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Napping in the afternoon can improve memory and alertness – here’s why

Short and long naps both have benefits. Shutterstock John Axelsson, Karolinska Institutet and Tina Sundelin, Stockholm University Some people swear by an afternoon nap – whether it’s to catch up on lost sleep or to help them feel more alert for the afternoon ahead. Even Boris Johnson supposedly favours […]

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6 Different Valentine’s Gifts for Your Special Someone

When it comes to giving gifts, it’s usually the case that you either find inspiration instantly, or you spend an age trying think of an appropriate idea. Either way, it is possible to pick out the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day, and these six ideas should help. Books Reading is […]

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Ways to Make Lockdown in the Home More Fun

  Long gone are the days where a walk in the sunshine and excessive baking of banana bread was enough to feed our desperate attempt to find balance in between enjoying lockdown and not losing our marbles. Since we are now in our third extended lockdown, the time has come […]

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Tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor

The news that Dame Barbara Windsor has died, and from such a cruel disease, is sad, mirroring the experience of many thousands of people. Scott Mitchell said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that my darling wife, Barbara, passed away at 8.35pm on Thursday […]

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Brilliant calendar to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society

Photographs of care home residents recreating classic album covers are to be featured in a calendar to raise vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society.   The quirky images showing residents of Sydmar Lodge Care Home, in Edgware, posing as stars such as Adele, David Bowie and Taylor Swift, went viral after […]

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Samaritans voice concerns for the lonely this Christmas

Christmas will be a tough time for some even without a global pandemic to deal with, say Samaritans, as the charity’s latest research shows being separated from family and loved ones over the Christmas period is one of the biggest concerns facing callers. It is easy for those of us […]

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Alternative light fruit Christmas cake

Like many other people, I’m not a fan of Christmas goodies: heavy fruit cakes, puddings, and mince pies. Some years ago I came across this recipe from Sainsbury’s. Luckily, I wrote it down as I’ve never seen it since. I promise you it is festive but also tastes lovely. I […]

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Jo Brand urges the SW to express themsELVES for Elf Day

It’s been a tough year for many, but Alzheimer’s Society supporter and stand-up comedian Jo Brand is determined to help spread some festive cheer. Jo wants people across the South West – where more than 92,510 people are living with dementia – to pop on a pair of elf ears, pull up […]

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Visitors from Denmark not allowed into UK

This is rather weird. All pertaining to Covid in mink farms in Denmark (which in my view shouldn’t exist anyway). The government has responded to the latest developments in Covid found in Danish mink farms by bringing in a number of measures. From 4am, Saturday 7 November 2020, the Home […]

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Social Media Kindness Day is Nov 9th

From Social Media Kindness Day: There is no doubt social media is a powerful tool, available at our fingertips. With this power comes responsibility. We are the first generation to use social media in the way we do. Having this power has meant we haven’t always seen it be used for […]

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