Judy, the heroine dog in a...

Judy was a beautiful and regal-looking liver-and-white English pointer, who served as a Royal Navy mascot with distinction in the Second World War, going on to became the...




Seaside piers continue to enthral and entertain visitors in resorts up and down the land. You can still go angling on them, catch a steamer, take in a show, feast on  sh...


The First World

Think of the First World War, and many profound images spring to mind. But a century after that terrible conflict began, we are all too used to seeing the heroism, the...


Scottish gems

In 1822, King George IV set sail from Greenwich and arrived at Leith docks in torrential rain four days later to be greeted by Sir Walter Scott. It was the first visit to...

First Impressions


I’m a procrastinator

What are you working on? I’ve just finished a book so I’m still in that afterglow. It’s the selfcongratulatory feeling of ‘Oh, you’ve done terribly well – you don’t need to...


A Royal Cookbook

A Royal Cookbook

Her Woolly Majesty You may often wonder: ‘What will I do if the Queen comes to dinner?’ In fact, the Queen did once drop in unexpectedly, when a blizzard halted her...


The art of wedding flowers


Where to start? How do you create an individual look given that there is such a wealth of flowers and foliage to chose from? Wedding flowers have a long history going back...

Best of British



What springs to mind when you think of willow? Mole, Ratty and Toad playing by the riverbank? Almost certainly, but there’s much more to willow than Kenneth Grahame’s...


'I ride my shopper bike'

Sitting down to chat with Victoria Pendleton in a swish rooftop bar, I am struck by how pretty she is. Wearing a beautifully tailored orange dress, tasteful makeup and...


TOP of the FLOPS


It’s 1926 and the actress and singer Belle Baker is panting for a Broadway hit. The chances are that she might have it delivered at the New Amsterdam Theatre in a Flo...


The gentleman guitar hero

Miloš Karadaglic has an extraordinarily mellifl uous voice. It’s the kind of timbre that dissolves all other sounds in the room. In fact, as I sit down in a Chelsea...


Debbie vs Dolly

Dolly Parton Born 19 January 1946 (age 68) Home town Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, US Genres Country, pop, bluegrass, gospel Years active 1955 to present Labels...


The prince & the pottery

He came on a canal boat named The Lindsay, with a broad smile and the promise of new beginnings. For as Prince Charles disembarked on to the quayside at Middleport Pottery...

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The Lady. The Invaluable Possession 2nd May, 1912
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What the stars have in store for you this week.July 18 - 31

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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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