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Established 1885 • No 63992

features16SINCESHEWENT AWAY… Lady Astor’s moving account of dealing with her mother’s Parkinson’s and how the experience inspired her debut novel 20 You muST rEmEmbEr THIS… As Casablanca celebrates its 7oth birthday, Melonie Clarke unearths some of the most extraordinary facts about one of the greatest movies of all time 26 SITTINg prETTY Juanita Coulson discovers how the Windsor Greys deliver flawless performances at every State occasion 30 goNE kNITTY! From dropped stitches to a growing tally of scarves, Jane Green tells a few yarns about her newest hobby 34 WANTED: VoLuNTEEr SCArECroW (No EXpErIENCE rEQuIrED) From an animal seance to a plea for the return of a missing box of matches – how Preston Likely’s spoof ads have livened up newsagents’ windows 38 NEW buILD Taschen’s latest book provides a breathtaking close-up of the beauty in 20th-century architecture 55 rooTS & SHooTS Tracing your family history can throw up some real surprises and is not a hobby for the faint-hearted, says Helen Tovey regulars7THELADYLoVES… A selection of our favourite things 9 THE LADY ALmANAC 13 mY bATTLE of HASTINgS AND poEm bY SIr pATrICk moorE 14 LETTErS, THE LADY AND I AND THE LADY oN THE WALL 19 HEr INDoorS AND HoroSCopES 25 THE LADY guIDE To moDErN mANNErS 33 mEET THE brITISH: VILLAgE kNoW-IT-ALL 36 fASHIoN: ALL THAT gLITTErS Katy Pearson shows you how to add a glint of glamour to your outfit this Christmas 43 HomE HELp Hugh St Clair on festive decorations 45 TrAVEL Now’s the time to start planning next year’s cruise 46 fooD: LAST-mINuTE CHrISTmAS Katy Pearson learns how to whip up a quick Christmas cake and mince pies at the Women’s Institute cookery school 48 WINES of THE WEEk Henry Jeffreys on RhÔne wines 50 gArDEN pLoTTINg with Sarah Langton-Lockton 53 Dr JAmES LE fANu advises and Sof McVeigh dispenses 58 rEVIEWS: bookS, rADIo, fILm, TV, THEATrE AND ArT 77 CroSSWorD For solvers 78 THE LADYgrAm Your favourite puzzle 79 brIDgE For dealers 80 Su Doku and QuICk CroSSWorD 82 fIrST ImprESSIoNS Q&A: SImoN CALLoW

special offers 18 Win prizes every day in our Advent competition 24 gift-boxed postcards from The Lady archive 28 Subscribe to The Lady and receive a frEE Chatsworth plum pudding 32 The Lady calendar and tea towel 44 Discover the beauty of pearls at Coleman Douglas pearls 49 Aluminium wallet; Soup maker; Jewellery armoire; mini LCD TV 77 mIlitary and brass bands 3-CD set; Christmas with André rieu DVD and CD set classifieds pAgES 64-75

7 December 2012

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Cover stories u my mother’s death taught me how to live, by Lady Astor. page 16 u How I became a knitting addict. page 30 u How to be the perfect guest. page 25 u my day with the Queen’s horses. page 26 u An audience with Simon Callow. page 82 u Last-minute Christmas recipes. page 46 u best cruises. page 45