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5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Man In The Bowler Hat

From the name of his street, to the inspiration behind the fancy dress shop, here’s what you need to know about the beloved children’s character.

with a Fez on him and I thought, ‘Oh, well, that’s fair enough’. Even the stories, it’s amazing how they’re affected by your ordinary life without you even realising it.”

Children of the Seventies and Eighties will remember the plinky plonky music and turning wheel of costumes that marked the start of Mr Benn, arguably one of the gentlest but most extraordinary children’s cartoons ever created.

3. The fancy dress shop was based on an antiques shop in Devon “It was a mix of antiques and second hand stuff in a back street in Plymouth, where nothing ever seemed to change and the guy obviously wasn’t interested in selling anything, so something else was going on I always thought. But [the shop] grew out of various things, it’s difficult to say exactly where it came from.”

“It was Saturday morning in Festive Road, coal was being delivered and boys were playing with wooden swords, everything was very ordinary. This is an ordinary street...” intones narrator Ray Brooks at the opening of the first episode, Red Knight. But what happens next is not ordinary at all, as Mr Benn, invited to a fancy dress party, goes in search of a suitable costume. In a backstreet, he finds a fancy dress shop, where “as if by magic, the shopkeeper appeared” and allows him to try on a red suit of armour. Over the course of 13 episodes, originally shown in 1971 and ‘72, and then repeated a staggering 42 times over the next 21 years, Mr Benn revisits the shop and has adventures that fit whichever costume he’s trying on, from flying into space, to taming a pirate. The original Red Knight, in which Mr Benn defends a dragon, was not a cartoon at all, but a story book that children’s author and illustrator David McKee wrote in 1967. It captured imaginations at the BBC, who approached David to make a series for Watch With Mother. As Mr Benn celebrates his 50th anniversary, 82-year-old David reveals some of the inspirations behind the character - and discusses the next big (Hollywood) adventure... 1. The character of Mr Benn was partly inspired by Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin “I tried to base him on being a nobody in a way, but the people that I’ve loved over the years, like Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin and others, they’ve had that same dark suits and bowler hats look. When I was in the cubs, in fact, I was in a play and I had to be a detective and wear a bowler hat in that, so bowler hats have been there for quite a long time I think,” says David with a laugh. 2. The shopkeeper’s Fez was based on one of David’s hats “I have quite a few hats and somebody gave me a Fez at one time and I just thought, ‘I have to use this! Somebody has to wear this’, and of course, when the shopkeeper came out, there he was


4. A Mr Benn film and an opera are in the works “The libretto [for the opera] is written and the Welsh National Opera did a production of the first part of it. That would be really exciting, because everybody has films, but to have an opera, that’s a bit special. “The film is quite advanced, it’s more than talk, they’ve actually got a script which people like and we’re waiting on a day-to-day basis to find out if it’s likely to go ahead, but it will go ahead with somebody, I think,” says David, adding that Jack Lemmon would have been perfect for the part of Mr Benn - or Johnny Depp. “I’m not involved at all with it. It’s like your children; you have to let them grow up, watch what they do, they can make mistakes, you try to guide them, but now my children are older than I am! 5. Festive Road was named after the London street David lived on “In reality it’s Festing Road [in Putney], and I changed it to Festive because Festing doesn’t sound too good!” he says, adding that in real life, he and his family lived at number 54, next door to Mr Benn at number 52. “I have three children and the youngest is 52, so the first book would have come out when he was about two and I’ve drawn them in that first book and I’m looking out of the window. “The residents wanted to change the name of the road to Festive, but that was too complicated. But there’s a walk unnamed at the bottom of Festing Road, which joins with another road, and they’ve now named that Festive Walk, which is amazing.” Fifty Years of Mr Benn with David McKee is at the Illustrationcupboard Gallery in London until September 16. Visit Living Along The Thames | SEPTEMBER /OCTOBER 2017

7 Spanish Wines You Can’t Miss Cava 1. Freixenet Ice Rose Cuvee Especial Cava, Spain (£11.99, Waitrose) Designed to be drunk over ice, this pink sparkler follows last year’s launch of Freixenet Ice White. Right on trend, cava on the rocks is a new way of serving a sweeter style (semi-seco) of Spanish bubbly in a casual style. Pour into a large wine glass over three cubes of ice and garnish with summer berries to enhance the youthful, fruity notes of strawberries and sweet spice.


2. TTD Godello 2015, Spain (£9, Sainsbury’s) An obscure grape that’s unique to north west Spain, godello produces fresh, whites with a honeysuckle, juicy quality and a streak of minerality. Bright and lively, a zesty mix of tangerine, apricot and lime mingle with grassy, minerally notes. 3. El Zumbido Viura Chardonnay 2016, Carinena, Spain (£9.99, Virgin Wines) A vivacious blend of viura (Rioja’s historic white grape) and chardonnay, the refreshing floral bouquet and juicy, tropical fruits leap from the


glass. Lush and gorgeous, it offers white peaches, pears and apricot fruit with juicy acidity to balance the flavours. 4. Torres Pazo das Bruxas Albarino 2015, Galicia, Spain (£11.99, Taurus Wines) A really good summer white, albarino is Spain’s buzzword white grape that goes so well with grilled seafood. The cooler than average climate in Rias Baixas (in the north west), gives the whites a natural freshness and saline character. Pure and clean with a citrus edginess, it shows trademark minerality with fresh apple and grapefruit flavours, faint peachy aromas and bright acidity.

Reds “Many people stick to what they know when it comes to Spanish wines, but there is much more to experiment with than just Rioja. ” says Matthew Johnson, drinks expert, Waitrose. 5. The Cubist Old Vine Garnacha 2015 Calatayud, Spain (£9.99, Waitrose) Impressively rich, this oldvine garnacha (from the north east of Spain) is hugely concentrated and packs a fruity punch. A sun-kissed giant with plenty of flesh on its bones, the waves of perfumed black fruits are spice strewn with subtle cocoa undertones.

6. Palacios Remondo Rioja Crianza La Montesa 2013, Spain (£16.49, Ocado) A wine with excellent credentials, the Palacios estate in the Rioja Baja sub-region is famous for producing outstanding wines - winemaker Alvaro Palacios has a Decanter Man of the Year award on his mantle. A ‘modern’ Rioja that’s beautifully textured and smooth as velvet, there’s a sweet juiciness to the plummy, damson, strawberry fruit, with a beguiling bouquet of red roses and notes of vanilla, spice and herbs... ripe for the picking. 7. Vina Ardanza Reserva 2008,Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain (£25, Armit Wines) Powerful yet balanced and described as a ‘textbook’ Rioja from a very good vintage, the polished fruit has layers of tobacco, leather, cedar, coffee and vanilla notes, with cherry and blackcurrant fruit at the core. A blend of 80% tempranillo and 20% garnacha, there’s sweet spice on the toasty finish and just like a flamenco guitarist, it plucks beautifully on the heart strings... and taste buds.

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Place the chicken strips in a non-reactive bowl and add a good sprinkling of spice mix and a splash of olive oil - the spicier you like your food, the more spice mix you should use. Season lightly with salt, then set aside for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, make the guacamole. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil and set a bowl of iced water in the sink. Add the frozen peas to the boiling water and blanch for 3-5 minutes until tender. Drain them well, then tip them into the iced water to stop them cooking and set the colour. Drain the peas again and transfer to a blender or food processor with about 2 tablespoons of oil, the lime zest and juice and a splash of water. Season with salt and blend to make a chunky puree. Set aside. Halve the avocados, remove the stones and peel them. Put the flesh in a non-reactive bowl and use a fork to

coarsely mash. Add the pea puree, green chillies and spring onions, and season with salt. Cover the surface closely with clingfilm and chill for up to 2 hours until required. To make the tomato salsa, put all the ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and season with salt and pepper. Set aside until required. When you’re ready to cook the chicken, heat a large well-seasoned saute or frying pan over a mediumhigh heat, then brush the surface with oil. When it is hot, add as many chicken strips as will fit without over-crowding the pan and fry, turning once, for 4 minutes, until they are cooked through and tender. Cook in batches, adding a little extra oil, if necessary. Remove the chicken from the pan and keep hot.

To serve, divide the shredded lettuce among the taco shells. Top each with a couple of spoonfuls of guacamole, followed by chicken. Add the tomato salsa and a dollop of creme fraiche to each, then sprinkle with sunflower seeds and serve. Living Along The Thames | SEPTEMBER /OCTOBER 2017

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When Did The World Start Expecting Women To Be Successful At Everything, And Why Don’t We Say Stop? Pressure is making women miserable and we need to start talking about it, says Claire Spreadbury. Billie Piper speaks for a generation of women in today’s Stylist magazine. The 34-year-old talks about the pressure that hits us in our 30s, where we’re “supposed to be successful and business-savvy and coquettish and making cash and a slag in the bedroom and well-read”. Anyone else nodding along with this? “I just feel f***** by this amount of pressure,” she says. It certainly struck a chord with me. Right now, as I write this, I’m sacrificing doing the other 29 things on my to-do list. Things that I really need to do today, so I can go on holiday at the end of the week. It’s an impossible list. I choose to work full-time hours over a four-day working week so I can attempt to be a half-decent mother to my children, and still have a career that I love. Being there for my friends as we navigate our way through marriage, divorce, death, kids, redundancy and every other element of life is really important to me too, as is being in love, making time for romance and having a partner that I’ll be with for the rest of my life. Apparently, I want it all. When I negotiated my flexible-working pattern after having my first child some people actually suggested I should choose what’s most important to me being a mother, or having a career. Appalled, I set about a vision where I could make time for both of these things and I think I’ve achieved it. Sort of. But I’m tired. Each time a holiday rolls around and my body gets a chance to rest, I’m ill. I feel constant guilt that I’m

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not there to scoop up my kids at the end of the day, cook them good food and put them to bed, but I also know the pressure that would face me on the flip-side of this coin. I am one of life’s perfectionists, and I’m not alone. There’s pretty much a generation of women trying to do every little thing brilliantly. And it’s either making us ill, alcoholic or anxious. “There’s a quiet epidemic occurring amongst high-achieving women and it’s not a pretty outcome,” says Georgia Foster, author, speaker and life coach. “What looks good and well-managed on the outside is not necessarily what is going on inside.” She notes that when someone is driven just a little bit too much - and too often the brain demands some sort of respite to stop the madness of meeting deadlines, money issues and trying to fit in exercise whilst juggling childcare. “For many, the respite comes in the form of food, alcohol, cigarettes, sex or exercise, as a way to calm the central nervous system down. In good doses this is fine, but being perfect causes vulnerabilities, such as unnecessary anxiety, low self-esteem, and too much self-judgement and comparing with others.”

Ultimately, she says, we need to stop worrying about what looks good and concentrate on what feels right instead. It makes total sense, of course. But saying and doing are two very different things. Baby steps is the way to go, I think. Check in with yourself. Make sure you’re OK - and if you’re not, make a plan to start putting things right. But if you’re fundamentally happy, perfectionists need to start caring less. Take an extra half hour lazing in bed and forget looking pristine for the school run (honestly, no one you want as a friend truly cares). If you leave work a bit earlier to check in with the kids at bedtime, the chances are tomorrow’s to-do list won’t be any worse than today’s. If you’ve missed a date night/birthday/school concert, plan another date to look forward to and let yourself off the hook. And let’s talk about it. We need to stop whispering, ‘I don’t know how she does it,’ and instead shout about how amazingly brilliant we all are. Let’s also start realising that actually, none of us care how fabulous a boss/mother/slut in the bedroom anyone else is - it only makes us feel more inadequate. It’s time to take the pressure off and live life without killing ourselves.

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Marlow’s Private Medical, Health and Aesthetics Hub Marlow’s trusted private medical practice, The Good Health Practice has relaunched and partnered with aesthetics division, Marlow Face & Body. The Good Health Practice, as part of its relaunch has expanded its offering to include minor surgery and Opthalmology alongside its aesthetics partner, Marlow Face & Body. Marlow’s Private Medical, Health and Aesthetics Hub Marlow’s trusted private medical practice, The Good Health Practice has relaunched and partnered with aesthetics division, Marlow Face & Body.

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The Good Health Practice – Marlow’s private medical practice, soon to operate from the ground floor, The Good Health Practice, has introduced a minor surgery and an Opthalmology department. The other on-site partners include the 3D Baby’s Scan, a Psychiatrist, a Nutritionist, an Acupuncturist, and their aesthetics partner, Marlow Face & Body. The four GP’s at The Good Health Practice offer a wide range of specialties: · DR. Juan Martinez LMS (MBBS) DFSRH, specialises in Men’s Health · Dr Gero Baiarda . MBMS. MRCGP. MSC Childhealth, specialises in Dermatology and Paediatrics · Dr. Ed Williams, MB Ch.B MRCGP. DCH, MRCS Ed, specialises in Muscularskeletal Care and Sports Medicine

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5 Scary Things That Can Happen If You Regularly Forget To Remove Your Make-Up

From blocked pores to dull-looking’s not just morning panda eyes you need to be worried about if you don’t cleanse before bed. One too many glasses of prosecco, no make-up wipes left in the packet or simply feeling too tired - these are excuses we’ve probably all used when it comes to not taking our make-up off at the end of the day. But regularly going to bed with your make-up still on can cause skin damage. Here are some of the scariest things that can happen if we repeatedly don’t wipe away that foundation, according to experts.

1. Milia

Rachael Dunseath, founder of Myroo Skincare - an organic skincare company for sensitive and allergic skin - says leaving make-up on overnight is especially bad for those skin types. “There are lots of negatives from not cleansing before bed,” she warns. “I would say that an increased chance of milia (also known as milk spots) would be one of the worst, as once you have these they are very hard to get rid of with home treatments and you can run the risk of scarring if you attempt it. “Milia are caused by dead skin cells getting trapped in your pores. Cleansing helps clear away the debris and reduces the chances of blocked pores.”

2. Inflammation and spots

Dr Maryam Zamani is a cosmetic and leading aesthetic doctor, with extensive experience in dermatology, and is also the creator and founder of skincare brand MZ Skin.

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She says: “If you do not thoroughly cleanse your face and remove make-up, dirt and dead skin cells will stay on the skin and clog pores. This can lead to inflammation and spots - if you suffer from oily, acne-prone skin, this can worsen.” Not only that, but the build-up of make-up could also affect the size of our pores in the long-term. Dr Zamani explains: “Dirt in pores not only clogs them, it is also thought that it can stretch them and make pores bigger.”

3. Irritation and congestion

Debbie Thomas, a skincare and laser specialist who is also an internationally renowned celebrity facialist, says the the most obvious change you would see in your skin is congestion - so more blackheads and whiteheads. She says: “At night, if you are wearing make-up, you need to double cleanse once to remove it and the second cleanse will clean the skin itself, working on lifting dead skin cells and cleaning out the pore openings.” Similarly, the appearance of your skin may change because of irritation. Dr Zamani says: “If your skin is sensitive or you suffer from rosacea, leaving make-up on at night might irritate the skin and cause a rash or inflammation and blemishes (even burst blood vessels) due to the perfumes/ chemicals it contains.”

4. Premature ageing

If you want to avoid premature wrinkles, then use this as additional motivation to get cleansing at night. “It [leaving make-up on] can also cause oxidative damage that weakens the skin’s protective barrier, meaning your skin is more prone to wrinkles and other

signs of premature ageing,” says Dr Zamani. And Thomas echoes this, saying: “Over time, the skin will struggle to work properly as leaving make-up on for longer than needed suffocates the skin, not giving it a chance to repair and regenerate. This will leave it dull and speed up ageing.”

5. It will be harder for your skin to repair itself If you don’t take off your make-up at night, more than foundation will be left on your face. Particles from the environment - from smoke, cars and general city life collect on our skin during the day and can then be absorbed by make-up.

“If these are not removed, the reaction of oxidative stress to the skin can carry on during your sleep,” says Dr Zamani. “As the night-time hours are when skin repairs itself, it has a much harder job to do.” And as the main role of the uppermost layer of skin, the stratum corneum, is to keep in moisture and protect the skin you need to keep it hydrated. “Removing make-up (which absorbs the skin’s moisture and can therefore have a drying effect) allows the skin to breathe and re-balance its hydration levels.” So, there are plenty of reasons to reach for the cleanser before you drift excuses.

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The effect is really beautiful and works with all shades so go for statement blues and pinks or equally it looks gorgeous with a golden brown at the root layered into a dark golden blonde at the ends for a commercial finish. This is the 2017 evolution of my Saturn technique: Central Contouring. We cut in the fringe heavy and set it back all the way to the ear but far above the eyebrows for a retro finish. We pre-lightened the fringe and a block of colour in the mid-lengths and then layered on the bright Organic Colour Systems No Limits in green (mixed with a little yellow). This is the extreme end of this technique but for the consumer client, using subtle shades will give the illusion of a halo of shine around the hair, which contours the face perfectly. For the fearless client, brights will be explosive on the high street.

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Former London Hairdresser of the Year Karine Jackson is the current President for The Fellowship for British Hairdressing. Karine specialises in organic colour and her collections feature on covers across the world. In this edition she debuts her 2017 collection. New season, new trends! I’m so excited to share Part 1 of my brand new collection with the Living Along The Thames readers this month. My new collection, Layered, was created to show how wearable trends can be made extreme and how statement techniques can be toned down to suit anyone. Enjoy! Be sure to head over to my instagram for more work and behind the scenes from me! @karinemjackson. And check out the next issue for part 2!... This look was all about taking the topknot to the next level style-wise! A precision cut bob and heavy textured fringe is made luxe with a rich glossy brunette. Ask your stylist for a textured blunt-cut chunky fringe (don’t think light and feathered!)

cut as although it’s super-graded and features an undercut, it can be styled differently to look like a shattered bob for work/ formal environments.

Cool precision layered cuts are in this season and are the perfect base for this statement colour. The cut is really exciting as it’s layered in both colour and cut. It’s a multi-option

Colour-wise, I used a contouring technique by using the same colour pink and diluting it down with yellow as we went towards the ends.

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3 Trouser Trends That Are Anything But Boring! Give your plain black slacks a rest and make a pair of these trendy trews the star of your outfit. No longer the bland building blocks of an outfit, trousers have really come into their own recently, with interesting cuts, colours and embellishments giving the humble slack a new lease of life.

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And as summer begins to fade (sigh), these next-level separates are crying out to be the star of an outfit, for days when it’s too cold for bare legs but too warm for thick tights. These are the trouser trends that will give your late-summer wardrobe a stylish leg up... 1. Split leg trousers A truly transitional fashion hero, split leg trousers come with a ready-made air vent and offer a subtle way to show a bit of leg. For the office, pair wide-leg culottes with a boho blouse and blazer, or take things up a notch for evening with full-length trousers, a Bardot top and heels - the hem should just graze the floor. 2. Ruffled trousers Sad to say goodbye to summer’s sensational Cuban fashion trend? Ruffled trousers are one way to make it last that little bit longer. From flamenco flared hems to frilled seams, these are serious statement-making separates. Keep things simple on your top half with a block colour cami or tucked-in tee. 3. Paper bag waist trousers To the untrained eye, these cinchedwaist trousers with their tapered legs may look unflattering, but actually, the high waist means they help to elongate your legs - as long as you don’t choose a very cropped pair. Wide-leg styles are even more forgiving, particularly when worn with heels and a fitted top to emphasise your waist.

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Marvel And Mystery In INDONESIA’S ISLANDS Indonesia feels like a land designed for adventure, as Ed Elliot discovers.

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Our initial excitement increases when the big, dark eyes of a tiny, one-year-old infant peep out from behind its mother’s back. Our looks of awe and amazement are returned with a mix of bemusement and indifference before the larger of the two apes releases the long leaf it has been feasting on and nonchalantly retreats back into the thick foliage with an effortless swing. Indonesia is the largest archipelagic nation on the planet and stretches in excess of 3,000 miles from east to west along the equator. It is made up of more than 17,500 islands and a bit of hopping about is necessary to experience the best it has to offer. Cheap internal flights costing as little as £20 mean it is easy to do so, providing opportunities to the see the weird and wonderful creatures of this country’s diverse ecosystems. Almost every region contains different habitats and animals, making it an ideal destination for an adventurous trip in search of wildlife. Borneo - divided between Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesian Kalimantan - and the nearby island of Sumatra are the only two places in the world to encounter wild orangutans. The critically-endangered arboreal creatures, which share around 97% of their DNA with humans, lead solitary lifestyles and, according to our hosts, move nests every few days, which makes them more difficult to spot. There are reportedly just over 100,000 orangutans living in Borneo, with around 6,000 found in this part of the national park, including ones formerly held in captivity. A couple of feeding stations located a little further upstream provide prime places to see some of the rehabilitated animals up close. As daylight fades, our attention switches to spotting another mammal endemic to this part of the world. Known locally as the bekantan, the reddish-brown proboscis monkey - a species also at risk of extinction - is characterised by an unflatteringly long nose, which can grow to more than 10 centimetres. We catch glimpses of small troops gathering at sleeping sites high in the canopy, before the light relents and we are left with a clear, starry sky disturbed only by the effervescent glow of fireflies along the river’s edge.

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Off the Coast of Labuan Bajo, Island of Flores

a snorkelling expedition to explore hidden treasures lurking beneath the sea’s surface. The presence of manta rays, turtles, whales, dolphins and dugongs makes it an enticing area for divers, and there are also more than 1,000 species of tropical fish and occasional sightings of whale sharks.

Padar Island

Leaving behind Pangkalan Bun in Borneo, we travel to the island of Flores, situated almost in the centre of the archipelago. The journey - via the Javan city of Surabaya and Denpasar in Bali requires three short flights, totalling fewer than four hours. We arrive in Labuan Bajo, a fishing town on the western tip of Flores, which is renowned for its sunsets and, more importantly, serves as the gateway to the Komodo dragons of Komodo National Park. Comprising 29 islands, this conservation area is spread across the tempestuous Flores Sea. Komodo and Rinca, which have a combined human population of around 4,000, are the major ones, along with uninhabited Padar. Spending the afternoon in close proximity to the world’s largest lizard is our main goal, but there are plenty of enjoyable distractions to break up the boat journey.

After slipping into a mask, snorkel and flippers, it doesn’t take long before I’m surrounded by marine life emerging from the reef. I spot the black, white and yellow bands of Moorish idols, follow the energetic darts of a bright blue damsel fish and catch sight of a couple of orange and white clown fish. Following an hour spent face down in the warm waters, we are soon back on dry land ready to continue our primary quest. There are more than 2,000 dragons on Komodo island. These fearsome, carnivorous cannibals dominate, preying on much larger animals, such as water buffalo and deer, along with wild boar and goats. Despite being able to run reasonably fast in short bursts, their main hunting technique is to hide in long grass and ambush anything which ventures too near, biting with razor-sharp teeth and infecting with bacteria-filled saliva. Visitors, understandably, must be accompanied by a guide and, as we follow a series of trails, ours quickly leads us to a couple of dragons lounging by a watering hole. They appear languid, but I’m told this is a way to regulate body temperature, rather than idleness. “There’s another one behind you,” smiles the guide with a nod in my direction.

A 40-minute hike to the top of the western peak of rugged Padar is hard work in the baking heat, but the views more than justify the exertion.

I turn to see the clay-coloured scaly skin of a three-foot dragon patrolling its patch, a forked tongue darting in and out of its mouth. It’s another unforgettable wildlife encounter, which unfortunately ends too soon, although I have time to reflect on it that evening.

A narrow stretch of volcanic earth holds the place together, while hilly terrain branches off in different directions amid the turquoise sea which laps at numerous pristine coves and inlets.

Back on Flores, I tuck into fresh crab coated in spicy Padang sauce while watching the setting sun turn the sky various shades of red and orange above the silvery sea.

One of the beaches has a pink appearance due to the mix of red coral and white sand, and it offers an excellent opportunity for

As I pick out the dark silhouettes of fishing boats dotted in the bay, I wonder what other great mysteries Indonesia might hold.

How to get there Ed Elliot was a guest of Indonesia’s ministry of tourism ( Quatar Airways ( fly from London Heathrow to Denpasar, Bali from £576. Flights are also available from Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. For more information on the destination, visit the Indonesia’s ministry of tourism (

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in September 2017 Aries March 21 - April 20 September brings renewed action in the work and relationship sectors of your chart. Mercury in industrious Virgo assists objective communication on all levels. An exciting creative opportunity may come your way this month as Uranus and Mars, your ruler, work harmoniously in your favour. Taurus April 21 - May 21 September turns your attention to love and creativity; Energetic Mars joins the Sun in Virgo giving you renewed determination to make a relationship work. A new friendship could become more important to you in the weeks ahead and the Virgo new moon on the 20th is important. Gemini May 22 - June 21 Home and family life come into focus during September as the Virgo Sun illuminates this important area of your life. Certain decisions that you have been putting off for a while will need your full attention now. With the love planet Venus favouring communication, it’s important that you speak your mind. Cancer June 22 - July 22 September shines the spotlight on communication and everything to do with your self-esteem. The Pisces full moon on the 6th highlights your interactions with others; important changes are on the horizon and you should be feeling ready to forge ahead. The full moon on the 20th challenges you to be courageous. Leo July 23 - August 23 Your assets and cash flow all loom large during September as the Sun aligns with transformational Pluto. The 9th is particularly powerful and could turn out to be a turning point. Jupiter enhances

communication and usually brings optimism and good luck, but also warns of overstretching yourself. Virgo August 24 - September 22 September is your birthday month and the new moon in your sign on the 20th heralds the start of an important phase for you. Exciting new beginnings are evident and with mighty Jupiter challenging maverick Uranus be prepared for a roller-coaster few months ahead. Expect the unexpected! Libra September 23 - October 23 Abundant Jupiter is spending the last full month in your sign allowing the potential for abundance and success to remain favoured. Challenged by the unconventional planet Uranus this cycle highlights the need to release yourself from some restrictions and obligations that no longer serve you. Scorpio October 24 - November 22 September brings restless energy to Scorpios as Mars and Venus, both in Leo, highlight a pivotal sector of your chart. Goals and ambitions are in the spotlight and the Virgo new moon on the 20th emphasises some exciting new opportunities are coming your way.

The whole month suggests that you’ll have the opportunity to make some interesting new arrangements that may even include a completely new way of life. Aquarius January 21 - February 18 During September the radiant Sun illuminates your resources and financial arrangements. Your intuitive powers remain strong and as transformational Pluto comes into focus around the 8th you should see the culmination of an ambitious project. The 20th is a key date for transactions. Pisces February 19 - March 20 This month turns out to be a favourable time for your relationships as the Sun illuminates this important sector of your chart. Jupiter in Libra ensures that time spent with a partner becomes more rewarding and romantic. The Sun Pluto alignment on the 8th suggests a transformational opportunity coming your way.

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How To Preserve A Glut Of ‘Grow Your Own’ Crops

Don’t let your surplus crops go to waste. There are plenty of ways of storing them for later on.

Freezing But there are ways of storing a lot of what you harvest. You can blanch and freeze many vegetables and freeze fresh herbs in water in ice-cube trays to add to casseroles and soups throughout the winter months. Try blanching Blanching is easy. Immerse veg in boiling water, bring to the boil quickly and continue for several minutes, depending on the vegetable. After blanching, plunge them into ice-cold water, drain and freeze. Blanching kills bacteria and destroys enzymes that could taint food. Vegetables such as broad beans and Brussels sprouts must be blanched before freezing, while others including French and runner beans, cauliflower and sweetcorn also benefit from this method. Make tomato sauces Tomatoes aren’t good frozen whole - they will end up a mushy mess once defrosted - so it’s best to use any you’re not going to eat straight away in delicious pasta sauces, combined with onions and

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basil, storing in a Tupperware in the freezer. Alternatively, tomato chutneys are popular and if you have any unripe tomatoes left, they can be transformed into amazing green tomato chutney. Treat soft fruit with care If you’ve a glut of raspberries or blackberries, carefully place them individually on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and put it in the freezer. Once frozen, they can be transferred to plastic bags but won’t end up in a pulpy mess, which so many do if they are immediately squashed together in a bag after picking. Living Along The Thames | SEPTEMBER /OCTOBER 2017

they become less tolerant of shade. When trees that began life in an open area become surrounded by younger trees, they are suffer due to a lack of light. If the lower branches are shaded out by saplings, their lives can be shortened by 100 years.

Looking after our veteran trees How do you prolong the life of a tree? A healthy diet and plenty of exercise are not the answer and sweet as the image is, there’s no such thing as a residential home for veteran trees. At Ashridge Estate, Chrissy Hardy and the ranger team are fundraising to ‘halo-release’ 1000 veterans. In 2015, Ashridge Estate’s most famous tree, the Frithsden Beech, cleaved in two. There was nothing that could have been done for this star of many films, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Les Miserables and Sleepy Hollow. But it was a wake-up call that the work already started to look after the estate’s veteran trees should be prioritised. The Ashridge ranger team have identified over 1000 ancient and veteran trees that would benefit from help. A veteran tree is not quite the same as an ancient one. It can be hard to tell the age of an ancient tree but

an oak would not be considered to be ancient until it was at least 400 years old. Veteran trees are old trees which are notable for their features. ‘These could be dead branches, holes, hollows, areas of rot or a fork with a watery pool,’ explains Ashridge’s ranger Ben Byfield. Veterans are vital because ‘they play such an important role in the ecosystem and support so many rare species,’ says Ben. ‘Invertebrates associated with old trees are incredibly fussy as to where they like to live. It could be in a rot pocket, in deeply fissured bark or in the hollow trunk. Young trees just don’t have that same diversity of habitats.’ Throughout Europe ancient and veteran trees are now rare. Ashridge is a nationally important site for these trees and their associated rare species. Research into ‘halo-releasing’ to prolong the life of veterans has been going on for the last 30 years. Haloing is based on the theory that as trees age,

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Acting lead ranger, Chrissy and her team clear the encroaching trees that have grown up around the veterans in a 5m halo around the tree. Five years later, a further 5m band is cleared. ‘We do it gradually so as not to “shock” the tree,’ she says, ‘They’re very sensitive to changes in wind dynamics and humidity, so we have to be gentle or we could end up hastening their demise.’ ‘Haloing is the exact opposite of automated commercial felling. ‘You need to be careful not to clatter the veteran with the tree you’re removing,’ explains Chrissy. ‘We use hand chain saws and keep the heavy machinery as far away as possible to avoid ground compaction so that we don’t damage the roots or reduce the air pockets in the soil.’ Haloing is slow, technical work and costs around £500 per tree. With 1000 veterans to treat, Ashridge is welcoming donations for the work. If you’d like to help, email ‘It feels important,’ says Chrissy, ‘Ashridge is such a special place and these trees should long outlive us. On a personal level, I feel it’s a huge privilege to spend my working life making a difference and maintaining it for the future.’ Tree-mendous Ashridge is a weekend celebration of Ashridge’s trees on 30 September and 1 October. The exhibition Root and Branch: Tales of Trees is at the visitor centre until the end of the year. Katy Dunn, National Trust

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Katy Worobec, head of fraud and financial crime prevention, cyber and data sharing at trade association UK Finance, says banks take fraud extremely seriously and continually invest millions in advanced security systems.

How Easy Is It To Get Your Money Back If You Fall Victim To Bank Fraud? Vicky Shaw reports

If you’ve lost money to a fraud, would you expect to get your cash back? RBS chief executive Ross McEwan was recently reported as cautioning that victims of bank fraud shouldn’t expect automatic refunds, highlighting the duty of care consumers have over their own actions. So, generally, when might you get your money back, and when could your cash disappear for ever? PAYMENT SAFETY NETS People’s rights vary depending on how they lost money.

“Banks are legally obliged to fulfil a customer’s request to transfer money within one working day even if they have warned the customer they are at risk of a potential scam,” she says. “All banks will act swiftly to recover stolen funds as soon as they are alerted to fraud taking place. “Customers rightly expect banks to carry out transactions they have authorised and in such cases banks will provide compensation on a case-by-case basis. “Where a customer has not authorised a transaction, they will normally receive a refund.” She says victims of scams should contact their bank immediately. But Which? argues financial firms could do more to shoulder the burden when people are tricked into transferring cash to a fraudster. It made a super-complaint to financial regulators about the issue last year. Gareth Shaw, Which? money expert, says: “Banks are still placing too much responsibility on consumers to spot and protect themselves from sophisticated online scams. “We’ve heard from many people who have lost life-changing amounts of money through bank transfer fraud, through no fault of their own, who are unlikely to get their money back from the banks involved and who have seen little action to help them.”

Consumer group Which? says people accidentally paying a scammer using their credit card have protections under the Consumer Credit Act, which allows them to get their money back for transactions between £100 and £30,000. With debit cards, you may be able to get your money back through the voluntary chargeback scheme with your bank. If a payment is made to a scammer through an authorised direct debit payment, you’re covered by the Direct Debit Guarantee, meaning you could potentially have the payment reversed. CHECK BEFORE YOU CLICK When it comes to bank transfers, there’s a difference between unauthorised and authorised transfers. With the latter, it could be more difficult to get your money back - as the bank has transferred the money on the customer’s instructions. This makes it vital to check before you click the payment button. Authorised transfer fraud happens when someone is tricked into moving money from their own bank account directly into that of a fraudster. By contrast, with unauthorised transfers, the fraudster accesses someone’s account without their knowledge and transfers money. In these cases, the bank is generally required to reimburse its customer.

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F-Type COUPE Some may protest the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine reduces the big cat’s roar, but it’s still a proper Jag, writes Jack Evans. What is it? The F-Type has formed a crucial part of Jaguar’s line-up for some time now, providing sports car looks and thrills to contrast with the more practical vehicles in the British manufacturer’s range. Traditionally powered by large, dynamic engines, it has now been fitted with a smaller, more efficient unit. What’s new? The biggest change is that all-new engine. Despite its relatively low capacity, the four-cylinder, 2.0-litre unit still manages to churn out 295bhp and a genuinely impressive 400Nm of torque. The biggest benefit of having a small engine is economy, and the F-Type is bang on the money in this respect, returning 39.2mpg on a combined cycle a reduction of more than 16 per cent compared with the V6-powered F-Type - and emitting just 163g/km CO2.

low grumble of a V8 or the crackle of a V6, you’re greeted by a much throatier hum than you think you’d get from a four-cylinder. Up and running, the F-Type feels a touch sharper than those powered by either a V6 or V8. Turn in is very good, and the car feels more sprightly than before. This is due to the four-cylinder’s 52kg weight saving over the equivalent V6-powered model, and you certainly feel it. The F-Type’s ride is also impressive, dealing admirably with lumps and bumps in the road. The car’s spring rates at the front and rear have been reduced to compensate for the overall reduction in weight, and they’ve been tailored in just the right way, giving enough stability through corners or at higher speeds as well as plenty of ride comfort at lower speeds. How does it look? There’s no denying the F-Type is a pretty looking thing. Even now, despite going on sale back in 2013, it still looks fresh on the road. Thanks to redesigned bumpers and new LED headlights, it looks fresher still.

There’s also a wider range of safety systems fitted to this F-Type, including autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign recognition and lane-keep assist. The interior has been updated, too, with new lightweight sports seats and Jaguar’s latest Touch Pro infotainment system, the latter being a huge step up in usability and responsiveness over the previous generation. As usual, the four cylinder is available in either the Coupe or Convertible F-Types. What’s it like to drive? The original F-Type always had a certain muscle car feeling to it. That was most likely down to the traditional front-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout, though the all-wheel-drive versions changed this, as well as the stocky and powerful pair of engines to choose between. On the face of it, the F-Type has changed little. Sit behind the wheel and, yes, some elements of the cabin have changed and, yes, the lightweight slim sports seats do provide a little more comfort than the units they have replaced. But you could be sat in pretty much any other F-Type - until you start the engine, that is. Whereas you’d usually expect the

What’s the spec like? Prices for the F-Type four-cylinder start at £49,000. For that, you get an increased variety of driver assistance systems, adding to the car’s safety levels. Autonomous emergency braking comes fitted as standard, and this system can detect a collision and apply the brakes should it need to. Verdict Given its additional poise and sharpness, as well as its added economy levels, there’s no reason why this four-cylinder shouldn’t be considered a proper Jaguar.

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Coffee Break ACROSS


1. Since one has article on the continent.... (4) 8. Les trebles potential for successful publication (10) 9. Chief to rage about Panama, perhaps (8) 10. Tray possibly inclined to illustrate (4) 12. Forged a penny in outhouse (6) 14. Concerning a friend, in truth (6) 15. Hair’s arranged, and king is in tweed (6) 17. Deflection veers badly, gaining point (6) 18. Boss kicks up dust (4) 19. Hiding spirit in pocket, half-skip around (3-5) 21. Nag’s garden tools are lucky charms (10) 22. Sound quality of altered note (4)

2. He’s a wetter sort of lover! (10) 3. Crab Eddie’s hiding in the sack (4) 4. Port doesn’t change (6) 5. Socially correct, more confident money lender (6) 6. Division of chopped veal in cage (8) 7. Cart; one taken from rum dairy (4) 11. I’ve lines to broadcast on tube (10) 13. Pear said to be different in heaven (8) 16. Breakaway group in school is over a thousand (6) 17. Pump fixed on ship (6) 18. Accordingly Howe loses directions in London.... (4) 20. ....see - street cannot be found! (4)

Down: 2 Sweetheart; 3 Abed; 4 Ostend; 5 Usurer; 6 Cleavage; 7 Dray; 11 Television; 13 Paradise; 16 Schism; 17 Siphon; 18 Soho; 20 Lost. Across: 1 Asia; 8 Bestseller; 9 Headgear; 10 Arty; 12 Shaped; 14 Really; 15 Harris; 17 Swerve; 18 Stud; 19 Hip-flask; 21 Horseshoes; 22 Tone.

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Is it time to call for help? Love your dog, but not feeling fully in control? Perhaps it is time to get professional help. But where to start looking…. Calling in a professional dog trainer is often regarded as a sign of failure, but there is no reason that everyone should instinctively know how to train a dog any more than how to play tennis or ride a horse. Training really does start from day one. If you don’t define the boundaries straight away, you can’t expect your puppy to understand them at some random point down the road, when they are supposedly ‘old enough to know better.’ Puppy classes are offered by most vets and are a great way to socialise your puppy before they are 13 weeks old and able to go out and about freely. You can ask questions regarding all aspects of dog care and get a feel for your pup’s personality when interacting with other dogs. Puppy obedience classes teach you how to interact and communicate effectively with your dog, whether a puppy or an adult. They should really be called dog owner training classes! Classes are good because they help your dog realise you are the most interesting

and fun thing in the room. That said, they don’t suit everyone and if your dog has particular issues, dealing with those on a one to one basis with a trainer, at least initially, will probably yield faster results. Sometimes a mature dog develops a quirk of behaviour and even if you know what triggered it, it is not always obvious how to retrieve the situation. Independent help with a fresh eye can show you a new approach. If you are looking for external help then recommendation is very useful and should come directly from someone you know, not second-hand. Meet the trainer before committing. In addition to basic obedience, discuss any particular difficulties you have, such as how the dog interacts with other family members, people visiting you, house training, chewing, anxiety /and or other problems etc A trainer should be willing to let you visit a class to view what goes on before expecting you to sign up. If you are looking to work one to one, ask to meet the trainer’s own dogs to see how they interact with them. A good trainer will tailor their techniques to you and your dog as you need to feel comfortable with

their approach and confident that you can apply their suggestions. If not, keep looking until you find one you are in tune with! There are quite a few professional canine training bodies, whose websites will list members near you. To name a few, Professional Association of Canine Trainers, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, The Canine Behaviour and Training Society. Completion of a certified course through one of these bodies does not guarantee competence in a trainer, but it should indicate a minimum level of capacity. That said, there are numerous good trainers that have been working with dogs for a great many years without certified training, so don’t assume you have to go down the certified route. So, if you feel you’d benefit from help, take the plunge. It’s not a dirty secret – it’s being a responsible dog owner, as a trained dog creates a relaxing atmosphere for both owner and dog. Dru Ross

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CLIVEDEN LITERARY FESTIVAL Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2017 Announcing the inaugural Cliveden Literary Festival An invitation to Britain’s newest, most exciting literary festival

Politics Howard Jacobson savages Trump; Michael Gove on how to make a scandal in politics; Kwasi Kwarteng on the high stakes of British politics today, while Sarah Vine arbitrates.

Art & Exhibitionism The Serpentine Gallery’s Yana Peel, the National Gallery’s Hannah Rothschild and the National Portrait Gallery’s Nicholas Cullinan reveal how the treasures of the past and present shape our future.

Robert Harris, Tina Brown, Sebastian Faulks, Antonia Fraser, Ian McEwan and Michael Gove are amongst stars of literature, politics and history appearing at England’s most glamorous stately home for one weekend in October.

Powerful Women Reflecting Cliveden’s past as the crucible of female power brokers, the festival celebrates female trailblazers and pioneers including Tina Brown, the editor who saved Vanity Fair; The River Cafe’s Ruth Rogers, the restauranteur who reinvented how Britain eats; and historian Amanda Foreman on how Keira Knightley became her Duchess.

To see the full programme please visit: programme.

Cliveden is a unique setting for a festival where guests will have the opportunity to meet some of the greatest writers of our time in the glorious gardens and magnificent staterooms of this Grade 1 Listed house. Over two days, events at the festival range from:

History Andrew Roberts talks to Antonia Fraser, the Grande Dame of historical biography; Simon Sebag Montefiore leads a discussion on a century of Russian revolution, and debates the status of the Middle East a hundred years after the Balfour Declaration. Literature Acclaimed thriller writer Robert Harris, Booker Prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan, and literary icon and author of Birdsong Sebastian Faulks on the secrets of their craft.

Cliveden, the magnificent Berkshire country house with an extraordinary history of politics, intrigue, sex and scandal has inspired generations of literary giants from Alexander Pope to Tennyson, Kipling and Churchill. Built in 1666 by the second Duke of Buckingham Cliveden has hosted every monarch from Charles II to our present Queen. Woven into the rich tapestry of its history are colourful and controversial characters from royal mistresses to Nancy Astor, Britain’s first female MP – and Christine Keeler, whose poolside encounter with John Profumo brought down a government. The Cliveden Literary Festival is supported by The National Trust and presented in association with Champagne Taittinger, Citi Private Bank, Iconic Luxury Hotels and John Sandoe Books.

puzzle time

WHO...were the original residents of the Hollywood mansion Pickfair? is the subject of the book A Fish Caught In Time by Samantha Weinberg? WHERE...was the late singer George Michael born in 1963? WHEN...was Catherine Zeta-Jones born?

WHO...was born Charles Hardin Holley in 1936? WHAT...nationality is the actor Mads Mikkelsen? Africa are the cities of Safi and Kenitra? WHEN...was the actor Hit Harington born?

WHO...won a Golden Globe award as New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture for the 1982 film Butterfly? the name of the Ian Fleming novel which features the character Vesper Lynd? WHERE...did Mount Pelee erupt in 1902, destroying the city of Saint-Pierre? WHEN...did the jazz-art-rock band Burlesque release the album Acupuncture?

A collection of puzzles and teasers FOUR Ws

Answers: Buddy Holly; Danish; Morocco; 1986. Answers: Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford; Coelacanth; London; 1969. Answers: Pia Zadora; Casino Royale; Martinique; 1977.

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film review

LOGAN LUCKY Crime still pays for Oscar-winning film-maker Steven Soderbergh, director of Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels, in a criminally entertaining caper, which sacrifices plausibility for quirky characters and generous belly laughs. The unlikely masterminds of Logan Lucky are downtrodden redneck brothers, whose hare-brained scheme makes one convict snort “You must be as simple-minded as people say!”

ROH Live: The Magic Flute (12A) Mozart’s glorious opera ‘The Magic Flute’ is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane. Wed 20 Sep, 7.15 Exhibition On Screen: Canaletto And The Art Of Venice (TBC) An immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. Mon 2 Oct, 6.30 ROH Live: La Boheme 2017 (12A) Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s ‘La bohème’. Tue 3 Oct, 7.15

Channing Tatum and Adam Driver are a winning combination as the blue collar thieves, who believe they can outwit the authorities, aided by a colourful supporting turn from a heavily tattooed Daniel Craig and a hit-or-miss southern accent.

NT Live: Hamlet Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Encore: Thu 5 Oct, 7.00

Construction worker Jimmy Logan (Tatum), a one-time star footballer waylaid by injury, loses his job on the same day he learns that his ex-wife Bobbie Jo (Katie Holmes) intends to relocate to Lynchburg with her new beau.

Met Opera: Norma (12A) Directed by Sir David McVicar, this evocative new production sets the action deep in a Druid forest, where nature and ancient ritual rule. Live: Sat 7 Oct, 5.55 Encore: Mon 9 Oct, 1.00

Their target: Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Cash from the concessions stands is deposited throughout the day using a network of pneumatic tubes and the Logans are convinced they can break into the vault during a 600-mile race on Memorial Day featuring Nascar driver Dayton White (Sebastian Stan). Logan Lucky gambles on the innate charm and likeability of the principal cast, and they dutifully steal our affections. Snappy editing maintains a brisk pace and dialogue is peppered with some amusing one-liners. The script plays up hillbilly stereotypes before Soderbergh subverts them for his tantalising finale which intimates this isn’t the last we have seen of these light-fingered dreamers. Living Along The Thames | SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2017

RSC Live: Coriolanus (12A) Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role. Wed 11 Oct, 7.00 Met Opera: Die Zauberflote 2017 (12A) Julie Taymor’s (The Lion King) enchanting production captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its enlightened nobility. Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts a cast of rising young stars. Live: Sat 14 Oct, 5.55 Encore: Mon 16 Oct, 1.00 Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire 2017 (12A) Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem and reworked by Alexei Ratmansky from Petipa’s exotic 19th century classic, this miracle of the repertoire is one of the Bolshoi’s most lavish productions. Sun 22 Oct, 4.00 ROH Live: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (12A) Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real. Mon 23 Oct, 7.15 Regal Picturehouse, 2 Boroma Way, Henley RG9 2BZ 0871 902 5738 |

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Sundays + Thursdays: ‘House Chapel Tours’ let our knowledgeable guides lead you into the famous Cliveden House and the remarkable Octagon Temple Chapel, 15:00-17:00, £2 plus normal admission – 01628 605069. 19 Aug-24 Sept: Surrey Sculpture Society Trail The 20th artistic sculpture trail around the garden consists of 80 pieces by 68 different sculptors. The trail finishes in the Water Lily Pavilion where you can speak to a member of the Surrey Sculpture Society on their stand and purchase the sculptures. RHS Garden Wisley Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB 01483 224234 14-16: West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival The Church of St. Lawrence, 16: ‘Marlow Carnival’ at Higginson Park 11.00-17.00 16+17: ‘Cookham & Maidenhead Arts Trail’ 10:00-18:00 daily 16-17: ‘1940s weekend’ 10am-5pm, Hughenden’s annual 1940s extravaganza. A weekend of re-enactors, demonstrations, music, stalls, children’s activities and much more. Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. HP14 4LA | 01494 755573 16: Walk The MS Mile September 2017 and support The Chilterns MS Centre High Wycombe, £5 to register, Register at 16: ‘Sue Ryder – Forget Me Not Woodland Walk’ 5k & 10k routes, £10, children £5, family £25 – 16-17: ‘Henley Food Festival’ All day, Henley Town Hall 17: ‘Tree Climbing’ Complete ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4’ with some tree expert tree climbers £20 | B | Greys Court, Nr Henley-on-Thames. RG9 4PG | 01491 628529 19: ‘High Wycombe’s Contribution to Aviation’ at Wycombe Museum, this talk will describe the importance of Wycombe to the aviation industry including the birth of Geoffrey de Havilland, enjoy a free glass of wine when you arrive, £6.50, 20:00 – 01494 957210. 18: Boutique Cinema ‘The Founder’ At Clayton’s Marlow, 20:00, sit back on one of our comfy leather sofas, sip on a cocktail, grab some

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food from our tasty menu and watch a film on our big screen, caters for 25 people so booking advisable – 01628 488404.

18 - 21 Oct: ‘Wooburn Festival’ Various musical events in the Wooburn area. See for more information or call into Bourne End & High Wycombe libraries for the programme. Tickets online or visit Bourne End Community Library, Wakeman Road SL8 5SX, 01296 382415 21: ‘Investigating Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England’ A talk by Stuart Brookes for Institute of Archaeology UCL for Marlow Archaeology Society at Liston Hall, Chapel Street, 20:00, £4.50 for non-members – 01628 523896. 21: ‘Maidenhead Music Society: Puccini’s - La Boheme’ 19:30, tickets £17, MMS £12 23: Walk The MS Mile September 2017 And support The Chilterns MS Centre Marlow, £5 to register, Register@ 24: ‘Health & Herbs – Herbs for Stress’ Talk by Alice Nugent of Hippopot Herbs, a qualified Medical Herbalist, £11 at Wycombe Museum, 10:30-12:00 – 01494 957210. 24: ‘Town Walk’ (guided walk) For the Marlow Society, meet at 14:00 at Marlow Museum, Court Garden, Pound Lane. 24: ‘Heather Society Show’ Talks, planting, and heather care demonstrations, plus advice, plant sales, and a tour of the Wisley National Heather Collection. Join us at the collection at 11am for a unique opportunity to take cuttings of the cultivars of your choice. RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB 01483 224234 25: Boutique Cinema ‘Fences’ At Clayton’s Marlow, 20:00, sit back on one of our comfy leather sofas, sip on a cocktail, grab some food from our tasty menu and watch a film on Living Along The Thames | SEPTEMBER /OCTOBER 2017

Diary Dates our big screen, caters for 25 people so booking advisable – 01628 488404.

28: ‘Archaeology in Marlow’ Talk by Andrew Allum of South Oxfordshire Archaeology Soc. ‘Highwood – the mound & other mysteries, 20:00, Garden Room, Liston Hall, Marlow, Members £3, Visitors £4.50. 28: ‘BBO Big Band’ At the Marlow Royal British Legion in aid of Go Go Grandmothers, 20.15, £8 on the door. 28: ‘Pamper Evening’ Join us for an evening of pampering! With stalls from Younique make-up, Stella & Dot jewellery, Hippopot Teas, quick 15 minute treatments, plus much more £10 per treatment at Wycombe Museum, 18:30-21:30 | 01494 957210.

28: ‘Behind the scenes – Hughendon Manor tour’ 11am-12noon| Join a member of the house team for a tour behind the scenes. Discover rooms usually closed to the public and learn about ongoing conservation work. £4 B 0344 249 1895 | Hughenden Manor High Wycombe, HP14 4LA 30 Sept - 1 Oct: Birds of Prey Meet intriguing birds of prey up close, learn all about them, and watch them fly RHS Garden Wisley Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB | 01483 224234 30: The Rotary Club of Marlow presents Ascot Brass & Choir in aid of Rotary Charities, All Saints Church, Marlow, 19:30, Tickets Adults £12, Under 18’s £6 tickets from Marlow Visitor Information Service. Marlow Library. 30 Sept – 01 Oct: ‘Thame Food Festival Thame Showground

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30 Sep – 30 Nov: ‘Garden secrets’ Experience snapshots of the gardens in centuries past. Who created them and why, Cliveden, Taplow. SL1 8NS | 01628 605069

October 01-29: October Half Term ‘Creepy Creatures’ Come and discover the creepy creatures of Wisley this Halloween with a fun-filled week of family activities, including three days of pumpkin carving, £4 per pumpkin. Children must be accompanied by an adult. RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB | 01483 224234 | 06 Oct -19 Nov: ‘Amazing Apples’ Apples are amazing; they provide us with food and drink, they can grow in different locations all over the country, and they are homes for a diverse range of insects, birds and animals. In this family-friendly exhibition in the Orchard, you can find out all about apples and how we grow them. With images of beautiful artworks from the RHS Library collections and all the sights, sounds and smells of the Orchard, there’s something for all in this autumn exhibition. RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB | 01483 224234 Sundays + Thursdays: ‘House Chapel Tours’ Let our knowledgeable guides lead you into the famous Cliveden House and the remarkable Octagon Temple Chapel, 15:00-17:00, £2 plus normal admission – 01628 605069. Daily – 16: ‘Bernar Venet at Cliveden’ An exhibition of sculptures by this internationally renowned artist, Cliveden, Taplow. SL1 8NS | 01628 605069 Every Tues in Oct: ‘Tuesday Garden Tour’ See what autumn means for the estate on this free 90 minute tour of the gardens with our knowledgeable guides, 14:00, Cliveden, Taplow. SL1 8NS | 01628 605069 02-08: ‘Henley Literary Festival’ Russell Brand, Michael Morpurgo, Marry Berry and many more. Book on-line at 03: ‘Rebellion Brewery Open Night’ All ales currently being brewed available on the night. Talks also given on brewing history and methods, 19.00-21.30, Bencombe Farm, Marlow Bottom, SL7 3LT. All welcome, £12.50pp, BBQ all year round!

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Diary Dates 03: ‘RHS Wisley Free Tuesday’ See the garden awash with the glorious colours of autumn, completely free of charge. Open to everyone, guests can enjoy a wonderful day out with friends and family exploring the garden. RHS Garden Wisley Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB 01483 224234 | 08: ‘Henley half marathon & 10k Run’ Henley Rugby Club for more information 09-20: ‘Hughendon Autumn Festival’ 10:00-16:00, Celebrate Hughenden’s countryside and gardens including demonstrations and local produce for sale. Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. HP14 4LA, 01494 755573 10: ‘Commonwealth War Graves Commission’ A Presentation by Glenn Hearden at Marlow Library 10.30-11.30am 10: ‘Maidenhead Boundary Walk’ Starting from Boulter’s Lock car park, 09:00-10:30 £3 per adult and 50p for children under 12 10+17: ‘Hughendon’s Forester walk’ 10am-12noon, Join one of our rangers for a guided walk through the Hughenden estate spotting wildlife, wild food and signs of autumn. Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. HP14 4LA, 01494 755573 10: ‘Macular Society – High Wycombe Support Group’ ‘Demonstration of Useful Gadgets to help low-vision users’ S W Retail Ltd., Sheffield at Wesley Methodist Church, Priory Road, High Wycombe, HP13 6SE, 14:00-16:00 – 01753 885312. 12: ‘Archaeology in Marlow & Marlow Archaeology Society present a talk by Kris Lockyear’ ‘Verulamium Revealed’ The Roman town of St Albans, 20:00, Main Hall, Liston Hall, Marlow, Members £3.00, Visitors £4.50. 17: ‘Our Palaeodiet and Farming’ Find out from prehistorian Kim Biddulph what the palaeodiet was really like, and how our eating habits changed drastically with the coming of farming at Wycombe Museum, 19:30 – 21:00, £6.50 – 01494 957210. 18-22: ‘Taste of Autumn’ Celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of the season and prepare to be tempted by quality food and drink options from more than 30 exhibitors. Trade stands include Surrey Bees, National Vegetable Society, National Society of Allotments and

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Leisure Gardeners RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB 01483 224234

19-21: ‘Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival 2017’ Thurs: noon-22:00, Fri/Sat noon-22:30. 18+ only, admission £15 (£12.50 in advance) | Magnet Leisure Centre, SL6 8AW 20: Marlow Town ‘Twinning’ The Cradle of Impressionism along the Seine, Liston Hall, Marlow, Tickets £5 from Marlow Library 20-24: ‘Henley Arts & Crafts Guild Autumn Exhibition’ 10:00-16:00, Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley on Thames | 21: ‘Health & Herbs – Herbs for Tummy Troubles’ Talk by Alice Nugent of Hippopot Herbs, a qualified Medical Herbalist, £11 at Wycombe Museum, 10:30-12:00 – 01494 957210. 21-29: ‘Hallowe’en: woodland sprites’ 11am-3pm, Come and explore our mysterious woodland lair at Cliveden. See if you can spot one of the woodland sprites who call it home and get crafty in our autumnal art tent. £3 | Cliveden Taplow. SL1 8NS | 01628 605069 25:’ Tree Climbing’ Complete ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4’ with some tree expert tree climbers | £20 | B | Cliveden Taplow. SL1 8NS | 03442 491 895 28: ‘Behind the scenes – Hughendon Manor tour’ 11am-12noon| Join a member of the house team for a tour behind the scenes. Discover rooms usually closed to the public and learn about ongoing conservation work. £4 B 0344 249 1895 | Hughenden Manor High Wycombe, HP14 4LA 27: ‘BBO Big Band’ At the Marlow Royal British Legion in aid of BL Poppy Appeal, 20.15, £8 on the door.

November 06+13+20: ‘Exclusive House Tours’ 10:30—14:30pm | Enjoy a ‘behind the scenes’ guided tour of Cliveden House followed by a two-course lunch in the Orangery. £35 B 0344 249 1895 | Cliveden | Taplow. SL1 8NS 0344 249 1895

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ONGOING events Marlow Art & Craft Society 1st Thursday in month | 19:30 Marlow Bottom Village Hall

07: ‘Rebellion Brewery Open Night’ All ales currently being brewed available on the night. Talks also given on brewing history and methods, 19.00-21.30, Bencombe Farm, Marlow Bottom, SL7 3LT. All welcome, £12.50pp, BBQ all year round! 23: ‘Archaeology in Marlow & Marlow Archaeology Society’ presents a talk by Barbara Askew ‘The Vikings’, 20:00, Main Hall, Liston Hall, Marlow Members £3, Visitors £4.50 30: ‘BBO Big Band’ At the Marlow Royal British Legion in aid of MNDA, 20.15, £8 on the door.

Marlow Antique bric-a-brac fair 1st Saturday of the month at Liston Hall | 9:00 - 16:00 Marlow Museum March to October, Saturday, Sunday, bank holidays 13:00-17:00, Wednesday 14:00-17:00 Marlow Camera Club every Tuesday | 19:45 - 20:00 | The Methodist Church Hall, Spittal Street, Marlow, SL7 3HJ Henley Photographic Club every Tuesday evening | 20:00 - 22:00 | YMCA Hall, off Waterman’s Road, Henley Stanley Spencer Gallery 30th March – 1 October ‘ An Artistic Affair’, High St, Cookham, Maidenhead SL6 9SJ. 10:30-17:00 | Speak Spanish in Beaconsfield, Beaconsfield High School Wednesdays | 19:30 | Suitable for all levels except beginners Tony on 07947 508755 |


Maidenhead Camera Club every Tuesday, Cox Green Community Centre | 01628 630861

Maidenhead Produce Market

The East Berks RSPB Group monthly | 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Thursdays High Street Methodist Church Hall, Maidenhead


1st and 3rd Thursday of the month on Maidenhead High Street

The Farmers Market

2nd Sunday of the month from 10:00, Grove Street Car Park

Bourne End Country Market

Small Hall 10 - 12, Every Friday

Henley Farmers Market

every 4th Thursday in Falaise Square, Henley, 8:30-14:00

Bourne End Community Market second Saturday of every month 10:00 - 13:00 in the Jackson Room of Bourne End Library.

Transition Town Marlow

first Saturday every month 10:00 – 13.00 on the Causeway (High St) Marlow 07904 369829

At time of print all dates are correct. For more information/changes to schedules as listed or information please call Marlow Information Centre on 01628 483597 or Maidenhead Library on 01628 796969 or Henley Library on 01491 575278. To add an event:

Maidenhead Heritage Centre last Wednesday of the month | WRVS, Maidenhead | 780555 Colenorton Dragon Boat Club Sunday 10.00 - 12.30 | Bray Lake Water Sports, Maidenhead SL6 2EB South Bucks Walking Group Regular walks programme + club weekends, coach rambles, and other social walking events | Di Olden - 01494 714486 Cookham & Cookham Dean Horticultural Society last Wednesday of the month from January - May & September November | 19:30 | Cookham Dean Village Hall Maidenhead National Trust second Thursday of every month, except August, at the Jakoby Drama Studio at Desborough College, Maidenhead. More details can be found on our web site at Jazz Every Thursday | 20:30| Hedsor Social Club, Hedsor Rod, Bourne End, SL8 5ES | £6 Henley & Goring Ramblers No need to book, just turn up, we are a friendly group and new walkers and non members are always welcome | Midsomer Walking Tours Now – 28 October – 11:00-12:00 | The Argyll Pub, Henley-on-Thames

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Useful Numbers CLUBS: MAIDENHEAD Rotary Club of Maidenhead 632797 The Maidenhead Players 07879 476301 Maidenhead Drama Guild 635017 Maidenhead Operatic Society 671589 Maidenhead Musical Comedy Society 07813 979894 Grimm Players 820429 Maidenhead Concert Band 624514 Maidenhead Folk Club 448268 Tuesday Singers 629012 Athletics 522797 Maidenhead & Bray CC 07885 240209 North Maid enhead Cricket Club 624137 Rugby 629663 Hockey 622669 Desborough Bowls Club 629403 Rowing 622664 SportsAble 627690 Maidenhead Tennis 623785 Thames Valley Cycling Club 638984 East Berks Badminton 636283 Maidenhead Camera Club 630861 East Berkshire Ramblers 634561 Lions Club of Maidenhead 634333 Maidenhead Golf Club 624693 Five Aces Duplicate Bridge Club 625663 River Thames Society 624025 Belmont Badminton Club 638844 Scottish Dancing Club 628372 Stanley Spencer Gallery 471885 COOKHAM Tennis & Croquet 07968 173757 Line Dancing 486362 Petanque 417453 Cookham Bridge Rotary Club 07724 042708 Cookham & Bourne End Inner Wheel Club 07715 441713 Bourne End & Cookham Rotary 810967 HENLEY Rotary Club of Henley Bridge Henley Rowing Club Henley Players Henley Hawks Rugby Club Henley Cricket Club Lions Club of Henley Henley Bowling Club Henley Tennis Club Henley Hockey Club Henley Wednesday Bridge Club Henley Choral Society HADISC Badminton Club Henley Music School Henley Henley-on-Thames U3A

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MARLOW Liston Hall 472558 Archaeology in Marlow 481792 Marlow Archaeological Society 523896 Bowls 485274 Boxing 01494 532826 Crafts 473872/473539 Football 483970 Hockey 521830 Plants (Orchids) 486640 Petanque 521783 Photography 483030 Rugby 483911/477054 Marlow Striders 475548 Four Seasons Club 484528 Tennis 483638 New Marlow Tennis Academy 488438 Rifle & Pistol Club 01494 676676 ALF (Longridge) 486595 Marlow & District Wine Society 483294 Marlow Museum 01628 482515 Marlow Society/History 476140 MOAS 07899 867757 Rotary Club 01494 530952 LETS 01494 523978 U3A 485220/488865 Community Choir 602581/661182 Railway Society 01494 488283 Choral Society 472998 Marlow Orators 07738 540287 COUNCIL SERVICES MARLOW Bus Services 0871 2002233 Marlow Information centre 483597/481717 Library 0845 2303232 Town Council 484024 Neighbourhood Watch - Nic Martin 01895 837220 Wycombe Council 01494 461000 RBWM Bus Services 0871 2002233 CIS 507587 Council Tax 683850 Library - Cox Green 673942 Library - Holyport Container 796555 Library - Maidenhead 796969 Library - Cookham 526147 Recycling 796474 Town Hall 683800 Youth & Community Centre 685999 Thames Valley Adventure Playground 628599 HENLEY Henley Library Henley Town Council

01491 575278 01491 576982

BOURNE END Library 524814 Community Centre 527502 Living Along The Thames | SEPTEMBER /OCTOBER 2017

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