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Allotment etiquette expert tips

Gardening

Planting and growing your own vegetables can be a hugely rewarding experience, here’s our guide to allotment etiquette

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Ultimate top 10 literary destinations

Travel

Travel to the places that inspired your favourite authors....

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Retirement village pioneers ‘Dutch household care model’ for dementia

Dementia care & awareness

Richmond Villages launches new retirement village pioneering a new model of dementia care in the UK....

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Happy holiday travel tips

Travel

Don’t be caught out by changes to travel rules since the UK left the EU. Here are some essential travel tips to keep all your family happy.

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Sustainable gardening

Gardening

Sustainable gardening is all about making the most of what you have, working with the natural environment and bringing a diversity of...

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Keeping hair healthy

Fashion & Beauty

Being careless about what you eat or choosing a fad diet can have a real impact on the health of your hair, writes nutritionist Fiona...

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Reader recipes invitation

Food & Drink

Share your favourite recipes with the 50connect community and see your culinary triumphs published as a reader recipes of the week.

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Physical – trailer

TV & Radio

Rose Byrne rediscovers herself after growing tired of being a downtrodden suburban housewife. ...

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Why eat seasonally?

Food & Drink, Nutrition

Most of our favourite fruits and vegetables can be enjoyed year-round but they are only really at their best in season....

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How to build raised beds

Gardening

Raised beds have aesthetic value as design elements in your garden but they are extremely practical too as this short guide illustrates.

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Outdoor activities for families

Home & Lifestyle

Dr Sam Wass talks about the importance of creating quality cross-generational outdoor family time. ...

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Healthy living for men over 50

Men's Health • One Comment

Give yourself the best chance to be fit, active and happy in later life with these 10 healthy tips for men over 50....

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Barclays Digital Eagles – Digital Wings

Finance

Barclays Digital Eagles help people make the most of the digital world, confidently and safely. Read all about their history and new Digital Wings learning platform here.

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Six natural pest removers

Home & Lifestyle

As warmer weather arrives so do those annoying bitey, stinging crawling and flying pests. ...

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Dementia and unexpected financial risks

News & Views

Here we take a look at the challenges of helping someone manage their financial affairs and retain their independence....

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Curried beetroot and lentil shepherd’s pie

Food & Drink

Concerns over red meat and increased cancer risk are encouraging more to be creative at meal times. Check out this curried beetroot and lentil shepherd’s pie.

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What not to throw away during the spring clean

Home & Lifestyle

TV antique expert Antony Charman, reveals some surprising ways to maximise your return when clearing out or selling heirlooms and antiques....

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Woodland walks and bluebells near you

Home & Lifestyle, Outdoor leisure

Now that we can enjoy outdoor spaces and spring at its finest, get your walking shoes on and find your nearest bluebell wood. ...

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Asparagus recipes

Food & Drink

British asparagus will soon be at its peak as May approaches, so here are some recipe ideas to get you in the mood for a spring treat.

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Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist

Film

New Netflix documentary charts the rise to stardom of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman....

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10 year plan could save 40,000 in next pandemic

Health

Cross party group calls for £3 billion intervention fund to build back better health...

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Create your own ornamental kitchen garden

Gardening

Planting a kitchen garden is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to embrace spring.

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Eye health – protect your sight

Eye health in later life, Health

Some sight-threatening conditions have no symptoms and could cause you to lose up to 40 per cent of your sight before you even notice a...

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The Handmaid’s Tale returns to C4

What's on

The multi award-winning The Handmaid's Tale, based on Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel, returns for a fourth season this month on...

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Take Back DVDs up for grabs

Competitions & quizzes

For your chance to own 1 of 3 copies of Take Back DVD starring Gillian White, Michael Jai White and Mickey Rourke; simply log-in and answer a question.

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Japanese ramen soup

Food & Drink, Recipes

A super simple Japanese ramen, packed with greens and goodness that put lukewarm, tasteless takeaways to shame! ...

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Why you should detox from Social Media

Relationships and dating

As we tentatively emerge from lockdown now is the time to detox from social media and focus on improving your mental and physical health,...

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Vegan South African sponge

Food & Drink

This vegan plum sponge cake is sweet, fluffy and studded with vibrant tasting South African plums! This cake is completely plant based, gluten free and still super indulgent tasting!

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Coming 2 America

Film

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite for this belated, and largely misguided, return to Zamunda...

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Devils

What's on

Glitzy financial thriller that races around at breakneck speed while slowing the brain down with its style and content...

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Creamy chicken pie

Food & Drink

A rich and creamy pie the family will love & that’s ready to go in the oven in 10 minutes!

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DIY exercise – burn calories doing household chores

Fitness

Been putting off those household jobs? Not only will your house be gleaming, you will be burning calories too. ...

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Spring skin care

Beauty, Fashion & Beauty

The seasons change and so do the needs of our skin. Here are a few tips to help you transition from winter to spring....

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Lockdown Valentine’s Day menu

Food & Drink

You know what they say, the best way to a man or woman’s heart is through their stomach!

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Revelations of Byzantium – Alan Ogden

Books

Histria Books announces the release of "Revelations of Byzantium: The Monasteries and Painted Churches of Northern Moldavia"...

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Marriage changes with age

Relationships and dating

Whether you're recently married or have been married for many years, it's important to understand that with age comes change in...

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Duck with cherries in Gabbiano chianti

Food & Drink

Tuck Into Some Tuscan Specials. Learn how to cook Duck with cherries in Gabbiano chianti with TV chefs Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi.

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Pet obesity – diet tips

Pets

It's not only us who binge at Christmas, our pets are the beneficiaries of lots of leftover treats and it does them no good at all. ...

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Oxford vaccine – 10 reasons why you should get vaccinated

Health

10 reasons why you should follow medical advice regarding vaccination and help protect others in the fight to control Covid....

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Walking: exercise for all ages

Outdoor leisure

Fitness and exercise are important health considerations for people over 50 – even in a lockdown. Here’s how to give the old joints a spring clean with exercise the begins and ends at home.

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Win 1 of 5 bundles of Lotil product

Competitions & quizzes

For your chance to win 1of 5 Lotil product bundles (including Lotil original, Foot cream, hand cream, lip balm and 30ml tube); simply...

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Dazzling Christmas cocktails

Food & Drink

The cocktail hour tends to get an unlimited extension over the Christmas period, so we've chosen an assortment of classy cocktails that...

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Interior & design tips in time for Christmas

Home & Lifestyle

Inject some Christmas colour into your home – even for this most unorthodox of holidays. Here are some top tips for transforming your humble abode to help deliver some festive cheer.

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December in the garden

Gardening

The gardening is virtually done for another year but brave the cold, and save yourself some time in the spring....

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Dating advice in later life

Dating, Home & Lifestyle, Relationships and dating

Having trouble finding success as a midlife dater? Here are some of the common missteps you may be making and how to refocus your energies...

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Over 50s dating – 3 top tips

Dating, Relationships and dating

Online dating is among the easiest ways to find new friendships and with these easily applied tips, you’ll have peace of mind and confidence too.

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Christmas dinner for dogs

Pets

Giving your dogs Christmas dinner leftovers is not doing them any favours - and could do them harm. So follow these simple rules and make...

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Start the day the morning quiz way!

Competitions & quizzes, Home & Lifestyle

Get those grey cells fired up for the day with the daily 50connect morning quiz. ...

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Sensational stuffings

Food & Drink

A cornucopia of ideas for creating the perfect stuffing.

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10 things you might not know about unhealthy eating

Nutrition

We all have our eating vices - the guilty treats we use as a pick me up, but have you ever questioned why we fall back on them or what the...

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Classic La Voix exquisite beneath the Spiegeltent

What's on

Gabriel Wilding enjoys a knockout evening under the Spiegeltent, on London's Southbank, in the company of the inimitable La Voix....

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Why eating your greens may keep you brainy

Nutrition

Sticking to the basics of healthy eating and adding green vegetables to your diet can help to boost your intake of nutrients that have been shown to be particularly beneficial for brain health.

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Are you suffering with ‘menxiety’ at work?

Women's Health

Living and working longer means that more women are likely to be going through the menopause at work....

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Could vitamin D help prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

Health

Behind the headlines finds a balanced intake of Vitamin D-rich foods could help prevent inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis...

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Eating your way out of the menopause

Women's Health

“It’s never too early or too late to start”, Blogger and founder of Alternative Ageing, Suzi Grant, offers her advice for eating your way through the menopause.

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Ten facts you need to know about your sun protection

Women's Health

Dr Preema Vig answers the most commonly asked questions about sun protection and care....

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Seven tips to help when period pain strikes

Women's Health

Don't just put up with the pain, be proactive and find what works best for you....

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Woyzeck

What's on

Laurence Green reviews John Boyega’s triumphant transition from screen to stage in Joe Murphy’s production, Woyzek.

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Get a handle on hay fever

Health

Don't let hay fever rule your summer, try these top tips to reduce symptoms and head outdoors....

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Angels in America

What's on

"Intellectually dazzling and often bizarre" Laurence Green reviews Tony Kushner's absorbing production, Angels in America....

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Eight ways to recognise you have issues with your pelvic floor

Women's Health

Dr Ruth Maher, pelvic floor expert, explains some of the main ways to recognise that you have issues with your pelvic floor muscles.

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The Ferryman

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Jez Butterworth's five-star heartfelt and passionate production, The Ferryman....

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Romeo and Juliet

What's on

Laurence Green reviews David Kramer's adaptation of one of Shakespeare's classics, Romeo and Juliet. ...

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The Treatment

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Lyndsey Turner’s revised and polished new production, The Treatment.

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Five ways to boost your brain health

Health

Ensure you're firing on all cylinders with these top tips for looking after your brain health....

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Carousel

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Lonny Price's elaborate and impressive revival of the American musical, Carousel....

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Combine luxury with history for a truly remarkable holiday

Travel

Bored of hotels? Holiday like a royal with this round-up of lavish getaways and traditional castle retreats.

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Don’t suffer in silence

Women's Health

Learning about your food fingerprint could drastically reduce your IBS symptoms, so there's no need to suffer quietly. ...

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Feversham Arms Hotel

Around The UK

Combining sophistication with tradition, the Feversham Arms Hotel in the York Moors is an idyllic spot for a spring getaway. ...

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Adam and Eve & Steve

What's on

A modern take of the biblical classic, Adam and Eve & Steve is a fun musical comedy that should be viewed with a light hearted sense of humour.

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How to handle debt in your later years

Finance

Getting a handle on your debts is always going to be challenging, but approaching retirement, they can be particular overwhelming....

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An evening of burgers with Lockhouse

Food & Drink

Situated next to the scenic Merchant Square, Lockhouse certainly know how to serve up a decent patty. ...

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The Kid Stays in the Picture

What's on

The Kid Stays in the Picture is a story of one man’s remarkable life against the backdrop of a changing America – Laurence Green reviews Simon McBurney’s new production.

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Mother’s Day gift guide

Home & Lifestyle

In need of some inspiration for what to give as a gift this Mother's Day? This guide have everything you need to show your appreciation. ...

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Travesties

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Patrick Marber handsome revival of the 1974 play, Travesties....

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Keep it cool this spring

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

With warmer weather just around the corner it’s time to add a touch of spring to your wardrobe

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Treasury rule change on pensions jeopardises retirement saving plans for millions

News & Views

Tom McPhail argues why government plans to reduce pension freedoms is a step backwards for effective retirement planning. ...

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Brighten up the half term holidays

Around The UK

Keep the whole family occupied this half term with Visit England's round-up of the best events across the country....

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Next stop … Amsterdam Central!

Europe

David Powell lets the train take the strain as he enjoys a short break in Amsterdam.

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BBC to host a season of films on mental health, across TV, Radio and online

Health

This spring, the BBC will host a season of films on mental health, across TV, Radio and online....

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Funeral poverty risk to low income families and the elderly

Finance

Rising funeral costs, lack of savings and low income have put UK families in financial difficulty when dealing with bereavement writes...

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Saint Joan

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Josie Rourke’s modern take on George Bernard Shaw’s classic tragedy, Saint Joan.

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The dos and don’ts of downsizing

Property

Sarah Gazard reveals how best to downsize your property in later life and highlights the pitfalls to be wary of....

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Hedda Gabler

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Patrick Marber's funny new translation of Ivo Van Hove's 19th century drama, Hedda Gabler....

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LOVE

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Alexander Zeldin’s powerful and moving, documentary-style drama, LOVE

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Sprouts with cumin and mustard

Recipes

Encourage relatives to tuck into the veggies this year with Hari Ghotra's spruced up cumin and mustard sprouts. ...

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She Loves Me

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Mathew Whites exquisite production of the 1963 romantic musical, She Loves Me....

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Once in a Lifetime

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Christopher Hart’s adaptation of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s Broadway comedy, Once in a Lifetime.

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Belle Grove

Around The UK

Paul Hensby spends two-nights at Belle Grove, a truly original self-catering cottage complex close to the Suffolk Coast. ...

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UK’s best cities to retire revealed

News & Views

Do you dream of relocating when you retire? Find out where the UK's most popular retirement locations....

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A decade of turmoil at RBS

Savings & Investments

Travails of Royal Bank of Scotland shareholders since 2008 illustrates the value of sound guidance when building a portfolio.

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Oven-poached salmon with fennel and beetroot

Recipes

Add the wow factor to your Christmas table this year, with this recipe for oven-poached salmon to accompany all the trimmings....

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Peter Pan

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Sally Cookson's adaptation of JM Barrie's magical tale of make-believe and mischief, Peter Pan....

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Christmas Gift Guide

Home & Lifestyle

In need some gift giving inspiration? 50connect’s Christmas gift guide has something for everyone.

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Christmas hamper guide

Food & Drink

Give a gift of food this year and have Christmas all wrapped up with 50connect's guide to festive food hampers....

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King Lear

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Deborah Warner's modern adaptation of Shakespeare's tragic play, King Lear....

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Time to challenge the taboo

Women's Health

Bladder problems are increasingly common in the UK, yet are hardly spoken about – it’s time to challenge the taboo with these top tips for improving control.

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Guilt-free vegan bakes

Recipes

Whatever your reason, choosing to go vegan doesn't have to mean giving up your favourite treats....

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Amadeus

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Michael Longhurst's powerful revival of Peter Shaffer's iconic 1979 play, Amadeus....

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Man of Good Hope

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Mark Dornford-May’s play of Jonny Steinberg’s powerful true story, Man of Good Hope.

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