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WW49 2019

Woman's weekly magazine



‘I’d love to do
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Dec 9, 2019 Contents After this issue, we have two recommending? Let us know so we’ll do our best to get to
Vol.56 Issue 49 magazines to go before the at the usual address. you as soon as we can if you
Woman’s Way team finishes have queries of any kind. If in
COVER IMAGE: for Christmas (well, almost). While I have you, could doubt, contact us via email or
Hazel Coonagh In this issue we are decking I sneakily suggest a fab through our Facebook page -
the halls with our picks of subscription to Woman’s we do enjoy hearing from you.
festive décor, as chosen by our Way as a Christmas gift?
lovely Michelle. We’re really quite lovely and Next week, we have an
we want 2020 to be the year extra special cover interview
Amy has two gorgeous where we give back to all and lots of lovely festive bits to
health shoots focusing on readers, including our loyal keep you entertained. Fingers
getting more zzzs and how to subscribers. crossed!
boost our holistic wellbeing.
Used one of the products she’s And secondly, we are in Have a
the process of moving office fab week.

On the cover Your life €150 COMPETITION

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56 Christmas decorations 36 2020 TV shows
55 Cute candle project WOMANSWAY.IE 23
Pg 8 62 Domhnall’s column

Issue 46 (November 18)
Pictorium Photoshop Julie Jackman, Co Kilkenny
Golden Spiderweb Mairead Leyden, Co Dublin; Carmel

Pg 12 Regulars Pg 46 Chadwick, Co Tipperary
PARFOIS clutch Muireann Walsh, Co Dublin
Pg 55 22 Agony advice River Island washbag Emma Ferris, Co Dublin
Pg 32 26 Puzzles Casmara set Celine Rice, Co Dublin
32 Book suggestions NUXE gi set Martin Leyden, Co Cork
Editor: Áine Toner 34 Reader fiction Chad Valley Games Tower Kirsty Jackson, Co Antrim
Email: [email protected] 38 Soap gossip Christmas Tale game Hannah Keaveney, Co Dublin
Assistant Editors: Amy Wall 40 is week Fujifilm Instax Geraldine McKelvey, Co Donegal
Email: [email protected]; 41 It’s your letters N-Pro Rugby Headguard Irene Banahan, Co Roscommon
Michelle Newman 42 Your horoscopes Meadows & Byrne doorstopper Anna Macaulay, Co Kerry
Email: [email protected] 43 Tarot reading The Blue Book voucher Grace Hill, Co Kildare
44 Una Power Mallow Mia Box Suzie Bates, Co Dublin
46 Latest health news Yes to... products Sinéad McDonald, Co Laois
60 Home & away Three books Catherine Barry, Co Dublin
Beauty bag C B Greenford, Co Tipperary
SoSeven Speaker Siobhan Talbot, Co Limerick
Coeur De Lion Bracelet Lorna Monaghan, Co Galway
Crossword Caroline Sheridan, Co Louth


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ChristmasAvery Mary
e singer gives Woman’s Way a peek into her perfect
Christmas and tells us what the new year has in store for her

e past year has been a big would do my singing – I just bandage me up and get me out “She gave up. I can’t do
one for former X Factor star become a different person on there on the floor I’d do it no that. I don’t want to do that.
Mary Byrne, but she’s already the stage. e dialogue is what problem,” she laughs. I like life. As long as God will
looking forward to the new I found very hard. I mean I can give me the breath and the
year. If she had to pick one learn a song by listening to “I would do it. I would strength to be on the Earth
word to describe 2019, Mary the music over and over again love to try it and I was very I will keep going and doing
says the past 12 months have but dialogue is studying and flattered because he’s a young different things until the time
been “exciting.” I wouldn’t have been a great man and he obviously thinks comes that I can’t. But when
studier,” she says. that I would be an asset to the you stop, when you start
“ e year has been ups and show and yeah, I’ll give it a saying to yourself, ‘I am old’
downs, but more ups than “I left school very young shot and see what happens and you become old. You’ve got to
downs. e offers have come so I had to study for the first if it doesn’t, well at least I’ll keep a young mind and your
flying in for work which is a time since I left school at have tried.” body moving to a certain level
huge bonus when you’re in this twelve-and-a-half years of to keep you going.”
business because you have to age. I found it very hard but I ask Mary if she thinks it’s
depend on each job that comes challenging and exciting at important for people to step Aside from Dancing with
in and you could be months the same time, to see if I could outside their comfort zones the Stars, there were rumours
not doing anything but then do it.” and seize the opportunities earlier this year of an X Factor
you get six months working that come their way as many reunion show which would
really full on,” she says. Mary says that her first night people think they’re too old to see the show’s ‘All Stars’ (Mary
on stage was intense and she try something new. included) return to the reality
“But this year we’ve been “literally shook” the entire show. While the show has
very lucky. We’ve nearly been time, but overall she fully “Yes! Listen, when I was since been put on hold, Mary
working every month, even enjoyed the experience and is in my 30s and 40s I was that says she’d love to get back on
if it’s just a gig. It’s really been set to return to the stage next person – ‘I can’t do this, I’m the X Factor stage.
good. And then talking about year in Dirty Dusting and some too old!’ – I’m now in my 60s.
the play.” other plays. I turned 60 in November and I “I’d love to do it and do
am up for anything now. you know why? Because my
e play Mary’s talking But what about television? confidence has grown a little
about is Dirty Dusting – Mary’s Earlier this year, John Nolan “I think for your mental bit more since I was on the X
acting debut which took from Dancing with the Stars health as well as your physical Factor and I’ve become a little
place last month and is set to said he would love to see Mary health you have to keep going bit more experienced and just
return in February 2020. Was take to the dancefloor on the and trying new challenges,” to stay on the stage that gave
it difficult for the singer to try programme. Is this something she says. me the platform that I have
her hand at acting? she’d be up for? now and just sing… it would
Mary says that she just be a lovely thing to do. I’d
“Well now, look, other “Do you know what? I’d love remembers her own mother love to do it.”
people will tell you what the to do it. Could I do it? I don’t saying that she was too old
acting is like! But I got on stage know. I’ve got arthritis in both and that when she passed at 69 At a recent photoshoot with
and I tried to do it the way I my knees. If they wanted to years of age, it changed Mary’s
perspective on things.



By Amy Wall “ e meaning of over the last seven or eight
Christmas for me years which I find beautiful.
now, at this age, is
about celebrating “I just love the whole thing.
e meaning of Christmas for
the birthday of me now, at this age, is about
Christ” celebrating the birthday of
Christ because over the years,
Woman’s Way, Mary let slip whether it is the man or the
that one thing she’d love to try universe, I don’t know, but I
is being an agony aunt – is that pray to him and he has helped
something she’s still got on her me through so many dark
mind? moments and so many good
moments, so that’s what I
“Yes, I would love to and do celebrate Christmas for. But
you know why? Because I have the other side of it is just the
the gift of the gab and I have loveliness of the love and joy
life experience. Now I’m not that goes around.”
saying that I’m an expert but a And what does 2020 have in
lot of people come to me, this is store for our favourite singer?
people that I don’t even know. “I really do want to sit down
I end up sitting with them and challenge myself with a
and talking to them and they novel that I want to do. I’m
start to tell me problems and stopping it and starting it and
I find myself, not giving them stopping it and starting it, and I
advice, but giving them some want to try and get someone to
sort of help in a way. help me with it. Someone who
will help me to do [it] properly.
“And they’ve come back I really want to do a novel and I
to me and said, ‘Mary I tried want to do my kids’ books that
that and it worked and I feel I had originally planned to,”
ten times better,’ so yeah, she says.
if I could help somebody I “ ere’s three novels in my
wouldn’t pretend to be an head and I don’t know which
expert on anything. If I went to one I particularly like the
do something like that I’d have most. One is a murder mystery.
to have a lot of people with e other is chick lit, about
me, helping me out and giving holidays, and the other one is
me the right advice to give to a period drama that I’d love to
people. But my advice? I think do because I love period-time
I could help one or two people programmes and books.” WW
just by my experiences.”
Given the time of year, it’s Location: Studio 10, 10 Wicklow
only right that we talk about Street, Dublin 2; tel: 086 351 4303;
a certain holiday that’s on the
Photographer: Hazel Coonagh;
“I love Christmas! I love
Christmas all the time, but
I love Christmas Eve. I love Stylist: Justine King;
going to Christmas Eve mass
with my daughter and my
friend Helen and we go. It’s Hair: Kirsty from PREEN Hair and
just a lovely atmosphere and Beauty, 52 Dame Street, Temple Bar,
there’s a lot of young people Dublin 2; tel: 01 670 8080;
there now that I’m noticing

Make-up: Mary Drummond; Email:
[email protected];
Instagram: @marydrummondmakeup


Jumpsuit, Jospeh Ribko @Arnotts,
€309; shoes and earrings, Mary’s own


Dress, Serena Boutiques
(Sandymount, Blackrock, Carlow
Town) €299.95; shoes and jewellery,
Mary’s own



Homestyle consultant Laurence
Llewelyn-Bowen is busier
than ever in his fifties

What does being over 50 on the rudder. Our family is always full of love laughter “Just as I’d By Michelle Newman
mean to you? motto is, ‘I am patient, I will and the smell of cooking. So assumed my
prevail,’ which I like although hoorah. But just as I’d assumed career would be
ere’s something fully- prevailing might be taking my career would be slowing slowing gracefully
rounded, a little gold-plated it a little too far; I’d just like gracefully I’ve actually never I’ve actually never
about being 50. I feel it should to get through it really. Ten been busier. is year Brand been busier”
come with a heavy watch years of Changing Rooms was LLB launched a whole new
chain that I could drape a sink or swim experience range of licensed design can’t have the latter without
across an expensive brocade and when all around [you] is relationships all of which the former) I do find I’m
waistcoat. Fifty kind of feels going wrong, when the paint have been taken directly from much better at delegating.
like you’ve arrived, you’ve on the floor ain’t drying, the my Fine Art portfolio and I My son-in-law Dan came on
got there and it’s time to lacy curtains look uncannily couldn’t be prouder of how board a few years ago and, in
appreciate all you’ve done like Granny’s shroud and they look. e wallpapers are a that time, has revolutionised
sitting comfortably in an the camera guy has put his particular delight, exquisitely what I can achieve in design
ornate chair halfway up the foot through the framed 18th manufactured by Brewers, terms. Chunks of my year
hill of your life. century landscape, you’d just they are something I feel really are now taken up with
Are you someone who tries been faking, then you find encapsulates my aesthetic and filming in Australia and Asia
to adopt a positive approach your own calm. Nobody wants every little swirl and curlicue or launching our product
to all situations and if so, to see a grown boy cry on telly. was hand drawn by me. ranges in new territories
was there a moment when like Malaysia, e UAE and
this mindset kicked in? Are you treated di erently LLB Design has been doing Russia. Dan’s the perfect
I am the most irritatingly now you are over 50? some amazing projects design wingman back at the
positive person I know. I have Well I’m now eligible for a including this very Hollywood Mothership making sure all
a ridiculous un-swerveable free bowl of soup and a cup Regency new-build home for our clients and licensees are
belief in hanging on, holding of coffee at our local pub on a a client in the Cotswolds, a happy. I’m sure it’s one of
tight and keeping a firm hand Tuesday lunchtime. lady of considerable glamour the reasons the business has
who wanted us to break all become so successful.
Fantoosh Does ageing a ect your the rules and as a result, this
career and goals? smallish house with quite low What advice would you give
I’ve definitely found that I ceilings looks voluptuous. to someone who wants to
really feel I’ve hit my stride make changes over the age
in my 50s. Personally I’m Do you ever feel like you of 50?
unbelievably blessed; we’ve take on too much? Are you a Don’t buy into beige. Beiging is
been married for 30 years good delegator? so ageing.
this year, one daughter
married last year the other Whether it’s age or just
marries next year, we have experience (I suppose you
a ridiculously divine cherub
of a grandson and our house


50 OVER 50

Do you have a favourite Club Tropicana saying, ‘We must do this,’ or What is your fave quote?
decade in your career? ‘Aim for that,’ or ‘Strategise
Of course I loved the 80s, who couldn’t read the tiny text on about something else.’ I think Don’t dream it, be it… which is
wouldn’t? Not that it was a the mini bottle. it’s much more important in fact the spectacular closing
decade that saw much of my to really take time to enjoy number from e Rocky
career since I only left art Have you any advice that what you’ve got. I also think Horror Picture Show. Aside
school in 1986. But the four you can share on ageing? that by keeping it all a bit from the fact it really makes
years I spent in the hedonistic We all spend more of our lives more fluid, a bit more relaxed sense as a life lesson, for me
whirl of the Outré Art scenes old than we do young, so don’t you can see opportunities it always calls to mind the
in London and Paris (Jackie get hooked on youth. that present themselves out image of soggy transvestites,
was studying at e Sorbonne of the blue (Pantone 308 C) mascara running, feathered
and lived with her diplomat How do you grow? which you might have not head dresses awry singing in
father in the City of Light) was Gin. seen if you’re too focused on unison whilst bobbing around
every bit as decadent, stylish rigid goals. I believe that life in a huge Esther Williams-
and romantic as you’d expect. What future goals do you is better surfed rather than esque tank of what looks
have for yourself? frantically paddled. suspiciously like gallons and
What is the worst thing I’m lucky enough to be very gallons of gin. WW
about getting older? un-goaly. You won’t find me Would you change anything
I do find short sight sitting everyone down and or do anything di erently if LLB Signature Wallpaper
frustrating, because I’m all given the chance? Collection exclusively for
over the globe at the moment Brewers, see
waking up in a new hotel e only thing I’d really com. For design enquiries
every few days I find the change would be the fact that contact Dan Rajan at [email protected]
ridiculously small lettering I’ve lived for 50 years without House of LLB products
they put on hotel toiletries having my own permanently are available at TKMaxx Ireland
beyond irritating. All too often attached tail. I think everyone and the Llewelyn-Bowen
I find I’m washing my hair would agree that a swishy Collection is available from
with mouthwash because I dashy tail really would rather Littlewoods Ireland. For more
finish me off. information see

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make-up 4
routine that gives immediate results is a 6
hyaluronic acid serum; this will hydrate
and plump your skin, and immediately
strengthens the skin’s barrier function,
Vichy’s Mineral 89 (€30) is gorgeous.

Look 1 3. If you’re out and about on Christmas 9
THE OCCASION Day a primer is a good idea under your
Christmas dinner at home foundation. REN Perfect Canvas Silicone 10 12
THE LOOK Free Skin Finishing Serum (€59) is full of
So and neutral glam bio actives, is silicone free and has a lifting 14
Celebrity make-up artist Mary effect on the skin.
Drummond shows you how to achieve 11
a so , glamorous Christmas Day look 4. A multi-purpose skin base is Sculpted 13
inspired by Jennifer Lopez by Aimee Connolly Beauty Base Primer
(€24.99) with hyaluronic acid and SPF30 Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid
Taking a little extra time out for our make- and it gives a golden glow. I would keep Eye Shadow in Rose Gold Retro (€29).
up on Christmas Day is something we all foundation light and fresh, not everyone
deserve. After a hectic December of late in the family photos will have make-up on 7. If you’re not a wiz with gel liner, a soft
nights and deadlines, don’t forget to put a so you don’t want to look too made up in kohl pencil in dark brown gently blended
little preparation into your skincare routine comparison. A tinted moisturiser is ideal in out around the eyeline is an easy look to
to avoid dehydration and to give you a this situation. St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted achieve. Lots of Benefit BADgal BANG!
glowing base for make-up. Everyday Moisturiser (€29.99) is lovely to Mascara (€26.98) will help finish this look.
use under make-up or on its own.
HERE’S MY TAKE ON THE LOOK 8. A truly great bronzing powder is L’Oréal
5. For a little more coverage Bourjois Back to Bronze Matte Bronzing Powder
1. If you have time on Christmas Eve try Healthy Mix Anti Fatigue Foundation (€11.99). It’s super easy to use and very
to use a gentle peel on your face and neck (€12.95) is super. It gives a medium buildable. Gold Edition Pre Filled Palette by
before bed and Vichy’s Double Glow Peel coverage with a semi matte finish. Apply Aimee Connolly (€32) is also a very handy
Mask (€18) is so easy to use. Follow this as little foundation as possible near the eye set containing blush, highlight and bronzer.
with a moisturising mask if you can or your area if you are concerned about crépe skin
normal serum and moisturiser as this will and wrinkles. Use a lovely brightening 9. There are so many gorgeous lip products
pay huge dividends the next day. concealer as your eye base like Rimmel out there at the moment - some of my
Wake Me Up (€7.95). Choose a shade favourites are Catrice Dewy-Ful Lips
2. A simple addition to your skincare lighter than your foundation and apply Conditioning Lip Butter (€4.50) and
with a small soft brush to blend with your Charlotte Tilbury’s Collagen Lip Bath in
foundation and brighten the eye area. At Peachy Plump (€32).
this stage use a fine loose powder. One of
my favourites is the classic Laura Mercier To contact Mary, email: [email protected]
Secret Brightening Powder (€29) or a lovely or check out her work on
one is Setting Standards Baking Powder Instagram @marydrummondmakeup
(€4.95) from Carter Beauty.

6. A soft eye shadow look is easiest for a
family day. Warm browns and ambers or
soft cranberry tones are great combinations
to use but just remember to blend, blend
and blend some more! A little hint of glitter
on the centre of the lid is a great festive
touch. A fabulous product for this is Stila



Look 2 7. Using your ring finger, dot some Clarins
THE OCCASION: Instant Concealer in Medium (€26) on the
Festive lunch with friends darkest areas under your eyes ensuring not
THE LOOK: to drag the skin.
Bright and cheerful
Make-up artist Maria Whiting talks under the bottom lashes too smudging with 8. Going back in with the Laura Mercier
us through a classic Christmas your finger to soften. Curl your eyelashes Translucent Loose Setting Powder, use a
make-up look with full lashes and a and apply masses of black mascara to the medium sized fluffy eyeshadow brush to
gorgeous lipstick top lashes. I love In Extreme Dimension dust powder on top of the concealer to set
mascara from MAC (€25.50). it as well as on any areas prone to shine
For me Christmas is all about a statement throughout the day, such as the chin,
red lip. You shouldn’t allow the time of forehead and sides of the nose. For that
day dictate when it is appropriate to wear beautiful fresh-faced glow apply Catrice
a beautiful red lipstick... no matter the Pure Simplicity Baked Blush in C03 Coral
time or the place, own it! Red lipstick is a Crush (€5.50) to the apples of the cheeks.
timeless item of make-up, it is so versatile
that anyone at any age can wear it. The 5. Onto those all-important eyebrows and 9. Prep your lips using a dot of concealer.
most important thing for me is balancing using a dry spoolie, brush the eyebrow Line the lips using Sculpted by Aimee
the rest of the make-up with the red lip. hairs upwards to ensure they’re free of any Connelly in Double Trouble (€19) all along
make-up. Spritz some setting spray, such the natural line of the lip. Fill in the lip
HERE’S MY TAKE ON THE LOOK as Mac Fix + (€22) into a tin of Soap Brows using the lipliner to ensure long lasting
(€14.50) and apply to the brows brushing wear. Apply the lipstick end of the product
1. Firstly, prep the skin well, which is one up and out towards the temples. Then once to fill in the lip with a more intense colour
of the most important steps for a flawless the brows have set, use an angled eyeliner of red. If you prefer a softer matte red, just
make-up application in my opinion. or eyebrow brush to apply small amount of apply the lip liner. Blot the lips using 1 ply of
On cleansed skin, apply a small amount Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade tissue between the lips, re-apply lip colour
of Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré in Medium (€23) using small hair like and dust around the edges of the lips using
Nourishing Moisturiser (€22) concentrating strokes to fill in the gaps of the eyebrow. a small brush and some loose powder to
on the high points of the face - cheekbones, ensure the lip colour doesn’t bleed through
nose, chin and forehead - and press the 6. Under the arch of the eyebrows add any lines around the lips.
remaining residue from your hands gently a touch of Benefit High Brow Pencil
on to the rest of the face and neck. Highlighter (€23.50) to give that extra Maria Whiting is a Dublin based freelance
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REAL LIFE “Today we’d be
okay, the next
GlobalREAL LIFE day we’d fight”
- Ritah
How Action Aid is helping others

“Yes, I was beaten, he physically was devastated, she barely Psychological
Support O cer, Alice
assaulted me. We were not in had time to grieve and soon

a very perfect relationship, it found herself worrying about about her mother: “I’m
just proud of my mum,
was a struggle. Today we’d be matters of survival. I’m really proud, she has are going to face problems like
worked hard, so I can survive. violence.” She continued.
okay, the next day we’d fight. While Ritah survived
e situation she has gone According to the United
e husband, immediately terrible violence and heartache through, it has been a hard Nations Girls’ Education
situation, what our father has Initiative (UNGEI) more than
after I was pregnant for twins, at the hands of her husband, done to her hasn’t been good 700,000 girls in Uganda
but she has stayed strong for us between the ages of six to 12
he started acting up, he feared that fear didn’t suddenly so whenever we look up to her, have never attended school.
we are encouraged to work And around half of girls
the responsibility. He started subside when he left. Without hard because she always tells between the ages of 15 to 24
us, ‘a strong woman, a bold are illiterate. Four in five girls
denying the pregnancy. en any source of income and a woman should work hard.’ do not attend high school.

after that, he left,” Ritah told us. newborn, she was faced with “It was really hard but at is exasperates the issue of
that time I was still young. We violence against women and so
With no education and no fending for herself. would encourage her by being the cycle of poverty continues.
nearby her, we would show
livelihood, Ritah like many girls But her story doesn’t end her, mum, we are with you.” Against all odds, Rhinet
Rhinet continued. has continued her education.
was dependent on her husband there. ActionAid supported And she now has a dream of
Rhinet sees a lot of violence building a bank. She wants to
to survive. And unable to escape, her through funding and against girls in Uganda. She show her dad and her relatives
hears stories of kidnap, rape that she is successful and can
she found herself the victim training to start a small and murder and she takes achieve anything she wants.
measures to safeguard herself.
of shocking violence. She was business so that she could open She notices how men are seen “I want to show the world,
as superior to women, which not only the world but our
paralysed with fear. One wrong a market stall. Now, she sells makes them think it’s okay to dad we could make it, even
beat their wives. though he was not with us.
move and she and her children sugar cane and is making a Even though he didn’t support
Rhinet believes strongly us, even though he didn’t
would be plunged into hopeless consistent profit. in the power of education, give us that father love that
as a way to escape domestic maybe most people need,
poverty, and so she stayed. “I am very proud to at least violence and ensure girls but we could make it. We are
are equipped with tools to successful with our mum and
It was when Ritah found out have something that can be report it: “If girls are not I want to buy my mum a very
going to school it might be big house.”
she was carrying twins that able to sustain me and my hard for them to pursue their
dreams. e key to success is ActionAid women’s shelters
her husband left. He just got up, child. I hope to grow my education so probably if they are providing hope to women
are not going to school they like Ritah and Asiah. ey
walked out, and never came business and be able to take give women and girls fleeing
violence a safe place to run.
back. She was 21-years-old, six care of my child and make sure

months into her first, difficult he attends school, and to live a

pregnancy. better life.”

After her husband left, In Uganda, 40 per cent of

community members in her girls are married before their

village put her in touch with 18th birthday and 1 in 10 is

an ActionAid shelter, who married before the age of 15

supported her with medical (According to Girls Not Brides).

assistance and maintaining her Ritah is not alone in heroism,

rent while in hospital. starting a business and

In a tragic turn of events, providing for her child, after

Ritah went into labour facing terrible tragedy.

a month early with twins. And Rhinet (18) saw her mother,

at just a few months old, one Asiah, go through years of

of her beautiful new born domestic violence and abuse,

babies caught pneumonia and but she doesn’t let this define

died suddenly. Although she her life. She told us this


Woman’s Way


Ritah, 22 , with
her baby Edmund

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also supports educational are told to be ‘seen but
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But the improvements for lives for women and girls in
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Selsa (32) is a magistrate shown the extraordinary
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survivors of gender-based and our ability to survive
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50 OVER 50

Writer and director Stephen Bradley “I don’t
on overcoming cancer, career worry about age to go and direct quite a lot of
highlights and the seasons ahead anymore at all, television drama in the UK
and possibly commercials here
In the spring of 2016, Stephen Mercier Press came on board it everything’s which would have been a more By Michelle Newman. Photo credit: Destiny Films.
Bradley was diagnosed with became a proper book. It was sort of a bonus comfortable road financially,
stage four bowel cancer. definitely cathartic and also, definitely, than doing what I’ve
What he first thought was what it did was it made me try now” done which is kind of risking
exhaustion turned out to be and get the details right so I things on feature films. But
far more serious, with the communicated a bit more with things much more. e way I if I’d gone the other road, I
disease eventually spreading the medics as I went along. put it is I live season to season; I probably wouldn’t have made
to his liver and lungs. take on the seasons and think, Noble and I wouldn’t have done
In the book you speak very ‘What are the great things all kinds of things.
ankfully, Stephen’s health highly of your medical team about this and all the things I
is now on the mend, but and the care you received as can enjoy with the kids?’ What do you hope the future
during this time he began to a public patient. will bring and what life will
write his memoir Shooting You end up almost having In a professional capacity, do look like in years to come?
and Cutting: A Survivor’s friendships with some of you think men and women I do think about it in two
Guide to Film-making and the medics because you see are treated di erently as different ways; one is
Other Diseases, a beautiful so much of them and that’s they get older? obviously it’s dominated by
yet poignant read. an important part of the I was talking to Deirdre about the health and having good
healing process, so it’s been his only yesterday… I think health and I’m, as I say in the
Does age, or being over 50, an unexpected but brilliant it just depends where your book, incredibly optimistic
have more of a significance experience being in the public career takes you. In our career about that and I suppose
now than it did before? system here. We’re good you can, as either an actress or the other half is family and
I’ve never been somebody at slagging ourselves off in a stand-up [comedian] or even friends and career and the
who worried too much about Ireland, but we do often forget a writer-director in film, you plans that I have for that. One
those looming big birthdays as that it is often a very close-knit can have your biggest success is absolutely essential for the
they call them. I was 50 when community as a country. We at the age of 65, 70, you never other. If I can’t keep the health
I discovered I had cancer so had so much support from know when the successes and thing going then the rest of it
my 50s have been dominated friends and family that we the fame is going to come. It’s becomes problematic but in a
by cancer treatment and I’ve wouldn’t have had if we had less about age and more about way that’s a good sharpening
really only come through that been in the UK because we the actual projects that you’re tool; it allows me to be very
now. So, 50 was a shock and didn’t have family there. working on and whether that’s instinctive about the projects
I also learned that in medical the right one for that time, that I want to get on and it
teams I was young - my team Have the past years changed whether it hits some kind of allows me to spend a lot of time
of doctors really went for me your perspective? zeitgeist with the audience. with the family. e two things
because I was only 50 and I’m very well, I’m working I don't worry about age are kind of symbiotic. WW
certainly time is a positive as full-time. I’m doing a show anymore at all, everything's
far as they were concerned. for Sky with Deirdre [O'Kane, sort of a bonus now. Shooting and Cutting:
his wife] at the beginning of A Survivor’s Guide
Congratulations on your next year, I’m working on that, Do you have any regrets? to Film-making and
book, Shooting and Cutting. another book and three film I don’t have regrets, but Other Diseases by
Was writing this cathartic? projects so that’s all great and I do wonder what would Stephen Bradley
It was very much a therapy that really helps me escape have happened if I’d taken a (Mercier Press) is
to begin with and helped me from thinking about it too different path at particular available now
sort of annotate and deal with much but you’re right, I do forks in the road. For example,
all the medical stuff that I had kind of enjoy the day-to-day when I first started directing
to go through and then once I had the opportunity maybe




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think it would be a mistake for there’s every likelihood that
FIMSRYMOWMAKIFHIENO’GSMWNEOTOIRRSIKYCIKNPYAGL you to try to force them to see you’ll be hosting mother
less of each other. and toddler groups from
Columnist and trained counsellor time to time.
Fiona Caine offers advice That said, there is no reason
why you can’t explore ways You are going to have to
My job’s in IT and, for part of FIONA SAYS: YOU’RE to minimise the disruption to consider a better long-term
the week, I work from home. GOING TO NEED TO FIND your working day. You and solution than having your
I have been doing this for WAYS TO ADAPT your wife obviously need to wife and her friends tip-toe
three years and use our small talk about this, but perhaps around you. With a small
bedroom, which doubles as Your wife has a point; if you you could start by suggesting baby, there will still be
my office. think your neighbour is that she encourages her friend occasions when a full and/or
disruptive, what are you going to visit mainly on those days noisy house is unavoidable.
A few months back, my wife to do when your baby is born? I when you are at work. In the
made friends with a woman who say this not to be flippant - but future, those are likely to be If you have the space and
has only just moved to the area. to get you used to the idea that the times when she needs the own your own home, a home
They’ve become good friends your peaceful haven and daily most support anyway. office at the bottom of the
quickly, so much so that this routines are about to be well garden might be a solution.
woman seems to be in our house and truly shaken up. You could also suggest At the very least, you might
almost daily. This wouldn’t be a that, on days when you want to consider getting a
problem if it weren’t for the fact A new baby is a wonderful are working from home, good pair of noise-cancelling
that she’s so noisy and seems to thing but there is no getting she could perhaps visit her headphones (but of course,
fill our small house. away from the fact that they friend? Whilst that should these aren’t to be used when
also tend to be noisy, disruptive help in the short-term, once you’re caring for your baby!).
In the past, my wife has been and exhausting. It doesn’t get
happy to leave me in peace, but any easier as they get older, MY HUSBAND’S COULD BE BETTER ALL
whenever this woman drops in, either. Like it or not, if you BUSINESS PARTNER ROUND
they seem to need to use every want to continue to work from ISN’T PULLING
room in the house and I find it home, I think you are going to HIS WEIGHT Might it be possible
really hard to concentrate. have to find some way to adjust that your anger is a bit
to these changes. My husband works hard at misplaced here? How can
When I mentioned to my wife his business. His days are you possibly find fault
that I find it difficult to work There will be times when usually very long hours and with a man who seems
when this woman is around, she your wife needs help and it’s rare that he has an entire to have a perfectly good
said that I had better get used to support with the baby, either weekend free to be with us. work/life balance? One
it because our baby is due just from you or from someone His partner, on the other that means he puts in a
after Christmas. Why can’t I get else. She’s made a new friend hand, is always away from good working week and
her to understand how serious in this woman, and that could the office by 6.30pm and I still finds time to be with
this is? be enormously helpful to her in can’t remember the last time his family outside of this.
A. K. the months to come. he worked at the weekend.
He and his wife take their So rather than berate this
children out most weekends. man, might it not serve
Well I think he’s not pulling you better to persuade
his weight and it makes me your husband to adopt his
angry. My children need their good example? Ask him to
father too. consider ways to cut down
P. W. his hours and stress that, if
he doesn’t, he risks hurting
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Gentle motivation for kids
Teaching your child how to self-motivate is a gift they will have,
and use, for life

SELF-CARE IS THE isn’t just restricted to how to muse, through painting and all? Begin with one page, a By Una Rice
NUMBER ONE save it. While you can open colouring. And the discovery day, to kickstart the reading
PRIORITY your child’s accounts from of your creative self shouldn’t habit and get motivated
birth, and teach them saving be limited, so even if your to read more. At bedtime,
Whatever your child is going habits from the start, you can child isn’t particularly finish the day with a story,
through, whatever new also educate them on money artistic, having a wide range and it’s worth investing in
experience or friendship habits that they can use for of materials at their fingertips audio books, as these will
or exam hurdles, it’s worth life. How to budget well, can help them get into the open your child up to new
instilling in them the idea how to find the best value by flow and is good for their types of stories as well as
that self-care is the number shopping around, and what’s mental health. Just a half encourage a reluctant reader.
one priority. Often we find it more important today when hour dabbling with paints
difficult to look after ourselves there is so much gadgetry on canvas, sketching indoors SET CHALLENGES
emotionally because we’re marketed towards children, or outdoors, or colouring in,
so busy worrying or feeling how to understand the value and the benefits are already One of the best motivators is
unhappy about something of something. playing out - art is calming, to encourage your child to set
that happened. The key stills the mind, helps hand eye and meet a daily challenge.
to self-care is to ground These days many children coordination. Unleashing the It can be something very
yourself first. If you’re feeling are used to acquiring stuff artist inside you is arguably simple, like eating more
overwhelmed, listless, bored without much consideration like tapping into meditation vegetables or fruit a day,
or sad, take a walk in nature. for the work that went - it’s a de-stressor and allows keeping their bedroom
into obtaining the money for self-expression. Art is tidy, being more active, or
For young kids there’s to pay for it and we often something that you can bring completing homework in
nothing as grounding as see children head to toe in with you through your life a more methodical way.
stomping in puddles and expensive designer gear, and it’s for everyone. Setting a daily challenge can
racing through leaves. The because they wish to look also be a great conversation
simple question, ‘What can a certain way at whatever READ AS OFTEN AS starter for after school.
I do to feel happier in this cost. But money lessons also YOU CAN
moment?’ can be all it takes include how to manage it, Try more thoughtful
to reset when a child is feeling not just how to spend it, and Some parents struggle to challenges like; today talk
emotional. And of course, money management can start get children to read, or they with another child at school
we are all entitled to a day when they are very young, give up on their ‘reluctant who seems lonely. Or today,
off from the busyness of life, and it’s an empowering reader.’ But reading expands think of a new game for the
before overwhelm kicks in. lifelong gift. the mind like nothing else. playground and get a group of
Be a role model, let your friends involved. Challenges
Mum of two Carol explains You can make it fun for child see you reading and are confidence makers.
why she will offer her children as young as four, by enjoying books with no Bigger challenges include
children the occasional splitting pocket money up into screen distractions. Carve getting your child to make a
‘health’ day off school. three bundles, one for now, in a reading hour on a chilly shopping list, plan dinners
one to save and one for a rainy Saturday afternoon or join for the week, cook a family
“Adults can have days when day. One of the most powerful the library or a bookclub. meal on Friday evening,
they are tired and not looking motivators for children is Your child may be drawn to organise toys for a boot sale
forward to work. Well, so can seeing how a little adds up. the same type of book and or pop up shop, learn a new
kids and it’s important to let author and that’s okay, but piano piece, start learning a
children have a rest day from BE ARTISTIC it’s a good idea to encourage new musical instrument, or
school to recharge and know new styles, plots and start learning a new language
that’s it’s okay, the odd time, Some children are truly authors, which will open with the help of an online app
to say I need to be at home artistic and are deservedly your child up to new use of like Duolingo.
with Mum and Dad.” encouraged, but all children language and vocabulary,
should be encouraged to be which will positively impact Challenges are great
YOUR POCKET IS artistic as it motivates you in on comprehension at school. boredom busters and when a
YOUR BEST BUDDY a creative way. In recent years child learns to set and meet a
there has been an increase If your child won’t read at challenge, they have this skill
Teaching kids about being in adults finding their inner for life. WW
motivated around money


Why playing board games PARENTING

is so good for kids

If your children spend too much time
online, experts suggest gathering them
for a games session with the family

By Lisa Salmon If you’re a parent who’d love to play, without staring at a memory and cognitive a complete experience in a
to spend more time with the video game. skills, increases processing short time.
kids, and are desperate for speed, develops logic and
them to stare at screens a little Children can see parents play reasoning, improves critical Improves family relationships
less, there could be a way of It’s easy for parents to get thinking, boosts spatial When playing games, players
tackling both - by playing caught up with what needs reasoning, improves verbal focus on one another, but
board games together. to be done and forget about and communication skills, within the safety of the
having fun together. It’s increases attention and structure of the game.
The benefits of board gaming important for children to see concentration, teaches Interaction is increased, and
are far-reaching; allowing their parents play. Playing problem-solving, develops players need to communicate
parents to have much-needed should be a normal part of life, confidence and improves effectively to achieve their
conversations with the kids, as for both adults and children. decision-making. objectives. Board games give
well as developing children’s families opportunities to see
interpersonal skills, and It models appropriate behaviour There’s family equality each other in a different light.
boosting confidence and Parents who are humble Parents usually make
cognitive ability. in victory and cheerful in decisions for the rest of the Games can improve awareness,
defeat demonstrate great family, but all players are consideration and respect
Ellie Dix has been obsessed sportsmanship. Regularly equal in a board game. Through games, we learn the
with board games from an rejoicing in the good fortune impact our actions have on
early age, and after teaching or praising clever choices of You have shared experiences others. Players learn to truly
and leading a team of school another player normalises Board games evoke all sorts listen to obtain information
behaviour specialists, she now positive attitudes. of emotions; happiness, about others. The tone of voice
runs her own board game tension, intrigue, awe, trust, gives indications about how
company, The Dark Imp, and Help children learn from failure anticipation and surprise. Our a player’s feeling, and body
has even written a book, The Board games provide emotional reactions connect language gives micro-clues
Board Game Family (Crown a platform for us to fail us to the game, the experience about their possible plays and
House Publishing) to highlight repeatedly. The stakes are and the people we’re playing strategy.
the benefits of board games. low; it doesn’t matter if we with.
lose. As children become more Something for everyone
“Board games bring people comfortable with failing, they They’re a conversation starter There’s a huge variety of board
together and help parents to learn from it. A player can Tabletop chatter spills over games available, and anyone
reclaim family time,” says analyse what brought about into post-game analysis. Great can play. All ages can play
Dix. “Through games, parents their demise and why another experiences act as bookmarks together, and many disabilities
can create an irresistible player triumphed. Children in our mind, giving us can also be catered for.
offline world that will restore start to learn about the impact memories to chat about time
balance, deepen relationships, of their own decisions. and time again. Mental health benefits
develop transferable skills and Game playing induces laughter
create shared, long-lasting It develops social skills There’s a low entry bar and reduces stress, boosting
memories.” Children learn how to take Anyone can get a game and the immune system and
turns, be patient, work as quickly learn to play. No lowering blood pressure.
Here, Dix outlines some of part of a team, negotiate, special skills, knowledge or Board games help us escape
the many benefits of playing compromise, communicate equipment are required. Board from worries and focus on
board games, and suggests ideas, take risks and follow gaming is cheap, and the something else. They bring
how parents can get reluctant rules and directions. amount of replayability offsets balance and help us relax.
kids to play them... any initial investment. Board Teenagers may spend a lot of
Board games improve learning games are portable and easy to time in their room, but playing
They get kids away from Playing games improves store, and each game provides together reduces isolation. WW

Parents search for ways to
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We knew we had to include these beauties as soon as we saw them

SQUIGGLY PIGS IN DOUBLE Round 33: (1dc into each of next 10sts, MEASUREMENTS
KNITTING 9353 dc2tog) 3 times. (66sts) Pig (seated) 25cm tall
Round 34: 1dc into each st to end. 10in tall
NOTES: Round 35: (1dc into each of next 9sts,
The pieces are worked in continuous rounds dc2tog) 3 times. (60sts) YOU WILL NEED MC - 1 x 100g ball of
throughout, unless otherwise stated. It is Round 36: 1dc into each st to end. Plain Pig Alpaca Tweed DK in
recommended that a stitch marker is used Round 37: (1dc into each of next 8sts, Striped Pig Blush 1668 A - 1 x
and placed in the first stitch to denote the dc2tog) 6 times. (54sts) Alternative Yarns 100g ball of Life DK in
start of each round. Move the marker into Round 38: (1dc into each of next 7sts, Rose 2301
the first stitch of each round as you go. dc2tog) 6 times. (48sts) MC - 1 x 100g ball of
When finishing each piece, leave a long yarn Round 39: (1dc into each of next 6sts, Wonderso DK in Alice
tail for sewing up. dc2tog) 6 times. (42sts) 1726 A - 1 x 100g ball
Round 40: (1dc into each of next 5sts, of Life DK in Clover
PIG HEAD dc2tog) 6 times. (36sts) 2358
Round 41: (1dc into each of next 4sts, Special DK, Alpaca DK,
Using 2.5mm hook and A, make 2ch. dc2tog) 6 times. (30sts) Batik DK. Amounts
Round 1: 6dc into first ch. (6sts) Round 42: (1dc into each of next 3sts, may vary.
Round 2: 2dc into each st. (12sts) dc2tog) 6 times. (24sts)
Round 3: (1dc into next st, 2dc into next Round 43: (1dc into each of next 2sts, 2.5mm (UK 12 / US B/1 or C/2)
st) 6 times. (18sts) dc2tog) 6 times. (18sts) crochet hook
Round 4: (1dc into each of next 2sts, 2dc Add more stuffing. Stitch marker, Blunt yarn needle,
into next st) 6 times. (24sts) Round 44: (1dc into next st, dc2tog) 6 times. 12mm (½in) safety eyes, Polyester toy
Round 5: (1dc into each of next 3sts, 2dc (12sts) stu ng
into next st) 6 times. (30sts) Round 45: (Dc2tog) 6 times. (6sts)
Round 6: (1dc into each of next 4sts, 2dc Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave yarn tail ABBREVIATIONS
into next st) 6 times. (36sts) through last sts and pull tight to close. Sew approx approximately ch chain
Round 7: (1dc into each of next 5sts, 2dc in yarn end. cm centimetre(s) dc double crochet
into next st) 6 times. (42sts) g grammes in inch(es)
Round 8: (1dc into each of next 6sts, 2dc NOSTRILS MC main colour mm millimetre(s)
into next st) 6 times. (48sts) st(s) stitch(es) tog together
Round 9: 1dc into each st to end. (make 2) tr treble yrh yarn round hook
Change to MC. Using 2.5mm hook and MC, make 2ch.
Round 10: Working into back loops only, Round 1: 6dc into first ch, join with a sl st SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS
1dc into each st to end. into first dc to form a ring. dc2tog double crochet 2 together (Insert
Rounds 11 to 18: 1dc into each st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long yarn hook into stitch, yrh and draw a loop
Round 19: (1dc into each of next 7sts, 2dc tail for sewing up. through. Insert hook into next stitch,
into next st) 6 times. (54sts) Using the photographs for guidance, sew yrh and draw a loop through, yrh and
Round 20: (1dc into each of next 8sts, 2dc the nostrils onto the snout. draw through all 3 loops on hook). 1 st
into next st) 6 times. (60sts) decreased.
Round 21: (1dc into each of next 9sts, 2dc EARS The yarn amounts stated are based on
into next st) 6 times. (66sts) average requirements and are therefore
Round 22: (1dc into each of next 10sts, 2dc (make 2) approximate.
into next st) 6 times. (72sts) Using 2.5mm hook and MC for Plain Pig or
Round 23: (1dc into each of next 11sts, 2dc A for Striped Pig, make 2ch. TENSION
into next st) 6 times. (78sts) Round 1: 6dc into first ch. (6sts) 28 sts and 30 rows to 10 cm, 4 in, over dc
Rounds 24 to 30: 1dc into each st to end. Round 2: (1dc into next st, 2dc into next st) on 2.5mm hook or the size required to give
Round 31: (1dc into each of next 11sts, 3 times. (9sts) the correct tension.
dc2tog) 3 times. (72sts) Round 3: 1dc into each st to end. It is essential to work to the stated
Round 32: 1dc into each st to end. Round 4: (1dc into each of next 2sts, 2dc tension to ensure the correct
Place safety eyes between rounds 19 and into next st) 3 times. (12sts) measurements and you should always
20 and set them approx 12sts apart. Start Round 5: (1dc into each of next 3sts, 2dc work a tension square.
stuffing at this point, adding more as you into next st) 3 times. (15sts) If there are less sts and rows to 10cm, 4in,
go. Keep the nose flat across the end to Round 6: (1dc into each of next 4sts, 2dc change to a finer hook if there are more sts
look like a snout. into next st) 3 times. (18sts) and rows to 10cm, 4in, change to a larger
Round 7: (1dc into each of next 5sts, 2dc hook.
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Stylecra cannot accept any liabilities.
Stylecra cannot accept responsibility
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continued on last page dc2tog) 6 times. (48sts) Round 36: (1dc into each of next 4sts,
Start stuffing the body and add more as dc2tog) 3 times. (15sts)
into next st) 3 times. (21sts) you go from this point. Round 37: 1dc into each st to end.
Round 8: (1dc into each of next 6sts, 2dc Rounds 30 to 32: 1dc into each st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long
into next st) 3 times. (24sts) Round 33: (1dc into each of next 6sts, tail for sewing up. To divide the trotters,
Round 9: (1dc into each of next 7sts, 2dc dc2tog) 6 times. (42sts) thread a yarn needle with A and sew
into next st) 3 times. (27sts) Rounds 34 to 43: 1dc into each st to end. through the foot from front to back 5
Round 10: (1dc into each of next 8sts, 2dc Round 44: (1dc into each of next 5sts, rounds above the base. Bring the yarn
into next st) 3 times. (30sts) dc2tog) 6 times. (36sts) around the outside of the foot across the
Round 11: (1dc into each of next 9sts, 2dc Rounds 45 to 48: 1dc into each st to end. base and sew through the foot again in the
into next st) 3 times. (33sts) Round 49: (1dc into each of next 4sts, same place. Repeat once more, tightening
Round 12: (1dc into each of next 10sts, 2dc dc2tog) 6 times. (30sts) the yarn around the foot to divide into
into next st) 3 times. (36sts) Round 50: 1dc into each st to end. two halves. Using the photographs for
Rounds 13 to 17: 1dc into each st to end. Round 51: (1dc into each of next 3sts, guidance, sew the front legs to either side
Round 18: (1dc into each of next 4sts, dc2tog) 6 times. (24sts) of the body approx 4cm, 1¾in, below the
dc2tog) 6 times. (30sts) Round 52: 1dc into each st to end. neck seam.
Round 19: (1dc into each of next 3sts, Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail
dc2tog) 6 times. (24sts) for sewing up. Sew the head to the top of BACK LEGS
Round 20: (1dc into each of next 2sts, the body, making sure the neck is stuffed
dc2tog) 6 times. (18sts) firmly. (make 2)
Round 21: 1dc into each st to end. Using 2.5mm hook and A, make 2ch.
Flatten the last row so ear is closed and FRONT LEGS Round 1: 6dc into first ch. (6sts)
work 1dc into each of next 9sts through Round 2: 2dc into each st. (12sts)
both thicknesses to close the base. Cut (make 2) Round 3: (1dc into next st, 2dc into next st)
yarn and fasten off. Using 2.5mm hook and A, make 2ch. 6 times. (18sts)
Sew ears to top of head, using the Round 1: 6dc into first ch. (6sts) Round 4: (1dc into each of next 2sts, 2dc
photographs for guidance. Ear placement, Round 2: 2dc into each st. (12sts) into next st) 6 times. (24sts)
like the eyes, can change the character Round 3: (1dc into next st, 2dc into next Round 5: (1dc into each of next 3sts, 2dc
and expression so have fun with it! st) 6 times. (18sts) into next st) 6 times. (30sts)
Round 4: (1dc into each of next 2sts, 2dc Round 6: (1dc into each of next 4sts, 2dc
BODY into next st) 6 times. (24sts) into next st) 6 times. (36sts)
Round 5: (1dc into each of next 3sts, 2dc Rounds 7 to 10: 1dc into each st to end.
Worked from base up to the neck into next st) 6 times. (30sts) Start stuffing the leg and add more as you
Using 2.5mm hook and MC, make 2ch. Rounds 6 to 9: 1dc into each st to end. go from this point.
Round 1: 6dc into first ch. (6sts) Change to MC. Change to MC.
Round 2: 2dc into each st. (12sts) Round 10: 1dc into each st to end. Round 11: 1dc into each st to end.
Round 3: (1dc into next st, 2dc into next Start stuffing the leg and add more as you Round 12: (1dc into each of next 10sts,
st) 6 times. (18sts) go from this point. dc2tog) 3 times. (33sts)
Round 4: (1dc into each of next 2sts, 2dc Round 11: (1dc into each of next 8sts, Round 13: 1dc into each st to end.
into next st) 6 times. (24sts) dc2tog) 3 times. (27sts) Round 14: (1dc into each of next 9sts,
Round 5: (1dc into each of next 3sts, 2dc Round 12: 1dc into each st to end. dc2tog) 3 times. (30sts)
into next st) 6 times. (30sts) Round 13: (1dc into each of next 7sts, Round 15: 1dc into each st to end.
Round 6: (1dc into each of next 4sts, 2dc dc2tog) 3 times. (24sts) Round 16: (1dc into each of next 8sts,
into next st) 6 times. (36sts) Round 14: 1dc into each st to end. dc2tog) 3 times. (27sts)
Round 7: (1dc into each of next 5sts, 2dc Round 15: (1dc into each of next 6sts, Round 17: 1dc into each st to end.
into next st) 6 times. (42sts) dc2tog) 3 times. (21sts) Round 18: (1dc into each of next 7sts,
Round 8: (1dc into each of next 6sts, 2dc Rounds 16 to 21: 1dc into each st to end. dc2tog) 6 times. (24sts)
into next st) 6 times. (48sts) Round 22: (1dc into each of next 5sts, Rounds 19 to 21: 1dc into each st to end.
Round 9: (1dc into each of next 7sts, 2dc dc2tog) 3 times. (18sts) Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long
into next st) 6 times. (54sts) Rounds 23 to 35: 1dc into each st to end. tail for sewing up. Divide the trotters in
Round 10: (1dc into each of next 8sts, 2dc the same way as the front legs. Using the
into next st) 6 times. (60sts) photographs for guidance, sew legs to the
Round 11: (1dc into each of next 9sts, 2dc front of the body to allow the pig to sit
into next st) 6 times. (66sts) upright.
Rounds 12 to 24: 1dc into each st to end.
Round 25: (1dc into each of next 9sts, TAIL
dc2tog) 6 times. (60sts)
Round 26: 1dc into each st to end. Using 2.5mm hook and A, make 15ch.
Round 27: (1dc into each of next 8sts, Row 1: 1tr into 3rd ch from hook, 2tr into
dc2tog) 6 times. (54sts) each ch to end.
Round 28: 1dc into each st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long yarn
Round 29: (1dc into each of next 7sts, end for sewing up. Sit the pig down and
mark the position of the tail on the lower
back. Sew tail to back. WW



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our adult children. I thought he hadn’t way Ben went missing, the wicker chair sat was the faded attempt of the red buttons
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“Don’t go buying things we don’t want
Ellen, I know what you’re like at the “Hello Ellen.” The voice cut across my I opened my purse and handed the
Christmas Fair.” thoughts, my neighbour Maeve, with her girl twenty euro to her amazement. My
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love to join the queue, but at 73 I would The knitting and crochet were always a Christmas.
have had some funny looks, especially delight for me. I loved to knit myself and
as I had no child at my side. Even the had always promised I would take a stall Our family arrived Christmas morning,
grandchildren were too grown up now. I at the fair. There never seemed to be the my lovely bear, “Ben” was the centre of
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much, almost loved him to destruction. I I stopped to look, dolls, board games, my shoulders and whispered in my ear,
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her deep intake of breath; I knew I was Wearing a baby dress and hat a beige many more.”
in trouble. She tried her best to clean it teddy bear with very little fur le but the
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