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Yours Magazine Issue 356

Yours is the UK’s best-selling fortnightly lifestyle magazine for women over 50. We offer targeted, trusted and useful advice, whether it’s to help readers look their best, to stay healthy and active, enjoy their free time or to manage their money better. We celebrate 50-plus women overcoming difficulties or achieving amazing things. We like to look back with our readers and listen to their views too.

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Courage comes in many forms; whether it’s highlighting injustice like Nurse Dawn Bilbrough (p18), or tackling crime like police dog Theo (p22). Then there’s another kind of bravery – those finding the strength to carry on in the face of adversity such as Kate Garraway (p12) and John Suchet (p28). Although it’s nothing like on the same scale, I do think we’re all having to summon a little extra courage at the moment; working out how to move from the relative safety of lockdown into what’s become our new normality. I know I am finding activities that seemed totally commonplace a few months ago now feel strange and daunting. I’m sure in time we’ll get our confidence back but, in the meantime, let’s take small steps together. If you fancy giving yourself…

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alternative authors

As part of FitMind50 we’re setting a series of just-for-fun mini challenges to inspire you to try new things. In honour of the new Yours Fiction Special (on sale August 13) we’d like you to read a book by an author you haven’t read before, or try a novel in a different genre, and write us a review. It could be a classic novel that you’ve always meant to read or something brand new. If you’re in need of inspiration why not join the Yours Book Club on Facebook? There are lots of recommendations and friendly chat from fellow bookworms. To join simply visit Facebook and search for Yours Book Club. To enter the challenge… …simply send us your 100-word book review by email to: yours@bauermedia.co.uk marked ‘FM50 new books’ or post to…

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the view from yours

Woodland warbles There’s nothing quite like the sounds of the forest to calm your soul, with its chirping birds and the wind rustling through the trees. That’s why a special project is calling for you to record one minute of audio in your local wood or forest to contribute to a ‘sound map’ of woodland. The idea is to create a sound map of the world’s woods and help us better connect with nature. For more information – including how to contribute a recording – visit timberfestival.org.uk/soundsoftheforest 13% of people who enjoy baking as a hobby have been inspired to start a bakery business in lockdown, new research by Mayku has unveiled Olivia still has her crown Good news for fans of The Crown! While Netflix had previously announced that the much-loved royal drama…

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many royal returns!

She’s a gem. Truly one of the nicest and most hardworking of all the royals.” The words of a protection officer who knows Princess Anne well. As the dedicated royal, one of the hardest working members of the firm celebrates her 70th birthday on August 15, she has also received a new accolade. A recent study has voted her the most charitable royal; unsurprising given she’s involved in as many as 300 charities and organisations across the Commonwealth as well as helping to set up the Carers’ Trust and being president of Save the Children for more than 50 years. While she often flies under the royal radar, Anne has always been admired for her straight-talking, no-nonsense approach, preferring to just quietly get the job done. Speaking recently in an interview…

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star letter

Our star letter will receive a stunning The Elegant Rose and Freesia bouquet with chocolates from our friends at Flying Flowers. To place your order with free delivery call 0333 003 0858 or visit www.flyingflowers.co.uk Fond memories of scrapbooks Having recently received a scrapbook myself, a recent Yours article on the subject was helpful, and also revived fond teenage memories of keeping them and those of my son’s ‘scrapbooking’ childhood, too. His headteacher insisted that every child maintained a holiday scrapbook. Initially, I thought it would be a chore but it grew to be a pleasure. We filled them with relevant poems, tickets, leaflets, mementos and beach and nature walk ‘finds’. On wet days, drawings, postcards and photos were included. Now he’s grown-up, I look back on those early holidays with fondness and…

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meeting place

Chick cheer Going out for our daily exercise we spotted these beautiful geese protecting their babies. It was such a tranquil scene and it really lifted our spirits. Heather McEwen, Norwich The perfect diet! After years of yo-yo dieting I have found the perfect solution to weight loss – the isolation diet! During the pandemic my daughter has been doing my shopping so I ensure only healthy foods are listed – the only way to beat temptation! And with no need for transport I have been walking miles every day in the fresh air and gardening. So far I’m 35 pounds lighter. My friends won’t know me by the time we meet up! Sue Conway, West Yorkshire Cake dilemma Reflecting on the situation with Covid-19 I had a sudden thought about hygiene when we are blowing out…