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If there was a magic formula for happiness and wellbeing Music would come in first, with evidence that it really is food for the soul.

There is only one lady in my entire life who told me that she was not affected by music, and in fact could live without it.  She seemed to believe it too, and told me with great conviction.  But I had to challenge her as Music reigns in every domain and is in every sound of nature, in every raindrop, windfall and bird call.  It is in the voices and actions of people that surround us, some more pleasant than others, but it is there nonetheless.

Music sends out a vibration which is why we should watch what we say, and how we respond as anger has a pitch and tone of its own.

Music has been a great part of healing therapy for trauma patients and those suffering from mental health issues and the results have been significant.  It is hardly surprising because it can lift the spirit and bring a sense of self to a person suffering from any sort of malady, both physical and mental.

It is also a great way of teaching young kids to learn all the basic subjects from Maths to Science and Languages.  In the nineties, I spent several years being trained at Interaction, the Charity of Learning, run by the legendary Ed Berman who had received an OBE for his work in education.  I worked within London boroughs where there were a great number of young students with learning difficulties and autism, and the music therapy learning was hugely effective.  It was a delight to see children who had previously struggled with simple questions in tests, come through with flying colours, all through the power and magic of music.

As part of my training I attended a course instigated by the classical composer Carl Orff, and spent a week at York University listening to music of all genres, singing with a choir and making my own musical instruments.  It was great fun and immensely satisfying and at the end of the week, I remember every sound was sharp and clear and I could identify with a note of music – even to the opening of a can of coke which happened as I walked out into the streets.

Many of us today discover our favourite singer or recording artist through programmes like The Voice or X Factor.  I personally don’t have a huge problem with that, as many great artists have been discovered on these type of programmes, but music spreads its wings and can be found far closer to home.

International recording artist Emili Sande has recently launched her new series on the BBC celebrating the Symphony on our Streets, and the spine tingling effect of merging diverse genres of music together and discovering the talent of our buskers and street artists, stars of our communities.

You may even have a family member of friend who has a talent for making music, and I would challenge you to discover the music within yourself, it is definitely there, and can even make a difference to your life if you find it.  Start listening closely to yourself and to others, you may find that you will open up to the appreciation of a world that you have only just begun to discover.

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Liberty’s the chosen resort of the artistic shopper

Liberty’s the chosen resort of the artistic shopper

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The heritage department store Liberty’s dates back to the late 18th century, when it offered original and unique items, and its heritage still prevails today.

“Liberty is the chosen resort of the artistic shopper.” – Oscar Wilde

It certainly has some unique collections of fabrics, ornaments and objects d’art from all over the World, as well as its designer clothing, accessories and health and beauty products.  It certainly seems its founder’s vision has survived the test of time.

“I was determined not to follow existing fashions but to create new ones.” – Arthur Lasenby Liberty

It is hardly surprising that my mother Sylvia Anderson, who was a Pioneer for Women in Film and Television and a creator of fashion in the sixties, loved Liberty’s.  She introduced me to this fabulous emporium as a child and bought me the famous floral Liberty’s fabric for me to make my first dress.  I have been shopping there ever since.

So now we are giving you the opportunity to relish the delights of this iconic store in the heart of London with a chance to win a gift card worth £100 , just enter using the form below, good luck.



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Grange Hill Series 7 & Series 8 Box Set – Available Soon

Grange Hill Series 7 & Series 8 Box Set – Available Soon

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Eureka Entertainment are proud to announce the most anticipated release of the year Grange Hill Series 7 & Series 8 Box Set

Available to own for the very first time from 11th November 2019

This boxed set features all 36 episodes from series 7 & 8, originally broadcast in 1984 and 1985.

Also included for the very first time – The 1981 Christmas Special Episode 24mins (First broadcast 28th December 1981- pre series 5)

Available to pre-order now from Amazon and other online retailers  

Radio Times Magazine 50 Greatest Children’s TV Shows of all time ranked Grange Hill at number 2

Here is your chance to relive again your childhood watching this classic BBC Children’s series continuing the saga and adventures of  such famous characters such as Zammo, Roland, Fay, Annette,  Julie, Melissa, Pogo Patterson, Precious Matthews, Gonch, Paul and not forgetting “Gripper” Stebson

Trouble is brewing as a merger between Grange Hill, Brookdale & Rodney Bennet looms large on the horizon. New pupils Luke ‘Gonch’ Gardner & Paul ‘Hollo’ Holloway cause havoc & the burning question this term…. does Mr Bronson wear a wig?

Michael Sheard as Mr. Bronson

Series devised by Phil Redmond (Brookside and Hollyoaks creator)

Photos (c) BBC



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As I watched the Downton Abbey movie, it occurred to me that a good film provides the formula for success, a bit like a great recipe or fabulous banquet.

Downton has been a success story from the outset, and the film reflects every element that made it such a huge hit with audiences across the country and indeed the world.


The characters are key to every good story, and these are in abundance from the haughty Lady Mary played by Michelle Dockery to the deliciously wily Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley, played so deftly by Maggie Smith.  You will adore her beautifully placed quips and relish her ‘put downs’ to all and sundry as she weaves her wondrous web of cunning against her less devious cousin who does her best to hold her own.

The storyline is artfully interwoven with both pathos and genuine emotional engagement, from Tom finding love again, to now Head Butler, Thomas Barrow finding a like-minded partner, albeit in secret.

The charm of an era that was already fading, was depicted in the pomp and ceremony of the day, with the visit from the Queen to Downton Abbey and the Ball held in her honour at a nearby Country Estate.  The hierarchy of the servants as they vie for position within their own household, and their own delightfully devilish plan as they endeavour to dethrone the overly zealous Royal servants ‘in waiting’.

I defy anyone not to love the movie, as it is beautifully filmed and wonderfully performed, the script providing all the humour, drama, sentiment and excitement of the day, whilst raising questions of class and prejudice that still exist a hundred years on, and rear their heads in our Society today.

Downton Abbey is pure escapism, and I can only fully recommend this film which will no doubt stand the test of time, in a World where everything took just a little bit longer.


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It’s Only Rock N Roll But I Like It!

It’s Only Rock N Roll But I Like It!

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A major new exhibition from GALERIE PRINTS London, features gorgeously candid shots of the best known faces of Rock & Pop,

from Elvis Presley to The Rolling Stones  and  Led Zeppelin to Blondie and Bruce Springsteen , David Bowie to Amy Winehouse and Nirvana and Oasis plus many more –

from such heavyweight photographers as Terry O’Neill, Michael Putland, Jill Furmanovsky, Christopher Simon Sykes and Duffy – to name but a few. 

Exhibition runs October 1st until November 26th

Experience this spectacular display of iconic music imagery at

GALERIE PRINTS GALLERY 152 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park, London, SW19 8AQ

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Free Admission




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