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Effective Techniques For Planning A Wedding

You are planning your big day. Tons of time and effort goes into this process and the end result had better be good. So how do you make that happen

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Stars in stripes … why the classic Breton top is back in vogue

Once favoured by stars ranging from Pablo Picasso to Audrey Hepburn, Marlon Brando to Madonna, Breton tops – with their statement stripes and easy shape – are about to enjoy

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Concrete thinking: an astonishing terrace extension

We can’t resist tinkering with our houses. In the 1980s we knocked through rooms and reached into the rafters to add loft extensions. In the 1990s side passages were glassed

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How they stay together: what 68 long-term couples taught me about love

“There were times when I think we could have come close to splitting,” says academic David Christian. Author Chardi Christian, his wife of 50 years, nods. “[But] we worked hard

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I can’t find a partner. How can I learn to love my single life?

The dilemma I am a 48-year-old single woman with a full and independent life. I’m close to my family and have a 15-year-old daughter. I have a good group of

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The best southern Italian white wines

Carlogmagno Fiano, Puglia IGP, Italy 2019 (£8.95, davywine.co.uk; mrwheelerwine.com) Southern Italian winemakers have always been reliable providers of gutsy red wines at lower prices than their northern peers. These are

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From the archive: Maggie Smith at Cinecittà, 1966

The Observer Magazine caught up with Maggie Smith, then just 30, in Venice filming The Honey Pot opposite Rex Harrison (‘Hitting the Top’, 9 January 1966). Except it wasn’t Venice

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I need to create a sense of abundance in my allotment

I think I have seed amnesia, like a garden goldfish. I collect packets in winter and beg more from friends living in interesting places – Mexico, eastern Europe, Oregon, India.

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