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seasonal produce and recipes


produce the best tasting wines. His advice is to purchase wine that excites and will be savoured for a long time.


44Vintners high life without having to break the bank. quality legal advice during separation and divorce.


46Restaurant reviews 52Legal


54Finance Simon Lewis looks at the impact of the Chancellor’s recently announced


changes to pensions. What were once personal pensions are now potential family assets that can be used for intergenerational planning.


about his new tour, Nidiot, and how much he enjoys being on the road and taking risks in the pursuit of happiness.


Linda Seward’s detailed look at the best of what’s on in the theatre, music, exhibitions, arts, sports and countryside over the coming weeks.


62Comedy 66Events


new exhibition in November, entitled Oblivious, references his subjects’ and our own frequent obliviousness to the world around us. It’s a fascinating insight into and take on human nature.


72Art Nigel Cox’s minimalistic oil paintings capture an extraordinary realism. His Jon Richardson, stand-up comedian and self-confessed perfectionist, talks Sarah Duckworth and Eleanora Newbery consider the importance of good


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Nick Harman looks at three different London venues offering a taste of the Alex Roberts discusses how the current trend for going organic may not


Fashion Questa boutique in Cobham


recently celebrated 25 years in the fashion business. Owner Amanda Cook explains the story behind its longevity and all the ups and downs along the way.


October 2014


Style Does your heart sink when you open your wardrobe? Anita Feron Clark


shows us how to carry out a clothes audit and hone overly full wardrobes this Autumn.


Food Crates Local Produce chooses highlights of what to eat and cook with some


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