In this issue of The Lady : It seems that in Britain today, birds are doing it,
bees are doing it – even educated fl eas are doing
it. No, not that. Baking. As The Great British
Bake Off returns to our screens, it appears that
we’ve never been more excited about slipping on
our aprons and buttering up our baking tins.
Like queuing or saying ‘sorry’ when someone
else bumps into us, whipping
up something sweet has truly become a
national passion, as you can read on page 14.
We’ve even got Dame Judi Dench’s very special
recipe for panettone bread and butter
We also have one of our fi nest comics,
Griff Rhys Jones, on the extraordinary insight
Punch cartoons give us into the lives of
everyday Britons during the Second World War; actor Timothy
Spall’s wife, Shane, on how he recovered from cancer and their
remarkable odyssey around Britain in a barge, and a peep into the
secrets of Lady Mayo’s magical lost garden, now brought back to
life in her newly published diaries.
And if you’re thinking of retiring soon, you’ll fi nd everything
you need to know in our special section on page 49.
So wherever you are, delve in… and enjoy.
Very best wishes,
Matt Warren, Editor
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