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editor’s letter

............... Welcome Spring!

W Cover: emma burstall Photography: Annie Armitage

............................ Publisher Darling Magazine UK Karine Torr Editor Marja-Leena Toseland All Enquiries 07802 949836 Email kingston@ darlingmagazine.co.uk Contributors Lyndsay Russell, Paul Mendelson

hat a joy to see the flowers in the parks again and to watch the boats practising for our famous “Head of the River”. I feel re-energised as soon as the sun is out, and eager to get on my bike. Cycling around Kingston is such a relief from queuing for car parks or looking for a parking space. But it’s not for the faint-hearted, and you have to be careful out on the roads as we’re still desperately lacking in safe cycle routes, especially in and out of the town centre. A recent survey suggests improvements may be on the way! This issue’s Inspiring Woman is Kingston writer Emma Burstall, author of the bestselling novel ‘The Darling Girls’ – appropriately enough! Look out for great nutritional advice from Hilary Davies, tips from our gardening mentor Valerie McBride-Munro, and the latest interiors trends from Ann Jackman and Seriously Sofas. Find out what Funny Women are all about, how tutoring can help any child to fulfill their potential, and how women are saving our high streets. And for you singles out there – with spring in the air – some tips on dating! Don’t miss out on a chance to win tickets to see “Translations” at the Rose Theatre. And there’s much, much more – enjoy the read! So until June, when you can indulge in our Summer issue of great holiday reading!

Photography Annie Armitage annie@anniearmitage.com

Marja-Leena Toseland Editor | kingston@darlingmagazine.co.uk

Design Anu West info@apila.co.uk

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Inspiring Woman – Author Emma Burstall Are women saving our high streets? Why women are paid less Schools in the news Rock On, Kingston! Feeding children and teenagers Cook's corner Easter recipe Tutoring takes a holistic approach Live life on the funny side Fertility and Chinese medicine Dare you date as a forty-something? On the scene Rose Theatre competition A fresh look at Spring-Summer interiors Make your space work hard for you Make your home a haven Success with climbing plants What's on? Diary of upcoming events Bridge – the joy of Stayman Lyndsay Russell's Point of view darlingmagazine.co.uk | april–may 2014 

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Darling Kingston April-May 2014  

Inspiring local women in Kingston