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House Guests

There is a new test produced by the people at Debrett’s that promises to rate how you stand on the house guest-ometer. It was passed to me by our staff writer Melonie after...

Modern Manners

Bad taste

Dear Thomas,A friend has just refurbished her entire house and wants me to go over and admire it. But I know from everything she’s told me that I’m going to hate it. It was...

First Impression

Robson Green

What are you working on at the moment?A series called Strike Back in which I play a lieutenant colonel in the British special forces trying to save the West from...



Beef Bourguignon Pie (pictured above) Serves 6 – 8Equipment 1 x 3-litre lidded ovenproof casserole pan; 1 x 2-litre ovenproof pie dish Ingredients 4 tbsp olive...


Embrace the sartorial...

It usually sneaks up on you. You enter a room and suddenly you realise: you’re invisible. Yes, people see you. But those people are usually friends, your spouse and the...

The Lady Events


Once again, The Lady is delighted to announce our next Literary Lunch. On Tuesday 21 April, we invite you to a drinks reception followed by a three-course lunch. Spend the...

Book Reviews

Mother's Day Picks

MOTHER’S DAY PICKS THE DAUGHTER–HOOD: The Good, The Bad And The Guilty Of Mother-Daughter Relationships by Natasha Fennell and Róisín Ingle (Simon & Schuster,...


Falling Fowl

My first thought was to wonder why Start The Week had acquired a live audience. Having been distracted during the junction after the 9am news, it took a while for me to...


Life is more than a cabaret

She’d be worth the price of entry if she were reading from the telephone directory. There’s something so cherishable about Anne Reid – that delicious mix of steel and...


Mother's Day travel

It’s Mother’s Day next Sunday, so it’s time to spoil mums young and old with breakfast in bed and a bunch of flowers. Book one of these short stays to show how much you...


How to have the perfect snooze

According to Shakespeare, sleep was the balm of hurt minds, sore labour’s bath, and the chief nourisher in life’s feast that ‘knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care’. A happy...


Mother's Day Special

There is no such thing as a typical granny. Old-fashioned picture books might suggest that she’s a comfortable old biddy in a flowery pinny, grey hair piled in a bun as she...

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