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Places

Didsbury

Didsbury - the Manchester suburb growing in confidence

Most people when asked to describe Didsbury would probably include the words ‘desirable, affluent and leafy’. Those three words sum up one of the most sought-after Manchester suburbs by young professionals who still want an arty vibe. Didsbury has it all and, while there are those who feel it has changed a little too much in recent years, it’s still a charming and exciting place to live and visit.

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Lymm

The art of living well in Lymm

If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life then a visit to the charming village of Lymm will revive you. With its idyllic setting in the heart of the Cheshire countryside it’s a perfect place to spend a day discovering the area’s history, heritage and, of course, shops. Perhaps it’s that mix of attractions which led to the Sunday Times recently naming it as one of the top places to live in the UK.

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Royal Ascot Unveils David Mach’s ‘The Great British Drama’ at the Royal Academy of Arts

‘The Great British Drama’ of Royal Ascot brought to life

Royal Academist David Mach unveils collage of the summer’s greatest social event...

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Countryside Raceday - Family Day

Let Ascot Racecourse take care of the family this Mother’s Day

Ascot Racecourse is providing the perfect family day out to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday 30th March with their Country Fair Raceday...

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Holiday E-Edition

Great British Life Holidays

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Recipes

Traffic light smoothie

Traffic light smoothie recipe

This vegan recipe makes enough for four and takes just 10 minutes to prepare

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Super food salad

Super food salad recipe

Superfoods are foods which are said to have particularly good vitamin content or are high in antioxidants. However, varying all the food you eat is important for a balanced diet. The method here is for a semi-warm salad, but it is equally good served cold.

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Fashion, Health and Beauty

Re-Enhance Skin, Body and Dental Clinic

Re-Enhance Skin, Body and Dental Clinic

Today more of us are turning to gentler and newer ways to get a younger look, with incredible results.

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Be a winner in gorgeous Jamelia by Bernshaw

Fashion - what to wear to the races

Time to find the perfect outfit for the racing season

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Scapoli from Get Ahead Hats is sure to get you noticed, from £50 to hire and £99.99 to buy

Racing Fashion - Hats

Don’t set off for the races without a hat. You’ll need some sassy headgear

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Events

Gary Barlow

What’s On in Manchester - April 2014

A round-up of events in Manchester and Cheshire

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Rhododendrons blossom in Hare Hill Garden c NT & David Leven

Five things to do in Cheshire this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day comes but once a year. Each February, Cupid’s arrow is poised to strike the hearts of loved ones the world over. It doesn’t matter if you’re currently loved up or you’re still in the admiring-from-afar stage, there’s just something about this romantic holiday that brings out the best in people.

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Cheshire County Show 2014 preview

A look ahead to the Cheshire County Show 2014 *VIDEO*

The Cheshire Agricultural Society, organisers of the Cheshire County Show are gearing up for what promises to be another action-packed event on June 17th and 18th.

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Janet Reeder with chef Jason Palin

Top tips on spending your leisure time in Cheshire in 2014

Don’t just sit there...here are some delights for you to enjoy in the forthcoming year

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Celebrity interviews

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Simon Rogan - The biggest challenge of my career

Chef Simon Rogan runs the best restaurant in the UK, but now he is about to face up to the biggest challenge of his professional life

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Suranne Jones

Suranne Jones on gender roles in acting

Kevin Bourke catches up with Suranne Jones as she prepares for the role as a gender-bending time-traveller

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Samantha Bond

Downton’s Samantha Bond comes to Manchester for the UK premier of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Samantha Bond is going in search of love in a brand new Musical about to hit Manchester but in real life it’s a different story...

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Lisa Stansfield

Celebrity interview - Lisa Stansfield

2014 looks like being Rochdale diva Lisa Stansfield’s year

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Restaurant reviews

Spice Lounge, Hale

Restaurant review - Spice Lounge, Hale

Digest this mini-review in 60 seconds

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Swettenham Arms, Swettenham Village, Congleton

Pub review - Swettenham Arms, Swettenham Village, Congleton

Take time to enjoy the delights of the Swettenham Arms in one of Cheshire’s most attractive villages

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Interiors

Working areas need higher levels of light

Interiors advice - choosing the right lighting for your kitchen

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. As most kitchens are now open plan and part of a wider living and dining space, it has never been so important to get the lighting right.

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Slamp Veli ceiling light large £295; Christian Lacroix for Designers Guild Azulejos wallpaper PCL014/10 £58 p/roll; John Lewis: Cluster wall votive £24, Newark sofa in Designers Guild Varese Violet,£1,700, Cameo Demi Lune console table £599, Ice coffee table £199, Ice nest of three tables £199, Milan leather chair in Vogue Yellow Honey (made to order); Timorous Beasties for John Lewis Splitter/Splatter cushion £85; Designers Guild Franchini cushion £65; House by John Lewis knitted pouffe Teal £90; Sanderson Poppies rug £549 at John Lewis

Interiors products - Blue

Gain fresh inspiration from the most versatile of colours

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Lets drink to this swanky Nick Munro designed Smoke Martini Glass, £65 (for a pair) Lux Deco

Spring interiors - glass

Spring light sparkling on glass, just makes us think summer’s around the corner

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Lesley Mitchell

That’s my Business - Lesley Mitchell, Art of Interiors, Hale

Lesley Mitchell owner of Art of Interiors in Victoria Road, Hale will celebrate 12 years in business this year.

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Lie back elegantly on this Sofas & Stuff - Aldeburgh white four poster double bed in Swaffer Whitworth from £1459, www.sofasandstuff.com

Interiors products - White

White is big on the catwalk for the new season and it’s a fashion trend that’s filtering into homeware too

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Moulin satin bench £399, black glass perfume bottle £18, Moulin satin king bedstead £999, Edwardian lace bedlinen from £30, silver jacquard bedlinen from £40,snake print bedlinen from £25, Luxe silver bedspread £200, cream/gold logo embroidered cushion £45,cream/gold dotty embroidered cushion £40, black beaded cushion £35, ivory beaded cushion £35, Logo jacquard towels in black and sand from £14, glass bathroom accessories from £10,Biba www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Interiors - Boudoir styling

Create a haven for yourself with the most gorgeous bedroom furnishings

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Large floral wire vase, £16.50 www.oliverbonas.com (available March)

Interiors - Love is in the air and we’ve got a passion for red this month

Love is in the air and we’ve got a passion for red this month

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Create the Wow factor with this classic French style two-seater chair finished in opulent silver leaf with hand applied antique glaze, £1,249.99 Chichi Furniture

Interiors advice - add a touch of silver to your home

We’ve taken a shine to these silver pieces this season

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The Barker and Stonehouse  Colourful Vintage collection defines modern retro. Check out these  Anna dining chairs £429 each and dining table, £629

Interiors products - Cool and unusual

Beautiful and interesting pieces to add style and character to your home

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Life TV

Living Heritage Country Fairs

Cheshire Game & Country Fair *VIDEO*

Cheshire Game & Country Fair

August 23rd - 25th 2014

Cheshire Showground, Cheshire County Showground, Tabley, Nr Knutsford, WA16 0HJ

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Living Heritage Country Fairs

Cheshire Game & Country Fair - Angling *VIDEO*

Cheshire Game & Country Fair

August 23rd - 25th 2014

Cheshire Showground, Cheshire County Showground, Tabley, Nr Knutsford, WA16 0HJ

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Vintage

Cheshire Game & Country Fair - Vintage *VIDEO*

Cheshire Game & Country Fair

August 23rd - 25th 2014

Cheshire Showground, Cheshire County Showground, Tabley, Nr Knutsford, WA16 0HJ

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