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Bake Off

It comes around like summer, sparking raised spirits, a change of diet and a new outfi t – in this case, aprons all round. Yes, The Great British Bake Off has returned to...


Secrets of the Lost Garden

Lost Gardens

What happened in an Irish ‘Big House’ garden 100 years ago, who did what, what did it look like, where did the plants come from and how were they grown? These are...

First Impressions


As a child I had an opinion...

What are you working on at the moment? The British Heart Foundation asked me to get involved with their campaign to highlight their shops. I love a mooch around those kind...

Modern Manners

The Lady Guide to Modern Manners: 15 August


Dear Thomas, I know it was rather last minute, but I’m surprised that one of my girlfriends turned down my offer of a free holiday quite so readily. The friend I was...

Battle of Hastings



‘The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.’ I doubt very much that Molière was thinking of the unwanted self-seeding sycamores sprouting at the bottom of my...


Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale Of Three Cities

Viennese whirl

A ‘laboratory for the end of the world’ – that magical writer Karl Kraus captures the promise and dark portent flowing through Vienna a century ago. In a new series, Bright...


A Streetcar Named Desire


A couple of years ago, an inspired production of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Young Vic quite literally put a new spin on an old classic. The cramped apartment that Nora...

Film Review



I wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of this. I rather wanted to stay at home, where I am entirely free of films based on obscure comic books in which a raccoon is best...

Book Reviews

Book Reviews: 15 August

New Must Reads

OUT NOW DEAR DAUGHTER by Elizabeth Little (Harvill Secker, £12.99; offer price, £11.69) Narrator Janie Jenkins is a Paris Hilton with smarts. Sharp-tongued, bright and...


Sicily wines


We’ve just come back from western Sicily, where we enjoyed our first holiday away from our two-year-old daughter (thanks, Mum!). The trip combined romance and research for...


Loir valley

Loir valley

Everyone has heard of the Loire region of France, famed for its chateaux, wines and gorgeous countryside. But did you know there’s a little Loir, too? This Loir valley –...


The Daily: August 21

News Round Up: 21 August

Cat survives 56 days stuck in a chimneyYao Yao the cat has finally been rescued after being trapped in a ventilation chimney in China for 56 days. His owner had heard cats...

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What the stars have in store for you this week.August 22 - 28

Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius

Q: A recent survey has revealed the Top 10 things British women would love to do but are too scared. Have you done any of the following?

Sing in public / karaoke - 10.6%
Ask for a pay rise - 6.2%
Travel or holiday alone - 27.7%
Do a naked photo-shoot - 6.2%
Get a tattoo - 3.8%
Have a bikini wax - 4.9%
Get your hair cut very short - 10.6%
Ask someone out on a date - 3.8%
Quit your job - 19%
Have cosmetic surgery - 7.3%
The voting for this poll has ended on: 13 Jun 2014 - 09:12

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