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Are you missing the bigger picture?

Last issue I introduced you to 6 life optimising tips. This month, we’re looking at how you can apply a simple mindfulness technique to improve your personal and professional life, writes Samantha Smith You’ve probably heard of the benefits of being ‘mindful’, but did you know you can apply it to your day to day tasks, no matter how busy you ...

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Your networking debut

If you read my previous articles you will now know why you need to network and where to network. Now it’s time for you to actually attend your first networking event, writes Sue France. My first tip is to go alone. Scary as it may be, networking is one activity that works better if you don’t hunt in pairs. When I held ...

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Paul Adams MRCVS, who has opened his second branch of Pet Retreat. Emma Brown is the manager of the new Bowdon salon.

Pawfect Debut

Barry Hook pops along to discover the ideal place to ensure every dog has its day…. Bowdon’s new pet grooming salon opened last month with a menu of treatments which wouldn’t be out of place in a beauty salon. Take for instance the ‘Aromatherapy Bath & Massage’ – A 10-minute body massage with lavender, joba joba or coconut essential oil shampoo. Or ...

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Blake on stage at the O2

Macclesfield teenager signs for Disney

Macclesfield teenager Blake Richardson has just returned from a one month UK and European arena tour with his band 'New Hope Club' supporting The Vamps and is heading off to film for Disney after his GCSEs. The brilliant 16-year-old King's School pupil is suspending his academic career indefinitely, “to focus on the band.” He added: “There is so much coming up; ...

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Rostrum duties go better with a smile.

An eye for the finer things

Living with precious, delicate and expensive works of art could be a precarious business for Barry Hook. Not so for this fine art expert from Cheshire Meeting Rachel Houston-Holland in her office in Wright Marshall is a test. It is the type of location where you could imagine the hapless Frank Spencer causing absolute mayhem. The huge desk top is clear apart ...

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Louise RichardsonLady in Law

“We are all rescuers,” says Wilmslow solicitor, Louise Richardson. She’s talking about herself and other family lawyers to Barry Hook On the day I met Wilmslow solicitor, Louise Richardson, in the back of my mind was the plight of Helen the 36-year old daughter of Pat and Tony Archer. For those of you not addicted […]

Rostrum duties go better with a smile.An eye for the finer things

Living with precious, delicate and expensive works of art could be a precarious business for Barry Hook. Not so for this fine art expert from Cheshire Meeting Rachel Houston-Holland in her office in Wright Marshall is a test. It is the type of location where you could imagine the hapless Frank Spencer causing absolute mayhem. […]

victoria thomas - 73Two Stage Rokit Launches Young Stars

The owner of one of Cheshire’s top performing arts’ academies is now utilising her own experience and skills to help those of her students who want to launch professional careers in films; on stage and on TV, writes Matthew Robinson. A little more than four and a half years ago, professional actor and dancer, Victoria […]

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WGS-Alderley Music Festival 2016 imageWGS Crowned Choral Champions

Withington Girls’ School’s debut performance at the Alderley Edge Music Festival hit a high note with judges as entries in two classes earned WGS choristers a coveted first prize. In the Festival’s 100th celebratory concert, Withington’s voccine choral group of girls from year-7 upwards and the middle school choir comprising girls from years 7 to […]

Ridley Partridge with dad, AdamWhy didn’t I think of that?

An inventive 11-year-old auctioneer has called time on a problem that has dogged the antiques industry since the turn of the millennium. Ridley Partridge, eldest son of TV antiques expert Adam Partridge, has developed an auctioneer’s block that finally synchronises the online and auction room bidding process. The concept has been developed by ATG Media, […]

Samantha SmithAre you missing the bigger picture?

Last issue I introduced you to 6 life optimising tips. This month, we’re looking at how you can apply a simple mindfulness technique to improve your personal and professional life, writes Samantha Smith You’ve probably heard of the benefits of being ‘mindful’, but did you know you can apply it to your day to day […]

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Next maxi (1)Wedding guest: shine without outshining the bride!

Q. Can I wear silver to a wedding? A. The bride and groom should be the focus of attention on their big day. That’s not to say you shouldn’t dress up for the occasion but perhaps avoid turning up in anything loud and garish, especially if it risks a reflection worthy of ‘tanning foils’ in […]

sj_Sunuva_2016_04833 (1)Stay safe in the sun kids

Q. My children really like to swim. What should they wear when they’re on the beach that also gives them maximum protection from the sun A. A healthy dose of Vitamin D is essential for building strong bones but babies and children need protection from the sun at all times. Failing to take the necessary […]

izzyWondering how to wear a hat?

Designing, creating and making hats is without doubt Rosie’s passion (see our March Fashion article, Easter Bonnets), so who better to provide the answer to this month’s style question. Q. I’m lucky to have a number of special occasion events to attend this year including Ladies Day at Ascot. I’ve never worn a hat before but […]