Features Sneak Peek: November 7, 2020 Issue


Can you believe October has been and gone already? Our first November issue is just around the corner!

On the cover of our November 7 issue, Pat Coulter has been exploring the scenic South Downs, where renowned illustrator E.H. Shepard spent much of his life.

Known for his famous illustrations of Winnie the Pooh, Shepard retired to the village of Lodsworth in West Sussex. It’s easy to see why Shepard settled in these quaint surroundings.

Pat checks out both Lodsworth and the nearby town of Midhurst, frequently voted one of the best English market towns to live in.

Discover the rich history of this picturesque area of the country in this week’s issue.

Remembering Military Dogs


Lucky was a Royal Air Force police dog during WWII. Photograph courtesy of the National Military Working Dogs charity.

Every year, the month of November marks a period of remembrance for members of the armed forces who lost their lives in various conflicts. Emma Ward is now campaigning to ensure this period of remembrance honours military working dogs who lost their lives, too.

Emma and her family own a pet cemetery in North Wales and want to highlight the stories of the loyal canines who played vital roles in the armed forces through the years.

Read more in this week’s issue.

A Chat with Maggie O’Farrell


Maggie with her memoir, “I Am, I Am, I Am”. Alamy.

Our Alex chatted to award-winning author Maggie O’Farrell about her prolific writing career. In September, Maggie’s latest novel “Hamnet”  — a fictional account of Shakespeare’s son — picked up the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Hamnet is just one of Maggie’s much-loved and diverse selection of books. Now branching out into children’s books, Maggie’s latest work, “Where Snow Angels Go”, is out this week.

Read up on where Maggie finds her writing inspiration in this week’s issue.

Nae Fireworks Night


Local pet owners gather at Whitelee Windfarm. Photograph by Ryan Ward.

Annually, Bonfire Night is a cause for concern for pet owners across the country. However, countryside rangers based in East Renfrewshire have developed a solution to the anxiety Bonfire Night causes for pets and pet owners alike.

Whitelee Windfarm is now home of “Nae Fireworks Night”, where owners can take their pets for respite from firework displays each year.

Read more in this week’s issue.

Deliciously Vegan


Gyoza Winter Bliss Bowl. www.itsu.com.

In this week’s cookery, we have a selection of delicious vegan recipes for you to try. We love the look of this Gyoza Winter Bliss Bowl.

We also have a Plant Burger, Lao-inspired Larb, and much more. Plant based never tasted so good!

Elsewhere in this week’s issue, we have 7 easy ways to improve a sore throat, Sarah Jagger explores ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and much more.

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Mairi Hughes