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Calling Time

Dear Thomas, My husband’s boss invited us over informally by phone for drinks. Because it’s your boss you actually don’t have a choice and you have to go. But how surprised...

First Impressions


What are you working on at the moment? I’m about to start filming a 10-part TV drama but I’m not allowed to talk about it as it hasn’t been announced yet. When are you at...

Battle of Hastings

Don't Phone Home

The first words uttered over what we now quaintly call a ‘landline’ was the plea: ‘Mr Watson, come here, I want you.’ Seven words from Alexander Graham Bell to his trusty...


Donkey Disaster

It is our first night in the new house in southwest France. Our friends did us proud and the move went uncannily well. We are on the terrace looking across the valley,...


Make Your Own

Following a rather long train journey from London (telling every single person in an Arriva uniform on the way I had a request stop through fear of missing it), I finally...



Upcycling and hacking are two new and important words in today’s decorating dictionary. Upcycling is giving an item a new lease of life by using it in a different context...

Art Review

Amazement in America

Kirkcaldy is the only place in Britain where linoleum is still made, and the only place to have a museum, library and art gallery as part of a war memorial. The two are...

Book Reviews

New Must Reads

OUT NOW A CURIOUS FRIENDSHIP: The Story Of A Bluestocking And A Bright Young Thing by Anna Thomasson (Macmillan, £20; offer price, £17.50) The unlikely friendship between...


Jazz ’n’ Bass

The Easter weekend wireless harboured two music documentary treats. First came It’s All About The Bass on Radio 4 (still available on iPlayer), in which Ellin Stein (maker...


Your Vintage Home

I have been into 'old things' ever since I can remember! I think I was first influenced by all the wonderful films that I used to watch as a little girl. Instead of playing...


This Weekend

WHAT: Ascot Fashion Weekend. The opportunity to buy and browse designer showcases and top quality clothes, shoes, jewellery and accessories.WHERE: Ascot Racecourse, Ascot,...


News Round Up: 20 April

Vivien Leigh outfit sold at auctionAt a Californian auction, an outfit worn by Vivien Leigh in the film Gone with the Wind has been sold for $137,000 (£91,000). The outfit...

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