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darling Spring 2020 PRICELESS

The Women’s Issue

Dame Darcey


Dancing again

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With Pam & Emma



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Sex Education

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Dame Darcey Bussell



t’s true, I basically want everyone to experience dance. The nice thing is that it does not have to be done at a high standard to get all the attributes and improve your wellbeing. Dance around the kitchen table, at a Silver Swans ballet class, socially, it doesn’t matter. Since returning from living in Sydney in 2012, I have been fortunate to have worked with the amazing team on Strictly, which was an extraordinary seven years, and I have also been involved with some wonderful dance charities and I enjoy that a lot. Amongst them is the Royal Academy of Dance and I am honoured to be president. 4

The RAD is the leading ballet syllabus in the world. This is something we should all be really proud of as young people receive about 20 million hours of ballet coaching from RAD teachers every year, worldwide. The RAD is something we in the South West are going to hear more about as they are just about to move into their brand-new headquarters in Wandsworth with seven beautiful studios. With the RAD celebrating its centenary this year, there is also going to be an exciting exhibition celebrating British dance at the V&A museum opening in May. One project that I spend a lot of my time on is Diverse Dance Mix (DDMIX) which is a social

enterprise that I founded. DDMIX’s aim is to have dance fitness as part of regular PE in as many schools as possible. We are up to 42, there are 24,000 schools in the UK so we have a lot of work to do! Dance fitness is the most wonderfully concentrated package of wellbeing for students of the 21st century. With current low levels of participation in physical activity, we clearly need more ways to engage and inspire our children to move. I‘m not saying we should replace team sports and athletics but it’s time to add other elements. Photography Alexander Rhind

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Dance fitness in schools should be a physical and mental wellbeing essential Dame Darcey As you know just as well as I do, we are also living in an era where our young people are going to spend most of their working lives and a good part of their social lives in front of a screen. If they have this technology at their fingertips already, and it is so stimulating and they are losing the pleasure of being active, we must give them the tools to create balance in their lives. Dr Marco Narici, featuring on a BBC program hosted by Angela Rippon, stated: ‘When you go to the gym, it is repetitive and you work on

single muscles or muscle groups. Whereas dance stimulates so many more systems: the brain, nerves, muscles, ligaments… dancing facilitates the cross talk of the muscle and the nerves, making a much more holistic comprehensive exercise’. If you think about it for a minute, dance is a full body work out and aerobic, it provides an appreciation of rhythm and teaches musicality, it is another form of expression, it engages the imagination, it is social, is completely inclusive and best of all: is cheap and great fun. In order for it to be completely inclusive, I knew that the answer for schools was not in specialized dance, like ballet or Latin. However, with my Presidential hat on, I do completely endorse specialized dance training when it comes to those young people who want to dedicate their time to dance. But dance fitness, with lots of different genres, delivered

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simply and enthusiastically, can provide all the attributes to every child, and can be put directly into PE. At DDMIX we have spent four years getting the delivery system right so that any teacher can become confident in teaching dance fitness very quickly. On the 25th of March we are holding one of our schools’ festivals at the Arthur Cotterell theatre in Kingston, where we get as many schools as possible to come and experience Diverse Dance Mix. So if you know a school in the South West that would benefit from the DDMIX programme, do please get in touch. Right, I’m off to pick up my daughters and walk the dogs and perhaps do a dance move or two on the common. Please excuse me if I disturb your walk! ■ ddmixforschools.com royalacademyofdance.org

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Speak up, speak out 6 Steps to becoming a skilful and confident communicator by TV Presenter Jayne Constantinis


n Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, one of the factors of success (in life generally) is knowing “what to say to whom, when to say it and how to say it for maximum effect”.

1 Blowing our own trumpet

That’s communication – my passion and, I believe, our most fundamental life skill. I see proof of that every day when I’m training children, lawyers, CEOs, and individuals, and what excites me is that anyone can grow in confidence and skill, wherever they’re starting from. Confidence is a muscle, not a mystical force field; communication is just like a sport – it’s based on a set of technical skills and mindset. It’s not about acting or copying someone else (it’s certainly not about women behaving like men). Authenticity is key: remaining true to our own style but being the best version of ourselves. 16

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Whether we’re working in a company, running our own business or managing a family, we need to own our accomplishments. Most women struggle to celebrate their success. The key is to change our mindset and our language. It can feel less boastful to demonstrate excitement about the achievement, eg “it was an interesting/ satisfying/stimulating/challenging project. I loved/was proud/excited to be involved/lead the team/work with that company”. We can grow this muscle every day and encourage young people to do likewise

simply by adopting a new habit - accepting a compliment rather than batting it away. Instead of responding to “that’s a lovely shirt” with “oh it’s really old”, how about a very simple “thank you”. 2 Rehearse Whether we’re preparing for a meeting, an interview, a challenging conversation (with a teacher, child, partner, builder), saying the words out loud in advance will transform the experience and potentially the outcome. Rehearsal helps us manage our emotions and be more measured and concise. It also encourages us to avoid…

5 Small talk Many people fear small talk. In particular they struggle to start conversations with strangers. It is indeed hard to know which topic to pick (apart from the weather of course) so an easy place to start is a shared experience – something which you and they are both seeing, eating, drinking, watching, about to do. The view, the brownies, the talk, the building, the match. And all you need is a comment – wow that’s quite a view isn’t it? That will be your launch pad to a broader conversation. Another useful tool in small talk is…

Confidence is a muscle, not a mystical force field

3 JENGA words There’s a group of words and phrases (I’ve nicknamed them JENGAs) which, if overused, out loud and in writing, damage our credibility and make us appear hesitant. They include: “kind of, sort of, ya know”. “Like” is the current scourge and “just” is the killer filler. How often do emails begin with ‘Just a quick note to …’, thereby belittling the content to follow. 4 Body language As well as eliminating weak language, we need to be mindful of our non-verbal communication. My mission is to rid the world of crossed ankles! If you’re familiar with Amy Cuddy’s work on power posing (if not do watch her TED talk), you’ll know that her definition of ‘presence’ is ‘taking up space in the world’. Crossed ankles (how many women on the red carpet stand like this, to take up less space in the world?) is the classic low power pose.

6 Listening We have two ears and one mouth! In my TEDx talk, I started a crusade to encourage the world to listen, especially at moments of conflict (there’s plenty of that around, particularly on social media). If we get into the habit of listening to alternative opinions, rather than shutting them down to express our own view more forcefully, we’re more likely to be able to respect the other person’s perspective (which of course is just as valid as ours). So, as public debate becomes ever more angry and polarised, we can lead by example and set a different tone for conversations at the dinner table, in the car or around the boardroom table. Let’s learn (and teach the next generation) to disagree agreeably. n ‘Please don’t let the world stop talking’ Jayne Constantinis TEDx Open University jayneconstantinis.com read more at darlingmagazine.co.uk spring 20


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Women Of The World Festival celebrates 10 years

With the biggest and boldest festival yet


ince the first Women of the World Festival was launched by Jude Kelly at Southbank Centre London in 2010, where she was Artistic Director, it has grown from strength to strength, celebrating the achievements of women and girls around the world, taking a frank look at what prevents them from achieving their potential, raising awareness globally of the issues they face, and discussing solutions together. Over the past 10 years WOW Festivals have reached more than two million people across six continents, from Baltimore to Brazil, Cardiff to Karachi. The organisation works to build, convene and sustain a global movement that believes a gender equal world is possible and desirable through WOW festivals and empowering women and girls. Women’s Parliament is one of the hot topics at WOW. If

A global movement that believes a gender equal world is possible and desirable women ran Parliament, what would it look like? Women are underrepresented across the board in British politics, both in parliament and at local council level. As more and more women leave public office, it could undo any progress that has been made towards getting 50:50 representation in recent years. The festival remembers Toni Morrison, the seminal American author, with performances, readings and tributes from special guests in a joyful response to the life,

influence and legacy of this Nobel Prize winner. Amazing women in the programme included: Naomi Wolf, Shazia Mirza, Scarlett Curtis, Sandi Toksvig, Mary Robinson, Elif Shafak, Julia Gillard, Caroline Criado Perez, Emma Dabiri, Shazia Mirza, Bobby Baker and live recordings of two of the UK’s most popular podcasts, Scarlett Curtis: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and The Guilty Feminist. Top left: Deborah Frances White presenting The Guilty Feminist at WOW Festival 2020

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“I love these Awards for a number of  reasons. Firstly, they celebrate the amazing talent of business; secondly they are a great way for staff to gain  recognition for all their hard work and  thirdly, they bring together our sponsors  with a whole new network of applicants. We can’t wait to see who enters and wish all the very best of luck!” Diana Sterck, CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce

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arah Austin from Really Helpful Club says: Research has found that women in business really value their support network to help them reach their goals – a trusted circle who have a wealth of contacts to connect them onto wider opportunities. And I’ve seen first-hand that this support truly can impact female business owners’ lives for the better. At Really Helpful Club (RHC), we are passionate about helping people make new, important connections. I was therefore delighted to hear from some of our local members about the business successes they’ve had, through connecting with other women in our network. Rebecca Williams of Group Evolution, discovered leading Nutritional Therapist Jackie Lynch through RHC,

inviting her to speak at their upcoming Menopause Retreat. Rebecca told me “Having identified professionals with a similar ethos to our own, it was fantastic to find them in the RHC directory. This common ground was like having a personal letter of introduction!” Charissa Risley of Artfully Sorted got chatting to artist and ceramicist Kate Kelleher at our Instagram Masterclass. Charissa says “Fast forward one year, and we are exhibiting together at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, a dream come true for both of us!” Relationship Therapist Pam Custers has found making

trusted connections invaluable in building meaningful business relationships. She says “Thanks to RHC, I have been able to align myself with a number of incredibly dynamic women, expand my horizons and my business. I have had numerous doors opened to me that I would never have been able to do myself.” Making trusted connections can bring you together with people who could benefit your business, your community and your wellbeing. ■ The Really Helpful Club is a free, online and offline network for positive, like-minded people to share their connections, advice and knowledge. Find out more about membership and our events at reallyhelpfulclub.com

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A work of art Contemporary living in the heart of Wimbledon Village, the former home and private gallery of late art critic and author Brian Sewell has been transformed


aley House, Leopold Road, Wimbledon Village was the residence of Britain’s most famous yet controversial art critic, and has been transformed into nine contemporary homes by awardwinning property developer West Eleven. Interested parties can now visit the extraordinary show home fully furnished by Interior Designer, Amelia McNeil. Caley House is a boutique walled development, comprising three new mews houses that seamlessly blend alongside the original building that contains five apartments and a coach house, all conveniently nestled between Wimbledon Park and the Village. The development offers residents the perfect harmony of contemporary and stylish interiors, accompanied by period, charm and characterful exteriors. 22

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Annika Prince, Development Manager for Caley House: “When transforming this beautiful, boutique development, we knew it was imperative that any architectural intervention was sensitive to the character and context of the place, this goes for the interiors too. For us, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, which is why it’s so crucial that the interiors married old and new in a timeless, graceful style for modern living and with Amelia’s help, we’re confident that this is a winning concept.” Interior Designer, Amelia McNeil, adds: “We were keen from the start to create something in keeping with the history and setting of Caley House but updated in style, which I think we’ve achieved. This is such a unique property and it’s been so rewarding watching it’s transformation over the last 12 months with such skill and craftsmanship to create nine truly desirable homes.”


Sublime Interiors The interiors have been carefully considered to reflect the tranquillity and maturity of the setting and character of the buildings. The aim was to emulate styling in a clean and contemporary aesthetic that stayed true to the heart and soul of the original building. Inspired by nature, a warm neutral colour palette adorns the walls, floors and ceilings whilst hand-picked furniture adds bursts of earthy autumn browns and garden greens that extends into the finishing touches such as soft furnishings, plants and lamps.

The apartment and Coach House interiors nod to their Edwardian heritage, with finishes such as brushed brass fittings, inky hues and sensitively restored “Arts Movements” stained glass windows. In subtle contrast the new mews homes adopt a Scandinavian feel with clean white stone and textured sisal-like carpets in the lofty bedrooms.

Relaxed and Luxurious Setting Secluded, landscaped and mature, private gardens, including a lily pond Monet would’ve been proud of and 30 different tree species, surround the property, providing residents a perfect haven in which to escape the city. Each home has a private outdoor space to relax and entertain in, they come in the form of patios, balconies and gardens. The private balconies overlook the grounds and are on offer for first and second floor apartments whilst the private patios are for the ground floor apartments and each mews house has its own mature garden. All options provide a particular lifestyle to residents, the gardens are a canvas for horticulture, the balconies are a wonderful sun trap and the patios offer a calming spot to relax with a newspaper. Originally one mansion, West Eleven has risen to the challenge to create five elegant, light filled apartments that don’t compromise on space, whilst the mews houses are contemporary, open-plan homes that offer something a little different. Both the conversion and mews houses have been designed to ensure natural light floods each room, including a wealth of generously sized windows, high ceilings and clever roof lighting. There’s a natural fluidity between rooms and ample storage spaces, providing ideal living spaces for today’s modern home buyer. The open plan kitchen and living room have been strategically placed at the heart of all the homes in Caley House to encourage harmonious, integrated living. For more information on Caley House visit caleyhouse.london For Sales Enquiries savills.co.uk or call 020 8971 8111 or robertholmes.co.uk or call 020 8131 5531 read more at darlingmagazine.co.uk spring 20


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Can you name five women artists? Darling’s Editor Karine Torr chats to Sophia Bennett as we celebrate Women’s History Month


ince 2016, the US-based National Museum of Women in the Arts has been asking this question on social media each March during Women’s History Month using the hashtag #5WomenArtists. Nowadays, most young people can name Frida Kahlo but after her it gets more difficult. I’ve written several books for girls and I give talks in schools about girls’ confidence. What they need more than anything is a variety of role models for who they want to become. We have lawyers like Michelle Obama and Lady Hale, the best sort of girly swot. We have film directors like Greta Gerwig (although if you look at the Oscar nominations this year you would never know). I think artists are the best role models of all, because nobody ever asks you to be one: you have to fight for the right to express yourself and find your own way to share your unique vision of the world. I’m inspired by Yayoi Kusama, a 90-year-old artist living in Japan, who

is known as the ‘princess of polka dots’. She battles

Thinking like an artist is about looking, not looking perfect

mental illness every day of her life, and the result is art that resonates with joy and love. Five years ago, more people were queueing to get into her exhibitions of ‘infinity mirror rooms’ than for any other artist in the world. Yet when she was a teenager her mother tore up her drawings and confiscated all her art materials, because she wanted young Yayoi to ‘be good’ and marry well. Yayoi resorted to painting with mud on old garden sacks. For thousands of years, women have been kept ‘in their place’ in the history of art: as models and muses, seen and not heard. As artists they have known every form of refusal, deprivation, anonymity, disappointment, invisibility and anxiety. And yet, women like Yayoi have persisted, extemporised, explored, expressed, resisted and created. Look through history and you’ll find them, from Sofonisba

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Anguissola in the Renaissance to Artemisia Gentileschi in the Baroque, to Berthe Morisot, who was a leading Impressionist painter in her early twenties, to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (painting below), a Londoner who is painting in oils today and Tracey Emin with My Bed. I discovered these women when I was asked to write a book for the Tate, whose

Director is Maria Balshaw, a woman dedicated to putting women in their real place: in galleries, as artists. The result was The Bigger Picture: Women Who Changed the Art World. With illustrations by Manjit Thapp, it highlights the lives and works of over thirty artists and features interviews with several of them, including Yayoi Kusama. I’m not sure how many highly illustrated nonfiction books there are out there for teens, but I’d love to see more of them.

The teens I write for are besieged by images of perfection and it is creating levels of anxiety they don’t know how to manage, at an age when they should be loving the chance to explore who they want to become. Thinking like an artist is about looking, not looking perfect. That is what artists like Frida Kahlo and Yayoi Kusama know. That’s what I hope the readers of The Bigger Picture can discover for themselves. ■ sophiabennett.com Buy her The Bigger Picture book through the Tate shop. See Tate Modern for new exhibitions starting in May. shop.tate.org.uk manjitthapp.co.uk

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HOW WORRIED SHOULD YOU BE? When health anxiety affects our health

seek support. If this is getting in the way of your everyday life, talking to a counsellor will help you gain perspective. Sometimes we may need more than just our friends and family saying we are ‘over reacting’. ■


ith all the talk of the Corona virus it is little wonder that we may start feeling anxious. When we suffer with anxiety already, something like the fear of getting ill can tip us over the edge. Anxiety about this virus can set off a whole range of thoughts feelings and reactions. These can range from panic, social withdrawal, difficulty concentrating and hyper vigilance for your health.

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Having ways to manage your anxiety around the corona virus will make the next weeks and months more manageable. We may know rationally that the chances of getting the virus are negligible and even then, the vast majority of people recover quickly, our minds may still play tricks on us. There are many things that we can do to manage our fears and anxieties. Most of these steps are part of a healthy lifestyle. The first is to get the facts. Stay informed. Keep this in perspective. Whilst you have the facts constantly watching the press and the reruns of the upsetting footage of other countries is not useful. We are only able to respond to the facts in this country. Taking a break from watching allows you to start focusing on your life. Staying healthy by following the advice of sneezing into tissues and binning and washing hands are all good practice at the best of times. We also have to be mindful of assumptions. Isolating someone who has a cough may unwittingly stigmatise a person unnecessarily. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the stress

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Emma Parr on the sadness of stillbirths

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n awareness week is being held from 29th April to promote perinatal mental health. Throughout pregnancy mental health is important, particularly if a baby is miscarried or stillborn. In such cases, feelings of grief at the loss and guilt as to how this could have happened are often experienced.

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Today I will focus on stillbirth and the complex nature of what this brings, if a child is born between 19 and 24 weeks, not only emotionally but practically. If a child is born between 19 and 24 weeks, the word miscarriage will be used, as legally a stillbirth only applies after 24 weeks. It can be incredibly hard to use this term, as the mother will have gone into labour and given birth to the baby, her milk may even come-in days later C whilst still in shock. Use the term that feels right, M saying stillborn may give others insight into your Y experience without the need to explain.

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There will be many decisions to make. In hospital, you have the opportunity of a keepsake box for MY pictures and hand/footprints and you may want CY to consider an autopsy; take the time to do what feels right for you and your partner. Do you want CMY to organise a ceremony to mark the baby’s life, K perhaps choose a name? Becoming a parent of a dead child can feel like being part of a club you would never choose to join. Making sense of it all can feel impossible, as we do not “get over” a death, there is no timeframe and no rules to follow. How do we learn to live with it? Talking through emotions, thoughts and decisions with your family, friends or GP, can provide the support needed to move forward at such a painful time. ■


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Spring into action

and have peace of mind Make this the season to get on top of things, with a simple checklist to stand you in good stead, says Peacock & Co’s Kai Khunsaen-Jones

Is your will up to date?

Getting married: If you made

The most important but often overlooked document to be on top of is your will. Without one in place those closest to you may not automatically receive what you wish for them. It is good practice to review your will every four or five years or when your circumstances have changed. This could include:

a will before you married, it becomes void upon your date of marriage and your estate passes under the intestacy rules. Intestacy rules, crucially, do not provide for unmarried couples or stepchildren. You may wish to protect assets for children from a previous marriage.


Having children: It is

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important to consider who will look after your children until they are 18 in the event that something happens to both parents. Without this in place, the decision falls to a court. Don’t forget grandchildren – have you factored in your wish to include them in your will?

Appointing executors and trustees: Who will administer

PEACOCK & CO Solicitors

Kai Khunsaen-Jones

your estate and manage the finances for any minor beneficiaries? Have those that you want to be executors, guardians or beneficiaries in your will changed?

Do you have a Lasting Power of Attorney? If you do not have Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) in place, you may wish to consider setting them up. LPAs allows you to appoint someone - an attorney or attorneys - to help you make decisions on your behalf should you find yourself incapacitated by accident or illness and unable to make decisions for yourself. There are two types of LPAs:

Health & Welfare LPA: This covers decisions regarding your medical care and health wishes, such as giving authority to make decisions regarding life sustaining treatment or appointing a care home. Property & Financial Affairs LPA: This allows your attorney to manage your bank accounts and investments so that they can pay your bills and sell your home if you need to move into a care home. It may be used as soon as it has been registered and is especially important

should your family rely upon you financially.

Have you thought about inheritance tax? We each have a Nil Rate Band of £325,000 - this means that if your estate is over £325,000, the value above that will be subject to Inheritance Tax (IHT) at 40%. Have you considered whether your estate has enough liquid assets to settle the Inheritance Tax? If not, then your home may need to be sold in order to pay the tax. There are reliefs and exemptions you can take advantage of:

If you leave your estate to your spouse: spouse

exemption applies and your estate would not be subject to Inheritance Tax, as long as you are both UK domiciled.

If you leave a cash gift to charity: those gifts are exempt

from Inheritance Tax. In addition, if you leave at least 10% of your estate to charity, this will reduce the Inheritance Tax rate to 36%.

If you make a lifetime gift:

should you gift to an individual and survive by seven years, the gift will not form part of your estate for Inheritance Tax purposes.

Residence Nil Rate Band: If you leave your home to your children or grandchildren your estate may benefit from an additional IHT uplift of £150,000.

Are your life policies and pensions in order? Do your life insurance policies or pensions allow you to complete nomination forms to put them into trust? This means that any lump sum that is payable on your death will be made into a discretionary trust and distributed to your nominated beneficiaries without forming part of your estate and therefore not be subject to Inheritance Tax. In most circumstances, the policy provider will make the lump sum payment to your beneficiaries without requiring a grant of probate. ■ If you would like to discuss any of the above, we offer a free half an hour consultation. Please call 020 8944 5303 kai.khunsaen-jones@peacock-law.co.uk peacock-law.co.uk We are proud to support

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From The Study to rising star of Sex Education 13-year-old Olivia Beaumont talks to Darling about the birds & the bees and her big break


livia was born in Wimbledon and went to The Study Prep School, where her love of acting, singing and dancing began. She then moved to Notre Dame in Cobham and continued to perform in plays in their stateof-the-art theatre. She began dancing at the Elite Dancers Academy under the inspiring Yasmin Alamiri who did so much to encourage her talent and expressiveness. She then auditioned for the Arts Ed School in Chiswick (which her brother also


attended) and was offered her choice of places in both the acting and dance stream. In May 2019 her agent called with an exciting audition for the part of Young Maeve Wiley in Season 2 of the massive Netflix hit Sex Education, watched by over 40 million households globally. On being told she had landed the role Olivia was stunned. “No way…really?!” For her to be following in the steps of Emma Mackey for her TV debut was almost too much to take in. Then it was down to work, preparing, creating the

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back story and getting into the character, a task made easier by watching Emma Mackey’s seminal characterisation. By the end of August, Olivia headed down to the Wye Valley in Wales, where the filming took place. “It was so exciting,” Olivia said, I even had my own trailer, with Young Maeve on the door! Everyone was so incredibly encouraging and supportive, just like a big family, they couldn’t have been nicer. Emma Mackey came up to me straight away and said “Wow! It’s the younger me!”

Olivia also says that “Aimee Lou Wood was fabulous and explained to me how lucky everyone in the cast felt.” Now all huge stars, it was only a year earlier when they had been in the same boat. For many of them it was their first major role. If the production was impressive, Olivia realised on watching the series just how ground-breaking the show is. “It really resonates with my age group” she says. “It’s not just biology, experimentation and awkward teenage moments, done in a humorous way, but the social consequences that follow and how to deal with them sensitively.” In a sense, it normalises the modern teenage nature, but at the same time warns against peer pressure trying to force you to do things that make you feel uncomfortable.

As Olivia says, “The message is also that it’s OK to say NO! I don’t want to, or I’m not ready for that yet.” “We have to be true to our real selves. Everyone has a right to be happy no matter what your sexuality is.” No taboos here! The show demystifies a difficult period for teenagers and their parents, or as Olivia says, “The series takes the guess work out of it.” The message, at a complicated time for teenagers with social media, is to avoid the peer group pressures on social media, in particular for girls to pose and dress in a certain way. This series says unequivocally, be yourself, be real. No surprise that for Olivia, her role models tend to be strong women: Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh,

It’s OK to say NO Natalie Portman, Malala and Lizzie Yarnold (whom she has met and corresponded with) among others. “I have been incredibly lucky for my debut to have been in such a groundbreaking series. I just hope there is a Season 3!” Given the reception it has got so far, this seems likely… ■

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But Yoga First Says Annette Wiik, Yoga teacher And as you arrive back to the chalet after a day of skiing, enjoy lying down with your legs up the wall, allowing your body to recover and be ready for a new day of alpine adventures. If you are like most of us, sitting down for an average of 12-15 hours per day, start yoga practice now! It will make your time on the slopes so much more enjoyable.

Through yoga practice you will develop: • A greater sense of stability and trust in the whole body as you are skiing, while feeling truly in touch with the snowy surface • Increased strength and ease of movement in your hip and shoulder regions • A feeling of comfort in your legs and spine in the typical skiing posture • Ease of breathing at higher altitudes through greater breath 2013 awareness 10 sep-oct | darlingmagazine.co.uk

Annette teaches Yoga for Sports classes at The Wimbledon Club. All levels welcome, group and one-to-one sessions available. ■ ANNETTE WIIK YOGA 07789 175481 annettewiikyoga@gmail.com annettewiikyoga.com instagram.com/annettewiikyoga For my new MINDFULNESS programme go to: darlingmagazine.co.uk/WELLNESS/yoga


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ou may have come across Louise Bourgeois’ immense spider statues, and perhaps walked beneath the arching, arachnid legs, shuddering. There’s such a pent-up energy in their motionless crouch creepy like a real spider. But it’s the name she gave them that initially shocked and disgusted me most: ‘Maman’. There is nothing more grotesque than the morphing of a trusted figure into a monster. The stuff of nightmares. Your own mum: gigantic, evil, pouncing, killing. But then I read how for Bourgeois, the spider was an affirmative image of female strength and ingenuity, a loving metaphor for her own mother; an amazing mum, like Charlotte and her eponymous web. So that’s, erm, ok. But those statues still freak the heck out of me. Because, yes, admit it, there is something a bit spidery about motherhood. Apart from our hairy legs, I mean. If the family is the web, who’s the one picking up every vibration and rushing out to investigate? Who’s got a sticky finger on everything? Who’ll bite your head off for resisting? Who’s got eyes in the back of her head? Maman! And of course, famously, once we have mated, we have little use for the male, unless they are good at putting up shelves. 50

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My own dear Mama still ticks me off. How old do you have to be before your mother stops doing that? Mind you, I now have a married daughter in her thirties, (I know incredible - yes, I was a child-bride) and I still had to put her on the naughty step last week for picking her split ends. She, in turn, tells me off for all sorts of things. Me! Her own mother! If Marvel ever wants to relaunch their Spider Woman character, maybe this time she should be a mum - special powers: darting out and nabbing people, tangling them up in a fuss about coming for Christmas, swinging from skyscrapers (obviously) and hatching lots of little Spider Girls to keep up the good work. I think I could be quite sassy. Sorry. Did I say I? I meant she - she, whoever they cast. Louise Bourgeois’ mother died when Louise was only 21. The pain of her loss was almost unendurable for the artist. As an arachnophobe, I cannot imagine memorialising my mother as something so sinister, but then I compare it to the imagery they pump out for Mother’s Day. Sissy flowers. Soppy butterflies. Drippy women baking pies whilst smiling fondly at their children. Meh, who does that? Maybe a big old kickass spider is the best compliment to a mother after all. ■

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