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Barbecue bliss

Food & Drink

Summer has arrived and so too has barbecue season so relax with friends with this selection of summer wines

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Garden housework for May

Gardening

Maxine Farmer urges caution before spending on new plants for your garden....

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Walking in Madeira: The Historic Levadas

Outdoor leisure

The famous levada canals offer some of the best walking opportunities for ramblers and hikers in Madeira. ...

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Work / life balance

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Tips to maintain a good work/life balance and keep stress out of your home

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Basics of cooking fresh fish

Food & Drink

Including fish in your diet can be good for your health and add delicious variety to your meals...

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Doro PhoneEasy 614 review

Technology

Is it necessary to have a mobile range designed specifically for older phone users?...

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Moroccan chick pea & lentil soup

Recipes

Tangy, healthy, hearty soup that will chase away winter’s chill.

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Personal power & relationships

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Margaret Paul explains how embracing spiritual values can help release your personal power....

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Flipping tasty pancake recipes

Food & Drink

Looking for recipes to inspire your family when it comes to Pancake Day? Read on for a selection of dishes to suit any palate....

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50connect Valentine’s Day checklist

Relationships, Relationships and dating

50 romantic ideas to ensure you Avoid the cold shoulder on St Valentine’s Day.

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Isolation is far too common

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Communication is key to beating isolation and loneliness says Dr Lynda Shaw....

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Empty Nest Syndrome

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Life after the kids have gone and rediscovering your partner....

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7 super sausage recipes

Recipes

The British banger is a real winter warmer – but did you know the sausage originates from Iraq?

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How to make the perfect gravy

Recipes

Dean Edwards shows how to make a delicious, rich brandy gravy for roast chicken...

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Beauty tips for an eco lifestyle

Beauty, Fashion & Beauty

Avoid toxins and live a greener lifestyle in the simplest way possible....

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November gardening guide

Gardening

Gardening expert Maxine Farmer explains what you really need to do right now (and what you can get away with leaving for a few months).

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Divorce after 40 – What Next? Reinvent Yourself

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Kimberly Rothman says move on and have fun after divorce. Do the things you've always dreamed of - the only limits are those you place on...

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Divorce after 40 – Tackling the Identity Crisis

Relationships and dating, Relationships

Kimberly Rothman on divorce in later life and how to offer support when a relationship ends....

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Divorce after 40: What next?

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Kimberly Rothman on divorce in later life and how to offer support when a relationship ends.

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Autumn garden tasks

Gardening

Planting for next year, lawn maintenance and garden tidying, Paul Ward has a run down of essential autumn jobs...

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Autumn garden – preparing for winter

Gardening

John Kane gets his November garden jobs done before the hard frosts set in....

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Camping with Grandchildren

Outdoor leisure

Autumn in the great outdoors surrounded by family and special discounts from the Camping and Caravanning Club.What could be better?

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Vegetable moussaka

Recipes

To mark Vegetarian Awareness Month, 50connect dips into Food & Drink with a divine meat-free vegetable moussaka...

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Favourite autumnal walks

Outdoor leisure

Popular author and walker Richard Williamson shares his love of the route over Lavington and Duncton commons in West Sussex....

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Britain’s gardeners get growing

Gardening

Malvern Autumn Show reports dramatic increase in entries to popular Open Gardening competition

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Gas safety tips in your home

Home & Lifestyle

35million at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning according to new report....

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Doro Comfort 3005 – tried and tested review

Technology

Easy to use and crisp audio make Doro Comfort 3005 a great piece of kit ... until it rings!...

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Bulots mayonnaise

Recipes

Bulots, Whelks, escargot de Bruxelles whatever name you know it by, the humble sea snail is an under-rated bit of seafood gold.

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Poisonous plants in your garden

Gardening

Maxine Farmer looks at the potentially harmful plants we unwittingly bring into our gardens....

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Wine of the month: Golden-Valley-Grasevina

Food & Drink

Pieter Rosenthal sings the praises of the delicious fresh, fruity Croatian Grasevina....

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10 steps to summer ready skin

Beauty, Fashion & Beauty

Summer is having a late flourish … and so are countless summer skin woes! Read this simple guide to keeping your skin healthy in the sun.

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Dressing for tall women

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

Learn which dresses work best on a tall woman's frame and how to style yourself so your dress looks as hot on you as it did on the runway....

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Eating with diabetes: Counting ”net” carbs

Food & Drink

What are "Net" Carbs? How do they affect blood sugar?...

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Easy ways to cut your sodium intake

Food & Drink

Lower your disease risk by reducing your salt intake

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Caring for pets with Arthritis

Pets

Spot and combat arthritic pain in cats and dogs with our diagnosis and care advice....

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Beat burglars this summer

Home Improvements

Keep thieves out of your home with these quick home security tips....

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Soggy summer gardening tips

Gardening

Maxine Farmer braves the rain for some essential summer maintenance and ideas for adding colour if your plants fail to bloom.

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Vauxhall Meriva road test

Motoring

Adrian Foster tries out the new Meriva and finds out why Vauxhall finally got their pint-sized people carrier right...

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Video: Soft boiled bantam egg with creamed leeks and Arbroath smokies

Recipes

Mark Hix uses Arbroath smokies to create a delicious and simple dish that puts other types of smoked haddock to shame....

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Refresh your garden

Gardening

Maxine Farmer digs out the old favourites and brings in new plant varieties to reinvigorate your garden space.

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Petit Verdot – wine of the month

Food & Drink

Pieter Rosenthal laments that Spring has not quite sprung with a consoling bottle of hearty, full-blooded Barossa valley, Petit Verdot....

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Train houseplants to thrive

Gardening

While human beings can live indoors with low light levels and dank air, plants are another story entirely....

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Honey glaze orange flavoured pork steak

Recipes

Home-cooked ‘Chinese takeaway’ recipes that are both delicious and easy to cook.

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Hosepipe bans and your garden

Gardening

Maxine Farmer offers advice on how to manage your garden and plants through drought....

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Gardening for you & your pets

Gardening

How to keep your pets safe while maintaining your lawn and garden....

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Roast lamb with mint sauce

Recipes

Serve up the perfect Sunday roast with our fool-proof recipe for roast lamb.

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Gay marriage

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Is David Cameron losing the plot? Same sex marriage is not needed, says Tony Page....

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Spring garden jobs: annuals & perennials

Gardening

Maxine Farmer plans her spring garden jobs with tips for annuals and perennials....

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Seasonal vegetables: What to eat in March

Food & Drink

Virginia Webb champions the delicious spring vegetables that should be on your table in March.

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Mazda6 matures for older driver

Motoring

Adrian Foster considers how the Mazda6 has grown into an attractive investment for price conscious over 50s motorists...

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Spring gardening

Gardening

Organic gardening growing advice for March and April - and how to manage your planting and pets....

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Mazda5 has all the right moves

Motoring

Adrian Foster puts two new Mazda models through their paces. This week, the Mazda5.

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One pot cooking – stews and casseroles

Recipes

Warm up during the colder months with a variety of delicious winter warmer recipes....

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Orecchiette alla Barese

Food & Drink

Virginia Webb's tasty and simple recipe, which has a little southern heat in it, making it perfect for a cold wintry day....

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Chinese New Year feast

Food & Drink

Richard Lam, 50connect’s very own king of shopping and the culinary arts offers a feast of dishes for Chinese New Year.

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Pets and epilepsy

Pets

Epilepsy can affect animals too, so it's wise to be aware of the signs....

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Bamboos in containers

Home & Lifestyle

How to care for potted bamboo throughout the year with easy tips from David Squire. ...

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New beginnings: Finding romance

Relationships and dating

Increase your chances of romance with this life-changing action plan.

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New Year gardening resolutions

Gardening

Grow healthy plants and get your garden in order in the New Year with our essential advice....

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Signs of a promising relationship

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Relationships in laterlife are complex. How long will it take to discover that this person is not right for you?...

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Festive tipples

Food & Drink

Mulled wine, Egg Nog, Bloody Mary and other festive favourites. If you are planning a party or gathering for friends or family over Christmas, you can swot up on how to mix your drinks with this 50connect recipe guide.

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Perfect Christmas trees

Home & Lifestyle

We find the trees that will look good for longer and keep your carpet needle-free. ...

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Britain’s best winter walks

Outdoor leisure, Around The UK

Wrap up warm and stretch your legs with our pick of the UK's best walks across Britain's breathtaking scenery....

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Gift guide: Gardening essentials

Gardening

Maxine Farmer, our resident gardening expert, brings you the top ten gift idea’s for green-fingered friends…

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Pet Health: Spot the signs of your cat being ill

Pets

Become more mog-aware and recognise symptoms and illness in your ageing cat...

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Delicious moules a la creme

Food & Drink

Simple seafood recipe that feeds five in 20minutes....

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Walking: Highlights of the South Downs Way – pt 2

Outdoor leisure

We continue our trail along the South Downs Way from Exton to the A286 for Cocking taking in Old Winchester Hill and Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

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Walking: Highlights of the South Downs Way – pt 1

Outdoor leisure

Experience some of our finest countryside between Winchester, first capital of England, and the white chalk cliffs of Eastbourne in part...

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The best colours for spring and summer garden planning

Gardening

In the style of the best fashion reviewer, gardening expert Maxine Farmer shares her favourite colours from this year's gardening...

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Adopting a rescue pet

Pets

Britain is a nation of animal lovers – or so we are told – yet every week animals are abandoned or rescued by the RSPCA and other welfare organisations. If you are considering getting a pet, our re-homing guide can help you make the right choice.

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What to expect with over 50s dating

Relationships and dating, Home & Lifestyle

The first thing to expect with over 50s dating is fun. Life can be fun at any age and it should be too. Go out and date expecting to have...

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Contribute to 50connect

Home & Lifestyle

Review the latest bestsellers, recipes and connect with new friends on our social channels....

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Spring clean your way to romance

Relationships and dating

Why do we spend so much time spring cleaning our homes, yet neglect our relationships?

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Pets and the garden

Pets

How to keep your garden and your pets happy and healthy this summer....

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Best tips for growing aubergines

Gardening

Eggplant, Aubergine or Brinjal growing tips....

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Why organic gardening? It’s better for you

Gardening

If you’re thinking of adopting an organic gardening method, now is the time of year to be doing your prep. Here, Gavin and Paula Atkinson make a case for why you dig in.

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Garden maintenance jobs in May

Gardening

Now is the time to start scheduling your gardening activities and tasks for May....

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Garden plants that attract birds

Gardening

Generally, most gardeners will choose the plants for their garden based on colour, fragrance, or any number of other criteria....

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Aloe vera for complete skin care

Fashion & Beauty

Aloe Vera has been used as an anti-inflamatory and skin soothing remedy for 1000s of years. Here’s a quick guide on how you can make the most of aloe.

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Comforting lasagne with chestnuts and peppers

Food & Drink

Rejuvenate your love of pasta dishes with this vegetarian lasagne with chestnuts and peppers....

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Asparagus fettuccine

Recipes

British asparagus is coming into season and there are lots of ways to introduce it into your diet....

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Great British asparagus

Food & Drink

Make the most of the asparagus season with two fabulous recipes, guaranteed to leave you pining for more.

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Asparagus: A Rite of Spring

Food & Drink

Nothing says spring like a plate of asparagus. You don’t need to eat salad every day but a plant-based diet can help prevent obesity and...

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