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ADVERTISING & SALES Advertising Penny Lamb

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MANAGEMENT Managing director Jane Ingham

Chief executive Greg Ingham

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The 2012 overture

So that’s that, then. The crackers have been pulled, the last of the turkey has been gobbled, and as we loosen our belts in one way and tighten them in another, the

post-Christmas blues are setting in. Au contraire, Rodney – the excitement

is only just beginning. 2012 could be your year. Why not? We all thought Misha B was going to cruise to an easy victory on The X Factor (especially the chameleonic singer herself ), yet she didn’t even reach the final, so anything’s possible, right? With a whole 12 months to play with, just

imagine what you could achieve. And if you’re not sure where to start, I’ve put together a list of 12 things to try in 2012 (page 26). If being at home over Christmas has left

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you feeling like your homestead could use a new-year spruce-up, Laura Rowe has put together a fiendishly well-timed interiors guide (page 32). I’ve sampled some delicious slow food at

The Rusty Bike (page 36), the headmistress of The Maynard School in Exeter has expert advice for pupils sitting entrance exams and their parents (page 63), and while we’re all freezing cold Mal Rogers sends a postcard from sun-soaked Andalucia (page 56). We speak to the entrepreneur who set up a

cult clothing brand while he was studying at Exeter University and has opened a shop in

Gandy Street (page 46), we hear how a ‘smile makeover’ by a Topsham dentist changed a local lady’s life (page 50), popular local artist Catherine Forshall reveals the centenarian who watches her every brush stroke (page 82) and we’ve hit the shops again, this time to bring you the best in winter skincare to soothe the chapped, quench the dry and rejuvenate partied-out skin (page 44). Happy new year!

Sarah Feeley, Editor

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