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Hectic Host: Fireside Fun

It is that time of year when we move the party indoors and start to cocoon with family and friends, as the evenings get longer and the fire becomes ever more tempting. Having spent the summer flitting from one social event to another the winter provides a comforting sanctuary where the only pressure is to relax and enjoy the company. In front of the fire the conversation flows and friends we have known for years become even greater ones. It is for those very evenings that it is always a good idea to have a few icebreakers on the back burner – it never a good idea to too heavily grill a new guest – and sometimes even the closet groups need a little conversational inspiration, especially if the alcohol is flowing too. A favourite game of mine I played in my youth and is one our friends used to call ‘Machiavelli’ – presumably as the founder of modern political science was one of the hardest subjects to guess. When checking online to see if …

Fitness Tips: 7 ways to maintain a healthy routine even when you’re travelling

It’s the lament of many; how do I maintain my fitness and stick to my routine when I’m travelling? Airport lounges, the endless waiting around, delays, airplane food, unhealthy snacks at conferences, the plentiful pastries over breakfast can scupper our good intentions and break our routine. It doesn’t have to be that way though. There’s a lot you can do to stay active even in a tiny hotel room, and a bit of planning and preparation can help you stay on track with your nutrition. Here’s some of my top tips for staying healthy and active when you’re away from home. Here’s some of my top tips for staying healthy and active when you’re away from home. #1 – get a good workout in before you go If you have a trip coming up, step up your exercise levels the week before. A long flight can be stressful if you’re antsy and fidgety but if your muscles are happily tired, it can become an opportunity to rest and recover, enjoy a movie or two and …

Pets Corner: My dog is just being friendly!

A client complained to me that she was getting tired of having her dog labelled as a ‘problem’ dog by other dog owners. The issue is that her dog does not want to be friends with every dog she meets and, if pushed, will lunge and bark at some dogs that get into her face, especially if she is on the lead. It is increasingly the case that unless owners have a dog that is universally phlegmatic, happy to engage with dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages, then there has to be a problem with that dog’s temperament…..right? Well no, dogs are individuals and some are just naturally more precious about their personal space. Some are born aloof, some may have had a scary dog encounter when young and now view all other dogs with suspicion, and others may feel unwell. The worst offenders are new puppy owners who believe that socialisation of their hound is best achieved by letting the pup or adolescent dog, jump all over every dog it meets out in …

Autumn Winter Fashion Trends from Local Stores and Designers

Forties Film Star Glamour Samsoe & Samsoe Ashley Faux Fur Jacket, £269, from Bias, Bellenden Road, SE15. Essentiel Miscounsin1 Pencil Skirt, £169, Question Air, Lordship Lane, SE22 Diamonds by the Metre. Tiny diamond beads strung in her Dulwich studio on yellow gold wire by Jessica Walker. Prices vary according to length. jessicawalkerjewellery.co.uk or call 020 8299 3456 for an appointment. Ma Griffe by Carven, £75, Roullier White, Lordship Lane, SE22 Vintage Style Sportswear Classics with Minimal, Technical Spec Accessories Maison Kitsuné Cotton Sweatshirt, £125, Question Air Arkk Grey & Black Raven Trainers, £81, Question Air Bellroy Slim Line Card Case, £39, Roullier White Long Jacket in Smoke by Rains, £90, Bunka, Dartmouth Road, SE23 Bold Prints, High Neck Lines, Tailor Cuts Burnt Orange Print Top, £84, Tomlinson’s, Dulwich Village, SE21 Ganni Donaldson Cabinet Silk Dress, £245, Bias. Check Print Tunic by Saint Tropez, £42.95, Jumping Bean, Honor Oak Park, SE23 Spots and Dots Yellow Gold Necklace with Peridot, Citrine, Blue Topaz, Amethyst and Brushed Gold Disks, £145, Jessica Walker. Spot Top, £84, From Ed. North Cross …

The Last Word: Anne Coates, freelance editor and writer

 Anne has worked both as a freelance editor and a writer, having had published seven nonfiction books and two collections of short stories. As a journalist she has contributed to national newspapers and women’s magazines. She lives in East Dulwich with three cats who are still waiting to become characters in her fiction. Her début crime novel, Dancers in the Wind, is published this month by Urbane Publications. How long have you lived in the area? East Dulwich has been my home for over 30 years. I wrote the first draft on my crime novel in the early 90s. The heroine lives in my house so to speak and when I decided to rewrite it last year and try for publication, I was immediately aware of all the changes to the area I had witnessed. Lordship Lane was hardly the vibrant place it is now and there were more butcher’s shops than trendy places to wine and dine. My local has transformed from the Crystal Palace Tavern to the CPT to its current incarnation as …