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Health food of the month: edible insects

Dublin: Coastal towns and villages

Plants’ reproductive systems cause summer havoc

Gin is the new favourite tonic

AXA: Top tips for ageing well

Health food of the month: Insects

plate of insectsThe high protein and nutritious contents of various insects are increasingly being confirmed by scientists and there is even talk of insects becoming the next top trend food. After all, they are cheap and readily available.


Oriental mini sweetcorn skewersLakeland are the leading supplier in kitchen and homewares and we've teamed up with them to bring you a selection of vegetarian recipes.

Oriental mini sweetcorn skewers

Cooked on the Social Grill


California Prune and Orange Hot Cross Buns by Peter Sidwell

California Prune and Orange Hot Cross BunsPut a twist on a traditional Easter bake with these Prune and Orange Hot Cross Buns from Peter Sidwell. With hints of spices, cardamom and green tea this will definitely be a change from the normal Easter offering. These buns are best enjoyed warm from the oven and smoothered in soft creamy butter.







Dublin: coastal towns and villages


Get adventurous and take a trip outside Dublin – you’ll find bloody history, strange legends, castles, hills and even a glimpse of Italy along the shoreline.



Plants’ reproductive systems cause summer havoc

Man sneezing

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen and it is incredibly common, probably affecting about one in five people in the UK. Men and women are equally affected.



  Gin is the new favourite tonic

Glass of gin

According to a report from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, Britons bought a record 47 million bottles of this clear spirit last year, up by seven million on 2016.



AXA: Ageing Well

There’s no holy grail of anti-aging, though it’s safe to say that medical breakthroughs, improved living conditions and better lifestyle choices are a few of the factors we can thank for their role in increasing life expectancy in the UK, now at its highest ever rate.



Silver Travel Tips:

The thought of taking a holiday by yourself might appear more than a touch brave, and you’re right! However, we are frequently told that once that first trip is under your belt, nothing could be simpler and you’ll wonder what took you so long. Here are our suggestions for getting started.   

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Balearic Outdoor Holidays - To be enjoyed not endured

terrace next to the seaBalearic Outdoor Holidays have been working with us for the last 4 years and it's certainly been a collaboration that's worked for us both. It's good to know that LaterLife subscribers are in such good hands when they book a walking holiday on Mallorca, Menorca or Ibiza with this wonderful family run company.

However, don't take their, or our word for it. Here's a few comments sent to them from recent guests:

"First of all, a really big thank you for 2 fabulous holidays this autumn. They aren't just holidays and move the spirit in such an uplifting way". Jane..Menorca singles walking September and Mallorca singles Walking October 2017.

"As always, we had such a good time and we enjoyed this holiday, the best of the 3 that we've had with you so far. Roll on October 2018. See you then". Susan and Martin...Mallorca couples walking October 2017.

"It's the first time I've done a week's walking and I really enjoyed the variety, the company, the lunches and all of the personal touches you put into place to make such a rewarding experience. Mary...Ibiza singles walking September 2017.

We had a wonderful week with you and John. Thank you so much. We would like to make a provisional booking for 4th May 2018. Carole and Thomas...Menorca couples walking May 2017.

If you'd like to find out for yourself what makes Balearic Outdoor holidays so special, drop them a line or call them on freephone 0800 072 4832.


Silver Travel Book Club

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel SocietyThis month the Silver Travel Book Club is reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societyby Mary Ann Shaffer. It has been chosen to coincide with the release of a major film adaptation of the book, and also with a generous holiday prize of a trip to this beautiful Channel Island with

To give them hope she must tell their story …
It's 1946. The war is over, and Juliet Ashton has writer's block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book - she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Through their letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the island, their love of books - and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.

So read the book with the Silver Travel Book Club, go and see the film and – if you can – travel to Guernsey to visit some of the locations described in the book.

We’d love to hear about your own visit to Guernsey, or memory of WWII. JOIN THE FORUM THREAD, or comment on Silver Travel’s Facebook page, and the best two entries from Silver Travellers will win a copy of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

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Discover Asia and South America with touring experts, Wendy Wu Tours

Whether it’s a first timer trip to China’s must-see sights, a journey along Kerala’s serene backwaters in India or admiring Peru’s Machu Picchu that’s next on your bucket list, Wendy Wu Tours have the perfect trip. With fully escorted group, active, luxury and bespoke tours to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Japan, India, Sri Lanka and South America, you’re spoilt for choice!

Why choose Wendy Wu Tours?

  • Award-winning tours with a 5-star TripAdvisor rating
  • Choose from fully inclusive trips to flexible itineraries with time at leisure
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  • Wide range of tours, from 9 to 29 days
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Plus, this May there are great offers to take advantage of. Take a look below for full details.

To find out more and to book your next Asia and South America adventure, call 0808 278 1306 or visit



Volunteers' Stories

Founded in 1931, IVS is a non-profit organisation that promotes peace and social justice through volunteering.

This article series will bring you stories from their volunteers about their inspirational experiences...


Gardener's Diary

Gardening Tips

In association with The Royal Horticultural Society - the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening.

Enjoy a year of gardening inspiration with RHS membership!

Join the RHS today and you’ll enjoy free, year-round entry to more than 200 spectacular gardens*, including the four RHS Gardens where you can bring a family guest for free each time you visit. Plus, enjoy exclusive access to RHS Shows, a monthly copy of The Garden magazine (worth £54 per year), personalised gardening advice from RHS experts and much more.

All this is yours from just £44.25 when you pay by Direct Debit.

Join online or call 020 3176 5820 quoting 3938.

*Ts & Cs apply – please see above link for details.



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Maggi's Relationship Column

Scanning through the concerns of your writers, I realised I am fortunate in being in a happy place in my 70th year. I have a son, grandchildren, friends, siblings, a dog and a home all of which I love, and I enjoy holidays abroad.

But I’m worried about my son who was divorced after a 10-year marriage to a very controlling woman. He has now entered a similar relationship.




Passionate about nature, dedicated to saving it.

This article series will bring you top-class feature content, expert advice on how to find the UK's best wildlife and provide a home for nature in your garden, plus the latest news from the RSPB's conservation work.



A series focused on helping us enjoy technology products for years to come.

Top 4 things to remember when you're choosing a printer
Is smart tech safe?
What are the best first smartphones for kids?

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plate of insects

Health food of the month: Insects

The high protein and nutritious contents of various insects are increasingly being confirmed by scientists and there is even talk of insects becoming the next top trend food. After all, they are cheap and readily available.



Retirement Workshops

Retirement Seminars, Retirement Courses and Retirement Workshops – what they are and why you need one!

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Current Competitions:

Enter the May Prize Draw

This month’s super prize is a wonderful short break on one of the Channel Islands, Guernsey.  A quietly beautiful place, now in the spotlight due to the recently released film, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.


Competition closes on the 31st May 2018

WIN Below the Surface season 1 on DVD!

From SAM Productions comes BELOW THE SURFACE, a sophisticated Scandinavian thriller set against the backdrop of Copenhagen in crisis.

This thrilling eight-part series comes from creator Kaspar Barfoed, whilst BAFTA award-winning writer/creator of The Killing Søren Sveistrup joins fellow BAFTA winner and Borgen creator Adam Price and A Royal Affair producer Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen as fellow executive producers.

We have two boxsets to give away!

Competition closes 31st May 2018

WIN Hall and Oates Live in Dublin
on DVD!

Hall and Oates Live in Dublin

Daryl Hall and John Oates are one of the most successful recording duos of all time with a string of hit singles and gold and platinum albums to their name including six US No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, all of which are included in this superb live show.

We have 5 copies of the ‘Live in Dublin’ DVD up for grabs, courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment

Competition closes 31st May 2018

WIN Hugh Laurie Live on the Queen Mary on DVD!

Hugh Laurie Live on the Queen Mary

Filmed on 26 March 2013, this show was a dream come true for Hugh Laurie when he took to the stage in the magnificent Art Deco surroundings of the famous liner Queen Mary.

His engaging personality and skilful playing make for a perfect evening of sublime blues in a wonderfully intimate setting.

We have 5 copies to giveaway, courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment

Competition closes 31st May 2018

WIN tickets to An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre, London!

An Ideal Husband

Starring real-life father and son Edward (The Audience, West End; The Day of the Jackal, ITV) and Freddie Fox (The Judas Kiss, West End; Cucumber & Banana, Channel 4; E4), Frances Barber (Silk, BBC; Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s Globe), Nathaniel Parker (This House, West End; Wolf Hall, West End & Broadway), Sally Bretton (Not Going Out, BBC; King Lear, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Susan Hampshire (Forsyte Saga, Monarch of the Glen, BBC).

We have one pair of tickets to give away!

Competition closes 31st May 2018

WIN Katherine Jenkins' Believe Live on DVD!

Katherine Jenkins Believe Live

This stunning concert from London's O2 Arena in March 2010 sees Katherine Jenkins take her live performance to a whole new level! Theatrical, spectacular and exciting, Katherine is singer, dancer, actress and circus performer, singing a range of music from virtuoso classical pieces to standards, cabaret, musical theatre and rock.

We have 5 copies to giveaway, courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment!

Competition closes 31st May 2018

WIN Michael Bolton Live at the Royal Albert Hall on DVD!

Michael Bolton Live at the Royal Albery Hall

Join Michael Bolton for an unforgettable concert at London's famous Royal Albert Hall as he delivers hit after hit in his trademark soulful style in front of a packed audience.

We have 5 copies of Michael Bolton, ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ up for grabs, courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment!

Competition closes 31st May 2018

WIN The Shannara Chronicles
Season Two on DVD!

Shannara Chronicles

STUDIOCANAL is proud to announce that Season 2 of the sci-fi adventure drama THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on 30th April 2018. Pre-order now.

To celebrate, we’re giving away 2 DVD copies!

Competition closes 31st May 2018

WIN Simply Red, Live at Montreux
on DVD!

Simply Red are one of the most successful British acts of all time. This concert, filmed on 15 July 2003, was part of the tour in support of their multi-platinum album “Home”. It features several tracks from that album, including three UK hit singles, along with many of their biggest hits and best loved album tracks.

The DVD contains the complete show from 2003 plus bonus tracks from 2010 -providing over 2 hours of Simply Red live in concert!

We have 5 copies to give away courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment!

Competition closes 31st May 2018

WIN tickets to Young Frankenstein!

Young Frankenstein

Win tickets to see Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, starring Lesley Joseph at the Garrick Theatre.


Legendary filmmaker and comedian Mel Brooks brings his classic monster musical comedy Young Frankenstein to life on stage in an all-singing, all-dancing musical collaboration with Tony-award winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman.

We have 1 pair of top price tickets to give away!

Competition closes 31st May 2018

WIN tickets to see That Good Night!

That Good Night stars award winner, John Hurt (The Elephant Man, Midnight Express) in his last leading role as Ralph, a once-famous film director in his seventies who has two missions in life. Ralph wishes to be reconciled with his son, Michael (Max Brown, Spooks), and, to ensure that he is not a burden to his devoted wife, Anna (Sofia Helin, The Bridge), as he goes “into that good night”. Ralph hires the services of the mysterious “Visitor” (Charles Dance, Game of Thrones) who unexpectedly guides him to find new meaning in his life.

We have 3 pairs of tickets to give away!

Competition closes 4th June 2018

WIN a Goody Bag with The Dam Busters!

Dam Busters goody bag

Regarded as a British classic, THE DAM BUSTERS is directed by Michael Anderson (Logan’s Run/Around the World in 80 Days). Based on the legendary true story of Commander Guy Gibson and his squadron, The Dam Busters (1955) captures all the thrilling action and suspense of the magnificent exploits of a group of young pilots and their crews, charged with taking out the supposedly impenetrable Ruhr river dams of Germany with an ingeniously designed bouncing bomb.

To celebrate the 4K restoration re-release of THE DAM BUSTERS in cinemas for one night only on May 17, we’re giving you the chance to win a goody bag containing three classic war films and a stunning poster.

Competition closes 13th June 2018

WIN The Post on DVD!

The Post

From legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, eOne is pleased to announce the UK release of the universally acclaimed film THE POST – the gripping true story behind a moment that shook the world and changed the course of history, which showcases outstanding performances from film greats. THE POST is available on Blu-ray™ and DVD from 21st May 2018, on Download from 14th May, and is available to order now from Amazon and iTunes.

To celebrate, we’re giving away three DVDs!

Competition closes 28th June 2018

WIN Early Man on DVD!

Early Man DVD

The new prehistoric comedy adventure that is “gloriously funny” (Robbie Collin, The Telegraph) from four-time Academy Award®-winning director Nick Park and AARDMAN, the creators of WALLACE & GROMIT and SHAUN THE SHEEP.

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Academy Award®-winner EDDIE REDMAYNE) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (TOM HIDDLESTON) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Competition closes 2nd July 2018