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Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2014’

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Most of us want to retire to the coast

Latest sales figures from leading retirement developer confirm retirees want to live on the coast Retiring to the seaside remains as popular as ever as latest sales at McCarthy & Stone confirm. Five out of ten of its best-selling developments this year are in coastal locations – Seaford, Hythe, Porthcawl (below right), Llandudno and Eastbourne (above). To meet this strong demand, it’s offering the widest …

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A visit to Monet’s garden

Celebrated novellist JANEY FRASER travels to Giverny for a long weekend to visit Monet’s garden ‘Remind me,’ said my husband as we boarded the Brittany ferry at Portsmouth. ‘Why are we going all the way to Normandy just to see a garden?’ He had a point. To be honest, I was beginning to have doubts myself. But Monet’s Gardens has always …

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Royal Princess – a taste of Hollywood on water

KEITH SAVIDGE reviews Princess Cruises’ latest ship Royal Princess on her first return to Southampton since she was launched by the Duchess of Cambridge Royal Princess must be one of most glamorous cruise liners at sea boasting a Hollywood sparkle all the way from the glass chandeliers and twinkling lights in the atrium to the unique glass-bottomed ‘seawalk’ which extends some 28 feet beyond the ship’s edge. Royal Princess …

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Enjoy a long weekend in fabulous Fez

Jane Slade and her husband spent three days exploring the fascinating medina in Fez in Morocco, staying at the luxurious Palais Amani hotel A huge steaming pot of chickpea soup bubbles away on precarious looking stove next to a barber cutting a boy’s hair. Beside him is a camel’s head hanging above a display of fresh meat. Vast and sprawling with …

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Motoring into the past – Free book offer

A stunning new book entitled England’s Motoring Heritage From the Air reveals how the car has transformed our landscape through 150 black and white aerial photographs (Pictured above is the Chiswick Flyover, April 1959) This fascinating photographic book chronicles the dramatic change from car-free Edwardian England to the urban sprawl that emerged in the 1920s, through to the motorway age that …

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Starting a relationship after losing your partner

Starting a relationship in our mature years after suffering the loss of a partner can be emotionally complicated argues psychologist DR LYNDA SHAW but it’s well worth taking the plunge when you feel ready Having lost your partner who you’d imagined spending the rest of your life with is a traumatic, heart-wrenching time and it’s important in the early stages …

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London Open Garden Squares weekend

The capital may not be the most obvious destination for horticultural wonderlands but during London Open Garden Squares weekend expect a feast of gems in some unlikely places says LOUISE MIDGLEY On 14 and 15 June some 218 gardens across London’s boroughs will open their gates to the general public in the London Open Garden Squares Weekend event. In addition to some of the …

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Top five apps for older people

The number of people aged 65 and over accessing the internet has risen by more than a quarter in the past year. So we invited Puzzler Media Ltd to put together a list of its top five apps for older people 1. TuneIn Radio (TuneIn): TuneIn lets users listen to the world’s radio, including sports, news, talk and music streaming, opening a gateway to entertainment …

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Buy a home near a good walk

SARAH LIVEING, 53, founder of Walking Works, advises on the benefits of walking and how living near a good walk can improve your life and help you lose weight I once suffered from a catastrophic cycle of dieting and bingeing that continued for over 30 years of my life. I was a size 26 and tipped the scales at 18 stone and was …

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Penthouse apartment for sale in Poole

  A three-bedroom penthouse apartment with private beach has come up for sale in Salterns Marina, Poole for £750,000 Ideal for a retired or semi-retired sailing enthusiast, the penthouse apartment at Salterns Point is in a stunning position. Light and spacious measuring 1,439 sq ft, the sitting room has a wrap-around curved balcony offering spectacular views over Poole Harbour encompassing Brownsea Island, the Sandbanks Peninsula …

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