In this issue of The Lady : Dear Readers,
Move over, Burton and Taylor – Damian Lewis
and Helen McCrory are our new favourite
celebrity pairing, and this week we talk to the
in-demand duo about balancing stardom with
family life in north London.
Another superstar to feature in these pages is the dazzling
Scottish musician Dame Evelyn Glennie. The world’s most
famous percussionist, she has transformed the role of percussion
in music and delighted and inspired
millions with her performances and
compositions. Profoundly deaf since
the age of 12, she has also brought
invaluable new insights into our
understanding of hearing and deafness.
While we rejoice in Glennie’s music, the percussive sound of
full-scale building works, particularly excavations, is, by
contrast, invariably unwelcome and often the cause of
fulminating resentment – or worse – between neighbours.
Fortunately our Modern Manners expert Thomas Blaikie is on
hand with soothing and sensible advice about managing such
In another piece that should help to keep your blood pressure
under control, Paul Barnes dispels the myth that cataract
surgery is an unpleasant experience with a very welcome and
entertaining description of his recent stress-free operation –
balm to the soul for any reader who is anxiously contemplating
Until next week, best wishes,
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