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Hello! Inside This Issue On The Cover 8 Tom Jones: ‘I don’t feel anywhere near 78!’ 16 Health: Embarrassed to ask the doctor? We answer your intimate health worries 18 Fashion: Star style 22 Cookery: Afordable, meaty midweek dinners 26 Home: Top tips for tiles 36 Gardening: Clematis – the queen of climbers 38 Knitting: Prince Harry and Meghan dolls to make RIVETING READS
4 Come On In! 10 Real life: Adele Lootes
21 Try Something New
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42 Dr Melanie: Living with a rare disease 45 Health Choices 47 Here To Help 53 Expert Q&A: Writing and drawing with tablets 13 It’s A Funny Old World: Dillie Keane 14 History: Wartime evacuation camps 48 Travel: Britain’s bestkept secret – Isles of Scilly 51 Why You’ll Love... Watergate Bay
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29 Who Do You Think You Are? 41 Grandma Butterly 54 Serial – Part 3: Life Through A Lens by Teresa Ashby
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60 Puzzles 63 Rosemary
My Scilly Daydream...
ravelling west down through Cornwall, the land gets ever narrower – you feel as if you’re on a pinnacle of granite, spearing out into the ocean – and my first Cornish holiday, in the late 60s, was almost at the end, near Penzance. Over two weeks of uninterrupted sunshine, we explored the mystical landscape of West Penwith, swam in azure waters off Porthcurno’s golden sands and raced along cliff paths in a myriad of small-boy adventures. But every day, like the refugees in the film Casablanca, watching the plane to Lisbon, we stared enviously as the helicopter to Scilly passed overhead, glinting in the sunlight as it headed skistamahwest to those mysterious islands. I’ve been back to Cornwall many times since, but have never yet made it to the Isles of Scilly. After reading our feature on page 48, I finally understand quite how big a mistake that has been.
Cheap Eats I’ve always thought the cleverest cookery is making delicious meals out of cheaper cuts of meat. Discover some fabulous but afordable dishes on page 22.
Top Tiles And after years of producing many such family meals, our kitchen at home is overdue a bit of love and attention, so I’ve been scanning our tile feature on page 26 for some muchneeded inspiration.
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eadin Have An Adventure (13 February) I was es happily reminded that adventures come in all shap t have don’ and s, and sizes, are not always in far-flung place h an to cost a fortune. Having an adventure is as muc attitude of mind as a physical experience, and involves being open to new ways of looking at life and what might sometimes seem ordinary activities, in ial. spec order to transform them into something we Adventures are around every corner – it’s just that at the look you way don’t always recognise them. Adjust the own! world, and you may find hidden adventures of your Sue Tucker, Leamington Spa
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Juliet Stevenson ✤ Juliet Stevenson is best known for her BAFTA-nominated turn as Nina in Truly, Madly, Deeply and her starring roles in Mona Lisa Smile and Being Julia. But, in recent years, the actress has gone back to her theatre roots, having most recently starred in Hamlet and Mary Stuart. Here, over a cuppa, she tells us of her love of Shakespeare and theatre. How do you like your tea? I’m fuelled by tea, I live on tea, I love tea. PG Tips – really ordinary tea – with milk and a bit of honey. Who would be your ultimate guest to invite for tea? Shakespeare, and I’d also love Elizabeth I. What is it about Shakespeare that you love so much? The thing about Shakespeare is he was just an ordinary bloke. He wasn’t posh, he wasn’t writing from some lofty position. He really was a working man with his sleeves rolled up, and he came from lower-middle-class Stratford-uponAvon to London and worked hard. I think he wrote with genius, but had his feet also deeply on the ground. He had a common touch and was always writing about human nature as he genuinely encountered it. Why do you think so many people don’t like his work? People are really scared of Shakespeare. There’s no doubt that, for some people, Shakespeare is killed off for you at school. But homage to Hamlet director Robert Icke, who’s only 30 – he thinks the play really speaks to our times, and he made it very accessible. Shakespeare had his finger on the popular pulse as well as
being a genius, which is rare. And he’s funny and outrageous, and radical and quite conforming, so there’s something for everyone. Do you prefer film, TV or theatre? I genuinely love them all because they offer different things, but you can’t beat that feeling on stage of being in a house full of people every night. Being in Mary Stuart was a dream, because it was two amazing roles and a house full of people. Every night you think, What am I going to do tonight? What am I going to find tonight? It’s always different, and the power you have on stage is amazing. Nobody can edit you or cut you, stop you. It’s just you and that audience.
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What You’re Wearing
Claire Whitely, 56 Tell us about your look…
Stephanie Jones, 30
I love the high street – Zara is a favourite, but I’ll shop everywhere and anywhere. I adore vintage and I’m always in charity shops. My faux leather coat, scarf and poncho are all charity-shop ﬁnds and my boots are Gant. It’s exciting to throw diferent looks together – I’m always mixing things up and I love putting a new twist on old favourites.
Tell us about your look… I love to wear skinny jeans, as you can keep your outﬁt very casual for day but you can also wear them on a night out with heels and a nice top. I have quite a few pairs but these black jeans are from Boohoo. My mint jumper is from Pretty Little Thing. I like the oversized look as it’s so easy to wear. My grey pumps are Primark and my tan bag is by Mulberry.
And the best bit of your body?
And the best bit of your body?
Probably my skin. I put time and efort into that!
I’d probably say my bottom – or my smile!
Lorraine Hames, 47
Connie Larsen, 73
Tell us about your look… It’s very casual and well worn! I’ve just come back from living in California, so I’ve not adjusted my look yet. This jumper came from Zara. It says ‘Blonde’ on the front and I just love it. My jeans are also Zara and my shoes are from Cos. I’ve just thrown on this scarf as it was chilly. My bag is Furla and comes everywhere with me.
Tell us about your look… It’s understated and I prefer neutral colours – black, tan, navy, cream… But I’ll add a fun bag or scarf or quirky footwear. I love my leather mac with its contrast collar and cufs and swing shape. I’ve had it for ages but people still comment on it. My bag is Danish – it was quite cheap but I liked the colours. My navy skirt is Precis Petite and the top and scarf are John Lewis. Overall the best of both worlds, I think!
And the best bit of your body?
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And the best bit of your body? My hair. I like the cut and colour.
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DO YOU REMEMBER?
The Sindy Doll Launched in 1963 as Britain’s rival to the American Barbie doll, Sindy was available in three diferent hair colours and a huge array of outﬁts. By the 70s, she had developed a fully poseable body. In her heyday of the mid-1980s, she accounted for 80% of the fashion-doll market. However, during the 90s, Barbie’s popularity grew, while Sindy quickly fell out of favour. In 2016, Sindy came back but not as we know her. In fact, she’s unrecognisable. She’s now 7in taller and looks more like a baby doll.
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Aries 21 Mar – 20 Apr This is a good time to give to others, so reach out to someone less fortunate than you.
Taurus 21 Apr – 21 May Any repairs, renovations, upgrades and general improvements are under favourable stars for completion.
Gemini 22 May – 21 Jun Make sure you take time just to relax, to enjoy and become more aware of your surroundings. You’ve been spending too much time in your head.
Cancer 22 Jun – 23 Jul Make sure your communications are clear – and don’t back down if something is truly important to you.
Leo 24 Jul – 23 Aug This is a great time for a new adventure. You need more excitement in your life, so go for it!
Virgo 24 Aug – 23 Sep You may ﬁnd people are placing lots of demands on your time. Don’t agree to too much, only to regret it later…
Libra 24 Sep – 23 Oct If you’re keeping the peace just to be liked, beware. At times your needs come ﬁrst. If you put yourself into the picture, relationships will improve.
Scorpio 24 Oct – 22 Nov Something you’ve been working on or studying for comes to fruition soon. It’s a good time to start a new project.
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‘I Don’t Feel
Anywhere Near 78!’ As Sir Tom Jones nears his 78th birthday, the legendary singer tells us why he’s far from slowing down…
ir Tom Jones burst onto the should be exciting, but music scene in 1965, aged just not so nerve-racking 24, with the smash hit It’s Not that you collapse! Unusual. Now, 53 years later, You get nervous having released music in every decade because you want since, he shows no signs of stopping. it to go right, ‘I feel great, I don’t feel anywhere near especially on live my age,’ he tells us. ‘I’m going to be 78 television because in June! I don’t feel like that, and that’s there’s millions of the truth. When I look in the mirror, people watching I think, “Who’s that old man?” I catch and if you mess up, you myself by surprise sometimes. I go to the can’t do it over. If the bathroom in the night and put the light on, and I’m shocked.’ Tom struts his Tom claims it’s the music that keeps stuf in 1974 him young – as well as a recent hip
‘When I look in the mirror, I think, who’s that old man?’ replacement that’s given him a new lease of life! ‘When you can do it and you don’t feel the strain of it, when you can still get up and sing… I don’t know any other profession where a 77-year-old could still do as well as they ever did,’ he says. ‘It’s the most fun you can have and it keeps you young.’ Having performed to screaming fans for so many years, it would be easy to assume that Tom doesn’t get nervous anymore, but he insists that’s far from the truth. ‘People say, “It must get easier,” but it doesn’t, and it shouldn’t,’ he says. ‘It
CELEBRITY Tom with late wife Linda in 1965 (right) and with Priscilla and Elvis Presley in 1971 (far right)
It’s Not Unusual was the 1965 hit that launched Tom’s career
nerves go away, t en yo not that concerned, and I’ve never felt like that. Everything is important to me. If I’ve got to sing, then I want to do it right.’ While he has no pre-show rituals, Tom has three things he swears by when it comes to calming his nerves before going onstage. The first is eight hours’ sleep. He says, ‘When I was promoting Mama Told Me Not To Come and touring with the Stereophonics, I told them, “I always get eight hours,” so Kelly [Jones] calls me Tommy Eight Hours. You can party but you’ve got to keep your eye on the clock and make sure you get that sleep. If you’re
p all night and you’ve got show the following day… tried it, it doesn’t work!’ His other two rules? Drink water so you don’t et dehydrated. And lways go to the toilet efore going on stage – hat’s the last thing I do, because you don’t want o end up needing to o mid-song!’ With a back catalogue of 40 albums and over 100 singles, it’s hard to choose just one song as his favourite. He tells us, ‘When you put a show together, you want the songs to complement each other, so you don’t do too many ballads straight, or too many up-tempo ones straight.’ But he has a special fondness for his first big hit It’s Not Unusual. ‘It’s still the most important one because it changed my life,’ he says. ‘That never goes away, you always remember that first one.’ Tom tells us he always wanted to be a singer growing up, and had no other job in mind. He says, ‘I think the best singers are like that. Anybody who really wants to sing starts early, because it’s the most fun you’ll have. If you’re going to get paid for it or not, you just do it because you love it, and that’s the way it should be.’ Despite his dreams of a music career coming true, it’s his knighthood in 2006 that Tom cites as his greatest achievement. ‘I never expected that,’ he says. ‘You hope for hit records and longevity, you hope you can sing for as long as you possibly can – but as a kid, I never saw the Queen knighting me.’ Wanting to pass on his years of expertise to a younger generation, Tom joined The Voice UK as a coach in 2012, and has appeared on every series except 2016, when the BBC abruptly axed him. During his time on the show, he’s become famed for his name-dropping, and even during our chat, he references the huge stars he’s worked with, including Kylie Minogue, Elvis Presley and Shirley Bassey. And Tom confesses it’s these memories that make him realise just how long he’s been making music. ‘I’ve got a lot of memories, especially of all the entertainers I’ve met and worked with,’ he says. ‘I’ve got to be old or I wouldn’t have all those memories.’ But do women still throw their knickers at him now he’s in his 70s? ‘No, thank God that’s stopped!’
Tom cites his knighthood in 2006 (below) as his greatest achievement
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‘I’ve got to be old or I wouldn’t have all those memories’
Lance can’t communicate or look after himself, so Adele is his full-time carer
‘Laughter Gets Us T When Adele Lootes’ partner Lance was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia, he regressed to the mental age of a toddler. She talks to Cher Heasmer about the progression of his disease and how their lives have changed
hen Adele Lootes hears her partner Lance giggle, she feels the same familiar butterflies she’s always felt Adele and Lance before the diagnosis
in his company. He still has the same laugh and mischievous sense of humour, and she cherishes these glimpses of the old him. Adele, 43, misses the fun they used to have together and the laughs they shared. These days, their lives are completely different from when they first started dating 17 years ago. In 2013, Lance, then 45, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, an extremely rare form of dementia caused by damage to the frontal lobe, temporal lobe and parietal lobe in the brain. This particular type of dementia causes behavioural and language problems, and Adele says the disease has left him like a nine-month-old, unable to speak, wash, dress or feed himself. ‘I’ve become his full-time
carer,’ admits Adele from Brailes in Warwickshire. ‘When we first met, I never expected our lives to take this route. ‘I met Lance through his sister, who was a friend of mine. I liked how funny and cheeky he was. ‘When we became a couple, we had so much fun together. Lance hated sitting still and liked to be outdoors. We’d holiday in Crete, Rhodes or the
spend quality time together. ‘Those butterflies you have when you first meet someone you like – well, I had those every day with Lance.’ Adele recalls that it was in 2010 that she began to notice a change in him. ‘He seemed to lose interest in everything,’ Adele explains. ‘That wasn’t like Lance at all. He just didn’t seem himself. I kept asking him what was
‘When we first met, I never expected out lives to take this route’ Maldives. Lance loved to explore and go snorkelling or scuba diving. We just adored spending time together and seeing the world. ‘I was a travel consultant and Lance worked hard as a steel erector. We had busy lives, but we always made an effort to
wrong, but he just told me that I had the problem, not him. It really drove a wedge between us, and I was terrified that our relationship was breaking down. Then Lance began making silly, careless mistakes at work. It was just so out of character.’ Lance went to a see a doctor
Now Lance’s disease has left him like a baby of nine months old
Through Each Day’ cases, and it usually affects people between the ages of 45 and 64. With no cure or treatment, Adele and Lance were warned that Lance’s behaviour would get worse, and that he had two to eight years to live. He started walking more and more – up to five hours a day Lance had always been an adventurer
and was diagnosed with depression. But antidepressants did little to help, and his behaviour got worse. He’d switch the light on and off repeatedly and would go walking for two hours a day. Eventually, Lance was referred for tests, including a CAT scan, blood tests, lumbar puncture and memory tests. In May 2013, his dementia diagnosis was confirmed. Frontotemporal dementia is thought to account for less than 5% of all dementia
ability to communicate. ‘It was heartbreaking knowing I’d never have a proper conversation with him again,’ Adele says. ‘But I couldn’t focus on that. ‘Lance developed repetitive behaviours such as pacing the room, rearranging his DVD collection and watching
‘Every now and then, I’m reminded of the man I fell in love with’ – and often on his own. ‘Straightaway there was a ticking clock hanging over us,’ Adele says. ‘We didn’t have time to dwell, we just had to get on with it. ‘A few months after his diagnosis, Lance and I agreed to donate his brain to research after his death. If we can help to find treatment or a cure for dementia in the future, then everything we’re going through now will have a purpose.’ After his diagnosis, Lance gradually began to lose his speech, and, just six months on, he completely lost his
children’s TV programmes on repeat. The disease also affected his ability to do everyday tasks like dressing himself, brushing his teeth and feeding himself. He seemed to regress and become a child again.’ In October 2016, Adele gave up her job to become Lance’s full-time carer. She says, ‘He had a lot of energy, so I tried to make things fun for him. I got him a ball pit to have in the living room and a mini-trampoline. We had such a laugh playing together, and I found my inner child, too. Lance and I used to
laugh all the time, so I’m glad we’ve not lost that. ‘These days, Lance can only walk with the help of two people. He still likes playing with toys and loves drawing shapes on his Etch-A-Sketch. ‘I think laughter is so important. If we didn’t laugh, we’d cry. It’s helped me to stay positive and get through each day. ‘I know one day Lance will be taken from me, and it breaks my heart. For now, though, he’s still here. And, every now and then, when I hear his giggle or see that familiar mischievous look in his eyes, I’m reminded of the man I fell in love with.’
Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity. There are currently no treatments that can slow or prevent dementia, but research can change this. To find out more about how you can support pioneering research, visit alzheimersresearchuk.org or call the information line on 0300 111 5 111.
It’s A Funny Old World ‘I’d assumed darning had died out with slide projectors and Dymo labels’
PHOTOS: STEVE ULLATHORNE, ALAMY
bought some darning wool recently. Not exactly earthshattering news, I know, but for those of us over a certain age who remember our mums mending all our clothes, it was quietly pleasing. I haven’t been able to get darning wool for years, not since the haberdashery section in my local department store was replaced by a brow bar, a juice concession and a display of man-bags. I’d assumed that darning had died out with slide projectors and Dymo labels, until it suddenly occurred to me to search the internet. Blow me down, I discovered a wonderful world of crafty types, not just knitters and crochet enthusiasts, but lacemakers and bobbin whittlers and all manner of people happily indulging in the ancient delight of making and making do. And mending. The great thing about mending is that you feel you’ve achieved something very quickly for not much effort. It’s not like making a Fair Isle sweater, which requires iron concentration, months of effort and a lot of swearing. Darning, on the other hand, can restore an old favourite to your wardrobe and makes an evening of dull TV surprisingly bearable. My man loves a historical documentary and I do find that it makes the evening go faster if I can sew my way through Hitler’s Tunnels or Pipe Smoking in the Elizabethan Era. So I ordered a whole load of darning wools. Over the years, I’ve accrued a lot of holey pullovers, which sit in a basket by the telly, waiting for me to thread my needle. Some have been savaged by moths; others have been attacked by my man’s elbows. The elbows are simple enough to repair because those leather patches are still fairly easy to come by, but the holes left by those pesky larvae are trickier.
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Actress, singer and comedian Dillie Keane
The wool arrived – how marvellous the internet is! Only one problem – none of the wools matched the jumpers. That’s the conundrum with internet shopping – you can’t go and stand in the doorway of the shop to check the match under daylight. The holes remained unmended. Then, one day, His Lordship noticed a piece in his newspaper about darning and how it was the coming thing. ‘There’s a workshop in town,’ he said. ‘You should go!’ And I did. It was marvellous. There were all ages, even one teenager! We learnt to throw all our preconceptions about colour out of the window. Be brave! Visible mending is The Thing! We must show our darns and advertise the joy of a long-loved item of clothing! Say farewell to wasteful consumerism and display your care for the planet. You know the kind of guff. The upshot is, my man’s now going round with a lot of beautifully mended jumpers in a charming array of colours. His red jumper is sporting sky blue spots, his green V-neck has purple elbows and the yellow cashmere has any number of colours dotted all over. He’s a bit dubious, but he likes the idea of saving stuff. And I think he’s secretly quite amused. The trouble is, now I’ve got the bug, I’ve run out of jumpers to mend. Don’t stand still – I might just make you take that woolly off!
My Funny Old Week’
Dillie discovered a world of kitsch at Graceland
Where I’ve been… To Memphis, Tennessee, in the USA for a family wedding. Who I’ve met… A whole load of charming Deep South folks who really do say, ‘Y’all come back here again!’ What I’ve seen… Graceland, home of Elvis. Much smaller than you think, but as tacky as expected. What I’ve bought… A recipe book of Creole cooking – those Southern fried shrimp are to die for.
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Forgotten Havens We all know about Second World War evacuees, but thousands of youngsters were also evacuated to camps funded by the Government… By Rebecca Gamble
f someone in your family remembers being evacuated in wartime, you’ll know what a traumatic, life-changing event that was – not just for the children themselves, but for their parents, too. And even if your family wasn’t directly affected, we’re all familiar with the heartbreaking pictures of young evacuees crowding into railway stations, with meagre luggage and identification labels tied to their clothing. The evacuation of around three million people at the start of the war – known as Operation Pied Piper – was an essential part of protecting the most vulnerable members of our population, and became
the greatest mass migration of people in British history. But not many people realise that some children were sent, not to other people’s homes, but to a new type of evacuation centre. These were government-funded complexes originally set up by the National Camps Corporation in 1938. Their prewar purpose had been to give children a break from polluted towns, and allow them to enjoy fresh air and exercise, with the first such camp
appearing in Overton, Hampshire, in June 1939. Designed by architect Thomas S Tait to accommodate hundreds of children, the camps had dormitories, a dining hall, classrooms, an ablutions block d lots of green
space – everything the children needed to be happy, healthy and educated.
Keeping children from harm But their original purpose quickly changed. ‘In peacetime
Sayers Croft, as it was in the early days (above), and (left) boys seated in the dining hall
WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE WAR? After the war, many of these camps
Boys at Brown Rigg in 1949
Brown Rigg ballroom dancers in the late 40s
it is the intention to use these camps as school camps, but in time of war they should provide accommodation for some of the civil population evacuated from urban areas,’ a Government document stated at the time. Sayers Croft in Ewhurst, Surrey, was one of the camp schools. It’s been a residential outdoor activity centre since 2016, but a former head teacher, David Quoroll, has researched the school’s past as a wartime safe haven for South London schoolboys. ‘On Wednesday 15 May 1940, the boys were gathered up very quickly by Timpson’s buses,’ he writes. ‘At 4pm, 200 boys from Catford Central School and Brownhill Road School marched into Sayers Croft Camp.’
‘One happy family’ Former evacuee Ken Rosewall shared fond memories of his life in the Surrey countryside. ‘We all had our lockers by our bedsides in which we kept our “valuables” and “goodies.” In all the time that we were there, I can never recall anything being stolen. We were all just like one big happy family.’ Another evacuee, David Reekie, had vivid memories of arriving. ‘The approach was just out of Ewhurst village along a tree-lined road that kept secret the full vista of the camp until the moment of entry.’
Ot ers re e supplementing their rations by tending to their own vegetables in the camp’s allotments, or playing chess and performing in plays to pass the time on the dark winter nights. Former teacher Harry Gell found himself organising live entertainment. ‘Before long there was something the boys called the Camp Concert Party,’ he said.
The cost of war But, along with the excitement of so much change, there was sadness, too. It was tough to be so far from home, and the inevitable losses that came with war caused devastation. One account shared the terrible moment when a schoolboy discovered his mother had been killed in a daylight raid in Lewisham. ‘All he could say was, “Why my mother?”’
A new way of life At the other end of the country, girls from Newcastle were sent to Brown Rigg Camp in Bellingham, Northumberland, set against the backdrop of beautiful fells. Among their happy memories, former
went back to their original purpose – to provide a countryside respite for children living in polluted cities. Brown Rigg reopened as a camp school, where pupils could board. Eddie Graham, 74, attended the school from 1956-58. ‘I’d heard about Brown Rigg, and asked if Eddie Graham I could go. I arrived aged 12,’ Eddie thrived at ays. He thrived there – but Brown Rigg t was a tough physical gime. ‘We spent most of ur time outdoors, played a lot of sport and went walking in the fells. On Sundays we had a compulsory ke of up to 15 miles! We also had a scout troop and would amp in the North Tyne valley. It was carefree and exciting.’ These days, Eddie runs the Brown Rigg School Reunion ociety. He regularly visits the former camp, which has ecently been turned into lodges for holidaymakers. Some pupils, like Eddie Yarrow, believe they were part of successful ‘working-class experiment,’ in camps that set hildren up to cope with anything life threw at them. ‘I am eternally grateful to whatever fortune sent me in the direction of Brown Rigg School,’ says Eddie. ‘It was the only school I ever attended where the pupils had tears in their eyes when they had to go home…’ evacuees Joan Brown-King and Audrey Dunn recall having to wash in a stream running through the grounds for the first few days, as the camp wasn’t quite finished when they arrived in May 1940! In Brownrigg School: Story Of A Unique Institution, author Ian Roberts tells how lessons were aimed at maintaining the same standards of learning as in peacetime. Yet the children also enjoyed many more outdoor activities than they could in city schools. But, most importantly, Brown Rigg provided a safe haven for the girls – their air-raid shelter was only used on one occasion, in stark contrast to the experience of urban areas where the Blitz rained fire and death night after night. These camps played an extraordinary part in our country’s wartime history, and it’s amazing to think of how many city children’s lives were given a whole new dimension by their experience of country living.
FIND OUT MORE… ' Sayers Croft Outdoor Learning Centre, sayerscroft.org.uk, 01483 275541. ' Brown Rigg School, brown riggschool.co.uk. To find out more about staying in a lodge at Brown Rigg, visit brown rigglodges.com or call 01434 220390.
Other former camps include: ' Marchants Hill, in Beacon Hill Surrey, which now operates as one of PGL Travel’s adventure holiday centres. For more info, visit pgl.co.uk/en-gb/adventureholidays/centres/ marchants-hill or call 0333 321 2114. ' Colomendy in Denbighshire is now an outdoor activity centre run by Kingswood. For full details, go to kingswood. co.uk/locations/ colomendy/ or telephone 0800 288 9990.
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Up to 45% of women suffer with vaginal dryness
It’s particularly common during the menopause and after, but younger women can also experience it. It’s caused by a change in hormone levels; female sex hormones, particularly oestrogen, dip during the menopause. Less vaginal fluid is produced, and the skin in that area can become thinner, dry and uncomfortable. You may also have itching, burning and pain, which can make sex painful. Try a pessary or vaginal cream, such as Vagisan MoistCream (£14.99 for 50g) to ease dryness. It’s hormonefree, and you can use it as a lubricant before sex, too.
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Your vagina self-cleans as fluid from glands inside it and your cervix carry away dead cells and bacteria to help prevent infection. ‘There’s no need to try and clean inside the vagina,’ says Natika Halil. ‘Using perfumed products, in particular, can do more harm than good. Just use plain, unperfumed soap and water to clean the vulva.’
Three in four women will experience thrush
Although the yeast infection doesn’t always have symptoms, ‘You might notice itching, soreness and redness around the vagina, vulva or anus; unusual, thick, white discharge resembling cottage cheese or a yeasty smell; pain on urinating or during sex,’ says Natika Halil, Chief Executive of sexual-health charity FPA. Ask your GP, nurse or pharmacist about treatment. Canesten Thrush Combi (£12.49, lloydspharmacy.com) is a pessary and cream for internal and external treatment.
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Your vagina can smell sweet if you eat certain fruits, like oranges, lemons and grapefruit! Asparagus, onions, garlic and broccoli, however, can cause a less pleasant odour down below.
Vaginal itching can be caused by things other than thrush, an STI or bacterial vaginosis (BV). Some medicines, such as steroids and antibiotics, can also have this effect – ask your GP for advice. Itching might be triggered by chafing or sweating due to tight-fitting clothing, or an allergy to shower gels, detergents or fabric softeners. Some brands of tampon or sanitary towel – especially the perfumed ones – can irritate, too. Try tampons made from organic, unbleached cotton, or a menstrual cup like The Diva Cup (£21.99, Superdrug).
What’s that smell?
A healthy vagina does have a bit of a musky smell – that’s normal, as is vaginal discharge, in most cases. Normal discharge colour can range from clear to a milky whitish at different times of your cycle, and you may notice more when you’re ovulating, sexually aroused or breastfeeding. The smell may be different if you’re pregnant but, if you notice a fishy smell, it could be due to an infection (bacterial vaginosis, BV), while a yeasty smell could mean thrush (see 2, left). The STI trichomoniasis, caused by bacteria, could cause an odour, too.
HEALTH Do I need a smear test?
The potentially life-saving NHS cervical screening (smear) test is free, and is offered five-yearly if you’re aged 50 to 64 years. If you’re aged 25-49, it’s offered every three years, and if you’re over 65, you only need one if you haven’t been tested since you were 50 or have had recent abnormal tests. It may be uncomfortable, but it’s a very simple swab that takes minutes to do. The test looks for abnormal cells on the cervix. Don’t miss it. 9
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Your cervix rises and falls in your vagina depending upon the time of the month. It will dip lower in your vagina and feel hard, like the tip of Bacterial vaginosis your nose, when you start your (BV) is due to a loss of lacticperiod, and rise to the top and acid producing bacteria in the feel soft when you’re reproductive tract. ‘Symptoms nearing ovulation. include discharge, itching, soreness and a smell,’ says Dr Sarah Brewer. ‘Use a lactic-acid gel and take a probiotic supplement to replenish levels in the bowel which will find their way into the reproductive tract.’ Try Healthspan Super20 Pro, (£17.95 for Top advice from Woman’s 60 capsules, Weekly’s Dr Melanie healthspan. Wynne-Jones: co.uk). There’s ' If you’re overweight, good evidence shedding the pounds that taking can reduce pressure vitamin D3 on your bladder. supplements can 'Don’t smoke – it weakens help reduce BV supportive tissues and symptoms, too. makes you cough.
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Can I test for STIs?
Yes, you can detect and treat common STIs at home. Superdrug’s Online Doctor service (onlinedoctor. superdrug.com) has easy-touse kits from £27.99, and medication from £16. STIs are passed from person to person through unprotected sex or genital contact, and some have no symptoms.
Five tips for bladder control
Pain when you pee?
It’s probably cystitis, a common bacterial urinary tract infection (UTI). A study by Yale School of Medicine has found that, y contrary to popular belief, cranberr s. ptom sym juice doesn’t ease cystitis Your best option is to flush out the infection by drinking at least two litres of water a day.
'Drink plenty of water, but limit caffeine and alcohol which can irritate the bladder.
od constipation, which can interfere with normal bladder emptying. 'Cut out spicy and acidic foods if they seem to make things worse.
Try a pelvic gym
VSculpt by Joylux, (£375, vsculpt.com) is a home-use medical device, designed with obstetricians and gynaecologists. For a fraction of the cost of clinical treatment, it uses gentle vibration, heat and light therapy to stimulate, tone and repair vaginal tissues to improve pelvicfloor health and tone, and combat vaginal dryness and incontinence.
The FPA (Family Planning Association) has a free app for iPhone or Android. It will help you find your nearest sexu al-health clinic for advice and treatment. Just visit fpa.org.uk/find-a-clinic.
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Korean in origin, this is a great way to stretch chillispiced mince to make several servings. You can play with the accompaniments to suit your taste and the seasons.
4 4 large free-range eggs 4 1 medium carrot, grated 4 1tbsp black sesame seeds FOR THE DRESSING: 4 4tbsp sesame oil 4 2tbsp sweet chilli sauce or sriracha 4 2tbsp rice wine vinegar
SERVES 4 4 300g (10oz) sushi rice 4 1 cucumber, cut into ribbons 4 150g (5oz) bean sprouts 4 400g (14oz) spinach 4 3tbsp toasted sesame seeds 4 250g (9oz) pork mince 4 4tbsp gochujang curry paste
Cook the rice according to the packet instructions. Salt the cucumber and set aside. Pan-fry the bean sprouts in few tbsp olive oil for a few mins. Remove, then do the same with the spinach. Stir in the toasted sesame
seeds and set aside. Combine the dressing ingredients. Fry the mince, stir in the gochujang and cook for another min, then remove from the heat and, once slightly cool, stir in the dressing. In a separate pan, fry the eggs. Serve the bibimbap in bowls, starting with rice, topping it with the other prepared accompaniments and finishing each dish with a fried egg and a sprinkling of black sesame seeds.
PER SERVING: 743 cals, 34g fat, 7g sat fat, 71g carbs
Heat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Put the ham hock in a pan that it just ﬁts, cover with cold water, bring to the boil, then discard the water. Return the hock to the pan and pour in the cider, then top up with water to just cover. Bring to the boil and simmer very gently for 1 hr 15 mins. Remove the hock and sit it on a wooden board, reserving the liquor. Partially cut the ham away from the bone, so the surface area is ﬂattened out. Mix the honey with the mustard and rub all over the meat. Put in a roasting tin and cook for 30 mins. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pan, add the onion or shallots and cook gently for 5 mins, then stir in the potatoes, bay leaf and thyme. Season and cover with 700ml of the ham stock, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 15-20 mins. Take the ham of the bone and add to the stew with the peas. Cook for 1 min, then lightly mash a third of the veg in the pan to slightly thicken the stew. Stir through the herbs, then serve.
Ham Hock & New Potato Stew A hearty helping of meat and veg in a deliciously light broth.
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SERVES 4 4 1 ham hock (about 850g/ 1.9lb), skin removed 4 500ml (16fl oz) medium-
dry cider 4 2tbsp runny honey 4 2tbsp wholegrain mustard 4 30g (1oz) butter 4 1 onion or 200g shallots, peeled and sliced
4 450g (1lb) baby new potatoes 4 1 bay leaf 4 1 sprig thyme 4 250g (9oz) frozen peas 4 Small handful each mint leaves and flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
PER SERVING: 520 cals, 20g fat, 8g sat fat, 38g carbs
Chicken Liver & Pomegranate Toasts A Middle Eastern take on the traditional liver and toast. The sweetness of the pomegranate seeds really sings in this dish. SERVES 4 4 400g (14oz) chicken livers, trimmed and halved 4 60g (2oz) flour 4 1tsp coriander seeds, ground 4 1tsp sumac, plus 1tsp for sauce 4 ½tsp chilli flakes 4 50g (1½oz) butter 4 2 shallots, finely chopped 4 1 garlic clove, crushed 4 1tbsp tamarind paste 4 200ml (7fl oz) beef stock 4 300g (10oz) spinach 4 4 slices sourdough bread 4 4tbsp pomegranate seeds 4 1 small bunch parsley, finely chopped
Toss livers in ﬂour, ground coriander, sumac and chilli ﬂakes, and season well with salt and pepper. Heat butter, fry liver pieces for 2 mins or so on each side until crispy on the outside but still pink inside. Set aside. Fry shallots in the same pan for 5 mins until softened. Add the garlic and fry for another min. Stir in the tamarind paste, extra 1tsp sumac and beef stock. Bring to a simmer and cook down for 2 mins. Stir in chicken livers and spinach. Serve on toasted sourdough, sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and parsley.
PER SERVING: 374 cals, 14g fat, 7.5g sat fat, 35g carbs
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Turkey & Sweetcorn Burger A homemade burger with a Southeast Asian twist. SERVES 6 4 400g (14oz) minced turkey 4 1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped 4 6tbsp fresh breadcrumbs 4 1 lemongrass stalk, finely chopped 4 1 bunch coriander, finely chopped
4 1tsp Thai fish sauce 4 100g (3½oz) sweetcorn kernels 4 Juice of 1 lime TO SERVE: 4 6 large portobello mushrooms 4 2tsp soy sauce 4 6 burger buns or rolls 4 6 slices beefsteak tomato 4 Mustard (we used French’s Classic Yellow Spicy Mustard) 4 Lettuce leaves
Mix all the burger ingredients together (you may find it easier to do this with your hands). Divide the mixture and shape into 6 burgers. Heat the oven to 180C/ Gas 4. Put the mushrooms on a baking tray and drizzle over the soy sauce, then cook for 25 mins. Meanwhile, griddle the burgers on each side until browned, then put them on to
an oiled baking tray and cook in the oven for the last of the 15 mins of the mushrooms’ cooking time. To serve, split the buns and griddle the cut sides. Add a slice of tomato and a mushroom to each, then top with a burger, mustard and lettuce.
PER BURGER: 352 cals, 7g fat, 2g sat fat, 49g carbs
Empanadas Spicy pork mince pies make a great light lunch, supper or even lunchbox snack! The carrot sweetens the ﬁlling, although you could use beetroot instead. MAKES 12 FOR THE PASTRY: 4 450g (1lb) plain ﬂour 4 125g (4oz) butter, at room temperature 4 1 large free-range egg, beaten FOR THE FILLING: 4 1tbsp olive oil 4 1 onion, ﬁnely chopped
Make pastry: blitz the flour, butter and 1tsp salt in a processor. Add the egg and enough water to pulse to a dough. Knead until smooth. Cover with clingfilm and set aside for 15 mins to rest. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion and garlic for 5 mins until softened. Add the spices, cook for another min, then add the pork mince and cook for 5-8 mins until crispy
Onglet Steak & Barley Salad Onglet steak is absolutely packed with ﬂavour and incredibly cost-efficient. SERVES 4 4 200g (7oz) pearl barley 4 750ml (1¼pt) beef stock 4 2 leeks, outer leaves trimmed, cut in half lengthways 4 45g (1½oz) butter 4 100g (3½oz) cavolo nero, sliced into 3cm/1in pieces 4 350g (12oz) piece onglet steak, about 3cm/1in thick 4 100g (3½oz) watercress
4 2 garlic cloves, ﬁnely crushed 4 1tsp ground cumin 4 1tsp ground cinnamon 4 1tsp paprika 4 1tsp chilli ﬂakes 4 Pinch nutmeg 4 250g (9oz) pork mince 4 2 medium or 1 large carrot, peeled and grated 4 2 large hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped 4 1 bunch mint, ﬁnely chopped 4 Milk, to brush pastries 4 2tbsp sesame seeds 4 Lemon wedges, to serve 4 Mayonnaise, sprinkled with black pepper, to serve
and cooked through. Set aside to cool. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Roll out pastry to 3mm or less than ¼in thick, then cut 12 x 12cm-diameter circles with a pastry cutter or side plate. In a large bowl, mix the grated carrot, chopped eggs and mint into the mince mixture. Place 2-3 large tbsp of the mixture into the centre of a pastry disc, brush the edges with a little water, then
FOR THE DRESSING: 4 ½tsp beef stock 4 4tbsp warm water 4 2tbsp red wine vinegar 4 1tsp Dijon mustard 4 4tbsp crème fraiche 4 Small bunch parsley, ﬁnely chopped Cook barley in beef stock, lid on, for 45-50 mins. Drain any extra liquid left over at the end of cooking. Heat another pan of water and steam the leeks for 4-6 mins until just softened. In a large saucepan, heat the butter and fry the cavolo nero with the steamed leeks for 6-8 mins until cooked through.
fold and crimp to seal. Place on a baking tray and repeat with the remaining discs. Brush empanadas with a little milk and top with sesame seeds. Bake for 20-25 mins until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from the oven and serve with lemon wedges and mayonnaise. PER EMPANADA: 308 cals, 15g fat, 7g sat fat, 31g carbs
Heat a griddle pan or frying pan to a medium heat. Fry the steak for 3 mins a side for mediumrare (adjust timings if your onglet is thinner than 3cm/1in), remove from the heat and set aside to rest. Make the dressing: whisk the beef stock into the warm water in a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and season well. Drain the cooked barley and mix into the leeks and cavolo nero. Slice the steaks very thinly, then stir through the barley mixture with the watercress and top with the dressing.
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TILES A key part of kitchen decorating, tiles are both practical and a great way to update your style on a budget
or a thrifty refresh, take a look at what’s already in your kitchen that you want to keep. Work out what style and colour of tile will suit your existing units and worktops. Then it’s time to go tile shopping. Ask in-store for samples to take home with you – most shops offer this service for a small price – and see what they look like in your kitchen before making your ﬁnal purchase.
BUDGET BUY Cheaper tiles are often the plainest. But, arranged from light to dark colours, the resulting ombré ﬁnish is anything but plain. Tuscan Rustic Brown Satin Ceramic Wall Tiles, £5.21/ sq m, Wickes
MID-RANGE CHOICE If you want to experiment with colour, try subtle pastels like these pale, dusky pinks. Team with copper, white and wood accessories for a classy, sophisticated look. Soho Dusky Pink Ceramic Wall Tiles, £24.99/sq m, Wickes
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Metro tiles are popular right now, and ideal if you love vintage. Bevel options add texture; ﬂat styles are easier to clean. V&A Metro Sykes Blue Bevel Gloss Wall Tiles, £40/sq m, British Ceramic Tile
The Tile Trends EMBRACE THE CLASSICS For country kitchens, cream, taupe and soft grey palettes work best. Alternate colours with a gloss ﬁnish for a fresh take on the style. Farmhouse Willow Ceramic Tile, £34.99/sq m, Wickes
MIX & MATCH On a feature wall, mix patchwork and plain tiles. You can usually ﬁnd sets designed for creating this on-trend look. Set of 12 Grey Decors Wall Tile, £83.20/ sq m, British Ceramic Tile
GO MONO Keep costs down by opting for single-tone, plain tiles. Create a sophisticated monochrome look with a black, white and grey design. Elektra Black, White and Grafito Tiles, £59.99/sq m, Tile Giant
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BUDGET BUY Want a wood floor without the price tag and upkeep? Opt for wood-effect tiles instead – they’re far easier to maintain. Honey Wood Tiles, £18.95/sq m, Walls and Floors
Pick contrasting colours to create horizontal stripes on the wall, pulling the colours in your kitchen together. Go for shades that complement each other, like grey, teal and white. Bevelled Brick Gloss Tiles in Teal, White and Dark Grey, from £9.95/ sq m, Walls and Floors
MID-RANGE CHOICE Flecked with grey, white and amber, these terrazzo tiles create a continental look that’s affordable and durable. Ofelia Porcelain Floor Tile, £28.99/ sq m, Tile Mountain
INVESTMENT OPTION This bold pattern makes the floor the star. Blockcoloured accessories keep the look chic. V&A Omar Floor Tile, Multicolour, £44.28/sq m, Tile Giant
TWIST IT Bored of the norm? Use this unusual design as inspiration. The tiles have been turned on the diagonal for a modern twist. Damask Gloss Tiles, £32.95/sq m, Walls and Floors
TRY A MOSAIC Although slightly more costly, these small tiles are excellent lightreflectors to brighten up gloomy corners, and the mesh sheet backing makes them easier to apply. White Hexagon Gloss Tiles, £3.45 per 33 x 29cm sheet, Walls and Floors
A glass splashback, though pricey, is simple to fit, easy to clean and adds a pop of colour.
SAVE SOME SPARES When you order your tiles, always buy a few extras to keep in reserve – they’ll come in handy should any become scratched or damaged in the future, or if any get broken during installation. Worried they’ll go to waste? Stick pads to the undersides and use them as drinks coasters.
PLAIN Impact Toughened Glass Splashback in Whisper, 60 x 75cm, £69.99, Screwfix
PATTERN Laura Ashley Lisette Flint Splashback, 90cm x 75cm, £260, British Ceramic Tile
KEEP IT CLEAN Extend the life of your tiles by investing in a specialist cleaner. Keep them looking good with regular wipedowns to avoid dirt build-up and discoloured grout. UPGRADE YOUR GROUT Classic white grout is the go-to option for most colour schemes, but there are more options out there to add depth to paler tile shades or for when your white grout eventually discolours. Try violets, greys or neutral creams for a warmer look.
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Preparing for your summer holidays? Personalise your luggage with these stylish labels Home & Craft Editor Esme Bit More B ATricky
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' 20 x 32cm map canvas fabric ' 12 x 24cm fusible interfacing ' 5.5 x 8.5cm clear acetate sheet ' 5.5 x 8.5cm thick white card ' Template enlarged by 200%
' Using the template, cut four of the larger luggage-tag pieces from the fabric. ' Cut four of the smaller luggage-tag pieces from the fusible interfacing. ' For the strap, cut one strip of fabric measuring 5 x 25cm.
STOCKISTS: Map fabric, £10.99 per metre, from shop4cotton.etsy.com; acetate sheets, £3 for five, Hobbycraft; mini suitcases, £20 for set of three, Barker & Stonehouse.
To make the strap, fold the strip in half lengthways and press. Open out the strip and then fold the raw edges in to meet the crease. Fold in half along the original crease to conceal and press. Topstitch along both long edges.
Template – enlarge by 200%
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the luggagetag fabric pieces following the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure the interfacing is centred in the middle of the luggage-tag pieces.
Pair up the luggage-tag pieces, lining up the edges and pinning right sides together. Sew around the edges 28 womansweekly.com
with a 1cm seam allowance and on one of the pairs, leave a small gap for turning through. Clip the corners.
Turn the front tag right sides out and turn the cut pieces in on themselves to form a window.
For the back of the luggage tag, take the piece with the turning gap and turn right sides out. Press and slip stitch the gap closed. Using the buttonhole on the template as a guide, cut a small slit into one side of the luggage tag back, making sure not to cut into the other side.
Slip both ends of the strap into the slit by about 2cm and pin in place. Topstitch a couple of lines of stitching across the strap ends and through the luggage tag back to secure in place.
For the luggage tag front, use the template to draw the dashed rectangle on to one side of the interfacing. Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut diagonal lines from the centre of the rectangle to each corner.
Slot the piece of acetate inside the front tag so that each edge is enveloped by the fabric. Pin and topstitch all the way around the inner edge.
Using the buttonhole on the template as a guide, stitch a small buttonhole at the top of the front luggage tag.
Pin the front and back tags together with wrong sides facing and topstitch around the bottom three sides. Cut a piece of card to fit inside and write out your label. Insert the card and then push the strap through the buttonhole to secure.
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call I drove straight round to my mum’s place. She answered the door in her cycling gear. She’s in her late 60s but she’d bought a bike recently; it’s as if she enjoys the thrill of playing games with the trafﬁc. ‘Oh, are you going out, Mum?’ ‘I just got back, actually.’ ‘Oh good, I’m looking into our family history, you see, and wondered if you could help.’ I’d decided on the way
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t was Aunty Jean who started me off. On the phone, we were discussing her hiring a gardener now she couldn’t get around the way she used to. ‘Your mum hired a gardener once, when your dad started doing a lot of overtime. He lived locally, I think,’ she said. ‘Yes, I remember him. He was a tall chap. His hair was so blond it looked almost white.’ I sat in my lounge, curling my ﬁngers through my own dark curls. My sister’s hair is dark too, just like our mum and dad’s. In fact, all the family members I could think of were dark and short – except for my younger brother. Light-haired, he towers over us all. An unwelcome suspicion suddenly crept up on me – about just how different we were. ‘Really?’ I said. ‘Yes,’ she went on. ‘He had an accent. He was Scandinavian, I think. Of course this happened years ago...’ Your brother isn’t somebody else’s son, I told myself. Mum didn’t cheat on Dad. You’re jumping to some very wild conclusions here. Soft furnishings and Victoria sponges – that’s who my mum is to me. Though, saying that, she has changed a lot since my dad passed away; she’s become one of those women who talks to anybody regardless of the danger – young men in empty
train carriages, drunks outside of pubs, young girls in groups of 10 who look as rough as gravel. Maybe she muted her sense of adventure in the years after
over not to take a direct approach. I didn’t want her turning all defensive. ‘I’ve been watching that TV programme, Who Do You Think You Are?’ She gave me a blank look.
Your brother isn’t somebody else’s son, I told myself. You’re jumping to some very wild conclusions here she’d tangled with a tall, blond Scandinavian, I considered. ‘When did she hire him?’ I asked my aunt. ‘Oh, when she was about your age, I think.’ Timing-wise, that sounded spot on. The more rational part of me denied it all. Mum’s not like that. This is silly. Why are you thinking this way? Still, it seemed only sensible to investigate further, so after the
‘It’s about celebrities hunting through their family histories.’ ‘For what?’ She tittered. ‘Murderers?’ ‘Do we have any of those in our lot?’ ‘Not as far as I know. Is this another of your little hobbies? Come to think of it, I do have some old photos in the loft. Though to be honest, I haven’t got a clue who’s who in most of them. I was likely told by your grandma but I suppose I’ve
always been more concerned with where I’m going rather than where I’ve been.’ She’s barely been anywhere, believe me. She could so easily have been a classic case. You know the cliché – a bored stayat-home mum buried in kids and housework... ‘I’d still like to see any photos you have,’ I told her. ‘Could we have a look now, since neither of us are busy?’ I followed her upstairs to the landing. Once there, she went to the spare room and brought the hook that pulls the ladder from the ceiling. After it rattled down to the carpet, up the rungs she clambered. My dad had turned the loft into a little man-cave years ago. It’s fully carpeted in beige and painted in magnolia. ‘What’s in all the boxes?’ I asked. Stacks of them grew around us like mushrooms. ‘It’s all your dad’s things.’ Mum heaved out a sign. ‘I’m not ready to get rid of any of it just yet.’ As she searched for photos, it felt rather odd sifting through my dad’s belongings. I could almost feel his presence. He used to lean over my shoulder when I did my homework as a girl. ‘What are you up to, then?’ he’d ask. He might have asked me the same question now. ‘Like I said, all these old photos are in a bit of a mess.’ Mum handed over a shoebox she’d found at last. I plucked from it some very old pictures in sepia and black and white. ‘There’s hardly a word written on a single one of them, so I have no idea who most of these people are now,’ Mum added. I examined a photo of a lady with dark curly hair standing under a tree. Who are you? Do you have any secrets you’re hiding away? ‘What exactly are you looking for, Gale?’ ‘Just clues... you know – to who I am I suppose.’ I sat down on the carpet and started ﬂicking through the pictures at the speed of a card Continued overleaf
SHORT STORY BY JO STYLES dealer in a Las Vegas casino. Dark hair, dark eyes, short and round – our family stuck to its usual genetic pattern, prone to mops of curly brown hair, Roman noses and eyes the colour of coal. ‘Oh…Who’s this?’ I held up a snap the colour of spilled tea. Mum leaned over for a closer
‘Do you have a pen and paper handy?’ I asked. ‘I want to write down everything I find out.’ I did scribble down any names I found on the backs of the photos after that, even though my search appeared to have reached a conclusion. I felt strangely let down after finding out about blond Cyril. He
I wondered if lying was genetic when I climbed down from the loft look. ‘A man in uniform?’ She turned the photo over. ‘That’s a turn-up. This one actually has some writing on it! Cyril Clarke. If he’s a Clarke, he must be your great, great-grandad. Lor, this picture must be donkey’s years old.’ Spidery writing crawled across the back of the photo. Cyril ought to have been brown-haired with a nose like a Roman emperor – but no. He was blond, skinny, with a nose like a ski slope. I bit my lip as Mum peered at me. ‘What’s that look for?’ she asked. ‘You’re always doing odd things like this lately – pottery and watercolour classes; playing the flute? Your mind’s like a butterfly. What does your Jack think about all this?’ ‘I haven’t asked him. Besides it’s not really a mystery, is it? I like trying new things, that’s all.’ A knot appeared between her eyes.
seemed so very… convenient. I gave a jolt. Aha! Maybe Mum planted that photo in the stack years ago. Maybe she scrawled on the back of it herself then slipped it into the box to dispel all suspicion about my brother? Yes, that’s it. Make up a convoluted, far-fetched plot like a thriller writer, Gale. You’ll win the Booker Prize at this rate. I finished my notes then checked my watch. ‘Thanks for this, Mum, but I better get going. I’ll go to the library next and see if I can track some of these names down.’ I wondered if lying was genetic when I climbed down from the loft... Back home, I made a phone call. ‘Hi, Aunty Jean, it’s me again. I just went through some old photos with Mum. I didn’t know she had so many. My great, great-grandad looks just like our Simon.’ Was I stating the truth or removing all suspicion for Mum’s sake? I really needed to make up my mind
up…and make it up quickly. Jean barely noticed a word I said anyway. She rattled on about her jam-making and how her poodle had just come in with a slug matted into its coat. I swear, if a tornado spun through her lounge she’d have missed its passing. Still, that’s what people do, isn’t it? They get so caught up in their own lives they don’t notice what’s happening around them. I mean, nobody had ever given my Dad a nudge, winked at my brother, then said in a jokey tone, ‘What does your milkman look like then, Frank?’ ‘I’ve got to go, Jean. See you soon.’ I ended my call. I sat on the sofa then, mulling things over. Who are you then, Gale? Have you found out yet? It seemed a pertinent question to ask as the clock ticked round to 3pm and the doorbell rang right on time.
the dark alone, it seemed that fantasies of me filled his head… but I’m married, aren’t I? I can never be that woman who’d escapes into his bed? ‘It is just the lawn today, Gale?’ His accent filled the porch and made me shudder. ‘Yes… just the lawn. Thanks for switching my day over this week.’ He didn’t know as he stood there that my kids wouldn’t be home at any moment. They were off on a school trip. My husband was away at a conference. Even the one neighbour I have had scuttled off earlier to one of her friends for afternoon tea. ‘I’ll just unlock the shed for you,’ I offered. I led him down the side of the house, right down the lawn and into the shade under the trees. I knew guiding his way would only signify one thing to him. When I pulled open the creaky old door to the shed,
My stomach does little flip-flops whenever he smiles I straightened my clothes and made sure my curls sat all neat and tidy before I hurried into the hall. As I pulled the front door open, I smiled. ‘Hello again, Lars.’ My gaze tangled with my gardener’s. He’s tall and very fair. My stomach does little flip-flops whenever he smiles and soft wrinkles appear about his eyes. He hails from a village in Norway called Vestfold. We’ve talked and talked about his past over my roses and the weeds in my flowerbeds. ‘I had a dream about you,’ he had confessed to me just last week, acting all coy, embarrassed and unsure of himself. He’d risked a lot with that startling admission. At night in
dark and ominous shadows greeted me. Who am I? I wondered once more. A jumbled mix of genetics, my upbringing and the fantasies I create to make my days feel less tedious? The simple truth was, I’d never doubted my mother’s integrity for a single moment –until I’d started doubting my own. Lars brushed past me in the doorway. He turned about inside the shed and held out his hands to me, knowing our moment had come. I could move into his embrace now or retreat back into the house. Does everyone have a day like this, I wondered, when they ask themselves only one question over and over? Who do you think you are? As the breeze rocked me back and forth, I realised I finally knew. I wasn’t planning on having any tall, blond children. THE END © Jo Styles, 2018
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Clematis are endlessly versatile in the gar they’re called the queen of climbers, says Floral Cloak Clematis is especially useful for giving shrubs a ﬂoral cloak. Simply decide whether you want the plants to ﬂower at the same time or to inject some colour at a diferent time of year. Most clematis have scent, but it is not particularly overwhelming. For fragrant summer evenings, combine their beautiful blooms with jasmine and honeysuckle. For best efect, thread the wily stems of Clematis macropetala and Clematis alpina ‘Etoile Violette’ through shrubs such as Hebe ‘Watson’s entwined with roses Pink’ to give the host plant a ﬂowery
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Perennial Pals For your borders, look out for shorter non-climbing and herbaceous varieties, such as dainty blue ‘Arabella’ and Clematis x durandii, which are perfect for bright, sunny sites. Another herbaceous form, Clematis integrifolia, also makes a good companion for a host of herbaceous perennials. Let it roam free in your ﬂowerbeds and lean languidly over purple-blue spikes of lavender and sage. Or try the red blooms of Clematis ‘Gravetye Beauty’ with the violet blue umbels of sea holly, Eryngium planum. If you have a steep bank to cover, consider planting Clematis ‘Praecox’. Unsupported, it will mound up to 50cm high and spread up to 3m, producing a carpet of bluish-white ﬂowers with a violet edge to the petals throughout September and October.
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MEASUREMENTS Harry: Approximately 23cm/9in tall. Meghan: Approximately 21.5cm/8½in tall. MATERIALS 1 x 50g (104m) ball of King Cole Merino Blend DK (100% wool) in each of White (001), Black (048), Brown (Chocolate 023), Peach (Redwood 1988), Yellow (Gold 055) and Grey (Platinum 1762)*; 1 x 100g (310m) ball of King Cole Comfort DK (60% acrylic, 40% nylon) in Sand (774)*; 1 x 100g (280m) ball of Hayﬁeld Bonus DK (100% acrylic) in Flesh Tone (963)*; 1 x 100g (210m) ball of King Cole Cottonsoft DK (100% cotton) in Orange (3030)*. Pair of 3mm (No. 11) knitting needles; size 3mm crochet hook; washable toy stuffing. Yarn is available from theknittingnetwork.co.uk. TENSION 26 stitches and 36 rows, to 10 x 10cm, over stocking stitch, using 3mm needles and King Cole Merino Blend DK. ABBREVIATIONS St(s), stitch(es); k, knit; p, purl; k2tog, k 2 sts together (to decrease 1 st); p2tog, p 2 sts together (to decrease 1 st); inc, increase 1 st (by working into same st twice); ss, stocking stitch (k on right side and p on wrong side); gst, garter stitch (every row k). NOTE Yarn amounts are based on average requirements and are approximate. Instructions in square brackets are worked as stated after 2nd bracket.
Harry Body Worked upwards to the neck. With 3mm needles and Flesh Tone, cast on 6 sts. 1st increase row: [Inc in next st] to end – 12 sts. P 1 row. 2nd increase row: [K1, inc in next st] to end – 18 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 3 rows. 3rd increase row: [K2, inc in next st] to end – 24 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 15 rows. 1st decrease row: [K2, k2tog] 6 times – 18 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 3 rows. 2nd decrease row: [K1, k2tog] 6 times – 12 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 5 rows. Cast of. Gather cast-on edge, pull up tightly and secure. Join row-ends together, leaving cast-of edge open. Stuf ﬁrmly.
Head With 3mm needles and Flesh Tone, cast on 8 sts. 1st increase row: [Inc in next st] to end – 16 sts. P 1 row. 2nd increase row: [K1, inc in next st] to end – 24 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 3 rows. 3rd increase row: [K2, inc in next st] to end – 32 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 7 rows. 1st decrease row: [K2, k2tog] 8
times – 24 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 3 rows. 2nd decrease row: [K1, k2tog] 8 times – 16 sts. P 1 row. 3rd decrease row: [K2tog] 8 times – 8 sts. Break of yarn, thread end through remaining sts, pull up tightly and secure. Gather cast-on edge, pull up tightly and secure. Join row-ends together and stuf ﬁrmly as you go. Sew cast-on edge to cast-of edge of body. Face: Using photo as guide, with Black, sew 2 knots for eyes. With White, sew around each eye. With Flesh Tone, sew a few small lines for a nose. With Black, sew a mouth. With Orange, sew eyebrows. With Orange, sew long stitches to create hair.
Ears (make 2) With 3mm needles and Flesh Tone, cast on 2 sts. 1st increase row: [Inc in next st] to end – 4 sts. P 1 row. Cast of. Position ears on either side of head and sew cast-of sts to head.
Legs (make 2) With 3mm needles and Flesh Tone,
cast on 10 sts. Beginning with a k row, ss 20 rows. Cast of. Join row-ends together on each leg, leaving both ends open. Stuf ﬁrmly and with the seam at back, sew cast-of edge of legs to base of body.
Shoes (make 2) With 3mm needles and Black, cast on 4 sts. 1st increase row: [Inc in next st] to end – 8 sts. P 1 row. 2nd increase row: [K1, inc in next st] to end – 12 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 9 rows.
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Beginning with a p row, ss 5 rows. 1st decrease row: [K2, k2tog] 3 times – 9 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 15 rows. 2nd decrease row: K2tog, k5, k2tog – 7 sts. P 1 row. 3rd decrease row: K2tog, k3, k2tog – 5 sts. P 1 row. Cast of. Gather cast-on edge, pull up tightly and secure. Join rowends together on each arm, leaving cast-of edge open. Stuf ﬁrmly and, with the seam underneath, sew cast-of edge of arms to sides of body. With Grey, sew a small stitch for a wedding ring on to Harry’s left hand.
Trouser legs (make 2) With 3mm needles and Black, cast on 14 sts. Beginning with a k row, ss 30 rows. Cast of. Sew two-thirds of the seam on each leg from cast-on sts, leaving both ends open. Place each trouser leg around Harry’s legs and sew the top third of both pieces together around Harry’s middle. 1st decrease row: [K2tog] 6 times – 6 sts. Break of yarn, thread end through remaining sts, pull up tightly and secure. Gather cast-on edge, pull up tightly and secure. Join row-ends together and stuf. Position shoes onto cast-on sts of each leg and sew on.
Arms (make 2) With 3mm needles and Flesh Tone, cast on 4 sts. 1st increase row: [Inc in next st] to end – 8 sts. P 1 row. 2nd increase row: [K1, inc in next st] to end – 12 sts.
Shirt With 3mm needles and White, cast on 14 sts. Beginning with a k row, ss 16 rows. Cast of. Position shirt onto the front of Harry’s body and sew around the edges, making sure to go down to Harry’s trousers and up to Harry’s neck. Collar: With 3mm needles and White, cast on 24 sts. K 2 rows. Cast of. Position collar around Harry’s neck and sew into place.
Waistcoat (make 2) Worked upwards to the neck. With 3mm needles and Grey, cast on 2
sts. P 1 row. 1st increase row: [Inc in next st] to end – 4 sts. P 1 row. 2nd increase row: Inc in next st, k2, inc in next st – 6 sts. P 1 row. 3rd increase row: Inc in next st, k4, inc in next st – 8 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 9 rows. 1st decrease row: K2tog, k4, k2tog – 6 sts. P 1 row. 2nd decrease row: K2tog, k2, k2tog – 4 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 5 rows. Cast of. Position each waistcoat piece to the front of Harry’s body so that they meet in the middle and sew on. With Black, sew a line down the middle and embroider on 3 knots as buttons.
Tie With 3mm needles and Peach, cast on 3 sts. Beginning with a k row, ss 6 rows. Cast of. Position tie and sew into place. Take a length of wool and using long sts, sew across the top of the tie.
Jacket arms (make 2) With 3mm needles and Black, cast on 12 sts. Beginning with a k row, ss 18 rows. 1st decrease row: K2tog, k8, k2tog – 10 sts. P 1 row. 2nd decrease row: K2tog, k6, k2tog – 8 sts. P 1 row. 3rd decrease row: K2tog, k4, k2tog – 6 sts. P 1 row. Cast of. Sew the seam of each jacket arm leaving both ends open. Place each jacket arm over Harry’s arms.
Back of jacket Worked upwards to the neck. With 3mm needles and Black, cast on 8 sts. 1st increase row: Inc in next st, k6, inc in next st – 10 sts. P 1 row. 2nd increase row: Inc in next st, k8, inc in next st – 12 sts. P 1 row. 3rd increase row: Inc in next st, k10, inc in next st – 14 sts. P 1 row. 4th increase row: Inc in next st, k12, inc in next st – 16 sts. P 1 row. 5th increase row: Inc in next st, k14, inc in next st – 18 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 21 rows. Cast of. Position back of jacket onto Harry’s back and sew into place. Sew jacket arms to the back of the jacket.
Right front of jacket Worked upwards to the neck. With 3mm needles and Black, cast on 3 sts. 1st increase row: Inc in next st, k2 – 4 sts. P 1 row. 2nd increase row: Inc in next st, k3 – 5 sts. P 1 row. 3rd increase row: Inc in next st, k4 – 6 sts. P 1 row. 4th increase row: Inc in next st, k5 – 7 sts. P 1 row. 5th increase row: Inc in next st, k6 – 8 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 5 rows. 1st decrease row: K2tog, k4, k2tog – 6 sts. P 1 row 2nd decrease row: K2tog, k2, k2tog – 4 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 7 rows. Cast of. Position onto Harry’s body on the right side and sew in place. Join with right jacket arm and jacket back.
Left front of jacket Worked upwards to the neck. With 3mm needles and Black, cast on 3 sts. 1st increase row: K2, inc in next st – 4 sts. P 1 row. 2nd increase row: K3, inc in next st – 5 sts. P 1 row. 3rd increase row: K4, inc in next st – 6 sts. P 1 row. 4th increase row: K5, inc in next st – 7 sts. P 1 row. 5th increase row: K6, inc in next st – 8 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 5 rows. 1st decrease row: K2tog, k4, k2tog – 6 sts. P 1 row 2nd decrease row: K2tog, k2, k2tog – 4 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 7 rows. Cast of. Position onto Harry’s body on the left side and sew in place. Join with left jacket arm and jacket back.
Jacket collar With 3mm needles and Black, cast on 2 sts. P 1 row. 1st increase row: Inc in each st – 4 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 35 rows. 1st decrease row: [K2tog] twice – 2 sts. P 1 row. 2nd decrease row: K2tog. Fasten of. Position jacket collar around neck and sew onto jacket along edge.
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Meghan Body Worked upwards to the neck. With 3mm needles and Sand, cast on 6 sts. 1st increase row: [Inc in next st] to end – 12 sts. P 1 row. 2nd increase row: [K1, inc in next st] to end – 18 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 3 rows. 3rd increase row: [K2, inc in next st] to end – 24 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 3 rows 1st decrease row: [K2, k2tog] 6 times – 18 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 5 rows. 4th increase row: K4, inc in next st, k1, inc in next st, k1, [inc in next st] twice, k1, inc in next st, k1, inc in next st, k4 – 24 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 3 rows. 2nd decrease row: [K2, k2tog] 6 times – 18 sts. P 1 row. 3rd decrease row: [K1, k2tog] 6 times – 12 sts. P 1 row. 4th decrease row: [K2, k2tog] 3 times – 9 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 5 rows. Cast of. Gather cast-on edge, pull up tightly and secure. Join row-ends together, leaving cast-of edge open. Stuf ﬁrmly as you go. With Grey, make a line of 5 knots, place this around Meghan’s neck as a necklace and sew on.
Head With 3mm needles and Sand, cast on 8 sts. 1st increase row: [Inc in next st] to end – 16 sts. P 1 row. 2nd increase row: [K1, inc in next st] to end – 24 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 3 rows. 3rd increase row: [K2, inc in next st] to end – 32 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 7 rows. 1st decrease row: [K2, k2tog] 8 times – 24 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 3 rows. 2nd decrease row: [K1, k2tog] 8 times – 16 sts. P 1 row. 3rd decrease row: [K2tog] 8 times – 8 sts. Break of yarn, thread end through remaining sts, pull up tightly and secure. Gather cast-on edge, pull up tightly and secure. Join row-ends together and stuf ﬁrmly. Sew cast-on edge to cast-of edge of body. Face: Using photo as a guide, with
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Black, sew 2 knots for eyes. With White, sew around each eye. With Sand, sew a few small lines as a nose. With Peach, sew lips. With Brown, sew on eyebrows. With Brown, cut multiple lengths of wool, approximately 15cm long. With crochet hook, take the centre of a piece of yarn and pass it under a stitch on the head, use this loop to knot the hair to the head. Continue until you have a full head of hair.
Ears (make 2) With 3mm needles and Sand, make as given for Harry's ears. Position ears on either side of head, and sew cast-of sts onto head. With Grey, sew a knot on to the bottom of each ear as earrings.
Legs (make 2) With 3mm needles and Sand, cast on 9 sts. Beginning with a k row, ss 18 rows. Cast of. Join row-ends together on each leg, leaving both ends open. Stuf ﬁrmly and with the seam at back, sew cast-of edge of legs to base of body.
Shoes (make 2) With 3mm needles and White, cast on 3 sts. 1st increase row: [Inc in next st] to end – 6 sts. P 1 row. 2nd increase row: [K1, inc in next st] to end – 9 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 5 rows. 1st decrease row: [K2tog] 4 times, k1 – 5 sts. Break of yarn, thread end through remaining sts, pull up tightly and secure. Gather cast-on edge, pull up tightly and secure. Join row-ends together and stuf. Position shoes on to cast-on sts of each leg and sew on.
Arms (make 2) With 3mm needles and Sand, cast on 3 sts. 1st increase row: [Inc in next st] to end – 6 sts. P 1 row. 2nd increase row: [K1, inc in next st] to end – 9 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 3 rows.
1st decrease row: K4, k2tog, k3 – 8 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 13 rows. 2nd decrease row: K2tog, k4, k2tog – 6 sts. P 1 row. 3rd decrease row: K2tog, k2, k2tog – 4 sts. P 1 row. Cast of. Gather cast-on edge, pull up tightly and secure. Join row-ends together on each arm, leaving cast-of edge open. Stuf ﬁrmly and, with the seam underneath, sew cast-of edge of arms to sides of body.
Dress arms (make 2) With 3mm needles and White, cast on 10 sts. Beginning with a k row, ss 16 rows. 1st decrease row: K2tog, k6, k2tog – 8 sts. P 1 row. 2nd decrease row: K2tog, k4, k2tog – 6 sts. P 1 row. 3rd decrease row: K2tog, k2, k2tog – 4 sts. P 1 row. Cast of. Sew the seam of each dress arm leaving both ends open. Place each dress arm over Meghan’s arms.
Dress With 3mm needles and White, cast on 50 sts. Beginning with a k row, ss 4 rows. 1st decrease row: [K3, k2tog] 10 times – 40 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 3 rows. 2nd decrease row: [K2, k2tog] 10 times – 30 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 21 rows. 3rd decrease row: [K1, k2tog] 10 times – 20 sts. Beginning with a p row, ss 7 rows. Next row: Cast of 4 sts, k to end – 16 sts. Next row: Cast of 4 sts, p to end – 12 sts. 4th decrease row: K2tog, k2, k2tog,
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turn, leaving 6 sts for other side of neck – 4 sts. P 1 row. 5th decrease row: [K2tog] twice, turn – 2 sts 6th decrease row: P2tog. Fasten of. Rejoin to remaining 6 sts and repeat from 4th decrease row. Sew seam up to the cast-of sts. Place dress over Meghan’s body with seam at back and join top of dress to arms on either side. Take a length of White and wrap around Meghan’s waist 2 or 3 times, secure with a bow at back.
Bouquet With Peach, make a line of 5 or 6 knots along a length of yarn. Twist knots into a ball and secure together. With Yellow, sew a small knot in the centre. Leave your tail ends and trim to the same length. Make several of these. Wrap a length of yarn around the tails to keep the bouquet together. Sew in place in Meghan’s hands. With Grey, sew a small stitch for a wedding ring onto Meghan’s left hand.
Veil With 3mm needles and White, cast on 24 sts. Gst 10 rows. 1st decrease row: K4, k2tog, k12, k2tog, k4 – 22 sts. Gst 8 rows. 2nd decrease row: K4, k2tog, k10, k2tog, k4 – 20 sts. Gst 6 rows. 3rd decrease row: K4, k2tog, k8, k2tog, k4 – 18 sts. Gst 4 rows. 4th decrease row: K4, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k4 – 16 sts. Gst 4 rows. 5th decrease row: K3, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k3 – 14 sts. Gst 4 rows. 6th decrease row: K3, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k3 – 12 sts. Gst 4 rows. 7th decrease row: K2, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k2 – 10 sts. Gst 4 rows. Cast of. Sew cast-of edge of veil to top of Meghan’s head.
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remember that day so well. It was the first of many wonderful adventures I had with my remarkable grandmother, though it certainly didn’t start out that way. When she opened the door of the red brick and rambling rose family home to see me and my mother on the step, Grandma Emily’s face was set in rigid lines. ‘Sorry for the short notice,’ Mum said hastily before Grandma could speak. ‘But I’ve been called into the office last minute and I promised Alex you’d take her down to Earls Wood today. She has a nature project to finish before the holidays end.’ Grandma Emily hovered in the doorway. ‘But I have plans,’ she protested weakly. ‘Oh, Mum! Mooching around indoors isn’t a plan. Besides, it’ll be nice for you to spend some time with your granddaughter, just the two of you.’ ‘Do you think I don’t know what you’re up to, Miss? I’ve told you before, I…’ Grandma Emily stopped scolding as her gaze strayed to me, looking between the two women with my eyes screwed up in confusion. She sighed, then held out her hand. ‘That’s an extremely bright rucksack, Alex! Does it light your way at night?’ With a grin I shook my head and, taking her outstretched hand for permission to enter, slid past her into the hallway to peer up the stairwell, where countless clothing items and discarded toys had once lain. ‘Is Tootles here?’ I demanded, barely remembering to say goodbye to Mum as I went in search of the fluffy-tailed cat I loved to cuddle. I’d just found him when I heard the front door close, then Grandma’s heavy tread on the stairs. She hadn’t used to walk like that; it was only since Grandad had died. And only since then that we hadn’t been here at the old family home as often and Grandma Emily had stopped visiting and baking us loads of
Butterfly One thing was certain – my grandmother was extraordinary sweet treats. I’d heard Mum talking to Dad about it, and Dad telling her to let Emily alone, to give her time to grieve. Mum had started crying then and Dad switched into comfort mode. I’d had to ask my teacher to explain the word she’d used and had an image ever since of poor Grandma locked away in an unfurnished hut
She started, then sighed. ‘I used to love them when I was your age and later with… with your Grandpa. I’ve always thought forests were full of veiled, rustling magic.’ ‘Me too!’ I cried, surprised and pleased to find our minds so in tune. She began to look around her then, pointing out ancient faces
‘I’ve always thought forests were full of veiled, rustling magic’ somewhere, lonely and wild. The woman who now came to lean in the doorway looked nothing like a ‘hermit’; she was her usual pleasant self, except for a lost, faraway look in her eyes. ‘Well, Alex, now that you’re here, what would you like to do? Did you really want to go down to Earls Wood for a nature project, or was that just your mother’s excuse for you to visit?’ I shrugged. ‘Don’t mind.’ Grandma sighed. ‘I forget exactly what it’s like to be 10 years old, but I’m sure I wouldn’t have wasted a fine day like this lounging indoors. Come on, let’s take that neon rucksack for a walk, eh, and see what we can find going on outside.’ CCC At first, wandering along the woodland’s well-worn paths, I wished I was anywhere else. My initial hope that this was an enchanted wood and, like the children from Enid Blyton’s tales, I’d find a faraway tree with fantastical residents in it soon faded. Grandma’s strange mood was making me uncomfortable. Finally, I asked her, ‘What is it, Grandma? Do you not like being in the woods?’
in the twisty tree trunks and the secret paths of pixies. Laughing, I took her hand and followed her lead, into a magical land. After lunch, she produced an old shoebox and, punching holes in it, announced, ‘I’ve an idea for your nature project. Create a moving rainbow! I used to do it every summer, years ago.’ I followed her eagerly back outside to the hill overlooking meadows and farmers’ fields. There we got hot and sweaty chasing butterflies. Whenever we caught one, we’d freeze, holding them very carefully in cupped hands, then, even more carefully, slip them into the box. Grandma’s hair had worked itself loose from its bun and was streaming across her shoulders as, laughing, she set off after another beautiful butterfly, dancing through the wild flowers just as they danced on the air. When we had about half a dozen or so, she sank to the ground before the shoebox and waved me over. I flopped beside her, declaring, ‘That was fun!’
‘The best is yet to come,’ Grandma said, her face aglow. And with a soft, ‘Are you ready?’ she drew the lid off the shoebox. At once, the butterflies emerged, lifting into the air in a rush of rainbow colours and iridescent wings, a fleeting upward beauty that we watched wide-eyed. I felt a sense of release, of wondrous freedom, and glancing across at Grandma, knew she felt it too. She waited until the butterflies had flown away before she turned to me. ‘Wasn’t that beautiful?’ She whispered. I nodded. ‘As are you,’ I said. And suddenly, I was in her arms, and we were crying and laughing together. Mum was thrilled when Grandma asked to have me again and that was the start of our weekly adventures. For the next visit, I came prepared. ‘So, Alex, what do you want to do today?’ Grandma asked. I brought my new net from behind my back. ‘Create another rainbow, Grandma Butterfly.’ ‘Grandma Butterfly – I like that,’ she said. I’ll go and get my boots…’ THE END © Hayley JohnsonMack, 2018
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Premature strokes We’re having strokes at younger ages, according to Public Health England which says that more than a third of ﬁrst strokes occur before the age of 70. Early treatment is vital, so go through the following FAST (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) checks: if someone’s face becomes lopsided, they can’t keep their arms raised or their speech is slurred, it’s time to call 999. Visit stroke.org for information on reducing your risk.
True Or False? B your ood makes you fat. True, according to Japanese researchers, who say people with type 2 diabetes who described themselves as ‘slow eaters’ were 42% less likely to be obese than ‘fast eaters’, and lost weight more easily.
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People with learning disabilities often miss out on screening tests because they don’t understand them, or because their relatives/carers think they’ll ﬁnd them upsetting, or can’t give consent. Now Public Health England has issued an illustrated ‘easy guide’ to breast screening for women with learning disabilities aged 50 or over, to help health professionals explain to them what’s involved and how to check their breasts.
are diseases each affect fewer than one in 2,000 people, but there are around 8,000 of them, with more being discovered each week. That means over 3 million people in the UK currently live with one, and one in 17 of us will develop one during our lifetimes. Some are quite well-known – like the respiratory disorder cystic fibrosis (with over 10,000 people on the UK Registry) and Huntington’s disease, a degenerative, neurological condition thought to affect over 5,000 UK adults. But the general public has never heard of most rare diseases and some only affect tiny numbers.
What causes these diseases?
Three-quarters start in childhood, and four out of five have a genetic link. There could be a single abnormal gene that may be dominant (so that if you get it from either parent, you get the disease – for example, in Huntington’s) or recessive (where you get an abnormal gene from both parents – for example, in cystic fibrosis).
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Some rare diseases are the result of a chromosomal abnormality, and some such abnormalities, like that which causes Down’s syndrome, can be tested for in early pregnancy. Other diseases may be triggered by environmental factors, such as infections and allergies, degenerative changes, deficiencies or toxins. The devastating effects of the drug thalidomide, for example, which was commonly prescribed for pregnancy
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sickness in the late 50s and early 60s, are well documented. Low folic-acid levels in early pregnancy can result in spina bidifa in the baby.
What problems can they cause? If you have a rare disease, even your doctor may know little or nothing about it. In fact, in one survey, 40% of people said they’d had difficulty getting diagnosed. There’s little information on the internet, and research or treatment
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Orphanet is an international resource Your doctor and that provides information specialist, who may also know about support groups. on patient organisations, umbrella organisations and Rare Disease UK alliances dedicated to one (raredisease.org.uk) particular rare disease or provides general and to a group of rare diseases. specific information on You’ll find the website at conditions, insurance and www.orpha.net. other issues, and works with health services to To find information on implement the UK Strategy experimental medicine trials for rare diseases or to for Rare Diseases. volunteer to take part in Genetic Alliance research, see the UK (geneticalliance.org.uk; Clinical Trials Gateway: 020 7831 0883) provides ukctg.nihr.ac.uk.
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spring, I get an itchy rash Q Each on my neck and arms, which goes by itself. Is it an allergy? A This sounds like polymorphic light eruption (PLE), caused by sensitivity to ultraviolet light in the sun’s rays (which can also penetrate windows and thin clothes). It affects over 10% of us, is more common in women and people with fair skin and often disappears as we get older. The red rash may look prickly, gritty, blistery or resemble ‘targets’ and is very itchy; you may also feel slightly unwell. Your GP can check your rash isn’t infectious or caused
by other conditions. It will gradually clear up by itself as the skin naturally toughens up over a few weeks, but this wears off during the winter, which is why it’ll come back each year. You may be able to prevent PLE by using sunscreen that allows only short daily UV exposure at first, so you get gradually used to it. Try a mild steroid cream for a week or so and taking over-thecounter antihistamines. Severe cases are sometimes treated with small doses of UV light and/ or vitamin D supplements.
funding is usually limited. Being diagnosed can bring its own problems, too: uncertainty about the disease; what and how to tell family and friends; interactions with other medical conditions; difficulties with work, insurances and benefits, and deciding whether or not to have children. On the other hand, because heart disease, diabetes, cancer and so on affect so many, we know a lot about them: causes; if they’re inherited; how they affect body cells; symptoms; how to diagnose and monitor them, and the lifestyle changes and treatments that work best. Numbers also mean the NHS funds specialist services for these conditions, drug companies will research potentially profitable new
treatments, and there are many charities and support groups.
Some progress In 2013, the Department of Health & Social Care launched the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases, aimed at improving awareness, diagnosis, research, resources and care pathways, and empowering patients. This has included antenatal screening and cascade testing (looking for affected relatives), the 100,000 Genomes Project (50,000 volunteers’ genetic blueprints analysed so far), the UK Genetic Testing Network (a worldleading nationwide network of 13 NHS Genomic Medicine Centres) and a Patient Empowerment Group.
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Yes, it’s possible to fracture the ribs from coughing, such as during a bad chest infection (or even during vigorous upperbody exercise, such as rowing). However, you may just have strained a muscle, which can also be very painful. The timing suggests a strain or fracture, but the pain could be caused by rarer complications which often produce breathlessness and/ or blood-stained sputum. In pleurisy, for example, the thin membranes (pleura), which cover the lungs and line the chest wall, can rub or grate together painfully as they slide over each other during breathing, or fill up with fluid, for example, if pneumonia infection spreads. Occasionally, air seeps out
between these two layers putting pressure on the lung, which may collapse. Blood clots (pulmonary embolisms) can also produce this pain. Your GP can rule out these and other linked conditions, such as lung disease or bone-thinning osteoporosis, by examining you and arranging an X-ray if necessary. But muscle strains and cracked ribs simply have to get better in their own time, although taking painkillers, keeping moving and not smoking will help to prevent these complications.
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m I going mad? That’s the most common question I hear from women going through the menopause. Physical symptoms, such as hot ﬂushes, are well documented but the emotional issues aren’t. Many women start sufering from anxiety, low mood, unexplained crying, anger and irritation – they’re worried and often don’t know where to turn. Doctors aren’t taught much about menopause as it’s not actually an illness but it can have a huge impact on a woman’s life, especially because symptoms last for an average of ﬁve years – eight in some cases. It’s such a taboo subject. It seems to be getting better but
for years it wasn’t spoken about and it can be scary if you have nothing to reference your symptoms against. I ended up doing this job by accident. I’ve always been interested in the health area and was working for the supplement company A. Vogel when, six years ago, they realised they were getting more queries about menopause than anything else. I started giving online advice (avogel.co.uk/health/ menopause) because I was interested in the menopause and had been through it myself, so could empathise. Obviously, if women are experiencing serious medical issues, I tell them to go to their doctor, but lifestyle advice can
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Coach, counsellor and writer Keren Smedley has worked for more than 20 years helping people to make positive changes to their lives
He needs to manage his ex in his own way
I’ve been dating a guy for nearly a year. We’re both in our 50s and we both have ex-partners. His ex-wife calls him regularly, and he always talks about what he’s been doing as if he’s single. It’s only her he does this with, and he says she’ll become nasty if she knows he’s with someone else, so it’s best to pretend to her that he’s on his own. This leaves me feeling vulnerable and invisible. Georgia, Cork
He’s given you a very clear explanation, but it feels as though you don’t quite believe him and suspect there’s something else going on. He’s clearly happy to talk to her in front of you, so he isn’t trying to pretend he doesn’t have contact with her. I don’t know your circumstances, but I do know that expartners can cause difficulties and I’m sure neither of you wants this. It sounds to me as though he’s trying to do some damage limitation. If he ignored your presence with everyone else, that probably would be an issue, but in this case I’d suggest you let him manage his ex the best way he can.
I can’t rebuild my life as a widow Dear Keren I was widowed a year ago, and I’m really struggling to build a new life. I was married for 26 years. We didn’t have any children, so he was my world and we did everything together. My friends and family have been very supportive, but they’re now all telling me to get out there and meet new people and not spend so much time at home. I ﬁnd their nagging upsetting, so I’ve stopped seeing them as much. I took a few months of work, but have gone back now. But, by the end of the day, all I want to do is come home and stay in. Nothing outside seems to appeal. Beth, Liverpool
You don’t need to rush to pick up the pieces
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My six-year-old granddaughter had her tonsils out recently. I sent her a gift box with a teddy bear, a puzzle and a book. When I spoke to her on the phone and asked if she liked them, she said she hadn’t got a present from me. I sent it as a tracked item, so I know it arrived. I know my daughter-in-law doesn’t like me much, but I wouldn’t have thought she’d withhold my gifts. Janet, Birmingham
I understand that you were upset by this, as it doesn’t seem to be a very kind thing to do. The only way you’ll find out what happened is to talk to your son first and then approach your daughter-in-law. I think it’s best to start very tentatively, as there may be a reason why your gift has been held back – they may want to space out presents to their
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osing someone you love is traumatic, and it’s never more so than when it’s your long-term partner. Others may want you to ‘get over it’ but you can’t do it just to please them. You can help yourself, however. Keep yourself physically healthy with exercise. As well as helping you feel stronger, it’ll also stimulate the production of endorphins that will make you feel better. The best way to begin creating a new life when you’re ready to venture out is little by little. Here are a few tips to help you: Think about the kinds of thing you might like doing and make a list – for example, dancing or walking, helping in a shop or becoming a befriender. Now decide which of these activities you’d like to pursue and in which order. Find out where there are local classes, groups you can join, places looking for volunteers. Choose your first activity and fix a time to do it – and arrange to go back if you enjoy it. Try to do something new each month until you have enough in your diary. And, of course, don’t forget your old friends – they’re still there and they may even want to join you in one of your new activities. If you find you continue to feel unable to take the next steps, you may benefit from some bereavement counselling. A good place to look is Cruse (visit cruse.org.uk or call 0808 808 1677).
daughter, for instance. If there’s no explanation, then a conversation is needed, as this will otherwise fester and make things even more difficult between you and your daughter-in-law.
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Best Kept Secr With their dazzling beaches, sub-tropical gardens and rugged coastal walks, the Isles of Scilly are the perfect getaway, discovers Richard Webber
he salty air blowing off the Atlantic into my face was stimulating my taste buds as I hiked around the crescent-shaped St Martin’s, which marks the north-eastern limit of the Isles of Scilly. By the time I reached the aptly named Bread and Cheese Cove, my stomach was rumbling, so it seemed the perfect place to rest my limbs and grab some sandwiches from my rucksack. Relaxing on a grassy bank, the intoxicating silence was broken only by the mournful shrill of a distant bird and the
sound of waves rolling on to the tiny sandy beach below. Despite being just two miles long, St Martin’s – home to only 120 residents – boasts some of Britain’s best beaches, including the exposed Great Bay, a long stretch of white sand lapped by clear waters. I continued my walk along heathery cliff paths edged by colourful wild flowers and could appreciate why, for many, St Martin’s is considered the most picturesque island in the archipelago, which lies 28 miles off Land’s End. A spine of high ground divides the wild, windswept northern coast
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from the softer Luxury hideaway cultivated western Karma St Martin’s and southern coasts, overlooks the sea where a sprinkling of houses and businesses are located, including a flower farm and even a vineyard. It’s where you’ll also find Karma St Martin’s, a luxury beachside hideaway Services, make this possible. offering 27 ocean-view The following day, I nipped bedrooms, three suites and across to tiny Bryher, the a splendid restaurant, which inspiration for Michael was my base for the duration Morpurgo’s bestseller, Why The of my visit. Whales Came. When the book But wherever you are on the was adapted for the screen in five inhabited islands (there 1989, the island was chosen are 140 more which are empty save the birds and wildlife), you for location filming. Leaving behind the sheltered won’t be far from a fine eatery. Many boast views to die for, including Seven Stones Inn on St Martin’s, Hell Bay Hotel on Bryher, and Juliet’s Garden Restaurant on St Mary’s, the main island. Although travelling between the isles is influenced by tides and weather, one of the greatest pleasures when holidaying here is to island-hop, and the efficient Hell Bay on Bryher, the inter-island boat services, smallest inhabited island including Tresco Boat
TRAVEL Great Bay on St Martin’s is a stunning stretch of white sand
southern side, I followed the coastal path around to the ominously named Hell Bay. Sitting motionless in the grass overlooking the craggy coastline, the grey blanket of swirling mist, which had lain heavily earlier in the day, had given way to shafts of afternoon sunlight. Soon, the sky was awash with blue as I watched the Atlantic rollers breaking on the jagged rocks below. Today was calm, but this bay certainly lives up to its name during winter when
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shrubs and flowers in all shapes, sizes and colours. With red squirrels playing in the trees and golden pheasants darting around ahead of me, the gardens were a delight to explore, and the perfect way to start my tour of Tresco. Then I headed to the dunes sprinkled with The 17-acre colourful wild flowers sub-tropical in the south, before Tresco Abbey admiring the exposed Garden is a cliffs in the north. must-visit Each island has its own unique charm storms bring monstrous waves and is easily explored on foot crashing on to the cliffs. – perfect for anyone, like More protected, being me, who wants a self-guided sandwiched between Bryher walking break. But for those and St Martin’s, is Tresco. The who prefer walking with only privately-owned island a knowledgeable guide, Dr in the group, it’s famous for Katharine Sawyer of Scilly the 17-acre sub-tropical Walks offers plenty of treks Tresco Abbey Garden. With throughout the archipelago – its collection of 20,000 plants as I discovered on my last day. from 80 countries, it’s a must I decided to put my map and for anyone’s itinerary. guidebook away and allowed My camera went into Katherine, an archaeologist, to overdrive as I strolled around show me around St Mary’s, the the manicured lawns, admiring main island. Despite being the flowerbeds that display the hub of the archipelago, it’s
hardly large at just three miles by two. Walking the entire coastline, which is rugged in places but punctuated with quaint cafes, is easily achieved within a day. Katherine showed me around the south coast, enlightening me on the islands’ history en route. It was the perfect end to a perfect holiday, which sadly had whizzed by too quickly. With so much left to explore, including St Agnes, the southernmost populated island, it won’t be long before I return to these gems just off the Cornish coast. GETTING THERE ' To discover more about Scilly, go to visitislesofscilly.com. ' You can fly to St Mary’s with Skybus from Newquay and Land’s End (year-round), and from Exeter (March-October). For parking at Exeter Airport, visit exeter-airport.co.uk. The Scillonian passenger ferry sails between Penzance and St Mary’s (spring-autumn). To book, go to islesofscilly-travel.co.uk or call 01736 334220. Richard stayed at Karma St Martin’s, St Martin’s (01720 422368; karmagroup.com). Woman’s Weekly 49
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Nothing beats a laid-back holiday on the Cornish coast. We stayed in a beautiful eco-cottage in Newquay’s Watergate Bay, where you could watch the sun set over the sea from the comfort of the sofa.
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What to do The best thing about a beach holiday is that it gives you Take a dip in the sea licence to be as lazy as you want. I chose to relax by reading novel after novel on the balcony overlooking the beach – the perfect spot for sunbathing if the weather is favourable. Just two minutes away, the Swim Club spa at Watergate Bay Hotel ofers a range of treatments. With its own cafe and seating area boasting a stunning private view of the Discover pretty Padstow beach below, you can have anything from a hot rocks detox massage to a Find lots more traditional manicure. destination ideas at The beautiful womansweekly.com/ town of Padstow is travel also worth a visit and one to indulge in. is only a half-hour drive If the idea of a lazy beach away. The Cornwall SoapBox following a disused railway line. holiday does not appeal, shop is a real gem, selling It’s ideal for cycling. locally manufactured candles, however, then there is also the The Extreme Academy also soaps and beauty products. 18-mile Camel Trail route that provides surﬁng and watersports The beautiful wild raspberry begins in Padstow and goes to lessons throughout the day at vanilla candle is certainly Wenford Bridge via Bodmin, Watergate Bay beach.
Where to stay The eco-cottage we stayed in was part of The Village complex, which ofers either two-bedroom or four-bedroom rental homes. All the cottages are decorated in an individual style and have open-plan kitchen, dining and living areas. The sea views from the private balcony are nothing short of breathtaking.
What to eat Fifteen is the real foodie destination and belongs to Jamie Oliver’s chain of charity restaurants. The taster dinner menu allows customers to try some of Cornwall’s ﬁnest local produce. Breakfast is a much more relaxed afair, where a traditional fry-up or a stack of pancakes are on ofer.
Travel Details The eco-cottages can be booked through Beach Retreats (beachretreats.co.uk) and prices start from £815 for a week. Newquay airport is a ﬁve-minute drive away, with ﬂights to London, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, and Dublin. Buses in and out of the centre of Newquay are fairly frequent but a car is the easiest mode of transport.
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Typing on a tablet’s on-screen keyboard is a pain. Can I write instead? Handwriting-recognition software has got so good that it is now possible to write on a tablet and see your words appear in perfect typescript on the screen instantly. It even learns your writing style, so the more you write, the better it gets.
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A good round hand gets the best results – if you can’t read your own writing, it is unfair to expect the tablet to understand it. You may have to change the way you form certain letters – for example, the way I write an ‘x’ always fools the system, so I have to use a cross instead.
Writing Tablets finger, but a stylus feels more like proper writing. I’m writing this on my iPad Pro (from £619, apple.com) using the Apple Pencil, £89, a smart stylus with a pressure sensor so you can vary line thickness by pressing harder. It communicates with the tablet via Bluetooth, which means it can distinguish between the nib and your hand, so resting your wrist on the screen will not cause unwanted marks. Other tablets, such as Microsoft’s Surface, also have their own smart stylus.
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If your device comes with its own stylus, it will have handwriting recognition built in. If not, you will need an app. One of the best is MyScript, a system that uses artificial intelligence to recognise patterns and search for the best word match, so it produces very good (but not completely infallible) results. MyScript’s Stylus app replaces the No, you can write with your on-screen keyboard with a writing pad in any app, including your The reMarkable tablet, browser, email and £479, recreates word processor. the drawing MyScript Stylus can experience be downloaded free from the App Store and Google Play. Other MyScript apps include Calculator, which enables you to write mathematical formulae on the screen and see them transformed into printable form in a
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I like to create art on my tablet but the stylus is awful. Is there anything better? Most styluses either slip over the screen in a way that gives little control, or are so sticky that they are impossible to draw with, a problem the designers of the new reMarkable tablet wanted to address. They took an E Ink screen like that used in Kindles, and added a stylus
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he first photos in the album were of Charlotte sitting up, so she had to be at least four months old. And she had teeth! So where did all the newborn baby photos go? It was unthinkable that Scotty hadn’t taken any. Fiona said Scotty had packed up her cameras when she went off to stay with Charlotte’s parents when her birth was imminent. It was crazy to think she hadn’t used them. Charlotte was several weeks old when her parents were killed in the car accident. Miraculously, Charlotte had survived it. Scotty brought her home and the rest was history. Scotty had only told her the bare details of what happened, and if Charlotte ever tried to find out more, Scotty would get upset, so she’d drop the subject. There was only one person she could ask, and she couldn’t tell her. But perhaps Scotty might have one of those
The story so far: After her grandmother SCOTTY receives a visit from a man purporting to be her grandson, granddaughter CHARLOTTE WILLIAMS is determined to discover the truth. She questions Scotty, who conﬁrms her father was her only child. So Charlotte decides to go back to Scotty’s old house and tell ALEXANDER WILLIAMS that he’s made a mistake, and that Scotty clearly isn’t who he thinks she is. She feels sorry for him, especially as he’s bought Scotty’s house wrongly, lucid moments that were increasingly rare. It was the only hope she had. EEE The next day, when Charlotte went to see Scotty, she was sitting in the conservatory. A drawing pad and pencil were on the table beside her. She’d written her name and surrounded it with flowers. She used to love books, but that was one of her lost skills. For a while she’d tried to keep reading, but even with the shortest novels she’d forget what she’d read and have to go back to the beginning. That was one of the things that frustrated her. At The Cedars they were experts in finding things she could do and
enjoy, and for the first time Charlotte admitted to herself that Scotty had been right. This was the best place for her. She turned when she heard Charlotte approaching, and her face lit up in a smile. ‘Hello, love,’ she said in a way that almost fooled Charlotte into thinking she recognised her. ‘What are you doing here?’ ‘I came to see you,’ Charlotte said, bending down to kiss her before pulling up a chair. ‘Is Roland coming?’ ‘Soon,’ Charlotte said. ‘Good. I miss him.’
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thinking it was connected to his family history. He invites her to stay for cofee and before she can break it to him, he says his name is CALUM. She knows he’s lying and so she doesn’t give her name, but leaves quickly. Back at home, CHARLOTTE goes through Scotty’s old photo albums to choose one to take in on her next visit. She realises that there are no photos of her when she was a tiny baby, and that a whole part of her life is missing. The story continues… Scotty leaned back in her chair for a moment and sighed, then she leaned forward again. ‘Are those photo albums?’ ‘Yes. Shall we have a look?’ ‘Oh, yes please,’ Scotty said with such delight that Charlotte’s breath caught in her throat. ‘I took these photos,’ Scotty said. ‘This is Roland before he met you. I couldn’t have wished for a nicer daughter-in-law. You’ve made him really happy, Angela.’ She traced around the
SERIAL BY TERESA ASHBY edge of a photo with her finger. ‘You did get married didn’t you? Was it a church wedding like your mother wanted?’ ‘They married in the Register Office. Look, here are photos.’ ‘I came with you to buy that dress. You didn’t want me to buy it for you, but it looked so beautiful.’ ‘That’s right,’ Charlotte said. She didn’t know that. ‘I’m so sorry about your mother,’ Scotty sighed. ‘It must be very difficult. Did she come to the wedding in the end? I can’t seem to…’ She chewed on her lip and stared into the distance as if trying to retrieve the memory, then she sighed and went back to the album. ‘There’s John with Roland,’ Scotty said, gazing at a photo of her husband standing beside their son. ‘Didn’t they scrub up well? Is John coming to see me? Is he still angry with me?’ ‘Yes, of course he’s coming to see you, and he isn’t angry with
you. Why would he be?’ The lies were necessary, Charlotte had to remind herself. It wasn’t cruel. It would be cruel not to lie. Imagine telling Scotty that John and Roland were both dead and upsetting her, only to have her think them alive again a few hours later. She lived in a state of looking forward to seeing her loved ones, but she didn’t know the only loved one she had left. ‘Do you know anyone called Alexander?’ Charlotte asked.
she’d just typed into Google. Hitting the search button had never been so difficult. She’d been here before several years ago, typing her parents’ names into the search bar – but back then she’d been at Scotty’s house. ‘Don’t do that,’ Scotty had grabbed the mouse and closed the window in one swift movement. ‘If you want to know something about your parents, ask me. Don’t look online. You won’t find what
Scotty stopped smiling and said, ‘Why do you keep asking things?’ ‘Yes, of course I do,’ Scotty said. ‘Have you come about the flowers? I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name.’ ‘I’m here to see you, Scotty,’ Charlotte said, sensing she was losing Scotty again. ‘We could do a jigsaw if you don’t want to look at the photos any more.’ Scotty gripped the edges of the album. ‘No! Don’t take it away!’ ‘Can you tell me anything about Alexander?’ ‘He’s a lovely man,’ Scotty said. ‘He would do anything for anyone and he’s always been so kind to me. He gave me some fuchsia cuttings.’ Charlotte’s skin prickled. ‘He’s been to see you?’ ‘Well, it would be funny if he hadn’t, wouldn’t it, what with the wedding?’ Scotty said impatiently. ‘Do you know how long I’m going to be here?’ ‘Alexander,’ Charlotte pressed, knowing she shouldn’t, knowing Scotty was tired. ‘Who is he?’ ‘Oh, Angela, you are funny! You know very well who he is.’ She stopped smiling. ‘Why do you keep asking things?’ She looked down at the album, her face creased, and suddenly, she swept it off her lap. ‘Take them away,’ Scotty mumbled. ‘I don’t want to see!’ EEE Charlotte sat in front of her laptop, staring at the names
you’re looking for and you may find something you don’t want to see. Trust me, Lottie.’ ‘You had no right to do that,’ Charlotte had muttered in tormented teenage misery. ‘They’re my parents. I have a right to know what happened.’ ‘I’ve always been honest with you,’ Scotty said, pulling her into her arms, ignoring the fact she’d gone as stiff as an ironing board. ‘But the internet may not be. Promise me you’ll never look them up. If you have questions, ask me and know you are getting honest answers. Promise me, Lottie.’ ‘Or what? You’ll stop me using the computer? This isn’t the only one in the world.’ ‘I know that, darling,’ Scotty had said. ‘I wouldn’t stop you using it. Just please, please promise me you won’t look.’ It had piqued Charlotte’s interest even more, but she loved Scotty so much. Scotty was her everything. She’d raised her at a time when her life should have been her own. She made the promise for Scotty’s sake. And then she asked her the same questions she always asked. It made her feel closer to them, knowing the small details – their favourite colours, what food they liked to eat and whether or not they liked cats. And as Scotty talked about how the firefighters had rescued her from the back of the ruined car and carried her tenderly to the ambulance, she began to see
the sense in Scotty’s words. What if there were pictures of the car? Or worse? Even at a time in her life when she felt she could take on the world, she wasn’t sure she could handle that. She already knew that you could see things online quite by accident, that you could never un-see. How much worse it would be to see something connected to you. She held the cursor for a few seconds over the search button, then flicked her finger across the pad and closed the window. She couldn’t break her promise to Scotty, but she couldn’t ask her any of the new questions she had either. Even if she could, she wouldn’t get any answers. EEE ‘Conservation and Heritage, Charlotte Williams speaking, how may I help you?’ It felt good to be back at work and busy. Her desk was piled high, there were hundreds of emails waiting for her and she’d only been away a week. Yet the weekend itself had seemed so long. ‘Hello, Charlotte. It’s Fiona. Next door,’ she added as if Charlotte wouldn’t know who she was. ‘I hope it’s all right to ring you at work.’ Charlotte’s stomach clenched. ‘Fiona,’ she said. ‘Of course it’s all right. Is something wrong?’ It was ridiculous to think Fiona could possibly be calling with news about Scotty. The Cedars would ring if something had happened. But this brought it back to her just how many calls she took from Fiona when she was concerned about Scotty, before Charlotte finally admitted to herself that her grandmother needed expert care. ‘Scotty thinks her car has been stolen,’ Fiona had said once. ‘She wants to drive to town. She asked if she could borrow my car.’ ‘She mustn’t drive.’ ‘I know that. She’s gone back home, but she’s very upset. She was talking about catching Continued overleaf Woman’s Weekly 55
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a bus into town. I’ve tried to reason with her, but I really think you should come home.’ Even now she couldn’t shake off the feeling that if Fiona was calling her, something must be terribly wrong. ‘Not wrong, exactly,’ Fiona said. ‘Calum has just asked if I know how to contact you. I didn’t want to give him your number without permission, so I said I’d call on his behalf.’ Charlotte felt her face burn. ‘Thank you, Fiona. You did the right thing. Why does he need to contact me?’ ‘He found something. He thought perhaps you should see it. Can you come over?’ The other phone on Charlotte’s desk began to ring. A colleague came over, a sheaf of papers in his hand. Her screen was full of urgent emails. There was no way she could just drop everything and leave work. ‘Not right away,’ she said. ‘After work, is that OK? Will he be there?’ ‘I expect so, but if he’s not, I can let you in. I have a spare key so I can take in deliveries for him. He’s expecting new kitchen units to be delivered.’ ‘Thank you, Fiona,’ Charlotte said. ‘I’ll see you later.’ She hung up. What could Calum or Alexander or whatever his name was have found? She’d cleared the house right out before selling it. Nothing had been left behind. It had to be something small. A piece of jewellery perhaps, found between the floorboards, or a letter that had fallen down a crack somewhere.
She’d have to come clean about who she was now, but then again, so would he. ‘Charlotte,’ her colleague said. ‘Can you look at these?’ He dumped the papers on her desk as she answered her phone. At least if she was busy, the day should pass quickly. EEE When she pulled up outside Scotty’s house later, a different skip was on the drive and it was already full.
Scotty,’ Fiona said. ‘We need your permission. I didn’t like to ask before, but would you think about it? I know Scotty probably wouldn’t know us, but she’d most likely enjoy the company and it would mean you didn’t have to go every day.’ ‘How do you know I go every day?’ Charlotte asked. ‘Because I know you.’ Fiona smiled. ‘Scotty’s mother had dementia and she loved visitors. Didn’t know anyone from Adam, but she was always happy to chat to someone. I used to go in and sit with her so Scotty could get out of the house for a while. You knew she lived with Scotty at the end?’ She knew. She’d been wrong to cut Scotty off from everyone.
‘He didn’t say what he’d found, but he left whatever it is in the living room’ She saw the curtain twitch next door before Fiona came out holding up a set of keys. Scotty’s keys. Charlotte folded her fingers around them, so familiar, such a big part of her life for so long, and yet nothing to her now. ‘He didn’t say what he’d found,’ Fiona said. ‘But he’s left whatever it is in the living room. He should be back soon.’ She looked anxious. ‘Are you alright, Fiona?’ Charlotte asked. ‘Yes, I’m fine. It’s you I’m worried about. Would you like me to make you a coffee and bring it round? Or you’re welcome to come in and have a drink with me if you like. I know it must be hard for you coming back here, love.’ She reached out and gently rubbed Charlotte’s back. ‘I could come in there with you if you like.’ Charlotte nodded, unable to speak for a moment. The kindness of other people was always her undoing. It had been so much easier to cut herself off and not have to face just how hard this was. ‘I’ll be fine,’ she said at last. ‘Thank you, Fiona.’ ‘You know there are several of us who would like to visit
‘Let me know who wants to visit,’ Charlotte said. ‘I’ll let them know at The Cedars.’ EEE She wondered how long it took Calum to figure out the lift-and-wiggle technique of unlocking the front door as she let herself in. The house didn’t feel or smell the same, yet as she stepped into the hall it was just like coming home. She closed her eyes, half-expecting to hear Scotty call out from the kitchen, ‘Through here, love. I’m just getting something out of the oven. Reset the smoke alarm for me would you?’ She smiled. Laughed. Scotty was always setting the smoke alarm off, even before she started to get forgetful. She loved photography and gardening, but you could forget anything domestic. The door into the sitting room creaked a little as she pushed it open. On the bare floorboards next to a garden chair was a faded old cardboard box. How on earth had she missed that? Her footsteps echoed round the room as she hurried across to the chair Calum had thoughtfully provided, and sat down. The room seemed much
smaller without furniture. The box had been sealed up with sticky tape, but it had long since lost its glue and peeled away easily, leaving smooth dark strips on the cardboard. Leaning forward, she flipped back the flap of the box and lifted out a book wrapped in yellowing tissue paper. An album! The first few pages were full of pictures of her parents, her mother heavily pregnant, her father always with a protective arm around her. He didn’t look at the camera, just at his wife. Her heart contracted seeing the love they had for each other so clearly in their faces. Scotty had gone mad with the camera. There were pictures of her grandfather too. They must have been the last Scotty took of him because he died, before Charlotte was born. Scotty had told her it was very sudden, but never said how or exactly when he’d died. Fiona had said ‘they’ went to stay with Roland and Angela when the baby was due, and Scotty had come back alone with Charlotte. He looked so healthy. Poor Scotty. She’d lost her husband and her only son so close together, and yet she’d stepped up to take Charlotte in. She turned the pages slowly, drinking in the detail on each one. Another couple appeared in some of the photographs. She recognised them as her maternal grandparents from the wedding pictures. She didn’t even know their names. What had happened to them? Scotty had always been vague about that. Angela’s mother had red hair too, like Angela and Charlotte, and she was smiling, looking much happier than she had in the wedding photos. There wasn’t one of those in which she was smiling. Charlotte had asked Scotty about that a long time ago. ‘It’s a very stressful time for a mother when her only daughter gets married,’ Scotty said. ‘Especially when she gets Continued overleaf
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SERIAL BY TERESA ASHBY married in a Register Ofﬁce and you’ve got your heart set on a big church do.’ Was that what Scotty was talking about when she said she was sorry about Angela’s mother? Was that why Scotty went with her to buy her wedding dress? ‘I see you found the box.’ She was so lost in thought she didn’t hear Calum come in. When she looked up he took a step back, almost dropping the paint he was carrying. ‘You? I was expecting someone else.’ ‘Fiona gave me the keys,’ Charlotte said coolly as she marked her place with the ribbon bookmark and closed the album. ‘You’re Charlotte? Why on Earth didn’t you say something before? Why did you let me assume you were just some random passerby, hunting for treasure in skips? Why didn’t you say something?’ She stood up and laughed
buy our house? And why are you lying about your name?’ He shook his head. ‘You’re making a lot of accusations here. I’ve told you who I am and I have not been to visit your grandmother. I don’t even know who she is! I didn’t buy your house and I’m certainly not lying about my name.’ ‘So you still claim that your name is Calum?’ ‘I’m not claiming anything. My name is Calum. Wait, I’ll show you.’ He dug into his jeans pocket and took out his wallet. He opened it, then changed his mind and tossed it to her. She only just managed to catch it. ‘Take a look.’ It was stuffed with cards, receipts and a few notes. She took out his driver’s licence. ‘Calum Shaw,’ she said, looking up at him. ‘Then why did you tell people your name was Alexander Williams?’ ‘What?’ He took his wallet back and shoved it back in his
‘Oh, stop this. Who are you and why did you visit my grandmother?’ harshly. ‘Why didn’t I say something? That’s rich. Where did you ﬁnd the box? And I want the truth. I know that you didn’t ﬁnd it here. You couldn’t have done.’ He put the tins of paint on the ﬂoor. ‘The box was in the attic.’ His friendly, warm smile had gone, but so had hers. OK, she hadn’t been straight with him, but he hadn’t been straight with her either, and she was angry – so angry. Not just with him, but with this whole awful situation. ‘You can’t have found it in the attic,’ she insisted, sounding a lot calmer than she felt. ‘I cleared it out myself. There was nothing left. It was completely empty.’ ‘The box was tucked away. You could easily have missed it.’ She laughed again, still harshly, the tremor in it betraying her anger. ‘Oh, stop this,’ she said. ‘Who are you? Why did you visit my grandmother? Why did you
pocket. ‘Why on Earth would I do that? What’s Alex got to do with any of this?’ ‘You know him?’ ‘Of course I know him, and I’m starting to wish I’d just given the box to him and let him deal with it.’ She slumped back down on the chair, not knowing what to say or do next. ‘Look, I don’t know what’s going on with you, but I think we need to talk,’ Calum said, his voice kinder than she had any right to expect. ‘I’m out of milk, but there’s a café down the road. We could get a coffee.’ She checked her watch. She’d be late to see Scotty if she went for a coffee, but Scotty wouldn’t notice. When she looked up at Calum, he reached out and touched her shoulder gently. ‘You look so sad,’ he said. ‘Let me get you that coffee.’ ‘Why should I trust you?’ she said. ‘Why should you not?’ CONTINUES NEXT WEEK © Teresa Ashby, 2018
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Answers for 24 April puzzles are on page 59. The answers to all this week’s puzzles will appear in two issues’ time
Every letter of the alphabet has been replaced by a number, the same number representing the same letter throughout the puzzle. Just decide which letter is represented by which number! To start you of, we’ve revealed the codes for three letters. When you’ve ﬁlled in these letters on the grid, you’ll have enough information to guess words and discover other letters. Use the letter hecklist and etter grid o keep track of the letters you have found.
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J U ST FOR FUN!
Simply fill in the crossword (right) and read down the letters in the shaded squares to reveal a vehicle (10)
Across 4 Maths problem(3) 8 Metal tea-making vessel(3)
13 Lack of attention(7) 14 Went on for too long(7) 15 Govern harshly and keep in subservience(7) 16 Organ for breathing (4) 17 Exclusive set(6) 18 Brown uniform cloth(5) 19 Illegal act(5) 21 Forgets where (something) is(7) 22 Fragrant smoke(7) 24 ___and crosses, game for two players(7) 26 ___Hepburn, actress(6) 28 Get in touch with(7) 30 Of many parts(8) 35 That creature’s(3) 36 Nonprofessional(7) 38 Join(with another company)(5) 39 Swiss chocolate company(5) 40 Pleasant(4) 41 Tinned dessert(5,8) 43 Joint in the leg(4) 47 Popular dog name(5) 48 Field of sporting contests(5) 49 Genuine, heartfelt(7) 50 Tank, cistern(3) 51 Acidic taste(8) 52 Announce, make known(7) 54 Pencil-mark remover(6) 57 Oriental(7) 60 Craftiest(7) 62 US state(7) 64 Path(5) 66 Hold up, make late (5) 67 Nippy, cold (6)
68 Big smile(4) 70 Thin pasta strands(7) 71 Affront(7) 72 Football team’s leader(7) 73 Pull using rope(3) 74 Shaft of light (3)
reddening(12) 2 Delegates(6) 3 Precious 64 stone(3) 4 Fashionable, chic(7) 70 5 Bloodsucking flying insect (8) 6 In this position(4) 7 Smashed to pieces(6) 8 Loosened(shoe ties) (7) 9 Idea, thought(6) 10 Long historical film(4) 11 Unhealthy fixation (6) 12 Estimate, evaluation(10) 20 Prehistoric person with a home of stone(7) 23 Provide food(5) 25 Countless(6) 27 Jacket to protect a book from damage(4,5) 29 Cartoon magazine for children(5) 31 Unpolished (writing) (8) 32 Tools with blades that fold into the handles(9) 33 Areas on which golf balls are supposed to proceed(8) 34 Native of England, Wales or Scotland(6) 37 Forced to live
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42 Large wooden packing case(5) 44 Keeping amused(12) 45 Carrot-coloured(6) 46 Court case that has to be held again(7) 47 Moving backwards or turning tail(10) 49 Find the answer to (a clue)(5) 53 Shopkeeper(8) 55 Common British bird(7) 56 Wrong idea or belief(7) 58 One of four periods of the year(6) 59 Naked sunworshipper(6) 61 Make redundant(3,3) 63 Car’s inflatable safety device(3,3) 65 Thousand grams (4) 67 Rod, stick(4) 69 Observe secretly (3)
Wordwise You have 15 minutes to find as many words as possible using the letters shown in the grid. Each word must contain four or more letters, one of which must be the central square. No proper nouns, plurals or foreign words are allowed. There is one nine-letter word in WORD COUNT the grid, for which this week’s 29 = Good clue is: Curved throwing stick More than 37 =
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The Wrong Date There’s an awkward mix-up at the cofee shop
s the great philosopher Frank Sinatra once put it, ‘Regrets, I’ve had a few.’ Frank, I feel your pain. I am certainly beginning to regret answering the telephone last week so that I could be bludgeoned by my ‘friend’ Brassy Barbara, who is the new chairman of our local dramatic society, into directing The Pirates of Penzance. I am not, you see, the stuff of which directors are made. About the most I could wish for, under normal circumstances, is being a supportive Number Two. If the Dramatic Society had been looking for somebody to say, ‘Set The Mikado in London during the reign of Henry VIII? What a jolly good idea, Director,’ or perhaps, ‘Yes, what a splendid thought. Will you ask Ant and Dec and Geoffrey Boycott if they’d like to play the Three Little Maids From School, or shall I?’ then they could not have come to a better place. But whatever great leaders are made of was out of stock when I rolled off the production line. What’s more, I am getting fed up with my colleagues at the charity shop, who sing, ‘When constabulary duty’s to be done, to be done, a policeman’s lot is not a happy one,’ every time I arrive for a shift. This is not all. I am also beginning to regret saying that I’d sit in The Nice Little Coffee Shop In The High Street while my friend Sue has a first date with a man she met on the internet. ‘Surely that will cramp your style?’ I said. ‘Not to mention what it’ll do to his.’ ‘I don’t have a style any more,’ she said, giving me an old-fashioned look. ‘Anyway, I don’t mean sit with us at the table. I mean just sit at another table and make sure nothing untoward happens.’ Old-fashioned looks, by the way, are suddenly back in fashion. Now that everybody is very busy disapproving of everybody else, never has the old-fashioned look been so modern. Oh dear, where was I? Ah, yes. Nothing untoward, prevention of. ‘I don’t want to be difficult,’ I said, ‘but surely I’ll make things more difficult just by being in the restaurant?’ ‘Far from it,’ said Sue. ‘Frankly, Rosie, I’m a bit nervous about meeting a man I’ve never met before. You don’t know what
might happen. He could get up to all sorts.’ ‘If he gets up to all sorts, I think the other customers might notice.’ ‘I’d still feel better if you were there.’ A friend in need, as the old saying goes, is an awful nuisance. However, Sue is somebody I have known since the days of the school run, when friendships are forged in the heat of battle for parking spaces. I cannot let her down. Her nerves are understandable, given her track record with men. Mr Sue left her with three children, and as soon as she was unexpectedly single Mr Sue’s brother arrived with flowers, chocolates, and a smooth-talking manner. At vulnerable moments, flowers and chocolates can be a welcome distraction and so she allowed herself to be, well, distracted. Things did not go well. It is my job to cheer you up and not plunge you into a depression by suggesting that all men, and especially their single brothers, should carry some sort of Government health
‘If he gets up to all sorts, I think the other customers might notice’ warning or, at the very least, a best-before date on their foreheads. So let’s just say that Sue did not dabble in romance until long after the children had left home. In fact, this latest mystery chap is her first attempt. The scene now switches to The Nice Little Coffee Shop In The High Street, which has been mentioned so many times on this page that you’d think I had shares. The real reason/s it features so often are that a) it’s not far from the charity shop, b) its cakes – especially the coffee, date and walnut – are well worth the difficult encounter with the weighing scales that will inevitably follow, and c) Nearly all of what passes for polite society gathers here, so you can usually pick up some good gossip. Oddly enough, polite society seems to have taken its business elsewhere today. The cafe is quiet. There are two young men toying with croissants in the far depths, while a party of young mothers is by the window, making the most of the freedom
that comes from dumping the children at a nearby nursery. ‘It’s too quiet,’ says Sue, as if she’s a US cavalry sergeant in a black and white western. ‘I don’t like it.’ What happens next, of course, is that her companion gets shot. To prepare for this eventuality, I order a large slab of chocolate cake and a mug of coffee. I would have ordered something for Sue too, to keep her spirits up, but she is so nervous that she’s disappeared into the ladies. Before I can really get to grips with the chocolate cake, the door opens and admits, with great ceremony, a middle-aged man who is carrying a large bunch of flowers. He looks around nervously, and then – for this is surely Sue’s mystery man – alights upon the only single woman in the place. ‘Hello,’ he says to me. ‘I’m Michael. You must be Sue. Err, these are for you.’ Before I can get a word in edgeways, he presents me with the flowers. At this point, Sue returns from the lavatory and we have what is technically known as an awkward moment. ‘Michael, this is Sue,’ I say. ‘Sue, this is Michael, who has just presented me with some wonderful flowers. Michael, I’m Rosemary. Not Sue. And, as you’ll no doubt be grateful to learn, I’m just leaving.’
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