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Goodbye winter, hello spring!

I seem to gravitate towards stressful situations, like moving house for example. I’m not a fan of moving house - but on the very morning this magazine is delivered for circulation I find myself doing exactly that. Meeting with printers and coordinating distributors to ensure all 10,000 copies of your favourite magazine find their way from the warehouse to you in one piece. A big ask on a good day, but on this particular occasion juggling two young kids and a house full of removal men adds a little extra fun! It’s reminiscent of the last time I moved house, when my wife decided to go into labour with our first born. As the furniture was disappearing the poor girl was playing musical chairs, but instead of music we had, well, you can imagine! I’m just pleased spring is on the horizon. A new year, a new home, and of course another great new issue of Town & City Magazine. To celebrate the last few years we’ve pulled out a couple of our best features and mixed these up with the usual fi x of entertaining, informative articles, so put your feet up and enjoy! For now, I’m off to unpack with a large glass of bubbly. Town & City Magazine is brought to you by Tidbury Media who also publish Mayhem! Magazine and provide a whole host of creative services. We’d love to hear from you.

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escapes The festive hangover may be long gone, and summer can still feel like a lifetime away, but there’s nothing stopping you embracing the colder months and booking an exciting break away!

Cortina, Italy (Apres Ski) If you’re in search of snow, and planning a classic winter holiday, it’s worth checking out this stunning Northern Italian resort. Nestled into the Dolomites Mountains, it was also the venue of the 1956 Winter Olympics, and has enough runs to challenge the most avid skier/ snowboarder. Unlike other resorts, Cortina retains a luxurious, fashionable quality to its après ski, complete with the best Italian hospitality. Unleash your inner Bond out to the glacier, where you’d be forgiven for recognising the icy backdrop; it was here they filmed ‘For Your Eyes Only’, and ‘Cliffhanger’. 6

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Reykjavik, Iceland (Northern Lights Delight) Fast becoming a tourist hotspot, Iceland has seen record number of visitors over the last five years. Its natural attractions seen in TV shows like Game of Thrones are all the more breathtaking in winter, and make for a memorable break; whether soaking in the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa, exploring the geysers and Golden Circle tour, or discovering the capital. Try a pint or two in the Viking Brewery (alcohol was banned until as recent as 1989), or book a whale watching cruise and if you’re really lucky witness the Aurora Borealis across the night sky in all its glory.

Paris, France (French Culture) You don’t need to travel far for a mini-break and with excellent Eurostar connections from St Pancras Station; you can be whisked to the French capital in under three hours, without the hassle of jet lag or flight delays. Paris is a delight in the colder months, with cosy bistros, and boulevards to explore, and enough culture and history to soak up. Let the city come to you by going on a river cruise up the Seine, or check out the incredible collection of impressionist’s artwork at Musee d’Orsay on the Left Bank, before catching an evening performance of Moulin Rouge at Montmartre.

Las Vegas, USA (Sun in the Sin City) The crowds may have disappeared following the New Year, but with temperatures on average 63F (17C) and nine hours of sunshine per day you will definitely feel like you’ve escaped the winter gloom. Further afield Vegas remains an all season resort and the entertainment capital of the world, so whether you’re searching for top casinos, exclusive nightlife, wedding chapels or just luxury accommodation it has got it all covered. Take a flight over the Grand Canyon, or marvel at the engineering feat of the Hoover Dam. The best bit, with less tourists, getting around is much easier.

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flutter by RHS Wisley

The vibrant ‘Butterflies in The Glasshouse’ exhibit returns to the Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley from 13 January–4 March. Drop in for a tropical retreat this winter. More than 50 species of exotic free-flying butterflies will inhabit the Tropical Zone of the cathedral-like Glasshouse for this eye-catching exhibit. The special guests will showcase their magnificent colours, patterns and form amongst lush-tropical plantings, such as palm trees, bananas, bromeliads and climbers, as well as aquatic plants that thrive in the warm jungle pool. New species of butterflies such as Graphium doson and Papilio paris, will be joining vibrant favourites for 2018, such as Morpho peleides, Kallima inachus and Siproeta stelene. The Graphium doson is a black tropical butterfly with pale blue semi-transparent central wing bands that are formed by large spots and is widespread throughout Southeast Asia. Papilio paris, the Paris peacock, is a striking species of swallowtail butterfly found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Pick up a spotter guide on arrival to identify the ones you have seen.

For those visitors keen to become butterfly experts, explore the family-friendly Education Zone. The interactive area will spark imagination and enable visitors to learn all about the intriguing life cycle of a butterfly. To mark the launch weekend on 13–14 January 2018, visitors will get the chance to decorate butterfly willow sculptures before they go on display and children can enjoy face painting. Emma Allen, Garden Manager at RHS Garden Wisley, said: “The Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley is the ideal place to visit during winter as we are bringing a tropical experience to you here in Surrey. Breath-taking species, native to areas from around the world, have been carefully selected for our Tropical Zone, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to experience these amazing butterflies up close. Bring along a camera and see which ones you can find as you wander through our piece of tropical paradise.”

proudly sponsored by McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder. The event is free to RHS Members and a family guest. Non-members can save 10% by booking online in advance. Pre-book your free timeslot to skip any queues. For further details about Butterflies in the Glasshouse, visit www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley.

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The Boathouse enjoys a riverfront position overlooking the Itchen offering homeowners stunning views. Riverside Park, which is situated opposite, provides the perfect setting for riverside walks. And local amenities include a traditional bakery, Co-op, three cafes, dry cleaners and various takeaways, all located a stone’s throw away from the development, on Bitterne Park Triangle. Call today on 0800 1533 024 or visit www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk/theboathouse for more information. Alternatively, you can book an appointment to see Laura, McCarthy & Stone’s Sales Executive who is located at The Songbird Café on Bitterne Park Triangle.

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“Why don’t you this? Why don’t you that? Why don’t you just switch off your television set, go out and do something less boring instead?”

WRITTEN BY elaine Hutton

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do stuff with the kids That’s how the theme from the mid 1980s TV show “Why Don’t You?” went. And if you’re old enough to remember that you probably only ever had a bike to play on… no helmet, no lights, no curfew - things our now bubblewrapped kids would now find shocking. These days our children are busy running from one organised, highly insured club to another: trampolining, street dancing, parcouring, cheerleading and what’s next hot air ballooning, paragliding, 12

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mountaineering? In 2013 more than *30% of UK households had both parents working full time. Maybe we’re trying to compensate for the fact that more of our children than ever are in breakfast and after school clubs?

ticket to see the latest film at any cinema now costs around £37 not to mention the popcorn, sweets, drinks and parking.

But, the best things in life are free. Have we forgotten about all of the simple, side-splittingly hilarious So when we do get that elusive and things we can do without spending essential family bonding time, how any money at all and without staring best to get to know these amazing at a single screen? Shame on us! little people we’ve created without Time to strip it back to basics and breaking the bank? Entertaining children can clean out your wallet with revive some timeless good oldone trip to the cinema! A family of four fashioned and FREE fun…

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Hide and seek In the comfort and safety of your own home, this classic game is inexhaustible entertainment for all ages. You’ll be amazed at the hiding places your kids will come up with that your tired old boring grown up brain would never have imagined. Be warned: children under fi ve years old usually can’t take the excitement of concealing their hiding place or the anticipation of being found, shouting their whereabouts as soon as you say “Coming ready or not”. Or sometimes they’ll just stay put and wee themselves.

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Dancing A win-win situation where you get to ‘educate’ your kids in ‘real’ music and ‘great bands’ from your era. When they’re engrossed in musical statues or musical bumps they’ll let you play any old stuff from your youth – the only chance you get to unleash your teen spirit and dance like nobody’s watching, because they’re not!

Baking Try something simple - like cheese or fruit scones or both – that only requires a few ingredients and let the kids get involved kneading and squashing and rolling and cutting shapes from the dough. Mess making of any kind is always a big hit and the messier the better. Relax! It’s only flour!

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Mexicans have sworn by chilli peppers and their health benefits for many years. The ingredient Capsaicin which is found in the hotter peppers is great for reducing inflammation, pain relief, heart problems and fighting colds! The green ones are the best.

secret

health benefits WRITTEN BY fiona stanton

from everyday foods

While it’s important to have a healthy diet and exercise regularly, sometimes this can seem boring and mundane. But did you know that some foods can actually reduce your risk of cancer, prevent sunburn, or even reduce the risk of developing Alzheimers? Read on to find out more… wHole-cooKed caRRots

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Prepare your salad the day before you eat it. When the lettuce is shredded the day before it will quadruple its antioxidant content. Shred the lettuce and place in a plastic bag with a paper towel to absorb any extra moisture. Pop it into the fridge until the next day. 14

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When carrots are cooked whole, they’re more nutritious than served raw and can boost Falcarinol by 25%. Falcarinol is an antioxidant that’s been proven to reduce the risk of lung, prostate and colon cancer, and reduces the risk of heart disease.

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daRK cHocolate

Eating chocolate is good for your health; Dark chocolate is made from the seed of a cocoa tree and is one of the best sources of antioxidants. Dark chocolate can lower your risk of heart disease and decrease blood pressure.

tomatoes

Sunscreen can protect our skin in the hot summer months, but tomatoes can too. Tomato paste is the most effective, (eat it, don’t spread it on your body). Lycopene is the natural pigment in tomatoes that makes them turn red. This Lycopene ingredient filters out the sun rays to protect our skin from sunburn and keep your skin looking young. wateRmelon

Keeping hydrated this summer is very important. Drinking water is very important, but to make it more interesting, bite into a slice of delicious melon. Watermelon is made up of 92% water, (hence the name) and keeps your memory sharp and your mood stable. Keeping hydrated will also help keep your body cool.

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Lutein and Zeaxanthin in corn filters the sun’s harmful rays and can offer its benefits when we eat it. The vegetable also promotes healthy vision and reduces the risk of developing blindness later in life. It’s also a great source of fibre; the brighter the corn the better!

Tea helps soothe stress and keeps you relaxed. Three cups of tea a day can reduce the risk of heart disease, prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Whether it’s black, green or white tea, the ingredient Catechins is a diseasefighting type of flavonoid and antioxidant. Stick the kettle on! Winter/Spring 2018

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vegfest 2018 Comedian and vegan, Adele Cliff, offers 12 great reasons to visit VegfestUK on March 24th–25th at the Brighton Centre, ahead of her performance at the Festival…

A day without responsibilities

Cooking demos: Brilliant vegan chefs turn up the heat (or don’t turn it on at all if you stumble on a raw demo) and show you the world of wonder beyond the Linda McCartney sausage (I still love you Linda).

It’s not just for vegans Non-vegans come and find out all our vegan secrets. Have you ever wanted to steal the salad Susan from HR leaves in the work fridge or push a child off a bicycle? Let us vegans explain how many days you have to drink almond milk to balance your karma after such an act.

The Veganuary reunion party

Dump unwanted relatives young and old in the Kids Area or Mature Zone and romp off without a care. (VegfestUK cannot accept responsibility for loss of family members)

Beauty may only be skin deep but in general vegans are less likely than average to cut you open and have a look; so you’re best off keeping your face looking top notch.

Comedy festival

Chat to inspiring people Th ink you’re a fairly good person? Wrong. Meet the kind of people who save 15 elephant herds from poachers in a weekend or forgive and befriend mosquitoes who bite them. Feel suitably humbled.

Everything is vegan Go wild without checking the ingredients every 5 minutes. Last time I had curry, stir fry, fake-steak and a cupcake (and a colouring in sheet and some felt tips when I got lost in the Kids Area).

That’s right the class of ’18 are having a reunion. Come along to get all the gossip on your Veganuary mates. Who’s gone bald? Who’s got a divorce? Who’s completely unrecognisable? (It will only be two months on, so the answer to all these questions is likely to be nobody, good snacks though)

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This could be a beautiful like-minded human or, as I found at London Vegfest, it might be a chocolate-covered vegan marshmallow on a stick.

Vegan musicians compete for fame, glory and enough cash to cover their train fare home. Like the x Factor but less morally corrupt.

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Just the one of them, but Brighton is delightful for a walk, if you want some fresh air whilst you digest the delicious combo of plant proteins you’ve scoffed, why not head down to the beach and look out at the sea, and all the happy fish you aren’t eating.

If everything is getting tofu-king serious come and have a giggle at awesome comedians including Dave Chawner, Chris Stokes, Cheekykita and me (the hilarious and humble Adele Cliff).

It’s super affordable You might expect all this excitement to be rather dear but it isn’t at all (deer is a touchy subject, don’t mention venison to a vegan unless you want to miss your bus and the one after it). Tickets on the door are just £10, and it’s even less in advance (you can buy advance tickets here, and remember that BOGOF and BOGOHP offers are available for limited periods only). *MEAT THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE: VEGFEST IS PROBABLY NOT FOR YOU. ADELE CLIFF IS A STAND-UP COMEDIAN AND WRITER, FOLLOW HER ON TWITTER @ADELECLIFF

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guide to

cooking Many oils are beneficial for your health, when drizzled over a salad or consumed in capsule form for example, but some of us are using the wrong oils in the ways such as cooking. The heating of some fats can cause their molecular structures to change drastically. Town & City is here with a few tips on the best oils to cook with, and which ones should always stay at room temperature.

oils WRITTEN BY ellie Reeves

Oils suitable for cooking coconut oil Almost all of the fatty acids in Coconut oil are saturated, making it very resistant to heat. When the oil is at room temperature it stays a semi-solid form, once heated it turns to liquid. Th is explains why you are only able to find it in jars instead of bottles. Coconut oil is well known for improving cholesterol and killing bad bacteria, this is because it’s rich in Lauric acid. Cooking with this oil will also leave you feeling fuller for longer, so that plus the fact it speeds up your metabolism, means it’s an incredible oil for weight-loss. butteR Butter has a bad reputation for being very unhealthy when consumed in large quantities, and rightly so (everything in moderation and all that). Coating your bread roll with lashings of butter day after day isn’t a good idea, however, cooking with butter is. The best fats to cook with are saturated and monounsaturated. Butter is made up of 51% saturated fats, therefore making it perfect for cooking. olive oil Th is Mediterranean oil is a strong favourite among foodies. 76% of the fats in Olive oil are monounsaturated, and 14% are saturated, making it another good choice for cooking. Th is oil has been linked to reducing the risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart attacks. Studies have also shown that it can fight osteoporosis, a horrible disease that causes bone tissue to become fragile. 18

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Oils to avoid when cooking sunfloweR oil It sounds like a healthy choice, but Sunflower oil is actually very bad for you. Especially when cooked at a high temperature. The omega-6 acids in this oil cause infl ammation, resulting in an endless list of physical and muscular problems. Pretty much all packaged and processed foods will contain Sunflower oil. Stay away! coRn oil Corn oil is predominantly made up of polyunsaturated fats, especially Omega-6, these fats should not be used when cooking at high temperatures. Studies have shown that this fatty acid is linked to the growth of cancerous cells and tumors. People also tend to overeat foods that contain corn oil, causing obesity and a whole host of health issues. sesame seed oil Another oil that is high in polyunsaturated fats and low in saturated fats. In fact, most seed or nut based oils are high in polyunsaturated fats, and therefore not suitable for cooking at high temperatures. However, they are very good for you when consumed at room temperature. Drizzle them over your dinner for a much needed hearty boost.

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Homely wellness

outside in A recent report lists three key trends shaping the way we live our lives, with 49% of home-owners saying natural materials in their homes makes them feel better. The report reveals how Lagom is the Scandi lifestyle trend taking over this year from ‘Hygge’. British homes are transforming into centres of homely wellness. As we move into the post plastic age, health and wellbeing is no longer just a matter of what we eat and drink and how often we exercise. Today, Brits are turning their backs on disposable, desirebased buying and cheap synthetics, in favour of more thoughtful purchases that offer a combination of personal and planetary health and wellbeing benefits. Seeking the holy grail of 'Homely-Wellness' through home design and build, a new 'Window on the World' research and trend report by The Wood Window Alliance reveals three key trends that are currently impacting the way we live our lives: 24

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Put simply, ‘naturally happy’ is not just a matter of individual psychology and attitude. 49% of home-owners state that having natural materials in their homes makes them feel discernibly happier than when surrounded by artificial materials, with one in three planning to bring more natural materials, and 27% planning to increase the amount of natural fibres into their homes this year in a bid to improve their quality of life.

Nurture through nature – bringing the outside in Only 10% of Britain’s children play in nature compared to 40% in 1985. Increasingly, because of the way we live (urban environments, lack of outdoor space, technology keeping us chained to screens etc.), it’s not only children who are becoming disconnected from nature, adults are also increasingly spending most of their time indoors, with a host of academic research revealing debilitating effects on wellbeing and health both for humans and their living environments. When it comes to going green indoors, 46% are planning to increase the amount of plants and flowers in their homes this year in a bid to improve their connection with nature.

Plastic purging and wood for good It seems that the desire to stem the tide of plastic in our lives (and in our oceans) has spread beyond the bag, with one in four homeowners actively planning to decrease the amount of plastics in their home this year, while 46% state they are conscious of the impact of synthetic materials on the natural environment and one in three conscious of the impact of synthetic materials in general on their wellbeing. When it comes to the most desirable, timber is cited by 67% of homeowners as the material they would like to have more of in their home.

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Leading biophilic designer, Oliver Heath’s, top tips for happy homes… undeRstand tHe imPoRtance of sleeP

Understanding the importance of sleep to well-being is fundamental. Make sure that you create spaces that are calming and restorative and allow you to go to sleep well. Put down mobile phones and technology that can stimulate the brain. Making sure you can turn the lights down and don’t watch television for an hour before you go to bed. Nice, calm, warm spaces with soft materials. Really valuing how important sleep is.

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The introduction of sensory contrasts and natural materials is fundamental to creating more mindful spaces. They keep you there in the moment and can help to calm and relax you in a very sensory way. These materials could be timber (for windows, doors and floor), stone for your walls as well as sheepskin, wool rugs and possibly cork for the floor.

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Natural light is fundamental to our levels of energy and our ability to sleep. It may be about making sure you position furniture next to windows, so that you can sit on the furniture and have a higher level of natural light and greater opportunity to look out onto an external space. Make sure you look out onto a space that has greenery. Greenery and nature have been proven to be very good at helping you to restore your mental and physical cognitive energy very quickly.


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frontsaydoor about you? When it comes to curb appeal, it’s all about the first impression There are few things quite as pleasing as Red front door Orange front door decorating your brand new home. It’s what Red is the colour of passion. Orange is the colour of warmth. It’s an expression makes a new build house feel like yours by It’s vibrant, lively and of energy, happiness and reflecting your taste and your personality. exciting and so too is the However, we all know that it’s the first impression that often counts the most, so forget your beautifully decorated interiors with carefully chosen furniture, because it could well be the colour of your front door that reveals most about you.

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person behind the door. People who choose to paint their front door red are often some of the most welcoming and hospitable souls, delighting in entertaining and having guests. Th is explains why traditionally, red has represented a hospitable home. A red door says ‘welcome’ and it means it.

confidence. A blend of the primary colours red and yellow it represents a mixture of the qualities associated to each; the happiness of yellow and the boldness of red. People who paint their front door orange are often social butterfl ies. They love to entertain and certainly don’t shy away from the challenge of playing host.

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Yellow front door Yellow is the colour of logic. It represents the left side of the brain responsible for critical thinking and original thought. As the lightest colour in the spectrum it also inspires feelings of cheerfulness, fun and positivity. The person living behind a yellow door is going to be both logical and lively with lots of vitality for life. Their positive attitude gives them the “get up and go� attitude.

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Pink front door

Grey front door

Green is the colour of health and wealth. It’s tranquil and traditional. With the combined power of representing health and wealth, the individuals living behind the green door are often successful and ambitious. They value the well-being of their family as well as working hard and self-improvement.

Pink is the colour of love. A mix of red and white it blends the qualities of these two colours. The passion and boldness of red is softened by the purity of white making it romantic, loving and thoughtful.

Grey is the colour of contentment. It’s calm, practical and reserved. Being a mix between black and white, grey can also be considered the colour of indecision and even indifference. The person who has a grey front door will be looking for a quiet life.

Blue front door Blue is the colour of peace. It’s calming, relaxing and honest. The sound of the sea breeze and the ocean waves have often been used as examples of peace and relaxation, so it’s no wonder that blue represents these qualities. Someone who chooses to paint their door blue will value the peace and tranquillity it brings and will view their home as a place of refuge from the pressures of the outside world. They will also be grounded, honest and true to themselves.

Purple front door Purple means extravagance. It reflects wealth, fantasy and risk. It’s no surprise then, that the person who picks purple is more than comfortable taking a risk or two. They will also enjoy the finer things in life, indulging in treats and pleasures where ever they can. More than that though, the person behind the purple door will dream big and even consider themselves free spirited.

As you may well guess then, the person living behind a pink door is the neighbourhood’s hopeless romantic! They will make a good partner and a great friend thanks to their caring nature and thoughtfulness.

They don’t like to stand out too much and are happy making the compromises often demanded by modern life, to ensure stability and balance in their lives.

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White front door

Brown is the colour of earth. It’s warm, stable and organic. Whether painted brown or natural wood, the person behind this door will share the same characteristics as the colour. They will be grounded, down to earth, warm and friendly.

White is the colour of perfection. It represents wholeness, equality and perhaps surprisingly, creativity. White is the sum

However, should the shade of brown be on the darker side of the spectrum then it could reflect a more private soul, looking to avoid too much interaction with the outside world.

of all colours in equal measures and that’s why it has connotations of wholeness and equality. Like the colour, the person living behind the white door will be someone who is very fair. They will be open to all sides of an argument, carefully balancing each side to arrive at a fair resolution. They are also likely to be highly imaginative, able to fill the blankness of white with ideas and creativity.

Glass front door Like the material itself, the person behind the glass door has nothing to hide. They’re friendly, outgoing and open. So, does your front door suit you or will you be making a change?

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Black front door Black is the colour of sophistication. It’s classic, authoritative and stylish. Paining your front door black makes a bold statement. It tells the world your home is a place of order and control. That means the person living behind the black front door is likely to have a place for everything and everything in its place. They are a strong, sophisticated person of substance and style.

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Your skin has lost its moisture, your hair Chewton Glen is brittle and your lips are cracked. Don’t Hotel & Spa – New Milton Chewton Glen Spa boasts a truly holistic experience, you think it’s time you treated yourself to set in the coastal market town of New Milton. Indulge a sumptuous spa retreat? With this list of yourself on a continental breakfast each morning, plus award-winning hotels dotted around the a 60-minute spa treatment, lunch at the Pool Bar, unlimited use of the award-winning leisure facilities and South of England, you’ll be sure to find complimentary sessions in the dance and aerobics studio. somewhere that tickles your fancy… FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO BOOK, CALL THE HOTEL ON 01425 275341.

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Lime Wood Hotel – Lyndhurst Lime Wood Hotel located in picturesque Lyndhurst offers a selection of spa packages, ranging from ‘Get Glowing’ to ‘Two’s Company’. If you’re feeling active, there are also fi tness packages to choose from. Once you’ve been thoroughly pampered, indulge your taste buds with the mouthwatering menu; featuring cured fish and meat from Lime Wood’s own Smoke house. FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO BOOK, CALL THE HOTEL ON 02380 287177.

The Winchester Hotel & Spa – Winchester Get out of the cold and warm yourself up at The Winchester Hotel & Spa. Choose from a signature facial, massage, manicure or a full body polish. You will also receive free use of the Health Club facilities, full English breakfast and £25 towards dinner at the impressive Brasserie.

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Escape the hustle and bustle at Careys Manor. Located in the heart of the New Forest, you’ll be surrounded by enchanting nature and wildlife. The ‘Christmas Pamper Break’ includes three night’s luxury accommodation (arriving Christmas Eve), complimentary robe and slippers, full use of SenSpa’s facilities, afternoon tea, and breakfast at the Zen Garden Restaurant, plus much more.

With package options such as the ‘Rejuvenate Spa Break’ and ‘Celebration Spa Escape’, you will certainly find something to suit your needs. Let your worries float away with a muscle massage, or put your feet up and sip on a crisp glass of complimentary Prosecco.

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With an extensive Christmas calendar, you’ll be sure to have a memorable festive retreat at the Felbridge Hotel. The spa facilities are tailored to your satisfaction; choose from a ‘Sunday Night Spa Break’ to an ‘Ultimate Bespoke Spa Break’. The Chakra Spa offers a wide range of body, facial and beauty treatments. FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO BOOK, CALL THE HOTEL ON 01342 337700.

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Norton Park Hotel – Winchester Revitalize and stimulate the senses at Norton Park Hotel. You’ll receive a RK complimentary robe and slippers, Pa on t R 30-minute spa treatment, full English o n breakfast, three-course evening meal and use of health facilities; including gym, pool, sauna, steam room and a whirlpool. Not only that you’ll also receive 20% off additional spa treatments. FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO BOOK, CALL THE HOTEL ON 01962 763000.

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a life

in words Hyped up with a big window display one moment and priced down at the bottom of the bargain bin the next. Books and subjects whose time in the public eye is often as fleeting as the shelf life of the person whose story they claim to tell. These accounts of the rich and once famous end up telling you, the reader, very little at all. Yet mainstream publishers will rush such stories into print almost as soon as the person in question falls out of a taxi, takes part in a lowbrow TV show or sleeps with someone a little bit more famous than themselves.

The nations book shops will forever be teetering under the weight of the massed ranks of celebrity ‘autobiographies’ that populate their shelves like a flavour of the month who’s who. Whilst stories of those amongst you who have led long and worthwhile lives, often accomplishing or witnessing great things are being lost forever. Stories that have a real value.

most notorious men in international history. Yet he’d tell that story, and others, in the same matter of fact way that you or I might recall buying our daily newspaper every morning”.

Writer and Broadcaster Edward Couzens-Lake wants your voice and your story to be told and for you to have the opportunity for it to be recorded in a book.

“I began to realise that his situation and story would be by no means unique, that there would be lots of people like Dad alive and living quiet lives today who have equally amazing stories and memories to call their own. I don’t want to see these stories lost forever, I want to give people the opportunity to tell them and for them to be recorded, forever, in a book”.

‘My Life Story’, an idea that occurred to Edward in the days and weeks after his father passed away in 2014. “Dad lived a remarkable life. It didn’t seem so on the outside but he was a man who’d seen and done a lot of remarkable things. During his time in the Army, he served Rudolf Hess supper whilst Hitler’s ex-deputy was being held as a prisoner in Spandau jail. There he was, the son of a Norfolk farm worker with daily access to one of the

“These are the people whose lives matter. These are the stories that need to be told. I want to give those individuals the opportunity to tell them and share them with everyone. They’re so important. Let’s not lose them”.

Couzens-Lake works in conjunction with a UK publisher doing just that. Their aim is to provide a personal yet highly professional and cost effective way for anyone to tell their life story and for it, ultimately, to be published and presented to them in the form of a high quality book. Photographs can be included with unique and striking front and rear cover designs, specifically designed for your book, all included as part of the service. The finished book can be in softback, hardback or a combination of both.

TO FIND OUT MORE PLEASE CONTACT EDWARD ON 01243 551604, OR EMAIL: EDWARD@COUZENS-LAKE.CO.UK.

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The work involved is as unique as the story that is being told. Professional, personal, and, as far as stories and memories are concerned, priceless into the bargain.

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aboard With cruise lines sailing to some of the most remote locations on earth it can be overwhelming deciding which route is right. From health and wellness cruises in the Mediterranean, to exploring Cuba or the fjords of Alaska, there has never been a better time to jump on board with the upcoming cruise trends for 2018. On 18th and 19th February 2018, Europe’s largest cruise show is returning to London, bringing together the best specialist operators and holiday providers all under one roof. From only £6 per ticket, visitors to the show can come face to face with the experts.

adventuRe tRavel taKes tHe cRuising woRld by stoRm Adventure travel has grown 65% in the last fi ve years, according to the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and we’re now seeing this trend seep into cruise’s plush corner of the travel industry. However, expedition cruising still retains the luxury element, so less backpacks and hostels and more fi ve-star dining with a side of adventure. For those who love nature and wildlife and are itching to really discover the destination they’re visiting, expedition cruises allow for more niche, experiential excursions such as hiking, kayaking, and personal encounters with locals. Oceania Cruises, offers an adventure into the unspoiled wilderness of Alaska, where guests have the opportunity to experience dog sledding near Juneau, visit the Heritage Centre in Noonah where native Tlingit culture comes alive through song and dance, and cruise through glorious Hubbard Glacier. 38

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exPloRe cuba’s Hidden gems witH aZamaRa club cRuises As well as the desire to explore a destination more thoroughly, travellers are also leaning towards a more authentic experience to really immerse themselves in the destination. Few destinations offer this niche better than the Caribbean idyll of Cuba; steeped in history and culture and bursting at the seams with vibrant music and salsa dancing. Azamara Club Cruises’ Cuba itineraries feature ports of call in Cienfuegos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Santiago de Cuba, home to the best musicians on the island. Cruises can experience Cuba’s vibrant Latin scene, salsa clubs and of course some local rum. To provide travellers with a truly immersive experience, Azamara Club Cruisers has created a variety of shore excursions which offer guests the chance to explore the country from sunrise to sundown, including a visit to the open air cabaret, Tropicana, a Nelson Dominguez art gallery tour, and the opportunity to discover Havana by classic car.

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Health and wellness with Regent Seven Seas Health and wellness is becoming increasingly popular and not only in terms of spa facilities but more generally as people are more inclined to lead a heathier lifestyle. Regent Seven Seas Cruises offer guests the opportunity to indulge in the cruise lines new holistic wellness program on their Mediterranean voyages on-board Seven Seas Voyager. The small-group experiences include activities such as yoga, tai chi, walks, perfume blending, visits to local spas and even laughter therapy. Many are held in memorable locations that have spectacular views or a link to history. Some fantastic wellness offerings include European spas, thermal swimming pools and natural ponds where guests can feel rejuvenated as they apply skin-softening black mud. Destination highlights include relaxing in France, Spain and the Mediterranean coast under the sun. See some of the world’s most exotic destinations and cruise with ease from the UK Cruise holidays are a fantastic way to reach far flung and exotic destinations, and with a number of cruise lines offering UK departure points, travellers can enjoy the convenience of not needing to step foot on a plane to get there. With such excellent transport links in the UK to all British ports it’s becoming an even more popular and convenient option. Not only do UK departures cut out the hassle of flying and mean no luggage restrictions, but they also mean holidaymakers can start their holiday much sooner than if they were travelling further afield. UK departures are well and truly on the rise, with a number of cruise lines announcing new UK based cruise ships offering customers a more cost effective option by cutting out the cost of flights for the whole family. For more information visit: www.cruiseshow.co.uk.

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waistline written by sarah hugill

Many of us comfort eat to get through the winter blues, but we may find that our jeans are feeling that bit tighter and our waist is disappearing, by the time we get into spring. So what can we do to help shift those extra pounds? Our experts share their top tops… Eat little and often Try to keep your blood sugar levels and energy levels stable by eating something every three hours. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a snack mid morning and one mid afternoon, with no longer than three hours between. Try not to eat carbohydrates after 6pm. This will stop those roller-coaster highs and cravings for sweet foods. Because your blood sugar isn’t allowed to drop, your body will no longer have to ask you for a quick fix. As the blood sugar steadies, so will the mood swings.

Detox your kitchen, car and desk If you find yourself polishing off a whole packet of cookies, it may be time to eliminate them from your living space. Processed foods can be highly addictive, so why torture yourself by keeping them within arms reach?

Don’t eat on the run It gives your body the message that time is scarce, you are under pressure and stressed. Furthermore, your digestive system will be less efficient. Make a point of sitting down and eating your food as calmly as possible.

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In Pilates you learn how to use your deep core muscles to support your spine. These muscles wrap around your waist like a natural built in corset. It’s been called your ‘girdle of strength!’ Every exercise you do in a Pilates session teaches you how to work from your centre, helping to reduce our waistlines.

Skip the fad diets Fad diets, especially those that miss out whole food groups, may work temporarily but are usually too difficult to maintain for more than a couple of weeks.

Hydration is key Often when we think we’re hungry we’re actually thirsty. Drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes before reaching for a snack.

Spend an extra hour in bed! Studies have shown that a lack of sleep may cause us to eat 300–400 more calories the next day. And in order to keep energy levels high we tend to choose sugary or starchy quick fixes. Just one extra hour of sleep each night can increase leptin, the hormone which suppresses appetite.

Don’t cut out all fat Fat is an essential part of our diet and should not be avoided. We need to eat the right kind of fats: oily fish, nuts, seeds and seed oils in order to obtain essential omega 3 and 6 fats which are necessary for our health. What we should be avoiding are the processed fats found in junk food and bakery products.

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A teaspoon of cinnamon a day keeps the carb cravings away Cinnamon helps to keep our blood sugar levels balanced, this minimises insulin spikes after meals which can lead to hunger and further carbohydrate cravings. Try sprinkling cinnamon onto food, or sipping on cinnamon tea.

Eat your celery Celery is an excellent diuretic, due to its high potassium content, so it can help with water retention. Add celery chunks to salad, look for a good recipe for celery soup, or use celery as one of the ingredients in a vegetable juice.

Add protein to meals Protein slows down the rate the stomach processes food and slows the passage of the carbohydrates with it. As soon as you add a protein (be it animal or vegetable) to a carbohydrate you change it into a slower releasing carbohydrate, which is a very good thing.

Don’t use food to change your mood Emotional eating never resolves the underlying issue and leads to guilt and shame. Always have a list of non-food related self-soothing activities to hand. By having a relaxing bath, taking a walk or watching your favourite programme, you can lift your mood in a natural and healthy way.

Clear the kitchen space Clear the kitchen space immediately after cooking. If food isn’t left out, you’ll be much less likely to go back for seconds.

Snack on a handful of almonds a day Almonds are rich in protein and healthy fats, giving you the energy boost you need whilst balancing blood sugar. Th is snack is exactly what we need to prevent carbohydrate and sugar cravings.

Digestive support Bloating and gas due to poor digestion can make your tummy look bigger than it should be. Try eating fermented foods like miso, sauerkraut and kimchi. I’d also recommend taking a probiotic. Try Pro-Ven Adult Probiotic 25 Billion (£13.95, Boots), which contains Lab4, the most comprehensively studied group of friendly bacteria of any product in the UK. Th is provides real benefits in supporting digestive and immune health.

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get involved Written by Daniel Tidbury

If you’re trying to improve your career prospects and build a better network of connections in your work or business, LinkedIn is well worth becoming a part of, if you’re not already. LinkedIn is a social network, a bit like Facebook but for professionals, and it can provide significant benefits when utilised to it’s full.

Every member has a profile where you can showcase your career history, qualifications and awards. Other users can make recommendations and offer testimonials as well as review your credentials and request permission to connect. It’s like an online CV and it can be a really useful tool when considering the future of your career, especially when considering a change. It’s also a valuable resource for employers searching for hidden talent, so keeping upto date is key. Making connections and building relationships in business is essential, so T&C is here with a few simple tips.

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Picture perfect First impressions are important and this begins with your image. Your profile picture is the first thing anyone exploring your page will see. How you represent yourself visually could determine whether the viewer continues through your profile or moves on. Selfies from Friday night are unlikely to impress.

Strapline Within a few words you must sell yourself enough to keep the reader engaged. This can be updated as regularly as you like, so there’s no need to spend hours getting it right first time around. Keep it simple and over time this can develop and change. It’s the strapline accompanying your new picture. You’re creating a brand for yourself so be clever, creative and think about how you can stand out from the crowd.

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History This section of your profile is where you can showcase the work you’ve done in the past and the awards and successes you’ve achieved. Include past and present in reverse order with a short summary and keep it concise with more details given for the most recent posts. Be selective to put yourself in the very best light, but remember any potential employers will reveal any withheld information if interviewed.

Get involved LinkedIn also features the facility to form and become part of groups. These groups provide the opportunity for you to express your interests and aspirations enriching your search potential. You can add links to your other social media accounts, websites you may be associated with as well as providing links to your own websites and blogs. These all enhance your brand image and will hopefully help you stand out.

So get LinkedIn and spread your wings.

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This gorgeous, spiky plant is brimming over with natural, earthy goodness. The Egyptians affectionately referred to it as “the plant of immortality” six thousand years ago because of its limitless list of body beautiful benefits. Trust us, you’ll want this wonder plant in your bathroom cupboard this summer. 44

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immune system suPPoRt line It’s chock full of immune-boosting polysaccharides which keep your system in working order. Aloe Vera is widely available in the form of gels, moisturisers, juices, vitamins and supplements. Keep some next to your toothbrush for daily consumption and a give your body a boost! sootHes buRns and inflammation It’s summer time and it’s a well-known fact that you naughty lot often forget to apply sun cream. So when sun burn strikes, Aloe Vera is the number one best way to soothe it. Grab some gel and it cools instantly. Additionally, it reduces infl ammation, which makes it an excellent natural ingredient to soothe acne, as well as hydrating dry skin. sKin saviouR Seriously. Banish bruises, soothe mosquito bites, wipe over blisters, fight athletes foot, relieve rashes, lessen frost bite, alleviate allergies, soothe psoriasis, ease eczema, decrease dark spots, remove makeup, treat minor genital irritations, minimize eye and ear infections, prevent blemishing and stretch marks, shrink warts, rid Rosacea and brighten skin inteRnal PRotectoR The list continues with boosting internal benefits as well as external (we did say it was a wonder plant!). Breathe in the vapour to aid Asthma, strengthen gums and teeth with Aloe Vera toothpaste, alleviate arthritis, help heartburn, lower blood sugar levels, reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion. Whew. life saveR? Scientists have been looking into its potential to help fight AIDS and Cancer. Although evidence for its curing effects are slim, it’s immune boosting properties could help attack cancer cells. According to the Cancer Research UK website, “studies have been carried out into this and seem to show that extracts from aloe may be helpful in boosting the immune system to attack cancer cells.” You certainly have nothing to lose in taking advantage of this plants marvellous moist middle!

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How many air miles has your shampoo done? A recent photograph of a seahorse in the Indonesia Ocean clinging to a cotton earbud by the wildlife photographer, Justin Hofman has gone viral. What with the plastic microbead scandal last year which brought evidence that these beads were polluting our ocean and infiltrating the marine food chain, the discovery earlier this month that tiny pieces of plastic have been found in sea salt and with the catastrophic hurricanes recently, climate change is starting to make a noise and people are beginning to be more willing to listen and less in denial.

Aside from cotton earbuds, the beauty industry in general has produced a major carbon footprint. Generally consumers only really consider the finished product and disregard the combination of exotic and chemically enhanced ingredients that goes in to it, in effect this has contributed to polluting the planet. If you’re passionate about the environment and pursuing a ‘zero waste’ beauty lifestyle but not sure how, read on… Homegrown Beauty Look for beauty brands that source their ingredients and packaging resources in Britain. By doing this you will know that no ingredients or products have been shipped hundreds of miles from abroad causing a mass carbon footprint. Not only will you not share the guilt of polluting the planet but it will also help and encourage smaller homegrown brands to grow rather than endorsing large international corporate brands.

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Cutting down on landfill waste and repurposing ingredients that would otherwise be discarded is the central ethos for British skincare brand, Optiat. Their coffee scrubs contain Arabica coffee beans from locally sourced London barista bars and their brand new hemp face mask range uses organic hemp husks from the Oxfordshire countryside as gentle exfoliators, perfect for sensitive skin and leaves skin feeling soft and replenished.

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Plastic Pandemonium As a nation, Britain is falling behind on the amount of waste we recycle, with the goal of recycling 50% of its overall waste by 2020. Compared to other nations such as Sweden that send less than 1% of its waste to landfill and recycles everything else, Britain is not the most conscious in minimising the plastic pandemonium that has polluted our oceans. With polystyrene and plastic waste even reaching the arctic and could prove fatal for the Arctic’s habitants including polar bears and seals this is a huge environmental issue. Take inspiration from the Nordic states and begin searching for brands that use sustainable and recyclable packaging to help reduce the damage of plastic to the planet. Odylique’s packaging is made from earth-friendly recyclable and often recycled materials including old milk bottles, to minimise the impact of waste and plastic on the environment. Conscious of ‘packaging miles’, Odylique chooses to source its packaging and printing from European suppliers only. Miracle Multitaskers Another eco-friendly tip the Scandinavians abide by and that you can adopt in your own beauty regime is to use more multitasking beauty products. These could include multipurpose miracle balms which work as lip balms to eye primers. By investing in products you know will serve several functions, not only will this discourage you from buying too many products and cut down on your waste but it will also help save your pennies too!

We are excited to be bringing out a new range of soap bars made from repurposed chai spices. The chai spices had been used to brew tea, but they still smell amazing, so rather than them going in the bin, we have used them in our brand new soaps!” Electric Nightmares If you are partial to straightening your hair or giving your locks a quick blowdry for enviable bounce and texture do take into consideration that using electrical appliances emits greenhouse gases which then in turn has an effect on global warming. This is through the transmission of using electricity that uses unsustainable energy sources such as fossil fuels, which then emits harmful gases including CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Whenever possible limit your electrical use so instead of using hairdryers air dry your hair or instead of using tongs to curl your hair try overnight rollers. Not only will this be more eco-friendly but it will also save your hair from heat damage!

Ingredient That Destroys Rainforests One of the main culprits for mass deforestation and the destruction of wildlife habitats is the production and extraction of palm oil. Approximately a third of the size of Germany is What Skin Needs Soothing Skin Gel (£9.99, www.whatskinneeds.co.uk). a multi-purpose functional non-greasy gel that works to ease your used for palm oil plantations in south east Asia skin from skin irritations from soothing acne to healing insect bites. such as Malaysia and Indonesia. You will likely find Anna Brightman, co-founder of eco-friendly palm oil in many everyday consumer goods from beauty brand, Optiat advises on what to look for to margarine to shampoo. Organisations such as help reduce your carbon footprint when investing the WWF who are a part of the Roundtable For in your beauty essentials: “As a brand, we’re Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) are actively committed to changing our current ‘take, make, encouraging better and less damaging practices dispose’ world by promoting a circular economy: for sustainable palm oil production and extraction. keeping things in use as long as possible before Currently only 10% of palm oil production is restoring them at the end of their lives. deemed certified and sustainable by RSPO. So, if products have the word ‘disposable’ in them, Therefore, stop endorsing brands that practice with unsustainable palm oil as there are many like disposable razors, or disposable cutlery, then they are best avoided. Small changes like these are brands available who are against the palm oil production and refuse to use the ingredient in their very easy to make and they make a big difference. products such as Odylique, Dr Hauschka and Lush. Try to introduce soap bars into your regime rather For a palm oil-free shampoo alternative, try Odylique’s Tea Tree & than just always using liquid soap. Soap bars last Gentle Herb Shampoo (£12, www.odylique.co.uk), which contains only natural and organically grown ingredients including coconut oil, much longer and tend to have a lot less packaging. tea tree and rosemary to fully hydrate and moisturise your mane.

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Patrick Heron & Ben Nicholson, Eagle’s Nest, 1956 © Roger Mayne Archive.

Roger Mayne and St.Ives: A Defining Moment 13 January - 12 May Early work by world-renowned photographer Roger Mayne, and previously unseen images of St. Ives.

Bob and Roberta Smith Winter then Autumn (1999) © the artist.

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Town & city issue 14  

Goodbye winter, hello spring! I seem to gravitate towards stressful situations, like moving house for example. I’m not a fan of moving house...

Town & city issue 14  

Goodbye winter, hello spring! I seem to gravitate towards stressful situations, like moving house for example. I’m not a fan of moving house...

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