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Once this Pg 10
issue goes on
sale - and it’s Pg 12
every Monday
now - we have ON THE COVER October 29, 2018 REGULARS
seven issues left Vol.55 Issue 43
of 2018. Wow, 4 Aisling O’Loughlin 16 Latest health news
it doesn’t feel 8 Boot special WITH THANKS TO: Pg 43 28 Parenting news
like it but we’re 18 Anthea Turner 29 Una Rice parenting
ensuring that 20 10 long-term changes Hazel Coonagh 34 Travel special
those last precious issues are absolutely 22 Weight Watchers recipes 40 New in books
packed to the brim with features and, 32 Win Oxendales vouchers 43 is week
of course, competitions. is week we 36 Agony aunt advice 44 Soap gossip
have the third token for our Oxendales 47 Una Power 46 It’s your letters
prize of four €500 vouchers but there’s 48 Angel readings 46 Tarot reading
an additional token in next week’s issue 49 Your weekly stars
if you’ve missed a week. Pg 38 50 Puzzles
53 I said it
Also in this edition, we had a chat Pg 28 54 Knitting
with Aisling O’Loughlin who talks about
her life in France, while Michael Caine YOUR LIFE WELL DONE WINNERS!
talks about the importance of separate
bathrooms in a marriage. Do you agree? 2 Royal maternity chic Issue 40 (October 16)
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or better still, write to our letters page 6 Helen Grehan Jayne Keohane, Co Cork
where all letters receive a prize. 10 ree ways fashion Three new books
12 Beauty news Josephine Hall, Co Mayo
We have some gorgeous recipes 14 e dark side of beauty Cocoa Brown tan hamper
from Weight Watchers that will taste 27 Ghoulish gardening Martina Fitzmaurice, Dublin
especially good on cooler nights (they 28 Reader fiction special Beauty bag
even encourage me to get cooking) and 30 Gerry Collins Kathleen Bowers,
we have tips on buying winter boots, 38 Halloween interiors Co Waterford
beauty news, health advice and travel 41 Reader fiction Crossword winner
bits if you’re tempted to book a trip. 56 Patricia Power Brendan Hanlow, Dublin 6

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It’s official - there’s another royal baby on the way.
Katie Wright and Sam Wylie-Harris reveal the Duchess
of Sussex’s new regal dressing rules

We can’t wait to see how Kate has mastered daughter Zara Tindall.
Meghan does pregnancy maternity dressing, and
style, while we suspect she’s not the only member 2. Don't be afraid
many maternity brands and of the Royal family who to go glam
designer labels will also be could teach Meghan a thing
eagerly hoping to grab the or two about staying stylish One of the Duchess of
headlines when she makes over the next nine months. Cambridge’s best ever
her baby bump public. evening looks came earlier
Here, we look at five
e pressing questions maternity fashion lessons
we have include: will it be Meghan can learn from
bespoke Givenchy for every other glamorous royals...
occasion? Will she wear
heels? Will she work the 1. It's all about coats
messy bun look?
With three children all
And - most importantly born in spring or summer,
of all - with all eyes peeled Kate’s always been
for even the tiniest hint of a pregnant during winter
bump, will the duchess break and now Meghan will
the royal mould and step be as well, so she’d do
out in denim, or embrace well to stock up on Kate’s
the current trend for leather maternity must-have piece
dresses? of clothing: coats.

Focus on Meghan’s fashion Knee-length wool or
has been fevered ever since tweed coats with an empire
she and Harry - who married waist are Kate’s favourites,
in May and have just arrived and as well as designer
in Sydney, Australia to begin styles from the likes of
their first overseas tour - Catherine Walker and
started dating. Now it’s sure Dolce and Gabbana, she has
to ramp up. also been pictured wearing
high street brands like
e Duchess of Cambridge Boden and Seraphine.
was named the biggest royal
style influencer earlier this Going back to the
year by eBay, in large part Eighties, Princess Anne
down to what she wore while knew the power of a
pregnant with Prince Louis, fabulous overcoat too,
so 2019 could be the year choosing cape and swing
Meghan takes over. styles while she was
heavily pregnant with
Now a mother of three,

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Celebrity

this year when she was seven MICHAEL CAINE:
months pregnant with Prince
Louis. She wore a stunning ‘THE SECRET OF
blush pink custom made A HAPPY MARRIAGE
Alexander McQueen gown with IS SEPARATE
cape overlay at a state dinner in BATHROOMS’
Norway in February.
ere may now be more
Rather than tone down funerals than birthdays but
her red carpet style while at 85, Sir Michael Caine is
pregnant, Kate continues to go relishing every moment
uber-glam, showcasing local
“Will the designers and truly glowing in Welcoming me into his He also wants to write By Hannah Stephenson
duchess break gorgeous gowns. penthouse flat overlooking a novel and has recently
the royal mould London’s Chelsea Harbour, returned to a draft which he
and step out 3. Embrace bright colours Sir Michael Caine is clearly penned a while ago, about a
in denim, or relishing life in his 80s. plane which smashes into a
embrace the We know Meghan loves neutral skyscraper. After 9/11 he put it
current trend colours - bottle green and At 85, he’s still making away in a drawer.
for leather burgundy are about as bright as movies, despite breaking his
dresses?” it gets for the mum-to-be. ankle earlier this year - he Indeed, Maurice Micklewhite
But wouldn’t it be wonderful slipped on some ice during the (his born name) has come
if she followed in the footsteps ‘beast from the east’, while a long way. e son of a
of Kate, Zara and even her pottering in the garden at his Billingsgate Market fish porter
late mother-in-law Princess country home in Surrey. and a charlady, he was brought
Diana, with an array of up in a two-room flat with an
colourful ensembles during her He’s also just written his outside toilet and no hot water,
pregnancy? third book, Blowing e in one of the grottiest areas of
Bloody Doors Off (Hodder & London.
4. Keep it classic for Stoughton, out now) in which
the big reveal he highlights where he’s come His career in later life
from to where he’s arrived has been a joy, he reflects.
For each of the appearances on and how he got there. What’s Although he lived in Beverly
the steps of the Lindo Wing to different about this one, Hills in the 1970s when the
introduce her latest bundle of compared with his previous Labour government put tax
joy to the world, the Duchess two autobiographies, is that for high earners up to 83 per
of Cambridge has chosen a Caine offers his life lessons to cent, he returned 10 years later
simple bespoke frock by Jenny the reader. It’s thinly disguised when taxes were lowered again
Packham in a primary colour. as a guide for actors - learn under the Conservatives.
your lines, turn up on time, use
Kate knows that photos from failures and difficulties to move His family is now his top
the day will go far and wide, forward - but the messages can priority and he is relishing the
so she has a fail-safe formula be adopted by anyone. time he spends with his two
and sticks to it. Meghan could daughters, Dominique and
benefit from doing the same He’s a believer in turning Natasha, and grandchildren
- we predict she’ll choose life’s difficulties into positives Taylor (10) and nine-year-old
Givenchy, her go-to designer and he sees good coming twins, Allegra and Miles.
for high profile occasions, for out of the furore concerning
her own big reveal. sexual harassment of women “Family is everything.
in Hollywood and in the wider Shakira’s incredible. We’ve
5. Heels are a must workplace. In the wake of the been married 45 years and
Harvey Weinstein furore, he’s a haven’t had a row yet. e
Many mums-to-be would supporter of #MeToo. secret of a happy marriage is
(quite rightly) use the excuse of separate bathrooms,” he states
carrying a child to forgo high “ e advantage that’s come with a laugh.
heels for as long as possible, out of it is that no producer
or at least scale down to a would dare make an attack on a His grandchildren keep him
kitten heel. Not the royals. For woman in the next 30 years in young, he says proudly.
public appearances throughout order for her to get a part.”
her three pregnancies, Kate “You grow old and one day
has worn her signature nude He’s working on Medieval, you think, ‘I’m
heels, occasionally swapping being shot in the Czech going to die soon’.
for wedges in summer, while Republic, and is considering
Zara strode into Meghan and a TV comedy series - which en you have
Harry’s wedding in May all he’s never done - centring on grandchildren and
smiles in a pair of impressively people in a care home. you forget all about
high stilettos. WW that. Your whole life
starts again.”

WOMANSWAY 3

Amazing

40 AislingO’LoughlinonFrance,
veganism and what she’s
willing to compromise on
is has been a year of change for Aisling bilingual. I think it gives you perspective
O’Loughlin. She celebrated a milestone so you’re always going to come at whatever
birthday at the end of the summer, made the subject from two different angles and I
decision to become a vegan and in the midst think that’s an advantage in life and I want
of all of this she somehow managed to move the lads to have that.”
to France.
After making her mark on Irish
“I’m still kind of hedging my bets between television presenting Xposé in 2007, Aisling
the two countries but it was time to learn hasn’t been involved with the show since
French and it was time for a new adventure. August 2016, something of which she is
Initially I didn’t know if it was going to totally accepting.
happen at all because I was on my own with
the lads and I thought, ‘I’ll see how we get “Xposé made the right decision because
on here,’ so that’s why I didn’t make any you need somebody who’s more into the
grand announcements because I was just consumer values to sell stuff on Xposé,
kind of checking it out. I’ve got myself a new because that makes more sense, not
apartment and put the boys into school and somebody like me who is putting my hand
yeah, it’s happening,” she says excitedly, up going, ‘Yeah I don’t quite agree with
adding that her three sons, Patrick, Louis this,’ you know? Yes it makes sense, it does
and Joseph, have adapted to the change make sense and I don’t blame anybody.”
surprisingly well.
Recently Aisling seems to have taken
“ ey’re great, they’ve been very somewhat of a step back from her role as
courageous. I’ve always been a bit besotted a presenter, focusing instead on her role
with the place and I love the culture and as mother and caregiver. is, she says, is
I love art history. I just think they [the something she yearned for.
French] have a great sense of value for life
and art and living and eating and all of that “I craved it. I found I was giving into my
so I’m happy to be here.” maternal craving and by the beginning of

When we chat about why she chose France “France gives me an
specifically as the starting point for their opportunity to be
new normal, family connections and the the mother I really
desire for her children to experience another want to be, which is
way of living was a driving force. present. I want to be
present”
“My boys are half French, their daddy’s
French, Nick [MacInnes] is French, so when
we’re at French gatherings and all of those
things that come with families, my lads can’t
speak French, they’re not fluent speakers
and it was just becoming more clear that
I had to do something about it,” Aisling
explains. “I think it’s a massive gift to be

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Cover interview

“I think when you start
compromising your core value
system, whatever that may
be, you start compromising
your life”

By Michelle Newman . Pictures by Hazel Coonagh. Styling by Roxanne Parker this year I was trying to figure out retreats, she’s just back from Bordeaux and we’ve got to do something, we have to.”
how to make it all happen, what I’m thinking, ‘I could do that, I could do a In August Aisling celebrated her 40th
mothers have to try and come up lovely retreat and put on a really good week.’
with every day of the week. I definitely think there’s a market for it.” birthday and if her milestone year has
taught her anything so far, it’s that being
“France gives me an opportunity Our conversation then moves onto another true to herself is how she’s going to live her
to be the mother I really want to big change that Aisling has made in her life: life from now on.
be, which is present. I want to be the decision to switch to veganism and what
present,” she says. prompted her to do so. “I think when you start compromising
your core value system, whatever that may
“ ings change as well; I’m sure “I’m a vegan nutter now! I can’t stop,” she be, you start compromising your life. is
there will come a time when I think, says laughing. “I often say to my friends, ‘It’s year for me was about aligning your value
‘I’ve enough of that now, I need like coming home.’ Like a deep part of me system with your core beliefs.
more career again.’ I still write, but has always known this… We’ve become so
I get to do it from home. I do want to removed from what we eat as human beings, “Part of that was going vegan, part of that
work, but I just have to do it around we’re so far removed, post-industrialisation was moving to France, all those things that
the kids, that’s where I’m at and I we just want everything packaged, we make you kind of stand up straight. I often
don’t say that glibly because I would don’t even know what we’re stuffing into feel I’ve been crooked, I’ve been absolutely
have gone back to TV3 and I would our faces, it has to come from a box, it has crooked for years, because I wasn’t aligning
have got back into my loop again. to come from plastic. You’ve got to educate with my beliefs.
yourself now, we have to because time
at’s why I think there’s a certain is running out. e ice caps are melting, “One thing I read there recently and I
amount of serendipity about the way there’s drought, there’s desertification. I loved it was: responsibility equals freedom.
things worked out because it’s like think we’re screwing up so badly and we’re
some kind of divine intervention wilfully ignorant which is so hard to take as ey’re not two things we put together too
forced me into a situation where I’m well,” she says. easily but if you start taking responsibility
actually doing what I want to do.” for your life and taking responsibility for
“I had an apricot croissant the other day, I everything you do, you start working
Speaking of work, Aisling also has stuffed it into my mouth and went, ‘Oh that towards freedom and freedom is, well, I love
her own website Exquisite.ie which was bliss,’ and then I was like, ‘Ugh I failed freedom. I look at the birds in the sky and
right now is ‘a place where she puts veganism today,’ but I’m trying because I’m like, ‘ at’s what I want, I want to be
her articles’ and is still somewhat of free, free, free.’ So yes, responsibility equals
a work in progress. freedom. I like that one.” WW

However, she hopes her new
environment spells some changes
for this as well.

“I haven’t worked out Exquisite.ie
yet; now that I’ve moved to France
it’s starting to make a little bit more
sense. I think I’m going to probably
go down towards interiors and I’m
hoping eventually retreats, I want to
do retreats as well,” she says adding
that she would like to bring a ‘warm
Irish welcome’ to her new home.

“I think if you could be collected
from the airport, have somebody
who’s bilingual bring you off to the
tastings, do a bit of yoga, all of those
things that France has to offer with
the Irish edge, that’s where I’m
going, Exquisite Retreats. I think
that’s going to be my next thing.
I think there’s a niche there; my
sister has been going on the yoga

WOMANSWAY 5

Real life

A mother’s love

When her son needed a kidney transplant,
Helen Grehan took matters into her own hands

Helen in hospital a er snow’ of 2010. Hugo with his mum and sisters,
donating her kidney to Hugo “I remember giving birth Evie and Sadie-Bow

When Helen Grehan found at 11.30 in the morning and own home five nights a week. became available which meant By Michelle Newman
out her son Hugo would need the nurse handing him over “For a child to get a that Hugo’s transplant could
a kidney transplant, without and saying, ‘It’s just started happen, giving the family just
hesitation both she and her snowing,’ and it didn’t stop transplant, they need to be at one week to prepare for what
husband David Turley were for about four days. We were least one metre in height so that was about to happen. Thankfully
willing to do anything they snowed in [at] the hospital!” there’s enough room in their both the operations were
could. Flash forward to the abdomen to receive a kidney straightforward and Hugo’s
present day and the now family Unfortunately after his birth and they must be at least 15kg in transplant was a success.
of five are living every day to Hugo wasn’t feeding very well, weight to undergo the operation.
the full, something that seemed which led to further tests. That was the overall goal for us “He was so brave. He was so
unlikely for a very long time. was to work towards, getting little but he just took everything
“They [tested his] blood him to that height and weight,” in his stride, he always has and
“Hugo was our first baby, our levels and but it showed that says Helen. he always does and that’s just
first pregnancy. I had the usual his creatinine level, which is him, he’s amazing,” Helen says
morning sickness, nothing out your kidney function indicator, When he was approaching his of Hugo who’s now seven-years-
of the norm,” says Helen, adding was sky high which meant his height and weight requirements old. “I think I’m probably better
that when she was 17 weeks kidneys weren’t functioning as Hugo was put on a waiting list now with one kidney than I
pregnant, routine blood tests they should,” Helen explains. for a deceased kidney donor. was with two [laughs]. I can’t
and an unplanned scan led to Helen and her husband also put honestly say I’ve noticed a huge
some very unexpected news. By now Hugo was just two- themselves forward to be Hugo’s difference. I ran the Dingle half
days-old but he was transferred donors, but it turned out that marathon in 2016 for Temple
“In that particular scan it immediately to Temple Street only Helen was a match. Street and raised €4,000 for that
showed that the baby had an Children’s University Hospital and Hugo ran the last little 100
extended abdomen which and it was here that his parents “I was like, ‘When can I yards with me. That was a real
needed further investigation learned that he would most get on that bed?’ I wanted to closure run; with every mile I
so they arranged for a foetal likely need a kidney transplant put the sickness behind us felt I was dropping off some [of
assessment. They couldn’t see at some point in his life. and I wanted to give him the the] baggage I was carrying. We
the abdomen being extended at normality that he deserves. I never take anything for granted
this particular scan which was Upon hearing the news Helen was very impatient, I wanted anymore, the lifestyle change for
only two days later but they says that she went into ‘panic stuff to happen yesterday and I Hugo and the whole family, is
could see that the bladder wall stations.’ When she looks back was constantly onto the team in immense.” WW
was very thick which meant it now she’s amazed by her and Temple Street.”
had been under duress strain her family’s strength and how
or under a lot of pressure from they coped, because at the time In April 2014 a cancellation
something and it led them to she felt as though her whole
look at the kidneys.” world was falling apart.

At this point it was discovered “I always remember I felt a
that Hugo’s kidneys were little bit robbed; because it’s
smaller than they should be; your first child, you only have
they contained cysts and there that experience of taking your
wasn’t an awful lot of amniotic first baby home once really, and
fluid around Helen’s ‘bump.’ we couldn’t.”
Both Helen and Hugo were
monitored over the following When they were able to bring
months and as her baby began Hugo home, the family settled
to grow she continued to have into their new routine, but
a ‘healthy pregnancy’ without because his blood was ‘poisoned
any other issues. That was until with all the waste from his body,
Hugo made his arrival into he couldn’t clear it out through
the world four weeks early on his kidneys so he felt sick all the
December 20, during the ‘big time.’ As a result Hugo would get
sick almost every hour which
continued up until he received
his transplant. By the age of
two-and-a-half Hugo wasn’t
meeting his milestones and
eventually he was started on
dialysis which he could do in his

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In Vino veritas
That’s what Olay want And… reset
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Could this research signal the end of nerve damage? It A new study published in the journal
might. Researchers from Northwestern University created PLOS One has found that hugging can
a biodegradable implant designed to provide electrical relieve any negative mood changes
stimulation to damaged nerves. The implant was then tested associated with fighting. Researchers
on rats suffering from sciatic nerve damage. Surprisingly interviewed over 400 adults for two
researchers discovered that, after six days of electrical weeks about their conflicts, moods
pulses from the implants, the rats’ muscles showed signs and the amount of hugs they received.
of restoration and strength. There was also a regrowth of The study found that those who
nerves. The device itself is controlled wirelessly and, once the received a hug on the day that they
treatment is finished, it disintegrates naturally into the body. also had a conflict rebounded faster
The device is about as thick as a sheet of paper and the size of a after the fight and any negative
coin. While more testing is needed, it does seem very positive. emotions they experienced were less
intense and passed faster.

YOUR BOOKWORM PROTECT YOUR EARS WEAR YOUR GLASSES
WEEKLY
ROUND-UP Exercise Your Demons: We all know that we shouldn’t put According to a recent survey
OF ALL A Mindful Journal things into our ears, but when you’re commissioned by Vision Express,
THINGS suffering from a build up of wax, the 56 per cent of motorists who
HEALTHY By Lucy Irving temptation to reach for the cotton buds wear glasses and contact lenses
(Ammonite can be overwhelming. However, using say that they sometimes drive
Press, €16) cotton buds and other in-ear products without wearing them. The
Now here’s a like earplugs and, even, hearing aids, results also revealed that a third
quirky little can actually cause wax blockages. Hard of drivers haven’t had their
book that and impacted earwax can cause sudden eyes tested in over four years.
offers a creative or impartial hearing loss, tinnitus, discomfort Commenting on the results, Jay
solution when and an earache. To help with the growing Ghadali, an optometrist with
it comes to incidence of wax blockages, Hidden Hearing is Vision Express said: “If you
facing your now offering micro-suction free of charge for drive any type of vehicle, it is
demons. Filled people over the age of 50. Micro-suction is pain- vital that you can see the road
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Get happy

HappyMagazine.ie is a website for people affected by
cancer in Ireland. It currently publishes positive and
helpful content for anyone going through cancer or
surviving after cancer. However, the website has just
announced that this November it will be launching its
first print edition. With a print run of 10,000 copies,
the magazine will be distributed to cancer treatment
centres across the country. It will be Ireland’s first
ever dedicated cancer support magazine. Founded and
edited by Holly Kennedy, the magazine’s first cover star
will be Domini Kemp.
For more information log on to www.happymagazine.ie

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dDiaatreyfToHrRyIVoEuFErSTIVAL SUPER Health news
SUPPLEMENT
Thrive Festival will be taking place at The Delicious!
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Running from February 9-10, it will feature Awareness Month Enjoy a tasty treat this autumn with the new ‘bites’ range
some of the world’s leading health and and to show support, from The Happy Pear. Tasty and a good source of fibre,
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Tickets are on sale from mid-October and sales to Breast Cancer seedie cookie bites. They cost €3.30 each and are available
a day ticket includes access to a signature Ireland. Each box of the in SuperValu, Centra and selected independent foodie stores
talk and four classes. A weekend ticket supplement comes with a nationwide.
offers access to two signature talks and eight leaflet detailing the signs
classes. Tickets will cost €47.50 for one day and symptoms of breast TAKE TWO: READS FOR
and €70 for a weekend. Speakers, classes cancer to look out for. MENTAL HEALTH
and workshops will be announced in the Revive Active contains a
coming weeks. host of powerful amino 1. Reasons to Stay Alive
For details log on to www.thrivefestival.ie acids, vitamins and
minerals designed to by Matt Haig (Canongate, €12.60)
improve energy levels At the age of 24, writer Matt
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he’s learned about the beauty of life after fixating so
Game-a-thon intently on death. As candid as it is touching, this is
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even if some days feel worse than others.
their annual game-a-thon
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on Saturday, October 27. MDIOSNS!’T No-Nonsense Guide to Living
The game-a-thon will With Social Anxiety
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raise funds for Cancer We’ve all felt the worry of being
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Care West. This year’s the feeling takes over, it can make
everything from seeing friends to
theme is western. Over getting on public transport feel
impossible. Here, Claire Eastham
the past three years, the game-a- gives a brave and funny account of
what it’s like to be a 20-something living in London
thon has raised a huge €18,000 for and working at her dream job, while secretly battling
with a crippling social anxiety disorder. There’s sage
Cancer Care West. This year they’re advice for anyone whose felt the tell-tale dread of
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Celeb health

Health questions with..

Anthea Turner
Have you always had an
interest in health and what I need for my bone is shining it is easier but I do a mixture of indoor years?
wellbeing? health. harder during the winter and outdoor activities,
Do you think it’s months when it is dark, including running, Pilates, I have always had an
I had an active childhood; important to have a good cold and often wet. yoga and weights. I really interest in my health and
training as a dancer from a balance in life? What are your top tips for enjoy it, but it’s hard to trying to maintain good
young age meant that I was staying in good health? make time. e older I health. However, as I get
always exercising. I think this is very get the more I realise my older the need for this and
How important is health important. is has become My tips are quite simple. mortality and the need the realisation that there
and fitness? more important now due Eat healthy, exercise to look after my health are certain health issues,
to my recent diagnosis regularly, stop smoking becomes more important. such as osteoporosis, that
Both are very important. I as being high risk of and keep alcohol intake to Do you engage in any women of my age are at a
go to the gym three times a osteoporosis. Despite the a minimum. I get saddened other self-care practices? greater risk of developing,
week, have never done silly fact that I feel fantastic and by the lack of responsibility has heightened my need
diets and don’t smoke and don’t look or feel my age, people take for their health, I’m more aware of my to improve my diet and
only drink occasionally. the results of my DEXA especially when I see gut health and the exercise regime to try and
Alcohol and smoking are scan showed me that bone people abuse their health importance of eating to stay healthy – inside and
two of the biggest risk loss is a silent health issue by having a poor diet, feed the good bacteria. out – for as long as possible.
factors for healthy bones. that could have a dramatic smoking and not doing any I’ve started drinking kefir What’s your weekly
Would you say that you impact on my life if left form of exercise. every morning and can health and fitness
enjoy working out and undetected or untreated. What’s your life’s feel the difference. I have schedule like?
eating well? Do you ever have days philosophy? acupuncture monthly for
where you struggle to general wellbeing too. As mentioned above, I try
I enjoy eating well – real make health a priority? Do your best. Try your best Being in the public eye to exercise three or four
food – avoiding shop- in all things. My mum used do you ever feel under times a week and have
bought meals pretending to Not really, but I do like to always say, ‘Did you do pressure to look a certain started to run a little more.
be something they’re not. to relax at the weekends your best?’ As long as I way? I don’t really enjoy running
What’s your go-to when I enjoy a Sunday could answer, ‘Yes,’ then and I’m never going to run
healthy dish? roast and a glass of red we are both happy. To be honest I don’t. I am a marathon, but it’s the sort
wine. How important is it to certain I would look exactly of weight-bearing exercise
It will always be avocado, How do you motivate factor in time to look the same regardless. I am you need to maintain
tomatoes and poached egg yourself to exercise? a er your health? confident and comfortable bone mass density. I do 20
on soda bread. as I am. minutes out and 20 minutes
What’s your guilty Some days it is easier than Fitness has to fit into your Has your approach to back and I see it as a means
pleasure food? others, for example, in life. If I do three or four health changed in recent to an end.
the summer when the sun sessions a week I’m happy. Best piece of advice that
I love butter and don’t see you’ve ever received?
the point of margarine or
other spreads that claim I once heard Jack Dee say,
to taste like butter. So, I “Aim to be the best and the
just have a small amount rest happens.” Whatever
of butter and enjoy it. we do in life – nurse,
Once vice is coffee – I teacher, secretary, builder,
could drink it all day – but plumber etc. – aim to be
I’ve restricted it to only the best. WW
mornings now as too
much is not good for you. Anthea Turner is an
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overall eating pleasure.
Favourite type of
exercise?

My exercise has largely
been dance, Pilates and
yoga – but jumping around,
high impact exercise is

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TAKE 10
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TO CREATE
POSITIVE
CHANGE
1. TAKE 10 MINUTES TO… to visualise Visualisation is a powerful practice

and one that has been utilised by businesspeople, athletes and weightlifters

2. TAKE 10 MINUTES TO… Lift it up If you’re not for years. In fact, countless studies over have shown that visualisation can
have a positive impact when it comes to helping us achieve our goals. If you’d
already incorporating some resistance training into like to utilise this simple but powerful process, here’s an easy exercise you
your routine, here are few reasons why you should. can do. Every day, spend 10 minutes visualising yourself as radiant, confident
Weight lifting helps to keep your bones strong and and happy. Our brains are so susceptible to our thoughts and by practicing a
healthy, it boosts your immune system, it boosts your positive visualisation about yourself, you’re actively encouraging yourself to
metabolism, it reduces the risks of falls, it improves ‘grow’ into that visualisation until it becomes a reality. Try it for three weeks
and you should notice a difference in yourself.
balance, it lowers inflammation
in the body and it can improve

your posture and energy levels.

With so many benefits, it

makes sense to try it out, no?

Start small and aim to do some

light resistance training for 10

minutes every second or third

day. It’s absolutely essential

to learn how to lift weights

properly, so do seek out the help of a gym instructor

and, as always, consult with your GP if you have any

injuries or pre-existing medical conditions.

3. MOVE for 10 minutes every half 4. FOLLOW YOUR PASSION for 10 minutes (at least) every day And by passion we mean
hour In this day and age a lot of us
those things that you absolutely love. Whether it’s knitting, writing, dancing or playing a
are confined to desk jobs or sedentary sport, it’s essential to make time every day for your passion. Even if it is just 10 minutes.
lifestyles. However, according to a study Why is this so important? Well, doing things that makes us happy enhances the serotonin
from the Columbia University Medical levels in our brains which means our bodies are flooded with feel-good hormones on a
Centre, if you move your body every regular basis. This helps to reduce stress and has a positive impact on our mental health.
half an hour, it could help to limit the If you don’t know what your passion is, why not dedicate some time to trying some new
negative impact a sedentary lifestyle can hobbies or engaging in some new experiences?
have. So the next time you have to sit for
a prolonged period of time, make sure
that you get up and move for 10 minutes
every half an hour.

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Exhale

5. LISTEN… to this song for 8. WATCH THE STARS… for 10 minutes
10 minutes Feeling stressed
Not everyone will be able to do this, but if
out or anxious? Go on to you live in an area where there’s no light
YouTube, search for the song pollution, you absolutely should try it. On
Weightless by Marconi Union a clear night, wrap up, pop outside and
and listen for 10 minutes. spend 10 minutes watching the stars. This
Specifically constructed to is a simple activity that helps to put our
calm and soothe anxiety, lives into perspective. It reminds us of how
this song was created in small we are and how wonderful the world
collaboration with sound actually is. Take a few deep breaths and
therapists and is made up of savour the moment. You might even be
carefully arranged harmonies, lucky enough to see a shooting star.
rhythms and bass lines
designed to slow your heart 9. GO OFFLINE for 10 days
rate, reduce blood pressure
and lower cortisol levels. If you’re up for a challenge,
why not undertake a digital
6. TAKE 10 MINUTES… to ask for help detox for 10 days? Various
studies have shown that
If you’re going through a hard time or spending excessive amounts
struggling, take 10 minutes today to of time on social media and
devices can have a large impact on
reach out and ask for help. Whether our mental and physical health. From lower moods
to physical issues like neck pain and eye strain,
it’s asking a friend to meet you HELPFUL every so often it can be a fantastic idea to take a
for a cuppa, making a GP PHONE step back and remember what life was like without
appointment or even picking NUMBERS being constantly connected. How you conduct
up the phone and giving The your detox is up to you. You can give up your
phone, avoid social media or resolve to avoid all
Samaritans a call, there’s The Samaritans: 116 123 forms of online activity. Decide what works for you
absolutely no shame in (24-hour Freephone helpline) and commit to doing it
asking for help and often, Aware depression helpline: 1890 303 for 10 days. You may find
the process so beneficial
asking for help is the first 302 (seven days a week, 10am-10pm) that you decide to do it
every few months.
step towards feeling better. Pieta House suicide helpline: 1800
10. SORT YOUR SCHEDULE…
247 247 (24-hours) or for 10 minutes Aim to take 10

text HELP to 51444 minutes every day to review
your calendar or planner.
7. PRACTICE 10 minutes of self-massage This allows for a less stressful
day overall and gives you the
Self-massage is an integral part of the ancient chance to schedule in any essential self-care that
wellness practice of Ayurveda. Self-massage is a needs to take place. When you have a plan and know
simple activity that not only feels good, it helps what you’re doing, your brain is able to process things
us to connect with, love and accept our bodies. It in a calmer manner. This is a proactive way to ease
also helps to detox, lower stress levels, moisturise feelings of overwhelm.
skin and nourishes the body. To practice yourself, all you need is a natural
oil. You might try almond oil or coconut oil. Warm it in your hands and
then begin to gently massage your body. Take as long as you need and
really focus on soothing any areas that are full of tension or that feel
tender. When you’ve finished, allow the oil to dry before you get dressed
and be careful if you’re walking on tiles – oil can get a little slippy.

By Amy Wall 11. LISTEN TO NATURE SOUNDS for 10 minutes Oyveoruto

The next time you’re feeling stressed or anxious, it might be [email protected]?
a good idea to listen to some nature sounds. Researchers at
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sounds lower our fight-or-flight instinct and activate our
autonomic nervous system – the system responsible for
calming us down. Hop on to YouTube or www.calmsound.
com and you’ll find a wealth of calming soundscapes to listen
to or, even better, simply step outside and listen to the bird
song and wind. It will help you to feel calmer, happier and
more at peace.

Hearty healthy Food for friends
and
Warm up with meals from Weight Watchers If you’re hosting a Halloween
get-together, a warming pot
Chilli con carne and onion. Cook for five minutes until the beef is of chilli is just the thing to
brown all over. please a crowd. Add extra
Serves 4 prep time 15 min cook time 40 min ¬ Add the garlic, chilli powder and cumin and cook punch (and make it go a little
for one minute. Sprinkle over the flour and stir well. further) with these tasty
Ingredients ¬ Add the stock, tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato extras…
Calorie controlled cooking spray purée, cocoa powder, oregano and bay leaf. Stir
500g extra-lean (5% fat) beef mince well and season. Reduce the heat to a simmer and GUACAMOLE
1 onion, finely diced cover partially with a lid. Leave to cook, stirring The perfect accompaniment
2 garlic cloves, minced occasionally, for 30 minutes until the sauce has to rich chilli, and it couldn’t
1 tbsp mild chilli powder thickened. be simpler. Chop and mash
2 tsp ground cumin ¬ Meanwhile, cook the rice according to pack an avocado then stir in finely
1 tbsp plain flour instructions, and cook the corn cobettes in a pan diced onion, chopped fresh
400ml beef stock, made with 1 stock cube of simmering water for five minutes, or until just coriander and a squeeze of
400g tin chopped tomatoes tender. lime. 1 SmartPoint® per
400g tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed ¬ Serve the chilli con carne with the rice and corn, tablespoon.
1 tbsp tomato purée garnished with the chopped coriander.
2 tsp cocoa powder BROWN RICE
1 tsp dried oregano Cook’s tip: A great source of fibre and
1 bay leaf super filling, brown rice
200g brown basmati rice The chilli con carne is just 4 SmartPoints® makes an ideal base for a
4 corn cobettes per serving on its own, or try these tasty sides chilli and helps your dish go
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander, to garnish and toppings (side panel) further. 4 SmartPoints per
100g cooked brown rice.
¬ Mist a large nonstick pan with cooking spray
and put over a medium heat, then add the mince YOGURT
While chilli is definitely
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everyone. Cool it down with
a dollop of 0% fat natural
Greek yogurt. It adds a
creamy texture and taste
without extra SmartPoints!

JACKET POTATO
Classic Halloween fare,
jackets are easy to prep in
advance and wrapping them
in kitchen foil will keep them
warm until you’re ready to
serve. 7 SmartPoints per
medium baked spud.

HALF-FAT CHEDDAR
Fancy something more
indulgent? Scatter grated
Cheddar over hot chilli for a
deliciously gooey topping.
3 SmartPoints per 40g
serving.

WW WHITE WRAP
Love tortilla chips? Make
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into triangles, misting with
cooking spray then baking
until golden. 3 SmartPoints
per wrap

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Smoked baked beans with sausages

Serves 4 prep time 5 minutes cook time 15 minutes

Ingredients ¬ Mist a pan with cooking spray and cook the
Calorie controlled cooking spray sausages, onion and pepper for five minutes over
8 reduced-fat pork sausages a high heat.
1 onion, sliced
1 red pepper, chopped ¬ Add the garlic and paprika. Cook for one minute,
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped then stir in the beans, passata, stock, mustard
1 tsp smoked paprika and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a gentle
400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed simmer and cook for five minutes. Season.
400g tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
400g passata ¬ Meanwhile, cook the broccoli in boiling water
300ml chicken stock, made with 1 stock cube for 3-4 minutes until tender, then drain and stir
1 tsp English mustard through the bean and sausage mixture. Sprinkle
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce over the parsley to serve.
200g Tenderstem broccoli
1 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, to serve

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French onion risotto 8SmpearrsteProviinntgs®

Serves 4 prep time 10 min ¬ Remove half the onion Cook’s tip:
cook time 55 min mixture from the pan
and set aside. Add the You might not need to use all the stock – stop
Ingredients rice to the pan with the adding it once the rice is just tender
Calorie controlled cooking remaining onions and
spray cook, stirring, for two
3 large onions, finely sliced minutes.
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
250g Arborio rice ¬ Add a ladleful of the
1.2 litres hot vegetable stock, stock to the pan and stir
made using 1½ stock cubes occasionally until the rice
2 tbsp grated vegetarian has absorbed almost all of
Italian hard cheese the stock. Repeat until all
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh the stock has been used
flat-leaf parsley, plus extra and the rice is just tender
to serve – this should take about 20
minutes.
¬ Mist a large lidded pan
with cooking spray and ¬ Stir in most of the cheese,
cook the onions over the chopped parsley and
a medium heat for five the reserved onions, then
minutes, then cover with season to taste. Scatter
the lid and cook for a over the extra parsley,
further 20-25 minutes, remaining cheese and
stirring occasionally, until freshly ground black
caramelised. Add the pepper to serve.
garlic and cook for another
minute. *Ensure gluten-free

7SmpearrtsPeorvinintsg® Thai style noodles

Serves 4 Prep time 10 mins set over a high heat. Cook
cook time 10 mins until the garlic turns
golden, then immediately
Ingredients add the chicken and
2 tbsp soy sauce stir-fry for three minutes
2 tbsp oyster sauce until just cooked. Add the
1 tbsp fish sauce greens to the wok and stir-
1 tbsp clear honey fry for one minute.
175g flat rice noodles ¬ Push the chicken and
1 tbsp vegetable oil greens to one side of the
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced wok and pour the eggs into
4 skinless chicken breast the other side. Scramble
fillets, sliced the eggs until cooked, then
200g baby leaf greens, combine with the chicken
chopped and greens.
2 eggs, lightly beaten ¬ Add the noodles and sauce
Lime wedges, to serve mixture to the wok and
stir-fry for 1-2 minutes
¬ In a bowl, combine the until the noodles are well
soy, oyster and fish sauces coated in the sauce. Divide
with the honey. between bowls and serve
with the lime wedges.
¬ Cook the noodles to pack
instructions, then drain
and cool under cold
running water. Drain and
set aside.

¬ Put the oil and garlic into
a cold nonstick wok, then

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Recipes

Ssoouupp, glorious Spicy squash soup

When the weather turns Serves 4 prep time 15 min cook time 35 min
chilly, there’s nothing better
than a bowl of soup. Sure, Ingredients ¬ Remove from the heat and let cool slightly before
you can go for ready-made, Calorie controlled cooking spray blending to a chunky consistency in a blender, or
but making soup from scratch 1 large onion, roughly chopped using a hand-held stick blender.
can be super simple! Here are 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
just a few reasons to try DIY 2 garlic cloves, crushed ¬ Season to taste, then serve the soup garnished with
soup this winter… ½ butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into the coriander, crushed tortillas and chilli powder.
cubes (you’ll need about 300g)
TOTAL FLEXIBILITY 2 carrots, chopped
One of the many benefits of 1.2 litres vegetable stock, made with 2 stock cubes
cooking from scratch is you Handful fresh coriander leaves, to serve
decide what goes into your 25g spicy tortilla chips, crushed, to serve
meal. Want to reduce salt? Pinch chilli powder, to serve
Use extra herbs and spices to
boost flavour. Don’t fancy the ¬ Mist a large lidded pan with cooking spray and set
taste of parsnips? Try carrots over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 4-5
instead. minutes until starting to soften. Add the chillies,
garlic, squash and carrots and cook, stirring, for a
DINNER ON THE CHEAP further 4-5 minutes.
Store cupboard staples
like herbs, spices, tinned ¬ Pour in the stock, season to taste, then bring to a
tomatoes and pulses are boil. Reduce the heat, then cover and simmer for
the basis of many terrific 20-25 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
soup recipes and the good
news is you probably already
have them to hand. Just add
seasonal veg and you could
make a meal for less than €2
per serving!

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Looking to cut down on prep
time? Try using prepared veg.
Need a hands o approach?
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such as the Morphy Richards
soup maker which cooks,
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6SmpearrtsPeorvinintsg® Chocolate bread
and butter pudding
Rocky road bites
Serves 6 prep time 15 mins cook time 35 mins
Makes 20 prep time 10 min + 1 hour chilling
cook time 1 min Ingredients
Ingredients 9 slices Weight Watchers Malted Danish bread,
50g low-fat spread lightly toasted
150g dark chocolate, broken into pieces 25g low-fat spread
50g WW Mini Marshmallows 3 large eggs
70g reduced-fat rich tea biscuits, crushed into 3 tbsp light hot chocolate powder
small pieces 1 tbsp cocoa powder
¬ Line an 18cm square cake tin with baking paper, 2 tsp agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
leaving some paper hanging over the edge of 200ml unsweetened almond milk
the tin to make the rocky road easier to lift out. 25g dark chocolate chips
Put the low-fat spread and chocolate in a large
microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave ¬ Preheat the oven to 160°C, fan 140°C, gas mark 3.
for one minute, or until melted. Set aside for five Spread the toasts with a little of the spread then
minutes to cool slightly. halve diagonally.
¬ Reserve a few of the marshmallows for decoration,
then add the rest to the chocolate mixture, along ¬ Whisk together the eggs, hot chocolate powder,
with the biscuits, and stir well to combine. Spoon cocoa powder, agave syrup, vanilla extract and
the mixture in the prepared tin and smooth the almond milk in a jug until smooth.
top with a spatula. Scatter over the reserved
marshmallows and chill for an hour or until set. ¬ Arrange the toasts in a small baking dish then
¬ Lift the rocky road out of the tin, remove the pour over the chocolate custard mixture and
baking paper and cut into 20 equal pieces. leave to soak for five minutes.

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30-35 minutes until cooked through. Serve
warm.

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Gardening

HHAOLRLROOWRESEN

10 SPOOKY PLANTS
AND GARDEN GHOULS

Mischievous trick-or-treaters Titan arum
dressed as ghosts and ghouls may
be on the prowl on your doorstep Getting in the Halloween spirit? Here are some of the ‘foul
this Halloween - but step into your and creepy’ specimens that could be lurking in your hedges
garden and you might find some
spooky spikes, noxious nasties and 4. Toxic terrors chemical that allows plants to Ghost plant
creepy creepers. absorb energy from the sun and
Aconitum, also known as typically gives plants their green without its share of witches.
1. Eye-poppers monkshood or wolfsbane, is colour. In fact, the ghost plant is Hemlock, for instance, is highly
among the most toxic of plants, a parasite which sucks on fungi poisonous and closely linked
When you see the spooky white with ingestion of even a small connected to a host plant, which is with witchcraft. It doesn’t look
berries with a single black spot amount causing severe stomach usually a nearby tree. significantly different from the
emerging from red stems, you upsets. You don’t just have to eat hedge parsley or cow parsley
can understand why this sinister- it to suffer the symptoms. The 8. Bizarre bulbs which grows along roads, ditches,
looking plant is nicknamed the poison can be absorbed through trails, or the edges of fields.
Doll’s Eye (Actaea pachypoda). All the skin, via open wounds, and While many bulbs bring heady
parts of this herbaceous perennial there have even been reports fragrance, including the sweetly- Deadly nightshade (Belladonna),
are poisonous. of people feeling unwell after scented hyacinth, others have another common plant often found
smelling the flowers. pretty horrible odours, including in hedgerows, was one of the main
2. Strangling suspects the imposing crown imperial ingredients in witches’ brews
5. Foul smelling specimens (Fritillaria imperialis). But don’t during the Middle Ages.
Also known as strangleweed, let the smell put you off too much,
devil’s guts, witches shoelaces and Then there are the plants which because its impressive orange 10. Warding off evil
devil’s ringlet, but better known as literally smell like rotten corpses. flowers make more of a statement
dodder (Cuscuta), this pernicious The stinking iris, Iris foetidissima, than its whiffy pong. Plants including rowan (Sorbus
relative of bindweed twines itself for example, absolutely reeks. aucuparia), hazelnut (Corylus
round a host plant and inserts itself If you can stand the smell, or 9. Poisonous potions avellane) and elderberry
into the host’s vascular system - remain downwind from it, this (Sambucus nigra) were once
sucking out everything it needs to bulb puts on a spectacular display No Halloween would be complete thought to be ‘magical’ trees and
live and killing its plant victim. in autumn and winter. shrubs, which could ward off
witches and evil spirits.
By Hannah Stephenson 3. Prickly subjects 6. Acrid arums
Ancient Celts believed rowan
Among the most prickly of plants The titan arum (Amorphophallus berries gave good health, and that
is the hawthorn. As a thorny titanum), also known as the if you planted them near grave
hedge, it will stab its thorns into ‘corpse flower’ as it smells like sites, they would help the dead
your fingers, even when you’re decomposed bodies when in sleep. WW
wearing the toughest gloves. flower, is beautiful, growing up
to 3m tall, its gigantic crimson
Dodder flower spanning 3m, and is a great
magnet for pollinating insects.

7. Ghostly apparitions Doll’s Eye

The ghost plant (Monotropa
uniflora), an eerie white specimen
found in shady woods is a rare
sight. It has no chlorophyll, the

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Parenting news ASK THE EXPERT

We’ve just moved to a house backing
onto a railway line. What advice
should I give to my children about the
dangers of going near the tracks?

Ryan Ackerman, UK Network Rail when they’re struck by it, the rest RISE IN MENTAL
community safety manager, says: receiving life-changing injuries. HEALTH CONDITIONS
“If there’s one piece of advice you
should give to your children, it’s “Trains can also silently reach The proportion of children and young
that the railway is full of both speeds of 125mph and they run 24 people who report having a mental health
obvious and hidden dangers, so hours a day - so even if you think condition has risen six-fold in around two
the only way to make sure they it’s a ‘quiet time’, you run the risk of decades, a new study has found.
stay completely safe is to stay off being hit by one of the 1,000-tonne
the tracks. Children shouldn’t freight trains that run all night. The In 1995, just 0.8 per cent of four to
be scared to use the railway but electrified third rail is also highly 24-year-olds in England said they had a
they do need to understand that if dangerous - it looks just like an long-standing mental health condition,
they’re on the tracks, they’re on ordinary rail, but it carries 750 volts according to the research published in
dangerous ground. of direct current that will attract journal Psychological Medicine.
rather than repel you. If you touch
“Research by Network Rail and the the rail, you’ll ‘stick’ to it.” This rose to 4.8 per cent, the
British Transport Police found that, equivalent of almost one in 20 young
worryingly, more than a quarter WE people, by 2014. There were also notable
of teenagers confess to behaving LOVE increases in Scotland and Wales.
in a way that could endanger their
life on the railway. The number Beano T-shirt €30 from The researchers, from University
of young people taking risks on Baker by Ted Baker @ College London, Imperial College London,
the railway track has gone up by University of Exeter and the Nuffield
almost 80 per cent in the last five Debenhams Trust, described the rise as “striking”.
years - and in the last 12 months
YOUR alone, seven young people under the It is believed to be the first national
WEEKLY age of 18 have lost their lives and a study in more than 10 years to investigate
ROUND-UP further 48 people have received life- trends in mental health problems among
OF ALL changing injuries. young people in the UK, the authors said.
THINGS
CHILD “The research also shows children OCAPWHANFAGIDTNLEDHDTSREHE&EREWNECBE’ROSOES:KOBTOKILOLKY
FOCUSED are unaware of the various dangers
posed when going on the railway. by Anna James
Electricity is easily the most (HarperCollins Children’s
dangerous factor in stepping on the Books)
track: 25,000 volts of electricity
can jump from overhead cables Matilda (Tilly), 11, lives with
without a person even needing to her grandparents, who run a
touch them. It’s always switched higgledy-piggledy bookshop
on and nine out of 10 people die called Pages & Co. which is
bolstered by in-house cafe baker Jack.
A BAN ON SMACKING? banning the smacking of children is Tilly’s mother went missing shortly
School psychologists are calling for currently being considered by the after her birth, leaving her with a lot
smacking to be banned outright in the Scottish Parliament while the Welsh of questions, which are exacerbated
UK because it harms children’s mental Government is also moving toward an when she begins bumping into her
health. outright ban. favourite fictional characters - Alice of
Wonderland and Anne of Green Gables
The Association of Educational In its motion, the AEP calls on the - amongst the store’s bookshelves.
Psychologists (AEP) has put forward UK Government to “acknowledge And so begins her adventures
a motion to the TUC Congress that physical punishment can have wandering directly into books. The
calling for the banning of corporal negative long-term effects on a child’s story has a cosiness and warmth to it
punishment “in all settings”. development” and is ineffective as a that’s quite irresistible - especially if
method of discipline. you grew up burying yourself in fiction.
Hitting children to discipline is It’s a very lovely and enchanting read,
banned in schools, although parents It is also calling for the “reasonable whether you’re a nine-year-old or a
and carers can legally smack children punishment” defence to be removed 49-year-old.
lightly in the home if it is “reasonable from the Children Act 2004, which
punishment”. critics say goes against the United
Nations Convention on the Rights of
Legislation aimed at completely the Child.

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Parenting

FROMTAIDGYEDUPTWTIOMET.O..TEEN

Teaching children to tidy up after themselves is a life skill

By Una Rice While a tidy house isn’t loved and immediately your ‘rolled’ rather than folded. MFOORREYHOELUP
everything, it does help to place is tidier. You can also pay According Marie Kondo
be organised. But picking up pocket money for chores done. she has been studying and Expert organiser Marie Kondo
after the children can become researching tidying up since is now a mum and can help you
habitual and their trail of KEEP IT SIMPLE she was just five years old. organise your child’s artwork
destruction endless. If your when it threatens to take over.
war cry is, ‘I wish people would Write out a list of chores MAKE IT FUN Kondo advises laying it all
pick up after themselves’ that just need to be done and out on a table and asking if
then it may be time to get the let the children pick their It’s important that everyone individual pieces ‘spark joy’.
children to help more around top three – but insist that pulls their weight so it’s not Her books, The Life Changing
the house. Here’s how... everyone must do something. all left to you, but you may Magic of Tidying Up and Spark
Include; change your own have to create fun jobs to get Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the
ASK ALEXA bedsheets, put out the bins, the children engaged. Let Japanese Art of Tidying, can
colour code your laundry for them pull on their wellies and help at all stages of family life.
It’s a novel way of engaging a wash, polish the furniture, wash your car. Other more
with the kids, but they may pick every item off your fun jobs include transforming Whether you’re helping an
respond to Alexa’s gentle bedroom floor and find it a a storage shed or garage untidy teen sort out cosmetics
reminders rather than your home, load the dishwasher into a super organised space and clothes, or a child who’s
increasingly persistent ones and organise toys into tubs. or cleaning out a kitchen into arts and crafts, a little
that then fall on deaf ears. cupboard or setting the table one who won’t part with a
“Alexa, remind Lucy to sort PROVIDE THE RIGHT really nicely (try themes) for a multitude of toys, or simply
out her washing and feed the STORAGE special meal. creating a suitable homework
dog and ask James to tidy his zone within a bedroom, turn
room in five minutes please,” A traditional toy box will BACK TO BASICS to www.organisedstore.ie for
is all it may take to get the hold a multitude, but storage ideas and products that help
children responding, and with snap shut lids can also Simple rules will be helpful you find a place for everything.
setting their own reminders or be used for toys, clothes and for all ages such as, everyone
creating their to-do lists. Use books which are not in use. places their own dirty The spruce crafts (www.
the Alexa device for reminders The right storage for teenagers crockery in the dishwasher, thesprucecrafts.com) is
for getting schoolbags ready, also includes shelving or a teenagers learn how to an American website with
making school lunches and to cupboard for school books use the washing machine, inspiring printables to
say whose turn it is to set the which aren’t required every everyone keeps the sink area encourage tidying up, whatever
table for dinner. day. It’s also handy to use clean (lids on toothpaste) the age. Engage even tiny tots
a smaller container for PS4 and, everyone has their own of two to tidy up toys and
IT’S A DONE DEAL games and the like that are laundry basket. straighten their bed. Older
stacking up like the leaning kids can match socks and sort
Nothing motivates like money, tower of Pisa on your TV table. GET LITTLE ONES laundry. Ages up to 18 are
so if your children want to INVOLVED catered for, with mowing the
earn extra cash, set up an TURN TO AN EXPERT lawn as a family job. It’s well
account online to sell all the Avoid games with small parts worth checking out to devise
stuff you don’t want. Sell old If you can’t get it sorted, that get discarded over time, your own household chores
books, toys and good quality then turn to an expert like and encourage tidy up time list, unique to your family ages
clothing. Having a clear out the Japanese organiser and after play. Make it easy for and stages.
of all that clutter frees up a author Marie Kondo. If your toddlers and young children
lot of space and energy. A teenager favours discarding by rotating toys for less mess.
yard sale can be done at home clothes on a chair or the Toys on rotation (where you
and young children love to ‘floordrobe’ Marie Kondo’s put them in storage tubs out
be involved writing signs methods may breathe new life of sight) and rotate every few
and setting up tables. The into their untidy ways. With weeks, means less boredom
important thing is to clear out these methods space is better for your little one and less
what’s not needed, wanted or utilised making things vastly stuff lying around not being
more accessible. Clothes are played with. WW

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Real life

STRENGTH KNOWS
NO BOUNDS

A considered extract about a man who used
his cancer diagnosis to warn others

In 2014 Gerry Collins took getting angry – most people’s up the hole that the tumour has Gerry and his family at the o cial HSE launch By Michelle Newman
part in the Health Service go-to emotion when they or caused. This will then prevent of the Quit campaign ads in December 2013.
Executive’s QUIT campaign, someone they love is threatened. your lung from filling up with fluid
whereby he encouraged other It’s also my initial go-to emotion if again. This procedure is called Talc Reproduced by kind permission of Robbie
people to give up smoking for I’m sad. So here I am, hearing the Pleurodesis and it needs to be done Reynolds Photography
the sake of their health. His word ‘tumour’ and I can feel the soon. We are transferring you to St
words had a profound effect on anger beginning to seep in. Vincent’s tomorrow morning and someone has thrown me forward
the nation and here, in her own they will be taking care of you in in time to a point where my
words, his daughter Jennifer “A tumour?” I interject. “What their Oncology Department.” world is completely different. A
describes the moment she kind of tumour? There are many few days ago my biggest worry
discovered her dad was ill. different kinds of tumours! Is Ah here. What is happening? was where I was going out Friday
it benign or malignant?” Dad’s Lung cancer? Operation? Patching night with the girls. Now this.
The doctor comes into the foot touches my back. It makes his lung up? Although that doesn’t
room. Finally, I think, we can me turn to look at him. His face sound like the worst idea. Maybe “All I can really say here,
figure out what the hell is going is calm as he nods at me. “Okay, that’s a good thing. “I understand Gerry, and I am so sorry to say
on here. I wonder what it is. I well what’s the state of play here, that, Doc, and thank you, but it, is that what the tests showed
hope he won’t be out of action Doc?” Dad asks. He’s so good in I need you to give me further is really not good news.” Here
for too long. God forbid he these situations. He makes it so confirmation right now. Can you she goes again. Not good news.
shouldn’t be able to go boxing easy for her to do her job. give me some idea of what I’m Not good news. Yeah, we heard
or play the guitar. We stop the looking at here? How long do I have you the first time. I really wasn’t
laughing and chatter. I mutter “Well, Gerry, there are left?” Why the hell is he asking that expecting this. There must
a ‘hi’ as the doctor walks up to cancerous cells in the fluid we question? He is so matter of fact be some mistake here. This is
the side of the bed, just ahead drained. I am not the consultant about this. How is this possible? not happening. Breathe, Lisa,
of where I’m sitting. Out comes here so I cannot give you absolute It’s like he’s already had weeks to breathe. On the outside I am
the clipboard and she looks at it confirmation of anything further digest this information. I continue sitting silently; inside I am a
for a minute. I thought she was until we do more tests, but I think to stare at the floor in horror, raging storm. Please let this not
going to start going through it it important that you know this devastated that this question has be happening. WW
with us but instead she hugs it is not good news.” My ears are even been brought up. I feel like
to her chest and looks directly ringing. I can’t quite hear what Extracted from The Man Who
at Dad. “Gerry, we have your she’s saying now. She’s looking Moved the Nation: A Daughter’s
test results back.” at the clipboard and saying Story by Lisa Jennifer Collins
something else. I can’t look at (Mercier Press, €15.29) out now
There’s something about the John. I can’t look at her. I need
way she speaks that puts me on to look away from this woman.
high alert. She’s speaking really I drop my head and stare at the
clearly and slowly, like we floor. My eyes are blurring. Jesus.
are foreign and can’t properly Did she say cancer cells?
understand her.
“Okay. Am I in serious
“We examined the X-rays trouble here?” I hear Dad ask.
we took after we drained your “Unfortunately, yes, Gerry. We’re
lung. Unfortunately they have pretty sure you have lung cancer
revealed a large tumour at the but we don’t know how bad it
base of your left lung, which is is. From the X-rays, we can see
not good news.” that the tumour is at the base of
your left lung and it has actually
Did she just say tumour? breached the lining of your lung,
Large tumour? No way, lady. so it’s very difficult to know if
Back it up there right now. it has spread at this time. What
Don’t be throwing that word needs to be done now is to patch
around so loosely. I feel myself

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AgoAnUyNT

Columnist and trained counsellor

Fiona Caine offers advice

HOW CAN I GET MY
HUSBAND BACK?

I began a trial separation from together occasionally. marriage is over. the better approach is keeping
my husband three months ago. He seems so much more In a sense, you haven’t your distance for a while, and
We agreed that it was for the certainly avoid having regular
best, as we had been drifting relaxed. I realise that I miss really had a trial separation. sex with him.
apart for some time. We him and I think I want us to You may have spent a little
both have busy jobs and our get back together again. When less time together, but you Some guidance from a Relate
downtime was usually spent I mentioned this to him, I was did continue to meet up most counsellor (relate.org.uk)
with other people, as we have shocked that he didn’t want to days and presumably have would help you to think this
almost no interests in common. try a reconciliation. We seem sex occasionally. How is this through and implement it. You
happier together now and I significantly different to when can then talk this through with
Any time that we did spend think our trial separation was you were together? your husband or, better yet,
together usually triggered a terrible mistake. I’m worried get him to attend some sessions
bickering or outright that, no matter what I do, our This might also explain your with you.
arguments, so he moved back marriage really is over. husband’s reluctance. He hasn’t
in with his sister who has a M. H. really had a chance to miss At the very least, a genuine
house nearby and I stayed on in you and so has little incentive trial separation should include an
our flat. FIONA SAYS: TRY GIVING to make any changes. He also agreement on how long it should
YOUR MARRIAGE SOME SPACE has yet to experience the real last, boundaries to behaviour
We seem to be getting along consequences of a separation and how often you should meet
better now and usually have a I know you are worried by this and what he stands to lose. up to discuss progress.
coffee or meal together most development, but I think it’s
days, and we’ve also slept too soon to assume that your So, while you desperately want I know this might seem like a
to see more of him, perhaps risky strategy, but unless there

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WHY DOES MY FIONA SAYS: LOOK AT IT Advice
MUM MAKE ME DO FROM YOUR MOTHER’S
HOUSEWORK? PERSPECTIVE I DON’T WANT MY
MPAYRGEINRTLSFRTIOENMDEET
I am 16 and my mother makes I suspect she can. I
me do housework, which also suspect she finds I have been living with my
I hate. I particularly hate housework boring too, girlfriend for two years now
cleaning the bathroom, yet but you live there, so why and in that time, have had very
I end up doing this once a should she be the only one little contact with my parents.
week. I have tried to get her to do it? She knows that it
to understand that I have no needs to be done and that it Unexpectedly, we bumped
interest in it and never will, will get done all the sooner into them last week and the
but she says I need to know if everyone mucks in and first thing they did was invite
how to do it for when I get my does their fair share. my girlfriend and I to visit
own place or get married. and stay for a couple of days,
Frankly, I would rather watch So please, stop feeling which she accepted before I
grass grow than do housework that you are being singled could warn her off.
and would much rather be with out for unfair treatment,
my friends, at my canoe club I am sure that is not I am not close to my parents
or playing tennis. Why can’t her intention. Can’t you and don’t understand why
she see this? accept that perhaps she they’ve invited us. They never
W. H. too would like some free accepted the fact that I was
time to enjoy the things gay when I lived with them.
that interest her? We’re not due to see them for
a couple of weeks, but I am
is some sense of jeopardy WHY DOES MY FIONA SAYS: CONSIDER already feeling tense. I have
for your husband, I think BOYFRIEND ALWAYS GIVING HIM AN ULTIMATUM told my girlfriend I may well
he is less likely to consider a TALK ABOUT HIS EX? have a headache on the day
reconciliation. His behaviour suggests to me and not go, but she can’t see
My boyfriend keeps talking that he’s insecure and, for what the fuss is about.
Meanwhile, please about his ex-girlfriend and how reasons unknown, wants you A. H.
consider developing some wonderful she was. I’ve told to see that someone else once
new interests outside of your him that I am not interested loved him. However, what FIONA SAYS: WHAT HAVE
husband and marriage. It will and that it upsets me, but he he’s also got to understand is YOU GOT TO LOSE?
take your mind away from keeps doing it. that he is hurting you in the If you have a headache this
fretting about the situation process and, if he genuinely time, what will be your
and let your husband see that I’ve also asked if he wants to loves you, this must stop. excuse when they rearrange
your life does not revolve go back to her, but he assured the visit, as they surely will?
solely around him. me that it’s me he loves... so He might realise just how Or the time after that?
why does he need to talk about hurtful it is if you start talking
I’m not suggesting your her all the time? about old boyfriends. If that I understand that you’re
marriage is over but, should doesn’t work, you may have to worried, but this situation
the worst happen, you’ll I’ve had boyfriends in the consider an ultimatum along isn’t going to go away. Your
be better prepared to cope past and they didn’t feel the the lines of, “Stop talking parents seem genuinely keen
with the fallout if there are need to talk constantly about about her or go back to her”. to re-establish contact with
new friends and interests in their exes, so I know that this you, so why not give them the
your life. WW isn’t normal. How do I get Stress that you love him and benefit of the doubt?
through to him and make him want to make this work, but
stop? that you’re not prepared to let You been living
L. R. this continue to hurt you. independently for some years
and that is bound to create a
different dynamic between
you, one in which they will
probably see you as an adult.

So please, stop worrying
about this, because you
may well find that you get
along with your parents so
much better now, and that
they accept you for who you
are. And if you don’t, what
have you lost, other than a
couple of days which will
probably help your girlfriend
understand you better?

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young teenager and several protagonist. the characters, it held me believe me, you’ll want it
to continue once the final
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Strike and detective partner
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off a different side of London: that of
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Blyton book I read, in the be unpicked, discussed and this book shattered the mould MURDER AT
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with their autumn reads in association with is answer this question: Who wrote
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books are: the competition entry form on page
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Reader fiction

Lunch hour

She didn’t want to wait all day, but it was important...

Where was their mother she Squirrels ran in pairs across the path her eyes and noticed for the first time
wondered, as she watched the into the wooded area beside the lake. how the park felt like a cocoon, a safe
ducklings skimming the water. She Even nature was coupled up or having place to shelter from the noise beyond the
watched a seagull swoop, catching a families. railings - the angry traffic, the rushing
piece of bread in mid-air, thrown by a pedestrians, the lumbering buses.
passer-by. Young women pushed buggies. Noise
came from the new playground across Even though the park was in the heart
The air was filled with sounds. the road, older children climbing and of the city, with a main road running
Children were squealing in the nearby jumping, shouting gleefully in many through the middle of it, the air felt warm
playground. Dogs were barking as they different languages as they whooshed and unpolluted, like a freshly laundered
chased each other. Runners passed her, down slides or flew high on the swings. blanket. She couldn’t hear anything
breathing hard. Elderly neighbours except the sounds of nature, the thwack
chatted in the sun. She passed couples lying on the grass, of a tennis ball in the distance, spoons
dozing in the sun, groups of teenage clinking against coffee cups, water
The bench began to feel girls in tiny tops, laughing and talking bottles fizzing open and laughter, so much
uncomfortable. She finished her salad, on their phones. Schools were out. laughter. The park felt like a pot of joy she
warm in its plastic bowl. Usually, she Exams were over. The long summer had accidentally fallen into.
made her lunch at home and took it to holiday had begun. Office workers in
work with her. But today, she had been uniforms sat awkwardly, their legs at Her disappointment at not seeing him
so preoccupied with getting ready, she odd angles, unable to get comfortable. sat like a stone in her stomach, yet she felt
had run out of time. Builders, so many of them, crowding herself relaxing, her eyes closing, her legs
the benches, faces smeared with stretched out in front of her, releasing her
She smoothed down the front of her construction grease and dust, talking from her upright, tense position. She felt
dress. Summery chiffon, a perfect decibels above everyone else, the pitch she would sleep if she stayed much longer.
choice. Open toe sandals, tanned legs, level of a building site.
pedicured toes. She had blow-dried her A shadow fell across her, her slumber
hair and applied expensive foundation. Where was he? she wondered. She disturbed, her eyes opened. She jerked
She couldn’t see him though. Where had made such an effort. The heat of the upright. He was standing on the path,
was he? He had been here every other midday sun was making her make-up a few feet away. A different suit. Brown
day this week. Always in the same melt. Her mascara would begin to run shoes today. She adjusted her dress. Her
place. Eating a sandwich. She never soon. Maybe she should go to get an mouth was dry. He had his back to her,
saw him eat a salad. He looked athletic. ice cream and find somewhere in the but it was him. There was a commotion
Rugby maybe. You can’t play rugby on shade. There were only 20 minutes of around him.
lettuce leaves alone. He wore a suit. It lunch hour left.
looked tailored. Expensive. With black She blinked to try to get her eyes
leather shoes. Short, dark hair, no signs She crossed the road to the other to adjust to the light. Someone was
of grey. No sign of a ring either. He was half of the park and ordered an ice- photographing him. She could hear peals
always alone. He didn’t talk on the cream in the tiny café. She scanned the of girlish laughter but couldn’t see where
phone, or even look at it. He didn’t read outdoor terrace in the hope of catching they were coming from.
a newspaper or a book. a glimpse of him.
Then, from in front of him, a piece of
She got up from the bench and She sat under a tree, shaded from the white, gauzy material floated into view.
wandered past the bandstand and the intense midday sun and enjoyed the The woman appeared soon after, the
cherry blossoms in full bloom, their cooling effect of the ice-cream. Eating embellishments on her dress catching the
flowers littering and clogging the path. it brought back memories of childhood, sunlight, the flowers in her hair attached
She saw the ducklings again, this time of freedom, of beaches, of a time to the veil she swept back from her face as
with their mother. before salaries and over-time and the she leaned forward to kiss him. WW
responsibilities and loneliness of being
A lone heron stood like an elder a grown-up.
statesman and watched in silence.
She lay back against the tree, closed

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off on November 2 at the SSE to Netflix for its final difficult to know how to build your own brand online
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FCHOEESRATKDIVFTAIOLL…M this show twists and
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Taking place thrilling conclusion. NUTCRACKER
November 9 Released on November 2 AND THE FOUR
to 18 the Cork REALMS
Film Festival is
celebrating its 63rd A new take on the classic tale of The Nutcracker, Keira
birthday this year. They have just announced their Knightley stars as the sugarplum fairy, heading up
opening night gala screening as Float Like a Butterfly. an all-star cast including the likes of Helen Mirren,
It tells the story of girl who dreams of becoming a Morgan Freeman and Richard E Grant. It tells the story
boxer and her struggles to make it come true. of Clara, a young girl who, in her search for the key to
a locked box left by her late mother, stumbles into a
mysterious parallel world. In cinemas on November 2

See www.corkfilmfest.or for full details of the

programme “I think

PJ that the most
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By Louise Finn GET EXCITED FOR… Here comes the bridal show

Michel Bublé’s newest album entitled Jewellery brand Chupi is coming to Cork’s River Lee
– pronounced ‘love’ is released on November Hotel on November 4. They are hosting a special pop-
16. It’s his first album since he took two up event for brides to be. Discover your dream ring or
years off to spend time with his family and the perfect bridesmaids gifts. Priced at €25 the event
celebrates – you guessed it – all things love. includes a glass of prosecco and a goodie bag.
It’s available to pre-order online now. See www.eventbrite.ie for tickets

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FAMILY
TIES

e worst of times...
ere’s a lot of news to take on board this week

Coronation Street know that he’s a changed man (doubtful) Also this week
who wants her in his life.
After a good few weeks of not knowing the › Who supports Daniel?
whole truth, Daniel gets the worst possible Ken promises Audrey not to write any › Who prepares a thank you meal?
news this week. He becomes aware that further stories about her character. › Who is making plans?
something’s wrong when Sinead is rushed
from work into hospital. Peter can’t exorcise his feelings for Carla
as she and Liz get the girls involved in the
It suddenly gets all very serious as new pub’s Halloween themed charity night.
procedures are explained and everyone is Meanwhile, Sneaky Pete holds a meeting
a touch terrified (understandably). In good with Underworld’s competitor (nasty),
news, Sarah suggests the factory enter doesn’t tell Carla about it (also nasty) and
Sinead’s designs in a competition. then is surprised when they’re interrupted
during their elicit rendezvous. Oh Peter, you
Steve eventually returns homs and begs used to be my favourite!
Tracey to give him another chance. en he
falls out with his mummy. Meanwhile, Tracy Someone close to Ronan wants to talk
vows to help Abi. She’d need to, wouldn’t with Ali about his final moments (eek). Can
she, considering her previous actions. he live with the guilt? Perhaps he needs the
guidance from a fatherly figure... though
Nick arranges a family meal at the bistro there aren’t many of those knocking around
and explains his business partner wants him in Weatherfield.
to stay in Weatherfield for as long as he likes.
Hmm, suspicious. He also wants Leanne to

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Emmerdale EastEnders Fair City

Who is falling apart in the Dales? ey ‘fess up Hayley isn’t having the best time and plans Will Doug and Erica mend fences? It’ll take
to their loved one but they’re really broken. to make her escape from Walford. Which is more than Dermot Bannon to help!
nice, except her waters break and she’s forced
en someone finds an item worth listening to head to the hospital instead. We won’t Oisín tells Paul that Jane is flaunting her and
to... but maybe not for everyone’s ears. give away what happens but we want to give Tommy to humiliate him. Is that right? We
Hayley a big hug. wouldn’t want to cross Paul. Or Oisín...
One couple prepare to say goodbye to the
village - and in fairness, it’s probably much One resident makes a big decision about Robbie is thrown by his attraction to Hayley,
safer for them not to live there! ey’ve had a their future - and refuses to do anything but will he act on it? Carol is unsettled to see
fair share of, er, knocks. about something pretty saddening. Robbie and Hayley grow closer. Speaking of
Hayley, she and Mondo row over business.
Male grooming isn’t a subject that appears a However, perhaps they’re needed at exactly
lot in Soapland and yet, this week, one regular the right time... Mairead is full of rage as Phoebe blames her
is worried about exactly that. for everything that’s happened. But there’s a
Martin heads off with the lads, his plans friendship blossoming for Mairead. Ooh.
Frank is suspicious of Clive when he for a night in with Stacey off the cards when
overhears him on the phone. I wonder how he Ruby arrives. Perhaps it’s time someone got a Hughie’s mood turns sour when Bob
knows him? Or of him? reallity check? Just a thought. announces he’s applying for a grant to do up
the diner. at won’t go down well. Hughie
One of our star-crossed lovers wants to Meanwhile, Billy is looking after the kids for has questions. Many, many questions. Renee
reconcile but the other... doesn’t. a spooky evening. It doesn’t go according to tells Hughie that she misses her family around
plan but then, it’s Billy, so when does it ever? her. Sad face.
And Marlon and Chas worry about Paddy
returning to work too quickly. So do we.

Holby City Ros na Rún Soap gossip

By Áine Toner After a problematic case forces him to lose Mack and Dee have, er, differing views over Emmerdale’s
his cool with Jason, Xavier learns to let his work and pregnancy. Let’s hope no one says executive
colleagues in. You’ll find it’s the best option something they’ll regret or worse, not regret. producer Jane
all round for you, Xav. Later, Dee feels she has proof to expose sister Hudson has
Katy of all her lies... eek! hinted about
Jac and Fletch’s awkwardness begins to what’s to
affect the team, pushing the two to make a Elsewhere, Bobbi Lee is playing hardball happen in the
decision over where they stand with each with Niall and I am loving this storyline. Is it Dales come
other. Oh PLEASE guys, please keep this too late for Niall and Bobbi Lee? Christmas,
relationship blooming, if just for me! saying: “We have
Mo is worried about organizing the got a wedding at
When Lofty, Meena and Leah get stuck in a fundraiser in the pub. Will the pressure get to Christmas, not going to tell you who
lift they are forced to confront their problems her and will it be a success? but let’s just say it will bring a di erent
head on. ere’s nothing like a quiet, stuffy, flavour to the village than you’ve had
cramped space for you to really focus on what Berni has an admirer who is keen to take before.” Ooh, we wonder what that
should be talked about. her out - swit swoo, is she going to find love? means (though we have a sneaky idea...).
Jane also gave some clues about what
And who may get arrested? 2019 will have in store for our favourite
Emmerdale characters. Next year will see
a proposal, a discovery for best friends
Marlon and Paddy, a special female only
episode for International Women’s Day
and a devastating event for two Dingle
favourites.

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Dear UNA Psychic solutions

used to nag his father all the time. But he does
feel a strong duty to look after his mother,
especially as he promised his father when he
was dying (cancer) that he would.

She has her own comfortable granny flat
attached to our house, a good pension and very
good health for her age (58) but complains all
the time that she is a lonely, broken widow.

Her only saving grace as far as I am

Renowned psychic Una Power offers concerned is that our boys adore her and she
readers some guidance on life’s issues loves them. As often as I can I go home to my
parents with my children to escape all the
negativity, but my parents are not in good

health and would be unhappy if they knew

I’m a real dog lover. I had two dogs and when we’re sleeping, filters saUyns.a.. how bad things are. Sometimes I fantasise
and classifies everything that that she will meet a man who will sweep
share another two with an ex with whom I’m happened during the day and or“bgLraiibnllriisaaenirst”a her off her feet and take her somewhere
files it all away in case our a long way away from us. Is there such
on very good terms. I’m Libra (48). Recently brain needs to refer back to a man on the planet?
find out what was the most Jill, Co Kildare
two of my dogs died within two weeks and

a third is very ill and spent a night in the

vet’s. I have had these dogs since pups, I’m

heartbroken. I get great comfort from my successful way of handling a Your mother-in-law is a bully and like any

dogs. I need positive news. Can you see particular problem at that time. other bully enjoys feasting on the distress of

anything in my future? What was exciting about your dream her victim. I’m afraid I don’t agree with you

Martina, Libra was that point where you were half awake and that her attitude to your children is her saving

felt slightly outside your body. I believe that grace. Five and six year olds are very quick to

I’m not surprised and I promise I’m on a described your brain accessing the part of your identify the attitudes of disdain and contempt

psychic search for some emotional goodies brain that can stand back and give you a look at that underpin their granny’s dealings with you.

just for you, right now. A local school, senior’s how others view you, and how you assess your It is without principle and if it’s left unchallenged

club, and Men’s Shed need organisers and own thoughts and actions. Some call this bit of it might not be too long before they behave that

ideas for fundraisers. Go to see them and offer the brain your ‘observing self’. way, too. Your mother-in-law’s behaviour

your services to the one you feel will make This dream, and your birth number, nine, amounts to cruelty. Sometimes Scorpio is ruled

you happiest. Libra is a brilliant organiser, tells me you are very independent, creative and by the gods of dark chaos and can’t or won’t

able to get all sorts of people on the move and even artistic. Show me a Leo woman who isn’t. change. That’s the hardest thing to face in the

cooperating happily. If you’re thinking of writing those memoirs, early stages of regaining your sanity.

I do see true romantic love coming your way joining a choir or prepared to join an art class, Although Capricorn and Sagittarius are very

during that period. There are two different now is the time to try. If you’re thinking of different they love each other with honesty and

men. One is abroad and often thinks of you, marrying for a second time now is a great time loyalty. You have a very strong relationship.

wondering what has been going on in your life. to start organising it. I did say Leo lady is a Your husband is right in that she can’t or won’t

The second has, I feel, gone through a messy great organiser, didn’t I ? change. You must change. Draw up a few

divorce but most of it is behind him. I hate my Scorpio mother-in-law so strategies to help you along the way. Get working
on it immediately by changing the locks on your
I have a recurring dream that I am much that it’s eating me up. I know I’ve doors, she can communicate with you via the

floating along, a little above ground. It feels turned into a bore, spilling out my woes to letterbox. Choose a weekend when things are

very natural as though it is what we are everyone but I just don’t know how to handle quiet and go out for dinner (pay a babysitter) and

meant to do. Also once or twice I have been anything anymore. She complained about talk about all those hopes and plans you had for

half awake and feel that I am slightly outside me even before we got engaged that I was all each other and what a marvel it is that your love

my own body. I am fifties and Leo. Is there wrong for her son. Every single thing she can has survived the monster battering you’ve both

any meaning to these experiences? pick me up on, she does it. I’m Sagittarius been through.

Bernadette, Co Meath and used to be sociable and looked forward Congratulate each other. Get your husband to

to weekends. Now I don’t care what happens. re-visit that promise he made to his father about

There certainly is, you’ve had a fabulous Sometimes I feel better staying in bed with the looking after his mother.

experience and can join the very small band curtains drawn. Then she manages to blame Withdraw your attention from your mother-

of people who have had similar experiences. me. I won’t go on about it, the list is endless. in-law; don’t reward her bad behaviour. She may

Sometime that sort of dream takes the form of But I constantly feel anxious as though I’m (and, maybe I’m fantasising now) change her

flying. Most books on finding out the meaning trying to live up to her standards and failing. ways. The two of you might rehearse how you are

of a particular dream are unanimous in saying My husband always supports me and after going to conduct yourself towards each other and

that the dream you had predicts outstanding one of her onslaughts calms me down. He is the children. You might even think about having

success coming shortly, in every area of your Capricorn (and, like me, in his early 30s) and a private little service just for each other where

life. Any obstacles you meet are small and doesn’t feel there is much hope she will ever you divorce from his mother.

easy to overcome. The emotion you felt (that it change because she was always like that and

was entirely natural to rise in the world) was Contact Una... If you have an unresolved issue you need guidance on, Una may be able to help.
completely appropriate. You can write to her at Una Power, Woman’s Way, Rosemount House, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14; or email: [email protected]
Please include your name, town, county and full date of birth. Please note, Una can only reply through this column.
Some people argue that we shouldn’t even try
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Angelic guidance

ASK YOUR ANGELS

I’m writing to you for my mother who really What can I do to enhance my life for myself
wants to know how would you find out who and my family?
your guardian angel is? And how to know LEANNE, VIA EMAIL
their name?
EILEEN, CO CARLOW Your cards are very positive, Leanne,
and first out we have Archangel Michael
Guardian angels are protective beings who “Angels want to who says that right now, you’re currently
stay with us from the moment of our birth connect with us reaching the end of a very difficult phase in
until our time comes to pass out of this as much as we your life. I feel that there have been a lot of
life. Every single person has one and these want to connect ups and downs for all of you over the past
beneficent beings watch over us, protect with them” two to three years and that it may have felt
us and offer us guidance in the form of as though everything was a bit of an uphill
inner hunches or nudges. When you feel a take this as strong confirmation that your struggle. I also see unexpected financial
strong feeling to make a particular choice mother will have much success using the issues cropping up which put a lot of stress
or to go a different way, that’s usually your above techniques. I hope this helps. and strain on the family. Archangel Gabriel is
guardian angel looking out for you. The next who advises you to stay determined and
beautiful thing about guardian angels is to move forward, focussing your mind on the
that they want to connect with us as much positive. Trust that things will get better and
as we want to connect with them. For your fully believe that they will. Good financial
mother, I would first suggest that she asks news comes your way in early spring of
her guardian angels to send her a sign to next year and this will help a lot. I’m being
let her know that they’re with her. Don’t shown that there’ll also be some positive
specify what the sign is, but instead ask news with regards to work for a male in
that you have an instant recognition as your life. The King card from the suit of
soon as you see it. Most people find a white Archangel Michael appears next, which says
feather or suddenly hear a song on the that right now it’s important for you to stand
radio (Angels by Robbie Williams is usually in your integrity with regards to all things.
a common one). Next, I would advise her Things are improving and you’ll see signs
to spend some time in silent conversation of this happening just before Christmas,
with her guardian angel each day. This can however it’s important that you’re honest
be as simple as saying hello or telling them and open about everything as you move
about any concerns or worries she may have into this new, more positive cycle of your
and asking for assistance. When she feels life. Make sure all things are done above
ready I would advise her to, during these board and that you’re expressing yourself
conversations, ask for a name. The first as authentically as possible. The final card
name that comes to mind is the answer and comes from Archangel Ariel and it offers
you may be surprised by the name. A lot of some positive advice – don’t fear any of the
people remark that they never realised an changes that happen between now and next
angel could have an ordinary name! I felt year. Allow anything that wants to leave
really drawn to pull a card for your mother your life to leave and trust that it will be
as a message from her angels and I received replaced by something better. The universe
the ‘Connection’ card. This card is all about always trades up for us and whatever is left
striking up new connections and I would empty is always filled by grace. Remember
this as you move forward. Next year will be
REMEMBER… a beautiful, deeply fulfilling year for you and
your family. You’re on the right track and
You can call on your angels for help with visualise your angels taking your problem remember to call on your angels for help and
absolutely everything in your life and no away and trust that you’ll receive the assistance as and when you need it. WW
problem is too big or too small for them. assistance that you need. Remember,
The next time you’re struggling, call on your the angels always answer our calls for Have a question you’d like to ask your angels?
angels and ask them to resolve the issue for help so be open to any creative solutions Write to: Ask Your Angels, Woman’s Way,
the highest good of everyone involved. Then that appear. Harmonia, Rosemount House, Dundrum Road,
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