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What are you working on at the moment? Tom Gates book eight is slowly taking shape. I’ve roped my husband into writing and producing music for the bands in the stories,...


Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

Augustus' women

Nunc est bibendum – ‘Now let the drinking begin!’ – sang the poet Horace when he heard news of the death of Cleopatra, ‘…a woman so out of control that she could hope for...


Pugs, Boxers & Glorious Chow Chows

Pugs & Chow Chows

We three siblings grew up in a household that at one time or another had two guinea pigs, a rabbit, two chickens, about 15 stick insects, three goldfish, four cats and...

On The Market

On the market… garden cities

Garden Cities

1 Bridge Street, Port Sunlight, Merseyside: £220,000 This spacious Grade II listed end-of-terrace house is one of the homes designed by Lord Leverhulme to accommodate...


My Perfect Mind

King Lear & I

The blurb for My Perfect Mind tells us that the wonderfully whimsical classical actor Edward Petherbridge (who could ever forget his enchanting Newman Noggs in the RS C’s...


Explore New Zealand

If I had to pick my top  ve must-visit destinations around the world, the list would most de nitely include glorious New Zealand. Yes, I know it’s a very long way for...

Modern Manners

The Lady Guide to Modern Manners: 19 September

Air Rage

Dear Thomas, There seems to have been a lot of dispute recently about whether you should recline your seat on a plane. I even heard that aircraft had to be diverted because...

Book Reviews

Book Reviews: 19 September

New Must Reads

OUT NOW STONE MATTRESS: NINE TALES by Margaret Atwood (Bloomsbury Publishing, £18.99; offer price, £16.99) After more than 50 books and decades in the literary limelight,...


Downton Abbey

The Abbey Habit

Cosy escapism, commercial brand, soap opera, national treasure: call it what you will, but Downton Abbey (ITV , Sunday, 9pm) has almost since the first broadcast four years...


Hearty Hampshire

If you're from a shire county, chances are that: a) you've never left b) your weekend abode remains there on some leafy road c) you've run away to some exotic land...

Battle of Hastings



I hope you don’t mind me asking,’ invariably comes the sheepish refrain over the wine glass, ‘but how much did it cost?’ Try as we might to rise above it, the question of...


The Daily: September 19

News Round Up: 19 September

Scotland Says 'No'If you have turned on the news within the past month, Scottish independence will have undoubtedly been a feature of the program. Now that the big day has...

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Daily tip from the lady archive

"BEAUTY may fade and riches be lost, but a sense of humour ripens with the years, and cannot be stolen. It remains a very real solace, and a talisman against the ills of life."

The Lady. The Invaluable Possession 2nd May, 1912
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What the stars have in store for you this week.September 19 - 25

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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