Archive | March, 2013

How Rufus the dog puts marathon pair through paces

Team Run For It are preparing to run the London Marathon to raise money for dementia sufferers.   After months of rigourous preparation with “personal trainer” Rufus, an Irish setter who accompanies 52-year-old Stephanie Atkinson of Ilkley, West Yorkshire, and her daughter Emily on weekly runs, the duo are ready to take on London. The […]

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I’m certain that golf is the best game in the world to be bad at

“Golfing hacker” Peter Corrigan explains why he perseveres at golf – in spite of a handicap of 28.   The more haughty golfers tend to look down their noses at players like me because we are not very good at the game. They call us hackers on account of our progress around the course resembling […]

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Lincoln: a story of struggle, sacrifice and some success

  Abraham Lincoln’s fight to abolish slavery in America was cheated of an Oscar, says Peter Kervin.   First, a confession; I’m a hopeless geek when it comes to American presidents. I read about them, watch every documentary about them, and like to think I know a great deal about the inner and outer lives […]

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The marvel of Marrakech

Nina Reschovsky discovers the quaint post-colonial charm of the North African city.   “What does Morocco mean to an Englishman?” asked George Orwell in his 1939 essay about the country’s dazzling imperial capital, Marrakech. “Camels, castles, palm-trees, Foreign Legionnaires, brass trays and bandits,” he concluded. Although almost 75 years have passed since Orwell described the […]

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Pottering around? Your garden will need a little more work after winter

With the promise of springtime looming, it’s time to start preparing for the most important period in the gardening year. To get some tips on how to nurture your garden back to life, Nina Reschovsky speaks to Janson Lotery, director of Chelsea’s World Ends Nursery.   What can I do to ensure my soil composition […]

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Why Her Majesty should invite Mirren to perform at Windsor

Theatreland: Roderick Gilchrist   Helen Mirren is no monarchist. Indeed she was in her revolutionary youth an avowed republican. Now she says she favours a slimmed down royal family while recognising the job the Queen has done for the nation. But I wonder if Her Majesty privately returns the compliment. It would be instructive to […]

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Why I have to make every second count

Football legend Sir Bobby Charlton speaks to Get up and go’s Alison Kervin about football, charity work and pitch invasions at the age of 75.   It was early evening and Sir Bobby Charlton was feeling a little ashamed. He folded himself into a large leather armchair and sighed. “Oh dear,” he said, reaching across […]

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How my father’s death showed me I was not as ruthless as I thought

My much-loved father died recently. He was 90, long-widowed, and had been an invalid since his stroke five years ago. The death of an elderly parent is a rite of passage for the middle-aged. We know it’s the natural course of events but dread it all the same, along with the onerous process of sorting […]

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Get up & go – March

In this issue of Get up & go we talk to Sir Bobby Charlton and the man behind Les Misérables. PLUS Monica Porter, Peter Corrigan and Roderick Gilchrist   [issuu layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Fcolor%2Flayout.xml backgroundcolor=FFFFFF showflipbtn=true documentid=130318180908-2be3c7a493fe4ff79044cf68c81a6fc8 docname=guag_9 username=lyonsdown loadinginfotext=Get%20up%20%26%20go showhtmllink=true tag=helath width=610 height=400 unit=px]   Download PDF

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David Bowie: The golden years of rock and roll

Whatever happened to live fast and die young?    Rock and roll was once a rebellion against adulthood, an ode to youth. In the 1965 song, My Generation, The Who’s Roger Daltrey famously sang: “I hope I die before I get old.” But, like many other rock stars of his day, Roger inevitably did get […]

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