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BODY SHAPE

Tue 16 January 2018

Whilst the neat hourglass is considered the most perfect and balanced body shape, in reality many women are apple or pear shaped: not so much hourglass as wine glass or flower vase. Looking at what female body shapes have been considered most desirable over the centuries is hugely reassuring: whatever your figure, be it voluptuous Rubenesque or skinny heroin chic, at one time in history it was what everyone wanted.

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WHAT EVERY (WO)MAN WANTS

Fri 8 December 2017

Don’t we all want to look beautiful? And young, pert, smooth skinned and glowing with health. If there’s a quick fix to beauty, we’re up for it. Early nights, eating our greens and hitting the gym are hard work – give me a jar of magic to do the trick any day.

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NEPAL

Tue 14 November 2017

Each year I travel to Kathmandu in Nepal to work at a local hospital on the outskirts in one of the suburbs of Kathmandu called Kirtipur. The team of plastic surgeons there number 5 attendings and 4-5 trainees. They are supported by a hand therapy unit and a burns intensive care unit. They do great work there under very difficult financial conditions.

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MAKE A WISH

Fri 3 November 2017

It’s that time of year again when the C word is beginning to be whispered, or rather shouted, in every retail park in the country: Christmas is coming. Doe eyed models pout from every Christmas catalogue – they clearly haven’t got the in laws coming to stay. Perfect families grin across tables laden with festive treats – no one’s in a strop, having a tantrum or shouting: ‘That’s it! I’ve had it. You can buy your own presents!’ Shops brim with black, red and gold sequinned numbers – just right for cold weather then the boiler’s playing up. Don’t we love the festive countdown.

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