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Common Christmas mishearings and classic family catchphrases

Every family has their own mishearings and malapropisms, and the van Schaicks are no different. This month Chris lets us in to a few expressions sure to be heard in his house over the festive period

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Liz and Moira

Hampshire neighbours create character and book encouraging children to enjoy the outdoors

Liz Nankivell and Moira Blackwell are on a mission to encourage children to enjoy the outdoors, with a little help from a certain furry friend

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Waterloo - The Best of Abba Tribute Show coming to Southsea

Introducing Waterloo - The Best of Abba Tribute show presented by Sweeney Entertainments and Produced and Directed by James Baker.

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Illustration by Lucy Atkinson

Nativities, gifts and a Christmas feast to prepare - Margot tries the good life

With nativities to attend, homemade gifts to attempt and a Christmas feast to prepare, Margot has got her work cut out for her this Yuletide

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Cinderella with Cbeebies

Anthony Costa, Keith Chegwin and more Hampshire panto stars

From Widow Twanky to the Wicked Witch, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a good old pantomime. Claire Pitcher meets the stars as they get ready for the glitziest, most thigh-slapping shows of the year

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Education

Harry Roberts and Howard Tamplin

Farnborough College student lands dream job at Starflight Aviation

18 year-old Harry Roberts from Farnborough College of Technology has landed his dream job at Farnborough based Starflight Aviation just one week after completing his Business Diploma.

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Brock Cookery Students

Baking champions at Brockenhurst College

Brockenhurst College recently hosted one of the UK’s largest live culinary competitions, Wessex Salon Culinaire, held in association with the Craft Guild of Chefs.

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Celebrities and other famous figures who went to school in Hampshire

A Hampshire Life list of famous people schooled in the county

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The Mayor of Southampton, Hannah Mullarky - Vice-President of Student Engagement and Hayley Meredith - DofE Operations Officer

Solent Students’ Union first in UK to hold Duke of Edingburgh award licence

Southampton Solent Students’ Union is proud to be the first in the UK to hold a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award licence, making the University the first in the South East of England to be able to offer this award to students.

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Portsmouth High School’s Head Girl team raise over £5000 for Teenage Cancer Trust

Portsmouth High School’s Head Girl team were delighted to present Teenage Cancer Trust with a cheque for £5,135.61 after spending a year fundraising for the cause.

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People Showcase

Top 10 family law queries this Christmas

Christmas can be one of the happiest times of the year for families but the build-up to the festivities can be stressful for separated parents and those that may be struggling to keep the peace over the holidays.

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Anne Leiper

Changes in child custody laws and family courts – what you need to know

Anne Leiper from specialist Family Law firm LGFL LLP explains the changes in child law that came in earlier last month.

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Celebrity interviews

Quentin Blakes success is all the more remarkable when you learn he is largely self-taught

Quentin Blake on life as an illustrator, his Mottisfont show and a desire for perfection

Following his hot ticket show at Mottisfont, Viv Micklefield talks to Quentin Blake about his journey from English teacher to the country’s favourite illustrator

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James Durrant

Compilation of quotes from celebrities and personalities featured in Hampshire Life

Some of Hampshire’s best known personalities have revealed what they most love about the county. Here, we compile some quotes from interviews on their work, life in Hampshire and why they are grateful for the county

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James Durrant on working with Gordon Ramsey, winning Great British Menu and his gastro pub in Longparish

James Durrant may have trained under Gordon Ramsey and won the BBC’s Great British Menu but it is by the dishes he cooks every day at his gastro pub in Longparish that this ambitious and exacting chef patron expects to be judged

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Kirstie Allsopp on her passion for craft and being a Hampshire girl at heart

Kirstie Allsopp shares her passion for craft with Liz Kavanagh

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Charity

Breathe With Me music video reaches the semi-final of UK Songwriting Contest

A music video for a song about living with cystic fibrosis has reached the semi-final stage of the prestigious UK Songwriting Contest.

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Hampshire pet company Billy+Margot to help treat hard working hearing dogs across the country

Hampshire based pet company Billy+Margot has set tails wagging at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, after agreeing a special partnership with the Buckinghamshire based charity to help treat the hard working hearing dogs that support recipients across the country.

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Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire hosts 7th Annual Terry Fox 5K run for cancer charities

Sunday, October 5, 2014 guarantees to be an afternoon of family fun – and all for a wonderful cause.

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First recipient of the award Brian Ingram being presented with the award by Her Majesty the Queen, with Alan Titchmarsh, Patron of the New Forest Trust and 2012 New Forest Show President

New Forest charity seeks nominations for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award

New Forest conservation charity, the New Forest Trust is seeking nominations for its Diamond Jubilee Award.

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