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The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

4 – 13 October 2019

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The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is delighted to announce the unmissable line up for 2019, marking the 70th anniversary of the world’s oldest literature festival, which is leading the way in engendering a love of reading in young people.

The Festival will bring more than 900 of the best writers, thinkers and performers of our time to the vibrant Regency town, setting the scene for once-in-a-lifetime conversations to take place over ten extraordinary days of unique experiences, critical debate and literary revelry.

From 4 – 13 October, the Festival Village will host an unparalleled literary line-up including this year’s recipient of The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, Colm Tóibín, the new Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, the highly anticipated Booker shortlist, as well as the most exciting emerging talent on the scene. Dynamic debut novelists include Candice Carty-Williams, Ronan Hession, Elizabeth Macneal, Jessica Andrews and Season Butler as well as the Festival’s showcases of the best new writing in Fiction at 7, Debuts and Cocktails and Proof Parties.

As part of the ‘Seven at Seventy’ anniversary celebrations the Festival welcomes Chris Tse, Kanako Nishi and a raft of international authors to the Cheltenham stage, as well as showcasing unearthed archive audio content, introducing a literary audio trail of Cheltenham, and street art courtesy of Cheltenham Paint Festival on the theme ‘Hurrah for Books’.

There will be up-to-the-minute political analysis fresh from the party conference season courtesy of David Cameron and David Lammy, with The Times debate – joined by Jess Phillips and Rory Stewart – questioning the future of our political parties, and The Sunday Times considering White House contenders with Adam Boulton and Sarah Baxter.

From current affairs to food, history to fashion, sport to art, science to travel, the Festival guarantees something for everyone with the fun extending long after dark with the eclectic Off The Page series of curated events, including a Game of Thrones quiz night, US story-telling sensation The Moth, jazz and poetry fusion group Tongue Fu, an evening celebrating the music of Joni Mitchell and a vibrant spoken word strand. And for one night only the irreverent Lit Crawl returns to take over the streets, pubs and bars of Cheltenham.

The perfect family day out, this year’s Festival includes a packed programme of world class authors and illustrators to inspire toddlers to teens, with The Woodland Trust Wild Wood filled with beloved characters, storytellers and activities, plus a Secret Seven Mystery Trail celebrating 70 years of the world’s favourite detective club. The Festival’s year-round education programmes, inspiring a love of reading and creative writing, also culminates in October with 9,000 school children on site taking part in Literature for Schools.

New partner Sky Arts will broadcast across the final week with live coverage, interviews and events from a bespoke Sky Arts Studio on site. The venue will be a free pop-in space where festival attendees can be part of the filming and take part in other creative activities. Elsewhere on site there will be free events for all ages around the Festival village, The Huddle, hosting an array of talks and brains teasers, including Daily Crossword, Cheltenham Writes and Very Short Introductions, and The Chatterbox, where guests can become secret agents by decoding mysterious messages around the Festival.

Booking for the Literature Festival opens to Cheltenham Festivals Members at 10am on Wednesday 28 August and general booking opens at 10am on Wednesday 4 September.



This year marks 70 years since Cheltenham Town Hall hosted the world’s first literature festival and started a global, cultural phenomenon. As part of ‘Seven at Seventy’ celebrations, the Festival welcomes Guest Curators Max Porter, Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené, Dominic Sandbrook, Tessa Hadley, Anthony Anaxagorou, Leslie Vinjamuri and Robin Stevens. Lending their unique voices and wealth of expertise to the programme, events include Sandbrook’s selection of the seven most influential British novels of the last 70 years, Anaxagorou’s rising stars in poetry and spoken word, a series of mystery events by Stevens, and a curated acoustic portrait of our complex and troubled country today from Max Porter.

Seven high profile authors will be reflecting on their breakout book in a special series of Cheltenham trademark ‘Celebrate With…’ events: Howard Jacobson on The Finkler Question; Robert Harris on Fatherland; Jessie Burton on The Miniaturist; Herman Koch on The Dinner; Tracy Chevalier on The Girl With a Pearl Earring; Alexander McCall Smith on The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency; and Jung Chang on Wild Swans. There will also be seven showcases celebrating new writing talent, including Jessica Andrews and Ronan Hession, as well as looking ahead to the breakout names for 2020 such as Deepa Anappara and Evie Wyld.

Literature festivals around the world have joined the celebration bringing their leading authors to Cheltenham including Chris Tse, Wana Udobang, Kanako Nishi, Esme Wang, Nicole Flattery, Sarah Henstra and Hernán Ronsino. The celebration of international literature continues with 70 global book festivals recommending one title they would like Cheltenham audiences to add to their bookshelves to form a ‘Reading the World’ reading list.

Building on last year’s inaugural ‘Podcast in Residence’ role, Literary Friction take on the 2019 residency and there will be seven unique podcasts featuring archive audio content from the past seventy years, as well as partnerships with seven further bookish podcasts.


Fiction fans will be spoilt for choice with a stellar line-up of literary superstars including Colm Tóibín, Ian McEwan, David Nicholls, Jung Chang, Ali Smith, Elif Shafak, Jojo Moyes, and Bernardine Evaristo. The Cheltenham audience will enjoy a celebration of the biggest books of the year such as Candice Carty-Williams (Queenie), Elizabeth Macneal (The Doll Factory), Bridget Collins (The Binding) and Damian Barr (You Will Be Safe Here) as well as new reads from Howard Jacobson, Victoria Hislop, Kevin Barry, Jessie Burton. George Alagiah, Tom Bradby and Peter Hanington will draw upon their frontline experience to share fiction as thrilling as their day jobs, Richard Roper and Beth O’Leary celebrate feel-good fiction, Deborah Moggach and Jenny Éclair examine the baggage of inheritance and family ties, Chris Power and Sarah Hall will reveal the art of the short story, plus last year’s Guest Curator Sebastian Faulks becomes our latest literary castaway as he returns with ‘Desert Island Reads’. There will also be the opportunity to hear from The Times and The Sunday Times Literary Editors, Robbie Millen and Andrew Holgate.

The Festival welcomes a host of killer women at the top of the crime and thriller genre including Patricia Cornwell, Clare Mackintosh, Louise Doughty, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Denise Mina and Erin Kelly, with Jessica Fellowes and Kate Weinberg discussing the secrets to plot a thrilling mystery. For further suspense, Alex North and CJ Tudor explore the dark side of human nature; Herman Koch and Louise Candlish discuss the appeal of writing toxic characters; the husband and wife writing duos behind pseudonyms Nicci French and Ambrose Parry will be revealed, and masters of the genre Mark Billingham, Christopher Brookmyre, Doug Johnstone, Stewart Neville and Luca Veste discuss the future of the crime writing.

There is also plenty for historical fiction fans, including Philippa Gregory on her period page-turner Tidelands, Tracy Chevalier on her beautifully orchestrated new book, A Single Thread, set between the two Great Wars; as well as Robert Harris (The Second Sleep), Stacey Halls (The Familiars) and Diane Setterfield (The Thirteenth Tale).


From George Eliot to Orwell, Chaucer to the Moomins, we are celebrating some of our most-loved classics as well as revealing the answers to burning questions such as: who are literature’s worst parents, which dystopian thrillers are most relevant now, and can words still pack a punch in the age of Twitter with Simon Schama. BBC Radio 2’s Book Club with Mariella Frostrup and guests will be exploring how novels have always been a revolutionary agent of social change ahead of the 300th anniversary of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, and Tessa Hadley, Colm Tóibín and Bernardine Evaristo are explaining the pleasures and motivations of re-reading.

Acclaimed actors Christopher Eccleston and Sheila Hancock will be joining Allie Esiri to celebrate Shakespeare’s dazzling body of work, actress Maureen Lipman remembers the inimitable Joyce Grenfell and her Hurrah for Books performance at the first ever Cheltenham Literature Festival in 1949, Kathy O’Shaughnessy, Juliette Atkinson and Rebecca Mead mark George Eliot’s bicentenary by delving into her fascinating life and work, plus Tove Jansson’s niece Sophia Jansson will share readings from the intimate letters of the beloved Moomin creator. Lara Prescott is joined by Boris Pasternak’s great niece Anna Pasternak to discuss the startling true story behind one of literature’s most memorable love stories Doctor Zhivago, and the Festival celebrates the life and writing of the much-loved literary figure Patrick O’Brian with his step-son Nikolai Tolstoy.


The Festival is thrilled to welcome a multitude of music superstars including the masterful Andrew Lloyd Webber, Blondie legend Debbie Harry, Status Quo front-man and founder Francis Rossi and WHAM’s Andrew Ridgeley who will reflect on his life-long friendship with George Michael. Mark Radcliffe shares how music can transform our lives, Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis reveals the untold stories from the festival, one of the most successful pop groups of all time, Madness, will discuss their astonishing career, and there will be an evening of musical magic to celebrate Joni Mitchell.

Screen icon Helena Bonham Carter will discuss her exceptional and singular career, and there will be secrets from behind the scenes with Richard Curtis discussing his love of The Beatles, Oscar-winning Dustin Lance Black on his deeply personal story of coming out to his Mormon mother, plus screenwriter Julian Fellowes and producer Gareth Neame on the much-loved Downton Abbey. Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, creators of beloved comedies Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet will look back on their long careers, Daisy May and Charlie Cooper will discuss the BAFTA winning success of This Country, David Suchet will reflect on a career spent behind the camera, and beloved documentary maker Louis Theroux will share his strangest times in television. Comic Relief co-founder Lenny Henry will be leading the laughs, with more to come from the likes of David Mitchell, Richard Ayoade, Katy Brand and Paul Merton.


In an exclusive Festival commission, Guest Curator Max Porter brings together Kerry Hudson, Niven Govinden, Momtaza Mehri and Rachael Allen with musicians Alula Down to create an acoustic portrait of our complex and troubled country today. Guest Curator, poet and Out-Spoken founder Anthony Anaxagorou presents his Dream Team of Mona Arshi, Jack Underwood, Caroline Bird, Wayne Holloway-Smith and Kei Miller. The Cheltenham audience will hear from further vibrant voices in the poetry and spoken work scene including Rob Auton, Matt Abbott, Ben Norris, Rachel Nwokoro, Young People’s Laureate for London Theresa Lola, alongside Chris Tse, Paul Muldoon, Brian Bilston, Pam Ayres, Julia Copus, Joe Dunthorne, new Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, and Scottish Makar Jackie Kay will be selecting her top ten of the most exciting BAME writers working in the UK today. The literary revelry continues after dark with a Game of Thrones Quiz Night, music from the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, some wonderfully and wildly misinformed insight from character comedian Christopher Bliss, and more from the much-lauded Bang Said The Gun, Tongue Fu and The Moth.


David Cameron will appear in the first event for his memoir For the Record, discussing his life, career and perspectives on the EU referendum and the future of Britain’s place in the light of Brexit. Joining Cameron on the exceptional Current Affairs line-up is David Lammy, Jess Phillips, Caroline Criado-Perez, James O’Brien, Gina Martin, Laura Bates, Nimko Ali, The Times editor John Witherow, The Times and The Sunday Times journalists Daniel Finkelstein, Rachel Sylvester, Matt Chorley, Sarah Baxter and Phillip Collins, with a glimpse behind the broadcast scenes from Emily Maitlis, John Humphrys, Nick Robinson and Ed Stourton.

The Festival looks outwards to Erdogan’s Turkey with Hannah Lucinda Smith and novelist Elif Shafak, to Trump’s America and his approach to global affairs with Chatham House’s Leslie Vinjamuri, to China and opportunities for women with Carrie Grace, the challenges India faces with Robin Niblett and Champa Patel; and to Putin’s Russia with Mark Galeotti, Peter Pomeranstev, and BBC Newsnight International Editor Gabriel Gatehouse.

Mostly Lit podcast host Derek Owusu and Jeffrey Boakye consider the experience of black men in Britain today, and Guest Curators Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené explore how it feels to be a black woman in a predominantly white space. Anthony Anaxagorou is joined by Mariam Khan and Chimene Suleyman to discuss how art and activism can be best combined to create positive social change, Jérôme Tubiana, David Constantine and Hashi Mohamed explore astounding accounts of human endurance and faith against overwhelming odds and terrible injustice, and Aeham Ahmad will be playing the piano on stage as he shares memories of performing in the streets of war-torn Syria.


Moving individual stories of the Windrush generation will be shared from Colin Grant and Amelia Gentleman, literary critic Bart Van Es and biographer and historian Jeremy Dronfield will chronicle how the trauma of the holocaust gave rise to astonishing stories of courage and survival, plus there will be further historical insight from Guest Curator Dominic Sandbrook, William Dalrymple, Giles Milton, with Anthony Seldon and polling expert Deborah Mattinson asking who was the most disastrous prime minister in British history. Virginia Nicholson considers the experience of women in the 60s, The Favourite author Ophelia Field and Anne Somerset explore Queen Anne’s life, and the relationship between Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth II is given a fresh take by author, historian and television presenter Kate Williams, plus novelist Katie Hickman will reveal the extraordinary lives of the British women who made their way to India and changed history. For ancient history aficionados, Mary Beard and Llewellyn Morgan will join author and classicist Peter Stothard to celebrate the power of Roman poetry on lifestyle and philosophy, whilst Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Daisy Johnson and Natalie Haynes will explore how we relate to myths in the modern life.


Cheltenham’s famous Art Deco restaurant The Daffodil will be transformed into a mecca of global foodie delights. Audiences will be transported around the world with mouth-watering Middle Eastern recipes from Yasmin Khan, sumptuous Moorish cooking courtesy of Ben Tish, Dishoom chef Naved Nasir and co-founder Shamil Thakrar cooking up a feast of Indian delights, and native Russian flavours from Alissa Timoshkina. Festival favourite Tom Kerridge will be sharing his foodie tips for a happier lifestyle and Valentine Warner records his journey through grief told in recipes of love and memories. There will be flavour mash-ups from Bake Off’s Liam Charles, Rukmini Iyer (The Quick Roasting Tin) will demonstrate the art of hassle-free cooking, Pam Corbin shares her pioneering jams, pickles and preserves and there will vegan delights from Rachel Ama (Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats) plus Henry Firth and Ian Theasby Johnson (BOSH). Plus, Jancis Robinson (The World Atlas of Wine) will be revealing the art of pairing a delicious three-course meal with matched wines.


Queer Eye will meet Bake Off with Tan France and Nadiya Hussain discussing their upbringings and new memoirs and Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer will talk life, friendship and the joys of fishing. Comedian Jen Brister (The Other Mother), Christine Armstrong (The Mother of All Jobs) and Matt Coyne (Man Vs Toddler) will share hilarious anecdotes and chart the ups and downs of sharing life with tiny humans.

Emily Dean and confirmed cat lover David Baddiel will be discussing tales of grief and recovery, The Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen will share tales from the farm, and Jordan Stephens, Clementine Inti Chavez Perez and Capser Walsh will discuss what it means to be a man in society today. Tom Bradby, Marina Benjamin and sleep scientist Nicola Barclay will anatomise the cause, consequence and potential cures for insomnia, plus Guest Curators and authors Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené (Slay in Your Lane), vegan chef Rachel Ama, pilates and wellness coach Isa-Welly and Amy Thomson will help the audience strike the perfect balance in our busy lives, ranging from our approaches to digital health, to what we eat.

There will be gardening tips galore from Anne Chambers, Vanessa Berridge, Clare Foster, Rowan Blossom and Caroline Donald, and the doyenne of English interior design, Nina Campbell, will impart her wisdom. Lovers of classic fashion will be taken on a beautifully illustrated tour through the V+A’s blockbuster DIOR exhibition by curator Oriole Cullen and Condé Nast chairman Nicholas Coleridge will reflect upon his thirty-year career. There will be an exploration of feminist art and fashion from V&A curator Jenny Lister and drag queen Crystal Rasmussen and drag king Daisy Hale will explain how the art of pushing gender boundaries has taken hold of pop culture. The Times Fashion Editor Anna Murphy advises on how not to wear black and three of the country’s top names in beauty – facialist Alexandra Soveral, make-up artist Hannah Martin and hair stylist Kiki Koh – will be on hand.


A host of sporting legends will grace the stages of Cheltenham this year kicking off with Welsh rugby titan Sam Warburton, and for cricket fans there will be England’s greatest batsman Alastair Cook, plus Prashant Kidambi and Philip Collins. The Festival will celebrate inspirational women who have pushed themselves to the limits of their endurance, including record-breaking ultra-running phenomenon Mimi Anderson, the first woman to complete the infamous Transcontinental Race, Emily Chappell and Lara Prior-Palmer, the youngest-ever champion and the first woman to win The Mongol Derby.


This year’s Art & Design series explores everything from the architecture to illustration, including a very special discussion about Lucian Freud with his daughter Esther Freud, revered British illustrator Charlie Mackesy on his favourite pieces, Turner Prize-nominated artist Tai Shani celebrates rebel female muses, and ‘Cold War Steve’ Chris Spencer explains why we need satirical art now more than ever. Grant Wilson and Naomi Wood will examine the Bauhaus movement’s cast of characters in its centenary year, Andrew Hill and Emilie Taylor take a look at Ruskin’s contemporary legacy, and Jason Webster and Claudia Hopkins show how Spanish art is inescapably intertwined with the country’s turbulent history. Kate Bryan shares the dazzling and explosive stories behind some of art’s most influential romantic relationships, Ossian Ward illuminates the Old Masters as well as the dramatic vibrancy of contemporary art, Marit Paasche and Clare Hunter recognise the political and protest power of sewing, Jackie Bennett studies the intimate relationship between artist and garden, plus Angela Summerfield and Christiana Payne look at the role of trees in inspiring some of our greatest artworks.


The Cheltenham audience will find enlightenment and fascination in all schools of philosophical thought, with Richard Dawkins expanding further on atheism in Outgrowing God, Peter Stanford exploring the reasons behind why so many of us still believe in angels, and historian Tom Holland describes Christianity’s transformative legacy on Western thought. Author Karen Armstrong will argue the importance of rediscovering global scriptures, and A.C Grayling will take the audience through the epic journeys and traditions of Western and Eastern philosophy – from Buddha, Confucius and Socrates to Mill, Nietzsche and Sartre.


In this year’s Science line-up, Martin Rees offers a provocative and inspiring look at the future of humanity, and Arthur I. Miller contemplates on what it means to have original thought, creativity and consciousness in the age of machines. Rick Edwards and Michael Brooks will explore the science of death and mass destruction through some of our best-loved Hollywood blockbusters, and Angela Gallop, one of the world’s most eminent forensic scientists, will discuss her ability to reconstruct violent events and how she solved so many intractable cases. David Nott shares his extraordinary experience as a trauma surgeon in the world’s most dangerous war zones, Christie Watson reflects on twenty years in nursing, and Nicci Gerrard alongside Wendy Mitchell ask important questions about how we love, care for and value those who suffering from dementia.


An inspirational list of speakers will share their unique journeys including Sue Perkins on the Mekong, Adam Weymouth on his solo canoe odyssey along the Yukon River, Raynor Winn will revisit her 630-mile walk on the South West Coastal path, comedian Dom Joly will trace his hike across Lebanon, and Monisha Rajesh will recount her 45,000-mile adventure on the world’s most remarkable railways. Great historical adventures will be retraced by travel writer Alastair Humphreys who reflects on Laurie Lee’s iconic journey from the Cotswolds through Spain, and author and filmmaker Jacki Hill-Murphy recounts the achievements of early female explorers including Victorian nurse Kate Marsden’s epic trip across Siberia.

BAFTA winning naturalist, writer and television presenter Steve Backshall will share his exploration of undiscovered worlds and former British Army Officer and explorer Levison Wood will whisk the audience through the heart of Middle East. Writer Luke Turner and journalist Emma Mitchell will demonstrate the healing power of nature, editor Clare Gogerty and explorer Erling Kagge will show us how to travel in a way that enhances your connection to the world, adventurers Mark Boyle and Ben Fogle will explore the joys of life without modern technology, plus writers Philip Marsden and Dan Richards will discuss fulfilling life-long travel ambitions and why we remain drawn to the wild, and The Sunday Times travel team, including Susan D’Arcy, will be sharing their expert knowledge.


Activist, journalist and curator Scarlett Curtis will be joined by an exciting line-up of inspirational contributors from her new anthology It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies) to discuss what their mental health means to them; Chief Survival Instructor to the British Military, John Hudson, gives lessons for everyday life taken from the first-hand accounts of near disaster experiences; Matthew Syed shares his radical blueprint for creative problem-solving; Ella Risbridger and Bella Mackie share how alternative therapies of cooking and jogging helped them in their mental health recoveries; and YouTubers Hannah Witton, Khalaf and Instagram star Megan Jayne Crabbe encourage discussions about body image, imperfections and being confident in your own skin.


The packed Family programme has more selection on offer than ever including the new Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, with a world of mythical creatures and a special event with festival friends revealing what lies inside their notebook pages. The incredible programme also welcomes the legendary Malorie Blackman and her highly anticipated new Noughts & Crosses novel, presenter Dermot O’Leary and illustrator Nick East with the latest escapades of Toto the Ninja Cat, and some horrendously horrid fun with Francesca Simon. There will be crime capers with Guest Curator Robin Stevens, adventures galore with Helen Skelton, Abi Elphinstone and Candy Gourlay, plus much more from the likes of Danny Wallace, Dougie Poynter and Konnie Huq.

For littles ones there will be family fun with multi-award-winning Oi Puppies! duo Kes Gray and Jim Field, and the Festival will be marking the birthdays of some famous characters including Kipper, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Elmer, as well as the 30th anniversary of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt with the great Michael Rosen. There will be family shows I Believe in Unicorns, The Rainbow Fish, The Greatest Comic-Making Show On Earth and Maisy Mouse, for spoken word and music lovers the Tongue Fu for Kids band will be performing, while Mark Llewelyn Evans introduces the thrilling story of opera.

Budding young creatives can take top tips from the best in the business with workshops on everything from fairy-tale animation to writing adventures and detective movie making. Plus the Festival is hosting its first ever ‘Big Family Book Quiz’ to challenge book knowledge, creativity and nonsense know-how! And if that’s not enough for YA fans Juno Dawson, Holly Bourne, Matt Abbott, Jenny Downham and Dean Atta will be taking to the Cheltenham stage.


This year’s extraordinary ‘Literature for Schools’ programme includes Cressida Cowell, Francesca Simon, Chris Riddell, Hilary McKay, Kit De Waal, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Anthony Anaxagorou amongst many others, including Guest Curator Robin Stevens leading a series of mystery events. Spoken word artist Sophia Thakur will be performing with students from the Festivals’ year-round outreach programmes – Beyond Words, Write Now and Amnesty’s Words that Burn – in the Young Writers’ Showcase, and authors taking part in Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils – the Festival’s flagship education project supporting teachers with a national network of free reading groups – will be igniting creativity with workshops from Vashti Hardy, Joe Todd-Stanton and Emma Carroll. Plus the first of the new books selected for the 2019/20 programme will be revealed during the Festival!


Title Partners: The Times and The Sunday Times

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Health & Wellness Essentials for Spring & Summer

If there’s ever a time to pick up new health and wellness routines, it’s spring. We’ve got longer days and more sunshine, and if you want to make the most of your summer months then spring is the perfect time to pick up wellbeing practices that will help you avoid burnout.

Health and wellness is about more than just hitting the gym and knocking back supplements. It’s about practicing healthy habits that combine to make us feel good physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Whether you choose to focus your attention on skincare, nutrition, or rest and relaxation, the following health and wellness essentials will help you make the most of your summer.

Get some sun
There’s a reason the sun’s out for longer, and you should be out there soaking it up as much as you can. Mix up your fitness routine in spring and summer by taking your exercise out of the gym and into the great outdoors. Whether that’s finding an outdoor gym in a local park nearby, going for a jog, or just doing your pushups and squats in the backyard, get out there and enjoy the sun.

Soaking up the natural sunlight while it’s in abundance will help your body produce vitamin D, keeping your bones healthy and strong so you can work out longer and harder. It’ll also do wonders for your mental and emotional health, especially after those long dark winters.

Eat seasonally
If you’re not already on the seasonal eating train, spring and summer is a great time to start. With an abundance of fresh, juicy fruits and vegetables to enjoy, it’s time to slot in a visit to your local farmers’ market and start eating foods that are in season. There are so many benefits to eating seasonally:

1. You’ll be more in touch with the cycles of nature, giving your body the food it was designed to eat at specific times of the year (e.g. hydrating fruits in the summer);
2. Food grown out of season doesn’t harbour the same nutritional content as seasonal fruits. For example, spinach grown in summer instead of winter loses a lot of its nutritional content;
3. Eating seasonally means you’ll be consuming a lot less preservatives, waxes, and pesticides, all used to keep food looking fresh for longer;
You’ll be supporting your local farmers and the environment, while feeding your body fruit and veg that hasn’t sat and spoiled on supermarket shelves for weeks.

Infuse zen in your life
Meditation isn’t for everyone, but relaxation certainly is. If you find yourself constantly on-the-go, it’s time to start introducing some peaceful practices in your health and wellness routines.

If you are interested in the idea of meditation, try an app like Headspace to get you started and hone in your focus. Meditation can do wonders for your workout, increasing your stamina and building mental strength so you can keep going for longer. If not, schedule some time for a relaxing massage to give your muscles and mind a rest. If massage isn’t your thing, there’s still a way to get zen in your life. Try some lavender, lemongrass, or sandalwood essential oils to calm your mind while also reinvigorating your cells. “

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Paxton & Whitfield’s Summer Collection

Paxton & Whitfield’s expert cheesemongers have put together a thoughtfully selected collection of artisan cheeses and fine food accompaniments that are perfect to enjoy over the summer months. Creamy and buttery cheeses with lighter and fresher flavours, ideal for warmer weather and al fresco dining. A ready-made cheeseboard to enjoy with a glass of something cold!

The Summer Collection (£45.00) contains a cut of Manchego Semi Curado PDO* (250g), a cut of Cornish Blue (250g), a Le Compostelle (120g), a Golden Cenarth (200g), a jar of Really Proper Piccalilli, a pack of Biscuits for Cheese and a jar of White Fig Confit.

All the items are available from Paxton & Whitfield’s four shops in Jermyn Street -Piccadilly, Cale Street – Chelsea Green, Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as online at


Cornish Blue (Pasteurised cows’ milk, traditional rennet) A blue cheese with a soft, dense texture and a buttery yet tangy flavour that is not overpowered by excessive blue tones. Looking for a way to diversify their farm business and add value to their own milk, Philip and Carol Stansfield spotted the gap in the market for a blue cheese that could compete with imported blue cheeses. Designed to be eaten as a young cheese, Cornish Blue is a very different product from traditional English blue cheeses such as Stilton or Dorset Blue. It has a very creamy, slightly sweet aftertaste that has an enticing delicacy seldom seen in British blues.

Golden Cenarth (Pasteurised, vegetarian rennet, cows’ milk) This round, soft, rind washed cheese has a tasty buttery flavour with a supple texture. Made by Carwyn Adams of Caws Cenarth Cheese, a small artisan family cheesemaking business based in West Wales, the cheese came about from his experiments in cheesemaking. The skin of the cheese has a light orange colour that comes from the brine wash that it’s given early in its maturing process.

Le Compostelle (Unpasteurised, traditional rennet, goats’ milk) This is a creamy French goats’ cheese with a slight crumbly texture. It is made by the Etoile du Quercy cheesemakers situated in Lot, on the Pilgrim’s Way in central France, and is distinguished by its unique Saint Jacques shell shape. It has a delicate aroma of goats’ milk that becomes more pronounced once it ages.
Manchego Semi Curado PDO* (Unpasteurised sheep’s milk, traditional rennet) This is a younger, moister and fresher version than Manchego Curado. Manchego has been made in Spain for many centuries and traditionally comes from the La Mancha region, located in central Spain, south of Madrid. This particular cheese is handmade with limited production by a family run dairy based in Cuenca, Castilla La Mancha. Machego Semi Curado is traditionally matured from three weeks to three months. A truly artisan Manchego, it has subtle and complex flavours – nutty and savoury with just a touch of sweetness.

Other fine food items:

· White Fig Confit (120g) This delicious white fig and raisins confit, with a hint of bay leaf, are ideal flavours to accompany any goats’ cheese.

· Really Proper Piccalilli (198g) Made to a traditional recipe, chunky vegetables are preserved in a mustard sauce to make a rich, delicious and crunchy Piccalilli. It’s excellent served with hard cheese or cold meats.

· Biscuits for Cheese Selection Box (250g) A selection box containing individually wrapped packets of each of the four flavours: Rosemary Wafers, Original Crackers, Cornish Buttermilk Biscuits and Poppy & Linseed Crackers.

  • PDO – Protected Designation of Origin, for products that are produced, processed and prepared within a particular geographical area, and with features and characteristics that must be due to that area.

A Pop of Pastel For Summer

Award-Winning Stroller Launches in New Colours for 2019

Silver Cross is launching its best-selling Pop stroller in three new colours – Blush, Quarry and Flint.

Suitable from birth to 25kg, the light and compact Pop has all-new fabrics and a fresh new palette, complemented by a stylish matte black chassis.

The softly padded seat fabrics feature diamond quilting, with colour coordinated details on the soft foam handles.

Designed for comfort and convenience, Pop has a best-in-class lie-flat seat and adjustable calf support, while the fully extendable hood provides UPF50+ protection.

The Pop package includes: UPF50+ extendable hood • 5-point safety harness • Rain cover • Generous shopping basket • Ergonomic soft foam handles

RRP: £190

Rugby Inspired Fashion for both Men & Ladies . The Rugby Heritage Brand. . .

.A Pride In The Jersey Company.


Good Brush bamboo toothbrushes are reducing plastic waste one toothbrush at a time >>


Did you know that we produce over 4.5 billion plastic toothbrushes every year? All of which will end up in landfill or the polluting the sea? Good Brush bamboo toothbrushes are reducing plastic waste one toothbrush at a time. Replace your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo one and you’ll be helping to reduce the number going to landfill and the sea. So many people by a disposable toothbrush when they go on holiday and then throw them away at the end, why not make a change and keep your teeth clean but the planet cleaner?
Our brushes are available online with free shipping and with every one you buy, we donate one in the UK to someone in need.

Good Brush bio-degradable bamboo toothbrushes by post (one-off or subscription) – helping to reduce the amount of waste plastic going in to our seas and landfill, one toothbrush at a time! With every brush you buy we donate one to food banks and breakfast.



Stacking Veggies – £19.95

There’s something very British about going fruit and vegetable picking in the summer, and what better way to do it on a rainy day than with Le Toy Van’s radishing Stacking Veggies!

Perfect for little hands, the Stacking Veggies includes six interchangeable, brightly coloured shapes that will encourage colour and shape awareness as they stack the veggies together.

Mix and match to create a carrot, beetroot and radish – or even create a brand-new veggie altogether!

This set really will make your little one’s love for vegetables unbeetable!

And for the eco-conscious parents, Le Toy Van invest in sustainable play. For every rubberwood tree that they re-purpose into a toy, at least one replacement is planted.

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With the new series of Dragons’ Den airing on our screens this summer, what better way to start the countdown than to crochet your very own TeeTee the Dragon from Wool Couture.

TeeTee was designed in honour of Dragons’ Den investors Touker Suleyman and Tej Lalvani, who have been working with Claire Gelder, founder of Wool Couture since she stepped out of the infamous Dragons’ Den lift in 2017.

TeeTee offers you a deal that you can’t refuse – he stands 25cm tall and is made from super soft cheeky chunky merino yarn – and is definitely worth the investment!

If TeeTee Dragon has fired up your passion for crochet, why not create a menagerie of amigurumi animals with help from the new Mabel Bunny & Co book – and get hooked into the wonderful world of crochet.

Mabel Bunny & Co available to pre-order now, published September 2019 – £12.99

Kids Stay Free!

There’s always something special at Thanda!

TOI015 – Thanda Safari Kids – 20131229 – CS3_4799 – EThanda Safari, a Big Five game reserve situated on 14 000 hectares in the heart of Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, offers an authentic South African wildlife encounter with excellent game-viewing all year round. Thanda (‘love’ in isiZulu) is the perfect place for holidaymakers to enjoy a distinctive African safari, and where parents can bring their children to experience and discover the Big Five and all the other creatures in the bush.

As part of its 15th ‘Safari for the Senses’ anniversary Thanda Safari takes great pleasure in launching its highly anticipated “Kids Stay Free” promotion:

·This “Kids Stay Free” offer – complimentary, all-inclusive stays for children under 16 years of age, sharing with two full paying adults – is only for any new bookings made for stays between 6 June and 31 August 2019, and only at the Thanda Safari Lodge (a maximum of two children sharing a suite with two full paying adults) and Thanda Tented Camp (only one child (between 6 and 16) sharing a tent with two full paying adults).

·The Thanda Safari Lodge has nine bush suites; each suite has its own plunge pool, game-viewing deck and private boma and the Thanda Tented Camp has 15 colonial safari-style canvas tents, each with its own viewing deck and en-suite bathroom.

T’s and C’s apply.

Please note: The end date for the Kids Stay Free promotion is 31 August 2019 and cannot be booked in conjunction with any other promotion.

There are various activities for families – Big Five game drives, specialised bush walks, photographic safaris and Zulu cultural tours into the rural community; and there are some just for kids – the Bucks & Bugs Club – where the kids can have the time of their lives; and the Ranger Course, where the kids spend time with an expert Thanda guide learning about game tracking, game spotting, spoor identification, different mammals, birds, trees, and even stars and, at the end, they receive a Junior Ranger Certificate from Thanda Safari. Special bush walks in the vicinity of the accommodation can also be arranged for younger children.

The Kids Stay Free promotion is just one of the wonderful specials that Thanda Safari will be offering throughout the year, in celebration of its 15th Birthday.

Thanda Safari is a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and multiple winner of The World’s Leading Luxury Lodge award. At the recent 2019 World Travel Awards Thanda Safari’s Villa iZulu and Safari Lodge came first in the Africa and South Africa categories for Leading Luxury Private Villa 2019 and Leading Safari Lodge 2019 respectively.

Deafblind UK receives £497,286 from the National Lottery Community Fund to tackle loneliness in Northern Ireland 

Deafblind UK has received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to tackle loneliness and social isolation amongst older people in Northern Ireland – a common issue amongst those who have deafblindness. 

The Naional Lottery Community Fund has given £497,286 over five years to support the ‘Out of the Shadows’ project which will be run by Deafblind UK’s Northern Ireland branch, Deafblind NI. Older people with deafblindness will be supported to attend local support and social groups and, with the help of befrienders, reconnect with their local communities. The charity will also be working with local organisations to increase awareness and understanding of deafblindness and ensure that local organisations know how to support people who are deafblind.  

The project will provide resources and expertise to enable older deafblind people to enjoy activities that they may have given up due to ill health and give them the confidence to try new activities. It will give them opportunities and confidence to meet new people and reduce social isolation. 

Deafblind NI already provides vital and life changing services to people who are deafblind and experiencing loneliness, such as guiding and communication support and social groups. The newly funded project will allow the charity to increase  thie provision and support even more people.

Director of Operations, Simone Moore said: “The older people that we currently support in Northern Ireland tell us that the main issue they face is a lack of social interaction and increased loneliness as their deafblindness progresses. There are just over 11,000 deafblind people in Northern Ireland so through our ‘Out of the Shadows’ project we can reach out to more of these people.”

Deafblind NI member, Mary has Glaucoma and cataracts and wears two hearing aids. Project Lead Officer, Paula Meenan said: “Mary used to love watching soaps and listening to music but when we first met her, her confidence was very low and she didn’t like leaving the family home. After a lot of encouragement from her husband, she came along to our local deafblind social group – and she loved it! Mary took part in a recent reminiscence project at the group which included doing hand prints and chosing songs that evoked special  memories. She later did a speech at the reminiscence project celebration event and said: “I wouldn’t have been able to speak a couple of years ago as my confidence would have been low. Deafblind NI has helped me to leave the house and overcome my fears about speaking in public.” 

Deafblind UK’s CEO Steve Conway said: “Age related deafblindness can take affect so gradually that often, people don’t even realise there is a problem until it’s too late. We are delighted that National Lottery players have been able to support this project and we are extremely grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for enabling us to bring people with deafblindness out of the shadows.”

Pocketalk is the new and easy way to have a real conversation with someone who speaks a different language – £299

Easy to use. Be understood and understand others—just like a local. Smart device that learns as you use it. 74 languages, with more on the way.

Better than a phone app. In so many ways.

Better design – Simple interface for easy two-way conversations.
Better microphones – Speak the way you normally do. Dual microphones with noise cancellation pick up your every word.
Better speakers – Pocketalk keeps the conversation loud and clear—in an office, noisy café, or outdoors — with two built-in speakers.
Better battery – Seven hours of usage or up to ten days in sleep mode. Press the power button to quickly put Pocketalk to sleep and preserve battery charge.
Better speed – Works with WiFi, mobile data, or personal hotspot.
Better accuracy – Connects to the internet for access to robust language engines and cutting-edge cloud technologies for highly accurate translations.
Better than handing over your phone – Carry the conversation with Pocketalk. Small and compact, take it anywhere.

Introducing JOHNSON’S® Cottontouch™: Gentle enough for the newest of skin

Blended with real cotton, the NEW product range from JOHNSON’S® truly improves the bond between parent and baby

Gentle enough for the earliest days of life, our NEW Cottontouch™ products are ultra-light and perfectly pH balanced to gently care for newborn’s delicate, fresh to the world, skin. Up to 30% thinner than adult skin, newborn skin requires ultra-gentle and delicate care. That’s why each product within this innovative new range has been blended with real cotton and carefully selected mild ingredients, and also free from dyes, parabens, and sulphates, to bring parents products that are as gentle as they want the world to be.
But why cotton? Cotton is often one of the first things that a baby touches. From clothing, blankets and booties, cotton products are loved for being soft, absorbent, and breathable, perfect for baby skin. That’s why JOHNSON’S® were inspired to include real cotton in the Cottontouch™ newborn collection, specifically designed for little ones in mind.

The new Cottontouch™ range has been formulated with a unique fragrance which was developed with the help of expert perfumers and was tested and highly-rated by parents around the world. It is said to have been developed to elicit ‘joy’ in parents and babies as each person who smelt the scent, was reminded of happy and joyous moods. Tests using the Cottontouch™ range have shown that this scent enhances engagement between parent and baby during the bath and bedtime routine.

Rebecca Bennett, skincare expert at JOHNSON’S® says ‘We are extremely proud of our 125-year heritage in baby skincare at JOHNSON’S®, where our mission – right from day one – has been to create the gentlest baby products in the world. We have a deep understanding in research and development of baby products, our newest Cottontouch™ range is no exception and has undergone rigorous testing to ensure the products are safe, and the ingredients inside them are so mild they can be used on the newest of skin’.

The Cottontouch™ products are loved for being quick to rinse and how they leave behind no unwanted residue, meaning bath time remains safe and less stressful for parents.

The JOHNSON’S® Cottontouch™ range is available in all major stockists:

JOHNSON’S® Cottontouch™ 2-in-1 Bath and Wash

Made with real cotton, specially designed for and perfectly pH balanced to newborn’s sensitive skin. Light and gentle enough from day one, this newborn bath and wash rinses clean & leaves no residue. Available in: 400ml.

JOHNSON’S® Cottontouch™ Face and Body Lotion

This water-based lotion moisturises and protects delicate skin from day one. It’s lightweight and leaves no unwanted residue or stickiness behind. Available in: 50ml and 500ml.

JOHNSON’S® Cottontouch™ Powder

The Cottontouch™ powder is blended with real cotton and is specially designed for newborn babies’ delicate, sensitive skin. This powder absorbs two times more moisture than regular powder to protect baby’s delicate skin from wetness from day one. Available in: 400g.

JOHNSON’S® Cottontouch™ Oil
The Cottontouch™ hair & scalp oil is blended with real cotton and is specially designed for newborn babies’ delicate, sensitive skin. This oil absorbs fast and protects baby’s delicate skin from day one. It is ideal for infant massage and to loosen dry flakes of cradle cap. Available in: 50ml and 300ml.

JOHNSON’S® Cottontouch™ Extra Sensitive Wipes

The Cottontouch™ wipes are designed to be soft and gentle enough for frequent use on even the most delicate, newborn skin. These wipes are as mild as cotton wool and water for delicate skin care from day one, and can be used all over babies’ skin, including bottoms, hands and delicate faces.

Whether it’s during the bubble baths or the bedtime snuggles, we’re proud that our baby products can play a part of these special moments. Shop JOHNSON’S® baby products to find clinically proven formulas that are free from dyes, parabens, and sulphates. We only choose high quality ingredients that are gentle for baby. That’s why we’ve rejected over 400 ingredients that don’t meet our Best for Baby™ Standards.

For more information, please visit the JOHNSON’S Baby website.


Inspired by the iconic Royal Ballet Prima Ballerina Assoluta Margot Fonteyn,
these Rory Hutton silk scarves include exclusive imagery from the Royal Opera House collection, featuring fabulous balletic themed prints.

Available at Royal Opera House shop, these lightweight, elegant and stylish silk scarves will quickly become your favourite go-to accessory.

Wear it around your neck, tie it in your hair or loop it through your bag – the options are endless!

Margot Scarf Pinks (small) • Margot Scarf Navy/Pink/Yellow (small) • Margot Scarf Silver Blue (small)
£60 each

Royal Opera House shop –


Aldi’s wine range has excelled once again at an international competition, scooping an impressive 22 accolades at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, including a Gold medal for its Moulins de Citran Haut-Médoc 2009.

Hailing from Bordeaux, the supermarket’s latest medal winner forms part of Aldi’s premium online-exclusive collection of wines. This range consists of smaller parcels of interesting wines from lesser-known regions around the world, which offer shoppers the opportunity to try something new, without breaking the bank.

Aldi also received six Silver and 15 Bronze medals at the IWSC, adding to its total of 127 medals so far this year.

Aldi’s International Wine and Spirits Challenge Medals 2019


Moulins de Citran Haut-Médoc 2009 (£13.99)

Crémant du Jura 2016 (£8.29)
Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG (£7.99)
Côtes du Luberon Rosé (£6.69)
Exquisite Collection Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018 (£6.99)
Veuve Monsigny Champagne 2014 (£19.99)
Exquisite Lyme Block English Wine 2018 (£9.99)

Organic Prosecco 2018 (£7.99)
Organic Pinot Grigio 2018 (£5.99)
Exquisite Collection Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie 2018 (£5.69)
Exquisite Collection Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (£5.89)
Exquisite Collection Picpoul De Pinet 2018 (£6.49)
Exquisite Collection Mâcon Villages 2018 (£6.99)
Fleurs de Prairie Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018 (£7.69)
The Fire Tree Sicilian Riserva 2013 (£4.79)
Veuve Monsigny Grande Reserve by Philizot et Fils NV (£15.99)
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Rosé (£16.99)
Eté Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018 (£7.69)
Côtes du Rhone Cuvée Reserve 2018 (£5.69)
Cuvée Reserve Ventoux 2018 (£5.99)

Industrial style topped with the classic marble-effect of CRL Quartz Antonella

Responding to the trend for modern kitchen design with a classic, marble-effect, CRL Quartz Antonella joins the line-up of surfaces now available from CRL Stone.

The crisp white background of this hard-wearing worktop can be combined with dark cabinets beneath for dramatic effect, and works in harmony with raw materials such as untreated timber, metal, exposed brick and glass, for a look that is on-trend and professional.

Inspired by the natural essence of marble, Antonella has a beautiful grey and brown pattern running throughout, making it the ideal choice for island units where the distinctive veining of the surface can be seen in all its glory.

Available in a 20mm or 30mm thickness and as an extra-large format slab for a seamless look when used over large expanses of space such as worktops, CRL Quartz Antonella is the perfect surface for the kitchen. Scratch, heat and stain resistant, CRL Quartz never needs to be sealed. In fact, the non-porous surface is simple to keep clean and looking brand new, with soap and water or a mild detergent its only requirements.

CRL Quartz surfaces prices start from £250-£450 per square metre.

For more information and free samples call CRL Stone on 01706 863 600 or visit


Rugby World Cup winner Lewis Moody to take part in The Jaguars Academy, Europe’s leading American football training camp
NFL Hall of fame candidate and lead elite coaching team at The Jaguars Academy, Tony Boselli, set to put Moody through his paces

On 12th July former England Rugby Captain, Lewis Moody MBE, will be stepping onto the football field for the first time at the Jacksonville Jaguars annual playing academy.
Putting his World Cup winning rugby skills to the test, Moody will be coached by Jaguars Alumni and NFL professionals. Taking part in drills training, position skills sessions and video analysis Moody will experience a level of American football coaching not otherwise available outside the U.S.
The Jaguars Academy is a three-day residential training camp held at Brunel University from 11-13th July. Over 150 amateur and professional players from across Europe are expected to take part to get a genuine feel of training at the highest-level.
Moody will also be sharing his insights from his successful elite athlete career as a captain for England in a team talk. Giving valuable advice on discipline, teamwork and dedicate to get to the very top of the game.
Talking about his expectations of the Jaguars Academy Moody said: “It will be interesting to see how well I’ll be able to transfer my Rugby skills into American football and how physically challenging it will be. I have no doubt that the coaches are really going to push and get the best out of all of us.
“The academy is a fantastic initiative and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in. I’m a huge fan of the NFL, and it’s great to see how much the sport is growing here in the UK.”
After the former England rugby player, Christian Wade, shocked the sporting world earlier this year, switching from professional rugby to American Football, Moody believes we will see more athlete’s crossover between sports.
He added: “To be able to perform at the highest level in two different sports is an outstanding achievement. Rugby and American Football have such directly transferrable skills it makes sense for people to make the most of the potential opportunities – Christian is going to have an incredible experience in the states and hopefully this will encourage more athletes across a range of sports, to try something new.”
The football camp is a fully padded contact academy for men and women aged 18-35 years old, who must have a year’s experience playing with pads. As with real team American Football practice, the training will take place during the day, with the video review sessions and feedback happening in the evening.
The sessions will be carried out by eight NFL coaches, including Super Bowl winners Mark Brunell, Fernando Bryant, Reggie Barlow and Hall of Fame candidate Tony Boselli.
Jacksonville Jaguars hero, Boselli, said: “We’re really looking forward to having a former professional athlete in Lewis at our academy. He’s going to find it tough, but his attitude and skill set will ensure he learns and adapts quickly.
“This is a fantastic training camp, where players can really develop their skillset and push themselves to the next level. We have a tremendous coaching team who are determined to improve the state of American Football in the UK.”
Each participant will receive accommodation, 3 meals a day and training kit and train in the actual Jaguars training jerseys.
Early bird tickets still available, for £225 per person – to sign up, click here and complete the registration.


Celebrate the first day of Summer with the superb sale at London Transport Museum shop, with up to 75% off* amazing items!

From rugs, to mugs, to posters and even clothing, the London Transport Museum shop have it all!

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*Selected lines ONLINE ONLY!
Offer valid from 19 June to 14 July 2019. While stocks last.


WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES are a time for celebrating love and remembering vows. Each year the celebration is marked with a different name – an item that symbolises the various stages of married life, such as paper, ruby and diamond.

It’s a tradition that was started by roman husbands, who would gift their wives a silver garland on their 25th wedding anniversary. Since roman times other precious metals and materials have been added to the list to embody a different year of marriage – but did you know each anniversary also has an associated flower?

The UK’s leading online florist,, has revealed the flowers that symbolise each year of married life. Stuck for an anniversary gift this year? Consult the list below…

1st anniversary – Carnation

A couple’s first anniversary is symbolised by Carnations. In their red form, carnations symbolise admiration, whilst in their white form they represent innocence. Carnations are a long-lived flower that embodies the promise of a lifetime spent together.

2nd anniversary – Lily of the Valley

With their white hue and delicate petals, Lilies of the Valley are known as a sign of purity and have symbolised devotion for centuries. According to legend, a nightingale will only return to the woods in spring once the Lily of the Valley is in bloom – just as a spouse in their second year of marriage will eagerly await their partner’s return when they’re away.

3rd anniversary – Sunflower

Sunflowers are the emblem of the third year of marriage. Their strong stems symbolise strong foundation of a relationship while their sunny hues represent the warmth shared between lovers. Sunflowers turn their heads to follow the direction of the sun, symbolising loyalty.

4th anniversary – Hydrangea

Hydrangea symbolises the growing understanding between two people along and is given on the fourth year of marriage. It also symbolises gratitude and is the perfect way to thank a spouse for another year of a happy marriage together.

5th anniversary – Daisy

The meaning of Daisies is “forever love”. Whilst they may appear simple or even boring at first glance, a closer inspection reveals an intricate texture and petal structure. Just as a couple in their fifth year of marriage may begin to slip into mundane routines, the Daisy is given as a reminder that there are still surprises to be found.

6th anniversary – Calla

The Calla Lily is an elegant and colourful bloom symbolic of growth. In its pink form it carries connotations of admiration and appreciation and as the flower associated with the sixth anniversary it is traditionally gifted as a promise of passion.

7th anniversary – Freesia

Traditionally a trying year for couples, many look to avoid the seven year itch by presenting their loved one with a Freesia, a symbol of trust and faithfulness.

8th anniversary – Lilac

With its enchanting scent, pretty purple petals and heart shaped leaves, Lilacs are a symbol of first love. Traditionally given on the 8th year of marriage, Lilacs are gifted to remind couples of the fiery romance shared in the early days of a relationship.

9th anniversary – Bird of Paradise

The 9th wedding anniversary is embodied in the Bird of Paradise flower – an exotic and magnificent flower symbolic of freedom and joy. It connotates faithfulness and thoughtfulness and represents having a good perspective on life, as a couple in their ninth year should.

10th anniversary – Daffodil

Daffodils are often used to signify memories not forgotten and are the symbol of a decade spent in wedlock. They also symbolise new beginnings and therefore presenting your spouse with a bouquet of Daffodils is a reminder of the memories shared throughout married life and a promise of more to come.

25th anniversary – Iris

A notable flower for a notable milestone. The 25th anniversary is represented by the Iris, which signifies faith, wisdom and promise. The Iris is also the symbol of France and heavily associated with Paris, the city of love. It also represents respect and compliments – a fitting flower to mark the occasion.

50th anniversary – Yellow Rose and Violets

The only anniversary that is marked by not one but two flowers. The contrasting colours of Yellow Roses and Violets symbolises the coming together of two people that complement and support each other despite their differences. Yellow Roses are symbolic of beauty and prosperity whilst Violets represent humility and commitment. Excellent traits of a long and healthy marriage.

Lucia Polla, marketing manager at, comments: “Most people will know that wedding anniversaries are marked by gem stones and other special materials, but few people are aware that each occasion is also embodied by a flower.

“For centuries flowers have been known to represent different traits and emotions and so it makes sense that an anniversary should be celebrated with a flower that synergises with the meaning of each occasion.

“It can be tricky to purchase thoughtful anniversary gifts year after year – especially if the occasion has crept up on you – but gifting flowers is always sure to put a smile on your spouse’s face. Whether gifting a single stem or a full bouquet of your anniversary’s associated flower, telling the story behind the flower’s meaning will definitely win you brownie points with your partner this year.”

To find out more about Serenata Flowers, or to find a bouquet for your next wedding anniversary, visit:

Introducing the newest member of the Matchstick Monkey Family…the Monkey Teether.

After the successful launch of the Mini Monkey, Matchstick Monkey’s first teether to contain

BioCote® anti-microbial technology, which kills 99.9% of microbes, and prevents bacteria

from growing on the teether, Matchstick Monkey is delighted to introduce the Monkey Teether.

This is the first full size teether, from the much-loved brand to contain the special technology.

As we have come to expect from the innovative brand, Matchstick Monkey likes to exceed its customers’ expectations, and the Monkey Teether is no exception.

With brand new packaging, the Monkey Teether will be hitting the shelves in a strong protective case, that offers a hygienic environment for your Monkey to be stored in when not in use. It can also double-up as a neat organiser for other baby essentials in the future.

Created in vibrant colours that are certain to brighten any tot’s day when played with, the Monkey Teether is sure to divert your child’s attention away from their tricky teeth to happier places.

Made from FDA approved food grade silicone, BPA free, non-toxic and dishwasher and fridge friendly, the Monkey Teether – just like the rest of the Matchstick Monkey family – will become a firm household favourite, as little ones play their teething pain away thanks to the Monkey’s ingenious design that accesses hard to reach areas, soothing painful gums.


•Fun soft textured silicone teether providing soothing relief to aching gums
•Designed with toothbrush bumps on the back of the head to gently massage baby’s hard to get to molars
•Ergonomically designed “arms” help develop fine motor skills
•Easy to grasp handles and lightweight making sure it is easy to hold from a very young age
•Can be used as a pre-training toothbrush
•FDA food grade silicone and BPA free
•Available bright eye catching colours
•Dishwasher, fridge and steam / cold water steriliser safe
•Biocote® Antimicrobial technology makes Monkey Teether more hygienically clean and reduces the potential of cross-contamination


•Use the back of the Monkey’s head to massage the hard to reach painful back gums
•Place in the fridge to apply the cold silicone straight to problem areas
•Allow your little one to chew happily on their Monkey throughout the day
•Clean the teether in soapy water, or place in the dishwasher / steriliser


Pressures on fathers is the subject of this week’s Noel McDermott’s Well-Being Wednesdays radio show with business coach Simon Dawson and social entrepreneur Dan Flanagan

The pressure that men put themselves under to be perfect fathers and leaders, anxiety around how to be the ‘best’ father, and how the outdoors and nature can support mental health are some of the topics to be discussed in this week’s Noel McDermott’s Well-Being Wednesdays show on Men’s Radio Station.

The guests, father-of-four Simon Dawson and father of one seven-year-old son, Dan Flanagan, are experts on the stresses of fatherhood and will be sharing their knowledge and experiences during the show hosted by licensed psychotherapist Noel McDermott.

Simon, a former infantry officer in the Army, now runs a coaching practice for business leaders and their teams and is researching for a PhD on the connection between fatherhood and leadership, and the mental health aspects of men trying too hard to be perfect fathers and leaders.

Alongside this, Simon is Head of Centre at the Wilderness Centre in the Forest of Dean and has a keen interest in how nature and the outdoors can support mental health and improve a sense of well-being.

Dan Flanagan quit his role as a senior analyst at a media agency to set up various ventures to support fathers and provide them with opportunities to spend time with their children, including his Don’t Believe The Hype blog, Dad La Soul dad-friendly parenting group and Tot Rockin Beats/ Intergenerational Raves and music events for young parents, OAPs and adults with learning difficulties.

Simon and Dan will be sharing their experience on the 90-minute Well-Being Wednesdays show hosted by Noel McDermott on Wednesday 26th June at 9pm on Men’s Radio Station. Every week, Noel is joined by an expert guest who will, alongside Noel, inform listeners with practical advice and information for improving their own mental health and further the understanding of the mental health of those around them. Part of the show is dedicated to the audience where listeners will be invited to phone in or send questions by email for discussion and advice.

Men’s Radio Station: Launched in January 2019, Men’s Radio Station is an online station specifically dedicated to the topic of Men’s Mental Health and Well-Being. The station was founded by Sony Award winner Russ Kane and Howard Jameson.

Noel McDermott is a pioneering health and social care professional with over 25 years of industry experience. He is passionate about bringing high quality care and support to those who are vulnerable. Noel’s areas of expertise include mental health, emotional health and wellbeing, childcare, trauma, social care, addiction and recovery, distance therapy, refugees and personal development.

Simon Dawson

Simon was recently appointed Head of Centre at The Wilderness Centre in the Forest of Dean. He also runs a coaching practice for business leaders and is researching a PhD on fatherhood and leadership. He has also run leadership programmes for a variety of companies and has had training as a psychotherapist.

For more information about the Wilderness Centre, please see:

Dan Flanagan
Dan describes himself as a social entrepreneur and ‘part-time revolutionary’. He is founder of Don’t Believe The Hype, The World’s First Agency of Dad – TotRockinBeats – and Dad La Soul. His website is at:

For more information visit and

Fly Better with Altrient Vitamin C Managing Your Well Being at 35,000 Feet

We all know that aeroplanes are breeding grounds for bugs and we all know that vitamin C is essential contributing factor to the normal function of our immune system. The problem with most regular vitamin C is its lack of absorption. Vitamin C capsules, tables and powders are often broken down in the stomach and end up being largely eliminated as waste. Altrient’s cutting-edge technology protects nutrients from degradation in the digestive system, enabling them to reach the small intestine where they can absorb into the blood stream and cells where you need them most. Another great feature of Altrient is that it is gentle on the stomach, even in high doses and has no negative side effects. Altrient supplements are easy to take, simply empty the sachet of gel into a small amount of water and swallow it in one gulp. Altrient vitamin C is vegan, non-GMO and does not contain added sugar, wheat, gluten, yeast, hexane and soy protein, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavors.
Altrient are the world’s first premium liposomal health & beauty supplements, using Liposomal Encapsulation Technology (LET) using a patented process that ensures maximised absorption of nutrients.
Olympian Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill mentioned how much she loves Altrient C in this month’s Top Sante Magaine… “When I was training full-time I would only take necessary supplements prescribed by a doctor as you’d hear horror stories of athletes innocently taking vitamin tablets, only to find they had been contaminated or contained banned substances. Now I take everything! Although I do think you should get as many of your nutrients as possible from food rather than relying on supplements. One thing I take regularly is vitamin C supplement Altrient C ( It’s amazing at helping my immune system. If I have a cold or a sore throat coming on I take one or two sachets and the cold never materialises. Also, my skin feels healthier when taking them so they are my current go-to”.
What’s in Gwyneth Paltrow’s Travel Bag?

“Here are some of my carry-on essentials for long flights – Altrient Liposomal Vitamin C (aka Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C Sachets). They say Vitamin C in high doses wards off viruses and strengthens immunity, so once I get to my seat, I take 4 or 5 of these bad boys”.
What’s in Kourtney Kardashian’s Travel Bag?
“20 items I always pack on my carry on – Since everyone always asks me about what products I travel with I wanted to share this story again… Altrient Liposomal Vitamin C (aka Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C Sachets)”

Altrient comes in handy 1000 mg sachets that travel easily. The daily recommended dosage is 1-2 sachets a day, but like Gwyneth you can take more if you feel you need it. Kourtney has also shared on her blog “I take one pack of Altrient C every day to help keep me from getting sick. If I feel like I’m getting sick, I take 2 to 3 packs daily. I’ve also found that it can help reduce muscle soreness after a workout.”
Altrient Vitamin C – RRP £39.99 per box with 30 sachets
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7 Ways to Life-Changing Happiness

Is it possible to simply get happy when the pressures of jobs, politics, mortgages, parenthood, education and relationships are upon us all?

Author and practitioner Matt Pepper, reckons so. He has spent 20 years researching, learning and practising tools and techniques which have enabled him to help his clients live a happy and fulfilled life.

Matt Pepper‘s book, ‘Happiness The Inside Job’, provides all the tips and tricks a reader needs to turn their frowns upside down. It was recently reviewed by the band Coldplay as being ‘insightful and inspiring’ and he has been to give talks at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Innocent Smoothies and Reading University on this very topic.

In Happiness The Inside Job, he has collected all of this knowledge together into one place in an easy to understand and accessible way giving us all the insights into how to create the life and happiness we deserve. His aim is to put the power back into our lives!

Here’s how he has found that we can boost our own personal happiness levels.

  1. Fire up your own happiness
    You have to be in charge of your own happiness and say goodbye to believing that circumstances, other people or situations have to dictate how you feel. Realising that You have the power to change how you are feeling is the perfect starting place.
  2. Expose your Ta-Daa!
    It’s time to ‘Dump the front’ and find the ‘real you’ again. Living life as your brilliant self, expressing your uniqueness and stopping worrying about what other people think about you and what you do I your life is so important. Becoming the person you were born to be is where your happiness lies.
  3. Tend your emotional garden
    To have happy emotions you need to nurture and grow them yourself. Start doing what it takes to help yourself feel better; find someone to chat to, don’t stew on the past, realise that bottling emotions up makes you feel worse , find your happy place and do more of what you love. You have the power to improve how you feel.
  4. Jump on the groovy train of thought
    It’s a good plan to start filling your mind with good-feeling happy thoughts and stop allowing it to get clogged up with negative ones. Learning to ‘think great’ is a game-changer. You have to start making sure that the topics you think about feel good to you. Make sure you fill your head with the ideas, people, situations that are pleasing to think about. Happy thoughts create a happy life so Jump on the Groovy Train of thought and stop the negative trains of thought taking over.
  5. Listen to your wise old gut
    You already know what’s best for you! Learn to follow what your gut is telling you – it knows what is right for you. Tune in and really listen because it always knows what is best. By doing this and acting upon it, your best life possible will unfold naturally.
  6. Turn your muck to luck
    Life will throw regular curve balls, that’s a given, but it’s how we learn to bounce back from our worst of times and create our own best of times, that’s the trick. Being able pick yourself up again and learn how to create a clear, calm and empowered perspective on what your life is all about is where the power to your better future lies.
  7. Pimp up your purpose
    It’s time to jump out of bed happy! By doing more of what makes you feel good and discovering your passions will give you the boost you need – if you start doing more of them?! Start small, by adding in to our day the things we love doing; listening to music, sports, chatting with friends, craft, Zumba…. The better you feel the clearer your will be, and the more energy you will have to take your take your life where you want .

By simply learning to feel better in yourself you have the power to change things and alter the course of your life. Realising that you can become your own happiness generating machine is where the fun lies.

Your happiness really is an inside job!

Good luck…

Matt’s book can be purchased from all good online and high-street book stores.


Make going to sleep at night and waking up in the morning a whole lot easier with this super stylish alarm clock from Royal Opera House shop.

The ultra-modern clock displays the time on its smooth walnut face, and uses amazing flip alarm technology – just turn the clock to stop the alarm.

With a simple click or tap, the green LEDs light up and the clock automatically switches off when the room becomes quiet

  • guaranteeing to give you the perfect, peaceful night’s sleep you need!

Walnut Flip Clock – £45

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Babbel – leading language-learning app and the shortest path to real-life conversations

Babbel offers the shortest path to real-life conversations. In fact, 73% of its users indicated that they would be able to have a short, simple conversation in their new language within five hours of using Babbel.

Babbel is centred around a world-class, empirically-proven method that enhances language-learning with advanced technology. Babbel’s language experts are dedicated to bringing users the best quality in modern language-learning, covering 8,500 hours of content in 14 languages, from Spanish to Indonesian. Babbel is the only product to offer courses tailored to users’ native languages, building on grammar and vocabulary they will already know. The platform’s audio examples and dialogues are recorded with real native speakers, instead of automated computers, empowering users to speak correctly and confidently from day one. Time-tested strategies such as communicative didactics optimise how new vocabulary and grammar is received, saved and recalled. Babbel trains users’ brains to learn constantly and efficiently, so that more information is absorbed while using the app, and learning continues outside of it. 

Data from research company Ambient Insight suggests that the mobile language-learning market will be worth $14.5 billion by 2019, while earlier this year, Fast Company Magazine ranked Babbel as the world’s #1 innovative company in education. Babbel was recognised as a pioneering educational tool because it fundamentally cares about how people learn, what people are interested in learning, and how best to teach individual learning types. Babbel’s content is based on real-life topics that are relevant, because its experts know what matters to its users is what sticks best.

Babbel at a glance

  • Over 1 million active paying subscribers
  • Top-grossing educational app globally 
  • Made up of a team of more than 450 people from 39 nations working in Berlin and New York
  • Fourteen learning languages: English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Brazilian, Portuguese, Turkish, Polish, Indonesian, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and Russian
  • Seven display languages
  • More than 8,500 hours of learning content created by experts in accordance with Babbel’s unique pedagogy for digital language-learning
  • Progress is saved in the cloud – learners can pick up where they left off on all of their devices
  • Courses can be downloaded for offline completion on mobile devices
  • Fully-featured apps available on the web as well as for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets
  • An additional app for location-aware learning with Apple Watch

Subscription model

Babbel is a premium product. With no ads, and a transparent, subscription-based business model, the platform works directly for its learners – not for any third party. 

Babbel’s customers can select up to four different subscription options: 

  • 1 month (at £8.95 per month)
  • 3 months (at £5.95 per month)
  • 6 months (at £4.95 per month)
  • 12 months (at £4.45 per month)

The Babbel Method

Every language learner needs a great teacher to pave the way in mastering a new language. This is why Babbel has a world-class didactic method at its core. The platform’s experts choose the strongest academic learning practices and cherry pick empirically-proven and time-tested strategies to teach languages. They then successfully translate a rich didactic encyclopedia into the digital world, and the result is a powerful, mobile curriculum available at the tip of the user’s fingers – wherever and whenever they want to learn.

People looking to master a new language face a number of key obstacles to learning successfully, and are typically limited in three main resources: time, money and motivation. Babbel addresses these issues with affordable subscription options, and with courses designed to be completed in bite-sized pieces. Not only is this a more convenient way to learn a language, research shows that regularly completing shorter sessions is more effective than studying for prolonged periods infrequently.

The app’s effective learning mechanics ensure that users stay motivated to achieve their goals, with the average person continuing to learn with Babbel for more than 12 months. Uniquely, every course is created specifically for each language pairing, by a team of over 100 education experts, linguists and language teachers.

Babbel builds on what learners already know from their own language to teach them a new one. That’s because an English speaker, for example, will have very different requirements for learning Spanish than a French speaker might. According to this philosophy, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation are all taught in an engaging way, while voice recognition helps learners to perfect their pronunciation. Memory also plays a vital role in language learning, so Babbel’s data-driven review manager learns continuously from user input to help make the most important concepts stick. Plus, all of Babbel’s courses are in line with the common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Company History

Berlin-based Babbel was founded in 2007 by Markus Witte (Chief Executive Officer), and Thomas Holl (President). It was while working together in music software that they discovered there were no fully developed ways to learn a language online.

The founders decided to address this, registering Lesson Nine GmbH as a company in August 2007. The first version of Babbel followed in January 2008, with the product’s early development guided by the principles that the team knew to be true for music software: attention to detail and a strong user focus were considered critical to success. This strategy proved its worth when, one year later, Babbel had already acquired 100,000 users.

The company’s core markets include Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, which are all supported by a fast and dedicated customer service team, available via telephone, email and online chat.

Investment history

Babbel was initially funded solely by the founders themselves, but has since completed three rounds of financing (Series A, B and C). To date, the company has received a total of $34 million, and has been profitable with positive cash flow since 2011. Babbel’s investors include; IBB Investment Company (via VC Fonds Technology Berlin), Kizoo Technology Ventures, Reed Elsevier Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners, and Scottish Equity Partners (SEP).

About Babbel

Babbel is the world’s top-grossing language learning app, recognised as the most innovative company in education by Fast Company Magazine. With millions of paying customers the company is driven by one challenge: everyone learning languages.

Its web and mobile apps make it easy to understand a new language, from Spanish to Indonesian. Bite-sized lessons fit into everyday life and are split into useful real-life topics, helping users to speak their new language with confidence. Every course is created by a team of savvy linguists, and it works. 73% of Babbel learners feel that they could have a basic conversation in their new language after five hours of using the app.

The company was founded in 2007 by Markus Witte (CEO) and Thomas Holl (CTO). Since then, the team has grown to over 700 people from more than 50 nations, with headquarters in Berlin and New York. Its no ads, transparent, subscription-based business model allows the company to focus on getting learners conversational fast.


Shock Absorber is set to become a new principal partner to both Bristol Sport’s women’s teams ahead of the 2019/20 season.
In a record-breaking deal for the Bears Women, Shock Absorber will be their new front of shirt sponsor for the Tyrells Premier 15s 2019/20 campaign. The UK’s number 1 sports bra brand will also extend its sponsorship to Bears Women footballing counterparts as they become sleeve sponsor for FA Women’s Super League 1 side Bristol City Women.
The brand will be using the partnership to educate both Bristol Sport’s women players and their fans on the importance of wearing a proper sports bra. Shock Absorber has conducted extensive research in partnership with The University of Portsmouth; finding breasts move up to 14cm when unsupported during exercise.
Players have also been kitted out in the Shock Absorber Extreme Impact range ahead of the new season. Designed for the high intensity nature of rugby and football, it’s proven to reduce chest movements by up to 78%, twice as much as a conventional bra.
Bristol Sport Group Head of Commercial, Caroline Herbert, said: “We are delighted that Shock Absorber has joined us as a principal partner to our women’s teams.”
“The quality of the Shock Absorber products has put them at the forefront of the sports bra industry and it is fantastic to have our women’s teams partnered with such an elite and world renowned brand.”
“We are very much looking forward to this newfound partnership flourishing, as both teams embark on what is set to be an exciting 2019/20 season.”
Hanesbrands Head of Marketing UK and Ireland, Heather Nogueira said: “We’re looking forward to developing this key partnership in the West of England with Bristol Bears Women and Bristol City Women. The prospect of how we can help educate not just professional athletes but also all sportswomen on the importance of wearing the right sports bra is hugely exciting.”

“Our products have undergone stringent research and testing to ensure they’re perfectly suited to the demands of elite sport and it’s fantastic to be working with an organisation like Bristol Sport, with whom we share many core values.”
“The success of both teams in their respective competitions, coupled with the rise of women’s sport on the global stage, makes this partnership an enticing prospect and we look forward to the season ahead and seeing our brand associated with the leading women’s sports teams in the South-West.”

JAM In-Ear Water Resistant Headphones


Enjoy your favourite tunes or podcast whilst active, thanks to these in-ear headphones.

The discreet headphones also feature a built-in mic function, so you can take phone calls on the go.

What’s more, the case acts as a battery pack and can charge up to 10 full battery charges whilst out and about.

Apple Watch Series 3 with Sports Band


This Apple Watch with Sports Band is perfect for helping you track your fitness activity and achieve your goals.

As well as linking with your iPhone via Bluetooth, you can get all of your updates on-the-go without having to take your phone out of your pocket.

If you like activity that’s of the aquatic kind, this watch is water resistant and suitable for swimming, kayaking and other low-velocity water sports, ideal for a sunny day.

Breville Blender with 6 Accessories


The Breville blender is perfect for those wanting to switch up their meals or get a healthy light snack in during the day.

With two 600ml and two 300ml jugs that also function as a bottle, these accessories make it easy to whizz your ingredients and get on the go.

The accessories are also dishwasher safe, so there is no messing about trying to wash the smaller parts.

George Foreman Grill & Griddle Health Grill


Searching for easier ways to create your favourite food with healthier methods? Then look no further than the George Foreman Health Grill.

The grill allows you to control the temperature to help you get that perfect steak or salmon fillet just right!

Also included is a drip tray which collects all the messy bits to make light work of the cleaning, particularly if the non-stick surface wasn’t enough to make the cleaning easy work!

Beko Slow Juicer – Stainless Steel

CURRENT PRICE: £79 Save £20

Wanting to get your five-a-day, vitamins and minerals? Juicing could be the one for you.

This Beko juicer features a wide feed chute so you can use the appliance for fruits and vegetables for your juices. It even includes a special tool to create delicious homemade sorbets from frozen fruit.

The components are all dishwasher safe too, so perfect for cleaning up in a rush.


1 in 3 use clothing as a motivation to get fit
23% feel more confident in the gym with a new outfit
79% need to feel good about themselves to work out
But gym-selfies are a no-no – 95% of people wouldn’t take a gym selfie or post their workout on social media

IF YOU want to succeed at getting fit for summer, you should start by going shopping according to new research.

Data from the Decathlon Activity Index 2019, a study of more than 7,600 UK adults, reveals that 1 in 3 adults under the age of 44 use clothing as a motivation to get fit.

This may be having a new outfit as an incentive to go to the gym or simply a new workout kit. Just under a quarter of the sample (23%) said that they feel more confident in the gym when wearing a new outfit.

Getting the right outfit is such an effective motivation because most people (79%) need to feel good about themselves in order to exercise, according to the study.

The research has also busted common gym myths – while social media timelines can feel full of gym selfies and progress update photos, only 4% of Brits have ever taken a selfie in the gym, and only 5% have ever posted progress updates from their workouts, suggesting that Brits are exercising for personal benefit, rather than vanity. The numbers are even low for younger age groups, with just 10% of those aged 16-24 admitting to ever having taken a selfie in the gym.

While 36% of those aged 16-24 say that wearing new gym clothing improves their confidence, just 33% of them admit to spending over £50 on gym clothing in the past year.

Nicola Barnabo, fitness sports manager at Decathlon commented: “Many of us need a little kick-start in order to get back into the routine of regular exercise.

“Our research revealed that 79% of people are more likely to want to exercise if they feel good about themselves.

“Having the right clothing is a key part of that. Not only to make us feel like we look good, but also to have clothing that is comfortable for the exercise we are doing.

“For example, people who are wanting to increase their stamina through cardio will need clothing that is breathable and keeps them cool.

“Those looking to take part in yoga, for example, will need clothing that is a good fit and is designed to stretch with them as they exercise.”

The Decathlon Activity Index tracks rates of participation in sport and other physical activities across the year through a monthly, national survey.

Decathlon has 45 stores in the UK and sells a variety of sports equipment, clothing and accessories perfect for those want to get active or excel their performance.

For more information, visit


The British dining table is increasingly embracing authentic, internationally inspired foods.

New research out today has revealed that Brits are in fact embracing a global diet, with internationally inspired cuisine making up 60 per cent of our mealtimes.

The study of more than 2,000 adults found that the average Brit is on a journey of culinary discovery and will eat a whopping eight meals a week with roots that originated around the world. That accounts to more than 27 billion meals prepared in the UK in the last year alone.

With four in five believing variety really is the spice of life, British cuisine has evolved to reflect a growing taste for international foods including Chinese (53 per cent), Italian (53 per cent) and Indian (49 per cent).

The research found that the average Brit samples at least THREE dishes originating from different countries each week, with American, Mexican and Thai also topping the poll as other popular choices to hit come breakfast or dinner time.

With more than two thirds of the nation declaring themselves ‘foodies’, it is no surprise that a whopping 81 per cent of us are shunning ‘faux food’ in favour of authentic ingredients and recipes to capture the true taste and style of the dish.

Christina Honigfort, Head of Marketing at New York Bakery Co., which commissioned the study to celebrate the stories behind the food in our kitchens, said: “Authenticity is at the heart of creating dishes that taste as good at home as they do in the country their recipes and cooking or baking methods originated in.

“The research shows that Brits are passionate about this authenticity. It’s easier than ever to keep your kitchen stocked with authentic products and ingredients that match the tastes of the cities that inspired them, from bagels in the delis of New York to spices from markets in New Delhi.”

When sweeping the supermarket shelves, the average shopper can expect to find at least a fifth of their basket stocked with authentic foods used in preparation of cuisine that originated abroad.

Peeking into the nation’s pantries to unveil the top international imports, according to those polled Indian Spices, Italian Olive Oil and Chinese Soy Sauce were the most popular.

Those who have an appetite for American will only stock authentic New York style bagels – made famous in the Big Apple using the boil and stone-bake method to guarantee an authentic chew.

One in five keep their fridge stocked with French cheese, with a further one in seven believing that the best chilli sauce comes from Thailand.

When asked how they came to discover their favourite global dishes, the top sources stated were recommendations from family and friends (21 per cent), coming across the dish when ordering it at a restaurant (20 per cent), and picking up a taste for the local cuisine when on holiday (11 per cent).

Popular TV shows and a surge in viral food videos were also cited as tools when seeking international inspiration, with 48 per cent of Brits going from tuning in to tucking in.

Forget nice beaches, sunny weather and a great hotel, 52 per cent even went as far to say that they choose where they want to go away based on the cuisine they can try there and a hunger to know more about where some of our favourite foods come from.

“Here at New York Bakery Co., we’re all about celebrating authenticity and take inspiration from the city that runs on bagels everyday – New York,” adds Christina Honigfort.

“From the sights, sounds and tastes of Brooklyn and Little Italy to the genuine boil and bake method behind all our bagels, our roots are what allow us to add that big New York taste to breakfast and lunchtimes occasions across the UK.”

In celebration of its New York roots, New York Bakery Co. has opened the doors to its bakery in a new bagels unwrapped-style film looking at everything from the shaping of the dough and boiling the bagel to the baking method that guarantees it New York chew.

As part of the campaign, bagel lovers in UK&I will also be given the chance to win one of 40,000 limited edition red, white and blue Bagel Tins with every uniquely-coded pack of New York Bakery Co. bagels bought this Summer.

New portable fitness gadget called Activ5 which helps athletes improve their strength and stamina.


The Activ5 is a portable fitness device that dynamically creates more than 100 full body workouts for you based on isometric exercises to help build strength and tone the body.

Strength is an important fitness component for runners, swimmers, cyclists, footballers etc and should be built into a training programme rather than overlooked. It can help:

-Strengthen muscles and joints

-Decrease risk of injury

-Help improve flexibility, balance, mobility and strength

-Improve stamina by adding muscle

-Improve performance

It’s actually used by the Steelers American Football team as part of their training –

Activ5 – £119.99

Scientific research has proven that isometric exercise is one of the fastest and most efficient ways to build strength, accelerate fat burning and tone the body – in fact, five minutes of isometric exercise can be equivalent to 25 minutes of gym-machine exercise! The Activ5 combines a durable design that measures more than 200lbs of force with a series of over 100 isometric workouts to help users increase strength by as much as 5% per week. Activ5 is an innovative fitness device that enables anyone with a smartphone to exercise anywhere, anytime.

The sleek and portable handheld device guides users through short burst workouts, providing full-body toning from both sitting and standing positions, all while tracking results on the companion Activ5 App. Activ5 features more than 100 unique workouts, targeting different parts of the body (i.e. hamstrings for runners), that are fast and fun, and measures data such as strength, strength increases, precision and other personal metrics. The exercises are discrete and static, making the powerful health-transforming benefits of isometric fitness available to you anytime, anywhere.



  • British adults more likely to exercise in June than any other time of the year
  • 1 in 2 are motivated by summer holidays
  • 1 in 5 are being motivated by friends’ weddings

Brits are more likely to hit the gym this month than any other time of year – including January – according to new research.

A survey of 1,000 UK adults by Total Fitness reveals June is the most popular month for working out, with 70% of the UK population saying they are more likely to exercise regularly in this month.

This is more than any other month in the year – including January, despite 49% of the UK population saying they start the year with fitness and exercise related new year’s resolutions.*

For more than 1 in 2 (51%), they are more likely to exercise in the warmer months to lose weight before a summer holiday.

While 1 in 5 (20%) say they would be more likely to exercise in preparation for a friend or relative’s wedding, so that they look their best for the photos.

As well as these motivating factors, June is also likely to present fewer barriers to exercise, with cold weather (40%) and having less daylight in the evening (21%) being two of the top aspects that put respondents off exercising.

Paul McNicholas, Operations Director at Total Fitness says: “We always see a spike in membership usage in January when many kick off the new year with good intentions, but summer is the time that members renew their focus in readiness for their summer holidays.”

“It’s encouraging to see that Brits are using the start of the summer season as an opportunity to up their fitness plans in order to look and feel their best, and we hope that many use this motivation to continue with longer term exercise plans throughout the rest of the year.”

*According to the Decathlon Activity Index, January 2019.

Fridge Raiders launches new Combos

New Combos offer two sources of protein to help keep Brits powered

Fridge Raiders is launching its protein-packed Combos in two new delicious flavours: Honey BBQ and Sea Salt & Pepper. Combining cheese with a variety of appetizing nuts and beans, the taste-bud tantalizing Combos are available in a 3-pack multipack from ASDA from April 8th, before being rolled out across retailers.

Individual packs of Combos will be available from May in a variety of retailers, including McColls and Spar.

Combos offer two different sources of delectable protein in one handy pack, perfect for on-the-go snacking or a 3pm pick-me-up. All snacks are high in protein, big on flavour and under 170 calories, to keep you powered through whatever your day has in store.

Fridge Raiders Combos (3X40g pack) , RRP £2.50

Combos bring something completely different to the snacking category, combining tasty cheese bites with nuts pairings. Available in Honey BBQ and Sea Salt & Pepper, Combos bring together all the best protein-packed ingredients in one handy snack-pack. A tasty and nutritious energy boost on-the-go.

Fridge Raiders Combos (40g), RRP £1

The Honey BBQ flavor combines white medium cheese with BBQ corn, honey peanuts and Bollywood BBQ peanuts.

The Salt & Pepper Combo includes red and white medium cheese, sea salt and black pepper peanuts, pretzel sticks and soy broad beans.

Get a taste for power with new Fridge Raiders Combos.


Grocery Set & Scanner – £39.95 • Cash Register – £29.95

Let your little ones have a shopping trip to remember with Le Toy Van’s Grocery Set & Scanner and Cash Register.

The Grocery Set includes a scanner, barcode stickers and over a dozen solid wood grocery items, including a bar of chocolate, a box of cereal, tomato ketchup and lots more goodies for children to have fun with and stretch their imagination. Let them shop, scan and put their items through the cash register at the end of their supermarket trip!

Helping them develop their numerical skills, the wooden cash register allows your young cashiers to store their money in an easy open cash drawer and even provide a wooden receipt for their customer.

These toys really are guaranteed to provide your little one and their friends hours of educational and imaginative fun!

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Canterbury Ambassador Justin Tipuric wearing the Reinforcer Headguard

Rugby clothing and kit provider Canterbury has unveiled the new Reinforcer headguard. Following extensive market research from players across the U.K, the Reinforcer features cutting edge design technology and conforms to World Rugby Protection Regulations.

Working with real teams, The Reinforcer has been designed with the needs of the player in mind. Canterbury has conducted extensive research into headgear design, analysing invaluable insights from players both on and off the field.

Recognising key features required, the Reinforcer has been designed with ventilation, protection and comfort at the forefront. The headguard features full curvature coverage with a top panel to prevent cuts and abrasions and a lace up back. Laser cut openings have been added for ventilation, along with large ear pockets for auditory purposes. An ergonomic fit provides improved comfort, with a soft chin strap for reduced irritation.

Commenting on the new headguard, Simon Rowe, Head of Sports Marketing at Canterbury of New Zealand, said: “As a rugby brand, we are fully aware of the importance of protective headgear and who better to inspire product innovation than real players. We are incredibly proud to launch the Reinforcer and with the updated modifications we hope to encourage more players to wear the cap next time they play.”

Wales and Ospreys star and Canterbury ambassador Justin Tipuric added: “Collisions are inevitable and rugby is a game played at such a high intensity that it is vital to give yourself as much protection as you can. I have always worn a headguard and knowing that I have that extra layer of security when on the pitch allows me to play my game without fear of picking up an injury.

“Going forward, I will be working closely with Canterbury’s design teams to ensure that their product range continues to be innovative and of the highest quality for players of all levels and, in this instance, provide both comfort and safety whilst competing.

Made for every player, the Reinforcer is available in sizes small to extra-large and in four colours – Black, True red, Dresden blue and Navy. Available for £50.00 from


– Encourage a love of the beautiful game with football equipment from Decathlon –

– Quality products available including football boots, clothing and kitbags –

With the Women’s World Cup kicking off, now is a better time than ever to practise those ball skills – whether you are a regular Rashford or a total beginner.

Whether you are aspiring to be the next Harry Kane or Steph Houghton, Decathlon offers a range of equipment that will allow everyone to get involved in the beautiful game.

Organise a kick-about in the park or join a Sunday 7-aside and enjoy keeping fit with Britain’s favourite sport.

Decathlon offers a range of football equipment including football boots, balls and clothing, perfect for playing for fun or in a friendly competition.

Children’s Kit


Perfect for a Messi in the making, these boots are designed for intermediate players hoping to improve their skills on a dry pitch.

The small studs on the base of the shoe provide the perfect grip on dry pitches, meaning junior players can practise their footwork with confidence.

The inner boot includes a stiff foot support covered with soft fabric, so feet feel stable and comfortable throughout those all-important hours of practise.

What’s more, the outer fabric of the boot is scuff resistant, meaning parents needn’t worry about their kids boots wearing out before the season ends – they are as durable as your junior football star.


These goalkeeper gloves are perfect for junior footballers aspiring to be the next Jordon Pickford or Karen Bardsley.

The gloves come with latex coating, to not only improve grip, but to increase durability, to ensure they will last throughout learning to dive and catch the ball.

The gloves are easy to put on, even when the pressure rises, due to the wide wrist opening. This can be fastened into position using the handy Velcro tabs, meaning trainee goal keepers can trust these gloves to be secure even when taking on penalties.


Here to help you train, these flat arrow shaped markers will help junior players refine their technique by helping to point them in the right direction.

The fluorescent colouring of the markers makes them easily visible, while the mudguard feet will withstand any tramping practicing players may inflict.

Adults’ Kit


For football fanatics who are regular players, these agile boots are sure to aid perfect ball control thanks to the supple leather construction.

Regular dry pitch players know that comfort is important during long training sessions and matches, which is why these boots come with a pre-shaped insole for support and a padded heal for extra cushioning, to make blisters a thing of the past.

The symmetrical round studs on the sole of the boot ensure optimal grip on both artificial and natural grass (when dry), meaning players can charge the pitch confidently each match.


This 40L bag is designed for carrying and storing football equipment, thanks to its spacious capacity.

With three pockets including a separate compartment for muddy boots, this bag comes with all the space that could be needed.

Hardwearing thanks to its abrasion resistant outer fabric, it is also sturdy enough to withstand knocks and bumps when heading to an away match.

What’s more, the bag folds into its side pocket, making it easy to store away when not in use.



Whether it’s a holiday, a trip to the park or simply the back garden, look no further than this inflatable post for realistic-feeling footie fun this summer.

Quick to assemble, simply inflate using a hand-pump, it is sturdy enough that the top corners and posts resist even the most on-target shots, this inflatable goal will provide players with the thrill of a real match.

Compact and easy to transport thanks to its easy fold system and carry bag, players can set up this goal post on any surface, including the beach and park.

What’s more, the side pockets are large enough to fit a water bottle, adding stability and storing player’s water so they don’t get dehydrated.


This bright, junior sized ball is ideal for future Premier League stars and is designed to withstand even the hardest of kicks.

The foam padding offers comfort to prevent sore toes, whilst the invisible stitching gives the ball greater durability, meaning players can practise their striking for longer.

The specially designed air bladder is wrapped in fabric to ensure this ball will keep its shape, meaning players needn’t worry about their accuracy being affected by wear and tear.


The double action on this pump means it inflates the ball at twice the speed. By expelling air as you push the pump in and pull it out, you won’t have to wait around for your match to get started.

This pump is simple to use and can inflate any kind of ball.

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H i g h – F l y i n g M o d e r n C l a s s i c

The BOSS Legacy collection effortlessly combines classic vintage style with a more refined contemporary and sporty look, perfectly capturing the essence of modern masculinity in a selection of watches whose style is inspired by the classic pilot’s watch design. For the man who likes to make a bold and yet understated style statement with their timepiece, the typical large Arabic numerals not only lend the sunray dial a distinctive look, they also ensure that the watch can be read at a glance in those moments when time is quite literally of the essence. Continuing with the aviator theme, these elegantly sporty watches also incorporate a small-second sub-dial at 6 o’clock, a square date display window at 3 o’clock, striking sword hands, and a unique textured bezel.

This is a timepiece perfectly suited to fashion-conscious highfliers with an appreciation for tradition, an eye for contemporary retro style, and a taste for adventure. With nine different combinations of case finishes, strap materials, stainless-steel bracelets, and dial colours, the collection also offers an option for every casual look. Whether in stainless steel with a matching bracelet and blue dial, grey ion-plated finish with a green fabric strap and parchemin dial, or coffee ion-plated finish with a brown strap made from high-end Italian calfskin leather and a green dial, this is a watch that is as multifaceted as the gentleman who is wearing it.
Technical Features: Movement: Two-hand with small seconds and date Water resistance: 5 ATM Case: 316L stainless steel/IP in coffee, grey, or black Diameter: 44 mm Dial: Sunray dial
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D i s c o v e r yo u r s t yl e

Life is a journey of discovery, and discovering our style is an ongoing process. Year to year, season to season, day to day, our style evolves with the latest trends to echo our personality. The DISCOVER watches by HUGO are a dynamic reflection of this nonstop journey of discovery – a stylish and casual watch in a range of versions that offer a fashionable way to finish off whatever look expresses your attitude today. Or tomorrow.

With its three-eye dial design, this trendy watch combines a cool sporty look with a technical temperament and a distinctive textured dial that gives it a modern voice. The different layouts on the left and right sides of the dial create a cool asymmetrical look that adds a fashion-forward twist without too much fuss. Leather straps, stainless-steel bracelets, and dials in various colours with a range of matching and contrasting hand and index combinations offer an option, wherever your journey of discovery may take you. DISCOVER your style.
Technical Features: Movement: Multifunction Water resistance: 3 ATM Case: 316L stainless steel/IP in grey, blue, or black Diameter: 46 mm Dial: Sunray dial
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N e w C l a s s i c S p o r t s f a m i l y

With a distinctively timeless yet contemporary flair, inspired by their authentic sports roots and the well-known grace of brand founder René Lacoste, the Key West Collection is the new classic sports family from Lacoste SS19. Designed for everyday wear, the Key West collection masterfully combines comfort and practicality with imbued quality and style. Made for men who appreciate that time is precious and need something that will keep up with their busy day to day life’s whilst still self-assured they will do so in undeniable and effortless elegance.

Sporty sophistication is the winning design combination on this three-hand piece. With silver, blue and black colour details on the dials along with colorful aluminum bezel, the Key west collection channels the unrivaled sports fashion heritage of Lacoste and modern elegance and masculinity.
The range of combinations of strapping in the collection from the distinctive blue silicone straps with or without striping print to the stainless steel or yellow gold IP plated metal bracelet provide high comfort levels supported by an undeniable attention to detail. With 5 ATM water resistance the Key West collection is designed for men who demand performance and adaptability from there timepiece along with retaining distinctive style.
Technical Features:
Lifecycle: Core Collection Movement: 3 hands Case: Stainless steel or yellow gold IP plated Dial: Silver, blue or black with colour details Dimensions: 42mm Case thickness: 9mm Strap: Blue silicone with or without striping print Water resistance: 5 ATM
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S t r i k i n g t h e r i g h t b a l a n c e

Designing a timepiece that successfully fuses sporting heritage with a classically luxurious aesthetic requires the same eye for detail that is essential when putting together an outfit that embodies masculine self-assurance while exuding effortless elegance. With the Ocean Edition collection, BOSS has succeeded in creating a range of timepieces that masterfully strike the fine balance between strong and subtle, confident and understated, contemporary and classic that defines modern masculinity.

These chronograph timepieces make their sporting statement clear from the get-go with a striking unidirectional rotating bezel in black or blue aluminium that gives each one an air of intrepid resoluteness, while the collection name inscribed on the dial adds a touch of unassuming exclusivity. The range of distinctive combinations includes a leather strap, mesh and link bracelets, stainless steel, and carnation gold or grey ion-plated finishes, as well as one particularly bold monochrome version with a black ion-plated case, black rubber strap, black dial, and black hands and indexes. With 10 ATM water resistance and LumiNova detailing, the BOSS Ocean Edition is as focused on performance and adaptability as the man who wears it.

Technical Features: Movement: Chronograph with date Water resistance: 10 ATM Case: 316L stainless steel/IP in black, grey, or yellow gold Diameter: 46 mm Dial: Sunray dial
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L i f e i s g l o b a l

“What’s the time?” The answer might not be as simple as it sounds. With friends, family, colleagues, contractors, and collaborators spread across the world, we have all become – physical or virtual – globetrotters. Knowing the time where we are isn’t always enough. The HUGO TRAVEL collection is the perfect watch to keep an eye on the clock in two different time zones while accessorizing any business look with a unique style statement that is truly ahead of its time.

This collection is a true expression of individuality in a world that never stops moving. The unique face features an on-trend world map design and dual dials that tick away the time in two different parts of the world. The unique crown placement is an eye-catching design feature that also makes setting the time in two different zones a straightforward affair. With a range of combinations of colours and materials including leather straps, mesh bracelets, stainless steel, and blue or black ion-plated finishes, these watches understand that life is global, and are at home wherever in the world their wearer’s next trip may take them.

Technical Features: Movement: Dual time Water resistance: 3 ATM Case: 316L stainless steel/IP in blue or black Diameter: 42 mm Dial: Heavy-brushed dial with world map design
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The ice cream comes in a CHOCOLATE TENNIS BALL that you have to SMASH with a TENNIS RACKET

Earlier this year, tennis superstar Andy Murray announced his retirement after Wimbledon – however, thanks to a successful surgery and glorious recent win at Queens, Andy is back to his best.

To celebrate his comeback, Mazetti Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and Four Winters Ice Cream Parlour have doubled up to serve up what could be the most Instagramable dessert this tennis season.

Dubbed ‘Break The Serve’, the tasty treat consists of an EDIBLE chocolate tennis ball with a rich and velvety smooth balsamic vinegar, strawberries & cream ice cream centre. But don’t worry, you don’t have to have a serve as good as Andy’s to get this to breaking point. The dessert comes with a TENNIS RACKET and requires tasters to SMASH into the chocolate shell to reveal the ice cream core topped with a balsamic vinegar and caramel sauce along with fresh strawberries.

The best part? All Andys who show their ID will be able to get their hands on a complimentary serve EVERY DAY for the duration of Wimbledon (1st July – 14th July 2019). To take advantage of the deal (cap of one serve per day, per person), Andys need to simply head down to Four Winters in Gloucester Road in the heart of the capital.

Expertly created with liquid nitrogen to produce the smoothest, creamiest ice cream around, Four Winters prides itself on carefully capturing the unique taste of each ingredient. Break the Serve is a cleverly crafted combination of sweet strawberries and syrupy, tangy vinegar – the latter complimenting, rather than masking, the sweetness of the berry and providing a subtle floral note. Striking the perfect balance of flavours and textures, the result is an ice cream you’re guaranteed to love…

Mazzetti Balsamic Vinegar of Modena recently launched into the UK with its aged and non-aged Balsamic Vinegar variants, demonstrating to consumers the wide variety of delicious dishes and ingredients that can be paired with balsamic.

For those who don’t share the same name as the British tennis champ, The Break the Serve ice cream is available from 1st– 14thJuly 2019 at the Gloucester Road store, priced at £5.

Caring for the Climate

With global warming and climate change more topical than ever, the wood-burning stove industry puts the environment first with the introduction of the SIA EcoDesign Ready accreditation.

EcoDesign is a European-wide law that aims to lower emissions and improve air quality. Due to come into effect in the UK in 2022, this new legislation means that the testing of all wood-burning stoves will become even more stringent, making stoves cleaner and more efficient than ever before. The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) was formed to promote the benefits and environmental advantages of wood-burning stoves and five years ahead of the legislation, they have launched the SIA EcoDesign Ready Scheme. This scheme supports UK manufacturers who release stoves that meet the lower emission limits by awarding them with the SIA EcoDesign Ready accreditation.

SIA EcoDesign Ready – Solis Multifuel Stove, £1550.00.

ACR Stoves offer some of the most efficient stoves on the market, with almost all of their current product range already granted SIA EcoDesign Ready approval. An EcoDesign Ready stove offers an efficient way of heating the home whilst helping in the fight against climate change. They produce a staggering 90% fewer emissions than an open fire and, unlike many modern-day heating appliances, require no form of fossil fuels to run.

SIA EcoDesign Ready – Hopwood Multifuel Stove, £925.00.

Burning fossil fuels such as oil and coal is the leading cause of global warming; it sends carbon monoxide, the main greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere damaging the global climate. In contrast, trees actually absorb more carbon dioxide whilst growing than they emit when burning, and wood is also a renewable energy source meaning it can be used indefinitely, without depleting the earth’s resources.

SIA EcoDesign Ready – Novus Multifuel Stove, £1589.00.

ACR Stoves recommends that customers purchase seasoned wood from a sustainable forest management scheme, to ensure that the wood used will be replaced using reliable methods. Well managed forests can be a sustainable source of energy that not only helps us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also provides natural environments for wildlife.

SIA EcoDesign Ready – Oakdale Buttermilk Multifuel Stove, £1330.00.

Top Tips for Enjoying Cheese
Al Fresco this Summer from Ros Windsor
from the UK’s oldest cheesemonger Paxton & Whitfield (

What’s the best way to enjoy your cheese al fresco this summer? What styles of cheese should you use and how much should you take on your picnic? Well with the below top tips from Ros Windsor, managing director of the UK’s oldest cheesemonger Paxton & Whitfield, you have all the answers you need.

Ros says: “Cheese is such a versatile food to use, which makes it ideal to include in al fresco meals and summer picnics. You can enjoy it as part of a Ploughman’s lunch using a delicious artisan Cheddar and it’s perfect as a key ingredient in some tasty sandwiches. Why not make a simple but appetising summer salad with some Feta, green leaves and olives to create a Greek salad or some Mozzarella, basil and tomatoes for a Mediterranean one? Finally, if you’d like to cook a dish to enjoy outside then a Quiche Lorraine with Gruyère is a mouth-watering summer classic.”

Ros’ tips are as follows:

Sandwiches – If you’re using cheese for sandwiches, consider which fillings will work well with the style of cheese you have; Cheddar with ham and pickle is the classic combination; Blue cheeses work nicely with rich meats like roast beef but also with sweet flavours like grapes or quince paste; Goats’ cheese and chorizo is a nice combination and both work well with roasted red peppers or a chilli jam; Alpine cheeses like Comte or Beaufort work really well with salami and cornichons; And soft bloomy rind cheeses like brie work beautifully with peppery watercress.

A picnic cheeseboard – For a summer picnic cheeseboard Ros recommends taking harder cheeses as they will travel well and keep their structure better in a cool box and when out on the picnic table/rug. For Ros, a good selection would be an artisan Cheddar (like a Montgomery’s), a Stilton and some Berkswell (a hard ewe’s milk cheese). With these cheeses you have three different styles of cheese to create an interesting range of flavours and textures to enjoy. To accompany your cheeseboard selection Ros suggests a couple of different styles of cheese biscuits, or some bread, and perhaps a well-made fruit chutney. As it’s a picnic you don’t want to be carrying around a lot of things, keep it simple with the minimum of accompaniments.

Drinks to enjoy with it – If you’d like to enjoy something to drink with it you can opt for a light style of red wine. That will work as a good all-rounder.

Other things to consider:

When to serve – If you are serving a cheeseboard at your picnic, Ros suggests bringing the cheeses out of the cool box about 10 minutes before you want to enjoy them but keep them out of direct sunlight – so they warm up a little and the flavours can enhance.

Amount – It’s worth considering how much other food there will be at a picnic and choosing the quantity of cheese carefully. Unless you’ve selected a fairly hard cheese, you probably won’t want to take any leftovers home afterwards. As part of picnic with several other dishes, Ros recommends about 75g per person. If cheese and bread are going be more central to the meal, allow 100-150g per person. It’s likely that the cheese will be something that people come back to and pick over for a while, so make sure you have plenty of crusty bread!

Accessories – Finally, it’s worth the effort of taking a sharp knife and a small chopping board, which can double up as a serving platter.

So with these superb tips there’s no excuse not to enjoy some artisan cheese al fresco this summer!

Vacation Essentials 2019

Going on holiday? But have that “I think I’m forgetting something” feeling. With the list of essentials
below, you can be sure to remember everyday necessities and small comforts. The list is divided into
categories to make packing easier.
Now this should be self-explanatory and shouldn’t need mentioning because clothes aren’t difficult
to forget, especially since many of us pre-plan our holiday outfits and pack them before we pack
anything else. However, they deserve a mention just to be on the safe side.
 Pants
 Tops
 Jackets (if necessary)
 Shoes
 Underwear
 Accessories
Below are all the health and beauty related items you’ll need whilst away.
 Anti-bacterial wipes
 Hand sanitiser
 Toothbrush
 Toothpaste
 Contact lenses and solution (if needed)
 Hairbrush
 First aid kit
 Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel
 Body lotion
 Deodorant
 Perfume/cologne
 Makeup
 Sanitary towels/tampons (if needed)
 Razors and shaving gel
 Sunscreen
 Prescriptions
 Nail clipper set
This is the category of items you really don’t want to forget and as long as you have everything on
this list, you have your absolute essentials.
 Passport
 Visas
 Wallet with the necessary currency/ies
 Driving licence
Print-outs of reservations
To ensure you’ve packed your electricals:
 Phone charger
 Laptop and laptop charger (if needed)
 Camera, charger and tripod (if needed)
 Batteries
 Hairdryer
 Headphones
This structured list will prepare you for your trip and make packing a stress-free process. Happy

How to Master Vinyl:

Sony partners with former Ministry of Sound DJ to reveal top tips for vinyl enthusiasts

For many music fans, vinyl is the ultimate way to enjoy high quality sound complimented by beautiful artwork. However, for some the mere thought of using a turntable can be incredibly daunting.

To celebrate the release of the new BLUETOOTH® PS-LX310BT Turntable, Sony, together with London based record store Rye Wax, has partnered with former Ministry of Sound DJ and Vinyl Expert, D.A.V.E to reveal top tips for getting started with vinyl. “I’ve been DJing for over 26 years and have learnt a lot of tricks along the way when it comes to working with vinyl. I know that it can feel intimidating for beginners so it’s great that the new Sony Turntable is so simple to use. I hope my tips encourage those who are new to vinyl to explore the amazing quality of music it offers.”

D.A.V.E’s top tips are:

It starts with the vinyl…
If you want your turntable to produce good quality sound, you need to make sure your records are well looked after. When removing, loading and putting the vinyl back in its sleeve, always use the edge and/or label of the record. Avoid touching the playable area, as the oils from your fingers can collect dust, this can then go into the grooves and eventually give you ‘noise’ during playback.

Control static noise
Static is the noise you hear when placing the needle down on your record, however removing it will greatly improve the sound quality. There are different ways to remove static, you can buy products that omit ions or you can wet clean the needle. If you’re new to vinyl and nervous about handling the needle, the PS-LX310BT Turntable is a great choice, as you simply hit play and the needle will automatically lower, delivering rich and clear sound.

Do your due diligence when purchasing records
Be careful of the condition of not only the record but the sleeve/artwork as well. Double check everything e.g. serial numbers etc. When buying classics decide whether or not you go for an original or repressed version. The repressed version will probably be in better condition, but if you do want to buy the original, listen to it first. You don’t want to buy a scratched record, no matter how iconic it is.

Try wireless
One of the things many music fans enjoy is the comfort of immersing themselves in their tunes with a pair of headphones, which is something you can do with the new Sony Turntable. Its Bluetooth® capabilities mean you can listen to your favourite songs wirelessly which is especially handy if you live in shared accommodation or flats, as you can experience warm vinyl sound without waking the neighbours up!

Curate your own collection
The beauty of vinyl is that each record tells a different story and the artwork is often as valuable as the record inside. There are many ways to start a collection, I personally like to follow record labels. They will often have a good back catalogue to check out, new releases and maybe even limited editions.

Tom Steidl, founder of record store Rye Wax which partnered with Sony and D.A.V.E to host drop in sessions for those keen to learn more about vinyl comments; “It’s great to see that vinyl purchasing is still going strong, not only amongst the generation who grew up with it, but younger music fans who are interested in exploring how their favourite artists sound on vinyl.”



Hostelworld data reveals there has been an 88% increase in solo female bookings since 2015
Three-quarters (77%) of British women who have been or are planning to go travelling are below the age of 23 years old, compared to just 70% of men
Brazil, Iceland and South Korea feature in the top 5 growing travel destinations for young women
The Evolution of the Hostel Traveller report can be found in full here >

The number of women choosing to travel the globe solo has nearly doubled in just four years, according to a new global report discovering the latest travel trends and predicting how future generations will travel around the world.

The Evolution of the Hostel Traveller report by Hostelworld, the world’s leading hostel-focussed online booking platform, surveyed over 5,000 people across the UK, USA, Australia, France, Germany, India and Brazil.

Hostelworld data has revealed a trend whereby women are increasingly travelling the world solo, with the number of solo female bookings increasing by 88% since 2015. American women (20%) are leading the way globally as the nationality making the most female solo travel bookings, followed by Germany (11%) and the UK (10%).

The report’s findings highlight that young women also have a greater appetite to travel than men. Of Brits who have been or are planning to go travelling in the next three years, three-quarters (77%) of women are below the age of 23 years old compared to just 70% of men.

Far from keeping close to home, women from the UK also have a greater appetite to visit new countries and stay off the beaten track. Almost a third (29%) choose their destination based on a desire to visit unique places, compared to just one quarter (25%) of men, and a fifth (19%) actively pursue areas untouched by mass tourism in contrast to just one in seven (14%) men. This is reflected by Brazil, Iceland and South Korea featuring in the top 5 growing travel destinations among young women under 21 years old.

Up and coming travel spots for British Gen Z (those aged 16-21) female travellers (by percentage growth compared with millennial female travellers, aged 22-34) are:

Brazil = 75% increase
Iceland = 67% increase
Norway = 67% increase
Greece = 53% increase
South Korea = 50% increase
Young travellers increasingly look beyond Europe

The report indicates a huge shift in travellers’ preferred destinations from generation to generation. With half (50%) of young adults in the UK wanting to travel in order to create unique memories and have life-changing memories, those under 21 years old book 24% less trips to ‘tried and tested’ destinations than past travellers. Two out of five young travellers (41%) currently plan to travel to Asia, however it is South America that is expected to see the greatest tourism boost from this new trend. South America is predicted to receive 86% more guests from the UK than it currently does, with Central America also benefitting from a 50% boost.

However, in the here and now, it is Europe that continues to be the mainstay as three out of five (61%) young adults in the UK plan to visit the continent, signifying the desire to visit our neighbours remains strong. European travel ‘must-see’ locations detailed in the report include the historic Grecian architecture and the beautiful landscapes of Switzerland. Meanwhile, the interrail route remains a firm favourite with backpackers as the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and France all feature in the top ten places they’d like to explore on a multi-destination trip of three weeks or more.

According to the report, the countries that experienced a growth in potential visits by British Gen Z travellers (by percentage growth in comparison to millennial travellers) are:

Greece = 125% increase
Switzerland = 113% increase
Costa Rica = 113% increase
Denmark = 89% increase
Japan = 82% increase
Netherlands 78% increase
India = 60% increase
Spain = 60% increase
Germany = 58% increase
France = 52% increase
Hostels take over hotels as accommodation of choice

Hostels have long held the reputation as an easy, cost-effective solution for young travellers and there is no sign of their popularity disappearing. As many as four out of five (80%) recent travellers who visited multiple destinations over a period of over three weeks chose to stay in hostels over hotels.

However, hostels are quickly gaining appreciation beyond those looking for just a bed for the night. Almost a fifth (17%) of future travellers indicate that social space to meet people from all over the world is the most important consideration when choosing where to stay. Similarly, one in six (16%) report that a range of free activities is the most important factor, an increase of 46%, as hostels increasingly offer guests complimentary goings-on from beach yoga to local cooking classes. As one in ten (9%) young travellers admit they seek shots worthy of Instagram, the unique décor provided by weird and wonderful hostels has increased in importance by 34%.

Gary Morrison, CEO at Hostelworld, said: “Our Evolution of the Hostel Traveller report shows how much hostelling has changed in the 20 years that we’ve been operating as the world’s leading hostel-focussed online booking platform. This is only the beginning of what’s to come. Today we’re seeing a booming hostel industry, as global demand to explore the world and connect with new cultures continues to rise. Travellers are evolving, and so are the hostels where they’re staying, which is why I am excited to see what the next 20 years will bring.”

Find the full Evolution of the Hostel Traveller report here >

Pinkster Gin Responds to Sugar Levels in Popular Gins

Following the report on flavoured gins in the Mail Online today, Stephen Marsh, Pinkster Gin Managing Director, has commented saying:

“The report on sugar levels in flavoured gins makes for disturbing reading as many gin-lovers will simply have no idea that they’re playing sugar roulette.

As a pink gin pioneer, we’re proud to put on record that we add no sugar to our production. From day one, we’ve always been about fresh fruit not fancy flavourings.

The only sugar in Pinkster comes from the raspberries we use. Real raspberries grown locally at a fruit farm outside Cambridge. They give us our distinctive gentle flavour and delicate hue.

Similarly, with all our natural by-products made from recycled raspberries, sugar levels are at a bare minimum.

Given increased scrutiny on sugar levels, this exposé is certainly rather timely.”

Pinkster sugar levels are 0.1g per 100ml (or 0.77 per 70cl bottle) at 37.5% abv, compared with Gordon’s Pink Gin sugar levels which are 6.8g per 100ml (or 47.6 per 70cl bottle) at 37% abv.

Source: Campden BRI – 2017

Pinkster is the original pink gin, launched over six years ago and made with real raspberries grown locally to the company’s Cambridge HQ. Deliciously dry, with a hint of fruit and an exceptionally smooth finish, it makes a refreshingly different G&T when garnished with a raspberry and a sprig of fresh mint.

RRP: £36.00 for 70cl

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All or Nothing: The Carolina Panthers launches Friday 19th July Exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

Jon Hamm returns as narrator for the eight-episode season

LODNON — 27 June 2019 — Season four of the Emmy Award-winning sports documentary series All or Nothing, an Amazon Original series produced by NFL Films, will launch on Friday 19th July exclusively on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. All or Nothing: The Carolina Panthers tells the story of a talented team striving to compete for a championship in the face of inevitable change.

Emmy Award-winning actor Jon Hamm (Good Omens, Mad Men) returns as narrator of the eight-episode season, all of which will be available for Prime members to stream on 19th July. In this season, just three years removed from his MVP season and a Super Bowl appearance, quarterback Cam Newton remains the charismatic star around whom the Panthers revolve. His cast of teammates includes dynamic running back Christian McCaffrey and perennial All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly, along with a mix of talented rookies hungry to prove themselves and several veteran stalwarts who know this season might be their last. As the season unfolds, Carolina’s players, staff, head coach Ron Rivera and the team’s new owner David Tepper are all forced to navigate a difficult yet compelling path.

All or Nothing is the first series to take viewers inside the locker room, on the sidelines and off the field for an unprecedented look inside an NFL franchise’s complete season. The series was recently nominated once again in the Outstanding Serialised Sports Documentary category at the 2019 Sports Emmys.

Here’s what customers are saying:

“All or Nothing is the best football documentary out there.”
“Never stop making these. I almost hate to start watching these, because once I start I can’t stop.”
“Amazon deserves an A++ for this.”

All or Nothing on social media:

Twitter: @AllorNothingTV
Facebook: @AllorNothingTV
Instagram: @AllorNothingTV
Hashtag: #AllorNothing

Produced by NFL Films, All or Nothing: The Carolina Panthers is executive produced by Brian Rolapp, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher. Senior coordinating producer is Keith Cossrow. Directors are Steve Trout, Emily Leitner, Terrell Riley and Chip Swain. Senior producer is Nick Mascolo and producer is Jeff Cameron.

NFL fans can also look forward to another season of Thursday Night Football on Prime Video with 11 live games starting Thursday 26th September.

Prime members will be able to stream the series via the Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. The series is a global release and available on for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories.

Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at For a list of all Prime Video compatible devices, visit

About NFL Films

NFL Films, the most honoured filmmaker in sports television history with 128 Sports Emmy Awards – remains a groundbreaking leader in sports television, providing unprecedented access to and legendary storytelling about the sport of professional football. With more than 100 million feet of film in its library, NFL Films is the historical backbone of NFL Network and a key supplier of the network’s programming, including the three-time Emmy-nominated series A Football Life, offering untold stories into the lives of some of the NFL’s most recognisable icons, and The Timeline, chronicling seminal moments that formed the NFL’s storied past, shape the present and, in some cases, set the stage for the future.

NFL Films is a part of NFL Media, the owned and operated media division of the National Football League which is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films,, NFL Now, NFL Mobile from Verizon and NFL RedZone.

Keep Those Pesky Burglars At Bay This Summer With The NUKI Smart Lock!

The Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 turns your smartphone into a key and seamlessly fits over your existing lock and key in less than three minutes. It can be used to assign digital access rights to friends and family (to water your plants and feed your cat whilst you’re away!), and it negates the need to hide a key under a flowerpot.

In addition to assigning access rights, you can see who’s attempted to enter your property, get alerts about open doors, and even allows you to open the door remotely if you need to let someone have access in your absence (burst pipes perhaps?!)

The only thing it doesn’t go is turn the kettle on, but they’re working on that.

Crimestoppers charity offers £10,000 reward after disappearance of father-of-four now treated as murder

The disappearance of a family man from County Down has prompted Northern Ireland Crimestoppers to offer a reward for information.

William “Pat” McCormick was last seen by his parents on Thursday 30 May 2019. He has not made any attempt to contact his family, he failed to complete work or family commitments and his bank account has remained untouched. His vehicle was later found in Comber.

Pat was reported missing on Saturday 1 June. However, his disappearance is now being treated as murder, leading Crimestoppers – which guarantees 100% anonymity to everyone who contacts us with information about crime – to support the investigation by putting up a reward of up to £10,000.

It is hoped the publicity around the reward will help jog someone’s memory or encourage them to speak up anonymously about what they know.

Crimestoppers is now offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information the charity receives that leads to the recovery of Pat McCormick’s body

Susan Brew, Northern Ireland Manager at the charity Crimestoppers, said: “Pat’s family are completely devastated about what has happened. They are all desperate for answers and want to know where his body is so they can hold a funeral.

“We believe everyone has the right to live their life safe from crime. This case has shocked the community across Northern Ireland. People who contact us are keen to do the right thing. We appreciate that for some people speaking directly to the police is not an option, which is why our independent charity is here to help.

“In our history of over 30 years, our charity has always kept the promise that everyone who contacts us stays completely anonymous. You can tell us what you know by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting our website and using our anonymous online form at Even a small snippet of information can make a huge difference.”

Note: Information passed directly to police will not qualify. The reward will only qualify if information is passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number or via the untraceable anonymous online form at

On the Button

Jubilee Line Buttons – £35

Claim your true piece of London Underground history, with these authentic Jubilee Line Buttons that have been removed from service.

Testifying to their authenticity, the buttons come with slight buckles and dents that may have occurred whilst in use on the London Underground, providing extra flair and character.

With a choice to select left or right facing buttons, these highly exclusive, collectible items will direct the focus in any room, be it a home or office environment.

If you love this quirky find, and it pushes your buttons, be sure to buy quickly – when last on sale, the Jubilee Buttons sold out the very same-day.



Olay reveals secret love affair between men and their partner’s beauty cabinet!

7 in 10 men dabble in their GFs skincare regime, refusing to invest in their own

A third blame it on a mishap, some say they picked the wrong jar from the bathroom shelf

More than half of men admit fine lines, wrinkles and thinning grey hair are their biggest beauty concerns

OlayChallenge now live on the @OlayUK Instagram channel!

It’s that time of year again, a time when the nation comes together for another captivating season in the Love Island villa. And whether they like to admit it or not, husbands, boyfriends and brothers will rejoice and watch closely as their favourite couples make or break.

As men across the UK try to deny their love for Love Island, Olay reveals what else they’re denying in their most recent advertising campaign.

A recent survey[i] found that two thirds (78%) would never buy their own dedicated skincare regime and would happily take a swipe from their partners’ pot instead. It turns out men love their skin being on fleek too!


This insight inspired the latest campaign from Olay, which will take up a nightly spot in the Love Island ad break. Viewers will be introduced to a young couple who will share their #OlayChallenge. This is the first time Olay has used a male in an advertising campaign, and the first time Olay has co-created their advertising with an influencer duo. The exciting step change for the brand comes from the key insight of men stealing their partner’s products – because we all know they do it!

A fifth (20%) of men experience dryness and admit to using their partner’s skincare to see whether a dedicated face cream will make a real difference to the texture of their skin. Alongside dryness, men list sagging skin, thinning grey hair and being overweight as high on their list of beauty concerns too.

In Denial

Whatever the excuse, every girl has been there; opening a jar of their favourite moisturiser and noticing a suspicious dip. Olay reveal the top excuses:

Men are convinced that women’s beauty regimes are more effective (more than one fifth), and knowing this, women are suspicious that their partners are having a try behind the scenes, catching their other halves red handed as much as once a week
More than half (55%) are concerned about fine lines, grey thinning hair and wrinkles
The excuses men give for reaching into their partner’s beauty cabinet range from ‘women’s skincare smells nicer’ to ‘it was an emergency!’
Face cream is the number one item they reach for! (46%)

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