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HELLO DECEMBER We made it to the end of the year didn’t we! And it may not have been the year we were expecting but looking on the bright side, there must have been some aspects that have been good. Lockdown has helped people assess their lives and shown them areas that they want to change, it has forced people to stop and assess their businesses and relationships and make improvements. The pandemic has been crippling

but also liberating, for me it gave me the opportunity to take the plunge and move to cyprus, something I was always planning but was always putting it off for another year. I hope this year has given you the kick start to do something you have always wanted, for surely it has taught us that life is short and precious and we must make the most of our time. Lifestyle magazine has been going for 13 years now, and this year I expanded into Cyprus. No one said it would be easy and everyone said I shouldn’t do it but here we are, going strong and it is only going to get better in 2021. Thank you to our advertisers who have supported us in our journey, we

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FAS H ION LIFESTYLE CHATS TO FASHION DESIGNER

PATRICK JOSEPH craft of tailoring and feel good factor of having garments made to your exact measurements, style and specification, My grandmother was gifted in sewing, knitting and stitching. I grew up playing with her sewing equipment to experiment with different clothes and patterns to make miniature garments for my action movie toy models. She taught me the skills to use my hands creatively.

When did you become a designer? In 2011 after I decided to turn my passion for fashion into a business. Before then I used design clothes for my own use and doing favours for friends and family.

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What are your inspirations? I was inspired by my grandparents. My grandad used to wear tailored suits six days a week. He taught me that “the cloth maketh a man”. From a very early age I appreciated the

What was the turning point in your career? September 2019 when I got the opportunity to showcase at London Fashion Week. This has been my childhood dream. The exposure from that event opened up doors that I couldn’t fathom possible a few years ago. What is your latest collection? It is called Beauty and the Beast. It is reflection of the beauty that women flawlessly ooze to make our world a better place. The beast is a reflection of the military and the alpha males that sign up to the military

world-wide to protect and serve our world. How has the pandemic affection you? It has negatively affected the industry by disrupting the manufacturing and supply chain due to restrictions imposed on factories and the delivery chain. Designers have also been affected by the cancellation of all major live fashion shows in the UK and most European countries. This will have a financial impact on designers due to lost revenue. What is your signature pieces? My couture dresses. They are exclusive one off pieces never to be made again when sold. What makes you stand out? My use of British and Italian sourced materials mixed with quintessential English elegance and traditional Italian flair to bring out the best of both worlds in all my pieces. To see more visit

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A statement coat is hard to find, yet Patrick Joseph’s AW21 coat is a British classic addition to any lady’s winter wardrobe. Crafted in a cashmere blend with a triple button fastening, the strong silhouette of the shoulders brings an elegant finish to the piece.

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Patrick Joseph Couture Ball Gown

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Chris Hosmer, Founder of AirPop, said: “Whilst a vast number of face coverings are already available on the market, their performance and design can differ significantly. Products certified with the BSI Kitemark will continue to be assessed on an ongoing basis to ensure standards remain high." AirPop was born after its founder, Chris Hosmer, recognised a need to produce masks which fitted well, had the ability to filter particles effectively and

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Lifestyle chats to garden designer

PIP PROBERT

from Outer Spaces How did you become a landscape gardener? I was very arty at school, always drawing. I knew I wanted to do something in design but I didn’t want to follow the crowd that was heading towards Graphic Design. I wanted to create something that people would enjoy and could potentially change the way they live. My artistic skills seemed to be drawing flowers and landscapes, so it just felt like the next step. I love being outside and taking photos. So this lead on to creating my own places for people to visit or use. What is the biggest challenge in your job? The biggest challenge is linked to the reason my industry is needed. Generally people find it very hard to visualise things that are not there. Specially when these things are not materials or features they see everyday.

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So helping people understand what the space could look like is a challenge. Some people have no idea, go with what you tell them and then when it is almost too late, wish to tweak or make alterations. Others start to over research and then over complicate the whole process. It is hard to help people understand the potential of their space. What services do you offer? We offer a free consultation to come and take a look. We can provide you with a quotation for any works you would like to us to undertake (a small patio or deck, fencing etc). It is important to say that we will do those small jobs as well. But, Our main line of work is design and build. I design the gardens and work with the client to

get to something they are happy with, that suits them. Then we price it up and if they wish to go ahead, we will build the garden for them. Planting is included, but sometimes people come to us for purely planting plans etc, which is also fine. You have won so many competitions, tell us about some of them? We take part in mostly the RHS Shows. Various ones based all around the country. This started because as a designer I was trying to get a little better known. But, it is a great way to demonstrate what we can do. A physical, touchable advertisement. It also comes hand in hand with


a lot of exposure (in many different forms). The RHS Tatton Park Flower is our home show and this is the one we have done every year since 2005. I’m well known at Tatton and after starting as a very young and in experienced girl, I am now one of the longest running designers that exhibit at the show. In recent years I have been to both Istanbul and Beijing with gardens, which has opened my eyes to the way others build and I have learnt a great deal. What are your most memorable projects? Oh god, haha I’m not sure. There are a few larger projects at Tatton that I have thoroughly enjoyed. We won Best in Show one year, the was a favourite. We built a large garden at Ness Botanical Gardens. I have planted for other people at Chelsea which was great, being part of a different team. Obviously going aboard, they were both mad experiences. What are your plans for Christmas? Christmas is my only real time off during the year. (Every year I say that will change, but it never does). So by the time we start getting close to December, I guess the tiredness creeps in haha. I see Christmas as a family time. I’m very close to my family and love spending time with them all. If we

are allowed, I intend to spend time relaxing and making the most of some time together. Lots of walks and time spent with my dog Nancy the Golden Retriever!! Are there trends in landscape gardening and what is your hottest tip for winter gardens? With winter gardens, I think it is important to really think about your structures and your planting. Structure can take the form of either trees (with or without foliage) or sculpture elements, even pergolas and gazebos. As these will continue to provide the interest, even when there is little else in the garden. With planting, we need to include a good range of evergreen plants, and as

many flowering plants as we can get our hands on. But flowers and foliage are not the only interesting part of the plant. The bark can be equally as important. There are so many plants with amazing coloured bark from vivid lime green, through to bright orange, red and white colours. Even plants with berries; purple blue red… so many other factors that start to take over in the winter months!

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TH EATR E BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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he Christmas countdown has officially begun with Regal Entertainments' enchanting panto Beauty and the Beast opens at St Helens Theatre Royal. The Covid-secure Christmas pantomime is still going ahead as planned and will entertain families from Friday 11 December 2020 through to Sunday 3 January 2021, promising all the high production values and comedy that audiences have come to enjoy from Regal Entertainments shows. The highly anticipated show is sure to be a popular choice this festive season, especially given the lack of theatre productions this year and audiences craving live entertainment. Audiences are reassured that St Helens Theatre Royal and the team behind Beauty And The Beast will be fully adhering to social distancing measures and Government guidelines to ensure the safety of theatregoers, venue staff, cast and crew. The full cast of Beauty And The Beast includes Jamie Greer as Potty

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Polly; Abigail Middleton as Madame Botox; Scott Gallagher as French Frank; Olivia Sloyan as Belle; Andrew Geater as The Beast; Tim Lucas as Gaston; and Jenna Sian O’Hara as Fairy Rose. The show will be directed by Chantelle Nolan, written by Liam Mellor, with choreography by Nazene Langfield, and Callum Clarke as musical supervisor. Get ready to go on a family adventure this Christmas with the fabulous family friendly pantomime, Beauty And The Beast. This is the timeless story of Belle, a beautiful young woman who falls in love with the most unexpected of princes, who has been cursed to look like a hideous beast. Will the Beast learn to love and be loved? Will the spell be broken in time for all to live happily ever after? Theatre Manager Chantelle Nolan commented: “We are thrilled to be able to re-open our doors to audiences this festive season after what has been very challenging time for theatres nationwide. Panto is such a strong Christmas tradition for many of our audiences and after what

has been a challenging year for everyone we want to ensure we can offer a sense of familiarity and normality this festive season. "We continue to follow Government advice, and with the tiered system due to return once the current lockdown ends on 2 December, our show can still continue as planned and we look forward to welcoming audiences to a special and safe festive family experience.” Beauty And The Beast replaces the previously announced festive show Cinderella which should have featured Birds Of A Feather star and Loose Women panellist Linda Robson in the lead role. Government-enforced restrictions on theatres sadly made it unviable financially as the fairytale is one of the biggest and most costly pantomime productions to stage. However, to continue its tradition of offering one of the region’s best festive family friendly shows, Regal Entertainments has worked tirelessly to ensure the show will go on to provide top entertainment to its community and regular attenders this Christmas. For more information please visit www. sthelenstheatreroyal.com



X MAS DECOR ATION S Make sure that the 2020 festive season is as magical as ever.

With Government guidelines restricting large gatherings the emphasis for many people is to make it a fabulous family affair. The Festive Group decorate homes all around the world and their top tips are: 1. MAKING AN ENTRANCE – with a statemement wreath. 2. LITTLE TOUCHES WHICH MAKE A DIFFERENCE The addition of window garlands using some of the same decorations and baubles from the tree on a long pine wreath – brightening up the windowsill and it can be seen inside and out. Staircase garland gives a luxury feel to your festive makeover and indoor festive doorways always look warm and welcoming. Fireplaces are normally a focal point in any room and tying them into the overall look of the festive makeover adds a touch of luxury and glamour. 3.THE CROWNING GLORY The tree really is the glory of any festive home. Whether it’s a real or an artificial tree you choose, make sure you pick the right size and shape to suit 16

your room and home. 4. LIGHTS Warm lights are often associated with a cosy feeling whereas icy lights are bright and sparkly – think about what vibe you want your tree to have. 5. DECORATIONS Some people prefer the ‘less is more approach’ when decorating the Christmas Tree although a luxury full tree showing little greenery is still a firm favourite. Many people opt for fuller decadent designs, laden with a range of stand-out baubles, ribbons and decorations, which can look sensational is simple spacious room. When choosing your decorations, ensure you opt for a range of sizes,


shapes and styles to keep the overall look interesting and add some eyecatching pieces to the mix. 6.TRENDS This year has seen a shift in trends and vintage looking trees, full of mismatched baubles, blended colour palettes and glass baubles, are very popular and remind people of Christmases gone by. There has also been a rise in demand for ‘Ombre Trees’ with bold colours at the base of the tree fading to lighter more muted tones from the same colour palette up the tree. Scandi or minimalist is also popular where is all about an organic look and the quality of the bauble not about how much is put on the tree. Luxury cream, gold and silver trees never seem to go out of fashion and family fun trees and themed trees are also popular.

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GE A C H R ISTMAS M E S SA

FROM JAY MURRAY, MUSICIAN AT THE CAVERN CLUB

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've been singing at the Cavern for 21 years. I started in 1999 with a Beatles tribute band which I started. It’s called The Mersey Beatles and we went from strength to strength touring all over the world. I am so blessed to be playing on the most famous stage in the world. I get to meet people from all over the world and I've made a lot of friends globally over the years so yeah, I am very honoured to be there. The past couple of months have been very challenging for us all but as a musician my life changed over night. All I want do is play and make people happy and forget their troubles for the day and of course the pandemic has hit me financially hard too, that was my only income.

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When I got attacked on stage a few years ago it was a freak incident. Nothing like that had

ever happened before to me or anyone and after the attack, I went straight back on stage and started singing ‘Help’, which made people laugh after the shock of what they just seen. I am very strong willed and the reason I am there is for the audience. Nothing will keep me from making people happy. You get odd balls everywhere and that day was my day to cross paths with one! I will be spending Christmas with my children, for me it is all about my kid. Music wise, I love The Who and of course The Beatles and all of that stuff, but my favourite song is Feed the bBirds from Mary Poppins. Ha ha I love it. A few years ago I was very fortunate to get a backstage pass to my favourite band, The Who, and I struck

up a friendship with the keyboard player, a lovely guy called Loren Gold. Anyway 2 days after I saw them in Wembley stadium (again backstage) he came to Liverpool and played on stage with little old me, so from seeing him rock Wembley stadium to being on stage with me and doing a full set with me was one of the highlights of my career. And now, at this time of year, my Christmas message to people who have heard of me is stay safe and try and enjoy this festive time. It's going be the maddest one in history. Merry Christmas and hopefully we will all have a better new year than this one has been.


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JONATHAN ANTOINE

ANNOUNCES HIS FIRST EVER CHRISTMAS ALBUM

CHRISTMASLAND Tell us about your experience with bullying I’ve more or less been fat my entire life, which I’m sure you can imagine the implications of. Kids can be cruel, but that cruelty is borne of an inevitable narrowness of worldview. It is not a thing that anyone should be resented for, for narrowness of view is akin to a virus; hatred will never eradicate a virus, but careful education and caring for one another undoubtedly will.

- OUT 4TH DECEMBER How do you help young people with their mental health? I try my best to treat each person as an individual. There is no single thing that any person can say or do that will cure all ails, and anyone who claims they have that ability is probably not to be trusted. One of the most important things I’ve learned recently is that we must accept the narratives of others as though they were our own. It is easy to see the contradictions in the

perceptions of a severely depressed person, and challenging to accept those contradictions as their honest truth. If we are able to accept that truth is in itself variable, then we can move towards changing it. Is this reflected in your music? I’d like to think so. In each song and across each album I try to tell many stories, often nested within one another and occasionally contradictory. The idea that the individual has the most power over their universe is something I’ve generally tried to stress in my music and my words. What plans do you have for Christmas? I’m releasing my second album this year, a Christmas album filled with classics of all different kinds, called ChristmasLand. I hope that it can provide some relief at this bizarre crossroads we’ve all found ourselves at. Other than that, I’ll be thankful to be spending Christmas day with my family.

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THE LIVERPOOL AND MANCHESTER RAILWAY

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uch has been written about the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, especially how it came into being and the Rainhill Trials, but very little has been said about what happened after the grand opening on 15 September 1830. Drawing on years of research, and practical experience of working with the replica of Stephenson’s Planet, this book shows how the Liverpool & Manchester Railway worked in its day-to-day operations, including passenger and goods working, timetabling, signalling and when things went wrong. Chapters will describe what it was like to work and travel on the railway, and will study the evolution of passenger accommodation, working and safety practices. Finally the book looks at how the Liverpool & Manchester its into the wider picture, how its operational practices, rules and regulations, became the basis of national practices in 1841. Anthony Dawson, the author, is an historian and archaeologist with over ten years’ experience of working in museums and heritage, having worked for the Museum of the Manchester Regiment and the Science &

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Industry Museum in Manchester, home to the world’s oldest passenger railway station. He is a Railway Volunteer at S&IM and the NRM, working as a [reman on the unique replica of Robert Stephenson’s Planet. A graduate of the University of Bradford and a post-graduate research student at the University of Leeds, Anthony is also a member of the Railway & Canal Historical Society.



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STAR QUALITY Actor Chris Hemsworth on a life away from the lens.

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e know Chris Hemsworth; we like Chris Hemsworth. He’s one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, he’s worked hard to ascend the heights he’s now reached, and sure, he can afford to indulge once in a while. So what is his biggest vice? Fast cars, flashy gadgets, plush yachts? Well, considering the actor currently lives in the sandy wilds of Australia’s Byron Bay – with his Spanish wife Elsa Pataky and their three children, India Rose, eight, and six-year-old twins Sasha and Tristan – it perhaps makes sense he has a plentiful supply of surfboards, even if you’ll see very few other members of the A-list elite looking for riptides. “I know people want to imagine I spend all my life a showbiz parties but it’s really not me,” he begins. “Perhaps in the early days it was good fun to soak up the limelight a bit, but as you get older that whole thing becomes less and

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less attractive, and you actually grow to hate it.” That’s never who Chris Hemsworth was, anyway. His childhood was spent embracing the outdoors, going after outward bound pursuits and anything that meant fitness, health and oxygen. “I think getting the best out of life normally comes back to looking out for very simple things and recognising how important they are,” he continues. ”We live in a world that promotes wealth and excess and stardom and all that flashy stuff, but real joy and satisfactions comes from people and nature around you. That, for me, is the best way to live.” Friendly, funny and charming, the 37-year-old Thor star has definitely reclined back into family life after a chaotic decade in front of the camera. The acceleration with which the Aussie actor suddenly leapt into our consciousness in Australian soap Home and Away in 2004, progressing to

Star Trek and A Perfect Getaway, ultimately paved the way for his portrayal of Marvel hero Thor. With a role that combined comic book legacy with incredible special effects and, of course, a need to bulk up for a role in a way he had never done before, Hemsworth accepted as well that his star was about to rise into a new place. The hugely successful sequels and spin-offs duly arrived, while other lead roles in big-budget movies such as Rush, Snow White and the Huntsman, In the Heart of the Sea and last year’s Men in Black: International have seen the actor assume film icon status. “The fame thing is exciting but, at my core, the biggest thrill is being an actor, having fun with these roles and creating art. Sometimes that comes about slowly on a project and elevates the further forward it goes;


other times you just have to glance at the script for a few moments to understand the power and potential of what lays in front of you.” Certainly, the impact made by his portrayal of Thor has, ironically, given Hemsworth the licence to move away from the character. “It’s probably fair to say the break from the industry has come at the right time for me. Whatever you do, you always want to go out on a high, and such has been the scale of the last few movies I‘ve done, it makes you feel like you can have a break from things without too much to prove.” That break has certainly embraced time spent with his family. In 2016 the Hemsworth clan moved back to Australia, even at a time when all the big studios were calling. “People took that as a backward step, yet for me it was anything but,” he says. “We all know how easy it is to get around the world these days, and there's something very unique and beautiful about Australia. It’s been great to get to know that again.” And it’s a close family spirit that envelops seemingly everything they do, certainly if the gorgeous, seductive carefree days on the beach at posted on Instagram are anything to go by.

“Ultimately, I want our children to grow up with the same kind of close spirit that my brothers [actors Luke and Liam Hemsworth] and I experienced,” he says. “My father was surfing and playing ball with us, and our mother was always there keeping us in line. My parents encouraged us to do what we wanted without ever trying to control us.” “I grew up on cattle and buffalo stations in the Northern Territory and then my family and I moved back to Melbourne and then down the coast.” “Those kinds of experiences helped shape me and my brothers' way of looking at the world and making us more adventurous. Traveling, meeting different kinds of people and exploring different places will teach you more about life than you can pick up from reading books.” As well as exploring their unique surroundings, returning Australia has also offered the opportunity to kick back and chill, not least in this time of year when the coming months bring on the Aussie summertime, just as the rest of us are plunged into winter chills. That said, it’s not all rest and relaxation for

Hemsworth – he has a new language to master given his wife, Elsa Pataky, the model and actress, originates from Madrid. “Elsa speaks Spanish to our kids and everyone's fluent in Spanish in the house… except for me!” he laughs. “I've always been meaning to learn the language but have never managed to do it. My kids love speaking in another language, though, and I'm happy that they will grow up able to speak both English and Spanish.” “Give me another year and I’ll get it,” he laughs. The family’s ability to travel may be somewhat hampered by the restrictions on global movement that we are all experiencing; and that slowdown is matched by the dormancy of the studios. Hemsworth does at least have What If?, a Thor TV series to look forward to, plus a followup to the Netflix series Extraction. Although most things remain on hold, the actor doesn’t mind – he has always been a man who can see the bigger picture. “There are much more important things going on at the moment than film and TV. “We will all come back stronger, I am sure, and I look forward to that day.”


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former Trustees of National Museums Liverpool, Phil and Alexis Redmond, included a faithful recreation of his body and costume. Kate Johnson, Head of the Museum of Liverpool said: ‘We are delighted to have Blackler’s Santa back on display for the fifth year running. He brings festive cheer every year to us all. ‘We love hearing our visitors’ stories about how much they loved seeing Santa on display in the famous Blackler’s department store. It’s

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ARIES (21 MARCH–19 APRIL)

Your career related decisions will go very smoothly. Ambitions to study, teach, travel, write, move or export your ideas will take off this month. The desire for a warm and harmonious relationship gives you a tender, kind and affectionate behaviour.

TAURUS (20 APRIL – 20 MAY)

This is an excellent month for budget-making, asking for a raise and discovering new ways to boost your income. Office milieu will be great and new creative ideas will make your month. You will be forging many new friendships that will bring fun and even love into your life.

GEMINI (21 MAY – 20 JUNE)

Work is a scurry of activity and this period also favours stepping up physical activity or health routines. Creativity, information and ingenuity are the most valuable trump cards on your way to success. our charm runs very high and a love relationship reaches new depths of understanding.

CANCER (21 JUNE – 22 JULY)

Your innovative ideas and skills will come into limelight professionally. Sharing is the key to a happy life this month. You are feeling very contented on the home front. You will win hearts of all your loved ones by showing them love and affection.

LEO (23 JULY – 22 AUGUST)

You’ll have to cope with a very demanding, tiresome and stressful period. This is a month for putting in that initial effort that will yield positive results in the future. Love will be subjected to analysis and maybe even become a reason for worry

VIRGO (23 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER) This month

will see you getting more experienced and clearing all the differences of opinions to work in collaboration with colleagues. Your ambitions would be very high, nourishing your wish to succeed. You’ll be very sensitive emotionally speaking and your need for love will be accordingly.

LIBRA (23 SEPTEMBER – 22 OCTOBER) You’ll focus

energetically on profession and social accomplishment and this period will give you the opportunity to advance, to gain authority, admiration or fame. You will become more understanding and caring and will make your close ones very happy by expressing your feelings.

SCORPIO (23 OCTOBER – 21 NOVEMBER) This is an excellent

month for personal finances. It is a time of gathering your resources for the days ahead. Your communication skills will come into light which will bring you gains. A lover or

partner pays a lot of attention to you and it feels fabulous.

SAGITTARIUS (22 NOVEMBER -21 DECEMBER) You will have a

happy time on the personal front. With spouse or love, a great time is indicated as you will get to express your deep feelings, which will bring closeness and intensity in your life. Professionally, you will have a happy state of mind.

CAPRICORN (22 DECEMBER – 19 JANUARY) This is the time to

join forces with someone who shares your financial, property and business goals and then pursue the outcome. If you are in a relationship this is the ideal time for making a long term commitment to that special someone in your life.

AQUARIUS (20 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY) You are likely

to enjoy your increased exposure and recognition on a professional level. Increased responsibilities continue to be an issue in your life, but you feel more in control. You are romantic and imaginative, but other interests will pressure you and you won’t be able to manifest freely.

PISCES (19 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH) A busy month

that involves plenty of errand-running, tending to paperwork, and attending appointments is in store for you. Love this month is rather business-like as well, or could be found through professional contacts. Friends and group activities would be strong in the last week.



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