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The joys of singing

Singing is a joyous pastime that has an amazing bonding and uplifting effect – enough to give you goosebumps. You can let go your inner singing soul at one of the Glee clubs starting to spring up around the country. Unless you are one of the lucky few with a real talent for...
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Top 20 books of the decade

Waterstone’s “Best Books of the Decade” Fingersmith by Sarah Walters The Human Stain by Philip Roth The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale Dreams From My Father by Barak Obama The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen White Teeth by Zadie Smith Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi...
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Are empty nesters drinking too much?

Do you feel that you are drinking more now than when the children were at home? Research suggests that a lot of us are. Is this a reflection of the loneliness and depression of having an empty house? Or is it a result of having a more social environment at home as a couple, so...
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Learn a new craft

Here are some suggestions from around the UK to give you some inspiration. Whilst adult education classes are great for learning a craft, if you want to get a head start or just try something for fun then it is worth considering a smaller private class. The chances are they won’t...
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Book club favourite reads

Why are more and more books so long? Don’t authors realise this puts the majority of us off? 600 pages seems to be a prerequisite for a literary prize, but I think less is more in a lot of cases. If like me your reading time is precious I bet you tend not to choose long books...
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Where to stay in the UK

Here is an eclectic selection of ideas for hotels in the UK, gathered from personal reviews. Avon The Grove, Bath A 3 roomed luxury B&B offering spacious elegant rooms and delicious breakfasts, and part of the Wolsey Lodge group. Only 10 minutes from the centre of Bath, and...
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Have you had Herman yet?

Have you fallen into the trap of allowing Herman into your house? If not beware – he will ooze into your kitchen with his pongy erupting beige habits, and friends will disappear at your approach.  I was an innocent to the slaughter, spending 10 days looking after him and then...
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The joys of gardening

If you like gardening, and want some inspiration to sort out a scruffy flower bed, re-landscape part of the garden, or maybe go green and start a vegetable patch, then why not do a gardening course? The RHS has the largest number of courses, from one off workshops and day courses...
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Period interiors and furniture

This is not my usual style of blog, but I wanted to support a local business Michael Court Period Interiors & Furniture, so here is a little bit about him: As a small bespoke furniture maker Michael Court specializes in architectural wall panelling & libraries although...
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