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Established 1885 • No 63994

features12SAVEOURCOUNTRYSIDEFormerPoetLaureateSir Andrew Motion urges us all to take a stand in protecting our green spaces 16 WALK OR CYCLE? Ten simple decisions that could help to save your life 20 THE V SIGN A sparkling exhibition celebrates the genius of legendary couturier Valentino 22 MEET LADY CROSSWORD Anne Bradford, the grande dame of crossword solving 26 A VERY CHARMING TRAVELLER Rebecca Wallersteiner remembers Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor – adventurer, war hero, lover 34 150 YEARS OF THE LONDON TUBE London celebrates its first Underground journey 44 FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE South African design influences in the home are bright, vibrant and fashionable, says Hugh St Clair travel special 30 20 HOLIDAY HOT SPOTS FOR 2013 Time to plan your escape for the coming year 36 BRITAIN’S BEST CULTURAL MINIBREAKS Write poetry, paint, sip wine, sing – short stays in the UK 39 HOW I GOT 15 YEARS YOUNGER – ON HOLIDAY Rachel Johnson is rejuvenated at a Portuguese spa resort 41 SEVENTH HEAVEN ON THE GREEK RIVIERA The Athenian Riviera is as get-away-from-it-all as it gets regulars7THELADYLOVES… A selection of our favourite things 9 MY BATTLE OF HASTINGS AND BEDFORD THE CAT 10 LETTERS, THE LADY AND I, THE LADY ON THE WALL 19 HER INDOORS AND HOROSCOPES 25 THE LADY GUIDE TO MODERN MANNERS 42 FASHION: HOLIDAY WARDROBE Katy Pearson shows you how to travel in style 49 HOME HELP Hugh St Clair chooses South African craft pieces 50 FOOD: READY, STEADY, SIZZLE Indian dishes with a difference 52 WINES OF THE WEEK Henry Jeffreys recommends… 53 DR JAMES LE FANU advises and Sof McVeigh dispenses 54 GARDEN PLOTTING with Sarah Langton-Lockton 56 REVIEWS: BOOKS, RADIO, FILM, TV, THEATRE AND ART 74, 76, 78 THE LADYGRAM Three puzzles for you 77 CROSSWORD For solvers 79 BRIDGE For dealers 80 SU DOKU and QUICK CROSSWORD 82 FIRST IMPRESSIONS Q&A: CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS

special offers 28 Lake Orta; the Indian Maharaja 29 Subscribe to The Lady and receive a FREE pair of freshwater pearl earrings worth £29.99 72 Undiscovered Italy; Lake Como; Lake Maggiore; Bay of Naples 73 The beauty of pearls 77 Provence; Europe’s finest river cruises classifieds PAGES 62-71

4 January 2013

The Lady





Cover stories ◆ Save our green and pleasant land. Page 12 ◆ Puzzle special. Pages 22, 74, 76, 78 ◆ 10 decisions that will improve your life. Page 16 ◆ Valentino. Page 20 ◆ Travel extra. From page 30 ◆ A very charming traveller. Page 26 ◆ 20 places you must visit in 2013. Page 30