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Goodbye rules… hello ageless living!



‘I don’t believe in rules about dressing. I resist the idea of things you should and shouldn’t wear based on your age,’ says our inspirational cover star, Twiggy. ‘Women should wear what they like and what they feel good in.’ Hear, hear to that! As you know, at Prima we’re all about encouraging you to do and be and wear what makes you feel good and puts a smile on your face. Who cares if that means breaking a few stereotypes along the way? According to Twiggy (who, as a 67-year-old working grandmother, proves age really is just a number), there are a few tricks to ageless glamour – most importantly, be brave and be open to trying new styles. She suggests going shopping with a friend to encourage you to experiment. And to help you on your way, we announce our High Street Heroes awards 2016 – 21 of our favourite stores for you to check out. Don’t go shopping without reading about our winners! In need of a new pastime? We have plenty of inspiration in this issue, too. Kate Malone, one of the judges on The Great Pottery Throw Down, talks to us exclusively, and she’s certainly got me and the Prima gang itching to have a go at throwing and shaping some clay. Meanwhile, a group of Prima readers from Derbyshire tell us how their book group has become a focal TREE T H IG H SO point of their community. If you feel like following their H ER ERSS W IN N E example, our books editor, Cathy, ofers her 2016 tips on getting started, including 10 of the best reads to spark debate. Enjoy!


Why not start your own book club?




What’s on your bucket list? Earlier this year, we talked to lots of you around the country and you told us how much you love to explore new places and plan your next trip. So I hope you get stuck into this month’s travel special!


One (or two) things for your wish list!

Don’t miss the December issue – OUT 3 NOVEMBER!

What’s inside

November 2016 60 108 118 68 18 FASHION INSPIRATION 18

On the cover

37 38 43



52 ‘There is no pleasure like

High Street Heroes Winners 2016 A celebration of

making things out of clay’

On the cover

the best British fashion brands Just boot-iful! Fabulous footwear Dream coats! From practical parkas to chic capes and stylish wraps – we’ve got you covered! Buy it, wear it, love it! The latest fashion news and ofers

On the cover A book club can change your life! How a love of

reading helped a group of women begin a new chapter in their lives

Yay! It’s the… weekend

Cover up in style this winter



Kate Malone on filming The Great Pottery Throw Down and finding your creative streak

54 ‘How we found our forever friends’ Best pals reveal what makes their relationships special

68 Time to try the new trends Four Prima readers showcase the most fabulous looks for autumn


On the cover 24 best new beauty buys Make some room in your

cupboard for these top products

78 6 best beauty solutions Kazia Pelka solves common skin issues

80 Try it, use it, love it! The latest beauty buys and news

59 ‘Move over, Darcey... make way for a new judge’ Armchair critic Viv Groskop insists it will soon be her time to shine on Strictly

60 Meet the countryphiles

On the cover ‘I don’t believe in rules about dressing’ Twiggy

Women whose rural retreats inspired brilliant business ideas ‘We clicked online!’ The couples who found love through internet dating – and how you can, too!

talks to Prima about her ageless style, being a grandmother and her passion for making things


On the cover Want inner peace? Start with your sock drawer...

194 Where did all the good guys

Declutter your home and mind – time to embark on a space odyssey


go? Forget Halloween – let’s rekindle our love for cosy Bonfire Nights, says Caroline Quentin


On the cover Rescue your thinning hair! Nurture your

crowning glory and pump up the volume with our expert guide!

93 Winter-proof your health Keep illness at bay as the cold weather hits with Dr Sarah Brewer’s immune-boosting tactics

96 How you can beat diabetes Expert advice on keeping your blood sugar in check

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What’s inside


38 12

117 37 143 GREAT ADVICE


138 Handmade with love Make

100 Coping with anxiety in

106 Keep it warm, light & toasty!

142 Lisa Comfort customises it!

her own experiences to help young people struggling with panic attacks

Sarah Beeny’s guide to a snug home

108 ‘Our cosy, happy house’ How one family transformed an old schoolhouse into a lovely home

102 How the rich grow their money Investment tips from the wealthy

112 Do it today... love it tomorrow!

104 The best gadgets for your car

40 ways to revamp your surroundings Style it, grow it, love it! The latest home and garden trends

Take the high-tech road with our round-up of the best in-car gizmos


Turn a pashmina into a kimono

143 Bold shoulder Knit a cowl or a woollen Guernsey sweater

147 Sew it, make it, love it! Craft fairs and creative inspiration

EVERY MONTH 12 Your early-bird gift guide Prima

TRAVEL INSPIRATION COOKERY 155 Sea the world Whatever style of holiday you enjoy on land, you’ll find an equivalent afloat 156 Historic coastlines Visit ancient landmarks in the Med and beyond 158 Tales from the riverbank The beauty of the world’s greatest rivers 164 Natural wonders Discover the world’s most breathtaking sights 169 Island escapes Sun, sea and sand 173 Adventures afloat The world is your oyster – where will you go? 176 River or ocean? You decide!

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On the cover


Warming classics everyone will love Let’s make it tonight! Rustle up midweek meals in 45 minutes or less


On the cover

Enjoy a little comfort

Desserts to die for!

loves these special presents

148 Your time of & time out Your guide to this month’s entertainment

151 Get into the good books! The best page-turners for this month

192 Where to buy Stockist details 193 Stars November’s horoscopes

Dish up these wickedly good puds

132 Your extra-special 2016 Christmas cake! A rich fruitcake

133 Cook it, eat it, love it! The latest foodie must-buys and know-how

TREATS FOR YOU 43 Get 20% of Owen Barry 77 On the cover Get 20% of Temple Spa


On the cover The fabulous trendy trench This month’s Prima pattern

185 Win! Win! Win! Fab goodies 186 £100 prize For your story 189 Puzzles Win cash prizes!

Cover photo: Brian Aris Hair: Matthew Wade Make-up: Nicky Tavilla Twiggy wears: Brocade jacket; top; jeans; jewellery, all Marks & Spencer

children How one mum is using

some lovely personalised gifts

Give the gift of calm


GIFT GUIDE A very special treat!

Get ahead of the rush with special, personalised or limited-edition presents

❼ 1 Personalised family portrait illustration, £98, 2 Limited-edition Cloud leather satchel in Gold, £145, The Cambridge Satchel Company 3 Christmas Miniature Candles Collection Box, £66, Jo Malone London 4 Sanctuary Spa Colour Me In candle FREE when you spend £11 on Sanctuary Spa products at Boots (while stocks last) 5 Lulu Guinness Retro Mini Red Lips radio, £89.99, VQ 6 Kelly Hoppen for L’Occitane Pivoine pouch, £36, L’Occitane 7 Reindeer Selfie chocolate slab, £16, Hotel Chocolat; limited-edition six-piece luxury festive trule collection, £12, Godiva 12 PRIMA.CO.UK


November 2016

Prima loves...


❿ A steal at just £1!

Keep their little toes cosy and cute


Compiled by: Gary Irwin, Theoda Solms Iles



Spoil her with lots of choice 15 14

Wow the music lover in your life

8 Kate Spade Dipped Initial Notebook, £16, Amara 9 Pompom keyrings, £1 each, Poundland 10 Orla Kiely pendant, £75, Amara 11 Personalised mug, £8, Marks & Spencer 12 Dogs Trust make-up bag, £18, Fenella Smith; personalised pouch, £18, 13 Personalised baby shoes, £25, 14 Bush vinyl record player in case, £49.99, Argos 15 Fragrance House, £45, Marks & Spencer 16 Maynard’s 40 Years Old Aged Tawny Port, £29.99, Aldi; Oliver Cromwell 1599 Small Batch Sloe Gin, £9.99, Aldi

For where to buy, see page 192

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Meet your cover star

‘I don’t believe in about


DRESSING Twiggy talks to Prima about her ageless style, her joy at being a grandmother and her passion for making things


wiggy, 67, lives in London with her husband, Leigh Lawson. She has a daughter, Carly, and stepson, Jason, and two grandchildren. Her latest M&S clothing range hits the stores this month, and her new cosmetics range launches in November.

My love of fashion I don’t believe in rules about dressing. I don’t design for any particular age group, and I really resist the idea of there being things you should and shouldn’t wear based on your age. Women should wear what they like and what they feel good in. Clothes give confidence and, if you are not comfortable, can take confidence away. Growing up, I wanted to go to art school and be a fashion designer – but things went in a diferent direction. I still love fashion, though, and things have come full circle with my M&S range. I’m hands-on with the design process – after all, it’s my name on the label! 14 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016

I’m really fussy about fabric and cut, and since my range launched in 2012 it’s gone from strength to strength. We’re now up to our 17th collection. Until a year ago it was only available online, but in spring we launched in 10 stores and this latest autumn collection will be in 30 of the big stores. I get such lovely letters and feedback about my clothes, and that really spurs me on. My initial involvement with M&S began with one advertisement for them in 2006. I ended up doing the ads for five years, and it was so much fun. It was those ads that led to me doing the range. They noticed that the things I wore tended to sell out, so it was a natural progression. My favourite piece in the new season is the brocade jacket I wore for the Prima cover shoot. I’m a jacket-andtrousers girl; it’s just my kind of look. So I really wanted to do a really cool tailored jacket, and this one looks great, dressed up with a full skirt or dressed down with skinny jeans.

My busy life I’ve recently been sidetracked by my grandchildren. Jason’s son Solomon is 15 months old and is adorable. They live further away, so I don’t see them as much as Carly, who lives 20 minutes away so I see as much of her as I can. I’m totally besotted with my granddaughter, Joni – she is a little comedian. Carly was on maternity leave for a year and it was just so nice getting to spend so much more time with her. Before that, we’d meet once a week for lunch while she was at work, so it was rushed. Carly was a good kid – and even a nice teenager! We’ve always got on and been close, but now we are even closer. When Joni was born, Carly said to me, ‘Mum, now I understand!’ She didn’t know you could love someone as much as she loves Joni. To be honest, I didn’t think I could love someone else as much as I love Carly – but it turns out I can, and I do. I feel blessed. Leigh and I are lucky to have a boy and a girl, and we’re thrilled to have these little people in our lives. ➺

‘I resist the idea of there being things you shouldn’t wear based on your age’

TWIGGY’S 4 BEST TIPS FOR AGELESS STYLE Be a bit brave. If you are stuck in a rut, then go shopping with your daughter or friends who will encourage you to try things out of your comfort zone. Don’t have too many rules. Instead of saying ‘I can’t wear prints’, try just one thing with a print on, even if it’s just a sneaker. Not everything should be matchy matchy. I love pairing something like a brocade jacket with jeans and flat boots. Or if I wear a pretty dress, I’ll pair it with a biker jacket. Layering is always a brilliant thing. Try it and you’ll find it makes any outfit look so much cooler.

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Twiggy wearing a selection of pieces from her new M&S collection

I’m quite down to earth. I feel very grounded and quite normal, having lived quite an abnormal life. Looking back, it was pretty extraordinary what happened to me when my career took of. I was one of three girls in my family and my sisters always kept me grounded. Sadly, my mum had problems with her mental health, but I was very close to my dad, who was from Bolton. He was very honest and straighttalking. I learned so much from him, and he always reminded me not to get too carried away with it all.

My luck with love Leigh and I have been together nearly 31 years. When I met him, he was a very well-known actor and I was a bit ‘Oh my God!’ and in awe of him. I hadn’t done as much and I really admired his work, plus he’s totally gorgeous – what’s not to like? He’s a fantastic actor and did some really amazing work over the years at the National Theatre, and with directors like Roman Polanski. Now we run our business together. I’m very lucky – Leigh is my best friend, as well as my husband. We got of to a good start because we were both single. I was 35 and he was 42. I’d been widowed for one-and-a-half years and he’d been single for two, so we were both free. But we both had kids and we dated gently at first because we didn’t want them to be unhappy. We’re a good team, and the secret to our success is probably that he makes me laugh and that I make him laugh. I was christened Lesley, but pretty much everyone calls me Twiggy. The only exceptions were my mum and dad, who are no longer with us, and my sisters, Shirley and Viv. Also my stepson,

TWIGGY’S NEW BEAUTY COLLECTION I was very hands-on with my forthcoming beauty range for M&S. We started with a list of my favourite aromas and the perfumier came up with six blends. I wore one every day and narrowed it down to two that I loved and asked other women in the company to try it, too. Finally, we agreed on one fragrance, which is divine. I worked on the packaging, too, which is sophisticated. I hope women will love it. ● Twiggy’s new beauty gift collection launches exclusively at Marks & Spencer on 17 November 16 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016

Meet your cover star because when I met Leigh he was only eight and we didn’t want him shouting out, ‘Twiggy!’ in the supermarket! My daughter calls me mama, and the grandchildren call me Mimi; Nanny was already taken by Carly’s mother-in-law, and I didn’t feel like a grandma. It’s great because they can say ‘Mimi’ easily, although Joni’s first word was ‘shoe’. Me and Carly burst into laughter and said, ‘Clearly she’s a girl after our own hearts!’

My pleasures and pastimes

Feature: Alice Mason Photos: Brian Aris Hair: Matthew Wade Make-up: Nicky Tavilla

I love to cook – and I’m pretty good, if I do say so myself. I like experimenting and I try everything from Oriental to Italian, and I also love a roast. My signature dish is probably a vegetarian Mexican chilli. I eat organic and freerange meat as much as possible because I feel strongly that you are what you eat, plus I’m very against battery farming. I love my food. We all do in my family, and Leigh and I will discuss what to have for dinner over breakfast; we talk about food all the time! I don’t ever diet but I’m conscious of what I eat. I love chocolate, but I’ll just have a couple of squares to satisfy the craving, although when I was young and super-skinny I’d eat a whole big bar of Fruit & Nut every night! My biggest indulgence is probably still chocolate. I stopped smoking 10 years ago and I love wine, but I’ll only ever have a couple of glasses with a meal. I’ve always done some form of exercise. But I’m not fanatical. Over the years, I’ve done the gym and tap dancing. Yoga didn’t work for me. Then, five years ago, I hurt my back and got into Pilates, which I only do once a week but it’s been miraculous. I also walk a lot and, if there is a pool nearby, I like swimming. I love making things. I’ve made most of our curtains and I adore fabric shops. I love coming home with material, putting some music on, cutting it out, then sewing. And at the end of it, you have something that you’ve made.

Knitting has become a major pastime lately. I’ve always loved it, but now I have grandchildren I’ve been making lots of bootees. I knitted a sailor suit for Joni because Carly used to love Popeye, and I’ve made Solomon little jumpers. My mum knitted, so I learned from her when I was a kid and I find it therapeutic.

to do it, it’s important to research it really carefully. I do the odd spa treatment, but if I have an afternoon to myself, I’d rather sort out my T-shirt drawer! Decluttering is such a nice feeling. My other idea of heaven is to lie on my bed reading for an hour. I love reading and I always have a book on the go. At the moment, I’m reading The Potter’s House by Rosie Thomas, which is great. Another favourite author of mine is Anita Shreve. I love reading in the bath and I always read before bed. Leigh says he knows when I’ve gone to sleep because he hears my book clonk on the floor.

‘I love making things – I’ve made most of our curtains!’

I haven’t had any cosmetic surgery yet because I am a terrible coward. I’ve only had a general anaesthetic once and it wasn’t very nice. But also I think I look alright – and we’ve all seen the ones who have gone too far; people don’t look younger, they just look weird. Of course, it’s a personal choice, but what I would say is that if you are going

TWIGGY IN BRIEF What did your parents give you? The feeling of being secure because they loved me. Dad also gave me a down-to-earth attitude. Saver or a spender? A bit of both. I don’t buy expensive handbags, but I buy Leigh lovely presents, and now we have two grandchildren to spoil. But we save as well. Technology: friend or foe? We have a love-hate relationship! There’s lots that’s good about it, but why do people photograph what they are eating? What would you change about yourself? Be less bossy. I do it with love, but I’m very bossy! What are you best at? Cooking, knitting, singing. What is your biggest achievement? Professionally, overcoming my fear of a live audience and being in the Broadway musical My One And Only. Privately, giving birth to Carly. What keeps you awake at night? Fear of what is going on in the world. When were you last really happy? Yesterday: Leigh and I went to the seaside and walked along a pebbly beach. It was just gorgeous. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016 17

Yay! It’s the...

WEEKEND Of-duty dressing is all about looking fabulous without making loads of efort. Mix knits, textures and metallics for a chic casual look this winter

Splash of COLOUR Love your neutrals but fancy a change? Add a pop of colour to your outfit with a cosy oversized tie-belted coat – fab for wrapping up warm on a chilly day. Coral coat, £96, 6-18, Lavish Alice. Pink sweatshirt, £59, xs-xl, Hush. Grey joggers, £20, xs-xl, Next. Bobble hat, £32, Ruby + Ed. Silver bag, £124; star keyring, £15, both Owen Barry. Grey velvet trainers, £99, 3-8, Carvela at Kurt Geiger



See page 43 for an exclusive 20 % discount!

Casual chic

Marching ORDERS

Badges and gold detail give the classic pea coat an on-trend refresh. Wear with jeans by day, or as a glam evening cover-up over a camisole, cropped trousers and heels. Nautical jacket, £75, 10-32; bronze jumper, £45, 12-22, both JD Williams. Girlfriend jeans, £49.95, 6R-18R, White Stuf

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Casual chic

Pretty in PLEATS A metallic pleated skirt works for day, paired with a parka, chunky knit and trainers. Transform the skirt for nights out by wearing with a flowing blouse and ankle boots and you’re ready to hit the town! Khaki parka, £125, 6-18, Label Lab by House of Fraser. Grey rollneck, £89, 6-18, Mint Velvet. Metallic skirt, £29.50, 8-20, M&S Collection. Star pendant, £26, Hush. Leather trainers, £45, 3.5-9, Next

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Let’s talk TEXTURES Neutrals don’t have to be boring. You can add interest by mixing textures and contrasting shades. Team an ivory rib knit sweater with a leather wrap skirt, and add cable-knit tights. This coat is a great weekday staple, too – throw it over smart black trousers, loafers and a black rollneck for work. Cream bouclé coat, £60, 6-22, Next. Knitted rollneck, £89, xs-xl; leather skirt, £159, both 8-16, Mint Velvet. Suede bag, £89, Owen Barry. Tights, £32.99, s/m-m/l, Falke at Sock Shop

Daytime COMFORT Layer a cardigan over a lace-trimmed camisole and wrap yourself in your softest scarf. Add sex appeal with a leather skirt. To take the look on to an evening, simply lose the layers and swap ankle boots for a pair of black suede heels. Grey cardigan, £110, xs-xl; leather skirt, £295; silk camisole, £80, all 6-16; lamb’s wool scarf, £59, all Hush. Tights, £32.99, s/m-m/l, Falke at Sock Shop

Casual chic

The big EASY Who says pastels are just for summer? Blush pink adds warmth to cool winter whites and greys. A throw-on slouchy coat oozes style and comfort! Edge-to-edge coat, £189, 6-18, Mint Velvet. Pink jumper, £75, xs-l; white trousers, £110, 8-18, both Modern Rarity by John Lewis. Leather trainers, £69, 4-8, Kïn by John Lewis

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Casual chic

Silver LINING A traditional cable-knit sweater gets an instant update by teaming it with a metallic textured skirt. Who’d have thought? Throw on a poncho and the world’s your oyster! Burgundy poncho, £28, s-l; metallic skirt, £30, 12-26, both Simply Be. Grey cable-knit jumper, £100, xs-l, Levi’s. Cable-knit tights, £32.99, s/m-m/l, Falke at Sock Shop. High tops, £50, 3-13, Converse

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Greatest KNITS A slouchy knit is essential for staying cosy yet stylish on winter days. The jumper and silk skirt can be worn with almost anything in your current wardrobe; pair with trainers or metallic Converse to add a cool edge. Cashmere-blend rollneck, £219, 8-18, The White Company. Khaki skirt, £69, 8-16, Mint Velvet. Metallic trainers, £60, 4-8, Converse

Casual chic Colour BLOCKING Contrasting coloured panels on this coat give it a designer look. Wear with a simple white shirt under a knit and grey pinstripe cropped trousers. This coat will also look fab with weekday work outfits, too. Grey coat, £90, 8-24, Very. Grey jumper, £69, xs-xl, Hallhuber. White blouse, £39.95, 6-18, White Stuf. Pinstripe trousers, £99, 6-18, Mint Velvet. Metallic loafers, £28, 4-9, Sole Diva at JD Williams Styling: Wendy Rigg Assisted by: Gemma Hardy and Letitia Wright Hair & make-up: Frances Prescott using Paul Mitchell and Clinique

For where to buy, see page 192

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The Prima High Street Heroes awards are a celebration of the very best in British fashion – and we’re delighted to announce our winners for 2016... Happy shopping!


he great British high street is something to be proud of. Quite simply, it’s the best in the world for fab fashion at amazing prices and we’re thrilled to champion it in Prima. So let’s see who provides the best bargains, the most flattering fashion, and much more!


BEST FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE NEXT Next’s delivery service is the Rolls Royce of retail. Shop until 11pm and receive your order the next day at no extra charge. This season sees the launch of Next’s luxury brand website, – shopping heaven from the comfort of your home! Of course, you’ll also enjoy the friendliest of welcomes in store.

Chic accessories are a must-have!

Dress, £70, 6-22

Velvet ankle boots, £45, 3-8

Leopard-print belt, £14, s-l

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BEST CELEBRITY COLLABORATION JD WILLIAMS AND LORRAINE KELLY Lorraine Kelly celebrates all ages and figure types with her latest collection of dresses in sizes 10-32. The queen of daytime TV has a hands-on approach to the designs, and her passion and sense of style shine through. Lorraine says, ‘It’s great to hear that my dresses make women feel confident and attractive – that’s my job done!’ Look out for V-necks, tummy-trimming ruching and super-slimming scuba fabrics.

Sequin jacket, £25, 8-22

Velvet dress, £16, 8-22 Sequin trousers, £16, 8-22

Shortsleeved dress, £65, 10-32

Floral dress, £55, 10-32


At this purse-friendly supermarket, you can pick up fabulous fashion finds for less than the price of your weekly food shop! Where else can you get a party dress from £16? Saving time shopping as well as cash has to be a bonus, too. So, whether you’re after glam partywear or classic of duty-style, George has it all!

BEST FOR FASHION WITH A CONSCIENCE SEASALT This Cornwall-based brand is big on manufacturing locally, wherever possible, with its Locally Made project. Seasalt also works closely with the Ethical Trading Initiative. Its relaxed, practical yet stylish collections work just as well on or of the beach.

Breton top, £29.95, 8-20

Coat, £110, 8-20

BEST FOR AGELESS STYLE MARKS & SPENCER Marks & Spencer has all ages and styles covered, with fabulous collections by Alexa Chung (out in November), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and our cover star, Twiggy. We also love the accessories – bags are chic and reasonably priced, while shoes and boots have comfort and style. What more could a girl ask for?

Cape, £69; knit, £39.50, both 8-22; skirt, £35, 6-20; boots, £125, 3-8

Cable coldshoulder sweater, £39.50, 8-22 Pleated skirt, £39.50, 8-22 Suede boots, £39.50, 3-8 Chain bag, £39.50

Denim culottes, £26, 8-22


Rollneck, £16, 8-22

The design team at M&Co is passionate about understanding its customers. Workwear, weekendwear and occasionwear are all covered this season – whether you prefer classic pieces, or are after something on trend to instantly update your wardrobe.

Bag, £39

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Sleeveless dress, £260, 6-20

A statement necklace will add wow factor

Clutch, £55

Gold tassel necklace, £35

BEST FOR OCCASIONWEAR PHASE EIGHT We love Phase Eight’s signature eveningwear, guaranteed to make you look – and feel – fabulous all night long. Look for stylish jumpsuits, along with dresses and stunning separates that add modern glamour to your party look. Beading, lace and Jacquard fabrics are all key. Expect to find figure-flattering cuts and high-quality fabrics.


Jumpsuit, £120, 6-20

If you don’t have a daughter, adopt one, as no one should forsake shopping in Topshop for any reason! A treasure trove of fashion finds – if it’s good enough for Kate Moss, it’s good enough for us! The Topshop Unique brand brings catwalk fashion to the high street.

BEST FOR LINGERIE DEBENHAMS Purple lace cami (with shorts), £40, 8-18, Ted Baker for Debenhams All-in-one, £36, 6-18, Reger by Janet Reger 30 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016

Debenhams understands the importance of great lingerie! Its free fitting service ensures every customer finds her perfect size, too, whether it’s for a DD bra or sculpting shapewear. You’ll also find luxe brands like Janet Reger – ideal for adding glamour to your underwear drawer!

Riding boots, £140, 2-9

Trousers, £42, 4-16

Jacket, £49, 4-16

Heels, £59, 3-8

BEST FOR SHOES CLARKS Clarks is the store for fashion and functionality. Although comfort is key, the latest technology means that design is never compromised. This season is all about colourful, chunky block heels – perfect for smart-casual dressing.

Comfort and style!

Metallic brogues, £60, 2-9

Heels, £70, 3-8

Lace top, £29, 12-32

BEST FOR CURVES SIMPLY BE Simply Be has absolutely nailed on-trend fashion for plus-size customers. No more shapeless black! Here, you can shop stylish, wearable pieces – whether you’re a size 12 or 32. This inclusive approach to curvy dressing is game changing.

Clutch, £22 Culottes, £25, 12-32

We love this embroidery!

BEST FOR WORKWEAR HOBBS Hobbs’s autumn collection includes sleek minimal shapes, and head-to-toe tonal dressing. Coats are simply cut in luxe fabrics and fab winter colours, while wide-legged trousers and flares give you endless legs when worn with heels. Prima’s Editor, Gaby Huddart, is a big fan of its day dresses! Coat, £249; rollneck, £69; blouse, £89; trousers, £110; all 6-18; bag, £149

Shirt, £79, 6-18

Modern separates

Knit, £89, 6-18

Faux-fur pompom scarf, £35

Bracelet, £12 Embroidered bag, £25

BEST FOR ACCESSORIES ACCESSORIZE Whether you’re looking for a new bag, scarf or gorgeous jewellery, you’re guaranteed to find something you love at Accessorize! This season, we’ve fallen for the Z range of gold-plated fine Bohemian jewellery. It’s also the best place to shop for gifts for girlfriends.

BEST FOR ONLINE SHOPPING VERY Ooh, we do love a browse on! The website brings you all the trends at afordable prices, while Very Exclusive showcases designers and high-end brands, such as Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. The V by Very label is the place to go for cutting-edge trends.

Bomber jacket, £50, 8-24

Crossbody bag, £28 Courts, £35, 3-8

Trousers, £119, 6-18


Brogues, £169, 3-9

We salute Mint Velvet for absolutely nailing efortless style. The label owns the ‘relaxed glamour’ concept, with luxe fabrics, sophisticated colourways and understated sexiness. We all want to be a Mint Velvet woman!

Shirt, £89, 6-18

Leather skirt, £159, 6-18

BEST FOR TRENDS ZARA If you’re after a grown-up take on the trends, it’s all here in Zara’s autumn collection! This season, look out for folk embroidery, cutting-edge tailoring, great coats and glam eveningwear. It’s worth popping in store regularly, as there are new deliveries all the time, and the best pieces sell out quickly. The early bird gets the Zara piece she wants!


Poloneck, £49; skirt, £115, both 6-18; clutch, £49


Dress, £19.99, s-l

Ankle boots, £45.99, 2-8

Clutch, £45.99

BEST DEPARTMENT STORE JOHN LEWIS We love the fact that you can shop so many quality brands under one roof – from Mint Velvet, Warehouse, Hush and Coast to Jaeger, Barbour and Hobbs. This year saw the hugely successful launch of fantastic in-house brand Modern Rarity – a timeless classic style that suits everyone!

Coat, £199, 6-18, Jef Banks for Precis

Clever cuts for under 5ft 3in!

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BEST FOR PETITES PRECIS Perfectly proportioned for petites, Precis creates couture-inspired dresses and separates with attention to detail. Its chic designs have pretty printed linings and cute finishing touches, and the cut is perfect for those who are 5ft 3in and under.

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ONE TO WATCH LAURA ASHLEY The recent 1970s-inspired Portrait Of Laura collection catapulted Laura Ashley back on to the fashion radar, where it belongs. The current obsession with all things 1970s introduces the brand to a whole new generation, while those of us who were there from the start couldn’t be happier.

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If you think New Look is just for students, think again! You can easily put together a low-cost outfit that could be mistaken for a more expensive brand. The jeans are a fab fit at a great price, and the shoes are adored by fashionistas. What’s not to love?

BEST FOR ALL THE FAMILY SAINSBURY’S We’re seriously impressed with Sainsbury’s launch of its new Premium collection, which ticks all the right boxes without a hefty price tag. And not only are the clothes perfect for you (Gok Wan is the company’s new style adviser!), there are great buys for the rest of the family – and that means the man in your life, too. Plus, with traditional patterns, like tartan and Fair Isle, your little ones will be warm and well-dressed this winter! Boots, £50, 3-8

Pinny (with tights), from £11, 9 months-5 years

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Waistcoat, £20, 38R-52R; shirt, £16, xs-xxxl; chinos, £18, W30/L30W42/L30; belt, £14; boots, £35, 7-12

Pretty and hard-wearing!

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PERFECT PEA The boxy cut of a pea coat makes it a genius tummy disguiser! Wear it open if you have a large bust, and team with slim-fit trousers.

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Navy pea coat, £129; floral dress, £59, both 8-22, Monsoon. Felt fedora, £29, Accessorize

Faux-fur coats are bang on trend this season, but can be tricky to pull of. Steer clear of bulky furs and keep the rest of your outfit fuss-free and form-fitting.

£80, 8-24, Very

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THE LONG GAME Make a statement in a maxi. The long lines create the illusion of a tall, trim figure. Team with heels and see your style status soar!

A nod to the fauxfur trend, stylish trims and flufy collars add a chic twist to your outfit but without the volume! They’re also brilliant at adding inches up top to help balance out a pear shape.

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TIE THE KNOT A cinched-in waist is the easiest way to complement curves, so belted wrap coats are figure-flattering superstars! A favourite of the Prima fashion team, we also love the slimming V-neckline.

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Cape coat, £79, 6-18; jumper, £39, 6-16; flared jeans, £49, 6-16; belt, from a selection, all La Redoute

£50, 8-22, TU at Sainsbury’s

MILITARY PRECISION Army-inspired cover-ups are the chicest choice for petites! The double breasting is great for adding width and creating the illusion of a curvier silhouette.

CAPE CRUSADE Worried about a tummy? The flared fit of a cape elegantly swirls over a troublesome middle. Need more definition? Choose one with a belt!

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*Josef Seibel may contact you with special offers and information about future collections. If you would prefer not to receive these, please state ‘no offers’ when you enter. Please see for the full data policy. Winners will be chosen at random and given a code for the website to redeem their prize. Standard rules apply. Closing date: 4 November 2016

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Discover chic and cosy fashion to take your wardrobe stylishly into the new season with the latest collection at JD Williams


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WANT INNER PEACE? Start with your sock drawer... Our homes are our sanctuaries, so when they are chaotic, our minds can feel muddled, too. Professional declutterer Vicky Silverthorn reveals how clearing out your house can also free up space in your mind

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oes a typical morning see you rifling through your wardrobe in search of something (anything!) to wear, while plaintive cries of ‘I can’t find my…’, ‘where’s my…’ echo around the house? If so, you’re not alone. We juggle so many balls these days that having chaos around us makes life seem even more overwhelming. Simple tasks, such as getting dressed and grabbing breakfast, should be just that. But often, because we have too many possessions, we operate ineiciently. If our wardrobes are bulging with clothes, many of which don’t fit or suit us, then choosing an


outfit becomes stressful. If our kitchen cupboards are groaning under the strain of too much crockery, then something as straightforward as getting a quick bowl of cereal becomes a hassle. To maximise our precious time, we need homes that are streamlined and that help us, not hinder us. The theory isn’t new, of course. Most people realise the need to bring order to their home, but feel that they don’t have the time to contemplate such a mammoth task between work and ferrying the kids around. But tackling a small area, say a drawer, can give you a real buzz, and leave you itching to apply this level of order to other parts of your home. Here’s how you can sort out your house and mind today…

Declutter yourself calm Get started To catch the decluttering bug, start with your sock drawer. Why? Because if you reach into an organised drawer full of paired socks – no holes, no odd ones – you’ll get a taste of the buzz that order brings. By starting the day as you mean to go on – in a calm, ordered state of mind – you give yourself the best possible chance of having a stress-free day. First, empty the contents of your sock drawer on to a clear surface and clean out the drawer with a cloth. Then discard any worn out, odd, uncomfortable socks, or ones that you just don’t like. Match the remaining socks into pairs and put them back into the drawer in basic categories, with the ones you wear more often at the front. Bin the rest. DO THIS If you don’t have time for a full clear-out, give yourself a five-minute boost by matching up your existing socks and tying them into neat balls.

to make everyday tasks simple and straightforward, then the easiest things can seem impossible to achieve: you see mess, you feel stressed. And if you want to kick-start that healthy eating regime, you must first organise your space to suit the way you want to be living. DO THIS Put the juicer in a prominent position so you’re more likely to use it; clear out unhealthy munchies to remove temptation; and have healthy alternatives easily accessible to help you hit the spot without hitting the sugar.

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Calm your kitchen Many of my clients tell me that mornings are such a struggle that they often leave the house without having had time for a cuppa. When your kitchen is not set up

If you look at your house as one giant project, it can feel so overwhelming you’ll never get started. Instead, choose one room to begin with – whichever bothers you the most. Working bit by bit will get you further than you think. Take everything out of a small area, line it all up, and then categorise it so you can see clearly exactly what you have and in what quantity. Finish everything you start and you won’t be defeated. Even if it’s just a sock drawer and seems insignificant, the result is still enormously satisfying. By successfully completing an area, you’re more likely to start the next with a positive energy. Put occasional items away. Anything taking up your daily space should be something used frequently. Valuable kitchen cupboard space shouldn’t be used for the dinner-party crockery you eat of once a year or bulky barbecue equipment that only comes out on a few sunny days. Store it elsewhere, label it, and bring it out when you need it. Live by this rule: if you can’t see it, you won’t use it.

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Sort your wardrobe The way you get dressed in the morning can set the tone for your day. Choose clothes in a rush and you will end up feeling uneasy. According to social psychologist Gauri Sarda-Joshi, our clothes afect our mood, the way we behave and how we interact with others. There’s even a psychological term for this theory: ‘enclothed cognition’. We all have items of clothing that don’t fit as they should or that don’t suit us. But by hanging on to them for years or, worse still, wearing them out of habit, you’ll add to feelings of a lack of control. So, just as you did with your sock drawer, be ruthless about what you keep and chuck. Then categorise the items, so that you have an ordered selection of clothes that you love. This will get you into the right mindset for the day ahead. DO THIS If tackling your entire wardrobe is too daunting, go through it and get rid of any item you don’t like anymore. If it’s in good condition, donate it to a charity shop, otherwise take it to a clothes recycling centre.



4 I can’t believe it’s not clutter: a tidy home means a clear mind

Turn piles into iles How many times have you woken up in a panic worrying where your passport is or if you’ve renewed your car insurance? Being organised with your filing means spending less time worrying that you might forget or lose something. Sherrie Bourg Carter, author of High Octane Women: How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout, says disorganisation in our paperwork can afect our mood as well as our productivity. ‘Clutter distracts us by drawing our attention away from what our focus should be on,’ she says. ‘It also frustrates us by preventing us from locating what we need quickly.’ When our admin is out of control, we become reactive rather than proactive – overcommitting socially because


we’ve lost track of where we’re supposed to be, and forking out penalties because we’re late paying bills. I use a drawer system dividing headings into around 10 categories – this simplifies the whole filing process. DO THIS Buy an ‘action tray’ and put it near your front door. During the week, place documents you need to deal with in the tray and clear it at the weekend. This will clear your mind of what you have to do and you’ll have the satisfaction of an empty tray at the start of each week. • Start With Your Sock Drawer: The Simple Guide To Living A Less Cluttered Life (Little, Brown, £12.99) by Vicky Silverthorn with Emma Cooling, is out 8 September. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016 47

Share your passion



can change your life! Once upon a time, a group of Derbyshire women discovered a shared passion for reading... 11 years later, and there have been babies, degrees and empty nests, too, as founder Angela Churchill reveals


ometimes in life, something happens that gives you an insight into another person. Sara Radlaf and I knew each other through our children’s school, but we were more acquaintances than friends. Then, one day, I dropped round her house and spotted her new bookcase. When she told me how much she loved reading, I had that momentary heart skip book lovers will recognise; it happens when you meet someone else who understands how it’s possible to lose yourself in the pages of another world. After an enthusiastic discussion about everything we loved to read – I go for books about epic journeys, she particularly likes stories about women’s lives – Sara told me she’d been thinking of setting up a book group. I loved the idea, but finding other members was a challenge. We became book sleuths, looking around at the people we saw in our small village of

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Longford for signs that they might be secret bookworms. For instance, Sara recruited Debbie when she spotted her reading at a swimming pool while they were both waiting for their children! Some of those we approached politely declined our ofer, but others were very enthusiastic. We held our first meeting in my living room, which I took over for the evening from my husband Jim and our two daughters. It was a squeeze fitting the 10 of us in, and some people ended up on our garden furniture, holding little plates of chocolate fingers and crisps while making small talk. It’s funny to think about how shy and polite we all were to begin with – now we just shove the snacks on the nearest available surface, settle on the floor, if we have to, and start chatting. Back then, Sara and I were nervous about how people would react to our ideas and you could sense that the

others were all wondering what they’d got themselves into (and probably how they could get out of it!). To get the ball rolling, we’d asked them to write down the name of a book that they’d like the group to try, and we then pulled these out of a hat to determine the order we would read each book in. Mine was drawn first, so a few weeks later we gathered again to discuss it. I chose Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre, a dark and quirky coming-ofage story. It hadn’t occurred to me that other people wouldn’t enjoy it, so I was a bit surprised when some said they just didn’t like the style. We’ve never all

managed to like the same book, or been afraid to disagree. It makes it much more interesting and I’ve definitely had my opinion changed from our discussions. Before we read a book, we all make sure we don’t give anything away so everyone gets a chance to read it fresh. Getting everyone to choose opens us all up to reading books we’d never normally try. We’re not snobby: we’ve read self-help, chick-lit, biography, crime, romance, travel and poetry, as well as the classics.

At the meetings, we’ll start of with a big, noisy catch-up about what we’ve all been up to since the last time we were together – and this often goes on for a while! Our meetings have never been about impressing each other, so we don’t cook anything extravagant or worry about serving fancy drinks. When we’ve finished chatting, the person who’s chosen the book will give it a short introduction to put it into context, perhaps about when it was written or

‘One of the nicest things is that our families have got to know each other’

something interesting about the author. Then we’ll all chime in with our thoughts. We originally planned to meet every three to four weeks, but sometimes that isn’t possible, and we just make it work. Usually everyone manages to read the book, although people have confessed to leaving it until the last minute and having to frantically turn pages while cooking dinner the night before! Throughout the past decade, we’ve bonded over more than just books. While we may all be in our forties and fifties, we do all kinds of jobs, from teaching assistant to chartered engineer. Our children are all diferent

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Share your passion We’ve watched each other go through some big moments, too. Samantha cycled from London to Paris, Sara got an MA, and Liz moved her family to Cornwall – meaning she has to join in our book club meetings via FaceTime! There’s even been a book-club baby. Debbie had her youngest son Evan soon after our first meeting. She brought him along, curled up on her chest, and he became our first male club member!

SHARING THE MAGIC One of the nicest things is that our families have got to know each other. We put on events that they all come along to: I’ve had a barn dance in my kitchen; we recently tried a circus skills class; and Anne organised Bollywood dancing. Some of our children are still friends, while our partners joke about how noisy we all get when we take over the house and kick them out for the night! We always do a Christmas party with a silly quiz. This year, we’re renting out a cinema in nearby Wirksworth for all of us and our partners to have wine and a meal while watching a festive film. The lovely thing about having so many best friends is that there’s usually someone around when you need a chat. I work from home as a freelance tutor, which meant I was alone on my birthday this year – however, some of the women from the group popped in with cards, which was lovely. We’ll also meet for cofee, go on outings or join other clubs together. Sara and Isobel joined a choir, a few of us recently finished a writing course, and five of us went to a make-up lesson. Of course, sometimes these activities are related to books! A few of us travelled to London to watch a recording of James

10 BRILLIANT BOOK-CLUB READS ● I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou ● Room by Emma Donoghue ● Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert ● The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce ● Small Island by Andrea Levy ● Me Before You by Jojo Moyes ● The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Nifenegger ● We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver ● The Road Home by Rose Tremain ● Affinity by Sarah Waters

Naughtie’s Radio 4 Bookclub with Deborah Moggach. We’d read her book Tulip Fever together, so it was exciting to be on the radio asking her questions. We’ve also heard talks from Kate Adie, Roger McGough and Joanne Harris. Having such a wonderful group of friends is important to us, because the area can feel quite isolated. Our village doesn’t have a post oice, bus stop or local shop, so it can be hard to meet people. Now I can go out and bump into someone I know within five minutes, and we’ll still be chatting an hour later! The book club has brought us all so much joy. You don’t have to be a keen reader; some of our members joined to encourage themselves to read more, or just to meet new people. But for those of us who have always loved reading and can get through a novel in a few days, it’s given us the chance to share our feelings with other people who understand the magic of books.’

HOW TO SET UP A BOOK GROUP Prima’s books editor Cathy Rentzenbrink on how to bring bookworms together... • Seek out members! You could ask people you know or put up notices in your local area. It’s fine to start small and then grow a bit as you get into it. • Pick a regular day and time – once a month is usually best – then stick to it! • Decide where to meet – it could be at

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your house or in a library, cafe or pub. • Make sure everyone feels welcome. • Will there be tea, biscuits, wine? If yes, who will provide them? • Think about allotting a time for discussing the book, plus enough time for a chat.

• Come up with a plan for who chooses the books. Does everyone in the group take a turn? Good stories with strong themes and issues go down well. Any book that prompts the reader to ask ‘what would I have done?’ will make for a lively discussion.

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ages, which has meant we’ve been able to share advice about everything from school projects to A-level options. When my two daughters, Julia, now 23, and Alicia, 21, left home, I was delighted for them, but it was hard, too. Hearing stories from the other women in the group who’d had similar experiences was comforting.

‘There is no pleasure like making things

out of clay’ Ceramicist Kate Malone talks to Prima about falling in love with clay, being a judge on The Great Pottery Throw Down and how we can all get in touch with our creative streak

Kate, 57, lives in London with her husband, Graham Inglefield, and their 19-year-old daughter, Scarlett. Being a judge on Throw Down is really hard! In real life, I’m all about positive feedback, but as a judge I’m not allowed to comment. I can only flag up the contestants’ problems with questions, rather than just pointing them out. And I can only judge on technical criteria rather than artistic input. During the first series, the other judge – Keith Brymer Jones – and I got on really well, but were sort of learning how to work together. This year, Keith, the presenter Sara Cox and I spent a lot of the time in hysterics! Filming is very intense but fun. This series, we welcomed some visitors, including Johnny Vegas, who I used to teach, and Emma Bridgewater. And I was constantly surprised by which contestants succeeded. The diversity in age and occupation of those who entered was amazing – as was the level of talent. They had to make everything from a toilet to a 16-piece dinner service using diferent materials. The show produces some very magical moments. Being a judge is a two-way thing. I had a big show at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire this year and, while I was preparing for it, I tried my hand 52 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016

at some new glazes and techniques. The contestants’ bravery has definitely rubbed of on me!

Where my love afair began... I first fell in love with pottery at school. At primary school, I got real pleasure from creating. At secondary school, the pottery department was like nothing I’d seen before – full of jars with powders. I used to look longingly at the kilns as I wasn’t allowed to use them until I was 12. There is no pleasure like making things out of clay. There’s nothing like the sense of achievement you get from it. But some schools no longer teach pottery because it’s considered a fire risk, which is really sad; I wouldn’t be a potter now if I hadn’t learned at school. I wanted to make money from quite a young age. And I quickly realised I could make money by making things out of enamel. At 13, I’d make pendants, and my mother encouraged me to ask a market stall holder to sell them for me. It was the first step to seeing that I could make a living out of making things. My initial taste of success was selling something at my BA degree show. The sale was to my best friend’s dad, but it

still felt great! Then at my MA show, strangers bought things, and that felt even better – especially because my tutor had said it wouldn’t work because I spent hours on one piece. They were big and very baroque, but still they sold. My work is unusual. My inspiration comes from nature, travel and also from pottery throughout history, such as Wedgwood and Dalton. Then I add part of myself to make things original. Making a living as a potter is a struggle. For years, I put my head down and worked. Now I feel secure, but for a long time it was a diferent story. I tell my assistants to plan for eight years of wondering how the next bill will be paid! I still work 14-hour days and travel to other countries to lecture about pottery, often for free, because I’m passionate about it. My husband Graham is a builder and we met when I was 23. He is very artistic – much more so than me. He had a house and then we got a loan to buy some land, where we built my studio. We are a great team, and he has been there throughout my career and was the main carer when Scarlett was little. In Throw Down, I may look like the girl who makes posh pots, but half my work is public art. It’s really important to me to serve the community with major

Be creative!

FEELING INSPIRED? Here are Kate’s tips to get you started...

Feature: Alice Mason Photos: Gemma Day

● LOOK FOR A LOCAL CLASS If you can’t find one nearby, look for a local potter and ask them to teach you. ● BE PROACTIVE Form a group, because there is strength in numbers. It’s possible to buy a small kiln for about £1,200, so if a few families got together and one had a shed to house it in, you could create somewhere to work in at any time. ● GO ONLINE YouTube is amazing – you can watch free tutorials on everything from how to throw on the wheel to how to glaze and fire pottery. Instagram is very inspiring, too – simply search ‘ceramics’ or ‘pottery’. ● OPEN YOUR MIND Dismiss all constraints about whether or not something will be good and whether people will like it or not. Make things for pleasure and then see if you enjoy the process. And, if you do, it usually shows in the work.

ceramic pieces in hospitals, schools and on the street. Most recently, I made some storytelling walls in Brighton and I covered a seven-storey building on Savile Row with 1,000 square metres of ceramic tiles. That took four years to create. The people in my team are really important to me. They all work for me for two or three days a week but also

do their own creative thing, which is key. It’s important they have the skills. Enrique is big and strong, so we work on larger pieces together. Erica creates tiny, fine things. Anna is a bit more wild, and Helen is the glaze girl. They never make a whole piece but little bits, whether out of cubes, pyramids or balls. It’s really labour intensive – each tiny ball can represent an hour of work.

Once a year, I have an Open Studio, where people can see where I work and buy things for as little as £20. I really want my work to be available to everyone. I’d also really love for everyone to have a go themselves. It’s never too late to try your hand at pottery! ● The Great Pottery Throw Down will return to BBC Two later this month. Kate’s next Open Studio is 3 to 4 December. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016 53

Lifelong pals

‘How we found our



Every woman knows the power of a great mate, who is there through the good times and bad. Here, best pals reveal what makes their relationships so special


aura Bloomberg, 44, has been friends with Alexandra Ronen, 66, for 20 years. The women, who both live in London, met when they were working at the same school.

LAURA SAYS ‘To look at Alex and me together, catching up over a cofee, you might think we’re mother and daughter. But although there is 20 years between us, we are firm friends, and cherish each other’s company. If anything, I’m the sensible one, whereas Alex is scatty! When we get together we laugh so much tears run down our cheeks and a friendship like that has no age barrier. We met when I got my first teaching job at 22 – Alex was a special needs teaching assistant based in my class. We got on really well as colleagues, becoming even closer after I started planning my wedding to my husband Spencer a couple of years later. She invited me round to her house to talk about the big day, and we just clicked. Being friends made working together all the more fun. Alex is hilarious. Once, we were both performing in a school musical. Alex was singing and twirling a parasol around when she accidentally 54 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016

whacked the headmaster on the head and he lost his balance. It was so funny, and so typically Alex. When we stopped working together after six years, we made sure we still saw each other regularly. And it’s no exaggeration to say we spend most of our time together crying with laughter. But there have also been times when I’ve benefited from her age and experience. When I had my first child, Ella, now 13, she was a big help. My dad had died just three days before Ella was born and it was a diicult time. But Alex understood I had mixed emotions and was a shoulder to cry on as well as someone to help celebrate the birth. I also have a son, Coby, seven, and Alex and her husband have always treated both our kids like they were their own grandchildren, which has been great for us all. These days, we talk on the phone at least twice a day and I go over to her house once or twice a week for a catch-up. We also always try to go on an annual girls’ trip away. This year, we went to the south of France for five days. My husband and kids know it means so much to me, and I always come back feeling relaxed and with lots of funny stories to tell. I don’t dwell on thoughts of our age diference – we’re having too much fun in the here and now. I have

friends my own age, but nobody else understands me like Alex.’

‘She is one of a kind’ ALEX SAYS ‘I adore Laura and I feel a bit like her mum, sister and friend rolled into one. I have two sons almost the same age as her – Daniel, 43, and James, 39 – and in some ways, she’s like a daughter to me. My first impression of Laura was that she was short – she’s only 5ft – with an absolute foghorn of a voice! But I soon realised she was a kind, patient teacher and really good fun. We share a sense of humour and there is nobody who makes me laugh more. I love that we see so much of each other. She’ll often pop in during the day and she always texts to say goodnight. She’s been so supportive of me over the years and I’ve tried to be the same for her. We were there for each other when our fathers passed away, and also when our sisters were diagnosed with cancer at the same time. We’re very diferent people. Laura is super-organised and when we go away, she packs everything – even rubber gloves – while I pack at the last minute! But our friendship just works. I’m so lucky to have Laura in my life – she is one of a kind.’

Alex wears: Blouse, Witt Clothing. Jeans, Phase Eight. Earrings, Alexis Dove. Necklace, Ted Baker. Jewel bracelet, Next. Bangle, Alex’s own. Laura wears: Blouse, Wallis. Jeans, Next. Earrings, Ted Baker. Necklace; bracelet, both Oliver Bonas

‘Age is no barrier to friendship’

‘We spend most of our time together crying with laughter’

Alex (left) and best pal Laura

secretarial college and, after marrying Mark, we moved to our house in Stanmore. To my delight, when Sharon married, six years later, she and her husband Jez moved in around the corner. It meant that when we had our kids – I have two boys, Adam, 15, and Max, 12, and Sharon has two girls, Macy, 15, and Tayla, 12 – they were inseparable, too. Of course, maintaining a friendship over so many years isn’t always easy – it takes work. We once fell out because we hadn’t been spending enough time together and went for months without speaking. But our friendship was too important to both of us to walk away. That time apart made us realise just how much our friendship means to us both, and now we make an efort to accommodate each other’s ways. Sharon does like her own space, and I’ve learned to be patient when she needs some time alone. She also hates it when people are late, so when we meet up, I make an extra efort to be there in plenty of time. Friendships don’t magically last a lifetime – you have to nurture them – but when we’re dancing around my kitchen, laughing until we cry, I know it’s worth it.’

‘She’s the sister I never had’ ‘You have to nurture a friendship, just like you would a marriage’ isa Newman, 51, an oice administrator, has been pals with hairdresser Sharon Barnett, also 51, for 40 years. They live a few streets apart in Stanmore, Middlesex.


LISA SAYS ‘Sharon and I were sitting at my kitchen table having a chat the other day when Friends by the 1980s group Shalamar came on the radio. Without missing a beat, we jumped up and started twirling around. That’s the thing about friends, they just get you. We first met in the school playground, aged 11. Sharon was one of the trendy girls, who rolled up her skirt to show of 56 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016

her long legs and, to look at her, you’d think she was brimming with confidence. But I quickly realised she was actually quite shy and, next to my loud, outgoing personality, we were a perfect match. It wasn’t long before we were getting told of in lessons for talking too much. In our teenage years, we practically lived at each other’s houses. We’d go on double dates with boys we knew and, afterwards, Sharon’s mum would always cook us dinner – even at 1am! Some friendships lose that closeness with age but, although life took us down diferent paths, we were always able to pick up where we left of. Sharon went into hairdressing while I went to

SHARON SAYS ‘My first memory of Lisa was her infectious smile and her mass of blonde curls – I had to have lots of perms to get my hair as curly as hers! Although we’d always been great friends, having children at the same time really cemented our friendship. Our kids have grown up together and get on really well – we’re always socialising with each other’s families. When my mum died of cancer four years ago, I was in a dark place, and I know I pushed Lisa away. But she didn’t give up on me, and we found our way back to each other in the end. Lisa has such a bubbly personality, but also the most amazing warmth. I feel so lucky to have her in my life – she’s like the sister I never had. After 40 years we can talk about anything; these days, it’s teenagers and the menopause! But the most important thing is that we never stop laughing.’

Lisa wears: Print blouse; jeans, both Yours Clothing. Earrings, Ted Baker. Necklace, Next. Sharon wears: Blouse, Next. Jeans, Phase Eight. Earrings, Accessorize. Bracelet, Ted Baker

Having kids at the same time cemented Lisa (left) and Sharon’s friendship

Lifelong pals

‘A best friend doesn’t have to be a girl’ atherine Dickens, 36, from Cottingham, Leicestershire, has been best mates with Craig White, also 36, from Petersfield, Hampshire, since the pair were at school. Katherine is married to Ian and they have two daughters, Charlotte, four, and Matilda, one.

Feature: Suzanne Baum and Sandra Walsh Photos: Angela Spain. Katherine wears: Blouse; jeans, both Lavitta. Earrings, Next. Bracelets, Bonprix. Ring, Alexis Dove. Craig wears: Shirt; jeans; belt, all Burton. Watch; cuff, both Craig’s own. Shoes, Jones Bootmaker


KATHERINE SAYS ‘You know you’ve found a true friend when they’re there for you no matter what. Nothing brought this home to me more than when I had a life-changing car accident eight years ago. I’d been driving along a dual carriageway when my car skidded on a badly surfaced road and flipped over. The doctors weren’t initially sure I’d make it and when I was discharged I went to my parents’ house to recover. While other friends didn’t know what to say, Craig visited often. Instead of pretending everything would be fine, he was always honest. I could cry in front of him and he’d listen to me let of steam in the diicult months when I was having skin grafts and physio for my arm. Although I also have female friends, I’ve known Craig the longest and he’s always the first one I turn to for advice. He’s one of the few people who still calls me Kay, my childhood nickname. We met when we were doing our A levels. One day, he bunked of one of his lessons to come to my photography class, and we bonded over developing liquids in the photography dark room! There was never a hint of romance between us, and he’s only ever been a friend in my eyes. When we were younger, he’d let me know if boyfriends couldn’t be trusted, or were no good for me. And even though I’d ignore his advice as much as I’d listen to it, he’d never say “I told you so”. I’ve always felt I get more from my friendship with Craig than I would from a female best friend. With him I get two diferent perspectives: there’s the male side, where he’s always given me great advice about relationships, then there’s

the other side of him, which is quite sensitive. If that sounds girly, it’s not intended that way; being sensitive is a great way to be. I’d happily go clothes shopping with him. He’s great at telling me what suits me and sometimes sends me pictures of clothes or shoes he’s seen and thinks I’d like. After university and going travelling around Australia with my husband-tobe Ian, I moved back to the UK and became even closer to Craig. Ian is good friends with Craig now, too, and

‘Even though we now live miles apart, we message all the time’

‘Kay is my anchor’ CRAIG SAYS ‘I was a real goodytwo-shoes when we first met and Kay definitely led me astray! I was always studying and she was more outgoing and got me going to parties. We’d often stay up late talking and watching rubbish telly at her house. Although she’s always been attractive, there was never that spark between Kay and me. She had a boyfriend when we first met, so I never thought of her in that way. By the time they’d split up, our friendship was already established. I’ll admit it’s been a bit diicult explaining Kay to my girlfriends in the past. But that’s never been a problem with my partner, Jo, and Kay’s husband, Ian. In fact, Jo and Ian are now good friends and we often all go out together. Kay is my anchor and we can tell each other anything; nothing is of-limits. I’m a bit of a workaholic and Kay helps me gain some perspective. I know I can be open and honest with her and I trust her completely.’

they’re comfortable enough to go out together on their own. They’re very diferent though: Ian is more of a beer and football man, while Craig is the complete opposite – he hates football and hardly drinks! In the past, there’s been a bit of tension with Craig’s girlfriends – some have been a bit frosty when they Katherine find out his best friend and Craig have is a woman, and they been friends since school have questioned our relationship. But, once they meet me, they see that our dynamic is nothing to feel threatened by. Craig’s been with his current girlfriend, Jo, for several years and we all get on so well together. Even though we now live 250 miles apart, we message all the time and meet up as often as we can. He’s great with my two kids and plays with them for hours. They call him Uncle Craig. He’s the sweetest, most caring person and I can talk to him about anything, no matter how intimate or personal. It doesn’t matter to me that he’s a man – he’s just a brilliant friend.’

That’s life!

MOVE OVER, DARCEY... make way for a new judge For Strictly superfan Viv Groskop, Saturday night is a time to show of her dancing knowledge – from the comfort of her living room!

It’s Strictly Viv… in my dreams!

The show has tested its devotees to the limit many times: the nonsense of Russell Grant being fired out of a cannon; the horror of Judy Murray’s ironing board impression; and the lowest blow – the bowing out of Len Goodman. But, still, I won’t hear a word against it. Strictly has revolutionised TV viewing in our house. The entire family gathers to gasp and occasionally – in the case of the Ann Widdecombe travesty – throw things at the TV. It looks like a party. But actually, it’s more like a trial scene where I am the judge and I will have no messing around. Unless you have something constructive to say about the armography. Obviously. I’m not alone. My friend Dawn has an annual party for the final and there are two rooms: one where you’re allowed to talk and one where you’re not. This is correct. Because the true joy of Strictly lies in pretending that, from the comfort of your own sofa, you’re the world’s greatest choreographer and if only you could get on that dance floor... Just because I have seen the moves on TV, I think that I know the diference between a botafogo and a round-theworld. And I feel confident in opining that the buttock-banging in the Charleston routine was not energetic enough. Of course, this is hogwash, as I have never danced in my life (apart from one disastrous lesson with Erin Boag, whom my left-footed husband almost maimed). Yet I have the lingo of Wayne Sleep on acid. I could challenge Craig Revel Horwood to a critique-of. Strictly has given me this spectacular ability and I will be forever grateful. Perhaps what I love most is its

innocence. It’s not afraid to be uncool (Kevin and Kellie dancing extremely dodgy hip-hop salsa to Boom! Shake The Room comes to mind). It drives me crazy when they flood the set with props and have to navigate a park bench. But when they push the boat out for Hollywood scenes? It’s like a 21st-century Morecambe & Wise. Like many, I am just waiting for the call – for the moment when my understanding of the cucaracha step in the rumba will be demonstrated for real. And when they do call me back, Artem Chigvintsev (my fave dancer) from America’s Dancing With The Stars will dance with me. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time, and I grow more prepared with each passing Saturday night...

‘The joy of Strictly is pretending you’re the world’s greatest choreographer’


MY FIVE FAVE COUPLES… ● Caroline Flack and

Pasha Kovalev ● Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec ● Mark Ramprakash

and Karen Hardy ● Kara Tointon and Artem

Chigvintsev ● Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett

… AND MY WORST ● Ann Widdecombe

and Anton du Beke ● Nancy Dell’Olio

Photos: Getty


e still my beating heart. For it is Strictly season. There is no finer time of the year. I have watched Strictly for every second since it first aired in 2004. That was the best year, as there were two series. Since then, we have had only one a year which is, of course, a crime. Being a Strictly fan is a serious thing.


and Anton du Beke ● Gregg Wallace and Aliona Vilani ● Tim Wonnacott and Natalie Lowe ● Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace

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Meet the countryphiles Ever dreamed of packing up and moving out to the sticks? Meet the women whose escapes to the country sparked brilliant businesses

‘I’m happiest in my kitchen with jam simmering in pans’ Vicky Smith, 47, from Richmond, North Yorkshire, found inspiration for her jam-making business in the countryside surrounding her home.

in rural Yorkshire for the design part of my job, and my new kitchen was too small for my catering business. It was during my regular walks through the countryside that I noticed all the wonderful produce growing and thought alking through the I’d give jam-making a go. Despite my countryside, my eyes catering background, I’d never made jam are trained to spot before but, after mastering the basics, I hidden treasures – a began mixing fruits with herbs and alcohol clump of brambles here, a bush of wild raspberries there. It’s a forager’s paradise to create unusual combinations. After selling jam at a couple of markets, people and, for me, it’s part of my working day. raved about the flavours. I realised there I moved to Yorkshire from London 10 was a demand for something diferent. years ago because I didn’t want to raise A single mum at the time, I wanted to my daughter, Olivia, 13, in a city. It meant leaving behind my career as a freelance work from home. Doing some research online, I came across “subscription foods” interior designer and caterer. There – where foods are posted to subscribers. simply weren’t the same opportunities While the concept was still in its infancy in the UK, it was huge in the US and, combined with the surge in enthusiasm for seasonal produce, I felt sure I had captured the zeitgeist of the food market. In 2011, I went on a free seven-day business course run by the Government to learn more about marketing and social media. I met a web designer there, who I hired to create my online store. I bought pans, jars, packaging and fresh produce for my first orders. I also had my kitchen inspected by the council. In total, I spent around £2,500 from my savings on start-up costs. The website launched in 2011. Since then, I’ve mostly marketed it via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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I charge £11 for a one-month subscription, which includes two 125g jars of jam. Now I send out up to 200 jars a month to customers, with three-month subscriptions being the most popular. I spend three evenings a month making jam, then another week of evenings packaging and labelling the jars, before taking them to the Post Oice. My flavours include strawberry and basil, as well as gooseberry and bay – my fiancé Brian, 42, and my daughter are always willing tasters for new creations. When I heard Nigella Lawson was a fan of liquorice, I sent her a jar of my damson and liquorice jam. She tweeted to say it was “divine” – which is certainly the highlight of my career so far! The business only makes £10,000 a year, but I have no plans to expand it yet. I don’t want to compromise the quality of the jams, or have to be less spontaneous when it comes to selecting ingredients. I’m happiest in my kitchen, batches of jam simmering in pans, with wonderful smells wafting through the air.’ ●

Ladies who launch VICKY’S BUSINESS TIPS ● Do what you love. If you’re passionate about your work, your business will thrive. ● Look for free business courses in your area. You can learn new skills and network with other business owners. ● Boost profits by using ‘free’ materials – in my case, wild fruits and herbs – to make your product whenever possible.

‘I love seeing dogs wearing one of our robes’ Margaret Reynold, 50, from Keith, Moray, overcame empty nest syndrome by making canine coats.


coming in from all over the world, I was still struggling to keep up, so I took on a part-time employee, and when Martin retired last year, he began helping out, too. We now sell around 750 robes a month – two-thirds to private customers via our website or at shows, and the rest to stockists, such as pet shops. Our turnover is around £200,000 a year. Until May this year, I was still running the business from home, storing stock in a home oice. But it was such a squeeze that we’ve moved to a rented oice nearby. The robes cost from £18.95, and fit a variety of breeds – from Chihuahua up to Newfoundland. They are also available in six colours, including red, navy and pink. We recently made a robe for Visit

hen my only child, Nicola, 21, flew the nest to go to university in London in 2013, I was worried I’d be bored. I’d worked on and of in marketing for years, but after my husband Martin and I had settled in rural Scotland, my focus had shifted to family life. So when I discovered that my neighbour Ann wanted to sell her small business making drying coats for dogs, I jumped at the opportunity. She’d begun creating the coats – made from colourful towelling that absorbs water on muddy walks – in 2004, relying on MARGARET’S word of mouth and her BUSINESS TIPS website to sell them. But as ● Age is no barrier to she approached her 80th starting up a business. In birthday, she wanted to pass fact, having life experience on the business – called can be a valuable asset. Dogrobes – to someone else. ● Get out and meet your I thought I could take it on customers. Face-to-face as a hobby to earn a little interaction is the best way money and kill a few hours to research your market. while Martin was at work. ● Get support from your Despite being the proud local Business Gateway. owner of Missie, a nine-yearVisit old poodle, I knew little

about the dog world. However, with my background in marketing, and sewing skills, I decided to give it a go. I used £10,000 from my savings to buy fabric and stock, hire a graphic designer to create a logo and a web designer to upgrade the site. I paid to trademark the Dogrobes name and agreed to give Ann a percentage of all first-year sales. At first, I made the coats at home. I’d inherited a small customer base, but my new website and social media pages increased orders by 100% in the first year. Buoyed by early success, in July 2014 I hired a stand at the Scottish Game Fair in Perthshire. By the end of the three-day event, I’d sold my stock of 350 robes, so I decided to find a manufacturer. I wanted the robes to be made in the UK, so I could keep track of quality, and I found a manufacturer in Scotland – a small business like mine. But with orders 62 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016

Scotland’s “Ambassadog”, a golden retriever called George, and we have a made-to-measure service for unusual-sized dogs, such as crossbreeds. Missie’s coat is customised, of course, with her name on it. Running a business can be daunting – there’s no head oice to guide you – but it makes success taste even sweeter. And when a customer emails me a photo of their dog, dry and cosy in one of our robes after a muddy walk, I feel so proud.’ ●

Ladies who launch

‘It feels right that my job is connected to nature’ Ruth Ridley, 46, from Seaford, East Sussex, turned a love of horticulture into a sweet-smelling career.

Feature: Eimear O’Hagan Photos: Jo Hanley, Brent Darby Photography/Hearst Magazines UK, Lindsay Robertson, Thomas Skovsende


ach morning, when I walk into my workshop, I’m greeted by a heady combination of scents: Provençal lavender, rose petals and camomile. These intoxicating fragrances never fail to put a smile on my face. I studied chemistry at university before getting a PhD, and always assumed I’d work in a lab. But while studying for my PhD, I discovered a passion for gardening. My husband Mike, 46, and I were living in a garden flat in London, and tending to my plants and flowers provided a therapeutic distraction from my studies. So when we moved to Sussex for Mike’s job as an accountant, I decided to begin a career in horticulture. I got a job at a garden centre and worked my way up to manager. Living on the coast, with country RUTH’S walks on my doorstep, it BUSINESS TIPS felt right that my job was ● Listen to your customers. connected to nature. Their feedback is invaluable With two young children when growing your business. at the time – Rowan, ● Don’t be afraid of selling now 16, and Hazel, 14 – I online. If you’re not webwanted more control over savvy, there are lots of free my working hours. My job courses available to help you. at the garden centre had ● Stay ahead of trends by taught me that there was reading blogs, magazines a demand for dried-flower and networking with others products, such as pot in your industry. pourri, but there weren’t

and packaging. We turned one of our bedrooms into a storeroom and I worked from the kitchen table. At first, I stocked just a few products, including pot pourri and dried lavender, many UK stockists. I’d which I sourced from found a gap in the market. suppliers in the UK and Provence. But In 2003, I launched Daisy Shop. It was when a bride-to-be asked me to provide an online store, which made more sense dried rose petals for confetti, I began to than having a high-street shop – there expand my dried-flower range, and now was no rent and I could work from home. I create my own products, such as I designed my website using a free design lavender bags and bouquets. package and marketed the business via A kilo of French dried lavender costs Google AdWords’ pay-per-click advertising. £10, and a bundle of popular dried flowers, such as delphiniums, is £7.99. People are I used our savings to fund start-up costs being more economical these days and of around £2,000, which covered stock

buying fewer fresh flowers, leading to a surge in the popularity of the dried variety, which last longer. They are also getting more creative, using dried flowers to make table decorations and Christmas wreaths. In 2008, I moved to a workshop and took on a part-time employee. We were doing so well that Mike decided to leave his job to join the company. Now he takes care of the accounts, while I focus on the products. We’re doing well enough to pay three sets of wages and turn a profit, too. My customers include The National Trust, which sells my lavender bags in some of its gift shops, while our rose petals will soon be appearing in the film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. To work in such a creative business with such wonderful, natural products is so much more satisfying than being in a lab!’ ● PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016 63

Meet your match

‘We clicked online!’ When you’re single, finding someone to share your life with can seem daunting. As more people turn to the internet for help, meet the couples who found love online and find out how you could, too – with Prima Loves!

‘We never would have met without going online’ When finance assistant Catherine Robins, 42, met civil servant Bevis, 47, in 2011, they lived 80 miles apart, but making the journey for their first date led to marriage. The couple now live in Polgooth, Cornwall.


s a mum of two – Jessica, now 12, and Hannah, 10 – I didn’t have much spare time to date, so I went online. One of the pictures on Bevis’s profile was of him at a Foo Fighters gig, which I’d been at, too – it made for a great ice-breaker. When he described what kind of person he wanted to be with, it felt like I was reading about myself.

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Before our first date, we talked every night, and we were getting on so well that we had to see if there was a physical attraction, too. I was living in Devon, and he was in Cornwall, so we arranged to meet halfway. He was just what I expected, only more handsome. It was my birthday the next day, and he gave me a big bar of Dairy Milk, a wedge of Cornish blue cheese and an album by Dave Grohl – all things I’d told him I loved during our chats. It was so thoughtful. The first date was great and we quickly knew it was right. He was also a dad of two – he is father to Caleb, now 13, and Nate, 11 – so we waited a while before

‘I saw internet dating as an adventure’ Teacher Rachel Herbert, 36, met digital manager Chris, 37, online in 2011. Now married, they live in Carshalton, Surrey.


wanted a meaningful relationship but had given up on the idea of meeting someone in a bar, so I signed up to online dating. I had been on dates with around 10 guys, but none of them were right for me, then I matched with Chris. His profile picture showed him leaning back on the grass, his face tilted to the sun, eyes closed, and smiling. He looked as if he had nothing to prove. We chatted on email for a couple of weeks. He told me he was training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and when he returned from Tanzania, he sent a lovely email telling me all about it. As I read it, I thought, “Stuf this, I’m not looking for a pen pal!”. I wanted to meet him. When I saw his face for the first time the following week, his smile was even bigger than it had looked in his photos, and it put me at ease. I knew instantly there was something special about him. He was fun, animated and attentive. Our continual texting evolved into dating once, then twice, a week. Two years later, we moved in together – and exactly three years after our first date

introducing our children, but within 10 months I moved to Cornwall with my daughters to live with him. Then on Christmas Day 2013, he proposed. Bevis is a fabulous dad to all four children and I can always be myself around him. I never would have found him if it hadn’t been for online dating.’ BEVIS SAYS ‘Catherine’s picture caught my eye and, despite the distance, I thought: “Why not?”. Even though we had lots in common, I tried not to get my hopes up for the first date. But I couldn’t believe how much chemistry we had. Catherine is caring, loving, honest and independent. The next day I told my mum I’d met someone special.’

he proposed! We ran our local 5k Parkrun, then he suggested a walk. As we looked out at the view, he got down on one knee. It was a total surprise, and the most wonderful moment. Chris sees the best in life and, because he’s so thoughtful, he makes me feel loved. Online dating brought me the man of my dreams.’ CHRIS SAYS ‘Rachel and I had similar interests and both profiles mentioned our positive attitudes. On our first date, she had a beaming smile and we talked so easily that any nerves I had disappeared. I quickly realised this was something special.’

HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT PROFILE ● WRITE THE BLURB Talk about what you enjoy most in life to give an insight into what makes you tick. Love travel? Describe a favourite trip. Love cooking? What’s your best dish? Keep the tone light and positive. Then ask a friend to make sure it sounds like you.

● PROVIDE DETAILS You’ll be asked lots of questions as you fill out your profile. Give as much detail as possible – the more you provide, the better chance you have of being matched with your ideal partner. ● PICK THE PICTURES First impressions count, so don’t use old or blurry

photos. If you don’t have a good one, get one taken. Go for a natural shot of you smiling. ● MAKE THE EFFORT Get your fabulous profile noticed! For example, on Prima Loves (see the next page), add people you like to your ‘favourites’; if they show up as a ‘fan’, you know it’s mutual.

‘His proile was funny – now he makes me laugh every day’ Executive Sarah Harding, 39, met businessman Nick Rogers, 45, in 2013. They live in Bristol.


hen my friend said I should try online dating, I laughed, but after a little research (and a little bit of wine), I went for it. I’d split with my daughter Leah’s father when she was 18 months old and, while I’d had other relationships, none of them had worked out. Nick’s cheesy profile picture on eHarmony made me laugh – it looked like something from a clothing

catalogue – but his cheeky smile gave the impression he’d be fun. We messaged constantly and met after two weeks. I just hoped that there’d be some chemistry. Nick suggested a quick lunch and, on the way there, I was so nervous I felt sick. Then he greeted me with a huge smile and a kiss on the cheek, and I felt completely at ease. He was handsome, well-groomed and we had so much to talk about. We decided to have a

Meet your match someone very special. It can’t be easy becoming a stepmum overnight, but she has taken my children – Josh, 14,

SECOND TIME AROUND? ● ARE YOU READY? Be clear on what you want, be it friendship, some fun, or a new long-term partner. Be honest about your intentions so nobody feels misled. ● KEEP AN OPEN MIND You may know what you like, but be prepared to try new things and consider

people with diferent interests and ideas. An open mind and a positive attitude will make it more fun and increase your chances of finding someone. ● DON’T RUSH TO UNLOAD Most people have a ‘history’ (past partners, children, emotional baggage) so it’s

‘Single at 50, then I met a man I wanted to marry!’

Journalist Olivia Greenway, 63, met computer scientist and founder of recruitment site, Paul Ryder, 59, online in 2003. They’re married and live in London.


’d been with my partner for 30 years when I found myself on the dating scene again. I was 50, with two children – Hardy, now 33, and Silvia, 22 – and I hadn’t dated since I was 19. I was terrified! I was first drawn to Paul’s sense of humour. His profile was refreshingly diferent – no mention of walks along the beach or cosy nights in front of the fire. He said he could make 30-minute meals in 20 minutes and hold his breath for 10 minutes! After chatting for a while (he had a

Scarlett, 12, and Ava, eight – on, without compromise. I have no doubt we’ll grow old together.’

lovely northern accent), he suggested a pub meal. In all his pictures, he was wearing sunglasses, so I said I wouldn’t recognise him without them. Lo and behold, on a freezing Friday in March, he was sitting in the pub in his shades! He’s intelligent and honest, so when he said he’d call me afterwards, I was fairly confident he would. We’ve spoken every day since. We have five kids between us (he’s father to Jack, now 25, Heather, 27, and Victoria, 30) and we got married in March 2013, almost 10 years to the day after we met. Paul has a great mind and is very knowledgeable, but not in a geeky, boring way. I’m sensible, practical and he says I’m one of the few people he can trust, perhaps because I’m honest – sometimes brutally so! I’m very glad I took the chance on online dating.’ PAUL SAYS ‘I was fed up with using cheesy chat-up lines in bars, so decided to try online dating. I’d been on 70 dates and then Olivia got in touch to criticise the punctuation (or lack of) in my profile! When we first met, I thought she was gorgeous. We had such a great time that I knew I wouldn’t need a 72nd date!’

perfectly OK to mention some of that – but keep it at a mention! Your date is interested in you, not others in your life. ● GET SUPPORT Share your dating plans with a close friend. They can help you write a profile, decide what to wear and consider people you might have ruled out.



Prima Loves is a safe and respectable online dating website for people like you. It’s the perfect place to find like-minded people for romance, relationships and friendship in a safe and secure environment. It’s so easy to join: simply create your personal profile and view your most compatible matches, browse profiles in your area and see who likes you back. What’s more, we are giving away 1,000 one-month Full Membership subscriptions, each worth £28, absolutely FREE! All you need to do is create your profile at, upload a photo and start finding matches today. • Have fun talking to like-minded people in your area and get to know potential partners online. • No credit card details required. • Hurry! The closing date for this fabulous ofer is 4 November. Terms and Conditions apply.*

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proper date later that week. We arrived at the restaurant at 8pm and talked until closing time, before having our first kiss in the car park! It felt so right – we just knew this was it. After three months, we decided I’d quit my job in Gloucester and find work in Bristol so we could move in together. Nick proposed on holiday in Portugal this year. He organised a boat trip to a private island where we had a candlelit meal. Just as the sun set, he got down on one knee. Nick makes me feel so special – he is kind, considerate and he treats my daughter as if she’s his own. And he still makes me laugh every day.’ NICK SAYS ‘My one-month subscription on the site was about to run out when I got matched with Sarah. She was pretty and stylish and I knew I’d found

Time to try the

NEW TRENDS Four Prima readers show how chic and easy the latest autumn looks are to wear...


Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Bold Liquid Lipstick in Pink Lover, £18

Louisa Walters, 47, from London, is the founder and director of The Restaurant Club, a loyalty scheme for independent restaurants.

Coldshoulder shirt, £35, 4-16, Miss Selfridge

● Look chic in a subtle print – pinstripes and checks are elegant, modern and work perfectly with this look. ● Learn to love layering! Sleeveless coats, tunics and polonecks are key – experiment with diferent combos. ● Add personality with accessories. Metallics look expensive and add a luxe finishing touch. BEFORE

Louisa wears: Sleeveless jacket, £40, xs-xl, Dorothy Perkins. Poloneck, £16, 8-22, M&Co. Pinstripe trousers, £42, 6-16, Oasis. Necklace, £14.50, Dorothy Perkins. Bag, £22.99; Heels, 3-9, £19.99, both New Look

Coat, £169, 6-22, Marks & Spencer

Shirt dress, £49.50, 6-22, Marks & Spencer

Metallic backpack, £9, Primark

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Look your best Studded clutch, £65, Dune

Impress in RED Andrea Dawson, 36, from Benfleet, Essex, is a small business owner. ● Go top to toe by wearing diferent shades of red. From brights to berry tones, all-over BEFORE red is a real confidence-booster. ● Make a wrap coat your shortcut to figure flattery. The V-neckline will frame your face and neck, while the belt-tie accentuates your waistline. ● Team with leopard-print accessories to tick of two trends in one look. They pair beautifully.

Andrea wears: Wrap coat, £34.99, 8-18, New Look. Jumper, £28, 4-16, Miss Selfridge. Jeggings, £49, 8-22, Monsoon. Earrings, £9, Accessorize. Red mock croc bag, £25, Next. Heels, £12, 3-9, Primark

Dress, £150, 6-20, Phase Eight

Heels, £25, 3-8, Very

Tailored trousers, £13, 8-20, Primark

Rollneck, £16, 8-22, M&Co

Pencil skirt, £30, 8-20, Very Morgan Taylor nail polish in Looking For A Wingman, £11, Sally Express

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Look your best Autograph All in One nail colour in Lust, £6, Marks & Spencer

Shoes, £24.99, 3-9, New Look

Blazer, £65, 6-22, Next

Earrings, £15, Marks & Spencer

Victoria wears: Jacquard jacket, £55; Jacquard trousers, £38; gold blouse, £28, all 6-22, Next. Heels, £20, 3-9, F&F

Trousers, £79, 8-18, Coast

Boots, £45, 3-9, Dorothy Perkins

Luxuriate in BROCADE Dress, £130, 6-20, Phase Eight

Bag, £45, Accessorize

Ring, £12, River Island

Victoria Earl, 44, from Northampton, is a flight attendant. ● Luxe brocade fabrics will give your wardrobe a new-season spin. It’s our favourite trend for BEFORE day-to-night dressing, as it’s polished enough for the oice but also glam enough for cocktail hour. ● Diferent sizes top and bottom? Opt for dressy co-ords rather than a party frock so you can find that perfect fit from head to toe. ● Add a texture twist! Brocade looks equally gorgeous when paired with silk or wool.

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Look your best

Drop earrings, £7, Topshop Jumper, £59, s-xl, Monsoon

Shirt dress, £20, 8-16, Boohoo

Claire wears: Bomber jacket, £20, 8-20, Primark. Poloneck, £16, 8-22, Hobbs. Leather skirt, £85, 8-16, Oasis. Black tights, £3.90 for 3, Primark. Heels, £24, New Look

Style it out in STARS Claire Morgan, 51, from London, is self-employed. ● Stars have become the must-have print this season – we’re in love with them! Whether they are printed, BEFORE embroidered or embellished, expect to see them everywhere. ● Bomber jackets are big news again for autumn and are super-versatile. They look fab layered over maxi dresses, pleated skirts and silky blouses. ● Always in black? Add interest to your outfit by mixing in diferent fabrics and embellishments. Cotton scarf, £75, Orwell + Austen

OPI nail lacquer in Five-And-Ten, £12.50, selected department stores

Clutch, £29, Accessorize

Boots, £125, 3-8, Dune

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Feature: Sabine Wiesel and Helen Johnson Photos: Richard Burns

Celestial cuff, £35, Stella & Dot

Prima promotion


skincare Boost your beauty sleep and look fresher when the alarm goes of with a targeted night cream

*Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended survey, 2016. Caudalie Resveratrol Night Infusion Cream tested by 244 readers.


e all know that getting enough sleep is great for our health but as our skin repairs and heals itself at night, too, it makes sense to supercharge your snooze with an anti-ageing night cream. Caudalie’s Resveratrol Night Infusion Cream, £39, was described as ‘rejuvenating magic in a jar’ in a recent independent test*. It contains a unique blend of clinically proven natural ingredients that

work with your skin to boost production of hyaluronic acid and help to lock in moisture, while smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. Why not try it for yourself tonight and wake up to results you can see and feel? For more information about the Resveratrol Lift range, visit Along with the Night Infusion Cream, the range also includes an Eye Lifting Balm, £36, Firming Serum, £45, and Face Lifting Soft Cream, £42.

‘I love everything about this cream! It’s easy to apply and smells divine – the best night cream I’ve ever used’ Tracey, 51

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BEST NEW BEAUTY BUYS Time for a clear-out! Make room for this season’s top products and look gorgeous all winter long









Avon Anew Ultimate Supreme Dual Elixir (£28) Packed with oils, such as nourishing argan and soothing rose, it also gives you the anti-ageing benefits of a good serum. Genius!

Mini Moderns Darjeeling Cosmetics Bag (from £14, John Lewis) The mid-century interiors brand has now lent its retro designs to fabulous washbags that stand out from the rest with fun patterns and colours. We love them!

Simple Kind to Skin Dual Efect Eye Make-Up Remover (£3.99, Superdrug) Stubborn eye make-up needs an oil formula like this to dissolve it. No rubbing required. Brilliant!

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer (£60, from 7 October) The pick of the best for pigmentation, as it’ll even skintone with continued use. Now with a green tea extract to soothe irritation that can lead to hyperpigmentation.









Ren Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion (£34) An instant pick-me-up for dehydrated skin. The hyaluronic acid formula locks in water to plump and smooth. A must-have for this time of year when heating plays havoc with our skin.

Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream (£22, Marks & Spencer) Give your complexion a helping hand to recover from busy days with an amazing sleep mask that beauty-obsessive Koreans swear by.

Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Soft Cream (£42) This fab range with resveratrol, a super anti-ageing ingredient that firms skin, now has something for dry skin. It’s super lightweight and comfortable to wear, making it a standout product.

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Murad Eye Lift Firming Treatment (£45) Skin expert to the stars, Dr Murad’s new professional-strength eye treat is a cracker. Apply to your eyes and relax for 15 minutes – you’ll notice your crow’s feet reduce, thanks to plumping, firming hyaluronic acid.

Autumn beauty boosters









Bobbi Brown Retouching Wands (£26.50 each) The sponge applicator makes it easy to buf in and cover imperfections to give a natural finish. Every girl should keep one of these airbrushing tools in her handbag.

bareMinerals Barepro Performance Wear Powder Foundation (£27) Finally, a mineral base that’s matte, natural looking and lasts all day. Plus, it’s so comfortable you don’t even feel like you’re wearing coverage. What more could you ask for?

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks (£17.50 each) This brilliant lipstick range is known for its strong pigmentation, so you get the colour of the bullet in just one swipe. The range has now expanded to 120 shades. Wow!

Max Factor False Lash Epic Mascara (£11.99) We love the two-part wand, which ensures every single lash is coated from root to tip. It’s also the wettest formula yet, so you can really mould your lashes before it dries.









Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Lip Liner in Victoria (£22) The fashionista Spice Girl has collaborated with the brand to create a beautiful collection. Our fave is this creamy nude-matte pencil – just brilliant at creating the illusion of a fuller pout.

Bourjois La Palette Les Nudes (£11.99, Boots) The iconic Little Round Pot Eyeshadows that everybody loves are finally available in the brand’s first palette. A wardrobe of colour for your make-up bag. Très chic!

Vaseline Lip Therapy Lulu Guinness Tin (£2.99, Boots) Get your hands on one of these cute, limitededition tins designed by the iconic British designer before they’re gone. They’ll make a great stocking filler, too!

No7 City Light Tinted Moisturiser (£12.50, Boots) This antioxidant formula protects skin from the elements, boosts moisture levels and provides a beautiful sheer coverage. A great all-in-one!

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Autumn beauty boosters









Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk (£16, Boots) If you’re looking for anti-ageing benefits from your moisturiser, you’ll love this! It’s packed with an impressive 10 oils for hydration and contains skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and exfoliating ingredients.

Yardley English Dahlia Eau de Toilette (from £9.99 for 50ml) We’ve become rather addicted to this new green floral – it has the English dahlia at its heart.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (£19 for 150ml) To celebrate the brand’s 40th birthday, this bestseller is even more desirable thanks to its beautiful new design. One of our favourite hand creams and a permanent fixture on the beauty desk!









Liz Earle Superskin Dry Oil for Body (£35) Prefer an oil to a cream? This is a real treat to use. Packed with rosehip, and said to be Kate Middleton’s favourite oil, it will make a fab present for a beauty-aholic, too.

Dove Cashmere Comfort Body Butter (£6.99, Boots) This indulgent cream soothes and softens very dry skin. Use before bedtime, like you would a night cream, and wake up to gorgeous skin.

The Body Shop Brazilian Cupuaçu Scrub-In-Oil (£20) A rich nut oil from the Amazon combines with salt crystals, so you can choose to exfoliate lightly on delicate areas and briskly on others – because exfoliating isn’t just a summer thing!

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Rituals... The Ritual of Light Candle (£18.50) Run a bath and take some time out, because no beauty regime is complete without lighting a candle and having a bit of me-time. With the scent of sweet orange and cinnamon, this is a dream – perfect for the season ahead.

For where to buy, see page 192

Feature: Sabine Wiesel

Neal’s Yard Remedies Deodorant (£8) Packed with essential oils, these gentle, aluminium-free deodorants are now available in Peppermint & Lime and Rose & Geranium. We can’t choose our fave!

Just for you



TEMPLE SPA The luxury skincare and wellbeing brand has a fabulous ofer just for you


oothe your skin and soul during winter with Temple Spa’s new range. Beautifully fusing its philosophy, products and spas, it has created a wonderful collection of nurturing products that replenish, revive and renew, so that you can now enjoy your own spa experience at home. Our beauty editor, Sabine Wiesel, picks a few of her favourites that you – and your skin – will love!


When your skin is in need of a rest, Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream (£40) will leave your complexion feeling smooth following a soothing night’s sleep. Created to bring a sense of peace, while also providing your skin with nutrients, you’ll wake up feeling revived, thanks to its natural plant extracts, antioxidants and relaxing essential oils.



Go for gold

Photos: Alamy

Calm yourself and your space

A beautiful blend of essential oils, Quietude (£25) is a signature Temple Spa at-home experience. The unisex body and room fragrance helps induce a feeling of calm, whether applied to your pulse points, misted across your pillow or spritzed into the air around you. Paraben-free and antibacterial, it features the soothing aromas of thyme, lavender, grapefruit, patchouli, rosemary, juniper and eucalyptus oil to leave you feeling relaxed after a stressful day. It’s also the perfect antidote to nerves, insomnia or jet lag.

A perfect night’s sleep in a jar

Temple Spa’s goldstandard skincare

Trulesque (£50) is Temple Spa’s latest addition to its ‘trule’ range. Ultra-luxe in texture and rich gold in colour, this power-packed face mask features the unique collagen-boosting Hydra-Plump complex for instant youthfulness. It contains black trules, gold and silk peptides, and strawberry stem cells to leave skin feeling superhydrated, plump, silky smooth and lifted – perfect for when you’re feeling a little grey. It makes the perfect glamorous Christmas gift, or why not treat yourself?

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR DISCOUNT To receive your 20% Temple Spa discount*, visit from 5 October to 4 November and enter PRIMA16 at the checkout.

*TERMS & CONDITIONS May only be used on one single order. Does not include delivery. Excludes certain gifts and collections (see website for details). Valid until 4 November 2016 at only.

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Whatever your beauty dilemma, from dry skin to dark shadows under your eyes, we have a clever solution. Expert Kazia Pelka will see you now…


hen women visit my beauty therapists at Dr Boo in south London, there are some problems that we hear about again and again. So it’s time to share the pearls of wisdom we’ve gained from our many years of experience. I promise they really work!


Why have I got acne in my forties? Generally, the cause is genetic or hormonal – sometimes both. If your skin was clear in your twenties and thirties, the likely culprit is shifting hormone levels as you approach the menopause. If so, you will tend to get spots on the lower third of your face. This is due to a natural decline in oestrogen which, coupled with modern-day life – where stress can trigger androgen production (a male hormone) – can lead to increased sebum levels and breakouts. Other causes can include magnesium and calcium




in hard water, which can irritate skin and stop skincare working eiciently. Look for products with chelators, which remove impurities tap water can leave on your skin. Also, try treatments containing sulphur – it removes dead skin cells – and salicylic acid to prevent blocked pores. Finally, up your intake of brassicas (such as broccoli), drink filtered water, and avoid sugar – it has a negative impact on skin.


The skin on my body is so dry, it’s like sandpaper. What can I do? It’s that time of the year: the summer sun has taken its toll on your skin and now autumn clothes – such as jeans and jumpers – rub against it, making it even dryer. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Use a nourishing body scrub all over to get rid of dead surface skin cells and, while skin is still warm and damp after a shower, slather on a good body oil, following up with a body lotion – and don’t forget your feet! Top tip Keep an old dressing gown and slippers handy for jobs like this!

BEST BUYS 1 Garnier Body Oil Beauty Dry Skin Nourishing Scrub (£7.15) 2 Garnier Body Oil Beauty Extra Dry Restoring Lotion (£4.99) 3 Moroccanoil Body Buf Fleur D’Oranger (£35) 4 Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (£28)

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BEST BUYS 1 Dr Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure range from (£61.25) (chelators) 2 Super Facialist by Úna Brennan Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask (£9.99) 3 Murad Blemish Spot Treatment (£15) (sulphur)

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Beauty for grown-ups


Why is my skin always so sensitive? I’ve been involved in the beauty industry for 40 years. In the early days, skin sensitivity was rarely an issue, but now it’s a common complaint. At this time of the year, heating goes on as the outside temperature drops, leading to redness and dry patches. First, try a skincare range to address your sensitivity. If this doesn’t solve the problem, then a lifestyle change may be needed – sensitivity is a condition that


What can I do about my large pores? In my experience, large pores generally accompany an oilier skin type, which is genetic. This can then be exacerbated by age, freeradical and UV damage. There isn’t anything you can do to completely eradicate them, but there are products which can significantly improve their appearance. A gentle, at-home peel can help to keep pores clear and refined – just remember to follow with SPF. Try a refining serum and maybe a primer designed to reduce the appearance of pores.

Photo: Claire Collins


I get loads of sleep, so why do I get dark shadows under my eyes? Genetics play a part, plus, as we get older, we lose volume in the fine skin under our eyes, which can make the shadows – caused by the underlying blood vessels – look more obvious. Sleep is important alongside drinking lots of water and having a good diet. Also try to limit your salt intake. The eye area is often forgotten when applying SPF, so already-dark skin will darken further in the sun.

BEST BUY The REN Evercalm range, from £15, features the best products I’ve found for sensitive skin.

BEST BUYS 1 No7 Beautiful Skin Pore Minimising Serum (£16) 2 Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Original Formula (£70) 3 The Estée edit by Estée Lauder Pore Vanishing Stick (£21)





Remember that incidental exposure, even on a dull winter’s day, can damage skin and cause pigmentation. Use a tinted SPF especially for eyes to counteract the shadows and prevent them from getting darker. Top tip Don’t forget the shades – glam even in winter!

BEST BUYS 1 Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF 30 (£29) 2 SkinCeuticals Mineral Eye UV Defense SPF 30 (£26)


The lines between my brows are multiplying – help! This is such a common complaint, but also one where, with a little perseverance, you can make significant improvements. Massage the inner part of each brow – the bit that does all the frowning – plus the area between the brows fairly vigorously morning and night until the skin turns pink. This is a muscular area and only you know how much pressure feels right, so trust your instincts. After cleansing and massaging at night, hold the brows apart with the middle finger and thumb of one hand and apply a dampened down Frownie. Hold in place until it’s firmly stuck to the skin and then apply your night-time skincare products around it. The stif Frownies help to retrain those muscles that frown, even while we’re sleeping. Repeat every day for a month and you should notice a big diference. Top tip Try to be conscious of frowning and stop yourself as soon as you do so with a little massage – it will soon become second nature.


For where to buy, see page 192

develops, rather than one you’re born with. Stress, urban pollution, chemicals in your skincare and lack of sleep, as well as the cleaning and clotheswashing products you use, can all have a negative impact on your skin. Reduce or eliminate chemical-based products and try techniques, such as meditation, to cut the impact of stress.

Frownies Forehead & Between The Eyes Facial Patches (£18.50 for 144)

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Head-to-toe treats from our beauty editor SABINE WIESEL

Pimp up your polish Nail the hottest looks this season...



The ‘no polish, polish look’ is huge this autumn – nothing looks more sophisticated than a sheer, nude nail. Firstly, file your nails squoval (a square shape with the edges rounded of with a file), then paint them with the brilliant Rimmel Super Gel French Manicure in English Rose (£5.99, Boots).



Celebrity manicurist Marian Newman says her clients are loving ‘noir colours’, which means ‘any Barry M colour made blacker!’ Try Coconut Infusion Nail these fab moody hues.

Bourjois Paris La Laque Nail Varnish in Cherry D’amour (£6.49, nationwide)

Mavala Colour Nail Polish in Onyx (£4.75, John Lewis)

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Nightwatch (£9.99, Boots)


The cult topcoat loved by manicurists is now available in this ‘gel-like’ finish. Seche Vive Instant Gel Efect Top Coat (£9.99, Superdrug) made my mani chip-free for over five days. Outshining!


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Inspired by an 18th-century beauty treatment containing 18 distilled plants, and once loved by Marie Antoinette, Roger & Gallet launches its first skincare range, Le Soin Aura Mirabilis (from £15, Marks & Spencer), this month. In fact, I’m a little obsessed! Look out for the beauty vinegar – it’s a soothing and exfoliating lotion.

BEAUTY SOS Seasonal skin ix Q When the weather changes, so does my complexion. My skin’s stressed out and blotchy – are there any new products that can help? Martha Brewer, Bedford

A The seasonal change plays havoc with my skin, too. I’ve been trialling the NIOD Voicemail Mask (£30, Victoria Health; from 2 November) at bedtime over my night-time serum twice a week. It soothes, and boosts radiance on compromised skin. Try it! Main photo: Camera Press

Paint in Oyster (£4.99, Superdrug)

For where to buy, see page 192


Hair problems



HAIR! A dmit it: we’re obsessed with our hair and mega-obsessed with its volume – or rather lack of it! When a ponytail gets harder to scrape together, partings seem wider and your shower plug is clogged with strands, hair-loss paranoia sets in. So what makes our hair fall out? Everything from diet to hormones to low levels of iron, and even how you style it…

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reasons for the fall-out!


We finger it for everything – and rightly so! The knock-on efect of stress can spell trouble for your hair. ‘Sometimes you’ll see excessive shedding immediately, but thinning can happen about three to four months after a stressful episode,’ says trichologist Sara G Allison. Why me? ‘When our body is stressed, adrenal glands produce the stress hormone cortisol. When you produce more of this, it lowers the female hormone progesterone, which can impact on female pattern hair loss,’ says Sara. So what’s the good news?

5 reasons why you may be losing volume... and 10 smart ways to fix things!

What helps? ‘Most stress-related hair loss is reversible when you eliminate stress but, due to hair’s shedding cycle, it will take at least four months to see improvement,’ says Sara. Be patient – research reveals that safe ways to relieve tension involve boosting feelgood endorphins. Here are a few favourites… THE MAGNIFICENT Ms ● Massage helps release endorphins and reduce anxiety. Work a sensual oil, fragrant with geranium (soothing) and orange (energising) over damp skin. TRY Geranium & Orange Massage Oil, £12.50 for 100ml, Neal’s Yard Remedies. ● Mother Nature is a big feelgood hormone booster. Aim to do 30 minutes of outdoor exercise, three times a week. ● Mindfulness helps soothe stress and anxiety. If tension climbs, take a few moments to focus on your breathing, noticing how it feels to breathe in and out, until you feel centered and calm. ● Sara G Allison is a Harley Street trichologist. For consultations and hair advice, visit


Okay, but is hair thinning inevitable? ‘Nobody over 40 has the same quality of hair they had in their twenties – just like our skin, hair changes and ages as we get older,’ says trichologist Anabel Kingsley. ‘You don’t necessarily have fewer hairs on your scalp, but they are thinner and shorter.’ No wonder we kiss volume goodbye! Why me? ‘Reduced volume often begins long before menopause,’ says Anabel. ‘It’s very gradual – you’ll have lost 15% of volume before you notice it.’ Menopause increases the problem thanks to a drop in oestrogen and a rise in androgens (male hormones). ‘When the ratio shifts, replacement hairs become finer and weaker with each passing growth cycle.’ What helps? A therapy trio could help beef up your fragile strands. Try… ● Going topical ‘Applying daily topical anti-androgenic scalp drops can be very helpful in targeting age-related changes to the hair – and they can often improve hair volume,’ says Anabel. ● Spraying daily Use protein or collagen sprays, which add instant body while protecting and strengthening weakening hair. ● Taking a supplement ‘This helps provide a boost of essential vitamins and minerals that may have been depleted by stress,’ suggests Anabel. TRY Philip Kingsley’s Trichotherapy, £120 for a six-week supply. This three-step regime is fiendishly expensive, but it’s by the big name in trichology and devotees rave about results! ● Anabel Kingsley is a trichologist at Philip Kingsley London & New York. For more information, visit

‘Avoid fad diets. Staying hydrated and eating a number of nutrient-rich meals a day is good for you – and your hair!’

Stress is the big hair-loss culprit. Give yourself a little TLC with relaxation techniques... heaven!

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Hair loss could be one sign of iron-deficiency anaemia – no energy, pale skin and palpitations are a few more potential symptoms on the menu. Why me? Iron-deficiency is the most common cause of anaemia, but many of us don’t realise we have a problem. Heavy periods or an inability to absorb iron eiciently are often the causes. What helps? If your hair is shedding, then the first step is to see your GP for iron supplement advice and a blood test. Don’t be fazed if your results say levels are normal – they may be for the rest of your body, but not always your hair! You can take the results to a trichologist for a more focused test. Visit ● Should you take a supplement? Experts disagree over whether or not to self-supplement with iron. ‘As long as your iron levels aren’t too high, taking supplements shouldn’t pose a risk,’ says Anabel. You’ll need patience, though. ‘It usually takes six to 12 weeks to see beneficial changes.’ TRY Lamberts Iron 14mg, £6.95 for 100 tablets; Floradix Floravital, £11.08 for 250ml, both Revital.

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A nutrient-rich diet is the key to healthy hair – it’s time to eat and drink well!



Thyroid issues are another hair-loss culprit, with distinctive symptoms of fatigue, weight gain and low moods. Hair loss is often our first real indicator that there’s a problem, as we tend to shrug of the rest as ‘just us’. What helps? A few things… ● See your GP ‘This is so fixable and reveals why the state of your hair can be a great indicator of health,’ says Sara. ‘Your doctor can give you a blood test and treatment.’ Not getting any joy? ‘See a trichologist!’ Go to for your nearest. ● Visit a herbalist They will be able to create a bespoke herbal tincture blend to support your thyroid. To find a qualified medical herbalist near you, visit ● Try DIY testing Napiers ThyroidStimulating Hormone (TSH) Home Test Kit (£12.50) tests how your thyroid is working – and you can use it from the comfort of your own home. ● Increase your iodine intake Iodine is essential for thyroid function – you can find it in dried seaweed, eggs, yoghurt, milk and cod. You could also try a seagreens supplement. TRY Seagreens Organic Hebridean Kelp Capsules, £17.25 for 90, Napiers.


Yes, we love a fad diet that promises speedy weight loss but, frankly, it’s a killer for hair, so we have no one else to blame but ourselves if diet is behind the sudden fall-out. Why me? ‘Extreme or fad dieting deprives the body of vital nutrients and is a proven cause of hair loss,’ says Sara. ‘When the body is lacking nutrients, hair shafts are weakened, causing breakage and slow hair regrowth.’ What helps? ‘Eating is good for you and your hair, just

ensure what you’re eating is nutrient-rich,’ says Sara. Need to lose weight but want to hang on to your hair? Try Sara’s rules…. ● Detox first before trying to lose weight ‘Toxins held in fat cells are released into your blood stream during weight loss, which can have hair-loss side efects.’ ● Lose slowly No more than 2lb a week if you’re pretty overweight or you’ll feel terrible as a result of the toxin release. ● Avoid low-fat diets ‘Sugar

is what makes people fat!’ says Sara. Ban sugar and add healthy fats in oily fish, avocado, nuts and olive oil. ● Eat protein at each meal Around 100g – about the size of your palm. ● Don’t skip meals That’s a healthy hair no-no! ● Drink more Two litres of water, soups, herbal teas or green teas. ‘Increasing your fluid intake can create more

hydrated and luxurious hair,’ says Sara. ● Take a supplement A good multivitamin, plus omegas for those essential fats, helps to boost hair recovery. TRY Multi & Omegas, £75 for a one-month supply, Hair Today More Tomorrow.

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‘From colour and supplements to stylers and volumisers, there’s a little miracle out there for your hair’ gap for a side parting or a style that starts at the crown to help cover things. If you have a side parting, flip sides – it can hide loss and give you bounce, too! ● Add fibres For instant cover-up gratification, nothing beats hair fibres. It’s the kind of beauty science we love, where charged fibres fuse to your hair, hiding thinning areas, boosting volume and covering greys! How clever is that? TRY Viviscal Conceal & Densify Volumizing Fibres, £19.99, Boots. ● Pump foam Increasing blood and nutrient supplies to follicles is key to hair growth, and Minoxidil is one medication that, in most cases, can do just that. New foams containing Minoxidil are the easy way to deliver the goods daily. TRY Regaine For Women Once A Day Scalp Foam, £34.99 for a two-month supply, Boots.

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There’s no evidence to say colouring causes hair to fall out. In fact, great colouring can do thinning hair all kinds of favours – swelling the shaft and helping it look thicker and fuller. However, if you overprocess it, strands break of, you lose volume and this often gets confused with loss. ● Beat the breaks! A great hairdresser will always colour roots then refresh the rest briefly to prevent overprocessing. If you’re a DIY-colour

devotee, then get salon smart and use a home colourant that mimics a professional routine. TRY Vidal Sassoon Salonist Permanent Hair Colour, £9.99, Boots.


A widening parting is a classic female pattern hair-loss symptom – but, happily, styling and science can come to your rescue. ● Do the flip Swap a centre parting that draws attention to the widening


What’s the big deal about shampoos containing cafeine? It’s a well-known energiser, and studies show that it may help with hair growth, as well as protect against damaging male hormones when our female hormones drop. But step away from that cofee cup – you’d have to down gallons each day to reach those follicles! Going topical is key, as cafeine is quickly absorbed by the roots. What to try? Cafeine-rich treatments and shampoos. TRY Plantur 39 Phyto-Caffeine Shampoo (for fine, brittle hair), £8.99 for 250ml, Boots.

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A great head massage can boost circulation (which helps with growth) and relieve stress. Try doing this smart routine from acupressure expert Skye Alexander for a few minutes each day… HAPPY HAIR MASSAGE ● Pour a little hair tonic or oil into your hands and work over your scalp. ● Massage your entire scalp daily with your fingertips. Begin at your forehead, move backward over your crown down to the nape of your neck. ● Now, proceed to massage the sides of your head, starting at your temples. What works? Tonic or oil, it’s your choice. We love the naturals: rosemary – a traditional hair-growth herb; calming lavender – to nourish roots; and neem – to promote healthy growth. TRY Revitalising Hair Tonic, £10.95 for 100ml, Weleda; Really Good Hair Oil, £16 for 100ml, Fushi. ● Skye is the author of Aromatherapy Card Deck (Fair Winds Press, £10.99).


If your brush is full of hair, it may be that hefty styling and detangling is snapping strands rather than the fall-out you fear most. Either way, a new brush may


Hang on, do they really work? Well, legions of fans say yes! Often pricey and once started it needs to be a long-term fixture in your daily routine, but find the right one and it could be just what your low-volume hair needs. ● Low-iron fallout? Try Lamberts Florisene (£16.95 for 90 tablets), which features iron, vitamin B12 and essential amino acid L-lysine. It can work well for evenly distributed hair loss. ● Thinning strands? Clinical trials showed that the ultra-new, easy-take liquid, Max Hair Collagen (£49.99 for 500ml, The Collagen Shop), improved hair density by 7%, growth by 11% and a reduction in fall-out by 8.3%. ● In a no-grow situation? Marine extracts seem key to growth. Viviscal – dubbed Botox for hair – also has zinc and biotin to encourage thicker, fuller and healthier growth. It’s the celebrity supplement of choice, backed by great research and reviews. TRY Viviscal Max Strength 60’s, £51.99 for a one-month supply, Boots.

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Yes! With some secret support from a great styling aid. Been put of by stif and sticky results of the past? Things have moved on, trust us! First, pick your formula… ● Spray Spritz through fine hair and blow-dry for gentle, cosseting volume. Pricey, but you’ll be hooked. TRY Aveda Purescription Volumising Tonic, £16.50 for 100ml, Look Fantastic ● Mousse There’s no need to skip conditioner any more – this lightweight foam doesn’t weigh fine hair down. TRY Pantene Pro-V Air-Light Foam Conditioner, £3.99, Superdrug. ● Gel It builds body with ease, but the trick is to work just a teeny blip into damp hair before blow-drying. TRY Redken Thickening Lotion 06, £11.50 for 150ml, Look Fantastic.


Yes, you can literally bake of your hair mid-strand when your dryer is too close and too hot. New blow-dry rules Keep heat low, keep it moving and keep things natural. Now and then, let hair air dry – it’s like a spa break for locks! New dryers to try Some have fab technology for protecting hair quality: ● Panasonic Nanoe Hairdryer (£54.99, Amazon). Nanoe technology helps moisture penetrate hair, making it smooth. ● Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer (£299.99, John Lewis). Expensive, but already a bestseller! It measures heat 20 times a second to prevent damage.

help things. Here are our new favourites… ● Eye Candy Rainbow Volume Brush (£12, Victoria Health; left). A bonkers-looking brush that aims to build volume instantly, thanks to its S-shaped teeth.

● Tangle Teezer Blow-Styling Full Paddle Brush (£20, Hairtrade; right). With clever no-pull teeth, it speeds through hair without pulling. Use it

for smooth styling and volume building. ● Philip Kingsley Radial Brush (£24). Our favourite for creating bounce, this boar bristle brush is cleverly vented for glossy blow-drying.

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e spend a bomb on hair styling, but rarely give hair health a nod until things get serious. Trouble is, most of us know so little about the unsung experts – trichologists – who can help with everything from poor hair quality to major fall-out issues. Why are they good? ‘Trichologists have a scientific and dermatological training,’ says trichologist Vanessa Bailey. ‘They fully understand how the rest of the body can afect the hair.’ Often costing less than a stylist, a visit to a trichologist can help get hair back in line. What’s the routine? Part hair expert, part counsellor, a trichologist can be brilliant at understanding your hair angst. Expect… ● A long first visit ‘Any recent illnesses or operations are talked over, plus care routines and stress levels,’ says Vanessa. ● A close look at your scalp and hair. ‘Trichologists are trained in finding out if the hair follicles are alive, shrinking, gone

or in the wrong stage of the hair-growth cycle at the wrong time,’ says Vanessa. ● Some tests A few plucked hairs may be looked at under a microscope or a blood test may be recommended. ● And finally... ‘At the end, your hair is diagnosed, causes discussed, diet and care advice is given, as well as what treatments are available,’ says Vanessa. Arguably, the cost is worth it for the stress relief alone! Consultations are from £60, and always go to a registered member of the Institute of Trichologists. ● Vanessa is a registered trichologist at The Hair Clinic at John Bell & Croyden London. Visit


Perhaps you have signature bald patches due to alopecia or extreme thinning on your crown and hairline as a result of stress, anaemia or hormone imbalance. If your confidence has taken a plunge and the usual treatments are proving lengthy or are simply not viable, these solutions may be worth exploring. ● Hair transplants A long-time favourite of guys, hair transplants are now available for women but they’re

pricey and not an option in every case. How they work? Transplants (where follicles are taken surgically from the back of the head, and implanted individually in the problem area) can give you around 30% of volume back in one operation, but for more coverage you would need two. Cost can be from around £3,000. Visit Alopecia UK’s website to learn more (

● Hair weaves These non-surgical treatments can add volume to thinning hair, disguise hair loss and deal with patches of baldness. How they work? A bespoke mesh is anchored to remaining hair and strands of real hair woven into it. They’re then cut, styled and magically integrated into your own hair. Cost can be from around £800. Visit and lucindaellery-hairloss. – both have clinics nationwide.

Defend, hold, soothe and stimulate your hair with natural ingredients... ● Dove Regenerate Nourishment shampoo (£6.29 for 250ml, Boots). Red algae and keratin essence penetrate deep into the follicle to repair inside and out. Fabulous! ● Philip Kingsley Elderflower & Rhubarb Hair Elasticizer (£19 for 75ml). Brilliant at hydrating and replenishing overprocessed hair. It has a great smell, too! ● John Masters Organics Deep Scalp Follicle Treatment For Thinning Hair (£23 for 125ml, Feel Unique). Seventeen herbs and essential oils boost hair volume and help growth. ● Klorane Oatmilk Dry Shampoo Spray (£8 for 150ml, Look Fantastic). Loved by stylists, the oat milk in this spray softens and protects fine, dry hair while adding a bit of lift. ● Ojon Rare Blend Protecting Treatment (£24 for 175ml, Look Fantastic). With ginseng, honey and lemongrass, this spray protects hair from heat styling, leaving locks smooth and glossy. ● Jason Thin to Thick Extra Volume Hair Spray (£8.29 for 237ml, Holland & Barrett). It’s weightless, but has great hold and gives weak hair body, thanks to green tea and strengthening biotin.

For a selection of delicious smoothie recipes to help with thinning hair or other hair problems, visit

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Best of health

Winter-proof your health Dr Sarah Brewer, GP and expert in complementary medicine, reveals how to stay healthy for the coming season

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t this time of year, it’s worth ensuring you’re at maximum health because, as all Game Of Thrones fans will know, ‘Winter is coming’. While you encounter more infections during the cold months, this doesn’t mean you have to get sick. If your immune system is at its peak, you can fight of infections. Personally, I stock up on pelargonium – a traditional herbal medicine that is more efective than any cold treatments I can prescribe as a doctor (see Herbal Hero on the next page). Diet is important, so I increase my vitamin D intake and eat more fruit – especially oranges for their vitamin C. I also eat more garlic, onions and leeks in winter, as they have antiviral properties and antioxidants to help minimise inflammation if symptoms start. Home-made French onion soup is a particular family favourite. Finally, I make sure I get enough rest. People who sleep for fewer than seven hours a night are three times more likely to develop cold symptoms than those who regularly sleep for eight hours or more. Check if you need any vaccines. Flu vaccination works by giving you a weak version of one or more influenza viruses expected to do the rounds this year. These viruses have been specially treated, so they cannot cause symptoms of disease. However, as your immune system learns to make antibodies to fight these weakened viruses, you can feel below par for a day or two. Because there are so many strains of the wild influenza virus, and because these change frequently, annual vaccination is required for protection. However, flu vaccines cannot guarantee total immunity against infection. Not


everyone produces a good antibody response, while unexpected strains of the virus can appear. At best, the vaccine provides 70% to 80% protection. But if you do develop symptoms, they’re likely to be milder than if you were not vaccinated, and there is a lower risk of complications. People who are most susceptible to potentially serious complications of flu are encouraged to receive a vaccination, including children aged two to seven, pregnant women, asthmatics and people aged 65 years and over. It is also recommended for residents of long-stay care homes, carers, people with long-term health problems that suppress immunity, diabetes, and those with diseases of the lungs, heart, kidneys or liver.

Regular exercise boosts immunity by increasing the activity of immune cells (known as ‘natural killer’ cells), which target infected and abnormal cells. As this is linked to neutralising the efects of stress hormones, exercise should be non-competitive. In fact, those who overtrain, or run marathons, are more at risk of viral illnesses due to the physical stress involved. A brisk 30- to 60-minute walk on most days is ideal.

A HEALTHY DIET IS KEY A varied, wholefood diet featuring your five a day helps ensure your immune system has all it needs to function efectively, because a small shortfall in certain nutrients can lower your resistance. White blood cells need iron to generate attack chemicals, for example, and depleted iron stores can increase the risk of recurrent candida (thrush) and herpes simplex (cold sore) viral infections, even at levels that aren’t low enough to cause anaemia. Viral infections are also more common if you’re lacking selenium or vitamin C, both of which can help

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Best of health to suppress the activation of viral genes. If your diet is not as good as it could be, your appetite is reduced, or if you are cutting back to lose weight, consider taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement. Try MultiVitality Gold (£9.95 for 180 tablets, Healthspan) or Multibionta 50+ (£11.99 for 60 tablets from pharmacies).

EXTRA CARE mmunace has been developed by Vitabiotics’ nutritionists to give you advanced nutritional support for all-round health and vitality. The formula includes vitamin D, zinc and selenium, which contribute to the normal function of the immune system, plus folate, which contributes to normal blood formation. It also provides vitamins C & E, which contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. However, if the harsh winter weather is really taking its toll then take your daily nutrient levels up a notch or two with Immunace Extra Protection. It gives you all the benefits of the original Immunace, plus additional nutrients, such as natural lycopene, resveratrol, astaxanthin, alpha lipoic acid and extra vitamin D at 1,000μ. Immunace (RRP £7.10 for 30 tablets) and Immunace Extra Protection (RRP £10.15 for 30 tablets) are both available from Boots, independent pharmacies, leading supermarkets, Holland & Barrett and health stores and online at


TAKE THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN Vitamin D plays an important role in immunity, and deficiency during winter months is linked to increased susceptibility to infection, as well as weakened muscles and bones. Once you’re over 50, your ability to synthesise vitamin D3 decreases. What’s more, those taking a statin also have less cholesterol building blocks to make vitamin D. It’s now advised that everyone in the UK takes 10 micrograms of vitamin D3 a day from October to March. Try Better You DLux spray (£7.95 for a three-month supply, BetterYou).

EAT MORE FISH Oily fish contains essential fatty acids, which regulate the way immune cells react to chemical signals, known as cytokines, so aim to eat at least two or three portions per week (or take a fish oil supplement). Try Boots Omega 3 Fish Oil (99p for 30 capsules).

GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP Sleep is a time of relaxation and regeneration in which we release substances to heal us and fight disease, while levels of cortisol – a stress hormone that suppresses immunity – fall. One way to a deep sleep is a warm bath with a few handfuls of magnesium salts before bedtime. Absorbed via the skin, magnesium relaxes muscles and promotes shuteye – try Westlab Magnesium Flakes (£8.99 for 1kg). The smell of lavender oil has a soporific efect, too. Try Tisserand Aromatherapy Lavender Bath Oil (£10.95 for 100ml).

AVOID CIGARETTE SMOKE Respiratory illnesses are more common in smokers and those exposed to passive smoking, as smoky atmospheres irritate and damage the nasal lining, meaning cold viruses are more likely to take hold.

WRAP UP WARM There’s truth in the old wives’ tale about catching a cold if you get wet in winter. When you feel cold, blood is directed away from your peripheries, including your nose lining, so incoming respiratory infections meet fewer antibodies secreted by the nasal mucus lining. Try wearing layers to trap body warmth; the ideal inner layer is natural silk – cotton is not as good, as it absorbs sweat.

AVOID EXCESS STRESS Stress has a negative efect on immunity, especially when you relax at the end of a stressful period. How often have you taken a break, only to spend the first few days in bed with a cold? A traditional herbal medicine is rhodiola, which increases resistance to infection while reducing stress. It also fights fatigue, improving alertness, memory, stamina and sleep quality.

TRY A HERBAL HERO! If you have cold symptoms, try pelargonium – it also helps against bronchitis and sinusitis. Pelargonium root extract has antiviral and antibacterial properties and reduces coughs, nasal discharge and headaches. Keep taking it three days after your symptoms have resolved to stop them returning.

WIN THE COLD WAR While many people with a cold stay at home to avoid spreading the infection, it may be too late – suferers are at their most contagious up to three days before symptoms appear. Try antiviral tissues containing vitamin C, which kills 99.9% of cold and flu viruses within 15 minutes. In contrast, viruses can survive for at least 24 hours in normal tissues. Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face, mouth, nose and eyes. Finally, keep germs at bay with a handsanitising spray, such as Aquaint (£2.49 for 50ml), a natural water that is safe to use on baby bottles and surfaces.

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How you can

beat diabetes (step away from

the muffin – now!) Cases of type 2 diabetes are increasing dramatically, but you don’t have to become one of the statistics. Here’s how you can keep your blood sugar in check


ith the number of people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes spiralling, experts warn it could bankrupt the NHS. As much as 10% of our health budget is already being poured into treating it, while a study suggests that the latter stages of the disease may involve Alzheimer’s. So it’s all the more shocking that this is a disease that is almost always caused by our lifestyle choices. Take a moment to think: are

Best of health you a desk-to-car-to-sofa kind of woman? Do you grab a skinny muin before work? Do you pride yourself on your ‘healthy’ fruit smoothies? Well, all these habits can increase your risk. The problem is that this is a largely silent disease. Symptoms (see Spotting The Warning Signs, below right) are slow to reveal themselves, and the millions of people who have been formally diagnosed are just the tip of

the iceberg, warns GP and Netdoctor glucose test from most pharmacies, but expert Dr Juliet McGrattan. ‘Millions to get a formal diagnosis you will need more of us have “prediabetes”, showing either a fasting glucose test or an HbA1c no symptoms. But this is the crucial test. Both are simple blood tests and stage at which the disease can be your GP should be happy to ofer you prevented, so ensure you get one. ‘The HbA1c looks at a type Nearly tested if you’re over 40 of haemoglobin in your red 4 million Brits (younger, if you’re overweight) blood cells that shows your have type 2 diabetes or if you have a parent or average blood sugar level and a further 11.9 sibling with the disease.’ over the past two to three million are at risk if You can buy a DIY blood months,’ says Dr McGrattan. current trends continue.

Spotting the warning signs

The sugar trap Diabetes is caused by problems with your body’s ability to metabolise sugars. If you have type 1 diabetes, your body can’t produce the insulin needed to turn sugar from your food into energy. With type 2 diabetes, you’re making insulin but your body can’t use it and that leads to sugar building up in your blood. One solution is to give your body less sugar in the first place, so there’s less to be metabolised – and build up in your blood. The patients’ forum at diabetes. has a Low Carb Program, which recommends getting no more than 25% of your daily calories from starchy carbs. This adds up to 120-150g of carbs, such as bread, pasta, rice and potatoes. ‘It’s advice that makes complete sense, especially if your blood sugar level is more than five on a fasting blood test,’ says nutritional therapist Jackie Lynch. ‘Counting sugars is far more important than counting calories when you’re trying to control or prevent diabetes. That means avoiding obvious culprits, such as sugary fizzy drinks, cakes, biscuits and sweets, but also limiting the healthier carbs on your plate – and watching out for hidden sugars, too.’

SYMPTOMS Feeling thirsty, needing the loo more often, blurred vision and regular tiredness are symptoms common to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. But with type 2, they can go unnoticed as they materialise so slowly – and the longer the condition goes untreated, the more susceptible you are to complications. You have twice the risk of cardiovascular problems, like heart disease and stroke, and diabetes is the single leading cause of end-stage kidney disease (requiring dialysis or transplant), as well as causing many cases of preventable blindness. ‘There are also 135 diabetes-related amputations in England every week,’ says Emma Elvin, clinical adviser for Diabetes UK.

ARE YOU AT RISK? Your age (being over 40), family history, and ethnicity all influence your likelihood – for example, type 2 diabetes is more common in south Asian communities and among people of African-Caribbean origin than it is in the general UK population. Check your risk at ALZHEIMER’S LINK It’s estimated that people with type 2 diabetes are 50% to 65% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Sugar-related inflammation is thought to produce amyloid proteins, which cause the plaques that characterise the brains of those with Alzheimer’s.

THE RULES TO FOLLOW ✔ DO divide your dinner plate into two halves. Fill one side with veg; the other needs to consist of half protein and half carbs (pasta, rice or potatoes). ✔ DO be veggie-wise. Think of carrots, parsnips and butternut squash as being borderline carbs, so limit these to a maximum of one on the vegetable side of your plate. ✔ DO treat fruit with caution. Avoid anything with a skin you can’t eat – bananas, pineapples, mangoes are all super-high in sugar. Stick to fruits with skins you can eat (apples, pears, berries). ✔ DO load up on pulses. Lentils and chickpeas fill you up, plus they contain inulin that helps flush out visceral fat.

✘ DON’T eat dessert for breakfast. Pastries and muins are out. If you do have to pick one, a plain croissant is the pastry with the lowest sugar content, with around ½tsp. But a ham and cheese one is best, as it contains protein. Remember: fighting diabetes is about protein versus sugar, even if the calories seem high. ✘ DON’T forget that a typical glass of orange juice has about the same amount of sugar as a fizzy drink. ✘ DON’T fall into the smoothie trap. The fruit in a typical 250ml serving of a banana and blueberry smoothie contains the equivalent of 8tsp sugar. Use fruit as a flavouring only and bulk out with spinach for vitamins and powdered flaxseed or plain (full fat) yoghurt for protein.

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Take a stand

GET MOVING ● Aim for a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise each week. Do anything you enjoy (walking, cycling, dancing) that gets you suiciently out of breath so that you can talk, but you can’t sing. ● If you’re someone who never takes any exercise, the thought of 150 minutes could be a huge turn-of – so break it down into two-minute chunks, three times a day, building up to 10-minute chunks, five days a week. ● Add some muscle-strengthening exercise. You don’t have to lift weights in a gym – digging the garden and lifting shopping count. Muscles release myokines, substances that help reduce the inflammation linked to diabetes. Having more muscle mass also speeds up your metabolism – aiding weight loss and reducing The number your risk of diabetes. of adults ● Don’t be too disheartened diagnosed with if the scales don’t reflect all diabetes has risen the work you’re putting in. 65% in 10 You can lose visceral fat without years. losing weight. And remember: muscles weigh more than fat. ● If you work in an oice, spend a few hours of your day standing up. For a desk that you can move up and down, try Varidesk (from £150, Using a standing desk can burn an additional 50 calories per hour and decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

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‘WALKING STOPPED MY DIABETES IN ITS TRACKS’ Joy Iheobi, 52, is a voluntary worker from Westhill, Aberdeenshire. She’s married to Christopher, 55, and has four children. ‘I loved the high-carb, high-fat African foods I’d grown up with – and I wasn’t taking enough exercise to compensate. Doctors warned me that, at 13st 2lb, I was prediabetic. I had been trying in vain to manage my condition before being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago. My mum had died of complications from diabetes, so this was a wake-up call. My doctor warned I could soon need drugs to treat it if I didn’t redouble my eforts with a healthier diet and more exercise.

I joined a Diabetes UK club and followed their advice to the letter. To lose weight, I cut the amount of carbs and protein I was eating, and loaded up the rest of my plate with vegetables. I started building brisk walking into my day – parking further from town, for example – and if it was raining, I ran on a treadmill. It was hard at times, but I was determined to make it work. My target was 250 minutes a week, which I achieved after six months. By then, I had lost nearly 2st and my HbA1c blood sugar test reading averaged 5.4, compared with the 7.8 when I was first diagnosed. I haven’t needed drugs at all and I now only have to see my doctor once a year. I’m amazed that simple lifestyle changes made such a diference.’

‘CHANGING MY DIET MEANT NO MORE MEDICATION’ Marie Turner, 37, is an administrator from Englefield Green, Surrey. ‘I was thirsty and drinking buckets of water when I went to my GP six years ago, fearing that I had type 2 diabetes. I knew the disease ran in my family and, weighing 16st 7lb, I was too large. So it was hardly surprising when my doctor confirmed my suspicions. Nevertheless, I was shocked by my blood sugar levels. I’d just eaten chocolate buttons and the finger-prick blood test revealed a blood sugar level of 19 – it should be between 5.5 and 6. The doctor put me straight on Metformin to control it, and I also

had to test my blood three times a day. Back home, I cried at the thought of having to do this for the rest of my life. For three years, I battled unsuccessfully with my weight. Then I joined Slimming World, and instantly discovered what I’d been doing wrong, such as eating too much processed food. After 13 months of eating fresh and healthy meals I had prepared myself, I’d lost 3st. My blood sugar was plummeting, and my GP took me of my drugs. That was two years ago. Since then, with the help of a personal trainer, I’ve lost another 1st. I am now 12st 4lb, oicially diabetes-free, and of the medication – hopefully, for the rest of my life.’

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If you have the kind of job and lifestyle that mean you’re sitting all day, you could be doubling your risk of developing diabetes, says Dr McGrattan. ‘Get up and move around for two minutes every 20-30 minutes. Make a cup of tea, go to the loo, stand to take a phone call – whatever it takes to get you on your feet. Add in vigorous exercise, too. It gets rid of the visceral fat (fat stored around your internal organs) that causes inflammation, disturbs your metabolism, and leads to diabetes. Within three months, you can achieve a marked improvement to your blood sugar levels.’

Family matters

Coping with ANXIETY in CHILDREN Avril McDonald, 43, lives in Chislehurst, Kent, with her daughter, Maggie, eight, and son, Luke, six.


y daughter Maggie was three when she woke up screaming from a nightmare. I ran to her bedside to find her wide-eyed with fear, the memory of a “monster monkey” leaping on to her back all too real. Too terrified to go back to sleep, she clung to me, desperate for comfort, and I had to think fast about how to help. “That’s a scary dream,” I conceded. “But imagine the monkey isn’t a

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We’re in the midst of an anxiety epidemic and, with young people most at risk, one mother is using her experiences to support kids struggling with the symptoms

monster at all. He’s a cute little thing with soft fur and big eyes, and he just wants to play with you...” I kept telling the story, swapping the scary monkey for one I knew my daughter would love. Soon she was asleep, and the next night she was begging to hear the story again. Reframing the terrifying tale into something warm and comforting had worked wonders, as I knew it would. I’d been using the same mind games on myself since I was a child… I was eight years old when I had my first panic attack. It came completely out of the blue: we were on holiday with

Advice for you them deal with their worries. I know all too well that A GROWING PROBLEM anxiety in young people ● Just as adults can experience anxiety, so can young children and is nothing new. But in teenagers, and it’s easy to feel out of your depth if your child is one young people are today’s fast-moving of them. Fortunately, awareness and early intervention from parents believed to be world, where we’re can help make this burden easier for young people to bear. sufering from an constantly bombarded ● Events such as starting a new school, moving house, adapting to anxiety disorder with information and a new sibling or losing a loved one can also trigger an anxiety disorder, in the UK. ideas from all angles, although for some children, problems may start without any obvious trigger. life can feel overwhelming ● Younger children may find phobias or being apart from their parents and for even the most emotionally loved ones more of a struggle. For older children and teenagers, extreme stable adults, let alone children who shyness, a fear of new situations, and generalised anxiety – worrying about are still figuring out who they are. a range of things – is more common. I hope my books show children that, although life can sometimes feel scary, there are ways of sending that fear away.’ It may sound silly, but shifting my family friends and were about to jump • Avril’s Feel Brave series (Crown House thoughts in this way helped me to into a natural spring pool when I had manage my anxiety through my teens a sudden feeling of being trapped. Publishing, £7.99 each) is out now. Visit and into my career, first as a teacher, My heart began to beat fast in my and later climbing the corporate ladder chest and I thought I was going to die. in a digital entertainment company. It was all over in 15 minutes, but in that EASE THEIR I met my partner, Rob, 12 years ago and moment, my life changed. TROUBLED MINDS my children, Maggie and Luke, followed It was the first sign of the anxiety that ● It’s normal for young people to feel soon after. Though I managed to keep has stalked me throughout my life, and nervous at times. A racing heart is a lid on my anxiety for the most part, continues to haunt me to this day. Back our body’s built-in alarm system – a then, anxiety was a little-known it was a continual learning curve. I felt rush of adrenaline that prepares us condition, and doctors could find no determined that my children wouldn’t to act quickly in the face of danger. medical cause for my racing heart. develop the same worry-inducing But sometimes we are panicked even I was 16 when my sister, thought patterns. when there’s no threat. This feeling who was training to be So when Maggie and can escalate from fleeting worries Luke started telling me a nurse, came home children sufers from to ongoing anxiety, which comes in about their worries, with photocopies from a mental health issues many guises – from being frightened I began to put all the medical journal. It was a – that’s an average of of the dark to conditions like OCD. things I’d learned to list of the symptoms I’d three children in every ● Parents are the best judge of good use. I created sufered from for nearly school class who may whether their child is struggling to stories to help them a decade: the vacant be struggling cope. ‘Children won’t always tell you tackle the common fears feeling in my brain, the to cope. if they’re feeling anxious,’ says Chris that primary school children chest pains, the diiculty Williams, professor of psychosocial have – from being left out in the breathing. They weren’t a sign psychiatry at Glasgow University. playground to worrying that something of my impending death, but symptoms ‘Look for tell-tale signs like tummy bad would happen to me. And the more of panic attacks triggered by anxiety. aches, headaches or disturbed sleep.’ Comforted that I wasn’t alone, I began I wrote, the more I realised my words ● Many kids have short-lived fears might help other children, too. to find out as much as I could on the – such as insects – but avoiding the I turned the stories into a book about subject. I learned that we each have things they worry about can make a little wolf called Wolfgang who, with the the power to change the way we feel the problem grow. Chris advises help of his friends, manages to overcome by switching our thoughts – a kind of breaking the fear down into small, his fears. After a lot of blood, sweat, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), achievable steps that are big enough which is a popular method used by tears and rejections from publishers, to help the child move forward. doctors to treat anxiety. to my delight, I finally received ● When your child’s fears start to So this is what I started doing. If a publishing deal 18 months ago. interfere with their day-to-day life, it I’ve since written four more stories I was dreading going somewhere, may be time to seek help from your as part of my Feel Brave series, which I’d reimagine it as a place I wanted GP or anxiety experts. For more deals with issues such as grief, to be. And if a problem at work began information, visit bullying, and low self-esteem. I also to gnaw away at me, I’d draw a line or call 0844 477 5774. visit primary schools to talk to children under it and tell myself that I was


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tremendously successful instead.

about Wolfgang, and how he can help

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Brilliant money moves

How the rich GROW THEIR

MONEY Whether you’re balancing the housekeeping or saving for a holiday, it’s worth copying the cash-savvy rules of the wealthy!

They take expert advice It can be tempting to do everything yourself – find a pension plan, choose investments, decide on a mortgage. However, the wealthy know that it pays to let others help. There are always new products on the market in the finance sector, each one claiming to be the best, ‘so it makes sense to seek out advice to help guide you,’ says Caroline Evans, from digital wealth management company MoneyFarm. For investment advice and pension plan queries, make an appointment with an independent financial adviser (IFA). They can charge you in diferent ways: a percentage fee; a fixed-fee per service; or an hourly rate (the UK average is around £150 per hour). Find one at – the site checks that its advisers listed are registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. If you’ve tried to find the best mortgage rates online but are deluged with conflicting information, you can also use the same site to find an independent mortgage advice company that compares the whole of the market. DO IT NOW The website is a good place to start to understand your options.

They assess the risk While long-term savings and investments can be lucrative, the well-of always pay attention to the investment term, says Anna Sofat, money expert for wealth management company Addidi. ‘You can determine the level of risk you can aford by looking at how long you have to invest.

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With pensions, you might be investing for a term of 20 years or more, so you can aford to take a higher risk. Retain short-term savings – which you might need in the next three to five years – and tie them to a fixed-term interestbearing account. Check what your bank or building society is paying regularly,

as interest rates do change, and often fall significantly after a fixed term.’ DO IT NOW If you need your money fast, invest in easy-to-access accounts or Premium Bonds (, where the rewards aren’t guaranteed, but your cash is safe, plus there’s a chance (however remote!) of a big win.

Advice for you

They plan for the future

They’re shrewd with credit

As many as one in seven of us don’t have a private pension, according to a survey by Prudential, and we all need to plan for a dramatic drop in income on retirement. Even if that feels like a long way of, the well-of know the importance of future financial security. With your salary, the ideal is to put away half of your age in percentage terms. If you work for a big company, you’ll have benefits such as pension schemes (some will match your payments into a scheme). Never opt out of these – in fact, where possible, invest more. Auto-enrolment into company pension schemes means you are opted in unless you choose otherwise, and you can increase your contributions. Your employer may match this. DO IT NOW Pension aside, it’s a good idea to start a separate rainy day fund to cover ‘what if’ scenarios – such as losing your job. ‘Start an emergency fund with three to six months’ worth of expenses,’ says Anna.

The well-of may have money in the bank, but they still rely on credit. Learn from them and use credit cards for big purchases and holidays, as they can give you valuable legal protection if the company you’re buying from goes bust or doesn’t deliver what it’s promised. But if you’re relying on credit cards for most of your shopping and pay too little of each month, you’ll find yourself landed with whacking great interest charges. ‘Borrowing on a credit card is not cheap,’ says Anna – currently, the average APR is around 10.67%. ‘So if you’re always paying of a card, think about converting the debt to a personal loan or move it to a 0% credit card.’ DO IT NOW If you use your credit card for day-to-day expenses, pay it of in full each month.

They ind the best way to borrow money When personal wealth is tied up in inaccessible assets or property, even the richest need to borrow. In fact, borrowing isn’t always a bad thing – just shop around for a good deal, says Kevin Mountford, banking expert at Getting the best interest rate is key, whether it’s a loan, overdraft or interest-free credit card. ‘To minimise the impact of borrowing, ensure you secure the lowest rate so you can repay the debt in the shortest possible time. If you have a number of debts, a low-rate loan is one way to consolidate several expensive debts so that less interest is paid,’ he says. DO IT NOW lets you compare low-rate loans.

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They do the sums When the pressure is on to make a fast decision, be it on a mortgage, a car, or any other major outgoing, it’s easy to feel you have to say ‘yes’ so you don’t risk losing the opportunity. Research by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows it takes just 21 minutes to decide to buy a house – you might not be buying a multimillion-pound mansion, but it’s a purchase you’ll be paying of for decades. Instead of focusing on the short-term gain of the purchase, look ahead like the wealthy do, advises Anna. ‘If you’re borrowing a large amount of money, work out how long it will take you to pay it back, and what you’ll do if interest rates increase. It may be that you’ll struggle in the long term, and that’s something people don’t always consider when under pressure.’ DO IT NOW Obvious, but true: be honest with yourself about how your purchase will impact the rest of your finances.

SUCCESS STORIES YOU CAN LEARN FROM Jo Malone, fragrance queen, left school at 15 after her mum had a stroke. Her bath oils, made at her kitchen table, were so popular that her husband quit his job to help set up a shop. Her company was bought by Estée Lauder in 1999 for millions. Jo, who is dyslexic, says: ‘I can’t fill out a form on my own; when I go into a bank I have to ask for help.’ WHAT YOU CAN LEARN Don't set limits on what you can do, or let anything hold you back. Everybody has weaknesses but, more importantly, strengths, too. Cath Kidston was 25 when she started an interior design business with a friend. ‘I didn’t have the confidence to do it on my own, so we had this shop for five years and it helped me understand how business worked,’ she says. Her first solo shop, Cath Kidston Household Efects, opened in London in 1993. ‘All I planned was to earn a living from my business,’ she says, but she discovered her niche of ‘beautiful but useful objects’ after her ironing board covers flew of the shelves. She says: ‘I wish I’d been more confident asking about things I didn’t know.’ WHAT YOU CAN LEARN Find a partner you can trust – and don’t be afraid to ask for advice or help. Julie Deane, founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company, started her business with £600. The company, which makes leather satchels, now has a turnover of £13 million. ‘I never asked anyone for money,’ she says. ‘I never had an overdraft and never overspent.’ WHAT YOU CAN LEARN If you don't have the pressure of borrowing, you may feel more free to make choices.

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Tech savvy



CAR No more wrong turns What did we do before satnavs? Have huge rows over shoddy map reading, that’s what! If you are still fighting over a wrinkled map, or your old satnav is past its best, the TomTom Start 42 is a high-tech relationship saviour. Lane guidance marks the way, avoiding last-minute panics at tricky motorway exits. This version has a fourinch screen but, for an extra £40, you can opt for the large six-inch Start 62. It covers 45 countries in Europe and allows you to download four full updates of your map of Europe every year. TomTom Start 42, £109.99, Argos

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Driverless cars may be the next big thing, but there are lots of other gizmos to add va-va-voom to your ride in the meantime. Here’s how to stay ahead of the curve

Carry-on child seat Trunki, the kids’ ride-on wheelie case, has been making travel with small children easier for 10 years. Its new portable car booster seat, BoostApak, doubles as a backpack and it is hand-luggage approved, meaning you can fly with it. Hiring a seat with a rental car can cost €10 a day, so it pays for itself. In the UK, children under 12, or under 135cm tall, must have a booster seat, and it fits any car. Meanwhile, the wipe-clean bag has room for travel essentials. BoostApak, £44.99, Trunki

Advice for you

The pressure is on The AA recommends checking your tyre pressure every two weeks. Oops. Incorrect tyre pressure can afect steering, braking and stability. Under-inflated tyres can also lead to bad fuel eiciency and reduce the life of your tyres. The Snooper continuously monitors tyre pressure and temperature, alerting you if it senses any changes. Fix the small pressure sensors to the valve stem on each of your tyres, then plug the Snooper display into the cigarette lighter. The sensors and display then communicate via Bluetooth. The display unit has a USB port, so you can use it to charge up your other devices. Snooper Tyre Pilot STP1400, £99.99, Snooper

Caught on camera Digital camcorders, mounted on the car’s windscreen like a satnav, record what’s happening on the road as you drive. You can capture evidence on film to use in the event of an accident, and they can also be used to prove you are a safe driver to bring down your insurance premiums. When buying, look for a wide-angle lens, photo mode – which lets you take a still photo (useful in an accident) – and a G-Sensor, which records force, impact and acceleration. The well-priced Next Base Dash Cam has a 140° wide-angle lens that produces high-res footage and can be fitted behind your rearview mirror so it doesn’t clutter your windscreen. The parking mode will even start the camera if someone bumps into your car while it’s parked. It’s Wi-Fi enabled and, after downloading the app, you can view the footage on your phone. Next Base Dash Cam 312GW, £99.99, Halfords

Never lose the car keys again

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The clever Gen 2 Bluetooth tags could mean the end of ‘have you seen my keys?’ echoing through the house. Attach them to your car keys and you can track their location with your phone, with the app guiding you towards them. Each tag has a tiny speaker that rings loudly, so your keys will call out to you. If they are out of the generous 100ft Bluetooth range, the app will show you on a map where and when it last recorded them. Tile Gen 2 Bluetooth Tracker, £19.99 for a pack of two, Currys

Power to the people! More than one phone running on empty? Avoid any in-car power battles with the Basics Car Charger. It will charge two diferent smartphones or gadgets at the same time, via the cigarette lighter, and is suitable for Apple, Android and Kindles. Check that your devices are compatible. Basics Car Charger, £6.49, Amazon For where to buy, see page 192

Easy listening Bored of tuning into Radio 2 or playing old CDs? The Pure Highway 400 updates your car’s audio system. You can stream music from your phone or tablet via Bluetooth, or services such as Spotify, which give you access to millions of songs. There’s also a DAB digital radio and, if you hear a track you like, it can be added to your Spotify playlist. You can also operate your phone via voice activation and hear the reply via the speakers. Install it yourself or use Halfords’ £30 We Fit service. Pure Highway 400, £129.99, Halfords

Test your skills Using the TomTom Curfer is like being judged by the Top Gear panel. It aims to improve the way you drive, telling you if you’re braking or accelerating harshly, or idling too long, giving you a score out of 100. Feedback is given via an app on your phone. You can also track how many hours or miles you’ve driven by day, month or year, along with engine performance. It plugs into the OBD port (we’d never heard of it either) – the ‘diagnostics port’ on the dashboard of most post2004 cars. This is great for tracking new drivers in the family – especially if they are in your car! TomTom Curfer, £59

TOTAL WIPE OUT Not a gadget, but a brilliant buy! Bird droppings can damage paint, so if you get targeted just after you’ve washed the car, use these for a quick clean. The Auto Glym wipes are individually sealed so they won’t dry out. Auto Glym Bird Dropping Wipes, £5.99, Amazon

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Love yourHOME

Keep it WARM, LIGHT & TOASTY! As we head into the winter months, Sarah shows you how to brighten and heat your home in style while saving money

FEEL THE HEAT Insulating your home is as sensible as putting on a jumper when it’s cold. They’re very similar principles – if you wear a jumper with an open neckline, it’s much colder than if you wear one with a rollneck. In the same way, gaps in insulation will allow heat to flood out – this could be spaces in the actual loft insulation or gaps around doors or windows that don’t shut properly. Thick, interlined curtains work wonders, and you can even use them internally to separate areas within your rooms. You can get clingfilm-style insulation for draughty windows that is inexpensive and super-easy to fit, as you just stick it on and heat with a hairdryer to tighten. When it comes to floors, a fitted carpet with a thick underlay is a fab insulator (below). If you have hard floors that you don’t want to completely cover, you could buy a rug, but it won’t work as well as a carpet.

Charnwood C Five, £894, Ludlow Stoves


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A woodburner is a super-efective way of heating a number of spaces – little ones fit into the tiniest of areas. The advantage is that they’re 90% eicient – only 10% of the heat goes up the chimney. Most open fires are 10% eicient, which means 90% goes up the chimney. There’s no doubt in my mind that a direct heat source and wearing a jumper is a healthier way to live – and it will also help your wallet!

KEEP FEET TOASTY There are some great underfloor heating options, which are brilliant for bathrooms where there’s little space for a radiator. They provide a lovely even heat and, as most of it is concentrated in the lower part of the room, very little is wasted. Underfloor heating has aesthetic benefits, too, as you won’t need other sources of warmth to spoil the clean lines of a room.


Victoria radiator, £398, Pure Bathroom Collection

GO TRADITIONAL Sadly, the most efective radiators are not always the coolest-looking! The greater the surface area, the more heat radiators pump out, so many of the modern flat-panelled ones don’t kick out as much warmth. Fortunately, you can now get amazing reproductions of traditional cast-iron radiators (or you can buy them in sections from some reclamation centres who’ll build and test them for you) that throw out terrific heat.

CHECK YOUR BOILER To get your heating running at maximum eiciency, have your boiler serviced every year. Also, make sure you own a bleed key to bleed radiators and fill up the system when you first turn it back on in the autumn. It not only makes it work better but it also stops the boiler from working too hard, which will ultimately save you money. A word of warning, though – don’t overfill the system. It’s a good idea to run through the ‘fill and bleed’ procedure with an engineer before you do it for the first time.

BEFORE YOU GO TOO HIGH-TECH... ... think carefully. I’m not convinced by controlling your heating remotely from an app on your phone. When you’re away from home, your mind is generally focused on something else (and so it should!) – how often do you really need to have the house warm before stepping through the front door? I think modern technology is fab, but it also has its place. Having seen many ‘smart home solutions’ come and go over the years, I think it’s unlikely to be worth the investment.

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When you’re thinking about the best lighting for your home, you’ll need it to be bright enough for everyday tasks. However, you don’t always want it so bright that you feel like you are sitting in a doctor’s surgery! Control is key – and it comes down to this. There are three types of lighting: task, ambient and mood, and you need to make sure you have all bases covered and can easily change which lights are on and of to create the look and feel you want. ● Task lighting allows you to see clearly in order to read or work. ● Ambient lighting has a natural feel and is mainly for the background. ● Mood lighting highlights particular areas and forms part of the decor.

Copper floor lamp, £149.95, Rigby & Mac

CREATE THE RIGHT MOOD Don’t underestimate the diference between ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ lamps. Warm light (what we traditionally think of as artificial light, such as candlelight) casts a yellow glow and flatters most complexions. Bluer, cool light closely resembles daylight and is great as a task light. It has its place but, for a traditionalist, like me, it’s a bit much all over a home. It’s always best to check a bulb’s ambience before you buy.


SHINE A LIGHT (OR TWO) Kitchens and bathrooms are the trickiest places to light, as you When it comes to table lamps, the really want a combination of both Victorians had the right idea – you can task lighting (for when never have enough! Finding nice Plum tripod ones can be harder than you you’re dicing up some table lamp, think, especially if you’re going rare vegetable à la Jamie £45, Next Oliver) and mood lighting for a traditional look. I’d suggest (for when you want to relax a maximum of two floor lamps in in the bath or chill in the any room, while table lamps can be on either end of a mantelpiece or dotted kitchen with friends over around most surfaces. With four footballa glass of wine). Spend extra time and a little extra money mad sons, I can’t have as many as I’d on the lighting and wiring like but once you’re past the wild child stage, they’re worth the investment. in these rooms, so you can dim or brighten on demand. THE LOW-DOWN ON LIGHT BULBS It was decided by the EU that traditional incandescent filament bulbs would gradually be phased out on environmental grounds. I question the wisdom of this widespread ‘ban’. We are where we are, however, and my advice is to move to LED/low-energy bulbs and only buy good-quality bulbs from reputable companies. Check the colour, output and see if the fitting can be dimmed or not.

Low-energy Baby Plumen 001 lightbulb, £16.99, Dowsing & Reynolds

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‘Our cosy, happy house’ A pale colour palette and an emphasis on light and texture has turned this former schoolhouse into a beautiful family home


hen Sarah and Richard Wassell first viewed their picturesque Tudor cottage in Northamptonshire, the floor in the living room was wet with damp. ‘It was a real worry, because the house is Grade II listed and we didn’t know what the planners would allow us to do about it,’ says Sarah, who bought the house in September 2013. ‘But it had a lovely feel to it, and we immediately thought we could live here and make it our own.’ Fortunately, the planners allowed the couple to put a subfloor over the Tudor

flagstones and lay a carpet, which added to the cosiness. So it was all systems go. Sarah’s vision for the schoolhouse was clear. ‘I’m drawn to natural colours, textures and greys,’ she says. ‘It felt right to me that this house should be plain and uncluttered.’ Most walls are a soft white and all fabrics and floor coverings are made from natural materials that emphasise texture. The carpet is a chunky wool and the kitchen floor is a beautiful tumbled limestone in an

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No place like home LIVING ROOM A variety of textures keeps the look simple to allow the original features of the stone hearth and mullioned windows to shine. The floor had to be raised by three inches to resolve a damp problem with the original Tudor flagstones.

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No place like home KITCHEN LEFT Sarah loves the texture of the stone walls and painted them in Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White to keep the kitchen as light as possible. She kept the original timber door (right) to provide character. The Wassells saved money on flooring in the kitchen by choosing a mixed limestone floor. Sarah now loves the variations in colour and texture. The bespoke units were made by a local firm and painted a deep grey.

uneven shade Sarah now loves. Maximising space and light was really important to Sarah and Richard, so ceilings were raised in the upstairs bedrooms to create a sense of openness in the otherwise tiny cottage. The airing cupboard was also removed to add extra room in the bathroom. ‘The bathroom was one of our biggest challenges,’ says Sarah. ‘I wanted a big bath but the kids wanted a shower. It’s a small room, so we had to choose the fittings carefully. We found that a wall-mounted basin made the best use of the space, and we spent a lot of time

‘It felt right to me that this house should be plain and uncluttered’

READING NOOK This ancient, mullioned window is Sarah’s favourite feature in the house. Originally an external window, it allows light to flood into the living room from the modern extension to the cottage, which houses the dining room and kitchen.

putting the loo in diferent places to make sure there was leg room!’ The old kitchen was ripped out to make way for bespoke, painted units. ‘I wanted to keep the kitchen very simple and run the units down one side to maximise space,’ says Sarah. ‘I was a little worried the units might look too dark, but I’m really pleased with them.’ When the family moved into the schoolhouse in March 2014, the biggest challenge was yet to come. Problems with the gas supply meant that they had no hot water for three months. ‘It was horrendous,’ says Sarah, ‘definitely the worst thing that happened in the whole process. The highlight of the year was when the hot water was finally working 110 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016

and I could sit in my bath and enjoy the view of the trees out of the window!’ Their work has paid of, as Sarah and Richard love their family home. ‘It’s such a warm, smiley house,’ says Sarah. ‘I love the feeling of calm I have coming home after a busy day. I can’t see why we’d want to live anywhere else.’

DINING ROOM ABOVE The whitetopped Habitat table has been with the Wassells since the children were tiny, and has proved near-indestructible in the face of many

family meals. The black pendant lights date from the 1960s and once hung in an Eastern Bloc car factory. The door to the utility room is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Of-Black.

STAIRS ABOVE Banisters at the end of the stairs were removed to help create a feeling of openness.

BATHROOM LEFT The ceiling height in this room gives an airy feel. The large, freestanding bath was positioned under the window to make the most of the views. The floor tiles are Black Hexagon Mosaic from Fired Earth.

MAIN BEDROOM ABOVE The high ceilings in this bedroom gave Sarah and Richard the idea of opening up the ceilings on the rest of the first floor to create more space. Sarah likes an uncluttered feel, so didn’t want to squeeze drawers or a wardrobe into the small room.

Get Sarah’s cosy, calming look

Nomad stools, £105 each, Sweetpea & Willow

Knit cushion, £14.99, Dunelm Sheepskin rug, £35, John Lewis

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Anneka pendant light, £19, Very Lime green tumblers, £36.95 for 4, Annabel James

Herringbone throw, £15, Sainsbury’s

Basket, £12, Sainsbury’s

Glass vase, £15, Marks & Spencer

Teak chair, £165, Puji Kindling bucket, £18, Amara

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Paint an old piece of furniture with gorgeous chalk or special-efect crackle finish paint. Just like that, it’s reborn!

Table top painted in Hidey Hole Eco Chic (as undercoat), £16.25 for 750ml; Crackle (as middle coat), £10 for 400ml; Eyebright Eco Chic (as top coat), £16.25 for 750ml; table base painted in Hidey Hole Eco Chic, £16.25 for 750ml, all Earthborn

DO IT TODAY ...and love it tomorrow! 40 simple shortcuts for a lovelier home in every possible way!

Easy home revamps 2 RESTYLE YOUR BOOKCASES


Have a clear-out of your paperbacks, keeping hold of old and new favourites. Rearrange them neatly, then style with pretty coloured vases and ceramics in between. You could paint the back wall of the shelf a calm or glam hue to make it all pop.

Putting in new taps, shower heads, lights and towel rails only takes a few hours. If you can’t do it yourself, call in a handyman. It’s a worthwhile investment.


Take down all the pictures in a room and rehang them on one eye-catching wall. Visual mishmash out, big style moment in!


Cooke & Lewis classic gold-efect bath taps, £32 for 2, B&Q

Replace a big dining table that you never use with a more intimate round version. Make a feature by hanging a knockout light pendant above it – it’ll feel special, even if you’re just having a takeaway! Zaria antique brass glass pendant, £160, Laura Ashley

7 WRAP BOOKS IN FABRIC Use fabric ofcuts and trimmings to make even the dullest covers look smart. For how to do it, see our lovely idea on page 140.

Quick fixes for windows 12 JAZZ UP YOUR CURTAINS Add instant impact with haberdashery. Borders, tapes, and trims will all look amazing.

13 TAKE POLE POSITION Just as you’d add earrings to your outfit to make it special, add finials to your curtain poles – they’re statement jewellery for your windows!

4 SHINE A LIGHT Good lighting changes everything. Keep it simple with a clip-on lamp – use it to shine a soft light on a favourite corner piece of furniture.

Bradbury roped ball finial in Fuchsia, £37.50, The Curtain Pole & Track Company

Osaka 1 Clip On Blue spotlight, £25.80, Där Lighting

14 DRESS THEM TO IMPRESS 5 If your tableware is chipped and

8 Love everything

cracked, start afresh. Keep it chic with white, adding colour with napkins and tablecloths, or go all out with pattern.

in your house – even the bin!

Dickins & Jones Penzance dinnerware, from £6, House of Fraser

Brabantia Orla Kiely bin, from £95 (for 21L), John Lewis

Double dress windows in luxurious thick, lined fabrics, like Style Studio’s Elega crushed velvet fabric (see below). Glam up what you have with luxe accessories – tassels and tie-backs are timeless and touchable. Elega crushed velvet fabric, from £235 for a pair of curtains, Style Studio


Having any floors retiled? It’s easy to fit low-cost underfloor heating at the same time.


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Easy home revamps 24 ARE YOUR PANS FRIED? Time for some new ones! Treat yourself to some copper beauties – they cook as good as they look, thanks to their ability to conduct heat. Pans with copper bases still look great hanging up, do the job brilliantly and cost less than a full copper pan!

Brass hanging frames, from £10, Oliver Bonas

15 MAKE A SPLASH One easy alternative to the conventional white subway-tile backsplash is a soft sheen or gloss paint finish in the same colour as your matt walls. Stunning. New Meringue Soft Sheen; New Meringue Flat Matt paint, both £24.49 for 2.5L, Dulux


Hide an awkward corner with a folding screen. Gold screen, £119, Very

19 CRAVING A LITTLE BLING? Try the metallic trend on a frame for some winter warmth. Copper, brass, rose gold... the choice is yours.

20 Vacuum pack seasonal items, like duvets, and win back cupboard space.

21 GET A NEW TV Prices have never been more competitive (post-Olympics is a good time to buy stock surpluses and Black Friday on 25 November is just around the corner). Look for superthin OLED technology and ultra HD 4K-ready TVs for astonishing quality. Bargains are to be had, trust us!


Treat yourself to pretty, guest-size soaps, so your soap dish always looks fresh. These will see you through the busy festive season and then some!

17 ADD SOMETHING USEFUL TO THE HALLWAY... ... and make sure it’s pretty, too! Estique Multi-Organiser, £20, Umbra

18 Buy beautiful editions of your favourite books and savour them. They’ll always deserve a spot on your shelf. These are just lovely.

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Infinity copper-base saucepans, £64.99 for 3; other items, all Dunelm

Acqua Di Carthusia guest soaps, £20 for 20, The Grooming Clinic

22 SHORT STOREYS Free up surface space with this fourtier, over-door storage rack, £24.99, Lakeland – ideal for spices and sauces.

Buy house numbers with character. Art Nouveau door numbers, from £14.50, David Meddings DeSign at Etsy

26 INVEST IN RUGS TO ZONE OFF SPACES They’re the quickest way to create a diferent mood for dining, lounging, etc. Hire a cleaning service for a deep clean and they’ll feel instantly amazing.


If you wouldn’t give your current bath towels and bedlinens to your visiting mother-in-law, ditch ’em and treat yourself to some new ones. You both deserve better.

Towels, from £4, George Home

Easy home revamps

Artificial palm, £16.95; pot, £38, both MiaFleur

28 Give a small space a makeover using beautiful vinyl floor tiles, fitting them yourself. You can go one step further and create super-stylish zones in smaller spaces by insetting tiles with brick-shaped vinyl flooring. Dee Hardwicke Lattice vinyl floor tile (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 2.5mm), £42.95 per sq metre; Little Bricks vinyl floor tile (30.5cm x 15.2cm x 2.5mm), £36.50 per sq metre, both Harvey Maria

29 Revive your fireplace by painting bricks and repolishing black lead with Manor Hotspot Stove & Grate Polish, £8.45, Philip Morris & Son.


Have a pre-Christmas clear-out and make a feelgood charity donation of your pre-loved items to your local charity shop. 33 PICTURE THIS Get those fave pet and holiday photos of your phone and into the living room by turning them into canvases, memory books or a cuteas-a-button cushion (right). From £19.99, Snapfish

34 SHARPEN UP Try colourful kitchen knives to make the mundane marvellous. These ones have soft-grip handles, too. Brooklyn Ombre knife set, £70, Taylor’s Eye Witness

35 Something that you sleep with for

30 IT’S A STICK-UP! Love the idea of a freshly tiled kitchen, but without doing the actual tiling? Problem solved with these fab stick-onthe-wall sheets of mosaic tiles. Simple! Smart mosaic tiles, £9.95 per sheet, Walls and Floors 116 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016

years should be worthy! The Simba hybrid mattress has memory foam and pocket springs, plus it fits in a box – so no tricky manoeuvring upstairs. Simba double mattress, £599, John Lewis

36 Get the glam look fast with new wallcoverings. Take it to another level with a paper that reflects the latest trend for marble and metallics. Marbled Pebble and Rose Gold wallpaper, £20 per roll, Graham & Brown

37 Keep those gorgeous summer smells all-year round with a lavenderscented laundry wash. Mrs White’s Laundry Maid machine wash, £15 for 1L, Roullier White

38 IT’S ABOUT TIME The clocks will be changing soon and the days will get shorter, so plug your room lights into timers so it’s bright when you wake and return home.


Change your shower curtain for a PVC-free antimicrobial one.

Alcott shower curtain with antibacterial protection, £16.99, Argos

40 SWITCH YOUR SHOWER HEAD – AND FEEL GREAT! Combine your shower with a beauty routine. The Mira Switch shower head let’s you change functions: ‘saturate’ gives a soothing rain-type spray, ‘stimulate’ is an energising spray that’s efective at rinsing shampoo from long hair, while ‘soak’ delivers a fine spray with thick streams of massaging water. Switch shower head, from £48, Mira

For where to buy, see page 192

Feature: Kathryn O’Shea-Evans and Gary Irwin

31 GROW! Fill an empty spot with a plant. Asparagus ferns thrive in indirect light, peace lilies flourish in low light. Succulents and air plants are all easy to look after. Or fake it!

Fab home and garden ideas from associate editor GARY IRWIN

Denim Drift matt finish, from £24.49 for 2.5L, Dulux

EASY ON THE EYE It’s the time of year when colour-trend predictions for the spring begin. Dulux has announced its key colour and it’s beautiful. Denim Drift is a mid-indigo that’s rich and easy to use, as it complements many shades, from crisp whites and neutrals to deepest inky blues for an on-trend, tone-on-tone look. How will you wear your denim next year?

Style it, grow it,

love it! It’s marbleous! BIRD FEEDER WITH APPEAL Feed your feathered friends in style this winter and support a good cause with this wonderful charity Poppy Bird Feeder. Fifty pence from each sale will go to The Royal British Legion. Gardman Poppy Bird Feeder, £6.99, B&Q

Try a trend

Marble is the material to have around the home right now – introduce it in little touches for a subtle take on the trend. I love these bathroom accessories for understated elegance. Add new towels for a fresh colour scheme, too.

White marble soap dispenser, £12; tumbler, £8; Ultimate Supima Cotton hand towels, £12 each, all Soak & Sleep

This little piggy This fun ofering from Prima and Flying Flowers – called Lord Pigglesworth! – features seasonal cyclamen in a cute sisal holder. Available exclusively this autumn, from £21.99, while stocks last. Order at

PALE & INTERESTING Understated and stylish, the new autumn/winter John Rocha collection at Debenhams is a dream. It shows that whites and pastels can look stunning in the winter home, especially when it comes to bedlinen. Create a cosy feel by adding a faux-fur throw and textured accessories, such as ribbed lamps and vases. Watercolour fleur bedlinen (double), £65; cushions, from £28; faux-fur throw, £120; candle holder, £10; lamp, £80, all RJR. John Rocha for Debenhams

CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY STYLE If you love the idea of country living with an on-trend edge, then don’t miss the latest edition of Modern Rustic, out now. It’s packed full of stunning homes and ideas that celebrate the handmade, artisan approach to living and shows what can be achieved on a modest budget. £9.99, selected retailers or

For where to buy, see page 192

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Enjoy a little

COMFORT This time of year has its compensations – like cooking dishes that are warming, filling and delicious. Let’s tuck in!

Aubergine bake This Italian classic dish is a little bit fiddly, but it’s worth the efort – trust us! SERVES 4 PREP 30min COOK about 45min • 2 aubergines, cut lengthways into 1cm (½in) wide strips • 2½tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 1 onion, finely chopped • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes • ½tbsp dried oregano • Large pinch of caster sugar • Large handful of fresh basil, chopped • 2 x 125g mozzarella balls, torn into pieces • 25g (1oz) vegetarian Parmesan-style cheese, grated 1 Preheat grill to medium. Arrange the aubergine slices on two large baking sheets. Brush with half the oil. Sprinkle over a little salt and grill each tray separately for 12min, turning the slices halfway through. Set aside. 2 Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large pan over a medium heat and fry the onion for 10min until soft. Add the garlic and fry for 1min more, then add the tomatoes, oregano and sugar. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15min until sauce is thick and pulpy. Stir in most of the basil. 3 Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan) mark 7. Spoon a thin layer of sauce into a 1.8 litre (3¼ pint) heatproof serving dish, then dot over a third of the mozzarella. Cover with a layer of grilled aubergine, then repeat the layering process once more, finishing with a layer of sauce and the final third of mozzarella. 4 Sprinkle over the Parmesan-style cheese and bake for 15-20min until bubbling and golden. Garnish with remaining basil and serve with crusty bread and a crisp green salad. GET AHEAD Prepare to end of step 3 up to a day ahead. Cool, cover and chill. Complete recipe to serve, allowing an extra 5min of cooking time. PER SERVING: CALS 298; FAT 22g; SAT FAT 11g; CARBS 9g 118 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016

Bacon & squash risotto A one-pot wonder that’s deliciously creamy. SERVES 4 PREP 20min COOK about 30min • 1tbsp olive oil • 200g (7oz) smoked bacon lardons • ½ butternut squash, about 350g (12oz) • 1 onion, finely chopped • 1 garlic clove, crushed • 350g (12oz) risotto rice • 150ml (¼ pint) white wine • 1.1 litre (2 pint) hot vegetable stock • 2tbsp pesto

1 Heat half the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Fry lardons for 5min or until golden. Meanwhile, peel the squash, then remove and discard any seeds. Cut the squash into 1.5cm (⅔in) cubes. 2 Use a slotted spoon to lift out bacon and put into a large bowl. Add remaining oil to the pan and fry squash and onion for 10min until tender. Stir in garlic and cook for 1min. Lift squash mixture out of pan and add to bacon. 3 Return the empty pan to the heat and add the rice and wine. Bring to the boil and simmer, stirring, for 2min. Gradually add the stock one ladleful at a time, adding each ladleful only when the previous one has been absorbed. Stir well after each addition. Continue until the rice is cooked – this will take about 15-20min. 4 Stir bacon mixture into the risotto and swirl through the pesto. Check the seasoning, then serve immediately. PER SERVING: CALS 575; FAT 20g; SAT FAT 5g; CARBS 80g

Try this

Vary the flavour of the risotto by experimenting with diferent pestos.


Sweet potato & chorizo soup This wholesome dish is full of flavours – the spicy chorizo complements the sweet potato perfectly. SERVES 4 PREP 15min COOK about 30min

Spicy shepherd’s pie Update this comfort-food classic with a bit of a kick – it’s delicious! SERVES 4-6 PREP 15min COOK 1hr 5min • 2tbsp sunflower oil • 450g (1lb) lamb mince • 1 medium onion, chopped • 1 celery stick, finely chopped • 1 garlic clove, crushed • 2.5cm (1in) piece root ginger, grated • 1tbsp ground coriander • 1½tsp garam masala • ½tsp chilli powder • 1tbsp plain flour • 1tbsp tomato purée • 600ml (1 pint) hot lamb stock • 600g (1lb 5oz) floury potatoes, such as Desiree, cut into large chunks • 50g (2oz) butter • 4tbsp plain yoghurt 1 Heat 1tbsp oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Brown the mince in two batches. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. 2 Add remaining oil and gently fry the onion and celery for 10min until softened. Add garlic and ginger and cook for 1min. Stir in the spices, flour and tomato purée and cook for 2min.

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3 Gradually stir in the stock, then return mince to the pan. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 45min. 4 Meanwhile, bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and cook the potato chunks for 15-20min until tender. Drain, then let them steam-dry in the colander for 2min. 5 Preheat the grill to medium. Mash the potatoes with the butter. Cover and chill. Stir the yoghurt into the mash in the pan and check the seasoning. Tip the lamb mixture into an ovenproof dish and top with the mash. Grill until golden and serve with seasonal vegetables. GET AHEAD Assemble the shepherd’s pie up to two days ahead or freeze, covered, for up to three months. Defrost before reheating. To heat through, cook at 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4 for 25-30min until golden and bubbling. PER SERVING: CALS 533; FAT 30g; SAT FAT 14g; CARBS 46g

• 1tsp oil, plus extra to garnish • 75g (3oz) chorizo, skinned and chopped • 1 onion, chopped • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped • 750g (1lb 10½oz) sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into rough 2.5cm (1in) pieces • 1.1 litre (2 pint) hot vegetable or chicken stock • 2 rosemary sprigs 1 Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the chorizo until golden. Lift the chorizo out and on to a plate with a slotted spoon (leaving behind any oil), then set aside. 2 Gently fry the onion in the empty chorizo pan for 8-10min until softened, then add the garlic and fry for 1min more. Stir in the sweet potatoes and cover with the stock. Add the rosemary sprigs and bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 10-15min until the potatoes are completely soft. 3 Pull out and discard the woody rosemary stalks (most of the leaves will have dropped into the soup). Use a hand blender to whizz the soup until smooth, thinning with a little more stock or boiling water if it seems too thick. Season to taste, then divide among four warmed bowls. Garnish with the fried chorizo and a swirl of oil. Serve with crusty bread, if you like. PER SERVING: CALS 242; FAT 6g; SAT FAT 2g; CARBS 44g

‘Serve this soup on a chilly autumn evening with warm crusty bread – yum!’

Feelgood food Try this

Prefer a chunky texture? Blend the soup roughly rather than blitzing it until smooth.

Proper beef stew with dumplings No need to brown the beef – this is easier and just as tasty! SERVES 6 PREP 25min COOK 3hr 15min

Chicken & bacon pie No pie dish? Don’t worry, just use an ovenproof dish and lay the pastry on top with the edges tucked in. Easy! SERVES 4 PREP 30min COOK about 55min • 1tbsp olive oil • 4 chicken breasts, cut into 2.5cm (1in) cubes • 1 medium onion, sliced • 1 carrot, roughly chopped • 50g (2oz) smoked streaky bacon, chopped • 1tbsp flour • 200ml (7fl oz) chicken stock • 100ml (3½fl oz) double cream • 25g (1oz) frozen peas • 1½tsp wholegrain mustard • 1tbsp freshly chopped tarragon • 175g (6oz) puf pastry • 1 medium egg, beaten 1 Heat half the oil in a large pan, then brown the chicken in batches. Set aside. Add remaining oil, then fry the onion and carrot for 10min. Add the bacon and cook for 3min. 2 Stir in flour and cook for 1min. 122 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016

Gradually add stock, stirring well. Add cream and then return chicken to pan. Simmer for 5min, until the chicken is cooked through. 3 Add peas, mustard and tarragon, then allow to cool a little. 4 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Put a pie funnel, if you have one, in the centre of a 1 litre (1¾ pint) pie dish or ovenproof casserole and tip in the filling. Roll out pastry to make a lid (make a slit for the pie funnel). Brush pastry edges with egg, then lay over the dish and trim with a sharp knife. Seal and brush with beaten egg and cook for 25-30min until golden. GET AHEAD Assemble the pie, cover and chill for up to two days. Brush with beaten egg and complete recipe. PER SERVING: CALS 554; FAT 34g; SAT FAT 6g; CARBS 24g

• 2tbsp vegetable oil • 1 onion, roughly chopped • 1kg (2lb 3½oz) braising steak, cut into 4cm (1½in) chunks • Plain flour, to dust • 2 parsnips, cut into 2.5cm (1in) pieces • 2 carrots, cut into 2.5cm (1in) pieces • 1 leek, cut into 1cm (½in) slices • 3tbsp tomato purée • 200ml (7fl oz) red wine • 600ml (1 pint) beef stock • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs FOR THE DUMPLINGS • 125g (4oz) self-raising flour • 60g (2½oz) suet • 1tbsp dried parsley 1 Preheat oven to 160°C (140°C fan) mark 3. Heat oil in a flameproof casserole dish with a tight-fitting lid; gently fry onion for 5min. 2 Meanwhile, dry the beef pieces with kitchen paper and dust with the plain flour (tapping of any excess). Add to onion pan with vegetables, purée, wine, stock and rosemary (the meat and veg should just be covered with liquid – if not, top up with more stock or water). Turn up the heat, bring to the boil, cover and put in the oven. Cook until the beef is tender – about 3hr. 3 Half an hour before beef is ready, make dumplings. Sift the flour into a bowl and stir in suet and parsley. Add 100ml (3½fl oz) cold water and stir to make a soft dough. 4 Take casserole out of oven; remove lid; discard rosemary sprigs. Pinch of walnutsized pieces of dumpling dough, roll into balls and place on top of stew. Return to oven (without lid) for the final 30min, or until dumplings are lightly golden. Serve with mashed potatoes, if you like. FREEZE AHEAD Make to end of step 2, then cool. Transfer to a container and freeze for up to a month. To serve, defrost overnight in the fridge. Empty into the casserole and bring to boil on the hob. Make dumplings, place on top of stew and cook for 30min in an oven preheated to 160°C (140°C fan) mark 3. PER SERVING (WITHOUT MASH): CALS 526; FAT 28g; SAT FAT 12g; CARBS 27g

Feelgood food

Try this

To give the stew a more British flavour, replace the wine with ale.

Feelgood food

Rosti-topped chicken Such a satisfying crowd-pleaser – your guests will love it!

1 Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4. Heat oil in a medium-large flameproof casserole dish or ovenproof deep frying pan over a medium heat. Fry mushrooms, lardons and chicken, until the chicken is just cooked through. 2 Add the garlic and flour and cook, stirring, for 1min. Take pan of the heat and gradually mix in the milk. Return pan to the heat and stir until the sauce has thickened. Stir in the peas and parsley, and check the seasoning. 3 Peel and coarsely grate the potato then, taking small handfuls over the sink, squeeze out any liquid. Once all the potato has been squeezed, mix in the cheese and scatter mixture over the chicken filling. 4 Cook in the oven for 25-30min until the topping is golden and the filling is bubbling. Serve with a green salad. PER SERVING: CALS 457; FAT 19g; SAT FAT 7g; CARBS 22g

Try this

For even more flavour, try using chicken thighs instead of breast fillets.

Feature: Hearst Food Network Photos: Steve Baxter, Gareth Morgans, Brett Stevens, Sam Stowell, Myles New

SERVES 4 PREP 25min COOK about 45min • 300ml (½ pint) milk • 1tbsp olive oil • 75g (3oz) frozen peas • 250g (9oz) cup mushrooms, • Large handful of fresh parsley, sliced roughly chopped • 100g (3½oz) smoked lardons FOR THE TOPPING • 500g (1lb 2oz) skinless chicken • 1 medium/large potato, about breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces 275g (10oz) • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 50g (2oz) mature Cheddar, grated • 25g (1oz) plain flour

Dinners in a dash



LET’S MAKE IT TONIGHT! Serve up something delicious that looks amazing – and is on the table in 45 minutes or less!



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Dinners in a dash Gnocchi bake

Curry pork steaks with fruity couscous

SERVES 4 PREP 5min COOK about 10min

golden and cooked through. 2 Meanwhile, put the couscous and chickpeas into a bowl and pour over the stock. Cover with clingfilm and set aside for 5min, then use a fork to fluf up. Stir in sultanas, lime zest and juice and most of the parsley. 3 When the pork is cooked through, spoon 1tsp aubergine pickle on top of each steak, then garnish with the remaining parsley. Serve the pork with the couscous and a green salad. PER SERVING: CALS 592; FAT 31g; SAT FAT 8g; CARBS 46g

750g (1lb 10½oz) gnocchi 3tbsp mascarpone 400g tin cherry tomatoes ½tbsp sun-dried tomato purée 1 spring onion, thinly sliced ½ garlic clove, finely chopped 125g ball bufalo mozzarella, torn into pieces Large handful of rocket 1 Preheat grill to medium. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the gnocchi and cook for 3-4min, or until they bob to the surface. Drain and tip into a large bowl. 2 Stir through the mascarpone, tomatoes, tomato purée, spring onion and garlic. Check the seasoning, then empty the mix into a 2 litre (3½ pint) ovenproof casserole dish.

Hot-smoked salmon & mascarpone pasta

Thai chicken & coriander coconut rice

SERVES 4 PREP 5min COOK about 10min

SERVES 4 PREP 15min COOK 30min

400g (14oz) dried fusilli pasta 5 spring onions, thinly sliced 2tbsp dill, roughly chopped 25g (1oz) pine nuts, toasted 175g (6oz) mascarpone 50ml (2fl oz) hot fish stock 200g (7oz) hot-smoked salmon fillets, skinned, flaked Zest of 1 lemon 1 Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. 2 Mix together the spring onions, dill and pine nuts. 3 Heat the mascarpone and stock together in a large pan. Stir until smooth, then add the salmon, lemon zest and three-quarters of the spring onion mixture. Season and heat through.

1kg (2lb 3½oz) mix of chicken thighs and drumsticks 1tbsp sunflower oil 3tbsp sweet chilli sauce 1tsp fish sauce 2.5cm (1in) fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated 1 garlic clove, crushed Zest and juice of 1 lime 250g (9oz) long-grain rice, washed 4tbsp desiccated coconut Small handful of fresh coriander, chopped 1 Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Put the chicken pieces into a roasting tin just large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add oil, chilli sauce, fish sauce, ginger, garlic, lime zest and juice. Mix together (it’s easiest to use

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4 Drain the pasta and stir into the sauce. Garnish with the remaining spring onion mixture and serve. PER SERVING: CALS 687; FAT 32g; SAT FAT 15g; CARBS 76g

TRY THIS To make this dish veggie, replace the fish stock with vegetable stock and substitute a tin of artichokes (drained and chopped) for the salmon.

Dot over the mozzarella, then grill for 5min until piping hot and golden. Top with rocket and serve. PER SERVING: CALS 440; FAT 12g; SAT FAT 8g; CARBS 68g

TRY THIS For meat lovers, simply add chopped ham, diced chorizo or cooked bacon lardons to the mascarpone mix.

your hands). Turn the chicken pieces skin-side up and roast in the oven for 30min, until cooked through. 2 When the chicken has 15min left in the oven, cook the rice according to the packet instructions, adding the desiccated coconut after 5min. 3 Stir the coriander through the finished cooked rice and serve with the chicken, drizzled with pan juices. PER SERVING: CALS 775; FAT 41g; SAT FAT 16g; CARBS 59g

Feature: Hearst Food Network Photos: Steve Baxter, Gareth Morgans, Myles New, Jon Whitaker

4 x 150g (5oz) pork shoulder steaks 2tbsp medium-hot curry paste 150g (5oz) couscous 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed 250ml (9fl oz) hot chicken stock 75g (3oz) sultanas Zest and juice of 1 lime Large handful of fresh parsley, chopped 4tsp aubergine pickle (we used Patak’s Brinjal Pickle) 1 Preheat grill to high. Put the pork steaks on a board, cover with clingfilm and flatten with a rolling pin. Transfer to a bowl, add curry paste and stir to coat. Arrange steaks on a non-stick baking tray, then grill for 12-13min, turning once, until

SERVES 4 PREP 10min COOK about 15min

DESSERTS to die for! Does it get any better than a mouthwatering pudding on a cold winter’s day?

Time for pudding!

Pear & almond cobbler Cobblers are similar to crumbles, but the fruit is covered with a crispy, dumpling-like topping, making them the ultimate comfort heaven. SERVES 4 PREP 20min COOK about 40min • 900g (2lb) ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunks • Zest and juice of ½ lemon • 75g (3oz) light soft brown sugar FOR THE TOPPING • 225g (8oz) self-raising flour • 2tsp baking powder • 75g (3oz) butter, diced, plus extra for greasing • 75g (3oz) caster sugar • 1 medium egg, beaten • 100ml (3½fl oz) buttermilk • 1tbsp demerara sugar • Small handful of flaked almonds 1 Heat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan) mark 5. Put pears into a pan with a splash of water, lemon zest and juice and brown sugar. Cook over a medium heat for 5min, until just softened. Transfer to a lightly buttered ovenproof dish about 1 litre (1¾ pint) in volume. 2 Put the flour, baking powder and butter into a food processor and whizz until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in caster sugar. Transfer to a bowl. 3 Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add the egg and most of the buttermilk. Mix to form a soft, sticky dough, adding more of the buttermilk, if necessary. 4 Dollop tablespoons of the mixture on top of the pears, spacing slightly apart. Sprinkle with the demerara sugar and almonds. Bake for 30-35min, until golden and bubbling. Serve with cream or custard, if you like.

Try this

Replace the almonds with a handful of chopped hazelnuts for a tasty alternative.

Best-ever butterscotch pudding This magical ofering is made with a topping that turns into a deliciously creamy sauce at the bottom – everyone will be back for more! SERVES 6 PREP 25min COOK about 40min • 125g (4oz) unsalted butter, plus extra to grease • 200g (7oz) self-raising flour • 50g (2oz) dark brown soft sugar • 1 large egg • 150ml (¼ pint) milk • Finely grated zest of ½ lemon • 1tsp vanilla extract • 2tbsp golden syrup • Icing sugar, to dust FOR THE TOPPING • 2tbsp cornflour • 100g (3½oz) dark brown soft sugar • 150ml (¼ pint) double cream • 1tsp vanilla extract • 2tbsp golden syrup 1 Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4. Grease a 1.8 litre (3¼ pint) ovenproof dish. Melt the butter and set aside. 2 Sift the flour into a bowl and stir in the

50g (2oz) dark brown soft sugar. Add the egg to the melted butter, along with the milk, lemon zest, vanilla and golden syrup, and mix. Add wet ingredients to the flour bowl and whisk until smooth. Scrape mixture into the dish and level. 3 For the topping, mix the cornflour and sugar and scatter over the raw cake. 4 Next, heat the cream with 100ml (3½fl oz) water until almost boiling. Take of the heat, stir in the vanilla and syrup, and carefully pour all over the cake. Bake for 35min, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Dust with icing sugar and serve with cream, if you like. FREEZE AHEAD Prepare to end of step 3 in an ovenproof and freezerproof dish; wrap in clingfilm. Freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4, pour the hot cream mixture over the frozen pudding and bake for 55min-1hr.

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Time for pudding!

Plum & apple crumble Use Bramley apples, which slump down a little during cooking, or Braeburn or Gala for a perky finish.

• 6 large plums • 3 Bramley apples, about 500g (1lb 2oz) • 50g (2oz) light brown soft or caster sugar • 1tsp ground cinnamon • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon FOR THE CRUMBLE TOPPING • 175g (6oz) plain flour • 125g (4oz) butter, chilled and cut into cubes • 50g (2oz) rolled oats • 75g (3oz) demerara sugar 1 Preheat oven 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Halve and stone the plums, then roughly chop and put into a large pan. Peel and core the apples, roughly chop, and add to the pan with the sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest and 5tbsp water. Cover and heat gently until apples are softening, about 5min. 2 Empty fruit into a shallow, ovenproof serving dish; set aside. 3 To make the topping, put the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine rubble. Mix in oats and demerara sugar; scatter topping over the fruit. 4 Bake for 25-30min, until golden. Serve with custard, if you like.

Whisky bread & butter pudding This bread and butter pudding is taken to new heights with the addition of chocolate and whisky. SERVES 8 PREP 20min, plus soaking COOK about 40min • Butter for greasing • 325ml (11fl oz) each whole milk and double cream • 150g (5oz) dark chocolate, finely chopped • 1 large egg, plus 5 large egg yolks • 75g (3oz) caster sugar • 50-75ml (2-3fl oz) whisky • 300g (11oz) sliced white bread, cut into quarters diagonally • 25g (1oz) toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped • 1½tbsp demerara sugar • Icing sugar, to dust 1 Lightly grease a 2.5 litre (4⅓ pint) ovenproof dish. Pour the milk and cream into a pan and bring just to the boil. Take of the heat and add the chocolate. Stir until melted and smooth. 2 In a bowl, beat together the egg, egg yolks and caster sugar. Gradually add the chocolate mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in the whisky, then strain through a sieve into a jug. 3 Arrange the bread neatly in the prepared dish, overlapping the slices. Sprinkle a few hazelnuts between the slices, then pour over most of the chocolate mixture. Press the bread down lightly; leave to soak for 20min. Pour over the remaining liquid. 4 Preheat oven to 170°C (150°C fan) mark 3. Scatter the demerara sugar and remaining hazelnuts on top. Bake for 30-35min, until custard is just set. Dust with icing sugar and serve with cream, if you like. 130 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016

Try this

Replace the whisky with Cointreau for a chocolateorange flavour. Delicious!

Feature: Hearst Food Network Photos: Steve Baxter, Brent Darby, Sam Stowell, Philip Webb

SERVES 6 PREP 20min COOK about 30min

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Your extra-special 2016

Christmas cake CUTS INTO ABOUT 16 SLICES PREP 30min, plus overnight soaking and cooling COOK about 2hr 45min • 300g (11oz) each raisins and sultanas • 100g (3½oz) each dried apricots and dried figs, chopped • 150ml (¼ pint) sweet Marsala wine (look for dolce/sweet on the label), plus extra to feed, optional • Finely grated zest of 1 small orange • 125g (4oz) unsalted butter, softened, plus extra to grease • 200g (7oz) light brown soft sugar • 2 large eggs, beaten • 200g (7oz) self-raising flour • 75g (3oz) runny honey • 2tsp mixed spice • ¼tsp ground cloves • 200g (7oz) walnuts, roughly chopped

1 Put the dried fruit into a large nonmetallic bowl and stir in the Marsala and orange zest. Cover with clingfilm and leave at room temperature to soak overnight (see Try this, below right). 2 When the fruit is ready, preheat the oven to 150°C (130°C fan) mark 2. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20.5cm (8in) round cake tin with baking parchment, making sure paper comes to top of the tin. Wrap a double layer of baking parchment around outside of tin, securing with string, to stop the cake burning. 3 With a handheld electric whisk, beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl until flufy – about 5min. Gradually beat in eggs – if the mixture looks as if it might curdle, whisk in a little of the flour. Whisk in honey until combined.

4 Sift flour and spices over the butter mixture and fold in with a large metal spoon. Next, fold in the walnuts and soaked fruit (with any remaining liquid) until combined. Spoon mixture into prepared tin and level surface. 5 Bake for 2hr 30min to 2hr 45min, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cover with foil if the cake is browning too quickly. 6 Leave to cool in the tin for 10min, then take out and cool completely on a wire rack (still in its baking parchment). Wrap a few layers of clingfilm around the cooled cake (still in its paper), then wrap well in foil. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months. To serve, slice with a large serrated knife. PER SERVING: CALS 393; FAT 16g; SAT FAT 5g; CARBS 59g

Try this

If you don’t have time to soak fruit overnight, microwave it in a bowl for 2½min, stirring halfway. Leave to cool.

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Feature: Hearst Food Network Photo: Sam Stowell

Impress your guests with this rich fruitcake that’s full of Italian flavours

Culinary delights from food editor HEATHER WHINNEY

Cosy up with a warmer! Comforting dishes come into their own right now. Top of my list is pumpkin curry, served with seasonal greens and flufy rice. When it comes to soups, I just love making celeriac soup with a sprinkle of blue cheese on top. And for afters, it has to a homemade apple cake or pie – as far as I’m concerned, apples are the fruit of the season. This is warming comfort food that gives you a big hug.

Feeling saucy? 3 condiments to add oomph to your food

❶ The Foraging Fox Smoked Beetroot Ketchup (£3.49 for 225g, Ocado). This ketchup is packed with so much flavour. Smoky beetroot is the perfect balance of sweet, earthy and rich – delicious on anything from griddled meats to scrambled eggs. 100% natural and gluten-free.

Photos: Peter Cassidy, Hearst Magazines UK

❷ Tracklements Fresh Chilli Jam (£3.80 for 250g, Waitrose). Spoon on to most things – it livens up meat, fish, roasted veg or a cheese sarni. It isn’t too hot or sweet – the ideal combo of both.

❸ Sidekick Hot Tom Spicy Ketchup (£3.90 for 250ml). Wow, if you like your sauces hot, you’ll love this range! In addition to the heat, it has a sweet tomato flavour. Plus, only natural ingredients are used. For where to buy, see page 192

Cook it, eat it,

love it! Golly Gosh! This new Naturally Free-From range from Gosh has great flavour combos, such as sweetcorn and quinoa bites, and mushroom, puy lentil and butter bean burgers. They make a healthy food choice and are accredited by The Vegetarian and Vegan Society and Coeliac UK. • £2.50 for £250g, Tesco


Sometimes, reaching for a ready meal is the best option, but it can mean compromising on the calorie count. Step in Weight Watchers’ new chilled, prepared meals, all under 400 calories! So, when time’s tight or energy is low, you can do away with the guilt and dig into Spicy Mac & Meatballs or a tasty Chilli. £2.59 for 380g, Asda and Ocado

Delicious and gluten-free!

BOOK OF THE MONTH Diana Henry’s Simple (Mitchell Beazley, £25) delivers what it says on the cover: efortless food, big flavours! Roast citrus, ginger and honey chicken is perfect for a Sunday lunch with a diference or try a delish quick supper of baked sausages with apples, raisins and cider. The book is packed full of appealing recipes divided up into everyday staples, from pulses to chops. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016 133



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White jumper, £8, xs-xl, Bonmarché. Printed trousers, £75, 8-18 Phase Eight. Red satchel, £110, The Cambridge Satchel Company. Leopardprint heels, £50, 3-8, Next

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Need to know Improve your sewing with Create and Craft’s destination sewing shows! Tune in every Tuesday at 11am and every Saturday at 2pm to see your favourite sewing experts: Stuart Hilliard, Patrick Grant and Jennie Rayment. Switch to Sky 674, Freeview 23, Freesat 813 or Virgin 748.

WOMEN’S SIZES 10-20 Make an unlined trench coat, a duster coat, a pea coat or a sleeveless coat from this month’s pattern. All versions are double breasted with pockets in the slightly forward side seams. It’s up to you whether you create button fastenings or simply wrap and belt. FABRICS We used coated cotton, wool coating, wool tweed and cotton twill. All fabrics are from Cloth House. INSTRUCTIONS The pattern pieces, cutting layouts and sewing instructions are all on the Prima pattern.


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Feature: Janet Palmer Photos: Hearst Studios Styling: Helen Johnson Hair & make-up: Anna Durston Illustrations: Terry Evans

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✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺✺ Make it your way ✺ ✺ ✺ ✺ ✺ ✺ ✺ ✺ ✺ Create your own extra-special gifts for friends and family ✺ ✺ ✺ These printed and embroidered hoops make charming ✺ personalised gifts – and they are enjoyable to create. ✺ ✺ You will need paper, then use coloured pencils that to use wording and embroider over it, • Computer linked to an inkjet printer ✺ it’s a good idea to make this a light grey. match your threads to experiment with • Decorative black and white images in ✺ what shades will work on the design. digital format ( ❷ To print directly on to linen, buy ✺ A4 sheets of linen to be used with a • Inkjet linen ( ❹ Cut the linen fabric into a square top-loaded inkjet printer (these have to fit the embroidery hoop, leaving or lightweight linen ✺ a paper backing to help them feed ample space around the design to • Embroidery thread ✺ through the printer smoothly; follow provide at least 3cm extra fabric after • Paper and pencils ✺ instructions that come with the sheet). the fabric is centralised, secured and • Embroidery hoop ✺ Print the design on to the linen side pull taut in the hoop. • Embroidery needle of the sheet, wait for the ink to dry Using 2 strands of thread, embroider • Decorative ribbon ❺ ✺ and peel of the backing paper. a selection of stitches to enhance the ✺ design. We used blanket stitch, French To make ❸ Decide which areas you would knots, basic satin stitch and backstitch. ✺ like to embroider and choose your ❶ Choose the black and white image embroidery thread colours. One way to for your design and position it in the ❻ Thread ribbon through the top of the ✺ do this is to print out your design on to centre of an A4 document. If you want hoop where it joins and hang in place. ✺ ✺  Continue to wrap your frame,  overlapping the ribbon by a couple  of millimetres each time, until the Make a decorative light pendant  frame is covered. Finish by tucking by wrapping a lampshade the end of the ribbon in and securing  frame with some pretty ribbon. with a couple of stitches, as before.  ❷ To make a gathered frill for the bottom  You will need edge, cut a piece of ribbon to measure  2.5cm x the measurement around the • Ribbon (we used SIL – 13340, 7mm wide, £1.20 per metre, base of your frame. Hand stitch a loose  running stitch along the centre of the • 9cm x 14cm lampshade frame (we  length. Gather ribbon to the length of bought ours on eBay)  the base frame measurement and • Needle and matching thread secure this length with a few stitches. • Fabric glue  ❸ Apply fabric glue to one side of  the gathered frill and carefully glue the To make Not too  frill to the bottom edge of the shade. ❶ To wrap your ricky!


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lampshade frame in ribbon, loop the end of the ribbon over the top of the frame and secure with a few neat stitches.

TOP TIP Get a professional electrician to wire a fully functioning pendant lamp. We bought our lighting flex from

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time gone bY Give gorgeous vintage plates, which you can pick up for next to nothing at a car boot fair, a new lease of life as decorative clocks.

You will need • Masking tape • Plate • Pencil and ruler • Newspaper • Drill • Diamond core drill bit to fit your clock

mechanism – we used an 8mm bit • Clock mechanism ( • Clock face to fit your plate (pick up old clocks at fairs)

Some skill required

To make ❶ Place a square of masking tape on to the centre of your plate. Using a ruler and pencil, mark the exact centre of the plate. Place the plate on a horizontal surface on top of a thick layer of newspaper. ❷ Attach the diamond core drill bit to your drill. Position the anti-slip guard plate (supplied with the drill bit) over the mark on the masking tape and hold firmly in place. Position the drill bit into the hole in the anti-slip guard and hold it at a right angle to the plate. Begin to drill slowly without applying any additional pressure (when you feel the drill bit has made a slight depression, you can then continue to drill without the anti-slip guard). Stop drilling as

UNDER COVER These unique, fabric-covered books make a thoughtful gift for a bird or nature lover.

You will need • Vintage book • Fabric • Scissors • Luggage label • Spray adhesive • Fabric glue

• Small paintbrush • Pinking shears • Pencil and ruler • Ribbon • Thin knife • Hole punch

To make ❶ Place your open book on a piece of fabric and cut out a rectangle approximately 4cm larger than the open book all the way around. Place a luggage label on a piece of fabric and cut around this, leaving 1cm all the way around. ❷ Following the spray adhesive’s instructions, spray the wrong side of both pieces of fabric, the book cover and the label. Carefully place the spine on to the centre of the fabric and wrap the fabric around the front and back of the book, smoothing from the spine out to eliminate any

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soon as you feel that you’ve gone all the way through the plate. Wipe the plate clean and remove the masking tape. Push the spindle of the clock mechanism through the back of the hole in the plate. ❸ Position the clock face and attach the hands by following instructions supplied with the clock mechanism. TOP TIP If you have someone to help you, spray the drill bit with cold water as you work. If not, stop and spray intermittently. This helps prevent the bit from overheating.

bubbles. Place the luggage label on the other piece of fabric. ❸ To create zigzag edges inside the book, use a pencil to draw a line 2.5cm from the edge of the book all the way around on the wrong side of the fabric. Cut along this marked line with the pinking shears. Cut of all four corners, leaving 3mm between the book corner and the edge of the cut. Using the scissors, make 2 cuts in the fabric either side of the spine. Cut the fabric around the label neatly along its edge. ❹ With a paintbrush, apply a thin layer of fabric glue to the overlapping edges. Wrap them around tightly to stick to the inside of the book cover. Add a little glue to the tabs at the top and bottom of the spine and push these inside the gap between the cover and the spine – a thin knife may help you to push this down. ❺ Cut a piece of ribbon to the length of the book plus 8cm. Apply glue to the top 2cm of the ribbon and, using the narrow knife, push this into the gap between the spine and the cover of the book. Leave to dry. ❻ Experimenting with fonts on your computer, print out your book title and any personal message, in a size that will fit on to your label. Cut around this with pinking shears. Apply a thin layer of glue to the back of the message and stick to your fabric label. Make a hole in the label with a hole punch and tie around your book with ribbon. Vintage paper confetti, £2.99, Pipii

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Make it your style   Use you r  skills!         Turn a pashmina into a stylish kimono that’s  perfect to throw on when it gets a little chilly  ‡Cut along the parallel lines, up to the folded edge – but only cut through one  Pashmina layer, not both.   kimono  YOU WILL NEED pashmina  •(itAneeds to be a  decent length – no less than 1m)  • 1m ruler • Tailor’s chalk or fabric  pen • Scissors • Overlocker (optional)  • Iron • Sewing machine • Pins ˆAt the folded edge, cut carefully  along the fold, so that you have cut out a rectangle from the scarf. This will  THE STEpS  …Fold the scarf in half, placing right make the front edges of the kimono. together. Using the ruler, find the  sides middle point across the width of the  scarf. Using the tailor’s chalk or fabric  pen, mark this point at regular intervals  from the tassels to the fold. Connect  these points in a straight line.   ‰Using an overlocker, finish the raw  edges with a rolled hem. If you don’t have an overlocker, create a narrow  double hem by folding fabric over 5mm  ‹Stitch the edges closed on either and a further 5mm to the wrong side, side of the scarf, leaving the 30cm gap Measure 7cm on each side of the  † pressing with the iron at each stage, at the top for the armholes. Press the line, marking the 7cm at regular intervals and then edgestitching in place.  all the way down the line. Connect these seams allowances open. Pin the side edges of the scarf  points with two straight parallel lines, Š together, starting 30cm down from  either side of the middle line. the folded edge.       ŒGive the kimono a final press all over.

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Knitting pretty! 

Bold shoulder Stay toasty in this snuggly shoulder cowl






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Knitting pretty!   chic COwL  SIZE One size with 30cm back length.  MATERIALS  Four balls of Conway and Bliss  Odin 100g in Maroon 11.  Pair of 9mm knitting needles. 9mm circular needles, 60cm and  Two 100cm long.  Cable needle.  Call 01535 664222 for yarn and  booklet stockists.  TENSION 12 sts and 16 rows to 10cm  square over stocking stitch st using  9mm needles.  ABBREVIATIONS  C4[6:8]B sl next 2[3:4] sts onto cable  needle and hold to back of work,  k2[3:4], then k2[3:4] sts from cable needle; cm centimetres; dec  decrease; k knit; p purl; rep repeat;  RS right side; sl slip; st(s) stitch(es);  tog together; Tw2 knit 2nd st on left  hand needle, then knit 1st st on left needle and slip both sts of  hand needle together.   TO MAKE longer 9mm circular needle, cast  With on 184 sts. Work backwards and  forwards in rows, not rounds. 1st row  (RS) K2, p1, [Tw2, p6, C8B, p6] to last 5  sts, Tw2, p1, k2. 2nd row K3, [p2, k6, k6] to last 5 sts, p2, k3. 3rd row  p8, K2, p1, [Tw2, p6, k8, p6] to last 5 sts,  Tw2, p1, k2. Rep 2nd and 3rd rows  twice more, then 2nd row again. 9th row K2, p1, [Tw2, p2tog, p4,  (dec) C8B, p4, p2tog] to last 5 sts, Tw2, p1,  k2. 168 sts. 10th row K3, [p2, k5, p8,  k5] to last 5 sts, p2, k3. 11th row K2,  p1, [Tw2, p5, k8, p5] to last 5 sts, Tw2, k2. Rep 10th and 11th rows twice  p1, more, then 10th row again. 17th (dec)  row K2, p1, [Tw2, p2tog, p3, C8B, p3,  p2tog] to last 5 sts, Tw2, p1, k2. 152 row K3, [p2, k4, p8, k4] to last  5sts.sts,18th p2, k3. 19th row K2, p1, [Tw2,  p4, k8, p4] to last 5 sts, Tw2, p1, k2.  Rep 18th and 19th rows twice more,  then 18th row again. 25th (dec) row p1, [Tw2, p2tog, p2, slip next 4 sts  K2, onto cable needle and hold to back of  144 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016

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work, k2tog, k2, then k2tog, k2 from cable needle, p2, p2tog] to last 5 sts, Tw2, p1, k2. 120 sts. 26th row K3, [p2, k3, p6, k3] to last 5 sts, p2, k3. 27th row K2, p1, [Tw2, p3, k6, p3] to last 5 sts, Tw2, p1, k2. Rep 26th and 27th rows once more, then 26th row again. 31st row K2, p1, [Tw2, p3, C6B, p3] to last 5 sts, Tw2, p1, k2. 32nd row K3, [p2, k3, p6, k3] to last 5 sts, p2, k3. 33rd row K2, p1, [Tw2, p3, k6, p3] to last 5 sts, Tw2, p1, k2. Rep 32nd and 33rd rows once more, then 32nd row again. 37th (dec) row K2, p1, [Tw2, p2tog, p1, slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold to back of work, k2tog, k1, then k2tog, k1 from cable needle, p1, p2tog] to last 5 sts, Tw2, p1, k2. 88 sts. 38th row K3, [p2, k2, p4, k2] to last 5 sts, p2, k3. 39th row K2, p1, [Tw2, p2, k4, p2] to last 5 sts, Tw2, p1,

k2. 40th row K3, [p2, k2, p4, k2] to last 5 sts, p2, k3. 41st row K2, p1, [Tw2, p2, C4B, p2] to last 5 sts, Tw2, p1, k2. Rep 38th to 40th rows once more. 45th row K2, p1, [Tw2, p2, slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold to back of work, k2tog, then k2tog from cable needle, p2] to last 5 sts, Tw2, p1, k2. 72 sts. 46th row K3, [p2, k2] to last 5 sts, p2, k2tog, k1. 71 sts. With shorter 9mm circular needle, work as follows: 47th row P2, k2, p2, k1, slip these 7 sts onto a holder, patt to last 7 sts, then with sts on holder in front of sts on needle, [patt one st from holder tog with one st from needle] to end. 64 sts in a ring. Now cont to work in rounds of k2, p2 rib as set, working as follows: Rib round [K1, p2, k1] to end of round. Rep this round until collar measures 12cm. Cast of in rib.

cool knits for all of You! Channel your creative skills to make these fabulous Guernsey knits for all the family

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in st-st until back measures 25(28:31:34:37:38:39:40)cm, ending with a p row. Change to 4.50mm needles. [K 2 rows, p 2 rows] twice, k 2 rows, p 1 row. Inc row (WS) P12(14:16:19:12:16:9:14), [m1, p2, m1, p10] 4(4:4:4:6:6:8:8) times, m1, p2, m1, p12(14:16:19:12:16:9:14). 84(88:92:98:112:120:134:144) sts. Change to 5mm needles. Work in yoke patt as follows: 1st row K4(6:8:11:4:8:1:6), p2, C2B, p2, [C4B, C4F, p2, C2B, p2] 5(5:5:5:7:7:9:9) times, k4(6:8:11:4:8:1:6). 2nd row P to end. 3rd row K4(6:8:10:4:8:1:6), p2, C2B, p2, [k8, p2, C2B, p2] 5(5:5:5:7:7:9:9) times, k4(6:8:10:4:8:1:6). 4th row P to end. These 4 rows form the yoke patt and are repeated. Cont straight until back measures 43(47:51:55:59:61:63:65)cm from cast on edge, ending with a WS row. Shape shoulders Cast of 8(8:8:9:10:12:12:14) sts at beg of next 4 rows and 8(9:10:10:14:13:19:19) sts at beg of foll 2 rows. Leave rem 36(38:40:42:44:46:48:50) sts on a holder for back neck. FRONT Work exactly as given for Back until front measures 38(42:45:49:52:54:55:57)cm from cast on edge, ending with a WS row. 84(88:92:98:112:120:134:144) sts. Shape neck Next row Patt 29(30:32:34:41:44:51:55), turn and work on these sts only, leave rem sts on a spare needle. Next row Patt to end. Next row Patt to last 2 sts, work 2 tog. Rep the last 2 rows 4(4:5:5:6:6:7:7) times more. 24(25:26:28:34:37:43:47) sts. Work straight until front measures the same as Back to shoulder shaping, ending at side edge. Shape shoulder Cast of 8(8:8:9:10:12:12:14) sts at beg of next row and foll RS row. Work 1 row. Cast of rem 8(9:10:10:14:13:19:19) sts. With RS facing, slip centre 26(28:28:30:30:32:32:34) sts onto a holder, rejoin yarn to rem 29(30:32:34:41:44:51:55) sts, patt to end. Next row Patt to end. Next row Work 2 tog, patt to end. Rep the last 2 rows 4(4:5:5:6:6:7:7) times more. 24(25:26:28:34:37:43:47) sts. Work straight until front measures the same as

Back to shoulder shaping, ending at side edge. Shape shoulder Cast of 8(8:8:9:10:12:12:14) sts at beg of next row and foll WS row. Work 1 row. Cast of rem 8(9:10:10:14:13:19:19) sts. SLEEVES With 4.50mm needles, cast on 42(42:46:46:50:50:54:58) sts. 1st row P2, [k2, p2] to end. 2nd row K2, [p2, k2] to end. 3rd row K2, [p2, k2] to end. 4th row P2, [k2, p2] to end. These 4 rows form the patt and are repeated. Rib a further 8(8:10:10:12:12:12:12) rows. [K 2 rows, p 2 rows] 3 times. Change to 5mm needles. Beg with a k row, work in st-st. Work 4 rows. Inc row K4, m1, k to last 4 sts, m1, k4. Work 5 rows. Rep the last 6 rows 7(9:9:10:12:15:15:15) times more then the inc row again. 60(64:68:70:78:84:88:92) sts. Cont straight in st-st until sleeve measures 30(34:38:42:47:50:50:52)cm, ending with a p row. Cast of. NECKBAND Join right shoulder seam. With RS facing and 4.50mm needles, pick up and k14(15:16:17:18:19:20:21) sts down left front neck, patt across 26(28:28:30:30:32:32:34) sts on centre front holder and decrease 4 sts, pick up and k14(15:16:17:18:19:20:21) up right front neck, then patt across 36(38:40:42:44:46:48:50) sts on back neck holder, decreasing 6 sts. 80(86:90:96:100:106:110:116) sts. K 1 row, [p 2 rows, k 2 rows] 1(1:2:2:2:2:2:3) times. Cast of purlwise on RS. TO MAKE UP Join left shoulder and neckband seam. With centre of cast of edge of sleeve to shoulder, sew on sleeves. Join side and sleeve seams.

Feature: Rosy Tucker Photos: Hearst Studios Taken from: Falkland by Debbie Bliss, £7.95

Knitting pretty!   FAMILY GUERNSEYs  MEASUREMENTS  To fit ages 4-5(6-7:8-9:10-11)years and 81-86(92-97:102-107:112-117)cm.  bust Finished measurements: Chest/bust  75(80:84:90:101:109:120:130)cm; Length  to shoulder 43(47:51:55:59:61:63:65) Sleeve length  cm; 30(34:38:42:47:50:50:52)cm.   MATERIALS  4(5:5:6:6:7:8:8:9) 100g hanks of Debbie Falkland Aran shown in Ecru 01  Bliss and Duck Egg 11.  Pair each of 4.50mm and 5mm knitting  needles. 01535 664222 for yarn and  Call booklet stockists.   TENSION 19 sts and 26 rows to 10cm  square over st st using 5mm needles.  ABBREVIATIONS  beg beginning; C2B slip next st onto  cable needle and hold at back of work,  k1, then k1 from cable needle; C4B slip 2 sts onto cable needle and hold  next at back of work, k2, then k2 from cable  needle; C4F slip next 2 sts onto cable  needle and hold to front of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle; cm centimetres;  cont foll following; inc increase;  k knit;continue; m1 make one st by picking up and  working into back of loop lying between  st just worked and next st; p purl; patt pattern; rem remaining; rep repeat; RS  right st(s) stitch(es); st-st stocking  stitch;side; tog together; WS wrong side.  The largest 4 sizes were  NOTE designed for men or as ‘boyfriend’  sweaters for women.   BACK 4.50mm needles, cast on  With 74(78:82:86:98:106:114:126) sts. 1st row  P2, [k2, p2] to end. 2nd row K2, [p2, k2]  to end. 3rd row K2, [p2, k2] to end. 4th P2, [k2, p2] to end. These 4 rows  row form double moss st and are repeated  2(2:2:2:3:3:3:3) times more. [K 2 rows, p  2 rows] 3 times and inc 0(0:0:2:0:0:2:0)  sts evenly across last row. sts. Change  74(78:82:88:98:106:116:126) to 5mm needles. Beg with a k row, work 

Get creative with SUE McNEILL, editor of Prima Makes

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love it! Jam-packed with fun ideas Made by Max You may have seen Max McMurdo on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and Kirstie’s Fill Your House For Free, and he’s the expert when it comes to turning old junk into special pieces of furniture. His new book, Upcycling (Jacqui Small, £20), features 20 projects to inspire you, including some speedy ones you can craft in next to no time.

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Kajsa Kinsella is one of our favourite crafters, and her work is often featured in Prima and Prima Makes. Now she has her own website (, which includes free projects, lovely fabrics and gorgeous gifts to buy. This pretty pincushion is a generous 18cm x 16cm, and also has a practical pocket (£11.50) – ideal for a keen stitcher.

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Real-life couple Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender met during filming

This period drama, based on the bestselling novel by M L Stedman, follows a First World War veteran-turned-lighthouse keeper (played by Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander). Desperate to have a baby, the couple’s prayers are answered when they find an infant washed up on shore in a rowing boat. The on-screen chemistry crackles. From 4 November



Benedict Cumberbatch returns to cinema screens in this bigbudget adaptation of the Marvel character. After a horrific car accident, Doctor Stephen Strange gets a new lease of life when a mystic takes him under their wing and trains him to defend the world against evil. This is classier than your average Superhero outing, helped by an A-list cast, which includes Tilda Swinton and Rachel McAdams. From 25 October

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since The Da Vinci Code hit our screens. Now Tom Hanks is back as Professor Robert Langdon in the latest film adaptation of a Dan Brown novel. Inferno sees the symbols expert in a race against time to stop a plague being unleashed (while he’s also sufering from amnesia). It’s set in stunning Florence, with a fast-paced manhunt, so Dan Brown fans won’t be disappointed. From 14 October

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KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES Imagine waking up one day to find Jon Hamm as your new neighbour. Wouldn’t you be tempted to peek through the windows? In this comedy, a complacent married couple – The Hangover’s Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher – become embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbours aren’t what they seem... From 28 October

THE CATHERINE TATE SHOW – LIVE Are we bovvered about comedienne Catherine Tate’s UK tour this autumn? Yes, we are! With appearances from ‘Nan’ Taylor, Irish nurse Bernie, Geordie Georgie and the return of a certain argumentative teenager, it’s going to be an absolute hoot. The whistle-stop UK tour kicks of on 1 November and wraps up on 3 December. Book at

ROD STEWART’S FROM GASOLINE ALLEY TO ANOTHER COUNTRY TOUR Sir Rod’s voice is as strong and gravelly as ever, as he delves into his roots for a night you’ll never forget! This arena tour features showstopping classics spanning five decades, including You Wear It Well, Maggie May and Baby Jane. He’s famous for his spectacular live shows, so this promises to be a treat! 12 November to 18 December;


Graham Norton Joanne Froggatt in ITV’s Dark Angel

What’s on TV DARK ANGEL ITV Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt is almost unrecognisable in this chilling two-part drama, based on the true story of the poisoner Mary Ann Cotton, who murdered at least 21 people in Victorian times. Faced with abject poverty, Mary Ann is determined to do whatever it takes to have a diferent life. Darkly entertaining.

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HUMANS Channel 4 The first series became Channel 4’s biggest hit in the past 20 years, so it’s no wonder Humans is returning for a second season. With the original cast in place, this series takes us back into a world where robots help humans in their day-to-day lives. Thought-provoking.

DIVORCE Sky Atlantic Sex And The City’s Sarah Jessica Parker returns to TV screens in this new comedy series. She plays Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she imagined. TUTANKHAMUN ITV Get ready to be whisked away to Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, circa 1905, in this four-part mini-series. The story follows archaeologist Howard Carter (Max Irons) in his search to find the tomb of one of Ancient Egypt’s forgotten pharaohs, Tutankhamun. The stunning setting makes this perfect winter escapism. THE CROWN Netflix This 10-part series, which had a budget of £100 million, is filmed much like a behind-the-scenes drama. It follows Queen Elizabeth II (played by Claire Foy; right) as she begins her journey into a world of power and privilege.

Chat-show legend Graham Norton, 53, is about to embark on his 19th series of the BBC programme. Graham lives with his dogs, Madge and Bailey, in London’s Docklands. How does it feel to return to The Graham Norton Show each year? How do you keep it exciting? It’s funny, I go away for two months over the summer – usually to the west of Ireland and, this year, I also went to Umbria with friends for a week – and so coming back I get that excited back-to-school feeling, if school had been fun, I mean. I started doing a chat show in 1998, and I still really love my job. You have a chat show, radio show, write an agony column and have written a novel, which is out this month. Does it ever cross your mind to not work? With a job comes validation – the feeling that you’re doing a job well enough to get paid for it, and the fact that a job means you have to be somewhere and that somebody cares where you are. If I were to work less on TV at some point, I’d really want another purpose. Maybe writing novels full time could be it. I know a few people who don’t work out of choice and, in my opinion, I don’t think it’s good for them. Maybe that’s why some retired people go to the doctor all the time – they don’t have anything else to do! Recently, The Graham Norton Show has taken a new tack, breaking away from the usual fun format, for example, for a serious one-to-one with Charlie Sheen. How did that come about? Once you book Charlie Sheen, you can’t have him sitting there telling stories about funny things that happened on Two And A Half Men. We did get him to tell some showbiz stories about his dad, but I could tell the audience were like, ‘No, we want

meat.’ They wanted to know what happened with his very public meltdown and how he is now. As long as the show is more or less funny and well booked, every now and then you’re given permission to make it a bit serious, I think. You started at the BBC doing talent shows like How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and now you’re back doing another one, Let It Shine, which starts in January, to find stars for the Take That musical. How come? I get asked to do stuf all the time – reality shows, too – and I thought since Gary Barlow is involved and Mel Giedroyc is co-presenting, it’d be quite fun. Come the day, I’m sure I’ll say, ‘Why did I say yes to working on a Saturday night?’ So what would you rather do on a Saturday? The thing is, I do the radio show on a Saturday morning and then I like a late boozy lunch afterwards – but it does negate everything else because I have to go home and sleep, so I don’t do it that often. Mostly, Saturdays involve meeting friends for dinner or going to a show, but I’m very good at staying in on my own, too. You’ve often said you’re a great TV watcher. What are you watching at the moment? I am loving this series of Bake Off and I thought last year’s final where Nadiya Hussain was the winner was amazing – when Mary Berry broke down, a nation wept as well. • The Graham Norton Show is on Friday nights on BBC One. Graham’s new novel, Holding (Hodder & Stoughton, £20), is out now. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016 149


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Get into the good books Longer nights mean it’s time to grab a good page-turner, says books editor Cathy Rentzenbrink

Cracking reads CARTES POSTALES FROM GREECE by Victoria Hislop (Headline Review, £19.99) For six months, postcards arrive weekly from Greece, sent to a person Ellie doesn’t know, signed with just an ‘A’. A beautiful tale of love, struggle and redemption. Out now

THE EX FACTOR by Eva Woods (Mira, £7.99) Your friend’s ex wasn’t right for her, but might he be right for you? Four friends decide to recycle their exes, but how will they really feel if this dating plan leads to lasting love? Out now

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FIRST COMES LOVE by Emily Giin (Hodder & Stoughton, £7.99) Sisters Josie and Meredith are grieving the tragic death of their brother as they realise that love, marriage and children don’t always come in the expected order. Can they accept each other’s choices? Out now

OUT OF BOUNDS by Val McDermid (Little Brown, £18.99) Will a routine DNA test after a road accident resolve a 20-yearold murder inquiry? DCI Karen Pirie is a cold-case expert, but some want their secrets to stay hidden… Out now

THE WEEKENDS OF YOU AND ME by Fiona Walker (Sphere, £7.99) When Jo finds herself single in her late thirties, she decides to have one last fling then go it alone. But a one-of weekend with Harry becomes annual. How long will it last? Out now

LATE SUMMER IN THE VINEYARD by Jo Thomas (Headline, £7.99) Emmy Bridges knows nothing about wine, but that all changes when she takes a job in a French vineyard. Soon she learns that when it comes to both wine and romance, you have to trust your instincts… Out now



VICTORIA HISLOP Did you always want to be a writer? No. I wanted to be a tennis player when I was little. Alas I didn’t have enough talent! My first novel was published when I was 45, so it was a career that started quite late in life.

What are the best and worst things about the writing life? The worst thing is how much time I spend alone – and I admit this can get very lonely. The best thing is inventing characters and stories. It’s like flying – wonderful.

Who, what or where inspires you the most? Greece is particularly inspiring: the landscape, the history, the people. At least that’s what preoccupies me at the moment.

soup with other library members, more reading and writing, then catch the bus home again. Feed the cat, open wine, cook dinner.

What sort of books do you like to read? Very varied. A mixture of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. I never read thrillers or crime. I love what I call ‘spare’ writing – like the work of Raymond Carver and Ian McEwan – there is not a wasted word, every single one matters. There is no wale. Both of them are stunningly good at writing efortless, unpretentious prose.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to write?

Pick up a pencil. And find some paper. I know that sounds simplistic, but it’s much less terrifying and ‘permanent’ than using Can you tell us about a pen. You can rub out your daily routine? Get up at 7.30am, exercise, your mistakes. It’s always how I begin a story eat porridge, drink cofee, go to London Library on the – it’s childlike, but it bus, read and write, have works for me. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016 151

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a THE e S WORLD Whatever style of holiday you enjoy on land, you’ll find an equivalent afloat. Beaches or wildlife, cities or scenery? Travel expert David Wickers shares his insider knowledge on some of the very best cruise holidays


ome of the most stunning scenery on the planet, the world’s most historic cities, its most remote, out-of-the way places, its most iconic experiences and its most exotic cultures are all within your compass on a cruise holiday. Whatever style of holiday on land you enjoy, you will find a parallel afloat. Beaches and tropical islands? Head for the Caribbean, where more than half the world’s fleet fetches up in the winter months. Wildlife and scenery? There’s no better way to explore the natural wonders of Alaska, Antarctica or the Galápagos than by ship, nor the Norwegian jords, the

remote shorelines of Patagonia or the far north west of Australia. Many such places would be almost impossible to reach by any other means. Think of a cruise ship as a hotel that happens to move, efortlessly carrying you from place to place (and usually overnight so you don’t miss anything!). And whatever style of hotel you prefer ashore, from the intimate boutique to the glitzy resort, the family-friendly three star to the luxury classic, you’ll find ships that share the profile. With an amazing choice of vessels and itineraries, the cry of ‘cruising’s not for me’ no longer holds water. But if you are a first-time cruiser, you may need help to whittle down the options.

Exotic or not, your cruise could take you anywhere in the world!

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HISTORIC COASTLINES The shorelines and riverbanks of the world are awash with historic cities and ancient sites, a legacy of the days before superhighways and airports challenged the tradition of travelling and shipping goods by sea. So many of the Mediterranean’s major cities – Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Genoa, Istanbul and Venice, for example – are bang on the water. You may not be able to scoop them all up on any single cruise, but if you divide the Med into the east and the west, with Italy as the obvious partition, it makes the choices of where to sail in summer a much easier task. Travel the WESTERN MED on two ships belonging to Princess Cruises (, the Majestic Princess and the Royal Princess. Each features ‘seven days, seven ports’ itineraries, departing BARCELONA and then first sailing south to CARTAGENA and GIBRALTAR before touring north to MARSEILLES or TOULON (for Provence), GENOA, FLORENCE (from Livorno), and ROME (Civitavecchia). From £1,065pp, including flights.


Go east

TURKEY ABOVE Looking out over the volcanic caldera and beyond towards the Aegean Sea on the Greek island of Santorini LEFT The Unesco World Heritage site at Ephesus is home to impressive ruins and plenty of history. The facade of the Library of Celsus, built in 117 AD, is a highlight

Blend ITALY and GREECE with a touch of TURKEY on the Celebrity Reflection ( 10-night Med cruise leaving ROME on 9 June 2017. She calls first at MESSINA in Sicily, the setting for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, then sails to the Cycladic island of MYKONOS before calling at KUSADASI in Turkey, gateway to the incredible archaeological site of Ephesus, mentioned in the Bible and once second only in importance to Rome. Reflection then routes via RHODES and SANTORINI to ATHENS and from there turns back towards Rome with a final call in NAPLES. From £1,555, including flights.


South of Venice A classic eastern Med 10-day ‘Empires of the Mediterranean’ voyage on board Viking Star ( from VENICE to ATHENS (or vice versa) follows in the wake of the early Venetian traders. Highlights include the architecturally magnificent DUBROVNIK, which plays a starring role in Game Of Thrones; the medieval walled town of KOTOR in Montenegro, which sits on the banks of a fjord in a cleavage of limestone mountains; SANTORINI where ships anchor in the arms of the volcanic caldera, the white Cycladic town of Fira cresting the top of the sheer clifs like a dusting of snow and ATHENS. From £2,790pp, including flights, a guided excursion in each port of call, drinks with meals and Wi-Fi.

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ABOVE, FROM TOP The imposing baroque cathedral in Dubrovnik’s Old Town; vivid redorange hues of the roof tiles in Dubrovnik BELOW LEFT The colourful waterfronts of Tallinn and Copenhagen BELOW The Santa Maria della Salute church in Venice guards the entrance to the Grand Canal

Here are some man-made sights guaranteed to get everyone on deck with their cameras (even at the crack of dawn). XSYDNEY The moment your ship passes between the ‘Heads’ that mark the harbour entrance and ties up in between the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. XNEW YORK Sailing past the downtown skyscrapers and tying up at one of the finger jetties on the Hudson in the heart of Manhattan. XVENICE Easing between the Doges’ Palace on St Mark’s Square and the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore before passing along the Guidecca Canal. XISTANBUL Arriving through the Dardanelles and into the Bosphorus, then tying up in the shadow of the city’s mosques and minarets. XPANAMA The Canal, built over a century ago as a shortcut between the Pacific and the Atlantic, still ranks as arguably the greatest engineering feat yet. VENICE



TALES FROM THE RIVERBANK So many great towns and cities can be found on the banks of rivers, since they were once the main arteries of trade and commerce. It’s not surprising, therefore, that sightseeing is one of the main attractions of a river cruise. Passengers also enjoy a higher degree of comfort than a comparable journey by road, including a better perspective on passing scenery than through a coach or car window, and, of course, you only have to unpack once!

Down the Danube


Choosing which river to cruise is tricky. The most popular is the DANUBE, with BUDAPEST, VIENNA and BRATISLAVA included on a one-week cruise, with BELGRADE and BUCHAREST for those cruising all the way down to the Black Sea. The banks also include the vineyards and apricot orchards of the Austrian Wachau, the baroque monastery of Melk, the cathedral at Esztergom, the pretty town of Szentendre and the wine village of Dürnstein. Travel with Emerald Waterways ( It has an eight-day ‘Danube Delights’ cruise that starts in NUREMBERG, and visits the places mentioned above before finishing in BUDAPEST. From £1,195pp, including flights, shore excursions, food and drinks. 158 PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016

Alternative Danube An alternative itinerary along the DANUBE is ofered on board the AmaSerena ( It starts in BUDAPEST, visits several places including BELGRADE, passes through the dramatic ‘Iron Gates’ gorge that divides Serbia from Romania and finishes in ROUSSE. Wine tasting, guided cycling tours, walking tours and other excursions are included and all ships in Europe carry bikes for independent jaunts. From £2,499pp, including flights, all meals with drinks, tours and Wi-Fi.

ABOVE Romania’s Mraconia Monastery sits on the edge of the Danube in the dramatic Iron Gates Natural Park LEFT A river cruise will transport you into the heart of Austria’s capital. The Viennese embankment truly comes alive at night BELOW RIGHT Heidelberg’s castle stands proudly above the historic city

Viking escapades Another hugely popular cruising river is the RHINE. On Viking Longships’ ( eight-day ‘Rhine Getaway’ cruises, for example, you sail from AMSTERDAM to BASEL, past Holland’s windmills to multicultural STRASBOURG in France and the fairy-tale castles and medieval towns like RÜDESHEIM, Gothic architecture and other picturesque sites in Germany. From £2,595pp, including rail travel from the UK, meals, drinks and six tours.


ABOVE Budapest’s Parliament is a stunning Neo-Gothic building RIGHT The ruins of Ehrenfels Castle are near Rüdesheim in the Rhine Valley

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howered with accolades and consistently ranked among the very best river ships afloat, Uniworld firmly believes ‘no request is too large, no detail too small’. Uniworld is a family business whose portfolio includes a number of five-star boutique hotels – which, in some ways, explains the Uniworld approach to cruising. Its ships, with their lounges and libraries, dramatic decor full of antiques and original art – not to mention the L’Occitane and Hermès bath and body products – feel like boutique hotels that float leisurely along. They’ll introduce you to Europe’s historically rich rivers in style, as well as those in Vietnam and Cambodia, India, China and Experience some of Europe’s most Egypt. You can choose from 38 breathtaking scenery itineraries across 23 countries. while enjoying equally With their luxurious interiors, stylish surroundings. MAIN PICTURE The Uniworld ships almost rival S.S. Antoinette the destinations they serve. RIGHT Cruising along In Europe, each carries an the Rhine ABOVE A suite average of 130 guests in a on the S.S. Maria Theresa LEFT The choice of river-view staterooms, Austrian Empress herself French Balconies or suites, and would have felt right at has one of the highest staf-tohome in the 18th-century guest ratios in the industry. decor of the S.S. Maria


Navigate the Mississippi The American Queen, the world’s largest paddle steamer, will carry you in style (with an abundance of filigree, fretwork, antique furniture, original Tifany lamps and mahogany panelling) along the mighty MISSISSIPPI from NEW ORLEANS, the birthplace of jazz, to MEMPHIS, home of the blues. Sights include the French Quarter in New Orleans, Elvis Presley’s Graceland and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. From £2,679pp for 10 nights, including seven on board, two in New Orleans and one in Memphis (room only) with Light Blue Travel (


ABOVE Another face of New Orleans: its massive Mississippi bridges RIGHT The French Quarter is New Orleans’s oldest neighbourhood BELOW LEFT The Tribe of the Three Gorges is a sight to behold on the Yangtze river in China BELOW RIGHT The archaeological zone of Bagan in Myanmar

For both scenic and cultural inspira tion, it’s hard to beat A SIA. Choices includ e the Yangtze in CH INA, the world’s third lo ngest river (over 3,00 0 miles) with its famou s Three Gorges, the Brah maputra in ASSAM, N orthern India, and the Irrawaddy through MYA NMAR.

7 MORE EUROPEAN RIVER WATERWAYS X RHINE Highlights include fairy-tale castles, medieval towns and Gothic architecture. The stretch between Cologne and Mainz is arguably the most scenic of all Europe’s waterways. X SEINE Combines Paris with Rouen, Honfleur and Monet’s garden at Giverny with the rural landscapes of Normandy. X ELBE To see the meticulously restored Dresden and Prague, plus the porcelain factory at Meissen and Luther’s Wittenberg. X RHONE/SAONE Vineyards of Burgundy, plus the cities of Arles, Avignon and Lyon. X THE DUORO Port vineyards, the city of Porto and delightful scenery. X NEVA-VOLGA WATERWAYS A backdoor view of Russia bookended by Moscow and St Petersburg. X NILE Most cruises sail between Luxor and Aswan, taking in the temples of Edfu, Kom Ombo and Esna. MYANMAR PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016 161

VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY The 14 ships in the Holland America fleet will carry you, in classic style and sumptuous five-star comfort, to the four corners of the globe


lthough the name – Holland America – may imply that there are only two countries on the cruise company’s radar, nothing could be further from the truth. From ‘doorstep’ destinations such as the Baltic and the Mediterranean to the deep reaches of the Amazon, the legendary, glacial wonderland of Alaska’s Inside Passage, the exotic cultures of South East Asia and the balmy, sandy shores of the Caribbean, Holland America Line will show you some of the most enthralling destinations on the planet. Whichever icons are on your wish list, from natural sites such as the astounding limestone islands of Halong Bay in Vietnam or South America’s Iguazu Falls, or man-made creations like Sydney’s Opera House or the Mayan temples of Mexico, you’ll find an itinerary to take you there.

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Holland America’s ships are mid-size, spacious and super elegant, with artworks and antiques that would not look out of place in a major gallery. Think floating five-star hotel rather than cruise ship, and you’ll get more of an idea of the experience. Time to dine? In addition to the elegant main salons, where you can sit beneath crystal chandeliers and dine when you want and with whom you want, you can also choose eateries serving Surf and Turf, authentic Italian or delicious snacks. When you step aboard Holland America’s newest arrival, the Koningsdam, boutique restaurants include Sel de Mer, a seafood brasserie, and the Asianfusion Tamarind. In between ports of call you can, of course, lie back and do as little as you like beside the pool or on the teak promenade deck, in one of the lounges, on your private balcony or in the spa. Or you can acquire a whole set of new skills – learning about regional specialities in the Culinary Arts Centre, for example, or honing your tech know-how at the Microsoftsponsored Digital Workshops. Depending on where you sail, your ship will also ‘import’ experiences from local cultures – tai chi, perhaps, when sailing in Asia, or vodka tastings in Russia. And to further enhance the travel experience, Holland America has teamed up with both BBC Earth and AFAR online guides to provide background programmes on the countries you’re passing.

MAIN IMAGE Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia INSET A traditional waterside structure CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT Chinese lanterns; a Holland America Line ship cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage; the intimate Pinnacle Grill for sumptuous food; gracious service and delicious Pan-Asian cuisine at Tamarind; an amazing landscape in South America; boat life in Bangkok

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Many of the world’s most dramatic, breathtaking shows of nature are best experienced aboard a cruise ship, either on a shore excursion or simply from the moving deck. Cruising the fabled Inside Passage from VANCOUVER (or Seattle) to ALASKA is an unbeatable way of discovering what is arguably the planet’s most dramatic coastal scenery. The highlight is GLACIER BAY, a 70-mile deep fjord with 15 glaciers, often ‘calving’ just yards from the ship’s beam. Wildlife, including humpback whales, porpoises, harbour seals, black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles and colonies of seabirds, is also abundant. Ports of call include KETCHIKAN, the salmon capital of the world, with a preserved old quarter built on stilts; SITKA, which was the capital of Alaska when it was under Russian rule; JUNEAU, the current state capital; and SKAGWAY, the gateway to the Klondike gold fields. Travel with Cosmos (, which has a 16-day holiday that combines a tour through the heart of the ROCKIES, including BANFF NATIONAL PARK, LAKE LOUISE, the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD, JASPER and a two-day scenic rail journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, to VANCOUVER and VICTORIA, with a Holland BANFF NATIONAL PARK America cruise along the Inside Passage. From £3,699pp, departing 9 May 2017, including flights. NORWAY

ABOVE Vietnam’s magical Halong Bay BELOW Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banf National Park, Canada BOTTOM A spectacular sunset on Ersjorden in Norway

Bays of wonder The distinctive seascape of limestone pillars in VIETNAM’s Halong Bay is waiting to be inspected from the deck of a cruise ship (or even from your private balcony!). Meanwhile, the awe-inspiring gorges of the Kimberley coast of AUSTRALIA, the fjords, islets and glaciers of southern CHILE, including the Perito Moreno glacier, and the Sounds that shape the south west tip of NEW ZEALAND are also within reach on board a number of cruises.

Land of the midnight sun For spectacular coastal scenery closer to home, consider stepping aboard one of the ships that cruise the magnificent fjord coastline of NORWAY. Travel in summer and you’ll experience 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, other-worldly choreography. Ships belonging to Hurtigruten (hurtigruten. sail daily from BERGEN in the South to KIRKENES in the North, calling at 34 ports along the way. Passengers can book a cabin for any portion of the journey, or take advantage of a range of prepackaged itineraries, many of which include flights from the UK.

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FUN FOR ALL Cast of from a port in the USA to enjoy a perfect blend of relaxation and romance, action and adventure on a Carnival cruise


hen Carnival lays claim to being one of the world’s most popular cruise lines, it’s no idle boast. Its fleet of 25 ships carries more than 4 million guests each year, most returning for their second or third (or more!) voyage with this fun-loving brand. And if you had to sum up the Carnival experience in a single word, it would be ‘fun’ – with something to suit everyone, from romantics to sports fanatics. In fact, that may explain why Carnival attracts younger passengers keen to sample the cruise experience. Carnival specialises in cruises around the Americas, with ships casting of from exciting US ports – including jazzy New Orleans and the bustling Big Apple – and itineraries lasting from three to 16 days. The only diiculty you’ll have is deciding which direction to head in – with choices ranging from the Caribbean to Canada and the Eastern seaboard, or Alaska, the Pacific coast of Mexico and trips to Hawaii in the West. So step on board and enjoy the cool bars, restaurants serving everything from steaks or seafood to Asian and Italian cuisine, state-ofthe art spas, concerts and comedy, the Imax cinema, the sporty happenings, the adultsonly retreats... With so much going on, it’s small wonder that people keep coming back to Carnival.

Set your own pace: spend a lazy afternoon on a sunlounger with a good book, enjoy a wide range of events and entertainment or sample a tempting variety of cuisines

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The great white continent Even more rugged and remote seascapes, worlds of rock, ice and solitude, are to be found at the ends of the earth. In the UK winter, head south to ANTARCTICA, the great white continent (the one with the penguins, plus seals and whales, icebergs and glaciers). In our summer, the Arctic beckons, including cruising the NORTHWEST PASSAGE, with polar bears, walruses, whales, arctic foxes and colonies of auks among the likely wildlife sightings. The luxury ship Seabourn Quest ( has three 22-night Antarctic and Patagonia cruises, starting ANTARCTICA with a night in a hotel in BUENOS AIRES, then travelling first to MONTEVIDEO in Uruguay and PORT STANLEY in the Falklands before a six-day ‘Antarctic Experience’. She then cruises Drake Passage to USHUAIA in Argentina before heading to PUNTA ARENAS and sailing along the stunning, glaciated Chilean fjords and on to VALPARAISO and SANTIAGO. From £8,399pp, including flights.


A world of wildlife The ‘Enchanted Islands’ of the GALÁPAGOS, Darwin’s ‘Living Laboratory’, are the world’s number one destination for wildlife – the indigenous animals so fearless of humans that intimate, magical encounters are guaranteed. Each of the 19 ‘Enchanted Islands’ has its own distinctive look and inhabitants. Starting next March, Silversea’s

‘Silver Galápagos’ expedition ship ( will alternate two new, seven-night itineraries, both with trips ashore ofering up-close encounters with an abundance of wildlife. This could include sunbasking land iguanas, giant tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and Darwin’s famous finches. From £6,549pp, including flights.

ABOVE, FROM TOP Reflections of Antarctica’s clifs in the Lemaire Channel at sunset; watch the penguins in Antarctica; a green sea turtle resting in a low-tide lagoon LEFT, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT A sun-basking land iguana; pink flamingos walking side by side; Galápagos sea lions

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ISLAND ESCAPES When Columbus first sailed into Caribbean waters in 1492, he recorded in his ship’s log that there were so many islands on the horizon that he hardly knew where he should go first. For those who share the same dilemma, cruising ofers the perfect compromise.

ABOVE The Pitons are a World Heritage site on the Caribbean island of St Lucia

Sun, sea and sand

RIGHT Palm trees at sunset near Morris Bay in Antigua

Since most of the world’s fleet will be located in the Caribbean this winter, the choice of itineraries is huge. Do you want to visit the big islands, such as BARBADOS, ANTIGUA, ST LUCIA and JAMAICA, where there’ll be lots to do during your times ashore, or would you prefer to sail of the beaten track to smaller islands, such as BEQUIA, NEVIS, ST BARTS or the BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS? Are you interested in visiting those with British or French roots? Or heading west to the Yucatán coast of MEXICO and the island of COZUMEL? Several cruise lines even ofer their own private island with shore facilities exclusively set up for their passengers. You can also choose to sail to the Caribbean from a UK port or fly straight out to the islands and spend all your sea time in the sun. There are also mini jaunts on ofer, from MIAMI in FLORIDA to the BAHAMAS, for example. Carnival Vista ( has a six-day hop around from Miami from 5 March 2017, which calls at GRAND CAYMAN, OCHO RIOS in Jamaica and COZUMEL in Mexico. From £599pp, excluding flights. Fred Olsen’s Braemar has a 14-night ‘The Best of the Caribbean’ cruise departing from Barbados on 5 January 2017. Islands of call include TOBAGO, GRENADA, ST VINCENT, DOMINICA, ST KITTS, TORTOLA, the TURKS & CAICOS and ST MAARTEN. From £2,099pp, including flights and transfers.

BELOW See if you spot a shooting star in the St Lucian sky BELOW LEFT The stunning beach at the Grenadines private resort, Palm Island


Picture perfect

RIGHT La Digue has the third largest population of the Seychelles. The island’s white-sandy beach, Anse Source d’Argent, is backed by naturally sculpted boulders

For exotic beauty, consider the SEYCHELLES, often called the Galápagos of the Indian Ocean. Here you’ll find pearl-white beaches, a thick matting of vegetation and seas that cover every shade of blue imaginable, from chalky peppermint to deepest indigo.

BELOW A ‘Viva Cuba’ mural and a retro rickshaw are just some of the sights you’ll see in Cuba’s colourful capital city, Havana


The pearl of the Antilles


The big news in the Caribbean is, of course, CUBA, with many more ships now planning to include the island that was previously of limits to US passengers. With a shortage of good accommodation on the ground, cruising is arguably the most comfortable way to see Cuba. With teak decks, polished woods, gleaming brass, and flying 16 billowing sales, Star Flyer ( is utterly romantic. In winter, she sails between HAVANA and CIENFUEGOS on nine- and 10-night itineraries that include a night’s hotel stay in both cities, a cruise around Cuba’s coastline and the Cayman Islands. From £1,705pp, not including flights. JAVA TOP RIGHT Java’s mighty Bromo and Semeru volcanoes MIDDLE RIGHT A view towards Bali’s Mount Agung BOTTOM RIGHT The Ulun Danu Bratan Temple in Baturiti, Bali LEFT Candi Sewu, an 8th-century temple in Java LEFT, INSET Java’s Borobudur temple

Tropical delights You won’t see all 17,000 islands of INDONESIA, but highlights on Holland America’s 14-night Indonesian Discovery, leaving 31 January 2017, include the island of KOMODO (and its dragons), as well as LOMBOK, BALI and JAVA. Activities include a hike in Komodo National Park and a pony trek up Mount Bromo volcano. From £1,699pp, not including flights. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016 171

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EXPLORE THE WORLD IN LUXURY Think boutique hotels that happen to travel the world and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from Regent Seven Seas Cruises


ABOVE St George’s, Grenada LEFT A sun-drenched Caribbean beach CLOCKWISE, FROM BELOW A taste of the luxury to be found aboard the Seven Seas Explorer: the Canyon Ranch SpaClub; a bedroom in the Seven Seas Suite; the Compass Rose restaurant; the entrance atrium

SpaClubs and enrichment programmes presented by the Smithsonian Institute, featuring authors, art historians, politicians and former diplomats. With destinations covering all four corners of the globe, you can discover the world with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The ships are small enough to nose into harbours that are of-limits to many competitors, so passengers enjoy a unique experience!

Find out more For more information, including sailings and fares, phone 023 8068 2156†, visit or contact your travel agent. †Calls from landlines are charged at the standard national rate; calls from mobiles may cost more


hichever one of the four sophisticated mid-sized ships you choose – the Regent Seven Seas Mariner, Navigator, Voyager or, new this year, Explorer – you’ll enjoy a whole host of indulgences that won’t cost you a penny extra, starting with free flights and transfers. Once you embark, the luxury experience continues, with gourmet speciality dining, Champagne, fine wines and premium spirits whenever you like, plus unlimited shore excursions in every port. And with nothing to pay for Wi-Fi or gratuities, you really can leave your wallet at home. On board, luxury means that the suites each have a private balcony*. There’s also plenty to take in aboard ship in between ports of call, including Canyon Ranch

ADVENTURES AFLOAT Whether your personal passions are stirred by exploring remote and otherwise inaccessible corners of the planet, engaging with exotic cultures, seeing remarkable wildlife or stepping ashore on uninhabited desert islands, cruising ofers a big wide world of adventure. ASIA

MAIN IMAGE Textbook palm-fringed beaches could be on your route INSET ABOVE Festive lanterns light up Kowloon, Hong Kong TOP, RIGHT Mount Fuji dominates the islands of Japan MIDDLE, RIGHT Inlets at the Nakayama Peninsula in Japan BOTTOM, RIGHT A traditional fishing boat in Thailand

All round Still 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, taking about three months to complete the circuit, with each scooping up around 30 or 40 ports of call along the way. Compared with the familiar fly-cruise jaunts around the Med or Caribbean, these popular voyages are the marathons of the cruising world. Although you might imagine their decks to be awash with lottery winners, golden handshake squanderers, redundancy blowers and city bonus wallahs, world cruises represent amazing value for money. Average costs for a lowergrade cabin on a four-star ship work out at around £100 a day, including all meals, port taxes and entertainment. PRIMA.CO.UK | November 2016 173

Global reach

Culture blend

Each of the three Cunard Queens ( is doing a three-month world cruise, sailing from Southampton in January, but only Queen Elizabeth is doing a complete circumnavigation. The Queen Mary 2’s itinerary takes in AFRICA, AUSTRALASIA, THE FAR EAST, MIDDLE EAST and the MED, while Queen Victoria heads west to cruise NORTH, CENTRAL and SOUTH AMERICA, THE PACIFIC ISLANDS and AUSTRALASIA. Prices for the entire 118-night, 38-port, 22-country, 37,000-mile world cruise on the QE start from £12,899pp. The luxe Regent Seven Seas Navigator’s 2017 World Cruise ( is huge, visiting up to six continents, 31 countries, 64 ports and no fewer than 29 Unesco World Heritage Sites. It’s a whopping price, too, from £39,529pp, but includes meals, drinks, excursions and business class flights.

For a rich blend of cultures, set your compass on South East Asia, with itineraries embracing CHINA, HONG KONG, INDOCHINA, SINGAPORE, THAILAND, VIETNAM, MALAYSIA, SOUTH KOREA and JAPAN. This winter, go on a 14-night ‘Far East Discovery’ aboard Holland America’s Volendam (holland, flying from the UK on a choice of dates. Sailing from Hong Kong, you’ll visit the 2,000island World Heritage Site of HALONG BAY, DA NANG (Hue), NHA TRANG and PHY MY (Ho Chi Minh City) in Vietnam, then SIHANOUKVILLE (Kompong Som) in CAMBODIA. Next up is LAEM CHABANG (the port for BANGKOK) and a world of tuk-tuks, temples and trips along the canals, followed by NATHON (Ko Samui) in Thailand and finally to SINGAPORE (or vice versa). From £1,779pp, including flights.


LEFT Discover the open spaces of South Africa RIGHT, FROM TOP New Guinea’s lesser bird-of-paradise; festival warriors in Papua New Guinea line up to dance; a school of diagonal-banded sweetlips spotted near Loloata Island, of the coast of Papua New Guinea

Pick ’n’ mix

RIGHT This mangrove tree has adapted to New Guinea’s marine environment

While many passengers sign up BELOW RIGHT The for the full world cruise, more than tropical island of half join ship just for a single leg of Vava’u, part of the Tonga archipelago, the journey. These sector options is surrounded by are ideal for those wanting, say, a coral reefs focus on Asia, a one-way trip from Australia to Singapore or even a passage from one end of the PACIFIC ISLANDS Mediterranean back to the UK. You can, for example, join P&O’s ( Aurora in SYDNEY and sail to SAN FRANCISCO. This is a 29-night voyage that takes in AUCKLAND, the so-called ‘City of Sails’, the capital, WELLINGTON, AKAROA, near Christchurch, and the World Heritage fjords of the south west, then across the SOUTH PACIFIC via HAWAII. From £3,599pp, including £160 on board spending, international flights and a hotel night in San Francisco, departing 1 March 2017. .


RIVER OR OCEAN? WHICH IS THE ONE FOR YOU? All cruise ships have one thing in common: water. But the experience of following a river compared with sailing the high seas is very diferent. CONVENIENCE






You can board lots of ocean cruises from a UK port – ideal for those who hate flying – while several river cruises can also be easily reached by Eurostar combined with the high-speed German or French rail networks.

The main European river season runs between March and October, with just a handful of Christmas market options. Sea voyages are year round, taking advantage of the best of the global weather.

Five-star river ships score highly on food and service but not on speciality restaurants, flexible dining times, cabins with proper balconies, theatres, casinos, decent spas, etc. But they do ‘park’ right in the middle of towns, and you’ll never feel queasy when the ship is in motion. On board, the atmosphere of river cruising is far more informal than on ocean ships.

Cruise ships take you to ports in all the continents, whereas river ships sail through countries. Most, but not all, river itineraries lie within Europe, calling not only at cities but also stopping to visit diferent attractions along the way. More exotic destinations include Asia, the USA and India. Cruises link coastal ports, often sailing at night to maximise time ashore, but this often entails days spent at sea.

River cruises are all about sightseeing. Compared with a cruise ship, there’s little to do besides eat, drink and sunbathe on deck, with the odd folkloric night. The largest ocean ships are like floating resorts with an extensive menu of round-the-clock entertainment.

Don’t take kids on a river ship. They’ll go stircrazy. Pick one of the many family-friendly cruise ships instead.

As well as sightseeing, a sea cruise ofers a variety of entertainments

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Take in the Grand Canal in Venice on a Mediterranean trip

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Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park is a classic summer option

Shopping & ❄

CHRISTMAS We can’t promise snow, but one-of buys and fun are guaranteed with our round-up of fab shopping breaks at home and abroad – markets included!

IN EUROPE Lisbon, city of Christmas lights!


s well as being an ‘in’ destination, Lisbon’s also cheap, so it’s perfect for a shopping trip that won’t break the bank. Head to its traditional neighbourhoods to find unique gifts. The main shopping area is Baixa and Chiado, where you can find A Vida Portuguesa, a retro shop, and A Outra Face da Lua, a popular vintage store, or head to Lisbon Shop for colourful tiles. There’s also the hip Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real areas with shops such as Jans Concept, which sells natural products. BEST CHRISTMAS BUYS Port, and homewares made from local cork. BOOK IT Treat yourself to H10 Duque de Loulé hotel, a four-star find near the Avenida da Liberdade shopping street. Don’t miss the 10th-floor terrace – it’s decorated in traditional white and blue tiles. From £72 per night ( TAP Portugal flies from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester from £121 return ( Lisbon has spectacular festive lights

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Festive Salzburg & Grossarl


ombine a trip to the Christmas markets of the historic city of Salzburg with the mountain village of Grossarl in Austria’s Eastern Alps. Salzburg’s largest and oldest Christmas market is in the grand medieval Salzburg Cathedral Square, where you can find tree decorations, stocking fillers and sweet treats. Have lunch at Restaurant Sternbräu for traditional Austrian cuisine, before visiting the Christmas market at Hellbrunn, just south of the city, famous for the giant Advent calendar in the palace’s windows. Then head out of the city to the Grossarl Valley, one of the most stunning Alpine valleys in Austria, to stay at the chalet-style Grossarler Hof hotel, which has panoramic views of the chocolate box scenery. To experience the mountains properly, the hotel provides a two-hour hike through the snow to the Mooselhenalm hut, so you can enjoy mulled wine and fabulous winter scenery. In the evening, get back to the shopping with a visit to the Grossarl Christmas Market and wander along the magically lit Nativity walk. When you return to the hotel, chill out in the spa before enjoying a gourmet meal at the hotel’s lovely restaurant.

BEST CHRISTMAS BUYS Handmade decorations, fur slippers and gluhwein. BOOK IT The Grossarler Hof ofers a three-night Advent Break from £389 per person, including breakfast, dinner and afternoon tea, entry to the Advent carol concert, complimentary mulled wine in a souvenir mug, an Advent lantern and use of the Erlenreich Relax & Spa. Call 00 43 6414 8384 or visit British Airways flies to Salzburg from £121 return ( and Grossarler Hof runs a shuttle service from Salzburg Airport. Grossarler Hof hotel

Get-ahead getaways


The pretty village of Grossarl in Austria’s Alps

Pick up some chic Parisian gifts hat could be better than jumping on the Eurostar and heading to Paris for a glamorous Christmas shopping break? For something untouristy, head to a pretty corner of the 6th arrondissement to the Place Saint Germain des Prés Christmas Market (from December to early January) next to its namesake Metro station. Ofering 30 beautifully illuminated stalls, selling arts, crafts and local produce, the market’s also near some fantastic sights, including the famous literary cafes Les Deux Magots (a favourite of Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso) and Café de Flore, one of the oldest cofee houses in Paris. BEST CHRISTMAS BUYS French antique linens and salted butter caramels. BOOK IT Check into the hip Hotel


You can shop among the famous sights

Verneuil, a renovated 17th-century townhouse with books on every shelf, flashes of seductive colour and statement furnishings, all to get you in the Christmas spirit. Rooms from £160 per room per night ( Eurostar from £79 return from London to Paris (

Let boat or train take the strain... ● Train travel lets you avoid luggage restrictions. Railbookers ofers holidays to Christmas markets across Europe. Bruges is one of the most popular spots, with return prices from £189 per person for two nights’ bed and breakfast (call 020 3780 2162 or visit inspiration/festive-season-holidays). ● Take a DFDS ferry from Newcastle to see the Christmas markets in Amsterdam, Cologne, Brussels or Bruges. From £198 per person for a four-night cruise to Amsterdam, 30 November to 14 December. Call 0871 522 9955 or visit holidays/christmas-breaks).

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Get-ahead getaways


Festive shopping for food lovers...

Take a steam train with Santa

The ice rink at Edinburgh’s Christmas fair


yedale in North Yorkshire has five market towns – Helmsley, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside, Malton and Norton – that are so close together that they efectively form a 21-mile High Street, which boasts Britain’s Best Market Town (Helmsley) and Yorkshire’s Food Capital (Malton). It all adds up to a treasure trove of independent shops. Each has bustling farmers’ markets, independent delicatessens, microbreweries, master chocolatiers, butchers, bakers (yes, and candlestick makers), fishmongers and grocers selling home-grown, freshly picked and handcrafted produce. Old-fashioned hardware stores sit alongside stylish interior designers, and clothing boutiques next to country outfitters. Ryedale’s market towns are also a haven for art and antiques lovers. The region has a great mix of Christmas events – including a Dickens Festival in Maldon, the town that inspired A Christmas Carol, delicious food fairs with local produce, steam-train rides with Santa on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and the Christmas dressing-up of Castle Howard. BEST CHRISTMAS BUYS Handmade walking sticks and cricket bats. BOOK IT Stay at Feversham Arms, a spa hotel in Helmsley, from £120 per room per night with breakfast. Call 01439 770766 or visit

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Artisan shopping in Cowbridge Have a capital time in Scotland


he Scottish capital always comes up trumps for shopping with a diference. Make a beeline for majestic Princes Street and old-school Jenners department store or head to the Grassmarket behind the castle for pretty shops such as Demijohn, where you get to choose a bottle and fill it with anything from elderflower vinegar to tofee whisky liqueur. Iain Mellis makes sensational cheeses, while Walker Slater is superb for tweeds.

BEST CHRISTMAS BUYS Tweed satchels and fine whisky. BOOK IT Indulge in a stay at opulent Prestonfield House, which ofers a Christmas shopping rate of £225 per room per night inclusive of breakfast, three-course table d’hote dinner for two and a bottle of Champagne (available 1-22 December; book by 1 December). Prestonfield often arranges antiques trails to the huge Georgian Antiques in Leith and lesser-known dealers in East Lothian. Visit


few miles from Glamorgan’s Heritage Coast is Cowbridge, known as the ‘Bond Street of Wales’ for its myriad shops. Head to Cocoa & Co for everything from chocolate Advent calendars to shoes. Capel Jones sells antiques, vintage clothes, handmade quilts and wooden toys, and you can’t beat Melinda Mulcahy for jewellery. If you feel the pull of the city, Cardif is 15 miles away, with a Christmas Market from 10 November to 23 December and a Winter Wonderland.

BEST CHRISTMAS BUYS Welsh slate ornaments and chocolate reindeers. BOOK IT Gileston Coach House is a luxurious two-bedroom cottage in one of Gileston Manor’s former stables – and take a small dog for free! Explore the nearby clifs and coves of the Heritage Coast at Limpert Bay. A three-night stay starts from £483 for up to five (plus dog). Call 01348 837871 or visit

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Ryedale’s magical market towns

● Head to Padstow for the Christmas Festival, which has more than 100 stalls. Stock up on Figgy’s Christmas Puddings and Cornish salt. Visit ● Petworth, West Sussex, is a foodie paradise. Start with pancakes at The Hungry Guest Café, then head to the antiques market for original gifts. Visit ● Home of designer Sir Paul Smith, Nottingham has great food, such as Stilton from Colston Bassett Dairy and sweets at The Treat Kitchen. Visit


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till no reply.’ Laura could tell Amy was more upset than usual by her friend’s edgy tone. ‘I’ll be right over,’ she told her soothingly. ‘Put the kettle on!’ Five minutes later, the two friends were sitting on Amy’s sofa with steaming mugs of tea. ‘I know he loves his cycling,’ Amy said. ‘That was obvious when he turned up to our first date three years ago in those Lycra cycling shorts!’ The two friends giggled as they recalled Patrick’s arrival at the restaurant that evening. He had cycled there but forgotten to bring a change of clothes. More than a few female heads had been turned by the sight of his tanned, muscular legs as he walked Amy to their table. Over dinner, he had explained that cycling was his favourite hobby. His mother said he was riding a bike before he could walk, and he hadn’t stopped since. ‘I knew I’d always come second to his beloved cycling,’ sighed Amy. ‘But I don’t understand why he’s suddenly started spending so much more time with his bike than me. We always used to have Saturdays together, but now he tells me he’s doing some special event and needs extra time to train. I was really beginning to think we might have a future together but now I’m wondering if there’s something else going on.’

details, so why not give it a go? At least she’d know then whether he was on his bike or whether he’d discovered some other new hobby – or woman. By the time she had found the details and worked out how to navigate the site, she could feel her blood pressure rising. But suddenly, there he was – a little black dot moving over the screen in a village whose name was displayed at the top. She recognised the name of the village; it was around 40 miles away. It was not unusual for him to travel some distance to take part in a cycling event. As she looked closer, however, she realised that there was something odd about the route he was taking. Instead of cycling in a straight line, she saw on the screen that he had been cycling in lots of small circles and loops. He was now nearing the end of a diagonal line which, when she looked more closely, seemed to form the end of an ‘x’. Just as the dot stopped moving altogether, her mobile phone started to ring. ‘Amy. Are you there?’ It took her a moment to work out that the breathless voice on the other end of the phone was Patrick’s. ‘Patrick, what’s going on? I’m watching you on my laptop.’ ‘I know. Amy, sweetheart, have a good look and tell me what you see. I’m waiting here for your answer.’ Puzzled, Amy returned to the screen. It was only when she enlarged the image that it suddenly hit her. Out of the loops and circles emerged three shakily formed words from Patrick’s tracks: ‘Marry me Amy x’ She needed no time at all to yell out her ecstatic answer down the phone, her thoughts already racing forwards. Champagne, confetti, bridesmaids and the honeymoon… on a tandem, perhaps?

TRACING HIS TRACKS As soon as Laura had left, Amy switched on her laptop. If she wasn’t going anywhere, she’d cheer herself up with some online retail therapy. She was pondering whether the green or blue dress would suit her better when something occurred to her. Hadn’t Patrick urged her to log on to a particular website to find out where he was on his bike that afternoon? He’d given her the login

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‘Instead of cycling in a straight line, he had been cycling in lots of small circles and loops’

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Sales agent

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A ‘doing’ word

Greek Place where god of you go to work out love

Japanese horseradishlike sauce

Sit back and relax (slang)

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Maple tree

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Bumper car

Zodiac lion S American mountain range

Pig pen

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Largest continent

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Your Stars for November

with Lori Reid



23 October – 22 November

22 June – 23 July

After a turbulent few months, the outlook brightens and you can start making new plans. Your words reach the right person on Bonfire Night – get together and do something special. Feelings come to the surface during November, so make it a time to celebrate your love.

Make this a time of action and get down to business! Big things are happening on the home and partnership front that make November memorable. Look out for job opportunities and unexpected assignments. Love? Romantic Venus lights a fire in your heart that drives out the winter chill.



23 November – 22 December

24 July – 23 August

It’s time to explore fresh directions and spread a little sunshine. Your social and professional networks are expanding. Pace yourself midmonth so you don’t run out of steam. The second fortnight may be a challenge but with friendship in abundance, you’re in a happy place.

Life is full of enchantment. It may be a grey winter outside but your world is becoming more colourful and, chances are, someone special will stand out from the crowd. Stick to your plans no matter what happens on the 24th. A twist in the days that follow turns things your way.

Capricorn 23 December – 20 January A relationship comes under the spotlight this month. If you want to move forward, sow subtle seeds in the first week. Friends, groups, networking? Rally people from the month’s start and get projects moving. Pick up what’s happening behind the scenes – it could have important implications.

Aquarius © Lori Reid Illustration: Camera Press


21 January – 19 February Coincidences are fascinating this month. Surprises, visits and greetings are bound to delight your heart in the first week. It’s lively at your house on the 14th, when a family situation or property matter comes to a head. Your energy soars and a goal is reached.



20 February – 20 March

21 April – 20 May

Stay tuned to new possibilities at the beginning of the month. Grab this chance to cast your net wide, now that your work and social afairs are so positively highlighted. Romance is out there – whether you’re looking for it or not! Opportunity knocks and, financially, you may be better of as a result.

Travel opportunities delight you this month, while Venus lighting up your faraway skies promises romance along the way. But it’s work and outside interests that pick up the pace through the first couple of weeks. Arrange for some time of around the 15th to ease the pressure. Expect good news on the 25th.



21 March – 20 April

21 May – 21 June


Prepare for a standout month when you’re where you want to be: in charge! Group ventures, work and travel are November’s highlights. Mid-month brings new faces into your circle and your social life takes of. Finances are looking good, so you can aford to do nice things.

Get together with friends and give joint ventures an extra push this month. As long as you don’t take risks around the 24th, November looks lucky for money. Although your health is generally okay, slow down mid-month. You’re developing a taste for new hobbies and sports. Enjoy!

24 September – 22 October

Virgo 24 August – 23 September Your creative flair will be rewarded. Leave outstanding work until the 9th when you’re fired up with extra energy. With benevolent Jupiter a magnet for cash, finances improve. But beware – you could be landed with some unexpected expenses. Think before you spend!

After a lively first week on the domestic front, calm is restored and Venus floods your home with love and afection. Here is where you are your happiest. However, with expansive Jupiter in your sign, there won’t be much time to sit with your feet up. PRIMA.CO UK. | November 2016 193

Slice of life

Where have all the good guys gone? With Halloween fast replacing Bonfire Night in our autumnal afections, Caroline Quentin says it’s time to reignite our passion for rockets and sparklers

‘Bonire Nights were magical and unforgettable’

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This MONTH… I’m baking

Chocolate fudge with the kids.

I’m making

Patterns for next month’s Christmas stockings. Yes, I’m finally going to create my own felt ones!

I’m growing

Garlic – it’s time to plant it so that it can grow over the winter.

Photos: Getty, Tony Briggs Caroline wears: Dress, A Day In A Life. Earrings, necklaces and bangles from a selection at Taking Shape, Rebecca at House of Fraser, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, Daisy & Eve at Evans, Very


s a child, the streets around our semi in suburbia were FULL of guys during October. They weren’t always goodlooking – some of them had very wobbly legs and badly drawn faces – but we always gave them a penny anyway. It was the tradition for children to make a guy to put on top of the bonfire and burn on 5 November. In the days leading up to firework night, children would put the eigy of Guy Fawkes into a pram or a wheelbarrow and go from house to house asking for ‘a penny for the guy’. The money earned was put towards a fistful of fireworks to set of in your back garden. It seems archaic now, but we were happy with a packet of sparklers and a Catherine wheel. If you were lucky, you had a rocket. Dad would light it and it would whizz into the sky and pop, sending out a glittery tail. My sisters and I would make the guy. Dad would donate an old pair of trousers, and we would stuf them with newspaper. An old school jumper would be used to make the torso and the head was part of a pillowcase with a hastily felt-tipped face and beard. Mum, me and my three sisters would make tofee apples and fudge and put potatoes in foil to bake in the embers of the fire. They were magical evenings, memorable not

just for the smell of smoke in the frosty autumnal air and the taste of chewy tofee, but also for the ‘doing’ of things together: making and mixing, building fires, lighting sparklers that traced our names in the dark. I once went on a first date with a chap to a firework display on Clapham Common. I recall leaning back against him, his arms around me for the first time, feeling as though I had come home. We tilted our heads up to the night sky, ooh-ing and aah-ing with the rest of the crowd, as enough explosives to blow up the Palace of Westminster glittered like a million stars above us. I was in love, and the night seemed, to me, to reflect everything my heart was feeling. Last year, in contrast, Bonfire Night was a damp squib. My kids now celebrate Halloween in October, just like those in America, and the joy of making an eigy of a political anti-hero has been replaced by the purchasing of nylon costumes. The children love knocking on doors, happy with the outrageous generosity shown by neighbours in the shape of sweets. But as I wait out of sight while they shout ‘trick or treat’, I’m sure I hear four girls calling out ‘penny for the guy’, and smell sweet tofee and smoky embers of bonfires that have gone out, but will never be forgotten. And that first date on Clapham Common? Well, reader – I married him! And even though the fireworks might not be quite as explosive as they were all those years ago, when I’m in his arms, I know that I have come home and that the fire burns as brightly and still warms even my coldest, darkest nights.

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