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The Real Marigold Hotel Xmas special

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BBC Two has confirmed a two-part Christmas special for The Real Marigold on Tour, starring some familiar faces from the first series of The Real Marigold Hotel. Four of the original cast return to BBC Two as actress Miriam Margolyes, dancer Wayne Sleep, darts champion Bobby George and chef Rosemary Shrager test out different retirement communities around the world, travelling to Florida and Japan.

The series successfully premiered on BBC Two earlier this year with impressive ratings and critical acclaim. It’s the highest rating factual series on the channel this year with a series consolidated average of 4.1million/13.6 percent share, and was awarded a prestigious Rose d’Or Award.


The BBC has also announced the hit travel documentary series will move to BBC 1 when it returns to screens in early 2017.

The new cast of famous senior citizens embarking on a journey of a lifetime include entertainer Lionel Blair; actress Amanda Barrie, snooker champion Dennis Taylor; TV personality Rustie Lee; Doctor Miriam Stoppard; presenter Bill Oddie; singer Sheila Ferguson; and actor Paul Nicholas.

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Inspired by, but otherwise unrelated to the blockbuster film, the series documents the authentic experience of eight characters in their golden years as they head to India on an experimental adventure to see if they would consider retiring to the other side of the world. The new four part series will see the group travel thousands of miles from home and this time land in Kochi, a city in the southwest Indian state Kerala, to test whether they can set up a more rewarding retirement than in the UK.

Messy Bedroom Can Affect Your Weight

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Your mother may have told you to tidy your room, and she was right. Sleep guru Alison Francis, who is better known by her guru name, Anandi confirms the reasoning behind keeping the bedroom free from clutter.

A lack of sleep can come down to a number of contributing factors such as stress and an unbalanced diet.

The bedroom should be a place for sleep and relaxation, however a cluttered or dusty setting will not lead to a good night’s slumber. The feeling of being soothed and refreshed when entering a tidy beautiful space allows the build-up of the day’s stresses to diminish.

Anandi said, “Your bedroom is a sacred space. As soon as you walk across the threshold you should feel the tension melt away. Having scented candles, flowers and something that represents the spirit – such as a small altar with perhaps a crystal, or an image of a great spiritual teacher – can help you relax and sleep better.

“Curing sleep issues is a question of balance and absolutely holistic. One thing on its own is unlikely to work, but addressing all areas in your life will bring your body and mind back into equilibrium.

 

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“Sleep deprivation can affect your weight, in that your metabolism can become out of balance. Two hormones in particular can cause this this to happen – Ghrelin and Leptin. Ghrelin, sends messages that tell you to go and eat and tends to be more present when you are sleep deprived. When there are higher levels of Ghrelin within the body, you will crave more food and in particular, sugar. The hormone Leptin sends messages that tell you to stop eating which is less present when sleep deprived.”

Anandi has written her first book called the ‘Breathe Better, Sleep Better’. It offers many practical tools including how to help detox the digestive system, how to calm the nervous system and how to stimulate your circulatory system.

Anandi’s journey started in the fitness industry in 1986. A born leader and teacher, she found herself teaching others throughout her career in fitness, beauty and wellness. She now lives in Italy and runs workshop and retreats, in Italy and London. Anandi is Alison Francis’s spiritual name given to her by her guru in India in 2007.

Useful links

Anandi: http://www.thesleepguru.co.uk/

 

 

Global travellers’ destinations 2016

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If you haven’t ever caught the train down to Brighton to eat fish & chips on the pier, 2016 is definitely the year to do it. Because TripAdvisor has announced the world’s leading destinations for 2016, according to feedback from millions of TripAdvisor travellers – and Brighton has been named sixth trendiest holiday spot on the planet.

Top spot was claimed by the somewhat sunnier and arguably slightly more glamorous resort town of Tulum, Mexico. Other trending destinations include Cartagena, Colombia, and its Caribbean beaches, and Portugal’s second largest city, Porto.

And while you might struggle to justify a trip a two-week holiday in Mexico this summer, there’s really no excuse for failing to make it down south in the next 12 months. If you haven’t been, it’s time to tick Brighton off your bucket and spade list. Start planning your 2016 summer hols now.

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India, 2015

 

Global travellers’ choice destinations on the rise in 2016

1. Tulum, Mexico (+74% booking interest YoY) Las Palmas Maya, £92 per night

2. Cartagena, Colombia (+49% booking interest YoY) San Lazaro Art Lifestyle Hotel, £87 per night

3. Porto, Portugal (+39% booking interest YoY) Moov Hotel Porto Centro, £36 per night

4. Gatlinburg,Tennessee (+67% booking interest YoY) Zoders Inn & Suites, £74 per night

5. Moscow, Russia (+27% booking interest YoY) Mercure Moscow Baumanskaya, £46 per night

6. Brighton, United Kingdom (+60% booking interest YoY) Artist Residence Brighton, £123 per night

7. New Delhi, India (+28% booking interest YoY) bloomrooms @ Link Rd, £38 per night

8.Banff, Canada (+43% booking interest YoY) Rundlestone Lodge, £104 per night

9. Lima, Peru (+33% booking interest YoY) Hotel Vila Santa Miraflores, £51 per night

10. Foz do Iguacu, Brazil (+34% booking interest YoY)

BRITAIN the Road Rage Capital

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BRITAIN is the world capital of road rage, a global survey has revealed.

We came top of the league for aggression on the roads, outstripping countries traditionally seen as having hot- headed drivers such in Italy.

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The survey of 20 countries said 76% of British drivers have experienced aggressive gestures on the roads.  It found that 53% have been the target of verbal aggression and 73% have found their path blocked on the road by an angry driver.

 

In contrast the politest country is Turkey where the figures were 23%, 15% and 13% respectively.

Britain’s closest rivals were France on 73 per cent, 44 per cent and 42 per cent, the Czech Republic on 70 per cent, 40 per cent and 72 per cent, and Germany on 43 per cent, 47 per cent and 62 per cent.

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India, whose drivers are often portrayed as aggressive, scored just 52 per cent, 44 per cent and
59 per cent.

And Italy was on 48 per cent, 37 per cent and 44 per cent.

The survey ranged from Australia to America which was only in the middle of the table.

The survey also found that British motorists are guilty of “distracted driving” with large numbers eating and making phone calls while at the wheel.

Over the weekend an AA survey found that three-quarters of British motorists think other drivers are not considerate enough.

The poll showed that the vast majority of us think motorists are always in a hurry.

The road safety charity Brake said we’re a nation of “selfish” drivers picking up fixed penalties at the rate of one a minute.

And children are among those paying the price, with two in 5 primary school children saying they have been hit by a vehicle or had a near miss while cycling or on foot.

monday matters with the pretenders & WW1 history

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On Monday Matters tonight: Jason chats to the historian Chris Langdon from the ‪#‎Southend‬ museum about the 1st World War and the Battle of Loos – a battle which took place 100 years ago this month & where the British army used poisoned Gas for the first time.

In our Night-Time Report – The Prime Minister has confirmed that 2 British citizens fighting for Islamic state have been killed by an RAF drone in Syria. However, there are claims that it may not have been lawful – nor was it approved by parliament. More on this after 8pm.
Kyra has the latest music news including Kylie Minogue & Radiohead and she’ll delve into the latest new releases.

Our featured group tonight: The Pretenders. Lead singer Chrissie Hynde celebrates her birthday today.

In our Monday Matters tribute – Freddie Mercury would have celebrated his birthday on Saturday – he would have been 69 years old. We have music and interviews from him after 9pm.

POEM: At The Last Watch by Rabindranath Tagore

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Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”,[3] he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.[4] In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his “elegant prose and magical poetry” remain largely unknown outside Bengal.

Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM’s Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan – Gill Fraser Lee reads poems in Tranquil Time – poetry on the radio today. Today she reads Rabindranath’s poem “At The Last Watch”.