Can we please just stop with the Christmas tat?

Hideous novelty Christmas socks, hideous novelty Christmas tie, hideous novelty Christmas jumper….Oooooh, you’re really spoiling us, Ambassador. Not. Can we have an amnesty on all of it this year, please? There are so many tatty novelty Christmas gifts given out every year, and very little of it has actually been requested by the recipient. A […]

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Penny Choose: M Signature Pedro Ximenez

Treat time! Today I’ve decided to go with a real festive treat and it tastes just like Christmas in a glass. It’s Morrisons M Signature Pedro Ximenez sherry. Yes, it’s a sherry, but it’s nothing like any other sherry you’ll have tasted. This stuff is magic. Confession: I deliberately held off writing about this stuff […]

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Less Stress December

While we’re usually happy to talk about parties, celebrations, presents, and food and drink in December, we’re often a bit less open about the other side of this time of year. For example: money worries, nasty relatives, depression and SAD, and a general feeling of being rushed and overwhelmed. So I’m setting out to make […]

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Monday deals and offers

Okay, I’m caving in – here are some rather nice one-day shopping offers for Monday. Just don’t ask me to call it Cyber Monday, because that’s a step too far…if you didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s just ‘Monday’ today. With some nice sales and offers. Lots of deals around including: AllBeauty up to 72% off fragrance […]

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Penny Choose: Sweet Freedom Choc Shot

This week’s little Treat Under a Tenner is Sweet Freedom’s Choc Shot. This is a liquid product that you’ll find on the hot chocolate shelf of an increasing number of shops. It’s more versatile than that, though. This is billed as ‘liquid chocolate’ but I think it would be more accurately described as a semi-sweet […]

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The Interview: John Whaite’s festive food tips

Today’s interview is with the lovely Mr John Whaite, winner of the third series of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off. He took some time out from his busy schedule today to have an exclusive chat with us and share some of his tips for Christmas food and entertaining, including ideas for cooks on […]

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Get the Burberry Prorsum AW14 look at high street prices

The Burberry Prorsum Autumn Winter 2014 catwalk was something special. The stunning collection, called The Bloomsbury Girls, was inspired by the artists and writers of the turn-of-the-century Bloomsbury set, including their artwork and their homes. It was luxury all the way, with a riot of soft, warm/rich colours and a diverse range of prints and […]

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