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Aidan<br />

Turner<br />

New<br />

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Revealed: Secrets<br />

from the Poldark set<br />

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good to know<br />

Simple advice on money + home + family + shopping + trends<br />

Perfect<br />

pickings!<br />

Arm yourself with these<br />

handy tips to ensure you<br />

buy the very best fruit and<br />

veg at the supermarket<br />

Before buying a bell pepper<br />

take a look at the underneath. The peppers<br />

with four bumps on their bottom are females,<br />

these are full of seeds but are sweeter and<br />

best for eating raw.<br />

The ones with<br />

three bumps are<br />

male which are<br />

better for<br />

cooking with.<br />

Female<br />

Male<br />

If the shoulders (the top<br />

bit, under the leaves) of a<br />

strawberry are white<br />

this means the berry has<br />

been picked too early and<br />

may not be as tasty and<br />

sweet. Look for bright red<br />

berries in any shape or size.<br />

Flick the dry brown<br />

stem off the top of an<br />

avocado, if the<br />

underneath is brown<br />

then it’s overripe, if it’s a<br />

yellowish green then<br />

it means it’s<br />

still good!<br />

If you prefer your watermelon to be<br />

sweet then choose a more rounded and<br />

spherical-shaped one at the supermarket<br />

as these are typically female and have a<br />

sweeter taste. The male watermelon is<br />

more of a long<br />

oval shape and<br />

will often be<br />

watery and<br />

less sweet.<br />

Female<br />

Male<br />

If you love cherries<br />

and want them to last<br />

as long as possible be<br />

sure to pick the ones<br />

with the stems still<br />

attached as they will<br />

have a better shelf life.<br />

PICs: shutterstock, alamy stock photo<br />

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As the fourth series of Poldark<br />

hits our screens, we go behind<br />

the scenes to talk to its star,<br />

heart-throb Aidan Turner<br />

By Alison James<br />

When it comes to<br />

iconic TV moments,<br />

they don’t come<br />

much more<br />

memorable than the<br />

opening scene of Poldark series four.<br />

As if the stunning Cornish scenery<br />

– golden beaches, rugged cliffs, a<br />

forever blue sky and rolling surf –<br />

wasn’t enough, the real ‘wow’ factor<br />

will always be Aidan himself.<br />

The sight of a bare-chested Ross<br />

Poldark emerging from the waves like<br />

some kind of <strong>mag</strong>nificent sea god –<br />

Heart-throb: Actor Aidan<br />

clad in tight, white breeches, droplets<br />

Turner ready to set pulses<br />

of sea water dripping off his muscular racing again in the new<br />

torso and his dark, slicked-back hair… series of Poldark<br />

A ‘Daniel Craig in his blue<br />

swimming trunks’ moment if ever<br />

there was one! Aidan laughs, “We did<br />

that scene very early in the morning<br />

Secrets from the<br />

last September. It was cold and, to be<br />

honest, not particularly pleasant.”<br />

Maybe not for him but<br />

Poldark set<br />

for his legions of fans?<br />

Pure catnip! He’s surely<br />

aware of the effect such<br />

scenes have on so many of<br />

us women?<br />

On set: Eleanor and Aidan<br />

enjoy a relaxing ride<br />

inbetween filming<br />

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star chat<br />

“Yes,” he laughs again. “But I don’t<br />

mind! Go for it!”<br />

So, did he work out in preparation?<br />

“I have to keep relatively fit in order<br />

for the costumes to fit,” he replies.<br />

“Those breeches were rather tight!”<br />

It actually seems that Aidan’s<br />

modesty was spared. When Ross<br />

Poldark goes swimming in the original<br />

Winston Graham novels – which<br />

he does a lot – he skinny dips! Time<br />

perhaps to change the subject…<br />

So how was it being back in Cornwall<br />

with the Poldark cast and crew for this<br />

eagerly anticipated fourth series?<br />

“Oh, it was great,” he enthuses.<br />

“A bit like a big family reunion. We<br />

got together in Bristol for a few days<br />

and then went down to Cornwall.<br />

We all get on very well. Some of my<br />

favourite scenes to film are the ones<br />

between Ross and his nemesis George<br />

Warleggan. I get on very well with Jack<br />

Farthing who plays George and we have<br />

great fun eye-balling each other and<br />

even more fun when we have to fight.”<br />

At the end of series three, Ross and<br />

Demelza’s marriage was in jeopardy<br />

after Demelza fell for da<strong>mag</strong>ed soldier<br />

Hugh Armitage (and Ross had a brief<br />

encounter with former love, Elizabeth,<br />

of course). Can the<br />

marriage survive?<br />

“It’s not easy<br />

for them,” replies<br />

Aidan, “especially at<br />

the beginning of the<br />

series. They might<br />

start off a bit rocky<br />

and try to figure things<br />

out. It’s a very real<br />

relationship and things<br />

like this sometimes<br />

happen in a marriage.<br />

“Marriage can be<br />

tricky and complicated.<br />

But ultimately Ross and<br />

Demelza do love each<br />

other, trust each other<br />

and they want to make it<br />

work. I think we tackle it<br />

in a very real way and it’s<br />

something an audience<br />

will understand.”<br />

It has to be said that<br />

Eleanor Tomlinson<br />

(Demelza) has a<br />

chemistry with<br />

Aidan that works<br />

so well on screen<br />

Aidan and actress Eleanor Tomlinson<br />

who plays Demelza have an amazing<br />

on-screen chemistry.<br />

“We get each other,” he grins. “It<br />

works. We have a connection when<br />

the cameras aren’t rolling so that when<br />

they are, we’re there straightaway.<br />

The relationship between Ross and<br />

Demelza has always felt very real for<br />

Eleanor and me, that’s why it is so<br />

enjoyable to play.”<br />

‘Marriage can be tricky<br />

and complicated. But<br />

ultimately Ross and<br />

Demelza do love each<br />

other, trust each other and<br />

they want to make it work’<br />

We’ve heard it rumoured that,<br />

dressed as Ross and Demelza, Aidan<br />

and Eleanor regularly race each other<br />

on horseback across the Cornish cliffs.<br />

“Yes, we do and we’re very<br />

competitive with each other,” Aidan<br />

confirms. “Eleanor tends to beat me<br />

rather than the other way around –<br />

even though she’s having to ride side<br />

saddle. I make out that it’s because<br />

she’s got a far superior horse but it’s<br />

not that at all. She’s a very<br />

experienced rider and has been<br />

doing it a long time.”<br />

What else can we expect from<br />

series four? “With Demelza’s<br />

encouragement, Ross becomes<br />

involved with politics and spends<br />

some time in London,” Aidan reveals.<br />

“Demelza meanwhile stays behind<br />

to look after the mine and the family.<br />

He’s not in London that much,<br />

though. That would be a shame<br />

when Cornwall is so beautiful and<br />

one of the stars of the show.<br />

“In some ways Ross feels like a<br />

different character to the Ross of<br />

series one. Like any person, he’s<br />

growing and changing all the time.<br />

The scripts are so well written that<br />

this flows quite naturally. He has<br />

more of a sense of responsibility, is<br />

less selfish and a better husband and<br />

father. He’s learning to listen more.<br />

“Having said this, he’s still as<br />

complex as he ever was but that is<br />

part of the joy of playing him. There’s<br />

lots going on there – he’s not just a<br />

straightforward, nice guy. He doesn’t<br />

always make the right decisions, he’s<br />

stubborn and he’s flawed, although<br />

his heart is in the right place.<br />

As the series progresses we’ll<br />

see him change and grow and<br />

maybe lose some of his ego.<br />

“Fundamentally, though,<br />

he’s still a gambler by nature<br />

and a man who, although<br />

hardworking, takes chances.<br />

These characteristics work<br />

well together and make him a<br />

fascinating character to play.”<br />

Aidan (34) also feels he’s<br />

changed since playing Ross.<br />

“Like him, I hope I’ve<br />

learned to listen more. It’s<br />

just kind of getting older,<br />

I guess. Gaining more life<br />

experience and becoming<br />

more aware and sensitive to<br />

other people.”<br />

In one way, he definitely<br />

hasn’t changed, though. He’s<br />

just as gorgeous as ever!<br />

n Poldark starts this month on<br />

Sunday evenings on BBC1<br />

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PICs: BBC/MAMMOTH SCREEN, ALAMY STOCK PHOTO, LMK


Wonder<br />

Women<br />

We meet two<br />

amazing Red<br />

Cross volunteers<br />

who offer care<br />

and compassion<br />

to victims of<br />

tragedy at home<br />

and abroad<br />

By Katharine Wootton<br />

For the past 11<br />

years, Linda<br />

Cameron has<br />

spent months<br />

at a time<br />

with her bags packed.<br />

As a British Red Cross<br />

emergency volunteer, she<br />

could receive a phone call at<br />

any time asking her to attend<br />

a disaster anywhere in the<br />

world where she’ll provide<br />

support to people facing<br />

one the most traumatic<br />

times of their life.<br />

Linda, pictured<br />

below, who’s a retired<br />

psychotherapist, first signed<br />

up to the Red Cross as a<br />

Bringing hope in<br />

times of tragedy<br />

support volunteer,<br />

deciding she wanted<br />

to use her skills to help<br />

those facing tragedy.<br />

Linda was there to<br />

help in 2010 when the<br />

Madeira Floods killed<br />

42 people and in 2015<br />

when a disastrous<br />

earthquake killed 9,000<br />

and injured 22,000<br />

people in Nepal.<br />

“The first thing we do<br />

when we arrive in a disaster<br />

zone is draw breath as it can<br />

be a very chaotic situation,”<br />

says Linda (65). “We work<br />

with the Rapid Deployment<br />

Team from the Foreign and<br />

Commonwealth Office to<br />

plan where we’re going<br />

to be most useful. This is<br />

The Red Cross helped many people in Nepal<br />

often to work with British<br />

nationals involved in the<br />

crisis who are in shock,<br />

bereaved, disorientated<br />

and distressed.<br />

“Our job isn’t to provide<br />

counselling as that’s not<br />

appropriate early on, but<br />

to show kind actions. We<br />

also make sure they’ve got<br />

food and other<br />

essentials and are<br />

able to contact<br />

loved ones at<br />

home. Sometimes,<br />

however, it’s a<br />

case of just sitting<br />

with someone<br />

and listening to<br />

them, reassuring<br />

them that the<br />

emotions they’re<br />

feeling are completely<br />

normal and being a calm<br />

presence in the middle of<br />

the chaos.<br />

“I use some of the skills<br />

I have as a counsellor but I<br />

don’t do any therapy – it’s<br />

just about being alongside<br />

someone so they know<br />

they’re not alone.”<br />

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eal life<br />

From the Nepal earthquake to the tragedy of Grenfell<br />

Tower, Red Cross volunteers make a huge difference<br />

‘Helping at Grenfell changed my life’<br />

A year on from the Grenfell Tower fire that tragically<br />

took 71 lives, Elaine Meakin, pictured below, recalls the<br />

profound effect helping people caught in the tragedy had<br />

on her personally.<br />

Could you help?<br />

If you’re interested in volunteering to<br />

help The Red Cross in local, national or<br />

international emergencies call 0344 871 1111<br />

or visit www.redcross.org.uk/volunteer<br />

‘One moment<br />

you’re sitting at<br />

home in front of<br />

the television and<br />

the next you’re in a<br />

disaster zone’<br />

During the Nepal<br />

earthquakes in 2015, Linda<br />

was based at the British<br />

Embassy in Kathmandu,<br />

mainly helping people<br />

who’d been trekking in<br />

the mountains when the<br />

earthquake struck.<br />

“Many of them had<br />

had a traumatic journey<br />

finding their way back<br />

to the capital when the<br />

earthquake happened and<br />

were distressed by the things<br />

they’d seen. A lot were young<br />

people who’d been travelling<br />

the world, too, and we had to<br />

help them make the decision<br />

whether to go home or carry<br />

on with their travels.”<br />

As well as the Nepal<br />

earthquake, Linda also<br />

recently supported child<br />

refugees fleeing violence<br />

in their home country as<br />

they travelled to the UK from<br />

Calais. “Being able to bring<br />

support was very moving<br />

as the children were very<br />

scared, disorientated and<br />

uncertain of their future.”<br />

Dealing with such<br />

emotional situations<br />

“I’d been a member of<br />

staff at the Red Cross for a<br />

month when an email went<br />

around the office asking<br />

for volunteers to help at<br />

Grenfell. While I’d normally<br />

never do anything so out of<br />

my comfort zone, I’d been<br />

watching the events of<br />

Grenfell unfold on the news and there was something in me<br />

that made me want to help.<br />

“Seeing Grenfell Tower for the first time was<br />

horrendous and I was incredibly moved by the tributes<br />

and messages about missing people around the area.<br />

My job was to volunteer shortly afterwards at a local<br />

‘I just showed<br />

kindness and<br />

empathy which<br />

is something<br />

everyone can do’<br />

centre for people caught<br />

in the tragedy, welcoming<br />

them and signposting to the<br />

organisations who could<br />

provide help with counselling,<br />

food and financial support.<br />

“We were sitting down<br />

with people, comforting them and just being a friendly face.<br />

Many people were understandably distraught while others<br />

were angry and we were there to listen. I felt so proud to<br />

help, especially as I’d never done anything like this before.<br />

I just showed kindness and empathy which is something<br />

everyone can do.<br />

“This experience made me much more confident as I<br />

realised I could actually help and be involved. I’ve made a lot<br />

of changes to my life since Grenfell, including signing up as a<br />

Red Cross community reserve volunteer to step in if there’s<br />

a disaster, such as a large flood or fire, in my area.”<br />

obviously comes with its<br />

own challenges for the<br />

volunteers, but Linda says<br />

the hardest thing is how fast<br />

everything moves.<br />

“One minute you’re sitting<br />

at home in front of the TV<br />

and then you’re in a disaster<br />

zone. You have to be resilient<br />

and quick to adapt. Then<br />

when you come home you<br />

have to take time to process<br />

everything as it can be<br />

overwhelming to be back.”<br />

But Linda says it’s worth<br />

it for the help she can give<br />

people when they’re in a<br />

moment of need. “I love<br />

what I do – it’s so rewarding.<br />

It’s amazing what a big<br />

difference a small gesture<br />

such as a cup of tea, or a<br />

kind word, can have on<br />

someone who’s scared<br />

and feeling alone. They<br />

always remember that and<br />

it helps enormously with<br />

their recovery.“<br />

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PICs: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK, ICRC


Garden<br />

rights & wrongs<br />

A garden comes<br />

with rights and<br />

responsibilities and<br />

we need to know<br />

where we stand.<br />

Read our handy<br />

Q&A guide to find<br />

out what you can<br />

and can’t do, so<br />

you’ll stay on the<br />

right side of law and<br />

in harmony with<br />

your neighbours!<br />

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Can I cut branches from<br />

a neighbour’s tree?<br />

Yes, but only up to the boundary<br />

line. If you go beyond your<br />

boundary they could take you<br />

to court for da<strong>mag</strong>ing their<br />

property, so be careful!<br />

If your property borders a road<br />

the local council can ask you to cut<br />

back trees or hedges that might be<br />

causing an obstruction to the road.<br />

They also have the right to come<br />

on to your property to do this<br />

themselves if you don’t.<br />

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How big should a<br />

boundary hedge be?<br />

There is no law about what<br />

a hedge should look like but<br />

there is ‘high hedge’ legislation.<br />

If a neighbour’s hedge is more<br />

than 2m (6ft 8in) high, is mainly<br />

made up of evergreens and is<br />

affecting the enjoyment of your<br />

garden, ask your council for a<br />

complaint form. Try to resolve<br />

disputes informally first as<br />

complaints carry a fee.<br />

High hedge<br />

fact & fiction!<br />

❧ Gardeners don’t<br />

have to get permission<br />

to grow a hedge more<br />

than 2m high.<br />

❧ Councils don’t<br />

have a duty to tackle<br />

high hedges unless a<br />

complaint is made.<br />

❧ The law can’t require<br />

the removal of a hedge,<br />

just cutting it back.<br />

❧ There is no absolute<br />

‘right to light’ or ‘right to<br />

a view’ in law.<br />

❧ You can trim<br />

branches and roots<br />

that grow on to your<br />

own property up to the<br />

boundary line.


good to know<br />

Can I prune a tree with a<br />

preservation order?<br />

It is an offence to cut down, uproot,<br />

lop or otherwise da<strong>mag</strong>e a tree with a<br />

preservation order without the local<br />

council’s permission. That said, the<br />

orders don’t mean the tree can’t be<br />

pruned at all, for example a weeping<br />

willow’s long drooping stems can be<br />

trimmed. Ask your council what can<br />

and can’t be done.<br />

The local council will have a register<br />

of protected trees so you can check<br />

if those on your property are listed.<br />

Likewise, if you see work being<br />

carried out on a tree that you think is<br />

protected, contact them to check if<br />

the owner has permission.<br />

You can also tell the council about<br />

any trees you feel should be protected,<br />

even if they’re not on your property.<br />

When can I<br />

have a bonfire?<br />

Apart from occasional local<br />

by-laws, there aren’t really<br />

any rules about when<br />

you can light a bonfire.<br />

And ‘smokeless zones’<br />

only apply to smoke from<br />

chimneys, not garden fires.<br />

You can’t burn anything<br />

that will cause pollution<br />

or harm to peoples’ health<br />

and it’s important that<br />

smoke doesn’t cause<br />

loss of visibility on<br />

nearby roads.<br />

If someone nearby is<br />

causing a nuisance with<br />

frequent bonfires you<br />

can complain to the local<br />

council, who can issue an<br />

abatement notice and a<br />

fine if it continues.<br />

Can I stop a<br />

neighbour’s weeds<br />

invading my garden?<br />

It’s very difficult to do<br />

anything about weed seeds<br />

blowing in. Legislation<br />

only covers the spread of<br />

‘invasive, non-native plants’<br />

such as giant hogweed<br />

and Japanese knotweed.<br />

Growing them is allowed,<br />

but it’s against the law to let<br />

them spread from there.<br />

Did<br />

you know?<br />

You don’t<br />

need planning<br />

permission for<br />

a new shed if<br />

the building is<br />

single storey, it<br />

is no more than<br />

2.5m high and no<br />

more than half<br />

the area around<br />

the original house<br />

will be covered by<br />

other buildings<br />

Top tip<br />

Who should look after<br />

my garden fence?<br />

If you have a fence or wall that<br />

needs significant work check who it<br />

belongs to before you spend money<br />

on repairs. The property’s title deeds<br />

will indicate who it belongs to. The<br />

deeds will also show if fences or<br />

hedges have strayed off the original<br />

boundary lines. If you don’t have<br />

the deeds they may be held by your<br />

solicitor or mortgage company or<br />

you can request a copy from the<br />

Land Registry (0300 006 0411) for £7.<br />

Always let your neighbour know<br />

if you plan to work on a shared fence<br />

or wall.<br />

Can I cut my<br />

hedges while<br />

birds are<br />

nesting?<br />

It is against the<br />

law to disturb a<br />

bird’s nest that<br />

is being built or<br />

used, so if you<br />

know that your<br />

hedge is being<br />

used for nesting<br />

you shouldn’t cut<br />

it during nesting<br />

season, from<br />

March to August.<br />

If something about your neighbour’s,<br />

garden is causing tension try to have<br />

a positive and amicable conversation.<br />

Invite them round to see for themselves<br />

– they might be surprised how things<br />

look from your side of the fence!<br />

n For more<br />

expert gardening<br />

advice Garden<br />

News <strong>mag</strong>azine<br />

is packed full of<br />

tips, inspiration,<br />

plant and<br />

product news.<br />

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Tuesday.<br />

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eauty advice<br />

Make-up with staying<br />

power!<br />

These beauty buys will guarantee a fresh and flawless look<br />

whatever the weather, says Beauty Editor, Michelle Nightingale<br />

Urban Decay<br />

All Nighter Long<br />

Lasting Makeup<br />

Setting Spray,<br />

£24/118ml<br />

Expensive, but<br />

brilliant, this spray<br />

promises to set<br />

your make-up for<br />

up to 16 hours.<br />

Sceptical? Try the<br />

travel-size version<br />

(£10/30ml) first.<br />

Rain<br />

or<br />

shine!<br />

e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face<br />

Primer, £7.50<br />

With this budget primer your<br />

foundation will not only stay<br />

put for longer, but will look<br />

better too!<br />

Top tip<br />

Apply just a<br />

little primer<br />

with your<br />

fingertip<br />

and work<br />

into your<br />

skin<br />

No7 Stay Perfect<br />

Smoothing<br />

Eyeshadow, £8<br />

A cream eyeshadow<br />

that puts a stop to<br />

creased eyelids!<br />

Pretty Pink is eyebrightening<br />

or try<br />

Bronze for a soft<br />

smoky eye.<br />

Avon mark. Big &<br />

Extreme Mascara, £8.50<br />

Gives fuller and longerlooking<br />

lashes and is<br />

smudge, humidity and<br />

water-resistant. A holiday<br />

essential!<br />

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear<br />

Eye Pencil, £19.50<br />

Waterproof, smudge and transferresistant,<br />

this liner stays put! Our<br />

favourites are the emerald-green<br />

Hunter and Mahogany.<br />

NYX Professional Makeup<br />

Tinted Brow Mascara, £6.50<br />

In five natural-looking shades, blonde<br />

is perfect for giving brows definition<br />

and keeping unruly hairs in place.<br />

Rimmel Lasting Finish<br />

Breathable Foundation,<br />

£8.99/30ml<br />

Excellent for dry skin types, it<br />

won’t sit heavily in fine lines<br />

and has built-in SPF 20.<br />

Revlon Colorstay<br />

Overtime Lipcolour,<br />

£8.99<br />

We like the dual-ended<br />

wand with colour one<br />

end and a glossy top<br />

coat the other. The best<br />

long-lasting and nondrying<br />

lippy we’ve tried.<br />

For<br />

dry<br />

skin<br />

Stockists: Avon 0333 234 5678; Bobbi Brown 0808<br />

281 0232; Boots No7 0345 070 8090; e.l.f. available<br />

from Superdrug 0345 671 0709; NYX, Revlon and<br />

Rimmel available from Boots; Urban Decay available<br />

from Debenhams 0344 800 8877<br />

YOURS n EVERY FORTNIGHT<br />

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