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Modern Manners

Withdrawing Invitations

Dear Thomas, Am I right to be offended by a friend who suddenly cancels her invitation? There are lots of instances: the worst was getting an invitation to a party and...

First Impressions

Leo Sayer

What are you working on at the moment? Preparing for my new tour. When are you at your happiest? When I’m writing songs. What is your greatest fear? I have a fear of...

Battle of Hastings

Holiday Romances

Last week, local chefs Rose Cable and her boyfriend Gareth Attwell took a day off work and went to the seaside. It wasn’t much of a break but even a day out can be...


Duerr's Homebaking Jam

Rhubarb & Custard Bakewell Tart Recipe (pictured above) Ingredients3 tbs Duerr's Rhubarb and Custard Homebaking Jam150g unsalted butter150 g caster sugar3 eggs,...


Alcohol free cocktails

Summer Cobbler IngredientsSlice of pineappleSlice of orangeSlice of lemonSlice of lime1 tsp of sugarJuice of ½ a lemonCrushed ice100ml Eisberg Cabernet SauvignonMethodAdd...


Jack Daniel's BBQ

BEEF BURGERS WITH JACK DANIEL'S® SMOOTH ORIGINAL BARBECUE SAUCE (pictured above) Serves 4Method: Direct GrillingIngredients4 tablespoons Jack Daniel's®Smooth Original...

Book Reviews

New Must Reads

OUT NOW The Unexpected Story of Nathaniel Rothschild by John Cooper (Bloomsbury, £30; offer price, £25) Why has the name of the first Jewish peer, Nathaniel ‘Natty’ Mayer...

Film Review

Inner-child friendly

As good as cartoons – sorry, animated movies – have become over the last 15 years, I’m a firm believer that adults shouldn’t really be going to the cinema to see them...


What the world needs now…

Last month, Burt Bacharach, 87-years-young, was knocking ’em dead on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury. On the opening night of What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined –...


Noël Coward

Tom AllenNoël Coward (1899- 1973): playwright, actor, musician, author, painter, war hero and cabaret star who defined an era but who was also a very unusual role model for...


Reader's Poems

Up your game with bold checks and chic gingham.


Game Set, Match

‘Torment, Maynard, of a most delectable kind,’ Lytton Strachey breathes to Keynes amid the half-light of a modish literary salon as they ogle the beautiful Duncan Grant,...

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Private house chef required for property in  Stow-on-the-Wold

Applicant must be imaginative and able to cook varied meals for strict dietary requirements. Will be required to cook on both a small scale daily and for large dinner parties.

Housekeeper required for country estate in Cornwall

Used as a wedding and event venue. The main house has nine bedrooms and three additional holiday cottages. Includes cleaning and overseeing other cleaners, making sure the house and cottages look immaculate ready guests, stripping beds, stacking laundry, cooking breakfast for up to 18 B&B guests, cooking suppers, setting up for events, organising contractors and assisting with functions.


Companion/carer required - Switzerland

We are looking for a kind, friendly, engaging, full-time and permanent English or Czech speaking female companion/carer for our elderly, intelligent mother who is based in Geneva, Switzerland.


Housekeeper required by family in Central London

Family requires an experienced housekeeper who can competently handle all household chores e.g cleaning, laundry, but no cooking.
Housekeeper/Carer - Immediate position South of France.

London based family seek kind, English speaking live-in carer/housekeeper for elderly parents residing 3Km from picturesque town of St. Maximin, near Aix en Provence.





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