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• The trouser shape of the season! These super-sized trousers are so wide, they look like maxi skirts. • They Slut most body types, but avoid if you're on the shorter side. • Wear a fitted top to counter balance the fullness. • Flats look better than heels with this style. • They're extremely forgiving if you have chunky, untoned legs.
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• These long, lean, tailored trousers have a flattering straight-up-and-down shape - a classic cut with timeless appeal • Will suit all figures, especially if you're a size 16 or above . • Wear with an on-trend top or jacket to keep your look modern . • A belt will add some eye-catching detail, while nipping in your waist. • Quality is key - you 'llbe wearing them for years to come.
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'I had to stop father from r irum another little Is life'
Audrey Delaney, 43, from Dublin, Ireland, spent her constant fear of her father. Years later, she found the '
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Ithough it was three years ago now, I remember it as vividly as if it were yesterday. As I made my way through the courtroom to take to the stand, my heart was thumping. I tried to keep my eyes down -I didn't want to look at the man in the dock. I hadn't seen him for ten years, but when I caught sight of him for just a moment, my stomach lurched. He looked much the same with his thick hair, beard and glasses, except now his hair was silver. He was my father, and I was here to give evidence against him for the years of sexual abuse I, and hundreds of other girls, had suffered at his hands. And to make sure he never hurt another child. I grew up in 1970s Dublin with my mum, dad and three brothers and, to anyone

on the outside, our family seemed picture perfect. Mum was the traditional wife, always baking and completely dedicated to her children. My dad, Bernard, was a selfmade man, who'd come from humble roots and worked hard to become a successful accountant. He looked a bit like Rolf Harris and was a happy-go-lucky guy with lots of friends. We had the best of everything - a big house, flash car and nice clothes. But beneath this image of the model family was the horrible truth that my dad had been abusing me since I was just six years old. I can't remember the first time, probably because he never once threatened me or told me to keep quiet about it. I was just a child and I believed that when he slipped his hand under the duvet, he was just

doing what all dads do. It became part of normal life that when my mum fell asleep in front of the T\I, my dad would come up to my room and start to read me a story before forcing himself on me. I remember, when I was about eight, I was playing in my friend's bedroom that she shared with her sister, and I found myself wondering how their dad did the same thing to both of them in the same room. It seemed that normal to me. And yet I knew there was something wrong about what he was doing -I felt a horrible dread every time he appeared at my bedroom door. I'd pretend to be asleep, but that wouldn't stop him. I learnt to tune out -I'd look at the shadows in the room and imagine shapes and stories - anything to try to block out what was happening. I started

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to believe there was something wrong with me, that I was dirty. But he wasn't just abusing me. I'll never forget being in the crowded church for mass, and seeing my dad reaching behind and touching another little girl. Looking back, I don't know how he got away with it. But he was clever. He created situations where he could abuse offering to drive my school friends to parties or taking a group of girls off for a walk at picnics. Once, on a day trip to the seaside, two girls came up to me and said, "Stop your dad doing this to us." My face burnt with shame as I walked away from them, believing that this really was somehow my responsibility. I was his daughter, after all. I spent my childhood in a constant state of anxiety. I started missing school because

I felt sick all the time. I had a constant pain in my stomach, which I now realise must have been stress-related. But I also hoped that the doctors would open me up and see that something was wrong in there - that they'd see what my dad had been doing. People often say that my mum must have known, but she was incredibly naive. She'd grown up innocent in Catholic Ireland, where sex was never talked about openly, and couldn't comprehend that this kind of thing could happen. Even if she'd suspected something, she'd probably have felt guilty for even considering it The word paedophile wasn't used back then and, although she might have felt uncomfortable about the attention my dad gave girls - I know I always did, and I later

discovered my brothers felt this, too she probably couldn't explain why it was. The turning point came one night when I was 13. He came into my room and I wrapped my duvet around myself and said, "No." And that was all it took - he walked out I thought about telling my mum, but I looked at how happy she and my brothers were. My life was ruined, but did I need to ruin theirs, too? I decided I didn't But this wasn't the end. He started spying on me through drill holes in the ceiling and walls of my bedroom and bathroom. I couldn't escape him - if he was in the kitchen with me, he'd find a reason to brush against me. It was a constant mental torture and, inevitably, something had to give. I started

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me - she just wanted life to be normal. But I had to cut all ties with her. As Tyrone and Robin grew up, my instinct to protect by staying them grew, too. I realised that quiet, I was letting a paedophile

roam free, and that my dad could ruin another little girl's life. That's when I decided to go to the police. Dad was arrested and he admitted women the abuse. It took eight years to take who'd been abused anonymously, by my dad as but I knew that to I didn't know the case to court but, in that time, many more children came forward. Audrey wtth her to prosecute Six of them wanted

chlldren,~ 14, and Robin, 11
skipping school and smoking and drinking. was a crime that he should be punished From that day, the memories back, and everything made sense. The reason I hated being near my dad, why I drank, why my life was so chaotic. After carrying this burden for so long, I told Joseph. Then I told my brothers - they didn't doubt me for a moment. felt something They'd always wasn't right about Dad. I knew I broke for.

protect other children from my dad, I'd have to waive my right to anonymity. if I had the strength. Then, one day, Tyrone

and Robin asked to see a photo of me as a child and I showed them a picture of me at six years old. I looked at that little girl and I wept for her. She was the one I was fighting innocent So, in 2008, I mustered for, the little child who my father had hurt. all of my courage I was looking for an escape from the depressing reality of my life. Mum, always naive, believed me when I told her the reason I smelt of smoke was because I'd been standing When I hit by a bonfire. had my first boyfriend, started flooding

to stand up in court and recount those horrific years of abuse. He was just metres from me and my mum was by his side - I could even hear them breathing. The charges against my dad added up to 32 years, but the judge decided to make it four years in prison. I could have been angry at the injustice, but alii wanted was acknowledgement forgiven for all of the girls he again. So I've on with my life. hurt, and to stop him abusing him and I'm getting

16 and

Billy*, Mum sat me down for a chat. "You should know, it's up to you to say no," she said, without even explaining what I should be saying no to. "Guys will always try." Her words, and those of the nuns at school, reinforced everything I believed about what my dad had done to me; it was always the girl's fault. Billy was a lovely guy, and when we decided Afterwards, to have sex, it felt right I couldn't stop thinking by it. I though,

I had to tell Mum but I was terrified.

down in tears as I tried to say the words. Her face tumed white with shock and she wept, saying over again, "I didn't know." She stayed with me for a few days before going home and confronting Dad. She told me afterwards that, at first, he denied it, but then he said, "Well, maybe once or twice." Devastated, months move confidence with Joseph she told him let him to move out but, just a few later, she back in with was her. My shattered

about my dad and what he'd done to me and I felt completely couldn't overpowered find the words to tell Billy my secret, We were both see another way. out all thoughts reliant on when you my I but was of the from but I couldn't

so I ended our relationship. heartbroken From then on, I blocked of the abuse and became alcohol and drugs. is a common

and although my relationship was unhappy,

I later found out this stress. Despite this,

survival technique

I didn't have the courage to
leave. At 29, I got pregnant and the day my son, Tyrone, was love. born was the first and time I felt real, unconditional I looked at him

suffer post-traumatic

I did well at work, and it was through was 19 and he was 27 and separated his wife. My family weren't we moved in together. turbulent impressed, Our relationship my memories

job in sales at a gym that I met Joseph*.

" I now feel at peace for the first time in ~ylifethe Durden of my secret has finally been lifted "
It was a Robin, was devastate huge audience

When he's released from prison next year, everyone will know he's a paedophile, because his face has all over the and he can't been splashed newspapers,

hurt any more children. Since his trial, I've had hundreds of letters and em ails from women who were abused by him - these women will never speak This breaks out, as they're terrified of the repercussions. my heart, and I'm making it my mission to educate

said, "I'll never let anyone hurt you." When I got pregnant with our second child, I finally found the strength to leave Joseph. liberation, and when my daughter, born, my life felt complete. I hadn't seen Dad since telling my mum about the abuse, but she and I continued to meet up and we'd often go shopping or for a coffee, like a normal mother and daughter. counselling. reminded It was a false life. Mum would say What else can he do?" She me of my happy childhood, of but to me, "Your dad has said sorry, he's had

people so that children will feel able to speak out against sexual abuse, and paedophiles will be caught and locked up before they can lives. I recently gave a speech to a of health-care professionals

and we fought a lot. I still saw Mum

and Dad and I'd pushed

abuse so far away that I didn't understand why I was getting the most awful headaches whenever I was in the same room as my dad. I even fainted a couple of times when he came to visit. I tried to avoid seeing him, but I wasn't quite sure why. Then, one day, I was driving along when a report came on the radio about a man who'd been convicted for sexually abusing my his daughter. I felt like a bullet went through My mind was racing

here in Ireland and the response was amazing. I now feel at peace for the first time in my life. I no longer drink and I'm finally sleeping well. I've met a wonderful with Tyrone, who's The burden now man, David, who loves me, and I've been open with him and

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of my secret has finally lifted and making sure

now I'm looking to the future,

my chest and I had to pull over because hands were shaking.

all the nice things we'd done together, she didn't understand times were polluted

my loved ones' lives are full of happiness.'

that all those happy with the fear and horror Dad over

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tyling your hair is one thing, but the thought of cutting and colouring your own tresses can be pretty davnting. Brush up on your skills, though, and you could cut d wn on visits to the hairdresser - and save yourself a fortune. ere's how ...


- .. ou'll be hard-pressed to find a hairdresser
who recommends doing it yourself - and not just because they're worried you'll put them out of a job! 'Cutting hair at home can be dicey,' admits Scott Cornwall, founder of haircare range Bringing The Salon Home (www. scottcornwall.com). 'To achieve a great cut, you have to be able to section the hair and view all angles of the head as one - something is pretty much impossible are using are in that same head!' Jason Welch of Eleven Hair (www.eleven-hair. com) agrees. 'Don't attempt anything tricky, such as a sharp bob or blunt fringe,' he advises. 'Equally difficult is cutting layers into your hair - it's harder than it looks to get the balance right. If you must cut your own hair, only attempt it on hair that is all one length, and cut hair when it's clean and damp. Long hair is easiest to trim, as you can simply take off the ends by bringing all the hair around to the front.' which when the eyes you


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o get professional results at home, you need salon-quality appliances and accessories. We asked the experts what you should look for when investing in your must-have hair kit - and their tips on how to use them ... 'More power and less heat is best: says top stylist Mathew Alexander (www. mathewalexander. co .uk) , who recorrunends you look for one that's not too heavy or bulky to manoeuvre. The new Paul Mitchell Express Ion Dry V2, £89.95 (www.paul-rmtchell.co.uk), has a revolutionary lightweight motor and dries hair gently and quickly.


CURLING WAND Look for a wand that comes with a protective glove. as it's easy to bum skin when curling. 'If tbe glove is ineffective or doesn't fit, cover your fingertips with plasters to protect them: Mathew advises. The Yogi Hair Wand, £59.95 (08456434130), has a tourmalineand ceramic-infused barrel for a shiny finish and Teflon coating for 'easy wipe' cleaning, and it comes with a glove to protect you from burns.
'Mini crimpers are every stylist's secret weapon for achieving big hair on photo shoots: says Skyler McDonald of Sean Hanna salons (www.seanhanna.com). 'J love using the Corioliss Baby Root Lifter, £22,99 (www.conoliss.corm.tor creatinq maximum height at the roots.' 'This is my favourite hair tool: says Mathew. 'I always w.rap the ends of the hair in a tissue (or a square of 100 roll) to keep them perfectly smooth and to prevent them from taking too much heat.' Diva Stay Hot Railers, £36.99 (www.sallyexpress.com).isaset of 20 large. medium and small high-heat rollers. They have a velvety finish to prevent snags, enhance shine and retain heat. Nways make sure the curlers are cold before removing them.



TO NGS They're great for creating loose, sexy waves and tumbling curls, but they can be tough on hair, causing snags and breakage Remington Protect & Curl, £19,99 (from Boots), avoids these drawbacks thanks to its fabric-coated barrel, whicb bas Teflon to help hair glide off the tongs, The heat control is handy, too! STRAI GHTENERS Opt for ceramic plates over metal, which can cause more damage to the hair. 'A heat setting on the appliance means that you can start off on a lower heat and build up, so as not to bum your hair: says Mathew. Tresemms Salon Professional Ceramic Styler 230, £59.99 (from Argos and Boots), with three heat settings, fits the bill perfectly. SCISSORS 'If you're going to be cutting your hair at home, invest in a pair of professional scissors from somewhere like Sally (www. sallyexpress.com).' says Jason. 'A good pair will cost around [100, but they're worth it if you're going to be using them regularly.'


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There's an art to achieving the perfect blowdry,' says Robert Masciave of Metropolis Hairdressing (www.robert masciave.com). 'Rapid blowdrying requires a powerful tips ... with a towel. motor engine - a 2000w motor will dry even thick hair quickly.' Here are his speedy-blowdry • Start by blotting excess dampness

• Tilt your head upside down and blast your hair with the dryer - this lifts the hair follicles, allowing the hot air from the dryer to blow through the strands more efficiently. • Head upright, It will distribute finish off with a ceramic blowdry brush. the away kinks and wayward strands. heat evenly and quickly throughout

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• Direct the heat down the hair shaft. Doing this seals the hair cuticle and gives it sheen. • Work from back to front. Drying hair in sections ensures that it's dried properly and it helps keep frizz at bay (Step 1). • Never use the highest heat setting - it singes your hair, dries it out and leaves it prone to breakage. much healthier. • Keep the blowdryer moving so your hair doesn't overheat and bum (Step 2). Low to medium heat is

• Never blowdry hair your hair when it's dirty - it's the fastest way to damage your hair. • Always use a heat protector before you blowdry - it's insurance for your hair, especially when used with a good leave-in conditioner. • Never blowdry your hair with a brush attachment. They have hard plastic bristles that chew up your hair big time. • Use a concentrator nozzle and a paddle brush to get your hair sleek and smooth, spritz hairspray for a frizz-free and

finish (Step 3).


o many of us are doing it these days as the latest technology has made it easier, but home hair colouring is still full of potential pitfalls.
'Home colouring has advanced a great deal, but achieving a salon-style colour still requires you to think like an expert,' says Scott Comwall. 'The biggest mistake people make is forgetting they're using chemicals on the hair. It's easy to just slop the product on, but you'd be horrified if a colourist did the same, so why should the principles be any different when you're doinq it yourself?' The other most common mistake is choosing the wrong shade. 'Look at celebrities who share your eye colour and skin tone,' Scott suggests. 'They work with colourists and stylists to create images that work for them, so their colour choices can be a great guide for what works for you, too.'

Getting the job done right
before, manufacturers change the rules of application.

'Always, always,

always read manufacturer's instructions, and follow them to the letter,' says Jason Welch. 'Even if you've applied the colour regularly update formulas and therefore

'And always seek help and advice from an expert if anything does go wrong. Don't attempt to colour-correct different colourant. by buying a It's time to call in the professionals.'

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results. 'The week

Help for highlights
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has launched a fantastic website, www. with the help of British Colourist of the Year and stylist-to-thestars Anita Cox McMillan (www.anitacox.co.uk). The site provides expert advice and step-bystep video guides. Or visit www.clairol.com for tips on application and choosing a shade.

before colouring, deep cleanse the hair with a clarifying shampoo such as Redken Hair Cleansing Cream, £10.95 for 300ml (0800 085 4956) to remove build-up and ensure the hair is in the best possible state to receive the colour,' he says. 'Apply the shampoo to dry hair, wrap your head in cling film, leave for 15 minutes, then rinse. This also works tf your hair has taken on an undesirable tone and you're trying to restore it.'

very hard to get perfect highlights at if you're doing it yourself,' says Jason. For best results, help, making sure you have plenty of mirrors to hand! 'Keep checking where you're placing the highlights as you go along. Remember, it's easier to add more later rather than colour correct if you put in too many - or have them in the wrong place.'

Condition before you colour Jason says it's important to
prep your hair before you colour if you want

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Foil your colour
this is why foil techniques

'Great hair colour is often

achieved by working with various tones through the hair; have become so popular in salons foils can be over the past 15 years,' says Scott. Professional with the Bringing


expensive, but you can achieve similar looks at home now the Salon Home Foil Effects Cap, £9.99 (from blonde highlights, but Boots and Superdrug), a DIY kit for foil highlights or low lights. 'You can use the cap to create traditional if you fear brassy results the key is to keep the cap on and use a method known as true toning,' says Scott. 'After lightening the hair, rinse off the product, dry the hair and check the colour - all with the cap still on. If the highlights look brassy, you can relighten, or if they appear too cool, you can apply a secondary, golden colourant. The idea is that you don't remove the cap until you are 100 per cent happy with the results.' You can also use the cap to get different tones in your hair. 'Using the cap, you can apply a different blonde shade every four to six weeks. It's called the rotation method and works on the "little and often" principle,' multi-tonal Scott explains. The making it effect it creates can give the illusion

of extra volume by adding 'depth',

ideal for fine hair. Just be sure to stick to shades that are quite similar to each other, though unless you're going for the stripy look, that is!

Hairdressers' professional tool kits contain a number of different brusbes, as eacb is used to create a variety of different styles and finisbes,' says bairdressing supremo Trevor Sorbie (www.trevorsorbie.com). 'Invest in a set of good brusbes, and you'll find It easier to acbieve the look you desire.' Here are the beroes of every bairdresser's kit ...


This is ideal if you want to add curls or volume, but it can also be used to straighten hair, too. 'To add curls or volume, focus the brush on the roots, keeping the hair taut,' says Trevor. 'Glide the brush almost to the ends, wind hair around the barrel and hold in place for a moment. Repeat on sections of hair until it's dry, then run your fingers through. For a smoother finish, just run the brush straight through the lengths: TRY; Trevor Sorbie Professional Radial Brush, £8 (Boots)


TIP To clean a comb, dissolve a teaspoon of washing soda in a basin of water, add a little antiseptic and dab the comb in it. Rinse with water. Tricbologist Philip Kingsley


These are the most versatile brushes around. 'If you're wearing your hair up, this brush is great for prepping: says Trevor. 'A great styling tip with this brush is to blowdry your fringe in sweeping side-to-side strokes to control kinks.' TRY: Kent Natural Shine cushion brush, £7.25 (www.kentbrushes. com; 01442 232623)


This is best for longer hair. Look for one that has rounded pins so that it can be used to detangle without breaking the hair. 'Paddle brushes are great for blowdrying hair straight in large sections,' says Trevor. 'Use a paddle brush along with a concentrator nozzle, which combine to smooth the cuticle of the hair and help create shine.' TRY: Richard Ward Paddle Brush, £10 (www.ri.chardward.com)




fro and other very curly hair types need extra-special care, so make sure you keep yours looking salon-perfect with these expert tips ...

Styling survival kit
'Arm yourself with the right tools,' says joint Afro Hairdresser of the Year Kim Johnson of Hype Coiffure (www.hypecoiffure.com). 'Use a paddle brush, curl comb, hair grips, a good heated appliance and a styling range for Afro and curly hair, such as Mizani (08001214676). Smooth Its Thermasmooth Serum, £16.95 Guard Smoothing

for 100ml, and Gloss Veil Shine Spray, £16.95 for 250ml, are must-haves.'

Go straight to curls

alon hair-smoothing services - known as Brazilian

'You can also use straightening

irons to curl, flick or

wave your hair,' says Jamie Stevens of Errol Douglas (www.erroldouglas.com). 'For a ribbon curl, take a small section of hair, clamp it between the irons, rotate 180 degrees, then quickly pull the hair straight out.'

blowdries - have been the haircare hit of the past couple of years. 'If you have hair that's a nightmare to blowdry and style, these services can really reduce the time you need to spend on it,' says Scott Cornwall. 'It works by filling hair with keratin (hair's natural protein) and other polymers, so the cuticle is evenly smoothed more manageable out. ' But while Brazilian keratin systems can leave your hair for several months at a time, they do - not least the price tag, which can have their drawbacks


be over £200. Many of them also contain formaldehyde,
which gives off quite a strong vapour and could damage hair in the long term. Scott has created StrS Forward, £9.99 (from Boots and Superdrug), a home version of this system. 'While Str8 Forward is actually a chemical straightening system, it also has a unique keratin and lustre.' and can last several phase, which fills the hair with the protein prior to ironing to improve condition The system is formaldehyde-free the results. If straightening


months. While our tester found it tricky, she was pleased with your own hair seems a step too far, another of our testers simply used the conditioner

comes with the pack and found her hair easier to manage. For smoother hair, try the Matrix Biolage SrnoothTherapie range, which consists of shampoos, conditioners. masks, mousses and Prices start from £8.50, and our tester said or call 0800387608.

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All the experts we spoke to agreed that relaxing, cutting and colouring Afro hair is best left to the professionals, so head to the hairdresser when you need to!

Volume is the look for Afro hair this year - and the good news is, it's easy to achieve. 'Up the volume in your locks by setting them on large, hot rollers, or blowdry the hair and wrap it around Velcro rollers,' says Kim. 'Once cooled completely, take the rollers out, tip the hair upside down and tease out. Tip your head back up, spritz with hairspray - KMS HairStay, £12.80 for 300m I (01323 413200), is great - and say hello to a body-boosted barnetl'

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Oil Up!
'Afro hair is very dry, so I recommend an oil treatment once a month,' says joint Afro Hairdresser of the Year Michelle Sultan of Hype Coiffure. 'We use Orofluido Hair Oil, £25 for 100ml (020 83995624) in the salon. Apply the oil from roots to ends, put on a plastic cap, and gently heat with a hairdryer to activate the product. Leave on for ten to 15 minutes, then shampoo out any excess oil. You'll be left with silky-soft locks.'

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Gerry Floyd, 60, lives in Northwich, Cheshire,

with husband Bob, 60. They have two children, Amanda, 33, and Andrew, 30, and a grandson, George, one

Gerry says: 'I may be a granny, but I'm not ready for my blue rinse yet! My fine hair is starting to go grey, so I colour it myself - but it always ends up yellow. My make-up routine could also do with an update, as I stick to the same colours all year round.'
Gerry's home colouring may be hiding her grey, but the shade was doing nothing for her. We applied a richer blonde tint all over to match her complexion, and razor-cut a short pixie style for texture. We blended rich browns onto her lids - complemented with a deep purple close to her lash line and a dark grey liner to define. Metallic gold dusted below her lower lash line added glamour; while a cool pink added a flush to her cheeks, and a rusty pink added colour to her pout.

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Kirsten Blackwall, 39, from Trowbridge, Wiltshire LJ.:;;.:..u.:';o:',g Nails Inc French Manicure Nail Polish Collection, £25 for 4 x 10ml (www.nailsinc.com) 'I really liked this set. The polishes were easy to use and made my nails look glossy with a professional finish. I'm impressed with how hard-wearing it is, as there weren't any chips after one week. It's worth its price, so I highly recommend it!' 9/10 Fiona Alton, 42, from Shildon, Co Durflam R Mavala The French Manicure, £12 for 3 x 5ml .Il (01732 459412) •Applying these took too long for the results it produced. The polishes gave my nails a very natural effect, but it started to chip after just one day - luckily, it was so subtle you could hardly notice. I can't really recommend it!'


Carole Balfe, 52, from Grantham, Lincolnshire Nailene French Tip Pen Kit, £8.99 for 2 x 13.3ml and 1 x 2.9ml pen 'I was disappointed with this kit. Despite careful application, I found the White-tip pen messy to use. The base and natural coat were lovely, but it disappointingly chipped on the same day as the application. All in all, I think it's better to go to a salon.' 4110



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Jayne Morris, 46, from Atfeton, Derbyshire Orly La Petite French, £14.99 for 4 x SAml (www.orlybeauty.co.uk) 'This set was easy to use, and made my nails look great - like they had been professionally manicured. After three days, the polish had started to chip and needed replacing but, all in all, it's a goodvalue set.'


'I was not impressed with these products at all. The polish and topcoat gave my nails a healthy shine, but the white liner let the kit down - it was messy to apply, and also chipped after just two days. it's not for me!'


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Start putting in the legwork now and you're guaranteed to look your best this summer

Prima beauty
Did you know ... If you cut dO'Vl1 all calories by 250 a day and burn off 250 extra calories daily, you should lose tlb per week?
There's no miracle cure for cellulite, but the new Demilec AWP (from £60, EF Medispa, www.efmedispa.com or 01737 830400 for salons nationwide) can reduce dimples using acoustic wave technology. The hand-held
device looks a bit like a gun - and sounds like a hydraulic drill! Fortunately, this treatment's bark is definitely worse than its bite. Although it does feel a bit scratchy on the skin, it's not too uncomfortable. Our tester noticed a slight firming of her skin and improved smoothness after just one session. A course of six to 12 is recommended, preferably two a week, with each session taking from 30 mins, depending on the area treated. !;=:;:::;:~:;:;;;:;:=~


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don't have to go to an expensive spa to give yourself a pre-holiday detoxifying boost. The new Chris James Mind & Body Cleanse (£7999, www chrisjamescleanse.com) promises glowing skin, sparkling eyes and a firmer body in just 12 days. The detox involves cutting out meat, dairy, bread, pasta, alcohol and caffeine, eating plenty of fruit and veg and drinking lots of fresh juices.

comes with supplements to rev up the body's cleansing processes, plus plenty of lifestyle tips and tasty recipes The instructions are clear and simple to follow, although our tester found sticking to the Power Phase - days seven to nine when you should only have fresh fruit and raw vegetable juices - a challenge too far. It takes commitment but you should look and feel better by the end of it - even if. like our tester, you cheat a little bitl

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wobble, it's a good idea to start applying a tinning moisturising cream twice a day from here on in. But for the most dramatic change, book yourself in tor a course of skin-tinning treatments. Our tester was over the moon with the results she got from Indiba Deep Beauty Proionic Body Care System (from £60, Eleven Hair, WWW. indiba.co.uk or 0207491 2390), which in her case were a finner, smoother bottom and thighs after six sessions. Clinically proven to increase skin elasticity by up to 20 per cent, Indiba can achieve amazing results on cellulite, too. You simply lie there as the therapist glides wands over the area to be firmed up. The wands deliver highfrequency currents that heat up the skin and the layers of fat beneath. It's pain-tree, and pretty relaxing, too. Results can be visible after just one treatment, but a course of six to 12 sessions delivers maximum tinning and smoothing.

H you want to avoid beach-side


before your summer holiday, you need to start now. The latest crop of permanent hair-removal systems are so effective that most people can eliminate around 80 per cent of unwanted hair for good in just three or four sessions, three weeks apart. Cynosure Elite MPX (from £75, www.cynosureuk.com) works by blending two wavelengths to deliver more energy more safely and effectively, which means it can also treat a larger area in each burst, cutting down on treatment time. It can be used on the face and on the full range of skin types including Asian and black skins.







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Personal trainer Matt Coulson of Boot Camps Abroad has devised this exercise routine exclusively for Pnma readers. Start doing them daily (or at least three times a week) now and you'll tone those areas we all worry about on the beach - burns, turns and thighs - by summer


'When doing this single-leg squat, focus on squeezing your bottom,' advises Matt. 'It will help you stay stable and has toning effects. Ensure your hips move first as you descend, to ease the pressure on your knees.' • Stand tall, feet hip-width apart, hands on hips. • Stick your bottom out and bend your knees slightly. • Nivea Firming Body Lotion Q10 Plus (£6.49 for 400ml, available nationwide). A budget product that comes with rave reviews. Our tester reported tighter skin in three weeks. • Stand on your left leg and balance with your right leg extended out in front of you. • Lower yourself down on the one leg as far as is comfortable, keeping your knee in line with your toes (straight ahead). • Pull your tummy in tight and squeeze your bottom as you stand up tall on the one leg. • Hold the pose, keeping your bottom squeezed for 2 sees. • Repeat the squat a further 6-12 times. • Repeat 6-12 times on the other leg. • Repeat the whole sequence 2-3 times on each leg.
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'Tricep dips are ideal for toning up the backs of the arms,' says MalL 'It's important to avoid your knees bowing out or caving in, and keep the shoulders back and down as much as possible. When you feel strong enough, you can repeat the whole sequence 2-3 times, resting for 1 min between each round' • Sit forwards on the edge of a step so your bottom is around 1ft above your feet. • Have your hands on the step beside you and your feet on the floor; legs out in front and knees slightly bent • Bend your elbows as you lower your bottom forward and down towards the floor. • Don't let your bottom touch the floor, but pause for 2 secs, before pushing up into the starting position. • Lower again and hold for 3 sees before pushing up. • Repeat 12-15 times.

'The floor bridge is perfect
for toning your behind,' says Matt. 'You can do this on just one leg if you want to progress this exercise. The important thing is that your knees should stay in line with your hips throughout and not bow out or cave in.' • Ue on your back, arms out to the side and feet flat on the floor; hip-width apart, with knees bent • Pull your tummy in tight and lift your bottom off the floor. • Pushing through your heels and squeezing your bottom, lift your hips as far as you can so a straight, diagonal line can be seen from your knees to your shoulders. • Hold for 2-3 sees, then take 3-4 sees to lower down, without letting your bottom touch the floor. • With your tummy in, squeeze your bottom and lift the hips up again. • Repeat 15 times, rest for 1 min, then repeat 3 more times.
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Soap & Glory Sit Tight (£14 for 200ml, Boots). Formulated to firm you up from the waist down, it's loaded with caffeine, known for its toning effects. Massage onto thighs every morning and feel the heat as it works • its magic. The plank will tone your tum - and build up strength in your arms, too. If you have the stamina. rest for 1 min after doing the sequence below, before repeating for a second - and even third - round • Lie face down on the floor, legs together, on your elbows and toes. • Squeeze your tummy in towards your spine and lift into a 'plank' position so that your forearms and toes are the only body part on the floor Keep your neck straight, with your head look.ing towards the floor - make sure you don't stick your bottom in the air. • Hold for five breaths, taking care to keep your back as straight as possible. • Take one arm off the floor, place the hand on the floor, then do the same with the other hand so you press yourself up in to a push-up start position, with your hands and toes the only body part on the floor. • Keeping the tummy in tight, lower one arm so you're back on your forearm, then the seeond arm. • Hold for five breaths, then repeat between 5 and 10 times, depending on your strength. For more ideas on how to get in shape, visit www.aJlaboutyou.com/hair-beauty

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Great moisturiser aside, a balm is truly a beauty must-have at this time of year I love 'I1le Body Shop Hemp Moisture High Balm, £6 for 45rnl (www.thebodyshop.co.uk), which can be used anywhere that skin feels dry, rough or tight. It's great for keeping hands soft and smooth, as is the natural TrDogy Everything Balm, £20 for 95m! (from Boots). But my favourite is the divine Miners Tin 0' Tint in Watermelon, £2.99 for 12g, (02380460600). It leaves lips as smooth as silk and the prettiest of pinks. And don't even get me started on the taste!

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The skin .around my eyes IS very sensitive and tends to get quite sore. Is there anything I can use to soothe it? Try Skin Shop Cardiospermum Dry SIGnEye Gel, £6.95 for 15ml (0871871 9975). It contains a proven anti-inflammatory ingredient and can be used even by those with eczema around the eyes.







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No longer just a background, wallpaper can playa key role in updating a room. Choose a bold design to feature on one wall, bring in some bling with a metallic surface - or look out for textured finishes.

• Be brave and use wallpaper creatively. 'Try oversized patterns in a small room, or use stripes horizontally,' advises Gill Nono, creative director at Nona wallpapers. • Add drama with damask. These designs can create a real punch, but if you're after a more subtle impact, opt for versions in paler colours or shimmering effects. • At www.udesign.vizzondecor.co.uk, you can choose from stock designs or upload your own images, and play around with colours, before ordering your unique wallpaper. • Go shiny, shiny with the latest trend for gold and metallics. According to decor website www.mydeco.com. gold wallpaper is top of the list for searches. • Wallcoverings are getting more and more touchable. 'Greater use of texture brings patterns alive. Flocks in velvet or felt are popular,' says Sonia Murton, founder of Belle Interiors.
Miya 30512 floral wallpaper, £48 perrollj Akiko 10111 plain wallpaper, £38 per roll. Both Tamika at Harlequin

iiIil For easy

wallpaper cutting, try the Aris Wallpaper Cutter, £29.99, JML Direct. Its precision cutting blades trim paper along awkward edges and it's ideal for cutting around comers and alcoves.


Pattern clinic
• Large-scale designs work well if they have a simple pattern repeat. In a small room, choose one with a neutral background and colour. Or use the wallpaper on just one wall, ideally not the one you see as you enter the room. • Graphic, geometric wallpapers look smart. Choose one with a lustre finish to prevent an overpowering effect. • Stripes, if vertical, are a good way of increasing the height of a low-ceilinged room. • Florals are a perennial favourite, lovely in a bedroom, and fresh and inviting in a living room. 'While other trends come and go, florals have never lost their appeal,' says Liz Cann, design director, Zoffany, Sanderson and Morris & Co. • Small-scale designs almost blend into the background. Pin a sample to the wall, and look at it from a distance to gauge the true effect.


For a subtle-yet-effective scheme, create a feature wall by using the same wallpaper but in two different colourways - the darker one in the alcove and the lighter one to highlight the chimney breast. Choose an intricately designed wallpaper for the chimney breast, creating wow factor, then paint the alcoves in a rich, inviting colour. When using different papers for adjacent walls, stick to a similar colour palette or it will be overwhelming. Try 8&0 for matching wallpaper and bed linen designs by Laurence LlewelynBowen. A double duvet set is £29.98 and wallcovering costs £19.98 per roll. Use just a single strip of wallpaper for a dash of design in a plainpainted room.


Don't be daunted by wallpapering. Just follow our tips for success. Remove existing paper (ideally using a steam stripper), then fill any cracks with filler. When dry, smooth down with sandpaper. Cut the wallpaper into lengths, allowing extra at the top and bottom to be trimmed later. For patterned paper, start each length at the same point, to match the design. Paste the paper with a brush, fold the ends to the middle with pasted sides inside, and leave for the paste's recommended time. Hold a plumb bob (twine with a weight tied to the bottom) against the wall, to mark a vertical guide line on the wall in pencil. Unfold the top of the first piece, and stick it to the wall, leaving an overlap at the top for adjustments. Smooth it into place with a brush, then unfold the lower section and smooth that out. Trim off the excess paper and continue with the next strip, lining it up as you go.

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scheme or to freshen up a room, painting is simple, fast and inexpensive, plus you can easily change it if you tire of it.

• Crown's new shades include vintageinspired sugared pastels from the Le Petit Palais range (£17.98 for 2.51 from B&Q), plus intense mineral colours, and sizzling metallics. 'This season will have stronger shades in interesting and unusual colour combinations. I like putting a really bright tone with a muddy one, or a sharp, neon flash with a pale pastel,' says Judy Smith, colour consultant at Crown. • Now's the time to go for brights, with Dulux's prediction for spring, a vibrant bluegreen jade colour (Forest Falls matt emulsion, £19.99 for 2.51), which works brilliantly with yellow. 'This fresh and fizzy colour scheme would put a smile on anyone's face,' says Louise Smith, global colour designer at Dulux. • Choose paint colours to separate openplan spaces according to use, such as kitchen and living areas. Try Graham & Brown's The Colours That Made Britain Great matt-emulsion range (£23 for 2.51) for shades that work well together. • Use a matt-finish paint on the wall and the same colour in a gloss finish on the room's furniture. 'This tricks the eye and opens up the space,' says Louise.
BELOW: Wall painted in Spring Blush matt emulsion, £20.49 for 2.51, Dulux Ugh! & Space. Alcoves painted in Summer Surprise 4; Hawaiian Blue 6. Both matt emulsion, £19.99 for 2.51, Dulux Tailor Made Colour

~ Add interest to a pale wall, by painting colour inside cubbyholes and alcoves

Pale colours always make a room appear larger, but darker tones add interest and depth, so use them in an alcove or to draw the eye to a fireplace. Think of your house as a whole, and choose colours from a similar palette, so that rooms work together without jarring. Don't rely on a paint card but paint large samples from a tester pot on to a sheet of paper and pin to different walls in the room to check the colour in daylight and artificial light. Get paint edges neat with Frog Tape (£4.49for 41.1m from Focus). Treated with a super-absorbent polymer, the masking tape forms a barrier so paint can't seep beneath, and can be removed cleanly for up to 21 days. Boost your colour confidence with Crown's new Ultimate Matt Paint (£19.98 for 2.51 from B&Q). Each colour comes in three shades that tone with each other, so you could use a light one on the walls, a mid-tone for doors and a darker one for woodwork and radiators. Crown Colour Match and Dulux MyColour are iPhone apps to help you find and visualise paint colours with a picture you've taken. Download them from www.store.apple.comluk.


Paint the whole wall in the palest colour and allow to dry, then use a spirit level, ruler and pencil to mark colour bands. Apply masking tape along the line before painting the bands, allowing drying time in between. Peel tape away when dry.

ECO OPTION Smelly paints are a thing of the past. Legislation has made all indoor paints safer and more pleasant to use, by minimising Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). You can go a step further by choosing paints made from sustainably sourced materials, from Pots of Paint or Earthbom, for example. Naturepalnt (£21.98 for 1kg from B&O) is powdered to mix at home, reducing weight and transport costs.

Paint brushes
SPLASH OUT •.. on a brush in a blend of natural bristle and synthetic filaments, which holds the paint well, gives an exceptionally smooth finish and, with a little care, will last for many decorating projects.
Eclipse Scm brush (left), £5.49, Harris

SAVE PENNIES •.• by buying synthetic brushes, great for a quick update, and if they get too clogged up, you can simply ditch them at the end of the project. Three-pack of 2.Scm, 3.8cm and Scm brushes (right), £4.49, Homebase




Adding a fresh look to your walls doesn't necessarily mean ro-painting or papering try a wall sticker for a quick-fix of extra detail.
Tum your walls into an instant art gallery with a wall sticker. Providing instant chic for any room and lots of fun for kids' bedrooms, wall stickers are a trend that's here to stay. D you're worried about making a mistake, choose stickers that are designed to be removed and repositioned.
If you're planning • Use small designs highlight backing a large design, tape the sticker in a creative way, around with its backing to the wall using masking a picture frame . to keep the paper so you can store it easily. tape and stand back to check the position . a door frame or to


• If you might want to re-use the sticker, remember

IT'S SO EASY ••. Follow our tips for a great result
1 Wipe 2
the wall with a damp use the scraper the sticker to press cloth and wait until it's dry. Put the sticker on a flat and use the scraper to rub the clear side of the sticker. the sticker on the wall. peel back sheet. Then, surface provided transfer position in place, working

from the centre outwards to avoid bubbles.

5 Peel

off the rest of the sheet and smooth in place. peel paper.

3 Use masking tape to roughly

the sticker

6 Wait 30 minutes, then
slowly and carefully off the top transfer

4 Lift

and carefully

half of the backing

, Allow freshly painted walls to dry for at least two weeks before applying stickers or painting on stencils. This will prevent colours bleeding or smudging

Use spare fabric from making curtains • Select pictures before you decorate, or cushions to create a contemporary so you can pick out colours to match. • Get the right picture with Easyart's new work of art for the wall. Simply make iPhone app - take a picture of your wall to see up a frame by nailing together four how the art will look in place before you buy. lengths of timber, reinforcing the Black and white pictures personalise a comers with a trtanqular-shaped space. Group them together on one wall. piece of hardboard, then stretch the Display family snaps. i.::::~~_fab=:ri:c::across and staple in place at The Wonderwall Print the back, using a staple gun. Company can showcase Create a wipe-dean notioeboard up to 200 images in a by painting blackboard paint framed photo montage, ' (One Coat Blackboard Paint, £999 for from £95. Create a pattern by 75Oml,International) on to a thin sheet grouping frames of of MDF, and attaching to the wall. different sizes. D you fancy yourself as the latest Picasso or want to encourage the kids, shop for canvases ready to make your own art at Hobbycraft.
Bold & Noble's graphic type prints, from £38 each

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Instead of paintings, go for mirrors. They

bounce light around the room. Frame a doorway or a mirror with a stencil. Try metallic-flnlsh paint for a glitzy effect.

Clock wall sticker in Tangerine/Sunflower, Midnight/Charcoal, Sour Apple and Raspberry/ Cotton Candy, £35 each. All Supemice

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Tackle repairs around your home with these easy DIY tips
espite lavishing great care and attention not to mention time and money - on your home, mishaps are an inevitable consequence of everyday life. A careless elbow knocks a glass of red wine on the carpet; your favourite china teacup gets chipped; muddy paws


leave tracks across the sofa cushions; relocating the dining table takes a chunk out of the wall - the list goes on. But the good news is that there's invariably something that can be done to put things right, and many jobs are simple enough to tackle yourself without having to call in a professional.

Save broken crockery from the bin and fix up furniture, with these solutions JOB DONE IN: 10 mins
Using a small paintbrush, apply wallpaper paste to the underside of the peeling paper. Press the wallpaper against the wall, smoothing away bubbles and removing excess paste with a dry cloth or sponge.



JOB DONE IN: 15 mins, plus drying time
With a filler knife, press multipurpose wall filler into the hole. Leave to dry. Repeat this process until the filler is slightly proud of the wall surface. When completely dry, rub fine sandpaper over the filler until it's flush.

JOB DONE IN: 30 mins, plus drying time
Find a piece of fabric or leather on the sofa or armchair that's not in everyday view, such as undemeath the base. Measure the hole and cut a piece of replacement fabric 1cm longer and wider, being careful to match any pattern. Place a dot of fabric glue to the underside of the patch, place it into the hole and move it into position. Wait for the glue to dry. Lift up the edges of the hole and squeeze a little fabric glue along the edges of the patch, being careful not to get any glue on the area that will show. You may need another person's help to do this. Avoid contact with the repaired hole while the glue dries.

Remove a mark from wood

JOB DONE IN: 20 mins, plus drying time Cut a square of wallpaper bigger than the damaged area, matching up the pattern. Using this fresh piece of wallpaper as a template, cut through the existing wallpaper around the damaged area. Peel the damaged patch off the wall - wipe over with a damp cloth to make this easier. Once the wallpaper is removed, allow the wall to dry. Spread a layer of paste to the back of the new piece of wallpaper and place it on the bare patch of wall. Use a dry cloth or sponge to smooth out bubbles and seal the edges.
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JOB DONE IN: 5 mins Tackle this with caution using a ring or mark remover such as Antiquax Ring Remover, £3.79 for 150ml, Robert Dyas (www. robertdyas.co.uk). Follow the instructions on how to apply it. If it doesn't remove the white mark, seek help from a professional restorer.

JOB DONE IN: 30 mins, plus drying time
If a section of woodwork has been knocked and damaged, start by scraping away any loose paint. If the wood beneath the paint is dented, fill the hole with wood filler. When the filler is dry, smooth over with fine sandpaper. Wipe with a damp cloth before painting. Use a paint shade that matches the surrounding area and, if necessary, use an undercoat before finishing with the topcoat.

Expert know-how

Use this simple advice to make light work of stains and awkward cleaning tasks

sure the fitting without duster. on a secure is switched taking platform Then,

JOB DONE IN: Up to 30 mins, or more, depending Make the chandelier standing cloth with a feather it down spray but make cleaner pendant.

on the size on sure you are any dust a lint-free onto

off and cool. You can work to do so. First, remove glass

and carefully


each crystal

This method is especially useful for vases or decanters hot water. Add a drop of washing-up vinegar, and a few spoonfuls JOB DONE IN: 15 mins, plus drying time Using an epoxy glue, such as Araldite Precision Syringe, £6.25 for 24m I, Fred Aldous (www.fredaldous.co.uk), together apply JOB DONE IN: Up to 30 mins to both edges of the plate. Line the pieces up and hold until the glue bonds. Then use masking tape to dry. hold the pieces in place until the glue is completely

with narrow necks of white

that make cleaning inside tricky. Fill the vase a quarter way up with handliquid, two tablespoons of uncooked rice. Swirl and shake the mixture

around for a few minutes until any grime and stains are removed, then pour away the solution and rinse with hot water.

With a recent spill, soak up as much of the liquid as possible with paper towels. Then blot with carpet shampoo, diluted with water as directed on the bottle. Keep blotting until the stain has been removed. Then re-wet the area with clean water until all the

If there is a fuse holder on the bottom of the plug, gently open it using the tip of a slot-head screwdriver. If not, unscrew the large screw on the base of the plug and lift up the cover. Remove the fuse using the tip of a slot-head screwdriver. Replace with one of the correct amperage. Screw the plug cover back on.


has been removed. Allow the carpet to dry naturaily.

JOB DONE IN: 1 hr to soak, plus washing H the fabric detergent cream recommended is washable, let it soak in warm

time water and bio temperature wash white or Laundry Bleach, •

for an hour. Then, wash on the hottest for the fabric. H the stain persists, bleach,

linen again in laundry

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Up to a third of our pets are overweight - and we're to blame. So how can you keep your animal fit and lean?

Take it SIO\Vly
Crash diets are as bad for your pet as they are for us - in fact, rapid weight loss in cats can be fatal. Speak to your vet about gradually increasing the amount of exercise your animal does and making its diet healthier. 'If they run a weight clinic, the support and regular weigh-ins can help,' says Sean. 'The best advice is to cut out treats entirely, follow feeding guidelines on food labels, weighing out dry food using kitchen scales. And get everyone in the house on board - if one family member earries on with treats, it will ruin all your hard work.'

Killing with kindness
If your dog's waistline is a distant memory or your eat's a bit too cuddly, you're not alone. A survey by the veterinary charity PDSA found that, since 2006, the proportion of obese pets has risen from 21 to 35 per cent. If the trend continues, nearly half of British dogs will be overweight by 2013putting them at risk of an early grave. The rise in obesity is down to overindulgent owners, explains senior PDSA vet Sean Wensley. 'The problem is that they're consuming too many calories and not getting enough exercise.'
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able to feel them. The base of your dog's tail should be smooth - overweight dogs deposit fat here. And, from the side, its waist should tuck up behind the ribs, not be flat or saggy.

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How much exercise a dog needs depends on their age, breed and general level of fitness, but 20-30 minutes of active exercise each day is considered the minimum for most dogs. 'A couple of smaller walks is better than one big one,' says Sean. 'It's good for their mental wellbeing, as it gives them the opportunity to socialise with other dogs and have a sniff around.' Aim for more than a stroll around the block, though - a dog off a lead will cover much more ground, and bum more fat. Dog agility classes are fantastic exercise, too. Cats kept indoors still have their hunting instinct and like to stalk, chase and pounce, so get a toy and encourage them to play with it.

A growing problem
As well as dogs and cats, the increase
in pet obesity is affecting smaller pets, too, such as hamsters, rats, reptiles, budgies, and particularly rabbits, says Sean. 'It's usually the result of them being kept on their own in a small hutch and fed but never exercised. Rabbits are social animals, so the best solution is to get another neutered rabbit and a big run for them to exercise in.'

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Fat dogs are now such a common sight that many of us have forgotten what a healthy animal even looks like, and often owners don't recognise their pet is overweight. Monitor your dog's weight by running your hands over its ribs, spine and hips. The bones shouldn't be prominent, but you should be



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Think yourself young!
Simple steps to a brighter, smarter you

eeling grumpy, anxious and worn out? Can't remember the last time you did anything more daring than change the colour of your tights? Well it's time to stop thinking old, because no matter how youthful you look on the outside, it's how you feel on the inside that really ages you, say experts. 'Age is a state of mind,' says Tim Drake, author of You Can Be As Young as You Think (Pearson Education, £10.99). 'Cosmetics and clothes may help you look better, and crosswords might keep your brain alert, but you can only feel genuinely young, if you think young.'






Over the past three years, would you say you've become:
a) More cynical? b) More able to give others the benefit of the doubt? c) More trusting?

When you go to the supermarket, do you:
a) Buy the same brands you've always bought? b) Choose between products that are right for you? c) Experiment with unknown brands?

A friend Invites you to her dinner party, but you don't know anyone who's going. Do you:
a) Lie and say you're busy? b) Accept, but ask if you can bring someone? c) Say you'd love to come?

Thinking about your education, are you:

a) Happy with what you've been taught? b) Eager to learn more? c) Constantly expanding your knowledge?

••• 5 WAYS TO FEEL • • Don't worry if your brain is older • than you - it's easy to stop the rot •
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: • • • Old-brained people hate change because it's scary - young-brained people love it because it's exciting. Start getting back in touch with your young brain by making small changes to your daily routine - it will get easier the more you do it. I' Change the chair you usually sit on while watching TV.Even a tiny step like this can help you out of your comfort zone

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loving and lovable because they make time for themselves, and feel all the better for it. I' Spend 20 minutes every day doing something you love

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Young-brained people are full of energy and enthusiasm. 'And it's got nothing to do with their physical health,' says Tim. 'It's about their outlook and attitude.' I' Do something you've been mulling over, such as arranging a family party or taking on voluntary work. You'll be amazed how much it will energise you.

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Old-brained people think, 'Why bother? I have enough friends.' But new friendships bring freshness and vitality to your life, says Tim. There's no age limit on friendship, so get out there!

Are your days packed with activities you do out of duty, not enjoyment? That's why old-brained people often feel grumpy and resentful. Young-brained people are more

Stop being cynical. Where's the rule that says dreams don't come true when you're 49 or 74? Young people make dreams come true because they work hard and believe they can succeed - so can you. I' Think of something you'd love to do, then write down all the negative thoughts that prevent you from doing It. Now look at each thought one by one and challenge it. Is It really true? or Is It just your fear talking?

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'I was made redundant two years ago, after working for the same company for 21 years. It was a shock, but I decided to do somethinq I'd always wanted to, which was volunteering. I joined a mentoring scheme and supported a young mum who was struggling to cope, offering her everything from career advice to emotional support. When I flrst met her, she was so shy, she couldn't even order a cup of coffee in a cafe. But, over the months, she's blossomed - even joining a gyml Seeing her confidence grow has definItely rubbed off on me. Now, instead of saying 'no' to something new, I say, 'why not?' I feel 25 again - and people say I look younger, too!' For more information, visit www.csv. orguk or call 020 7278 6601.

Professor Ellen Langer has spent more than 30 years proving that it's possible to think
yourself young. Her ground-breaking study, Counterclockwise (£8.99, Hodder), was put to the test in last year's fascinating BBCl series The Young Ones, in which six celebrities, now in their seventies and eighties, were taken back to 1975, by living in a house filled with 1970s decor, to see if they could regain their youth, But you don't have to tum your home into a time-warp to feel younger, says Professor Langer. Staying positive is the first step. 'Focus on what you can do, not what you can't,' she says. 'Don't accept a general trend as inevitable. Who says your memory has to deteriorate when you get older? It may never happen.' And remember that ageing brings many positives. 'I'm 63, and there's no way I would want to be 43 again: says Professor Langer. 'I wouldn't want to give up all of the wisdom I've accumulated in those 20 years: Would you?

Attitude is everything

'Singing has taken years off me!'

When something goes wrong, do you:
a) Feel fed-up? b) Check who's fault it is and try to sort it out? c) Go with the flow. It's not the end of the world?

Your brain is middleGive yourself one mark for every a, two for every b and three for every c. You have an old brain it's more than 65 years old. aged, between 4S and 65 years old. Your brain is young - it's definitely under 45 years old!

At a party, a group of cblldren ask If you'd like to play with their skipping rope. Do you:
a) Say no - your new outfit might get ruined? b) Offer to hold one end so they can play? c) Say yes immediately?


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'Shortlyaftertuming 60, I went to a local concert and heard an amazing choir made up of women just like me. It sounds odd, but I just had to join them I've always loved music but never had the confidence to sing, even when I was younger. Thankfully, there was no audition because I'd never have bad the confidence to sing alone, and what started out as a bit of fun has become something very special. We sing gospel music and Motown hits and it's really boosted my confidence. J certainly don't feel 60 now - I have more confidence than T did when I was 20. Friends have said I'm a different person. I think they're right, and it feels great!' For more information, visit www. rock choir. com.



'There when I needed , you most
Charity project worker Oonagh Murphy-Jack, 1:1, from London, explains why her aunt and unde are so precious to her Dear Aunt Una,


I want to thank my wonderful parents JANET and DEREK for their support during a tough time after my daughter Priya-Rose was born last February. I suffered gall bladder problems and was in and out of hospital for months, but Mum and Dad were always there, happy to look after Priya-Rose at a moment's notice, so my husband, Prakash, could be with me. Eventually, I had my gall bladder removed, and went to recuperate with them for two weeks while Prakash was working. It would have been horrendous struggling alone. Mum and Dad were simply fantastic, and gave my precious daughter a much more content start in life than she might otherwise have had. Jane Yarnall, 37, \V~Llsall West Midl:U1ds

t feels strange calling you that, because ever since you took me ill at the age of 11, I've called you Mum and my uncle Pat Dad. Perhaps because you took on that role so warmly and wholeheartedly -1couldn't bave wished for better parents. My natural mother Nuala* bad me young, at 18,and split with my father before I was two. She struggled with difficult relationships and relied a lot on her own mum and dad to help look after me It was oonfusing for a young child, but I loved. stayingwith Grandma and Grandad. Youwere just a teenager then, Una, but I remember you as a figure of stability. Moving from place to place, I spent a lot of time helpjl)g care for my younger siblings, Coleen* and Michael*. I was 11.and we were living ill a B&B ill Bristol when I'd finally had enough. I walked to a phone box and called you in desperation You were married to Uncle Pat by then, and you both got straight in the car and drove from London to collect me. My mum never tried to oontact me, and we're estranged now. It broke my heart to leave my sister and brother behind but I had to get out. I wanted them to oome too, but they didn't want to leave their mum. Coieen was eventually taken into care at 14,and Michael went to live with his dad. I left with only the clothes on my back. Without you, where would I have gone? But you and Uncle Pat took me in with open arms, giving me the love and stability I craved. You were only 26 at the time, young and free-spirited. But you took on a troubled I l-year-old without question. I wasn't an easy child. Although I did well at school I was rebellious and argumentative, and found it difficultto get over my insecurities. But you never stopped believing ill rneThims came to a head four years ago, when I went into hospital with a breakdown. I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. I hated myselt and as a result, suffered with eating disorders. But you were always there for me. With treatment, I reoovered, and now have a great job as a project manager forthe charity Grandparents Plus, and a steady partner. I'm also getting close to my brother and sister again, which means so much to me. In my work, I see a lot of people in tough family situations. It makes me realise how lucky I was to have such warm, loving and generous relatives, and I've been inspired to write my novel Waiting For Erin by Oonagh Murphy-Jack (Austin & Macauley, £7.99) about caring grandparents who take on the role of parent. Just as you did for me With an my love, Oonagh



Jane and baby Priya-Rose (centre) with mum Janet and dad Derek

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No wonder so many 2O-Somethings are moving back in with their parents: first-time buyers in their twenties would have to save 45 per cent of their monthly net income over five years to afford the £37,000 deposit needed to buy a starter home.

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My son and daughter argued assumed However, they'd have always like cat and dog, but I just grow out of it at 35 and 37, with children worse than get-togethers, example to my

pottery and painting. Then there's all the fun of
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affects children of all ages, partly because, as children, they often compete for their mother's attention. Unfortunately, your two seem to that you have carried this behaviour into adulthood. It's most important

remain neutral, telling them both equally and clearly how unhappy you are with their behaviour. Point out that it will have a negative effect on their children and partners. Their constant bickering at family gatherings is putting too much focus on them, and that's selfish. Start by suggesting that they take some time out together to air some of the grievances they've clearly been carrying for years. This is a more mature way of settling their differences than public bickering. on these conversations If they won't, then perhaps you or another family member can offer to be a neutral mediator and sit in - but it's vital that person doesn't take sides.



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veryspare surface of your home is papered with Post-it Notes, yet you still feel certain you've forgotten something. It's time to make a checklist! Pilots, surgeons and nurses swear by them to focus their minds on the minutiae of routine jobs - because if they forget a step, there are going to be major repercussions. But as Atul Gawande, author of The Checklist Manifesto (Profile Books, £8.99) explains, ticking boxes can help everyone from stressed shoppers to busy mums. 'Checklists defend you against failure,' he declares, confidently. 'They supply a set of checks to ensure the stupid but critical stuff isn't overlooked.' Unlike a to-do list (which tends to be open-ended), a checklist is closed and walks you through each step of an individual task - the perfect example being a recipe. When writing such a list, you're pulling off an organisational double-whammy, clarifying your thoughts on what needs to be done as well as creating a visual memory-jog for later. And as soon as you've ticked that little box, you can rest assured that you haven't forgotten anything vital, whether it's getting your car's MOT done ahead of its tax renewal, or booking travel insurance for your holiday.


To get you started, wcvc created a few cut-out-andkeep checklist templates:
Earmark a period of time for your clearout, so you can focus without distractions. Choose one small area at a time, for instance, your linen cupboard or bathroom cabinet. Put an old sheet down ready for the clutter to be transferred to. Empty out the area you're working on so you can easily assess the clutter on the sheet shuffling objects around in situ doesn't count! Hold up each item and assess when you last used it, if it fits, if it's out of date and if you even like it. Then sort into piles - one for keeping, one for charity, one for selling and one for dumping. Put like with like, so if you're sorting out your wardrobe, have separate sections for skirts, trousers and jeans. Store functional items together in Tupperware boxes (for example, one for a shoe-cleaning kit, another for first-aid). Maximise storage space, for instance, put unseasonal clothes and duvets in the loft.

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• KEEP IT SHORT. 'Checklists shouldn't be lengthy - keep it between five and nine items, which is the limit of working memory,' says Atul. He also recommends sticking to one page. • INCLUDE USEFUL DETAILS. 'To save time later, write relevant contact details on the list,' advises Clare Evans, author of Time Management for Dummies (Wiley, £9.99). • PUT IT WHERE YOU'LL SEE IT. 'I write lists for regular tasks on the computer so I have a ready template, and can simply print a copy out when necessary,' says Clare. 'Just stick your printout on the fridge - or invest in a white board.' • TIMETABLE YOUR UST. 'Some lists deal with future events that require several stages of planning, such as a wedding, birthday party or work project. In such cases, it helps to split your items into manageable time chunks, for example, one month before, one week before and one day before,' says Clare.

For formal dinners, send out invitations, stating the date and time, when to RSVP by, a dress code and your address. Ask guests to let you know if they are vegetarian or have any allergies. Put together a music playlist long enough to last through drinks and dinner. Clean cutlery, china and crystal, and launder and iron tablecloths and napkins. Design a seating plan and create place cards. Designate a space for guests' coats, whether in your under-stairs cupboard or a spare room.

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'Running my own business (www.mamascarfco.uk) means I'm wearing many different hats at once, so being organised is essential When I'm creating new products.my list will include liaising with designers, meeting mums for feedback, registering the design and applying for trademark. As a mum to Sam, three, and Lily, seven months, lists keep me on top of things around the house. When we're going away, I write two lists- one for stuff to take and one for last-minute tllingst.o do (taking baby food out of freezer or setting a timer on lights):
Keira O'Mara, 33, Binningham

'I rely on checklists for everything. In fact, I've had the sarne holiday checklist saved on the hard drive. of my computer for 15 years I just alter and add bits to it each time I do a printout. Whenever we have friends or family over for dinner, J write three lists - one for shopping, one with recipes and one with to-do stuff It allows me to plan ahead, and as soon as everything is written down, I can relax. And there's no greater pleasure than binning a list after ticking all the boxes I'
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OSt of us have some cash put away, however small, but only a third of women are confident about deciding how to invest it·. We show you how ..•


Be a super saver
'If your bank account is healthily in credit, set up a savings account and transfer an amount each month,' says Caroline Anstee, independent financial adviser and director of Towergate Rnancial. If you're happy to put your money away for a few years, fixed-rate savings bonds offer the best rates. 'It's a good idea to save between three to six months' salary in an easy-access account for an emergency,' says Tom Stevenson, investment director at Fidelity Investment Managers. But read the small print - interest rates aren't always permanent. Shop around using comparison websites, such as www. moneyfacts.co.uk and www. moneysupermarket.com.

stocks and shares ISA. The benefit is that you could get more interest on your money because you are investing in the stock market - but, of course, it could also lose value. The total annual allowance for this is £10,200 (so if you have £5100 already invested in a cash ISA, you can only save another £5100 in stocks and shares). You have until 5

April 2011 to use up your ISA allowance for this tax year.

Bond with your cash
Don't fancy the risk? Stick to cash or fixed-interest products such as corporate bonds and gilts (Government bonds). You'll need to put in a sizeable amount to start off (£500 to £1000). 'When you buy a bond,

you're lending money to the Government or a large company, and in return they promise to pay interest,' says Tom. 'But they're not totally risk-free.' Large companies and governments once seemed unlikely to fail, but the recent financial collapse of Ireland's huge banking institutions show nowhere is truly safe.

Beat the taxman
Even if you're hopeless at maths, there are some numbers you should know. With inflation, measured by the consumer price index at 3.1 per cent, if you're a basic-rate taxpayer you'll need a savings account paying 3.88 per cent - while a higher-rate taxpayer would have to find a savings account paying 5.17 per cent. For this reason, cash ISAs, which are tax-free, should be the first place to put your extra money-up to £5100 a year. On top of your £5100 cash allowance, you can save in a
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from investing

Lookwhat I did!
At a sprightly 96, daredevil Doris Long, from Hayling Island, Hampshire, is proof that you're never too old for an adventure


Have some


in cash,

says Liz Rae, returns


adviser at The Share Centre (www. 'While, historically, in funds outperform cash, you're taking money saved,


a risk, so always have some accessible too, in case the worst happens.'

usually a minimum financial

2 3


out your


to risk. This will depend and how long

on your age, financial you're prepared


to leave your money invested -

of three to five years. An independent While many of just £50. stocks

adviser can help you decide the best place to investment of £500, it's also

invest - find one at www.unbiased.co.uk. funds accept a minimum Choose your possible to pay small monthly funds. is investing amounts

As a beginner, your best bet
the money of

in funds rather than individual

and shares. A fund pools together stocks

all its investors,

and the fund manager then invests in and shares, based on what or

certain companies'

they think will do well. You can choose the type of fund from sectors such as 'smaller UK companies' 'emerging markets'. in things like tobacco financial and pharmaceuticals, For ethical funds that don't invest visit a site - and consult your your cash.

such as www.ethicalinvestment.co.uk

414141), 6005361) 8800267),


adviser before committing

Go it alone. Once you get stock-market savvy, save money by choosing your own funds. Use a fund supermarket or Interactive like The Share Centre (01296 0845 0845 charges. Investor (www.iii.co.uk. Funds Direct (www.fundsdirect.com. and you'll only pay administration

I I'm

just 5ft, so people assume I'm frail and timid,

Guinness Wortd Record for the oldest abseiler - which I'd set the year before! The drop 200ft down Millgate House in Portsea wasn't high enough to frighten me, but

but they
wrong. and adventurous


be more

I've been active all my life, and Sydney, wasn't to

'I've learnt not to panic!'

my husband, surprised

at all

OJ Chris Evans abseiled with me
and was terrified! This May, I'll be attempting to break my record again. Sadly, Sydney died three years ago, but I know he'd be just as proud and seven great grandchildren

when, at the age of

I told him I wanted

try absei6ng.

We were walking through a holiday village near our home, when I saw people abseiling down a wall. "Off you go then. I'll watch!" he said.


my daughter, three granddaughters are. I used to work at the Berkshire County Council and although I've long since retired, I've no intention of slowing down. I eat healthily, don't drink and have never and my

As I climbed over the ledge, 60ft
up, and losing money so I gripped started to I the rope tightly


the excitement

of investing.

" Iwasn't

I started off using a broker, but


edge nervously backwards. looked and around thought, what a view!

I decided to have a go myself I use The Share Centre because it has an investment-advice phone line. Teaching myself was time-oonsuming and I've learnt that


go down

as well


and I've given myself a long timetrame. shares last week that dropped - suddenly I'm down eventually. the

£600, but r expect they'll go up Meanwhile, my ISA balance was £27,000 at start of last year and it's gone up to £35,000. I spend

up, so Itry not to panic, Ibought some by 20 per cent in value



scared - but DJ Chris Evans was terrified! "

I must bring my camera up next time." I've always loved a challenge and it was great fun. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I started abseiling regularly, and have since raised £17,000 for charity. I've done 18 abseils in 11 years, and, last year, broke the

I love gardening,

pets - a dog, cat, guinea pigs and a parrot - keep me very busy, too. I just want to live life to the full.' • Doris uses Age Concern Personal Alarms. Visit www.age uk.org.uk or call 0800

a lot of time online looking at potential investments, and I read the financial papers and Investors Chronicle. The Share Centre also sends out weekly share which are really useful'




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Simple solutions to
For every one of your niggling quandaries, we've got ideas and advice. So relax and let us lighten your load with our handy tips

Familyproof pai nt


Can you recommend a teenager- and dog-resistant paint for my living room? Kitchen and bathroom paints are among the toughest, according to paint experts. But their sheen can highlight flaws. If you want a matt finish, consider Dulux Endurance Matt (from £32 for 51,0845 600 2400), which is 20 times stronger than its standard matt. Alternatively, buy trade paint (available from decorators' merchants), which is designed to take a battering in public places. Dulux Trade Diamond Matt (£40 for 51)and Johnstone's Trade Acrylic Durable Matt (from £32 for 51,01924 354600) are recommended. These are quite pricey though. If you don't wash the walls very

often, it might be better to buy standard paint and redecorate more often.

pour, adding milk if you want. Once you've mastered the technique, experiment with different blends to find your favourite.

Armchair movies


My son keeps nagging me to get a Blu-ray Disc player, when we've already got a DVD player. What's the difference? A Blu-ray player lets you watch movies on Blu-ray Discs in high definition (HD), so you can see every detail. Players cost from £99 and the discs around £20. You can do without a player if your son has a PS3, which has Blu-ray built in, but you'll definitely need a TV that broadcasts in HD. {Find out how to activate it at www.bbc.co.uklbbchd}.It.s worth it, says Which? Tests showed that recent releases and some classics were far superior on Btu-ray compared with DVDs, but don't expect to see any difference with most old movies.

Get paid to shop


How do cashback sites work? Do you really get money for nothing? Cashback sites get paid for directing you to specific websites .such as Argos or Tesco, then share their commission with you. However; although you can make around £50 on big purchases, one In six users never get paid, says the research company Consumer Intelligence. Even if you do, you could lose it all if the site goes bust, as Cashback Kings did recently. 'Bank your cash as soon as possible,' advises www.moneysavingexpert.com. 'And focus on the price you're paying. It's best to think of cashback as a bonus, because it's not guaranteed.'

Smell the coffee
How do you make decent coffee at home? Mine Is always too bitter. The secret is to buy beans. Use four to seven scoops (50g) of coarselyground coffee in an eight-cup cafetiere and top with filtered water that's just off the boil (boiling it burns the coffee). Brew for four minutes, then plunge and

Wipe clean



Should I wash my kitchen cloths and sponges or throw them away? The average kitchen cloth contains over a billion bacteria, thanks to a toxic mix of warmth, damp and food particles. If you don't want to spread germs every time you wipe the worktop,

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- ife til.

disinfect cloths after each use, advises Professor Sally Bloomfield of the London School of Hygiene. Change them daily and wash at 65°C. Better still, use kitchen paper or disposable cloths. While this won't help save the planet, it might save your family from an upset tummy.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by

Our pick of the new fiction for grown-ups

Wedding bans
My daughter's been told she can't play Ave Maria at her wedding because she's not getting married in a church. Is this really the case? Religious music and readings are banned at civil weddings - trouble is, there's disagreement about what 'religious' means. The final decision is left to the registrar and some object to any church references at all. The General Register Office says that 'incidental' mentions are fine, so Angels should be safe, but crossover hymns such as Ave Maria and Morning Has Broken might be problematic. To be safe, run your choices past the local registrar well in advance of the big day.


Tom Franklin (pan Macmillan, £11.99) Silas is a policeman in a small Mississippi town, with few lawenforcement issues to worry about. But when a local recluse is nearly killed, and a young woman goes miSSing, Silas is tasked with unravelling the truth about these crimes, and their connection to another girl's disappearance 20 years earlier. The characters jump off the page and into your thoughts.

cake, she tastes the emptiness and despair that her mum tries so hard to disguise. This is a moving and fantastical tale of the secrets and lies that lurk beneath the surface of a seemingly happy family.

MoreTban You can say by Paul Torday


•. ,

(Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £12.99) Ex-soldier Richard


Great House by
Nicole Krauss (Viking, £16.99) George Weisz has made it his life's work to recreate his father's study just as it was in 1938 when the Nazis arrived and the family home was abandoned. All that is missing is the old writing desk, and it is through this desk that we meet various other characters that are all linked to George in the most unexpected ways. This is a cleverly woven yarn with many threads you'll be hooked.

Shower power
I'd like to tum our en-suite bathroom into a luxury shower room, but my husband says It will devalue our house. Is he right? Most people buying a family house expect to find a bath in the main bathroom, but it's less of an issue elsewhere in the house. 'With en suites, it's all about wet rooms and walk-in showers now,' says Paul Crow of luxury bathroom company Ripples. Before you go ahead, have a word with your local estate agent a wet room may not swing the sale in some areas. Should you decide a bath is best, opt for one with the wow factor. A freestanding tub with overhead shower is the most desirable, says Paul.

Gaunt drin~ too much, IS up Itt t. to his ears in debt and has messed things up with his girtfriend. So he decides he has nothing to lose by taking a bet from his gambling buddies to walk from London to Oxford at 2am in the rain, wearing a tuxedo. But before he reaches Oxford he's taken hostage in a country house and presented with another lucrative offer - £1 0,000 for a green-card marriage. A thrilling read.






The Particular sadness of Lemon cake by Aimee
Bender (Windmill, £11.99) On her ninth birthday, Rose Edelstein finds she has an unusual gift. Stealing a slice of her mother's homemade lemon

Caldwell (Faber, £12.99) Ruth and her husband Euan have left rural Northern Ireland behind to start an exciting new life in Bahrain with their baby daughter. But then Ruth discovers Euan's real reason for relocating is to smuggle Bibles into Saudi Arabia Set against the backdrop of the beginning of the Iraq war, this gripping novel deals with love, friendship and the devastating power of religion.


TbeMeeting Point by Lucy

To order Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin for just £10.49, Great House by Nicole Krauss for £13.99, The Particular sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee 1r;i;;~iJiij;;;;;;''' Bender for £10.49, More Than You Can say by Paul Torday for £10.99, and The Meeting Point by Lucy Caldwell for £10.99 (allwith free p&p), visit the All About You Bookshop at www. allaboutyoubookshop.co.uk or call 0871 803 6764.



'Share a bed? Not likely!'
To some? sleeping apart is a sure sign of a marriage in crisis. But for these three couples? separate beds means a stronger? happier relationship

'I've got a kingsize bed all to nl se]f'


Hazel Davis, 34, a writer, lives with her partner Bob, also 34, a building services manager, in Huddersfield, Yorkshire
ob has snored ever since I met him more than 13 years ago and probably long before that! We met at university where we shared an awkward single bed persistently, despite both of us having perfectly good beds of our own. In the first flush of romance, his snoring didn't bother me (or our typical student lifestyle meant I didn't notice!). When we moved in together after graduation, we spent a few years in a onebedroom house. Bob would wake up in the

morning unsure why he'd slept so badly. It was because I'd spent the entire night prodding and poking him! When we have had guests to stay, they've woken in the night from another room wondering what the noise was. It's a back-of-the-throat rattle which seems to make the whole room vibrate. When we finally got the space we needed, and moved to our three-bedroom home, we decorated the spare room for guests with a single bed always made up.

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But, every now and again I would sneak in there, if the snoring got too bad. It upset Bob at first but in the end I would just wait for him to go to sleep and creep out. For me, it was the perfect answer. Then Bob, who's a keen carpenter, built us a really lovely king size bed in the main bedroom. Lovingly crafted, it was just the right size. We christened it on the first night and spent a few troubled nights trying to sleep in harmony, with him trying not to snore and me trying not to pinch him. I would lay there silently seething and taking it out on him with my feet. Eventually, defeated, he went into the spare room. Little by little, his things migrated in there too. His radio, his phone charger, some of his books and the dog Eric. Now it's a regular arrangement. I have an enormous bed, a goose-down duvet and the most ornately decorated room in the house to myself. Poor Bob sleeps in the spare room with the airing cupboard and the

'I is only a tern


Teacher Laura Robertson, 30, and husband Paul, 34, who works as a chief immigration officer, live in Chelmsford, Essex, with their baby son, Edward
The arrangement works very well he's in the spare room for about ten nights a month, but for us it's only temporary. It's only when Paul's left coffee cups and yesterday's pants in the spare room that I say, "You need to tidy your room!" Once Edward sleeps through the night, we'll definitely sleep together more again. Before Edward came along, I liked having the space to myself, but these days it's nice to have Paul warm me up after I've finished the 4am feed. But he's only across the landing if I need help with Edward, and it makes no difference to our sex life. In fact, I'm sure a lot of new parents have a similar arrangement. I think that a spare room is a very useful tool in a relationship. No more long nights listening to snoring, then resenting him for it the next day. Surely that makes for a better relationship than battling through?'

" Bob's snoring is like a rattle whidi seems to make the whole room vibrate"
wardrobes. But he gets to read as late as he wants with the light on without me complaining, and I get complete silence and the darkness I crave. When guests come, or if we stay with friends, we have to get used to sleeping together again. Bob finds himself trying to stay awake until I've gone to sleep so I don't get angry with his snoring, and I find myself laying awake waiting for him to start snoring or asking him if he's still awake. For holidays, we've rented cottages with two bedrooms or made ample use of the sofa. But our home arrangement works perfectly. We always have a cuddle last thing at night and first thing in the morning. In fact, one or the other of us will invariably wake up to the other one creeping into snuggle up in the morning. It's quite nice really and keeps the other side of things quite fresh, too. I do think people think it's a bit strange that we sleep in separate beds, and I'm not always comfortable telling people. They seem to think it signifies cracks in our relationship or imply that we must never have sex. That's as far from the truth as it's possible to be, without boasting. In fact, our relationship is better than it's ever been. There's nothing quite so exciting as having a surprise night-time visitor to keep the flame alive!'

ver since Paul and I married in 2008, he has slept in the spare bedroom a couple of times a month for various reasons - anything from man flu or a cough to having a bad back or snoring. It was the natural solution for us and meant we never had to fall out. He never got upset about sleeping in the spare room. In fact, it was his idea. So when we brought our baby boy Edward home from hospital last October, it seemed to make sense for Paul to go in there every now and again, too. That way he could sleep well until 6am, then come and relieve me from Edward (who sleeps in a cot next to the bed) so I could sleep in. It works brilliantly and means that neither of us suffers the sleep deprivation which new parents so often can. I also send Paul to the spare room when he has an early shift or a long drive ahead of him, because it's important he's rested.


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OJ job without waking

We've sle tin se12arate bedro01TISfor seven years'
Charlie Walker Barnes, 37, a sales analyst, is married to Garry, 40, who runs a OJ agency. They live in Bradford with their daughter, Isabelle, seven
'GarrY's work as a DJ means he can come home any time between two and five o'clock in the morning, and he doesn't get up until midday. I don't want him coming in and waking me up and he doesn't want me waking him up in the mornings when I go to work at 7am. When we first met, our sleeping habits weren't a problem, but things changed when Isobelle was born. Our house has an upside-down design with our bedroom, kitchen and diner downstairs and Isobelle's bedroom, bathroom and lounge upstairs. I didn't want to sleep on a different floor to her, so I started sleeping in her room and I never really went back. Now there is no way I would share a bed with Garry. Isabelle's bedroom is huge, so we have a double bed and a single bed in there and Garry has all his DJ stuff in his room. There are wires everywhere and, frankly, it often looks like a bomb's hit it. It's a typical boy's room. Every now and again, we'll sleep in the same bed. If Isabelle is away or if we've been out for a meal, we'll go back to Garry's room and listen to music and end up asleep. But, often, one of us will wake up and go and sleep in Isabelle's room because, to us, it's very strange sleeping in the same bed! We've both got so used to our own environments and ways of sleeping, too. I like to be cool in bed at night and Garry likes to burrow into the duvet like it's a nest. He tunnels himself up and wraps the quilt and it drives me insane. together, it's actually really nice because I do love the thought of waking up next to my husband. It's just our work and house situation which makes it easier for us to sleep separately. Having said that, we're due to move in the spring and we've already made sure we have three bedrooms; one each, obviously. I don't really care what people think about our sleeping arrangements. Our friends know we love each other very much, but they also know that Garry is very grumpy in the mornings. They even joke about it and ask whether I'm going to sleep with rny husband that night! But I've discovered it's more common than people might think. Quite a few of our friends and farnily regularly sleep separately. After Isabelle was born, our sex life went off the boil a bit and I think that sleeping apart does affect it even more. I do get upset sometimes about the lack of contact between us. But Garry is who he is and we love each other to bits. I think that when Isabelle grows up or if Garry changes his working patterns, we will possibly end up sharing a room again. But if that ever happens, it would have to be an enormous bed with two single quilts!'

"I do get upset sometimes about

the lack of contact between us. But Garry is who he is and we love each other to bits "

We tend to go on holiday to the same place in the Dominican Republic, where we hire a suite with a lounge area and two queensize beds. Invariably, one of us will end up sleeping with Isabelle or in the lounge. However, if we have friends or family staying and we do have to sleep

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Step into springwith 3C SHOWS!
Make sure you don't miss out on this great day out - for all your crafting tips and tricks


he Prima craft team are all very excited - this spring, we're off to not one craft show, but three! Along with our title sponsor Dremel, we'll be at Sewing for Pleasure, Hobbycrafts and Embroidery shows between 24 and 27 March at the NEe in Birmingham. Prima will be hosting its own demonstration theatre and workshop area, and whether you've crafted before or are just a beginner, you're welcome. There's no need to book - just come along! The shows bring you the latest cutting-edge innovations, designs and supplies for all types of crafts. Craft lovers will find everything from the traditional to the experimental. It's the perfect day out! The Dremel Hobby range is especially for creative enthusiasts who want to complete a wide variety of hobby and creative projects. The Dremel 7700 and Dremel 300 Series multitools have been taken from the original Dremel range and adapted to suit the needs of the creative hobby user. They're ideal for engraving, carving, scrap-booking, customising furniture, jewellery making, woodworking and many many more creative projects. The Hobby range from Dremel also includes two different Glue Guns, the dedicated Dremel Engraver, The Dremel Project Table and The Dremel VersaTip heat tool, ideal for heat embossing, soldering, wood burning, hot fixing, quick drying and lots more. To find out more about the Dremel Hobby range, visit www.dremel.com or email pt.dremelmarketing@ uk.bosch.com.

Your ticket gives you free entry to Sewing for Pleasure, Hobbycrafts and Embroidery shows at the same venue, at the same time (three shows for the price of one!)
Adult on-the-door £11/ Senior on-the-door £10

• For further details, visit

£2 off the on-the-door price for Prima readers who book in
advance (at least one week before the show) quoting PRIMA www.dremel.com

Book tickets online at www.ichf.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 01425 277988


Prima cookery

We need carbs for energy and to fill us up, but too many can mean piling on the pounds, Here's how to cut down without missing out. , ,

Low-carb and DE ICIOUS!

Tuna and spinach in a hot tomato sauce This protein-rich fish will really fill you up
SERVES 4 PREP: 15 mins COOK: 20 mins TOTAL COST: £9.42 PER SERVING KCALS: 290 FAT: 119 SAT FAT:29 CARBS: 8g 1tbsp olive oil • 1 onion, finely chopped • 3 cloves garlic, chopped • 1 red chilli, chopped • 6 anchovy fillets, chopped • 2 x 400g cans of tomatoes· splash of Chipotle Tabasco sauce· 4 tuna steaks, roughly sliced into chunky pieces • 200gnoz baby-leaf spinach garlic and chilli.

This is like a pastry-free quiche - without the cheese
SERVES 4 PREP: 15 mins COOK: 20 mins TOTAL COST: £4.37 KCALS: 153 FAT: 89 SAT FAT: 2.59 CARBS: 149

Mixed pCppCl~thyme and ch illi
1tbsp olive oil 3 red peppers, chopped· 2 green peppers, chopped


• handful of fresh thyme leaves • 1-2 red chillies, sliced into rings, seeds removed • 150mll'l.pt of milk· 2 eggs 1 Heat oil in a pan and add peppers, season well with salt and black pepper 2 Spoon and cook for 10-15 mins till soft, then add thyme and chilli. mixture into a shallow

1 Heat oil in a pan, then add onion and season with salt and black pepper. Cook for 3-4 mins till soft, then stir though 2 Add anchovies and stir, then tip in tomatoes and Tabasco and bring to boil. Cook on a low heat for 15-20 mins. Season again with pepper. 3 Add tuna and cook for 5 mins, then turn it and add in spinach. Take off heat and put a lid on pan, so spinach wilts and tuna cooks.

tart tin, then lightly whisk milk and

egg together

and pour over. Season again, if you wish. setting after it comes out of the oven, so better if salad.

3 Put in oven and cook for 10-15 mins till egg mixture is beginning set - it will continue it's still slightly wobbly. Serve with a green salad or a tomato

iiIi1Monkfish is another
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finn, chunky fish that would work well in this dish.

iim H you do want

to use cheese, goats' cheese would taste great with this.

Middle Eastern lamb kebabs This is well-seasoned
MAKES 8 PREP: 20 mins COOK: 20 mins TOTAL COST: £6.87 PER SERVING KGALS: 210 FAT: 15g SAT FAT: 6g GARBS: 0.5g 12Sg/40z black olives, pitted • 450g111b lamb mince • 1 egg • 1tbsp 1tbsp harissa or chilli sauce or paste· 2tsp of zatar tomato puree· leaves only·

lamb mince with black olives and chilli

spice or 1tsp toasted sesame seeds and a few sprigs of thyme, bunch of fresh mint, leaves only, finely chopped YOU WILL NEED: 8 wooden or metal skewers. If using wooden ones, soak in water for 20 mins first to stop them from burning

3 Divide mixture into 8, then form them around the sticks, making a sort of lollipop shape. Sit them on a plate or baking sheet and put in fridge for 20 mins to firm up, if time. Put in oven on a baking sheet and cook for about 10 mins, keeping an eye on them, then return them to oven to cook other side for about the same time. Alternatively, you could cook them under a hot grill or in a hot griddle pan. Serve with salad and lemon wedges and some minted Greek yoghurt.

1 Preheat oven to gas mark 6/200°C (180°C in a fan oven). Add olives to food processor and whizz. Tip into a large bowl and add mince, egg, tomato puree, harissa or chilli sauce and zatar spice mix, if using. 2 Mix well so it is tightly packed, then add mint and season with sea salt and lots of black pepper. Mix again, so it all combines.

i1J] We like Bart Zatar Seasoning,

40g for £3.49, available at major supermarkets. You can use it for all sorts of dishes, adding it to your mince to liven up a shepherd's pie or stirring it into rice dishes.

iiIilyou could use pork, beef or even turkey mince for this recipe, keeping the spices the same or adjusting to your preference.


Plima cookery

All your favourite flavours packed into this~Urger - no bun allowed, though!
MAKES 8 PREP: 20 mins COOK: 15 mins TOTAL COST: £5.33 PER SERVING KCALS: 117 FAT: 39 SAT FAT: 0.69 CARBS: 8.59

Coronation chicken burzcrs

Sweet and sour pork with Asian greens This is a delicious way to seNe pork and it's
incredibly quick to make
SERVES 4 PREP: 10 mins COOK: 30 mins TOTAL COST: £7.02 PER SERVING KCALS: 230 FAT: 89 SAT FAT: 29 CARBS: 18g 3 chicken 400g pork steaks, cut into bite-sized FOR THE SAUCE: 2tbsp runny honey· pieces· 1 star anise (optional) seeds (optional) • 2 balls of • 235g pack of pak choi • 100g pack of pomegranate • 3 cloves gar1ic, peeled • 1 green chilli, deseeded

'h red onion, roughly chopped • 3 cloves garlic, peeled·
• 1 eating apple, peeled and cored· • 1 egg. 1-2tbsp olive oil

breasts, skinless, roughly chopped • 1tbsp mild curry powder 75g/30z sultanas or raisins

2tbsp dark soy sauce

1 Add onion, garlic and plenty of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to a food processor and whizz till finely chopped. 2 Add chicken breasts and whizz again till minced. Spoon out into a bowl and tip in curry powder. Add apple to food processor and pulse briefly to shred it, then add to chicken mixture. Tip in sultanas or raisins and add egg. Mix well till it is all combined use your hand to do this, squishing it all together. 3 Divide mixture up into eight equal balls. roll. then pat into evensized burgers. Sit on a plate or baking sheet and put in fridge for 20 mins to firm up, if time. Heat a little oil in a large, nonstick frying pan and add burgers a few at a time. Top up with oil, as required. Cook undisturbed for about 4-6 mins till underside begins to turn golden. then turn and cook other side for same amount of time. Serve with crisp lettuce leaves, sliced apple and lightly dressed carrot ribbons. ~ If you want to taste the mixture for seasoning first, fry a tiny amount of it in the oil, then adjust the seasoning as necessary.

stem ginger, plus 1tbsp of juice • 1tsp Chinese five spice

1 Add all sauce ingredients to a food processor and whizz together, then tip into a bowl and add pork. Season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and add star anise. Leave to marinate for 30 mins, if time. 2 Tip everything into a large, deep frying pan and allow it to bubble, then pour in 300ml/1f2pt of hot water. let it continue to boil for a minute, then reduce to a simmer. Cook on a low heat with lid ajar for about 20 mins. Top up with more water, if needed. 3 Stir through pak choi and cook for a further 5 mins or so till it wilts, then stir through pomegranate seeds, if using. Serve with some quinoa.

~ Quinoa is a full-protein grain. It makes a real change to rice and is one of the good carbs to eat. You will find it in aU major supermarkets.

For more carb·free IDspiration.

visit www.allaboutyou.com/food



easonal cooking



Ginger and apple have been added to sweeten this classic pud

SERVES 4 PREP: 20 mins COOK: 30 mins TOTAL COST: £3.78 PER SERVING KCALS: 321 FAT: 11g SAT FAT: 7g CARBS: 55g 450g/11b rhubarb stalks, rinsed, trimmed and cut into 2.Scm/ 1in pieces' 2 eating apples, cored and roughly chopped • 1tbsp sugar (if rhubarb is tart, use more) • 2 balls of stem ginger, finely chopped For the crumble: 125g/40z flour • 50g/20z butter, cut into cubes • 50g/20z demerara sugar

1 First, make the crumble topping; add flour to a bowl along with butter. Rub in with your fingertips till it resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir through sugar and put to one side. 2 Preheat oven to gas mark 4/180'C (160'C in a fan oven). Place rhubarb and apple in a pan. Add a sprinkling of water just to cover, then add sugar. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for a few mins till just beginning to soften - don't stew for too long otherwise fruit will lose its shape. 3 Spoon fruit into an ovenproof dish and gently stir in ginger, then add crumble topping to cover. Put in oven and bake for about 20 mins, till golden and bubbling. Serve hot with cream, custard or rhubarb ice cream (see page 94).

This is fruit with a delicious, creamy batter mix - ground almonds enhance the flavour of the fruit

Rhubarb clafoutis

1 Preheat oven to gas mark 5/190'C (170'C in a fan oven). Add rhubarb to a pan with a sprinkling of water and the sugar, and cook gently for about 5 mins till rhubarb is just beginning to soften. 2 Remove rhubarb with a slotted spoon and add to a lightly buttered, shallow, ovenproof tin or flan dish, then scatter over cherries, if using. 3 Add batter ingredients to a bowl and beat till smooth - or whizz together in a food processor - then pour over rhubarb mixture. Bake for 20-25 mins till risen and golden brown. Serve warm with cream.


PREP: 15 mins COOK: 30 mins FAT: 16-10.5g

TOTAL COST: £4.16 PER SERVING KCALS: 252-170 SATFAT: 4-2.5g CARBS: 17-12g 5OOgI11brhubarb stalks, rinsed, trimmed and chopped into small pieces' For the batter: 2tbsp plain flour' 1-2tbsp sugar 50g12oz • handful of cherries, pitted (optional) ground almonds • 125g140z caster sugar • 2 whole eggs' 2 egg yolks' 25Oml/9f1 oz milk

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Rhubarb pie
Rhubarb works so well topped

with a crisp pastry

SERVES 4 PREP: 20 mins COOK: 30 mins TOTAL

cost £4.06

PER SERVING KCALS: 500 FAT:28g SAT FAT: 179 CARBS: 579 450g/1Ib rhubarb stalks, rinsed, trimmed and chopped into 2.5cml1 in pieces· sugar· handful of strawberries, 1-2tbsp demerara hulled and chopped

(optional) • 1 egg, lightly beaten for egg wash • 1tbsp caster sugar, for topping FOR THE PASTRY: 250g/80z 40z butter plain flour· 125g/

1 First, make pastry; add flour to a bowl along with a pinch of salt. Now, add butter and rub in with your fingertips till it resembles fine bread crumbs. 2 Sprinkle in enough water so it all comes together as a dough. Do this slowly, mixing with a round-ended knife at first, then using your hands - it is ready when it all comes away from bowl, leaving it clean. Do not over handle or pastry will toughen. Wrap in clingfilm and put in fridge while you cook fruit. 3 Add rhubarb to a pan and sprinkle in a tiny amount of water, then cook for a few mins till soft. Transfer to a pie dish and sprinkle over demerara sugar, then stir in strawberries, if using. Now, roll out pastry and drape over pie dish. Pinch and secure edges, and make a couple of small slits or holes for steam in middle. Brush with egg and sprinkle with sugar, and bake for about 20-30 mins till pastry is golden and crisp. Serve hot with cream, custard or rhubarb ice cream {see recipe overleaf}.

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aren't in season yet, so omit if you wish - but they're a heavenly combination with rhubarb!

When is rhubarb in season?
Two varieties of rhubarb are available; from January to March you will see 'forced' rhubarb - this has been grown out of season with limited light. It is delicate, tender and pink. Then from April to late summer (best in spring) 'outdoor' rhubarb is available. This is thicker in shape and has a lovely sharp taste.

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Rhubarb is botanically a vegetable, related to celery.


Wash and dry well then trim and chop into bite-sized pieces. Bag and freeze for up to six months.




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get all juice out. Put to one side and leave to cool completely. 2 Now, heat milk and cream in a pan till just wamn. Do not boil. Remove from heat and put to one side. In a large bowl, add egg yolks and remaining sugar, and whisk till combined. Now, slowly pour warmed milk mixture into yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. When all added, return it all back to pan. 3 Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, till custard begins to thicken - about 10 mins then stir through rhubarb juice. Strain it all through a sieve, then pour mixture into a shallow, freezerproof container. Leave to cool completely then put in freezer. When it has frozen, remove and scoop it out into a food processor and whizz till creamy, then return back to container and freeze again. Repeat this again once frozen then leave it to freeze again, covering dish with a lid or clingfilm. Freeze for up to 1 month.

ICC cream

A good way to use up a lot of rhubarb - it's creamy and fairly subtle, and tastes amazing with the hot pie or crumble

SERVES 8 PREP: 20 mins, plus freezing time COOK:20 mins TOTALCOST:£6.06 PER SERVING KCALS: 424 FAT: 5g 3 SATFAT: 0g CARBS:25g 2 500g/1Ib rhubarb stalks, rinsed and chopped into small pieces

• 150g/5oz sugar' 250mll9f1 oz whole milk· 500mll18f1 oz double cream' 5 egg yolks

1 First, prepare rhubarb; add it to a large pan with just enough water to cover and sprinkle over 1tbsp sugar. Simmer gently for about 5 mins till soft, then drain through a sieve, squashing it down so you

This can be enjoyed hot or cold, or even added to champagne to make a cocktail

• The shallower your container, the quicker your ice cream will freeze. U you're using an ice-cream er, olnrJously you won't Deed to the food proeeuor.

overnight draining COOK: 25 mins TOTALCOST:£3.04 PER 25ML KCAL: 60 FAT: g SATFAT: g CARBS: 15g O O 3kg/6V:zIb chopped (for quantity, rhubarb' 5cml2in piece of fresh caster sugar ginger, peeled and roughly chopped' YOU WILL NEED:

see below) • juice of V2 lemon
A large square of muslin

1 Put rhubarb and ginger in a large pan and pour over 150ml/'/.pt water. Cook at a gentle simmer - do not allow to boil at all - till rhubarb is completely soft and mushy, about 10-15 mins. 2 Scald square of muslin in boiling water to sterilise then drape it over a bowl. Spoon rhubarb into muslin, then gather corners together and tie in a knot, or tie with string. Suspend it over bowl and leave overnight for juice to drain. 3 Measure juice and add it to a pan then, for every 11/1 %pt of juice, stir in 650g/11b 50z sugar. Add lemon juice and simmer gently till sugar dissolves. Cook gently for a further few mins do not bring to the boil. 4 Pour into sterilized bottles - using a funnel is the easiest way. Put top on and secure, then tip to mix thoroughly. Leave to cool, with bottles standing upright. Keep in a cool place for up to 3 months. Once opened, store in fridge.

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and add more sugar to your taste.

taste the juice as it simmers to check for sweetness, as this can be personal preference,

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Bakes and gratins
:rich dish would be perfect served with some sausages
SERVES 6 PREP: 15 mins COOK: 1 hr TOTAl COST: £3.47 PER SERVlNG KCALS: 299 FAT: 16g SATFAT: 26g GARBS: 13g 1medhDn-slzed buttemut squash, peeled, deseeded and sliced widthways • 1celeriac, peeled, halved and sliced to similar size as squash • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped· few

This simple. creamy and

CAULIFLOWER AND BROCCOLI BAKEwrrH ANCHOVY SAUCE Purple sprouting broccoli is used for this - it combines wonderfully with the piquant anchovy
SERVES4 PREP: 15mins COOK; 30 mins TOTAL COST: £4.12 PER G KCAlS: 301 FAT: 9g SAT FAT: 18g CARBS: 15g 1medhDn-slzed cau1lflower, florets separated • 450g/1lb btmch of purple sprouting broccoli or use regular, stalks trimmed • pinch of chilli flakes • 3 salted anchovy fillets, finely chopped FOR THE CHOVY SAUCE: 25g/1oz buttel' • ltbsp flour. 'h l00g

stalks of flesh thyme, leaves only • 6 sage leaves • 300ml1'1a pint of double aeam • 25g/1oz cheddar or GruyE!i'e cheese, grated for topping (optional) 1Preheat oven to gas mark 4/180°C (160°C in a fan oven). Layer squash and celeriac alternately in a medium-sized gratin or baking dish. Season with sea salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Z Sprinkle over garlic and thyme, then evenly scatter over sage leaves. Pour cream in, then cover with foil, securing tightly around the edges.

3 Put in oven to bake for 45 mins-1 hrortill squash and celeriac are soft and cream has thickened into a sauce. Remove foil, scatter with cheese, if using, and cook for a few more mins till golden. Celeriac will turn very quickly once


peeled. U you are assembling disb


straightaway, sit chopped celeriac in a bowl of water with added lemon juice to stop it from discolouring.

jar of salted anchovies· 450mlI "I.pt of mDk. SOg/ZozGorgonzola cheese, chopped or grated 1 Preheat oven to gas mark 5/19cJC (17cJC in a fan oven). Cook cauliflower and broccoli in a pan of boiling, salted water (either separately or together in one large pan) for about 5 mins till it just begins to soften. Drain well and leave to cool slightly.

Z Add broccoli and cauliflower to a frying pan along with chilli flakes and chopped anchovy, and cook for a few mins, tuming so it all gets coated. Spoon into a gratin or baking dish. 3 Heat butter in a pan, then remove from heat and stir in flour and anchovies, to dissolve and make a roux, then add a little milk and stir till smooth. Return to heat and slowly add remaining milk, stirring all the time till thickened. Pour over cauliflower mixture and stir to coat. Grate or dot over Gorgonzola and put in oven to bake for about 15 mins till bubbling and goiden. Serve with slices of wholemeal toast.


This heavenly combination makes for a real substantial winter -supper dish
SERVES 4 PREP: 15 mins COOK: 40 mins TOTAl COST: £5.03 PER SERVlNG KCALS: 405 FAT: 129 SAT FAT: 279 GARBS: 25g l-Ztbsp olive on • 6 sausages, chopped· 1large leek, sliced

The mixture of crab meat and prawns make this a

deliciously luxurious dish

SERVES 4 PREP: 10 mins COOK:30mins TOTAL COST: £7.16 P SERVlNG KGALS: 450 FAT: 219 SAT FAT: 38g CARBS: 2.5g

• 4SOg/11bJerusalem artichokes, peeled and sliced· lthsp flour • 450mlf%pt of milk • 2-4tbsp double cream (optional) • 25g1 10z Gruyere cheese, grated 1Preheat oven to gas mark 41 18Q"C (16O"C in a fan oven). Heat half olive oil in large heavy based hying pan and add sausages. Cook for about 6-10 mins, then add leeks and cook for a further few mins till leeks begin to soften. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Z Now add Jerusalem artichokes, stir and cook for a few mins, then add flour so it coats everything. Pour in milk a little at a time and

keep stirring so it doesn't go lumpy. Let it bubble a minute or two to cook away flour. Taste and season some more, if needed. 3 Transfer to a baking dish or gratin dish. If too dry, pour in double cream and stir. Sprinkle over Gruyere and put in oven for 15-20 mins or till golden. Serve with winter greens. ~ Jerusalem articbokes are well worth the peeling

effort. They taste aeamy and a little nutty, and are in season during winter.

ltbsp olive oil· 1 red onion, finely chopped· 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped. ltsp English mustard· pinch of cayenne pepper. ZOOgnoz cream cheese • 4thsp double aeam • splash of Worcestershire sauce • juice of V. lemon • 225gf80z cooked prawns, chopped. lSOg of flesh white crab meat, or use canned • 25g/ 10z GruyE!n! cheese, grated • few stalks of taJragon, roughly chopped (optional) 1Preheat oven to gas mark 5I180°C (16O"C in a fan oven). Heat oil in a large frying pan and add onion. Cook for a few mins till beginning to soften, then stir in garlic and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. 2 Stir in mustard and cayenne pepper, then stir through cream cheese and cream, and bring to a gentle bubble. Reduce to a

simmer, add Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice, taste and season some more, if needed. 3 Stir through prawns and crab, then spoon into a baking or gratin dish and sprinkle over Gruyere and tarragon, if using. Put in oven for about 15-20 mins till bubbling and golden. Serve with toasted wholemeal bread or a bowl of lightly dressed winter salad leaves. ~YOU could top this with toasted breadcrumbs also, if you wisb.

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