Etihad Airways Flight Magazine. Maslina Resort differentiated itself from the competition and was praised for its outstanding quality of service as well as the property’s incredible dedication to wellness, present in every detail of the resort.
Following a rigorous review process, a group of expert representatives confirmed that Maslina Resort significantly outperformed its competitors to be ranked in the top ten, with the strict judging process centred on an in-depth evaluation of the skills and services on offer. This amazing achievement is incredibly impressive, particularly given the year’s turbulent events, which has led to an estimated 75% of new luxury hotel openings to be postponed. Having opened in summer 2020, Maslina Resort has remained exceptionally committed to both its guests and staff, even in the face of uncertainty.
Maslina Resort is a brand-new Relais & Chateaux property and mindful luxury resort with wellbeing at its core. This boutique hotel is located in the stunning Maslinica Bay, near Stari Grad, one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Adriatic. Surrounded by olive groves and lush pine forests, Maslina Resort offers a personalised, friendly and authentic experience in stunning surroundings. Maslina Resort is committed to the preservation of this natural environment, having recently become a member of the sustainable tourism company Green Pearls®. It is this dedication to incredible service and wellness through being in harmony with nature that has led to Maslina Resort triumphantly surpassing its rivals to win the highly sought-after accolade, to be ranked alongside the very best in luxury travel. Every detail of the resort has been designed to enhance the mental wellbeing of its guests, evident in the contemporary architecture which blends seamlessly into the landscape. The spacious light-filled rooms and suites and contemporary villas provide a luxury sanctuary for guests to unwind and take in the stunning views of the crystalline
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Adriatic Sea. The meticulous design of Maslina Resort has been curated for families, children, friends and couples to enjoy. Surrounded by olive groves and terraced vineyards, Maslina Resort has 50 rooms and three villas and stretches across two hectares of lush pine forest overlooking the crystalline Adriatic Sea. Wellbeing, family, culture and authenticity are at its heart. BOOK IT
Many airlines including British Airways, Easy Jet, Jet 2 and Whizz Air fly from many regional and London airports direct to Split. The flight time is approximately two hours and 30 minutes. From Split Airport, the transfer by speed boat takes 30-35 minutes. Dubrovnik and BracĚŒ airports are also nearby. Private car and speedboat transfers can be arranged from any of these locations. Prices start from â‚Ź300.00 per night for The Bay room, based on two adults sharing, including breakfast. www.maslinaresort.com
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Recreate your Own Season of
‘The Crown’ in a Stunning Georgian Palace
ith its f o u r t h s e a s o n having recently been released and boasting more views than Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding, stand-out Netflix series ‘The Crown’ has gripped the nation with its binge-worthy storylines, epic performances and amazing sets that act as a realistic drop back of Buckingham Palace.
Most people would only dream of staying somewhere as lavish, but Sweetcombe Cottage Holidays offer the option to rent a palace-like retreat for the everyday holidaymaker to experience, and have a taste of royal life for a long weekend. The property, York House, is a magnificent five-star duplex-apartment in an elegant Georgian town house, located just a stone’s throw away from Sidmouth’s beach front in Devon. The luxury apartment is beautifully furnished throughout, with plenty of period features and splendid views of the sea and beyond.
Along with its stunning period features, the property includes an extensive, well-equipped cook's kitchen with a centre cooking island, creating a spacious social area with seating for six guests at an elegant glass dining table. The property also boasts a large, paved roof terrace with gas BBQ, outdoor seating, and dining table in full view of the sun until the late evening.
Most impressively, the home showcases three royal bedrooms, with the first offering a light contemporary feel, equipped with a breath-taking Queen-sized bed, complete with feather and down pillows and duvets for a royal night’s sleep. In addition, the Queen suite has a flat screen TV, large period sash windows and a balcony fit for royalty to enjoy the views across Lyme Bay. The second bedroom is a large, elegant room with antique furniture and sumptuous fabrics offering a timeless luxury. This boudoir also offers a Queen-sized
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bed complete with feather and down pillows and duvets with identical balcony views. The third bedroom is a cosy, nautical room, perfect for young princes and princesses to sleep in. For a royal refresh, the ground floor bathroom is complete with deluxe marble throughout, and a smart rainfall shower.
Polly Burns, Manager at Sweetcombe Cottage Holidays said, “York House is just fabulous! It’s the perfect place to experience the regency town of Sidmouth and treat yourself to that little bit of luxury.”
The property undoubtedly offers a luxurious and regal atmosphere for your party to enjoy for both shorter and longer lets, and once restrictions are lifted there is a large selection of dates available to choose from for your stay throughout 2021. For more information, visit sweetcombecottages.co.uk/property/york-house
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January Offers from Andante Travels As the new year begins and people start to consider taking a trip over the coming months, it will pay to book with Andante Travels during its January offers period.
These are uncertain times and as a result of the everchanging news, Andante Travels has included a new 'Book with Confidence' policy as part of its January offers. Free cancellations and transfers will now be available to those who book a 2021 tour between 1st – 31st January. This means that should guests want to either cancel their tour entirely or simply transfer to another trip or change their departure date, they can do so completely free of charge up to eight weeks prior to departure.
In addition to this fantastic 'Book with Confidence' initiative, Andante Travels is running a £99pp low deposit offer on any 2021 tours booked between 1st – 31st January. It will also offer savings of up to £500pp when guests pay in full at the time of booking and this is valid for bookings made between 1st – 31st January, on tours departing from 1st June onwards. Along with the January offers, Andante Travels has also now unveiled its 2nd edition brochure for 2021, which includes a broad selection of expert-led archaeological tours to destinations all over the ancient world that start from just £495pp.
Where new tours are concerned, Andante is offering a UKbased tour that focuses on Mary Anning and General Pitt Rivers, which should interest fans of the recent movie Ammonite. There is also a new cultural tour that explores Chile's Atacama Desert and includes a star-gazing experience, a visit to the Paranal Observatory and time at the vibrant Ayquina Festival, and also returning itineraries such as Prehistoric Malta & Gozo and Hidden Rome. There are some fascinating long-haul tours on offer, for those wanting the adventure of a lifetime following a year spent mostly at home and these include Chile & Easter Island, Vietnam & Cambodia, Thailand & Laos and Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan.
Finally, for those wanting to stay a little closer to home, there's a wide selection of UK-based tours that focus on the archaeology and history of this country. There are two tours that centre around the life and work of Agatha Christie, a tour of Roman Britain led by esteemed novelist Lindsey Davis and also a four-day tour led by Prof. Suzannah Lipscomb that studies Henry VIII named The Making of a Tyrant. For more details or to book, visit www.andantetravels.co.uk.
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Time to Ski Fish&Pips are welcoming in the new ski season with a stunning new Méribel chalet, a new “Après at your Chalet” concept and a pledge to reduce their environmental impact. To continue to entice guests, Fish&Pips have developed very attractive longer stay and smaller group offers. In addition, they have dropped their booking deposit from 25% to 10%. Furthermore, should guests have to cancel, deposits are now transferable to future F&P holidays in the UK or Europe.
Holly Chandler, Co-Founder of Fish&Pips says, ‘As a small and independent business, we are able to be more flexible as we adapt to changes. We truly understand our guests’ needs and have developed some enticing offers and Covid cancellation policies. The Alps offer plenty of fresh mountain air and space, perfectly fitting the current zeitgeist. Those who book for 2021 will be well-rewarded with fewer crowds, quiet pistes and excellent skiing. It will be the perfect opportunity for keen skiers and groups of families and friends to maximise their enjoyment of the slopes.’
Chalet Apartment L'Ours Rouge Exclusive to the Fish&Pips collection, L'Ours Rouge is a new four-bedroom apartment, located in the heart of Méribel Village. Designed with skiers in mind, this luxury ground floor apartment has a large ski room and plenty of communal space for relaxing after a day on the slopes. Additionally, it is only a short walk from the Golf chairlift.
L'Ours Rouge is offered as a serviced option where guests have access to all the perks of a catered chalet, without the actual catering. This includes a daily clean, champagne on arrival, morning and evening driver service and access to the vast menu of Fish&Pips Extras. This spacious property sleeps ten in three double or twin en suite rooms, and one double en suite bunk room. It
boasts a large open plan kitchen / living area and a balcony with a hot tub.
“Après at your Chalet” Concept We know things will be a little bit different this year, we also know that guests love the Après ski as much as they love the ski. So this year, F&P are bringing the bar to you, so that you can enjoy the Après in the comfort of your Chalet – with a mountain mixologist, restaurant food delivered to your door and independent musician performances. Using the concierge service, their expertise and incredible contacts across Méribel, anything is possible. Work from The Slopes - Longer Stay Discounts 20% To entice those looking to maximise their time on the slopes, or perhaps those who have the ability to work nomadically, Fish&Pips are offering longer stay discounts. Following the first week, F&P offer a discount of 20% on all subsequent weeks, so that guests can stay longer for less. Small Group Savings This year, they are also offering groups of under six a 15% discount in any of their self-catering chalets. Chalet Apartment Rosa is perfect for the smaller group. It is a cosy retreat with 3 bedrooms and beautiful views across the Méribel Valley. BOOK IT
A week at L’Ours Rouge is available through Fish&Pips from €7,500 (£6,815). A week at Chalet Apartment Rosa is available through Fish&Pips from €1,700 (£1,545). To book, visit www.fishandpips.co.uk
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STARS Manish Kumar Arora (K.P. Astrologer, Numerologist, Tarot Card Reader & Vastu Consultant) reveals whatâ€™s in store for you this month
Capricorn (22 December â€“ 19 January) This month will activate your house of creativity, urging a cycle of change in the way you live your life.. New and interesting projects or social activities will be on the cards for some. Investment or speculative endeavours may be the call for others. Someone new or different may be woven into the pattern of your life so fast that you won't have time to catch your breath. Favourable Dates: January 6, 9, 15, 18, 24, 27 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Green
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Aquarius (20 January – 18 February) This month will be filled with action and new beginnings. Be dynamic! Take new directions with vigour. You may take a new path or hit a new level of operation. New vistas could open before you or new horizons may beckon. This is a better time for romantic adventures to prosper. Make sure you know and understand what you're getting into, for not everything that beguiles you will turn out to be what it seems. Favourable Dates: January 3, 5, 12, 14, 21, 23 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Red
Pisces (19 February – 20 March) This will be a lucky time where opportunity is concerned. There could be surprises or unexpected elevations in work that may change your financial situation with some speed. You will simply have the fruit of your efforts in the long term if you persist until all is done. Creative projects may receive a boost with a renewal of energy. Leisure pastimes may flourish and leave you feeling renewed. Favourable Dates: January 3, 9, 12, 18, 21, 27 Favourable Colours: Blue & Red Aries (21 March – 19 April) It's a time of new ideas, new ways of doing and seeing things and a revised perspective on your relationship with the wider community. There can be new creative or spiritual influences that play a part in this, but there can also be losses, sorrows and change on a scale that you simply must learn to accept. The trick will be to seize the opportunity and the money will come further down the track. Favourable Dates: January 1, 5, 10, 23, 19, 23 Favourable Colours: Green & White
Taurus (20 April – 20 May) There are opportunities aplenty as long as your conduct is impeccable. New friends and connections will bring new ideas. New ideas or aspirations will illuminate and uplift you. Success among your peers or in the wider cosmos will come for some. Be guided by the highest ideals. You will flourish and grow both in friendship and personal success if you do. Women may feature strongly in the home or your emotional life. Favourable Dates: January 4, 8, 13, 17, 22, 26 Favourable Colours: Red & Green Gemini (21 May – 20 June) You may find that people from past contacts come back into your life unexpectedly. In some instances, they will bring outstanding baggage. There may be unexpected travel while for others travel arrangements could be subject to delay or change. The radical change will take you in mid-stride while others will consciously decide upon change in accordance with urges from within. Relationships may be influenced by money matters. Favourable Dates: January 2, 3, 11, 12, 20, 21 Favourable Colours: Red & Blue Cancer (21 June – 22 July) This could be an unsettled time, with a lot of restlessness in the air. You can forge ahead from here if you're prepared to set out on a new or different course. Some may take up the cudgel and get involved in the wider community,
striking blows for new practices and ideas. Others may conceive a new and fascinating purpose that marks a turning point. Favourable Dates: January 3, 7, 12, 16, 21, 25 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Blue
Leo (23 July – 22 August) If you take things carefully and get the details right, you'll progress by degrees toward your goals. You would be illadvised to rush into things or push ahead. You may have to watch fatigue or tiredness this month. Your powers of endurance are good, but you may find that too much outward activity or involvement without a break to refresh and recuperate will take you to the limit. Favourable Dates: January 7, 9, 16, 27, 25, 27 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Red
Virgo (23 August – 22 September) This is a time to open to wider horizons and to study or learn whatever it is you need to set you on the upward road. This period will bring growth, expansion and opportunity for those prepared to take the adventurous course. This is a time in which love must take up the mantle of responsibility and you will have the benefit of a friend and true romance of your mate. Favourable Dates: January 1, 5, 10, 14, 19, 23 Favourable Colours: Blue & White Libra (23 September – 22 October) If you're in for the long haul and set something important and meaningful in motion, you'll be richly rewarded in time. Romance, creativity, leisure activity and children will be preferred options or points of impact. If you're in a relationship, do something that adds texture or interest to your lives. Recreational activities, creative endeavours or gatherings with friends can enhance your quality of life. Intuitive responses will be rewarding. Favourable Dates: January 4, 8, 13, 17, 21, 26 Favourable Colours: Red & Blue
Scorpio (23 October – 21 November) This period can be a journey where you have to face fears or break past patterns. Use your dreams to seek guidance or advice about the best course of action or the right decision. You may need to take a new level of authority in what you do. Set a new pattern that marks a clear break from the problems or troubles of the past. Favourable Dates: January 2, 5, 11, 14, 20, 23 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Brown
Sagittarius (22 November -21 December) You may need to look at shared goals or interests with your nearest and dearest. For some, there could be a feeling of wellbeing as you work towards a common purpose. There will be intensity and stress, but many of you will find that extraordinary new possibilities or dimensions will emerge as a consequence of a new sense of destiny. This is not a time for rash decisions, especially where money is concerned. Favourable Dates: January 1, 2, 10, 11, 19, 20 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Red manishastroconsultant firstname.lastname@example.org
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Weekend Starts Here.... The Goodbye Man by Jeffrey Deaver The gripping new thriller from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Jeffery Deaver In pursuit of two young men accused of terrible hate crimes, Colter Shaw stumbles upon a clue to another mystery. In an effort to save the life of a young womanand possibly others-he travels to the wilderness of Washington State to investigate a mysterious organization. Is it a community that consoles the bereaved? Or a dangerous cult under the sway of a captivating leader? As he peels back the layers of truth, Shaw finds that some people will stop at nothing to keep their secrets hidden. All the while, Shaw must unravel an equally deadly enigma: locating and deciphering a message hidden by his father years ago, just before his death-a message that will have life-and-death consequences.
The Woman in the Window Dr. Anna Fox, a recluse, lives alone in her New York City brownstone, she spends her days drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies . . . and spying on her neighbours. When the Russell family moves into the house across the way, they appear to be the perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldnยนt, her world begins to crumble and shocking secrets are laid bare. Forced to prove what she saw actually happened, everyone begins to question if what occurred was real or imagined. Is it paranoia or did it happen? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one and nothing is what it seems. Release Date: 25th December 2020
A Call to Spy It is the beginning of World War II and Winston Churchill is desperate. He decides to form a new spy agency revolving around women. They are trained in covert operations to help subvert Nazi influence in newly occupied France. As history shows, they leave behind them a legacy of strength, courage, and resilience. Based on a true story, the movie captures all of the thrills and chills that this type of historical drama has to offer. Release Date: 16th February
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