If you’re tired of the same old sandwiches for lunch at home treat yourself to a quick and inexpensive lunch simply by frying mushrooms and adding a dash of cheap truffle oil for a touch of luxury.
Do you ever wonder what to do with that marrow a neighbour gave you? Has your marrow plant gone mad and you're wondering what to do with them all? The answer is to make a lovely Date and Marrow Chutney that is wonderful with cheese.
The Catalyst is a story of a passionate love affair that endures despite everything ... although not quite as you might expect.
Science has proved that if we eat less we could live longer ... barring walking under a bus. But there is little point in living longer if all that means is we are going to have to endure age-related illnesses for much of that time. Fortunately, eating less has that covered too ...
Steam-driven trains are now a thing of the past for everyday travel but at the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway in Cornwall, UK the past can still be captured. This heritage railway helps us glimpse a more leisurely age, an age when travelling was still a big adventure.
Susan Boyle became an overnight superstar when she narrowly missed winning the British talent show, Britain's Got Talent in 2009. Despite coming second she has become internationally famous for her beautiful mezzo soprano voice with its gentle, emotional quality. She is also an inspiration to plain...
The meaning of happiness is different for everyone. For some it is health, for others wealth but still too many people do not recognise that happiness must always come from inside oneself. This short video outlines a few easy steps to promote inner happiness.
Just who was Fair Rosamund? Why is she the subject of so many poems, books and paintings? Mistress of Henry Ⅱ of England from 1163 this enigmatic and beautiful woman has mystified scholars and romantics for almost a thousand years.
Have you ever listened to Desert Island Discs and wondered what music you would take with you if you were marooned on a desert island? Have you ever wondered what books you might like to take instead of music? Here is just my selection of classic English literature to stimulate your thoughts on...
Have you ever lost a pet to death? Then you'll know how truamatic it can be. This is the remarkable story of what happened when I lost a much-loved and very special cat ...
Reflexology is thought to have been around since the Bronze Age and is now a well-known and well-respected complementary therapy. But does it work? And if so, how?
Ed Alleyne-Johnson is a street musician in the city of York in the UK, but he has worked as a busker all over the world. He has also written a concerto for the electric violin that has inspired a cult following in many countries. Listen to his music here ...
All soldiers are brave but the soldiers of World War One who went over the tops of the trenches and walked purposefully towards the tangled barbed wire in the face of direct gunfire and heavy shelling were a breed apart. Three of their most famous poets were moved to tell others what it was really...
As the small child of a British Naval officer in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, I still have vivid memories of what that meant. Here are a few of my more unusual recollections of a way of life that is now forever lost.
Why are old people ignored by our modern society? Most old people are a fount of life wisdom and experience useful to the younger generation. Here are just three aspects of why it is important to respect old people.
In the Italy of the 12th century beautiful aristocratic women were usually the pawns of powerful men. Sometimes they took their revenge. This tragic love story of Paulo and Francesca shows how a cruelly duped woman took the man she truly loved and paid for her love with her life.
What is a heroine to you? Is it a film star or a music diva? Is it a WW2 spy? Or a warrior maiden like Joan of Arc? Or could they be just everyday women who inspire the rest of us with their kindness and selflessness ... aren't they just as much heroines?
Postnatal depression is not the taboo subject it once was. But what causes it is still unknown and it still affects far too many women after childbirth. Getting the correct help as soon as it is diagnosed is vital ... for both mother and child.
What happened to all the musicians who wanted to make a difference in the world? Are protest songs a thing of the past? These videos show four of the best songs from the troubadours of the 60's. Musicians who stood up and told it like it was ...
What is it like to hear that your spouse or partner is going to die? That their time with you is limited and you cannot change that fact? What do you do once the fact has sunk in? Here are a few ideas to help you help them for the time they have left. Giving love and support is the only thing you...
Today we confuse honour with glory and award. But it has another deeper meaning of integrity. Too many of us live without integrity in these modern time. It is seen as a naive and unfashionable concept instead of the guiding principle that should rule all our dealings with each other.
The Eden Project in Cornwall in the UK is a remarkable and radical solution to the problem of teaching people about important habitats that are endangered by human interaction. Not only a good day out but also a vital educational tool whose work may one day just tip the balance in favour of the...
Have we lost sight of what Christmas really means? Are we teaching our children that getting more and more 'stuff' is the only thing that matters at Christmas? Do your children even know that this festival is a celebration of the birth of a remarkable man? No? Then perhaps it's time to put that...
Choosing the right stone with which to legally kill someone in Iran is important. After all, one doesn't want to break the law. Amnesty, an organisation full of people who empathise with the plight of others, has long battled to get Iran to review this practice and now it thinks it may be on the...
We can control asthma with drugs so are we becoming complacent about childhood asthma? And are we guilty of putting our love of our cars before the health of children. Vehicle emissions have been proven to affect the respiratory health of children as well as adults. But asthma can still kill ......
Sometimes you come across a quote, poem or piece of writing that really resonates with you, it really speaks to you. Such quotes are ones to keep, treasure and live by. These are seven quotes which have lived in me for inspired me for many years. The final item is a very moving video which offers a...
Is it true that we no longer play board games? Do computer games rule the roost? Despite the unsexy image of board games it seems that they are not only still around but are even increasing in number. So am I revelling in nostalgia for a more innocent time? Or perhaps I'm just acknowledging how...
For too many of us arranging a funeral for a love one means leaving it all to an undertaker and a clergyman who may not have known the deceased. Why does it have to be like this? Why not use imagination and give them a loving and respectful send-off to the afterlife?
Loreena McKennitt - talented musician and singer with a voice of pure crystal. After a 25 year career are there still people who have never heard her sing? For all lovers of Celtic music and romantic classical literature ...
There are positive aspects to growing old, especially if you are a woman. It doesn't have to be the constant battle of dyeing grey hair, struggling into thongs and trying to be young ....
What is echolalia? Is it simply disrespectful mimicry ... or is it a symptom of something more sinister?
Did you know there is more to cheese than the plastic sheet that smothers your burger? If you didn't you seriously need to experiment with cheese. Here's how ...
Thoughts on the nature of trust. What is it, really? Why is it vital to business today? And how would you feel if you were not trusted?
A critique of the plot line of the blockbuster movie, Australia. Without giving too much away to those who have not yet seen it, this is an outline of the main threads of a love story that also strives to highlight the plight of the lost generation of aboriginal children.
Do you own a heritage home? One that has meant something to your family for generations? If you want to pass it onto your children you seriously need to consider a pre-nuptial agreement, unromantic as that seems.
Surprisingly maybe, despite the increase in incidence of Diabetes 2, it has just been reported that this condition can be reversed. But although the remedy seems simple, it should not be tried at home. However it does hold out hope for many of us.
What is it about some women? Like diamonds, they are not just beautiful but they also have some quality that drives a man to outrageous lengths to hold them. Princess Nest of Wales was one such woman.
When John of Gaunt took Katherine Swynford after she was widowed he could never have realised that this love affair was to be something rather more than a passing fancy. It was to become a life-long passion for both of them.
The shocking true story of the love affair of the brilliant teacher, Peter Abelard and promising scholar,Heloise. A love story in which pride came before an outrageous fall; a fall that robbed him of his most fundamental identity.
In the far west of Cornwall, on the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean, sits one of the wonders of the modern world, a theatre. Open to the sky and all its elements, the actors have to vie with dolphins playing in the bay and watching the humans as they are being watched. And it was all made by one...
An ancient love story with a tragic twist. This is the story of a love so powerful, so magical that it has stood the test of time to some down to us today. And it is still possible to feel the pain of all concerned over 1500 years later.
Alzheimer's Disease and associated dementias are, frighteningly, on the increase. Even if a cure is discovered we should all still take whatever simple steps we can to help guard our brains against their devastating effects.
Like many places, Yorkshire has been affected by modern 21st century life, but not as much as you might expect. There are still pockets of stubborn resistance to modernity, especially in the Yorkshire Dales, that last outpost of an older way of life.
Dentdale is a little-known and remote dale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The winding, cobbled streets and old stone cottages of Dent village provide an ancient backdrop to the annual free music and real ale festival held in June.
Hubpages is a democratic on-line publishing site with distinct criteria for publishing quality, original and helpful content. Read on for advice on how to make sure the work you submit is of the very best standard.
Since the banking industry kick started the current world wide recession we have all had time to think about what has happened to the economy. Perhaps it is time for a change ... time to change the way we bank. Ethical banking is a way forward so that the banks never have the power to ruin the...
Festivals are a way of life in Cornwall. Anything is an excuse to get together and have fun. In the beautiful far west of Cornwall one tiny fishing village has a now famous bi-annual festival that is all about the sea, ships and fishing. Oh, and food, music and dance as well ... For a taste of old...
Regression is another name for past life therapy. This is the author's account of another life lived in 18th century York in the UK, remembered under regression. The experience helped her understand her choices in her present life.
Want to snorkel with turtles over a shipwreck, eat genuine Barbadian food and relax on a catamaran cruise off the west coast of Barbados? Read this account so you know how to go about it.
Why do men hanker after high maintenance women without realising how much it costs to look the way they do? And why do they not realise that unless they themselves are good looking millionaires such women would never give them a first glance, never mind a second.
Polydactyl cats have too many toes. Despite this odd look, they attracted the devotion of the writer, Ernest Hemingway and were thought to be lucky by sailors.
Do you have a tattoo and are you proud of it? Why should having body art be so reviled by some people? If you are thinking of having a tattoo why not look for a design that is a little less ordinary?
Very few of us get through a whole life time with out any regrets. We know they do not help but we do need to acknowledge them ... and then try to let them go. This poem is my attempt.
Traditional weddings, with all the worry and excessive expense, are becoming less and less meaningful. It seems to be all about how it looks rather than what it means. So why not think 'outside the box' and try something different. Here are a few ideas to start building on ...
If we all think about what we are doing a little more we could protect the planet and its finite resources just that little bit better. We need a sort of awareness, a mindfulness, to stop our wasteful ways.
Catharism - an old and more simple Christianity whose clean living exponents were persecuted to extinction in the 13th century. Is it time to get back to a simpler religion with less of the trappings of wealth and power?
Do you suffer from chronic insomnia? Are you dubious of using prescriptive sleeping pills but find that herbal compounds really don't tackle the problem? Perhaps the answer is melatonin, the hormone that naturally balances your sleep/wake pattern.
Has rock music had its day? Are all rock classics now just a memory? The case for more rock music and for enjoying the feel-good factor of the rock anthems of yesterday.
It's amazing how many people do not know how to eat muesli correctly. Don't be one of them. Read this and find out how muesli can be much more delicious when you eat it properly.
Far too many women stay in abusive relationships. Far too many believe him when he says he only did it because he loves them so much, because he is jealous. That is never the case. If he is violent to you it is because he wants to control you. Once you wake up and smell the coffee you can begin to...
We all know that spirituality is not necessarily the same thing as religion.So, perhaps for those of us for whom 'religion' is a meaningless word, we should start looking for our own way of spirituality, a way to show others that although we do not follow an organised religion, we can be counted on...
IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is now a common complaint of the gut and for many it is a life-limiting complaint. However, it can be easily treated, simply by using the mind and visualisation and thus eliminating the need for prescriptive drugs and their possible side effects.
Ever wanted to change an unhelpful behaviour trait? Well, learning to hypnotise yourself safely can help you not only change problem thoughts and behaviour but also help you to be the very best you can be.
A guide to the capabilities and limitations of each of the two best known range cookers available, the AGA and the Rayburn.
Cob is an ancient building material used in Britain, especially in the county of Devon. Not only does it produce especially beautiful buildings, many of them now historic, but it is also a highly ecological product whose use is being revived for modern days dwellings.
We all know the internet is the most powerful tool of the modern age. So, shouldn't we be using it for something other than flirting, shopping and idling messing about? How about using it as a tool for changing society and combatting injustice?
Book review of Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. This classic book outlines the ease with which the rural poor, and in particular, the working women, of Edwardian England, could meet with tragedy. The story of Tess is the story of so many women leaving it impossible not to feel a bond of...
Regression therapy, also known as Past Life Therapy, is a useful tool in hypnotherapy which can relieve a variety of emotional and even physical problems. This therapy works whether or not you believe you have lived before.
Is it difficult to sleep with your partner but you will feel your relationship is failing if you don't? I'm not talking about sex here ... just trying to sleep. If you are light sleepers or if one of you snores but you still insist on sleeping together, you may be doing both of you a disservice.
A descriptive guide to one of the most iconic and quaint fishing villages in Cornwall in the UK. Read a little of its history and the tragic bravery of its lifeboat men.
A review of that most quintessentially English of books: Cider with Rosie. This taster outlines the last gasp of rural life in the 1920's as experienced by Laurie Lee as a child. With his reminiscences of the eccentricity of the villagers and the sublime beauty of his prose this is a book about...
Holidaying in a motorhome, or RV if you are American, is rapidly becoming one of the most popular ways of taking a break and enjoying total freedom. But it is important to take various factors into consideration before you buy your first motorhome as making a mistake can be costly and time...
A jokey look at the differences in the ageing process between men and women. Only for the light hearted ...
A review of The Mitford Girls: an engaging biography of the extraordinary and eccentric Mitford sisters. Nancy, Pam, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah Mitford had an unconventional, though genteel, upbringing in 1930's England which may well have led to their outrageous, and often controversial,...
Training to be a therapist? Whether you are using conventional or complementary therapies there are some golden rules which can be applied to enhance the experience for your clients, increase your success rate and make you a more effective therapist.
Feel the need to be sociable but not fit enough for tennis? Too young for the Women's Institute? Too broke to meet the blokes down the pub every night? Here's how to organise a book club and make new friends.
Why do we strive to look younger than we are as we age? What drives us and why? And why should we? It takes confidence and courage to allow yourself to age naturally ... but here's why we should all do just that.
Have you ever wanted to drop the average 9 - 5 slog? The job that saps your soul but that you have to do to live? Why not open a Natural Health Centre and rent out rooms to therapist? Here are few tips on how to do that ... successfully. And feed your own soul at the same time.
Are you ever too old to advertise in the Lonely Hearts Column? Probably not ... but the older you are the more red wine you might need to help you get started looking for Mr Right. And then there is always the internet if you fancy a man in uniform. Hunky fireman, anyone?
Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales hosts an annual Dickensian Fair each Christmas. It's a time of tradition and merriment and this Christmas even the weather got involved and produced authentic Dickensian snow. Rather a lot of it ...
Have you ever had such a good time on holiday that you always wanted to remember it by some sort of memento? Other than a toy donkey wearing a sombrero that is. This article tells you how to start making a memory garden, one that will grow with each meaningful thing you find ...
Anyone can make a chocolate cake, can't they? Well, not necessarily. How many times have you chosen chocolate cake in a cafe and found it is too dry and stodgy? Get the low-down on how to avoid this in your own chocolate cakes ... and have them coming back for more!
The realities of travelling in a motorhome with a very unusual cat. This is how his owners cater for his peculiarities on the move.
Advice on how to enjoy old age and ignore the passing of time. How to find the positives in old age and keep self-pity, and just possibly, ill health at bay.
Menopause symptoms can be overwhelming for some of us but using HRT can seem risky because of its side effects. There are several natural alternatives, from red clover to a natural progesterone cream, outlined here which can help to balance those dwindling hormones.
One year on from my mother's death and I felt moved to write her a letter, in memory. We had had an uncomfortable relationship for most of my life ... but I was still stunned by how much I missed her. This should be a warning to everyone ...
Do you know what a quince is? Okay ... so do you know what to do with one? You can make quince jelly, that's what. It has a delicious and unique taste and is wonderful with meat ... and knowing you haven't wasted any of Nature's bounty makes you feel very virtuous!
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Infection seems to be on the increase in domestic cats and struvite or oxalate crystals are often the cause. This can be a life-threatening illness for male cats. Read how to diagnose and treat this distressing condition.
We are constantly told not to anthropomorphise animals. We are constantly told they are not like humans. So how do you explain the love and thanks shown by a damaged stray cat with a deep fear of men?
Sometimes guilt is almost impossible to bear but it is never useful or productive, except as a remembered lesson. Meditation and inner work by stilling the mind can help banish the sting of guilt and let you move on to enjoy life.