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THE LADY XX NOVEMBER 2017
21/12/2017 10:47
THE LADY established 1885 • No 64230
THIS WEEK
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CONTENTS
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Features
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House of Worth James CrawfordSmith tells the remarkable tale
of a British designer who became
the father of haute couture
Dame Diana Rigg Maureen
Paton meets one of our finest
(and funniest) actors
David Archer, aka the 12th Earl
of Portland Maureen Paton meets
the man behind The Archers’
voice and probably the only
hereditary peer to be on the stage
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The Lady Loves… A selection
of our favourite things
Letters and The Lady & I
A Novel Idea Jane wonders if
karma has done its job
Man vs Cat Paul is breaking
New Year’s Resolutions
MARY FROM GOGGLEBOX
Her Indoors Mary discovers
backcombing
Him Indoors What price to sleep
with a wife?
The Diary of Miss Darcy
Bustle
Social Medea
Fashion Skiwear
Pet Horoscopes
Horoscopes by Victor Olliver
The Lady Guide to Modern
Manners with Thomas Blaikie
House Eighteenth-century
almshouses restored and
reopened
PHOTOSHOT, iSTOCK, GETTY
Travel special
56 Never Too Late to Ski Top 10
expert tips for your first ski trip
60 Glorious Winter Breaks at
Home and Away A world of
inspiration
64 Globetrotter Have a healthy
holiday
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Home Help with
Hugh St Clair
Trainee Wino Ivo learns
to lift a glass
Food Good carbs
The Lady Archive Recipe
From 1935: Cheese Balls
Him on the Farm
with Robin Page
Gardening Paula Pryke’s pub
Books and Film
Musical and Theatre
TV and Radio
Fitness & Wellbeing
with Diana Moran
BRITAIN’S TOUGHEST PUZZLE
The Ladygram
Spot the Difference
Cryptic Crossword and Bridge
Quick Crossword and Sudoku
Christmas Quiz Solutions
First Impressions
Jennie Bond
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Classifieds
Holiday lets, positions vacant and
much more
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THE LADY XX NOVEMBER 2017
21/12/2017 14:40
EDITOR’S LETTER
Dear Readers,
One of the joys of the start to any New Year is
meeting up with friends and having the amusing
conversation about New Year’s resolutions. In
my small group, we have three who have sworn
off white wine (that one is bound to fail), four
who have committed to weight-loss programmes
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Editor Sam Taylor
Editor’s PA and Letters
Gillian Spickernell
Staff writer Melonie Clarke
Books editor Juanita Coulson
Cartoons editor Richard Ingrams
Editorial assistant
James Crawford-Smith
Editorial assistant Georgia Toffolo
Creative director Lorna Wilson
Deputy art director Lee Southey
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one admirable soul who has agreed to
lots of support for this, not least because
it is such a beautiful part of the world. It
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real life. Several friends have also made a vow to take up a new
hobby, with learning to ski at the top of that list – the over-40s
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‘Several friends have
determined not to fall over and look silly. The other plus to taking
up a winter activity is the chance of some choice new wardrobe
additions. As an encouraging nod, our fashion pages this week
have some chic, stylish looks that can work for a slalom down a
mountain, or a sedate stroll around the park with the dog. I know
which camp I’m in…
Until next week, best wishes
Sam Taylor, Editor
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LETTERS
SINGING VOICE
How I enjoyed the feature
on the benefits of joining
a choir (Sing your heart
out, 8 December issue). It
could have been written
for the choir I belong to!
Seven years ago, my
church got a new lady
rector whose highly
musical husband took on
the task of getting our very
mediocre choir into shape.
All were invited to join
regardless of musical
talent (or lack of) and
we set off on our joyful
journey. What fun we’ve
had learning new pieces
we would never even have
tried in days gone by. Our
confidence has grown,
along with our warbling.
Despite making some
flat notes and early
entrances in practice,
our performances have
improved greatly, entirely
due to our ever-patient
choirmaster, whose praise
and encouragement
is legendary.
If you’re like me and
enjoy singing, and you
get the chance to sing
with other like-minded
people, then jump in, take
the plunge and open a
new door to a fulfilling
pastime. Age is no barrier.
I am 71 years old and
not thinking of giving
up any time soon.
Jean Kathro,
Trillick, Co Tyrone,
Northern Ireland
LABRADOR LOVE
The Lady Briefing
(8 December issue)
featured a black Labrador
called Yarna carrying a
posy for HM The Queen.
Previously, in the 24
November issue, there
was also a charming
letter to Darcy from a
canine correspondent,
Lyra the Labrador!
Labradors are such
intelligent dogs.
A few months ago,
at a royal garden party,
I witnessed Cooper, a
dog from the charity
Canine Partners, greeting
HRH Prince Harry like
an old friend (photo
attached). Cooper was
assigned to a young war
veteran. These dogs have
amazing memories.
Incidentally, what good
news that Prince Harry’s
fiancée loves dogs too!
Elisabeth Cox,
Teddington, Middlesex
Prince Harry
and Cooper
Pet of the week…
Name Marmaduke Redmayne
Breed British shorthair cream
Age Four years old
Owner Ruth Birchall
Likes His little Westie
brother, Hamish
Dislikes The dark
Do you have a special pet? Send a picture (and their name,
age, likes and dislikes), along with your name, to the
address or email printed opposite, and they could star here.
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LETTER OF THE WEEK
The writer of our Letter
of the Week wins an
exquisite posy from
award-winning flower
farmer, florist and
David Austin cut stem
supplier, The Real
Flower Company.
For more details call
01730-818300 or visit
www.realflowers.co.uk
HELPFUL PERIL
Recently, I spotted two
grocery bags on the
ground between two
parked cars, which had
been left for some time.
Wanting to be helpful,
I left a note on the
windscreen of the nearest
car, giving my address
and saying I had the bags
safely at my house.
Inside was an odd
assortment of tins and
packets of rice and
cereal, but no receipt.
It looked as if the stuff
was destined for a food
bank. Nobody called
so I decided to take the
groceries to a supermarket
donation box. I toiled
up a steep hill in the
MODELLING DAYS
Your feature on Princess Margaret
(I didn’t really want to marry at
all, 1 December issue) brought
back memories of the 1960s.
I was a model under my
previous name of Adrienne Crofts
and worked for some of the great
houses of that time – Norman
Hartnell, Christian Dior, Hardy
Amies, Victor Stiebel. I was
A
fortunate enough to model in front
of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
The Queen Mother, Princess
T
Margaret, Princess Alexandra and
the Duchess of Gloucester.
My husband and I used to
frequent Les Ambassadeurs
on Park Lane, where so many
famous people were to be seen.
One night the Shah of Persia and
Queen Soraya came
in; another time
Princess Margaret
was on the dance
floor next to me. It
was exciting!
I’ve been reading
The Lady since I
was 16. Attached
is a photo from my
modelling days – many years ago.
Adrienne Rabin, Northchurch, Herts
pouring rain with these
two heavy bags but
eventually decided to
return them to where I had
found them and scuttled
furtively back home.
Two days later, I noticed
they were still in the road
and a kind neighbour
‘The DIY section? Over there’
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YOUR SAY
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please do write to Letters, The Lady, 39-40 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ER or email letters@lady.co.uk
said she would deliver
them to a supermarket
donation box for me.
Later, when I asked
her how she had got on,
she said, grimly, that the
sodden cardboard packets
had disintegrated as she
tipped them into the box,
depositing a soggy mess
of swollen cereal.
My husband hopes
that this sorry saga has
cured me of trying to
be helpful or, as he calls
it, ‘interfering’.
Beverly Gallagher,
Sherborne, Dorset
PEACE & QUIET
How I enjoyed the triple
Christmas issue. There
was such a variety of
features that I was quite
worn out after reading it
– especially after battling
my brains on the Mensa
quiz (I have to say I don’t
make the necessary
grade!). However,
restoration came when
I reached the feature,
Quiet, Please, about the
country-house library. The
pictures of these peaceful
and dignified repositories
of learning restored my
equilibrium entirely.
Victoria Hamilton,
Lincoln
SINGLE SENSE
The Home Help question
about large duvets (24
November issue) and
whether it is possible to
get different thicknesses
(tog) on each side made
me smile. My mother was
THE LADY & I
To celebrate the start of a sparkling New Year,
The Lady & I has a specially extended story from
Mr Peter Speedluck documenting how he found love
and his future wife through The Lady:
The battle
of the togs
German and married my
father in 1956. They met in
Germany at a British army
camp, where Dad served
for 33 years and Mum was
working in the camp as a
secretary.
When Mum came
over with Dad to settle
in the UK, she brought
with her four duvets.
They were all single size
and contained feathers.
Mum and Dad had one
each on their double bed,
and my sister and I had
one each on our beds.
My husband and I share
a super king-size bed and
each of us have our own
duvets of different togs. It
has never occurred to me to
have one huge duvet for us
to share. Plus, it is cheaper
to buy single duvet covers,
even when buying two,
than buying a huge one. It
makes complete sense!
Susan Wall,
Portsmouth
COMPETITION
WINNERS
The winner of the
Grayshott spa break for
two, which featured in
the 24 November issue, is
Mrs Daphne Dack from
West Wickham, Kent.
The winner of the luxury
hamper competition
from the 1 December
issue is Mrs C Cribb from
Poole, Dorset.
THE LADY reserves
the right to edit letters as
necessary. Please provide
your full name, address and
telephone number or email.
Some months ago, I decided to place an advert in the
personals column of The Lady.
For some time I had been hoping to meet a lady for a
lasting relationship, possibly leading to marriage, having
tried various singles clubs and solo holidays, all to no
avail. I received several replies to my advert, but one for
me stood out, as the lady knew what she was searching for
and we seemed compatible. Despite many miles between
us, we agreed to meet after several phone conversations.
This was at Baci’s restaurant in Kinver, West Midlands,
and although we were more than two hours late for our
booking, the restaurant kindly stayed open for us.
Our first meeting was delightful and we both
enthusiastically agreed to meet again. To cut a long story
short, after several more meetings we decided to take a
short holiday in Venice. In that romantic city I became
convinced of my love for Catherine and on the Bridge of
Gold, I asked her for her hand in marriage. To my delight
she accepted, and we celebrated in St Mark’s Square with
a nice meal and bottle of Prosecco – our favourite tipple.
We danced until the early hours, we dined on mussels, we
talked, and then we drank more Prosecco!
Having decided how much we loved Italy, we chose
Sorrento for our wedding location. During the three
months’ preparation for the wedding, I had the opportunity
to get to know Catherine’s family, and finally the big day
arrived. Our good friend, Gill, baked our four-tier wedding
cake using a Caribbean recipe – and weighing 7kg! What a
feat it was to transport it to Sorrento.
We married on 11 October 2017 in the Cloisters of San
Francesco, a historic location dating back some 900 years.
Catherine’s eldest son gave her away and the ceremony was
conducted in Italian, accompanied by music played on the
mandolin. It was marvellous to have the Bay of Naples with
Mount Vesuvius as the backdrop to our photographs.
We are planning to revisit this wonderful place to mark
future anniversaries as Sorrento is a town that will always
hold a special place in our hearts. We have much to be
thankful for, not least that first letter I wrote to The Lady,
which brought us together.
The writer of The Lady & I
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The House of
Worth
Armed only with a travelling bag and
Bible, Charles Frederick Worth left
England and took Paris by storm.
James Crawford-Smith tells the tale
Charles Frederick Worth
of one of fashion’s greatest designers
Left: House of Worth
studio. Below: Satin
brocade dress, 1883-84
House of Worth label
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FEATURE
‘Spirit of
Electricity’
costume for
Alice Vanderbilt
I
t was a rare phenomenon in 19th-century Paris,
that a young man of a small fortune could, through
hard work and sheer genius, become the greatest
name in one of the city’s most successful industries. Rare but not impossible, as Lincolnshireborn Charles Frederick Worth proved, paving the way for
generations of young, hungry and fashion-minded individuals who would follow his example.
The House of Worth became one of the largest fashion
emporiums in the world, serving all the royal houses of
Europe at the height of its success, as well as aristocracies
the world over. For the first time a new emerging client
base – the wealthy American – was targeted directly.
Charles Frederick Worth succeeded in making himself
indispensable to empresses and queens and combined
the creative genius of an artist and the practical skill sets
of the finest craftsmen with one more key ingredient:
business savvy.
Having worked in his youth with textile merchants
and on the business side of what would later be called the
fashion industry, Worth knew what things were worth
and what, how and when to charge for them. A new book,
written in part with the help of Charles Frederick Worth’s
great-great-granddaughter, serves as the definitive account
of the life and work of the man whom the fashion world
would remember as its father.
In 1846 Charles Frederick Worth arrived in Paris, having spent his youth with a textiles company in Britain.
Armed only with five pounds, a travelling bag and a Bible,
he changed the face of fashion forever.
He began work in Paris as a sales assistant with the
Lillie Langtry
popular luxury textiles firm of Gagelin-Opigez. While at
the company Charles worked his way up to become the
head sales assistant and in 1853 became a partner in the
business. He also met a young French woman, Marie
Vernet; the couple married and had two children.
For the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855, Worth
created a court train embroidered with gold and pearls,
with a value of 30,000 francs. This was an enormous
extravagance and raised some eyebrows. Worth felt that
his creative nature was being stifled by his business
‘From the beginning, Worth set his sights
on the biggest, best and brightest’
partners and decided that he wanted to found his own
fashion house.
In 1858 Worth went into partnership with Otto Gustav
Bobergh, a young Swede of large fortune. The pair opened
Worth and Bobergh on 6 April 1858 as a ‘joint company
to sell silks, lace, cashmere and furs and to make ladies’
dresses and mantles’. The company was founded at
7 Rue de la Paix.
From the beginning, Worth set his sights on the biggest, the best and the brightest, and the company was a
success. By 1863 the House of Worth and Bobergh had
taken over all four floors of 7 Rue de la Paix, employed w
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Above: Vintage Je Reviens ad featuring the
famous skyscraper bottle. Right: 1990s ad
nearly 700 staff and had an annual turnover of nearly
20 million francs.
In many ways, what made the House such a success
was the modern implementation of a PR strategy. Both
forward thinkers in business terms, Worth and Bobergh
decided that for the type of clientele they wanted, they
need not advertise in women’s journals and fashion periodicals as their competitors did, but should persuade those
at the top of the social ladder to wear their designs. The
pair solicited society hostesses and those in the public eye
to wear their designs and they, in turn, became loyal clients.
Through word of mouth, Worth and Bobergh became an
instant favourite among the French upper classes, with
ladies having to queue on the grand staircase of number
7 to see the master of dresses. In 1870 Bobergh was to leave
the company, making the House of Worth the name by
which the company would be known.
It was through sheer determination and the dedication
of Charles’s wife, Marie Worth, that the designer won his
‘Worth and Bobergh became an instant
favourite among the French upper classes’
first Imperial commission. Worth wanted to dress the
Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, and decided the
way to do that was by his favoured word-of-mouth strategy.
In 1859 Princess Pauline von Metternich was the wife
of the Austrian ambassador to France and Marie Worth
observed her parading (as women of high society did in
those days) down the Bois de Boulogne. Marie suggested
to her husband that in order to dress the Empress he
should first set his sights on dressing Princess Pauline,
a close friend of the Imperial couple. Marie took the whole
commission on herself, appearing one morning at the
Princess’s door armed with sketches. As Princess Pauline
later remembered, her maid approached her with the
explanation: ‘There is a young lady who requests that
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Your Highness deign to cast your eye over the drawings
in this book. They are sketches of outfits done by her
husband. He very much desires to make a gown for you,
at any price, just as long as he is able to make one for you!
The gentleman is English, his name is Worth.’
The Princess ordered and took delivery of two ‘perfect’
dresses. On wearing her first Worth evening dress to
an event at the Tuileries, the Empress questioned her
friend as to the maker of this ‘marvel of simplicity
and elegance’, to which Princess Pauline replied: ‘An
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tomorrow morning.’
Worth began a working relationship with the Empress
that would last even after the fall of the second Empire.
In the glory days for a state visit, the Empress once ordered
more than 250 gowns from the couturier, who was seen
as one of the greatest ornaments to the French court,
almost as Fabergé was to the Russian Imperial Family.
One cannot discuss the House of Worth without paying some form of respect to the work that Worth did in
the realms of fancy dress costume. Masquerade balls saw
a resurgence in the late 19th century and some of Worth’s
most iconic designs come from this area of work. Drawing on his earlier days spent absorbing cultural wonders
from Paris museums, Worth channelled that into
his costume designs, with influences from the Orient,
Turkey, Russia and history all visible. An example made
for Louise, Duchess of Devonshire survives today at
Chatsworth House. Dressed as the Queen of Zenobia
the Duchess wore the costume to the famous Diamond
Jubilee Ball at Devonshire House in 1897, where many
guests arrived in costumes made by Worth. Deborah,
Duchess of Devonshire wore this costume for a photo
portrait taken to mark her 80th birthday.
Charles Frederick Worth is remembered today for many
fashion innovations, one of these being that he popularised
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House of Worth fashion
from the 1950s
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK; BILLY ROSE THEATRE DIVISION/NYPL; GETTY
the fashion show as we know it. Worth would have live
models walk through the salons of 7 Rue de la Paix, showing
the season’s designs to clients who would then have them
tailored in the Worth studios upstairs. During the FrancoPrussian war, in order to stay in business, the House developed lines of mourning wear as well as maternity dress. He
was a PR genius, successfully promoting his business all
over the world and was credited with creating some of the
most stunning pieces of women’s clothing of the 19th century. His use of luxurious fabrics, innovatively cut with
exotic flounces and embellishments, have become the stuff
that museum collections today scramble to acquire.
In 1874 Worth’s two sons, Gaston and Jean, began to
work in the family business and gradually began to take
control before their father’s death in 1895. Gaston was
strongly business driven and Jean a design protégé. The
death of its founder by no means signalled the death of the
House, however, and by 1900 the House of Worth was at
the height of its productivity. Ladies wanting to order dresses at this time were doing so in large volumes and could
order in the House’s new London branch, opened in Hanover Square in 1902 by Gaston, or even by telephone. Queen
Alexandra became a loyal client – her coronation dress was
sent to Worth to be fitted, although it is widely disputed
whether the dress was actually made by Worth themselves
– and many ladies of the English court began using the
London branch of Worth for debutante and court dress.
Lady Curzon was a favourite Worth client and commissioned an elaborate gown designed using a peacock feather motif, which has become one of Worth’s most iconic
pieces of court clothing. During this time, the House was
also dressing stars such as actresses Sarah Bernhardt and
Lillie Langtry, and singer Jenny Lind. Well into the 1920s
the House of Worth was still a leader in fashionable dress
and court wear; examples of flapper-style presentation
gowns exist in many museums worldwide.
Jean’s design influence on the House after the death
of his father was of the romantic and dramatic style.
Beautiful embroidered court dresses with trains featuring
pearl and crystal embellishments, flock-printed opera
capes, fur-trimmed day dresses and breathtaking lace
and detail work were all tricks in Jean’s arsenal that he
deployed with sartorial aplomb. If you picture an elegant
high-born woman of the Edwardian era, the chances are
you picture them in a Worth dress.
Perfumes have become one of Worth’s long-lasting
legacies with the Je Reviens scent among the most
successful. Worth was an innovator in terms of perfumes
because of the elaborate bottles that were produced, helping to promote the rest of the business.
When the House finally closed its doors in the 1950s,
it had led the fashion world for over 100 years. The brand,
as it then was, had diversified into perfumes and accessories – helping to ensure that, should they wish, women
could always be impeccably dressed, from every aspect.
Charles Frederick Worth’s great-great-granddaughter
writes that her grandfather’s mantra was ‘obtain and maintain’, one that he clearly stuck to his entire life, having arrived
almost empty-handed in Paris, conquered the fashion world,
obtained a client list of some of the most illustrious personages in the world, and maintained a standard of elegance
and design that lasted for more than a century. ■
u The House of Worth, 1858-1954: The Birth of Haute Couture
by Chantal Trubert-Tollu, Worth’s great-great-granddaughter,
Françoise Tétart-Vittu, Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg and
Fabrice Olivieri, is published by Thames & Hudson, £65.
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Jane worked as a
publicist for
This Morning
Reflecting on the ‘Me Too’ movement, Jane remembers a workplace
bully from her past and wonders if karma has done its job…
Hours spent thinking
about the past: 4
Hours spent wondering
about karma: .5
Hours spent missing old
friends: 2
Hours spent writing: 4
ILLUSTRATION: EMMA HOWCUTT; ITV
ong before the Richard
and Judy Book Club was a
thing, I worked for Richard
and Judy. I was a young
publicist who was burnt
out from working in entertainment
PR in London, when I got a call
from a man I adored, offering me
a job as the publicist for the
television show This Morning,
and Richard and Judy.
I jumped at the opportunity.
I couldn’t think of anything better
than a fresh start in a new city, and
my boss would be someone I got on
incredibly well with. Within about
two weeks I was packed up and
on my way.
I found a large, shabby chic flat
in Didsbury, and spent most days
driving from Manchester to
Liverpool in my little Renault 5,
which died so often I became
friends with the men from the AA.
I eventually replaced that Renault
with a Volkswagen Golf, which
turned out to be two cars welded
together (a ‘cut ’n’ shut’ as it’s
known in the dodgy car industry),
which was in fact the most reliable
car I have ever had.
I loved my job. I loved the people
I worked with, many of whom are
close friends 25 years on. I loved
the camaraderie we had, and the
laughs we shared. I loved that I was
able to sit at one end of the openplan office smoking myself into
an early grave, and if anyone
complained, we all ignored them.
We were a happy bunch, apart
from the fact that my boss, the man
firing line, and my life was
miserable from thereon in. He stole
my ideas and presented them as his
own in meetings where I sat there
mute. He phoned me regularly at
home in the early hours of the
morning, screaming at me for some
story about Richard and Judy that
had appeared, that I knew nothing
about. He diminished me, and
bullied me, to the point where I
would have a Pavlovian reaction
every time the phone would ring,
terrified it would be him, screaming
on the other end.
When ‘me too’ was flying round
the internet, I kept quiet. I did not
write about the times I have been
scared, uncomfortable, been
witness to inappropriate behaviour,
‘When “me too” was flying round the internet, I kept
quiet. I did not write about the times I have been scared’
who had employed me, turned out
to be something of a Jekyll and
Hyde. He would routinely pick on
someone on his staff, and bully and
abuse them, making their lives
miserable. I remember being
shocked at this behaviour from
a man I had adored, and – oh how
naïve I was – thinking it would
never happen to me.
The day it happened was the day
I stopped loving my job. One day he
decided it was time to put me in his
sexual or otherwise. But I haven’t
been able to stop thinking about
the time I was bullied mercilessly
at the hands of a man who held
all the power.
I hope things change. I have no
idea what happened to that man,
but I hope karma has done its job,
and that wherever he is, he may
have changed. ■
u Jane Green’s latest novel,
The Sunshine Sisters, published by
Macmillan, is out now, priced £14.99.
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I’ve been
VERY LUCKY
From stern duchesses to sexy sidekicks, Dame Diana
Rigg is one of our finest actresses. And, as Maureen Paton
discovers, she’s utterly delightful as herself, too
D
ame Diana Rigg is a happy woman. Last
April she became a first-time grandmother in a momentous year that also saw her
recovering from a serious illness, of
which more later.
And now, to celebrate her return to good health, later
this month she’s Broadway-bound, the scene of her 1994
Tony award-winning triumph in Medea, to play Henry
Higgins’s mother in a new production of My Fair Lady
at the glorious age of 79.
This is one actress who has made sure that she has a
life as well as a career, not always the case in the demanding, all-consuming world of showbusiness. ‘It’s so lovely
to be a grandmother,’ says Diana, adding, ‘and I hope I’m
going to be a fun one. Deep down, I have an irreverent
spirit – I don’t take myself that seriously. So I’ll do all the
things with my grandson that he’s not allowed to do. I
had this fearsome granny, not a nice woman, on my
mother’s side who once shouted at me, “Stop looking in
the mirror! Who do you think you are?” when I had
smeared beetroot on my mouth to imitate lipstick. I was
only six or seven at the time.
‘But vanity was discouraged; they were very tough on
children in those days – all that “Don’t speak until you’re
spoken to” stuff. That granny was a tough old broad, yet
her husband was an adorable grandfather to me; he loved
poetry and we would read it together. And he taught me
the Boston Two-Step because he thought it would stand
me in good stead…’
When I meet her just before Christmas, Diana has
spent the previous evening performing readings at the
Macmillan charity carol concert in the Guards’
Chapel of Wellington Barracks. Her actress daughter
Rachael Stirling, mother of Diana’s first grandchild Jack,
and Rachael’s singer-songwriter husband Guy Garvey,
frontman of the rock band Elbow, also read alongside
her. ‘And one of my nieces and a great-nephew were there
too, so it was a great family occasion; I’m very into family,’ explains Diana, who has an adored elder brother
Hugh, a retired RAF pilot.
Rachael is her only child by her second husband,
Scottish landowner and theatre producer Archie Stirling;
her first husband was Israeli painter Menachem Gueffen.
Mother and daughter are extremely close, and it delights
Diana to see how well Rachael has adapted to first-time
motherhood at the same age – 39 – as Diana was when
she had her.
‘Rachie is a wonderful mum. The glory is that she and
Jack never stop making each other laugh. We go to my
local brasserie where they love him; we are put into a
corner where the carrot and parsnip segments get thrown
around and the staff don’t mind. And Guy is a wonderful
father, so protective,’ adds Diana, who sounds as if she’s
shaping up to be the ideal mother-in-law.
She and Rachael played fictional mother and daughter
in Mackenzie Crook’s subtle and funny treasure-hunting
drama Detectorists on BBC4, which ended last month
with Diana as Mackenzie’s apparently daunting motherin-law, proving herself to be the proverbial gem in the end.
The same goes for her regular role as the Duchess of
Buccleuch in ITV’s Victoria, the Mistress of the Royal
Bedchamber with a sharp tongue but a kind heart – as
the recently screened Christmas special conclusively
showed. All of which is a long way from Diana’s magnificently wicked turn as Lady Olenna Tyrell in HBO’s
Game of Thrones, in which she was finally killed off last
As the Duchess of
Buccleuch, in
Victoria. Inset: with
George Lazenby in
On Her Majesty’s
Secret Service
As Olenna Tyrell in
Game of Thrones
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Diana Rigg, heading
for Broadway
July after drinking poison but is still celebrated by her
legions of fans on YouTube.
‘I’m a practising Christian, so maybe that’s why I
understand evil so well – and I’m good at portraying it,’
says Diana in the rich, slightly impudent-sounding drawl
that must have exasperated teachers at boarding school,
where the five-foot-nine redhead was always getting caught
in mischief. ‘Some actresses exude an innate sweetness
and goodness – and I don’t,’ she adds, laughing. ‘I’ve got
a sort of darker side that I can call upon.’
A major star in the showbusiness firmament ever since
making television history as The Avengers’ iconic Emma
Peel, and also film history as the only Bond girl ever to
get 007 to the altar (in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service),
she went on to award-winning theatre performances in
Shakespeare, Euripides, Tom Stoppard, David Hare et
al. She has few regrets: ‘I’ve been very lucky in my career.’
They say you should never meet your idols in case they
disappoint, but Diana certainly disproves that old adage
when we have tea at Kensington’s Milestone Hotel. Resplendent in pearls over a cream jumper, she’s a goodlooking woman with a warm and friendly air. Understanding
all the downsides as well as the upsides of fame, she has
a down-to-earth attitude to her art as well as to life. ‘For
every piece of approbation you get, you also get a slap in
the teeth,’ says Diana, who famously compiled a book of
bad theatrical notices, 1982’s No Turn Unstoned.
She didn’t spare herself in it either, including one very
ungentlemanly review that accused Diana of having
‘insufficient flying buttresses’ in a nude scene. Stephen
Sondheim subsequently wrote a song for Diana in the
‘Some actresses exude an innate sweetness
and goodness – I don’t. I’ve got a darker side’
London premiere of his musical Follies that contained
the immortal line, ‘no one dared to query her superior
exterior’, for which she did an elegant striptease that
is still attracting tens of thousands of appreciative
hits on YouTube.
The daughter of a railway engineer, she spent her first
few years in India before returning to her birthplace of
Doncaster; because of those early Indian links, she and
Rachael are patrons of the women’s charity Kerala Crafts.
‘But Yorkshire shaped my personality; I’m a straightforward
person,’ says Diana, who enjoys the privilege that age
confers of speaking her mind and often being handed w
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the best lines as a result. ‘It’s just heaven: it’s a wonderful
liberty that you are accorded from about the age of 70.’
Her independent spirit made her ideal casting for
Emma Peel, hailed as an early role model for women
making their way in the world. Diana has been shaking
things up on stage and screen ever since. Of her Tony
award-winning performance as Medea, she says: ‘What
was so wonderful about this “woman scorned” is that the
Greeks were deeply into predestination and yet she said,
“No, I’m not accepting my fate, thank you very much.”’
Diana herself has challenged fate throughout her life
in all sorts of ways – especially with the heart scare she
had last year. In her matter-of-fact way, she suddenly
galvanises me by revealing she has had a recent heart
operation. The revelation comes after I ask why she has
given up her lifelong smoking habit. ‘I got seriously ill,’
she says frankly. ‘Nothing but that would have made me
‘Acting is a very old profession that takes
guts. You are putting yourself on the line’
stop. I have just had a heart operation back in early October, a cardiac ablation [to correct irregular heart
rhythms] because I had defibrillation [a dose of electric
current]. When I came round, the nurse said, “You might
find a bit of a burn mark on your chest.’ That’s where they
jump-started me; my heart had stopped ticking during
the procedure. So I was Up There and the Good Lord
must have said, “Send the old bag down again, I’m not
having her yet!”’ she says, laughing.
Preferring not to go into further details, she reassures
me that she’s now ‘fine’, which is why she’s Broadwaybound for a starry production at New York’s Lincoln
Center in April. Harry Hadden-Paton – who played Bertie
Pelham, Edith Crawley’s husband, in Downton Abbey
– plays Diana’s son Henry Higgins, and American actress
Lauren Ambrose from the black comedy series Six Feet
Under is Eliza Doolittle.
Diana is particularly delighted to be returning to the
story of Henry Higgins’s attempts to turn Cockney
flower-seller Eliza into a lady because she had played the
title role in a production of the original George Bernard
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Shaw play Pygmalion,
with the part of Mrs Higgins
then played by Ellen Pollock –
who had worked with Shaw himself. ‘So I feel it’s a case of,
“I danced with a man who danced with a girl who danced
with the Prince of Wales” – I’m one remove from Shaw,’
Diana says, elated by her link with theatrical history.
She continues to feel passionate about acting, calling
it ‘a very old, honourable profession that takes a lot of
guts; you are putting yourself on the line’.
And having done so well in the business, she puts a lot
back into it too – especially as a volunteer teacher at the
deprived children’s literacy charity called Real Action, not
far from Grenfell Tower, after being introduced to it by
Rachael. ‘Two of the children that Rachie taught there died
in the fire; absolutely ghastly,’ she says, looking visibly upset.
When she was tiny, Diana wanted to be a missionary
– and you could say she has been a good communicator
in the secular sense ever since.
‘I think actors are instinctively good at communicating
anyway,’ she says. ‘With children of whatever age, we
are enthusiastic about just about everything, and they
respond to that.’
At the moment the volunteering is on hold, however;
as she explains, ‘Work got in the way of my literacy classes and it’s unfair if you come and go all the time. But, oh
goodness, I really love them and I’ve got to pick up something similar again. I have this card from this little girl
that I taught, saying, “Thanks to Miss Diana who taught
me what life is.” Isn’t that lovely?’
So life goes on, and you don’t get a more joyous celebration of it than Lerner and Loewe’s musical masterpiece
My Fair Lady, which put the heart as well as the melody
into Pygmalion. Although Diana admits she’s rather relieved that this time round, in the relatively small role of
Mrs Higgins, Henry’s mother. ‘I don’t have to sing or
dance, thank goodness.’
What, not even the Boston Two-Step, Diana? Wouldn’t
it be loverly to see her doing that?… ■
u My Fair Lady opens at the Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York (00 1 212-501 3100, www.lct.org/
about/beaumont-theater) on 15 March and continues until
21 December.
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N
ow that the holidays are over,
another seasonal ritual has
arrived. It’s called Breaking Your
New Year’s Resolutions. This can be
lots of fun or, if you prefer to wallow
in January gloom, it can provide
you with a steady supply of guilt.
Or so I explained to my
neighbour Lucy across
the Scrabble board the
other evening after
she asked, ‘So what
resolutions have you
made for 2018?’
‘I’m letting Artie
make the resolutions
this year.’
‘How will you
know what they
are? He can’t
write them down,
as intelligent as
Artie undoubtedly
is,’ she said.
‘Artie is not
remotely intelligent.
CAT
Over wine, chocs and a chat, Paul
Spike observes a New Year ritual
He’s clever as a cat. So are his
resolutions.’
‘Perhaps you can give an example?’
‘Of course, just as soon as I fill my
glass with more of your excellent
Chilean pinot noir.’ She passed me
the bottle and I topped up. My
Scrabble letters had been hopeless –
all vowels. ‘Artie’s first resolution is
to stop tripping me up on the stairs.’
‘That’s a good one,’ agreed Lucy.
‘Indeed, because if he doesn’t keep
it, one night I’ll lose my balance, fly
down the stairs and break my neck.
Then Artie will be very hungry for
days until I’m discovered in a heap by
one of my neighbours, probably you.’
‘I hope he keeps his resolution.’
‘I doubt if he will, since clinging
to my feet on the stairs is a fun game
he has played since he was a kitten.’
‘Have you kicked him out of the
way? That would be less fun for the
little scamp,’ said Lucy with a chortle.
‘No, I’ve never kicked Artie. I did
step on his tail by accident once. He
screeched and ran down the stairs,
and I felt terrible so I chased after
him and gave him a nice cuddle.
Naturally, he forgave me but it had
no effect on his stair behaviour.’
‘You felt guilty, but Artie went on
endangering your life. No guilt at all.’
‘I don’t believe cats can ever feel
guilt. Which is why they ought to
make all the resolutions, because
they can break them with absolute
impunity,’ I declared pompously.
‘Just like Donald Trump,’ said
Lucy. ‘I bet he makes lots of
resolutions.’
‘How dare you compare Artie
with Donald Trump, Lucy!’
‘I’m sorry. That was unforgivable.
Have another yummy chocolate?’
‘Yes, please. You’re forgiven. And
look at this. I have a decent word
here….’ My hand picked up the little
squares and placed them on the
board so that they interlocked with
a ‘Y’ in Lucy’s last word.
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HER INDOORS by Mary Killen
A lifetime of bad hair days is cast aside as Mary learns the art of backcombing
A
ll my life I have had a double crown are late – especially the ones going to expensive Chelsea
on the top of my head. The salons. We all think that unusual hurdles have halted our
condition means that, about 60 seconds progress when the simple truth is we should have given
after I have brushed my hair and made it look quite good, ourselves enough time to get to appointments.
nature intervenes and spontaneously creates a parting
After he had forgiven me, John Vial studied my hair
at the back of my head while the double crown exposes with his gimlet eye. He pronounced that no toupée or hair
itself in a bald patch-like central swirl. But almost worse, extension would work. ‘It would just be too visible.’ Hair
just where I want lift, the top of my head
extensions would only work to give volume
goes as flat as a dinner plate.
at the side but I didn’t need volume at the
‘He studied
I was going to appear on television and
side. The solution to my problem was oldthe cost of my personal appearance would
fashioned backcombing.
my hair with
be covered. I was told that John Vial was a
He brought out a fine-toothed comb to
hairdresser who could work miracles with
show me how. ‘Oh, but...’ I shrank away.
his gimlet eye
any hair problem. I imagined him making
‘I’ve always been told backcombing really
a tiny toupée for me or installing semidamages the hair.’
– no toupée
permanent hair extensions. It was a
‘No,’ said John Vial. ‘It’s not the
wonderful opportunity but, Reader, I was
backcombing that damages it. It’s when
would work’
15 minutes late when I arrived at Salon
you brush out the backcombing. You need
Sloane and John Vial was sulking.
to start brushing it out at the bottom of the
It wasn’t really my fault… the Kings Road traffic was hair, not at the top.’
at a standstill and so I had to walk all the way there. Then
The trick is that you wash your hair then blow-dry it
I was misdirected by a builder who told me Pavilion Road upside down, adding shaping mousse. You then backcomb
was at the bottom of Holbein Place when in fact it’s just the relevant section into stiff little balls and throw smooth
behind Peter Jones...
hair over these lift-giving balls. It makes all the difference
John Vial shrugged and said, ‘All women are late…’ to my hair and costs nothing. How could I have gone so
But he’s got a point now that I think about it... all women many years without knowing this simple trick? ■
HIM INDOORS by Ivo Dawnay
There’s a price to be paid for sleeping with your wife, as Ivo discovers
I
t costs exactly £38.99 to sleep with my wife. Not to involved melting the plastic of something that
you, of course. Who knows it might not cost you looked like a traditional pair of false gnasher
anything at all if you ask nicely. But that sum is the price gums, then biting down on it to form a mould.
of a Snoreeze oral device from Boots that I am now Once installed, one’s lower ‘set’ were forced slightly
required to wear to share her bed.
forward in an uncomfortable sort of way. I gave them a
For a long time, I have tried to claim that she has been go – and lo, at breakfast the next morning, I was informed
the victim of aural hallucinations – denying vigorously that the thing worked. Of course, during the night, the
that I snore at all. I had not, after all, ever heard myself horrible plastic monstrosity had fallen out of my mouth,
snore. Then I did, a couple of times, jumping up from the allowing normal service to resume. But by that time, I
sofa on which I was prone after a particularly good lunch was well asleep and so was she.
Success then? Well, yes, except that when we were away
as the echoes of a huge snort like a gunshot still
last weekend, the device fell out into the blankets and
reverberated around the drawing room.
In fact, the dressing room has a much more comfortable forgot to be packed. Hence another visit to Boots and
bed and the move means I can read a little rather than another £38.99.
Meanwhile, Mrs D has suffered some collateral damage
be ordered to turn off the lamp when She dictates, like a
from 25 years of snoring proximity. She has used so many
school matron, that it is lights out.
It was there, in this rules-free oasis, that I spotted the earplugs over the years, she fears she has permanently
damaged her hearing.
Snoreeze device on the bedside table. As
‘I suspect it is just selective, husbandis necessary in any long marriage, I
screening, psychological hearing loss,’ I
deployed man-blindness for the first few
suggested, when she once again ignored
nights, making no comment on the blue
something I said.
packaged intruder alongside my nightcap
glass. But then I realised that maybe, in
Raising the volume to a level suitable for
its passive-aggressive way, the device was
the seriously deaf, I tried again. ‘MAYBE
actually an erotic lure – a coded invitation
YOU DON’T HEAR BECAUSE IT IS ME
that, if I equipped myself a little like Darth
TALKING?’ I repeated, wondering how she
Vader, I might be welcomed back into
could hear my snoring but not my attempts
Starship Dorm 1.
at conversation.
To get it on was a bit of a business. It
‘What?’ she said… ■
Anything for a quiet night
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Welbeck Abbey,
original seat of the
Earl of Portland
Bentinck in
The Sword Divided
LORD
of the
AIRWAVES
For 35 years, Tim Bentinck has played larger-than-life David Archer but
his real life as a hereditary peer is equally gripping. By Maureen Paton
Y
ou might imagine that the only British actor
with a hereditary peerage would properly
belong to the traditional plush of the Garrick
Club. Yet no: Old Harrovian Tim Bentinck,
best known as Archers clan ‘chieftain’ David
in the world’s longest-running drama series, is a member
instead of the trendy Century Club, where I find him talking
business on the rooftop terrace overlooking London’s Soho.
As his memoir, Being David Archer: And Other
Unusual Ways of Earning a Living, makes clear, Tim
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lives very much in the real world when he’s not playing
make-believe. Alongside comic revelations about the
sound-effect secrets of the iconic radio show, outrageous
antics on film sets from stars such as Roger Moore and
Denholm Elliott, and how to shoot bedroom scenes
without laughing, Tim is so frank and realistic about the
many ‘false dawns’ of the acting rollercoaster that the
book ought to be required reading for all drama students.
‘That’s originally why I wrote it,’ he laughs. ‘It’s a
strange job, acting: you pay for the fun you have with the
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INTERVIEW
Tim with his
mother and
older sister
As David Archer
with Ruth Archer
(Felicity Finch)
REX, BBC
financial insecurity. Someone recently remarked that
acting is walking into a room, someone coming up to you
with a big smile, saying hello and slapping you hard round
the face. And it happens day after day – until one day you
walk in and somebody produces a case full of money and
says, “That’s yours – in return you get to kiss this beautiful
woman.” And then the next day they slap you again.’
Yet playing David Archer for the past 35 years has at
least given this voice specialist regular work as well as a
certain freedom from the paparazzi. That is, until his
lantern-jawed looks – think a handsomer version of Gérard
Depardieu minus the Falstaffian belly – get recognised
from countless television roles fitted in between, ranging
from 1983’s Roundheads and Cavaliers drama By the
Sword Divided to Armando Iannucci’s political satire
The Thick of It and JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts. Having
played a German U-boat commander in Enigma, he’s
keen to do more flinty-eyed Nazis: ‘Bring zem on!’ he roars
as fellow club members look up from their laptops.
What he loves about acting is the chance to transform
himself and his ‘posh-boy’ roots utterly, like his drama-
school contemporary Daniel Day-Lewis (‘Whatever
happened to him? We had such high hopes,’ he jokes). As
a peer of the realm, Tim became 12th Earl of Portland,
Viscount Woodstock and Baron Cirencester on his father’s
death in 1997. He dutifully spent three years in the Lords
before the Blair Government ousted the hereditaries, but
says that the title – bestowed upon a Dutch ancestor called
Hans Willem Bentinck who came to England in the
Glorious Revolution of 1688 – brings no perks whatsoever
apart from being invited onto ‘his’ frigate HMS Portland.
‘If it had come with a country estate, that would have
been different. But this is just a name, an accident
of birth; it doesn’t define who I am, I’m much more
proud of my work. If anything, it gets in the way of people
taking me seriously as an actor; that’s what I’m always
frightened of,’ explains this reluctant aristocrat.
He was once photographed at St James’s Palace with
Prince Charles beneath a portrait of their common
ancestor William IV (although Tim’s less respectable
lineage is descended from the king’s illicit liaison with
the actress Dorothy Jordan). Yet far from being some kind
of extended Royal Family reunion, instead that photo
call was to honour the 50th anniversary of
Radio 4’s The Archers – of which Charles and Camilla,
who later appeared as herself on the show for its 60th
anniversary, are both great fans. No contest, then, between
fictitious radio celebrity and mere nobility.
Now 64, six foot three and with a full thatch of hair,
Tim was born on a Tasmanian sheep station. When his
father Henry, the sometime ad-man/BBC talks producer,
later started an organic farm with his second wife Jenny,
Tim ‘learned a lot’ about farming, which became very
useful background for his best-known role – especially
when David Archer took the law into his own hands and
shot a badger suspected of having bovine disease. But
then we all know that beneath David’s surface calm can
surge some pretty powerful undercurrents when he’s up
against it – especially when his wife Ruth nearly had an
affair with Sam the herdsman.
‘The whole point of David Archer is that he has
integrity,’ says Tim, who admits he feels protective about
his radio family. ‘The Archer clan – originally Dan and
Doris, then Phil and Jill and now David and Ruth as the
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Tim’s father, Henry
Bentinck, the 11th Earl
the programme, if that doesn’t sound too pompous. Other
people can falter and go off the rails, but when we do,
listeners won’t accept it. So there’s a bit of a morality play
always going on there, which is lovely to portray.
‘The thing about David is that he absolutely adores
Ruth – but if you break trust like that, it’s difficult to
reconcile. And because she lied to him, he’s never really
forgiven her; and I like playing that. I’ve never had that
in my own relationships; it’s a difficult thing to cope with.’
Happily married since 1979 to milliner Judith (Judy)
Emerson, Tim’s own backstory upstages anything to
happen to David Archer so far. When he was 13, his
beloved mother Pauline took a fatal overdose after
suffering from depression. Tim had been sent to Harrow
beforehand like his father and, as he writes in his book,
Pauline must have been feeling ‘very lonely and sad’ –
especially because of difficulties in the marriage.
‘I would hear them having rows, but I was a child and
just thought that was normal grown-up behaviour,’ says
Tim, who at the time was having his own emotional
problems after being bullied by his best friend at school.
‘There wasn’t even a funeral ceremony for her and
even my older sisters Sorrel and Anna still don’t know
why. But we kind of put it to rights recently with a day
remembering Mum, telling stories about her and playing
her favourite music for her grandchildren, who knew so
little about her. And at least I managed to get one of her
poems into my book. She could have been an actor; she had
the sexy looks and charisma of a young Glenda Jackson.
‘My stepmother Jenny had to take over in very sad
circumstances. She and my father got married about five
years after Mum’s death when I was 18; there’s a picture of
me at their wedding and I was very fond of her,’ he adds.
Later he and Judy suffered a miscarriage with their
second son, movingly described in Tim’s book with
shocking details of insensitive behaviour by the doctor
who attended Judy. They went on to have Jasper, brother
to their first-born Will (named after that Dutch ancestor).
‘Writing the book has been pretty cathartic,’ he admits.
‘I’ve since done three sessions of therapy, just talking to
a professional who in a way gave me permission to be a
bit screwed up by all that. You are bound to be: your
William Bentinck,
1st Earl of Portland
mother took her own life when you were a young teenager
and that’s going to affect you in ways you don’t know.
Judy has been fantastic about all that but it shouldn’t be
only on her shoulders to provide that, so therapy helped
a lot. I asked Judy whether she was OK with me mentioning
the miscarriage; she had doubts at first but then said,
“This is your life and it’s how it’s affected you.” And they
did form me, those intimate things who I am; I don’t feel
any shame and she doesn’t either. The same with Mum’s
suicide; it’s what happened.’
A well-balanced man, he admits that he’s glad that his
two sons have not joined him in such a rackety profession.
‘I saw Will in a school production and he had clearly got
the talent, but he said, “I don’t want your insecurity, Pa.”
In the book I apologise to the boys for seeing all my ups
‘They did form me, those intimate
things who I am; I don’t feel any shame’
and downs. When you’re down, you’re not much fun to
be around; in the past I’ve been in the depths of depression
and it’s not a nice place to be. Acting can be a meat factory,’
warns Tim, whose varied career includes spells of
computer programming, website design, truck-driving,
house renovating and even inventing gadgets to keep his
mind occupied during the actor’s dreaded ‘rest’ periods.
And yet he clearly loves the business – particularly
playing David Archer, into whose wellies he so comfortably
fits as to the manor born. He takes the show very seriously
and is pleased that the writers have now included Brexit
debates in the storyline, which he feels adds to the realism
and relevance. ‘The Archers is meant to be apolitical, to
present both sides of a debate and be neutral – as we did
with fox-hunting – so I really welcome the Brexit argument
being aired in the same way because it’s so germane to
farmers. They will be having these arguments up and
down the country, and I think it’s important. The Archers
should be comforting – but we would still like you to shout
at the radio sometimes!’ ■
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Miss Darcy Bustle
The Lady’s lovable office dog tells all
I don’t like to boast, but I
think I might have got more
presents than any of my
friends. Duffle got three
things, and Lulu Guinness
only got two – well, she is a
cat. Duffle says that if my
head gets any bigger, I’ll
struggle to get through the
door. But I don’t care. I
haven’t stopped wearing my
new red bandana from
PetsPyjamas, sent to me by
Wilson, the office dog there.
He also sent me little bags
bites that he says are yummy
to carry around the park,
and not very fattening. What
which is less romantic but
still, it does show that he has is he implying here? I can
still fit in the basket I
a practical side,
had as a puppy, and
which is very
the editor’s handbag.
helpful in a
He also says he is
potential suitor.
sociable, wellConfusingly,
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with shorter legs than
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his – my legs are
by his friends,
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apparently, sent me
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off for not loving
Harvey!
corgis and also a
Patricia Smith
jar of fish skin
Post-holiday sharing is
so ‘in’ – allegedly
sent me a loving letter
saying she was sorry I’d
been poorly and wanted me
to have some special treats
that were hypoallergenic,
like salmon bites with sweet
potato and sliced duck
sausage with cranberry. I
have promised to share them
with Duffle, but so far I don’t
seem to have managed that.
It is one of my New Year’s
resolutions, though, to be
more sharing. I just don’t
want to start it too soon.
The reality is that it is
very tricky having New
Year’s resolutions when
you are a tiny miniature
dachshund with a penchant
for treats and cuddles. I’m
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really alarming when I get
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day back at work. It’s just
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allowed to snuggle up under
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cable hat, £34.99, by
Barts at John Lewis
St. Moritz 200 WP II
snow boot, £80, by
Hi-Tec at Cotswold
Outdoor
Glacier jacket,
£99.99, by Superdry
Impression
snowsuit, £320,
by Roxy
Montana GoreTex glove, £75,
by North Face
HeatTech extra-warm
turtleneck T-shirt,
£14.90, by Uniqlo
Method hybrid
ski jacket, £385,
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ASTROLOGY
CAPRICORN PET
22 December to
20 January
Pet gazes at you with head
upside down seeking more
love. Tickle chin. If fish or birds
do this, call the vet.
AQUARIUS PET
21 January to
19 February
Burning pink peony-scented
gift candles will not mask
pet odours. Poppet’s in a
territory-marking craze. Wear
a gas mask?
PISCES PET
20 February to
20 March
Mirrors in birdcages are not
always a good idea. Budgie may
fall in love with its own image
and reject you!
If you don’t know your pet’s sign,
just look up your own
ARIES PET
21 March to 20 April
High-frequency sound from a
hearing aid (or other device) may
trigger furry agitation. Please try
electronic alternatives.
TAURUS PET
21 April to 21 May
If doggy eats before you do, it
thinks it’s boss. Fill food bowl
after you’ve eaten your breakfast
kedgeree. Resist whines.
GEMINI PET
22 May to 21 June
Animals tolerate teasing in play.
But do not test four-legs too
much. Show humankind at its
best via self-restraint.
CANCER PET
22 June to 23 July
Beware loose threads. A chunky
cardigan easily unravels
because furry thinks it
has caught a (long) light lunch.
day. Missing lipsticks are to
be found behind sofa.
LEO PET
24 July to 23 August
SCORPIO PET
24 October to
22 November
Four-legs detests the amaryllis
Christmas gift. It’s poisonous!
Do research on triffids that harm
puss or pooch.
Hamster spends half an hour on
running wheel rather than usual
10 minutes. Expect other signs of
amazing pet derring-do.
VIRGO PET
24 August to
23 September
SAGITTARIUS PET
23 November to
21 December
An anagram of pets is pest, and
poppet values pester power. Will
the nagging miaows or woofs
end in victory?
Pet seeks reassurance after
festive to-ing and fro-ing. A
doggy neckerchief or robot
self-cleaning kitty litter box
may do it.
LIBRA PET
24 September
to 23 October
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YOUR STARS
HOROSCOPES
5-11 January, 2018
by Victor Olliver
CAPRICORN
22 December
to 20 January
tempting to think we know too
much for our own good. In
your case, ‘too much’ does not
compute. You’re being driven
to acquire much knowledge,
perhaps in a field of research
or to provide the basis for
a personal project that
showcases a deep interest.
Carry on digging!
If you practise the habit of
starting the way you mean
to go, then not much can
beat you in 2018. Quite
unusual determination
and focus is evident
in your chart as
Pluto power pumps
up personality,
relationships and
drive. This week it is
likely that you make
contact with a group
or network that helps
your business or career.
LIBRA
24 September
to 23 October
Not all the happenings
in your family area in
recent times have been
welcome: sometimes a
loved one goes their own
sweet way, with little apparent
regard for your feelings. This
week, you are reminded that
you also can benefit from a
change in attitude or
circumstance. And expect a
financial bonus; most gratifying.
AQUARIUS
21 January
to 19 February
One sign of wisdom is knowing
when, no matter what you do,
Life (or Fate) seems to have a
mind of its own. This need not
be an unpleasant experience.
Certain events are conspiring to
change a great deal in your
world, and the best thing to do is
fasten your seatbelt. The bumpy
ride could prove rather thrilling.
PISCES
20 February
to 20 March
Someone or something
(perhaps an organisation) is
asking for your commitment.
To what? A benevolent or
humanitarian cause or business
venture? Or perhaps you are
calling on others to dedicate
themselves to a higher calling,
if not a commercial venture.
The sense is that power resides
in a group effort. This will
involve more than just putting
pennies in a charity box.
ARIES
21 March to 20 April
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Intense activity surrounds
career, or any role that has to
do with your status or public
duties. Expect news of a big
change, but do not fear the
worst. While the precise nature
of this evolution cannot be
foretold, it is supported by
great financial energy and a
readiness in you to make a
transformation in certain
relationships (business or
intimate).
TAURUS
21 April to 21 May
Certain close relationships may
be going through difficulties,
and part of this is your own
decreased tolerance of
insincerity or lack of belief (in
you). Have no doubt that this is
a constructive phase as you
weed out those lacking in
staying power. Your social
range is about to enlarge under
Mars’s merger with expansive
Jupiter, supported by Pluto.
GEMINI
22 May to 21 June
Last year, I told you that the
festive period would see you
working hard, and that a
reward could be expected in
early January. Now it comes.
This coincides with
extraordinary inner changes
taking place in you: it’s as if you
are resolved to approach life
very differently, maybe because
of some disappointments in
2017. Stick to your guns.
CANCER
22 June to 23 July
We all have natal gifts but not
all of us are so privileged to
develop or express them. Count
yourself among the ‘lucky’ ones.
The cosmic focus is on your
determination to be yourself and
unleash the best you can do in
your own name – this could be
something relatively small (eg, a
hobby) or massive (recognition
of a creative gift).
LEO
24 July to 23 August
If there’s an element of uproar
in your working or domestic
environments, give credit to
Pluto, which seeks to lay bare
the cause of frustrations and
suggest possible solutions to
problems. What’s at hand now
is a lovely chance to make
improvements in your life – and
this includes changes in lifestyle
and exercise routines. Bulges –
banish them for good!
VIRGO
24 August
to 23 September
We live in the so-called ‘age of
Information’ – at times it’s
SCORPIO
24 October
to 22 November
With growth planet Jupiter in
your sign through until
November, be assured that this is
a year of enhanced personal
development, when your range
expands socially, educationally,
even professionally. If you doubt
this, Mars’s meeting with Jupiter
this week brings you an event
that advances your interests,
linked to communications,
research, study, travel or your
local world.
SAGITTARIUS
23 November
to 21 December
A recent theme of your chart is
the opportunity to develop a
healthier attitude to material
resources, if you can set aside
exaggerated fears of loss. While
this is a long-term development,
a person or event could be the
trigger for greater transformation
in your thinking – you may even
be on the verge of making a
life-changing decision.
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OPINION
Modern
manners
Unsure when to use your digital device?
Thomas Blaikie calls for balance
Dear Thomas
We hear a lot about Abstainuary
– no drinking in January and the
latest diet thrown in for good
measure. But what about
digital detox, as I believe it’s
called? Some people are
completely addicted to their
‘devices’ and very rude as a
result. Wouldn’t we all be better
off if they spent January keeping
right away from them?
Beth McArthur, Solihull
ILLUSTRATION TAKEN FROM BLAIKIE’S GUIDE TO
MODERN MANNERS (FOURTH ESTATE, £10)
Dear Beth
Loud mobile phone conversations,
disruptive browsing and checking
emails when in company – according
to a new survey conducted by digital
PR specialist, Greenlight, 72% agree
that technology is making us ruder
as a nation.
Greenlight do point out that
telephones have always been
blamed for bad manners. Confused
by the then new technology (in
about 1912), my great-grandmother
said, ‘Certainly not’ and slammed
the phone down when the
exchange, calling to check her
newly installed line, asked for her
number. Later on there were those
who ‘listened in’ at the exchange
or snooped on party lines. Plus
the necessary abruptness of
conversations because of the cost
of calls. By the 1970s, with one line
per household, there were those
that hogged the instrument and
annoyance re messages that
hadn’t been passed on.
So you could argue that now
that we’ve all got our own private
telephone, we’re less rude. Loud
conversations, particularly on public
transport are, of course, annoying
but it’s my impression that people
are learning that you don’t have to
shout. I really do believe that
frequent complaint about this
particular disruption has brought
about change. Tell me if I’m wrong.
Maybe it’s more that everybody
assumes that technology equals
rudeness. At major social occasions,
at the dinner table, when with
people you don’t know so well –
‘devices’ should be firmly out of
sight. Do you get your phone out to
Google a point of fact that’s come
up in conversation? Yes, but put it
away again at once.
There’s no doubt that some are
addicted. Digital detox-uary is for
them. Smartphones etc promote
restlessness, a peculiar kind of
obsessive wandering – you check
one thing and that leads another
thing you’ve got to check. Before
you know it your head is full of
useless information and you’re
ignoring the people around you or
not getting on with what you’re
supposed to be doing, or both.
But we don’t want to be too
rigid about it. Towards the end of
even the most fabulous party, the
phones will tend to come out. We
can only stand so much of each
other. Or there is a genuine call to
be made to the babysitter or the
emergency roofer. Or a text
message to be sent to a friend in
trouble or an elderly relation. Digital
technology makes us antisocial in
some ways – but in others we’re
more connected to our fellow
human beings than we ever were.
Please send your
questions to thomas.
blaikie@lady.co.uk or
write to him at The Lady,
39-40 Bedford Street,
London WC2E 9ER
WHAT TO DO ABOUT… THE DINING ROOM
The dining room is dying. Have you
noticed that yours is withering away?
Mary Berry killed off hers at the Cheltenham Literary Festival in October: only
used at Christmas – not worth it. A
OnePoll study conducted by quality
furniture retailer, Fishpools, reveals
that 48% of people do not think that a
dining room is a necessity. Forty-five
per cent of all ages eat mainly in the
living room, and 18% devote their
dining room to storage. Fair enough,
a disused dining room does not mean
that a family is not properly seated at
a table in the kitchen for their meals,
talking to each other and not watching
TV. But I don’t like the sound of 45%
eating in the living room. I’m sure this
means they’ve got the telly on, they’re
shovelling in TV dinners and becoming
uncivilised. So if you’re looking for a
New Year’s Resolution, it could be:
acquire a dining room and use it.
Intriguingly, Mary Berry, having
consigned the dining room to oblivion
in October, has brought it straight back
again. Plans for her new house at
Henley include…well… a dining room.
‘Smartphones promote restlessness, a peculiar
kind of obsessive wandering. Some are addicted’
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The Geffrye
Museum exterior
Restoration
HOME
One of the Geffrye Museum’s 18th-century almshouses has recently
been restored and opened to the public. Melonie Clarke pays a visit
S
ince its opening in 1914, the Geffrye Museum
in London’s Shoreditch has offered an insight
into how much the way we live has changed
over the past 400 years.
The museum is set in 18th-century
almshouses, one of which has been restored and opened
to the public. The Grade I-listed almshouses were built
in 1714 with a bequest from Sir Robert Geffrye. They were
constructed to provide homes for poor pensioners and
around 50 lived there until the site was sold; when the
property was bought by London County Council, they
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wanted to knock the buildings down to provide public
open space but thankfully they were saved and turned
into a museum instead.
The restored almshouse has been taken back to its
original 18th-century condition and thus offers a rare
and invaluable glimpse into how the poor and elderly
lived in London during this time. Visitors can see the
original joinery and two rooms have been furnished to
show how poor pensioners would have lived in the 18th
and 19th centuries. An exhibition further sheds light
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on what life was like for residents during this time.
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A detail in the
1880s kitchen
Key hooks,
1880s
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT
Top and above: One of the
almshouse rooms, 1780s
An 1880s interior
in the almshouse
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A 1906 watercolour
of the almshouses
by Philip Norman
‘This is one of a very few almshouses
in the country made accessible in this
Exterior of the
restored almshouse
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‘The restoration of this almshouse has long been an
ambition,’ said David Dewing, former director of the
museum, of the project. ‘This is one of a very few
almshouses in the country made accessible in this way
and will be of unique interest to visitors, who invariably
ask for information about the museum’s historic
buildings and its inhabitants, as well as being of
academic interest to architectural and social historians.
‘It will also be a valuable educational resource, for
both adults and children, providing an opportunity to
compare the middle-class interiors shown in the
museum with housing conditions for the poor shown in
the almshouse.’ ■
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HOME HELP
by Hugh St Clair
Q
My grandson was born on 10
January – not the best time to have
a birthday, so close to Christmas. He is a
teenager and got lots of computer games
and clothes for Christmas. I would like to
buy him something special, like an oil or a
watercolour, or a limited print by a wellknown artist from an established gallery.
DB, Surrey
A
There are two galleries I would
recommend: Michael Parkin Fine
Art and the Chris Beetles Gallery. You
haven’t mentioned your budget, but
limited-edition black-and-white lino cuts
by Christopher Brown and Glynn Boyd
Harte are under £100 each. In a higher
price range, original illustrations from
great children’s authors, such as
Quentin Blake, Ronald Searle and Edward
Ardizzone, can be found at the Chris
Beetles Gallery. Pen-and-ink drawings by
these masters cost around £2,000, but they
will appeal to generations to come.
u 01263-768264, www.parkinfineart.co.uk
020-7839 7551, www.chrisbeetles.com
Pug by Christopher
Brown at Michael
Parkin Fine Art
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Q
I would like to update my kitchen
tiles but don’t really have the
money to re-tile. I have seen tile transfers
online and wondered if they were any
good? I’m looking for Moroccan-inspired
patterns – are there any companies you
would suggest?
EC, London
A
I have asked a few decorators
who say that stickers will adhere
well if the tile surface is properly clean first.
Stickers can be used in the kitchen and the
maybe fabric seats rather than leather.
VS, Cambs
A
Moroccanstyle tile transfers
bathroom, but it is unadvisable to get them
wet or hot immediately after application. If
you can eat cold food and miss a shower
one morning, it would certainly make them
more permanent. The best selection of
stickers – or to use the American word,
decals – is on the online marketplace
for small companies, Etsy. Search for
Bleucoin, which sells packets of Moroccanpatterned vinyl decals, ranging in price
from £7.50 to £25. If the old grout has dirt
or has become a bit mouldy, you could
refresh it with a Unibond Grout Reviver
Pen from Homebase.
u www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Bleucoin,
0345-0778888, www.homebase.co.uk
Q
Our sitting room in our country
cottage is very small and when
we have our growing family over, there
are often not enough chairs for everyone
to sit on. We have seen an old fender
topped with a leather seat that wraps
around the fireplace and thought
that would be a great idea for extra
seating. However, it is too large for our
fireplace. Is there anywhere that makes
these fenders to measure? We want it in a
simple style, not a fancy brass one, and
Norfolk Fender Seats make these
club fenders to order. A steel
frame would probably be more suitable
for your home. You can choose your own
fabric for the seating. You would need
around a metre and a half of fabric, but
check as this depends on pattern repeats.
Prices start at £660 and delivery is £50
if you can’t collect from King’s Lynn,
where the company is based.
u 01485-520809, www.norfolkfender
seats.co.uk
Q
My son burned the bottom of my
aluminium saucepan. It won’t
come up shiny and clean using ordinary
washing-up liquid. Have you any traditional
recipes for achieving a clean pan?
JR, by email
A
Spread baking soda across the
bottom of the pan and then add
white vinegar and watch it fizz. Then
clean with washing-up liquid. You could
try boiling apple peel – some people
swear by this.
Boil apple peel
to get your
pan clean
Send your queries to the usual
Bedford Street address or email
homehelp@lady.co.uk
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TRAINEE WINO Ivo Dawnay
NEW
It’s the Pinot Grigio that wins Ivo’s heart this week, however he soon learns
that a penchant for Pinot is not something you should admit to avid oenologists
I
t is a long time since I was in a classroom – about 47
years to be precise. And even then, it wasn’t an airless
room with no windows in the basement of a self-storage
warehouse. It is amazing what one will do to improve
one’s qualifications as a wine snob.
I am sitting opposite Tosh, a Hungarian with only a
smattering of English, and Stefanos, a loquacious
sommelier from a cruise ship. Elsewhere around the room
are 10 more Londoners, all of various
nationalities, and two – perhaps the most
exotic – from Fulham, where we are.
In front of us are six (empty) wine
glasses, and our teacher, who I will call
Tristram, bearded and with the
comfortable build of a man unconcerned
with his body mass index. He is teaching
us how to hold a glass.
‘Like so,’ he demonstrates, his index
and middle fingers trapping the foot of
the glass, the rest of his hand far away
from the bowl to avoid polluting it with heat.
‘Theresa May can’t do that, like a lot of other things,’
Tristram, an ocean-going remoaner, drolly observes.
‘Best of all, it looks really pretentious.’
We nod eagerly, pretention being a clear objective of
his keener students.
Over the next five hours, Tristram feeds us a series of
oenological sagacities.
‘Gewürztraminer is associated with richness rather
than freshness,’ for example, or, ‘body is not the same as
flavour.’ Given Mr T’s body, that is a relief, or we would
be gobbling him up on the spot.
Demonstrating his sophistication, he illustrates his
point with a picture of three pop groups, only one of which
I recognise. Everyone else gets the first (the light-bodied)
One Direction, and the second, medium-bodied Coldplay,
but only I get the third, heavy as hell Led Zeppelin. I
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am not sure this has improved my appreciation of wine.
‘Sometimes I illustrate the point with literary allusions,’
the sage goes on. ‘Jeffrey Archer, Sebastian Faulks and
Ulysses.’ As I vaguely know the medium-bodied author,
I can’t wait to tell him his Appellation Contrôlée.
The afternoon wears on with a slow stroll through
Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Bardolino
and a grape called Nebbiolo – the good, heavy stuff that
goes into Barolo. We observe, we ‘nose’
and then we sip – the class goody-goodies
spitting out into vast black spittoons.
The one that I quite liked was the
Pinot Grigio – at least until the T-Man
announced: ‘Pinot Grigio is for people
who don’t like wine,’ adding with
invaluable snobbery, ‘and
Prosecco is for people who drink
Pinot Grigio.’
Armed with this wisdom,
and with less than
half a glass of wine actually
consumed, I headed
off that evening
– b y she er
coincidence – to
a wine-tasting.
There must have been
at least 30 people there, all
holding their glasses in the
approved, camp way. I suspect
few of them knew more than me
(now that I was so well-educated
anyway).
Maybe my tastebuds were
simply exhausted, but I could
swear all the wines seemed to
taste exactly the same. ■
‘We sip – the
class goody-
goodies spitting
out into vast
black spittoons’
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Lamb, feta and
bulgur meatballs
Dispelling carbohydrates’ bad rap, Dr Alan Barclay, Kate McGhie
and Philippa Sandall share vibrant, smart energy recipes for every day
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FOOD
Lamb shanks with barley,
garden peas and mint
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Lamb, feta and
bulgur meatballs
Serves 6
u 500g lean minced beef
u 4 large onions
u 90g crumbled feta
u 2 tbsp chopped mint
u 1 tsp ground cinnamon
u 75g fine bulgur
u 2 garlic cloves, crushed
u sea salt flakes and freshly
ground pepper
u 60ml olive oil
u 400g tin chopped
tomatoes
Put the beef, one finely chopped
onion, feta, mint, cinnamon,
bulgur and half the garlic in a
bowl with salt and pepper to
taste. Clump the mixture
together with your hands to mix
well and then cover and set
aside for 1 hour.
Scoop out pieces of the
mixture and shape into small
balls about the size of golfballs.
Heat the oil in a deep, nonstick pan over medium heat.
Slice the remaining three onions,
add to the pan and cook for
about 7 minutes, or until the
onions are soft but not coloured.
Stir in the remaining garlic and
cook for a further 1 minute. Add
the tomatoes with 250ml water,
and add salt and pepper to taste.
Bring the mixture to a gentle
simmer and then place the
meatballs evenly on top. Pour
in enough water to come about
two-thirds of the way up the
contents of the pan.
Cover the pan, reduce the
heat to low and gently simmer for
about 35 minutes, or until the
meatballs are tender and cooked.
Lamb shanks with
barley, garden peas
and mint
Serves 6
u 1 tbsp olive oil
u 4 large lamb shanks
u 1 brown onion, chopped
u 1 litre chicken stock
u 300g pearl barley
u 235g garden peas
u 1 handful mint leaves
u grated zest and juice of 1 large
orange
u sea salt flakes and freshly
ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F
(fan 160˚C/315˚F).
Place a large casserole dish
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good
No-bake poached
pear flan with lime cream
on a medium-high heat. Pour
in the oil and, when hot, add
the shanks and brown all over,
turning occasionally, for about
8 minutes. Push the shanks to
the side of the dish slightly
and reduce the heat. Add the
onion and cook for about 8
minutes, or until golden. Pour
in the stock, bring to a lively
simmer, cover and place in the
oven for about 1½ hours, or until
the shanks are tender.
Rinse the barley, drain and
add it to the casserole dish,
making sure it is covered in
liquid. If not, add a little more
stock. Cover and cook for about
25-30 minutes, or until the barley
is al dente, adding the peas in
the last 5 minutes of cooking.
Roughly chop half of the mint
and stir it in with the orange zest
and juice, and salt and pepper to
taste. Using forks, pull the meat
from the bone and serve with
the barley and pea mixture,
garnished with the remaining
mint leaves.
No-bake poached
pear flan with lime
cream
Serves 8
u 65g shredded coconut
u 100g hazelnuts or almonds
u 12 pitted soft dates, chopped
u 1 tsp finely grated ginger
u 2cm piece ginger, peeled
u 1 tsp ground cinnamon
u 4 medium pears
u 110g caster sugar
u 2 whole star anise
u 1 small lime, thinly sliced
u 500ml soda water
For the lime cream
u 200g ricotta
u 100g reduced-fat cream
cheese
u 130g natural yoghurt
u 1 tsp finely grated lime zest
u 2 tbsp warmed honey
Line a 23cm (9in) flan tin with
baking paper with overhanging
sides to make it easy to lift the
flan out.
Put the shredded coconut
in a food processor and
blitz until fine. Add the
hazelnuts, dates, finely grated
ginger and cinnamon and
pulse to a fine-crumb texture.
Don’t worry if it is a bit
coarsely textured. Tip the
mixture into a bowl and, using
your hands, clump it together
and press it evenly into the
base and sides of the prepared
tin. Refrigerate for about 20
minutes, until firm.
Peel the pears, cut into thick
wedges and remove the core
(leave the stalk on for decoration
if you like).
Put the sugar, peeled ginger,
star anise, lime and soda water in
a large pan. Stir over medium
heat until the sugar dissolves,
then reduce the heat to low and
drop in the pears. Cover the pan
and gently simmer for about 10
wholesome
carb foods
1 We love the way they
power the brain.
2 We love the way they
fuel the muscles.
3 We love the energy
they give.
4 We love the good stuff
(vitamins and minerals)
that comes with them.
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feed the world.
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footprint on the planet.
minutes, or until the pears are
just tender. Remove the pan
from the heat and leave the
pears to cool in the liquid. Lift
the pears out with a slotted
spoon and drain well.
Whisk together the ricotta,
cream cheese, yoghurt, lime zest
and 1½ tablespoons of the
honey until smooth and creamy.
Spoon the mixture into the flan
and arrange the pears on top.
Brush the pears with the
remaining honey.
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OPINION
HIM ON THE FARM by Robin Page
Otters are now regularly
seen at Lark Rise Farm
I
don’t usually like the New Year – it always represents
another year gone, the inevitable passing of time that
seems to accelerate with age. This year, however, New
Year is a bit different, as 2018 is a year of celebration. It
marks the Silver Jubilee of the Countryside Restoration
Trust: 25 years of hard work, vision and success – as well
as some failures.
It started more than 25 years ago, when one beautiful
summer afternoon I became puzzled. I
couldn’t hear the song of a bird that had
always been singing high above on sunfilled days; I couldn’t hear the beautiful
song of the skylark – and it worried me. It
indicated the continued decline of
farmland wildlife. I discussed the sad
losses with some local friends, and some
well-known friends whom I had met
through writing; in particular, the late
artist Gordon Beningfield, and the late
conservationist and philosopher Sir
Laurens van der Post.
Gordon, a wonderful fighter for
conservation, suggested that we
visit the Royal Society for the
Protection of Birds to tell them
they should be showing
farmers how to farm for
wildlife instead of simply
criticising them. Astonishingly at that time, the
RSPB was not interested.
‘The future for conservation
is nature reserves,’ we were told, and shown the door.
So we decided to go our own way. With no land, no
money and no members, we launched the Countryside
Restoration Trust. Some time later, otters miraculously
turned up at my local brook after an absence of 30 years.
Our first brook-side field of 20 acres has now grown into
450 acres of Lark Rise Farm. Incredibly, we now have a
total of 10 farms and smallholdings.
The story of Lark Rise Farm has been
astonishing: not only did otters come
back, so did skylarks, barn owls,
yellowhammers, brown hares, harvest
mice, cowslips, bee orchids and much
more. The success of the project is clear
to see in its wildlife. Lark Rise Farm has
even been visited twice by Prince Charles,
who wanted to see what we had done and
how we had done it. Interestingly, other
charities, including the RSPB, have also
taken up the challenge.
And now an important piece of news for readers of
The Lady: a very special lady – a dame, no less – has agreed
to become our Silver Jubilee Patron for 2018 – Dame Judi
Dench. What a fantastic, kind lady! We are very excited
by her involvement and hope that many readers will come
to our events and meet her over the next 12 months. Many
of you will know from Dame Judi’s recent BBC programme
on trees just how much she loves the natural world, and
we are so grateful for her support. Now, looking ahead at
the next 25 years! ■
u Countryside Restoration Trust, Haslingfield Road, Barton,
Cambridgeshire CB23 7AG: 01223-262999, www.crtuk.org
‘Miraculously,
otters turned up
at my local brook
after an absence
of 30 years’
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Dame Judi Dench
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From PLANTS
to PINTS
Paula Pryke, OBE, has over 30 years’ experience when it
comes to everything floral and her green fingers have
played a part in her new venture – a country pub
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her magic in the garden. Visitors will find a
charming wildflower garden with herbaceous
beds full of flowers. Even when the weather is
too cold to eat alfresco, the dining room has been
designed so guests get a wonderful view of the
surrounding gardens, so they can enjoy the best
of the outdoors all year round.
Pub benches and an extended terrace connect
the restaurant and garden, where you can enjoy
meals outside in the warmer months. And if
you decide to take a stroll in the meadow, you’ll
find the weeping willow from which the pub
takes its name. The pub also welcomes dogs in
the bar and the garden, making it a great spot
for dog-owners. ■
u The Weeping Willow is open every day
from 11am until 11pm: 01284-771881,
www.theweepingwillow.co.uk
PHOTOGRAPHY: TIM WINTER
or 30 years Paula Pryke, OBE, has
been a stalwart of the floral industry;
since she opened her florist’s shop
in 1988, and her floristry school in
1994, she has had a huge impact on
the industry and become a global name.
Her latest project, however, is something a
little different. The Weeping Willow pub in
Suffolk is the result of nine months of renovation
with her architect husband Peter Romaniuk.
The 16th-century pub had been closed for three
years, but the couple have transformed the
derelict pub and garden with the aim of creating
a country pub that can also become the social
hub for the village of Barrow.
As well as pulling together the interior herself,
creating the perfect mix of traditional meets
modern, it’s little surprise that Paula also worked
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GARDENING
Main photo: The wildflower garden at the Weeping Willow.
Above: The huge tree from which the pub takes its name.
Below left: Take meals on the terrace surrounded by flowers.
Below: A delightful spot to enjoy your drink. Bottom: Exterior of
the restored pub. Inset: Space for children and dogs to play
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT
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REVIEWS
Books
OUT NOW
IN SEARCH OF
ANCIENT NORTH
AFRICA: A HISTORY
IN SIX LIVES by
Barnaby Rogerson
(Eland Press, £20)
A veteran traveller in
North Africa, Barnaby
Rogerson has enjoyed
many hair-raising
and extraordinary
adventures. Part
travelogue, part history,
part memoir, and
peppered with
entertaining anecdotes,
this sympathetic,
beautifully illustrated
book is ideal for people
wanting background
information before
visiting. ‘My heroes of
this ancient landscape
have been consciously
chosen to represent
classical North Africa,’
writes Rogerson,
who has explored the
area for 40 years.
He guides the reader
across an ancient
landscape, telling its
story through the lives
of five remarkable
men and one woman
who, unlike Anthony,
Cleopatra and Julius
Caesar, have been
overlooked by history.
He begins with the
legendary Queen Dido
of Carthage, whose
‘doomed love affair’
with Aeneas, the
WHICH
warrior-founder
BOOK BEGINS…
of Rome,
inspired the
‘Lydia is dead.
first English
But they don’t
opera by
Purcell and
know this yet.’
whose ‘fate
Answer on
was to be
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burned alive.’
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humorously describes
his predilection for
picnicking with less
rugged, irritable friends,
among mozzy-ridden
ancient ruins, haunted
by mythical warriors,
saints and lovers,
including Septimius
Severus, Hannibal,
Saint Augustine and
Queen Dido.
A little dry in places,
this entertaining, warm
book is packed with
peculiar, fascinating
details and leaves
you wanting more.
Rebecca Wallersteiner
WHITE BODIES
by Jane Robins
(HQ, £12.99)
In this suspenseful
and spellbinding novel,
harking back to the film
noir genre, Robins
masterfully examines
the violence of
relationships and the
power of selfknowledge. Callie and
her twin sister Tilda
have an unbreakable
bond – that is, until
Tilda meets Felix, a
seemingly squeakyclean city worker.
The young couple get
married and all appears
peaceful. But as time
goes on, Callie starts to
realise the hold that
Felix has over her sister,
both mentally and
physically. Tilda starts
to shrink away in all
senses: she stops going
to work and practically
stops eating. Callie
takes matters into her
own hands and joins an
internet support group
for victims of domestic
abuse. Things take a
BOOK
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OF TH
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W EE
First sea ladies
A HISTORY OF THE ROYAL NAVY:
WOMEN AND THE ROYAL NAVY
by Jo Stanley (IB Tauris, £20)
Marking the centenary of women being
allowed to serve in the Royal Navy, this
in-depth book examines how the Navy’s
identity has been reshaped by social and
historical developments, and how women
infiltrated this once male-dominated world.
From a female perspective, it explores the
Royal Navy’s fabled image of swashbuckling
and tall ships, and the romanticism
surrounding heroes such as Lord Nelson.
Extraordinary information is revealed,
including stories of how women disguised
themselves as men to go to sea, not
because they wanted to see battle but
because it offered a life of adventure and an
opportunity to travel the world. There are
also fascinating accounts of female pirates,
and how they challenged gender stereotypes
and influenced other women. In that sense,
the book strikes a balance between the
romantic notion of the naval life as one of
freedom and adventure, and a more
realistic view of the responsibilities and
dangers that women were taking on.
A foreword by HRH Princess Anne pays
tribute to pioneering naval women, as
well as the courage of those who serve
with the Royal Navy today. Given the
topical subjects of women’s rights and
the attention surrounding gender issues,
this is a timely and inspiring book.
Lyndsy Spence
mysterious turn when
one of Callie’s new
friends is murdered by
her abuser. Then, out of
nowhere, Felix dies.
Callie starts to question
her own judgement as
questions are raised
about his death: was it
an accident or murder?
The characterisation
of Callie makes her
hard to warm to at first,
but otherwise this is
worth sticking with for
the Hitchcock-worthy
twist at the end.
Helena Gumley-Mason
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NATIONAL GALLERY LONDON/FINNISH NATIONAL GALLERY/KIRSI HALKOLA
THE VISITING
PRIVILEGE
by Joy Williams
(Serpent’s Tail, £9.99)
Sharply focused and
masterfully executed,
American writer Joy
Williams’s short stories
are emotional and
literary showstoppers.
This collection includes
33 of her best, from a
writing career spanning
over four decades, along
with 13 new stories –
showing that she is still
at the top of her game.
Her depictions of
modern everyday life
are infused with an
unsettling quality,
turning the ordinary
into something
unfamiliar, exposing
human frailties with
unflinching precision
and unsentimental
compassion. In the title
story, a woman visits a
friend in a psychiatric
ward, but more for her
own benefit than the
patient’s. Elsewhere
there are intimate
dissections of illness,
often terminal; strained
family dynamics; and
marriages on the blink.
Arresting tales that
conjure up complex
and convincing worlds
in just a few pages.
Juanita Coulson
FORGOTTEN
KINGDOM: NINE
YEARS IN YUNNAN
1939-1948 by Peter
Goullart (Eland, £12.99)
This evocative expat
memoir takes us back to
1930s China – think
monasteries, merchants,
poltergeists, warriors,
wine shops, festivals,
MUSIC
LAKE KEITELE: A VISION
OF FINLAND by Anne
Robbins (National Gallery
Company, London, £14.95)
Although Akseli GallenKallela (1865-1931) is little
known outside his native
Finland, his depiction of
Lake Keitele (1905) is one of
the National Gallery’s most
popular paintings, admired
for its silvery light and
meditative quality. This
beautifully illustrated book
accompanies an exhibition
of the artist’s works at the
National Gallery, which
coincides with the centenary
of Finland’s independence
last month. ‘The Finnish
countryside – its forests,
lakes and islands – had
always stimulated GallenKallela, and throughout his
career it served to revive his
creative energies,’ writes
Robbins. He was enthralled
by the lake’s beauty, and its
quintessentially Finnish
elements – inland water
fringed by dark forests –
echoed his patriotic feelings.
Rebecca Wallersteiner
teeming markets and
caravans. Having fled
the Russian Revolution,
Goullart immersed
himself in ‘China – its
language, culture and
DAEMON
VOICES:
ESSAYS
ON STORYTELLING
by Phillip
Pullman
(David Fickling
Books, £20)
Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s Lake Keitele: all four
versions are on show at the National Gallery
spiritual traditions’.
After spending time in
a monastery studying
Taoism, he worked as a
tour guide for American
Express, shepherding
From the
spellbinding
qualities of
Paradise Lost
(including why
we all end up
rooting for
the devil) to
how to ‘read’
a painting,
this insightful
and enjoyable
book brings
together
lectures,
articles and
essays from
an undisputed
master of
the craft.
JC
wealthy foreigners
around the decadent
nightclubs of Shanghai.
He moved to the ancient,
forgotten Nakhi
Kingdom, where he lived
for nine years until he
was forced to flee
invading Chinese
Communists who
ended a way of
life unchanged
for centuries.
A lyrical,
entertaining
read, with a
sad ending,
that provides
a fascinating
glimpse into
a lost era.
GUESS THE COVER
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BOOKS
AUDIO
BOOK OF
THE WEEK
SHERLOCK
HOLMES:
The Definitive
Collection
by Arthur
Conan Doyle
(Audible,
£79.99)
Stock up
on gripping
crime classics
to listen to on
dark winter
evenings,
starting with
Conan Doyle’s
complete
works, read by
Stephen Fry,
who gives his
own insightful
introductions.
Two national
treasures for
the price of
one. JC
In this series,
notable
writers tell
us about
their reading
habits. Is
there someone
you would
like to see
featured?
Write to us
with your
suggestions.
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THE LADY’S RECIPE READS
Homemade bread and comfort classics with a twist are just what we
need at this time of year. By Juanita Coulson
MEYER’S BAKERY: Bread and
CRAVINGS: Recipes for all the
Baking in the Nordic Kitchen by
Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy
Claus Meyer (Mitchell Beazley, £25)
Teigen (Michael Joseph, £20)
There is more to Scandi style than
It’s easy to be cynical about celebrity
hygge and crime dramas featuring
cookbooks, especially when the
lady detectives in woolly jumpers.
author is a model and Instagram
In case you’ve missed it, there’s been
sensation, and the book is on
a Nordic food revolution, with the
indulgent comfort food. Yes, I rolled
cuisines of Scandinavia now firmly
my eyes and sighed too, but before you
on the foodie map. Meyer is one of its
dismiss this as yet another case of
leading lights: he co-founded Noma
bandwagon-jumping, take a look at
in Copenhagen (once hailed the
the recipes. Teigen, who describes
#lady herself as ‘the busiest lazy person
‘best restaurant in the world’).
recipe on the planet’, has come up with
This book of recipes from his
reads some accessible and satisfying
New York bakeries rises to
the hype. With illustrated,
dishes. Spicy tomato skillet eggs
step-by-step instructions and troublewith prosciutto for a punchy brunch,
shooting tips, it is structured around
sweet potato gnocchi with brown
the four basic dough types: wheat,
butter and sage, or vegetable tortilla
whole-wheat, rye and enriched. From
stew for an easy hearty lunch. Skip the
classic rye bread to sticky cinnamon
smug Hello! magazine-style shots of
buns, hearty, homemade winter
the author at home and head straight
warmers are at your fingertips.
for the recipes. Instant gratification.
Tweet us your recipe reads @TheLadyMagazine using #ladyrecipereads
THIS WEEK I AM READING…
Sara Taylor
The bright young American novelist on a vividly written sibling saga
Tell us about what
you are reading…
An advance copy of
Chloe Benjamin’s The
Immortalists. It begins
in New York City in
1969, with four siblings,
aged from seven to 13 on
the hunt for a woman
who, rumour has it,
will be able to tell their
fortunes – including
50
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when they will die. It
then follows them over
the next 40 years as
the prophecies they
received shape their
lives. Conceptually it’s
perfect for me right
now, since I’ve been in
the mood for books that
deal well with siblings
and manage substantial
lengths of time artfully.
What got me hooked in
the first two pages was
the absolute clarity
with which Benjamin
renders characters and
settings. Not many
books have this sort
of vivid immediacy.
Do you have a favourite
reading spot? An
obscenely comfortable
saucer chair in the
living room.
Kindle or heaving
bookshelves? Verily do
the bookshelves heave.
Books are easier to
lend out when they’re
corporeal, and you can’t
really throw a Kindle
when a character does
something asinine.
What’s on your reading
list for the winter
months? The Essex
Serpent, Little Fires
Everywhere, A History
of the Wife and A
Secret Sisterhood.
Which books or
authors have
influenced you most?
I’ve consciously tried to
learn from Margaret
Atwood. Before that,
I took a lot from the
classic British children’s
authors, and from
young adult fiction and
fantasy. When I want a
reminder of how it’s
done, I tend to reach for
young adult books first.
u The Lauras by
Sara Taylor is out now
(Windmill, £7.99).
Taylor is shortlisted for
the 2017 Sunday Times/
PFD Young Writer of
the Year Award, in
association with the
University of Warwick.
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Film
BARNUM AND
THE BIG TOP
The biopic about the circus
impresario turns out not to be
The Greatest Show on Earth
Jason
Solomons
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
What with political correctness
and, you know, a general sense of
enlightenment in society, the circus
isn’t the place it used to be. These
days, nobody still thinks it’s cool
to keep lions in cages or to watch
elephants kneel.
So the makers of The Greatest
Showman are rather hampered in
their efforts to recreate the oldfashioned magic of PT Barnum,
even if they’ve got that charming
chap Hugh Jackman to play the
fiercely driven ringmaster.
Turning the creation of Barnum’s
New York show into a modern
musical with contemporary pop
sensibilities throws up many
problems – one being that we don’t
pay to gawp at people who are
different any more and another,
maybe bigger, issue of the songs all
sounding the same. Fortunately, it’s
a decent-enough tune.
But there’s also the fact that this
film doesn’t really know where it’s
going. Barnum assembles a gang
of ‘freaks’ and makes them feel at
home in the circus: the bearded
lady, a very fat bloke, a tall guy,
a tiny Tom Thumb, mixed-race
trapeze artists, Siamese twins
Chang and Eng, and someone who
looks like Chewbacca, whom they
call Dog Boy.
But this film wants to have
its freaks and love them. We’re
supposed to feel both sorry for them
and in awe of them, even if all Tom
Thumb does is ride around on a
horse shooting little guns. Their
Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman.
Inset: Jackman with Michelle Williams
disability is their uniqueness,
which would be a laudable, modern
attitude, but it’s still not really what
the show’s about. We’re asked to
root for Barnum’s show to be a
hit, but its success is based on its
characters’ weirdness, not on
changing our attitude to inclusivity,
or even having us see it from a
Victorian-era standpoint.
There’s little sense of the outcast
solidarity you get in, say, Tod
Browning’s Freaks or David Lynch’s
The Elephant Man. Instead it’s
peppy, poppy musical (the
Australian director and producers
could at least say g’day to Baz
Luhrmann while ripping him off)
with some nice dance numbers,
‘Have you not considered passing it
on to your children?’
so-so lyrics but no
real aim.
Barnum himself marries his
childhood sweetheart who grows
into Michelle Williams while he
goes off gambling his luck on his
house of curiosities and, eventually,
his circus. As a warning gesture to
any viewer who might conceivably
wish for a bit more than spectacle,
there’s even the role of po-faced
newspaper critic James Gordon
Bennett (Paul Sparks) who tut-tuts
his way down his pince-nez.
Meanwhile, Barnum is simply
supposed to be charming because
he’s Hugh Jackman. But he’s full of
flaws and often looks like Wolverine.
He’s also distracted by the charms
of European soprano Jenny Lind
(played by Rebecca Ferguson),
whom he brings to America and
makes a star, just to prove he can do
serious stuff as well as circuses.
Lind does deliver the key song
of the show, a belter called Never
Enough, about, well, having success
and love and stuff and it never being
enough. And she’s right, because for
all the whizz bang of the visuals
(take a bow, cameraman Seamus
McGarvey) and the top hat and cane
work from Jackman or the young
handsomeness of Zac Efron and the
highwire swinging from young star
Zendaya, it’s all not quite enough.
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Theatre
IMPERIUM REIMAGINED
A trilogy of historical fiction novels is adapted for stage
in this two-part production of Roman intrigue
Ian
Shuttleworth
IMPERIUM
Mike Poulton is an immensely
skilled writer of stage adaptations.
The only time he’s not working on
several projects at once is when
he’s working on one that’s the size
of several, such as his version of
Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall novels,
which the Royal Shakespeare
Company staged four years ago.
Now he’s done the same for
Robert Harris’s trilogy of novels,
set during the first century BC
and centring on the Roman
orator and politician Cicero.
This two-part adaptation – six
hours of stage time, plus four
intervals – takes its name from
Harris’s novel Imperium, though
it actually takes precious little
material from that book: just a
quick flashback to indicate
Cicero’s rise, before moving on to
his term as consul, the highest
office in the Roman Republic.
Roman politicking is complex,
and we’re given a hefty intro by
the narrator of the piece, Cicero’s
secretary Tiro, which leads even
his master to interrupt with, ‘It’s
getting very expositional....’
Siobhan Redmond as
Servilia in Part II: Dictator
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In Part I, Cicero thwarts
Catiline’s conspiracy to
overthrow the Senate but fails to
deal with the power behind
Catiline – one Gaius Julius
Caesar (as Tiro observes, the
intricate faction-fighting usually
involves several Gaiuses). It ends
with an ascendant Caesar forcing
Cicero into exile. Part II kicks off
with his return in time for the
Ides of March, siding with the
assassins but, now older and less
sure-footed, finding himself
repeatedly outmanoeuvred by
another Caesar, Julius’s young
heir Octavian, later the emperor
Augustus (but who’s currently,
unsurprisingly, a Gaius).
It’s broadly the same historical
territory as Shakespeare’s two
foremost Roman tragedies.
Cicero, played by the compelling
Richard McCabe, is not unlike a
tragic hero, brought down by one
or two fatal flaws: in this case,
political timidity and personal
vanity, especially after he is
awarded the title Father of the
Nation for seeing off Catiline.
Harris points up parallels with
modern events, and frankly
director Gregory Doran can go
overboard with this aspect, as
when Pompey the Great appears
sporting an implausible Trumpoid
bouffant, declaring: ‘I shall serve
the Senate, not dictate to it.’ At
least they didn’t call him Pompey
the Bigly. Still, it only trivialises
the original classical events.
The production keeps the
attention through both longish
parts (titled Conspirator and
Dictator), but it doesn’t go far
beyond, precisely because it tries
too hard. It would make a fine TV
miniseries, perhaps even better
than Wolf Hall, but on stage its
gear-changes between seriousness
and humour grow formulaic.
u Imperium is at the Swan Theatre,
Stratford-upon-Avon, until 10 Feb:
01789-403493, www.rsc.org.uk
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TELEVISION
MUSIC
Musical
AN AMERICAN REVOLUTION
The Tony-winning musical wowed audiences in New
York – and it’s guaranteed to do the same in London
Richard
Barber
HAMILTON
The answer is a resounding yes!
All the hype, all the ballyhoo, are
indeed justified. In the words of
Jamael Westman stars as
Michelle Obama, ‘Hamilton is
Alexander Hamilton
simply the best piece of art in any
form I have ever seen in my life.’
For Donald Trump, by contrast,
the show is ‘highly overrated’,
which is surprising given that
GODS’ LAND IN GOD’S
the Donald hasn’t seen it.
COUNTY: ANCIENT EGYPT
It’s certainly not like anything
IN YORKSHIRE Ancient Egypt
that’s gone before. Billed as a
seen through a multitude of
hip-hop, rap musical, it’s bigger
artefacts selected from museum
on the latter than the former, the
collections across Yorkshire.
words delivered rat-a-tat at speed.
Until 20 January, Experience
And very clever lyrics they are,
Barnsley Museum &
too, conveying the unfolding story
Discovery Centre, South
of Alexander Hamilton (Jamael
Yorkshire: 01226-772 500,
Westman), one of America’s
www.experience-barnsley.com
founding fathers whose face can
still be seen on the $10 bill.
MARVELLOUS MAGIC
A penniless immigrant from
LANTERNS For three days only,
the Caribbean who fetched up
a small display of magic lantern
in New York on the eve of the
items goes on display in Exeter.
American Revolution, Hamilton
See a selection of the historic
rose to become President George
slides, lanterns and paper
Washington’s right-hand man
ephemera from the collections of
and the first Secretary of the
Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Treasury, meeting his premature
and the Bill Douglas Cinema
end aged 47 in a duel with
Museum at the University of
Vice President Aaron Burr.
WHICH
Exeter. 12-14 January,
Inspired by author Ron
PLAY BEGINS…
RAMM, Exeter:
Chernow’s 800-page 2004
01392-265858, www.
biography, Lin-Manuel
‘Why do you always
rammuseum.org.uk
Miranda has conceived and
wear mourning?’
executed something hugely
LIFE IN THE ICE AGE
original – a cast dressed in
Answer on
Learn about man from
clothes appropriate for the
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the Stone Age and
mid-18th century but in a
discover the creatures that
vehicle whose language and
lived on Earth during the last
pace are entirely contemporary.
Ice Age over 10,000 years ago.
None of them look much like
Until 14 January, Saffron
the marble statues of the men
Walden Museum, Essex:
they’re portraying – Madison,
01799-510333, www.saffron
Jefferson, Lafayette, and so on.
waldenmuseum.org
For a start, they’re mostly black or
…AND LAST CHANCE
…
Hispanic (although none
appeared in the Broadway
original). Then, when they open
their mouths, they speak the
urgent street talk of the 21st
century, combining it with
elegant phrases from momentous
political documents like
Washington’s Farewell Address.
At the centre of it all is lofty
Jamael Westman, not long out of
drama school and still only 25,
who manages to convey both
poise and presence. He has an eye
for the ladies, one of whom, Eliza
(Rachelle Ann Go), he marries;
one of whom, her sister Angelica
(Rachel John), he toys with; and
another of whom, Maria
Reynolds (Christine Allado), he
embarks on a ruinous affair with.
Throughout it all, he’s
shadowed by his political rival,
Burr, whom Giles Terera endlessly
invests with craft and cunning;
he also sings like a dream. A
shout-out, too, for Michael Jibson’s
ridiculous, foppish King George
III in the funniest turn of the
night. The wonder of it all is
that Miranda wrote the whole
caboodle: lyrics, book and music.
The man’s a magician.
u Hamilton is at Victoria Palace
until 30 June: www.hamilton
themusical.co.uk
IKIN YUM; MATTHEW MURPHY
Michael Jibson
as King George III
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A RT
THE NINE-DAY
QUEEN
NOT TO BE
MISSED
The tragic tale of
Lady Jane Grey
Ben
Felsenburg
A Cambridge University
historian, Castor tells Jane’s story
with authority, but in a blissfully
direct, plain-speaking manner.
I’m particularly grateful for
the time the scholar takes to
sketch out the family tree that
explains the succession so
that we can understand how in
1553, after the early death of
Edward VI, there was no one
else to succeed the king if the
dreaded Papists were to be
kept out of power.
Meanwhile, Edward’s Catholic
elder sister had her own designs
Radio
SALUTING A
JAZZ GREAT
A tribute to Dame Cleo
Laine, in fine voice at 90
Louis
Barfe
It seems like only yesterday I
attended a concert at the Royal
Albert Hall to mark the 75th
birthdays of Sir John Dankworth
and Dame Cleo Laine. However,
it wasn’t. It was 15 years ago. This
alarming realisation that time’s
wingéd chariot doesn’t hang
about came when I saw Friday
Night is Music Night (R2,
Fridays, 8pm) was mounting a
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Helen Castor with
clothing expert
Mark Wallis
Television
She’s remembered, if at all, as the
pre-eminent footnote of English
history. But has posterity been
cruelly dismissive of Lady Jane
Grey? The teenage monarch who
reigned for just nine days is a
sketchily known character and,
truth be told, most of us aren’t
quite clear what she was doing on
the throne in the first place.
All that is changed thanks
to Helen Castor’s refreshingly
purposeful new series, England’s
Forgotten Queen: The Life and
Death of Lady Jane Grey
(Wednesday, BBC4, 9pm).
TELEVISION
special edition subtitled ‘Cleo
Laine at 90’. Most of the
programme, recorded at
Birmingham Town Hall,
consisted of other musicians with
the BBC Concert Orchestra and
Big Band under the great
Guy Barker providing their own
interpretations of Dame Cleo’s
finest moments. Guests included
Kandace Springs, Radio 2’s own
Clare Teal and Dame Cleo’s own:
her daughter Jacqui, bassist son
Alec and granddaughter Emily
Dankworth. With Benny Green’s
boy Leo hosting, it was quite a
night for jazz dynasties.
Teal gave a lovely reading of
If…, accompanied by my old
school chum Nigel Price on guitar.
I say chum. He was a few years
above me so we didn’t socialise,
but I’ve watched with immense
pride as he’s become one of the
VERA
(Sunday,
ITV, 8pm)
Howay the
lass! Brenda
Blethyn’s DCI
Vera Stanhope
is back for a
new four-part
series, starting
on the kingdom, but what chance with the case of
did the ill-connected Mary have
a murdered
as underdog? Of course we all
policeman.
know how that turned out, but
it’s to Castor’s credit that she
makes a slim but fascinating
and too little-known chapter of
history into a racily watchable
three-part tale.
Just one quibble: the little
drama-reconstruction scenes
SILENT
are ludicrously bad am-dram.
WITNESS
Is there any reason not to have
(Monday,
saved on the budget and stuck to BBC1, 9pm)
the perfectly entertaining words The cold case
of Castor and her colleagues?
detective show
returns (this is,
believe it or not,
series 21) with
Emilia Fox as
Dr Nikki
Alexander
sleuthing
UK’s top jazz musicians.
crimes past
Incidentally, he’s running this
and present.
year’s Swanage Jazz Festival, an
event worthy of support.
Sir John, a musical giant and
a sweet, funny man, died in 2010,
but his own back catalogue was
commemorated with a spiffing
version of his hit single, African
Waltz. I could have done with a
BIG CATS
bit more, but it was Cleo’s night.
(Thursday,
Midway through the second
BBC1, 9pm)
half, there she was, in very fine
Close-up
voice. Many years ago, with great encounters
affection, pianist David Newton
with some
started ascribing to his jazz peers of nature’s most
the jobs they looked like they’d
magnificent
have done if they hadn’t become
beasts – from
musicians. Sir John was a seaside snow leopards
deckchair attendant and Dame
up in the
Cleo the Wife of Tutankhamun.
Himalayas
Long may she reign.
to ‘super prides’
u Louis on Twitter: @AlanKelloggs
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or email: wireless@cheeseford.net
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TIPS FOR
beginner skiers
Fear of making an idiot of yourself is the single biggest worry for
newcomers to the slopes, so here’s what you need to know before
you hit the snow, says We Love 2 Ski expert Nicola Iseard
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TRAVEL
1
Don’t buy: borrow
You want to look good, right?
You want a knock-out suit that
might possibly distract from your
less-than-pretty ski technique?
Perhaps you’ve got your eye on a
Prada all-in-one?
Well, put your credit card away
this instant. The golden rule of ski
wear for beginners is this. Don’t
buy: borrow. This goes for men, too.
Even if it means wearing your
neighbour’s fading all-in-one from
way back when.
So borrow as much as you can
– gloves, hat, fleece, goggles,
sunglasses, ski helmet. Do buy
your own thermals, though,
and ski socks (who likes to
borrow socks?). Snow+Rock has
a good selection of crew-necks,
long johns and socks.
2
Stay in a chalet
Enjoy the après-ski
Book a chalet,
not a self-catering
apartment
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Ski holidays can be cheap –
especially if you book a selfcatering apartment. But I
wouldn’t suggest a self-catering
holiday for beginners. A ski resort
is a pretty baffling place if you’ve
never been to one before, and the
way to learn the ropes is to book
yourself into a catered ski chalet
(or chalet-hotel) run by a British
company. In a catered chalet
you get not just breakfast, tea,
unlimited wine, and six out of
seven dinners laid on, you also
get the services of the resort
manager to guide you to
the ski hire centre and the
nursery slopes, as well as the
advice of chalet staff and other
guests about the best bars and
mountain restaurants.
For the first trip, it’s also a good
idea to book a chalet company
that offers chartered flights and
transfers too. That way, you won’t
have to worry about driving up to
the ski resort yourself.
You can make further savings
if you shop around for early or
late-booking discounts. But don’t
be guided entirely by price – you
need to make sure your resort is
beginner-friendly.
Particularly good resorts for
beginners include Mayrhofen in
Austria, L’Alpe d’Huez, La
Plagne and Courchevel 1650 in
France, Cervinia in Italy and
Soldeu in Andorra.
By the way, if there are no chalet
holidays available in your chosen
resort, then pick a hotel as close to
the ski school meeting point as you
can afford – and book it through a
tour operator with a good
reputation for the quality of its
resort staff.
3
Tell your friends and
family they won’t be
teaching you
A lot of adults learn on holidays
organised by friends and/or family
who can already ski. If you are one
of them, then don’t, don’t, don’t let
them be your ski instructors.
Pretty soon, they’ll get bored
of teaching you the basics and
drag you to the top of a vertiginous
slope with the dreaded words,
‘you’ll be fine’.
If you don’t actually hurt
yourself, you’ll be so freaked out by
the experience you probably won’t
want to leave the chalet again.
The only way to learn is to book
yourself into ski school. The luxury
option is to have private classes.
Some people will find the
unremitting focus on them (and
their mistakes) claustrophobic.
But most thrive on this kind of
attention and make rapid progress.
The cost of private lessons
can, however, be astronomical
(especially in the A-list French
resorts, although private tuition in
Italian resorts is notably cheaper).
The cheaper option is to join a
five- or six-day course of group
lessons, with classes in the morning
and free time after lunch to practise
what you have learned. You should
enrol for the course at the same
time as you book your holiday, but
don’t just blindly book the ski
school offered by your tour operator.
Check first to see if there’s a
British ski school in your resort.
Oh, and don’t forget to take out
specialist ski insurance.
4 Get fit
The last thing you want is to
spend hundreds of pounds on
a ski holiday, only to find you are
too tired to get out of bed on the
third morning of the trip. Taken in
isolation, the snowplough – the
classic beginner’s manoeuvre – is
not demanding. But it is if you
practise it over and over again for
six hours a day, at altitude, for an
entire week. The only way to make
sure you have the energy – both
physical and mental – to enjoy the
experience is to get in shape long
before you hit the slopes.
Non gym-bunnies, don’t panic.
There are lots of ways to get your
heart rate up and strengthen those
leg muscles in your everyday
routine: take the stairs instead of
lifts or escalators; cycle or power
walk to work instead of driving;
when eating your morning
porridge, swap the breakfast table
for a spot against your living room
wall – press your back flat against
the wall, and holding the position w
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Family fun in the
Swiss Alps
with your legs bent at 90 degrees
(‘bend ze knees!’), and see how
long you can stay there. If it’s less
than 10 seconds, well, you need
to climb more stairs.
5
Practise on an indoor
ski slope
The sooner you can get from
wobbly snowplough to linked,
parallel(ish) turns, the more fun you
will have on holiday. One of the best
ways to speed up the process is to
visit one of Britain’s indoor real
snow centres before you go.
Essentially, these are giant
fridges that make their own snow –
and they provide a pretty authentic
surface on which to make your first
turns. Admittedly, the slopes can be
very short. But on your first two
days in a ski resort you won’t be let
loose on anything bigger – and all
you need is a bit of space to get used
to skis and ski boots, and master
the snowplough.
The more time you can get on
the snow, the better – so book a
day-long course or a programme of
lessons if you can. A taster session
will usually include tuition and
equipment.
Britain’s indoor snow centres are
The Snow Centre in Hemel
Hempstead, the SnowDome in
Tamworth, Chill Factore in
Manchester, the Snozone centres
in Basingstoke in Hampshire,
Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire,
Castleford in West Yorkshire and
Braehead in Glasgow. Then
there’s Skiplex in Reading – indoor
moving carpets.
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Watch videos
There is nothing better to get
you in the mood for your trip
than watching videos of skiers
having buckets of fun, as they
float through powder, weave
through trees, and glide down
rolling open pistes.
Okay, so you’re not going to get
anywhere near that kind of skiing
by the end of the week – but you
have to know what your ultimate
destination is, don’t you?
Make sure you pick videos where
the weather is perfect (cloudless
sky, big sun), and ones where the
skier makes it look effortless. Most
resort websites have videos on
their homepage, or simply search
‘powder skiing’ or ‘piste skiing’ on
YouTube, sit back and enjoy.
My husband believes there
is one video that every skier –
from beginners to pros – should
watch: The Blizzard of Aahhh’s.
It’s a 1988 movie created by
legendary filmmaker Greg Stump,
which paved the way for modern
extreme ski films. It embodies the
spirit of skiing – how it’s about
good, old-fashioned fun.
Oh yes, and try not to watch too
many videos of ski crashes.
7
Avoid contact with
anti-skiers
There are generally two kinds
of naysayers. The first group is
comprised largely of snowboarders,
some of whom still insist that their
sport is cooler than skiing. To get
them to shut up, remind them that
most young guns in the Alps
switched back from snowboarding
to skiing about 10 years ago – and
that anyone who thinks otherwise
must be seriously out of touch.
Snowboarders are a fashionconscious bunch. The idea that
they are behind the times will
render them mute for the
remainder of the conversation.
The second group is
predominantly made up of people
(cowards) who have never tried
skiing, but have deemed it too cold,
too overpriced, and too dangerous.
Firstly, yes it is cold (La
Brevine, nicknamed the Siberia
of Switzerland, holds the record
for the lowest temperature ever
recorded in Switzerland, a
bone-chilling -41.8°C). But if it
wasn’t cold there wouldn’t be any
snow, would there? Besides, you
don’t spend a ski holiday lying
about naked in the snow – you
take lots of exercise, protected by
multiple layers of clothing. Getting
too hot is usually far more of a
problem than freezing.
Secondly, skiing needn’t be
expensive. The next time someone
bleats on about skiing only being
for the super-rich, tell them about
the deals you can get to littleknown resorts like La Norma or
St-Jean-d’Arves.
And, finally – remember, skiing
is only as dangerous as you want
to make it. You can drop big cliffs,
ski in avalanche-prone areas, and
weave in and out of trees at speed
if you want to. But you can also
cruise gentle groomed pistes,
wearing a helmet and following all
the rules of the road.
That’s the beauty of skiing – you
can move at your own pace and,
ultimately, you decide where you
want to go.
8
Take a rucksack
The weather changes in the
mountains, all the time. To
familiarise yourself with its many
moods, keep an eye on the snow
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report and weather forecast, as well
as checking out webcams in your
chosen resort from time to time.
That way, you’ll avoid the usual
mistake of dressing for the weather
you wake up to, and nothing else.
Yes, it may be a pleasant +3°C in the
sunshine when you leave the chalet,
but if the clouds come down and
the winds pick up it could be -13°C
in an instant. It works the other way
too: you dress for a blizzard, the sun
comes out, and you sweat out what
feels like half your body weight.
The only way to cope with the
changes is to carry a rucksack.
Always pack spare clothing (unless
you are wearing it all), as well as
something to drink. You can, of
course, carry your lunch too – and
save yourself a fortune in the
mountain restaurants.
Make sure your rucksack has
a waistband, and strap at chest
height that connects the two
shoulder straps. You’ll need these to
stop the pack from flapping about
when you get more active.
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Work up a sweat
with Switzerland’s
sexiest ski
instructor
Learn some new lingo
If you want to blend in with
the cool kids, you are
going to need to learn the lingo.
This is dependent on where you
go. For example, Canadian skier
dialect is an entirely different
language to that of English
skiers in the Alps.
If you are heading to
Whistler, try to incorporate some
of these words into your chair-lift
chit-chat: ‘gnarly’ (intense);
‘haggard’ (ugly/difficult); ‘it’s
pukin’ down’ (snowing hard);
‘tabernak’ (*&£@$!).
However, if you are heading to,
say, Les Deux Alpes, here are
some of the generic terms you’ll
need to know: ‘sick’ (great);
‘stoked’ (psyched); ‘stomped’
(landed a jump well); ‘pow’ (deep
snow); ‘freshies’ (skiing virgin
snow); ‘dude’ (ol’ chap). Try
combinations, for example:
‘Dude, you totally stomped that.
Now let’s go find some freshies.’
Impressive, eh?
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Marry someone rich
If a self-catering French
apartment doesn’t cut the
mustard, and you want an überluxury chalet, all bells and whistles,
and instead of budget coach transfers
you want to be whisked off to the
mountains by private jet, there’s
only one thing for it: marry someone
rich. Or someone who is a qualified
ski instructor. Someone, for
example, like Toni ‘the Body’
Betschart, Switzerland’s Sexiest
Ski Instructor. I can’t vouch for
Toni’s finances, but with a body
like his, who cares? ■
u Nicola Iseard is an expert ski writer
for www.welove2ski.com
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The pretty village
of Upper Swell in
the Cotswolds
Painswick, the
Cotswolds
A WINTER
holiday
Whether you want to
snuggle by a roaring fire
in a cosy chalet, or walk
along a coastline with the
warm sun on your face,
there are plenty of options
for a winter getaway,
says Melonie Clarke
HOME
The Cotswolds
Covering 800 square miles and
running through five counties, the
Cotswolds is ideal for a break, short
or long. A visit here gives you the
chance to explore pretty villages
and market towns, enjoy a day at
the Cheltenham races, or take in a
bit of country air and traverse some
of the more than 3,000 miles of
footpaths and bridleways.
The landscape here is perhaps
the area’s biggest pull, with swathes
of wildflowers and ancient
woodlands to admire. Interestingly,
some of the nation’s best farmhouse
cheeses are made in the Cotswolds.
And when it comes to
accommodation – from boutique
hotel or spa to self-catering cottage
or quaint B&B – the choice is vast.
Channel Islands
St Peter Port,
Guernsey
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Jersey, Guernsey,
Alderney, Sark
and Herm, the
Channel Islands
are picture-perfect
– an ideal holiday
destination for
anyone who enjoys
heritage and the
outdoors. Whisk yourself away to
Alderney, the most northerly isle,
and enjoy the rich and varied
wildlife. Nature lovers will marvel
at the vast number of butterflies
and birds, and catch a glimpse of
the rare blonde hedgehog. There is
also the chance to enjoy a spot of
rambling, with more than 50 miles
of walks traversing windswept
cliffs, countryside and beaches.
Culture lovers will love
Guernsey, with its great museums
and fascinating past, such as its
links with author Victor Hugo. It is
also a haven for sporty types who
enjoy activities such as kayaking
and golf; and there’s the Guernsey
Aero Club for anyone
interested in having a go
Guernsey’s
at flying. If you visit
Little Chapel
Guernsey, then a visit
to Herm – a short
ferry ride away – is a
must. Herm can be
explored easily in
one day, and with its
pretty beaches, it is
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Bodmin Moor,
Cornwall
so charming you’ll want to stay the
night. Another must, if you are in
Guernsey, is hopping on the ferry
to Sark, the car-free island offering
the ultimate getaway.
Jersey is perhaps the most
frequented of the islands and is a
real treat for foodies. With many
top-quality restaurants serving
fantastic local produce, there is
something to get everyone’s
taste buds tingling.
Lake District
One of the most popular holiday
destinations in the UK, the Lake
District, with stunning views and
picturesque landscape, also has lots
to offer. The Lakes can be enjoyed
on foot, by bike, or you could head
out on to the water in a private
hired boat or a tour boat, such as a
traditional steamboat. It’s all
about the big outdoors, with 3,105
kilometres of rights of way and
12 of the largest lakes in England.
And if the water doesn’t please
you, you can always aim for the sky
and tackle a peak, such as Scafell
Pike, which offers some truly
stunning views across the area. If
you need something to keep you
going, then head to Kendal and try
the famous Kendal Mint Cake; if it
managed to get Edmund Hillary to
Everest, it will surely keep you
going in the Lake District.
Cornwall
The West Country has been a
popular holiday destination for a
long time, and it doesn’t look as if
that’s about to change any time
soon. The landscape is so varied –
Knaresborough,
Yorkshire
be it coastal or country – when it
comes to having a break here,
there is bound to be something
to please everyone.
For foodies there are top-end
restaurants led by chefs such as
Rick Stein and Nathan Outlaw,
which serve quality food yearround. There are also lots of local
delicacies to try – a hot Cornish
pasty is sure to help you warm up
if you head here for a winter break.
The coast is perhaps the biggest
draw, though, with 300 miles of
coastline just waiting to be
explored. Nature lovers must head
to the world-famous Eden Project,
a visual and ecological marvel,
with biomes that house the largest
indoor rainforest, and Trebah
Lake Windermere
in the Lake District
Kirkstall Abbey on
a snowy morning
Park, where you can see work from
artists such as Henry Moore and
Barbara Hepworth. Alternatively,
‘When it comes to God’s Own County, Yorkshire’s
stunning landscape is its star attraction’
Garden, a sub-tropical paradise
with a coastal backdrop.
Yorkshire
When it comes to God’s Own
County, Yorkshire’s stunning
landscape is its star attraction:
coastline, green dales and moors
provide a veritable feast for the
eyes. To take in some fresh country
air, there are plenty of options – the
Dales and the Moors, of course, but
there is also the Yorkshire Sculpture
take a bracing walk along
Scarborough Beach, one of Britain’s
most-visited beaches.
There’s plenty of culture on offer
at the Hepworth Wakefield art
gallery and the Brontë Parsonage
Museum, or you could catch a show
at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
To keep you fuelled, a trip to Bettys
Café Tea Rooms is a must. The tea
room opened in 1919 and is perfect
for that most quintessentially
British of treats – afternoon tea. w
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Ratjada,
Mallorca
There is so much choice when it
comes to France. You could head
to the capital and visit one of the
many museums, like the Rodin
Museum at Hôtel Biron, which
houses the largest collection of the
sculptor’s work, and Musée d’Orsay,
where you can admire works from
Whistler, Gauguin and Pompon.
Paris is also home to more than
5,000 works by Picasso – from
paintings to sculptures – many
of which are held at Musée
National Picasso-Paris.
Away from the Parisian buzz,
you could take a cycling holiday in
Spain
The prospect of sunshine on
your skin when the weather in
the UK is cold and gloomy will
surely get you packing your
suitcase. The sun shines in
Spain almost all year round, so
it’s a great place to head for a
break. Costa Brava, Costa
Dorada and Costa del Sol are
just a few of the destinations to
consider. The Balearic Islands also
offer the best in beautiful beaches
and countryside scenery.
The Canary Islands tend to be
warm, even in the winter months,
with lots of activity and nightlife.
Choose from popular Gran
‘Paris is home to more than 5,000 works by Picasso –
many of which are held at Musée National Picasso-Paris’
Normandy, perhaps, traversing part Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife or
of the 443km cycle route between
Fuerteventura. For somewhere a
Paris and Mont Saint-Michel, much
tad quieter, La Gomera or La Palma
of which is traffic-free.
would suit.
For a beach break in Brittany,
there’s plage de l’Écluse and plage
Morocco
de Saint Guirec at Ploumanac’h, or
For history and culture lovers,
Morgat and Bénodet, both of which
Morocco is ideal. With Berber,
are resort beaches offering plenty
Islamic and Moorish influences,
of water activities.
which make for some colourful
For a touch of heritage, head to
and truly stunning architecture,
Nîmes and explore some of
it is little surprise that
the great Roman
Morocco is one of the
Chefchaouen,
monuments, such as
most popular tourist
Morocco
temple the Maison
destinations in
Carrée, the arena, the
North Africa.
Temple of Diana and
Marrakesh,
the Magne Tower, or
Tangier, Fez and
Site Pont du Gard,
Casablanca tend
a Unesco World
to be the most
Heritage aqueduct.
popular holiday
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The ancient city
of Fez, Morocco
destinations, and each has plenty to
offer – from souks and medinas to
beaches and street food markets.
Some must-visit locations
include Boulaouane Kasbah, a
fortress in Casablanca with a
fantastic view of the Oum er-Rbia
river; the Chellah Gardens in
Rabat, where you can see hundreds
of flowers; the Bahia Palace in
Marrakesh, which is a stunning
example of Eastern Architecture;
and the Friouato Caves in Taza,
Explore the treasures
of the Louvre in Paris
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Jungfraujoch,
Switzerland
Beautiful Bruges
which is the largest-known cave
system in Northern Africa. You
could also see the wide variety
of bird and animal life at the
Mamora Forest in Rabat.
Belgium
There is plenty of heritage in
Belgium and some splendid
architecture. Explore medieval
Brussels and visit the Belgian Royal
Palace and the Grand Palace.
There’s Bruges, a beautiful
Unesco World Heritage town
distinguished by its narrow
cobblestone streets and canals,
which give you the chance to
explore the old town by boat.
If you’re looking for a new best
friend, word on the street is that
diamonds are ideal, so head to
Antwerp’s huge diamond museum
and add some sparkle to your trip.
For anyone interested in military
history, Ypres in West Flanders is
a must as the site of some of the
bloodiest battles of the First World
War. The Menin Gate Memorial
to the Missing is a tribute to those
whose graves are unknown.
A trip to Belgium must include a
taster of local beers and chocolates,
so be sure to stop at markets along
the way, or visit one of the many
breweries to experience a fresh
brew, straight from the cask.
‘Bruges is distinguished by its narrow cobblestone streets
and canals, which give you the chance to explore by boat’
Switzerland
There is so much to see and do in
Switzerland: if you go in winter,
it’s all about skiing and getting
cosy in a ski chalet. In the warmer
months, the country’s lakes and
countryside are a delight to explore,
making it a perfect option for a
holiday no matter the time of year.
Switzerland is a great place to
explore by rail; book a window seat
and you’ll see everything from
forests to mountains and even
Europe’s highest station at
Jungfraujoch. Best of all, the trains
are spotless and run on time.
If you’re after a city break, head
to Zurich, which is a great location
for some retail therapy. Basel is
ideal if you want a culture hit,
thanks to its beautiful medieval
architecture around Marktplatz. ■
Snow-covered
Zurich, Switzerland
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Lie back and
relax in 2018
A healthy
start to the
new year
With the ‘new year, new you’ mantra in
mind, Melonie Clarke says it’s the perfect
time to give your holiday a health kick too
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he new year will have
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where to start, so a holiday
that incorporates a healthy
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Why not try a yoga
holiday in 2018?
Health farms can
create a special
meal plan for you
For pure relaxation,
try a spa break
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When you book a yoga
retreat, the only other people
at the resort will likely be there
for the same retreat, or on a
different yoga course. This will
make it easier to cut yourself
off from the hectic world and,
if you are a beginner, to learn
this discipline.
State what your level is
when enquiring about the
retreat to see if the course is
right for you. As there may be
more than one course or class
going on, this will also give
you the chance to explore
other yoga disciplines, such as
Bikram, which is a type of
yoga practised in a hot room.
Resorts where yoga breaks
are held tend to be in
beautiful surrounds and the
hotel or accommodation
often incorporates a digital
detox – that means no access
to Wi-Fi or TV. Some retreats,
or taster retreats, are held in
hotels with other guests who
will not be taking part, so the
temptations of social media
and a bar stocked with alcohol
may not be ideal if what you’re
craving is calm.
If you’re the only one in
your friendship group keen to
go on a retreat, then go alone.
You will meet so many ‘solo
yogis’ that you’ll soon make
new (yoga-loving) friends.
Health kick at the
health farm
There are lots of ways a health
farm can help you start your
health kick – from helping you
on the road to a healthier diet
change, or kickstarting
a new exercise regime.
When you book a stay at
a health farm, you can say
exactly what it is you are after
from your stay and what your
goals are, so everything from
your meal plan to what classes
you take can be created
specially for you, meaning you
have the best tools to make
your stay a success.
For example, weight loss
is one reason why people go
to health farms, which can
be notoriously hard if you
don’t know where to begin;
on-hand experts such as
personal trainers are there
to give you the start you
need. Once you have these
new skills and tips to hand,
there is only one way for you
to go – towards success!
Stress-free at
the spa
Relaxing is important for
your wellbeing, and for the
ultimate de-stress and
pamper break it just has to
Get out in the fresh
air on a ride
and help you with a
regime you can put into
place at home.
Fighting fit
Taking yourself away and
immersing yourself in a new
fitness regime is one of the
best ways to ensure you get
on track to a healthy new
you. Fitness breaks can offer
everything from swimming
to horse riding, and there
will be professionals on
hand to ensure you get the
most from your break. They
usually offer advice on
aftercare, helping you to
create a plan you know
‘For the ultimate de-stress and pamper
break it just has to be a spa visit’
be a spa visit. With classes in
yoga and Pilates, and
treatments such as a
massage, you will start to
unwind before long. Feeling
good in yourself goes a long
way, so why not treat
yourself to a pedicure,
manicure or facial?
If you’re interested in
anti-ageing treatments, the
spa is a great place to start.
Not only will the staff be
able to offer advice, but spas
are more frequently offering
anti-ageing treatments.
Speak to a spa therapist
about your problem areas,
and they will be able to offer
advice, suggest treatments,
you can stick to once you’re
home again.
Let them know your goals
and any health issues, so a
break can be tailored that
will be perfect for you. ■
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lift your mood
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FITNESS & WELLBEING with Diana Moran
With the festive season behind us, take time to focus on your health for the New Year
D
uring the winter, the skin on
our hands and feet becomes
dry and vulnerable, which can lead
to irritation, soreness and redness. It’s important to
keep your skin supple and healthy by preventing water
and lipids escaping (which causes chapping) by using
lots of nourishing hand cream rich in Vitamin A.
Lips in particular are prone to dryness and if the delicate
thin skin becomes chapped it’s no barrier to bacteria and
viruses. Flaky, dry lips look old and are difficult to make
up. To prevent this happening, apply a nourishing lip
protection, either on its own or under your lipstick.
Our winter skin is exposed to wind, cold and the effects
of central heating. The result is dehydration, loss of softness
and flexibility – so make time to replenish and pamper!
Give your body a daily massage with generous helpings of
moisturising skin cream. Look after your skin and get rid
of old dry cells by exfoliating once a week with a body salt
scrub to keep it looking smooth and glowing.
During the winter months it’s even more important to
eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to help ward off
colds and flu. Juicing fruit and veg makes a pleasant,
palatable alternative drink, ensuring a high intake of
protective vitamins. If you’ve reached the age to receive
a free flu jab, don’t delay, do yourself a favour and book
an appointment today. Give your immune system an
extra boost by taking echinacea, in tincture form diluted
in water, or a daily capsule, to ward off coughs and colds.
After the excesses of the festive season, give yourself a
break from alcohol for a month. Not only will your liver
benefit, but the whole of your system will perk up, both
physically and psychologically. Alcohol is also fattening,
so you will get the benefit of losing any excess weight you
might have gained in recent weeks. You’ll also be avoiding
the health problems associated with drinking to excess.
Why not discover the beneficial effect of drinking eight
glasses of water a day instead!
Even though it’s chilly outside, ensure you keep active
by taking a brisk half-hour walk, three times a week.
Being active makes your complexion glow, so find time
to swim, cycle, jog, ski or garden whenever possible.
Finally, remember to get in the habit of taking deep
breaths, because shallow, quick breathing can lead
to hyperventilation. So sit comfortably upright, with
shoulders down, uncross your legs… and RELAX.
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ROBIN SIDER
The stretch to keep your whole body
supple Stand with feet apart, bend your
knees and swing your arms down and back.
Now swing your arms forward and up and
reach for the ceiling. Repeat 10 times.
Upper body twist to mobilise
shoulders and back Stand with feet
apart. Lift your elbows out to the side and
bring your arms up at chest level. Touch
your fingertips together and, keeping hips
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Total body pick-me-up
Let’s make a healthy start to the New Year
with four classic exercises
1
3
4
facing forward, twist your arms and upper
body around and look to the right. Return
to centre and repeat, this time looking
around to the left. Repeat 10 times.
Stand up to strengthen legs Sit
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Breathe in and, as you breathe out, simply
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your bottom off the chair to stand up.
3
2
Keeping your hands on your thighs,
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Tummy tucks to flatten tum and
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apart. Place your hands on your thighs.
Breathe in and as you breathe out curl your
body up and forward, keeping your chin to
chest. Using tummy muscles, slowly uncurl
your body back down. Repeat 10 times.
4
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949400
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light.
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experienced Gardener,
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LONDON
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separate cottage.
accommodation
provided.
1
(AGY.)
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senile!) Small
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adjacent
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our family.
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a plus.
hours/week.
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car
provided.
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flat
detail
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after
a lovely girl, 6, who is at school
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or
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797
between 11yrs and 7yrs. Childcare
couple wanted
in Hertfordshire.
weeks
holiday.
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term
LIVE-IN
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essential.
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your
will
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university)
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holidays).
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Please
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a senior Lady with early stage of
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together and passion for gardening,
dementia and son with a learning
love
for dogs
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in their
difficulty. Bloxham, Oxfordshire.
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CV and
work. 5-bedroom
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Monday
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patio
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houstonfelica@mac.com
London. Salary negotiable. Please
the household and supervise
apply with CV to
Box 26911
part-time Housekeepers. You will
SINGLE, FIT,
gentlemen REQUIRED,
be responsible
for supplies and
LIVEelderly
IN HOUSEKEEPER
STAFFORDSHIRE.
living part time in the picturesque
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to day
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separate
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gardening.
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previous experience
environment
an adaptable
cottage.
Salarymust
£30-£35,000.
and have to
initiative.
Lovely accommodation
provided,
drive, no
person seeking part
time non-smokers and references.
(AGY.)
children,
employment as from Spring time
2018. Please apply with CVPlease
to
Contact Box 26909
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WANTED: Experienced kind,
reliable and skilled mature carer
required to rota-share daily
companionship at home with two
other existing professionals in
Stoneleigh nr Coventry for our 86yr
old mother. Mum is active and
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EXPERIENCED CARER,
COMPANION, HOUSEKEEPER
Needed for our elderly mother on
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mother needs a live-in carer/
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However she has vascular
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have progressed to the stage that
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structuring her day, with personal
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and basic shopping. 6 days per
week with Sundays free: Either
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LIVE-IN CARER COUPLE,
BERKSHIRE
We are seeking a live-in couple who
work well as a team, to look after a
delightful lady with early onset
dementia. The family is very
supportive. One of you would be
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caring, if you have the necessary
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may bring one dog.
Accommodation: very large
bedroom/sitting room, en suite.
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This is a wonderful position for a
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during the family's regular holidays
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Ability to drive will be useful and
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salary. Green card is desirable.
Start date is as soon as possible for
the right candidate. (AGY.)
Contact
Box 26906
GENERAL
RESIDENT WARDEN - Site
Manager - Office Assistant. The
successful applicant will reside on
site in a rent free two-bedroom
apartment on the second floor. The
position has two distinct parts:
firstly, to manage the site during the
mornings for a four-hour period and
secondly, to assist the Directors in
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Liaising with residents & their
families, other team members,
emergency services & contractors.
Dealing with general repairs &
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servicing of communal areas. The
office duties include: General office
practice & data entry.
Please apply to
Box 26913
RESIDENTIAL RETIREMENT
Development Manager £13,000 +
Accommodation. Permanent;
full-time (40 hours/week) Manager
required for an independent,
privately owned, sheltered housing
scheme based in East Grinstead.
To provide a safe and secure
environment to residents and
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To provide a professional housing
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accurate records are all essentials.
Experience of supporting people
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required. For further information
please email
Daniel@block-management.co.uk
HOTEL & CATERING
OVERSEAS
LUXURY HOTEL BARGE company
requires hardworking Cordon Bleu
Chefs, Driver Guides, Deckhands
and Stewardesses for April to
November 2018 in France. Apply
with C.V. and a recent photo. Only
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THE LADY PUZZLE PAGES
THE LADYGRAM compiled by Eddie Waltham
1. Why napery ape prepared gives you a greeting (5,3,4)
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2. Lawfully finish off Bill’s closure (10)
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3. Perambulation adheres to these aids to progress (7,6)
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5. Lengthy break for voting for a form of maths (4,8)
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6. Potage country to result in trouble? (4,2,3,4)
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CRYPTIC CROSSWORD No. 1604 compiled by Eddie Waltham
ACROSS
1 Briefly I’m a reporter, I have ability
to create strong effects (10)
6 It’s a meal out West! (4)
10 Copying one microwave
sound (5)
11 Cheated and fixed with a
thread (7)
12 Compare opposites in degree of
picture quality (8)
13 Tender for translating runes (5)
15 Bother with task opening with a
unit of currency (7)
17 Turned down driver starting to
follow rubbish (7)
19 Trying out some of the latest
ingredients (7)
21 Everything is prepared we hear.
So soon? (7)
22 Initially old iron legs eased
differences and reduced
friction (5)
24 They facilitate use of gin. Cease
production! (8)
27 Went in and put one’s name
down (7)
28 It’s not the same or the different
form (5)
29 With which one may spin a
story? (4)
30 Rash grappa represented in parts
of the text (10)
DOWN
1 This person hurried into the
country (4)
2 Getting pious on so differently
may be venomous (9)
3 Hi! Get out with the crew! (5)
4 Water sport expert on top? (7)
5 He calls to see it in face cover (7)
7 Tall building for a tractor? (5)
8 Den’s swayed, somehow, with
these weekly occasions (10)
9 Decorative item to move from
place to place (8)
14 Paper, etc, not moving in
speech (10)
16 They put up with construction
workers making us bridle! (8)
18 This vehicle is out of this
world! (9)
20 Family member rang mad
members (7)
21 Land camera I used (7)
23 Alter amendment
subsequently (5)
25 Singers making a little echo
irregularly (5)
26 Companions to crafts with star
potential (4)
NOTES
SOLUTION NEXT WEEK
BRIDGE by Gus Calderwood
REMARKABLE
RECOVERY
The Diamond team defeated the Lavazza
team in the final to win the Spingold Teams
at the 2017 American Summer Nationals.
The winning team recovered from a deficit
of 41 imps with 15 boards to play to win the
match with a crucial swing on this dramatic
final deal.
Dealer North. Neither side vulnerable
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♥65
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♣ 10 9 5 4
N
♠ A6
♥K4
♦ 10 9 5 2
♣AKQ82
W
E
S
♠ K Q J 10 8
♥ 10 9 7 3
♦K3
♣J3
♠2
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♣76
SOUTH
–
1♥
3♦
Pass
All Pass
78
WEST
–
1NT
Pass
Pass
NORTH
Pass
Pass
Pass
3♥
EAST
Pass
2♥
Dbl
Dbl
Opening lead: ♣K
With Espen Lindqvist and Boye Brogeland
sitting West and East respectively for the
Diamond team, the bidding went as shown.
South opened One Heart after two passes
and West overcalled 1NT, showing a balanced
or semi-balanced hand with 15-18 points.
North passed and East bid Two Hearts, which
was a transfer bid, showing five or more
spades. South bid Three Diamonds and this
was passed round to East, who doubled to
show at least invitational values. West passed
the double for penalties, North bid Three
Hearts, and East now doubled for penalties.
West chose the king of clubs as his
opening lead and continued with the queen
of clubs. He then switched to the ace and
another spade, East playing the eight
followed by the king. Declarer ruffed and
played a low diamond to dummy’s eight and
East’s king. East returned the jack of spades,
declarer ruffing with the eight of hearts and
West overruffing with the king and playing
the ace of clubs, on which East discarded his
last diamond. Declarer ruffed with the queen
of hearts and played the ace of diamonds,
but East ruffed and returned the queen of
spades. Declarer ruffed with the jack of
hearts and played the queen of diamonds,
discarding the nine of spades from dummy.
East ruffed and returned a trump. Declarer
won with the ace and played the jack of
diamonds, discarding a club from dummy.
East ruffed and declarer claimed the last trick
with dummy’s remaining trump to go four
down for a penalty of 800.
At the other table South also opened One
Heart, but here West overcalled Two Clubs
and East bid Two Spades. South competed
with Three Diamonds and West doubled,
showing a good hand with tolerance for
partner’s suit. As this double was not for
penalties, North did not give preference to
hearts and East jumped to Four Spades.
Declarer made 11 tricks for a score of 450, so
the Diamond team gained 8 imps on the
board to win the match by 5 imps.
THIS WEEK’S PROBLEM
WEST
♠A843
♥ K Q 10 8 3
♦K8
♣AK
EAST
♠ QJ52
♥AJ62
♦A54
♣63
West plays in Six Hearts and North leads the
♣Q. Plan the play. (Trumps are 2-2.)
SOLUTION ON PAGE 81
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QUIZ SECTION
SUDOKU
ANSWERS: BOOKS
AND THEATRE
NO. 625 EASY
Fill the grid with the numbers 1 to 9
so that each row, column and 3x3
block contains the numbers 1 to 9
PAGE 52: Everything I Never
Told You by Celeste Ng
PAGE 49: Academy Street
by Mary Costello
SOLUTION NEXT WEEK
PAGE 57: The Seagull
by Anton Chekhov
SUDOKU SOLUTION 15/12/17 (623)
SUDOKU SOLUTION 15/12/17 (624)
NOTES
QUICK CROSSWORD No. 1005 by Weald
ACROSS
1 Altered (7)
5 Six cricket
deliveries (4)
8 Spoken (4)
9 Bacteria (5)
11 Unwell (3)
12 They pursue a
quarry (7)
16 Show
amusement (5)
17 Parts of beards,
etc (5)
18 Unusual (7)
22 Untruth (3)
23 Long grassy
stems (5)
24 Blood vessel (4)
25 Look for (4)
26 Ineffective (7)
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2 Severe (5)
3 Man-made fibre (5)
4 Large bird of
prey (5)
6 Calling upon (8)
7 Answers (7)
10 Country, capital
Moscow (6)
13 The extent of our
knowledge (8)
14 Soft paper (6)
15 Projecting
ledges (7)
19 Takes a break (5)
20 Maritime,
nautical (5)
21 Ways out (5)
SOLUTION ON PAGE 81
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SPOT THE DIFFERENCE SOLUTIONS
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE SOLUTION 15/12/2017
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DIFFERENCES: 1 Extra petal on vase 2 Hair ribbon is different colour 3 Thinner frame on picture 4 Extra leaves on garland
5 Light bulb missing 6 Extra gingerbread man decoration 7 Another pot on table 8 Table not jutting out so far 9 Extra braid on
dressing gown 10 Leaves not overlapping ribbon 11 Extra shading on hair 12 Shovel by fireplace is longer 13 Extra ribbon
14 Fluff missing on slippers 15 Smaller crease on boy’s pyjamas
BONUS SPOT THE DIFFERENCE SOLUTION 15/12/2017
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DIFFERENCES: 1 Extra windows 2 Windows missing 3 Two dogs 4 Extra bauble on tree 5 Branch missing 6 Another box on porch
7 Extra icicle 8 Smoke missing from chimney 9 Hair colour different 10 Button missing on jacket 11 Shorter nose 12 Extra footprint in snow
13 Bobble missing from hat 14 Shadow shape different 15 Blade missing from ice skate
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QUIZ SECTION
SOLUTIONS
THE LADYGRAM SOLUTION 15/12/17
BRIDGE SOLUTION FROM PAGE 78
Win the first trick with the ♣A, draw trumps, cash the ♣K and
the ♦K, play a diamond to the ace, and ruff a diamond. Now
lead the ♠3 towards the queen. If South wins with the king and
returns a spade, cover a low spade with the eight or play low
on the lead of the ten or nine to make sure of three spade
tricks. If the ♠Q wins, lead a low spade from dummy and play
low from your hand unless South plays the king. You can
claim your slam on any return.
CRYPTIC CROSSWORD SOLUTION 15/12/17 (1602)
ACROSS
1 Cowboys 4 Snapped
7 Convenience 9 Song
10 Based 11 Bets
14 Screams 15 Spotted
16 Secrets 18 Seasons
20 Ship 21 Tones
22 Fine 25 Netherlands
26 Squires 27 Dismiss
DOWN
1 Cheeses 2 Owns
3 Seesaws 4 Spiders
5 Aunt 6 Devised
7 Contraction 8 Electronics
12 Paper 13 Moral
16 Systems 17 Showers
18 Swelled 19 Species
23 Star 24 Ends
BONUS CRYPTIC CROSSWORD SOL’N 15/12/17 (1603)
ACROSS
1 Fleet 5 Types 8 Spiritual
9 Earth 10 Short 12 Image
13 Dispute 15 Oppress
17 Handbag 19 Snowmen
21 Tribe 22 Finer 25 Catch
26 Prisoners 27 Range
28 Brass
DOWN
1 Fists 2 Error
3 Routine 4 Volcano
5 Three 6 Petroleum
7 Sight 11 Thumb
14 Sensation 16 Proof
18 Gripped 19 Special
20 Occur 21 Theme
23 Inner 24 Rises
QUICK CROSSWORD SOLUTION FROM PAGE 79
ACROSS
1 Changed 5 Over 8 Oral
9 Germs 11 Ill 12 Hunters
16 Smile 17 Hairs 18 Strange
22 Lie 23 Reeds 24 Vein
25 Seek 26 Useless
DOWN
2 Harsh 3 Nylon 4 Eagle
6 Visiting 7 Replies 10 Russia
13 Universe 14 Tissue
15 Shelves 19 Rests
20 Naval 21 Exits
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A Christmas Carol
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INTERVIEW
‘I’m in love with
Robert Redford’
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
JENNIE BOND
...is a journalist and television presenter. She was
the BBC royal correspondent for 14 years. She has
presented Cash in the Attic, BBC’s coverage of the
Chelsea Flower Show, and the Great British Menu.
She appeared in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out
of Here! to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance
Trust. She lives in Devon with her husband.
What are you working on at the moment? The
DVD release of Victoria and Abdul. But in general,
since I left the BBC many years ago, my life has
been one of enormous variety, which I love. I never
know what I’m going to be doing next – PR work,
television advertising, a lot of royal stuff. Obviously
with Harry and Meghan it’s been quite busy.
Favourite book? I’ve just read Victoria & Abdul by
Shrabani Basu. I’m immersed in Queen Victoria at
the moment, and it’s a very charming book.
Favourite film? Out of Africa. I’ve been in love with
Robert Redford for as long as I can remember.
Favourite piece of music? Tequila Sheila by
Bobby Bare.
When are you at your happiest? Sitting on my deck
at our house, which overlooks the sea, on my
white cushion settee with a glass of chilled
New Zealand Sauvignon and my husband and
some friends. If we’re lucky we’ll see some wild
roe deer on the hillside, too.
Favourite meal? Seafood paella.
Who would you most like to come to
dinner? Barack and Michelle Obama,
Robert Redford and Judi Dench.
What is your earliest memory? Walking
down the garden at my childhood home in
Hitchin, Hertfordshire, with my father to feed
the chickens and get some eggs.
What do you dislike about yourself? I’m very
annoying in that I love to entertain, and I like to
look after people, but that can be rather annoying
for our guests because I’m forever jumping up and
down saying, ‘Can I get you this?’ I don’t think
I’m a very relaxed host.
Who has been your greatest influence? My late
mother. She was an absolutely gentle, wonderful
woman full of love and nurturing and kindness.
And my father, before he died, said, if you can
leave this world having spread a little kindness
and done no harm, you’ve done well.
What is your most treasured possession?
I hate this about myself, but I am inseparable
from my iPad. I can’t stand the thing!
What trait do you most deplore in others?
I try not to be too judgmental – I try to see
the best in people.
Do you have any pets? Two barn cats; I don’t
like them at all. We also have – and I do
like – three miniature Shetland ponies.
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Among Jennie’s
favourites are
Victoria & Abdul,
Out of Africa
(because of
Robert Redford),
Bobby Bare’s
Tequila Sheila
and paella
What is the nastiest thing anyone has ever
said to you? I was hurt to an extent by Lord
Brocket in I’m a Celebrity…. He accused me
of acting for the cameras and I wasn’t. After
years of being on the leash at the BBC and
being the royal correspondent, suddenly I
could be me on telly and he thought I was
playing up to the cameras – and I so wasn’t.
Do you believe in aliens? No.
What is your secret vice? Spending too long every
night in the bath. I love my bath, in semi-darkness
or candlelight, listening to the radio.
Do you write thank-you notes? I do like to write
thank-you notes.
Which phrase do you most overuse? ‘Sorry’.
What single thing would improve the quality
of your life? I’d like my husband and I to see
our daughter, who is 27 now, reach 50. I might
because I’d be 90, but my husband, who is older,
would be 101 or so.
Can you tell me one thing people might not
know about you? I swear a lot. I’m not the prissy
sort of posh royal correspondent people
thought I was.
What would you like your epitaph to say?
She followed in her father’s footsteps –
she spread some kindness and did no harm.
u Victoria & Abdul is available now on DVD and
Blu-Ray, and Digital Download from 22 January.
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What is your greatest fear? I’m not a very
scared person – I think I proved that in the
jungle. The only time when I am a bit
nervous is in deep water.
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