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Scrumptious apple and blackberry crumble

Food & Drink

Dig into this recipe for a glorious apple and blackberry crumble.

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Win a super Healthspan pet care bundle

Competitions & quizzes

Help you pooch shift lockdown pounds with this pet care bundle from Healthspan....

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Podcast: Water Gypsies, canalmania and Peter Sallis as Hitler

Books

BAFTA-winning actor, comedian and impressionist Julian Dutton in conversation with Duncan Steer. ...

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Rare Beasts trailer

Film

Cinema and digital platform release date confirmed for Billie Piper’s Rare Beasts,

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Luxurious gluten free popcorn cheesecake

Food & Drink

Gluten-free Drambuie butterscotch popcorn cheesecake, you say? Don't mind if I do....

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Bring your relationship back to life

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Is your relationship going a little stale? If so, follow our top tips and bring your relationship back to life....

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Healthy eating: beetroot and red onion tarte tatin

Food & Drink

Eat to the beat this summer with this fantastically sweet and luxuriously simple beetroot and red onion tarte tatin recipe.

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Sizzling greens with crispy beef

Food & Drink

Quick-fire stir fry recipe to help you beat the summer heat ...

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Keep your immune system fighting fit

Health, Sponsored

Health-wise lockdown does not mean shutdown. Here are six simple tips from A Vogel to help maintain mental and physical health, and also...

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How to embrace change in 2020

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Change can be stressful and unsettling but Dr Lynda Shaw has tips on how to embrace new situations and rediscover the positives in your life.

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Seven ISA strategies for tough times

Savings & Investments

With so much uncertainty in the markets you could be tempted into making rash decisions with your money, but as Sarah Cole explains there...

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All you need to know about TUI River Cruises

Sponsored, Travel

Here's what to expect from TUI Isla, TUI Maya and TUI Skyla when they launch in spring, including what's onboard and which routes they'll...

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The meteoric rise of mis-selling

Pensions

Pension mis-selling is the new PPI. Here, Glyn Taylor unpacks the reasons for the scandal, and looks at the three biggest factors at play.

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How will the Coronavirus impact Stock Markets?

News & Views

While healthcare markets will undoubtedly benefit from the Coronavirus, the outlook for other markets - if global powerhouse China...

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Parasite

Film

A deservedly Oscar-lavished poetic tragi-comedy about wealth, greed and class discrimination. Laurence Green reviews....

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Debunking fashion myths and using colour tricks

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

The power of colour is clear across marketing, advertising, sport, in many areas of business and of course is vital in fashion, but there are many colour myths that need debunking. Helen Venables explains.

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Could renting suit your lifestyle in retirement

Property

Are you retiring this year? According to calculations by Legal and General* more than 500,000 people will reach retirement age this...

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Luxury cruising with Saga Cruises

Cruising

David Powell takes a four-night mini cruise on Saga's new luxury boutique ship, Spirit of Discovery, and enjoys the best of the Normandy...

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Talking About Trees

Film

A love of cinema and film-making meets religious and political resistance in Suhaib Gasmelbari’s affectionate documentary about the work of four veteran Sudanese directors trying to bring back cinema screenings to Sudan. By Laurence Green.

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Save on your bills and maintenance by downsizing and renting in 2020

Property

Boiler trouble, damp and water damage are just some of the maintenance headaches you could avoid by downsizing in retirement. Jamie...

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Walnut and Wild Mushroom Gnocchi

Food & Drink

Dr Rupy Aujla takes the humble walnut and transforms it from unappreciated and unloved kernel into the tasty co-star of this delicious...

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1917

Film

Sam Mendes’s 1917 – masterful cinematography and devastating storytelling combine in this a mesmerising and extraordinary hymn to the sacrifice of a generation.

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How to effortlessly wear classic blue

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

2020 is the year of Classic Blue. Here, Helen Venables, of House of Colour, explains how to mix and match and wear Classic Blue with style...

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Falafel with tomato and cavolo nero sauce

Food & Drink

Deliciously spicy and rich in iron, here's a simple vegetarian supper that is a reassuringly heart alternative to the new year, new you fad...

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The menopause: dreaded, derided and seldom discussed

Women's Health

Isabel de Salis explores the menopause and explains why there is a need to end the silence that surrounds a stage of life that half of humanity go through.

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Film

An enigmatic true original, Long Day's Journey Into Night is a film that will dazzle and baffle in equal measure long after the final...

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Sterling bubbles & your post-election finances

News & Views

There is certainty on Parliament - a working majority gave a fillip to the pound, but as Brexit trade talks anything other than a really...

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How much could your New Year’s resolutions save you in 2020?

Money Saving Tips

Christmas expense and the financial post-mortem will have many seeking ways to curb spending in the new year. Here, Sarah Coles looks at some quick wins for saving money.

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The social factor of living in a retirement development

Property

Retirement communities can help beat social isolation among older people and also provide a renewed sense of belonging and self esteem for...

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Later life milestones: can you afford plan B?

News & Views

A report by the Office of National Statistics highlights some key life events facing older people that bring unexpected expense....

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Chickpea, squash & tomato curry with beetroot pickle, brown rice and coconut yoghurt

Food & Drink

Our bodies naturally crave carbs during the winter months which may be a way of helping to promote serotonin production (the feel-good hormone). He’s a super satisfying high fibre filler to spice up any winter evening.

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A weekend in historic Runnymede

Around The UK

Nestled on the banks of the Thames, we run the rule over the spa and leisure facilities at the Runnymede Hotel and Spa to the west of...

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More than 1/3 of over-55s living beyond their means

News & Views

A new report suggests more than a third (35%) of over-55s say their expenditure exceeds their income...

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Christmas Chocolate, California Walnut & Apricot Panforte

Food & Drink

Richer than a very rich thing and more chocolatey than a Cadbury’s production line, this sublime panforte by GBBO finalist Ruby Bhogal is an absolute must for keen bakers … and cake eaters!

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A whistle stop visit to Prague

Europe

Mars Webb swaps Belfast for old town Prague for a pre-Christmas break that focuses on food and shopping. Quelle surprise!...

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Together we can rebuild lives

Home & Lifestyle, Sponsored

There are 50,000 blind veterans across the UK that still need support - Leaving a gift in your Will is a deeply personal and special...

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The 12 days of Christmas – in plants

Home & Lifestyle

Ditch the gaudy, tatty old tinsel and introduce these 12 plants of Christmas into your festive decorations.

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Avoid stamp duty costs by downsizing and renting

Property

If you intend to downsize in 2020 and avoid paying stamp duty, renting could be an attractive option....

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How to play your old favourites online

Home & Lifestyle

You don't need an expensive games console to enjoy playing online. Here, we choose our favourite classic games to play on the web....

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Exclusive active living for the over-55s

Property, Sponsored

In a much sought-after corner of Cheshire, an exclusive new residential development is redefining active living for the over-55s. Welcome to Sanctuary Wilmslow.

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Writing a will – your options

Finance

Everyone should have a will, and there are several ways of getting yours written. From solicitors to do-it-yourself wills, read what to...

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Can you stay cold-free this winter?

Health, Sponsored

How can we keep ourselves well and protect our immunity as we move into winter ahead? Echinacea could be the answer. ...

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Marriage Story

Film

Laurence Green reviews Marriage Story and finds an absorbing, balanced and moving movie about breaking up, while trying to keep it together.

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Brussels sprout, chestnut and sage risotto

Food & Drink

Sprouts are divisive let's be honest, but this delightful risotto medley will win over even the most ardent Brussels dodgers. ...

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Vegan sweet potato and coconut soup with sweet potato chips

Food & Drink

Get inspired for World Vegan Month (1-30 November) with this deliciously warming, moreish spiced soup, beautifully garnished with crisp...

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How would negative interest rates impact me?

Finance

Trade wars, economic slowdowns and lack of market confidence are paving the way for negative interest rate policy and it is those at the bottom who will feel its impact more than most.

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Beautiful Seville

Europe

A weekend away with old friends in Seville that I booked ages ago in the January British Airways sale ended up being a foodie...

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Cruising the romantic Rhine Valley on CroisiEurope’s MS Lafayette

Cruising

David Powell takes a river cruise onboard one of CroisiEurope's fabulous river ships....

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BFI London Film Festival 2019

What's on

Laurence Green selects his choices for the best films at BFI London Film Festival 2019.

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South coast getaround

Around The UK

A weekend driving the South Downs and Sussex coast makes for a perfect autumn short break. ...

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How to combat loneliness as you get older

Home & Lifestyle

Loneliness and social isolation is a growing problem as more of the baby boomer generation get older, but as Jamie Turnbull explains there...

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Future-proof your home now and live with peace of mind

Home & Lifestyle, Sponsored

More people are turning to the new-generation of domestic lift as a solution to future-proof their homes and maintain their independence in later life.

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Special fried rice with radish, celery and spring onions

Food & Drink

Ditch the cost of a midweek takeaway in favour of this quick and easy homemade recipe for special fried rice....

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Falafel

Food & Drink

Falafel is perfect for a light lunch or supper. Don't worry that they are deep fried, heart-healthy rape seed or avocado oil will help keep...

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Reconnect with old schoolmates

Home & Lifestyle

A new website is helping log lost school friends reconnect and share memories.

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From retirement to a new lease of life: combating middle-age loneliness

Home & Lifestyle

For Angelina Lipscombe retirement started as a rest, but after a while she needed purpose and to keep her brain ticking over and found...

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Investment ‘best buy’ lists

News & Views

If you're new to investing 'best buy' lists look at face value like a good start point but beware the opportunities that are promoted on...

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Amsterdam on foot

Europe

Mars Webb visits Amsterdam and finds a beautiful, eclectic and trendy city full of hidden gems and so many places to explore that she’s already looking for an excuse to go back.

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When tax Cuts cause a loss

Tax

Tax is hot on the lips everywhere, particularly with corporations and Brexit but what will the impact of rule changes mean to people saving...

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Assured tenancy vs assured shorthold tenancy – what’s the difference?

Property

Jamie Turnbull looks at issues facing people who want to downsize and rent on the open market. This month, he explains the difference...

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Downton Abbey

Film

The TV favourite gets a welcome big screen outing and delivers cinematic structure, impeccable period detail and a well-paced story that offers us the chance to step through history – and into the gorgeous grounds of Downton Abbey.

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Autumn style tips

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

Helen Venables encourages you to get creative with your wardrobe as autumn arrives with some styling tips for the coming months....

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Edinburgh International Festival 2019

What's on

Laurence Green rounds up his pick of the best shows and performances at Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe 2019....

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La Bella Vita … luxury cruising from Venice to Mantua

Cruising

David Powell spent a week on the luxury barge La Bella Vita cruising the Italian Renaissance from Venice to Mantua in considerable style!

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I lost my hearing in a day

Health

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL) affects one in six people every year but is often misdiagnosed - when this occurs the effects can...

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Baked pesto chicken and asparagus flatbread

Food & Drink

Blue-eyed TV kitchen adonis Paul Hollywood gets all bakey with these amazingly simple healthy eaters. ...

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Succession planning for businesses

News & Views

Identify what you would like to happen with your business assets in your own Will and protect staff and shares in the enterprise you have sacrificed so much time on.

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Pain and Glory

Film

Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar's latest creation, Pain and Glory, is a film with slow-burn soulfulness that etches itself on the mind....

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Gems of Gozo

Europe

Mars Webb takes a well-earned summer break on the island of Gozo, a beautifully serene Mediterranean escape just 6km north of Malta. ...

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Sex toys that help you do your Kegel exercises

Sex & intimacy

Working out may seem more like torture than fun, but there’s a new “home gym” in town that makes getting fit the best fun you can have standing up – or lying down. Best of all, it’s perfect for the 40 per cent of women who suffer from some degree of incontinence.

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Simplifying your summer beauty routine

Beauty, Fashion & Beauty

Tricia Cusden reveals her top tips for streamlining your summer beauty routine to ensure you're making most of the warmer weather while...

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Pimm’s and strawberry lollies

Food & Drink

Mix up your Pimm's consumption by making these fun ice lollies, you can guarantee they will impress guests!...

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Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love

Film

The idea of an artist and his muse may sound romantic but Nick Broomfield’s new documentary about Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen tells us nothing we don’t already know writes Laurence Green

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Release equity in your home to spend on family and retirement

Property

Unlocking capital from your home can help you get on with living and enjoying your retirement, writes Gillian Girling....

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Don’t let a skin tag make you feel self-conscious

Health, Sponsored

While skin tags are harmless, they can be irritating or embarrassing, knocking your confidence. Now you can remove them easily and...

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How to take care of your clothes

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

Don’t waste money investing in new clothes only for them to lose shape and lustre. Helen Venables shares tips for keeping your clobber in tip top condition.

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The stress of travelling can be too much for some

Travel

The stress of travelling can feel too much for some, meaning they find holidays and excursions rather tough. But you needn't let this type...

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Selling high and buying low or vice versa

News & Views

How to avoid the classic mistake investors make - buying at a high, when everyone is buying, and sell at a low when everyone else is...

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HRT myth buster

Women's Health

Separating HRT fact from fiction. What you need to know about Hormone Replacement Therapy.

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On Your Feet

Theatre

Christie Prades gives a performance of great personal magnetism, tenderness and sensitivity in this absorbing and occasionally moving...

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The importance of gut health

Health

Dr Riccardo Di Cuffa explains how a plant-based diet, rich in pulses, legumes and whole grains will provide our gut with the perfect...

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Dating over 60 more likely to be a success story

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Life experience and strong sense of self-worth help older daters make the right relationship choices.

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Present Laughter

Theatre

Andrew Scott steals the show with a fascinatingly detailed interpretation of a character who is flirtatious, stroppy and sardonic, yet also...

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Smoked mackerel and couscous salad

Food & Drink

Beat the heat with this spectacularly simple smoked fish dish with flavours that will dance on your palate. ...

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What is so special about Manuka Honey and do you really need it?

Nutrition, Sponsored

Manuka Honey has become famous in recent years due to its health properties and a host of celebrity fans, making it one of the best selling products in health store Holland and Barrett. But why is it so special? And does it work? 50 Connect explores here.

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Eating out: Fancy Crab

Food & Drink

An evening with delicious seafood royalty, without the pretentious setting - a night at the Fancy Crab is one for every occasion. ...

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Summer skin saviours

Beauty, Fashion & Beauty

Eloise Craven Todd shares the best summer skin care products and skin care tips to help you care for oily, sun-exposed skin....

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The secrets to a really feel good holiday

Travel

Whether it’s a trip abroad or staycation, holiday time is precious and a time to relax and recharge but ironically it can also be a time when we can become potentially more susceptible to illness. Here’s how to reduce that likelihood and get the most from your journey – physically and psychologically

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Moving back to the UK after living abroad

Property

Inflated property prices are a barrier to expats wanting to return the UK, but buying is not the best or only option explains Gillian...

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While the cat’s away

Gardening

Gardening expert Maxine Farmer explains what happens to your garden when you go on holiday....

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BBC announces end of free TV licence for over 75s

News & Views

Three million households face losing right to free TV license in 2020 in “important and difficult decision”.

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Choosing the right care home for a loved one

Care and carers

Choosing a care home is huge step and you need to be sure your parent or partner will be comfortable, happy and well looked after. This...

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Be Bright, Be Bold!

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty, Sponsored

The collection at Hotter is bursting with colour this season, with a multitude of shades to choose from to get you summer-ready....

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Moving house – top tips for a stress free move

Property

The stress of moving house is a path few a keen to tread too often. Here, Gillian Girling offers some useful tips to ensure your house move runs as smooth as clockwork.

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Salt

What's on

Salt is a heartfelt production which takes the form of a brave, honest and unforgiving poetic meditation. But it suffers from repetition...

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Black suits only 1 in 4 of us

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

Black is effortlessly stylish but we can't all pull off an Audrey Hepburn or Helen Mirren-look. Indeed, that go-to black number suits only...

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“Only little people pay taxes”

Tax

Tax efficiency is not tax avoidance. Why getting IFA advice on investments, bonds and tax liability will help your finances in later life.

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Beef fillet marinated in tea and horseradish

Food & Drink

Warm weather and a bank holiday weekend what better way enjoy spring bank than with this delicious marinated beef fillet on the barbecue....

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How to feel more positive about ageing

Health

A new global study by Ipsos MORI* reveals just 30% of British adults say they are 'looking forward to getting old' which obviously means...

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Amour

What's on

Amour is a lightweight musical fantasy about daring to dream and the power of self-belief, writes Laurence Green.

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