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July/Aug 2018

RUBY WAX HOW TO BE HUMAN

Josh Widdicombe Putney to Edinburgh

And... • Local networking • Family fun this summer • The best health apps

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t's mid-June at the time of writing and it feels like we've already had a good summer, with fabulous weather actually falling on the weekends! If you love being in your garden, how can you make the most of your outside space? Interior designer and author, Katherine Sorrell, shares her tips from pg 7. The better weather also seems to encourage even those who are dedicated couch potatoes to attempt a little exercise. If you're not sure what sort of exercise would suit you best - or how to maintain it for longer than the first week, our health article this issue focuses on the best apps for health, wellbeing and fitness. Find out more on pg 35. Someone who has focused on her mental health for years and is now encouraging others to do the same is Ruby Wax. She appears at the new Twickenham venue, The Exchange, in September, with her show, How To Be Human. Read more about how she's learned to cope with what life throws at her on pg 16. I have co-founded a new local networking group. While it's called The Sheen Network, it is open to small businesses from Twickenham to Putney. It's an informal event, but businessfocussed, so if you run your own business we'd love you to join us! Find out more on pg 26. Enjoy your summer! We're hoping for a relaxing one - well, until 23 August, when my youngest son gets his GCSE results... Pippa, Editor

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Homes & Interiors: Outdoor style Outdoor accessories Gardening: Beating the box caterpillar Ruby Wax: How To Be Human Josh Widdicombe: Putney to Edinburgh The Sheen Network Local Talk The kids have moved back home!

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Restaurant review: Oliveira History: Viriginia Woolf in Richmond Health: Health apps Family fun this summer What's On

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Make the most of summer sunshine by ensuring your garden is a great place to relax and entertain

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very outside space, no matter how large or small, has the potential to become an extra ‘room’, whether you plan to use it for tending plants, entertaining friends or simply relaxing in the sun with some music and a book. And, just as you would do with indoor rooms, it is worth spending time considering how to make your garden both practical and beautiful. Perhaps just a few quick, inexpensive changes will do the trick – or you may wish to push the boat out and consider an entire redesign. Look at the bigger picture first. As well as your budget, you’ll need to consider what you really want from your garden. To begin with, sketch a scale plan of the space on graph paper and decide what will go where. Revamping your landscaping is a major job,

but if this is the aim then consider what materials you intend to use – for paving, fencing, pots, furnishings and so on – and ensure that they co-ordinate. Set the dining area nearest the house, with space for a barbecue nearby or, perhaps, a wood-fired pizza oven (build your own or buy one off the shelf ) or even an outdoor kitchen, complete with worktop, storage, sink and bar. In a large garden you could fit a play area at the far end, with swings and/or a climbing frame, trampoline or tepee. And a peaceful area away from both the house and the children would be ideal for a hammock or swing seat – perhaps near some scented flowers or under a tree for shade. You can signal changes of function by altering the flooring materials and introducing interesting changes of levels. Think about lighting at the earliest possible

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stage. While solar and battery-powered lights can look amazing, an outdoor lighting circuit (installed by a qualified electrician) will allow your garden lighting to be even more flexible and effective. Consider what elements of your garden would benefit from illumination, whether it’s steps to the seating area or a particularly sculptural tree and add enough general lighting to allow you to enjoy the garden into the evening. Wall lights (perhaps with motion-activated sensors) are ideal for paths and passageways, while strings of lights can be wound around trees, posts and trellises for a party atmosphere. If you are not starting your garden design from scratch, there are still plenty of quick, inexpensive fixes that will make a big difference, including simply moving or rearranging the furniture, adding a canopy or sunshade or setting out a few large pots with dramatic planting. Fit a simple metal archway over a path for a pretty focal point or install a small wooden pergola as a shady resting place. Consider refreshing walls or fencing with a coat of paint – matt black and very dark blue

'Make the most of vertical space with tiered and hanging planters, even a living wall...' are both very on-trend and provide a fabulous backdrop for the vivid colours of plants. To make your outside space feel even more like an indoor/outdoor room, add comfortable seating such as deck chairs, loungers, low-level chairs or even sofas covered with waterproof fabrics. Put side tables nearby for books, drinks and phones, and consider accessories such as outdoor bean bags, rugs and cushions. For eating, it is worth investing in solid, durable dining chairs and tables, bearing in mind that, to make it last longer, most garden furniture should be stored away when not in use. That said, second-hand garden furniture is often readily available at a good price and can be easily disguised with a lick of paint or a pretty oilcloth. Add a selection of plates, bowls, pitchers, tumblers and napkins in this season’s hot, tropical shades and you have transformed your garden into an oasis for outdoor living. Small spaces, cool spaces Tiny gardens, courtyards, decks and balconies can be wonderful places to hang out

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and relax – and have the advantage of being incredibly low maintenance. • All you really need is a couple of chairs and a small table. If they fold up out of the way, so much the better. • Alternatively, cleverly designed built-in furniture can maximise corners and any awkward spaces. • Furniture that doubles as storage (a chest used as a table, for example) is invaluable for holding gardening equipment or picnic paraphernalia. • Make the most of vertical space with tiered and hanging planters, even a living wall. Paint the walls bright white and, if your plants are in pots, choose reflective containers. • Avoid dark corners by installing a variety of lighting, from battery-powered string lights to solar torches stuck into pots. • Increase the sense of space by hanging a mirror on a sheltered wall to reflect the light.

• Don’t mix too many different materials. When choosing hard landscaping, pots and furnishings, stick to a limited palette to avoid a jumble of colours and textures.

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Meals are so much more fun when you’re outside, so make sure you’ve got the best accessories, says interior designer, Katherine Sorrell Decorate your outdoor area with batterypowered fairy lights, lanterns and some bunting. Get comfy with camping chairs or deck chairs. Music adds atmosphere (though don’t disturb the neighbours). Do you need shade? On a hot day you’ll appreciate a tepee, canopy or mini popup tent for the children.

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n these high summer months, the market takes on a holiday air as local families go bucket-andspading and are replaced by visitors from abroad, while regular stall favourites who are away are temporarily replaced by tempting new stalls. Great street food and live music add a festival flair — July bands, Banda Bomba and Shifty Little Sister, bring Latin jazz and salsa sounds and, for August, there’s Those In Favour and the massed strumming of Hanwell Ukulele Group (aka HUG). All four bands feature on the market’s own CD Taste the Music — on sale from the KVM stall! kewvillagemarket.org

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Striking - but deadly There is a pest around that needs to be shown who’s boss! It’s the box tree moth caterpillar causing havoc and I was slightly annoyed that two presenters of the recent TV Chelsea Flower Show coverage said that there’s no solution. But, if you have box plants, read this before digging them up

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he box tree moth caterpillar is quite striking looking with green and yellow stripes from head to foot, with black dots on either side. It has a voracious appetite and, left to its own devices, this caterpillar will completely defoliate your expensive box plants at great speed. The moth is also quite pretty – mainly white with iridescent brown bands on each of its wings, although in some cases these can be completely brown. It has a wing span of around 4cm. In winter, small caterpillars hibernate in an envelope of two box leaves that have been spun together the previous autumn. It’s a relatively new insect to Britain. Whilst the adult moth was first reported in the UK in 2008, caterpillars were not found in private gardens until 2011 and it has since become widespread in London and surrounding areas. The damage that the caterpillar causes is often mistaken for the fungal infection box blight – but if you look closely and find any cobwebs or leaves that appear to be stuck together, then you need to act fast. First, get your hands on a product such as Bug Clear Ultra or Westland Resolva Bug Killer and spray thoroughly and forcefully every 14 days or so - not just on the outside of the plant, but part the branches and reach inside. Then remove the damaged foliage, keep the plants well fed and watered and keep spraying every 14 days. Little is known about this insect and it’s thought that there are up to three

'The damage that the caterpillar causes is often mistaken for the fungal infection box blight...' generations a year, so knocking off the first onslaught doesn’t mean that you can put your feet up for the rest of the year. I’m afraid that the combined active period of these munchers is from April to October. There is a way to be ahead of the game, to prevent the moths from laying eggs in the first place. It’s a pheromone trap which provides season-long biological control; it captures the moths, therefore breaking the life cycle, allowing the box tree to flourish. The contents of the pheromone trap will last for three months, at which time you can re-charge the unit. One trap is effective for around 180 sqm. Controlling this pest is possible although it requires vigilance on your part. Better that than giving up all those expensive plants without a fight! Valerie McBride-Munro is a chartered horticulturist offering a plant problemsolving service. Tel: 020 8892 9243

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RUBY WAX

HOW TO BE HUMAN Ruby Wax, who has gone from comedy to cognitive behavioural therapy and back again, shares what she's learned over the years in her show How To Be Human, writes Pippa Duncan

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or a girl whose parents were constantly disappointed in her and didn’t think she would amount to much, Ruby Wax hasn’t done too badly. She’s acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company, been a stalwart on the BBC and Channel 4 for decades with shows such as Ruby Wax Meets, was a script editor of the massively successful Absolutely Fabulous, is a stand-up comedian, an author of numerous books, obtained a 16

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papers for them to the latest iphone, tablet, watch, wife? leave Austria, too. As a species we’re doing fine, but as By the time she individuals? Not so good. Many of us obtained them, aren’t happy – and are struggling - as the document Wax has admirably admitted herself – requirements had with mental illness. changed. They Co-written with Buddhist monk, were sent to a Gelong Thubten (who explains how our concentration minds work), and neuroscientist, Ash camp where they Ranpura (who explains how our brains died. work), Wax calls the book ‘the answer Wax also found to life’s big questions’ – how can we out that two move forward as compassionate, kind relatives of her human beings rather than just ‘being mother had been sent able to nuke each other into oblivion to a mental asylum, which she believes and rape the earth for oil’? could explain her The show covers mother’s erratic the book’s main behaviour – and topics: thoughts, her own struggle emotions, the body, with depression. relationships, sex 'Drawing on her own As she said: and addiction and childhood has been ‘Rather than how they influence doing therapy, I our everyday lives a common thread should have done – and those of our through a lot of genealogy’. children. Wax’s OBE is for Drawing on her Ruby Wax's work...' her services to own childhood has mental health. She been a common has been an open thread through a lot and vocal advocate of bringing mental of Ruby Wax's work, most memorably instability out into the open and shows in her critically acclaimed memoir, such as How To Be Human are helping How Do You Want Me? - a raw and many to understand how we humans unflinching look at how her parents, work, how we so easily bring ourselves who escaped from the Nazis in Austria down and how mindfulness is a great in 1938, lived an almost bizarre life for tool as a coping strategy. a young girl. The furniture in their flat While growing up with her parents was still covered by plastic to protect was not a bed of roses, it also gave her it, her mother obsessively cleaned and screamed non-sensical sentences, while the fodder for her early comedy which made her so successful and gave her her volatile father would leave her in a voice that would be listened to when fear. They refused to talk about the talking about mental health. Her father Holocaust or the family members they never thought she would amount to had lost. anything, but after he died she found It was only when she took part in the programme, Who Do You Think You Are? out that he kept a box of newspaper cuttings about her that he would that she found out much of her family proudly show visitors. We humans. history. Her father had been thrown in jail for being Jewish and was tortured. How To Be Human is at The Exchange He was only released rather than being sent to Dachau as he promised to leave on 27 September. Tickets £18-22. 75 London Rd, Twickenham TW11 1BE the country. Her mother, who managed exchangetwickenham.co.uk to escape separately, was asked by family members to help get the right Please mention Livinglocal In Magazines contacting advertisers Find more great articles atwhen livinginmagazines.co.uk

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Josh Widdicombe from Putney to Edinburgh

Gits & Shiggles Comedy 24 July

A regular on Channel 4’s The Last Leg as well as Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats and star of his own XFM radio show – Josh Widdicombe is trialling his comedy act before taking it up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Called the ‘undisputed king of the exasperated petty gripe’ by the Evening Standard, expect an evening of humorous moans about life. Supported by London-based Malaysian stand-up and rising star, Nigel Ng. Half Moon Putney, 93 Lower Richmond Rd, Putney SW15 1EU. Tickets £8 adv/£12 door. tickets.halfmoon.co.uk

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The meetings are open to anyone in the area (not just Sheen!) – Richmond, Twickenham, Barnes and Putney. More details on the opposite page. Our next meetings are: 17 July 25 September 16 October If you’d like to attend or just find out more, contact Jane or Pippa at: hello@thesheennetwork.co.uk. Pippa Duncan

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local talk... east twickenham •Living with an alcoholic – get support If you live with an alcoholic or have a close friend who is one, it can take its toll on your own life. It’s good to be able to share your experiences or just listen to others in the same situation. The Al-Anon group meets at the Etna Centre in East Twickenham every week. There is no fee and newcomers are always welcome. Weds: 10-11.30am, Fri: 8-9pm. The Green Room, Etna Community Centre, 13 Rosslyn Road, East Twickenham TW1 2AR

kew •The making of the Temperate House Until 16 September The Temperate House in Kew Gardens is celebrating its re-opening after a five-year restoration project, but the original building, designed by Decimus Burton, took nearly 40 years to complete. Kew’s exhibition of Burton’s plans and drawings gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the Temperate House was developed to give a home to a wealth of new plants from around the world. Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Gardens. kew.org 28

richmond • Help out in Richmond Park The Friends of Richmond Park are looking for volunteers to help with the myriad activities they carry out to help the park not only to keep its beauty but to share their knowledge and expertise with visitors. Volunteers help with conservation, such as planting trees and clearing the rhododendrons. They also monitor the 2,000 or so sports and charity events which take place in the park every year, to note how the events are impacting the wildlife. Regular walks are also an important part of the Friends’ public work and they are looking for people interested in hosting these. You don’t have to be an expert in wildlife or history as training and resources are available. For more information about volunteering, contact Sheila at volunteers@frp.org.uk. frp.org.uk • Richmond’s (very) early history When did people first arrive in what is now the Richmond area and what brought them here? What is an archaeologist and what exactly do they do? The Museum of Richmond’s Prehistory exhibition is particularly aimed at families and young children, helping them to understand what Prehistory actually means. There will be archaeology workshops and holiday activities to help children learn about their surroundings from the Palaeolithic period up to the Roman invasion. More details at museumofrichmond.com

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Back to stay

(and not just for the weekend) Kids living back home? How to ensure you keep your relationship - and your sanity

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The study, published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, examined the effects on quality of life for older people who shared a house with a grownup child. The results were disturbing. The authors of the study concluded that: ‘parents experienced a decline in quality of life when one of their children returned to live with them. Parents enjoy their independence when their children leave the home and refilling an empty nest may be regarded as a violation of this life SIX MILES HIGH DESIGN course stage.’ The biggest mistake reported by people graphic design, who have been through the ‘Boomerang’ logos & branding experience is that they didn’t discuss the terms of the arrangement before their squarespace website setup & training child moved back in. This is the time to establish the ground rules keynote presentations and set clear goals for the end of their stay. If design & training your child has a job, you should agree upfront mark@sixmileshigh.com on the amount they will contribute towards +44 (0) 7495 965306 the household bills. If they are not working, www.sixmileshigh.com ask them to help out in various ways, such as cleaning or shopping. Discuss how things will work if your child invites friends round. It may be less stressful if you restrict visits to certain days or hours. Finally – and most importantly – it’s vital to treat your child as the adult they have become. In the years they have been living away from you, it’s likely they will have established a lifestyle that’s very different to the family life you shared together, so give them space and don’t be tempted to ‘parent’ them in the way you used to do. Kate McLelland Please mention Living In Magazines when contacting advertisers 29

hen the Chancellor announced a relief on Stamp Duty payments for first time buyers in November 2017, millions of parents across the UK breathed a sigh of relief. It is estimated that 3.4 million parents in the UK are living with children who’ve returned to the family home, and these mums and dads may have hoped this tax incentive would be the nudge their offspring needed to finally fly the nest. The phenomenon of ‘Boomerang Kids’ (adults who return to the parental home after living independent lives) hit the headlines recently when the London School of Economics and Political Science carried out research with parents aged 50-75 from 17 European countries.


BARNES FAIR

Saturday, 14 july barnes common, 9.30am - 5.30pm

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his year’s Barnes Fair falls on Bastille Day, so, not surprisingly, the theme is all things French. Look out for the red, white and blue floats at the Grand Parade, which sets off down Barnes High St from 11am. Of course, there will be a wonderful range of French food and wine to taste, plus there will be a hint of Gallic influence on the Bandstand and Events Stage. As usual, there will be some wonderful entertainment, including Punch & Judy shows and live music. There will also be a wide selection of stalls to browse through – everything from jewellery to crafts, bric-a-brac, clothes, gifts and more. Local pubs and restaurants are keen to let you buy their offerings, including Rick Stein Barnes, The Brown Dog and The Treehouse. Local Barnes brewery, Jeffersons, will be launching a special ale in celebration of the Fair. Admittance is free. Full timings of the events taking place are in the Barnes Fair programme and at barnes-ca.org.

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The Sun And The Moon 1. In Greek mythology, who died when he flew too close to the sun and the wax in his wings melted? 2. What number goes after “Apollo” to give the name of the mission that saw Neil Armstrong become the first man to walk on the moon? 3. The name of which beer is also the name given to an aura of plasma that surrounds the sun and can especially be seen during an eclipse? 4. “Moon starers” is an apporiate anagram for what eleven letter word? 5. Approximately 99% of the entire mass of the sun is composed from which two chemical elements? 6. “They danced by the light of the moon” is the last line in which famous poem? 7. Occurring twice a year, what name is given to a time when the sun crosses the celestial equator and when the length of day and night are approximately equal? 8. Which film studio’s logo depicts a young boy fishing while sitting on a crescent moon? 9. Approximately how long does it take light from the sun to reach the earth after it has been emitted from the sun’s surface?... 8 seconds, 8 minutes or 8 hours? 10. Written and directed by Fritz Lang, the 1929 film Frau Im Mond, meaning Woman In The Moon, is generally credited with introducing which technique, which is now commonly used immediately before important events? 30

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restaurant review

OLIVEIRA

Oliveira Organic Vegetarian Kitchen - a new restaurant in East Sheen - is a delight in taste if not décor, writes Sara Tricker

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warmly welcome this vegetarian restaurant to the local area - with two vegan millennials in my family, Oliveira increases our choice of places to eat! Opened just three months ago by Brazilian Chef, Amelio de Oliveira, it offers ‘modern living inspired vegetarian food with strong roots in old traditions’. Amelio states that his greatest challenge is cooking vegetarian food which is also interesting to non-vegetarians, and I would say he is succeeding! The menu offers a wide variety of choices drawn from cooking cultures across the world. These include Polish Pierogi, Korean Dim Sum, Cuban hotpot and Norse Aubergine. We visited on a Saturday evening with a little trepidation – they don’t take bookings - and this makes planning for a group a little risky. We were seated straight away, but the 25-30 seat restaurant was nearly full within the hour. We shared all our dishes, starting with Garlic Sourdough (£3) – delicious Rosemary Bruscheta (£5), which was toasted and topped with tomatoes and basil. The Mandoo (£6) Korean dim sum stuffed with kimchi - was beautifully presented but, unfortunately, a little bland in flavour. The Grilled English Asparagus and Confit Heirloom Tomatoes (£7), was disappointingly small and plain. Our service throughout the evening was attentive and friendly from both the waiting staff and the chef. There are several dishes on the menu which include Jack and Breadfruit and, upon asking, we were shown the fruit in all its forms and explained how they are cooked – fascinating! We had to try the most popular main course - Breadfruit Curry (£11), roasted breadfruit and legumes in a thick coconut curry, served with jasmine rice (vegan, gluten free). This was delicious and prettily presented. The Potaje De Panapen (£12) – Cuban style hotpot, breadfruit and chickpeas (vegan, gluten free) - was good but very spicy! We couldn’t resist the Espeto (£11) – grilled

breadfruit skewers in hot Brazilian peanut and chilli sauce, with grezzina zucchini fritters in plantain flour with pumpkin chilli sauce (vegan, gluten free). The courgette fritters were deliciously crisp and worked well with the peanut and pumpkin sauces to dip into. We also tried White Spiced (£11), an interesting mix of caramelized potatoes and yams, sautéed in coconut oil, crisp parsnip, cauliflower, white chocolate and horseradish sauce. We couldn’t identify the white chocolate but enjoyed the ‘mushroom like’ texture and flavours. We indulged in three of the six available desserts, (£6). Dark Amazonian Chocolate Fudge (vegan) was devoured by the chocoholics amongst us. The Passion Fruit and Mango Torte was unfortunately light on flavour; however, the Banoffee Pie was suitably gooey and readily despatched. Oliveira is a great addition to the area, the ingredients are organic and locally sourced (wherever possible), the dishes are skilful, imaginative and interestingly presented. However, whilst the welcome by staff is warm, I don’t feel that this is reflected in the décor, which is very plain, brightly lit and much more suited to a day-time café. I would love to see tablecloths and candle light next time we visit! oliveira-restaurant.com 469 Upper Richmond Road, SW14 7PU

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a life in Richmond

VIRGINIA WOOLF

Virginia Woolf was one of the most important and creative women writers of the 20th century

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irginia Woolf was born in 1882 into a literary household but was almost entirely self-educated. Her father, Sir Leslie Stephens, was the founding editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, and her mother was a Pre-Raphaelite model. Her large family included her sister, the artist Vanessa Bell, and her gifted elder brother, Thoby. Yet her early years were marked by tragedy. Her mother died when she was 11 years old and her father died nine years later. She then had the first of her nervous breakdowns and she was plagued with mental illness for much of her life. Tragically, her brother Thoby - who had introduced her and Vanessa to his Cambridge friends, who were to become known as the Bloomsbury Group - died just two years later. The Bloomsbury Group included biographer Lytton Strachey, the novelist E M Forster, the art critic Clive Bell, the artists Roger Fry and Duncan Grant and the economist John Maynard Keynes. Virginia met Leonard Woolf through the group, married him six years later and, in 1915, they moved to Hogarth House on Paradise Road in Richmond, where they set up The Hogarth Press. This was, in part, as a therapeutic hobby for Virginia, to help with her periods of mental illness. They installed a small printing press and taught themselves how to set the type, lock it up in chases, and then print each page. The Hogarth Press soon became very successful, publishing the works of many leading avant-garde writers including T S Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Robert Graves and Edith Sitwell. While living in Richmond, Virginia continued to write regularly, including one of her most important novels, Mrs Dalloway. The Hogarth Press book jackets helped to establish a recognisable house style and the cover designers included Dora Carrington and Vanessa. They had only run the press

at Hogarth House for nine years, when they moved to Tavistock Square in Bloomsbury and installed a modern printing press in the basement. Hogarth Press continued to be successful, but sadly, after another bout of mental illness, Virginia Woolf committed suicide in 1941. John Moses

A tribute to Virginia Woolf

Apart from a Blue Plaque, there is little to commemorate Virginia Woolf in Richmond. The creation of the Hogarth Press here was the start of a prolific time in her writing and printing. Now a statue is being created to immortalise the writer by the award-winning sculptor, Laury Dizengremel. It is hoped that it will grace the river bank and be unveiled in time for the centenary of the Hogarth Press next year. Donations are still needed to fund the project. You can donate at aurorametro.org/viriginawoolf-statue. A new book, Virginia Woolf in Richmond, by Richard Fullagar, is also due out this autumn.

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Better health?

health

there's an app for that

Not sure how to improve your health? There are some great apps that make it easy to look and feel a whole lot better, writes Alison Runham

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here are plenty of apps to help you improve your fitness, health and wellbeing - so try a couple for a healthier, happier you.

FITNESS APPS

Daily Workouts, Daily Workout Apps LLC An Amazon top seller, this app offers 39 area-targeted 5-10 minute workouts, including stretch, Pilates and kettlebell exercises. They can be combined randomly or in custom mode to create longer sessions that exercise the whole body. Try before you buy with the popular free version, limited to 10 workouts. Pay. Ratings: Google Play 4.6/5; iTunes 4.7/5; Amazon 4/5 Fitbit, Fitbit Inc. Designed to work with Fitbit activity trackers and smart scales, it tracks your daily goals and food intake and assesses your progress over time for steps, distance and calories burned. Free. Ratings: Google Play: 3.9/5; iTunes 3.8/5; Amazon 4.3/5; Windows 3.7/5 Active 10, NHS Active 10 tracks your walking, prompting you when you need to increase your pace to a brisk walk (about 3 miles an hour). It also sets you goals and rewards your progress. Free. Ratings: Google Play: 3.1/5; iTunes 3.2/5 Couch to 5K, NHS The nine-week programme tracks your progress as it gradually builds you up to running 5K, using a mix of running and walking. It offers different weekly schedules

and celebrity trainers tell you when to run and when to walk. A countdown timer shows how long you’ve got left on each run. Free. Ratings: Google Play: 4.3/5; iTunes 4.7/5

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson, Hive Brain Software Another Amazon top seller, this app provides relaxing guided meditations intended to clear your mind, beat insomnia and help you to get deep, restful sleep. Pay. Ratings: Google Play: 4.5/5; iTunes 4.3/5; Amazon 4/5 Headspace: Meditation and Mindfulness, Headspace Inc A Google Play top seller, this app teaches you how to meditate and live mindfully, with exercises on everything from managing anxiety and stress to breathing, sleep and focus. It claims to train your mind in just a few minutes a day, using guided meditations. Free. Ratings: Google Play: 4.6/5; iTunes 4.9/5; Amazon 4/5

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DIET AND NUTRITION

Carbs and Cals, Chello Publishing Ltd Suitable for everyone but ideal for diabetics, provides photos and nutritional values for over 3,500 UK food and drink items, compiled by a diabetes dietary specialist. Has a meal calculator, calendar, recipe builder and exercise tracker. A special diabetes section allows you to record blood glucose levels and carbohydrate intake. Pay. Ratings: Google Play: 3.6/5; iTunes 3.2/5; Amazon 4/5 Foodvisor, Foodvisor The Foodvisor app claims that if you take a photo of your plate, it can recognise your food, estimate your serving sizes and instantly provide a detailed nutrition report (and add the details to your food diary). It can also track your physical activities and calories burned, highlighting weak areas that need attention. Free. Ratings: Google Play 2.7/5; iTunes 4.5/5 My Fitness Pal, My Fitness Pal Inc This hugely popular app is a calorie counter, diet tracker and exercise tracker all in one. It

can scan the barcodes of over 4 million foods and recognises over 2 million others, giving you detailed nutrition information about them. It can also suggest exercises, link to some other exercise apps, log your exercise and track your steps. With goal-setting, a recipe importer, a restaurant meal logger and the ability to add photos and share your progress, it really is the app that has everything. Free. Ratings: Google Play 4.6/5; iTunes 4.7/5; Amazon 3.7/5

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Summer fun with the family

There are lots of lovely long, lazy days ahead this summer, but if you feel like being a little more active, here are some great ideas for the children

Hampton Court Palace The Magic Garden Delve into the Palace’s past, with mysterious mythical beasts, a chance to storm the battlements, besiege the towers and explore the secret grotto - or try to find your way out of the maze. Legends, myths and stories come alive in the Magic Garden. Magic Garden & Maze: adult £7, child £5.20, plus usual entrance fee. hrp.org.uk Pony Week Club The Stag Lodge Stables in Richmond Park offers four-day clubs throughout the summer for children aged 5-12. Split into age groups, the children get two rides per day, learn stable management such as grooming and mucking out and do a gymkhana in the afternoon. 10am-3pm Tues-Fri. Cost: £325. staglodgestables.co.uk The Wetlands Centre Dusty’s Wildlife Rangers 21 July – 2 Sept Join Dusty for a day of adventure – pond dipping to find what’s lurking beneath the water’s surface, learning how to use binoculars and jotting down all your findings in your own Wildlife Ranger log book.

10am-4pm, free with general admission ticket (family tickets of 2 adults, 2 children, £31.29) wwt.org.uk Kew Gardens All summer Lots of things to delight children in the Temperate House this summer, as well as enjoying the lush plants and humid atmosphere. Gnomus, the giant gnome and caretaker of the Earth, will be showing children around while sharing stories behind the plants living there (daily throughout the summer). And don’t forget to look up to see Cirque Bijoux – a breath-taking aerial performance in the rafters (20 minute performances on weekends and Bank Holidays, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm). Tickets from £4 for children, £16 for adults. kew.org

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hey think it’s all over! It is not... The Football Season has turned into the Tournament Season, so now we dash to far-flung venues crammed with pitches, parents and players of all ages. These events can often be recognised by the packed car parks and organised chaos – sound familiar? The clubs who put on these summer tournaments do a brilliant job – they are football-filled days of fun embracing a range of teams and abilities. Some clubs bring first choice players intent on winning, some bring a mix of players to trial, while others bring whoever they can muster just to play and enjoy. There are players playing, coaches shouting, referees whistling, there are oohs and aahs from parents and among all this are the organisers answering relentless questions

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about when and where is the next game for this team or that. This year with so many of the KPR U8s involved in other summer sports we’re taking the opportunity to give some new players the chance of gaining experience. So far, it’s been great fun for all, and we would like to thank all the parents, coaches and clubs who put so much effort into facilitating these tournaments. Andy Becker, Football Manager kewparkrangers.co.uk

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what's on LOCALLY The Dreamboys 13 July

Well, why not? A group of buff men, showing off their half-naked and well-toned bodies? Hang on, would I write that about a group of women? Nooo. If men shouldn’t comment on women’s looks alone, we shouldn’t write about men. Except they are on stage for their muscled bods to be admired. Maybe they talk, too. Richmond Theatre. Tickets £17-£32. Recommended 18+ Box office: 0844 871 7651. atgtickets.com

Alan Price 9 August

For those of an age to remember, Alan Price is the former keyboard player of the legendary 1960s group, The Animals, which produced hits such as the mega House Of The Rising Sun. Alan now regularly plays at the Bull’s Head in Barnes to audiences keen to hear his wit as well as his musicianship. Bull’s Head, Lonsdale Rd, Barnes SW13. Tickets £16, on the door or from tickets.thebullsheadbarnes.com Directors’ Festival at Orange Tree Theatre 13 – 21 July

How do young, aspiring directors get their work shown? It's hard, but the Orange Tree is offering those studying an MA in Theatre Directing at St Mary’s University in Twickenham the chance to showcase their talents. Of the three plays, in Katie Johnstone, Katie wants to write poems while starting a business that will make her millions, setting her apart from those who expect her to end up working in Tesco. In Precious Little Talent, an English graduate falls for an idealistic American and wonders if she can believe in the American dream; while In The Night Time (Before The Sun Rises) reveals the anxieties of parenthood in the dead of night. Tickets £8.50 or £15 for two plays on the same night (7pm & 9pm). Box Office: 020 8940 3633. orangetreetheatre.co.uk. 46


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