In this issue of Saga Magazine : It’s November already and Christmas will be upon us before we know it, so get cracking on your present list with the help of our great gift guide. To save time and trouble, all of our suggestions can be ordered over the internet or by telephone and delivered to your door. What could be simpler? We’ve also picked the best party outfits to get you in fabulous festive mode. And if you’re dreading going to parties on your own, you should take heart from our three couples who have all found later-in-life love online.
Our cover star, New Tricks actress Amanda Redman, tells us how love and laughter have helped her to survive a difficult year, in which she lost her mother and her great friend Lynda Bellingham within 24 hours. And literary legend Alan Bennett writes exclusively for us about how he survived living with Miss Shepherd, the eccentric homeless woman who parked her battered van – uninvited – in his driveway and lived in it for 15 years. This stranger-than-fiction tale has now been turned into a film, The Lady in the Van, which is released this month.
Thankfully, you don’t have to be as altruistic as Alan Bennett to make a difference. We show how you can change the world without leaving your computer screen or donating more than your time. Retired people up and down the country are helping to find a cure for cancer, mapping remote areas for aid workers in the developing world and teaching English to children in deprived areas of India, Colombia, Mexico and more. We also find out about the charities that are changing the lives of British people with disabilities for the better, not with handouts but with employment opportunities in commercially viable companies.
After seeing our splendid images from this year’s Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards, you might be inspired to pick up your camera and head for the great outdoors. After reading about the resurgence of folk clubs around the country, you might want to dust off your old guitar and head for a raucous night out.
Whatever you enjoy doing, we’ll help you make the most of every minute with our unrivalled coverage of the arts, money, health, gardening, food and drink, travel, and all the things that matter to you.
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