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These are the best garden shows and festivals to visit in 2020

Put a date in your diary to visit these inspiring and informative plant-filled shows and events. If you’re looking for inspiration, colour, or just a lovely day out, there are plenty of flower shows and other horticultural events to mark on your calendar this year. Here’s a look at some of the best and brightest…

Family history of heart disease? Here’s what you need to know

It’s a good idea to know if cardiovascular problems run in your family – but lifestyle factors also play a key role. It’s always alarming when a loved one develops cardiovascular disease or suffers a heart attack. As well as worrying about them, it might make you consider your own health too – especially as…

Buckwheat & Blueberry Pancakes

Research shows that people who eat a healthy breakfast have fewer cravings throughout the day, have better self-control with food choices and sustain higher energy levels, concentration and productivity.   As part of our Wheel of Wellness, we are looking at the health section. Chapter’s Bistro Menu Highlight – Breakfast A study in the Annals of Neurology found that anthocyanins in…

Stamps to celebrate James Bond films ahead of new movie

The 10 stamps feature actors who have played 007 and some of their vehicles. A new set of stamps is being released by the Royal Mail to celebrate James Bond films and mark the 25th Bond movie, No Time To Die. The 10 stamps feature the six actors who have played 007, as well as…

Hitting the right note at Esprit in Poole

Vocal harmonies and swinging sounds will be heard in the heart of Poole on Friday afternoon. Local musical trio, Soda Pops will be performing a free concert at Esprit on High Street North from 5pm to 7.30pm. An Evening with the Soda Pops will see the talented performers sing a wide musical repertoire that ranges…

Bake Off judge Prue Leith reflects on turning 80

The celebrity cook joined the show when it moved to Channel 4 in 2017. The Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith had admitted to a “slight feeling of panic” at turning 80. The broadcaster and restaurateur marks the milestone on Tuesday and will celebrate with a cake made by chefs at her self-titled culinary…

Royal Mail to increase price of stamps

The price of a first class stamp will jump 6p to 76p and the price of a second class stamp will rise 4p to 65p from March 23. Royal Mail has said it will increase the price of first class and second class stamps. The postal firm said the price of a first class stamp…

Dame Julie Walters reveals bowel cancer diagnosis

The veteran actress was given the all-clear following chemotherapy. Dame Julie Walters has revealed that she was diagnosed with bowel cancer. The Mamma Mia! and Billy Elliot star’s condition was discovered 18 months ago, after doctors found two primary tumours in her large intestine. The 69-year-old told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show that, following chemotherapy,…

Sharon Osbourne debuts new grey hair: How you can make the transition

A hairstylist gives his top tips on embracing natural grey or white hair. Sharon Osbourne has taken the plunge and dyed her hair a natural silver-white colour, after 18 years with her iconic red locks. The 67-year-old’s new look was revealed on Instagram by celebrity colourist Jack Martin, who posted a before and after picture…

What’s in season for February?

Each month we focus on a few ingredients, which are currently in season, and share enlightening facts, useful tips and an enticing recipe for you to try at home or eat at one of our Bistro’s. …

Storm Dennis: six emotional stages of getting caught in bad weather

Get ready for strong winds. It’s happened to the best of us. Either by luck or lack of judgement, we’ve been in the wrong place at the wrong time, and mother nature has punished us with rain, wind and hail. There’s a few feelings we all experience when the clouds decide to open. As Storm…