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What are you working on at the moment? A new David Hare play called Behind The Beautiful Forevers for the National Theatre. I am also attending the Breast Cancer Care...


Farewell to Debo

Deborah, the Dowager Duchess, has passed away aged 94.Her son, the Duke of Devonshire, today announced the death of his mother in a statement from Chatsworth House, the...

Modern Manners

The Lady Guide to Modern Manners: 26 September

Dinner Party Topics

Dear Thomas, In view of recent events, do you think discussion of politics and current affairs should be avoided at the dinner table more than ever? Nadine Hardcastle,...

Battle of Hastings

Personality Colour

‘Just paint it white,’ a friend said when offered the chance to swoon over my paint chart collection. But which white? Dulux’s White Cotton is the new Magnolia; the...


Cruise control

Cruise lovers are eagerly awaiting the arrival of two brand new ships next year – Britannia from P&O Cruises and Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem Of The Seas....


How to measure the Queen

Eminent sculptress Frances Segelman is no stranger to sizing up the rich and famous. But she was wary of wielding her calipers around Her Majesty’s visage. ‘I was so...

Book Reviews

Book Reviews: 26 September

New Must Reads

OUT NOW CHASING LOST TIME by Jean Findlay (Chatto & Windus, £25; offer price, £22) In 1929, the entire first edition of Robert Graves’s Goodbye To All That was pulped,...

Art Review

Late Turner: Painting Set Free

The age of genius

John Constable is said to have despised JMW Turner, dismissing him as ‘uncouth’, an outsider, known in polite Georgian society as a podgy little man with no grace or charm....


The Play That Goes Wrong

Staging a disaster

There is something intrinsically attractive about the idea of well-meaning performers producing chaotic, hopeless plays as the glory of live theatre is precisely that:...


An Italian affair

Like so many northerners before me, I crossed the Alps and fell completely in love with Italy. I made the initial trip as a child. We’d come from Switzerland to the lakes,...


Festival of Thrift

Lets Get Thrifty

Wayne Hemingway, Co-Founder Use and reuse the plastic shower-caps you get in hotels. They work well as coverings for food in the fridge, because they are elasticated and...


News Roundup: 01 October

Just how far does that cave go back? Laser mapping has revealed the world's biggest hidden beneasth China. Although the cave itself was discovered in 1989, it wasn't until...

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"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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