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Interview with a Dragon - Hilary Devey talks about why she’s unlucky in love Holidays - Cruising the Suez Canal Money - Useful tips and information for savers Motoring - A look at the new Mazda, the Volvo v40 and Citroen’s new styling Fashion - Kate Middleton outfits now available on the High Street Health - Investigating hypnotherapy - can it help? Health - It’s never too late to try contact lenses PLUS details of a secret hearing device Olympics - Life Begins talks to olympian Ben Ainslie on his excitement for Team GB Technology - Listen to your favourite music all over the house (and garden!) Jubilee - Looking back on 60 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign Property - How you can add value to your home Coffee Break - Prize-winning crossword and more Competition - Win tickets to Legoland Windsor or Mike & The Mechanics at the O2 Food - Antonio Carluccio talks about his passion for simple Italian cuisine My Story - One lady’s battle with cancer Entertainment - What’s on in Dorset PLUS book review Gardening - Low maintenance decorative gardens Encore! - Julian Clary talks about how his life has changed for the better

Proud to be British!

The summer of 2012 may well be remembered by many as ‘The Great British Summer’ in years to come (weather conditions excluded!) with the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrated by so many (see page 21) and our own Team GB competing for medals at the Olympics hosted on our own soil, or indeed waters (see page 18). And at the time of writing, England were still in the Euro 2012 football championships (but by the time you read this, they may well have been knocked out on penalties - again!)

With so much doom and gloom reported in the news - the constant speculation of the imminent collapse of the Euro currency, winds of recession hitting Britain, and pessimistic economic outlooks, it’s easy to find being British, or even European a depressing prospect, but events like the ones happening this summer can really help to raise the national mood and give us all the big lift we need.

It was great to see that despite the appalling conditions on the River Thames during the Royal Pageant, there was such a massive turnout of people from all walks of life and from all corners of our nation sharing in the celebrations. Who can forget the pictures beamed to us on televsion of thousands of smiling people still singing and waving flags, even in the midst of the storm? It shows that whatever is thrown at us as a nation of people, we are still just as resiliant and still fiercely proud of our heritage as ever we were! May ‘The ‘Great British Summer’ be remembered for many years to come! It’s good to be British!

Until the next time, Jason Harris, Editor

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