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October 2017

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4 No one can deny liking that feeling of autumn, whether it’s sitting by the fire wrapped in your favourite blanket or the festive feeling you get as the nights start drawing in, it gives us permission to go shopping, whether it’s for interiors (page 47) to bring some coziness into our home or fashion trends to add to our wardrobe (page 29). Then there’s the meals, we can no longer survive on salads we need to add a little substance, try out our easy recipes that’ll be sure to keep you warm and be a big hit with family and friends (page 42). October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness month, and with many brands showing their support by giving a percentage of sales from limited edition products to Breast Cancer Charities, it’s easy to do your bit and help towards this by just purchasing one of them! Page 26 brings you some of our favourites.


1. Bumble Bee Drop Earrings, £15, Oasis 2. Hotel Chocolat Classic Cabinet & Prosecco, £68, Hotel Chocolat 3. Ted Baker Necklace, £89, John Lewis 4. Sequin Flamingo Jumper, £40, River Island 5. Puma X Sophia Webster Trainers, £110,

Love a bit of Agatha Christie? ’Murder on the Orient Express’ to be precise, then the latest package from Jumeirah hotels and resorts will have you rushing to book, page 66 tells you more. Fancy a bit of Cabaret, then book your tickets and head over to Milton Keynes Theatre to see Will Young and Louise Redknapp perform in this all singing, all dancing show (page 54), later this month. Happy Autumn - Have Fun!

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Making Choices 5 Simple Mistakes Hot Picks Khaki Calm Heads Up More than Coffe & Cake Food for Thought Pumpkin Cheesecake Autumn Warmth Pretty as a Peacock Keep it Camel Authentic Luxury Spy House Your Stars



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Make ‘Choices’ Learning to

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I’ve heard a few times recently people saying things like ‘I couldn’t help it’ ‘they made me do it’ or ‘well it wasn’t my fault it was because …….’. Well let’s just set one thing straight. Unless someone literally has a gun to your head or is putting you under threat - you have a choice. But I also understand that it doesn’t always feel like we have much of choice. So let’s look at some strategies we can use to ensure that we are always aware that we are in control of our own actions and so can always exercise a choice about those, even if we can’t choose some of the things that are happening to us or around us. In fact lot of things can happen that we have no control or choice over - but even then we can exercise control of our response, we can make a choice. No matter what the situation, remind yourself “I have a choice”. Deepak Chopra

The steps below will help everyone be able to be more aware that we can always make a choice and that actually those choices will have an impact on our future.

Take time to react It happens to all of us, people upset or hurt us, stuff happens that makes us angry or unhappy and of course it is a very human response to react. However when we have lots of emotions our reaction may not be measured and sometimes we might actually make a situation worse by reacting when we are ‘emotional’. It might not be easy but just giving yourself a moment, even just a few seconds, can mean that we are better able to choose to react in a different way. Yes it might make us feel instantly better in the short term to throw something or yell at someone, or make a rude gesture when driving, but usually it doesn’t really help the situation, in fact sometimes it can make it a whole lot worse. So give yourself a minute, take a deep breath, and then choose how you will react.

Don’t be influenced by others I was talking with someone recently who was embroiled in a long and difficult legal battle. During the course of the conversation I asked why she had initially decided to take this route when it seemed to be there would have been other options. She suggested that a couple of friends had persuaded her it wasn’t right to let her adversary ‘get away with it’. I don’t think her friends meant to be unhelpful or give bad advice but of course they weren’t having to live through the consequences of the action. So be cautious about accepting advice from people who won’t have to accept the consequences of YOUR action. Think about the consequences The advantage of taking even just a minute before you react means you can consider the consequences

of what you feel like doing and sometimes that will be enough to help you to make a different choice. I’m fairly confident that there won’t be anyone reading this who doesn’t regret some consequence for a choice they made or an action they took. Of course some consequences may be unforeseen BUT if we stop for a moment many could be anticipated and often a different reaction can avoid some unfortunate consequences. I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Choices are Cumulative Sometimes the impact of choices won’t be seen immediately but over time they can have a big impact. Think about a person who makes a choice to overeat, we’ve all done it and the consequences if it is an occasional choice may not be great, but if this is a repeated choice then this will impact your weight and potentially health. Similarly, if we always make the ‘safe’ choice and refuse to take a risk or never stray out of our comfort zone the long term impact may be that we restrict our personal growth in some way.

Feelings are NOT choices People, if I ask them about a choice they have made, will often refer to feelings. But feelings, while they are real and can have a great influence upon us, are not choices or actions. We have feelings but we can still choose how we act or react. Imagine someone who is feeling very sad, maybe they have suffered a disappointment or loss. The feelings might be awful but the feelings don’t make you stay in bed all day, or snap at everyone, they are choices we make, yes they may stem from the feelings but feelings never ‘make’ us do things. We can still choose how we act even when we are experiencing extreme emotions.

The Good News So the good news is that whatever life is throwing at us, and at times it might be pretty grim and we might feel battered by what is happening, we always have a choice, which means that we are not victims but actually we can be empowered to choose the life we want in all sorts of ways. Are you happy with your life? There may be some aspects that could be improved but the first step is to acknowledge that as humans we need not be passive but we can every day, in every situation, even those situations we wish we hadn’t found ourselves in, make some positive choices. If you’d like to find out more about how you can make choices to improve your life visit or contact us on 07921193479 or by email

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Eye Candy The new autumn eyeshadow palettes are full of colour combinations we love, and they are a great beauty investment, that’ll have you creating different looks depending on the occasion.

Anastasia Beverley Hills Subculture Palette, £41,

Too Faced Natural Love Neutral Eyeshadow Palette, £25.99, Selfridges Barry M Meteor Storm Palette, £9.99,

Stila Eyes are the Window Palette, £30,

E.L.F Nude Eyeshadow Palette, £12.50, Superdrug

ICONIC LONDON Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette, £45, Huda Beauty Rose Gold Edition Palette, £56,

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette, £39, John Lewis

Clinique x Jonathan Alder Chic Colour Kit, £39, Debenhams.jpeg

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Simple Mistakes that Could be Impacting your Weight

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We all sometimes skip the gym or reach for that extra bit of chocolate, but could daily habits be interfering with our health? We've rounded up five common mistakes people make that could have an impact on their weight.

1- Your morning coffee Although many of us use coffee to haul us out of our sluggish morning slumber, it may be feeding our sweet tooth and tempting us into snacks we know we should avoid. New research from Cornell University has found that caffeine can temper taste buds temporarily and make food and drink taste less sweet, leading us to crave sugary treats to satisfy our cravings*. So to get your morning off to a healthy start and still give you that little lift try swapping your morning coffee for Clearspring’s Matcha Shot [RRP £6.25,]. 2 - Missing breakfast No matter how busy your morning, always make sure you make time for breakfast. Skipping this essential meal will wreak havoc with your blood sugar levels and leave you craving something sweet mid morning. Alix Woods, nutritionist at Quest Nutra Pharma (, shares her favourite breakfast for balancing blood sugars, “Start the day with a great breakfast that includes whole grain cereals, nuts, seeds, and nutrient rich super fruits such as pomegranate, mango, and blueberries. For breakfast on the run choose a power shake combining fruits and cereal with added protein.” 3 - Being lazy under the covers You may have had a busy day at work but that’s no excuse to pass up on some fun in the bedroom! Sex is a great way to burn those few extra calories and can even help boost your immune system! Dr Marilyn Glenville, one of the UK’s leading nutritionists ( explains, “There has been research to show that having regular sex (once or twice a week) boosts immune function. The researchers measured the level of IgA (immunoglobulin A), an antibody which can help protect us against colds and flu and found that those who had sex regularly each week had a 30% increase in IgA compared to those who either abstained or only had sex once a week.” 4 - Grabbing a smoothie It may be full of fruit, however some smoothies and fruit juices can contain up to 7g of sugar per 100ml, nearly a third of your recommended daily allowance. Instead of grabbing a shop bought smoothie try making yourself a juice with a real nutritional kick by combining blueberries, cucumber, avocado, water, flax seeds and, for an added boost of nutrients and protein try adding a supplement such as Nature’s Plus Vegan Power Meal [£36.75,] for a drink that’ll set you up for the day without any hidden sugary nasties.

5 - Doing that much beloved exercise class As much as you may love that post work HIIT class, having only one exercise staple may not be doing you as much good as you think. Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at explains, “If you do the same exercise all the time your body can become used to it, and not work as hard. Adding variety also means you’re less likely to get bored and in turn go more often. Try to vary between aerobic, cardio, weights and exercises that can help with relaxation such as yoga and pilates.”

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A Youthful Glow

Hydrating skin is the most important step to combat ageing. Murad’s new Hydro-Glow collection is a unique internal and external approach to skincare that goes beyond the skin’s surface to boost cellular hydration and help unlock the skin’s youthful potential. Hydra-Glow Food Supplements (£50, one month supply) hydrate skin from within, in the deeper layers of the skin where topical products can’t reach. Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel (£40, four treatments), works on the skin’s outer layer to reveal radiant, healthy-looking skin and infuse a rush of hydration.

Chrome Couture

Mad About Slush

Mad Beauty has announced the launch of its Slush Puppie range. Products include Shower Gel & Sponge Set (£5.99); Classic Cosmetic Bag / Handy Bag (£7.99); Bath Fizzers Cup (£6.99); Lip Balm Trio in strawberry, raspberry and cherry (£7.99); Lip Balm Set in raspberry, orange, lemon & lime, strawberry and cherry (£9.99); and Tube Lip Balms in strawberry, raspberry and cherry (£2.99). Available now from


NARS Cosmetics has collaborated with Christopher Kane to launch its limited edition Chrome Couture Collection. The range, inspired by the designer’s signature aesthetic, features Chrome Couture Lipstick in Chroma Chrome (£23) – a soft nude lipstick that creates a subtle, holographic sheen, creating a universally flattering highlight effect; and Chrome Couture Eyeshadow Palette (£34) which includes six hardwired eyeshadows that electrify eyes with a rich and radiant metallic effect. Shades include I (shimmering soft nude), II (iridescent rose gold), III (duo-chrome rose-teal), IV (iridescent light pink), V (glittering bright yellow) and VI (metallic dark grey). Available exclusively at the NARS London boutique and online at

Lift and Sculpt

Emma Hardie has announced the launch of its Lift & Sculpt Firming Neck Treatment. The rich, hydrating collagen boosting serum helps to lift, sculpt and tighten the delicate skin on the neck and décolletage by using pioneering ingredients including; liftonin-expert that helps to boost collagen; neoderyml a needle free collagen and elastin filler that increases collagen and improves skin density and firmness. A rich omega 3, 6, 9 complex of inca inchi oil and raspberry oil helps to provide protection and retain moisture; and moisture while locking hyaluronic acid leaves the skin looking hydrated, firmer and plumper. Priced at £65 from

A Touch of Tiffany

Tiffany & Co. have launched a new fragrance, a sparkling floral musk opens with top notes of vert de mandarine. At the heart, is hero ingredient precious iris flower with patchouli and musk at the base. The new artisanal fragrance unleashes the essence of the brand; the glass flacon of the Tiffany & Co. fragrance takes its inspiration from the house’s most iconic diamond cuts. A hint of Tiffany Blue accents the collar in the house’s signature T pattern. Like all of the jeweller’s creations, the fragrance is presented in the signature Tiffany Blue Box and is available nationwide from the 15th of this month (October).

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Midlife Madness Autumn Blues Okay, I get it! The climate, like life it seems, has seasons! Some countries have more extreme weather and others, like ourselves, have more equitable climates, as it can be tough to tell which month of the year or even season we are in simply from the weather! It can be fairly grey and damp at any time and is almost certainly going to rain in the summer on the day you’d planned a barbecue or picnic. Many of you may remember however that I am not a fan of either but not a great fan of rain either. Then while it might be chilly in winter there is no guarantee of snow and the fun that always seems to bring to folk - you know disrupted travel, closed schools and burst pipes. Obviously there are other clues to what season it is - if Christmas cards are on sale it could be anytime from September onwards and if it’s ‘back to school’ in the shops, the children have probably just broken up for the holidays, so it will be July - well clearly it’s good to plan ahead! When it’s freezing outside in February or even as soon as the January sales have finished, you‘ll find bikinis and summer dresses on sale. I get that we have to ACCEPT the weather, after all it’s all that rain that means we have a green and pleasant land, but as a self-confessed sun worshipper - I do hold fast to the belief that I was born in some sunny clime and swapped at birth somehow - I don’t feel it is necessary to ENJOY the autumn and winter. But folk seem to get all excited about it and I simply struggle to understand. There a few things that are nice, for a while at least. Personally I never enjoy getting winter clothes out again - for oh so many reasons, they hide my tan, they feel jaded - after all I wear them for upwards of 9 months a year and we’d be lucky to get 6 weeks out of our summer clothes, so they always feel more novel. Although I can appreciate there is the obvious advantage

of colder weather ‘styles’ namely that big baggy jumpers can be more comfortable and hide a multitude of summer alfresco eating and drinking excesses! But the other thing I don’t like is that it seems the whole of autumn can be regarded legitimately as the run up to Christmas - I even have friends who tell me with pride that all their Christmas shopping is done by the end of September!! I can’t imagine what they will be doing when the rest of us are frantically racing around buying presents, cards, and enough food to cope with a siege other than looking smug I suppose! Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas - I just don’t want to feel bored with it before we are even in November, let alone December - yes I am firmly in the ‘keep Christmas in December’ camp. I guess there must be people who enjoy fires and cold weather and wrapping their hands around drinks of hot chocolate, closing their curtains at four and not seeing neighbours, as it is too cold to make anything other than a dash to the car, please don’t try to engage me in conversation if it’s cold - I just can’t be doing with it. I can see certain appeals of the autumn - though you will never catch me calling it ‘fall’ - it’s certainly my time to enjoy apple and blackberry crumbles and other traditional hearty puddings, I’m not even adverse to a bit of jam making. There is the fun of Halloween and bonfire night but of course to enjoy them you probably have to wrap up in hat, scarf, gloves and thermal undies, so I just don’t get excited about that part of it at all. So as you can see I am struggling to embrace the season a case of the autumn blues - though almost certainly it’ll be grey! But I can just about cope with that as long as everyone else is not running around celebrating and enjoying the changing seasons.

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Biba Cabin Case, £99, House of Fraser

Bug Brooch, £15, Oasis


Hotel Chocolat The Salted Caramel Collection, £25, Hotel Chocolat

Percy & Reed Fragrance Mist, £15,

Copper Fondue, £85, John Lewis

Highgrove-Meadow Eye Mask, £16.99,

This month’s must have gifts and accessories

Ted Baker Earrings, £59,

Swagy Bracelet £99,

Pop, Clink, Fizz, £24, Very

Mustard Block Heel Boots, £29.99, New Look

Solange for Laduree, £21,

Jumper, £232,

Sequin Lip Jumper, £49, House of Fraser

Bra £51 & Briefs £35,

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Christmas Party Nights

Available any time from the 1st-23rd December, and food is £27.95 per person for3 courses and £21.95 per person for 2 courses. Every Friday and Saturday or parties over 50 includes a DJ free of charge

Lunchtime Special

2 Courses - £9.95 3 Courses - £12.95 Available 12-3, Monday - Saturday

Christmas Day

4 Course Meal & Tea, Coffee and Chocolates only £75 per person, £35 for children

New Years Eve

Option 1 - Sit Down Meal This includes, a sumptuous 4 course meal, including a free arrival drink and entrance to marquee to see in the New Year. Sit down 8.30 pm. Only £35 Per person

Option 2 -The Party The Marquee which is fully heated and has its own private bar, with free arrival drink and a designated DJ playing until 1 am with snacks available from the bar

01234 781678 millhouse_hotel Millhouse Hotel and Riverside Restaurant Mill Road, Sharnbrook, Bedford MK44 1NP

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Autumn in Burgundy One of the big colour trends for this season is burgundy, with tailored and casual collections, shoes, boots and accessories, you’re bound to find one way to wear it


Dress, £14, Matalanjpg

High Neck Top, £16.99, New Look Dress, £39, La Redoute

Marks & Spencer

Skirt, £14, Matalan

Faux Fur Jacket, £75, Very Trainers, £29.50, Marks & Spencer

Collection Bag, £29.50, Marks & Spencer

Tassle Earrings, £4.99, New Look

Bucket Boot, £85, Marks & Spencer

Hat, £45, Hobbs

Leather Gloves, £18, M&Co Jumper, £29.50, Marks & Spencer

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Khaki Crush

Khaki is a must have wardrobe staple, it’s versatile, timeless and flattering and looks good with any other colour

Autograph Skirt, £49.50, Marks & Spencer

Bodycon Dress, £20, Girls on Film

Dress, £69, Monsoon Lace Top, £55, House of Fraser

Oliver Bonas

Chinos, £30, Debenhams Skirt, £14.99, New Look

Faux Fur Coat, £139, House of Fraser Knotted Jumper, £24.99, TK Maxx Chain Trim Bag, £139, House of Fraser Ankle Boots, £65, Faith

Trench Coat, £55, Very

Crinkle Skirt, £55, White Stuff

Jump into Jumpers

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Wrap up against the autumn winds with one of these gorgeous knits

Chunky Jumper, £36, Wallis Diagonal Jumper, £34.99, New Look

Step Hem Jumper, £22.99, New Look

Red Herring Jumper, £35, Debenhams

Jumper, £39.50, Marks & Spencer

Faux Fur Sleeve Jumper, £34.99, River Island

Chunky Jumper, £36, River Island


Pearl Jumper, £35, Very

Plaited Sleeve Jumper, £38, Very

Flute Sleeve Jumper, £16, F&F

Swirl Jumper, £18, Matalan

Cosy Up

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As the autumn nights draw in, you can’t beat snuggling up on the sofa in a cosy pair of pj’s

Pyjamas, £46, Figleaves

Jasper Conran Pyjamas, £35, Debenhams Duvet Day Pyjamas, £16, George at Asda

Nine by Savannah Miller Pyjamas, £50, Debenhams


Calvin Klein Pyjamas, £65, Figleaves

Marl Pyjamas, Top, £29.95 Bottoms, £29.95, White Stuff

Lounge and Sleep Pyjamas, £35, Debenhams Polar Bear Pyjamas, £25, M&Co

Dog Print Pyjamas, £30, House of Fraser

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Heads Up

We love woollen pom pom hats, they just look good with anything, and with so many styles and colours to choose from, you’ll need a wardrobe just for them

Blue Pom Pom Hat, £17, Accessorize

Diamonte & Pearl Hat, £15, River Island Green Wool Beanie, £15, Accessorize

Fairisle Hat, £17, Monsoon

Hat, £20, Debenhams


Peach Pom Pom Hat, £7.99, New Look

Navy Hat, £7.99, New Look

Woolen Hat, £55, Monsoon whitestuff

Sequined Bobble Hat, £22, House of Fraser

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Pack a Punch

Packing a punch not only in flavour but in nutrition, BRAVE Roasted Peas are high in protein and fibre, while being lower in calories and fat than most other snacks. The incredibly moreish range comes in a selection of three delicious flavours; Sea Salt, Paprika & Chilli and Garlic & Chive. BRAVE Roasted Peas are currently available online in multipacks at and individually in selected stores at only £1.19 RRP per 35g pack, this is one superfood snack that won't break the bank.

Add a Little Fizz

Innovative Provence Rosé producer Mirabeau has added to its awardwinning range, a delicately effervescent sparkling rosé aptly named ‘La Folie’ and it’s s now avaialable to purchase at Waitrose, both instore and online at a RRP of £12.99. We know what will be on our Christmas table!

Chocoholic Time


Chocolate Week is almost here, with everyone ready to celebrate from 9th -15th October. Sopwell House is amongst the selected top venues that are collaborating with Divine Chocolate to make sure that chocoholics across the country are spoilt for choice. Led by Head Chef Gopi Chandran, the culinary team at Sopwell House have created three delicious chocolate treats for their guests to enjoy. The hotel’s Traditional Afternoon Tea will feature a Milk Chocolate and Cherry Delice made from Divine’s seriously smooth milk chocolate, (£29.95 per person). The brasserie will feature a special dessert of a White Chocolate and Mango Brûlée, served with Scottish Shortbread (£6.75). The brûlée is made from Divine’s gloriously creamy white chocolate. For a more formal, fine-dining experience, The Restaurant provides a sophisticated gourmet menu, which for one week only will include a specially designed dessert, guests will be tempted by an intensely rich Dark Chocolate Pavé, Orange Joconde Crumb and Bergamont Sorbet, which features on the set menu (2 courses for £35 or 3 courses for £39.50).

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Welcome to The Eatery It’s Not Just Coffee and Cake

Last month saw us attending the launch of a brand new independent coffee shop on the outskirts of Bedford, in the ever expanding village of Great Denham – The Eatery. And if the coffee, cakes, food and service were anything to go by on launch night, then you’re in for a real treat. Providing an array of freshly prepared food and drink including teas, (Tea pig teas to be precise), coffees and hot drinks along with freshly made cakes – think Oreo, Jaffa cake brownies, strawberry and white chocolate, giant Viennese whirls and you get the idea. Bit its not just about cakes and coffee, The Eatery serves an all day breakfast, using fresh locally sourced ingredients along with salads, Panini’s, homemade soups and quiches, ploughman’s platters, gourmet burgers – vegan and gluten free alternatives

- do I need to go on? I guarantee you’ll find something that will tempt everyone’s tastebuds. Not only does everything taste so delicious at The Eatery, the décor is just as delicious, think rustic and industrial and meet in the middle. Exposed brick walls, wooden floors, rustic wooden cladding, patchwork sofas and you’re halfway there, a real treat not only on your eyes but also on your tastebuds. So whether it’s coffee and cake, a lunchtime salad or afternoon pick me up, The Eatery is the place to go. Open seven days a week (please check their FB page for opening times), and evening opening hours to be added soon there’s no excuse not to pop in and discover what delights are waiting for you to enjoy. The Eatery Unit A, Roman Gate, Saxon Way, Great Denham, Bedford MK40 4FU

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Food for Thought

I love visiting village pubs, as soon as you walk through the door you feel as if you’re stepping into a little bit of history, and the latest offering from Heroic pubs is no exception. Situated in the village of Bow Brickhill on the outskirts of Milton Keynes is The Wheatsheaf Pub & Grill.

menu revolves around fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce, and this is no exception at The Wheatsheaf, with the focus being on the best naturally reared Prime Steaks and fresh daily caught British Fish, meaning a different fish dish is created every day.

The décor is rustic with a modern twist, a wooden floor compliments the dark painted walls and white tiles make it look airy and fresh. Industrial lighting hangs from the ceiling and eye catching wooden plant holders hang on the walls – if the food is as good as the décor we’re in for a treat.

Olives and warm bread went well with our apperitiefs of Gin and Tonic, whilst we made our food choices from a delicious looking menu.

As we have come to expect when eating out, the food

You can’t have a daily fish dish and not try it so I opted for the potted salmon and prawns with a beetroot chutney, the chunky pieces of fresh salmon paired with the beetroot chutney perfectly, and Ham Hock Terrine, with

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radish, green apple and bread was full of deep flavours – We loved how these were served They looked like mini picnics on a chequered picnic blanket. Mains were both meaty with steak for myself and a rack of BBQ pork ribs with fennel and orange slaw for hubbie, we did add some King prawn skewers to the steak. I am so fussy with steak and I am sure I insult the chef every time I utter the words “medium to well done” but unlike many restaurants/pubs this was cooked exactly as I requested and was delicious, the prawns were chunky and full of flavour and as for the ribs, the meat just fell off the bone it was so tender . The wine list has a good choice with prices starting from just £4.80 for a glass of Chenin Blanc, along with staff that are attentive and friendly, The Wheatsheaf is ticking all the right boxes. Dessert was such a temptation, with an Eton Mess and Sticky Toffee pudding both teasing our tastebuds. The Eton Mess was a delightfully creamy treat, with vanilla ice cream and fresh berries and the sticky toffee was topped with a creamy, crunchy honeycomb ice cream, that melted into the warm pudding and tasted utterly divine. After dinner we retired into the bar area, if you’re partial to a taste of the juniper berry, then you need to check out the extensive range of gins on offer. Whether drunk on its own or in a cocktail you won’t be disappointed. Our dining experience was faultless, proving that The Wheatsheaf, is another jewel in the Heroic pubs crown, with location, food, service and drinks all living up to the high standards we’ve come to expect. The Wheatsheaf Pub and Grill Station Road, Bow Brickhill MK17 9JU 01908 7111156

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Mediterranean Chicken Chipolata Gnocchi On cold, wet evenings, there’s nothing better than a warming bowl of creamy gnocchi – and a little goes a long way.


1 pack MOR Mediterranean Chicken, Sundried Tomato & Basil Chipolatas 200g frozen spinach, or 125g of fresh spinach 1 x 500g packet chilled gnocchi 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes 125g mascarpone or cream cheese 2-3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese Salt and black pepper Basil leaves

Method Grill the chipolatas as per pack instructions until they’re a nice, even colour. Once cooked pop them into an oven proof serving dish. Place the frozen spinach (or fresh if you’d prefer) together with the tinned tomatoes into a pan and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Next add the mascarpone and heat until bubbling. Stir in a handful of the fresh basil leaves and season with salt and pepper. Cook the gnocchi for a speedy 4 minutes. Drain the water away and stir the gnocchi into the creamy sauce. Finally pour the whole mixture over the sausages and sprinkle over the parmesan. Serve immediately.

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Spiced Sausage Shakshuka

Our version of the hugely popular Middle Eastern egg dish uses Moroccan-spiced pork sausages to make a perfectly flavoursome brunch, ideal for chilly days. Add an extra garlic clove and a few chilli flakes if you like things spicier.


1 pack MOR Moroccan Spiced Pork, Cauliflower & Chickpea Sausages 6 eggs 2 tomatoes, each cut into 6 wedges 1 x 400g tinned tomatoes 1 green pepper, thinly sliced 1 red pepper, thinly sliced 1 large onion, thinly sliced 3-4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp ground cumin Salt and pepper 1 tbsp olive oil

To serve 2 tbsp chopped parsley or coriander


Begin by grilling the sausages as per pack instructions, until deliciously golden brown. While the sausages are cooking, take a large sauté pan, drizzle with oil and fry the peppers and onion for 6 to 7 minutes (until they’ve softened nicely). Add the crushed garlic and spices and cook for a further 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until bubbling. Season with salt and pepper. Take the cooked sausages and place them in the sauce, leaving space between them. Now crack an egg between each sausage. Scatter over the tomato wedges. Cook for a further 10 to 15 minutes, making sure to baste the eggs with some of the tomato juice. If you’d rather, just cover the pan with a lid and finish cooking the dish in a preheated oven at 180°C for 10 to 15 minutes. To finish, sprinkle over the herbs – then tuck in.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Lasagne

Autumn means different foods come into season, none more so than pumpkins – Who knew they could taste so delicious Method

Ingredients 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 2 cups milk 3 small packages vanilla pudding mix 1 cup pumpkin purée 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 10 – 12 digestive biscuits 1/4 cup caramel Pecans, for garnish

With an electric whisk beat the cream cheese and ¼ cup sugar until light and fluffy, (approx 2 minutes). Slowly add in 1 1/2 cups heavy cream and beat until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, beat the milk, pudding mix, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice until well-mixed and thick. (Start with 1 1/2 cups milk and beat until it's the consistency of a pudding—if it's too thick, continue to add the rest of the milk.) Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture in a 9" x 13" baking dish. Top with a layer of digestive biscuits. Add half the pudding mixture and top with a layer of half the cream cheese mixture. Drizzle with caramel and repeat, ending with the cream cheese layer (hold the caramel until ready to serve). Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to overnight. Drizzle with caramel and garnish with pecans before serving.

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Chinese Night 13th October

A taste of classic Chinese food but with restaurant Quality, 14 dishes to try - £20pp

Pudding Night 20th October

Main course and all you can eat desserts £16 per person

French Night



With it being Curry week this month (9th-15th October) we've picked out our favourite wines to match

Robert Oatley Signature Riesling 2015 Pair this crisp and dry wine showing lemon-lime flavours with chicken or vegetable curry with a coconut based sauce. £13.15, Cambridge Wine Merchants

27th October

All of the Favourites and a few new ones to try, Main course & dessert, A free glass of wine for everyone. Only £20pp

Mexican Night 10th November

2 Course Mexican Feast including classic tequila shots only £20 per person

Pudding Night 17th November

Main course and all you can eat desserts £16 per person

Fish & Chip Takeaway Every Friday 12-9

Promotional Free drink from the bar for every large fish and chips sold on 1st, 8th, 15th September

01234 781678 millhouse_hotel Millhouse Hotel and Riverside Restaurant Mill Road, Sharnbrook, Bedford MK44 1NP

Errazuriz Estate Series Chardonnay 2016 This wine displays typical Chardonnay notes of fresh fruits accompanied by caramel and vanilla on the nose followed by crisp and tropical flavours on the palate which pairs brilliantly with a classic Chicken Korma. £10.45, Asda, Majestic

Cune Barrel Fermented Blanco 2016 Prawn curry is the perfect partner to this wine with its aromas of pineapple, apple and banana which are harmoniously blended with notes of the oak. Whilst in the mouth it leaves a sweet aftertaste, which will leave you wanting more. £10.15, Waitrose, The Co-op

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Laura Ashley

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Autumn Warmth

Coasters, £12, Next

Zinc Chair, £299, Very

As the nights draw in, it’s time to add some warmth to your home with some of our favourite interiors

Cranberry Throw, £70, Laura Ashley

Vase, £22.99, Very Wooden Crates, £20, Next

Wall Letter, £7.99, Homesense

Freya Coffee Table, £199, Marks & Spencer

Tapestry Cushion, £45, Laura Ashley

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Vase, £34.99, Homesense

Check Cushion, £45, Laura Ashley

Rug, Very

Jakarta Coffee Table, £79, Very

Candle Stand, £15, Marks & Spencer

Flower Arrangement, £175, Laura Ashley

Liberty of London, £395, Amara

Lexon Radio, £49, Amara

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Pretty as a Peacock

Thanks to their inspiring, colour, peacocks are currently inspiring the latest wave of interior design products. Peacock Canvas, £20, Dunelm

Emma Bridgewater Peacock Mug, £19.95, John Lewis Lolita Pretty as a Peacock Glass, £17, Flamingo Gifts

Peacock Diffuser, £18.99, Debenhams

Peacock Feather Mirror, £29.95, Original Gift Company

Peacock Wall AArt, £29.95, House of Bath

Toscano Centrepiece, £92, Toscano

Peacock Feather Wreath, £55, Amara

Glitter Peacock, £9.99, HomeSense

Peacock Fringed Cushion, £22, Dunelm

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Will Young and Louise Redknapp lead the cast in



nternationally renowned singer/songwriter, Will Young, reprises his Olivier Awardnominated performance as the enigmatic Emcee alongside musician and presenter Louise Redknapp, who makes her stage debut as Sally Bowles in Rufus Norris’ multi-award winning production of CABARET. Cabaret embark on a UK tour this autumn, and comes to Milton Keynes Theatre at the end of this month (October). Ever since winning the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2001, Will Young has been one of the UK’s most popular and successful music artists. He holds the record for the fastest selling debut single in British chart history, and has enjoyed a phenomenal career in music with 4 number 1 albums, as well as acting alongside Dame Judi Dench in the film Mrs Henderson Presents. Will made his West End

debut in Cabaret and will be reprising his award winning performance. Louise Redknapp rose to fame as a member of the girl group Eternal. She left the band to carve out a successful solo career achieving an impressive twelve Top 20 singles, including the hits Naked and Stuck in the Middle and selling over 5 million records with 5 albums. Since then she has rarely left our television screens and most recently wowed the nation with her dancing skills finishing ‘runner up’ in the 2016 series of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. Internationally renowned singer/songwriter, Will Young, reprises his Olivier Award-nominated performance as the enigmatic Emcee alongside musician and presenter Louise Redknapp, who makes her stage debut as Sally Bowles in Rufus Norris’ multi-award winning production of CABARET.

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Cabaret embark on a UK tour this autumn, and comes to Milton Keynes Theatre at the end of this month (October). Ever since winning the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2001, Will Young has been one of the UK’s most popular and successful music artists. He holds the record for the fastest selling debut single in British chart history, and has enjoyed a phenomenal career in music with 4 number 1 albums, as well as acting alongside Dame Judi Dench in the film Mrs Henderson Presents. Will made his West End debut in Cabaret and will be reprising his award winning performance. Louise Redknapp rose to fame as a member of the girl group Eternal. She left the band to carve out a successful solo career achieving an impressive twelve Top 20 singles, including the hits Naked and Stuck in the Middle and selling over 5 million records with 5 albums. Since then she has rarely left our television screens and most recently wowed the nation with her dancing skills finishing ‘runner up’ in the 2016 series of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. Tues 31st October – Sat 4th November Milton Keynes Theatre 0844 8717652

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Fry’s Footie Corner

need to utilise them well with Champions League commitments.

It is very rarely quiet in the football world – there is so much going on both on and off the field and the opening few months of the season has seen 10 managers lose their jobs, which I personally find incredible.

Crystal Palace recently appointed Roy Hodgson as their new manager and I am confident with his experience he can steer the Eagles away from danger. In the Championship, Sunderland have found life really hard despite changing their boss and appointing someone with experience in that league, Simon Grayson, at the helm.

One of my friends in the game, Harry Redknapp was sacked at Birmingham City after just a handful of games in the Sky Bet Championship while Justin Edinburgh lost his job at Northampton Town in League One. Both managers were allowed to sign a combination of 28 players ahead of the new campaign – if you are going to let bosses make those additions you need to give them time to implement their own style on that particular club. At Peterborough United we have made a good start to the season and at the time of writing this column are in third place with 20 points. We have always been known as the entertainers, and this season is no different – long may that continue – we all love seeing goals!

Sometimes in football, momentum can work both ways. When you are winning games, it breeds confidence and when you lose games, it is hard to get out of that rut and Sunderland are finding that both at the Stadium of Light and away from home.

In the Premier League, it looks like Manchester United and Manchester City will be fighting it out for the title. They have both assembled terrific squads but they will

Barry Fry

However, I am sure given time, Grayson will start turning it around. They are a huge club but they will find that the Championship is a very unforgiving league.


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Keep it Camel This autumn sees camel being not just an outer colour, but also something that’s worn from head to toe - mixing shades and patterns for maximum impact.

Crewe Neck Jumper, £20, F&F

Trousers, £29, Next Notch Neck Knit, £47.50, White Stuff

Jasper Conran Desert Boots, £100, Debenhams

Polo Shirt, £28, Next

House of Fraser

Utility Jacket, £39.95, Next Leather Gloves, £39.95, White Stuff

Shirt, £15, F&F

Vivienne Westwood Longline Coat, £825, House of Fraser

Wax Barbour Jacket, £249, House of Fraser

Osaka Mac, £125, Debenhams

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The Ferrari Portofino The Italian Gran Tourer Par Excellence

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The retractable hard top (RHT) has been completely redesigned and can now be opened or closed in just 14 seconds on the move at lower speeds, making the car even more practical. Careful modelling of the RHT housing now allows the luggage compartment to hold two cabin trolleys with the roof down and three with the roof up. Ideal for any occasion, the Ferrari Portofino represents the perfect combination of design, performance and technology.

The new car, which takes its name, Portofino, from one of the most charming villages on the Italian Riviera, an eponym for stylish elegance, is the most versatile model in the range. A Ferrari designed to be driven every day that also effortlessly converts from an authentic ‘berlinetta’ coupĂŠ to a drop-top capable of delivering a unique Ferrari soundtrack and superb driving pleasure even in day-to-day situations.

The Ferrari Portofino is significantly lighter with the adoption of new components featuring innovative designs made possible by the use of cutting-edge production techniques. This, combined with a 40 cv higher power output than the California T, has resulted in a significant hike in performance and a corresponding drop in emissions. Vehicle dynamics benefit from the introduction, for the first time on this model, of electric power steering, the 3rd generation electronic differential (E-Diff3) and the latest evolution of the electronic suspension control system (SCM-E) integrated with Premium 9.1 ESP.

he Ferrari Portofino is the new V8 GT set to dominate its segment thanks to a perfect combination of outright performance and versatility in addition to a level of driving pleasure and on-board comfort unparalleled on the market. Capable of unleashing a massive 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 200 km/h in just 10.8 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a retractable hard top, a roomy boot and generous cockpit space complete with two rear seats suitable for short trips.

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Bringing Authentic Luxury to Europe at

The Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort

Stunning beaches, vibrant cities, historic towns, lush islands and culinary delights, a place where you can do as much or as little as you wish. Somewhere like this has to be at least 8-10 hours on the plane right? No, we’re talking Portugal, one of the must go to countries whether you’re a first time visitor or you’ve been before, it’s somewhere that you want to go back to time and time again. We were off for a short break, staying at the recently opened five star luxury Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort – Anantara is brand famous in Asia and the Middle East, and this is the first resort it has opened in Europe. The luxury influence is evident the minute you pull up outside, with a Ferrari and Lamborghini taking pride of place outside the sleek glass entrance. Doormen greet you with a big smile and help you carry your bags into the large open plan lobby. Marble is a heavy influence here, as is local crafts and traditions. Check in was reminiscent of our stay in Thailand, we were taken into a bright airy lounge, where we relaxed on sofas with a cold towel to cool down with, glass of freshly squeezed orange juice (Portugal is known for refreshingly sweet oranges), nuts and a traditional Portuguese hot drink. Our room a Deluxe Pool View Room, looked out over the lush green gardens and Cascade adult pool. With a soft colour palette of creams, whites and greys, coming together to create a luxurious, elegant space to relax. The semi open-plan bathroom, featured Elemis products, a rain shower and large bath, and the balcony was the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine from the mini bar or a coffee from the Nespresso machine. In total there are 280 bedrooms, 17 are suites, with the one of a kind rooftop Presidential Suite complete with its own whirlpool and personal butler!

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The adult only Cascade Pool is surrounded by very comfortable day beds and champagne cabanas, the emphasis here is adult indulgence with Veuve Clicquot Champagne being evident everywhere you look, the cushions, the towels, and ice buckets all make you feel as if you are in an exclusive club. There are Sunshine Butlers that ensure you don’t have to lift a finger unless you want to, bringing you drinks and snacks and if you do decide to venture off your bed, there’s always the small cascade bar that serves drinks and bar food for you to visit. There’s a real emphasis on gastronomy at Anantara Vilamoura, Algarve and we can see why. First there’s breakfast served on the terrace, again its all about the personal touches with a freshly squeezed daily juice given on arrival and then the fresh artisan breads and meats, traditional Portuguese dishes, a pancake station, hot dishes, an egg station, and the fresh fruit platters, that have some of the sweetest tasting melon and pineapple I’ve ever tasted, all enjoyed whilst sitting in the morning sun or shade looking out over the gardens – this is how breakfast every morning should be. And then there’s Ria Seafood restaurant, overlooking the Palms Pool. You can sit outside or inside, with a nautical haven of white washed furniture, white walls and turquoise blues with fresh lobsters swimming around in large tanks – and fish caught daily. I have to say although I’m a fish lover I never venture out of my comfort zone and will normally stick with fish I know such as prawns, salmon, etc. So when we were told the chef was going to bring us an assortment of dishes to try I was just a little apprehensive – But I needn’t have been, the octopus salad was a dream and the freshly caught fish served with Portuguese potatoes and a Montenar salad (this is only served in the Algarve) was so tasty and delightful I couldn’t get enough of it. The restaurant offers guests a traditional menu, including the likes of monkfish rice and cataplanas (seafood stews cooked in copper pots which are native to the region). Ria restaurant is open lunchtimes and evenings, but if you’re looking for something a little more formal for dinner (or if you’re celebrating a special occasion whilst you’re away) then a visit to EMO restaurant is a must. A wine centric restaurant where Chef Bruno Viegas and wine guru António Lopes tempt your palette with gourmet food and fine wines. Although there are tables inside the restaurant, the place to sit is on the outside balcony, with stunning views, and a calm and peaceful ambience that’s helped along with candles and soft lighting – if you time your dinner just right you may even get to see sunset. Again we left our food in the hands of the chef, and our dining experience began with the freshest tastiest artisan rosemary foccacia and sundried tomato bread, (I would have been quite happy to eat this all evening) and then with the advice of Antonio we began with a Port and Fevertree tonic aperitif, before the scrambled egg foam with jubilee chips tempted our taste buds, the foam just literally melted in the mouth and the jubilee chips were tiny stick like crisps – divine. A cockle ravioli with red curry pearls followed, paired perfectly with a white wine that was served at room temperature – strange you might think, but it worked! Next came the Braised Turbot with puree green peas, truffle oil and shitake mushrooms, this was full of delicate flavours and as with all fish here was so fresh – dessert was different chocolate flavours made all the more elegant with gold

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leaf and edible flowers, it tasted divine. A little tip before dining in the evening head down to the Anantara Bar and Lounge for around 8pm grab a cocktail or aperitif, some Portuguese tapas and watch the live Fado performance (Traditional live Portuguese singing) – it really is worth it. Anantara Vilamoura, has tried to keep local influences and traditions throughout as much as they can (something they do in all their hotels) their motto being “Life is a journey” each hotel trys to let you experience the diversity of each destination; be it cultural, gastronomic, adventure lead, cosmopolitan pursuits or simple respite. In between enjoying all the culinary delights on offer, be sure to find time to visit the spa, an oasis of pure indulgence and sensual tranquillity, evident from the minute you arrive. A welcome drink of fresh lemon water (you can have herbal tea), helps you relax before your therapist takes you for your treatment – The Anantara signature massage, began with the ritual of a foot soak and a coffee scrub that smelt so amazing. Then the body massage followed, exotic essential oils were skilfully massaged into my body helping me to get into true holiday mode this stimulated my circulation and restored my flow of energy, once finished I felt as if I was walking in a bubble of calm. Just because your treatment’s finished doesn’t mean your spa experience is, cinnamon tea with honey and fresh fruit is brought to you whilst you continue to indulge in the whole experience and relax on the heated tiled beds overlooking the indoor vitality pool. Not forgetting the fitness lovers amongst us, there’s a state of the art gym open 24 hours, so no excuse whatsoever! In between eating, spaing, sunbathing, sipping champagne and cocktails, don’t forget to arrange a Tuk Tuk Tour (the hotel has their own Tuk Tuk’s in the bright orange/yellow Veuve Clicquot colours) – You can tour the fishing villages, old town, castle ruins, shops or beaches – and you can hop off if you decide to stay and call the hotel to send the Tuk Tuk back to you later – Nothing beats driving down the road in this open air mode of transport. And then of course there’s the golf, something else Portugal is well known for – Just moments away on the hotel's doorstep lies the expansive golf course, for guests to enjoy. It’s clear to see that Anantaras’ rise into Europe is a big hit, a hotel that oozes luxury and elegance at every turn, with staff that are warm and friendly and genuinely seem to love what they do. A foodies paradise, golf lovers haven, couples romantic retreat and family fun getaway, they have thought of everything, I can’t wait to go back, although I may have to save for a few more years if I want to experience the Rooftop Presidential Suite! BOOK IT

Prices start from €242 for 2 people sharing a Deluxe Pool View Room on a bed and breakfast basis per night in November 2017. Prices start from €2,125 per night on a bed and breakfast basis in the Presidential Rooftop Suite in November 2017.

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Murder on The Orient Express Unlock the mystery of Agatha Christie with Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

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With Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express set to hit the UK cinema screens on 3rd November, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts have unveiled a 'Murder On The Orient Express' package, inviting guests to step back in time and recreate this worldfamous murder mystery. Begin the journey at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in Belgravia, an area that was once the start of the Orient Express line, where crimefiction lovers will be given a Turkish 'evil eye' charm to ward off evil and a copy of the Murder on the Orient Express book from the nearby Belgravia Books. During their stay, guests will also be provided with ingredients to mix their own Grasshopper cocktail, featuring Crème de Menthe, one of Poirot's tipples of choice. Continue following in the footsteps of the Orient Express at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul, where guests will be greeted with an Orient Express themed cocktail. The iconic hotel was originally built to greet guests of the Orient Express; and Agatha Christie is rumored to have written Murder on the Orient Express there in Room 411, aptly renamed the Agatha Christie room. With this package, Christie fans have the option to stay in this room, which features a replica of her typewriter and a collection of her novels. An exclusive visit to the Sirkeci Train station, one of the last stops of the Orient Express, is also included in this package, as well as a tour of the old city; and there's even the option to dine in the hotel's Agatha Restaurant. The perfect adventure for crime-fiction lovers and Agatha Christie enthusiasts alike, the 'Murder On The Orient Express' London and Istanbul package will be available from 30th October – 30th December 2017

BOOK IT Priced from £1,206 for two people, this package includes: • Two nights' accommodation for two at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel followed by two nights at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, including breakfast • A copy of Murder on the Orient Express from Belgravia Books • A Turkish “evil eye” charm from Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel • Ingredients to mix your own Grasshopper cocktail at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel • Agatha Christie USB key chain from Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah • Orient Express themed cocktail at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah • Sirkeci Train Station visit and Old Town tour in Istanbul For further information or bookings, please or call 020 7823 1234.


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A Renowned Retreat

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estled in Buckinghamshire’s Chiltern Hills is the historic mansion house estate know as De Vere Latimer Estate, having recently undergone an impressive £7m refurbishment, that has seen many of the property’s original features kept along with modern day twists, that have come together to create a stunning retreat to escape to. The De Vere Latimer is steeped in history, built on the site of an original Elizabethan manor house which was destroyed by fire in the early 1830s, it was rebuilt in 1838. Also known as 'The Spy House' because of its top-secret project run by the British Secret Service during WW2. Housing German prisoners who were then bugged to obtain vital intelligence, James Bond the ultimate British Spy certainly wouldn’t feel out of place here, especially as Post-war, the house is rumoured to have been an MI6 training college and secret tunnels remain below the building to this day. Pulling up to the impressive building, the history of the house ids evident, there’s a restored Morris Minor parked outside, the entrance hall has old fashioned typewriters and telephones on display along with wartime photographs dotted around the walls. There’s a row of Hunter Boots in different sizes for you to use for muddy walks, along with umbrellas and bicycles (it’s the finishing touches that always count and De Vere Latimer have definitely thought of all of those). The lobby is a lovely space, with high ceilings and stained glass leaded windows, sofas and a drinks cabinet that is housed in an old travel case all add to the grandeur of the house and the feature carved stone fireplace, where two real life looking straw dogs reside, really does make you look twice. Every corner you turn there’s another piece of history like the original wooden staircase that leads to the 31 deluxe rooms and suites. Speaking of rooms our was a superb space, a deluxe room, located in the Mansion House with magnificent views stretching across the garden and the river Chess. Decorated in neutral tones, with herringbone check curtains and bed throw, and dotted with traditional and modern accessories – including of course a flat screen TV and digital radio. The pull of the views were too much for us, so

once unpacked we sat outside, sipping a glass of wine and just took in the peace and tranquility of the vast views and nature, wondering if there was anyone spying on us from behind one of the many trees! Dinner is served in the aptly named 1838 restaurant. A bright and airy space inspired by nature, that has you feeling like your dining al fresco, a glass ceiling, indoor trees and a bandstand that takes centre stage (you can eat in here). The kitchen is open plan so you can watch the chefs at work, knowing you cant get food any fresher than this. We enjoyed appetizers of mixed olives and Moroccan hummus, before deciding on warm duck leg salad with king prawn and crab mayo salad, both dishes were fresh and full of flavour. Steak and seabream with scallops followed, the steak was cooked to perfection, the seabream was fresh and tasty and the scallops were tender to the palette. The dessert menu looked full of sweet delights, but I was just too full to indulge, although hubbie didn’t have that trouble and enjoyed the delights of the triple chocolate fudge brownie accompanied by poached cherries and vanilla ice cream before heading to the Huntley Bar, for a nightcap before retiring for a blissful nights sleep. Decisions, decisions, morning walk or breakfast or breakfast or morning walk and so it went until the smell of food proved too much and lured us to eat first. Breakfast is buffet style with a selection of fresh pastries and breads, fresh fruit, yoghurts and cereals as well as meat and vegetable hot breakfast choices, definitely enough to set you up for the day. As we wandered round the gardens, it easy to see why this elegant house is a popular retreat to escape to with it’s stunning views, perfectly kept gardens, grand house and historic past – it’s somewhere you need to pay a visit to, who knows what you’ll find lurking behind the walls. BOOK IT

Prices start from £179, based on two people sharing in a Deluxe room, including breakfast in October 2017.

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Ahoy there! All aboard the AmaPrima!

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Rebecca Underwood takes us on an enchanting river cruise with AmaWaterways For weary landlubbers yearning to escape the relentless pressures of life in the fast lane, AmaWaterways offers the ultimate retreat. Featured in the latest issue of the Berlitz Guide to River Cruising, the company achieved the highest rating for its European fleet and took the top spot in ten categories with AmaPrima at number one. The 'Enchanting Rhine' cruise onboard the AmaPrima, covers 493 glorious miles, calling in at Strasbourg, Mannheim, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne and Amsterdam. AmaPrima, constructed in the Netherlands and launched in 2013, is a sleek lined modern vessel, which provides the highest levels of comfort and service and the 51 attendant crew members ensure that each passenger's every wish is fulfilled. The elegant and tastefully decorated ship measures 443' in length and 38' in width and facilities, to maintain health and wellbeing, include a fitness centre, massage parlour, and a hair and beauty salon. Accommodations range in size up to a maximum of 300 sq ft and the 3 suites and the majority of the 81 luxuriously furnished staterooms feature twin balconies, which is the perfect spot for an afternoon tipple, whilst gazing upon the scenic views of life on the river bank. AmaWaterways is an inductee of the prestigious La Chaine des Rotisseurs; an exclusive international culinary society; founded in Paris in 1950, and offers dining experiences like no other. Highlights include the elaborate Captain's Gala dinner, served with much aplomb in the Main Restaurant. The succulent grilled Atlantic sole fillet, salmon with crab meat stuffing and tiger shrimp with Cognac sauce was superb. We selected the Moreau & Fils Chablis and enhanced by the vanilla, lemon and linden aromas, it was a simply first class dish. After dinner, ladies in their flowing gowns and gentlemen in their resplendent attire made their way to the Main Lounge and the gentle strains of the music enticed couples to show off their nifty footwork to the delight of the admiring audience. After dining we made our way to the lounge for a cocktail or two and were entertained with an evening of 'French Chansons' with vocalist Muriel, accompanied by Armand playing his accordion with gusto. Other entertainment options included a toe tapping tribute to ABBA and an excellent classical concert performed by talented musicians La Strada. During the day, whilst the ship is sailing, the gorgeous sun deck is the place to be. Comfortable sun loungers with foot rests and wide, sturdy parasols afford the ideal spot for reading, followed by an afternoon snooze, and for those

keen to keep in trim there is a walking track. Water babes will be drawn to the outdoor heated pool with a 'swim up' bar, or for those of us more inclined to recline there is a large cushioned seating area at the bow, which provides the perfect place to admire the approaching scenery. For 'grown ups' entranced with the sight of 'fairytale' castles and reminded of those magical stories of long ago, be prepared for an extravaganza. AmaPrima sails along the 65 kilometres of the Rhine Gorge, which was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, and between Koblenz and Bingen we passed by the verdant tapestry of vineyards, quaint historic towns, and the most majestic and beautiful castles imaginable. 28 castles came into view, including the Koblenz Electoral Palace, built in the 18th century. And as we enjoyed our serving of afternoon tea in the comfort of the lounge we sailed on and on past the colourful kaleidoscope of the banks of the Rhine, bound for Amsterdam. We sipped on a glass of chilled champagne and raised a toast to the words of American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; 'Beneath me flows the Rhine, and, like the stream of time, it flows amid the ruins of the past'. For more information on AmaWaterways and AmaPrima visit email: or tel. 0800 320 2336.

‘Top tip for Amsterdam’ For those considering a pre or post cruise stay in the heart of the city, the Albus Hotel, located on Vijzelstraat, is within Amsterdam’s famous canal belt and a short walk from all the action on Rembrandt, Leidse, Munt and Dam Squares. The property, which is family owned, was the first completely CO2 neutral hotel in Europe and provides the highest levels of comfort and service. Accommodations are spacious with contemporary furnishings and ultra comfortable beds draped in crisp, white, Egyptian linens. Bathrooms feature a tub and/or a high pressure rain shower and room amenities include a 32 inch HD TV and a Nespresso coffee machine. For a first class dining experience, head for Senses, the hotel’s exceptional restaurant, which is located on the ground floor and serves unconventional, creative and very impressive tasting menus from 3 to 6 courses, and all with excellent wine pairings. For more information and/or reservations visit or call + 31 (0)20 530 6215 or email 'Top tip for Basel and Amsterdam' Avoid airport queues, traffic and parking problems and book your airport/port transfers on line with Blacklane for a reliable, punctual, first class service. For more information visit

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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

Libra (23 September – 22 October) You come up with lots of new ideas that you’re enthusiastic about, are excited by mental projects, and share all of the information that you have. You like talking with others, and can be a bit chatty. You can finish a project that helps further you along your career path, achieve a goal, or give up on a goal. The focus is on having fun, enjoying hobbies and pleasurable pastimes, children and love. Favourable Dates: October 6, 9, 15, 18, 24, 27 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Blue

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Scorpio (23 October – 21 November) You can be presented with a new opportunity to advance further in your career, achieve a goal, are in the spotlight for something you’ve done, and feel good about the direction you’re going in. Your intuition is strong, so listen to what your gut is trying to tell you. Your deep sensitivity presents you with valuable and illuminating intuitions, especially regarding those you care for. Favourable Dates: October 1, 5, 10, 14, 19, 23 Favourable Colours: Red & Blue Sagittarius (22 November -21 December) You may find that you are now able to walk a new path that you have been preparing for. Some of you may come into new opportunities for travel and movement while others will find that such doors will close and new ones will have to be opened. Pragmatic and goal-oriented, you soon learn how to get things done, for you aspire to positions of power and authority and admire others who attain such positions. Favourable Dates: October 1, 5, 10, 14, 19, 23 Favourable Colours: Red & Blue Capricorn (22 December – 19 January) You can begin a research project, are presented with an opportunity to do something that benefits you and other people. You’re better able to express how you feel emotionally through your words, but you may lack objectivity. Home and family ties will be significant in your life and developing a secure, comfortable home environment will be a boon to your state of mind, irrespective of your marital state. Favourable Dates: October 2, 5, 11, 14, 20, 23 Favourable Colours: White & Yellow

Aquarius (20 January – 18 February) This month is encouraging you to see past your current concerns and to look into the future knowing your choices now will impact others or yourself at a later date. You’re nearest and dearest or those close to you will need attention. There could be strong emotional concerns. You might find partnership responsibilities or demands wearing at this time. You can find other people to be mentally draining, and need time alone to recover. Favourable Dates: October 3, 7, 12, 15, 21, 25 Favourable Colours: Blue & Yellow Pisces (19 February – 20 March) You may derive income from unusual sources or from suggestions or ideas from those with whom you would not normally associate. If single, you may be on a high this month with lots of opportunities for romance in the circle of friends. Surprising developments or unexpected additions to the circle may add spice to the already strong flavour. You feel good about your future, your hopes and your dreams, and are a little idealistic. Favourable Dates: October 2, 7, 11, 16, 20, 25 Favourable Colours: White & Green

Aries (21 March – 19 April) You are easily engrossed by special subjects and projects this month, and eagerly throw yourself into learning and producing. You can have more communications at or about your work, and can get through the grunt work with ease. You get along well with others, and can begin a new relationship, personal or professional. The need for

challenges, whether these are mental or physical, becomes palpable from the 16th forward. Favourable Dates: October 3, 9, 12, 18, 21, 27 Favourable Colours: Yellow & Brown

Taurus (20 April – 20 May) You get organised, keep everything in its place, and can focus on the details. You do well with your work now, and can have an important conversation about your work, or more communications at work. If single, you can meet lots of new people but keep it casual, and are flirty. If in a relationship, you try to make it feel like it did when you first got together. Favourable Dates: October 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 22 Favourable Colours: Red & Grey Gemini (21 May – 20 June) You can be presented with a new money-making opportunity, start a second job, side gig for extra cash, or turn a hobby into a money-making venture. You can rework your budget so you have more leftover, and you feel more confident in yourself. Emotionally, you’re even and calm. Singles could find this a time when love really does walk into your life or you finally realise how much someone means to you. Favourable Dates: October 1, 3, 10, 12, 19, 21 Favourable Colours: White & Green

Cancer (21 June – 22 July) You’re likely to enjoy a peaceful and stress-free month. All aspects of your life have the potential to effortlessly fall into place, with seemingly little effort from you. This period is encouraging a time of personal growth through sharing of love and affections. You can work well on creative projects now, and find inspiration everywhere. You’re dramatic when you converse, and you command attention for what you say, your ideas, and your thoughts. Favourable Dates: October 2, 8, 11, 17, 20, 26 Favourable Colours: Red & Green

Leo (23 July – 22 August) This month could see a shift in your financial circumstances. The financial results won’t necessarily be immediate, but at the very least, you’ll lay the groundwork for a more prosperous future. A loan or other form of support is on the agenda by the last week of the month. You need to push forward with important projects, and if it means getting a little help, the cosmos are shining on you. Favourable Dates: October 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 22 Favourable Colours: White & Blue Virgo (23 August – 22 September) You will embark on a new project or you’ll get a promotion at work. There may be a need to let go of something or someone at this time, but it’s also a good period for gaining new information that helps you to move forward, including great advice, so stay connected and listen attentively. You may find yourself wanting to explore other cultures more, or do things to broaden your way of thinking. Favourable Dates: October 1, 3, 10, 12, 19, 21 Favourable Colours: Red & Blue manishastroconsultant

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A quiet night in... Damaged by Martina Cole

The new novel from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, Martina Cole, sees the return of her iconic heroine DCI Kate Burrows. When the bodies of missing schoolgirls start turning up, former DCI Kate Burrows is dragged out of retirement. A new Grantley serial killer is in town and DCI Annie Carr turns to Kate for help. She welcomes the distraction from her home life with former gangster, Patrick Kelly, whose long lost son has turned up out of the blue, bringing trouble with him. It soon becomes clear the killer is on their doorstep and as the body count grows, Kate and Annie face a race against the clock. But they have no real leads ... and there's more to these murders than meets the eye. Can Kate take the killer down before another schoolgirl dies?

Goodbye Christopher Robin Goodbye Christopher Robin gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will TIlston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family? Release Date: 29th September

Miss Sloane Willing to bend the rules for her clients, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) remains one of the most sought-after lobbyists in Washington, D.C. When asked to help oppose a bill that imposes regulations on firearms, she instead joins a scrappy boutique firm that represents the backers of the law. Her defiant stance and determination to win now makes her the target of powerful new enemies who threaten her career and the people she cares about. Release Date: 18th September

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