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What are you working on? The most important album of my career – my 60th album. When are you at your happiest? When I’m performing – that’s when I’m at my happiest...


Knitted chic

This season, there is more to knitwear than cosy jumpers. There are plenty of pieces to choose from...{igallery...


Never say never again

Michael Ball knew about the stage production of Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang, which premiered at the 2011 Manchester International Festival with a second production at...


Butler's guide to candles

To stop candles dripping, keep them in the freezer. I’m always asked how to prevent this and this is my tried and tested method. I put them in a few hours before a dinner...


Discovering Qatar

You have to fly at least five hours away from the UK in winter if you want to bask in glorious sunshine. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Red Sea resorts of Egypt are always...


The best Oddbins wines

In the 1980s Oddbins launched Australian wine in the British market with great success. In the 1990s they did it again with Chile and in the 2000s it was Greece’s turn to...


Remember Me


And now for something completely different. You underestimate Michael Palin at your peril, and every now and then the cuddly comedy troupe member and travel presenter takes...


Wounded: The Legacy Of War


I flinch as I walk through the door of the Terrace Rooms at Somerset House. For there before me is Wounded, Bryan Adams’s astonishing series of portraits of servicemen and...

Book Reviews

New Must Reads

OUT NOW SEX VERSUS SURVIVAL: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein by John Launer (Gerald Duckworth & Co, £20; offer price, £17) Born in Russia in 1885, Sabina...


Thankfulness and a turkey

It’s now nearly three years since I moved to Devon from the US. I have learnt to drive on the other side of the road. My neighbours have learnt to watch out for ‘The...


How to have a lovely home

Kirsty McMorron1. Follow a theme or concept throughout your home. When we work with clients, we spend time creating a concept and mood for the spaces we are designing. This...


The Daily: November 27

News Round Up: 27 November

Discovery of ancient ritual offeringsArchaeologists in Denmark have discovered a unique 5,500-year-old axe with its wooden handle still attached. The Neolithic tool was...

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    Florist in Oakamoor, StaffordshireThe Florist position, is to learn from our exciting team. Working in the house completing all flower arrangements and plant ups as the season dictates. Working on commercial projects for our sister business, and some visits to[…]

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    Live-in Spanish Housekeeper/Cook, Central LondonA lovely family of three is looking for a live-in Spanish speaking Housekeeper/Cook. You will be responsible for a smooth run of this busy household based in Central London. The property is spread over three floors[…]

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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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Live-in Housekeeper in Southampton

A lovely family of 4 is looking for a live-in housekeeper. All main housekeeping duties including laundry and occasional cooking. 4 bedrooms house. The accommodation is a bedroom and a shared bathroom. 25-30 hours per week. Immediate start. Salary £250 npw




What the stars have in store for you this week.Nov 28 - Dec 4

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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