Amersham Memorial Gardens pic © Helen Matthews


  • All in Good Time 21 Jun 19

    You might recognise the name Neil Matthews as an occasional travel contributor to Optima Magazine. When Neil is not heading off on exotic foreign trips (Ukraine… North Korea… the Trans-Siberian... Read More

  • Dial Down Your Daily Routine 21 Jun 19

    Care about your hair with keratin… If you have the kind of hair that frizzes at the merest hint of any moisture or humidity, then you’ll know that the summer heat isn’t necessarily kind to... Read More

  • An Eye-Opening Experience 21 Jun 19

    I’ll admit to being just a little vain about my eyelashes. The hair on my head is longish and naturally thick, which sounds great in principle, but in reality means it’s mostly an untameable mess... Read More

  • An Innovator in Recorded Sound 21 Jun 19

    Ninety years in any business is a remarkable record, but it’s especially impressive given the mercurial, fast-paced nature of the music industry. It’s an industry, though, that Decca was... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: Friends 21 Jun 19

    Pinner’s historic high street is an eclectic mix of shops and eateries that pave the way to the medieval church that makes a striking focal point at the brow of the hill. Quite the prettiest and... Read More

  • Climbing Trees, Not Walls 21 Jun 19

    ‘More children can identify a Dalek than an owl’; ‘more children are now admitted to British hospitals for injuries incurred falling out of bed than falling out of trees’ and ‘the distance... Read More

  • Look at Life: Houseplants 21 Jun 19

    I don’t like spiders and snakes. But I do like spider and snake plants. And so, it seems, do many others now. Sales of houseplants are increasing like a rampant vine, according to the Garden... Read More

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