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LEND US A..
Ade Hill catches up
with ‘The People’s
Watson, where he
back out on stage
post pandemic, as
well as something we
can all relate to...
the great lockdown
Images by Richard Haughton/Raymond Gubbay Ltd
It sure has been a tough year for
everyone, especially for the performing
arts and theatres. How did you
personally find lockdown?
In some respects when it first kicked in
I don’t think anybody in the industry, or
the country for that matter, anticipated
just how long the lockdown would last.
So when we initially thought it was just
going to be a few weeks I thought ‘Well
this could be a good opportunity for me
to rest my voice, rest the infrastructure’.
I also wanted to settle down – I had
been constantly touring for about ten or
eleven years without much of a break.
So it was kind of going to be just a long
lay-off but it didn’t quite work out like
that! I remember when it started to unfold
it was evident that the lockdown was
going to be much longer than we were
anticipating and it was then that my wife
presented me with this great big long list
of jobs that I’d been promising to do for
the last eleven years, culminating with the
tidying of the proverbial garden shed. It’s
only a simple 8x6 garden shed, but once
I’d opened the door to it I realised that it
probably had a similar capacity to that
of Dr Who’s Tardis! There was so much
junk in there, I wasn’t able to actually
get through the door. So the first point
was to clear the doorway by emptying
the immediate contents onto the garden
lawn. The first thing I noticed was that
there were about five or six kites in there
that remained unopened. But the most
interesting thing I found was at the back
of the shed lurking were three bikes that I
didn’t even know I owned!
That’s quite a find! Now I hear that
in your lockdown sort-out you found
boxes of old stage gear, including a
suit that you wore to meet the Queen?
Yes, and this was all in my shed! It was
all piled up in these plastic containers.
I pulled a lot of it out thinking ‘I thought
this had gone years ago?!’. This beautiful
silk white suit that I had worn when I
received my first Brit Award. All manner
of stuff was in there. It was like Aladdin’s
cave. It’s funny because a lot of the stuff
doesn’t fit anymore, as it is twenty years
on. It is designer stuff, there’s Dolce &
Gabbana and Armani and all that. So we
bagged it all up and took it to the local
homeless facility. It was funny because
the guy rang me up a few days later
and said “Russell we’re so grateful for
the clothes, we shouldn’t laugh but all
the guys here are now walking around
in Dolce & Gabbana and Armani, it’s
That’s really brilliant! It is great to
We’ve attempted to do a lot for homeless
people over the years. I’ve recently been
involved with a big project with The
Big Issue, to try to raise for homeless
people who at the moment are suffering
more than ever. With people not leaving
home because of the pandemic it’s been
incredibly difficult for a lot of homeless
people. I am a huge advocate for
supporting the homeless.
Tell us more about your 20th
Anniversary tour. How does it feel to
finally be able to go back to what you
Well it was the tour that was meant to
happen at the beginning of 2020. Then
it was moved to the middle of 2020.
Then it was moved to the end of 2020.
Now it has ended up in Autumn 2021.
It’s difficult to know what to put on the
tour poster. ‘The tour that nearly was,
then wasn’t. But then nearly was again,
but wasn’t. But might be, but wasn’t.
But probably could be but we just don’t
know’ tour. December 2019 was my last
concert in front of an audience, and so
this Friday (20th July) was my first show
for the best part of eighteen months. It
was an outdoor festival in Hale Barns
and it was just wonderful to get back on
stage with all my musician friends and
deliver a show to an audience that, you
could just tell, were long overdue some
live entertainment. It was such a great,
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On his 20th
I’m very proud of
the fact that I’ve
been able to remain
in the industry for
such a long period of
time, and it really is,
from my perspective,
I can imagine. Just to get out and
see you and also see friends again.
Because we’ve all had to give up a lot
of our life! What can we expect from
It’s a collection of material from the last
twenty-one years of my recordings. It’s
the repertoire that I think the fan base
would expect first and foremost and
then similarly a few surprises in there. I
think it’s all the material and repertoire
that underpins the last twenty-one years
of my recording career. I’m very proud
of the fact that I’ve been able to remain
in the industry for such a long period of
time, and it really is, from my perspective,
something to celebrate.
Does it feel like it’s been twenty-one
years since you recorded your first
You know what, when I think about
all the things that have happened to
me over twenty-one years it feels like
two lifetimes! But when I actually look
back in retrospect to, say for instance,
when I first went into the studio with my
producer Nick Patrick in 1999, it literally
feels like the blink of an eye. It feels
like it was last week! It’s such a strange
feeling, but life is like that isn’t it? I think
all those moments that we feel underpin
who we are, the successes in our lives,
the failures, the difficult times, they’re the
moments that we single out and they are
they key elements in our lives. They are
part of a big jigsaw, and when you look
back on them it doesn’t feel like they
were that long ago but when you think
about all the water that’s gone under the
bridge in between it feels like I’ve done so
much, and I’ve been incredibly fortunate
in my career as well.
It’s like looking at old pictures of
yourself back in the 80s. Did I really
have a mullet? I did.
I know what you mean. I look at pictures
from that period, particularly with
reference to my teenage years and even
though, stylistically, some of the stuff I
was wearing was odd, I just look back on
it and think ‘Oh my god, that was such an
uncomplicated period of my life’. It just
seemed like it was sunshine every day
of the Summer, and snow in the Winter
and everything just seemed so massively
So you’ve been busy with a new
No, there’s no new album this year. I’ve
decided to take a year off from recording.
But last year at the beginning of 2020
I went into the studio to make to 20th
anniversary recording which was released
last Christmas. So they’ll be nothing this
year. I just sort of feel like I want to let
the dust settle on 2021 and then maybe
next year, if everything is fully operational
again and we have some sort of
semblance of normality, then maybe we
can look at another four quarter release
During your career you have played
at some amazing venues around the
world. Does it still make the hairs on
the back of your neck stand up when
you walk on stage?
That can happen for different reasons.
It’s not necessarily with regards to the
location I’m performing in. But it can
happen if I get a moment in a song where
there’s maybe a memory of a certain
moment or somebody that maybe I’ve
lost in my life and a memory comes
in. But with regards to being in venues
where I would most definitely look out
and think: “My God how did I end up
here? This is awe-inspiring.” I mean the
Vatican is one of those moments that I
can single out. It was just tremendous,
not least of all because the Pope was
there as well.
No pressure there then!
You know what? I’ve never really felt
pressure. It’s funny, it’s something that
was born into me and it’s not something
I ever really think about. I just go on there
and I do what I do. It doesn’t matter
whether I’m singing to ten people or ten
thousand people. I go on and I do what I
do, and I do it with the same enthusiasm
and technique as I would do it anywhere.
I remember doing the opening ceremony
for the Commonwealth Games, and there
was one of the yellow bibbed stewards
stood at the side of the stage. I was
waiting to go on and he said to me: “You
alright there Russell mate?” I said: “Yeah
I’m good thank you.” He said: “You’re
not nervous are you?” I said: “No, I’m
fine.” He says: “There’s a lot of people
out there, about forty-thousand people in
the stadium I’ve heard.” I said: “Really?
Great!” He continued, saying: “All the
athletes from all the nations, all with their
banners. They’re all out there.” I said:
“Lovely.” He then says: “Her majesty
the Queen is out there, yeah she’s out
there too. And I’ve heard there’s about a
billion people watching live on TV.” I said:
“Right, please be quiet now because you
are making me nervous!.”
Who would you say are you musical
Believe it or not, my biggest musical
influence as a child would have been
my Gran! Whenever I would go round
my Gran’s house, she was a massive
classical music fan. I’ve been listening
to everything from Chopin, Schubert,
Schumann…all those greats. Mario Lanza
was a constant fixture in the house so I
was very familiar with a lot of those big
classical artists from an early age. So
she was a big influence. But in regards
to artists, Luciano Pavarotti was a big
favourite of mine. But as a kid it was all
about Paul Weller and The Jam and The
Beatles to a degree. I mean The Beatles
were slightly before my time, but still I
had my old semi-acoustic guitar and I
used to bash out tunes with my old pals,
sit up in our bedrooms or whoever’s
garage we could use and jam away to the
old Beatles bumper book of 101 songs.
Great memories, they were probably my
How can we find out more information
on the tour?
You can find all the information you need
on the website including the dates that
we are doing. It’s russellwatson.com,
so you’ll find all my new dates on there,
plus you are able to book through it too
so that’s great.
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Richard Bertinet is well-loved
and well-known for being the
UK’s baking ‘godfather’.
His books about baking and his
bread-making courses alike
have delighted audiences for
Sally Thomson talks to Richard
to discuss books, baking and
BBC Maestro, where you can
catch him offering the ultimate
online bread-making course...
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HOW ARE YOU ON THIS GLORIOUS
Making croissants with this weather! It’s
a bit hot in the kitchen but it’s nice to be
open again so all is good.
YOU ARE DOING WONDERFULLY
WELL AT THE MOMENT APART
FROM THE FACT WE HAVE ALL
BEEN THROUGH THIS RATHER
INTERESTING YEAR THINGS SEEM TO
BE GOOD WITH YOU.
We opened in April and we have just tried
to push everything we could this year and
last year. It’s very busy.
SO, PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO COME TO
YOUR CLASS NOW?
Yes, we reopened in April.
SO, THESE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS
HAVEN’T CHANGED YOUR PLANS?
No, we are Covid compliant and can still
have the same number of people. In Bath
40% of the customers come from the
rest of the World so Japan, The States
and Australia. Obviously, they cannot
come to Bath at the moment so we have
a massive backlog of people wanting to
come when they can travel*.
I SEE THAT YOU OFFER CLASSES FOR
CHILDREN, HOW DO YOU FIND THAT?
Teaching children was always very
important to us and we also work with a
lot of local schools in the area and teach
some classes plus talk to the children.
It’s good fun and nice to see them smile
when they try something that they haven’t
done before. I think it’s a shame that so
many schools don’t use cooking and
I SEE THAT YOU ALSO WORK WITH
Yes, Ping does classes for me. She
teaches Malaysian cooking plus stuff
from my book.
YOU HAVE PRODUCED 6 BOOKS SO
FAR. HAVE YOU GOT ANYMORE IN
THE PIPELINE OR DO YOU NOT HAVE
I’ve got a couple of ideas but it’s getting
the time to do it and I like to write a book
for the right purpose not just for the sake
of it so I need to get the time and wait
until things get back to normal.
YOU NEED TO BE CLONED SO THAT
THERE IS ANOTHER ONE OF YOU
AND YOU CAN KEEP UP!
That’s true but there is only one of me
WHEN YOU FIRST CAME INTO BATH
IN 2005 DID YOU EXPECT YOUR
CAREER TO TAKE OFF AS IT DID?
I knew the concept we had was good and
if it worked out, we would have success.
When I first moved to Bath a lot of local
businesses gave us 6 months to survive
but that made me more determined to
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR
COOKERY SCHOOL - IT’S GOING
FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH BY
THE SOUNDS OF IT?
Well, the school has been going since
2005 and since then we have won a lot
of awards, we then sold the bakery and a
lot of things have happened in 15 years.
The school is so busy it’s a worldwide
attraction which means we bring a lot of
people to Bath. We won the South West
Tourism Award two years ago due to the
number of people that we attract to Bath.
We have a few guest chefs coming in as
well, but the core classes are with me
learning about bread making, as well as
what I write about in my books.
YOU HAVE SO MANY ACCOLADES
AND EVERYBODY ENJOYS WHAT YOU
HAVE BEEN DOING.
We pride ourselves on the services we
give our customers and also the way I
teach is quite unique - I’m very hands on.
Our school is quite small so it means that
I can spend time with everybody.
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On his baking classes
for children: “It’s good
fun and nice to see
them smile when they
try something that they
haven’t done before. I
think it’s a shame that
so many schools don’t
use cooking and baking
DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE
GETTING BACK TO NORMAL?
Until we get all our backlog of people
who couldn’t attend last year’s classes
hopefully then we will be back on an
even keel but not yet I’m afraid. We are
open and running and there are some
businesses that can’t do that so in a way
we are one of the lucky ones.
I HEAR THAT YOU WILL BE GETTING
INVOLVED WITH BBC MAESTRO.
Yes, it’s been amazing. We have just
finished editing. I absolutely loved it! It’s
a challenge to do live broadcasts, it’s
recipe lead and different from how I teach
in my classes, but it was well done. The
team were amazing.
YOU HAVE BEEN ON OTHER
COOKERY SHOWS SO DID YOU FIND
THAT THIS WAS A STEP UP?
Yes, I’ve been on Saturday Kitchen and
on James Martin’s show so it’s a different
buzz being filmed live and you have to be
mindful of what you do and say.
WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WILL BE
It’s specifically about bread and things I
like to do at home. It goes from making
brioche, sourdough to bagels, all that
kind of stuff and things to give people
the confidence to bake at home and feel
that they learn something. It’s going to be
good. The production team was amazing,
and I can’t wait for it to launch.
YOU ARE FROM BRITTANY HAVE
YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO GO BACK
We went to France last year, Provence.
We have a house down there and
managed to visit just before lockdown.
*At the time of the interview there was
uncertainty regarding travel to the city
BBC Maestro with Richard Bertinet
is available now at bbcmaestro.com.
The course costs £80 for 23 episodes
including written class notes for
each one. An additional bonus festive
episode is expected to launch later in
the year exclusively to subscribers.
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& PISTACHIO LOAF
150g good quality dark chocolate chips
75g roughly chopped pistachios
Zest of 2 oranges
50g mixed peel
1 tablespoon Cointreau (optional)
125g unsalted butter straight from the
125g full fat milk
3 medium eggs
500g strong white bread flour (plus extra
15g fresh yeast
45g caster sugar
10g fine sea salt
FOR THE GLAZE
Pinch fine sea salt
Mix the chocolate chips, nuts zest
and mixed peel in a bowl and stir in
the Cointreau if you are using it. Place
the cold butter between 2 sheets of
greaseproof and bash it with a rolling pin
to soften it and break it up into smaller
pieces (without warming it up).
Put the milk and eggs into the bowl of a
food mixer and then add the flour. Break
up the yeast and add to one side of the
bowl. Add the sugar and salt on the
other side of the bowl.
Mix on a slow speed for 4 minutes.
Increase the speed to medium for another
2 minutes then add the butter piece by
piece until it is all incorporated. Continue
mixing on medium speed for 10-12
minutes until the dough comes away from
the sides of the bowl.
Stop the mixer. Add the chocolate and
pistachio mixture to the bowl and mix
for no longer than 30-40 seconds on
the slowest speed – you don’t want the
chocolate and nuts to become mushy.
Lightly flour your worksurface and turn
the dough out onto the work surface.
Form the dough into a ball and then place
into a lightly floured bowl. Cover and
rest for about 45 minutes until just under
double in size.
Lightly flour the surface again, turn out
the dough and divide into 10 equal pieces
of about 110g each. Form each piece
into a ball and then press gently into
cake or loaf tins until they are full. In the
picture I have used tiny tins that only take
one ball but if you use a larger one you
will have a finished loaf or two that will be
perfect to tear and share. Whether you
have one or two will depend on the size
of your tins. Cover and leave to prove
for about 1 hour until just under double
While the dough is proving, pre-heat the
oven to 190°C and beat the eggs and
pinch of salt for the glaze. Brush the top
of each loaf with the egg glaze and use a
pair of scissors to snip into the dough for
Place the tins on a baking tray and
put into the pre-heated oven. Turn the
temperature down to 180°C and bake for
15-20 minutes until golden.
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When the darker nights set in, you
just want some go-to comfort food
recipes - and here, Waitrose has
delivered! Find more recipes at
Prep time: 20 minutes + marinating
Cooking time: 20 minutes
8 British chicken thigh fillets
3 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients Shawarma
½ red onion, finely sliced
2 lemons, juice of 1, 1 cut into wedges
1½ tsp Cooks’ Ingredients Sumac
½ large cucumber
250g Yeo Valley Organic Greek Style
1 small clove garlic, finely grated
15 mint leaves, finely shredded, plus extra
4 Waitrose & Partners Hand-Stretched
50g pomegranate seeds
1-2 handfuls wild rocket
Slash each chicken thigh a few times,
concentrating on the thicker parts of the
fillet. Season, then rub all over with the
shawarma paste. Cover and chill for 20
minutes (up to 2 hours). Meanwhile, mix
the onion, lemon juice and sumac with a
good pinch of salt. Set aside until ready
To make the sauce, coarsely grate the
cucumber and put in a sieve. Toss with a
pinch of salt and leave over a bowl for 10
minutes to drain, then gently press with a
wooden spoon to extract as much liquid
as possible. Tip into a bowl and stir in the
yogurt, garlic and mint.
Heat a griddle pan over a high heat. Cook
the chicken for 5-8 minutes on each side
(depending on the fillets’ size) until the
juices run clear and there is no pink meat,
then set aside for 2 minutes. Clean the
pan then use it to griddle the flatbreads
for 30 seconds on each side. Arrange
them on plates and top with the chicken,
pickled onion, pomegranate, rocket and
the cucumber and yogurt sauce, finishing
with the extra mint leaves and lemon
wedges for squeezing over.
This recipe also works well with lamb or
pork steaks instead of chicken (adjust
cooking times accordingly).
COTTAGE PIE WITH
Prep time: 20 minutes plus standing
Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes
1 tbsp olive oil
500g British beef mince
1 onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 Oxo Beef stock cube
1 tbsp tomato purée
1½ tbsp plain flour
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 thyme sprigs
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
1 tbsp unsalted butter
Heat ½ tbsp oil in a large sauté pan or
casserole dish over a high heat. Add
the beef and fry, breaking it up, for 4-5
minutes, until browned. Remove from the
pan, add the remaining 1⁄2 tbsp oil, lower
the heat to medium and fry the onion,
celery and carrot with a pinch of salt for
10 minutes, until softened. Meanwhile,
dissolve the beef stock cube in 500ml
Return the beef to the pan, add the
tomato purée and cook for 1 minute, then
stir in the flour and fry for 1 minute more.
Add the stock, Worcestershire sauce and
2 thyme sprigs and simmer for 25-30
minutes, until the beef is coated in a thick
gravy. Meanwhile, slice the potatoes
as thinly as you can and put in a bowl.
Cover with just-boiled water from the
kettle; set aside for 10 minutes. Drain and
use kitchen paper to pat dry thoroughly,
then lay out on more kitchen paper to
Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6.
Melt the butter. Tip the beef and gravy
into a medium ovenproof dish. Toss the
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potatoes with the butter and leaves from
the remaining thyme sprig. Season and
arrange in circles over the beef. Bake for
30 minutes until bubbling hot and the
potatoes are cooked through. Stand for
10 minutes before serving.
Scatter grated cheddar over the potatoes
halfway through baking to give the pie a
nice cheesy crust.
CHEWY BROWN SUGAR
Prep time: 15 minutes plus chilling
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Makes: 12 - 14
200g unsalted butter, roughly chopped
300g Billington’s Dark Brown Soft Natural
Unrefined Cane Sugar
300g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp fine salt
1 large British Blacktail Free Range Egg
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Put the butter and sugar in a large
saucepan and set over a medium heat.
Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until
the butter has melted and the sugar has
dissolved. Set aside off the heat for 5
minutes to cool. Meanwhile, mix the flour,
baking powder, bicarbonate of soda,
cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
With a wooden spoon, beat the egg
and vanilla into the butter-sugar mix,
then beat in the dry ingredients until
completely combined. Transfer to a bowl,
cover with a plate and chill for at least 2
hours (up to 24 hours).
Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4;
line 2 large baking trays with parchment.
Leave the cookie dough out of the fridge
for 15 minutes to warm up a little. Roll
into 12-14 balls (about 65-70g each)
and space out well on the baking trays
(the cookies spread quite a lot during
cooking, so bake in more than 2 batches
if needed). Bake for about 15 minutes,
turning the trays halfway if needed, until
deep golden and cracked on top. Cool
for 5 minutes on the trays, then transfer
to a wire rack to cool completely.
Ovens can vary in temperature, so after
about 12 minutes, keep an eye on your
cookies. Once they look set and golden
at the edges and start to crack on top,
CHERRY & ALMOND
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
425g can black cherries in light syrup
3 tsp Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Cane Icing
Sugar, plus extra for dusting
1 medium British Blacktail Free Range
250ml whole milk
½ tsp almond extract
8 slices sliced brioche loaf
2 tbsp unsalted butter
150g pot vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp toasted flaked almonds
Put a sieve over a small saucepan and
drain the cherries. Set the cherries aside
and simmer the juices for 5 minutes until
reduced. Add 1 tsp icing sugar and the
drained cherries to the saucepan and
simmer for another 5 minutes, until the
cherries are coated in a glossy syrup.
Meanwhile, set your largest frying pan
over a medium-highheat. In a large,
shallow dish, whisk the egg, milk,
almondextract and remaining 2 tsp
icing sugar. Add 4 brioche slices to the
mixture, soaking on each side for about
45 seconds until they’ve absorbed plenty
of the mixture but aren’t too soggy. Add
1 tbsp butter to the frying pan and, when
foaming, fry the brioche for 4 minutes
on each side until golden and puffed up.
Arrange on plates while you prepare the
remaining slices in the same way, frying in
the remaining 1 tbsp butter.
Serve 2 slices of brioche per person. Top
with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt and the
warm cherries and syrup (reheat briefly
if necessary). Scatter with the toasted
almonds and dust with a little icing sugar
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TONIQ On Demand
We caught up with personal trainer Arron Collins-Thomas to find out about his new
online fitness offering, expanded from his very successful gym TONIQ...
Your gym, with its fully-rounded approach to health and
lifestyle, has made national news for its incredible client
results – what will the app offer?
At TONIQ we recognise that good health is more than just
regular workouts, it encompasses taking care of every aspect
of your body. We have created a solution where everything from
nutrition, mindfulness, amazing workouts, yoga and more is
available with guidance from fantastic trainers and experts in
Not only this, but as part of TOD you have access to your own
coach, ensuring that you have someone you can speak to, to
keep you on track and accountable as well as supporting you
We have had some incredible results over the past few years at
TONIQ and we want to be able to bring those results to more
people. With the app we aim to give anyone, anywhere in the
world, a taste of the TONIQ-life.
As a TONIQ On Demand member you get to join the incredible
community online, have access to our on demand workouts as
well as live workouts, Q&As and educational talks. We have an
incredible coaching team with a huge array of skills to bring to
you including yoga, qigong, nutrition and mindfulness.
The main workouts are written based on what we are up to at
TONIQ in any given training block and a new phase of workouts
launches every 6 weeks on the app as well as regular bonus
content to keep the training varied and inspiring.
Can you get a good experience with online coaching?
Are you accountable and is it personalised?
With TOD you have a designated TONIQ coach who you speak
to on a one to one basis. When you first sign up with us you
will have a call to help you set up your accountability sheets,
help you curate your workout schedule and set you on the
right nutrition plan for you. Then every month you get another
call with your coach to help keep you on track and answer any
questions you may have. Accountability is key if you really want
to get results and that is one of the reasons why TONIQ has
been so successful.
Are the classes accessible no matter your fitness level?
Some of us are self-conscious about going to the gym or
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No matter what your levels of fitness we can help you. Our
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how hard to push yourself in the first consultation you have
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over training or causing yourself any harm by taking part in our
For people who aren’t ready for the gym again yet or who are
self conscious TONIQ On Demand is the perfect choice. You get
personal trainer support and expert written workouts, all from
the comfort of your own home.
You also get to join a great online community who share their
experiences and help support each other to get the results they
TONIQ ON DEMAND
MORE THAN A WORKOUT
Join our community from anywhere, at anytime with
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Nutrition plans based on your needs and goals.
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Whether you’re planning a wedding at home
or abroad, there are countless moving parts
surrounding COVID-19—and what it means for
your event, specifically, really depends on your
wedding date, guest count, location, and extent
of travel involved.
Be prepared, follow the news closely, and maintain an open
conversation with your vendors and guests. Also, if you can,
book a planner—even an hourly one if your budget allows—to
help navigate everything. And, most importantly: Keep your
eye on the end goal! All the stresses and strains of the previous
months will melt away when you can enjoy your day with your
nearest and dearest.
First and foremost when planning, be aware of the health
risks and guest safety, and, second, government COVID-19
guidelines. Sadly, these things don’t always align—sometimes
laws being too lax when risks are high and sometimes being
too strict when risks are low. There has been an unpredictability
and capriciousness to when local government officials update
COVID-19 rules so it’s pertinent for couples to continue to plan
for both hopeful and cautious scenarios until this is truly all
For 2022, the primary challenge is venue and vendor availability,
there’s never been so much interest in weddings and gatherings.
The key is getting a plan together and acting quickly - book
everything as soon as possible! Whether you’re doing this by
yourself or with a planner, you’ll want to book many of your
vendors simultaneously as your venue to guarantee availability.
Planning your wedding abroad? They key to success depends
on the destination - a good start is to begin researching what
travel lists they’ve been on in the past and how they’ve handled
COVID-19 so far. Are they the type of country that will just close
down to tourists with 24 hours’ notice? Are they the type of
country that hasn’t been big on regulations at all? Ultimately,
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feel comfortable. Some countries are really excelling at that,
and some are not at all. The same goes for planning your
honeymoon - pick the destination carefully or have a staycation
until you can head to your dream location.
The key in all of this is flexibility - not only with date and location
but also guest count. There will basically be two wedding
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DON’T: WORRY IF YOU
DON’T HAVE LOADS OF
Ultimately you have to work with what
you’ve got - in the last 18 months,
many of us have seen our guest rooms
overhauled into home offices. If you’ve
ditched the bed don’t worry - how about
adding an attractive sofa bed that you
can actually use the rest of the time as a
break out area from your desk.
DO: PROVIDE BASIC
The more things you can put in the room
to make their stay easier, without having
to ask you for everything, the more
relaxed everyone will feel. A mirror is
important, as are fresh towels, tissues,
and perhaps even a hair dryer. A bedside
carafe and some glasses means they can
help themselves to water too.
DO: INVEST IN GOOD
As you might have never slept in this
space, you might not know how light
behaves or how effective the current
window treatments are for blocking out
light. For a really luxurious look, pair
blackout blinds or shutters with thick,
DON’T: SETTLE FOR A
The same goes for the mattress as the
window treatments - spend a night in the
room and see if the bed is up to scratch.
DO: PROVIDE GOOD
Multi-level lighting is key for making a
space feel cosy - make sure there are
two bedside lamps and then another
light source in the space, such as a
standing lamp in the corner or a lamp on
a dressing table
DON’T: SKIMP ON THE
Good bed linen really is worth the money
- and it tends to wash better too. Provide
a good quality duvet and pillows, linens
and some additional blankets if your
guests feel the cold.
SOMEWHERE THEY CAN
We all know it’s a bit stressful trying to
live out of a suitcase - allowing for some
hanging space and a few drawers to
unpack into, can really help guests keep
on top of things whilst they’re with you.
DO: MAKE IT SMELL
Kit the room out with either fresh flowers,
a reed diffuser, or room sprays.
DON’T: BE A
If your guests were hoping for hotel
standards, then that’s where they should
have stayed. Just aim to make sure
the space is clean, comfortable and
functional, then relax - there’s enough to
be worrying about in the festive season
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WOOD BURNING STOVES
The importance of wood as an efficient, renewable and low carbon energy source
Wood burners vs Open fires: the stats:- There are few things in life
more comforting and mesmerising than the long, lazy flames and
crackling sound of a freshly lit wood fire, however, there is some
confusion surrounding the impact of wood burning stoves on the
environment and the efficiency and sustainability of firewood as a
With air quality an ever growing issue, especially in urban areas, it
is vital that government, stove manufacturers, dealerships and fuel
suppliers alike, work together to educate Brits that by following
best practice and making the right choices when it comes to wood
burners and fuel, stove owners can ensure that they are getting the
best possible performance from their appliance whilst also playing
their part in protecting the environment.
Contrary to popular opinion, when used and maintained correctly,
the right appliance can provide an efficient, cost effective and
sustainable domestic heating solution. Likewise, firewood is a highly
efficient and low-carbon energy source.
Why is wood a good fuel option?
Unlike coal or natural gas, wood is a low-carbon fuel. This means
that burning wood results in a relatively small net release of carbon
dioxide into the atmosphere, which is then re-absorbed when new
trees grow. This effectively balances out the combustion of bio-energy.
When changing from smokeless or mineral fuels to burning wood,
this contributes to a reduction in carbon emissions.
Unlike fossil fuels such as coal, crude oil and natural gas, wood is
a renewable energy source. A renewable resource is defined as a
natural resource which can be replenished to replace the portion
depleted by usage.
Wood is renewable in that a tree cut for fuel will naturally be replaced
by a younger tree that grows or is planted in its place. However,
it is also important to consider the concept of sustainable forest
management; both locally and worldwide…
Most firewood is produced from thinning the forest to provide
space, nutrition and light for thicker, more established trees to
prosper. Localised coppicing helps to ensure ‘low fuel miles’ as
wood is transported to areas nearby, within a 30 to 100 mile radius,
rather than sourced from forests abroad.
How efficient is wood burning?
Using firewood contributes to fuel independence as it can nearly
always be sourced locally, within a 30-100-mile radius, which means
it extremely efficient in fuel miles terms and those purchasing
firewood are also supporting the local economy.
In the case of rural properties that do not necessarily want to heat all
spaces at all times, local space heating using firewood is the most
efficient heating solution.
Just two logs per hour are required to keep a wood burner going,
whilst eight logs are needed to burn for an hour in an open fire.
Similarly, a wood burning stove is 60 percent more efficient at
heating the home as heat transfer is convected into the room rather
than being lost up the chimney in the case of conventional open
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after a diagnosis of dementia
What are the next steps?
A diagnosis of dementia can be a big shock
- for the person with the condition, and their
family. It can be difficult to know what to
do, what decisions need to be made, who
to tell, what support is available and what
There can either be a lot of information
given to you at the time of diagnosis, or not
very much at all. Either way, whatever is
said to you at the time of diagnosis can be
forgotten in this emotional and challenging
Dementia UK provides specialist dementia
support for families through the Admiral
Nurse service. Admiral Nurses give families
the compassionate one-to-one support,
expert guidance and practical solutions
they need to face dementia with more
The families they work with want a simple
checklist of what to ask, what to do and
who to approach - so the important next
steps are clearly outlined in one place,
with links to more detailed information to
consider later, when it’s needed.
The Dementia UK next steps checklist:-
This checklist has been written by dementia
specialist Admiral Nurses, to help in the
early days after you or your family member
has received a diagnosis of dementia.
For each item on the checklist, there is a
further link to additional information, as
and when you need it. If you don’t have
access to the internet, you can contact the
Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline for more
information and support
Ask whether there will be a follow up
appointment after the diagnosis.
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If yes, who will you see? How often? Who
makes this appointment?
Who will be your main point of contact?
Who will be responsible for coordinating
subsequent care and support?
Please record these details and your notes
in the Dementia UK Practical guide to
get the best out of GP and other health
Arrange a Lasting Power of Attorney for:-
Health and welfare.
Property and financial affairs.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a
legal document, nominating a person to
make decisions on behalf of a person with
dementia, if and when the time comes
that they no longer have the capacity to
make these decisions themselves. It is
very important to fill in and register an LPA
for both health and welfare, and property
and financial affairs, while the person with
dementia still has the capacity to do so.
Discuss plans and wishes for the future
with your family, including:-
Your wishes regarding your future care.
Your wishes regarding your future medical
Your hopes about your involvement with
An Advance Care Plan is a document that
outlines a person’s future wishes for their
care and medical treatment.
Apply for a Carers’ Assessment
Anyone with caring responsibilities for a
person with dementia is entitled to a Carers’
Assessment, to be carried out by their
Local Authority. The Assessment will look
at the impact that caring for a person with
dementia is having, and will then identify
the type and level of support that is needed.
This could include some care for the person
with dementia, some training or some help
coming in to the home. You will need to
request the Assessment from your Local
Apply for all of the relevant financial
support you are entitled to:-
People with dementia and their family
carers are entitled to various benefits,
tax discounts or financial support. It is
important to make sure you are receiving all
of the financial help you are entitled to.
Organise your home so it helps you live
safely and independently
There are lots of simple, practical steps
that can be taken to help a person with
dementia to be safe and comfortable in
Inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing
Agency (DVLA) and your vehicle
insurance company your diagnosis
People with a diagnosis of dementia do not
automatically have to give up their driving
licence – but you do need to take certain
steps to make sure you are insured and
abiding by the law.
Inform your employer about the
If you are diagnosed with dementia and still
working, it is very important that you tell
your employer, so that steps can be taken
to support you in your job, if possible.
Similarly, if you are caring for someone with
dementia, telling your employer about your
changing responsibilities will help you plan
together, so that you can continue working
and caring as effectively as possible.
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Mobility aids can make a huge difference to someone who is older or living
with a disability, by giving them the opportunity to remain independent both
at home and out and about
If you’re living with limited mobility there
are a number of mobility aids available
which can make it easier for you get
around - whether you’re inside or outside.
From help getting to and from your car,
to effective mobility equipment which can
aid you climbing the stairs, investing your
time in investigating your care and mobility
aid options can assist you in making daily
activities simpler and more enjoyable.
As we age, our balance can often
become compromised, leading to slips,
trips and falls. While inconvenient and
painful at any age, a fall for someone
of advancing years can have dramatic
consequences – ageing bones are more
liable to breaks than younger ones, and
take considerably longer to mend, rarely
restoring complete function.
A walking stick is a simple and effective
method of providing extra support for
anyone who experiences problems with
balance or walking. Easily available, they
come in a range of sizes and designs,
making it easy to find one that suits your
loved one’s circumstances.
4-wheeled rollators are a great option if
you need more support when walking.
They come in a variety of different styles,
including one with seats so you can rest
when you need to or bags so you can
carry your shopping without having to
struggle with carrying extra bags.
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If your loved one’s doctor thinks that a
wheelchair would be appropriate, they
will be offered an appointment with their
nearest NHS Wheelchair Service centre.
In these instances, the wheelchair will
be completely free of charge and will be
maintained by the NHS.
If your loved one would prefer to organise
their own wheelchair, they will be offered
a voucher to set against some, or all, of
Where the NHS does not consider a
wheelchair to be necessary, it is still
possible to source one through a range
of providers, with some models folding
down for ease of transportation.
Mobility scooters are a reliable way to
help you get around if you find walking
distances difficult and need extra
support. When choosing a scooter, bear
• How often you need to use it
• what you need it for (roads or
• Whether it needs to go in a car
• Where you’ll store your scooter and
how you will charge it
• How much it costs to maintain and
• Whether you’ll be able to steer it
(some have special levers to steer
them if you have arthritis in your
With more elderly people choosing to
remain in their own homes, rather than
moving into residential care, elderly care
at home is becoming a popular option.
High quality live-in care agencies will
closely match a carer with your loved one
to ensure their needs are met fully.
Where stairs are an issue, a stairlift can
offer real benefits, allowing your loved
one to move about their own home in
complete safety. Stairlifts come in a
variety of styles and designs and can be
fitted to most stairways, even where they
have many twists and turns.
HOME MOBILITY AIDS
There are a variety of products available
to help your mobility around the home.
These include, but are not limited to:
• Grab rails/handrails, to help prevent
falls around the home
• Grab rails for the bed or a chair to
help you to stand
• Raised toilet seats or commode
chairs, toilets with button flushes
• Walk in baths or showers with a
• Easy to turn taps in the kitchen and
• A kettle with a holder to make it
easier to pour, alongside easy to
• Gadgets to help pull shoes and
• A contact care button to help in the
event of a fall
Stay Safe, Stay Well, Enjoy
Life at Pine Martin Grange
We are open to new admissions and would be delighted to
welcome you for a tour of our award winning home.
Our homes are safe and offer a range of outstanding facilities as well as 24 hour nursing, residential
and dementia care. Get in touch today and talk through your requirements with our team.
Please contact us on 01929 768204 or visit www.dormycare.co.uk
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