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Established 1885 • No 63981

features12THEDAYTHE LADY LEAPT The Editor and a reader of The Lady abseil for charity 16 ‘OH,’ sHE sAiD. ‘iT’s A GiRL. NEVER MiND, YOU’LL JUsT HAVE TO KEEP TRYiNG’ Clare Balding’s autobiography is hugely entertaining 20 YEs, THEY’RE bAcK The Ewings return in Dallas and it’s perfect timing 24 LAsT POsT fOR THE LETTER? Liz Williams urges us to revive the art of writing letters 28 ‘i’M VERY DOMEsTic, REALLY’ Dita Von Teese thinks she’ll make a good housewife one day 32 MEET THE MARVELLOUs MR POPPiNs Michael Kenny, the only man in the class at Norland College 34 THE bRiGHTEsT YOUNG THiNG Simon Blow on his outrageous great uncle Stephen Tennant 36 wiTH A PEARL, THE wORLD is YOUR OYsTER Corinne Julius reports on the most magical and elegant of gems 38 MAKiNG MERRY wiTH THE bERRYs Fiona Hicks visits the oldest wine shop in the world 58 ‘OOH bETTY, YOU ARE DOiNG wELL’ Michele Dotrice is back on stage in The Ladykillers retirement property special 61 ViLLAGE PEOPLE Emma Hagestadt on the new wave of high-end retirement villages popping up around the UK 69 HOME THOUGHTs ON RETiRiNG Expert James Cobb offers advice on choosing the right retirement home regulars7THELADYLOVEs… A selection of our favourite things 9 THE LADY ALMANAc 13 MY bATTLE Of HAsTiNGs AND cOcO 14 LETTERs, cAT ON MATT AND THE LADY AND i 19 THE LADY GUiDE TO MODERN MANNERs 41 HER iNDOORs AND HOROscOPEs 43 ANTiqUEs LETTERs 45 HOME HELP Hugh St Clair answers your interiors queries 47 TRAVEL: The top 10 places to see before the end of the world 48 GARDEN PLOTTiNG with Sarah Langton-Lockton 51 DR JAMEs LE fANU advises and Sof McVeigh dispenses 52 REViEws: bOOKs, RADiO, fiLM, TV, THEATRE, ART AND MUsic 84 PUzzLEs fROM THE PAsT Crosswords from The Lady archive 85 cROsswORD For solvers 86 bRiDGE For dealers 87 THE LADYGRAM Your favourite puzzle 88 sU DOKU and qUicK cROsswORD 90 fiRsT iMPREssiONs q&A: EsTHER RANTzEN

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Cover stories u clare balding: ‘This has been the year of my life’. Page 16 u Dear sir… is this the last post for the letter? Page 24 u Gardening: Jobs to do this week. Page 48 u My uncle stephen Tennant, the brightest bright Young Thing. Page 34 u bucket-list breaks: 10 must-see places. Page 47 u The magical Mr Poppins: secrets of a male nanny. Page 32 u big hats; bigger heads: Duffy on Dallas. Page 20 u Dita Von Teese: ‘i’d make a jolly good housewife’. Page 28

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