Gransnet Newsletter

25 September 2014

Mindfulness and Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh webchat
Get your trowels out and your gardening gloves on - Alan Titchmarsh is coming to GNHQ. Join us on 10 October to quiz Alan on gardening, writing, presenting and anything else you fancy!

Michael Chaskalson

Mindfulness Q&A
Intrigued by mindfulness? We've got expert Michael Chaskalson answering your questions on how to get started with this increasingly popular way to get some peace of mind.


Warming soup recipes
It's that time of year again. Grab your blender and stave off the chill (and hunger) with our picks for the best vegetarian, meaty and GF soup recipes around.

Gransnet's guide to buying a mobile
Need a new phone but don't know where to start? We've rounded up gransnetters' top tips for choosing a mobile, from smartphones, to networks, tariffs to apps, don't fret - we've got it covered. 

Alexandra Palace knitting show

The Knitting & Stitching Show
The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, London, is the perfect place to find inspiration, learn new skills and shop for all your essential craft supplies.

Click here for tickets or call 0844 848 0155 and quote MGNET for a £2.00 discount. The show will run from 8 - 12 October.

Book giveaway
We've got 10 copies of Bubble Trouble by Tom Percival to give away, a charming picture book about friendship, fighting and the importance of making up.

Feeding treats for little ones
Bag yourself a bundle of Organix and Nuby feeding goodies. Perfect for those little grandchildren who are ready for weaning. Enter the competition to win one of six sets. 

Autumn events near you

Make the best of the turning of the season with a selection of festivals, craft classes and wildlife events in your area. From cider pressing, to bat walks, to making your own scarecrow, there's no need to be stuck inside as the weather gets colder.

Find an event

A deathly fascination

Kate Mayfield grew up in a Kentucky funeral home. Her father's funeral home, in fact. So it's no surprise that she developed a fascination for the rituals and customs of other cultures, some of which have taken her across the world in search of knowledge.

kate mayfield
Guest blog post

Do you believe in angels?

Debut author and Huffington Post blogger, Hattie Holden Edmonds tells us about an experience that made her question whether those uncanny coincidences in life might just be little miracles.

Guest blog post


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From the Phoenix

This week's From the Forums is devoted to one comment only. Phoenix - over to you.

"Since starting work, I have had to use an Asda on occasions, as it is only 2 minutes away from the office.

"I must say I have never liked it, can't be sure if it's that particular branch as I've never been to any others, but there's something awful about the lighting and the layout, fells a bit like being in a scaled down version of the wrong sort of French hypermarket circa 1992.

Anyway, I digress. I have noticed lately that every time I go in, no matter which till I go to, the assistant comments on at least one item of my shopping.

"Ooh chicken and chorizo pasta, that looks nice!" (well yes, that's why I'm buying it. Actually it was vile, but that's beside the point)

"Is this wine really only £3 a bottle?" (If that's what the scanner says, it must be, mustn't it? (It was reduced to clear and was a lovely light, easy white) but please don't bring it to the attention of other shoppers because then they will stampede to buy it and there will be none left, which is why I have 12 bottles of it in my trolley <blush>)

"Mmmm lemon mousse, is that for your pudding?" (No, there was an article in the Daily Mail, so it must be true, and it was recommended as an anti cellulite cream, I'm going to smear it over my buttocks once I get home)

The only time this doesn't happen is if I'm just buying a newspaper and a Twix (or similar).

My theory is that staff have been told to do this as a way of "engaging with the customer" or some such twaddle.

I would like to test this theory by going to the till with a basket containing:

Haemorrhoid cream
Denture fixative (and cleaner for good measure)
A large pack of assorted condoms
Some of that "Play" stuff that they have next to the aorementioned items
Athlete's foot powder
Incontinence pads
Head lice treatment
Lubricating jelly

I would like to add that I have no need of any of these items except one, and that's only because I have a bad cough at the moment <blush>."

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And finally...

...a tip on how to deal with nuisance calls from sunseeker:

"A friend says that she is Inspector.........and they have phoned a crime scene, the call has been traced and they are to remain where they are until an officer arrives to take a statement. She hardly gets any calls now!"

Best wishes from Cari, Gigi, Lucy, Emily and Lautel