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It is the biggest and most anticipated event on the farming calendar – and a sure sign that spring really has sprung. No wonder so many of us tuned in to BBC Two’s Lambing...

First Impressions


‘My motto is – never look...

What are you working on at the moment? I am on tour all year with my band, Toyah. I am also touring an acoustic show with my American band, The Humans. I have three movies...


The joy of spuds

The joy of spuds

The first potato I grew as a new allotment gardener 25 years ago was ‘Rocket’. The thrill of lifting forkfuls of white-fleshed, exquisite small tubers guaranteed a lasting...


Glorious Goodwood

Sue O’Donoghue has possibly one of the best jobs in the world. As costume curator and theatrical coordinator to the Goodwood Estate, she looks after more than 5,000 items:...

Animal Charity

Bear necessities

Animals Asia

Known to most as the everloyal Mrs Patmore, doyenne of the kitchen at Downton Abbey, actress Lesley Nicol has a side that might surprise her fictional employers – she saves...


'Vanity and ego is horrible'

Elliott Gould opens the door of the modest two-bedroom Los Angeles apartment where he lives alone, says hello in that unmistakable voice and, with his 6ft 3in frame...

3 of the best

new products for the garden

new products

Crinkle pots are quirky plant pot holders, made in Sri Lanka from waterproofed, recycled paper. In three sizes, from £12: 01844-217060, www.henandhammock.co.ukGothic half...


Travel news: 25 April

GIVEAWAY BREAKS To celebrate its new website, Door2Tour.com is giving away prizes, including a two-night stay in Paris and a Wimbledon Finals Weekend. Options include...

Book Reviews

Book Reviews: 25 April

New Must Reads

OUT NOW THE QUICK by Lauren Owen (Jonathan Cape, £12.99; offer price, £11.69) ‘There were owls in the nursery’ is an irresistible opening line: a whispered promise of...

Film Review


You do look familiar…

I was going to write about a blockbuster this week, but then the author Joanne Harris tweeted the advice to write what you know and to read what you don’t – ‘that way the...




The 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starring Sir Michael Caine and Steve Martin, has now metamorphosed into a stage musical, starring Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound. And...


 First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain


You may not have noticed, but Britain’s been invaded and taken over by the Germans. Admittedly the conquest did take place three centuries ago and the effects have been...

Art Review

The First Georgians

By george, they’ve got it

The Georgian period: a phrase that conjures up images of landscape-hugging rectories or town houses lit by elegant sashes. In short, the Hollywood version of an English...


Radio Review: 25 April

Full of surprises

Radio is at its best when it surprises you. Last week, returning from a family shopping trip, the car radio RDS threw up a BBC Hereford & Worcester travel report, and...


The Daily: April 24

News Round Up: 24 April

Camilla's brother, Mark Shand dies from head injuries in New YorkMark Shand, brother of the Duchess of Cornwall and head of the charity, The Elephant Family, has died in...

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    Hands on Live-in Part-time HousekeeperRowington, WarwickshireA friendly but busy household based near Rowington in Warickshire is looking for a reliable, responsible and pro-active housekeeper.The main duties are to tidy and clean the house, and do laundry/ironing with some house sitting.You[…]

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    Part-time Companion/Housekeeper/CarerBeeston, NottinghamshireA flexible, supportive and patient Companion/Housekeeper/Carer is required for an immediate start.Our client, a lovely lady in early 80s whos been diagnosed with dementia and suffers from short-term memory loss. This role is all about companionship and building[…]

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    LIVE-IN Driver / Housekeeper required fora private household in Kensington.Looking for a well presented Driver for Chauffeuring duties (suited) with general housekeeping duties. Light Gardening, running errands including some shopping. Some Household Administration and organisation.Flexibility is key to this role,[…]

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