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Tried & Tested – Clarins

Product Test Review – Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion 200ml £31 A rich, creamy lotion with a seductively appealing fragrance, which effectively rescues dry skin. To the touch, skin becomes softer, smoother and more supple. To the eye, skin becomes firmer, brighter and more youthful. Extensive testing Test 1: Skin Hydration. Test panel volunteers applied […]

The Pentrich Rising

Two hundred years ago this month, a group of poor men desperate to feed their families took decisive if impulsive action aimed at overthrowing the government and ending poverty. At the time England’s economy was in a dire state: bad harvests had led to famine and fewer workers were needed because of the Industrial Revolution. […]

Pollyanna’s Wonderful World

From sitting shoulder to shoulder with a mountain gorilla on the slopes of a dormant volcano in Rwanda, to being charged by a wild tiger in the foothills of the Himalayas, Pollyanna Pickering is one of the few artists to have truly travelled the world to get close to her wild subjects. And Pollyanna recently […]

Walk Around & About Belper

For a town that has seen industries come and go, Belper manages to retain its semi-rural appeal. With countryside coming right up to its oldest part, it is easy to escape the pressures of everyday living. Not only does Belper have this countryside on its doorstep, it has, for a town of its size, probably […]

Lost Houses of Shallcross Hall

The Dark Peak was never a place welcoming enough, through elevation or climate, to encourage the erection of major country houses, although small stone built manor houses were built, especially in the environs of Chapel-en-le-Frith. Shallcross hall, therefore, was something of an exception, being a classical house of moderate size situated on as windy hilltop […]

Derbyshire Antiques & Collectibles – Royal Doulton

A perennial favourite at the fortnightly general sales we have at Bamfords are the figurines made by the Royal Doulton factory. Of high glazed porcelain, very well painted and finely modelled these are favourites with collectors and have the advantage of being well catalogued. Readers will probably not need reminding that Doulton’s was founded in […]

High Peak Trail

Regular followers of my walks will no doubt have noticed that I always try to design the walk around a convenient pub.  This walk is no exception and can almost be considered a pub crawl. It passes the doors of two and, more to the point, starts and finishes at a walker (and dog) friendly […]

OSLO On A Shoestring

Even the locals complain about the cost of living in Norway, but as we discovered, it is possible to enjoy the delights of Oslo, Norway’s capital without breaking the bank. Many of its attractions are either free or inexpensive, and if you are over sixty, then by asking for an ‘honor rebatt’, (age reduction), prices […]

Tried & Tested – Pixi Beauty

Glam It Up with Pixi Beauty Strobe & Sculpt £24  This palette contains 3 highlight and 3 contour shades for refined lighting and defined shading created by Maryam. The contour shades create realistic shadows to recede features, while highlight shades gives a strobe-like luminosity to amplify and reflect light. Sheer yet buildable mineral powders blend […]

Marehay Coal Miner who captained England

COMPARISONS with the modern game can help illustrate Alf Strange’s achievements in football. A skilful right-half, he was a member of the Sheffield Wednesday team which won the First Division championship – equivalent to the Premier League – in two consecutive seasons, 1928-29 and 1929-30, were never out of the top three for five years […]