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Wedding guests

Dear Thomas, I’m very excited to be asked to the wedding of the daughter of a friend, but worried – to say the least – about what to wear. Is a hat essential? I don’t want...

A Novel Idea


Because I clearly am not filling every available second of every day, I decided I would have time to organise a Hamilton singalong at my local theatre. In case you missed...

First Impressions


What are you working on at the moment? I’ve just finished doing Brief Encounters with ITV, then I have the BFG coming out here in July. When are you at your happiest? When...


Exercise with your dog

WalkingWalking with your dog is one of the best ways to enjoy the summer sunshine and stretch your legs. It requires no special training, and is often all the exercise...



Blueberry Macaroons (pictured above) Ingredients 110g icing sugar 60g ground almonds 60g egg whites (usually 2 large eggs) 40g caster sugar Few drops of lilac food...


Outdoor cinema

Cinema South WestKnightshayes Court, DevonSoupstock Cinema, 9 September, 7.30pm – 10pmGrab your hover board and get over to Knightshayes for some free outdoor cinema. Cult...


Open Air Music

South West Coleton Fishacre, DevonJazz Age lawn party, 21 May, 6.30pm – 9pmStep back in time to the decadence of the jazz age.Sip cocktails on Coleton Fishacre's bowling...


Open Air Theatre

South West Brownsea Island, DorsetThe Two Gentlemen of Verona, 27 & 29 July, 1, 3, 5, 8, 10 & 12 August, 7.30pm – 10.30pmBring a picnic and enjoy the tranquil...


Late garden openings

South West The Courts Garden, WiltshireSpecial evening openings, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 June, 11am – 9pmThroughout June The Courts Garden will be offering special evening...


Making the (ruff) cut

Now here’s a poser you could debate long into the night: which, do you think, is Britain’s favourite dog? There are more than 200 breeds to choose from, and sorry, but ‘all...


An underwhelming voyage

Two icebergs, as it were, lurk beneath the water threatening to fatally hole a musical about the Titanic before anyone even opens their lungs to sing. The first is that we...


Join the gold rush

Let’s start with a word of praise for my favourite supporting player at Stratford-upon-Avon, scandalously denied a biography in the programme. It’s a stuffed crocodile,...

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Nanny/Governess, Hong Kong

Hong Kong family seeks caring and outgoing Nanny/Governess for two young girls and newborn boy commencing September, to help with the children’s English skills and social development. 

Live in Housekeeper - Fife, Scotland

Full time live in position for an experienced Housekeeper for a large grade A listed home in Fife. 


CARER - Part Time - South London

CARER - Part Time (non live-in), Wandsworth, South London. Skilled carer to look after disabled lady at her home near Wandsworth Common, to help with her mobility, care and other personal needs. 

Pet Sitters Required - UK

Homesitters Limited, the UK’s leading national home and pet sitting company, is recruiting new home and pet sitters to meet the demands of its growing business. 
Housekeeping couple required

Superb accommodation in apartment visited for 90 days a year by the family. You will look after the home with a practised eye. Fine furniture and elegant wardrobe with security and chauffeuring when the family are in town.





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