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Raymond Blanc: You can’t separate food from life

Strolling through the expansive vegetable garden at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, French chef Raymond Blanc beams under the Oxfordshire morning sun.

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Obituaries

Remembering and celebrating the lives of those who have recently passed away.

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How to get the funeral you want

When Fiona Hendry’s husband Raymond died, aged 61, of stomach cancer, one of her regrets was that they had not properly discussed arrangements for his funeral.

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A personal view

A funeral plan is a good excuse to talk about yourself.  After all, a funeral should be the one thing in life and death that is all about you. It seems a shame, therefore, that so many people never get the chance to be part of it while they can still enjoy it.

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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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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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Leaving your home in safe hands

Retirees who leave their homes for time abroad are often worried about the safety of their property – but that can be a thing of the past, thanks to a new security scheme. By Graham Norwood Lock-up-and-leave – it’s a phrase often used by hard-sell estate agents, but when it comes to maximising your retirement […]

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Add flavor to your recipe repertoire

Kerry Fowler sinks her teeth into the latest recipe books hitting the shelves Simple Cooking, Antonio Carluccio, Quadrille Publishing, £9.99 “The biggest discovery of a dish happens when you are obliged to use leftovers – how to include them, how to make them interesting,” Carluccio says. “My mother was an artist in it: she knew […]

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Bringing history to life

Are you hooked on history? Clued up on culture? If so, then now is the time to share your passion and get a Blue Badge, says Caroline Roberts As a tourist guide, Rosalind Hutchinson spends her days bringing history to life. But she didn’t expect it to come quite so vividly to life as it […]

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