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I’m one of those people who is eternally cold! See me in summer and I’ve got an extra jumper to hand. Even during the last few record-breaking months of sunshine – as everyone else was clutching bottles of water and heading for the shade – I was the one who was never quite warm enough. So, as autumn settles in and the weather inevitably takes a turn, I’m first in the queue for all things cosy – think fabulous fulllength coats (p16) and stylish boots (p26). I also love all the ideas on our homes pages to get my house toasty with snuggly throws, furry rugs and gorgeous textured cushions (p105). And with Strictly back on TV, there’s no better time to hunker down on the settee. We bring you an exclusive from the new dance pro, Graziano Di Prima – with a fantastic name like that, how couldn’t we? Not forgetting, of course, our fabulous cover star, Ruth Langsford, who knows all about the ins and outs of life on the show (p8). She even made it on to Anton’s list of favourite moments ever (p40). Can you guess which ones? But, of course, no evening in can really be complete without your favourite takeaway. Check out our tempting recipes to make your Ruth very own fakeaways (p88). Langsford Finish of with a delicious jam denim roly poly or treacle sponge jacket, £47, QVC spotted dick from our comfort puds selection (p96), and I reckon you’ve got your perfect night in sorted… enjoy!





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DOUBLE DENIM! WHY NOT? It was great to meet Ruth at our cover shoot and I couldn’t resist trying out one of the fabulous denim jackets from her QVC range for this pic of us together. It was the comfiest denim jacket I’ve ever worn. Gorgeous!


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On the cover

44 ‘We’re the queens of cosy’

All wrapped up

Meet three women who help make autumn magical

Our pick of stylish cover-ups


On the cover

Bring on the boots!

50 ‘Every dead body is like a

29 Buy it, wear it, love it!

us all about forensic pathology

Fashion news and ofers

186 Grrr! Now that is annoying!

8 steps to a stylish weekend wardrobe Little changes


What bugs Caroline Quentin?

On the cover

to transform of-duty outfits


On the cover

Love your lips

How to choose the right lipstick

‘Diet? I’d rather have another glass of wine’ Ruth

58 6 reasons to run a bath tonight!

Langsford on married life and accepting her imperfections

60 Glam, groomed & glowing

On the cover

Why we should all jump in the tub Kazia Pelka’s guide to fresher foundation and longer lashes

35 The best friends we had never met… until now Prima brings together women who have bonded online


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Your A-Z of never paying the full price for anything! Budget-boosting tips 86 The gadget lust list Perfect gifts 138 On the cover Autumn breaks where Fido comes too! The best On the cover

dog-friendly trips across Britain On the cover

CRUISE SPECIAL 144 Queen for a week Cross the Atlantic

148 The scenic Seine


healthy again as you retreat inside Dr Sarah’s surgery Dr Sarah Brewer talks statins and natural pain relief

Scandinavian countryside 153 Poles apart Arctic or Antarctic, which one is for you?


On the cover

42 How letter-writing shaped means so much more than an email

Farrah Storr believes we can learn a thing or two from millennials

150 All a-jord in Norway Beautiful

ever! Anton Du Beke shares

my life Why a handwritten note


10 Ways To Be Kinder To Yourself Live a happy life What our kids can teach us On the cover

How to have a healthier home Make your house

40 My favourite Strictly moments, his memories of the show


puzzle’ Dr Richard Shepherd tells

The best styles on the high street



On the cover

Eat to feel amazing!

Get rid of niggles with small changes

A river cruise via Paris

155 Celebrating the Mediterranean Sailing the sunny seas


62 54 157 Cruising for a reason Find a trip for you 160 Cuba libre The Carribbean hotspot

165 Cruise news



120 On the cover Blazer squad! Three

105 Love those autumn nights!

126 Lisa Comfort customises it!

Get cosy for the colder months 106 Dare to be bold Karla Lucas reveals how she transformed her home 112 Snuggle up! Gorgeous buys that bring autumn indoors

Make a versatile and beautiful belt 129 Cosy in cream Get ready for winter with this cable knit 131 Twice as nice Keep the cold at bay with a Fair Isle scarf and cowl 133 Sew it, make it, love it! Craft shows and creative inspiration

114 Do it today, love it tomorrow 117

Sarah Beeny’s home updates Style it, do it, love it Inspiring ideas for your home and garden



latest food news and products

185 Your stars for November

94 Fuss-free Christmas cake Get ahead with this easy recipe

96 Childhood comfort puds…

Photography: Nicky Johnston Hair: Jason Crozier at Stella Creative Artists Make-up: Cassie Lomas at Creatives Agency Hot pink suit: Madeleine Shirt: Peter Hahn Earrings: Accessorize Ring: Lola Rose

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Fast and easy fakeaways Make your mostloved takeaway at home


EVERY MONTH Christmas with these festive buys 52 Subscribe to Prima Get a great deal on your favourite magazine 134 Your time of & time out The best films, TV and shows out now 137 Get into the good books Nina Pottell’s favourite page-turners 175 Over to you Everything you’ve loved lately in Prima

On the cover

Meet your cover star Ruth Langsford on page 8

versions of the classic blazer 122 Made with love Gorgeous gifts for the festive season

TREATS FOR YOU 28 29 172 176 179

20% of Jessica Cosmetics On the cover 20% of DuoBoots WIN! A family theatre trip £100 prize… For your story Puzzles Win cash prizes! On the cover

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Fill with treats for the night before Christmas. Personalised Christmas Eve box, £19,

Start the countdown to the big day. Olivia Advent Calendar, £45, The Body Shop

UNDER COVER A pretty lingerie set is always a welcome gift. Bra, £27.50, 30A-38E; briefs, £12.50, 6-28, both Rosie for Autograph at M&S

TWINKLE TOES Add sparkle to every outfit with these trainers. Star trainers, £85, 3-8, John Lewis & Partners


SNUGGLE UP Get cosy with this stylish hot water bottle. Hot water bottle, £60, Caroline Gardner

This Advent calendar gives a scented tealight for each day. Candle calendar, £24.99, Yankee Candle


LOVES You may not be thinking about Christmas yet, but when it comes to calendars, hampers and gifts, trust us, it really is worth getting ahead… PURSE-ONALISED A great personalised stocking filler. Initial coin purse, £25, John Lewis & Partners


This personalised stocking with chevron print will delight on Christmas morning. Personalised stocking, £32, Hide & Seek Textiles

MAKE A STATEMENT Big, bold jewellery looks great with a cashmere sweater. Statement necklace, £25, M&S Collection



You’ll want to keep some of these sweet treats for yourself. Medium Christmas hamper, £40, Hotel Chocolat

On-trend tartan will update any look. Tartan box bag, £25, V by Very

BATH-TIME BLISS The ultimate mini body treats. Laura Ashley Little Luxuries, £8.50, Boots

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SWEET SCENTS We love this peppermint candy-scented bag of goodies. Festive Sack, £18, The Body Shop

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Shopping treats LUCKY CHARM Go for gold with a pretty charm necklace. Personalised charm necklace, £18, Madison Honey Vintage at Etsy

SUMPTUOUS SOAK A twist on a classic Christmas scent. Muddled Plum bath and shower gel, £24, Molton Brown

FESTIVE FEASTING Filled with traditional preserves and bakes, this hamper is the ideal gift for any food-loving friend. Cottage Delight Hamper, £29.99, Lakeland

FEELING DREAMY Oh-so comfy PJs are top of our wish list. Storm in clouds pyjamas, £95, xs-l, Yawn

SAY CHEESE! For those who can’t resist this after-dinner treat. Personalised cheeseboard, £20, Getting Personal

’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE… Tuck a new set of jim jams in this special box for a lovely early present. Christmas Eve box, £2, George Home

ALL THAT GLITTERS A gorgeous gift for jewellery lovers. Multi-stone hoops, £59, Adore

LET’S FLY AWAY For those who like to travel in style. Travel wallet, £80, Caroline Gardner

PRESENTS, PLEASE! Let Father Christmas know he’s at the right house! Personalised banner, £10, Etsy

PRETTY IN PINK Snuggle up in this stylish pompom jumper. Jumper, £38, 8-18, V by Very

COSY COUNTDOWN You can never have enough socks. Ladies sock Advent calendar, £79.99, Sock Shop

GLOVE LOVE Supersoft gloves we can’t wait to get our hands on. Leather gloves, £35, John Lewis & Partners

BLOOMIN’ BRILLIANT This stunning bouquet makes the perfect Prima treat. Autumn Charm bouquet, £34.99, Prima for Flying Flowers

Hottest of the lot! A subscription to Prima (turn to page 52)

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‘Diet?I’d rather ‘

have another

glass of wine TV presenter, proud mum and, to her delight, clothes designer Ruth Langsford talks to Prima about being stylish in her 50s, menopausal rages and why she and Eamonn still have that spark


uth Langsford, 58, lives with her husband and This Morning co-host Eamonn Holmes, son Jack, 16, and their Border collie cross, Maggie. The family home is in leafy Weybridge, Surrey.

You shouldn’t play it safe with fashion, though I’m guilty of it. My comfort zone is jeans, nice blazer and a white T-shirt, but you can easily give your classics a modern twist. If green is in season, just throw on a scarf to be on trend. We all have insecurities, though.



My style has evolved over the years. I’m not a slavish follower of fashion like I was in my 20s, because now I know my body and what suits me. If it’s wispy and in a pastel shade, I won’t go anywhere near it! I can’t stand the words ‘age appropriate’. For example, ‘You can’t wear leopard print or a leather jacket because you’re too old.’ Nonsense! The minute somebody says, ‘You can’t wear that!’ I want to wear it more! The ethos of my clothes range for QVC (I still can’t believe this girl from Plymouth is a designer!) is about creating things I couldn’t find in shops, such as a denim jacket that wasn’t stif or thick. I’d get a hot flush just looking at them. It’s that middle ground that’s fashionable, sexy and also comfy.

When I see myself naked, there are bits I wish were diferent, but it doesn’t ruin my life. I’m 58 and I’ve had nothing done to my face or body, and I’m okay with how I look. I have always had a bloated, rounded little tummy, even in my teens – it’s just my shape! I have had people ask if I’m pregnant on telly. People can be vicious and I’d be lying if I said such comments didn’t sting. I don’t want to give up on my body. If I let myself go, I could easily be bigger, which is fine, but I’m not ready for that quite yet. Still, as I’ve got older, I’ve become more accepting of my imperfections – like the wide hips, which no amount of dieting will change!

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in this day and age to be so open about it, unlike our mothers and grandmothers. I feel strongly that men need to be educated about it as much as women. They should know why we’re cranky or say, ‘I’m too hot, get of me!’ so they can be more understanding. I think men’s hormones also change. Eamonn’s convinced there’s a ‘manopause’, and he is fantastically understanding. Employers should cut female workers going through this a bit of slack. I had to explain it to my son after I ‘saw red’ one day. I was cleaning his room and he was supposedly helping me, but his focus kept drifting. I went away for a minute, came back, and when I saw he was reading a football magazine, I had a complete meltdown. I was screaming in his face like a madwoman. I stormed out, slammed his door, then the dining room door – I thought the glass might shatter. I ran upstairs, slammed my bedroom door and started crying. That’s when I thought, ‘Oh God.’ I went back to find poor Jack frozen in the same position, looking at me as if to say, ‘What on earth has happened to my mother?’ I said, ‘Jack, there’s a thing called the menopause…’ It is like an inner rage. It could be the smallest thing [that sets me of], and my language can be really ripe!

‘I’m an independent woman and I speak my mind’

BREAKING TABOOS For me, the menopause was a slow burn. I could feel it coming. The tiredness is the worst part – or the hot flushes. I was doing a lot of things my mother used to do! You know, the classic, ‘Anyone else warm in here? Can we just open the window?’ My big thing was losing my mojo (in terms of energy). I’d find myself staring out the window – that’s when I decided to go to my doctor and he told me I was [experiencing the menopause]. My HRT is tailor-made for me, it’s bioidentical and amazing. Within a week, I thought, ‘My energy’s back!’ It’s great

MARRIED LIFE Eamonn and I share quite a smutty sense of humour! I like the banter

between us and adore his Irish humour. I see it as a form of afection. I see it in Eamonn’s children, too – they’re just like him and his brothers. I’m a very jealous woman. I bristled when Laura from Love Island said she fancied him, but the girl’s got taste. I fancy Eamonn, too! It was so emotional watching him receive his OBE earlier this year. It was so well deserved. He’s an amazing broadcaster. We have a passion and a spark that you can’t manufacture. I think the opposites attract thing is genuine. I can honestly say, even after 22 years together, if he walked in now my stomach would flip, especially if I wasn’t expecting to see him. There are times we rub each other up the wrong way. But if you are going to be on live TV, day in day out, as a married couple, I don’t mind that showing. If we argued all the time and it made people feel uncomfortable, that’s another story. I’m an independent woman and I speak my mind. We call them ‘debates and discussions’, not rows. We clash sometimes but, for me, that keeps our relationship fresh.

REALITY BITES I couldn’t do the other TV reality shows. Celebrity Big Brother would be awful. Not MasterChef either. I love cooking, but I don’t want to be a chef. I’m happy with my casseroles. Dancing On Ice is too dangerous for me at my age, I’d be scared of breaking something. Also, I’m not competitive, which really annoys Eamonn.

30 years of This Morning We look back at presenters past and present


1988 The first show aired in 1988 and was presented by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.

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2002 Fern Britton and Phillip Schofield took over in 2002 with lots of fun and giggles.


Eamonn joined Ruth as a co-host on This Morning in 2006.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip have been presenting the show since 2009.

Ruth wears (previous page): Suit, Madeleine. Top, Apostrophe. Earrings, Scream Pretty

I lost weight during Strictly, but I put it back on instantly! Unless you’re prepared to do aerobics for five hours a day, it’s impossible [to keep the weight of]. I’d be up since 5am doing Loose Women or This Morning and then in the car on my way to see Anton [Du Beke] and I’d think, ‘I’m too tired for this.’ Then I’d get there, see his smiling face and we’d be of. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing my body change and knowing that if you put your mind to it, you can do it – but I’m not prepared to. I’d rather have another glass of wine! Alcohol is the one thing I should give up, but life’s too short. I exercise and do what I can, when I can. Some people treat looking fantastic like a full-time job, but I have other interests.

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Ruth wears (this page): Top, Vilagallo. Jeans, Ruth Langsford at QVC. Earrings; bracelet and ring, Lola Rose

MY CAREER I just love This Morning, and the fact it’s celebrating 30 years this year is a testament to the show. I’ve been doing it since 2000 – longer than I’ve been a mum. I can’t believe how the years have flown by. Getting the role was a ‘pinch me’ moment. I’d always watched Richard and Judy and was fascinated by the fact that they were husband and wife. Sometimes, I’d think, ‘Judy’s a bit snitchy with Richard today, he must be winding her up,’ and now I get people saying that to me about Eamonn. I still get slightly scared by live TV. But that keeps me on my toes! I love meeting big celebrities like Tom Cruise, but I also love human interest stories. We’ve helped people tell some very diicult stories on This Morning – I feel more proud of that than interviewing a Hollywood movie star. I’m very lucky to wake up and be excited to go to work, but I know I’m good at what I do. I think you should blow your own trumpet sometimes, and Eamonn and I together just work. I love that our Channel 5 [consumer] show Do The Right Thing is coming back. It’s about helping the man or woman in the street with no voice to fight for justice, and that feels really good. We hear mostly bad things about people on the news, but there are so many people out there quietly doing the kindest things in their own time, often without financial reward. Last series, I was so moved by this very brave woman whose baby was sufocated by a nappy bag. I started to think of my own son and how I might feel, but then I looked at her and thought, ‘She’s lost her child. She’s doing this because she doesn’t want this to happen to anyone else – I shouldn’t be breaking down in tears, I need to help her tell her story. Afterwards, I can hold her hand and cry with her.’

FAMILY FIRST My teenage son really is a lovely lad. It’s not easy having a parent on television – let alone two! Having said that, we have tried to be very mindful of

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him. We haven’t really talked about him publicly. Strictly was the first time and I’d warned him, ‘If you come and watch me, they will film you in the audience,’ but he kept coming. He’s only 16 and happily watched his mother potentially make a fool of herself. He’s handled that side of our work very well. He’s a pretty balanced young man. Weeknights can be late, so we try to be at home together at weekends. They’re quite chilled. I like a lie-in and we might walk the dog, have a pub lunch or invite friends over and watch a movie. The three of us are very close though, so when he’s not with his mates, Jack doesn’t mind hanging out with us. He did his GCSEs this year and said he might want to do sports journalism or be a music producer. I try not to think about Jack leaving home. I had him at 42 and most of my friends had their children much younger, so I have seen them all go through empty nest syndrome. I remember Jack’s first school trip. He was nine and it was only two nights away, but walking into his empty bedroom, I had one of those awful, morbid moments, thinking, ‘What if something happens? What if he doesn’t come back?’ I actually picked up his pillow and was sniing it. I can’t imagine a time when I don’t know what Jack’s doing, but when he goes to university, that will be most days. I do wish I’d had more children, but you have still got to face them leaving home, even if you have five.

‘I still get slightly scared by live TV. But that keeps me on my toes!’

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LOOKING AHEAD It’s important not to lose your sense of self. I’ve seen it happen when the last child goes. You look across the breakfast table [at your husband] and go, ‘Who is this person looking back at me? I don’t know him.’ While your children become your world, you mustn’t lose sight of your relationship. I actually look forward to the time when Eamonn and I can go, ‘Right, that’s them sorted,’ and we’re not as restricted. I’m fairly confident that when we get there, our marriage will be in as good a place as it is now.

Interview: Shelley Marsden Photography: Nicky Johnston Hair: Jason Crozier at Stella Creative Artists Make-up: Cassie Lomas at Creatives Agency Ruth wears: Jacket and trousers, Coast. Top, Peter Hahn. Earrings, Accessorize. Cuff, Les Georgettes. Ring, Lola Rose Additional photography: Rex Features

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Fun FUR Cosy faux fur is a joy to wear. Bold colours are in abundance this season, so make a real outerwear statement and try cobalt blue, yellow or emerald green. Keep the rest of your outfit relaxed and casual by teaming yours with simple wardrobe staples. Coat, £119, 8-28, Elvi. Jumper, £45, 12-34, Simply Be. Dress, £189, 6-16, Ted Baker. Boots, £180, 2-9, DuoBoots

Alled up p p a r w The high street has excelled itself with a brilliant array of coat colours and styles. From beautiful checks to modern heritage, there’s something for every shape and budget

Style inspiration

POUNCE on this There’s no escaping leopard print this season and a soft faux-fur coat is an easy way to introduce it into your wardrobe. To avoid any Pat Butcher connotations, team with relaxed stripes, slogan sweaters and a great pair of wide-leg jeans to keep your look fresh and modern. Coat, £79, 6-24, Per Una at Marks & Spencer. Top, £59, 8-16, The White Company. Wide-leg jeans, £38, 6-18, Next

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Style inspiration

A winter WHITE TALE Embrace the glamour of a white coat. They may not be the most practical choice, but they’re extremely flattering and oh-so elegant. Not to be saved for special occasions, white is an easy, neutral colour that will look great over any outfit, from daytime dresses to a smart evening tux. Coat, £189, 6-18, Mint Velvet. Dress, £45, 8-20, Limited Edition at M&S 18 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018

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There’s nothing quite as stylish as an oversize, mannish coat. They smarten up pretty much everything in your wardrobe, making them perfect for oice attire and equally as wearable teamed with a hoodie and trainers. Houndstooth checks are huge for winter, so tick of two trends with a key monochrome style. Coat, £38, 8-18, F+F at Tesco. Jumper, £69, xs-xl, Hallhuber. Trousers, £79, 8-18, Phase Eight. Trainers, £85, 3-8, Dune London

Modern HERITAGE The checked tailored coat is the easiest way to add a masculine edge to pretty frocks and silky skirts. Opt for a slightly oversized shape to allow extra room for layering up chunky knits underneath. Just add a pair of slouchy knee-high boots and you’re good to go. Coat, £50, 8-20, Peacocks. Dress, £55, 6-24, M&S Collection at Marks & Spencer. Rollneck, £34.99, 8-18, Wallis. Boots, £175, 3-8, John Lewis & Partners

Style inspiration

Statement STYLE Bold, bright checks and tartans will add much-needed colour and pattern to your winter wardrobe. Longline single-breasted styles will slim and flatter, while for additional warmth, layer a light down gilet or denim jacket underneath. Coat, £65, 10-24, Bonmarché. Shirt, £39.95, xs-xxl, Gap. Trousers, £25.99, xs-xl, Zara. Trainers, £99, 2-8, Carvela

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Style inspiration

Buy now WEAR FOR EVER We should all own a little black coat and, as it will never go out of style, it’s well worth investing in one that you can wear for years to come. Efortlessly chic when teamed with a luxe cashmere sweater in camel (of course) and accessorised with leopard-print pumps – both modern classics in their own right. Coat, £335, 8-16; cashmere jumper, £135, xs-xl, both Jaeger. Trousers, £119, 6-18, Oui. Bag, £29.95, Gap 22 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018

Count on a CLASSIC You can’t beat a camel coat for versatility and timeless elegance. Whether you choose a double-breasted military style, belted wrap or smart peacoat, it will be a welcome addition to your collection. Pair with caramel, tan and chestnut shades to try out this season’s tonal trend. Coat, £95, 8-18, Wallis. Jumper, £34.99, xs-xl, United Colors of Benetton. Trousers, £45, 8-18, Linea at House of Fraser. Bag, £175, L.K.Bennett. Loafers, £119, 3-8, Kurt Geiger London

WEEKEND upgrade Too warm for a wool coat and too cool to go without? Try a parka. Boxy and oversized, they’re perfect for layering over chunky knit sweaters. Khaki and navy are go-to colour choices, so try tan or mustard to bring yours up to date. Coat, £99, 8-20, Kin at John Lewis & Partners. Jumper, £119, 8-22, Madeline. Skirt, £39.50, 8-20, M&S Collection at Marks & Spencer. Tights, £11, Calzedonia. Boots, £49, 3-7, Faith at Debenhams

Style inspiration

Photography: Richard Burns Styling: Jo Atkinson Assisted by: Jodie Dunworth Hair & make-up: Sally Kvalheim

Cool COLOUR BLOCKING When the days turn dreary, a bold pop of colour can transform a classic style into something head-turning. It’s a perfect way to introduce colour and unexpected tonal combinations into your wardrobe and works brilliantly with a uniform of navy, grey or black. Coat, £250, 6-20, Boden. Cords, £119, 6-18, Hobbs. Trainers, £74.99, 4-12, Adidas at Oice

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Bring on the


Kick-start your autumn wardrobe with our pick of the new autumn boot trends on the high street

RIDING A wardrobe staple that’s worth the investment, you’ll wear them for seasons to come.

£39.50, 3-8, M&S Collection



£160, 3-8, Boden

£150, 2-9, DuoBoots

£90, 3-8, Oice

£160, 3-8, Van Dal

ANKLE Try sleek, pointy styles with a neat kitten heel to add polish to any outfit.


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£42, 3-8, Evans

£32, 3-8, Simply Be

WESTERN Revamp your weekend look with the return of the cowboy boot. £25, 3-7, George at Asda

£59, 3-7, Nine by Savannah Miller for Debenhams

Great with jeans

£169, 3-8, Kurt Geiger London

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£89, 3-8, KG Kurt Geiger

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CHELSEA This classic boot gets an update with print, patent and flashes of colour.


£179, 3-8, Hobbs

£170, 3-8, Clarks

Available in cUPQ³`

£150, 2-9, DuoBoots

£24.99, 3-7, Deichmann

£95, 3-9, Hotter


£28, 3-7, F&F at Tesco


These 1970s block-heel styles look great


with A-line skirts and flowy chifon dresses. £180, 3-8, Dune

£49, 3-8, Dorothy Perkins

£270, 3-7, Ted Baker

£120, 3-8, Marks & Spencer

Great neutral shade

£169, 3-8, Modern Rarity at John Lewis & Partners

BIKER Buckles and studs are key. Give pretty print dresses a cooler edge by pairing with this tough-looking boot.

Leopard print adds interest to MZe [a`³`

£149.99, 3-8, Mango

£195, 3-8, Mephisto

£65, 3-7, V by Very

£140, 3-8, Dune

Cosy and cute

HIKING Super-functional as well as on trend, the new hiker styles prove it’s chic to be comfy.

Ideal for teaming with chunky winter layers

£24, 3-7, Matalan

£139, 3-8, KG Kurt Geiger

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If we spoke to our mates the way we talk to ourselves, we’d soon lose friends, says author Caroline Millington. She reveals how kindfulness – a combination of ‘kindness’ and ‘mindfulness’ – is the key to living your happiest life



‘It’s not fair… I’m not good enough...’ It’s all too easy to put yourself down when you’re fed up, but give yourself the credit you’d give your best friend if she did a good job. If I’m feeling sorry for myself, I think of an aspect of my life I am doing well in. I don’t have a partner at the moment so, rather than dwell on what I don’t have, I say that it means I have total freedom to do what I want. I’ve booked a solo trip to a women’s retreat abroad in the new year for some me-time. Many people focus on what’s going wrong in their lives and miss the chance to celebrate what’s going right, so find the positive in everything. Compassion – not self-pity – is the key.

Make it happen



No one I know likes change – including me – but forming new habits is easier than you think. Instead of trying to cut things out of your life, introduce new habits into it. For instance, if you want to lose weight, start by drinking more water, eating more vegetables and going for regular walks with a friend rather than thinking about all the foods you can’t eat. I wanted to cut down on alcohol. Instead of banning it, I chose elderflower cordial as a treat after a stressful day instead of a glass of red wine. It’s the ‘treat’ aspect that is satisfying, not the alcohol content. I saved money, cut calories, slept better and didn’t miss the fuzzy head in the morning.

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Sometimes we outgrow a friendship or realise that a pal isn’t as supportive as we’d like. Your time is precious and you deserve to be surrounded by people who lift you up. I had to break up with a friend after a disagreement ended with her shouting at me. I deserved to be treated better, so I emailed her and said I needed to take some time out from our friendship. While I miss the friendship we had, sometimes you have to have the self-respect to walk away.

To-do lists give you structure and can ease anxiety – but many people write a long list that’s impossible to achieve, which leaves them feeling like a failure. Break it into bitesize chunks. I have a daily list of things that need to be done (and sometimes write down anything I’ve already done, too, just so I can cross it out); a weekly list of ‘life-min’, such as banking; and a life list of things to achieve, such as household projects or booking holidays. Crossing things out gives me a sense of achievement and motivates me to do more.


Once you become a mum, you barely have the chance to go to the loo in peace. Ditch the guilt, call in the babysitter and enjoy a day – or a weekend – away with your partner or friends. It’s important to make time for yourself, plus it sets a great example to your children, too.


Take a moment to think about all the amazing things your body does on a daily basis: the breath in your lungs, your heart pumping blood round your body and the energy you have to play with your kids! We’re so much more than a few extra pounds, a smattering of cellulite and some stretch marks. Don’t define yourself by so-called flaws. Our bodies are remarkable and we should tell ourselves we’re unique and beautiful every day.

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We’re all guilty of comparing our lot with others – whether it’s with the next-door neighbour or friends on Facebook. But comparison can leave you feeling anxious, jealous and frustrated. Next time you catch yourself weighing up your life against someone else’s, make a conscious efort to stop. People often share their ‘best lives’ on social media and keep reality oline. We never know what goes on behind our friend’s front door, so comparing yourself to what may seem a perfect life is pointless. Appreciate what you do have – you’ll be happier for it.

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This is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself. Don’t sacrifice your own happiness to please others – you’ll only end up resenting them and being annoyed with yourself. It’s not the word ‘no’ that ofends


people, it’s the way in which you deliver it; people don’t always remember what you say, but they will remember the way you made them feel. Need to turn down a favour? Try saying, ‘Sorry, that’s just not possible at the moment’ or ‘I can’t make that, but shall we try another date?’


Making yourself happy should be a priority because your positivity will only benefit your loved ones. Schedule regular me-time to see friends, enjoy a hobby or simply have some time alone with a book. I write these things in my diary as if they are mandatory appointments that I have to keep. Stop feeling guilty about what you want to do. If you don’t put yourself first, no one else will.



Communicate your needs to your partner – don’t expect them to read your mind. If there’s housework to do, discuss who’s doing what and when. If you need help with the children, ask for it rather than silently wishing your partner would see you’re struggling. It’s easy to romanticise what a relationship should be and then end up disappointed – it’s much easier to talk about what you want and get it.

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When Amy saw Yasmine, the connection was instant


we had never met... until now These readers forged a special relationship online, but it wasn’t until Prima brought them together that they actually came face to face

Shelley and Sam share a heart-breaking bond


Inspiring women

‘We could be totally honest’ Amy Armstrong, 33, from Spennymoor, County Durham, and Yasmine Dunn, 30, from Newcastle upon Tyne, connected as they struggled with their pregnancies.


ying in a hospital bed, attached to a drip, wracked with sickness and desperately worried about my unborn baby, I posted a message on an online forum: “I don’t know how much more of this I can cope with.” Straight away, as I knew she would, a woman called Yasmine messaged back. We’d never met but she’d become the friend I turned to when things got really tough. I was four weeks pregnant with my first baby when I started being sick, and by the time I was eight weeks in I was vomiting up to 80 times a day. I could barely eat a thing, even watching TV made me feel ill. I spent most of my time clutching a bowl. Only on good days was I able to drag myself to work, as a team leader at a pharmaceutical company. I became so weak I ended up in A&E, and was finally diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), extreme pregnancy sickness.

meant I didn’t feel so alone, and Yasmine and I could be honest with one another. At my lowest I couldn’t see a way out and even considered terminating my pregnancy. Our baby was very much wanted but I was so ill I thought I was going to die. I struggle to come to terms with that now. I still feel guilty. Once I got support through PSS and told Yasmine how I was feeling, it gave me strength to go on. When I worried that I was going to lose the baby or FINDING SUPPORT myself, she kept me going. I was unlucky. Around “We’ll beat this,” she’d type. 70% of women experience Only after I gave birth nausea or sickness during Amy and her to Luna in May 2017, who their pregnancy, but only daughter, Luna was 6lb 6oz, and the 1% of them end up in sickness went, could I hospital with it. At least I’m message Yasmine and tell her that my in good company – the Duchess baby was fine – and hers would be, too. of Cambridge also sufered with HG Although we’d kept in touch, until and had to be admitted to hospital. Prima arranged for us to meet, we My husband Alexander was incredibly supportive but it was traumatic for him. He hadn’t even spoken on the phone. It was incredible to tell her face to face became more of a carer than a husband how her kindness and wisdom got me and I thought if I told him how wretched I really felt, I’d just be adding to his burden. through. It was like meeting a good friend who I hadn’t seen for a while. It When I discovered the forum on the was one of the best days I’ve had in a Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS) website, it was amazing. Talking to other long time. We are now planning our next meet up, this time with our daughters.’ women going through the same thing

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Amy says meeting Yasmine was ‘one of the best days I’ve had in a long time’

‘She helped me see I didn’t have to struggle on alone’ Trainee psychologist Yasmine says:


eeting Amy was about more than just giving her a huge hug to thank her for helping me through the toughest nine months of my life. It was part of the healing process, bringing to a close that diicult time that marked both our lives. We were both nervous, but it was like meeting an old friend. As we talked, I remembered what a lifeline she had

‘We are planning to bring our little girls together to start another wonderful friendship’

been. It was the first time I’d spoken to someone in person about what we went through, who listened and understood. Amy had been quick to respond when I joined the PSS forum. That day I’d been so sick, I’d burst the blood vessels around my eyes. I felt ill rather than pregnant, and said how low I felt. When Amy replied, it was the first time I felt understood.

Photography: Claire Wood

A FRIEND TO LEAN ON Amy urged me to go to my doctor. She told me about the medication she’d been prescribed, and helped me see that I didn’t have to struggle on alone. Vomiting up to 20 times a day, I felt so wiped out that I could barely communicate with my husband, Michael. I could message Amy from my phone in

bed, although looking at the scent of shower Yasmine and the screen made me feel gel or toothpaste her daughter, queasy sometimes. She could set me of, Sienna was a light in the darkness. along with any smell We were honest with each other, talking of food. With a third about the strain on our husbands and of my pregnancy to go, it was amazing to our fears for our unborn daughters. We receive the news that Luna was fine, and were terrified that the babies weren’t that Amy’s sickness had gone. My daughter getting enough nutrition and gave each Sienna was born three months later, and other advice on which foods we might I cried with relief when I was ofered a cup be able to keep down. of tea after the birth and didn’t want to be Amy’s HG was worse than mine, so I sick. I knew my nightmare was nearly over. often felt as if nothing I could say would We’ve kept in touch on Instagram, and I help. I just tried to ofer emotional support feel a real connection with Amy and Luna. on her bad days. The loneliness can be It’s a pleasure to witness their mothercrushing, so I wanted to be someone for daughter journey. Now we have met, we her to talk to so she wouldn’t feel alone. are planning to bring our little girls together Although my sickness subsided at 21 to start another wonderful friendship. weeks, I felt nauseous throughout; even •

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‘Having the chance to say thank you was priceless’ Out of heartbreak, Shelley Jess, 41, from Chelmsford, and Sam Lowrie, 44, from Stevenage, have forged a very special friendship.


he tears started flowing the moment I saw Sam – I reached out and wrapped her in a hug. It felt natural, and we instantly began chatting as if we’d known each other for years rather than months. Since my husband, Dylan, 48, took his own life in April this year, life has often felt unbearable. The guilt, anger and loneliness is sometimes indescribable, so finding Sam through the Facebook page of a local group of Widowed & Young (WAY), and knowing that she had faced the same thing, literally changed my life. Ten months earlier, Sam’s husband had also taken his life. My sons, Harvey, 12, and Robbie, eight, had been left without a father, and her young children had also experienced that loss. It was like we were meant to find each other. I knew she would understand – and she does. She knows what I am going through because she’s been through it, too.

‘Our friendship goes much deeper than tragedy. We just click’

A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS Through my darkest times, Sam has been the person I’ve turned to. When the headstone went up on my husband’s grave, it floored me. Of all my wonderful friends and family, I knew that Sam would understand in a way that no one else could. She’d understand why I wanted to cry with grief and scream with anger, and she’d help me remember that it wouldn’t always hurt as much as it did right then. Although we’d messaged each other frequently, we’d never even spoken on the phone, and meeting up was very emotional. Having the chance to say “thank you” was priceless. We laughed and cried together. If I hadn’t found Sam, I think things would be very diferent. Dylan and I had met in a nightclub in London’s Leicester Square in 1996. We 38 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018

Shelley (left) and Sam have helped ease each other’s pain

Words: Mel Hunter Photography: Angela Spain Sam wears: Top, Debenhams. Jeans, Monsoon Shelley wears: Top, Debenhams. Trousers, H&M

Inspiring women got talking and never really stopped, getting married eight years later. To the outside world, Dylan was very chatty and charismatic and, although I knew there was a very anxious side to him, I’ll never really know why he left us. As well as the pain of Shelley with losing him, I’ve had to sort Dylan and out the practicalities of their children life without him and that’s included moving into a new house. It’s been a time of huge upheaval and loneliness and, with Sam’s support, I have spent the past few months trying to make sense of it all, to understand why it happened, and what the future can look like without Dylan here. Life can feel overwhelming at times, juggling work and the kids alone, but if I am having a bad day I can message her and tell her how I am feeling, day or night, knowing she will be there. I can say anything to Sam and she understands my feelings – grief mixed with anger – because she has been through what I’ve been through and I take heart from seeing that she is doing okay. She is my light at the end of this dark tunnel, and hopefully she can see through my experience just how far she has come.’

‘It feels like we’ve been friends for ever’ Sam, who has a daughter, Daisy, 13, and a son, Archie, nine, says:


he moment I found the body of my husband, Richard, will stay with me for ever. He’d been out all day with his old workmates, then came home and had a drink in the garden. I thought he’d had enough to drink, and told him so, but he stormed of. I never saw him alive again. The days after his death in June 2017 were bleak. I thought my world had ended and in some ways, life as I knew it had. I was desperate to find someone who understood, and that’s when I found the WAY forum. I got some wonderful support from other people my age who had also lost their husbands, including one lady whose husband had also taken his own life. It was more than six months before I got talking to Shelley that her own tragedy began, and she messaged me via the forum. I wanted to help from the start, knowing the grief we were feeling was diferent to someone who had lost a husband to cancer or heart disease. I knew, like me, she’d be angry and lonely, and wondering if she could have done anything diferently and whether she should have spotted signs of what was going on. It was those kind of thoughts that still haunted me. Richard had been made redundant from a job he loved nearly a year before and, at 51, he lost confidence that he’d find something else. After some knockbacks, he became really down and was on the waiting list for counselling. I could feel him drifting

Sam, Richard and their children

away from me and nothing I said or did would get through to him.

REBUILDING TOGETHER We’d been together nearly 20 years when he died and I was left to cope alone, to tell our children, plan his funeral, deal with the inquest, and try to rebuild a life without him. It felt unreal and still does in many ways. At the start I hated Richard for doing this, for not being here to read the kids’ school reports or celebrate their achievements. However many times I told myself that his mental illness was just as real as any other illness, that anger is only starting to subside now. I’ve been amazed by Shelley’s strength and determination to push through her agony and put her boys first. Helping Shelley is helping me and by talking about the agonising outcome of my husband’s mental illness, I hope I can help others too. Every day I wake next to an empty space and have to start again, but we have moved forward; we function as a family, even without Richard. Finding Shelley has been a wonderful thing to come out of all this pain. We may have first found each other through the tragedy we share, but our friendship goes much deeper than that. We just click. I may have only known her a few months, but when we met it felt like we had been friends for ever.’ • PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018 39

Anton has wowed us with his smooth moves since the first series

As this year’s celebrities take to the floor, we catch up with the legend that is Anton Du Beke to find out his best (and worst) memories…



trictly wouldn’t be the same THE ONE THAT DIDN’T without Anton. His love of dance GO TO PLAN… Last year, started aged 14 when he picked when I did the paso doble his sister up from a dance class with my dancing partner Ruth – he was instantly hooked. He joined Langsford, we were just getting Strictly in 2004 and became a favourite to the closing moment when with viewers. Anton has just released she fell directly on top of me. his debut novel, One Enchanted We couldn’t stop Evening, which is inspired by laughing. Over a 1930s ballroom. Now 52, he’s married to 41-year-old businesswoman Hannah Summers. The pair have people 19-month-old twins applied to be George and Henrietta.




in the audience last year

the waltz with opera singer Lesley Garrett. They were the first steps I ever took on the Strictly dancefloor back in 2004, and what a journey it’s been since! When the show first started, there were eight couples (now there are 15) and no group numbers. The production has changed so much – it’s more glitzy and glamorous now.

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Get dancing!



Three years ago, I was over the moon to reach the final with Katie Derham. We did an incredible tango. That and the samba last year with Ruth when I ripped of my suit to reveal a rather fabulous pink ruled shirt and sequinned trousers!

57 litres. That’s how much fake tan is used every series!



I did with Brucie. He was a legend and like a dad to me. We took the mick out of our resemblance by performing Me And My Shadow in series six. It was wonderful joking with Sir Bruce Forsyth!



I had some great times with Ann Widdecombe. We did one dance in Blackpool where she wore a yellow feathered dress and I dragged her across the floor. She was also the first celebrity to go aerial – they’re all at it now!

The name’s Prima, Graziano Di Prima

MEET MR PRIMA! Strictly’s never shy to introduce a hunky professional. This year, we are very excited because one of the new arrivals is 24-year-old Graziano Di Prima from Sicily. And with that name, well, we had to meet him!

Welcome to the UK, Graziano! What a great surname you have. And, of course, named after Britain’s favourite magazine! Wow! So you named your magazine after me (flashes a cheeky smile)? I hope. We think it’s a great name, but where does it come from? In Italian, Di Prima means ‘the first’. It’s funny, as on my mum’s side, the of hairspray name is Migliore, which are used means ‘the best’. I’m the MY FAVOURITE first and the best – let’s PARTNER… each season hope I prove it on Strictly! It’s hard to say. I don’t We do, too! How are you really have one, because every feeling about the show? I’m year is just another level of fun. The excited, but nervous. Everyone has main thing you want from a partner is been so friendly. It’s like a big family. enthusiasm. The dancing can be taught, but We don’t want to be giving you that extra spark has to be there – Judy Murray the wrong idea about us Strictly was wonderful for that. I’ve been very lucky fans, but will the top be coming with my partners. I always have a great time. of? I’m not sure, but I think so. Do you have a favourite dance? THE DANCE THAT MEANS THE I love the samba and the jive. I’ve MOST… Okay, so it’s not exactly Strictly, been dancing since I was six, so but it’s when I’m dancing with my twins, Strictly is a dream come true! George and Henrietta. I love holding one in each arm and dancing with them around the And we think you might just be house. Being a dad is the best thing in the our dream come true, Graziano! world. I just cannot wait to see them every day. I’m definitely going to bring them to • Strictly Come Dancing is the studio this series to meet everyone. on BBC One every Saturday

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g n i t i r w r e t t e l w o H e f i l y m shaped At a time of emails and instant messaging, author Helen Cullen shares with us why she believes handwritten notes carry so much more meaning


n the classic books I read as a child growing up in Ireland, I envied how letters were often integral to the characters’ lives. I longed for an envelope addressed to me to arrive. So, although devastated when, aged eight, my big sister, Mary, moved

to England to work, her absence provided me with an opportunity. For the first time, I put pen to paper, relaying in detail all my family news, primary-school high jinks, plus wild-eyed observations of life. I remember Mary once writing to say she loved receiving my letters because otherwise the only post was bills – I misread this as ‘Bill’s’ and was driven

mad wondering who the mysterious Bill was. I was so disappointed when I asked Mary in person and realised my mistake! Writing those letters taught me how to communicate ideas, dreams and stories on paper, and how special it was to conduct a relationship by post. Eleven years older than me, Mary could have become a stranger while away, but instead we grew closer.

Making connections

Bitten by the letter-writing bug, I couldn’t stop. One of my favourite (and very nerdy) things to do was to write to organisations requesting ‘materials and information’ for school projects. I wrote to everyone I could think of, receiving parcels from the Irish Wildlife Trust, The Gaiety Theatre, the Electricity Supply Board… I once sent a letter to a TV magazine complaining that they often cut the kids’ pages to make room for advertising, which was very inconsiderate to their ‘future readers’. They printed the letter and sent me a T-shirt that I proudly wore all summer.

Going global

Aged 10, I had dozens of pen pals from all over the world – their childhood concerns and adventures were a mirror of my own. This helped me understand that no matter how diferent we may seem to other people on the surface, we have more in common than that which divides us. It instilled in me a confidence to travel and engage with other cultures.

Women like you

Helen in the T-shirt she won

With older sister Mary

received the letter, so he quietly accepted my silence as rejection. The truth wasn’t revealed until a decade later when we were both adults at home for Christmas. Even after all that time, it dealt a cruel blow. That letter is still the most beautiful one I never received…

L etters of love

Helen and Dem ian still write to each other

L ost and found

At 16, a boy I was enamoured with from afar wrote to tell me that he had ‘feelings for me’ but if I didn’t feel the same to just never mention the letter as he would be too mortified. Only, I never

I had better luck later in life. I met my partner, Demian, eight years ago – a touring musician at the time, he would send a postcard or letter from every town he visited. I have kept them all, secreted away in a battered old red suitcase. They are physical artefacts from our life together and mean so much to me, unlike the long-forgotten texts and emails we also sent. We still write to each other whenever one of us is away, and I hope we always will. As the poet John Donne once said, ‘More than kisses, letters mingle souls.’

Photography: Getty

Great letter-writers of the past… JANE AUSTEN ‘My dear Cassandra’ were the three words Austen wrote most often throughout her life – she and her older sister were extremely close, sending hundreds of letters to one another relaying events and gossip. When Austen died, aged 41, in 1817, Cassandra wrote: ‘I had not a thought concealed from her and in losing her it is as though I had lost a part of myself.’

ROALD DAHL Describing his days at boarding school, Dahl wrote, ‘Church-going never became a habit with me. Letter-writing did.’ Whenever he was away from home, the author wrote to his mother at least once a week. After she died, 600 of his letters were returned to him – she had kept them all, in their envelopes, bundled with green tape.

WINSTON CHURCHILL From the time of his loneliness as a boy at preparatory school to his tenacious war correspondence and the poetic love letters to his wife, Churchill wrote thousands of letters. His pet budgie, Toby, often stood on his desk and pecked small holes in the paper, leading Churchill to write, ‘As you can see, Toby is sending you his warm regards.’




Studies show taking notes with a pen rather than a laptop leads to better recollection, because we tend to rephrase information for our own understanding as we go, rather than simply typing out what we’ve heard, allowing more time for the information to sink in.







The average Brit checks their phone 28 times a day, and more than 10,000 times a year; going screen-free to pen a handwritten note provides a much-needed break from the 24/7 whirlwind of tech. While writing, you’ll concentrate entirely on the task in front of you, focusing on the present moment.

More labour-intensive than using a computer, writing forces us to slow down and connect the mind with the hand, one word at a time. By doing this, we have more time to think, and to let our thoughts run away with us, allowing new ideas to spark.

Therapeutic letters are used by counsellors for working through memories and emotions, providing an opportunity to take a step back, analyse and come to terms with our innermost feelings.



Research has found that people who wrote down a list of things they were grateful for before going to bed experienced a longer and better quality night’s rest.

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Ladies who launch

We’re the

As we hunker down for autumn, meet the women whose businesses bring us all that is wonderful about this time of year

QUEENS of COSY ‘I’ve bottled the scent of autumn’ Krystyna Patey, 46, from Partridge Green, West Sussex, creates candles that shine a light on the best things about the darker months.


ulling on my wellies and tramping through the autumn mist from our cottage to my workshop is the perfect start to the day. The smell of wood smoke and fallen leaves stays with me as I open the door, where a cornucopia of other wonderful scents hits. This is where we make all our candles, difusers and room scents. I employ one other person, Sharon, to blend, pour, package and label everything. At this busy time of year, I also have a band of brilliant local people who pitch in to help. My husband, Richard, is a great support and even my mum and dad come in once a week between now and Christmas. I started the business eight years ago after moving to the Sussex countryside from Brighton. I felt so much more connected with nature here, and was drawn to setting up my own business reflecting this more natural way of life. Candles can be used all year round, but they carry a special significance at this time of year. Our Mandarin Spice scent with its cloves and cinnamon is perfect for autumn, while Bonfire or Woodland are calming and relaxing

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during the darker, colder months. I actually started out making body scrubs and bath foams, before deciding that the cute Kilner jars I was using would work brilliantly for candles, too. I started making them in the evenings at home after my daughter Tia, now 18, had gone to bed, and found the process helped me switch of from my oice job.

TURNING POINT As the business grew, I attended my first big trade show, where a stand cost £1,500 – a huge amount for my fledgling business. I was terrified I wouldn’t receive any orders. Luckily, it proved a turning point and I decided to leave my day job with an events company and concentrate on Parkminster – named after the area where we live – full time. I started the business without any real savings, putting expenses like the trade show and materials on credit cards. Luckily, Richard, who already had his own company, backed me all the way. He believed in my idea and helped me understand the financial side of things. I grew the business steadily, wary of rushing in and making mistakes. I added more fragrances and reed difusers, paying particular attention to packaging. Turnover doubled every year, but I only started paying myself a salary five years ago and still plough most of my profits straight back into the company.

Krystyna creates her products in the workshop in her garden

Parkminster products are now sold in more than 300 independent stockists in the UK, as well as some beautiful shops in Rome, Amsterdam, Zurich and Japan. Our biggest-selling products are our small votive candles, which are 90ml scented soy candles that come in 22 fragrances. I spend a lot of time travelling around in Oscar, our VW Transporter van, which is packed with stock. At £25,000, it was another huge expense, but it’s invaluable for delivering products around the country – and I can sleep in it if I have to! If I spot a shop that I think would like our candles, I never miss the opportunity to pop in and persuade them to give them a go. As the business has grown and I’ve overcome diferent challenges, my confidence has grown, too. A lot of time, efort and trial and error goes into my products, but the feedback I receive makes it all worthwhile. At the end of a busy day, after walking home across the fields, I can enjoy one perk of the job – lighting loads of lovely candles!’ •

KRYSTYNA’S TIPS ● Don’t grow too quickly and overstretch yourself. Make your core products as great as possible before expanding. ● Don’t be afraid to ask for advice from others, whether that’s friends, family or other business people. Everyone needs help and ultimately it makes for a better product. ● Believe in what you’re doing and never give up – even on days when you really want to.

‘I grew the business steadily, wary of making mistakes’

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‘I sell my Bonire Night parkin all year round’ When Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Shaw, 44, from Halifax, needed a business to fit around her family, her greataunt’s recipe gave her an idea.


ome things are sacred at this time of year – a roaring bonfire, a great firework display and a chunky piece of Yorkshire parkin to keep the autumn chill at bay. At our local Scouts’ Guy Fawkes Night, I’m happy to say I’ll have all three – and I’ll be baking enough parkin to feed everyone else there, too. Parkin has long had its roots in this part of the world, where oats were a staple food, rather than flour. It was my favourite treat as a child, baked from a family recipe passed down from my great-aunt, who opened a bakers’ shop in Halifax in 1913. I’d always loved the sticky blend of ginger and oatmeal mixed with treacle and syrup and now, as a grown-up, it was

my passport to self-employment. I’d taken redundancy from a marketing job and wanted to start a business that would fit around my children – Thom, now 12, and Evie, now 10. And, after a payof from my job, I had £4,000 to get the business of the ground.

THE PRICE OF SUCCESS My daughter was still young when, in the autumn of 2008, I armed myself with a batch of parkin and went to all the farm shops in the area asking them to taste it and give feedback. A few agreed to stock it, and I nurtured my little business, Lottie Shaw’s, with dreams of creating a whole range of biscuits and cakes alongside my treasured parkin. Lottie’s parkin is made using a family recipe

In June 2009, I took a batch to a fine-food trade show in Harrogate and couldn’t believe the response. I’d massively underpriced them, which meant that they sold like hot cakes! Around the same time, I took it to the team at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, which gets nearly 650,000 visitors a year. After tasting it, they agreed to sell it. It was an exciting moment – being able to drop in the Chatsworth name to other potential customers was worth its weight in gold, and other stockists soon came on board. I’m lucky the old family bakery still had a unit that made bread for sandwich shops and caterers. Using that made it easier to scale up the business. In our first decade, my business hit around £250,000 turnover a year and has grown so much that we opened our own bakery to cope with demand. That was a huge cost. We found more than half the money ourselves, got a loan from the bank and tapped into the grants available for small businesses that employ local people. I now sell Lottie Shaw’s Yorkshire Parkin all year round through farm shops, retailers and websites such as This year, we’ve been taken on in 50 Morrisons stores and are available at Ocado, too. I dreamt big from the start and those plans are coming together. We also sell biscuits and traybakes – including flapjacks, tiin and millionaire’s shortbread – as well as bake thousands of Christmas mince pies, but Yorkshire parkin is still at the heart of what we do. I’m proud to be introducing my great aunt’s autumn favourite to a new generation.’ •

CHARLOTTE’S TIPS ● Accept you’ll make mistakes along the way, but they’re not really mistakes if you learn from them and turn them into positives. ● Have the confidence to knock on doors to find business. ● Surround yourself with good people to take on your journey. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018 47

Ladies who launch Sue uses natural dyes and dries her yarn above the AGA in her kitchen (right)

SUE’S TIPS ● Prepare for failure, as that can push you to try new things. ● Being busy doesn’t always equal success; it’s possible to slow things down and still be doing well. ● Diversify – your work can be linked to the hobby you love, without it taking over the part you enjoy the most.

‘I love my calmer pace of life!’

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Sue Gleave, 57, from Laxfield, Sufolk, turned her lifelong passion for knitting into a business.


utumn is a riot of colour. For me, it’s not just the turning leaves outside, but also the rich yellow and golds of the hand-dyed yarns that festoon my converted Sufolk barn. I’ve always knitted and sewn for fun, but I never dreamt I might one day try to earn money from it. I was too busy paying the mortgage and bringing up my two daughters, who’ve now flown the nest. But after years as a project manager working with big companies, corporate life had taken its toll and my husband Martin and I felt the pull of a slower way of life. Martin had left his job in senior management and we settled in Sufolk, ready to dive into the unknown.

My passion for wool was sparked on a three-day natural dyeing course eight years ago. I came up with the idea of transforming natural wool into rich, colourful yarns, so Native Yarns was born. Choosing the wool is important – I find beautiful tactile yarns from British sheep. The next step is to then colour it in my workshop using plant-based dyes, many of which I grow in my garden.

TO DYE FOR I started by selling my hand-dyed wool by mail order and at shows. My first show at the National Trust’s Ickworth House was invaluable – the feedback helped me know I was on the right track. Once a month I’ll embark on a dyeing session that can take a week from end to end; it’s a long, slow process. For me, colouring wool is like cooking a good meal from scratch – you appreciate the

efort that goes into it much more than if you just pick up a ready meal! I knit my own designs, too. In fact, knitting is rather like cooking in that there are basic techniques and “recipes” to learn, then you add your own twist by experimenting with diferent needles, yarns and tensions. I draft the pattern myself, producing swatches and then a sample, which I re-draft until I’m happy. The time and devotion that goes into the process isn’t necessarily reflected in the money I make. The raw materials cost half of the £15-£20 we charge for each yarn. They are expensive, but the feedback we get is fantastic – they glow with a life of their own and some say it’s the best wool they’ve ever used. The business has evolved. As well as selling yarn, I sell kits via my Etsy site for between £25 and £70, as well as creating one-of patterns and designs for yarn companies and knitting magazines. I love my calmer pace of life. Martin and I are digging deep to find strengths we didn’t know we had, but we’ve never felt more positive.’ • PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018 49



We all love a good TV crime drama but just how true to life are they? Here, forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd reveals all…


et’s be honest – although we’re shocked by the idea of bloody crimes and dead bodies, we’re also fascinated by them. Six million of us tuned in to watch Emilia Fox play crime-solver Nikki Alexander in BBC One’s crime show Silent Witness and, if you scroll through the other channels, you’ll find a host of true-crime documentaries to binge-watch. There’s no denying that we like to delve into grim stories from the safety of our own living rooms. But what’s it actually like being involved in these investigations and trying to find out exactly how a person died? For forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd, performing postmortems to uncover the cause of death is how he

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spends his days. ‘Sometimes it can be pretty straightforward,’ he says. ‘But when it comes to unnatural causes, there is an element of detective work to figure out what actually went on.’ After a career spanning three decades and an incredible 23,000 cases, he’s now written a tell-all book. We caught up with him for a behind-thescenes look at the world of forensic pathology – and to discover what he’s learnt along the way. Can you remember what first sparked your interest in this work? When I was 13, my friend nicked a forensic pathology book of his dad’s bookcase and brought it into school as a dare. I think he wanted to scare

everyone, but I was fascinated. The combination of science, medicine and detective work really excited me. You’ve advised the producers of Silent Witness – how accurate is the work that we see on screen? They do a fantastic job at getting as much of the forensic pathology as accurate as possible. The mortuary they use was built to make it as realistic as it could be. Some of the ‘dead’ bodies you see on the slabs are actors acting and not just dummies. Where the programme does difer from the real-life job of a forensic pathologist is that, in the show, Emilia Fox and her team go out and interview suspects, which is something I’ve never done. Our job is to

Fascinating lives assess the bodies, while the police do the investigating. But I also understand that the TV show has to create this overlap so they can tell these fantastic stories. It is fiction, after all. What advice do you give them? The show’s writers will get in touch to discuss storylines or possible causes of death. They’re keen to make sure that the processes at the crime scene and postmortem are accurate on set, from how to take a swab to how to hold a knife. Sometimes they have to change things for TV – for example, we always wear masks covering our face when we work and that doesn’t really work on screen. I understand that, but it still bugs me. Your career certainly isn’t for everyone, why do you enjoy it? Every dead body is like a puzzle to work out. Even if I think I know what’s happened, I have to put all the pieces together to properly understand what’s gone on. With every case, there’s that thrill and excitement of wondering where it might take me and how I’m going to sort it all out. It’s always so interesting – no two days are the same.

You often present your findings in court. Do you find giving evidence stressful, as your testimony can be the diference between a guilty and not-guilty verdict? It can be a lot of pressure because, as a pathologist, people trust you. But there are The cast of Silent always grey areas. For example, Witness get down we know the man has been to business shot, but from what angle? How far away? What gun was used? Did he shoot himself or did someone job to do. I need to ensure I’m careful in else shoot him? I’ve had cases where I my analysis, so that I can give evidence in court or tell the family what happened. thought someone was guilty, but the jury has said they aren’t. But that’s not in my control and I can’t voice that opinion. Why are we all so fascinated by grim I just convey what I see to be the truth, crimes and the darker side of life? then the rest is up to the jury. We all have a curiosity about things that we can’t comprehend, like how can What has being around death you murder someone? taught you about life? Watching shows like It reminds you that life is fleeting, so Silent Witness allows enjoy it! I think I’m good at savouring us to explore all of the moment; taking the dogs for a walk these elements from or drinking beer in a pub garden on a a place of safety. summer’s day. We often take these I suppose it’s the same reason why I’m so drawn to the job – except the little things for granted, but I’m aware mortuary is my place of safety! that they are so precious.

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‘The mortuary is my place of safety’

What are the initial things you look for when you arrive at the scene of a death? When I first arrive I’ll get a briefing from the police of what they think happened. That guides what the team and I need to do next. The first stage is to take an overall look at the bigger picture to understand how things fit together. In fact, the actual body is often the last thing I look at. I’ll check for any obvious cause of death, take any samples or swabs that can’t wait until the mortuary and then put the body into the body bag. When you perform a postmortem, do you have to detach emotionally? No, it’s important to stay connected. When you’re cutting open a body, you have to acknowledge that this is a person who has lived and been loved. At the same time, I have to switch into professional mode because I have a

‘The injury Diana sufered was so rare – I’ve never seen another one like it’ One of Dr Shepherd’s saddest and most high-profile jobs was the public inquiry into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, eight years after she was killed in a car accident in Paris. ‘It was an honour to be asked to assist such an important inquiry, but I also realised what a crucial job this was, which meant I was under a lot of pressure. It was very technical in places, working out what happened in the micro-seconds of the crash and linking this with her injuries. Diana sufered a tiny tear in a vein in one of her lungs that was bleeding very slowly. She lost consciousness and was taken by ambulance to the hospital where surgeons identified the vein

and repaired it; sadly, it was too late. The injury she sufered was so rare that I’ve never seen another example in my career. It was a small injury in the wrong place, which was caused by her catapulting forward from the back seat. It’s sad to think that had she fastened her seatbelt, she would probably have only sufered a black eye and had her arm in a sling – and would have been at her sons’ weddings.’ • Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd (Michael Joseph) is out now PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018 51

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LIQUID LIPSTICKS These dry fast for an intense shot of matte or satin colour (think gloss feel minus the shine). Delilah Liquid Lipstick in Retro, £18, lasts for hours, looks velvety, and gives great definition.

Liquid, matte, sheer, gloss – lipsticks now come in more finishes than you could ever find time to test, so we’ve done the hard work for you...



Sheer and comfy, these are a fab place to start if you’re new to colour. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, £3.99, is subtle, while Clinique Dramatically Diferent Lipstick, £20.50, has more pigment – and lots of nourishing vitamin E!

This trend keeps on growing! Two-tone lipsticks place one shade in the middle of the mouth and a contrasting colour around the edge for an ombre efect in one swipe. Bourjois Lip Duo Sculpt lipsticks, £5.59, are so easy to apply.

STAINS Stay with a see-through wash of colour or build up to something deeper and darker. Prima loves The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain, £8.

MATTES Forget old-fashioned formulas that dry lips – the latest are creamier and more comfortable than mattes of the past. Treat yourself to Lancôme’s chic new L’Absolu Rouge in Sensualite, £25.50.


For colour that wears of evenly, fill in your entire lip with a creamy pencil liner before applying lipstick of the same shade over the top. When the lipstick wears away, the colour underneath will still be there.

GLOSSES No longer gloopy or sticky, the high-shine finish is fashionable once more. Buxom Va-Va Plump Shiny Liquid Lipstick, £15, feels easy to wear, comes in subtle and flattering shades, and plumps your lips, too.

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& making it last How to keep your colour in place.

PREP MATTERS Colour can cling to dry patches or settle in to lined lips. The night before you wear a bold shade, apply a rich lip balm at bedtime (try Kiehl’s Buttermask For Lips, £22). The next morning, buf with a warm, damp flannel then apply more balm five minutes before doing your make-up.

GREASE ISN’T THE WORD Well-prepped lips are soft and smooth, but not greasy. When you apply your balm, work it in well, then tissue of the excess (but if you’re wearing gloss, skip balm altogether – it’s more likely to ‘feather’).

PRIME TIME For extra sticking power, try a primer. These create a smooth finish by hydrating lips and filling in ridges before colour goes on. MAC Prep & Prime Lip, £14, is a make-up artist’s favourite.

A FINE LINE Apply lipstick straight from the tube (modern, well-shaped tips make this easy, so you shouldn’t need a brush). If it looks wonky, use a lip pencil to tidy the edges. Don’t worry about the pencil matching your lipstick exactly – it just needs to be roughly the same shade. Try Maybelline ColorSensational Shaping Lip Liner, £3.99.

LAYER UP Blot and apply a second coat – but with gloss, don’t use tissue or you’ll end up with tiny white shreds stuck to your lips. ‘Kiss’ a piece of paper instead.

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Worried a bright lip will leave teeth looking yellow? Choose what make-up artists call ‘cool’ shades (bright tomato reds and fuchsia pinks) over warm ones (brown or orangey reds).

Picking the perfect nude An easy way to find the most flattering nude is to look at the inside of your bottom lip – the colour of the skin there is the perfect shade for your colouring. Another rule of thumb is not to go too much lighter or darker than your skin tone. A darker complexion can take a stronger nude (rich caramels and tofee browns), while if you’re on the paler side, think sheer and pink – as too dark a nude will drain the colour from your face. New No7 Matte Liquid Lips, £10, gives full coverage and great shine, plus it comes in five neutral shades.

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Red hot It’s the on-trend colour of the season – and everyone can wear it. Just experiment with diferent shades – you’ll know when you’ve found The One, because it will brighten skin! Here are our rules for red. DO USE FINGERS Application is key. ‘Red is more modern when it looks laid-back,’ says Terry Barber, director of makeup artistry at MAC, who suggests applying from the tube and using ďŹ ngers to push colour into place for a softer outline. DON’T OVERDO EYES Keep eyes looking subtle so they don’t compete with your lips –

a wash of Champagne or taupe eyeshadow is soft and pretty. Keep lashes low-key, too – Pixi By Petra Lower Lash Mascara, ÂŁ11, provides a natural, uttery coating. DO TRY IT AT HOME Just like a new pair of shoes, a bright lipstick needs to be worn in. Wear it while vacuuming or watching TV until you get used to the feel and the look. DON’T ‘SMACK’ YOUR LIPS TOGETHER It’s what most of us do to ‘set’ the colour and even out our lipstick, but it’s actually more likely to smudge the outline. Blot with a tissue instead!


‘Think of lipstick as jewellery for the face’, says make-up artist Caroline Barnes. ‘A bright lip adds colour and strength, especially as we get older and our facial features lose deďŹ nition. Swipe a bit of illuminating concealer down the philtrum (the bit between your nose and the top of your lip) to make lips look even prettier.’

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soft matte look, brush a ďŹ ne face powder over a ďŹ rst coat of lipstick and add another layer of colour on top. It’s a technique used by make-up pro Charlotte Tilbury to create a unique and long-lasting ďŹ nish.

DIAL IT DOWN Diluting a bright shade into a stain makes it more wearable – apply a small amount of lip crayon over a coat of clear lip balm and pat it down with your ďŹ ngers, or one of the new sheers will do the job for you. Prima recommends: IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Lipstick, ÂŁ17, or L’OrĂŠal Riche Shine Lipsticks, ÂŁ8.99 each.

POLISH IT UP A dab of gloss over a matte or satin lipstick can give it a whole new look. To stop colour feathering into ďŹ ne lines around the mouth, keep the gloss in the centre of the lips (this also makes lips look fuller). PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018 57



Fluf up the towels and turn on the taps, there’s a bathtime ritual for every occasion, says wellness and bathing expert Suzanne Duckett

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love baths. Even as a child, I didn’t need to be chivvied into the tub. Since then, I’ve braved the Baltic, lolled in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon and been swimming in Austrian lakes. For me, bathing is an escape from life’s distractions – plus there are the health benefits. It can stimulate the immune system, improve sleep, soothe skin, boost circulation and heart health, ease muscles and joints and balance hormones. Here are just six of my many reasons to run a bath tonight…




A bath an hour before bed can induce sleep – the warmth raises our body temperature, which then drops once we’re out of the water. This cooling process kick-starts the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps us feel drowsy. ADD… A handful of Epsom salts. These contain magnesium, a mineral that aids sleep and calms the nervous system. Lavender oil also helps. Add five drops to a full bath. DO… Soak for 20 minutes to fully absorb the minerals. If you have time, shower first so that you’re clean when you get into the tub and don’t have to wash the salts away. TRY… Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, £7.99; Absolute Aromas Lavender High Altitude Essential Oil, £12.95; Tisserand Sleep Better Bath Oil, £8.95.


A warm bath can leave you feeling as if you’ve hit reset, especially if you throw in energising aromas and get your blood pumping with a vigorous head-to-toe scrub. ADD… Grapefruit essential oil to wake up the senses and uplift you. Mix eight to 10 drops with a couple of tablespoons of almond oil to ensure it disperses into the water properly. DO… Watch the heat. The ideal temperature for a bath is between 36 and 38°C – any higher and you’ll feel more sluggish than before. For a final energy boost, try an all-over blast of cool water from the shower. TRY… Neal’s Yard Remedies Grapefruit Organic Essential Oil, £7.50 and Almond Oil, £12; Soap & Glory Bubble In Paradise Refreshing Body Wash, £6.50; Soaper Duper Zingy Ginger & Sea Salt Body Scrub, £10.

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Oats help maintain the body’s natural moisture barrier, so are great to throw into the water in winter months when dry skin needs nourishing (especially with a spoonful of raw honey, which is known to hydrate skin). ADD… Organic whole oats. Mix one to two cups with hot water to make a paste. Add a dessert spoon of honey and leave for five minutes. Transfer to a muslin cloth and tie to form a bag. Keep it in the water, and give it an occasional squeeze. DO… Keep water lukewarm and don’t stay in longer than 15 to 20 minutes, as this can dry out skin. Use soap-free body wash and, once out, apply a fragrance-free moisturiser. TRY… Crabtree & Evelyn Goatmilk & Oat Soothing Bath Milk, £28; Aveeno Daily Moisturising Body Wash, £9.50; Avène Akérat 10 Body Cream, £15.

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What’s more relaxing than a long soak after a day at work? Make it all about you with indulgent textures and your favourite scents – oils, milks and bubbles are especially lovely… you might even cancel your date! ADD… Rose oil – there’s no oil that’s more romantic. And milk (as Cleopatra knew) leaves skin supersoft. Put a handful of rose petals in a bowl with 10 drops of rose essential oil and 300g milk powder and stir a teacupful into a warm bath – the smell is amazing! DO… Have everything ready beforehand – warm towels and skincare products near the tub, a candle and music. TRY… Love Beauty And Planet Muru Muru Butter & Rose Shower Gel, £5.99; The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, £17.



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A quick bath can be totally transformative – you can do more in 10 minutes than you think! Tackle hair, face and body in one go while the warmth and steam encourage beauty products to sink right in. ADD… Bath oils to soften skin the minute you get in. Drop a face sheet mask (in its packet) in the water, too – it’ll be extra-relaxing warmed up. DO… Apply a hair mask and face sheet mask and let both get to work. Rinse of hair and remove the sheet mask – massaging in any excess left on the skin. Dry of before applying body oil and face moisturiser. TRY… Rituals The Ritual Of Hammam Bath Oil, £13.50; Seoulista Beauty Super Hydration Instant Facial, £7.99; Dove DermaSpa Goodness Silky Body Oil, £10.99.

Seaweed is an excellent skin toner, brimming with vitamin C for collagen and elasticity, choline to soothe irritation and revitalise mature skin, and iron for blood circulation (essential for a healthy glow). It also balances hormones, encourages the body to expel toxins and aids sleep – all the better for a rested look come morning! ADD… Soaks, salts and powders using wild seaweed from water that’s as free of pollution as possible. If you see Irish or Cornish on the box, snap it up! DO… Pick your ‘magic’ time. Once or twice a week, schedule a strict 15 to 20-minute bath and relax. Add a marine-based mask to take the goodness above the neck and invest in a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign! TRY… Living Sea Therapy Bath Soak, £22; Voya Lazy Days Seaweed Bath, £17; Lush BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask, £8.50.

For more inspiration, see Bathe by Suzanne Duckett (Lagom, out 18 October in hardback)

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Glam, groomed & glowing This month, our beauty insider Kazia Pelka shares her secrets to fresherlooking foundation and longer lashes


I’ve lost the last of my summer glow, can I fix it with foundation? As tempting as it is to pile on the make-up when skin looks pale in the colder months, I’ve never loved heavy foundation. I think it highlights problems rather than hides them, especially fine lines and dryness. Youthful skin reflects light and looks dewy, so if that’s the efect you’re going for, choose lighter formulations and use as little as you can get away with. Here are my tips… ● Think of foundation as a tool for a more even skin tone rather than concealing imperfections. Apply sparingly, then use concealer on blemishes, shadows or redness. ● Foundation designed for mature skin will address fine lines and lack of radiance – or look for something lightweight, light-reflecting and fluid. Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation, £30, is sheer, moisturising and comes in 22 shades.

● Fingers help work your foundation into your skin, but for a more ‘finished’ efect, blend well with a brush or sponge. ● Primers do everything from boosting radiance to controlling oil, depending which you choose. They also prep skin for make-up, allowing you to use less foundation – all the better for a lighter look. Just apply after skincare. Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Face Primer, £38.50, reflects light for a flattering glow.

‘Heavy foundation can highlight problems’

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Old fave!

The year was 1969 and I remember sitting in the bathroom as Mum peeled (yes, peeled!) of her shiny new Max Factor eyeliner. I couldn’t believe my eyes! Mum called it ‘wet look’, and it appealed to me as my prized possession was my pair of pull-on, patent leather boots – waterproof and just the thing to shake up the school run (I’m referring to the make-up not the boots!). The eyeliner isn’t available now, but I love the new glitter versions. Too Faced Glitter Pop Eyeliner, £16, is perfect for a glam look this party season.

Beauty for grown-ups HOW TO GET LUSHER LASHES Celebrity lashes are looking more luscious than ever. If longer lashes are on your beauty wish list, here’s my guide to faking them – there’s so much more to it than mascara!

Growth serums These are enriched with strengthening and nourishing ingredients, such as peptides and fatty acids, to stimulate the growth of lashes, keep them wellconditioned and make them less likely to fall out. Typically, serums are brushed daily along the base of the lashes with a very fine brush that gets right to the roots. I like RevitaLash Advanced, from £52.


Eyelash extensions These are glamorous but can be high maintenance and costly. A therapist glues individual lashes (usually synthetic) on to the base of your own lashes, taking between one and three hours depending on the skill of your therapist. If you look after them, they can last six to eight weeks, but as they fall out, you may want to return for infills. My maintenance tips are: avoid oily skincare products around eyes a few days before the appointment; try not to get extensions wet but, if you do, give them a quick blow dry; remove eye make-up gently; and skip mascara – you won’t need it anyway. Lash Perfect has therapists and salons all over the UK with a choice of extension styles, from £70 for Classic Lashes (

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It’s an old-fashioned tip, but it works! Using a fine-tipped, pen-style liquid eyeliner, ‘dot’ colour in between the base of your lashes. Finish with mascara. I like Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner Pen, £5.99.

Lash lift treatment Like a perm but for lashes! This takes 45 minutes to an hour and you simply lie back while a therapist guides your lashes into a lifted shape and applies a solution to set them. Some treatments include a tint, too – the efect of both is amazing! Results last for six to eight weeks. From about £60. Try an LVL Lash Lift from Nouveau Lashes (

Everyone seems to be talking about vitamin C, but what is so good about it? I’m often asked which ingredients make the biggest diference to the skin. Vitamin C is definitely on my list and is easy to introduce in the form of a serum. Applied topically, vitamin C has antioxidant properties, brightens the complexion, fades age spots and helps to build and strengthen collagen, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles and leading to stronger, firmer-looking skin. There are many on the market, but the rule of thumb is to choose one that contains L-ascorbic acid

(pure vitamin C) at a concentration of 10 to 20%. Air and light can degrade the product, so it should come in air-tight packaging with minimal exposure to light (often in brown glass). As with any active ingredient, if you have sensitive skin you might want to introduce it gradually, as it can tingle. HIGH SPEC SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum, £135, is pricey but lasts a long time. CHEAPER CHOICE The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F, £14.90, contains a derivative of vitamin C, so it’s not quite as potent, but still efective. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018 61


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WEEKEND WARDROBE There’s a knack to dressing down and looking stylish. Here, we show three readers how to make over their of-duty outfits with our simple style rules



Looking for an alternative to your favourite skinnies? If your downtime default is denim, try a skirt instead. Guaranteed to up your style credentials, it’ll look just as chic but way less predictable. Karolina has teamed her skirt with leopard print to add some edge.

Coat, £99.99, xs-xl, Zara. Blouse, £17.99, 4-22, H&M. Skirt, £60, 6-20, Boden. Bag, £29.95, Gap. Scarf, £9.99, Zara. Tights, £8.99, m-l, Sock Shop. Boots, £27.99, 3-9, New Look

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Need a quick fashion fix? Sidestripe joggers were made for stylish of-duty days and they’re on trend for autumn, too. Team them with trainers and a denim shirt for a fashionable, fuss-free outfit. Skirt, £70, 8-18, Biba at House of Fraser

Shirt, £10, 8-20, Primark. Trousers, £25.99, xs-xl, Zara. Rings, from £30, Pandora. Trainers, £19.99, 4-8, New Look

Trainers, £28, 2-9, Asos

Think you can’t pull of joggers? Choose a grown-up, tailored pair.

Sweatshirt, £45, 8-16, Sugarhill Boutique

Meet our models… Tote bag, £65, Great Plains

KAROLINA POLEWKA, 37, is a payroll administrator from Manchester.

Jumper, £69, s-xl, Phase Eight. T-shirt, £7.99, 8-18, H&M. Cashmere joggers, £99.95, 6-18, White Stuf

LUXE UP YOUR LOUNGEWEAR Duvet days and quiet nights in deserve a little luxury, so why not treat yourself to some lovely loungewear. Curl up in supersoft joggers, silky pyjamas and cosy-as-can-be knitwear for the ultimate in feelgood.

Jumper, £95, 8-20, Hope

BECKY KILSBY, 61, is a career coach and founder of Freestyle Careers from Exeter.

KELLY MCLEAN, 41, is an oice and accounts manager from Colchester.

Joggers, £35, 6-18, White Stuf

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Jumpsuit, £145, 6-16, Baukjen. T-shirt, £7.99, 8-18, H&M. Earrings, necklace and rings, all Pandora. Watch, £95, Olivia Burton. Trainers, £12.99, 3-9, New Look


Perfect for when you have to be out of the door in an instant, a hardworking jumpsuit deserves a place in every woman’s wardrobe. Just add a long-sleeved tee and suede trainers for an efortlessly cool look. Necklace, £15, Very

Jumpsuit, £34.99, 6-18, New Look

Jumpsuit, £48, 6-22, Next

Earrings, £15, Accessorize Bag, £10, Matalan

Boots, £25, 3-9, TU at Sainsbury’s

Trainers, £90, 3-8, Dune


Coat, £120, 8-20, Hope

Jumper, £12, 8-20, F&F


Jeans, £16, 8-18, George at Asda

A little layering = a lot of impact! Breathe new life into your well-loved pieces by styling them in new ways. Here, Becky re-works a floral midi dress over her essential skinnies and Breton stripes. Try tunics over skirts, polonecks under blouses Boots, £42, 3-7, and hoodies under coats. Debenhams 64 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018

Dress, £59, 6-24; earrings, £15, both Marks & Spencer. Top, £34, 8-16, Sugarhill Boutique. Jeans, £18, 8-20, Matalan. Bangle, £30, Kate Spade at John Lewis & Partners. Trainers, £75, 3-9, Boden



It’s what’s on the outside that counts during winter. Your coat is the key piece people will see, so why not make a statement? Go all-out with check prints, bold brights and sharp silhouettes that work all the way from Monday to Sunday.


Don’t hold back on the colour or the O[Z³PQZOQ

Of-duty doesn’t have to mean scrufy – sot tailoring keeps things chic.

Wool-blend coat, £198; skirt, £90, both 6-20, both Boden. Jumper, £24.90, xxs-xxl, John Lewis & Partners. Tights, £8.99, m-l, Sock Shop. Satchel, £29.99, Zara. Boots, £92, 2-8, Yoox. Bicycle from Raleigh

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Transform an outfit with a splash of colour. One key piece, like Kelly’s statement jumper, is all you need to feel re-energised. Sunshine shades will lift your outfits and your mood.

Earrings, £3, Primark

Jacket, £70, 10-16, Cath Kidston

Utility jackets are masters of multitasking

T-shirt, £12, 8-22, George at Asda

Boots, £15, 3-9, George at Asda

Give your neutrals some time of – colour will up the ante of every outfit.

Words and styling: Helen Johnson Photography: Matt Monfredi Hair: Julie Read Make-up: Carl Stanley Stylist’s assistant: J’nae Phillips Location: Thanks to JJ Locations

Jumper, £78, s-xl, Paisie. Culottes, £64, 8-16, Great Plains. Necklace, £90, Pandora. Bangle, £30, Kate Spade at John Lewis & Partners

Skirt, £89, 6-18, Mint Velvet

TEAM TRAINERS WITH EVERYTHING When you’re on the go it’s all about ease, comfort and style, so don’t be afraid to pair trainers with absolutely everything. They don’t have to be too sporty. Opt for one of the luxe versions available on the high street instead. Burgundy, £55, 3-8, Debenhams

Burgundy mix, £79, 3-8, John Lewis & Partners

Pink, £49.50, 3-7.5, Marks & Spencer


Leopard print, £12, 3-8, Primark

Grey, £55, 4-8, White Stuf Metallic, £10, 3-8, George at Asda

Blazer, £69.99, xs-l, Mango. Blouse, £26, 8-22, M&Co. Trousers, £89, 6-18, Coast. Watch, £89, Cluse. Trainers, £165, 4-8, Crime London

If you’d like to take part in our fashion makeovers, drop us an email at with your name, address, age and a small photo.

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How to have a A


HOME Retreating inside during the cold weather could be harmful to our wellbeing. But don’t worry, these top tips will help to make your house healthy again

utumn’s here and with it plummeting temperatures and dark evenings – it’s no wonder we’re happier snuggling down inside. In fact, we spend an incredible 90% of our time indoors, but what you may not realise is that it could it be doing you more harm than good. ‘Indoor air can be more hazardous than outdoor air, particularly for young children and the elderly,’ says Peter Howarth, professor of allergy and respiratory medicine at the University of Southampton. ‘Some families are being exposed to a potent mix of airborne pollutants within the home because of poor ventilation, causing more frequent respiratory and skin problems.’ The past two decades have seen what experts have dubbed an ‘allergy explosion’. In fact, when it comes to comparing the highest rates of allergies, the UK is in the top three countries in the world. A staggering 44% of British adults now sufer from at least one allergy, according to Allergy UK, and the numbers are rising annually.

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BEDROOM Dust mites love a nice, warm, human bed, and since we spend a third of our time slumbering, we’re likely to be inhaling plenty of dust mite allergens. It’s impossible to rid your home of all mites, but you can reduce them by avoiding wool blankets and using cotton sheets and duvet covers that can be washed at 60°C. Dust mites hate dry and cold air, so try to air the house whenever possible.

Indoor air can be up to 10 times more polluted than that outdoors, even when taking into account pollutants in towns and cities. At least 9,000 deaths in the UK every year are attributed to indoor air pollution. Sources of polluted air include smoking, faulty boilers, gas cookers and heaters, as well as chemicals from new furniture, air fresheners and cleaning products. Whatever the weather, open windows regularly and, if you are prone to allergies, invest in an air purifier. Try HoMedics Totalclean Air Purifier AP25, £149.99.

LIVING AREA Who can resist a candle? But choose beeswax or soy versions, which are non-toxic when burned. To keep things even more natural in the home, try reed difusers instead of air fresheners, as some contain harmful phthalates. One study linked these chemicals to diseases such as breast cancer, as well as male infertility. Alternatively, air the room often. Soft furnishings such as cushions and carpets harbour dust mites, which can cause skin irritation, wheezing and a runny nose. Swap carpets for wooden floors if you can and dust with a damp rag to avoid stirring up mites. Wood smoke from wood-burning stoves produces gases and microscopic particles that can reach deep into the lungs and possibly other organs. Open fires are worse, but both cause more air pollution than gas, electricity or oil.

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PLANT POWER Humble house plants can absorb toxins and cleanse the air, according to a study by NASA. Try aloe vera, spider plants and peace lilies, which increase oxygen by absorbing harmful toxins, including carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. Peace lilies can improve indoor air quality by 60%.

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‘Indoor air can be up to 10 times more polluted than that outdoors’

Wet towels raise humidity levels, which causes mould. (See Household Mould, below.) To prevent mould, open the window and dry shower curtains after showering or bathing, and wash shower curtains every month. To remove mould stains, soak curtains in a weak bleach solution, then rinse thoroughly. Be wary of using bleach without ventilation. A study linked its use to a 32% higher risk of getting lung disease.

UNWELCOME GUESTS House dust mites are found in all UK homes and live mostly where they find moisture from our breath and bodies (see Bedroom, left). We become allergic to them when we sufer a hypersensitive reaction to proteins in their excrement. Symptoms include respiratory passage problems similar to hay fever and asthma. An allergy can also aggravate eczema, causing facial eczema that can be diicult to treat.

KITCHEN Many everyday cleaning products, such as oven cleaners, polish and air fresheners, contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which can cause asthma and other breathing problems. Switch to products containing natural ingredients, such as Tincture All Purpose Cleaner, £7.50, John Lewis & Partners. Mould accumulates on fridges. Clean them well, especially around the seals, and allow to dry. Food that goes mouldy isn’t only bad to eat, but releases mould spores into the air. Check foods that go mouldy quickly, such as bread and fruit, and dispose of them if necessary. Frying foods with gas produces higher levels of fumes than cooking with an electric hob, according to research. Cooking fumes have been linked to lung cancer, as well as cancers of the bladder and cervix. Always use an extractor fan and open windows where possible.


Words: Sandra Walsh Photography: Getty

HOUSEHOLD MOULD Mould spores from damp areas – such as bathrooms and kitchens – and even left-over food can inflame the airways, causing nasal congestion, wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and throat irritation. Levels rise in the autumn, especially during wet, mild weather. Ventilate the house frequently and clean mould from surfaces. Don’t dry washing on or above radiators, as this can increase moisture levels by 30%, creating the perfect breeding ground.

For pet lovers, there’s nothing nicer than cuddling up with a beloved cat or dog, but dander (dead skin cells) from your pet can cause nasal congestion, sneezing, asthma and itchy eyes. Research also suggests that you could catch a nasty dose of norovirus (winter vomiting bug) from your dog. Bathe dogs frequently, wash pet bedding often and vacuum carpets daily. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018 71

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Dr Sarah’s

Dr Sarah Brewer, GP and expert in complementary medicine, answers your questions




My doctor wants me to take a statin, but my cholesterol is only slightly raised. I’m worried about side efects. Would anything else help lower my cholesterol? At least nine out of 10 people who take a statin don’t develop side efects. If your doctor recommends treatment, it’s a good idea to follow their advice. If side efects do occur, such as fatigue, muscle pain or weakness, there are ways around this, such as switching to a diferent statin or, with your doctor’s permission, taking the statin every other day (which does not seem to alter the cholesterollowering efect). Other ways to reduce side efects include taking a coenzyme Q10 supplement or a vitamin D supplement. If you would prefer to try another cholesterol-lowering method first, then plant sterol supplements block cholesterol absorption from the gut to lower levels by around 15%. Oat beta glucan supplements also have a cholesterol-lowering action.




Recently, I keep getting nosebleeds and have read somewhere that they could be caused by high blood pressure. Is this true? Having untreated high blood pressure (hypertension) can strain delicate blood vessels in the nose to increase the chance of a spontaneous bleed. ENT surgeons reached this conclusion by analysing studies involving over 8,600 people. The risk of nosebleeding was found to be 53% to 86% greater in people with hypertension than in those with normal blood pressure. Some studies have shown that nosebleeds can also be a sign of so-called ‘masked’ hypertension, in which blood pressure readings are normal when measured in the surgery but raised at home or at night. It’s important to take recurrent nosebleeds seriously, as they can be a warning sign that you are at increased risk of a stroke. A study in Finland, for example, found that the risk of stroke was


almost three times higher for those with a history of nosebleeds than it was for those without. If you have recurrent nosebleeds, do see your doctor as there may be an underlying cause. There’s lots of information about high blood pressure on my website,



I have painful sacroiliac joints that cause discomfort in my lower back. Tests have ruled out arthritis and my only option seems to be to take painkillers long term. Can you suggest any alternatives? As someone who has experienced sacroiliac pain, I can share what helped me. I take turmeric and omega-3 fish oil supplements to help with pain and inflammation, and massage the joint with Amber Ointment (£6.99, I also use a medical device (£249.99, that you wear on your arm or ankle for three hours a day. This generates a microcurrent that reduces pain and stimulates healing. It can be used to treat acute pain due to migraine or sacroiliitis and long-term pain, such as that caused by fibromyalgia or arthritis. A study of 1,949 people found that 93% achieved significant pain reduction. It’s not cheap but it works for me.


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My dad has the lung condition COPD due to smoking. Inhalers reduce his breathlessness, but every winter he gets a bug that makes it worse, and he needs antibiotics. Can anything boost his immunity? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease causes shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and winter bronchitis. While COPD can’t be cured, conventional treatments can help control symptoms. If he has frequent exacerbations, this is a National Institute for


‘A probiotic supplement can boost immunity’ Health and Care Excellence (NICE) indication for referral to a specialist to rule out bronchiectasis (enlargement of airways) and review treatment options. For good immunity, it’s important to have a healthy, varied diet. If his appetite is reduced, he may benefit from a multivitamin and mineral supplement. Vitamin D is especially important in winter. A probiotic supplement can also boost immunity. To help reduce the need for antibiotics, research shows that pelargonium extracts, such as Kaloba Cough & Cold Tablets (£9.25, Boots) can relieve upper respiratory tract infections, including bronchitis. A study of 199 people with COPD found that adding pelargonium to their treatment for six months (under medical supervision) significantly improved breathing diiculties and quality of life and decreased antibiotic use.



I haven’t had a period for two months now, although I am definitely not pregnant. I am 42 and had to stop the pill a few months ago due to migraines. My doctor says it should sort itself out, but I am worried. One of the most common causes of absent periods is stopping




I’m thinking of taking CBD oil for anxiety as I’ve read positive things about it. I’m a bit wary as it’s a cannabis extract. Is it legal? CBD oil is a wellbeing supplement that’s growing in popularity in the UK. It contains cannabidiol, which is extracted from non-marijuana strains of cannabis known as industrial hemp. Once extracted, cannabidiol is purified and added to olive oil, coconut oil or hemp seed oil to aid absorption. This blend is what is known as CBD oil. As CBD is not psychoactive or addictive, it is legal to take. CBD works by enhancing the efects of brain neurotransmitters (such as serotonin and dopamine), and helps to reduce anxiety and generate feelings of wellbeing. It also promotes relaxation, deep sleep and reduces pain perception. Always choose a reputable brand. I take Healthspan CBD oil (£18.99, as I am a consultant for the company and know it is 100% natural and certified free from psychoactive ingredients. If you have a medical condition, it’s important to talk to your doctor and to check for interactions if you are taking any prescribed or over-the-counter medicines. CBD interacts with liver enzymes that break down many drugs, so interactions can lead to higher than expected levels of prescribed drugs, which could cause side efects.


the oral contraceptive pill. This is thought to result from the pill dampening down the release of hormones from the hypothalamus and pituitary gland in the brain. Periods usually restart on their own within a few months, but if they take longer to return, there is usually another cause that was masked by the efects of the pill,

such as having polycystic ovary syndrome or an early menopause. Having a negative pregnancy test doesn’t necessarily rule out pregnancy, either. Go back to see your doctor if your periods haven’t returned within three months.

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Eat to feel


A diet tweak could be all it takes to get rid of those niggles. You brought us your problems, the experts have the answers!


My skin is red and laky. I’ve tried? so many creams, what else can I do


‘Reframing your diet can help. After struggling with acne, eczema and psoriasis, I’ve learnt that diet is key,’ says skin guru Hanna Sillitoe.

WHAT TO EAT LEAFY GREENS Go for spinach, kale, spring greens – whatever’s seasonal. They contain vitamin A, amazing for skin. TURMERIC Has anti-viral and antiinflammatory properties. Can help treat autoimmune skin conditions. LEMON Super alkaline and a great anti-inflammatory. BRAZIL NUTS A small handful, daily, provides us with all the selenium we need, which is essential for clear skin.


WHAT TO AVOID DAIRY It can be problematic for eczema. The hormones in dairy products are also far from ideal for hormonal skin conditions such as acne. SUGAR Can feed candida in the gut, which is often an underlying condition associated with skin problems. ALCOHOL It’s drying and puts stress on our kidneys and liver. NIGHTSHADE VEGETABLES Plants in this family can cause problems for those with an autoimmune condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis. Visit Radiant by Hanna Sillitoe (Kyle Books) is out now.

Skin-soothing drink RED CLOVER, NETTLE & BURDOCK TEA Blend together equal parts of dried red clover, nettle and burdock root. Put 2-3 teaspoons in a tea infuser, then steep for 7-10 mins. Buy ready-made from

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‘Calming foods can help by stabilising blood sugar and increasing levels of serotonin, a feelgood hormone,’ says USregistered dietitian Dr Joy Bauer.

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legumes are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid your body uses to make serotonin, which is a feelgood chemical in the brain.’ PORRIDGE OATS These wholegrain carbs also contain tryptophan. Opt for minimally processed steel-cut oats, rather than the instant kind, for a slower, steadier rise in blood sugar. CHAMOMILE TEA It’s believed to act as a mild sedative and may help relieve muscle tension and ease anxiety and irritability. One of the most well-documented

medicinal plants in the world, Chamomile has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

WHAT TO AVOID COFFEE Consuming cafeine can exacerbate a racing heart and cause symptoms similar to those of anxiety. SWEETS Spike blood sugar and promote inflammation and an insulin surge. Dr Bauer’s book, Joy’s Simple Food Remedies (Hay House), is out now.

Your wellbeing


I get cold after cold, coughs and sneezes all winter. My home is full of remedies – which are the best?


‘Forget treating the symptoms and try finding the cause,’ says nutritional therapist Shona Wilkinson. ‘Lack of immune-supporting nutrients can lead to an ineicient immune system. Poor gut health can also afect the absorption of nutrients needed. Stress, too, may have a direct suppressive efect.’

WHAT TO EAT VEGETABLES Choose a rainbow of colours and eat a good variety every day. Opt for immune-boosting cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, as well as orange veggies, such as sweet potatoes and carrots. KEFIR Around 70% of our immune system is found in the gut and this fermented milk drink is a brilliant source of probiotics. The word kefir is derived from the Turkish word for ‘feeling good’. MUSHROOMS Shiitake, oyster and reishi can be immune boosting, so try to put them on to your plate often. BLACKCURRANTS Good old vitamin C is one of the best-known for helping your immune system and blackcurrants are especially high in it. Plus, they’re delicious! PUMPKIN SEEDS An excellent source of zinc. A deficiency in this mineral is known to lead to poor immunity and increased risk of infections.

WHAT TO AVOID ADDED SUGARS According to research, they can reduce your white blood cells’ ability to destroy germs by as much as 40%. This immunesuppressing efect can start as little as 30 minutes after you eat. ALCOHOL Excess can alter immune cells, which afect our ability to ward of infections. Most is laden with sugar, too! Shona Wilkinson is a registered nutritionist.

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Q Try an energy smoothie RICK’S RASPBERRY ZINGER Blend together a cup of frozen or fresh raspberries, plus one or two dates, a little ginger and 250ml of coconut milk or coconut water and a spoonful of yogurt.

I feel tired most of the time. Any ideas on how to boost my energy levels?


‘Foods, particularly those that are nutrientdense, supply the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes to rev us up – even at a cellular and biochemical level,’ says nutritional physiologist Rick Hay.


BEETROOT (AND BEETROOT JUICE) Rich in nitrates, which help with blood flow, and noted for its stamina-boosting properties. DARK BERRIES The fibre releases energy steadily, while the fructose gives us a natural boost. NUTS AND SEEDS Protein powerhouses that contain carbs and omega 3s. They’re also rich in B vitamins to big up energy. YOGURT & COCONUT YOGURT Natural yogurt has good levels of protein and contains amino acids, while coconut yogurt has medium-chain triglycerides that help with energy.


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‘Absolutely!’ says Anabel Kingsley, consultant trichologist at the Philip Kingsley clinic in London. ‘Diet is key in the growth of healthy hair, and hair is the first to sufer when we’re lacking the right amount of nutrients.’

WHAT TO EAT EGGS They pack all the essential amino acids – the building blocks of protein. Hair is primarily protein, so it’s essential for strong strands. Amino acids in egg whites are easily absorbed because they are easily digested and yolks contain biotin. POTATOES Now there’s a surprise, but 78 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018

Anabel is keen. ‘These are complex carbs with a slow release of energy,’ she explains. ‘Hair cells are fast growing so they need a steady energy supply.’ Eat with skin on for extra fibre and nutrients. QUINOA It’s one of the only plant-based forms of protein that contains all the essential amino acids. The body can’t synthesise them so they must be eaten daily. Good for vegans! STEAK A great source of iron, plus it helps to maintain healthy levels. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of hair loss that Anabel sees in the clinic. SALMON Contains omega 3, which can have anti-inflammatory efects and help

support a healthy scalp. It’s also a good source of protein, vitamin D and B12, which help to keep red blood cells healthy.


aggravate the scalp of dandruf suferers. OBLACK TEA The tannin binds to iron, depletes stores and causes hair shedding. Always add milk. OFULL-FAT CHEESE AND WHITE WINE These can irritate flaky scalps, which could lead to hair loss. OEXCESS ALCOHOL Afects nutrient absorption, creating a knock-on efect. (

Words: Daisy Gough Photography: Jumpfoto, Getty Consult your GP about any specific concerns and before following any medical advice on these pages.


CAKES AND PASTRIES You’ll get the sugar energy crash and burn! CAFFEINATED ENERGY DRINKS, SUGARY CEREALS, DRINKING YOGURTS You’ll get a brief rush, then crash, then crave more! WHITE BREAD, RICE, PASTA High on the glycaemic index, they can also cause a crash. DEEP-FRIED FOODS Hard to digest and could leave you feeling sluggish. ALCOHOL Booze drains your energy away! Rick Hay is nutritional director at Healthista (



We may be the ones who are older and wiser, but 20-somethings can still teach us a thing or two, says Cosmopolitan editor Farrah Storr


f you’ve heard the term millennial and not been sure what it means, just look around you. They’re everywhere! If you’ve had kids in the past three decades, you may live with one or more. You may work with some. Millennials are the largest generation in the world (encompassing anyone who was born between 1981 and 1996). They grew up with mobile phones, YouTube and one of the biggest financial disasters of the last century. As such,

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millennials have turned out very diferent to you and me. Those diferences, however, are important to understand, not just because there’s a lot of great stuf we can take away from them – such as their entrepreneurial spirit, fearless advancement into the unknown and winning ability to market themselves like a shiny new Apple product – but also because they need our help. This is because

The millennial generation are those in their 20s and early 30s

the other name for millennials is ‘Generation Snowflake’. They are more anxiety-ridden and fragile than any other generation, so we need to support them. We need to build a generation of snowdrops, not snowflakes – an army of young men and women who raise their heads when the environment is tough and cold, instead of cowering and crumpling. So, here’s what they can do for you and, more crucially, what you can do for them…

Advice for you

1 They know how o connect

Millennials hate networking, but they do love ‘connecting’. Networking is too formal, too dry and certainly too hierarchical for their tastes. Why wait for a networking event to approach someone? Far better – and quicker – to connect directly over Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook. Millennials aren’t big on business cards, either. They’re bad for the environment. Plus, they know that all business cards quietly die in the inside pocket of everyone’s blazer. Far better to trade emails, follow up and then ‘check in’ every now and then with a link to an interesting article that might appeal to that person. This is called ‘bespoke connecting’ and is far more efective than enforced conversation starters over networking drinks.

2 They ‘Brand It Like Beckham’ In today’s crowded job market, being memorable is key. It’s why millennials’ CVs come with pictures, bespoke fonts and funny, thoughtful gifts (I have been sent boxes of teabags, cakes and even poems). It’s why they craft ever-inventive job titles – writers become content creators, fitness instructors become performance coaches, teachers magically transform into educators. It is why they constantly and consistently market themselves on ‘The Big 5’ (Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) and why every bit of communication with the outside world is an opportunity for self-publicity. You may think that this is narcissistic, but they call it self-branding and we should all take note.

3 They are obsessed

Photography: Getty, Seasons

ith self-improvement

The more skills you have, the more prepared you are for this ever-changing, multiskill-required world we now live in. Millennials hunt down new skills with the ferocity of a big game hunter. They are obsessed with courses, YouTube tutorials, TED talks and mentoring. They expect those above them to pass on their skills, too, not simply lead by seniority. That means, if you’re their

boss, they will want regular reports on their progress. They will rinse out every bit of information you have learnt and they will go forth and build on it.

4 They beleve in purpose

Cashing in a pay cheque for a job you neither love nor believe in will never fulfil you. Studies show that to have real meaning and happiness, you need one important thing: purpose. Millennials seek out jobs that ofer just that and

their company’s values are crucial to them. They want to believe that the results of their labour are greater than the sum of the money they take home. If you have a strong belief that what you are doing counts for something, you’re more likely to stick it out when things get tough. You’re also more likely to derive happiness from your nine-to-five, although nine-to-five isn’t really a millennial thing. They work all hours – which you’re okay with if you believe that what you’re doing has a purpose.

WHAT YOU CAN TEACH THEM Your experiences can help your kids, grandkids or colleagues…

Undersand that failure is essential

When they’re out there moving forward in the world, they will come across failure. They need to embrace it and deal with the discomfort of combing through what went wrong. As those of us old enough to have failed at a lot of things know, failure can be a wonderful opportunity for growth. By understanding where they went wrong, they’ll know how to get it right in future.

Learn that obsacles are a part of growth

Millennials have been taught that anything is possible if you want it enough, and that in order to get ahead in life, what you really need is healthy self-esteem. Obstacles are the scourge of this, a signal that sometimes everything isn’t possible. Yet you can learn more about yourself by moving through, over or around an obstacle than you ever did by sidestepping it. It might mean you reorientate the direction you take towards your goal, but it doesn’t mean you abandon it altogether.

Accept feedback

If you’ve been raised under a cloud of parental overpraise, being fed hard truths is a dent to all that shiny self-esteem. However, from the right person, feedback is transformative. Get them to identify a ‘discomfort coach’ – someone they feel feedback from would not be an indictment of who they are, but who isn’t a family member or friend. Regular feedback catch-ups with this person will be of huge benefit.

Embrace the road o success

This generation, more than any other, have been criticised for their desire to get ahead. But success is a never-ending quest littered with obstacles, failure and hard graft. And once you get to the top, it’s a fleeting moment. We need to encourage them to enjoy the grind. When things feel tough, tell them it’s a sign they’re pushing themselves into new, uncharted territory. When they feel out of their depth, remind them it’s evidence they’ve stepped into their discomfort zone. • The Discomfort Zone: How To Get What You Want By Living Fearlessly by Farrah Storr, out now (Piatkus)

A-Z of never paying the full Your

price for anything!

Shop till you drop without splurging all your hard-earned cash

With Christmas not far away, there’s never a better time to make your budget stretch. Here’s how to get more bang for your festive buck…



Retailers shout loudly about the big discounts they’re ofering, but it’s hard to work out how much you’re really saving sometimes. Last year, research showed that over half the deals available on Black Friday (23 November) were actually not as good as those on ofer in the months before! Check uk., which tracks prices over a product’s lifetime, so you know if you’re really getting a great deal.

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udgeting apps

Head to an Oxfam shop on 27 November (Giving Tuesday) and give something back. If you donate a bag of clothes to Oxfam, you’ll receive a £5 M&S voucher, as long as the bag contains one item of M&S clothing. This can be used against spends of £35 or more on clothing, homeware and beauty products.

To help you keep track of spending, we rate Yolt. Rather than downloading an app for every bank and credit card company you have an account with, the Yolt app brings them all together in one place, allowing you to view them on a single dashboard.



Get money of eating out by using online vouchers and discount codes (check on individual websites or visit and use Tesco or Nectar points. Or consider taking out a 60-day trial at for £1 to get more discounts.


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The store’s Never Knowingly Undersold policy even extends to Black Friday ofers. If you see a product cheaper elsewhere, John Lewis will match the deal* – meaning you can do all your shopping in one place and still be sure of getting the best prices.



There are loads of ways to save on your travels. Check out Megabus for coach tickets from just £3. Travel by train regularly? Get a railcard! Plus, compare flights with or



Don’t shop without checking the regularly updated list of codes and vouchers for major UK retailers at


Buying in bulk can save big on some things, but don’t assume this works every time. Compare the ‘price per unit’ rather than the ticket price to check if you’re really saving money. If mental maths isn’t your strong point, go to with your list – it does the work for you.

Create a watchlist on Amazon to receive an alert when deals go live. In the app, click the bell to see upcoming deals, then select the ones you’re interested in to get a notification when the price is lowered.

any happy returns!

To get freebies and ofers around your birthday, (eg free Prosecco at Prezzo), sign up to retailers’ newsletters with your date of birth.

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Get up early on Black Friday and Cyber Monday as the best deals in-store are often gone by lunchtime. But keep an eye out online, as ofers are released throughout the day.

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On 1 December, local shops will be running special ofers and promotions to encourage people to shop locally. On Twitter, follow @smallbusiness saturdayUK



Scams are on the increase, so if something is much cheaper than anywhere else, it pays to be suspicious. Check customer reviews by googling the company – don’t rely on the ones from the seller’s site. Protect yourself using PayPal, or a credit card if the item’s over £100. Never be duped into paying by bank transfer, as it’s like paying cash.


o delivery charges Check which retailers ofer free delivery (or what minimum spend for free delivery is) at and find free delivery codes at

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Big stores – including Argos, Tesco, Currys PC World and Lakeland – have discount outlets on eBay. They sell end-of-line stock, refurbished gadgets and returns. Around 70% of eBay items have free delivery, too.



Did you know you can buy gift cards at knock-down prices? Sites like allow people to sell unwanted gift cards at a discount. This means you can save around 5%-10%, – worth doing if you’re going to a specific shop.


Learn to love a cashback site. Sign up to TopCashback and Quidco to get money back whenever you shop. For example, Quidco ofers 6% back at Marks & Spencer and up to 15% at Currys PC World**. Instead of buying direct, go to the cashback site first and then shop your favourite retailer via the link.



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Did you know that sending a 3kg parcel within the UK costs £15.85 with Royal Mail (1st class) but £8.99 with DPD (next day) Compare on parcelmonkey. and

Buy items of-season to save. It’s cheaper to buy a swimsuit in autumn than in spring as retailers try to shift stock, or get double glazing in summer when business is slower.

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There are more than 30 outlet shopping villages throughout the UK, including Bicester Village and Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet. Visit for a full list – you can search by country and even for your favourite brand.

If your purse is bulging with cards, download the Stocard app. It lets you store your loyalty cards virtually for easy scanning at the checkout. Christmas is the ideal time to use loyalty cards, like your Nectar, Boots Advantage and Tesco Clubcard, as there are often bonus ofers and boosts available to make your points go further. (And don’t forget to check for gift cards or vouchers languishing in your purse!).

Haggle for money of items with marks and scufs or those that are ex-display. Speak to a decision maker, such as the floor manager, not junior staf. For telecoms deals, ask for the disconnections department.


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Fill your online basket but don’t check out immediately. If a store spots items sitting there, they’ll sometimes send a discount code to persuade you to spend. This is no myth – we’ve tried it and it works!


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Wait until 7pm to bag fresh foods being marked down by 75% at the supermarket. Save up to 70% buying groceries nearing their ‘best before’ date from, or try the Too Good To Go app – it flags up places ofering 50% discounts on leftover food.


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For last-minute gifts, check Amazon’s Warehouse Deals – there’s even sameday delivery on Christmas Eve in some cities.

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THE WINE WAITER ‘Kelvin’ monitors the temperature of your bottle of wine, telling you when it’s ready to come out of the fridge. It straps around a bottle and you type in what you’re drinking via an app, helping you get the most out of your plonk.

GAME ON This board game is the first to work with Amazon’s Alexa, the voice inside Echo speakers, who plays as games master. The travel trivia game includes tokens to collect as you play.

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Polar M430 GPS running watch, £174.50,

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WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? This DNA kit reveals the ethnic groups and parts of the world you originate from. You send of a cheek swab and four weeks later you’ll have the results. MyHeritage DNA kit, £69,

We’ve rounded up the must-have Christmas gifts for everyone, from teens to the family dog!

FOR TINY TECHIES TABLET FOR TOTS More than a third of under-fives have a tablet computer. This one has extra features, is housed in a ‘kid-proof’ case and, with profiles for up to four children, you can set individual curfews. It comes with a one-year subscription to Fire for Kids Unlimited, giving access to books, films and games. Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet, £199.99, Amazon

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Wonderboom by Ultimate Ears waterproof portable speaker, £69.99, John Lewis & Partners

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION For sporty or travel-bound types, this new action camera will be a hit. It’s the cheapest in the range, but packed with features – it can film underwater, has voice control and stabilises footage. Add accessories such as a chest harness or an extension pole.

GoPro Hero, £199.99, John Lewis & Partners

FIT FASHION A fitness watch for those who don’t do Lycra, this subtle device has a chic white strap and rose Garmin Vivomove, gold face. Link to the app to £169.99, see your daily activity stats. PRINTS CHARMING With this printer, you can send photos from your smartphone and print them with the retro Polaroid treatment. Not much bigger than a mobile phone, it comes with 10 paper sheets.

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Polaroid Zip Instant Printer, £89.99; refills, £14.99 for 30, both Argos

AND NOT FORGETTING... HOW FIT IS YOUR POOCH? This wearable tracker will give you stats on their activity and sleeping patterns on the linked app. The Mood Teller lets you know if your pet has had a happy or bad day, too. iPuppy Go, £29.99,

Words: Lindsay Calder

MUSIC TO THEIR EARS This tough Bluetooth speaker will keep going for up to 10 hours on one charge. It can be submerged in metre-deep water for up to 30 minutes and is dust and shock-proof. Small but mighty, it booms out 360-degree sound.

Cook’s tip

The falafel can be reheated in the microwave for 15sec bursts until piping hot (or warmed in a preheated hot oven).

Let’s cook

Falafel pittas This traditional Middle Eastern food is usually eaten in a pitta, but you can serve it in a flatbread, too. SERVES 4 PREP 20min COOK about 20min • Vegetable oil, to shallow fry • 1 onion, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 2 x 400g tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed • 1tsp ground cumin • ½tsp dried chilli flakes • Small handful fresh parsley, finely chopped • 75g (3oz) ready-to-eat dried apricots, finely chopped • 1 large egg, lightly beaten • 100g (3½oz) plain flour FOR THE SAUCE • 125g (4oz) natural yogurt • 2tbsp freshly chopped mint • Finely grated zest of ½ lemon TO SERVE • Pitta breads, toasted

1 Heat 1tbsp oil in a large deep-sided pan and gently fry onion for 10min until softened. Add garlic and cook for 1 min. Tip into a food processor (set pan aside to use later) and add the chickpeas, cumin, chilli, parsley and lots of seasoning. Pulse until mixture is fairly combined, but retaining some texture. 2 Empty mixture into a bowl and stir in apricots, egg and flour. 3 Pour enough oil into the empty pan so it comes 3cm (1¼in) up the sides. Heat for a few min. Pinch of golball-sized pieces of the chickpea mixture and squeeze into balls, then carefully drop into the hot oil (it should sizzle). Working quickly, repeat until pan is fairly full. Turn falafels when golden on one side and continue frying until golden on other side. 4 Using a slotted spoon, lift falafels out on to kitchen paper and continue the frying process with any remaining mixture you have. 5 Meanwhile, stir together sauce ingredients. Season to taste. 6 Serve falafels with pittas, the sauce, hummus and salad. PER SERVING: CALS 439; FAT 18G; SAT FAT 2G; CARBS 56G

Stufed crust pizza Perfect for a Saturday night when you have more time to spend in the kitchen. MAKES 2 PREP 25min, plus rising COOK about 15min • 300g (11oz) strong white flour, plus extra to dust • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast • 1tsp caster sugar • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 12 x 20g pack cheese strings, we used Cheestrings Original FOR THE TOPPING • 4tbsp tomato purée • 1tsp dried oregano • 200g (7oz) grated mozzarella • 110g pack pepperoni slices

1 In a large bowl, mix flour, yeast, sugar and 1tsp salt. Add oil and 200ml (7fl oz) lukewarm water, and mix. Tip on to a floured surface; knead for 5min. Cover with upturned bowl and leave to rise for 30min. 2 Preheat oven to 240°C (220°C fan)

mark 9. Line two large baking sheets with baking parchment. Divide dough in half. Roll each half out on a floured surface to a 30.5cm (12in) circle. Put on lined sheets. 3 On each pizza base, arrange an evenly spaced circle of six cheese strings 2cm (¾in) in from the edge (they won’t be touching). Fold dough over cheese and press well to seal. Spread half tomato purée inside each border and sprinkle each with half the oregano. Divide remaining toppings between pizzas. 4 Cook for 12-15min until golden. Serve. COOK’S TIP Vary the pizza next time you cook it by adding diferent toppings, such as ham, sliced mushrooms, onion, peppers or chunks of pineapple. PER SERVING (½ PIZZA): CALS 771; FAT 42G; SAT FAT 21G; CARBS 57G

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Let’s cook

Prawn pad Thai Replace the prawns with leftover cooked chicken, if you prefer. SERVES 4 PREP 15min COOK about 10min • 2tbsp chopped peanuts • 1tbsp oil • 1 garlic clove, finely sliced • 5 spring onions, sliced • 4tbsp sweet chilli sauce • 600g (1lb 5oz) straight-to-wok noodles • 3 pak choi, leaves separated, sliced in half lengthways if large • 300g (11oz) cooked king prawns • Juice of 1 lime • 1½tbsp fish sauce • Handful fresh chopped coriander

Cook’s tip

Straight-to-wok noodles help cut down on washing-up. We used Sharwoods Thai Ribbon Noodles.

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1 Heat a large wok or frying pan and dry-fry the peanuts for 1min until lightly toasted. Empty into a small bowl and set aside. 2 Return wok or frying pan to heat and add oil. Fry the garlic and spring onions over a medium heat for 1-2min until softened. Stir in sweet chilli sauce and a splash of water, then add noodles and fry for about 3min until softened. 3 Add pak choi and prawns and cook for 3-5min until pak choi wilts and prawns are piping hot. Stir in lime juice, fish sauce and coriander and check the seasoning. Sprinkle with the peanuts and serve. PER SERVING: CALS 325; FAT 8G; SAT FAT 1G; CARBS 43G

Vegan fried ‘chicken’ Tofu is a versatile substitute for meat or fish. The marinade on these nuggets makes for a satisfying bite. SERVES 4 PREP 25min COOK about 10min • 1 x 280g pack of firm tofu, we used The Tofoo Co Naked Extra Firm Tofu • 75g (3oz) plain flour • 2tsp garlic granules • 1tsp hot paprika, plus extra to serve • 150ml (5fl oz) unsweetened almond milk • 100g (3½oz) panko breadcrumbs • Vegetable oil, to fry • Ketchup, sweet potato fries and green salad optional, to serve

1 Drain tofu and cut into 2cm (¾in) cubes. We used this tofu as it doesn’t need to be pressed. If you can’t find it, use another firm tofu and press it first. Here’s how: put the tofu block on a plate lined with a few layers of kitchen paper. Cover with a few more layers of kitchen paper and top with a plate weighed down with tinned food. Leave to drain for 30min before continuing with the recipe. 2 In a large bowl, mix flour, garlic granules, paprika and seasoning. Add almond milk and whisk until smooth. Spread panko on a lipped plate. Working

in batches, coat tofu in the batter, then toss in the breadcrumbs. Set aside. 3 Fill a large, high-sided pan ⅓ full with oil. Heat to 180°C, or until a small piece of bread turns golden in about 40sec. 4 Fry the tofu in batches, for 1-2min each, until golden and crisp. Remove from oil using a slotted spoon and transfer to a baking tray lined with kitchen paper. Sprinkle with salt and paprika. Serve with ketchup, sweet potato fries and a green salad, if you like. PER SERVING: CALS 335; FAT 16G; SAT FAT 2G; CARBS 34G

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Fish & chips with mushy peas This easy batter cooks to a crisp treat. SERVES 4 PREP 25min COOK about 1hr

Cook’s tip

Adding water to the chicken as it cooks helps keep the meat tender.

Chicken korma This classic mild curry is quick to make. SERVES 4 PREP 10min COOK about 30min • 2tbsp sunflower oil • 1 large onion, finely sliced • 4tbsp korma paste (we used Patak’s) • 4 skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces • 160ml tin coconut cream • 40g (1½oz) ground almonds • 75g (3oz) coconut flakes or desiccated coconut, toasted • Steamed rice, lime wedges and fresh coriander sprigs, to serve

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fry the onion over a medium heat for 10min until beginning to soften. Add korma paste to the pan, cooking for 3min until fragrant and adding 4tbsp of water to protect the spices from burning. Add chicken pieces with 150ml (5fl oz) water and simmer for 10-15min until chicken is cooked through. 2 Pour the coconut cream into the curry and cook for 2min. Remove from heat and stir through the ground almonds. Scatter the chicken korma with coconut flakes and serve with rice, lime wedges and coriander sprigs, if you like. PER SERVING: CALS 564; FAT 42G; SAT FAT 23G; CARBS 8G

1 Tip the peas into a pan and add the butter, sugar and the mint sprig. Simmer for 8-10min until mix thickens. Discard mint and squash mixture with a potato masher. Season and set aside. 2 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan oven) mark 6 and bring a pan of water to the boil. Cut potatoes into rough 2cm (¾in) wide chips. Add to the boiling water, cover and bring back to the boil. Bubble for 3min, then drain well and set aside on kitchen paper. 3 Tip the parboiled chips on to a large baking tray and toss through the oil and seasoning. Roast for 45-55min, turning occasionally, until golden. 4 When the chips have 30min left of cooking time, half-fill a deep-fat fryer with sunflower oil and heat to 190°C. Sift the flour, baking powder and some seasoning into a medium bowl. Mix in the lager to make a smooth batter. 5 Dry the fish and dust with flour. Dip one fillet in the batter and lower into the oil. Repeat with another fish fillet and fry for 8-10min until golden. Drain on kitchen paper and season. Keep warm. Repeat with remaining fillets. Serve with chips, lemon wedges, tartare sauce and the mushy peas. PER SERVING WITH PEAS: CALS 786; FAT 26G; SAT FAT 6G; CARBS 96G

Recipes: Hearst Food Network Photography: Kris Kirkham, Alex Luck, Gareth Morgans, Kate Whitaker/Hearst Magazines UK

• Sunflower oil, to deep fry • 200g (7oz) self-raising flour, plus extra to dust • 1tsp baking powder • 250ml (9fl oz) fridge-cold lager • 4 x 150g (5oz) thick haddock fillets – with or without skin, as you prefer FOR THE CHIPS • 900g (2lb) floury potatoes • 2-3tbsp olive oil FOR THE MUSHY PEAS • 2 x 300g tins marrowfat peas • 25g (1oz) butter • 1tsp caster sugar • A sprig of mint

Let’s cook

Cook’s tip

For crispy batter, allow the oil to come back up to temperature before frying the next fish fillet.

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COOK’S TIP The cake will keep for up to three months stored as detailed in the recipe. It can be doused in alcohol every week if you prefer a stronger taste.

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Get ahead!


Christmas CAKE

It’s Stir-up Sunday on 25 November, which means it’s festive baking time. And to make life easy, this recipe uses a microwave to speed up the prep time. Now that’s clever!

SERVES 16 PREP 30min COOK 3-3½hr

Photography: Philip Webb. Recipe: Hearst Food Network

• 150g (5oz) butter, softened, plus extra to grease • 350g (12oz) each sultanas and raisins • 100g (3½oz) each prunes, dried apricots and dates, finely chopped • 150ml (¼ pint) brandy, plus extra for drizzling • Zest and juice of 1 lemon • 175g (6oz) soft dark brown sugar • 3 medium eggs, beaten • 125g (4oz) self-raising flour • 1½tbsp black treacle • 1tsp each mixed spice and ground cinnamon

1 Preheat oven to 150°C (130°C fan) mark 2. Grease and double-line a 20.5cm (8in) cake tin with baking parchment, making sure the paper comes 5cm (2in) above the top of the tin. Then wrap a double layer of baking parchment around the outside of the tin and secure with string – this will stop the cake burning. 2 Put all the fruit into a large microwavesafe bowl. Stir in the brandy, lemon zest and juice. Microwave on full power, stirring halfway through, for 2½min or until the fruit has absorbed the liquid. (If you don’t have a microwave, cover the fruit bowl with clingfilm and leave it to soak in a warm place overnight.)

3 Using a hand-held electric mixer or wooden spoon, beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and flufy – about 5min. Gradually beat in eggs – if the mixture looks as if it might curdle, whisk in a little of the flour. Then beat in the black treacle. 4 Sift flour and spices into the butter mixture and fold in using a large metal spoon. Then fold in the soaked fruit. Spoon cake mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface. Use a wooden spoon to make a rough hole in the centre of the mix (see photo number 4) to help keep the cake level during baking. 5 Bake for 3-3½hr or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cover the cake with foil if it is browning too quickly. Leave to cool in tin for 10min, then take out and allow to cool completely on a wire rack, leaving the baking parchment wrapped round the outside of the cake. 6 To store, wrap a few layers of clingfilm around the cooled cake (still in its paper), then cover with foil. Store in a cool place in an airtight container. After two weeks, unwrap the cake. Prick all over with a skewer and pour over 1tbsp of brandy. Rewrap and Don’t miss store as before. next month’s PER SERVING: Prima to find out CALS 338; FAT 9G; SAT FAT 5G; how to decorate CARBS 57G your cake.

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Childhood comfort puds...

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Who can resist a classic pud? These old-school favourites are too good to leave to the kids!

TIP If you ďŹ nd jam is too sweet, why not replace it with your favourite marmalade?

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Jam roly poly Show of your favourite jam with this delicious steamed version SERVES 6 PREP 15min COOK about 1hr 5min • Butter, to grease • 250g (9oz) self-raising flour, plus extra to dust • 125g (4oz) vegetarian suet • 25g (1oz) caster sugar, plus extra to sprinkle (optional) • 175ml (6fl oz) milk • 6tbsp good-quality jam

1 Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4. Put a large sheet of baking parchment (or two overlapping) on top of a sheet of foil the same size. Fold a central lengthways pleat, 2.5cm (1in) wide, through both layers, then grease parchment with butter. 2 In a large bowl, mix flour, suet and sugar. Stir in milk with a cutlery knife to make a soft, but not sticky dough. 3 Lightly flour a surface and roll out dough to a rectangle about 23 x 30.5cm (9 x 12in). Spread over the jam, leaving a 1cm (½in) border all the way around. Roll up from a short edge, without squeezing out the jam. 4 Put the roll seam-side up on to prepared sheets. Lift up both long sides of parchment/foil layer; scrunch together edges to seal, ensuring parcel is airtight but with room for roll to expand. Twist ends like a cracker. Place on a rack in a large baking tray; add boiling water (so level is below roll). Bake for 1hr 5min. 5 Carefully unwrap the roll and transfer to a board or serving plate. Sprinkle over sugar, if you like. Serve in slices with custard. PER SERVING: CALS 404; FAT 19g; SAT FAT 10g; CARBS 51g

GET AHEAD Make sponge up to 2 days ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Chocolate sponge with chocolate custard You can’t beat a hot chocolate pudding: serve this with vanilla ice cream for a sublime contrast! SERVES 12 PREP 25min COOK about 40min • 250g (9oz) unsalted butter, softened, plus extra to grease • 250g (9oz) caster sugar • 4 medium eggs, beaten • 200g (7oz) self-raising flour • 2tsp baking powder • 50g (2oz) cocoa powder • 3tbsp milk FOR THE CUSTARD • 600ml (1 pint) milk • 150ml (¼ pint) double cream • 6 medium egg yolks • 75g (3oz) caster sugar • 5tbsp cocoa powder • 1tbsp cornflour • 1tsp vanilla extract • 50g (2oz) milk chocolate, finely chopped

1 Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4. Grease and line a 23 x 30.5cm (9 x 12in) baking tin with baking parchment. 2 Beat butter and sugar with a handheld electric whisk in a large bowl until light and flufy. Add eggs gradually, beating constantly. Sift over flour, baking powder, cocoa and a pinch of salt. Whisk in with milk until just combined. 3 Pour into tin and level. Bake for 40min or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in tin. 4 Meanwhile, make the custard. Heat milk and cream in a medium pan until just gently simmering round the edges. 5 In a large bowl, with a wooden spoon, beat egg yolks with sugar, cocoa and cornflour. Whisk in milk and cream. Clean pan and pour mixture back in. Cook over a gentle heat, stirring, until it begins to thicken. Add vanilla and chocolate; cook, stirring, until thick. Cut cake into portions and serve with custard. PER SERVING: CALS 489; FAT 32g; SAT FAT 19g; CARBS 40g

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Treacle sponge spotted dick SERVES 10 PREP 25min, plus standing COOK 2hr 5min • 300g (11oz) currants • Juice 2 lemons • 150ml (5fl oz) golden syrup • 1tbsp vanilla extract • 100g (3½oz) unsalted butter, softened, plus extra to grease • 200g (7oz) self-raising flour • 100g (3½oz) shredded suet • 75g (3oz) golden caster sugar • 4 medium eggs, beaten

1 In a medium pan, gently heat currants, lemon juice and 50ml (2fl oz) water, covered, for 5min. Of heat, stir in 50ml (2fl oz) of the syrup and vanilla extract.

We’ve combined two old-fashioned favourites.

Set aside to cool briefly. 2 Grease a 1.1 litre (2 pint) pudding basin. Pour 50ml (2fl oz) of the syrup into the basin. Put a 35.5cm (14in) square of foil on top of a square of baking parchment the same size. Fold a 4cm (1½in) pleat across the centre and set aside. 3 In a food processor, whizz flour and butter (or by hand, in a large bowl, rub in the flour and butter with fingertips) until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the suet and sugar, then the soaked fruit mixture and eggs until combined. 4 Spoon pudding batter over syrup in basin. Put pleated foil and parchment (foil-side up) on top of basin; smooth down to cover. Using a long piece of string, tie securely under lip of basin,

loop over again and tie as a handle. 5 To cook, put a heatproof saucer in the base of a large, deep pan (which has a tight-fitting lid). Lower in the prepared pudding and pour enough freshly boiled water (trying not to get any on top of the pudding) to come halfway up the sides of the basin. Cover pan with the lid, return to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 2hr, topping up water as necessary. 6 Carefully lift pudding out by string handle and leave to stand for 10min. Remove foil and baking parchment, invert pudding on a plate. Drizzle with remaining syrup and serve with custard, if you like. PER SERVING: CALS 414; FAT 19g; SAT FAT 11g; CARBS 54g

TIP Use vegetarian suet if you want to avoid using animal fats in this pudding.

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Classic puds

Stove-top rice pudding Elegant in its simplicity, flavoured with a traditional bay leaf. SERVES 6 PREP 10min COOK about 30min • 25g (1oz) butter • 60g (2½oz) caster sugar • 200g (7oz) pudding rice • 1 litre (1¾ pint) whole milk • Finely grated zest 1 lemon • 1 bay leaf • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways • 150ml (¼ pint) double cream

TIP Add a handful of your favourite chopped nuts to the crumble, if you like.

Apple crumble with vanilla custard Recipes: Hearst Food Network. Photography: Gareth Morgans/Hearst Magazines UK

Pressing the crumble gently with a fork ensures the top gets crispy. SERVES 6 PREP 30min, plus chilling COOK about 45min • 800g (1lb 12oz) Bramley apples, peeled and cut into 2.5cm (1in) chunks • 200g (7oz) light brown muscovado sugar • 1tsp ground cinnamon • 250g (9oz) plain flour • 150g (5oz) unsalted butter, cold and cubed • 1tbsp demerara sugar FOR THE CUSTARD • 500ml (17fl oz) whole milk • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped (pod reserved), or 1tsp vanilla extract • 40g (1½oz) caster sugar • 4 medium egg yolks • 1½tbsp cornflour

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Toss apples in 50g (2oz) of the muscovado sugar and cinnamon; put

into a 1.5 litre (2⅔ pint) baking dish. 2 In a medium bowl, mix together flour and remaining muscovado sugar with a pinch of salt. Rub in butter until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs, shaking the bowl often to bring large lumps to the surface. Sprinkle crumble over apples, and press lightly with a fork. Sprinkle over the demerara sugar. 3 Bake for 40-45min until the crumble is golden and the apples are soft. 4 Meanwhile, make the custard. In a medium pan, heat milk, vanilla pod and seeds (if using) until gently simmering. 5 In a large bowl, whisk together vanilla extract (if using), sugar, egg yolks and cornflour. 6 Remove vanilla pod (if using), then pour the hot milk over egg mix, whisking constantly, until combined. Return mixture to pan. Stir over medium heat, bringing just up to the boil until thickened. 7 Let the crumble stand for 5min before serving with the custard. PER SERVING WITH CUSTARD: CALS 649; FAT 28g; SAT FAT 16g; CARBS 88g

1 Melt butter in a large, heavy-based pan over low-medium heat. Add sugar and cook, stirring, to dissolve, then tip in rice, stirring to coat. Cook for 1-2min until rice has swelled slightly, then pour in the milk and add lemon zest, bay leaf and vanilla pod. 2 Bring to the boil; turn down heat and simmer, stirring often, until rice has absorbed milk and is tender – about 25min. Mix in cream; simmer for 2min. 3 Remove bay leaf and vanilla pod and serve with jam, syrup or dried fruit, if you like. PER SERVING: CALS 427; FAT 24g; SAT FAT 15g; CARBS 45g

TIP To make vanilla sugar, rinse and dry a vanilla pod and then bury in a jar of caster sugar for 2 weeks.

All the latest foodie delights and kitchen shortcuts from food director ALISON WALKER

Perfect pears


Lush and juicy, British pears (in season September Waitrose Good Health to mid-January) are a source of fibre, vitamin C gluten-free sausages (£3.29) and potassium. But don’t expect to find them contain up to 30% vegetables ready to eat – they’re picked when hard and and pulses. Try Jumbo Hickory ripened of the tree. To judge ripeness, press Pork and Butter Bean or Curried your thumb at the base of the stem – if it yields, Pork, Lentil and Spinach. it’s ready to eat. Once ripe, store in the fridge. TRY THIS: A gorgeous tofee sauce drizzled over peeled and cored halves. Melt 50g (2oz) butter in a medium pan. Stir in 150g (5oz) caster sugar and heat gently until dissolved. Turn up heat and bubble, swirling pan occasionally, until

mixture turns a deep caramel colour – it may look crusty, but it’ll come together. Take pan of heat and carefully pour in 100ml (3½ fl oz) double cream – the mixture will bubble up. Return pan briefly to heat to re-melt sugar, if needed. Serves 4-6.

Cook it, eat it,

love it! In the pink

Photography: Philip Webb

CAKE TROUBLE? Frustrated your cake hasn’t turned out how you hoped? Here are some common problems. SUNK IN MIDDLE: Oven door was opened too early, cake under baked or not enough raising agent. A THICK, DARK CRUST: Oven too hot or cake has been over baked. DOMED AND CRACKED: Tin was too small, too much raising agent used or oven too hot. DENSE AND NOT RISEN: Eggs added too quickly or mixture over folded. EDGES THICK AND CRUNCHY: Too much fat used to grease tin.

SOUP-ER Heinz Eat Well soups have no added sugar, colours or preservatives. Try Chicken, Vegetable & Quinoa, Tomato, Spinach & Lentil, Spiced Butternut Squash & Chickpea or Tomato & Cannellini Bean. (400g, £1.19, Asda).

Now you can enjoy cocktails and snacks at the same time with Tyrrells’ limited-edition Raspberry Bellini crisps. Available now and throughout the festive season (150g for £2.19, Tesco).

Sweet treat

Made with real fruit and coated in dark chocolate, Velvet Fruit from Green & Black’s are a real treat. Available in blueberry, orange and raspberry, they are free from artificial flavourings and colourings. (£3.29 for 120g, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose).


Great cookbooks

❶ Nadiya’s Bake

Me A Celebration Story (Hodder) Encourage kids into the kitchen with this mixture of a story and recipe book from 2015’s GBBO winner, Nadiya Hussain. The book combines playful photography of Nadiya and her children with vibrant illustrations.

❷ Prue: My All-time Favourite Recipes (Bluebird) Great British Bake Off judge Prue draws on a lifelong passion for food with 100 recipes. From lazy leftovers and meat-free meals to fresh takes on classics, these are delicious, fussfree dishes that Prue has cooked countless times.

❸ Christmas With Good Housekeeping (HarperCollins) Developed by Good Housekeeping’s cookery team, this beautiful book includes show-stopping festive bakes, edible gifts and clever ways with those leftovers. Everything you need for a hassle-free Christmas. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018 101

Photography: David Cleaveland Styling: Kiera Buckley-Jones

Walls painted in Mortar absolute matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Izzy sofa in Deep Turquoise, £1,730 as shown, Cushion in Navy, £55; Furrow throw, £159; bowl table, £399, all Heal’s. Banyan mirror, £325, Loaf. Shelving unit, £795, Graham & Green. Find similar accessories at John Lewis & Partners


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No place like home

Feel like your rooms are stuck in a rut? Karla Lucas found inspiration online and it pushed her out of her decorating comfort zone and into some striking new trends


fter 20 years of living in army married quarters with bland, dated interiors, Karla Lucas learnt a lot about what did and didn’t work for her and her family. So when the family moved into their own home three years ago, she knew that she wanted light, open-plan spaces and a modern, sociable kitchen. ‘I’ve always loved old houses, too, so beautiful period

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features appealed as well,’ she says. With this in mind, Karla and her husband Andy installed a new familyfriendly kitchen with up-to-the-minute appliances and sleek white units that boost light and draw attention to the striking Victorian quarry-tiled floor. ‘I knew that the old floor would be a strong feature that I’d definitely want to keep,’ says Karla, ‘There were some tiles missing, but we found matching ones at our local reclamation yard. It’s a long, narrow space and I wanted to include a sociable area for drinks and nibbles,

SITTING PRETTY Velvet finishes in shades of grey ensure the two sofas and footstool all work together without strictly matching. Half-height shutters give privacy without hiding the big bay window. A cowhide rug echoes the softness, but adds a splash of quirky pattern.

FINE DINING The contemporary dining furniture looks striking against the dark walls and the renovated wooden floor. Karla found the table at John Lewis & Partners. A cluster of framed prints resting on picture ledges has immediate impact. The designs are varied, but graphic, geometric styles and consistent colours unify them.

THE SOCIABLE KITCHEN Brilliant storage was high on Karla’s kitchen wish list. One entire side of the room is fitted out with a sleek run of cupboards and drawers that hide pans, crockery, food and appliances. Clean, simple lines with no protruding knobs give the Madison kitchen cabinets from Wickes a smart, modern feel, which suits the narrow space.

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a wine fridge and a computer zone. I needed masses of storage as well, with places to hide the vacuum cleaner and ironing board.’ They also knocked through between the two reception rooms, maximising light and creating a versatile living and dining space. At this point, Karla took a radical step. ‘Our dark wood tables and neutral sofas suited our old lifestyle, but just didn’t seem right any more,’ she says. ‘I decided to sell almost everything and start again.’ Karla studied interiors magazines and joined Pinterest and Instagram for style inspiration. Over several months, as she discovered fresh trends, it was dark, moody colours, clean lines and eyecatching accessories that drew her. ‘I’d never had the chance to use dramatic colours or bold features before, but the light in the house is fantastic and I realised they could really work,’ she says. ‘They felt new and fun, but comfortable, too. We were happy doing most of the decorating ourselves, until it came to the very strong darks. Getting straight edges against the white ceilings was essential and we knew the slightest unevenness would show up. It was worth paying for a perfect finish.’ Graphite grey walls have transformed the living and dining rooms, adding instant impact, and for a crisp finish, there are white fire surrounds, ceilings and skirting 108 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018

MAKE-UP TIME Karla’s compact,

WARM WELCOME The guest room shares

Scandi-inspired dressing table is small enough to fit neatly into the bedroom alcove and the furry stool is a fun touch. Both the faux-fur stool and dressing table are from La Redoute.

the master bedroom’s nude-coloured walls, cosy fabrics and black touches, while hints of pink and lilac give it a tranquil atmosphere. The throw and cushions are from Bronte by Moon.

throughout. Karla dared to go even darker in the hall with near-black walls that highlight the original geometric floor tiles. ‘The hall is unusual and exciting and, with all of my fairy lights, it always feels warm,’ she says. ‘I love coming home.’ From velvet to sheepskin, texture keeps things cosy and inviting. Splashes of turquoise, yellow and orange come from graphic wall art and individual

furniture pieces, and there are mirrors, chandeliers and metallics for glamour. Upstairs, rich, restful nude tones and grey-greens have been sharpened with smart elements of black, while eight-yearold Amelia’s loft bedroom sings with a mix of peacock green and pink. ‘It’s a diferent look for me and I’d never have considered it in the past,’ says Karla. ‘But this is our own home now, so why not?’

Words: Annabelle Grundy. Get the look: James Cunningham. Photography and styling: GAP Interiors/Colin Poole

Interesting textures boost the warmth and depth of the master bedroom’s tranquil scheme. Chunkyknit cushions add a cosy element and a trio of tactile woven baskets add an unusual decorative touch to the wall. Karla painted the walls in Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball.

‘I’d never had the chance to use dramatic colours before, but they really work. I love coming home’

TALL ORDER The bathroom had no obvious spot for storage. Karla’s practical ladder-style shelf unit solves the problem, fitting perfectly into a small gap. Karla painted the walls in Pigeon from Farrow & Ball and the shelf is from Ikea.

NEW HEIGHTS To get the most from the house, maximising full-height space was essential, so the landing outside Amelia’s bedroom is perfect for extra storage.

UNDER THE EAVES With a vivid teal and bubblegum pink combo, balanced by plenty of clean white, Amelia’s bedroom echoes the intense colour statement in the other parts of the house. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Vardo and the Hemnes dressing table and Ingolf stool are both from Ikea.

GET THE LOOK Jessie narrow shelf, £85, Habitat

Basket, from a selection, Raj Tent Club

Sinnerlig pendant, £40, Ikea

Cushion, £45, Debenhams

Noa chair, £169, Cult Furniture

Putney wall clock, £100, Newgate Clocks

Throw, £75, Bronte by Moon

Grayson dressing table, £350, John Lewis & Partners

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Dining in style

Gather together family and friends on those colder nights. Textiles give an instant feeling of warmth. Try layering your table linen and draping rugs over benches, and keep throws to hand for chilly evenings. A cushion on a dining chair looks lovely and also helps guests relax. Freshly cut foliage from the garden can create a delightful fragrance. Sakura dining set, from £1,095; white chair and stool, both from a selection, all DFS. Find similar accessories at John Lewis & Partners

Snuggle up!

There is nothing nicer than getting your home ready for autumn. Get cosy with our gorgeous buys

Time for bed

A well-dressed bed is the best place to end the day.

Reversible bedlinen set, from £10; throws, £12 each; cushions, £12 each; table lamp, £45, all Matalan. Find a similar side table at Loaf

Keep deeppile towels close by

Bathroom bliss

Create the ultimate spa at home with candlelight. This is ideal if your overhead lighting is too bright and will make your bathroom the perfect retreat for pampering. (See our beauty feature on page 58). Towels, from £8; bath mat, £15; pendant light, £29; bath rack, £15; soap dispenser, £7; other accessories, from a selection, all Dunelm. Find a similar bath at English Salvage 112 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018

Words: Carolyn Bailey, James Cunningham

Getting the right bedside lighting is key to setting the mood of the room. If you only have a duvet on your bed, add a contrasting throw or blanket. Textured fabrics and cushions create a cosy haven.

Nice and cosy

Take a seat Relax and put your feet up – the perfect tonic after a busy day!

Top tip Choose cushions in rich colours and indulgent textures for an autumnal feel.

Make sure you create a snuggle corner at home – the ideal place for a bit of me-time. Choose a comfy chair and accessorise with throws and cushions, picking warm and rich tones, such as charcoal, burgundy and taupe. The right lighting adds to the atmosphere. Candles work well, but why not invest in a couple of hurricane lamps to create a soft glow? Keep a pile of books at the ready for quiet nights in. Sit back and enjoy! Argyll chair, £399.99; Mulberry cushion, £14; throw, £16; lantern, £22; other accessories, from a selection, all Argos

Keep throws at the ready for chilly nights

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Sarah Beeny’s

Love yourHOME

Do it

Small changes are sometimes all you need for a quick update. Here, Sarah concentrates on those most-used rooms in the house – the kitchen and bathroom

TODAY, love it TOMORROW IN THE KITCHEN Pots and seeds, from a selection, Wilko

Storage jars, £29.99 for 3, Orla Kiely at Very

KEEP IT SIMPLE There’s no doubt in my mind that decluttering worktops or, if you’re at the other end of the spectrum, putting lovely things on to a worktop, can make a big diference to a kitchen. Start by getting lots of potted growing herbs. You could hang up shelves to add height to the display. Once you’ve introduced a bit of nature, try to lose some of the less natural things. For example, you could buy attractive storage containers to hide as much food packaging as possible. Add to that a few colourful accent pieces, such as a Roberts Radio or utensil pot, and you’ll have a smarter kitchen without having to try too hard. Chalkboard wall sticker, £7.99, Menkind

COLOUR IS KEY Paint can work wonders when it comes to a quick, cheap kitchen update, but bear in mind that you actually have six factors at play when it comes to colour in this room – the ceiling, units, splashbacks, flooring, hardware and, of course, walls. Changing the wall colour will dramatically alter the look of a kitchen, but why not consider all of the other factors to really create a new look? The good news is that many of these things are inexpensive to update. My advice would be to keep and work with the more complicated and expensive things to change – the flooring and splashbacks – and then go to town with colour on the rest. There’s a great primer by Zinsser called B-I-N, which is best to use on units before painting them to ensure a good bond.

GET ORGANISED If you are anything like me, the kitchen has to double up as a family home admin oice, and without a certain amount of clutter, the kids would forget their school trip money and we’d have no milk. There has to be an area in the house for this ‘stuf’, but introduce a system to stop it from spreading. Why not try applying magnetic paint on a cupboard to create a blackboard?

Units painted in Stifkey Blue and Wimborne White wood and metal paint, both £25 for 750ml, Farrow & Ball


Box shelf, £40; mirror, £50; hand towels, £5 each, all John Lewis & Partners

Photo of Sarah Beeny: Nicky Johnston

HIT REFRESH An easy way to give your bathroom a bit of a revamp is to get a nice cabinet or some storage boxes in colours that complement your existing decor. Then add new towels, a bathmat and a blind into the equation and you should have a much more inviting look. If you can fit a chair (however small) in your bathroom, this can make the space appear more welcoming. Consider a carver chair, which is efectively a dining chair with arms, or a small rocking chair, and stack towels on it. Tumble drying towels makes them soft, but try air drying them until they’re almost completely dry, then tumble just to fluf them up – you’ll save money and it’s better for the environment. Splash Sealife roller blind in beige, from £26.05, Blinds 2go

WINDOW DRESSING How you cover your windows in a bathroom rather depends on the way you use the room. If there are several people in the household and you all have long, hot showers with the window and door closed and Marley have no extractor fan, you’ll find leaning it tricky to stave of black mould. shelves If this is the case, you need to with mirror, £95, have as few soft furnishings Habitat in the space as possible and should consider shutters. Try The Shutter Store ( uk) for great-value, top-quality designs. A curtain should only be considered if you’re prepared to really ventilate the room. Once you’ve had a bath or shower, you need to get the area dried out as fast as you can. Roller blinds are another option and you can get ones that are mould-resistant. These are better for bathrooms, but as they are rolled up, they can be hard to keep dry.

TREAT YOUR TILES When grout starts to get grubby, tackle it with a little bleach and a toothbrush. If it’s just a bit of mildew, then you might be lucky and it could clean up well. If this isn’t successful, chipping out old grout may be your best option. When it comes to floor tiles, I’m finding that the older I get, the more of a fan I am of sheet vinyl flooring in bathrooms. It’s warmer and almost indestructible. It also covers a multitude of sins and is quick, cheap and easy to fit. Having said that, if you have a bigger budget and more time, I’ve been impressed with the prices and ranges at Topps Tiles recently.

GO BIG ON ACCESSORIES If you have a bit of spare time on your hands, decanting your bathroom products into pretty bottles can look fabulous. I would invest in a nice bin and laundry basket, as they have to be on display. There are some really lovely accessories to be had at car boot sales, and junk shops are also a great source for slightly better quality and quirkier pieces. Avoid being Basket, £25, bland with your Rex London bathroom decor.

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Hudson chair, £499; throw, from £59; Opulent Bird cushion, £17.50, all Marks & Spencer

Cocktail time

Inspiring ideas from homes and gardens editor Carolyn Bailey

We all love a little cocktail chair and what better time than now to invest in one with Christmas celebrations around the corner? Get your home party ready with this glam addition!

Le Cocktail, £425, Oliver Bonas Duke, £369, Swoon Editions

Harrington, £368, Audenza


Style it, do it,

love it!

Purple, £44, Bronte by Moon at Black by Design

Refresh and renew Exciting news from Ikea – its iconic Billy bookcase has been launched in dark red. The Ektorp sofa also gets a makeover – now available in this new print, Lingbo.

Green, £12, Matalan

Billy bookcase, £125, Ikea


CHECK IT OUT Update your sitting room with autumnal cushions. Timehonoured tartan works a treat!

Grey, £7, Primark

Ektorp two-seat sofa, £275, Ikea


We love the first interiors collection from fashion favourite River Island! Its bright and quirky designs, starting at £8, are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Felix sofabed, £599 as shown; bedspread, £49; bedding, accessories and rug, all from a selection,

As the space in our homes is getting more and more limited, it’s a really good idea to start investing in clever multipurpose pieces of furniture. So, if you have guests due to stay over soon, or you are simply looking to replace your sofa, check out this great-value sofabed from PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018 117

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TIP Add a contrasting lining for extra personality, or keep it simple and leave out the lining altogether, if you prefer.

Three gorgeous versions of the classic one-button blazer – which one will you pick? ❶ Dressed up or down, this version in a Prince of Wales check will work wonders on your winter wardrobe. Wear it for work with a silky blouse and sharp tailoring, then re-style it for of-duty days with a chunky jumper and sporty trousers. Jumper, £139, 6-16, Baukjen. Trousers, £80, 6-22, Boden. Bag, £29.99, Zara. Loafers, £99, 3-7, John Lewis & Partners

➋ Polished enough for the oice but soft enough for the weekend, our on-trend corduroy blazer will look great teamed with everything from pencil

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skirts to skinny jeans. Ruche up the sleeves and turn up the collar for even more style points. Blouse, £29.99, xs-xl, Zara. Jeans, £85, 23W-32W, Levi’s. Earrings, £3.99, New Look. Bag, £30, Accessorize. Boots, £150, 2-9, DuoBoots

➌ Make room in your autumn wardrobe for our easy-to-wear jacket. Style it over a floaty floral dress for boho chic or add tailored trousers for smarter days. A bold colour, like red, will give your outfit a confident finish. Dress, from a selection, L.K. Bennett. Boots, £275, 2-10, DuoBoots

Make it!

Need to know WOMEN’S SIZES 10-20 The semifitted one-button blazer is fully lined and can be made with or without patch pockets or mock pocket flaps. FABRICS We used Prince of Wales check wool, cotton corduroy, and plain wool and cashmere mix, all from MacCulloch & Wallis. INSTRUCTIONS The pattern pieces, cutting layouts and sewing instructions are all on the Prima pattern. A



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Made with love Christmas may be around the corner, but don’t worry – you can get ahead now by making these gorgeous gifts!

Soap Star Decorate home-made soap with dried flowers and herbs

You will need • Melt and Pour soap base (Hobbycraft) • Knife • Tupperware box or microwavesafe container • Microwave • Essential oil

• Dried flowers (we used lavender) • Greaseproof paper, tape, twine, flowers, herbs (we used rosemary), for decoration

to Make ❶ Chop the soap base up into chunks and put them into a Tupperware box or microwave-safe container. Heat on a medium heat in a microwave until completely melted. ❷ Add a few drops of essential oil to the base and some dried flowers, then set aside to harden. You can pop it in the fridge to speed things up. ❸ Once completely solid, carefully cut soap into pieces in diferent sizes and take them out of the container. ❹ Wrap a piece of greaseproof paper around a soap and secure with a bit of tape on the underside. Stack a smaller soap on top and wrap the two together with twine. ❺ Finally, tuck sprigs of lavender and rosemary under the twine. 122 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018

Pretty & practical

Let’s get crafting

Forever Wreath This makes a gorgeous decoration for year after year

Make it your own!

You will need

to Make

• Tracing paper • Pencil • Thin card • Scissors • Paper or thin card in a selection of greens and white • Scorer or blunt knife • Coloured pencils • Hot glue gun • 30cm rattan wreath

❶ Trace of the leaf, flower and berry templates (right) and transfer them on to thin card and cut out to make your templates. ❷ Draw round the leaf templates on green paper. Fold the paper a few times and cut out multiple leaves at once, until you have about 45. ❸ Repeat with the berry and flower templates on white paper, cut about 10 each. ❹ Score down the centre of each of the

leaves and fold in half. Curl the flowers to give them some definition. ❺ Draw veins on the leaves in shades of green, and add orange to the berries and tips of the flowers. ❻ Plug in the hot glue gun. Once it’s hot, apply a little to the backs of the leaves and dot them all round the wreath. ❼ Continue building up the leaves all around the wreath, then add the berries and flowers in between.

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Light Up

to Make

Candles are easy to make and a really thoughtful gift

flakes, then tip the flakes into the metal jug. Fill the jar again, this time only half way, and tip these into the metal jug, too. ❷ Place the jug on the hob and turn on the heat. Mix the flakes until they are completely liquefied. Let the liquid cool a bit, before adding in a few drops of essential oil. ❸ Apply a glue dot to the base of a wick and push it down to the

You will need • Clean glass jars • Wax flakes (Hobbycraft) • Metal pouring jug • Wooden spoon • Essential oil

• Glue dots • Pre-waxed wicks (Hobbycraft) • Two pencils and some tape • Luggage tags • Twine

❶ Fill a jar to the top with wax

base of the jar to secure in place. ❹ Start pouring the wax into the jar until you almost reach the top. To make sure the wick doesn’t move, sandwich it between two pencils laid across the top of the jar and secure with some tape. Repeat with another jar. ❺ Leave the candles to solidify over night. Write the fragrance or a message on a luggage tag. Finally, tie twine around the jars and attach the tags.


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Let’s get crafting

Golden idea

Make a note of it Marbling paper with shaving foam is fun for the kids

You will need

Makes and styling: Emily Dawe Photography: Sussie Bell

• Newspaper • Shaving foam • Shallow dish (we used a roasting tin) • Spatula and stick • Rubber gloves • Ink, food colouring or paint • Paper or thin card (we used A4 cartridge paper) • Ruler • Kitchen towel • A6 notebook • Glue • Scissors FOR THE GOLD LEAF • Gold gilding leaf • Gilding size • Small paintbrush • Soft old paintbrush

to mAKE ❶ Cover your work surface with newspaper. Shake up your shaving foam, then spray a layer into the dish. Spread it out evenly with a spatula. ❷ Put on your rubber gloves and start by adding a few drops of the ink, colouring or paint – a little goes a long way, and you can always add more. ❸ Use the spatula and the stick to mix in the paint, creating streaks of colour through the shaving foam. You can add a second colour at this stage, too. ❹ Take a piece of paper and push it

into the shaving foam. Press down to smooth out any air bubbles. ❺ Take a corner of the paper and peel it away from the shaving foam. Lay it right-side up on to some newspaper. Take your ruler and scrape it over the surface of the foamy paper. Scrape of all of the foam, either putting it back in the dish or wiping it of the ruler with kitchen towel. Set this piece of paper aside to dry. ➏ Once your design has dried, apply a little gilding size with a thin paintbrush,

following the marbled pattern. Once it’s tacky, apply gold leaf to the size, then leave to dry. ❼ Take a soft paintbrush and brush of any excess gold leaf. ❽ Place a notebook on the wrong side of the marbled paper. Start by gluing one half of the book, folding the excess paper round to the inside and securing in place. Wait for the glue to dry before gluing the other side. Trim the paper down at the spine, then carefully tuck in the excess. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018 125

Lisa Comfort customises it! Breathe new life into a plain dress by adding a splash of colour and pulling in the waist

You will need • Tape measure • Iron • 15cm x 1m strip of red woven fabric (I used crepe) • 15cm x 1m strip of fusible

interfacing • Ruler and scissors • Pins • Sewing machine • Needle and thread • Skirt hook

THE STEPS ❶ Measure around your waist. Take this measurement and add 4cm (2cm for overlap and 2cm for seam allowance). ❷ Iron the interfacing on to the reverse of your fabric. ❸ Using a ruler, measure out a fabric strip that is the length from step 1 and 8cm wide. Cut this strip out. ❹ Fold the belt right sides together, aligning the edges, and pin in place. ❺ Stitch the belt together using a 1cm seam allowance, pivoting at the corners. Leave a gap in the middle of the belt of about 10cm to turn it through. ❻ Cut of the corners at the ends, 126 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018

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being careful not to cut through your stitching. ❼ Turn the belt through the gap. Roll the seam so that it is on the edge and press flat. Tuck the raw edges of the seam allowance at the gap inside the belt so they align with the stitched seam. ❽ With a needle and thread, slip stitch the gap closed. ❾ Tease the corners out using a pin so that you get a nice point. ❿ Cut another piece of fabric measuring 8 x 10cm to become the bow. Iron interfacing to this as well. Pin it right sides together and stitch the long edge closed using a 1cm seam allowance. Leave a small gap of 2cm to turn the bow through. Press the seams open with the seam sitting in the centre. 11 Now stitch the short ends with a 1cm seam allowance. Cut of the corners of the seam allowances. Turn the bow through, tease the corners out with a pin and press flat. 12 Cut a smaller strip measuring 6 x 4cm. Pin it right sides together and stitch the longer edges together. Trim the seam allowances down to 5mm and turn through. 13 Pinch the bow in the middle with your fingers and then, taking the small strip, wrap it over the middle of the bow where you are pinching. Pin in place. 14 Place the bow in the middle of the belt and, with a needle and thread, stitch it in place. Stitch through all layers at the back of the bow. Remove the pin. 15 Finally, with a needle and thread, stitch on a skirt hook at the ends of the belt, making sure one side overlaps the other.

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cosy in cream This gorgeous sweater will see you through winter in style MEASUREMENTS To fit bust 81-86(92-97: 102-107)cm; Finished measurements Bust 102(112:122)cm; Length to shoulder 57(61:65)cm; Sleeve seam 46cm for all sizes. MATERIALS 6(7:8) 100g balls of Patons Wool Blend Aran in Cream 02. Pair each size 4.5mm and 5mm knitting needles. Cable needle. TENSION 19 sts and 25 rows to 10cm square over Irish moss st using 5mm needles.

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Cosy SWEATER ABBREVIATIONS beg beginning; BC sl next st on to cn and hold at back of work, k1, then p1 from cn; C6B slip next 3 sts on to cn and hold at back of work, k3, then k3 from cn; C6F As C6B but hold cn to front of work; cm centimetres; cn cable needle; cont continue; dec decrease; FC sl next st on to cn and hold to front of work, p1, then k1 from cn; foll following; inc increase; k knit; m1 make one st by picking up and working into back of loop lying between st just worked and next st; MB (make bobble) [k1, yf, k1, yf, k1] in next st, turn, p5, turn, k5, turn, p2tog, p1, p2tog, turn, sl 1, k2tog, psso; p purl; pfb purl into front and back of stitch; patt pattern; psso pass slipped st over; rem remaining; rep repeat; RS right side; s2togkpo sl 2tog, k1, pass slipped sts over; sl slip; ssk [sl 1] twice, insert tip of left hand needle from left to right through the fronts of both slipped sts and work 2 tog; st(s) stitch(es); st-st stocking stitch; tbl through back loop; tog together; yf yarn forward to make one st between k sts; WS wrong side. PATTERN PANEL A (17 STS) 1st row (RS) P to end. 2nd row K to end. 3rd row P8, MB, p8. 4th row K8, p1tbl, k8. 5th row P5, MB, p2, k1tbl, p2, MB, p5. 6th row K5, [p1tbl, k2] twice, p1tbl, k5. 7th row P3, MB, p1, FC, p1, k1tbl, p1, BC, p1, MB, p3. 8th row K3, p1tbl, k2, p1, k1, p1tbl, k1, p1, k2, p1tbl, k3. 9th row P3, FC, p1, FC, k1tbl, BC, p1, BC, p3. 10th row K4, FC, k1, p1, p1tbl, p1, k1, FC, k4. 11th row P5, FC, m1, s2togkpo, m1, BC, p5. 12th row K6, BC, p1, FC, k6. 13th row P6, pb, s2togkpo, pb, p6. 14th row K8, p1, k8. 15th row P to end. 16th row K to end. These 16 rows form patt panel A and are repeated.

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PANEL D (14 STS) Work as Panel C, but on 3rd row, work C6F instead of C6B. These 8 rows form patt panel D and are repeated. BACK With 5mm needles, cast on 101(111:121) sts. 1st and 2nd moss st rows P1, [k1, p1] to end. 3rd and 4th moss st rows K1, [p1, k1] to end. These 4 rows form Irish moss st and are repeated until work measures 5(7:7)cm, ending with a 1st row. Inc row (WS) Patt 18(22:26), pb, patt 29, pb, k1, p1, pb, p1, k1, pb, patt 29, pb, patt to end. 106(116:126) sts. Keeping Irish moss st sts correct at ends of each row, work in patt as follows: 1st row (RS) Patt 12(17:22), work across 1st row of patt panels C, A, B, A, D, patt 12(17:22). 2nd row (WS) Patt 12(17:22), work across 2nd row of patt panels D, A, B, A, C, patt 12(17:22). These 2 rows set the position of the patt panels and are repeated throughout, working correct patt panel rows **. Cont in patt, until 8(8:9) complete reps of patt panel A have been worked, then work these sts in reverse st-st and cont to work reps of patt panels B, C and D, until back measures 55(59:63)cm from cast on edge, ending with a WS row. Shape shoulders Cont in patt and cast of 11(13:15) sts at beg of next 4 rows, then 10(11:12) sts at beg of foll 2 rows. Leave centre 42 sts on a holder. FRONT Work exactly as for Back to **. Cont in patt, until 7(7:8) complete reps of patt panel A have been worked, until front measures approximately 47(51:55)cm from cast on edge, ending with a WS row. Shape neck Next row (RS) Patt 42(47:52), turn and cont on these sts only, leave rem sts on a spare needle. Do not start another rep

of patt panel A, work these sts as reverse st-st only. Cast of 3 sts at beg (neck edge) of next row, 2 sts at beg of foll 2 WS rows, then 1 st at beg of next 3 WS rows. 32(37:42) sts. Cont straight until front measures same as Back to shoulder, ending with same WS row. Cast of in patt. With RS facing, slip 22 sts at centre front on to a holder, rejoin yarn to rem sts, cast of 3 sts, patt to end. Patt 1 row. Cast of 2 sts at beg (neck edge) of next 2 RS rows, then 1 st at beg of foll 3 RS rows. Cont straight until front measures same as Back to shoulder, ending with same WS row. Cast of in patt. SLEEVES With 4.5mm needles, cast on 47 sts. Work 5cm in Irish moss st as given for Back, ending with a 3rd row. Inc row (WS) Patt 20, pb, k1, p1, pb, p1, k1, pb, patt to end. 50 sts. Change to 5mm needles. 1st row (RS) Patt 15, work across 1st row of Patt Panel B, patt 15. 2nd row Patt 15, work across 2nd row of Patt Panel B, patt 15. These 2 rows continue Irish moss st at each side of patt panel and are repeated, working correct patt panel rows. When sleeve measures 7cm, inc 1 st at each end of next row and every foll 6th row until there are 82 sts. Cont straight until sleeve measures 46cm from cast on edge ending with a WS row. Cast of in patt, working k2tog twice across central cable. COLLAR Join right shoulder seam. With RS facing and 4.5mm needles, pick up and k15 sts down left front neck, work [p1, k1] 11 times across centre front sts, pick up and k16 sts up right front neck, then work [p1, k1] 21 times. 95 sts. 1st row (WS) P1, [k1, p1] to end. 2nd row As 1st row. 3rd row K1, [p1, k1] to end. 4th row As 3rd row. Rep these 4 rows until collar measures 5cm, change to 5mm needles and patt a further 7cm. Cast of in patt. TO MAKE UP Join left shoulder and collar seam, reversing collar seam on last 7cm to allow for turn over. With centre of cast of edge of sleeve to shoulder seam, sew on sleeves. Join side and sleeve seams.

PATTERN PANEL B (20 STS) 1st row (RS) K1tbl, p3, k12, p3, k1tbl. 2nd row P1tbl, k3, p12, k3, p1tbl. 3rd row K1tbl, p3, C6B, C6F, p3, k1tbl. 4th row Rep 2nd row. 5th to 8th rows Rep 1st and 2nd rows twice more. These 8 rows form patt panel B and are repeated.

PANEL C (14 STS) 1st row (RS) K1tbl, p3, k6, p3, k1tbl. 2nd row P1tbl, k3, p6, k3, p1tbl. 3rd row K1tbl, p3, C6B, p3, k1tbl. 4th row Rep 2nd row. 5th to 8th rows Rep 1st and 2nd rows twice more. These 8 rows form patt panel C and are repeated.

Knitting pretty!

twice as nice Add the finishing touch to an outfit with a Fair Isle scarf or cowl

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scarf and cowl

20 19

SIZES Scarf approximately 20cm wide and 144cm long. Cowl approximately 19cm deep and 58cm all around.

TENSION 23 sts and 31 rows to 10cm over plain st-st using 3.75mm needles.

NOTES ● When working from chart, odd numbered (k) rows are read and worked from right to left and even numbered rows are read and worked from left to right. ● Carry yarns not in use across the wrong side of the work, being careful to keep the tension even and not topull too tightly. ● On the scarf, use separate balls of A to work the moss st at each end of every row; twist yarns between moss st and st-st sections to stop holes forming. ● You will have suicient amounts of yarns B, C, D, E and F remaining from the Scarf to make the Cowl.

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Use your skills

ABBREVIATIONS beg beginning; cm centimetres; cont continue; k knit; p purl; patt pattern; rep repeat; RS right side; st(s) stitch(es); st-st stocking stitch; WS wrong side.

SCARF With 3.75mm needles and A, cast on 47 sts. Moss st row K1, [p1, k1] to end. Rep this row 3 times more.



2 1 8-st rep

Next row (RS) Moss st 3, k to last 3 sts, moss st 3. Next row (WS) Moss st 3, p to last 3 sts, moss st 3. Change to 4mm needles. ** Next row With A, moss st 3, [k across 8-st rep of 1st row of chart] 5 times, k last st of chart, moss st 3 in A. Next row With A, moss st 3, p first st of chart, [p across 8-st rep of 2nd row of chart] 5 times, moss st 3 in A. These 2 rows set the position of the chart with moss st in A at each side (see Notes). Working correct chart rows, rep the last 2 rows until all 20 chart rows have been worked. Rep the last 20 rows once more, then 1st to 3rd chart rows again, so ending with a RS row. Change to 3.75mm needles and cont in A only **. Next row (WS) Moss st 3, p to last 3 sts, moss st 3. Next row (RS) Moss st 3, k to last 3 sts, moss st 3. Rep the last 2 rows until scarf measures 126cm from cast on edge, ending with a WS row. Now work from ** to ** once more. Next row (RS) Moss st 3, k to last 3 sts, moss st 3. Work 3 rows in moss st. Cast of in moss st. Cut 50cm lengths of yarn, 18 from each of the 6 colours; make into 18 bundles.

Attach 9 bundles to each end of the scarf to form fringes. If you are making the cowl as well as the scarf, do not cut the yarn lengths until you have finished the cowl. Press according to ball band instructions. COWL With 3.75mm needles and A, cast on 137 sts. Moss st row K1, [p1, k1] to end. Rep this row 3 times more. Beg with a k row, work 2 rows in st-st. Change to 4mm needles. Next row (RS) [K across 8-st rep of 1st row of chart] 17 times, k last st of chart. Next row P first st of chart, [p across 8-st rep of 2nd row of chart] 17 times. Working correct chart rows, rep the last 2 rows until all 20 chart rows have been worked. Rep the last 20 rows once more, then 1st to 3rd chart rows again, so ending with a RS row. Change to 3.75mm needles and cont in A only. Work 1 row in st-st. Work 3 rows in moss st. Cast of in moss st. Taking a half stitch from each edge, join the row-ends of cowl. Press according to ball band instructions.

Feature: Rosy Tucker Photography: Matt Monfredi, Kat Pisolek at Lucky If Sharp Styling: Helen Johnson Hair and make-up: Julie Read, Anna Durston Pattern one: trousers, Marks & Spencer; bag, Gap Pattern two: jumper H&M; jeans, Gap

MATERIALS Scarf 4 50g balls of King Cole Merino Blend DK in Chocolate 23 (A) and one 50g ball in each of Gold 55 (B), Pale Pink 1532 (C), Aran 46 (D), Sage 853 (E) and Lavender 927 (F). Cowl One 50g ball of King Cole Merino Blend DK in Chocolate 23 (A) and all colours as given for Scarf (see Notes). Pair each size 3.75mm and 4mm knitting needles.



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MUM’S the word Great for beginners, this cute knitting kit by Stitch and Story makes the perfect gift. The set contains chunky wool, white yarn for the embroidery, bamboo needles and the pattern. £42,

JOIN THE PAINT SET Annie Sloan’s latest collections are inspired by The Bloomsbury Set – a group of artists and writers who used Charleston House in East Sussex as their country retreat from 1916 until 1978. Every room there is decorated in hand-painted murals. Each kit contains a limited-edition chalk paint, two matching colours, clear wax and an inspirational guide. £29.95,

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CALENDAR GIRLS Anyone who loves sewing will love this Advent calendar from Hemline. There are 24 treats, each hidden behind a door. Find scissors, a thimble and threads as a daily surprise. £34.80, email groves@stockist

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That’s entertainment

Your time off

& time out


An evening out at the movies

COMING TO A VENUE NEAR YOU Be a dancing queen at the O2 in London

Rose Byrne plays Annie, who is stuck between two men

JULIET, NAKED Nick Hornby’s bestselling book gets a charming run out in this romcom. Rose Byrne plays Annie, a woman in a dead-end relationship with Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), a man obsessed with a washed-up eighties rocker. By a twist of fate, the latter (Ethan Hawke) winds up in Annie’s town and the two hit it of – a wake-up call for Duncan. Out 2 November


FIRST MAN Ryan Gosling is Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Although successful, the moon landing was the most dangerous space mission in history. Claire Foy is wonderful as the wife who faces losing her husband and father of her children. Compelling. Out 12 October

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Will the lovely Chris Hemsworth survive?

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE A run-down hotel plays host to seven strangers with seven secrets, who are put to the test over one terrifying night. A cast including Jef Bridges, Jon Hamm and Chris Hemsworth is coupled with a script from an Oscar-nominated screen writer. Out 12 October

Rowan Atkinson returns as the bumbling British agent brought out of retirement to catch whoever has leaked the identities of a bunch of spies. Emma Thompson is the boss and Ben Miller the sidekick, who’s almost as inept as English himself. Out 5 October

Atkinson is his usual brilliant self

MAMMA MIA, THE PARTY You’ve been to both movies, now go to the party. Tried and tested in Stockholm, where it’s been sold out for the last three years, this immersive dining and theatrical experience will take up residence at London’s O2 in spring 2019. It’s the next best thing to finding yourself in Nikos’s Taverna with the cast themselves. Of course, Greek food, olive trees, fountains, bougainvillea and Abba music are included. Book at

NOEL FITZPATRICK, THE SUPERVET: WELCOME TO MY WORLD Channel 4’s most loveable and talented vet is touring arenas this autumn. Expect to find out about his incredible life story, from a childhood in rural Ireland to the cutting-edge world of bionics and regeneration, for which his practice in Surrey is world famous. This is a story about hope, science and the incredible bonds that humans have with animals. Book at


LYNDA LA PLANTE Bestselling author, screenwriter and actress Lynda, 75, created iconic TV shows Prime Suspect and Widows. She’s recently published Murder Mile, the fourth thriller in her young Jane Tennison series. She has a 15-year-old son, Lorcan.

Anna Friel plays the mother of a transgender child


Anna Friel plays Vicky, an ordinary mother trying to help her son when he announces that he identifies as a girl. With transgender issues increasingly on the radar, this powerful three-parter is a timely look at all the emotions involved. This is an overwhelming story about family love. Don’t miss it.


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The latest series of this iconic show is about to deliver a piece of TV history. New TARDIS, new adventures and, most importantly, a new Doctor, who happens to be a woman. Jodie Whittaker grasps the legendary sonic screwdriver, which has also been redesigned for this 10-part series.

THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL, BBC ONE The team behind The Night Manager have reunited for their next John le Carré adaptation, which will be the event of the season. Alexander Skarsgård is Florence Pugh’s holiday fling, but he turns out to be an Israeli intelligence oicer.

Pugh and Skarsgård in this new drama

Why did you decide to create a series of novels based around a young Jane Tennison? The idea took root some years ago at a book signing, when a woman asked me where the character made famous by Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect had come from. I’d been so busy focusing on this tough, high-ranking, 40-something police oicer that I hadn’t considered how she’d become this unemotional person without children or a partner. It was a eureka moment because, really, that’s the most interesting thing about her. And where is she in the new novel, Murder Mile? It’s 1979 and she’s now a detective sergeant. She’s under immense pressure to catch what may be a serial killer after four brutal murders on her patch.

political. But at its heart are the women themselves – just as they were in the original. It’s fantastic and I’m so proud to have my name associated with it. You became a mother at the age of 59 when you adopted Lorcan. Does having a 15-year-old son keep you young? Yes, because you have to stay in touch with their world and the house is constantly filled with young people, which influences your life enormously. After many years of miscarriages and infertility, Lorcan was the gift I never thought I’d have.

You did it alone, too, after your 18-year marriage to Richard La Plante ended. Are you still single now? Yes. There have been The four widows from the drama other relationships, but I won’t allow anything to dominate my work or my relationship with Lorcan. You’ve been working with Oscarwinning director Steve McQueen How about the women in your life? on the big screen version of Are they important? Yes, very. Widows – your drama about Although sadly I lost my very best women who carry out the heist friend Lynda Bellingham four years planned by their husbands before ago. We’d known each other since they died. Yes, Steve approached we were struggling young actresses. me at an event and said, ‘I’ve been Right up until she died she had the obsessed with Widows since I was a ability to make me laugh like no kid. I’d love to film it.’ Next thing, the one else. I miss her every day. movie got the green light. The film ● Murder Mile (Bonnier Zafre) is has been beefed up for modern out now. Widows is in cinemas audiences and is quite violent and from 6 November. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018 135

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by Natalie Hart (Legend Press, £8.99) Kate is working to help immigrants in Iraq when she meets and falls in love with Adam, a military medic. They start a life together in the US, but their relationship is tested when Adam is deployed again. This book tugged at my heartstrings and will stay with me for a long time. Out 4 October

by Jodi Picoult (Hodder & Stoughton, £16.99) Estranged father George holds people hostage in a women’s clinic. Each person has their reason for being there and the story unfolds in reverse. Will negotiator Hugh get everyone, including his own daughter, out? Full of topical issues, this is a great book club read. Out 30 October



by Angela Chadwick (Dialogue Books, £14.99) When a breakthrough in a Southampton laboratory allows two women to have children without men, couple Rosie and Jules jump at the chance to make history. With their lives put under a microscope, what will the consequences be? Timely and controversial. Out 4 October

by Gillian McAllister (Penguin Books, £7.99) You’d trust your sister with your life. But should you? This clever, compelling thriller tells the story of two sisters – one is on trial for the alleged death of the other’s daughter – her niece. You won’t be able to put it down. Out 4 October



by Graham Norton (Hodder & Stoughton, £20) In the TV presenter’s second novel, Elizabeth returns to her childhood home following her mother’s death, intent on wrapping up that dismal part of her life for good. But then she finds a stack of letters – and begins to uncover the secrets that lie within the words. Out 4 October

by Jessica Fellowes (Sphere, £12.99) In the 1920s, a decadent party at the Mitford sisters’ home ends in a tragic death. Their chaperone, Louisa Cannon, is determined to help solve the crime. This gripping, glamorous whodunnit is soon to be a major TV drama from the makers of Netflix’s The Crown. Out 11 October

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Autumn breaks

where Fido comes too!

There’s a world of luxury out there for you and your pooch, with walks just right for two and four legs

Seaside strolls

DEVON You can always tell that a hotel is dog friendly when the owners have their own pooches. At Soar Mill Cove, Labradors Farley and Daisy are always on hand for a splash down in the picturesque cove. Located a short walk from the South West Coast Path, this is a great hotel with a newly refurbished spa and saltwater swimming pool. Doubles from £199 per night with breakfast. Dogs cost £10 per night. Visit

Meet Farley and Daisy and take a walk to the cove

Splashing good fun NORFOLK Wells-next-the-Sea is home to The Beach Café, voted best dog-friendly cafe twice by The Kennel Club! Norfolk Cottages has 261 pet-friendly properties, including Luggers Cottage in Wells-next-the-Sea just down the road from The Beach Café. This former 18th-century public house includes a courtyard and garden for keeping pooches safe. Three nights from £383, sleeping six with two dogs. Visit norfolkcottages. If you fancy taking your dog on the water, Herbert Woods ofers dog-friendly boating on the Norfolk Broads. Cruisers sleep up to 12 and allow up to two dogs. Short breaks start from £310. Visit 138 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018

CORNWALL Parkdean Holidays ofers pet-friendly accommodation at 66 of its holiday parks across the UK. Seven nights at Holywell Bay Holiday Park in Cornwall costs from £289 in a Mylor caravan, which sleeps six. Supplement costs for dogs apply. Visit

Doggie getaways Explore the Lakes with your fourlegged friends

Top tip Be sure to ask your hotel for advice on the most dogfriendly walks and local pubs.

Lakes & rivers BOWNESS The Ryebeck is a beautiful arts and crafts restaurant with rooms. Guests can dine with their pets in the lounge, enjoy the extensive grounds and embark on stunning walks from the doorstep, exploring Bowness, Millerground, Claife and Hawkshead. Every four-legged guest receives a dog bed, two dog bowls and a selection of tasty treats. Dog-friendly rooms start from £157 per night with breakfast. Two dogs maximum per room cost £20 per stay. Visit

Marvel at the gorgeous greenery of the Scottish Borders

SCOTTISH BORDERS Crabtree & Crabtree ofer dog-friendly holiday homes across Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. Milne Graden Estate features romantic boltholes for two and family-sized farmhouses on the

banks of the River Tweed. All have gardens and access to the Tails of the Tweed Dog Park. Guests are greeted with local produce, including dog treats. From £300 per week self-catering for two. Visit

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The wonderful loch view from the Pilot Panther

Scottish delights LOCH NESS The Scandi-meets-Highlands-inspired Lovat has long been a stylish comfort break for hikers on the iconic 117km Great Glen Way that transcends the Scottish Highlands. Newly refurbished rooms feature luxurious superking-size beds. Rooms with outdoor spaces for guests travelling with their pets cost from £130 per night. Visit

EDINBURGH At the Radisson Collection Hotel, pet packages cost from £50 per stay and include a dog bowl, bed, chewy toy and handmade dog treats. The hotel is close to Princes Street Gardens and The Meadows, so you can head out for walkies! Doubles from £209 per night with breakfast. Visit

Treat your pooch to beautiful coastal views

Wonders of Wales HAY-ON-WYE Cosy Under Canvas is an eco-friendly glamping site in Hay-on-Wye. Hounds are welcome with dog beds and a roll of doggy bags, plus reams of walks, pubs and activities. From £165 for a twonight break for up to four. Dogs cost £15. Visit

Coastal Cottages has its very own Woof Guide, which features cottages that are happy to accept pooches and lists their suitability for five categories of dog, ranging from pups to pensioners. It also includes beaches where dogs are welcome, walking route suggestions as well as restaurants and pubs along the way where four-legged friends are well received. Pet-friendly properties include Crofta Cottage in Little Haven, near the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, which has an outdoor shower that is ideal for washing sand from paws after nearby beach walks. A seven-night stay in November costs from £533, sleeping six. Two dogs are welcome at a cost of £10 each. Visit 140 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018

BRECON BEACONS Craig y Nos Castle in midWales has luxury dog beds in the bar and 25 dog-friendly en suite rooms. The hotel opens on to 40 acres of country parkland – there’s even a swimming area for a bit of doggy paddle. From £140 per night with breakfast. Visit

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Doggie getaways

And don’t forget these top pedigree stays

Have a budget break with your dog at a hostel

The Bell is a stylish spot

CANTERBURY Dogs are welcome to stay with their owners at Youth Hostels that ofer camping and cabins accommodation. YHA’s cabins come with bedding, while some are heated with en suites, such as YHA Canterbury, which is close to the start of the North Downs Way, a 156-mile footpath to Dover. Large Deluxe Cabins start from £49 per night, sleeping five. Dogs cost £5 per night. Visit

EAST SUSSEX The Bell in Ticehurst is especially welcoming in the autumn months. It has roaring log fires, vintage-style wallpaper, cosy rooms, copper baths and delicious food – and dogs can even stay with their owners in any of the rooms. Your dog will receive a personalised postcard, pop-up bowl, paw wipes, poo bags and pouch and a dog toy. There are lovely walks to

Bewl Water, while Bedgebury Forest is a short drive away and the seaside just half an hour. Double rooms from £95 including breakfast. Visit

WEST SUSSEX Dogs will thank you for a trip to The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa in Midhurst. Its ‘Sandy Paws’ package greets dogs with treats, their own bowl and mat – there’s even a drying coat to keep! Go for walkies to South Downs National Park and, while owners head to the spa, dogs can get a full groom. The package costs from £415 per night. Visit hshotels.

Hebden Bridge is wonderfully picturesque

WEST YORKSHIRE The National Trust has more than 160 dogfriendly cottages with scenic autumnal walks right on the doorstep. Widdop Gate Barn in Hebden Bridge is a charming barn conversion, where the old timber cow stalls are now the kitchen. Set out with your four-legged friend to explore 15 miles of walking trails through woodland, where waterfalls tumble into rocky streams. A three-night stay this autumn costs from £544, sleeping five, plus up to two dogs. Visit national

SURREY No need to book up kennels if you want a luxurious getaway this autumn. Bespoke Hotels ofer VIP (Very Important Pooch) breaks at a selection of UK properties, including The White Horse in Dorking. This historic 18thcentury coaching inn, where Charles Dickens once stayed, is nestled between Box Hill and Betchworth Park, with plenty of opportunities for gorgeous autumnal strolls. Back at the hotel, the café ofers small treats for doggies at lunchtime. Double rooms start from £144 per night with breakfast. Dogs cost £10 per stay. Visit bespoke PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018 141

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Gondolas moored on the Grand Canal in Venice Budva is a beautiful town on Montenegro’s coast

An ultra-comfortable moving base that saves you having to repack at each stop, with restaurants, bars, pools and activities all within easy reach and hypnotic sea views 24/7 – cruising can easily become a lifelong obsession. Travel editor David Wickers embarks on some truly epic voyages… ➺

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hy would anyone choose to spend a week sailing where the weather is likely to be miserable, the sea possibly choppy, the views mostly 50 shades of grey and without a single port of call? The answer is… to experience the thrill of crossing the Atlantic on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, an iconic voyage on an iconic ship. Cunard has been connecting the Old and New Worlds for 178 years. But, since the arrival of jet aircrafts, transatlantic sailing has become a novelty rather than a necessity. QM2 is the only vessel ofering regular sailings between Southampton and New York City, making about 15 round trips a year. I joined her on her 300th transatlantic passage. SUNDAY First impressions? Queen Mary 2 is elegant, spacious and refreshingly bling-free, with lots of wood panelling and Art Deco touches – in 2015, she was

extravagantly remodelled to recreate the grandeur of the 1930s, a time when she carried Hollywood stars and statesmen, kings and crooners. We cast of with sparkling wine and a band on the open deck, heading towards the Isle of Wight. MONDAY The ship’s clock goes back an hour a day to ease us into US Eastern Time. A big plus about going by sea to New York is the lack of jet lag. QM2 is a peaceful ship. The only announcements are at noon when, following the traditional clanging of eight bells, Captain Christopher Wells delivers an update on where we are. We dine on ‘Russian’ consommé, followed by chateaubriand, rounded of with a classic cruising pud, baked Alaska – the flambé pan close enough to singe my eyebrows. The swelling sea – and the wine – soon rocks me to sleep. TUESDAY Yesterday was a blue day, both sky and sea. Today, the sky and sea

have turned monochrome. Time to explore. Queen Mary 2, with 2,600 passengers, was built with maritime muscle. She has to be big and tough to plough through the moody Atlantic when it kicks up rough. The Queen ofers lots of things to do to fill six full days at sea. There’s a magnificent library and front-of-house views of the ocean, as well as a wraparound wooden promenade deck (three laps to a mile) with thickly cushioned teak sunloungers where sea gazers lie swaddled in blankets. There’s even a deck area reserved for the dozen dogs on board, with a real lamp post and a red NYC fire hydrant. WEDNESDAY The night sea was lumpy, but eased up by mid-morning with the sun making occasional breaks through the cloud. The Captain’s noon broadcast welcomes us to ‘another day in the middle of nowhere’. The nearest

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Great escapes well-attended, a fitness seminar entitled ‘Eat More to Weigh Less’. FRIDAY What a diference a day makes! It’s a beautiful sunny morning, blue above and below. I plan a mile hike around the promenade deck, perhaps a swim and gym session, lunch from the sushi and sashimi counter, a salsa class in the ship’s ballroom, a lecture on NASA and a show in the evening in the Royal Court Theatre. What a diference an hour makes! In the time it takes to spruce up for dinner and head to the Commodore Club bar for a cocktail, the sky turns from blue to pewter and rain is falling in torrents. SATURDAY How big the world is! It is the last full day at sea and I’m already feeling nostalgic. Crossing the Atlantic gives a sense of great achievement, even though I haven’t had to lift a finger to help. SUNDAY Wow, wow, triple wow! I was

up at 5am just as we passed under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and into New York Harbour. The sun was just rising and ahead was one of the most famous skylines in the world, the Statue of Liberty to port, Staten Island ferries plying back and forth. All 2,600 passengers – a far cry from earlier huddled masses – seemed to be on deck, many in their towelling robes, snapping away at the amazing sight. We made it! Of all the highlights on the trip, this has to take the ship’s biscuit – but that’s not to detract from the many shipboard pleasures. Queen Mary 2 is a means to a dramatic end, but is also memorable in her own right. From £1,789pp for a balcony stateroom, including one-way flight and transfers. Visit for more information.

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point of land is the Azores, some 600 miles of our port beam. THURSDAY There’s something mesmerising about looking at the sea. It has the same hypnotic efect as staring at the flames of an open fire. Herman Melville put it succinctly in Moby-Dick, maintaining that ‘meditation and water are wedded for ever’. But today, there’s nothing to separate the sea from the sky as we plough through thick fog. We’re in The Perfect Storm waters, crossing the tail end of the Grand Banks of Nova Scotia, hence the fog, which is brewed by the meeting of the warm Gulf Stream with the cold Labrador Current. The latter carried the iceberg that sank the Titanic not too far south of our position. What to do? Choices on today’s menu include a watercolour class, a bridge tournament, a talk on the painter Lowry, a film screening, an iPad workshop, yoga and, likely to be

ROOM WITH A VIEW Ready for a change of scene? Gain a new perspective on some of the world’s most beautiful destinations with an Avalon Waterways river cruise


o truly experience the character of a destination, to immerse yourself in its history and culture, there is nothing quite like a river cruise. As well as ofering an everchanging vista of some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, Avalon’s river ships are able to dock in the heart of iconic cities, historic towns and hardto-reach villages. On board, you’ll find a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. Most of the larger-than-average staterooms are Panorama Suites, which have unique wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows that The stunning turquoise Moraine Lakeyour in Banf can create own open-air balcony – National Park perfect for watching the sun set with a glass of

Stop for a tasting at a local winery

wine. All beds in these suites face the view, too, so you’ll see serene riverbank scenery from the moment you wake. Comfort Collection beds and pillows ofer a choice of firmness, while plush towels and L’Occitane products accessorise your full-size marble bathroom. Beyond your room, you’ll find bright lounges and restaurants, with plenty of space to curl up with a Lavazza cofee in the Club Lounge or relax in the Jacuzzi. Listen to a guest speaker or local musicians, or take part in a food and drink tasting. With one member of staf for every three guests, you’ll enjoy attentive service every step of the way.

*Calls cost no more than calls to geographic numbers (01 or 02) and must be included in inclusive minutes and discount schemes in the same way. Calls from landlines and mobiles are included in free call packages.

Prima promotion TIME TO EXPLORE Excursions at your destinations are included but, with Avalon Choice, how you choose to explore where you've docked is up to you. Avalon Classic excursions take you behind the scenes with guided walking tours or visits to remarkable landmarks. Discovery excursions cater to the curious, encouraging you to try your hand at a new skill or unleash your creativity. For those who prefer to keep moving, Active excursions provide the gear and inspiration for a physical challenge. In Amsterdam, for example, you can try your hand at imitating the style of Van Gogh or Rembrandt in a painting class, enjoy a cruise along the picturesque canals or experience the cityscape on a guided running tour. Prefer to explore on your own? Avalon Adventure Centres can help with all the recommendations, information – plus bikes, maps or Nordic walking poles – you might need for your own day out. You can even arrange for a packed lunch to take with you! Well-appointed rooms are combined with impeccable service and attention to detail

Enjoy the scenic views from your comfy bed

Take a Discovery excursion to explore local vineyards in the Rhine river valley

‘On a river cruise, you’re not just seeing the landscape – you’re a part of it’ DINING THAT SUITS YOU On an Avalon cruise, every meal is also part of the journey. FlexDining ofers a range of seating times to accommodate your schedule, and a selection of dining options. You’ll also find inventive recipes that celebrate regional traditions and seasonal, local ingredients – along with traditional fare. Enjoy an alfresco lunch at the Sky Grill, a casual bufet supper at the Panorama Bistro, or à la carte waiter service in the elegant dining room surrounded by stunning views, superb service, and a complimentary wine or beer at lunch and dinner. A memorable adventure begins here! For more information about Avalon Waterways river cruises, or to request a brochure or sign up to receive e-newsletters, visit or phone 0330 8084741*.



Seıne Whether you visit Paris by Eurostar or fly in, the Seine is one of Europe’s most accessible cruising rivers, says David Wickers

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Take in the view from Richard the Lionheart’s castle

Discover the gardens that inspired Monet

water garden with water lily ponds, weeping willows and the famous Japanese bridge. ‘I am filled with delight,’ the artist wrote when he first happened upon the property, ‘Giverny is a splendid spot for me.’ It’s also a splendid spot for over half a million visitors each year, but we are the first in, well ahead of the coachloads from Paris. In the afternoon, we stop at the charming, half-timbered town of Les Andelys and climb a high promontory to visit Richard the Lionheart’s castle, which overlooks a dramatic loop of the Seine. The next day, we follow the Abbey Route, visiting just two of an incredible legacy of Normandy abbeys – the magnificent ruins of Jumièges and the working monastery of Saint-Wandrille, a silent order of 30 Benedictine monks. From Caudebec-en-Caux, the furthest we cruised downstream, we were coached to the D-Day landing beaches. First stop, the Pegasus Bridge and its moving museum, one of 95 war museums and cemeteries along this 75-mile strip of Channel coast. We also visited Arromanches, where the remains

of the Mulberry harbours, which turned the tiny seaside town into the busiest port in the world for six months after D-Day, still ring the bay like beached whales. To Rouen, Victor Hugo’s ‘city of a hundred spires’ and an inspiration for Monet, who painted the front of the mighty Gothic cathedral more than 30 times in various lights. It’s also the city of poor Joan of Arc, commemorated by a modern church and souvenir chocolates called the ‘Tears of Joan of Arc’. And so back to Paris, where we pursued the Monet theme by inspecting his paintings of the Seine, Giverny and Rouen Cathedral in the Musée d’Orsay, plus his water lilies in the Musée de l’Orangerie. An eight-day Paris to Normandy cruise costs from £1,999pp, including flights from Gatwick, wi-fi, gratuities, drinks with meals, shore excursions at every port and private pick-up within 100 miles of the chosen departure airport. For more information, visit

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oughly 500 miles long, the Seine may not be the longest river in France, let alone Europe, but it is one of the greenest, snaking its way through bushy Norman countryside. And it’s so much more than just a pretty face. Take a one-week round trip cruise from Paris and you’ll also discover ports of call that are varied, historic and fascinating. The Avalon Tapestry II, one of the newest boats on the river, was moored on a quay just along from the Eifel Tower. She was long but slim, with room for just 130 passengers, but that didn’t imply any shortcomings in terms of facilities. There was a small gym, a hot tub on the open-top deck, a hair salon, bicycles to borrow, two lounges and two places to eat. In the cabins, the floor-to-ceiling windows slid wide open, transforming the interiors into balconies with beds. I liked some of the little things, too, such as the supply of chilled water for passengers setting of on shore trips, the wide range of breads at breakfast and how one of the TV channels in the cabins broadcasts a blazing log fire – just the thing if the evenings turn nippy. We sailed from Paris, passing the ‘other’ Statue of Liberty, and going under a series of bridges so low that passengers weren’t allowed on the sundeck. First stop was Vernon, just a 10-minute coach ride from Giverny and Monet’s pair of glorious gardens. One is a floral triumph of multicoloured blooms that cry out for a place on an artist’s palette, the second the better-known

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All a-fjord in

Norway The Flåmsbana is a train journey unlike any other The village of Flåm may be small, but it’s full of charm


onestly! What were we thinking? Ditching the sunscreen, shorts and sunglasses for hats, gloves and waterproofs felt pretty risky as we swapped our annual winter-sun break for a Norwegian cruise. Our bravery paid of. On our way north, a quick stopover in Amsterdam let us enjoy a day in the pretty cobbled city, including a trip to Keukenhof (kitchen garden), home to more than seven million flower bulbs, including 800 diferent tulip varieties. A lazy day at sea followed. We enjoyed catching up on some reading, taking part in a craft lesson, having pre-dinner cocktails and overindulging at the Waldorf restaurant before finally falling into bed. Our first port of call in Norway was the ancient village of Eidjord, gateway to the Hardangervidda, the largest mountain plateau in Europe and one

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of Norway’s many stunning national parks. On to Flåm. With fewer than 500 locals, the village nestles at the head of Aurlandsjord, part of the mighty Sognejord. Hopping on board a small electric boat, we threaded our way through dramatically beautiful waterways to the Viking village in Gudvangen, where we tried archery and axe throwing. After lunch, we left the water for a trip on the Flåmsbana Railway and journeyed up to Myrdal. Still on dry land, we travelled to Olden and then tackled a 700-metre hike up to the Briksdal Glacier. Standing on the side of a glacier overlooking a turquoise lake was truly a breathtaking experience. The most romantic part of the cruise was a stop at Yrineset in Oldedalen, where owners Magne Andre Yri and

Mariann Hilde have created an almost mythical Lord Of The Rings experience at their lakeside mountain lodge. There was great storytelling around a roaring log fire before we were invited to ‘fish’ for beers on the lake. I’ll leave you to find out what that is for yourselves, but there’s no fishing involved and you don’t get wet! Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Columbus ( follows a similar route from Tilbury on 22 July 2019, from £559pp for six nights. Alternatively, Magellan sails from Newcastle on 18 May 2019, from £869pp for seven nights. Drinks and excursions extra.

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Crystal-clear waters, snow-topped mountains, sun-soaked valleys and vast green hills create a breathtaking backdrop for the spectacular jords, says a smitten Sharon Douglas

Great escapes Meet the animal inhabitants of Antarctica

Poles apart In a world that’s increasingly colonised by travellers, the two ends of the earth, the Antarctic and the Arctic, remain relatively undiscovered. But which one’s for you? Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime Arctic adventure

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THE ANTARCTIC Unless you are a research scientist or passionate enough to enrol on a serious overland expedition, the only way to explore Antarctica is by ship. You can do this independently or on an escorted tour. To reach Antarctica, you need to first fly to Ushuaia in Argentina, usually via Buenos Aires, then travel by boat, sailing across what’s often a choppy sea. Alternatively, you can fly via Santiago from Punta Arenas in Chile to King George Island and join a ship for a shorter five-night cruise. Both Arctic polar regions are worlds of rugged beauty, of rock, ice, snow and solitude. The isolation is especially imposing in the Antarctic, the ‘White Continent’, where there are no indigenous communities. Instead, you’ll experience jaw-dropping natural ice sculptures the size of cathedrals, icebergs adrift in the current, horizonwide glaciers, blue-black waters and an infinity of whiteness. But these are by no means lifeless frozen deserts, they’re habitats for lots of wildlife.

THE ARCTIC Obviously, the Arctic is far, far closer, with many parts accessible after

a short flight from the UK. Take of at lunchtime and you can be north of the Arctic Circle before bedtime. Ideal cruising waters can be found among the islands in the Svalbard archipelago, halfway between Norway and the North Pole, with itineraries focusing on either the east or west coast, or around the islands, depending on the state of the pack ice. Some voyages will also continue to Greenland, while others encompass Iceland. Seeing polar bears, the so-called ‘Lords of the Arctic’, at close range in their natural habitat is one of the most spectacular wildlife shows on the planet. In summer, you can also bask in ‘the land of the midnight sun’, while in winter, the

big treat is a sighting of the Northern Lights, those wispy, cloud-like green phantoms that flex, weave and wave in a magical, otherworldly choreography. Think lava lamps on a celestial scale. National Geographic Expeditions ( operates scores of expert-led trips each year to more than 80 destinations worldwide. These include a 14-day Antarctic cruise, from £9,916pp, which departs from and returns to Buenos Aires weekly between November and February. The 10-day Land Of The Polar Bears Arctic cruise departs from Oslo on several dates in June 2019 and costs £8,245pp.

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Great escapes Barcelona looks even more stunning from the water

Livorno is the gateway to some of Italy’s finest sig hts

Málaga is an often overlooked gem

Celebrating the MEDITERRANEAN

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It’s not the biggest sea, but the Med is filled with experiences, finds David Wickers


elebrity Reflection is a lively, vivacious ship, a one-size-fits-all with a broad demographic of passengers – 3,000 in all, from kids to oldies, honeymooners to groups of pals. She’s particularly ideal for the closet cruiser who is tempted to give it a go but wants to be sure there’ll be lots to do. Food is an essential ingredient on any cruise. On Reflection, there are plenty of healthy options as well as the familiar cornucopia of excess. Aside from the main dining room, the speciality restaurants – which cost extra – are creative in both style and cooking. At Qsine, for example, tables and plates are transformed into screens on which a cartoon ‘chef’ is projected sourcing each course, diving under the sea to catch your lobster, for example, and ‘tossing’ it on to your plate, moments before the waiter appears with the real thing. Activities are equally varied. On the main stage we watch local flamenco dancers one night, a hypnotist putting 20 passengers in a simultaneous trance on another. The ship’s definitely the thing on Celebrity Reflection, the destinations

almost secondary to on-board pleasures. On arrival in cities, admittedly during a heatwave, we need a push to leave the air-conditioned comforts and tackle serious sightseeing. Our itinerary is a classic western Med hopscotch, starting in Civitavecchia, an hour’s transfer from Rome, then sailing north to Livorno, a huge commercial port where most passengers sign up for a trip to Florence, some with Pisa as an add-on. Then to the south of France, to pretty pastel-coloured Villefranche. We shun the organised excursions and go DIY, catching the local bus to Nice. We spend our time in the oldest bit, a warren of mostly 17th- and 18th-century buildings wearing coats of apricot, salmon pink and faded turquoise. At its heart is the Cours Saleya, scene of a daily fruit, veg and flower market. To Barcelona in Spain, our third country in three days. No sooner have we adjusted to a few buon giornos than we are into buenos dias with barely a nod to a bonjour. We spend the evening in Barcelona, heading for the Born area to see the beautiful Santa Maria del Mar, the ‘sailors’ church’, and have tapas

before returning to the ship. There is a full day at sea before hitting The Rock. We walk along Gibraltar’s main street, checking out the shops, and ride the gondola for giant views and to see the Barbary apes. We then backtrack to Málaga. Aside from its airport, this city is widely ignored by the thousands of Brits bound for resorts on the Costa del Sol. The old town is handsome, full of cafes and restaurants, a Picasso museum, a market you crave were a walk from home, an immense cathedral, a castle and a beach. Málaga is a hard act to follow but the port of Cartagena does its best with its modernist architecture and archaeological sites. From there to Palma, Majorca, my final stop, although Celebrity Reflection will sail on back to Rome for the grand disembarkation. A 12-night Mediterranean cruise with Celebrity ( costs from £2,289pp, including flights, departing 18 September 2019, but excluding drinks, bottled water, port shuttles, gratuities, wi-fi, excursions and speciality restaurants.

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Cruising for a reason

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Whatever style of land-based holiday you enjoy, whether it’s relishing stunning scenery, visiting historic cities, seeing wildlife or encountering exotic cultures, you’ll discover just the same experiences on a cruise


hink of a cruise ship as a hotel, one that happens to carry you from place to place (and usually overnight, so you don’t miss anything!). No matter what style of hotel you prefer ashore, from five-star resorts awash with activities to intimate, luxurious boutiques, you’ll find ships that share the same profile. With such an amazing choice of both ships and itineraries, that familiar cry of ‘cruising’s not for me’ no longer holds water. But if you’re a first-time cruiser, you may need just a little help whittling down the options. Here’s our roundup of what’s on ofer…

Don’t miss the sensational sunset in Santorini…

WORLD CRUISES Can’t make up your mind where in the world to go? Why not tackle the whole lot? Early in the new year some half a dozen ships will circumnavigate the globe, each taking about three months and scooping up 30 to 40 ports of call along the way. These hugely popular voyages are the marathons of the cruising world. Go with The Cruise Line (, Cruise Critic ( or Mundy Cruising (

COASTAL SCENERY Some of the world’s most breathtaking views are experienced from a ship. Cruising the fabled Inside Passage from Vancouver or Seattle to Alaska is an unbeatable way of seeing what is arguably the planet’s most awesome scenery. Nor is there a better way to explore Patagonia or Australia’s Kimberley coast. In fact, such places would be almost impossible to reach by any other means. Go with Cosmos (

Appreciate the vast, natural beauty of Alaska

Sail to Sweden’s charming capital

SCANDI SHORES The Baltic is another rich cruising ground, both for exploring Scandinavian cities – Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Oslo are all waterfront capitals – and the East European cities of Tallinn, Riga and magnificent St Petersburg. Go with Seabourn (

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Great escapes Saint Lucia is home to lush rainforests and stunning beaches

There’s no place on earth like the Galápagos Islands


CULTURE QUESTS Shorelines (and riverbanks) are awash with historic cities and ancient sites, a legacy of the days before airports and superhighways challenged transporting goods by sea. Many of the Med’s historic cities – Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Genoa, Naples and Venice, for example – are on the water. You may not be able to scoop them all up on one cruise, but if you divide the Med into the east and west, with Italy as the partition, it makes the choice of where to sail easier. For those who want to travel solo, go with Just You (

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS The enchanted islands of the Galápagos (Darwin’s ‘living laboratory’) rank near the top of most people’s travel wish lists. Home to an amazing array of wildlife, its indigenous animals are so fearless of humans that intimate, memorable encounters are guaranteed. Each of the 19 islands that make up the archipelago has its own distinctive looks and inhabitants. Go with Seabourn (

ASIATIC ADVENTURES One region seeing a huge rise in cruising is Asia. No other corner of the world ofers such a fusion of cultures. From vibrant cities to remote hill tribes, ancient temples to mighty rivers and colonial heritage to irresistible shopping, the diversity of the region is boundless. There’s a wide choice of itineraries, embracing China, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan. Go with Travelbag Cruise (

Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand

CLOSER TO HOME Right on our doorstep, there’s a whole shoal of islands, including the Orkneys and Shetlands, Lewis and Harris, Mull and Skye. There’s a choice of cruises around the UK, exploring a coastline that, if laid end to end, would stretch all the way from London to Vladivostok. Go with Fred Olsen (

Gaudí’s unfinished Sagrada Família church in Barcelona

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There’s no better way to see several islands in one trip than aboard a cruise ship. Since the majority of the world’s fleet will be in the Caribbean in the winter, the choice is huge. There’s lots to consider. Do you, for example, want to visit big islands, such as Barbados, Antigua, Saint Lucia and Jamaica, where there’ll be lots to do during your time ashore, or would you prefer to sail of the beaten track and call at smaller islands, such as Bequia, Nevis and the British Virgin Islands? Closer to home, you’ll find island-hopping itineraries that focus on the Greek islands, Italy’s Aeolian and the Balearics. Go with Norwegian Cruise Lines (

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Cuba libre

With American ships now able to call in at this intriguing Caribbean island, Julie Powell visits and says see it now before it changes Classic American cars dot the vibrant streets

Discover Cuba’s lture larger-than-life cu

Cuba cruise is that you also get a second Cuban port of call: Cienfuegos, with its beautiful pastel-coloured neoclassical architecture and ornately decorated Tomás Terry Theatre. As MS Veendam is an American ship, US rules on visiting Cuba mean all daytime excursions have to involve an educational, people-to-people element, but these do ofer something unique. There’s also a stop on the Caribbean island of Grand Cayman for some sun, sea and sand on its seven-mile-long beach, as well as two days at sea, cruising to and from Fort Lauderdale, which allows plenty of time to enjoy the ship with its teak promenade deck,

Xanadu Mansion ofers sweeping sea views

wooden steamer chairs, elegant atrium, Greenhouse Spa and mix of bars and restaurants. To add to the cultural experience, a showing of Buena Vista Social Club plays in the ship’s movie theatre and there’s also a rum-inspired cocktail list. As the hit song by Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello so aptly puts it: ‘Half of my heart is (still) in Havana, ooh na-na!’

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he largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba ofers a heady mix of experiences: sunbattered colonial architecture, salsa beats drifting from every bar and alley, classic cars, and revolution, of course! Then there’s the so-called Cuban marriage of cofee, cigars and rum, and the hospitable, easygoing Cubans themselves. All of this meant that there was a real swirl of anticipation for our 8am arrival as we crowded the deck of Holland America’s MS Veendam to watch the approach. With the sun glinting on the city’s seaside promenade (the Malecón), fishermen, dog walkers and early-morning joggers waved happily at us. The ship spends long enough in port that after a day of sightseeing you can relax on board before heading back into Havana at night. Take in the old-style glamour of the showgirls at the Tropicana Club or go to Gran Teatro de La Habana, home to the Cuban National Ballet. The added appeal of our Authentic


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troll through ancient Hindu temples in Vietnam, ride a three-wheel tuk-tuk through the city streets of Bangkok and marvel at the sunset over a palmfringed beach in Cambodia. For those ready to expand their holiday horizons in Southeast Asia, far-flung adventures are right around the corner. Holland America’s Far East Discovery Tour begins with a visit to the sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons of Thailand’s Koh Samui island. Then, it’s on to the port of Laem Chabang for an overnight stay, where you’ll experience the night markets in the bustling city of Bangkok, before moving on to pristine beaches around the stunning city of Sihanoukville (Kampong Som) in The turquoise Moraine Lake in Banf Cambodia. While you’re there, you can go on National Park to Kampot and sample the local an excursion

pepper crab or join a tour to the ancient Buddhist temples of Angkor Wat. Sleep in the Vietnamese port of Phu My before a day trip to Ho Chi Minh City, then cook up authentic pho at a cooking class in the coastal town of Nha Trang. An overnight stay in the town of Da Nang is your gateway to Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, which include the Imperial City of Hue, the centuries-old port of Hoi An and the ruins of the Hindu temple complex at My Son. Finish your exploration with a boat trip through the seascape of limestone islets in Ha Long Bay, or extend it with a stay in nearby Hong Kong or Singapore. Your immersive experience of Asia continues when you retreat to your Holland America ‘hotel at sea’. This midsize, elegant cruise ship features sumptuous suites, many with private verandas,

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Indulge in a feast for the senses as you relax in comfort and ease and attentive service, with nearly one crew member for every two guests. Fine dining that is packed with regional cuisine is included in the price. En route to your ports of call, you can also enjoy a full programme of live music and entertainment or, if you’d prefer, you can relax in the spa and salon. With resources to help you make the most of your itinerary, the ship’s Exploration Central team can arrange immersive tours, talks and cultural experiences that will bring Asia’s magnificent destinations to life. Clockwise from top left: The breathtaking scenery of Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay; enjoy stylish service in the premium surroundings of Holland America’s ‘hotel at sea’; experience the pace

of city life with the atmosphere of colourful local markets; dig into vibrant, local cuisine; marvel at the glow of golden Buddhas in ancient temples

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even Seas Splendor, the highly anticipated, ultra-luxurious ship joining Regent Seven Seas Cruises in 2020, will ofer 15 destination-rich summer sailings in the Med. These include Venice to Rome (with a visit to Cannes on 18 May to coincide with the Film Festival), Rome to Barcelona (with a trip to Monte Carlo on 24 May during the Grand Prix), Rome to Istanbul and, at the end of the Med cruising season, Barcelona to Miami. Seven Seas Splendor will be an all-suite, all-balcony ship carrying up to 750 guests. The most lavish of the suites is the 4,443sq ft Regent Suite, which can accommodate up to six guests and includes a private spa with a sauna and unlimited spa services, a spacious living room, private solarium, dining room, personal butler and private car and driver in every port. For more information and detailed itineraries, visit

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he sky is cloudless, the temperature on deck is hovering at around 26°C and I’m wearing rubber galoshes and swimming trunks, wading through a carpet of snow with flufy flakes gently falling on my head. I’m in the Snow Grotto on board the Viking Star, taking a five-minute snow immersion in a temperature of -10°C after roasting in the sauna. Although I’m sailing in the Med, south from Venice along the Adriatic, the style of the ship is ever-so Baltic, with pale woods, muted colours and natural light. It’s so understated that there isn’t even a casino (usually considered essential to most of the world’s cruising fleet), and there’s no dressing up in posh frocks and suits for dinner. Many of the 900-odd passengers are Viking groupies. Although this ship was the company’s first ocean-going vessel, Viking has long been big on rivers. On board, small talk is peppered with

anecdotes about times on the Rhine and the Rhône, the waterways of the tsars and the magnificent Mekong. Viking excels in looking after its passengers. Too well, perhaps. After a couple of days of super-attentive service, I step into one of the lifts and just stand there, forgetting that I needed to press a button to make it go anywhere! How odd to recall that the last lot of sea-going Vikings were marauding bands whose prime activity was pillaging rather than pampering. On-board pleasures include classical

music, operatic performances and enrichment talks. The excellent food is particularly hard to resist, hence the Captain’s warning that ‘there is no truth in the idea that the sea air and humidity will shrink your clothes’. From Venice, our first stop is Pula on the Istrian peninsula, a Roman walled town with one of the world’s best-preserved amphitheatres. Still in Croatia, we visit Dubrovnik, a medieval masterpiece that plays a starring role in Game Of Thrones. Easing further south, we stop at Kotor, a town in Montenegro that sits on the banks of a jord in the cleavage of limestone mountains. Then to Greece, first to Santorini, where we anchor in the arms of the volcanic caldera, then to the port of Piraeus, our final stop. A 10-day Empires of the Mediterranean cruise starts at £3,040pp, including flights and transfers, beer and wine with meals, wi-fi and eight guided tours. Visit

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taly has been voted the number-one destination by passengers in Viking’s ( ocean and river cruises Hall of Fame. Selected from a list of 69 countries that its ships visit and taking into account culture, scenery, locals, shopping, weather, food and history, the runners-up included Norway, Portugal, New Zealand, France and China.


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his summer, MSC Cruises (, the world’s largest privately owned cruise line, welcomed 250,000 children on board. To ensure they had a great time, the company’s new flagship MSC Seaview introduced a range of kid-friendly activities. The Family Explorer Club, for example, is a programme of tailor-made interactive excursions. Acting as detectives, children play a key role in completing a unique mission on each on-shore tour, inspired by the history of the destination and featuring an iconic historical character, symbolic of the city or location. Discover something amazing with the Family Explorer Club



&O Cruises has announced that its new flagship Iona, to be launched in 2020, will sail exclusively to the Norwegian jords during the inaugural season, a destination that is best experienced by sea. She has been designed to make the sea the star, with incredible views as the ship sails through

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SPA SHIP ENTERPRISE BY JACQUELINE HAMPSEY ’ve always wanted to experience the indulgent pampering of a spa, but I didn’t think my first visit would be on board a cruise ship sailing around the Med. Champneys has recently launched its first luxury state-of-the-art spa on board Tui’s Marella Explorer. The spa has a treatment menu and Champneys’ sumptuous signature decor, as well as a hair salon and wellness centre. I booked the exclusive one-and-a-half-hour Marella massage, which left me feeling pampered and serene, and then relaxed in the sauna with its wrap-around panoramic sea views. The cruise provides the perfect carefree holiday: a comfortable cabin with 24-hour steward service. On arrival, you receive a Champneys magazine and an invite for a tour of the spa. There are 10 restaurants, ofering everything from sushi to an eight-course tasting menu, and the ship also has 10 bars, a cinema and a Broadway Show Lounge with live performances. The Marella Explorer set sail from Palma on a one-week cruise with excursions at Palermo, Naples, Livorno, Villefranche and Palamós, before returning to Palma for the flight home. A one-week Cosmopolitan Classics cruise on Marella Explorer costs from £1,180pp on an allinclusive basis, including flights. Visit


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ext year, Silversea Expeditions ( will again be ofering trips to the Northeast Passage – a remote and spectacular cruising route above the Arctic Circle. Few cruise ships have transited the passage, which follows extreme coastlines of both Asia and Europe and has long enjoyed a fabled reputation among seafarers. The 25-day, 5,019-nautical-mile cruise of dramatic seascapes and untamed wilderness departs 10 August 2019 from Nome, Alaska, sailing to Tromsø, Norway. The journey encompasses the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wrangel Island, where polar bears and walruses roam and migratory birds nest; Champ Island, known for the large, mysterious stone spheres that dot its otherworldly landscape; Tikhaya Bay’s Rubini Rock, with its stunning basalt columns; and the archipelago of Severnaya Zemlya, famous for its impressive jords and majestic glaciers. The Silver Explorer accommodates just 144 guests and her fleet of 12 Zodiac crafts ofers an unprecedented opportunity for up-close exploration. Silversea’s dedicated expedition team of qualified specialists will be on hand to share expert knowledge and topical insights. Traverse the remote Northeast Passage



he only river cruise line to ofer free cruises for children under 15 on all of its departures and itineraries is A-ROSA. One child can cruise for free with every fullpaying adult. A variety of cabin options are available, depending on the ship and departure date, including family cabins, suites with extra beds and interconnecting cabins. Children can meet the captain, see the ship going through the locks and generally feel part of the whole cruise experience. Families can relax in the pool on the sundeck, enjoy a multitude of outdoor games, such as shule board and mini golf, and take part in a variety of excursions. Shearings Holidays ( ofers 16 diferent A-ROSA itineraries on cruising rivers, including the Rhine, Rhône, Danube, Seine and Moselle. For example, one week along the Rhône (several departures) costs from £5,096 for a family of four on an all-inclusive basis, including flights and a trip into the Camargue.

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was so grateful for the feature Yes, You Can Wear The Latest Trends! (October). I can’t tell you how many outfits I’ve loved but not bought because I didn’t think they went with my red hair. Amanda with her ginger locks looked fabulous in her outfits – all colours I wouldn’t normally wear! Growing up, I’d hear that redheads can’t wear pink, well, not any more – I’ve just ordered a lovely pink jumper! Harriet Bryan

Thank you so much for highlighting Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams’ brilliant book Parent Alert! How To Keep Your Kids Safe Online (September). While the book is aimed at parents of tweens and teens, I was horrified to discover that some of my seven-yearold daughter’s school friends already have their own smartphones and social media accounts. With peer pressure building, I am now reading the book in the hope that it will help me navigate this most challenging phase of parenthood. Fiona Stubbs

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The Bonfire Guy Could an old tradition lead to a new light in Catherine’s life?


here.’ Catherine stuck the last strand of wool on the Guy’s pillowcase head, then stood back to admire her work. ‘Just a shame I had to do it by myself this year.’ Making a Guy for the village fireworks display was a family tradition. Even when Andrew had left her five years ago, she’d carried it on to give the kids continuity. ‘Not kids any more though, are they?’ she said to herself. Now 14, the twins had other things to do on a Friday night. Danny was on his computer and Millie was with her best friend. Reluctant to give up the tradition entirely, Catherine had made the Guy on her own. Her mobile phone buzzed. ‘What are you up to tonight?’ Melanie’s voice boomed down the line. Catherine didn’t know how she’d have got through the last five years without her best friend. Before she could answer, Melanie continued, ‘You’re making a Guy, aren’t you?’ ‘Yes,’ Catherine confessed. ‘Cathy, listen,’ Melanie sounded concerned. ‘Don’t you think it’s time you gave that up? The twins are growing up and, well, you need to have fun. Dare I say, even meet someone new?’ Catherine shook her head, even though Melanie couldn’t

see, before replying, ‘Remember the internet dating disaster?’ ‘You only had one date! Besides, it wasn’t that bad. I just want to see you happy again.’ After her conversation with Melanie, it was still early. There was little point cooking for one, though, so Catherine ate a bowl of cereal then settled on the sofa, ready for another night alone. ‘Not to worry,’ she said to herself, trying to keep cheery. ‘At least we’ll spend tomorrow evening together.’ The kids might be growing up, but they always loved Bonfire Night. ********* A firework burst into the air and the crowd oohed and aahed. Catherine felt a nudge on her arm and saw Danny and Millie clutching hot chocolates and burgers. ‘Thanks, you two,’ she said, taking the ofering. ‘Mum,’ Millie asked, ‘Lara said I can sleep over at hers tonight. Is that okay?’ ‘Erm, sure sweetheart. I’ll drop you round after the fireworks.’ ‘She’s leaving now, so I’ll get a lift with her mum.’ ‘Oh, right.’ Catherine tried to hide her disappointment. She didn’t want to stop her children enjoying themselves, so she kissed her daughter goodbye.

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No sooner had Millie gone than Danny piped up, ‘Mum, can I stay round Jack’s tonight?’ Another night alone. She couldn’t say no when she’d allowed Millie. ‘Sure, darling.’ ‘Cheers, Mum.’ He didn’t even stay for a goodbye hug. ‘Well,’ she said to the Guy. ‘Just you and me now. But I suppose it’s time to get you on the fire.’ He stared through her with his black button eyes, seemingly unperturbed he was about to become ash. She took the Guy to the fire and waited at the barrier for one of the helpers. ‘Shall I take that little chap from you, madam?’ A handsome man not much older than her grinned. ‘Yes, please.’ Looking around at the children handing over their Guys, she felt as though she should ofer an explanation. ‘My teenagers have better things to do tonight, so I’m left holding the Guy.’ ‘I know how you feel.’ He took the model from her. ‘My son’s just gone to university. I still help out here, though, like I have every year since he was little. I guess it’s tradition now.’ She gave him an empathetic smile before he walked away to throw her Guy on to the fire. *********

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Catherine clapped with the crowd as the final firework exploded. She was about to walk home when someone tapped her on the shoulder – it was the man who’d taken her Guy. ‘Hello again. I was looking for you. No one should spend Bonfire Night alone. I’m Tom, by the way.’ He had a gorgeous smile. She introduced herself and shook his hand. ‘I hear they do mulled wine here,’ he said. ‘Care to join me?’ ‘Oh, erm…’ Her reflex reaction was to decline, but Tom was already halfway to the drinks stall. Five minutes later he returned empty-handed. ‘Sorry, all gone,’ he said. She surprised herself at how disappointed she was that the excuse to stay and talk had seemingly disappeared. ‘I’m sure the village pub hasn’t run out of wine, though. Would you like to come for a drink with me?’ He flashed that gorgeous grin again. She thought back to Melanie’s words and found herself nodding. Her friend had been wrong about one thing, though – if she hadn’t made the Guy, she’d never have met Tom. Maybe some traditions should never die.

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ACROSS 3 Support for an injured arm (5) 6 Dry ___, cold white mist produced by solid carbon dioxide, used in eighties music videos (3) 7 Broadcasts, transmits (4) 8 Close, but no ___, expression (5) 10 Happen again (5) 11 Metric measure equal to about 1.75 pints (5) 12 Working area on your computer screen (7) 14 Separate the wheat from the ___, saying (5) 17 Fountain of ___, mythical spring said to take years of of whoever drinks or bathes in it (5) 20 ___ Lineman, song written by Jimmy Webb, most famously recorded by Glen Campbell (7) 23 What an archer fires from a bow (5) 24 As ___ as thieves, saying (5) 25 Month in which St George’s Day falls (5) 26 London vehicle you can drive after passing ‘The Knowledge’ (4) 27 Juvenile newt (3) 28 Bay, cove (5)
























DOWN 1 Day of the week, in November, on which Thanksgiving in the US is always celebrated (8) 2 Big Top show (6) 3 Your ___ is safe with me!, turn of phrase (6) 4 Bulb that repels vampires (6) 5 & 16D Late singer dubbed the Queen of Soul (6,8) 9 The ___ Plot, scheme concocted by Guy Fawkes and the gang (9) 13 In EastEnders, member of the Slater family played by Jessie Wallace (3) 15 Exclamation that expresses confusion (3) 16 See 5D 18 Outcry, furore (6) 19 US state, capital Honolulu (6) 21 Thin slice of meat from the leg or ribs of veal, pork, or mutton (6) 22 The Complete ___ Guide, series of books to improve knowledge (6)











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Here’s a crossword solution that’s been broken up and turned into a jigsaw puzzle. Can you put it back together? Three pieces have been left in their original positions to help you.










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FUN SUDOKU Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in each empty cell so that each column and each 3 x 3 block contain all the numbers from 1 to 9.



Put your feet up and win £50 at the same time!


Fill in the grid according to the arrows. When done, the shaded yellow squares will reveal the answer to the following question: Somewhat surprisingly, 7% of adult Americans believe that chocolate milk comes from what? (5,4) Large Italian island

Behave like a thespian!

Grecian Any Old Prized vase ___, music possession hall song

Frozen water

Operatic Short-tailed Spaceship (1,1,1) solo wild cat


The ___ Gatsby, novel


Cold meats counter


The Golden State

Custard creams, rich tea, etc

Go wrong

Marine tortoise Musical units

Colourful flower part


Writing fluid Cashew, eg

Prison ‘rooms’

Layered, cream-filled cake


Tate & ___, sugary business! Gleeful, Furious, content very angry

Practise boxing


Spread out from (a source)

Roger ___, tennis ace

Male bird


Pub ‘arrow’

Restaurant food list

Declare unsafe

Book leaf

Zone, region

Choice Of or relating to the moon

Of the now, topical Beware of ___ bearing gifts, saying


Not false!

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HIT THE TARGET 1 Ecstasy, 2 Library, 3 Ideally, 4 Zoology, 5 Archery, 6 Blarney, 7 Embassy, 8 Torquay, 9 Honesty, 10 Testify, 11 Airplay, 12 Yellowy, 13 Laundry, 14 Odyssey, 15 Reality. Mystery screen icon: Elizabeth Taylor

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Keep a tight ___ on, control

Secure, out of danger

___ yourself, make amends for


TV show Lewis is a spin-off of

Street, thoroughfare


Longnecked animal

Fill in the answers to the clues and the letters in the 14 shaded squares will spell out your prize answer

Aroma, odour

Snake’s sound

Sheikhdom hosting 2022 World Cup

Treasure, hold dear

Join in and WIN

Rubber Love ___, British Diplomacy wheel surround rom-com

Dined, consumed food

The lowest point


___ Winehouse, late singer

Burnt sugar

Naturally occurring mineral






























AUGUST 2018 PRIZE SOLUTIONS CROSSWORD Symbol ARROW-WORD Lake Hillier CODEWORD Maximum ✽ Solutions to this month’s prize-winning puzzles will be in the February 2019 issue.

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CODEWORD For £50, see if Theresa May – THE PM can help you work out the number code for each letter of the alphabet. We’ve placed the Ts, now you do the same with the Hs, Es, Ps, Ms and on you go. When you’re done, use your key grid to find out the prize word. Call 0906 470 1005* and leave your name, address and the answer. All calls cost 65p per minute, plus your telephone company’s network access charge, and should last no longer than two minutes. You can also write in – see HOW TO ENTER (below).






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Your Stars for November

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21 March - 20 April

23 November - 22 December

Mentally and physically, you’re ready for a new challenge, so you’re taking a risk and setting your sights on wider horizons. A midmonth meeting of hearts and minds gives you the support you need. By the 27th, you’re ready to jump.

Just as well that you’re hungry for a new challenge because, from now on, nothing will seem impossible. Fate puts you in the right place at the right time – just make sure you think before you speak. Good things happen in the final week of the month, marking the start of prosperous times.

Taurus 21 April - 20 May At last you can get of that rollercoaster and set foot on solid ground again. Earnings, investments, windfalls? The 8th marks the start of a lucky year. It’s not only your financial fortunes that are taking a new turn – love will also re-bloom. Hard work, headaches and hassles ease as you carve a new path.

Gemini 21 May - 21 June Your social life is picking up this month, and a reunion with an old friend beckons. At work, you’re fuelled with new drive as you begin to rethink ambitions. Book yourself a romantic break for the end of the month – you’ve earned some time of.

Cancer 22 June - 23 July

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If you’ve been storing up bright ideas, now is your chance to launch them. Your energy, enthusiasm and workload are growing, your expertise is in demand and an ofer comes your way. Home improvements that stalled pick up steam again with pleasing results.

Capricorn 23 December - 20 January



24 July - 23 August

24 September - 22 October

Domestic afairs and family life have kept you busy for too long. Now, a more light-hearted phase begins, promising plenty of recreational projects, creative fun and happier times ahead. Stay sharp in business dealings, but get ready to celebrate as the month’s end approaches.

Mid-month brings your first steps on a treadmill that keeps you running until the end of the year. Take a breather around the 17th to double check all arrangements and avoid hasty decisions. With growing confidence, energy and wisdom, you pass all tests with flying colours.



24 August - 23 September

23 October - 22 November

November marks an important turning point, particularly when it comes to your home. You’re contemplating change: a more prestigious address, perhaps, new furnishings or an addition to the family. Partners won’t agree on everything but there’s plenty of love and passion. On the 27th, a decision is made.

Home life is abuzz with activity at the start of the month. From the 15th, your mind is alive with bright ideas and imaginative plans. Beware, though, that some could prove rather too expensive for your budget. Passion is stirring, awakening a romance that is private, deeply personal and deliciously secret!

Your imagination and creative talents blossom this month, so put your thinking cap on and plan the next stage. Sort out money matters before the 15th. After that, you’ll be so busy you won’t have a minute to sit down. Home life is pleasingly hectic. A quiet chat will successfully resolve a concern.

Aquarius 21 January - 19 February You’ve pushed yourself hard lately, but changes at work enable you to ease back. Now, your success comes through teamwork as your influence grows and you mix with a wider set of people. When it comes to love, a special bond is forged.

Pisces 20 February - 20 March Life is on the move and your talents are sought-after. A rare window of opportunity opens, meaning that the higher you aim, the further you’ll go. At home, the 23rd closes a chapter. It’s time to make that important commitment. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2018 185

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R R! GR Now that is

ANNOYING! From jam lids that won’t open to shopping trolleys with wonky wheels, some things in life drive us mad. Here, Caroline Quentin reveals what bugs her

passive-aggressive middle-class Brit. I’m sorry to say I lost my rag again today! While taking a shower, I reached for the shampoo, which is designed for grey hair, so presumably intended for people of a certain age who, one would assume, might struggle with reading. So why are the conditioner and shampoo bottles indistinguishable? Same colour, same size and the same minuscule print on them? Of course, I used the conditioner first then had to wash it out and start all over again. BIGGER PRINT, please. It’s not rocket science. I realise I’m in danger of going on a bit, but I’ll just give you a small insight into something that happened as I was trying to buy a new bra a couple of hours ago.

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I needed a 32GG, which is a fairly large cup size. So imagine my delight at discovering that all the larger cup sizes are on the lowest rail in the shop, practically on the floor, leaving those of us with an ample bosom to grovel on our hands and knees to read labels, while those blessed with neat little busts can simply grab a B cup and skip of into the sunshine. Am I being punished for having big knockers? Do men with large genitals have to lie face down and crawl commando style, squinting into the shadows with a sense of shame, searching for voluminous boxer shorts? Apologies, Prima chums, enough ranting. I’m of to have a cup of chamomile tea and a lie down. Thank you for being there when I needed a shoulder to cry on. I promise I’ll be more upbeat next month, unless, of course, I’m unlucky enough to sit next to Burger Boy on the train again, in which case, HOLD ME BACK!

ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU MAD! The 5 top annoyances that grind your gears*

OA ‘sorry we missed you’

OListening to

failed delivery note. OThe spinning ‘wheel of death’ on your computer. OFailure to get a phone signal when you need it.

someone talk loudly on the bus. OPeople talking or rustling sweet wrappers in a cinema.


Photography: Nicky Johnston, Getty *Research by


re there any everyday occurrences that get on your nerves, drive you to distraction, round the twist or up the wall? I consider myself a fairly tolerant human being, but there are a few situations that really cheese me of. I think I should start with an apology: usually when irritated by life’s little hiccups, I whinge at my mates or long-sufering spouse, but today I find myself alone. Therefore, I’m afraid it is you, dear readers, who I turn to in this, well, not darkest hour, but certainly a gloomy one. Yesterday, while on a train to London, a man sat beside me eating a burger. Normally I’d simply look out of the window and wait for the impromptu supper club to draw to a close, but this guy was UNBELIEVABLE. The smell was extraordinary and the pong combined with his chewing action, which would put a camel to shame, was distressing. I asked myself an hour later: how can a person take so long to eat fast food? I should have moved seats, but the train was busy and, truthfully, my idiotic, British reserve meant I didn’t feel I could say anything or even get up and walk away. I was cross with the masticator, cross with the burger chain and cross with my own inability to take action. My social cowardice didn’t even allow me a proper sigh and tut, usually the last resort of the inefectual, grumpy,