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Established 1885 • Vol 224 • Nº 63934

features17RUSSELLGRANT’S STRICTLY DIARY Russell emerges from a giant lilac-coloured scallop shell to a rapturous reception 20 thestarwithnosel-bydate Dame Helen Mirren, international sex symbol at 66,

admits she is fraught with self-doubt 24 50 bestdresesunder£200 Beth Dadswell presents a line-up of the season’s most fashionable frocks 30 walisuncovered The woman who almost brought down the British monarchy is the subject of a film by Madonna 34 Ladyinred Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Stewart on what it’s like to be the first woman pilot in the world-famous Red Arrows 39 howto haveyourcatinstitches Lena Dunkin tries to immortalise her moggie in wool 41 amonthinthecountry Lucy Clayton’s rocky relationship with nature 48 Highlandbling Celia Lyttelton tries living like a laird at turreted Aldourie

Castle on the shores of Loch Ness 57 Autumnfireworks Carrie McArdle’s choice of the best gardens to visit now 58 top 10 jobsforthegarden Sarah Langton-Lockton’s list of must-do winter tasks regulars7theladylovesA selection of our favourite things 9 theladyalmanac plus Cat on Matt 18 letersandtheladyandI 42 foo d : W h ere h av ealt h e Stea k-f rites o ne … Decent food is no longer the rule in France, laments

Sebastian Cresswell-Turner 46 theladydoctor James Le Fanu prescribes and

Sof McVeigh dispenses her latest Home Remedy 47 herindoorsandhoroscopesMary Killen and

Victor Olliver 53 homehelp Hugh St Clair’s expert advice 54 dearmrswood… Ask our agony aunt, and catch up on Maudie Bickram’s dating diary 60 TheLadygardenerClemmie Hambro and Sarah

Langton-Lockton in the garden 65 Antiquesletersandcoco 67 Books, EXHIBITION,radio, film,OPERA,

RIVATEVIEW 85 cr o sw o rdFor solvers 86 bridgeFor dealers 87 theladygram Your favourite puzzle 88 sudokuandquickcrosword 90 t v re v ie ws special offers

19 Undiscovered Italy 50 Northern Lights; North C yprus 51 Lake Como; An Aegean O dyssey 6 3 Subscribe to The Lady 85 Sunagor binoculars; Fors yte Saga 86 Carcassone; B ritish Isles cruise classifieds pages72-83

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Cover stories uHelenMirren: star without a sell-by date.Page 20 uHow to knit your own cat.Page 39 uWallis uncovered:Mrs Simpson and the king.Page 30 uHasFrench food lost its ooh la la?Page 42 u Hunt for RedOctober: best autumn gardens.Page 57 u 50Knockout frocks.Page 24 u Highland bling: live like a laird on Loch Ness.Page 48 u Russell Grant’s Strictly Diary.Page 17

7 October 2011

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