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Editor’s letter

DEAR READERS,

Here we are in January – a strange month, I find. Words associated with January point to reinvigoration: New Year’s Day, new you, new-year resolutions, new starts – yet all that many of us seem to want to do in January, along with nature, is hibernate.

For me, the best thing about January is the fact that we can look forward to it being light at 5pm by the end of the month. What a difference that makes to the lives of the 12 million dogs and their walkers in the UK, their daily outings no longer restricted to a window of around seven hours. Not that we want to wish our lives away, but you know what I mean…

I hope we have struck a happy balance between hibernation and making a new start in this month’s issue. Kerry Parnell asked the experts to recommend 20 easy health resolutions and, food-wise, we have a selection of healthy and delicious slow-cooked recipes. Our style guru Armand Beasley also shows us how we can maximise our skin’s hydration – so at least our faces will not be subjected to Dry January!

Jo Knowsley picks the best places to bask in some winter sun, and Victor Olliver reveals what could be in store for us all in the stars of 2024.

As Silent Witness returns for its 27th series (really!) Maureen Paton meets its star, Emilia Fox, while Thomas Blaikie profiles Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh and Rebecca Wallersteiner talks to Amanda Mason, curator of the Spies, Lies & Deception exhibition at the Imperial War Museum about the real-life world of espionage.

I will leave you to enjoy this issue with the thought of a quote from T.S. Eliot’s poem East Coker: ‘And so each venture is a new beginning’.

Until February,

Helen Budworth, Editor

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