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Eco-friendly decorating ideas for a more planet-friendly home

Want your home ware and decor choices to be more sustainable? From reclaimed timber to recycled kitchen tops – we’re all aware of the need to look after our environment. Where better to start than at home? Luckily, more and more companies are embracing eco-friendly approaches and solutions, and designers are becoming ever-more inventive and…

Celebrate Autumn with our top pick Recipes!

The weather is turning, the leaves are browning and there is a crispness to the mornings. It’s days like these when there is a chill in the air and you can enjoy a splendid sunset. There’s nothing quite like a good dinner and a hot pudding, so we have researched some of the best autumn…

So, what is Shared Ownership?

Learn about the smartest way you can fund your retirement. When you think of the term ‘shared ownership’, you probably imagine young first-time buyers being given a subsidised deposit to get on the property ladder. But there is also a scheme specifically designed to help over 55’s, which should make a better retirement more affordable….

Quiz: Can you guess the country from its outline on a map?

Quiz: Can you guess the country from its outline on a map? This quiz ‘borders’ on impossible. You have to feel sorry for the humble atlas. So long a staple of the world’s geography classrooms, it’s been wholly overtaken by smartphone apps, satellite imaging, and GPS. But how well do you know your nations when…

Tips for keeping healthy and happy in Autumn & Winter

As the nights are drawing in and it’s time to think about keeping warm, preparing for Christmas and what you’ll do in these shorter days. It’s important we keep active in the autumn and winter months when it’s easy to stay indoors and skip seeing people. Here are some top tips for keeping healthy and…

Alzheimer’s disease – the myths and facts everybody needs to know about

It’s the most common form of dementia and rates are rising, but how much do you really know about this complex neurological disease? By Liz Connor. Alzheimer’s affects thousands of people in the UK and almost everybody’s heard of it, but this debilitating and complex condition is still often misunderstood. Classed as a neurological disorder,…

Harry Redknapp on how busy ‘retirement’ is different to how he imagined.

As his new book hits shelves, Dorset’s resident Harry Redknapp talks to Hannah Stephenson about life after the jungle, long-lasting love and why he’d never do Strictly. Harry Redknapp picks up the phone, seemingly bewildered that we have an interview – even though he’s been doing the rounds all morning and I’m his last slot…

Simple lifestyle measures to help lower cholesterol levels

Regular exercise and some healthy food swaps can make a big difference to long-term heart health, according to nutritionist advice. Raised cholesterol affects over half of UK adults – and many are completely unaware of it. While high cholesterol itself doesn’t usually cause any symptoms, it’s linked with an increased risk of a number of…

Four summer berries and their amazing health benefits

From strawberries to blueberries, these little beauties are nutritional powerhouses that deserve some space in your fridge. Stir them into yoghurt, dust them with cinnamon or eat them straight from the punnet – nothing beats tucking into a bowl of berries on a summer’s day. While the sunshine is starting to fade, these fruits are…

Being strong for retirement with new NHS guidance

New government guidelines announced this week recommend carrying out muscle strengthening exercises several times a week. This could range from lifting weights to dancing. Doing this could help protect our bodies from obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and depression. Studies show that the natural decline in muscle mass and bone density starts at 50….