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The magic of vintage fortified wines

Taylor’s 1896 Single Harvest Port, Douro, Portugal (£3,950, enquire at Mentzendorff) What makes a wine worth nearly £4,000? This, inevitably, is the first question the venerable Port shipper Taylor’s latest release brings to mind. And having been lucky enough to receive a small test tube filled with a few precious sample drops of this very […]

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From the archive: a weekend at Butlin’s, 1983

For the Observer Magazine in 1983, Ian Walker went along to Butlin’s Skegness holiday camp to see the new season begin (12 June). ‘Welcome to the house of fun’ was the headline inside – the Madness tune having been taken up by the staff as their camp song in this ‘fading pink and blue and […]

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June is a magical month for gardeners. Take time to enjoy it

June, the month of weeding and watering. The official end of spring and – hopefully any fear of frost. Time of the longest day (we’ll avoid the doom-laden tick tock of the summer garden clock). The weeks of first harvest. No more holding back, most everything can go into ground now. Time for the tender […]

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Sunday with Trixie Mattel: ‘I refuse to stop – every day is a Monday’

When do you get up? I dream of sleeping until noon, but I naturally wake up at 8.30am, deeply hungover, to scroll on Twitter. Then my boyfriend wakes up drenched in martini-sweat. I’ll get brunch delivered and try to run half a marathon. I’m very high-low when it comes to quality of life. Is Sunday […]

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A growing concern: peat is bad for the planet – and for plants

The gardening world can be slow to change and, as much as that can frustrate – even infuriate me at times – I love the reassuring familiarity and nostalgia. In an ever-changing, unpredictable world, it’s an anchor for traditions and our sense of identity. However, sometimes this resistance to change can lead to curious outcomes, […]

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Notes on chocolate: nut-milk and honeycomb made my May

May was a fine autumn month. There were days the skies above my house looked radically different from each window and the mad winds, borrowed from March, blew the cherry blossom into the house like a peace offering. I drank hot chocolate and iced coffee. My childhood newsagent treat was always a Crunchie, so any […]

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The Best Tips On How To Buy Furniture

You must be careful when shopping for furniture. You want to buy the best quality items that will last for years to come. However, it’s not advisable to overpay for them. The following are some useful tips on demystifying the process of buying furniture. When you buy older furniture, be sure to look at the […]