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Pam Ayres: ‘Writing is a great way of offloading troublesome feelings’

With a new poetry collection out, Pam Ayres talks to Gabrielle Fagan about ageing, family life and the joy of gardening. Affectionately known as ‘the people’s poet’, Pam Ayres is famous for her comic verse delivered in her distinctive rural accent. Her acute observations, expressed in rhyme, highlight life’s mundane irritations and common experiences –…

Four tips for looking after your eye health this winter

Don’t take your eyes for granted. Protect your vision with this simple advice. Good eyesight is a key part of being healthy, and helps you perform well, whether that’s at work, school or behind the wheel. Unfortunately, many of us tend to put our eye health last on the list of priorities, as our eyes…

Five ways to avoid getting struck by norovirus this winter

Nothing can completely keep the bug at bay but every little helps. A nutrition expert tells us how to build your defences from the inside out. If there’s one thing you really don’t want at the beginning of the year, it’s a bout of norovirus. Commonly known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’, this dreaded virus…

Things to consider when downsizing in retirement

Downsizing is certainly a goal for many older adults who are looking to de-clutter to enjoy a more active and maintenance-free lifestyle. Of course, you’ll find both advantages and disadvantages of downsizing home. When it comes to the size of your home, sometimes less is more. We advise carefully considering all points relevant to you…

10 things that always happen without fail on Boxing Day

Today you only have one job – chill out. Boxing Day is one of those days where millions of people up and down the country do a lot of the same things but mainly nothing at all. Aside from watching Love Actually (because that’s a given), here are a few things you’ll probably relate to today… 1….