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Diane Kenwood

Any idiot’s guide needs an idiot and I’m only too happy to present my impeccable credentials for the role when it comes to knitting. In spite of the best efforts…

Tips for giving the illusion of a big garden

Depth illusion Use plants with warm colours, such as yellow and orange, at the front of the garden and those with lighter or cooler shades, such as blue, green and…

Hay fever

Who knew? In the last three decades, the number of people affected by hay fever has trebled. There are now 18 million sufferers in the UK, and even if we…

Multiple sclerosis

More than 100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis (MS), a long-term condition that affects the nervous system. It occurs in three times as many women as men and…

A peerless writer, actor, comic and playwright (to name just a few of her talents), Victoria Wood was also renowned for being one of the most down-to-earth people in the…

Victoria Wood sat at piano smiling

1. Acorn Antiques – As Seen On TV A Victoria Wood classic, Acorn Antiques explored the fictional world of an antiques shop run by glamorous Miss Babbs (Celia Imrie) and…

Menopause

1 Which foods are better to avoid? A Spicy B Soya Answer: A Spice is a notorious stimulant and likely to trigger night sweats and hot flushes if you’re one…

Heart

Acute heart failure (AHF) is the most common cause of hospital admissions, with more than 67,000 a year in England and Wales. And although it’s more likely as we get…

Cat and dog kids' clocks

For each clock, you will need: Finished size: 20cm diameter ✤ 35 x 35cm turquoise or pink cotton fabric ✤ Scissors and pins ✤ Matching cotton thread ✤ Embroidery thread…

Salad

In Your Twenties And Thirties A hectic time when healthy eating might be low on our list of priorities, but it’s the time for laying down a healthy foundation. Eat…

Bathroom scales

Over half of us are now overweight in early adult life, and almost two thirds of us are overweight or obese by our mid-fifties. Obesity is becoming such a problem…

Orange and purple flowers

Ideas for strong bright colours Imagine how much more inviting a sunny patio will look with containers filled with blooms in the tropical shades of scarlet and orange. To maintain…

Cancer

Q Why is it so important to avoid infections such as colds? Chemo drugs suppress the immune system so there’s a much greater risk of a mild infection developing into…

Brain scan

Over half a million people in the UK (one in every 100)have epilepsy, a neurological condition that triggers recurrent seizures. These are caused by sudden abnormal electrical activity in brain…

Hands

The 27 little bones in our hands and wrists, anda network of muscles, ligaments and nerves, make our hands incredibly flexible, strong and precise. But repetitive and/or inappropriate use can…

Woman listening to music

  Eleven million people (one in six) in the UK are living with hearing loss, according to a new report, and this could rise to 15.6 million by 2035. But…

Sepsis

Sepsis (blood poisoning or septicaemia) develops when our bodies are overwhelmed by infection. It’s five times more fatal than a heart attack or stroke, and kills around 44,000 people of…