15th January 2016 : Page 1


The Lady January 15, 2016 00:00





In this issue of The Lady : Dear Readers,
Leo Tolstoy famously wrote: ‘Nothing is so
necessary for a young man as the company of
intelligent women.’ So I am sure he would be
delighted to see that our cover this week features
James Norton, who cuts a fine figure as the
dashing Prince Andrei in the new TV adaptation of Tolstoy’s
epic novel, War and Peace. After all, this magazine’s readership
excels in intelligent women, all of
whom would be willing, I’m sure, to
listen if the young Mr Norton feels in
need of a sympathetic female ear.
The other person I know you
would gladly lend your time to is
the redoubtable Guy Tweedy and his fellow campaigners at the
Thalidomide Trust. Despite more than 50 years passing since
this horrific scandal, which left over 2,000 UK-born babies with
life-changing disabilities, there are still questions unanswered.
Was this the last Nazi war crime? And will the people responsible
be brought to book?
It is also 300 years since the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’
Brown, a gardener who single-handedly provided more soulsoothing
vistas than any other before or since. This week there
is the chance to choose from 10 exquisite places to visit. In a
week when we are also encouraging you to give your mind and
body an MOT , what could be nicer than a stroll through some of
England’s finest landscapes?
Until next week, best wishes
Sam Taylor



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