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Spinach & ricotta pie with Tracklements fresh mint jelly

Food & Drink

GBBO might be off our screens but that is no excuse to down tools in the kitchen. It’s time to stand by your benches and … Bake!

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Mortgages if you’re approaching retirement age

Property

The property market is set for a period of change, writes Ruban Selvanayagam, and it looks set to present more choice to those in or...

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5 reasons why you should consider an escorted tour of Australia

World Wide

When it comes to travel experiences, a tour of Australia has to be up there among the best. You'll have an expert tour guide on hand who...

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Here’s why you need to pay off your mortgage before retirement

Property

Financial responsibility now is the way towards a happy retirement in the future. Follow these steps to pay off your mortgage sooner rather than later.

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Rising care costs bleed life savings of older people

News & Views

A government cap on the cost of care will not prevent older people losing their life savings and homes, warns Independent Age ...

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Stopping the environmental cost of fast fashion

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

Helen Venables warns we need to make our wardrobes sustainable and eco-friendly. Even making small changes could make a difference. Here...

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Separations, divorce and discretionary trusts

Finance

Relationship breakdowns and squabbles over entitlement to a share of an estate are common and wholly avoidable. Nadine Wealands explains how by maintaining your Will to include a discretionary trust can protect your estate from future disaster.

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Clever ways to balance your Brexit investments

News & Views

Many people are unaware how actively (or not), their investments are being managed or how exposed they are given the exceptional...

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How to dress and accessorise for your figure

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

The age old problem of how to match clothes that suit your shape plagues us all. Thankfully, Helen Venables has some tips on the dos and...

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Artist collaboration creates banner to showcase allotment experiences of dementia

Dementia care & awareness

A banner created by people with dementia working with a trio of well-known artists has been unfurled at a special ceremony in Exeter.

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Is 75 the new 65? Wealthy countries need to rethink what it means to be old

Health

As people continue to live longer, governments will need to rethink similar policies around health care, employment and more, write Warren...

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Superfood truffles

Food & Drink

These little chocolate nuggets are supercharged with chlorella to energise the body. Recipe by Christine Bailey....

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Pulled Persian lamb with Tracklements zingy rosemary jelly

Food & Drink

Easter wouldn’t be the same without lamb and this slow-cooked show-stopper is quick and easy to prepare and has flavours to die for.

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As phishing gets smarter, what could businesses do for older clients?

Finance

Scammers are constantly devising new ways of persuading people to hand over sensitive personal data, so what can service providers do to...

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Five ways to look after your gut

Health

Busy lives, convenience diets and everyday stresses all contribute to put a burden on your gut health. Here, Eloise Craven-Todd reveals...

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Planning for the future with Alzheimer’s Research UK

Health

If you or a loved one are affected by dementia, you may have questions about legal issues surrounding writing a Will or Lasting Powers of Attorney. Alzheimer’s Research UK can help you plan for the future by outlining some things to think about.

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Camera traps are revealing the secret lives of Britain’s mammals

Home & Lifestyle

Camera traps offer fascinating insights into the secret lives of Britain's mammals, writes Sian Green. With the help of ordinary people, we...

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A New Forest break at Balmer Lawn Hotel

Around The UK

David Powell rediscovers peace, tranquility and relaxation during a short break to the New Forest and Balmer Lawn Hotel....

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5 unmissable South American highlights

Sponsored, Travel

From its vivacious culture to its unrivalled biodiversity – we’ll introduce you to the best of South America on a Peregrine small group tour.

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Jeremy Bowen reveals he has bowel cancer

Health

BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen is undergoing treatment for bowel cancer after diagnosis late last year....

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Why more people want to downsize when they retire

Property

How rental could be the alternative to spending retirement rattling around in a large home and having the worry and expense of its upkeep....

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The Bay at Nice

What's on

A small gem that says more in its 80 minutes than many plays more than twice its length and certainly makes for essential viewing. Laurence Green reviews The Bay at Nice.

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At Eternity’s Gate

Film

Willem Dafoe stars as Vincent van Gogh in Julian Schnable's biopic but a sluggish, labouring script that labours not so much on the life of...

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Energy Bills Near £1,300^ – 5 Ways to Beat Constant Price Rises

Money Saving Tips, Sponsored

Why not save your hard earned money for something better spent on you? ...

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How will Brexit affect my retirement pension?

News & Views

Brexit is imminent and many thousands of Britons still do not know how their pensions will fare when the UK exits the EU.

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Time to look again at ISAs!

News & Views

Money doesn't grow on trees but as Tony Page explains the Innovative Finance ISA could help you feel like it does....

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Finding your IFISA sweet spot

Finance, Sponsored

Finding your IFISA sweet spot can help you get a balanced rate of return for moderate risk. Here's how an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA)...

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How will Brexit affect my monthly bills

News & Views

As the interminable Brexit wrangles continue we take a look at how leaving the Eu will affect your monthly bills.

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Spring beauty

Beauty, Fashion & Beauty

Stick your winter coats back in the cupboard and turn your attention to a spring skincare clean and bringing back your natural glow. ...

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hVIVO is helping protect the over 60s from common viral infections

Health, Sponsored

A new clinical study is looking at how healthy people aged 60-75 years old respond to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections - and...

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Brexit B-Day house price risks

News & Views

Brexit: It’s like trying to use a kitchen roll for a boat sail in a multiple angle storm.

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Lamb harira – a Moroccan lamb, chickpea and lentil stew

Food & Drink

A dinner party meal to impress. This tasty and heart-warming Moroccan-style stew will be a family favourite in no time, and provide the...

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Life insurance, over 50s plan or funeral plan?

Finance

Guaranteed over 50s life insurance plans can provide peace of mind and safeguard your loved ones against the financial burden of a funeral...

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Understanding Environmental, Social and Governance

News & Views

Reducing risk, extra returns, and being nice with it. That’s ESG.

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How would the over-50s fare in a no-deal Brexit?

Finance

One of the biggest worries for the over-50s is the economic uncertainty that comes with Brexit. Find out how to protect yourself in the...

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Phaanu dal – a spicy, high fibre treat

Food & Drink

Put your culinary skills to the test with this rich and creamy phaanu dish, cooked from scratch....

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Does cannabis cure cancer? We asked an expert

Health

David Robert Grimes challenges the misconception that cannabis has ‘unreported’ healing powers that reduce tumours and cure cancer.

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If Beale Street Could Talk

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Barry Jenkins' angry, assured and distinctive drama which asserts that even in a world of corruption and prejudice,...

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Tintin: as the eternal youth turns 90, he’s still teaching children about the world

Books

Paul Aleixo looks at the enduring appeal of Hergé's comic book hero Tintin: one of Belgium's great gifts to the children of the world....

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Five tips for helping your lawn survive winter

Gardening

Simple tips to ensure your lawn is in perfect shape when spring finally arrives.

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The surge of socially responsible investing

News & Views

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing is experiencing a boom as people seek to insure their money is invested ethically -...

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Discover walking and the great outdoors with HF Holidays

Sponsored, Travel

Discover walking and the great outdoors with HF Holidays. With more than 100 years' experience providing walking and activity holidays...

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Six diet swaps to lower cholesterol

Nutrition

Comfort foods come with a high cholesterol cost! Check out these alternatives to your weekly shop indulgences and reap the health rewards.

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What is Deprivation of Liberty?

Relationships and dating, Relationships • One Comment

A quick guide to Deprivation of Liberty; What should I do if a family member is objecting to their care arrangements?...

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Out and about: Tabac

What's on

In need of post-festive pick me up or a treat to kick the January Blues, Kentish Town's newest drinking nook - the charming and French bar...

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Single traveller myths busted!

Travel

Travelling by yourself? It can seem like a daunting prospect, but, you don’t have to be lonely travelling solo, in fact it could be life changing for you!

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Why are financial markets important

News & Views

Financial markets can seem complex and confusing, but they are essential to the smooth running of global economies....

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Think It’s Too Late to Learn About Bitcoin? Think Again

News & Views

Find out why you are never too old to learn about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies....

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Is a coach tour of Italy right for me?

Europe

If you plan 2019 to include an authentic travel adventure, get off the beaten track and take a Cosmos coach tour through some of Italy’s most stunning landscapes, sampling local produce and exploring the history behind the country’s beautifully preserved ancient buildings.

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2019 New Year debt resolutions

Money Saving Tips

Tips on how to reduce your personal debt and start 2019 on a sound financial footing. ...

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The price of being a loyal customer

News & Views

Whether its energy, insurance or your mortgage - sticking with the same provider over time can have hidden expensive consequences....

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Mini Croque Monsieurs with Tracklements green tomato chutney

Food & Drink

Deliciously comforting and homely Christmas canapes that are easy to make and devilishly easy to clear a plate.

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Goats’ cheese and zingy rosemary jelly mini muffins

Food & Drink

Here's a festive finger food (canapes to posh folk) to serve 22 with deliciously savoury goats' cheese and rosemary jelly muffins....

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Make 2019 the year you travel in true comfort and style

Travel

Join the 1.5 million satisfied customers who enjoy an escorted touring holiday to some of the best destinations in Europe, whilst...

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Serious Lights – sight and posture

Home & Lifestyle, Sponsored

Discover life-changing light. Driven by an inventor’s passion and endorsed by over 500 opticians.

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The Wild Pear Tree

Film

A sobering, beautifully shot film of dashed hopes and inter-generational relationships (directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan) that implants itself...

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Inheritance Tax to go digital: less admin, better guidance, but no quick solutions

News & Views

Sarah Coles says 'This will come as no comfort to anyone currently mired in the (IHT) process. You're likely to hit your deadline for...

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How will Brexit affect my investments and finance

News & Views

A second referendum with a result to remain would undoubtedly have the most immediate positive impact on the market, particularly as investors looking for bargains would return to that cloudy investment market that is the UK.

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Finding the perfect Christmas dinner

Food & Drink, Sponsored

Whether you prefer a traditional Christmas roast, or want to try something a little different, we have a wide variety of tempting festive...

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Haven a great time on NCL Epic

Cruising

David Powell finds an exclusive ship within a ship as he samples The Haven, NCL's most luxurious, peaceful and discerning cruise...

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5 audiobooks to help you wind down this holiday season

Home & Lifestyle, Sponsored

BookBeat shares 5 great audiobooks to help you find some “me time” this holiday season.

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Reasons to walk the Camino de Santiago

Europe, Sponsored

The Camino de Santiago (or the Way of Saint James) is one of the most popular of the ancient pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostella....

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Are you ready for a life-changing light?

Home & Lifestyle, Sponsored

How an inventor's passion led to the creation of the ultimate reading light - endorsed by opticians....

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Women falling way behind in personal pension planning

News & Views

Pension Review Service survey finds women lag male counterparts by a staggering 75 per cent

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5 winter skincare tips for a healthier skin

Beauty, Fashion & Beauty

Winter brings with it dry, chapped skin so here are some simple tips to keep you glowing through the colder months....

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ear for eye

What's on

Debbie Tucker's 'ear for eye' is a dense and at times, deliberately alienating vision of race, language and power structures which...

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Probate fees to soar from April 2019

News & Views

Dan Atkinson of EQ Investors considers yesterday’s announcement that the cost of securing legal control over a deceased’s estate will soar next April and provides a few options on what people can do.

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Tried & tested: Olverum bath oil

Beauty, Fashion & Beauty

Made from a recipe created more than 80 years ago, Olverum bath oil is a little known treasure that will transform bathtime into a...

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The Wild Duck

What's on

The brutality of truth-telling is explored by Ibsen in his 1884 classic The Wild Duck, which returns to the London stage in a...

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FAANGS for the bites Facebook

News & Views

No Halloween pun intended. Tech stocks are a very attractive option but if you think they are a safe option – think again.

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The evolution of sex toys since the 1970s

Sex & intimacy

Adult toys are hugely sophisticated, smaller and sleeker and are made to appeal to all ages. The choice is endless and the most difficult...

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Highlights of bfi London Film Festival 2018

Film

Laurence Green rates his top picks from bfi London Film Festival 2018 including the brilliant semi-autobiographical Roma by Gravity...

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Rediscovering body confidence with Slendertone

Health

The slim and discreet abdominal toning belt that firms and tones your tummy anytime, anywhere.

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California walnut and fig cake

Food & Drink

Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber goes nutty with this delicious recipe for California walnut and fig cake....

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Six solutions if you’re bumping up against the pensions annual allowance

Pensions

Sarah Coles of Hargreaves Lansdowne looks at six ways to make the most of your pension annual allowance....

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When a family member with dementia goes into care

Care and carers

It can be a daunting and emotional time for families coming to the decision to move a relative with dementia into care. Rebecca Harbron Gray answers some frequently asked questions.

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Coming through the darkest times

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Pam Craige, a 60-year-old project coordinator from Cheshire, lost her husband Bill to heart failure in August 2013. Pam was one of more...

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The Height of the Storm

What's on

Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins star in this compassionate, deeply moving play that teases the mind, while touching the heart. Laurence...

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Generational divide revealed as grandparents worry cooking skills are being lost

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Kitchen Love campaign launches for National Grandparents’ Day to promote the joy of cooking together and preserve historical recipes

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North African egg and butterbean salad

Food & Drink, Recipes

Packed with flavour and vegetables, this dish is not only rich in protein you will also get a large helping of vitamin D and B12 from your...

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BFI London Film Festival 2018

What's on

Laurence Green picks out his top choices ahead of the BFI London Film Festival 2018 including Jon Baird's Stan & Ollie. ...

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Death Cafes deliver a welcome taste of reality

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Death Cafes are helping to remove the taboo associated with talking about death. Sharan Watson considers how these local initiatives are providing opportunities for honest conversations and placing talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda.

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Give generously to help escape inheritance tax

Tax

New figures show that families who lost a loved one paid a record £5.2bn in inheritance last year. Wills and probate expert Jill Rushton...

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The Spanish Costas – a hot spot this winter

Travel

Escape the UK's winter chill and enjoy 4 weeks winter sun from just £512 per person....

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Mortgage: Two or five years fixed rate

Property

If you are considering taking out a fixed-rate mortgage in the coming months, consider how a hard Brexit could impact your pocket.

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You CAN teach an old dog new tricks: The 50+ and their attitudes to learning new skills

Home & Lifestyle

Hitting 50 is an opportunity milestone rather than a mill stone. There has never been a better time to learn a new skill....

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The Lion at Wendlebury

Around The UK

Eloise Craven Todd enjoys a cosy weekend at the beautifully boutique Lion at Wendlebury and even finds time for retail therapy at Bicester....

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5 Reasons to try a solo tour

Sponsored, Travel

Designed exclusively for solo travellers, Wendy Wu solo tours provide you with a ready-made group of like-minded fellow explorers to share your holiday with. Here are five reasons why you should join us!

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Struggling with COPD? – These simple techniques may help?

Health

Paul Brice, author of COPD Innovative Breathing Techniques shares advice for people with the condition to get the most out of their...

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You’re never too old to become fluent in a foreign language

Home & Lifestyle

As 2018 closes, you may be thinking of your resolutions for the new year. Why not put your linguistic skills to the test and learn a...

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Foxfinder

What's on

In spite of its early promise Foxfinder is a play that loses its momentum and becomes a laboured parable about the need to seek out scapegoats for society’s ills, writes Laurence Green.

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Inheritance stealth taxing

Tax

Autumn promises publication of the Office of Tax Simplification's recommendations on Inheritance Tax and the impact could be far-reaching...

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Why are we a pill popping nation?

Health

New research shows that up to 50% of the UK population is taking some form of medication every day. The question is, is this level of mass...

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The UK’s most expensive (and cheapest) funeral costs

Finance, Sponsored

If funeral costs continue to rise at the same rate as today – by 2024 the average cost of a UK funeral could be £5,925 says new report by Legal and General.

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Autumn colour and style tips

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

Autumn is almost upon us and it's time to spruce up your wardrobe to cope with the chill. Helen Venables has some tips to keep you cosy and...

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The Algarve – a premier winter warmer

Europe

4 weeks winter sun in Portugal from just £596 per person...

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A holiday fit for social media braggards

Travel

Forget sun, sea and family friendly holidays…a third of British parents want their holidays to shine on their social media feeds!

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Discover your perfect winter sun hideaway

Travel

4 weeks winter sun from just £512 per person...

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My Stroke Guide – supporting recovery 24/7

Health, Sponsored

Stroke can change your life in an instant. Whether it's happened to you or someone close to you, My Stroke Guide is there to help support...

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Edinburgh International & Fringe Festival 2018

What's on

Laurence Green picks through another packed programme of delights to reveal the highlights of this year’s EIF and Fringe festivals.

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