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❝Family comes before fame❞ very week, whenever possible, the actress/ singer/designer/ businesswoman and original supermodel Twiggy has a family dinner with husband Leigh Lawson, her grown-up daughter Carly and grown-up stepson Jason. “It doesn’t always work out as Carly and Jason are busy with their own lives,” she says. “But it’s so important to catch up with each other and spend time together. It makes me sad when I hear of families who no longer get together around a dinner table. That’s when you get to really talk about stuff. “My favourite evenings are spent cooking with Leigh and then having dinner with him, Carly and Jason. Luckily, they both like coming over to be with boring old mum and dad!” Boring? As if! But throughout Twiggy’s career, her family has undoubtedly always come first. “Being with them gives me the most pleasure in life,” she goes on. “It’s the best. I’m so lucky.” Twiggy was 35 and Leigh 41 when they met. Both had children from previous relationships and, a bit wary because of this, they took things slowly at first. Twiggy has never hidden the fact they would have liked to have children together, but it never happened. “Anyway, Leigh’s a brilliant dad to Carly while I was incredibly lucky to inherit Jason as a stepson. They got on magically with each other from day one. I’ve had

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– and still have – a wonderful career but what I’m proudest of is being a good wife and mother. That’s what I’d most like to be remembered for.’ Coming from a close-knit family herself has obviously had some bearing on this. “I had a happy childhood,” she recalls. “Being the baby of three children I was spoilt to death! We weren’t rich but we weren’t poor either and I had everything I wanted.

‘I’m sad for families who no longer get together around the dinner table’ “One of my happiest childhood memories is of the five of us piling into the car and going for family picnics on a Sunday. I think the reason I didn’t go off the rails when everything took off for me in the Sixties was because of Mum and Dad. My dad was from Bolton and a sensible northern lad. He wouldn’t take any rubbish. “When I started modelling and became Twiggy, he said to me, ‘You’re still our Les and this is all silly’. We were really close and I’ve inherited his down-to-earth,

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northern good sense and strong work ethic.” Her mum was ‘very sweet’ but suffered periods of depression when she would be in hospital for weeks. Through it all, her dad was a ‘rock’ and held the

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Her favourite film is The Wizard of Oz. “I first saw it when I was eight but I left the cinema screaming because I was so terrified by the flying monkeys. but since then I’ve realised that it’s the most magical, innovative film, and it still works well today, even though it was released in 1939. Every generation loves it. It’s truly timeless and Judy Garland’s performance is spellbinding.” YOURS

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But Yvonne (58) has more reason than most to be proud. If it wasn’t for her own determination, strength of character and an unfaltering mother’s love, baby Alfie might never have made it into the world. Yvonne’s daughter, Becky (27), had been caught in a spiral of drug addiction that took them to the depths of despair – where normal family life seemed a world away. “Things were so bad at times I wondered if Becky would ever do the things that all mothers dream of – get married and have a baby of her own,” admits Yvonne, a dental nurse from Sutton Coldfield. “But, even in my darkest days, I never gave up hope that one day I’d get my daughter back. I knew that, with my help, she could get through it and start living again.” Becky had always been a model daughter, kind, thoughtful and polite, with good school grades. But, at the age of just 15, a new group of friends introduced her to drugs – and an addiction to heroin that was to last seven years. “It was every mother’s worst nightmare,” recalls Yvonne. “Her grades started slipping and I began getting calls from concerned teachers. Becky’s personality changed, too. Almost overnight she became secretive and surly. It was impossible to get through to her.” As soon as Yvonne and her husband, Paul, realised the cause of Becky’s behaviour, they vowed

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to do everything they could to help her beat it. But it wasn’t easy. “I went everywhere for help – my GP, self-help groups, counselling and church groups, but everyone said the same thing: only Becky could help herself.” The only thing Yvonne could do was to love her daughter unconditionally. “She put us through some terrible times, but never once did I consider turning my back on her,” says Yvonne.

“Deep down, I knew that she didn’t want to live that way. She just didn’t know how to stop. Occasionally I’d see flashes of the old Becky, and I knew I’d made the right choice by sticking by her.” Through a friend, Yvonne was introduced to a Christian group called Teen Challenge, which runs a rehabilitation programme in South Wales. “I wasn’t a churchgoer, but if there was even the slightest chance it would help, I

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Cuckoo clock Our five-year-old greatgranddaughter noticed our new garden clock and wondered: “Is it for the birds to tell them when to eat dinner and go to bed?” Mrs J Woodhouse, Nottingham

Paper taster My husband was addressing an envelope, watched by our grandson (2), who turned to me, wide-eyed. “Grandad’s eating paper!” His grandad was licking the envelope before sticking it down. Jackie Wilcock, Bradford, West Yorkshire ✤ Send any contributions to the address on Meeting Place, page 29. Please ensure that you have parents’ permission to send in photos of your grandchildren. YOURS

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was prepared to give it a try,” recalls Yvonne. To her relief, Becky agreed and, after showing she was serious about breaking her habit by regularly attending an Alpha Course, was accepted on to the programme. “From the very first visit to Hope House, where Becky was based, I knew it was a special place,” says Yvonne. “It was so aptly named, too, because we all had such hopes that this would

Yvonne makes sure she sees her grandson as often as possible. “He’s such a happy little boy, he really is a joy to be around. Every time I look at him, I remember what we went through and thank God we didn’t give up hope. I’m so proud of Becky. She’s a wonderful mum and Alfie is the best ‘thank you’ she could ever have given me.” ✤ Teen Challenge is a Christian organisation that helps young people trapped in addictions. For more details call 01269 844168 or visit www.teenchallenge.org.uk

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FlaTTER YOU We all love comfy trousers, but as we get older they can be tricky to get right. Here’s our guide to the best around – whatever your shape By Michelle Nightingale

Casual cropped Colourful cropped gems like this pair (right) are perfect for a more relaxed holiday take on trousers. The looser fit is ultra flattering if you have chunky thighs, but avoid this length if you have short legs as it will only make them look shorter than they are. Studded tunic top, £16, sizes 8-22, F+F at Tesco; pink drawstring crop trousers, £16, sizes 1222, Bonmarché; beaded sandals, £18, sizes 3-8, Riviera at Bhs

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Flattering on most shapes, bootcut is the most universal trouser style. We teamed this classic pair with gorgeous wedge shoes, but for the perfect trouser length, make sure your hem sits just below where the heel of your shoe starts. Embellished top, £18, sizes 8-22, F+F at Tesco; linen bootcut trousers, £15, sizes 8-22, Marks & Spencer; waterfall cardigan, £14, sizes 8-22; gold cuff bangle (just seen), £4; wedge shoes, £10, sizes 3-8, all F+F at Tesco; shopper bag, £16, Marisota

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Wide leg trousers are a good choice if you’re curvy and want to disguise bigger thighs and bottom. The loose straight fit will skim over any bumpy bits and the high waisted detail on these trousers will also disguise a round tummy. Stripe top, £22, sizes 8-22, Mark & Spencer; white sailor trousers, £32, sizes 6-22, Next; waterfall cardigan, £30, sizes 12-32, Marisota; twisted gold thong sandals, £10, sizes 3-8, Dorothy Perkins; gold necklace, £18, Wallis; pink raffia clutch bag, £10, F+F at Tesco

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Smart cropped These smart cropped trousers are perfect if you’re petite or slim, as the tailored fit accentuates your shape. avoid fitted cropped length trousers like these if you have curvy thighs though, as they’ll only draw attention to your problem area. Printed embellished top, £28, sizes 8-20, Wallis; pinstripe trousers, £18, sizes 8-22, Marks & Spencer; gold strappy wedge shoes, £35, sizes 3-8, Wallis; chunky bangle, £12, Betty Jackson. Black at Debenhams

STOCKISTS: Bhs 0845 196 0000; Bonmarché 01924 700 100; Debenhams 0844 561 6161; Dorothy Perkins 0845 121 4515; F+F at Tesco 0800 505 555; Marks & Spencer 0845 302 1234; Marisota 0871 231 2000; Next 0844 844 8939; Wallis 0844 984 0266. Details correct at time of going to press

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Sun, sea, sand... and Spam Reader Kay Ellis, 58, from Leyland, Lancashire, remembers the excitement of a trip to the beach he annual day out to the seaside loomed. Weeks earlier, my mum Beryl would begin knitting my bathing suit. The same pattern, in six sizes, took me from toddler to teen, and the very sight of the completed garment would bring a rush of excitement. This was my signal to start counting the pennies in the holiday money tin. Every year we set off for a glorious day at the seaside with our aunts, uncles and cousins who lived in Plymouth, south Devon. We lived in north Devon, in Barnstaple. The family car was a black Austin, with running boards, because my father, Kenneth, was a travelling timber salesman. He used it economically. On chilly nights he’d put a small paraffin

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heater under the engine, and in the mornings he’d fill the radiator from the kettle and crank it to life using the starting handle, to save the battery. Even in fine weather an important journey would warrant at least an hour of engine tweaking and a refill of the petrol can in the boot. Meanwhile, Mum would skin tomatoes and hard-boil eggs while my brother Peter and I hunted out our spades. Then we were off! The thrill of being first to shout ‘I can see the sea!’ and the smell of the ocean… airports and foreign holidays still don’t come close. The reunion with the rest of the family at Goodrington Sands, near Paignton, always started with hugs and kisses. Any modern company who wants a good team-building exercise for staff should get them to put up a

First priority was to run in the sea, shrieking at its coldness

large windbreak in a stiff breeze with six excited children trying to help. That was the men’s work, of course. The ladies settled down to catch up on 12 months of gossip. First priority for us cousins was to get our costumes on as fast as possible and run into

‘Try putting up a windbreak in a stiff breeze with six excited children trying to help’

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‘No matter how far away from our mothers, they were always showered with sand’

the sea, shrieking at its coldness. It was always ‘lovely once you’re in’, but when our mothers called us to come and get dried, we’d shiver and chatter until our jaws ached. From the beach cafeteria, Dad would buy a jug of sweet tea, plus a packet of crisps for each

the plot, but shouted and screamed when the others did. The final treat was the icecream sandwich. How grownup I’d feel if I got the wrapper off the wafers without dropping it. Finally, it was time to head home. We weren’t allowed to get the car seats dirty, so my brother and I laid on our backs, on towels, with feet dangling out of the windows. So much for the seatbelt laws of today!

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The PG Tips chimps A beloved fixture of commercial TV for more than 40 years, the tea-slurping PG Tips chimps hold the record as Britain’s longest-running TV ad campaign. First arriving on our screens in 1956, the Tips family made comic appearances until 2002, when they were retired. D Brooke Bond launched PG Tips in 1930 under the name Pre-Gest-Tee, which promoted the popular myth that it was an aid to digestion. After the Second World War, regulations forced the company to drop this dubious claim and the name was changed to PG Tips. D The voices in the original PG Tips chimps ad were provided by Peter Sellers (below) who received £100 for his efforts. The 1971 PG Tips ad called Mr Shifter, which showed the chimps trying to move a piano up a flight of stairs, was shown more times than any other ad on British TV. D In 1998, the company Robert Harrop Figures designed a range of ceramic figurines based on the Tips family. These novelty figures are now collectors’ items, commanding up to £100 each on eBay.

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child, although our numb fingers could barely untwist the salt bag. Next came building fortresses in the sand and burying our dads, who’d feign sleep until a few grains landed in their mouths. Then we’d be ordered to wash hands in seawater (which made the hard-boiled eggs taste wonderful) and sit in a row to be passed a Spam and salad sandwich. One aunt brought a flask of hot Vimto, which I thought was the finest thing I’d tasted. There’d be a game of cricket, with dads in charge. No matter how far away from our mothers we set up the pitch, they were always showered with sand from a good ‘sixer’. After the cricket, the promise of Punch and Judy had us dressed in no time. I never understood

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Look after the blood flow around your body – and it will then look after you! By Antonia Kanczula e don’t really give it the attention it deserves until something goes awry, but healthy circulation – the efficient flow of blood around our bodies – is massively important to our well-being. When it’s not working as well as it should, a variety of conditions can arise, including high and low blood pressure and varicose veins. Atherosclerosis – when the arteries start to fur-up with a fat-like substance and become less efficient at transporting blood – can lead to angina (heart pain) and also to leg pain. Consultant vascular surgeon Jonothan Earnshaw explains: “When atherosclerosis affects the arteries in the legs, we call it peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The main thing to watch for is calf muscle pain while walking short distances.” Other circulation problems are caused by hypersensitivity to temperature change, such as chilblains and Raynaud’s – a debilitating condition thought to affect as many as 10 million people in the UK. To avoid all these health problems and more, follow the advice opposite.

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1. Exercise your heart

4. Go easy on the salt

Make time for regular structured activity – brisk walking, swimming or supervised classes if you’re not as mobile. Exercise has rich benefits for the organ that’s so pivotal to good circulation – your heart. “It improves heart muscle and performance and also encourages blood vessels to grow in people with PAD,” says Jonothan. Staying active will also help manage your weight, reducing your risk of varicose veins. Always speak to your GP before starting to exercise if you have existing health problems.

“A high salt intake can lead to high blood pressure (hypertension) which makes your blood thicker and harder to transport around the body. Maintaining a low intake is vital for good circulation,” says Jonothan. British adults average 8.6g of salt per day – well in excess of the Food Standards Agency’s 6g target. Avoid processed and takeaway foods which tend to be laden with salt; swap regular salt for a low sodium version; and season home cooking with flavoursome herbs and spices instead.

5. Try some natural boosters There are a number of age-old natural circulation boosters you could try alongside long-term lifestyle changes, says medical herbalist Tim Moorhouse. “For raised blood pressure, try lime flower or yarrow tea. For varicose veins, try distilled witch hazel or horse chestnut cream – thought to strengthen vein walls. For Raynaud’s or chilblains, drink gingko biloba and fresh ginger root tea to boost peripheral circulation.”

6. Monitor your cholesterol level

“Smoking is a major risk factor for artery build-up, so I can’t stress enough how important it is to stop,” says Jonothan. On another, more tangible level, it also restricts blood flow by constricting the tiny vessels at the very tips of your fingers and toes – so is especially bad news for Raynaud’s sufferers. Try a multi-pronged approach: according to the charity QUIT, a combination of methods such as nicotine replacement and group support, plus masses of willpower can be effective. According to the experts, your circulation will start to benefit within just 20 minutes of smoking your last cigarette.

3. Up your antioxidants There’s evidence that antioxidant vitamins C (found in abundance in kiwi fruit, red peppers and blackcurrants) and E (found in nuts, seeds and wheatgerm) can prevent plaque build-up in blood vessels – a major cause of heart disease and atherosclerosis – and can help in the management of Raynaud’s. You can’t spot-treat circulation by relying on this duo alone, but a balanced, wholesome diet will help you reach your target intake and give your general health a boost too.

7. Boost your circulation If you suffer with cold extremities (toes and fingertips) and persistent problems with chilblains, thermal gloves and socks are a must in cold weather. Daily skin brushing with a natural bristle brush before you take a bath may give your circulation an extra pep-up. Popular among athletes as well as air travellers, compression socks are a short-term circulation booster, reducing leg swelling and the risk of blood clots. We’re not suggesting you wear them all the time, but they are a good idea if you suffer with sluggish circulation and are facing a period of immobility. “If you’re booked on a long-haul flight, take extra special notice of your airline’s advice about drinking fluids and doing seat exercises,” adds Jonothan. YOURS

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2. Quit smoking

“After smoking, high cholesterol is the biggest risk factor when it comes to atherosclerosis. It’s vital that you know your cholesterol level and eat a balanced diet to keep it, and your weight, in check,” says Jonothan. Reduce your consumption of fatty meat, butter and cream, and try to eat a more Mediterranean-style diet including lots of fish, olive oil, wholegrains, fresh fruit and vegetables. About two out of three adults have a cholesterol level higher than recommended – over 5mmol/L (millimoles per litre of blood). A simple blood test will determine your lipid profile (ratio of good to bad cholesterol) and your GP can recommend appropriate action.

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