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Kelty Caston

The Christmas Forest founder Kelty Caston on adventures from Africa to Richmond, the challenges of working with trees, reforesting African drylands, and a 40-year-old knitted Christmas pudding!

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How did you get started in in the Christmas tree business, and what did you do before it?

I was a bit of an adventurer—I was a ski instructor and then I had a holiday company and took people to … Read more →

Nahid de Belgeonne

Yoga expert and founder of Good Vibes Studios Nahid de Belgeonne on mindful movement, singing chakra mantras with Alicia Keys, and being an eternal student

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What inspired you to take up yoga, how did it all begin?

I had a really stressful job in technology dealing with TV companies. The contract over-promised and my job was to negotiate the under-delivery…!

I’ve kept fit all of … Read more →

Richard Cooke

Royal Choral Society Music Director Richard Cooke talks intimate choral venues, getting into conducting and all-encompassing Beethoven

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Did you always want to be a choral conductor or did you start out as a choral singer or musician?

I was a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral from the age of eight, and I used to listen to a … Read more →

Alexander Mercury

Actor-director Alexander Mercury discusses the inspiration behind his directorial debut, Mama - Saint Sebastian, being kicked out of the UK, and the enduring power of Charlie Chaplin

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

I was born in Siberia, an industrial town called Krasnoyarsk. Countless factories kept the sky wonderfully grey all year round. Regardless, I had a beautiful childhood escaping to my dacha—a countryside house—where I spent … Read more →

Natasha Barnes

Singer and actress Natasha Barnes on signing to Sony Music, being tone deaf as a child and an alternate life as a boxer

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You’ve just been signed to Sony Music; how does that feel?

It wasn’t something I was expecting at all; I work mainly in theatre and, despite always being in love with many genres of music, I never saw myself as … Read more →

Andrew Pollard

Andrew Pollard, currently playing Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days at Cadogan Hall, on his childhood stars, church pantomimes, playing the straight man and the downside of Victorian style

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How did you get started with acting? Have you always been drawn to it?

I was first drawn to it watching my grandparents doing church pantomimes. They also had a stash of photos of them and my mum doing panto … Read more →