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Contents November 12, 2018 REGULARS
Vol.55 Issue 45
We are so very 8 Colour wheel fashion
close to our WITH THANKS TO: 12 Hair expert Q&A
festive issues Hazel Coonagh 18 Latest health news
and I am 24 Food news
bubbling with ON THE COVER 30 Parenting news
excitement. 31 Una Rice parenting
And yes, I can 2 Jenny Dixon 38 Travel news
talk about 5 Sally Field 40 New in books
Christmas 11 20 per cent off Oxendales 42 Soap gossip
now as it’s after 15 Win! Golden Spiderweb 44 is week
Halloween. Starting in this issue, we will 22 Hairy Biker recipes 45 It’s your letters
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reader offers, and I can’t wait to share Pg 8 49 Una Power
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on the cover interview, as well what we 46 Russell Grant
modestly call the ultimate Christmas gift 56 Body hair, don’t care?
guide. ere will be hundreds of euro
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lovely readers.
Ahem, while I’m overflowing with
excitement, we still have extra knitting YOUR LIFE Issue 42 (October 30)
patterns in this issue, perfect if you’re
yearning for a homemade Christmas, 10 Teddy wear Three new books
plus Russell Grant advises on what 14 Hair products Jane Fortune, Co Waterford
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“I was in acting
as a hobby,
something I
wanted to get
better at”


Cover interview
rollercoasteron a
This year is ending perfectly for

Jenny Dixon and she couldn’t be happier

By Áine Toner It’s been a magical year for Jenny Dixon and “When we looked at the options for the which, just by osmosis, you can learn from.”
she smiles at the thought. “I knew some of character, it’s a question of: do you want Conversation moves to productivity –
the rollercoaster that was coming up but to repeat themes, get married again, go
obviously not all of it,” she says. “I like your through childbirth again, have an affair since we’ve met Jenny, we’ve always been
opener, it’s been magical, I haven’t had a again? Having done those big storylines, impressed by her work ethic and dedication.
second to stop. I’ve been on this rollercoaster that I’m very grateful to have had a chance
of media and surprises, twists and turns, to do, as an actor, do you repeat the themes “I have this figure of ten things a day for
a lot of things happening. Everything I’ve or do you want to fade into the background your goal or your dream or your sideline
always wanted… it’s been lovely.” if they’re in prison or on the run or do you project. We don’t always get to do ten things
want to exit on a big media bang during the but if you say, ‘I signed up to that website,
After her Fair City character Kerri-Ann anniversary episode? that’s one thing, I made that phone call I
gave birth to her daughter, Samantha, she was putting off, that’s two, and I chose that
paid for killing rival Karen when the latter’s “That’s the organic progression, the way headshot, that’s three things’ and that’s
mother Aoife fatally stabbed her. It was the character moved. There’s something three out of ten and it’s not even lunch yet.”
a momentous episode in the soap’s 29th nice about a five-year number.
anniversary week and something of which And sometimes, we say, it’s about having
Jenny was delighted to be a part. “Leaving wasn’t without emotion. faith and taking a leap and, even when it
It’s been an arc of emotion because I’ve doesn’t feel like it, to believe it’ll work out.
“I knew the whole arc,” she says. “So got such good friends there. It’s a show
when everybody in the company was saying, that gave me the national stage and it’s a “I didn’t get the first role I auditioned
‘Who done it?’ [who had killed Karen] I had beautiful character. But it’s one beautiful for in Fair City; I went for a part as a Doyle
meetings about taking the character to the character I can play.” but I wasn’t dark enough to fit into that
fore for this year and to take the character family. I went off to LA really grateful
to a finale for a fifth season, having done the She talks about the night the episode for the opportunity of being called into
soap wedding and the couldn’t get pregnant aired nationally and the “ripple of that huge show and then over there I had
and the got pregnant, the affair, and then WhatApp messages, Instagram messages, gotten some little breaks here and there
it was going to transition into this thriller tweets and it just took off. As I started to but not financially huge. I’d gotten one
almost, murder investigation. read them, the influx, that just broke me job that would have paid a lot of money
for a good hour.” and would have cleared overheads – rent,
“At times I felt I was filming CSI or car, phone – and I got let go from it after a
something, and then it transitioned into Rather than taking a break after her week of training because I didn’t have the
a horror and I was on the run. To take it 15-hour days, Jenny’s thrown herself into experience at the time for it.
through those stages and grab the soap upskilling and retraining in singing and
headlines. And then just when people dance, among other things. “It was a hosting type job and I remember
think that was one arc, there were many being crushed, back to the drawing board
more to come. I knew the direction we “I’ve enjoyed retraining since finishing and getting things in to pay the overheads.
chose to take the character that it would be filming and other meetings and dealing It was either 24 or 48 hours later that RTÉ
very prominent, a continual succession of with other shows. I’ve enjoyed just seeing called me back for a new role, the role of
surprises.” other potentials as well. Kerri-Ann, to screen test. I didn’t know
it was a screen test, I didn’t know I was
She felt mixed emotions after concluding “I just love this industry and I love the only actress called in, to see how me
her time in Fair City but was grateful for her acting and performing and bringing the and George [McMahon, who plays Mondo]
five years that gave her the national stage. entertainment and being involved in a played off each other. I just thought I was
creative process. So whether it’s stage auditioning again with eight girls, then a
“The alternative could have been bringing or TV or film, in whatever capacity, I week later I was told I had gotten it.”
the character to prison, to fade the character welcome it. When people say things like,
and having been such a strong character for ‘Will you get typecast or do one type of Having gone from science to acting and
a five-year run, to be a character that might role?’ you’re working, you’re performing now training in song and dance, workwise,
come back or might not, realistically they’d and one type of role is never going to be
be in prison for life or to exit with a big, the same anyway. I’d love to do more film continued on next page
dramatic bang. and I’ve been doing some and even other
shows with other teams and other creatives WOMANSWAY 3

Cover interview

E Continued from over and are to have a second and it’s clear how
happy she is.
Jenny had never considered a career in
acting. “Every now and then we floor each other
by saying ‘husband to be,’ or ‘wife to be’
“I was in acting as a hobby, something or ‘Mrs Neville’, and you can kind of forget
I wanted to get better at. I never thought I and then remember. It’s lovely, I wouldn’t
was going to leave teaching and do a career want to be with anyone else.”
in acting. I just loved it and wanted to be
good at it. If you make yourself a value, you The couple are now planning their big
train to a certain level, not even a certain day, working out numbers and work
level, just ongoing training. schedules.

“That’s why I’m enjoying the time to “We both like a short engagement
upskill and train more. Some of the people I and [will] do a whole year of celebration
know in LA are in hit US shows but they’re including the wedding, everything will
in every Wednesday workshop, bouncing happen within the year,” says Jenny.
around other things with other actors.”
“I knew as soon as I said yes to being his
Writing is another medium to which she’s girlfriend that I would say yes to be more
attracted. than that… I got a good sense of him within
the two months and he’s only gone on to
“I love writing. I have a column with the further solidify that and more, which is
Irish Daily Star which I’ve been enjoying lovely.”
doing. I have always had a concept for a
children’s book and I was asked to perhaps She laughs when we talk about wedding
turn it into an audiobook. Even when I do binders ‘like Kerri-Ann would have had’.
little spiels on Facebook, I enjoy doing a
quick three paragraphs. I’ve written some “I definitely don’t have the scrapbooks.
short films so it just depends on where that Ages ago I had done some bridal modelling
goes, I’ll give them a whirl.” and before Fair City I had done Ireland AM
in bridal dresses and some wedding fair
Glittering up at us during our shows. I wear dresses for events so in terms
conversation – if this is work, it’s the best of dress, I just know what style I would be
kind of work – is Jenny’s engagement ring, drawn to.”
created based on the design of the promise
ring fiancé Tom Neville presented her with Wedding music will be important to the
while on holiday in Sorrento. couple she says.

“He’d carried the ring around for 48 “Tom’s background is arts and he trained
hours but it was such a high tourist busy in acting in Australia and he worked as
time that there wasn’t time to ask,” she DJ and did a Masters in Music Tech. The
says. “He had it in the green grotto in Capri music is really important to us at the
but the singing oarsman just kept singing wedding and the arts, we want kind of like
continuously. Instead of it being a slow, a show. I won’t say a West End show but
romantic ride, it was a three-minute song. we won’t have it all traditional. There will
He had planned on that being the moment be traditional parts but we’re going to take
but that didn’t work. away some bits and substitute it.”

“We’d gotten the boat to the isle of Capri, All in all, 2019 is shaping up to be another
hiked up and had a lovely lunch. He had the magical year – and we’re thrilled for you,
ring in his bag and couldn’t carry it in his Jenny. WW
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They’ve enjoyed one engagement party




Hollywood star Sally Field discusses
what led to her writing her memoir

Actress Sally Field has taken a loneliness, self- “Things will be
long time to write her life story doubt in her career, di erent if women
- seven years of soul-searching, as well as two failed
delving into her deepest, darkest marriages and the
memories of the people, places
and events that have framed the therapy she needed are in the front
person she is now. to talk frankly to her o ce of every
terminally ill mother single industry”
In Pieces is no celebrity memoir. about her stepfather
Her box-office successes in films before she died.
including Mrs Doubtfire, Forrest
Gump and Steel Magnolias are She started the
skimmed over in a few lines,
while her three-year relationship memoir after her
with Burt Reynolds - whom she
paints as a controlling force - mother’s death seven
makes barely three chapters.
years ago, on Field’s only reason I wrote about them
She met him in 1976, when was because they affected me and
he requested she starred with 65th birthday in 2011. Margaret later divorced Jocko imprinted on my life.”
him in Smokey And e Bandit,
by which time the weight of his “After she was gone, I felt but so much had been left unsaid Does she think the movie
stardom had become a way for industry has moved on?
him to control everyone around deeply disquieted. It wasn’t that the disconnection between
him. “It’s not just the movie
just grief, there was something mother and daughter continued, industry, it’s every single
“We were a perfect match of industry in the world, where men
flaws,” she writes. “Blindly I missing. I felt like I had a even though Margaret was there and women work together, it’s
fell into a rut that had long ago just the movie industry is more
formed in my road.” malignancy, something for Field whenever she needed visible. But if the motion picture
industry is more visible, and it’s
But the anchor in the book gangrenous growing on me and I her, looking after her children used in that visible way to make
is her relationship with her the outrage more palpable, then
mother Margaret, an actress who didn’t know why I felt this way. when she was on location that’s a good thing.
divorced her father Dick when
Sally was three and then married “I had to find a way to dig out filming, supporting her both “But on the other side of the
a stuntman, Jocko Mahoney, who outrage - which I completely
sexually abused Sally from the all the pieces that I had hidden emotionally and professionally. applaud and for which I’m
age of seven to 14. grateful - there has to be
away both in my mind and in Field, who now lives alone in something else. We have to
“My whole book is about work out how we move society
my trying to understand boxes of memorabilia that I’d the Pacific Palisades, an up- forward, not only so that women
and unweave the survival feel they have choices and men
mechanisms that I set in place as never been willing to look at, that market neighbourhood on the don’t behave in criminal ways or
a child and how sometimes they are just jerks.
disallowed me from seeing what I didn’t want to see.” Los Angeles coast, began her
was really present,” she says now. “One of the great things is that
When her mother left her book long before the #MeToo women are running for office.
Acting helped her find her
voice, but there were many father, she took Field and her campaign was even thought of, ings will be different if women
struggles along the way - an are in the front office of every
abortion at 17, depression, brother Ricky to live with their yet had herself been the subject of single industry.” WW

grandmother Joy, borne of a unwanted advances. In Pieces by Sally Field (Simon &
Schuster) is available now
generation of women who were She claims that one director

expected to put their own needs asked her to remove her top so

second to the desires of the men he could see her breasts as there

around them. was a nude scene in the film.

Margaret married Mahoney in She complied. When she had put

1952 and when the abuse started, her top back on, he said the part

her survival mechanisms kicked was hers if she kissed him. She

By Hannah Stephenson in further as she withdrew. e complied. “I had won the role,

abuse affected her relationships yes. But I had lost something

with men as she grew older. important, something I was also

“My survival mechanisms fighting for: My dignity,” she

affected every part of my life and writes.

certainly affected my ability to “I had some episodes that were

see men.” egregious,” she says now. “ e


Betty Cremin is urging young women to stay on the pitch

A mother who’s coaching one of “And I know if they just “Tell a girl year showed that by the age By Laura Lynott
Kerry’s finest schoolgirl soccer stayed, if they just stood on she can do of 13, one in two girls give up
teams - where her daughter their own two feet - these whatever she sport completely.
is a star forward - said she’s girls, like my younger girls, wants to do
heartbroken watching young would be stronger. and she will” Forty-seven per cent
girls drop out of the beautiful reported ditching sport
game and is calling on parents “Soccer gives that because their friends weren’t
to support their daughters to confidence and strength, playing. And the research
stay on the pitch. that independence to girls.” also found that there was a
lack of encouragement for
Betty Cremin has raised a fine Research from Lidl last girls playing sport, with
team of young soccer players, parents likely to actually
who play come rain or shine for discourage their daughter but
Inter Kenmare FC. not their son.

ey have gained many While three out of four girls
victories across the country agreed that male sports were
but the coach - mother to Tara taken more seriously.
Desmond - a 12-year-old player
- said she often finds it difficult But girls who play sport
to field a team as girls hit 15 were found to have much
and 16 and she wants parents to healthier body confidence
stand by their girls to help them and mental wellbeing.
stay in sport.
“I could have 20 girls
“It’s hard to field a girl’s team playing under 13 and I know
of 15- and 16-year olds - there’s them so well, so when I
a lack of interest, it’s not cool start to lose them, it’s just so
to play sport for many girls in upsetting,” Betty said.
those teen years,” Betty said.
“My girls who are in the
“It’s all about having a under 12’s team are so strong
boyfriend and soccer stops willed, they’re not getting
being important. We had girls into boys yet but by 14, 15, 16,
last year who didn’t come to most girls are putting boys
training because they went off ahead of sport and I really
to watch boys playing. hope my girls this time won’t
do that.
“With girls of that age, I’m
up against the fact they feel “Hopefully my girls will
they have better things to do continue to be strong willed
and parents who are failing to and concentrate on sport.
support their girls to continue Staying in soccer will build a
playing. stronger girl.”

“It’s so upsetting to lose Betty, a dental hygienist by
girls, to see them leave, to start day, who has played soccer
finding you can’t field a team. and GAA since childhood
but only won her first medal
“If one friends stops going, aged 40 - feels the fight to
the others start to drop out and keep girls in soccer begins at
you could lose three or four that home.
“ is starts with parents for
sure,” Betty said. “Tell a girl


Real life

she can do whatever she wants to can do anything boys can. think ‘What’s the point?’ “Soccer gives
do and she will. “But if parents don’t support in carrying on if their own that confidence
mother and father don’t care and strength,
“My children ask me to fix their daughters, if they drop how they do on the pitch. independence
things at home, they know their and go when a girl has a game, to girls”
mum as a fixer and every woman if they don’t tell their daughter “If a girl says ‘Did you see
can fix anything. She is not just how well they did with that me do that kick?,’ it should “Women and girls need
a problem solver, a woman is a kick or goal, even if the girl be a case of the parents this outlet. Girls can be
strong person. My children see didn’t do that well, they help saying, ‘Yes, I did and it was there for girls and mothers
I don’t wait for my husband to them give up. great.’ It’s investing in your for mothers. Embrace
come home to change a plug daughter. It’s that important. soccer and sport for your
because I can do it and I can do “Even if your daughter isn’t girls and we have built
anything that needs to be done. the strongest player, a parent “Kids want to shine, a stronger generation of
should be telling her she did they want to achieve young women.”
“I want my girls to know they great and to keep going. ey’ll something and to bring
that achievement home and Betty has two other
make their parents proud.” children, two boys,
10-year-old Caoilainn and
Betty has retained lifelong eight-year-old Tony, who
friends due to her love of play soccer, football and
soccer, GAA and basketball. hurling.

ese friends and fellow “ ey play anything
sportspeople have become that’s going,” she said. “I
a constant in her life and think they all play because
she sees clearly how women they have my genes.”WW
can utilise sport to build
female communities. To
her, only sport really allows
this to take place on such an
organic and lasting level.

“ irty years down the
line, I’m still playing with
these girls,” Betty said. “It’s
only casual at this point but
I have great friends, I have a
support network all through
life and I’m getting exercise.

“I can jump in anywhere
and join a team and make
friends. I lived in Australia
for a while and met a lot of
women through GAA and
they’re still friends. I was a
bridesmaid for one.

“Soccer and other sport
is like a lifelong string, to
pull yourself along on. You
always have a friend in other
sportswomen and that’s
what I want for my daughter,
for my team and it’s what
every mother and father
should want for their girls

“When I had my babies, I
didn’t sit at home thinking
I had no childminder to get
out. I went down to the pitch
and I knew all my friends,
my support network, were
down there. I always had
someone to watch my babies
while I went out to the pitch
and played.


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Health feature

6 things THAT


We looks into just how bad
excessive sitting is for our health

Millions of us have sedentary jobs, It’s thought that excessive sitting a normal keyboard and mouse light can damage your retinas
often spending nine or 10 hours causes the metabolism to slow to plug in, as this makes it much irreversibly.”
a day sitting hunched over a down. Which Dr Morrison says easier to use the laptop in a more
keyboard and staring at a screen. “can affect the ability to regulate ‘spine friendly manner’.” While Kiely says: “Too much
New research has found that blood sugar and blood pressure. screen time can lead to a loss of
substituting time spent sitting for But sitting could also mean you 4. SOME ORGAN FUNCTIONS peripheral vision later in life. We
standing six hours a day could take in more food than you need ARE REDUCED are evolved to be able to notice
help people lose 2.5kg over a as well.” When we sit down, it’s probably things on either side of us, but the
year. e study, published in the not long before most people more we focus on a screen, the
European Journal of Preventive Dr Dimitrios Paschos, unintentionally find themselves less able we are to do this as we
Cardiology, found that standing consultant psychiatrist at in a slouch, hunched over the age.”
burned 0.15 kcal per minute Re:Cognition Health, says: “You’re keyboard.
more than sitting, and the effects more likely to eat unhealthy 6. THE LONGER YOU SIT,
were more pronounced in men food when you stay at your desk, “Did you know that leaning THE WORSE THE EFFECTS
than women. which can not only affect health or hunching too much can affect
in the long term, but also impair your lung capacity by as much as “In a recent review of scientific
Standing desks are popular in your concentration later on in the 30 per cent?” says Dr Morrison. studies, it was found that the
offices in Sweden, Denmark and afternoon, and you might suffer “ is means your heart and brain more hours people sat, the
Germany, and it’s slowly catching from lethargy. don’t receive as much oxygenated higher the number of negative
on here. But is sitting down for blood, and can lead to shortness health outcomes. ‘Heavy sitters’,
long periods of time really that “We also tend to eat faster when of breath, clouded thinking and defined as those who sat down
bad? Here’s how experts say it can at our desks, which means the even heart and vascular disease. for seven to nine hours per day,
affect different areas of the body stomach doesn’t have enough time showed a 90 per cent greater risk
and our overall health. to send signals of fullness to the “When we’re sat down our of developing diabetes and an 18
brain, causing us to overeat.” bowel functions less efficiently per cent higher chance of dying
than when we stand. is is why of heart disease or cancer than
1. SITTING DOESN’T USE 3. YOUR POSTURE people who are bedridden for a those who sat less,” says Richard By Lauren Taylor
MANY MUSCLES IS PROBABLY POOR long period of time, tend to suffer Holmes, director of wellbeing at
A different number and volume WHENEVER YOU SIT from bowel issues,” she says. Westfield Health. “And fit people
of muscles are involved in sitting who exercised regularly were not
compared to standing. When we is won’t come as a surprise, but 5. EYESIGHT CAN BE immune, risks rose at the same
stand, more muscles are engaged we were designed to move and sit AFFECTED LONG-TERM rate for every hour spent seated.”
and stretched to fight gravity and up straight. “Not many people will Long days staring at a computer
bear weight. have their desk set up correctly screen followed by evenings So if you absolutely have to
with each component in the right and weekends staring at a TV or sit all day Dr Steve Iley, medical
GP Dr Clare Morrison from position. Sitting in an awkward other devices like smartphones, director at Bupa UK says to “sit
MedExpress says: “Sitting down position for extended periods will means modern lives can involve back, with your shoulders straight
for too long can lead to muscle contribute to back pain as tension a lot of screen time. Dr Morrison back rather than rounded and
atrophy in the leg and gluteal builds up in different areas of your says: “ e tiny muscles inside with both feet flat on the floor.”
areas. Essentially, the body is neck and back,” says chiropractor your eyeball can grow tired He adds: “Avoid crossing your legs
‘shutting down’ while sitting, and Rishi Loatey, from the British from focusing on a single point. or twisting your spine. Getting
there is little muscle activity. is Chiropractic Association. In some cases you can no longer up and moving around regularly
means muscles become weaker focus. Issues are typically will help to reduce the pressure
and weaker. Sitting down can “Ideally, you shouldn’t sit at short-lived, however, there’s on your lower back. Walk up and
also cause hip flexor muscles to your computer for more than 40 some evidence that bright down and try to do some stretches
shorten, leading to problems with minutes, and sitting correctly at at least every hour.” WW
the hip joints.” your desk is important - feet flat
on the ground, with bent knees
2. IT COULD MAKE YOU EAT and a downward slope from
MORE THAN YOU NEED your hips to your knees. If using
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ROUND-UP Short Cuts to Members of the public are According to research revealed at
OF ALL Happiness being invited to attend a free a recent seminar, 74 per cent of
THINGS seminar focusing on clinical people aged 65 and older do not
HEALTHY By Tal Ben-Shahar trials and how to participate in get enough physical activity. The
(Hodder and them. Organised by the Centre seminar, which was organised
Stoughton, €18.20) for Information and Study on by the Institute of Public Health
In this heart- Clinical Research participation, in Ireland (IPH), presented the
warming book, the ‘AWARE for all’ event research, which also found that only
positive psychologist will take place in the Trinity 26 per cent of older people in Ireland
Tal Ben-Shahar Translational Medicine Institute take part in healthy levels of weekly
shares the insights at St James’s Hospital on December 5 and physical activity. Guidelines on the
and wisdoms he’s received will run from 5pm-8pm. On the evening there subject recommend that those over
from his good friend (and will be talks and panel discussions from doctors the age of 65 should aim to get 150
neighbourhood barber) undertaking trials and patients taking part. minutes of moderate to vigorous
Avi. Avi’s simple wisdom Attendees will have the chance to access free physical activity on a weekly basis.
had a huge impact on Tal health screenings and supper will also be served
and Tal was amazed when free of charge.
he realised that what his
barber was telling him, For more information log on to
coincided beautifully with the
psychology of happiness –
his own speciality. This wise
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into the conversations Tal
shared with Avi over the
course of two years and
shows how, by appreciating
the small things in life, we
can find a rich happiness of
our own.

WHY DON’T YOU… Add some chia seeds?

These little seeds are chock-full of nutritional benefits. In fact, two tablespoons contain a massive
11 grams of fibre and a host of antioxidants, calcium and more. They’re an easy way to boost your
nutritional intake and add a delicious creaminess to bowls of porridge, smoothies and puddings.
They contain omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown in countless studies to have a positive
impact on mood, brain and heart health. This week why not try sprinkling some chia into your
porridge or your yoghurt, adding them to your salad or making some chia pudding?


dDiaatreyfoWrESyToEuNDr WALK Trending... Health news

Galway’s West End are walking to help raise CELERY JUICE Grab a snack
funds in order to build a new hospice on the
grounds of Merlin Park. Taking place at 2pm on The latest wellness trend? Feeling peckish? Pick up a hazelnut and chocolate rice cake
Saturday, November 17, the ‘West End Walk’ will A host of influencers in the bar from Kelkin. Gluten free and suitable for vegetarians,
begin at Claddagh Hall, move to Blackrock and sphere have been extolling these handy little bars are made with rice cakes and contain
then return back to Claddagh Hall. Registration the virtues of celery juice. a hazelnut and chocolate filling. They also contain only 95
is not required for the event, but donations of Celery has been used as a calories per bar. Delicious.
€25 or more can be made on the day or online by health remedy for centuries €2.59 (pack of six), in supermarkets and health food stores
logging on to but more recently it’s
come back into vogue as TAKE THREE:
For further details contact Galway Hospice a general ‘cure all’ tonic. WAYS TO
on 091 770860 or email: [email protected] A glass of celery juice, SOOTHE A taken on an empty stomach TOOTHACHE
first thing in the morning
has been credited with If you have a
easing digestion problems, toothache it’s
boosting energy levels and essential to visit
helping with issues like acid your dentist to
reflux and acne. But is there get treatment.
any science behind it? The However, there are
answer is no, however if some things you
the trend continues to grow can do to ease the pain until you get an appointment.
in popularity it won’t be
too long before the studies 1. COLD COMPRESS
begin popping up. So would
you try it? Tweet us: Pressing your cheek against something cold is an
@Womans_way easy way to find relief, especially if you get caught
out and don’t have any other pain remedies to hand.
By Amy Wall A nosey benefit A couple of cubes of ice inside a cloth, placed against
the outside of the affected cheek for ten minutes
According to a new study from researchers at can constrict blood vessels in the tooth, making it
the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, the way particularly helpful if the tooth pain is caused by
we breathe may affect how well we’re able to trauma.
consolidate our memories. The research, which
was published in the Journal of Neuroscience 2. SALT WATER RINSE
followed a study which had participants learn
12 different smells on two separate occasions. Salt is known to be a natural disinfectant as well as
They were then asked to breathe through either an anti-inflammatory, working to reduce bacteria
their nose or their mouth for one hour. When levels in the mouth. Dissolve half a teaspoon of
the hour passed, they were given the old smells salt in a mug of warm water and rinse around the
and a set of 12 new ones. They were then asked mouth for two minutes before spitting out. This is
to state if each smell was from the learning particularly helpful if your teeth are too sore to brush.
session or a new addition. The results showed The swilling action will help to ease pain and clear the
that when participants breathed through their mouth of any leftover food residue.
noses, they remembered the smells better.
PURE RELAXATION Feeling stressed? Reach for the lavender because
Garlic has been used to relieve toothache for
it really does help. In fact a study published in Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience centuries, and it’s all thanks to a compound called
has proved that smelling lavender (which contains the compound linalool) actually ‘allicin’ which acts as a natural antibacterial agent
triggers relaxation and has a profound calming effect. It’s always a good idea to have and anaesthetic. To reap the benefits, gently chew on
a lavender-scented candle or bottle of lavender essential oil in your home for those a clove where you’re feeling toothache to release the
frazzled days when you just need to wind down. healing juices.


Health feature

MSpIotGligRht oAn INES suffer from them and one in 12 diagnosed by a doctor based on
e causes, symptoms and treatments men.” your symptoms,” says Kershaw-
of this potentially agonising condition Yates. “If they are in any doubt,
ey usually begin in the you might be referred to a
Ever experienced a pain in your Migraine without aura: “ is is teenage years, but can start at any migraine clinic or a neurology By Liz Connor
head so bad that you can’t talk, a throbbing headache at the front age. department, which specialise in
think or see properly? Migraines or at the side of the head, usually the diagnosis and treatment of a
can be extremely debilitating, in on one side. It can include “Over half of migraine sufferers migraine.”
many cases damaging a person’s moderate to severe pain, with have one or more attacks a
quality of life and causing sick nausea and vomiting, sensitivity month, and more than one in 10 It’s important to get properly
days from work each year. to bright light and can be have one or more attacks a week,” diagnosed, if you think you may
worsened by head movements.” adds Kershaw-Yates. be experiencing migraines, to
Contrary to popular belief, a ensure you get the right advice
migraine is not just ‘a bad Migraine with aura: “ is has mWyhamt’isgrcaaiunseisn?g and treatment.
headache’. It’s an extremely all the same features of a
painful collection of neurological migraine without aura but there People with migraines are How are they treated?
symptoms, including a is also a warning sign at the start believed to have a very sensitive
headache, often characterised by of the headache. is could be nervous system which, for some You can either treat a migraine
a severe throbbing pain on one visual – such as seeing flashing reason, responds in a particular when you start to feel the
side of the head. As well as pain, lights, or experiencing a partial way, especially when it comes to symptoms coming on, or have
migraines are also associated loss of vision – or it could be a change. treatment to prevent it from
with nausea, dizziness, sensation, such as numbness, happening in the first place.
sensitivity to light and noise and struggling with speech or a “Migraines mean that
changes in eyesight. smell.” someone’s brain is responding “Once a migraine begins, you
abnormally to normal signal and can take painkillers, anti-
“Attacks vary in length and Migraine with aura, without sensory information, such as sickness medicine, or a medicine
frequency from person to person, headache: “ is type of migraine pain, light or sound,” explains called triptans which stimulate
and in between attacks, there are has the same features of a Kershaw-Yates. “ e narrowing the production of a chemical in
no symptoms at all – which can migraine with an aura but and opening of the blood vessels the brain (serotonin),” says
make it very difficult to plan and without the onset of a headache.” can also play a part in causing a Kershaw-Yates.
prepare yourself for the next migraine.”
one,” says Dr Lizzie Kershaw- aHroewmciogmraminoesn? “To prevent your migraine
Yates, one of the medical team at You should watch out for any attacks, there are a variety of
“Migraines are one of the most external triggers which might be medicines which can be tried. e
e Online Clinic (www. common health conditions in the causing your migraines. ese different treatments include She world,” Dr Kershaw-Yates says. aren’t necessarily the same for beta-blockers, anticonvulsants,
explains that there are three “It affects more women than men. everyone, but can include foods antidepressants and even Botox.”
different types of migraine which On average, one in five women such as chocolate, cheese, red
vary in their characteristics: wine or citrus fruits, You should always seek
psychological factors such as professional medical advice if
stress, anxiety, depression or you’re thinking about trying a
tiredness, along with high new treatment method for your
altitude, humidity, noise or migraines, as most of them
flickering lights. Food and drinks include side-effects. Plus, some
which contain caffeine or food over-the-counter painkillers
additives, sleep (either too much might not always be the most
or too little), drugs and suitable way of treating your
dehydration can also be migraine migraine.
“ e amount of factors which
can cause migraines is huge, so Dr Kershaw-Yates says that you
it’s difficult to say exactly what should speak to your doctor if
causes them,” says Kershaw- your migraines are severe or
Yates. “One thing that can help frequent, or if they are getting in
pinpoint your triggers is to keep a the way of your day-to-day life.
migraine diary. Write down when
it started, ended and what your “If you experience excruciating
symptoms were, along with as pain, paralysis down one side of
many details about your daily life the body or face, speech
as you can, including medication, difficulties, double vision or a rash
exercise, diet and sleep.” – make sure you seek immediate
medical attention ASAP, as this
is can help you and your may be a sign of something more
doctor work out what might be serious,” she adds.
triggering your attacks.
Also, if you’re struggling to
dHioawgnaorseemd?igraines manage your migraines, do go
back and see your GP again, or
“No tests can confirm if you suffer seek a specialist referral – there
from migraines – you can only be might be a lot more that can be
done to help. WW


Oldies but goodies Mince
e Hairy Bikers share some British classics and herby

Serves 6 Time 40 minutes
Level Easy

You will need
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely sliced
2 carrots, diced
500g beef mince
400g can of chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato purée
450ml beef stock
Pinch of caster sugar
1 bay leaf
Sea salt and black pepper
For the dumplings
250g self-raising flour
125g beef suet, shredded
½ tsp fine sea salt
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp finely chopped rosemary
1 tsp finely chopped thyme

1. For the mince, heat the oil in
a large pan and cook the onion,
garlic, celery and carrots for 15
minutes. Stir occasionally until
the veg are softened and lightly
coloured. Add the beef and cook
for a further five minutes until the
mince begins to brown, stirring
regularly to break up the meat.
2. Add the tomatoes, tomato purée,
beef stock, sugar and bay leaf.
Season with salt and black pepper,
then bring to the boil. Reduce
the heat and simmer the mince
gently for 20 minutes, stirring
3. To make the dumplings, put the
flour in a bowl and stir in the suet,
salt and herbs. Make a well in the
centre and add enough cold water
to make a soft, spongy dough –
you’ll need about 200ml. Lightly
flour your hands and roll the
mixture into 12 small balls.
4. Stir the mince well and remove
the pan from the heat. Drop the
dumplings on top of the mince,
then cover with a tightly fitting lid
and return the pan to a medium
heat. Cook for 18–20 minutes or
until the dumplings are well risen.
Serve with some green vegetables.



Homity pie Method into a ball, wrap it in cling film, bowl. Add 100g of the cheese and
1. To make the pastry, put the and leave it to chill in the fridge the parsley, then mix thoroughly.
Serves 4–6 Time 1 hour 20 flours and butter into a food while you make the filling. 4. Roll out the pastry and use
minutes Level Easy processor with a generous pinch 2. Bring a large saucepan of water it to line a 20cm cake tin or a
of salt and pulse until the mixture to the boil. Add the potatoes, deep pie dish. Spoon the filling
You will need resembles breadcrumbs. Add the carrots and turnips and bring over the pastry. Whisk the milk
400g waxy potatoes, diced egg and just enough cold water to the water back to the boil. Cook and mustard together until you
300g carrots, diced bind the mixture. Shape the dough for four minutes, then add the have a thin paste, then stir this
150g turnips, diced broccoli. Continue to cook until into the cream. Season with a
200g small broccoli florets the vegetables are just done but little salt. Pour this mixture in a
15g butter still with a little bite to them – slow and steady stream over the
2 onions, thickly sliced this will take about another two filling so it soaks through the
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped minutes. Drain and leave to cool. layers of vegetables. Sprinkle the
175g cheddar cheese, grated 3. While the vegetables are remaining cheese on top. Bake
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley cooking, melt the butter in a large the pie in the oven for 40–45
50ml milk or water frying pan. Add the onions with minutes until the pastry is crisp
1 tsp Dijon mustard a pinch of salt and cook, stirring and lightly coloured and the
200ml double cream regularly, until the onions have cheese has melted and started
Sea salt softened and are lightly coloured. to brown. Serve hot or at room
For the pastry Add the garlic and continue to temperature.
125g plain flour cook for another two minutes.
125g wholemeal flour Remove the pan from the heat and Extracted from The Hairy Bikers’ British
150g cold butter, diced set aside to cool. Preheat the oven Classics (Seven Dials, €26) which is out now
1 egg, beaten to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Put all
the cooled vegetables into a large

Mini toad oven to heat up.
in the holes 3. Bring a small pan of water to
the boil. Add a pinch of salt and
Makes 8–12 Time 2 hours the onion slices. Simmer them
Level Easy for three minutes, then drain
thoroughly. Cut the sausages
You will need into rounds.
1 heaped tbsp lard or goose Divide the onion and sausages
or duck fat between the tins.
1 large onion, sliced 4. Put the tins back in the oven
8 pork sausages and cook for 20 minutes, until
Sea salt the sausages have started to
For the batter look nice and brown.
150g plain flour 5. Remove the tins from the
1 tsp dried sage oven. Pour in the batter around
2 eggs, beaten the sausages and onion – there
275ml whole milk should be just enough batter to
reach the top of each hole. Bake
Method for a further 20 minutes until
1. First make the batter. Put the the Yorkshire puddings have
flour into a bowl and whisk it risen and are a dark golden-
lightly to get rid of any lumps, then brown. Serve hot straight from
add a generous pinch of salt and the oven – with some gravy if
the dried sage. Make a well in the you like. WW
middle and add the eggs. Work the
eggs into the flour, then gradually e Bikers say:
add the milk. Alternatively, put
everything in a food processor “We’ve given you toad in the hole recipes in
and blitz until smooth. Leave the the past and we’ve been trying to think how
batter to stand for an hour. to make this awesome favourite even better.
2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/ Well, we’re pleased to tell you that we can.
Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Divide the lard Slicing the sausage really helps maximise
or goose or duck fat between 2 x the flavour and we think these mini versions
4-hole Yorkshire pudding tins or – you could call them tadpoles in the hole
1 x 12 hole tin. Put the tins in the – make perfect starters or canapés if you’re
feeling fancy. Kids love them too. And if
you’re mega hungry, just eat three!”


TTA OHhisWEtorTEyELofALooking back expanding consumer culture during the
Eighties bought into the idea of
By Michael BonifaceIt’s more than just ‘lifestyle’ marketing, in which the
something you use to dry the dishes domestic interior played a major part.
Open-plan kitchens became popular, as
Since its emergence during the to the elevation of colour and pattern walls and doors that traditionally
Industrial Revolution, the tea towel has over form. e development of ‘Pop Art’, separated distinct functional areas
become so much more than just a handy which assembled cultural icons and disappeared. It was a concept designed
everyday kitchen item. It’s an essential transformed them into high art, saw tea for family living, with country-house
memento of leisure spending for towels emblazoned with new material. style kitchens becoming fashionable
starters, and – importantly – a means of again - a throwback to the 18th century.
commemorating significant national Meanwhile, full employment of the era Here, a symbol of status was found in
events. Tea towels have also been led to a consumer revolution and the the AGA range cooker, which featured a
vehicles for a host of design movements young middle classes aspiring to a front bar from which to hang tea towels.
and graphic styles over the years. different kind of kitchen. Women
rejected the boredom of the mechanised is aspirational, grandiose influence
As society has changed, so too have tea kitchen and expected to share domestic found itself challenged by an emerging
towels – with their unique, intricate duties with their husband; with aesthetic of ‘shabby chic’, which
designs offering a window onto civic home-owning couples now displaying encompassed faded chintz, worn
shifts far exceeding the confines of the an enthusiasm for modern design. Tea painted furniture and simple fabrics
item’s practical utility. Initially used to towels were subsequently produced such as pastel linen. Tea towel design
keep the teapot warm, the kitchen with matching products, including oven was thus also directed by a real desire
staple has grown into a fashion gloves, aprons and table napkins to for informality; kitchen supper
accessory, a form of democratic art, and provide a cohesive look. becoming the new dinner party.
even a tool of political sloganeering - as
a new book, e Art Of e Tea Towel by 1970s 1990s
Marnie Fogg, showcases and celebrates.
Design trends of the Seventies were e minimalist Nineties was a period
1950s influenced by a number of different when kitchen essentials were laid bare;
themes, most notably second wave where design reverted to the irties
Following the bleak austerity of World feminism and nostalgia. is affection ideal of being a laboratory-like space.
War II, colour and pattern were for the past was reflected in the
introduced to household goods as introduction of natural materials to the e vogue for open, industrial chic
innovations in product design domestic home such as hand-woven produced bare brick walls and polished
flourished. Tea towels took on dynamic baskets and antique floral jugs. copper pipes. Tea towels were designed
asymmetrical forms, such as the according to this prevailing culture of
pointed boomerang, a symbol of Tea towel aesthetics reflected such pragmatism, emblazoned with jacquard
movement and flight, or the artist’s changes, with creative elements of text stripes yet purposely absent of
palette, with blobs of vibrant colour. design being relegated to the free-form pattern. e long lines and
Despite women returning to the overarching need for a celebration of clear spaces of the minimalist interior
domestic sphere after enjoying relative local features. Similar to the postcards were challenged by the notion of
freedom during the exigencies of war, of today, tea towels would display ‘modern vintage’; an innovative
this evolving aesthetic of colour and landmarks of local pride, be that a aesthetic of charming nostalgia for the
shape reflected a broader shift. Kitchens beach front, railway or botanical domestic life of the Fifties housewife.
were no longer seen as the domain of garden, while those purchased in Tea towels were duly adorned with
servants, but the heart of the home, and Scotland, Ireland and Wales inevitably bright glossy colours, faded florals,
a firm responsibility of women. included national emblems such as the gingham patterns and polka dots.
thistle, shamrock and daffodil. Despite
1960s far-reaching efforts to evoke memories Post-millennial
of an imaginary golden age, such
Although design trends of the post-war designs were executed with varying e years since 2000 have witnessed a
style remained, tea towels of the 1960s degrees of graphic sophistication. relative detachment from minimalist
witnessed a fresher, vibrant and more design; the trend for concealing
youthful aesthetic. e emergence of 1980s everything behind closed doors
pop culture and the youth revolution led replaced by a renewed enthusiasm for
Known as the ‘designer decade’, an home cooking. Scandi-style is one
design strand that has gained particular
popularity with features of pressed
wood, neutral colours and natural
textures. Tea towel trends have also
witnessed an upsurge of royal
memorabilia… on the other hand, tea
towels also now host more radical
messages, viewed by principled
producers as widely accessible sites of
social communication and political
sloganeering. WW

The Art Of The Tea Towel by Marnie Fogg,
(Batsford, €16.99) is out now



Elf He'll be your
festive buddy
for the season!


8m (9yd) of DK (8-ply/light worsted) yarn in green
(A) and small amounts in yellow (B), pale pink (C),
sea green (D) and dark brown (F)
Small amount of 4-ply (fingering) yarn in brown (E)
Small amount of toy stu ng


9cm (3½in) tall


Body 20 to Knit: Tiny
Using yarn A, cast on 11 sts. Christmas Toys to
Row 1 (WS): p to end. Knit by Sachiyo Ishii
Row 2: (kfb) in each st to end (Search Press, €5)
(22 sts). which is out now
Row 3: p to end. Do not break yarn.
Row 4: change to yarn B and k to end. Row 12: (p2tog) to end (4 sts). Row 1: p to end.
Row 5 (g st ridge): using yarn B, k to end. Break yarn, thread through all sts and pull Row 2: k1, k2tog (2 sts).
Break yarn B. tightly. Fasten off. Row 3: p2tog (1 st).
Rows 6–15: using yarn A, beg with a k RS Fasten off.
row, work 10 rows in st st. Break yarn A. Arms: make two
Row 16 (shape neck): change to yarn B, k1, Using yarn A, cast on 7 sts. To make up
(k2tog, k1) to end (15 sts). Rows 1 and 2: beg with a p WS row, work 2 With the fastened-off yarn end, sew the
Row 17 (g st ridge): using yarn B, rows in st st. Do not break yarn. body seam closed from the head down to
k to end. Break yarn B. Rows 3 and 4 (g st ridge): change to yarn B, p the neck. Keep this yarn end free at the
Row 18: change to yarn C and to end. Break yarn B. neck. With the cast-on yarn end, work a
k to end. Rows 5–9: using yarn A, beg with a p WS running stitch along the cast-on edge of
Row 19: p5, (pfb) five times, p5 (20 sts). row, work 5 rows in st st. the body and pull tightly to gather. Sew
Rows 20–22: beg with a k RS row, work 3 Break yarn, thread through all sts and pull the body closed from the base up to the
rows in st st. tightly. Fasten off. waist. Stuff and sew the rest of the body
Row 23 (shape eyeline): p4, (p2tog, p1) four seam closed. With the yarn C tail end left
times, p4 (16 sts). Legs: make two at the neck, work a running stitch around
Rows 24–26: beg with a k RS row, work 3 Using yarn D, cast on 12 sts. the neck and pull tightly to gather. With
rows in st st. Rows 1 and 2: beg with a p WS row, work 2 the same yarn, work a running stitch on
Row 27: (p2, p2tog) to end (12 sts). rows in st st. the face over the eyeline and pull gently to
Break yarn, thread through all sts and pull Row 3: p3, (p2tog) three times, p3 (9 sts). shape a dent. Make a French knot using yarn
tightly. Fasten off. Row 4: k3, k3tog, k3 (7 sts). Break yarn D. C for the nose. Seam the legs and attach
Rows 5–9: change to yarn A and, beg with a them to the base of the body. Sew the arms
Hat p WS row, work 5 rows in st st. and ears in place. Seam the hat and secure it
Using yarn B, cast on 20 sts. Break yarn, thread through all sts and pull to the head. For the hair, make backstitches
Row 1 (RS): k to end. Break yarn B. tightly. Fasten off. with yarn E, leaving small loops. Using yarn
Rows 2–4: change to yarn A and, beg with a F, work a French knot for each eye. Using
p WS row, work 3 rows in st st. Ears: make two yarn B, French knot three buttons on the
Row 5: (k2tog, k2) to end (15 sts). Using yarn C, cast on 3 sts. body. WW
Rows 6–8: beg with a p WS row, work 3
rows in st st.
Row 9: (k2tog) to last st, k1 (8 sts).
Rows 10 and 11: beg with a p WS row, work 2
rows in st st.


The Santa


Crochet a festive family
to decorate the table


The piece is worked top down. Then you work
hair, beard, tassel and eyes. You can stuff the
Santa if you wish. You then need to work a
bottom as described below. Fill the Santa with
stuffing and crochet the bottom.


Work 4 chain stitches with hook size 3 mm and
red and form them to a ring with 1 slip stitch in
first chain stitch.

ROUND 1: Work 8 double crochets around the CHANGE and change to light beige before next ROUND 18: Work slip stitches to first space,
ring – read CROCHET INFO. round. * work 4 treble crochets around first space,
ROUND 2: * 1 treble crochet in first double ROUND 13: Work slip stitches to first space, 4 treble crochets around next space, 5 treble
crochet, 2 treble crochets in next double crochet work 5 treble crochets around each space = 40 crochets around next space *, work from *-* a
*, work from *-* to end of round = 12 treble treble crochets. total of 3 times, work 4 treble crochets around
crochets. ROUND 14: Work 1 double crochet in each treble next space and 5 treble crochets around next
ROUND 3: * 1 double crochet in each of the 2 crochet = 40 double crochets. space = 48 treble crochets.
first/next treble crochets, 2 double crochets in ROUND 15: * 1 treble crochet in each of the 9 ROUND 19: Work 1 double crochet in each treble
next treble crochet *, work from *-* to end of first/next double crochets, 2 treble crochets in crochet = 48 double crochets.
round = 16 double crochets. next double crochet *, work from *-* to end of ROUND 20: * 1 treble crochet in each of the 11
ROUND 4: * 1 treble crochet in each of the 3 first/ round = 44 treble crochets. first/next double crochets, 2 treble crochets in
next double crochets, 2 treble crochets in next ROUND 16: Work 1 double crochet in each treble next double crochet *, work from *-* to end of
double crochet *, work from *-* to end of round crochet = 44 double crochets. round = 52 treble crochets.
= 20 treble crochets. ROUND 17: * Work 4 chain stitches, skip 3 ROUND 21: Work 1 double crochet in each treble
ROUND 5: Work 1 double crochet in each treble double crochets, work 1 slip stitch in back loop crochet = 52 double crochets.
crochet = 20 double crochets. of next double crochet * work from *-* to end of ROUND 22: * 1 treble crochet in each of the 12
ROUND 6: * 1 treble crochet in each of the 4 first/ round = 11 chain-spaces. Change to red before first/next double crochets, 2 treble crochets in
next double crochets, 2 treble crochets in next next round. next double crochet *, work from *-* to end of
double crochet *, work from *-* to end of round
= 24 treble crochets.
ROUND 7: Work 1 double crochet in each treble
crochet = 24 double crochets.
ROUND 8: * 1 treble crochet in each of the first 5
double crochets, 2 treble crochets in next double
crochet *, work from *-* to end of round = 28
treble crochets.
ROUND 9: Work 1 double crochet in each treble
crochet = 28 double crochets.
ROUND 10: * 1 treble crochet in each of the 6 first
double crochets, 2 treble crochets in next double
crochet *, work from *-* to end of round = 32
treble crochets.
ROUND 11: Work 1 double crochet in each treble
crochet = 32 double crochets.
ROUND 12: * Work 4 chain stitches, skip 3
double crochets, work 1 slip stitch in back loop
of next double crochet * work from *-* to end
of round = 8 chain-spaces. Read COLOUR



DROPS Design: FEMALE SANTA: Materials: The first treble crochet on round is
Pattern no bm-044 Measurements: Height: approx. 15 cm DROPS BABY MERINO from replaced by 3 chain stitches. Finish
Yarn group A Materials: Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group A) round with 1 slip stitch in 3rd chain
MALE SANTA: DROPS BABY MERINO from 50 g colour 16, red stitch.
Measurements: Height: approx. 15 cm Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group A) 50 g colour 02, off white COLOUR CHANGE:
Materials: 50 g colour 16, red 50 g colour 23, light beige To get a neat transition when
DROPS BABY MERINO from 50 g colour 02, off white + a left-over colour 20, dark grey changing colour, work the last stitch
Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group A) 50 g colour 23, light beige DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 3 MM as follows: Insert hook into first chain
50 g colour 16, red + a left-over colour 20, dark grey – or the size needed to get 24 treble stitch from beginning of round, pick
50 g colour 02, off white DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 3 crochets and 19.5 textured rows (1 up new strand, make a yarn over with
50 g colour 23, light beige MM – or the size needed to get 24 textured row = 1 row treble crochets + 1 new strand and pull it through stitch
+ left-over colour 20, dark grey treble crochets and 19.5 textured row double crochets) on 10 cm in width on hook.
DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 3 rows (1 textured row = 1 row treble and 10 cm in height. 7 DOUBLE TREBLE CROCHETS
MM – or the size needed to get 24 crochets + 1 row double crochets) ACCESSORIES: TOGETHER:
treble crochets and 19.5 textured rows on 10 cm in width and 10 cm in Stuffing if you wish to fill your Santas. Work 6 double treble crochets in first
(1 textured row = 1 row treble crochets height. INFORMATION FOR THE PATTERN: stitch, but wait with last yarn over
+ 1 row double crochets) on 10 cm in ACCESSORIES: CROCHET INFO: and pull through on each of these
width and 10 cm in height. Stuffing if you wish to fill your Santa. The first double crochet on round is double treble crochets, work 1 more
ACCESSORIES: SANTA CHILDREN: replaced by 1 chain stitch. Finish round double treble crochet in same stitch
Stuffing if you wish to fill your Santa. Measurements: Height: approx. 13 cm with 1 slip stitch in first chain stitch. and pull the last yarn over through all
8 loops on hook.

round = 56 treble crochets. then work 1 slip stitch in 2nd chain stitch at follows: 1 slip stitch in first stitch, * skip 1 double
ROUND 23: Work 1 double crochet in each treble beginning of previous row. crochet, 3 treble crochets + 3 chain stitches +
crochet = 56 double crochets. Cut the strands and work another eye in the 3 treble crochets in next double crochet, skip
ROUND 24: * 1 treble crochet in each of the 13 same way. Fasten the eyes to front of Santa with 1 double crochet, 1 slip stitch in next double
first/next double crochets, 2 treble crochets small invisible stitches. Place one eye over one crochet *, work from *-* to end of round and
in next double crochet *, work from *-* to end treble crochet group on beard, there should be 1 finish with 1 slip stitch in slip stitch at beginning
of round = 60 treble crochets. Cut and fasten treble crochet group between the 2 eyes. of round. Cut and fasten strands.
strand. Work tassel, hair and eyes in same way as male
BOTTOM: Santa.
Work 4 chain stitches with hook size 3 mm and BOTTOM:
Work 5 chain stitches (including 4 chain stitches red and form them to a ring with 1 slip stitch in
to turn). Work 7 DOUBLE TREBLE CROCHETS first chain stitch. Work rounds 1-4. in the same way as for male
TOGETHER – see description above, in the first ROUND 1: Work 12 double crochets around ring Santa, then work as follows:
chain stitch worked. Cut the strand. Pull both – read CROCHET INFO. ROUND 5: * 1 double crochet in each of the 11
strand-ends through the opening at top of Santa ROUND 2: Work 2 treble crochets in each double first/next treble crochets, 2 double crochets in
and fasten them on wrong side of piece. crochet = 24 treble crochets. next treble crochet *, work from *-* to end of
ROUND 3: * 1 double crochet in first/next treble round = 52 double crochets.
HAIR: crochet, 2 double crochets in next treble crochet Cut and fasten strand.
*, work from *-* to end of round = 36 double
The hair is worked in last round of double crochets. ASSEMBLY:
crochets before the red spaces (i.e. in the 11th ROUND 4: * 1 treble crochet in each of the 2 first/
round). Work with off white and hook size 3 mm next double crochets, 2 treble crochets in next Fill the Santa with stuffing. Lay the bottom
as follows: double crochet*, work from *-* to end of round = towards the santas 21th round (= 52 double
Work 1 slip stitch in first double crochet, * skip 48 treble crochets. crochets) and crochet together with red and
1 double crochet, work 3 treble crochets, 3 ROUND 5: * 1 double crochet in each of the 3 1 double crochet through a stitch from both
chain stitches, 3 treble crochets in next double first/next treble crochets, 2 double crochets in layers. Cut and fasten strand.
crochet, skip 1 double crochet, work 1 slip stitch next treble crochet *, work from *-* to end of
in next double crochet *, work from *-* to end round = 60 double crochets. SANTA CHILDREN:
of round and finish with 1 slip stitch in first slip Cut and fasten strand.
stitch on round. Cut and fasten strand. Work in the same way as the male Santa, but
ASSEMBLY: finish the children after the 20th round = 52
BEARD: treble crochets.
Fill the Santa with stuffing. Lay the bottom on Work tassel, hair and eyes in the same way as
The beard is worked in the same way as the hair. the Santa and crochet together with red and for the male Santa. Work a lace edge in red in
Work with off white, but work in round with 1 double crochet through a stitch from both the 16th round in the same way as for the female
double crochets before the spaces with light layers. Cut and fasten strand. Santa. Cut and fasten the strands.
beige (i.e. in 16th round).
Work in the same way as male Santa, but finish Work in the same way as for the female Santa.
Work 3 chain stitches (including 2 chain stitches female Santa after the 21st round = 52 double
to turn) with hook size 3 mm and a left-over of crochets. ASSEMBLY:
dark grey. Work 5 half treble crochets in the first On 16th round work a lace edge in the same way
chain stitch worked. as the beard on male Santa, but worked in red. Fill the Santas with stuffing. Lay the bottom on
Change to off white. Turn piece and work 1 Then work a lace edge at the bottom with red as the Santa and crochet together with red and
slip stitch in each of the 5 half treble crochets, 1 double crochet through a stitch from both
layers. Cut and fasten strand. WW


Hat’s on!

A quirky cutlery holder
for the Christmas table

DROPS design:
Pattern no w-535
Yarn group C or A + A
Length: 16 cm without pompom. Circumference at
the top: 22 cm
DROPS PARIS from Garnstudio
50 g colour no 12, red
50 g colour no 16, white
1 ball red = 2 cutlery holders.
size needed to get 20 sts x 27 rows in stocking st or
20 sts x 40 rows in garter st = 10 x 10 cm.
GARTER ST (back and forth):
K all rows. 1 ridge = 2 rows K.
Inc 1 st by making 1 YO, on next row work YO
twisted (i.e. work in the back loop of st instead
front) to avoid holes.
See diagram A.1. The diagrams show all rows in
pattern seen from RS.


Worked back and forth and sewn tog when

Cast on 14 sts (incl 1 edge sts in garter st in NOTE: Work YOs in garter st! Repeat inc POMPOM:
each side) on needle size 3.5 mm with red. every 2 cm 3 more times = 53 sts. When piece
Work 1st row as follows from RS: 1 edge st measures 15 cm in total, switch to white and Make a pompom of approx. 3 cm in diameter
in GARTER ST - see explanation above, 2 work 1 ridge before casting off. with white. Fasten it to then bottom of
sts in stocking st, 1 st in garter st, * 3 sts in holder. WW
stocking st, 1 st in garter st *, repeat from *-* ASSEMBLY:
1 more time, 1 st in stocking st, 1 edge st in DIAGRAM
garter st. Continue like this back and forth. Beg at the top by the white edge on cutlery
When piece measures 2 cm, inc as follows holder and sew seam inside 1 edge st in = K from RS, P
on next row from RS - READ INCREASE TIP: garter st with red. Cut the yarn and leave from WS
1 edge st in garter st, 1 YO, 1 st in stocking approx. 20 cm. read yarn through one = slip 3 sts on cable
st, 1 YO, 1 st in stocking st, * 1 st in garter st, and one st in cast-on edge, tighten tog and needle in front of
1 st in stocking st, 1 YO, 1 st in stocking st, fasten. piece, K 3, K 3 from
1 YO, 1 st in stocking st *, repeat from *-* 1 cable needle
more time, 1 st in garter st, 1 st in stocking
st, 1 edge st in garter st = 20 sts. NOTE! Work
YOs in stocking st. When piece measures
5 cm, inc 3 sts evenly in each of the first 3
sections in stocking st (i.e. 9 sts inc) = 29 sts.
work pattern as follows from RS: 1 edge st
in garter st, * A.1 (= 6 sts), 3 sts in garter st
*, repeat from *-* 2 more times, 1 edge st in
garter st. AT THE SAME TIME when piece
measures 2 cm, inc 1 st in each side of every
section in garter st (i.e. 6 sts inc) = 35 sts.


Christmas Bauble Knitting

’20 to Knit: Tiny Christmas Toys to Knit’
by Sachiyo Ishii (Search Press, €5)

Materials: Row 28: (k2tog) to end (13 sts).
For one bauble: 6m (6½yd) of DK (8-ply/ Row 29: p to end.
light worsted) yarn in pink (A), red (B) and Row 30: (k2tog) to last st, k1 (7 sts).
white (C) Break yarn, thread through all sts and pull
Small amount of yellow yarn or cord tightly.
Small amount of toy stu ng Fasten o .

Size: To make up
18.5cm (7¼in) circumference Sew the side seam and stu . Attach some
Instructions: yellow yarn or cord to the top of the bauble
Using yarn A, cast on 13 sts. and tie the ends at the desired length. WW
Row 1 (WS): p to end.
Row 2: (kfb) to end (26 sts).
Row 3: p to end.
Row 4: (kfb) to last st, k1 (51 sts).
Rows 5 and 6: beg with a p WS row, work 2
rows in st st. Break yarn A.
Rows 7–24: work rows 1–18 of chart.
Note: the first row of the chart is a WS row;
WS rows are read from le to right and RS
rows from right to le .
Break yarns B and C.
Row 25: using yarn A, p to end.
Row 26: (k2tog) to last st, k1 (26 sts).
Row 27: p to end.

Merry wine isSantawinecover
makes a perfect gift

DROPS design: SANTA HAT K tog in eyelet row, work 8 ch *, 18 cm o white. Place them double
Pattern no ee-580 repeat from *-* the entire round and and thread loop through ch-space.
Yarn group E or C + C Worked in the round. finish with 1 sl st in first dc = 21 loops. Pull ends through loop. Fasten 1
Measurements: Cast on 42 sts on double pointed Fasten o . fringe in every other ch-space for
Hat before felting: Circumference needles size 8 mm with Christmas Work another Santa hat but in 5 ch-spaces. Then cut beard in
at the bottom: 38 cm Height: red. P 1 round. K 2 rounds. Now work opposite colours (medium grey with desired length and shape. To make
approx. 30 cm in stocking st and STRIPES - see red stripes). the beard look nice soak it, squeeze
Hat a er felting: Circumference: explanation above, AT THE SAME the water out and leave to dry.
approx. 30 cm Height: approx. 19 TIME when 4 rounds with stripes FELTING
cm Materials: have been worked, work next round POMPOMS
DROPS ESKIMO from Garnstudio with Christmas red as follows: * K Thread a plastic bag through all
100 g colour no 56, Christmas red 2 tog, 1 YO *, repeat from *-* the ch-space inside hat to avoid the Make a dense pompom approx. 5
100 g colour no 46, medium grey entire round (on next round K all sts ch-spaces from felting tog. Thread in cm in diameter with o white for
50 g colour no 53, light grey and YOs with Christmas red to make addition a small plastic bag through the red Santa hat with medium
50 g colour no 01, o white holes). REMEMBER THE KNITTING the top of hat (where sts where grey stripes and a pompom with
Yarn is for 2 hats, one in each TENSION Continue with stripes, AT tightened tog) and tie a knot - it will Christmas red for Santa hat with red
colour combination and beard for THE SAME TIME on next round with make it easier to fasten a pompom stripes. Fasten it to the top of the
both hats. Christmas red dec 3 sts evenly = 39 at the top of hat a er felting. Place Santa hats.
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED sts. Repeat dec every 3rd round until the hat in the washing machine with Make 2 small and dense pompoms,
NEEDLES SIZE 8 mm - or size 6 sts remain on round. Cut the yarn a detergent without enzymes and 4 cm, with light grey and fasten a
needed to get 11 sts x 15 rows in and pull it through the remaining sts, optical bleach. Wash at 40 degrees pompom on cast-on edge on each
stocking st = 10 x 10 cm. tighten tog and fasten. Hat measures with normal spin but no pre-wash. Santa hat for nose. WW
A er felting: 14 sts x 24 rows. approx. 30 cm. A er wash shape the hat to the right
DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE size while still wet. At subsequent
5 mm - for ch-spaces to fasten LOOPS wash, wash the hat at regular wool
beard. programme.
STRIPES: Work loops to fasten beard with in
Work * 1 round medium grey, Christmas red on hook size 5 mm. BEARD
2 rounds Christmas red *, Turn hat inside-out and work ch-space
repeat from *-* until finished from inside of hat as follows: *Work 1 Fasten fringes in ch-space inside hat
measurements. dc around the first/next 2 sts worked a er felting. 1 fringe = cut 4 lengths of



My 15-year-old son rarely by Iona Tulloch and Harry Woodgate
communicates in anything but (Little Forest Publishing)
monosyllables and I have no idea Canadian-born but Scottish-raised, Iona
what’s going on in his life. What’s Tulloch now lives in Ashdown Forest,
the best way of getting him to talk, Sussex and her love for and connection
and listen, to us? to nature is abundantly clear across the
pages of Lonesome Bog And Little Dog.
YOUR Janey Downshire, a counsellor “Get him Illustrated in a vibrant, mixed-media
WEEKLY specialising in teenage development talking about style by Hertfordshire’s Harry Woodgate,
ROUND-UP and co-author with Naella Grew of things he’s good Lonesome Bog is a story of an unlikely
OF ALL Teenagers Translated: A Parent’s at and enjoys. friendship between two outcasts: e
THINGS Survival Guide (Vermilion, £12.99), Teenage boys anthropomorphic bog who is shunned
CHILD says: “This is a difficult stage when can feel unsure for being “too messy” and a tiny terrier
FOCUSED the natural separation from parents of themselves and being reminded who is bullied by the local dogs - and their
can feel abrupt, especially with boys of their strengths will trigger good owners – simply because of his size. eir
who can seem very withdrawn. biochemicals (dopamine) in their fateful meeting and development of a
Almost overnight, your son seems to system, and not only encourage special connection help the neighbourhood
transform from an affectionate boy them to talk but also build self- realise the true value of the bog and its
to a grizzly, distant teenager. confidence. Gauge which subjects hidden beauty, while Little Dog is similarly
“Our impulse can be to become he’s uneasy with and tread redeemed. Children who are beginning
more demanding and grab carefully. Don’t avoid them, but their reading adventure will enjoy the tale
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Less conflict and more understanding can work wonders with your teenage child

By Una Rice You knew your child better an opportunity to earn your wear the largest shoes in the MIND YOUR (TEEN)
than anyone before they turned trust too. house, haven’t yet acquired LANGUAGE?
teen. Now there’s a whole these privileges due largely
new language to decipher DGROANT’TITEUXDPEECT to their developing brains You may not want to know what
(like grunts and shrugs) which aren’t mature until your teenager talks about with
and many an opportunity Parents can sometimes the early 20s. So while you friends, but some of the lingo used
for misunderstandings. So feel hard done by or a little are expecting reasonable may arouse curiosity. If they say
what just happened? The shocked not to receive responses, you may not ‘wag wan’ they want to know what’s
expectations you have of more gratitude for services always receive them. going on. A peng/piff ting is a good
your teen, combined with rendered (endless car lifts, Parents are often surprised looking person of the opposite sex.
their biological instinct to late night disco pick ups, when they get teen reactions If someone wants ‘beef’ it means a
spread their wings and be cash on demand and gadgets and responses rather fight, while someone who’s accused
independent, leaves a chasm galore) and can take their than adult ones. Remind of ‘throwing shade’ isn’t showing
in the middle called parental teen’s silence as a sign of yourself how different your much integrity. ‘Peak’ translates as
bewilderment. It’s here you’ll ungratefulness. Your teen teenager’s perspective is something that’s bad, while, ‘lit’
often find yourself asking is grateful, hugely grateful, in addition to instinctively means really good.
repeatedly what you did but no-one goes around in a knowing when to drop a
wrong, what you can do better constant state of gratefulness. subject that could trigger KEEPING THEM SAFE
and when is it all going to end. And because your teen is not your teen. The same AND AWARE ONLINE
The comfort is, many of the going around declaring it conversation could get a
challenges and difficulties you outwardly, it doesn’t mean very different response a You can’t police teenagers on social
experience during these years they’re not appreciating while later, so all is not lost. media 24/7 but keeping in the know
are universal, transient and things and don’t love you. It’s just about knowing that about the digital landscape is vital,
totally normal. What is does reveal is that your teen is more positively both in terms of what they’re doing
teens may have a harder time responsive in some moments online and how to talk to them
LET THEM PLAY GAMES articulating that to you right more than others. about it. The book Sex, Likes and
now. They are biologically Social Media, Talking to our teens
Today there’s a lot of emphasis primed to fly the nest, are BTHEIENPGOTWHEERREOF in the digital age, by Alison Havey
on how much screen time is more concerned about & Deana Puccio is a great place to
actually okay or considered themselves currently due to Your role as a parent to a start. The authors are founders of
safe before it turns your child pressures around image and teenager is very different The Rap Project, which promotes
into an antisocial, zombie self-esteem, and have no to when they needed you awareness for teens around social
eyed, game console extension. desire to be their parent’s best for everything. It may seem media. Published by Vermillion.
While younger children need buddy. So much as it hurts, that all they need you for (
stricter policing on devices, you’ve done nothing wrong, now is lifts and money and
being able to communicate and neither have they. removing large stacks of A WITTY LOOK INTO
with friends via a bewildering plates and mugs from their YOUR TEEN’S WORLD
array of social media apps is WHEN TO BACK OFF bedroom, but the value of
really important and vital to you just being there and We’ve solved your bedtime Kindle
your teen. So while you can As the adult you have the being a good listener can’t be download with a must read on your
issue reminders about turning wisdom to know when a overestimated. Sometimes teen’s strange behavior. Before you
the phone off at least an hour conversation is not going in the your teenager wants to off can communicate with your teenager
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things besides ‘connecting’ to know when it’s the wrong and isn’t looking for a their perspective, even if it’s wildly
online – as well as reminders time to broach a certain solution. But draw the line at out of kilter with your own. Get Out
about staying safe online and subject, and the experience being your teenager’s slave. of My Life…But First Take Me &
bullying awareness and the to manage a wide range of Learning accountability and Alex into Town is the bestseller by
dangers of sexting and sharing situations and emotions. Your respect for your boundaries Suzanne Franks and Tony Wolf, and
images – teens like to know teenager, although they can is necessary too. WW can save you a lot of conflicts with
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I always find the darker the framed mirror for a brass
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Columnist and trained counsellor
Fiona Caine offers advice


I’ve been married for 18 months not been seeing other women, but talk about your new marriage your marriage, so please consider
and, initially, I was very happy. But somehow this still isn’t enough. I and any stresses or worries that talking to a Relate counsellor -
over the past six months or so, I’ve really do want to believe him, but a this might have created, it’s no preferably with your husband too.
become convinced that my husband part of me just can’t let go of this. wonder that you’ve started to
has been having affairs with other It’s not as though I have any proof, feel insecure. Finally, your letter hints that
women. so why can’t I trust him? you do not work, so I assume
A. T. Another alternative is that that outside of the demands of
It’s been driving me nuts; I’m at your feelings may stem from the home and in the absence
home most of the time because I no FIONA SAYS: COULD THESE something in your past; of children, you have plenty of
longer work, so now I drop into his FEELINGS STEM FROM A perhaps from an insecure downtime on your hands. I don’t
office at different times of the day to PERSONAL INSECURITY? family environment while you mean to point this out unkindly,
check up on him. were growing up? Or perhaps but simply to illustrate that lots
In the absence of any proof to back a relationship in the past has of free time gives you scope
I usually apologise and say it’s up your suspicions, and given failed because of an unreliable to worry, so please consider
because I miss him, which he’s his assurances that he has been partner, or someone has treated developing new interests out of
accepted in the past, as he admits faithful, it’s not easy to identify you badly. the home.
that he works very long hours – obvious causes for your feelings.
sometimes over the weekend too, if Perhaps then, your insecurities Any or all of the above might What you decide to do is
there is a big project to manage. stem from you, rather than also have dented your self- entirely up to you; it could be
anything your husband might have esteem, which in turn, could further education, voluntary
It all came to a head last week done? generate yet more feelings of work or simply meeting friends
when he caught me going through insecurity. regularly. You might also consider
the call log on his mobile phone. He Such feelings can arise for any going back to work.
was angry at first, but when I burst number of reasons and a common Whatever the cause, though, I
into tears, he realised how upset cause is a lack of communication. think it’s important that you try You don’t mention why you
and worried I was. I eventually told Given your husband’s long to resolve these issues. stopped, but if you don’t feel as
him about my fears and he did all he hours, this could certainly have if you have a purpose any more,
could to reassure me. contributed to the way you feel. Left unchecked, your feelings this could contribute to your
could develop into jealousy or feelings of insecurity and lack of
He said that he loves me and If you’ve not had a chance to even paranoia, which might confidence. WW
only me, and he also promised he’s have serious implications for


Our heritage


Some of the biggest events that took place at home and abroad

January 17
Annelies Marie Frank, known as Anne Frank, died at Bergen-

Belsen concentration camp a er a typhus epidemic hit the camp

in early 1945. The exact date of her passing is unclear although

it is believed to have taken place some time between February

and April that year. She was just 15-years-old at the time of her

death, but her diary entries and the subsequent release of The

Diary of a Young Girl, went on to became

January 17 Brenda Fricker January 20 one of the most well-known books in
pictured with history.
Irish actress Brenda Fricker is born her My Le
in Dublin. Brenda became an actress Foot co-star Anne Frank pictured in the 1940s
almost by accident and in March
Daniel Day APRIL 30hiasfttvoehserlFelwmorjmtouaowh.nnsoreHintklnriyerle2giinAns0tddyhmfDiammeaoypeednriplrrnDahoeitacunwisántastohiionedlAfysRÉeotPpfneiuotrrorortrioeerml.tasseh1tneis2xhdvanpeieaennrnsnlledataotds,ttfitsetofnhocaeerl,
Lewis at the Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun take their own lives as the
62nd Annual Red Army approaches his Führerbunker in Berlin. They
1990 she won the Academy Award Academy had been married for less than 40 hours. World War II
for Best Supporting Actress for her Awards in 1990 o cially ended on September 2, 1945 when the Japanese
Instrument of Surrender was accepted on board the USS
portrayal of Bridget Fagan Brown, Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

Christy’s mother, in My Le Foot.

Journalist John F. Kennedy
Sean T. O’Kelly shakes hands with (who went on to become the NOVEMBER 20 DECEMBER 1 Better Midle pictured at
the French players at the France vs 35th President of the United the premier of Beaches in
States) visits Dublin and The Nuremberg trials begin at the American actress,
meets Taoiseach Éamon de Palace of Justice in Nuremberg. singer and comedian December 1988
Valera. Five days later on July These trials were a series of military Bette Midler is born
29 he filed the following story tribunals held a er World War II and in Honolulu, Hawaii.
for the New York Journal- gained prominence as those who Bette has released 14
American: Eamon de Valera planned, carried out or otherwise studio albums since
Seeks to Unite All Ireland: Eire participated in the Holocaust and 1972 and has starred in
Premier Answers Dillon on other war crimes, were prosecuted. films such as Beaches
Constitutional Rights. [1988] and Hocus
Pocus [1993].

Ireland match in Dublin September 28MmdTWamsSiihonrleaetdoivlsaArcervinteetcwcieeeedtassda.erdtPsdIBLaebnirieCmrtybro1orrir9cMynasaeb6w.grA,iecay6ftJwhnophooMaadrreafdeernisAdClsl’dsheCoCmfrerfinuoreveagrrrdwewrstrhidiePteczfenasiofiireintsnsrlrrmdoctNofirehnelalaefelmwneottioidUaranonsswnnoteiahiidtnrlee.d IN DECEMBER
Film Registry.
June 25 Alexander Fleming and By Michelle Newman
Ernst Boris Chain won the
Seán Thomas O’Kelly Nobel Prize in Physiology or
(63) is inaugurated as the Medicine with Howard Florey
second President of Ireland for discovering the healing
succeeding Douglas Ross Hyde. e ects of Penicillin on a
On Christmas Day that year number of infectious diseases.
during his presidential address,
he asked the young people of Sir Alexander Fleming pictured in 1952 at
Ireland to make more of an e ort London’s Wright Fleming Institute
to resort to the Irish language.
He died on November 23, 1966

and is buried at Glasnevin Theatrical poster for Next time we will be looking at the year 1978. If you have any old photographs or know of
Cemetery in Dublin. Mildred Pierce some interesting stories from that time we would love to hear from you. Please email your
entries to [email protected] with the words Heritage Page in the subject line.


Real life

Life according to
Cora Cora Staunton, one of the most famous female

sports stars in Irish history, opens up

When our editor Áine asked Cora’s first Communion openly about the book being what to expect on Thursday By Catherine Devane
me if I would be interested in full of her own words, but it was night. But it was absolutely
interviewing GAA player Cora between if they want to have a admittedly written by ghost amazing. We had over five
Staunton, I wasn’t aware of her. female or male role model,” says writer Mary White. hundred people in Castlebar at
But I soon found out from talking Cora. “I hope [writing the book] the launch, which to me was
to family and friends that’s she’s a leads to many more. It doesn’t Talking about her personal brilliant. A lot of young kids
big deal. have to be GAA players; [once life isn’t something that came [were there] and the icing on
it’s] female sports stars writing naturally to the star athlete, and the cake was that Mícheál Ó
Even if you’re not interested in autobiographies. I think it’s really she admits she found the sessions Muircheartaigh [launched the
Gaelic Football it’s hard not to feel important that young people with Mary difficult at times. book]”, explains Cora.
impressed by the 36-year-old’s today have a choice of who they
achievements to date. To name want to pick up in a book shop “I found the first couple of Earlier this year her TV
a few, she’s been the winner of and that it’s not just all male sessions with the ghost writer… documentary titled The Greatest,
eleven GAA All Star Awards and dominated.” very hard because you’re which followed her journey in
last year began a professional obviously talking about stuff that AFL football in Australia, was
sporting career, when she became Cora has a strong sense of happened maybe 15 or 20 years broadcasted on TG4. In the
the first international player to honesty about her and talks ago. [Things] you put in the back documentary Cora comments
be signed to an AFL [Australian of your mind, like the death of my on how she doesn’t see Sydney
Football League] Women’s team. With U14 All- mother, that whole time she was being a long-term move. But since
To top all that, she’s now just Ireland Cup, 1994 sick. I really wouldn’t have talked arriving back in Ireland things
published her first autobiography to anyone else about it. have changed for her personally.
titled Game Changer. After the Mayo Senior Ladies
“I’m quite a private person, I Football team controversy, which
Cora never intended to write a don’t tell too many people too saw Staunton and a selection of
book and wasn’t too keen on the many things. It’s hard to open up other teammates walk out of the
idea when she was approached and talk about a lot of different team, Cora now sees a future back
with the offer. But after thinking issues. I found it certainly hard to in Australia.
it through she says she felt it was trust someone and tell them that
important to create that female as well and for it go out into the “I’m still involved in the [local]
representation, especially as no public eye, I knew that was going club football at home, we had the
GAA female star had written an to be difficult too.” county final yesterday and we’re
autobiography until now. in to the Connacht final in two
Though it was a long process, weeks time. So whenever we get
“When I was growing up [and] the end product has been worth it beaten or however far we get in
you’d be looking for female role for Cora. the club, then I’ll head back to
models, the only one I had was Australia after that to play AFL
Sonia O’Sullivan… From a GAA “You have people you don’t professionally,” says Cora.
point of view all my role models know contacting you, telling
were male. I think it’s important you how inspirational it’s been, And does she have any more
that kids have a choice to choose how their young son or daughter projects in the pipeline? “I think
is reading it. Over the last that’s enough for now,” she laughs.
number of days the amount of
messages I’ve gotten has been “When I come back, I’ll probably
phenomenal. When I was sitting go back to work and play a bit of
down with Mary I said, ‘If I only club football.
in some way help one young
person growing up or inspire “I’ve done a lot of media work
one young person that’s my job with RTÉ on the radio, so hopefully
done’. I think from the messages continue doing stuff like that, and
I’ve gotten over the last number [continue] being involved in sport
of days, that’s [been] done, that’s and coaching.” WW
the goal achieved.”
Cora Staunton’s Game Changer
The book was officially (Transworld Ireland) is available now
launched the night before her Late
Late Show appearance in her local
area of Castlebar.

“I never knew what a book
launch was so I didn’t know


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THE SISTERS OF Melissa Albert’s e Hazel
TWHOEOWDINTER happened to bring him to this Wood focuses on teenage
point. Cue a mysterious, often Alice who must venture
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Dublin, and the truth behind her grandmother dies
When their parents travel to visit fables. I thoroughly enjoyed it. alone and her mother is
their grandfather, Laya and Liba are stolen. Alice’s only lead
left alone in their woodland home. THE LIGHT is her mother’s message: stay away from
But when Laya falls under the spell of WBEOTRWLEDESN the hazel wood. If you enjoy tales within a
a group of mysterious men, the sisters tale, this is definitely for you. Here, Melissa
will need each other more than ever. by Laura Weymoth talks about her literary influences and why
(Chicken House) everyone can enjoy her book.
OF MURDER After being turned into I feel I wear my influences on my sleeve.
woodland queens, sisters Evie I work for [American bookshop] Barnes
by Frances Brody (Piatkus) and Philippa are returned to the and Noble and I’m managing editor for the
real world and are forced back website so it’s kind of my job to fan girl and
It’s hard to believe this is the tenth into their ordinary lives. But all introduce people about books, so through
Kate Shackleton crime story – but it’s is not as it seems… A spooky tale the book people may see other texts I’ve
every bit as good as the first. When that is incredibly well written. mentioned.
her local photographic society pay a
visit to Brontë country, none realise TLEHAEVLEINBEESHWINED at is very deliberate, I want people to
there’ll be one fewer coming home. read the other books and come away with
Kate must sort the red herrings out by Eliza Graham a reading list of their own that they might
from the real clues to uncover the (Lake Union Publishing) want to read next. Any of the influences
culprit – and soon! mentioned, I just hope that gets other
Maud has little memories of her people reading great people like Angela
DRACUL past in wartime Yugoslavia, Carter and other folks.
when she was Amber, an
by Dacre Stoker (Bantam Press) undercover agent for the allied I share space with other books and that’s
forces. She’s trying to piece very exciting to me.
Bram Stoker has barricaded together the missing years of
himself into a room at the top of an her life but does she really want I love the idea of anyone of any age
abandoned abbey’s tower. It’s the to regain those memories? It picking up great books. With Harry Potter
stuff that makes for a great story, no? made me a little choked up. or books by Philip Pullman, you can’t
He rushes to write down all that has really categorise them to a specific age
because what a loss it would be to be 40
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Children’s BOOK OF THE WEEK in mind. I’m a huge advocate for teen By Áine Toner
books; I love reading them, I love writing
AND THE OCEAN WAS OUR SKY about and recommending them and now,
writing them. One of the things that is
by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Rovina Cai (Walker Books) so wonderful about teen books is that
The always wonderful Patrick Ness has turned his attention to the ocean in everything that happens to these young
this pared back, mysterious and, at times, sinister reimagining of Moby-Dick. characters, it’s like it’s happening for the
A pod of hunting whales, harpoons strapped to their hulking bodies, come first time.
across the much-mythologised trail of killer Toby Wick – a murderous figure
with a white-hulled boat who massacres all in his wake. Captain Alexandria at wonderful fresh feeling, that
and her pod of apprentices set o in pursuit, but it’s a topsy-turvy world where intensity of experience and the intensity of
whales and men (who live in the oxygen-filled ‘abyss’) are locked in an ongoing war, newness, that feeling that you’re working
each hunting the other. Bathsheba, Captain Alexandria’s youngest apprentice, begins to with incomplete information.
question the way of things, asking whether war makes devils of us all in the end. It is
a touch confusing at first, working out how the whales operate – although Rovina Cai’s I wanted to take fairytale themes and
darkly powerful and shadowy illustrations shot through with blood-red (her sharks are tell a story that would use more of a
particularly terrifying), do help you get a grip on the whales’ underwater civilisation. hardboiled way, like employing tropes and
tones from all different genres but giving it
a contemporary feel.

It feels like it is a product of
everything I’ve ever read and
loved and that feels great.

The Hazel Wood (Penguin) is
available now


Book special

In my words

Oisin McGann, who has developed a book to help children be
open about their feelings, talks Tolkien and Beatrix Potter

By Áine Toner What is your favourite book means you can find some “If I had written books over and over again,
and why? really random treasures. Our it, it wouldn’t and persisted after numerous
Of my books, it’s always the local independent bookshop is have been the rejections. However, one book
one I’ve just finished, or that Antonia’s Bookstore in Trim, same book” that was a big help for me
I’m still working on. While a fraction of the size, but still when I started out, and which
it’s alive in my head. At the manages to pack in a great westerns and Craig omas’s most professionals would still
moment, my Headbomz book range. cold war thrillers. For a while, recommend, is e Writers &
is still in there, bouncing I read everything I could Artist’s Yearbook, which had
around, along with a couple of Are you/were you in a find by Stephen King. I loved loads of useful articles and
new projects. But once a book bookclub? comics too, and by the time I advice and, cruicially, details
is out and printed, it’s time for Actually, I’ve never been in a was into my teens, I’d already of agencies and publishers you
it to start looking for a new bookclub. People tend to think decided I wanted to write and need to pitch to. ere’s an
home, a new head to occupy. writers have always read the draw comics for a living, but online resource now too.
My favourite of other people’s latest releases in their own it ended up being books by the
books? It’s really hard to pick area, but I struggle to find time I made my start. Who is your favourite
just one. e Lord of the Rings? time to read and I’m very author?
Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s specific, so I wouldn’t really Which book would you I think you’ve probably
want someone else setting my recommend to people? gathered by now that I’m
e Boat? e ird Policeman? reading material for me. hopeless at picking favourites.
Kate ompson’s e New is wouldn’t be a work of Writers whose books I’ve
Policeman? Frankenstein? ere are too many books fiction, but it’s the one I find kept coming back to over
Watchmen? Len Deighton’s and not enough time. Also, myself recommending most the years include Iain Banks,
Bomber? Perdido Street talking books is something often. Writers are always China Miéville, Lee Child,
Station? One of the 2000AD I do for work, so… being asked how they got Val McDermid, Alan Moore,
collected editions? Elektra: published, and there’s never Pat Mills, Terry Pratchett,
Assassin? All the Jack Reacher What’s the book that a simple answer. Most of the Agatha Christie and Stephen
books? I mean really, who can made you a writer? time, we’ve just pitched out King. WW
pick a favourite book? I can’t remember a time
when I didn’t want to Headbomz, Wreckin’ Yer
What’s the book, if any, that write books. My brothers Head, shines a light on the
you wished you’d written? and sisters and I were fed ‘Headbomz’ that children
a steady diet of great books face and the many ways
is is a trick question. If I had by our parents. My sisters, in which talking makes us
written it, it wouldn’t be the Kunak and Erika, are both stronger. The book is aimed
same book. I might well have published writers – we all at children aged between 9
ruined it. I couldn’t handle write in some form or other. and 11 years and encourages
that responsibility. We had close to 1,000 books children to talk openly about
on our sitting-room shelves their feelings in a fun and
What’s your favourite alone, though that was mostly engaging way.
bookshop? Dad’s non-fiction. ere
Chapters in Dublin. I don’t were certainly books that A copy of the book is
go very often (I live with a pushed me along, growing being sent to every primary
librarian, so I can have books up with Richard Scarry’s school in Ireland, while
delivered to my home), but and Beatrix Potter’s stories, readers can also download it
I’ve been going there on and the Professor Branestawm from or
off for half my life. It’s heaving books, Roald Dahl of course, free of charge in Vodafone
with well chosen books and the Narnia stories, e Lord of stores nationwide.
the huge secondhand range the Rings, Jules Verne, Enid
Blyton, loads of mystery like
Agatha Christie’s books, war
stories, Treasure Island, Moby
Dick, even Louis L’Amour’s



And the winner is...
ere’s news for one businessowner (but is it good)?

Coronation Street Simon announces that he wants to join Also this week
the navy, after a particularly enlightening
Steve thinks Abi’s not great at her new careers day. Will Peter and Leanne be › Who seeks revenge?
job but it’s evident that she’s distracted. impressed by his decision? Leanne asks Gary › Who makes a lifechanging decision?
Let’s hope she’s not so distracted as to do to speak with Simon. › Who hasn’t been honest?
something a bit silly. Mind you, if it makes
another Weatherfield resident realise the Speaking of Leanne, she and her lover are
impact of their words, well, so be it. spotted but not by someone welcoming.

Two business owners don’t agree on how Sinead wants to know more about a more
the company should be run. homeopathic lifestyle. Which is all well
and good but is it the right course of action,
Claudia is enjoying winding Audrey up knowing what she knows? Well, that is up
about the upcoming hair awards, letting slip for negotiation.
a wee nugget of gossip. at said, Audrey tells
David that she resents Claudia for coming Gina heads out on a date and is shocked to
between her and Maria (awh). Hmm, does discover he’s... well, we’re not going to tell
Maria feel the same perhaps? you! But you’ll be shocked! Meanwhile, Paula
assures Sophie that things are looking up for
Steve and Tracy are horrified when they her mammy, which is nice.
realise what they’ve signed. Can we just say:
Amy is every bit her mother’s daughter? I’m Elsehwere, who makes a decision about his
not so why they’re surprised at her actions and his partner’s life?
(FYI: insults in the contract cost £8 each).



Emmerdale EastEnders Fair City

Okay, so there’s a lot to take in this week but Someone’s feeling (rightfully) guilty which Hughie realises he needs to make it up to
we would prefer not to spoil it for you. ere’s results in a confrontation. Will two people Jackie but will he delight?
a confrontation from a very angry father face the music? I predict harsh words... but
while another resident gets an eviction notice. are they deserved? Tessa warms to Callum’s approach to his
Bad timing? We think so. Cue an angry daddy family, as Sean questions Paul’s parenting.
who wants a villager to sort things out. Bev wants to put her daughter off
motherhood, which is nice, criticising Carol’s reaction to Robbie causes friction
Diane and Matty are suspicious, and everything that Hayley does. If only Hales with Yates while Hayley insists Carol will
worried, when Victoria meets up with Leon could find someone to imbue her with much- always want to be tied to Robbie. Later, Carol
again. However, she’s unimpressed by their needed confidence. is reminded how great Yates really is.
interference and goes into flirting mode.
Bernadette is concerned about Keegan’s Meanwhile, Sharon gives Hayley advice
Maya is put out at David who is doing strange behaviour. What’s new? about how to keep a man interested.
something he possibly shouldn’t be.
Tiffany meets a feisty girl called Evie and Jake worries about Cristiano’s relationship
Someone overhears something they impressed by her boldness, the pair end up with Will. I sense a confrontation... Later in
shouldn’t and we predict it’ll cut deep. bonding. Here’s to frienship, yeah? the week, Dean puts Jake on the spot, urging
him to be honest with Will.
And who gets the wrong end of the stick Elsewhere, Dot gets a heartfelt letter. She
over a potential date? And who needs and a friend go on a trip, but it doesn’t end Parents Orla and Wayne are divided over
consoling over some video feedback? terribly well. how best to parent Junior while Dolores shuts
down Wayne when he asks for a loan.

Holby City Ros na Rún Soap gossip

By Áine Toner Unbearable truths emerge as Hanssen faces Just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean Corrie’s Julia
Gaskell for one last time... Ooh, we sense the everyone still isn’t out to get you, right? at’s Goulding, who
final countdown. what Cóilí Jackie is concerned about this plays Shona
week. Will there be a need to phone for help? Ramsey, says
With Gaskell’s dastardly invention inside there’s a new
of her, Jac fears for her life - but the only one Elsewhere, it’s very clear that John Joe storyline coming
who can remove this ticking time bomb is fancies O’Shea. Swit swoo. But does she feel for her character.
the man himself. Can she convince him to the same way? Er... judging by the image “There are some
try? Who would have believed that this could above, I think she’ll reciprocate if he leans in really good stories
even be a storyline in Holby? for a kiss, the charmer. coming up for Shona,
and obviously I can’t
Meena throws caution to the wind and outs Mack is stressing about Dee’s pregnancy but tell you much about them,” she told Bang
Gaskell’s nefarious deeds, enlisting Essie’s will he be able to keep the news to himself? Showbiz.
help in unravelling his web of lies.
Meanwhile, Frances has an interview in “But it’s been nice to have some light
We won’t spoiler the episode for you but Dublin and is sick of Tadhg. Could she begin to relief since the rape storyline, so I’m really
my goodness, this is edge-of-your-sofa think about leaving the village? And will she looking forward to getting back into the
viewing, we promise you. get the job? nitty gritty drama. It’s nice to be able to
do both.

“I’d like to see her go o the rails
again. From what she came in as I’ve
been allowed to explore so many di erent
colours to her personality. I’d be excited to
get a bit bad again.”




MILLENNIUM Robin Hood, with his band of merry men, naturally,
Altogether now, fee, fi, fo, fum. Jack takes centre FORUM, DERRY will be riding through the glens and onto the stage of
The Helix this winter. Irish tenor Paul Byrom is the
stage at the Civic in this reimagined classic tale that we Set your boos to loud Sheriff of Nottingham; a baddie but with a great voice.
for when Captain Hook Runs from November 23 to January 20, tickets from €19.
expect might have a few twists and turns – a bit like a takes to the stage in See for more details
Peter Pan. For our
beanstalk, really. Sorcha Furlong from Fair City stars as money he’s one of the POLLY AND THE MAGIC LAMP AT THE OLYMPIA
worst panto baddies THEATRE, DUBLIN
the Baroness, Enya Martin as the InstaFairy and Morgan out there. We’re strictly This panto is supercharged with celebrities as
team Peter Pan, and Ryan Andrews, Jake Carter, Erin McGregor, James
Crowley is Dame Dottie. with dance, lush Patrice, Rob Vickers, Simon Delaney and Rory
Runs from December 12 to 30, tickets from €13.75. See costumes and even some Cowan will be treading the boards of The Olympia. for more details flying we think you will All singing, all dancing, all joking and all starry, we
be cheering for him and like the sound of this, especially Rory Cowan, we
the Darlings too. love him.
Runs from November 30 Runs from December 21 to January 6, tickets from €26.
to December 30, tickets See for more details
from £14, see www.
for more details

We hope you’re not afraid CORK Louise Bowden is the Snow SAMMY SAUSAGES AND
of heights because this Queen and Nicholas Grennell BUFFY AT THE TIVOLI
show promises to take Glass slipper? Ugly is Jack Frost in a tale where THEATRE, DUBLIN
you on a thrilling magic love is needed to melt a frozen
carpet ride with Aladdin sisters? Pumpkin heart. Pass the tissues… One of our favourite couples
and Princess Jasmine. Runs from November 25 to is behind the iconic panto
With live music, dance, coach? Fairy January 9, tickets from €19.50. – Alan Hughes and husband
and spectacular special See Karl Broderick who writes
effects your wish to godmother? Check, the show. Every year they
see a great panto will SNOW WHITE AT THE UNIVERSITY create a spectacle full of
absolutely come true. check, check and CONCERT HALL, LIMERICK magic, laughs and genuine
Runs from November 29 We wouldn’t fancy our chances up against emotion. Alan is back as
to January 20, tickets check. Yes it’s Katherine Lynch as the wicked queen in Snow Sammy Sausages (surely the
from €27.50. See www. White. She’s not the only star to appear in this, best panto character ever?) for Cinderella but with a so expect lots of laughs, familiar faces and with Mary Byrne as Fairy
more details hopefully not too many poison apples. Mary and a whole host of
bit of a revamp that Runs from December 17 to January 6, tickets other stars. This books out
from €18.50. See for more every year, so book early.
promises laughs, Runs from December 4 to
January 13, tickets from €16.
boos and some See
for more details
major glass slipper
We love
Runs from December

1 to January 13,
tickets from €20. See



Ireland’s touring panto, you’ll have the chance to see this in two

venues. Boasting a star-studded cast of George McMahon and

Aoibheann McCaul from Fair City, as well as RTÉ Jr’s Clara

Murray you just know that true love will emerge triumphant.
Runs from December 27 to 30 at the National Opera House
and January 3 to 5 at the INEC, tickets from €25. See www. and for more



Russell Grant on how to make the most
of the opportunity the planet brings


Star signs

After a year’s trek in Scorpio, on November CANCER: BUSINESS LUCK! Tired of taking which is unlikely, this will mean greater spending
8 Jupiter will enter his own sign, Sagittarius, on jobs just to pay the bills or of getting paid power and a little more cash to play around with
and remains in this mutable fire sign until peanuts for your work? It’s time for you to after the necessities of life are taken care of.
December 2019. Jupiter, planet of prosperity, become captain of your ship. Your first priority Remember too, that whatever you put out there
knowledge and travel is most powerful when should be to find a positive outlet for your comes back to you. Random acts of kindness will
passing through adventurous Sagittarius. This talents. Jupiter encourages you to start looking make a positive difference and there’s the added
combined energy encourages spiritual growth for opportunities rather than focusing on benefit of attracting abundance when you share
and learning through exploring different disappointments. Moving to a different place, your time and energy with others.
cultures, spiritual practices and philosophies. finding a better job or getting a promotion will
prove fulfilling. The prospect of doing what you SAGITTARIUS: LUCKY YOU! Opportunity
Are you searching for a life purpose? Jupiter’s love will keep you optimistic and motivated. Be knocks! The spotlight is aimed directly at you
presence in Sagittarius can lead you to thinking receptive to inner guidance and follow it without and you shouldn’t shun its glare. Now is the
big and realising the ideas that lie within you. hesitation. Take small, progressive steps perfect time for you to act on your inspirations.
This massive planet is expansive and over the towards your goal. When new doors open, don’t delay in walking
year ahead can amplify parts of your world through because everything is in place and
reflected by its position in your chart. LEO: LOVE! This has the potential to be one everyone is on your side to support a positive
of the most loving times of your life. Putting outcome. Sometimes it isn’t how you approach
You can begin by looking up your sun sign passion into everything you do as well as finding a situation that’s important but what really
below (although you need your full astrological your own Love Island in life. Your spirit longs to matters is that you put energy, action and
chart to know the house Jupiter is in and the express itself in creative ways. Playing music, intention into manifesting what you desire.
aspects from other planets) to discover how painting, cooking, gardening and anything that Once you take the first step, wisdom and
Jupiter can bring growth and new wisdom inspires your imagination will reignite your experience will guide you along the way.
into your life and how you can work with his passion for life. It doesn’t matter whether
portentous powers. you are a professional or a beginner, what’s CAPRICORN: SPIRITUALITY! Things that
important is that you liberate your inner artist. once gave your life meaning no longer seem
You have the power to do anything you can Enrolling in a creative class and developing as important. Your values are changing and
imagine through tapping into Jupiter’s energy. your raw talent will give your life purpose and there’s never been a better time to make a
meaning outside of work. fresh start. Whether this means relocating
ARIES: WANDERLUST! It’s imperative you to a different city or changing careers is up
expand your horizons at this time. Visit faraway VIRGO: HOME LIFE! The more time you spend to you. The important thing is to obey your
places as they will be educational and you will with your family, the wealthier you will feel, intuition. Jupiter encourages you to summon
experience a way of life very different to your materially and spiritually. Although you are your courage and usher in important changes. If
own. You will feel an instant affinity for people careful with your cash, putting money toward a you aren’t sure what to do, turn your attention
from another culture. Starluck is all around you home improvement project will add value to your inward and listen to your intuition. Once you
and in particular through learning, study and home and make your daily life more comfortable. set the wheel of change into motion, your
exploring exciting places you’ve been to or seen When you invest in your own happiness, you confidence will soar.
before. Jupiter urges you to embark on new exude confidence and your family will enjoy
adventures and it will be good to be back to your spending more quality time with you. Reach out AQUARIUS: FORWARD TO THE FUTURE! Try
daredevil self after a prolonged period of drifting to relatives you haven’t seen recently and start to get a balance between giving and receiving.
along with lots of uncertainty. planning a big family reunion. The warmth and If you do all the giving and never take, some
affection you receive in return will remind you of people will take advantage of your kindness.
TAURUS: SUPER SEXY! If you have any what’s truly important. Being of service to others gives you a sense of
doubts about your ability to make your passions purpose but it’s a mistake not to give yourself
come alive, now is the time to leave them LIBRA: CEREBRAL BRILLIANCE! When credit for all you do. When it comes to making
behind. Negative thoughts can create self- you set your hand to do something you are money, Jupiter will be prompting you to be
fulfilling prophecies that are totally unnecessary always intent on doing it to the best of your sure you are paid what you are worth. But
because Jupiter will help you refocus and realise ability. Jupiter is now offering you a chance the future’s where it’s at. Now is the time to
your full potential. The more confidence you to turn ideas into something tangible and plot and plan your course into the unknown.
have, the more success you will enjoy. Your worthwhile. When you believe in yourself and Hold your nerve, if things don’t work out
life experiences have prepared you for this new your decisions, you can convince anyone to immediately it’s not meant to be – but you’ll
phase in your life and the opportunities available do anything and your prospects for success never want for long.
to you, in 2019, will be magical. Money from grow stronger. You should move forward with
an inheritance, legal settlement or prize will new plans and ideas knowing you have some PISCES: DESTINY CALLS! The sooner you
improve your financial fortunes. supportive friends with you every step of the set new long-term aims, the quicker you will be
way. Be sure to show your gratitude for any able to take advantage your ruling planet Jupiter
GEMINI: HAPPY PARTNERSHIPS! This will favours received. New friendships will take you (you share him with Sagittarius) has to offer.
be a great time to improve all your relationships down some interesting paths and it’s entirely Pouring more energy into your career will pay
and to commit to joint ventures. You can learn possible you will be able to study abroad or take dividends in 2019. Set a lofty goal and consider
more about yourself and what makes you tick an exciting trip overseas. ways to move towards it. Learning a language,
through your involvement in team efforts. Folks training in new areas and skills and picking up
from different countries, creeds and cultures will SCORPIO: MONEY! Jupiter’s entry into a qualification or two will bode well and will
expand your view of the world and broaden your Sagittarius will bring opportunities to improve empower you, personally and professionally.
horizons and there’s nothing you will love more your finances, build a better budget and longer- Remember: you are the architect of your own
than connecting with others. Working on a joint term security. A new source of income is on the fate and it is time to take control and your
project could bring you favourable publicity that way and unless you manage your money terribly destiny calls you. WW
will have fortunate consequences. A wedding,
engagement and forming a business partnership
are all lucky possibilities.


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