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Best 18-2021

Best delivers a varied and lively mix of ideas and inspiration to inform and entertain real women and help them get more out of every aspect of their busy lives. Best is topical, practical, offering more variety than any other weekly by embracing traditional topics in a modern way.

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United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
52 Issues

in this issue

2 min
all eyes on harry

It’s been a tumultuous time, as far as relations between Prince Harry and his famous family are concerned – not least because of the huge hole left following the loss of Harry’s grandfather, Prince Philip. Now back in California with his pregnant wife, Meghan, and son, Archie, nearly two, following Philip’s funeral – it is unclear just how much, if at all, any rifts have been healed, following Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview in March with Oprah Winfrey, which left the Palace reeling. It was said that the Royals’ welcome back to Harry – the first time he had seen his family since quitting Royal life last year – was, perhaps understandably, a little ‘frosty’. Harry, his brother, William, and father, Charles, attempted to move forward with a face-to-face garden summit in Windsor,…

5 min
‘you must all love again’

Few stars have commanded stage and screen like the hypnotic Helen McCrory. She shone, in every role. And so, the entertainment world was left reeling on Friday 16 April when, via a statement on husband Damian Lewis’ Twitter account, it was revealed that such a vibrant light had gone out. Helen McCrory had died from cancer. She was just 52. Helen had kept her illness a secret from everyone but family and close friends. Damian, revealing his wife died peacefully at home, surrounded by a ‘wave of love’, wrote, ‘She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we were to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you.’ One of the greatest actresses of her generation,…

3 min
eyes on the prize

A laughter line or two is a sign of a life well-lived, but crepey skin, shadows and wrinkles etched into skin long after you’ve stopped smiling are less amusing. However, there’s plenty you can do to wake up your eyes and age-proof them. 1 DEAL WITH PUFFINESS Although this can be associated with thyroid and kidney problems, puffiness can also be the result of excess alcohol, fatigue and water retention. Chill a couple of spoons in the freezer and hold them around the eye area to kick-start circulation. Next, press the area around your ocular bone (eye socket) with your middle finger. Hold for four seconds, then move your finger along 1cm at a time until you’ve completed a circle. Must-have: Skyn Iceland Brightening Eye Serum, £30 (M&S), soothes, reduces puffiness and…

5 min
let’s go outside…

Garlic and Herb Mushroom Skewers Making mushroom skewers requires a bit of extra prep early on but means cooking them is far quicker than the usual field mushrooms. Hands-on time: 20min Cooking time: About 10min Makes 8 skewers 150g butter400g baby chestnut mushrooms6 fat spring onions, trimmed and cut into 4cm pieces3 garlic cloves, crushed1½tbsp fresh thyme leavesLarge handful of parsley, chopped YOU WILL ALSO NEED 8 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30min 1 Melt the butter in a small pan; set aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile thread the mushrooms and spring onions on to skewers, packing them tightly (they shrink a lot on cooking). 2 Stir the garlic, thyme and parsley into the butter with plenty of seasoning. Brush all over the veg. 3 Barbecue over a high heat for 7-8min, basting with butter occasionally. If not barbecuing,…

2 min
a glorious garden in just 10 minutes a day!

WHAT TO DO NOW… 1 A week of raking the thatch out of your lawn will do your grass (and your arms) a power of good. The following week, apply a four-in-one lawn treatment. 2 Scan your borders for any gaps. Pots of readygrown tulips make cheap and cheerful instant fillers, while for later in the Summer, you can easily pop in a handful of bulbs without disturbing any growing plants. Try dainty species gladioli, wildly exotic Eucomis (the pineapple plant) or elegant Galtonia candicans. 3 Start twice-weekly weed patrols – if you have mulched well, annual weeds won’t be a problem, but you’ll still have to look out for nasties like bindweed and ground elder. 4 Plants that live permanently in containers will need some TLC – scrape off the top 5cm of…

2 min
this week’s must-see tv

1 We’re the Millers ITV2, FRIDAY, 9PM What better way to kick off the weekend than with a Jennifer Aniston classic?! When David (Jason Sudeikis), is forced by his boss to smuggle drugs from Mexico, he hires an unlikely stripper, a petty thief and a teenage neighbour to form a fake family, in a bid to help him smuggle the drugs. You can imagine the chaos! Also starring Emma Roberts and Will Poulter – if you’ve not already seen it, put this comedy classic on the list! 2 Saved by a Stranger BBC TWO, THURSDAY, 9PM NEW SERIES The stories of ordinary people caught up in the biggest events in living memory, and the person who changed their lives. It begins with Karl, a trainee clinical psychologist, who was a passenger on the first carriage of…