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Playing football in no-man's land

Drawing on friendship at the Western Front

A conversation on a King’s Cross Station platform led to the publication of two beautiful and touching children’s book about the First World War. Baldock artist Martin Impey, who illustrated Where the Poppies Now Grow and The Christmas Truce, tells Janice Walker his story in the month we remember those who died in the conflict

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A leafcutter ant can lift the equivalent of a truck in its jaws

Finding the Caribbean ant queen

After a devastating accident at the UK’s largest leafcutter ant colony at Butterfly World near St Albans, a team was sent to the rainforests of Trinidad to capture a new queen and 10,000 angry followers, Carrie Bone reports

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Barn owls are nesting on the site, photo Jon Hawkins

Rewards of Thorley Wash

A major restoration project at Thorley Wash Nature Reserve is reaping rich rewards, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust officer Joey Millar reports

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The Hertfordshire Life 2014 Christmas Gift Guide

Have you seen our brilliant Christmas gift guide?

Free with the December issue of Hertfordshire Life (out now) and available by clicking the link in this story, check out 225 fabulous gift ideas for all the family!

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Shendish Manor

Autumn weekend escapes

It’s autumn - Herts’ countryside is beautiful, our towns are packed with cultural events and shopping, seasonal fare is being served in top restaurants and health resorts are thriving. So plan a relaxing weekend away before the Christmas rush begins, the perfect retreat is close at hand

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Pearce's Farm Shop

The fine foodie

Sharon Struckman describes her ultimate gastronomic day out in the county – at a special farm shop

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Get your skates on at Watford's outdoor ice rink

Promotional feature: Watford’s winter wonderland

Forget Lapland – this festive season, get your skates on, shop ’til you drop and get a bit theatrical, all without leaving Watford. We talk to the people who know the place best, Watford For You, about how to make the most of this thriving town this Christmas

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BMW i8

Motoring; BMW’s super future

It’s lean, mean and very green – BMW’s i8 is the supercar of the future, says motoring editor Andy Russell

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Slow-cooked Gloucestershire belly of pork with braised puy lentils, sautéed wild mushrooms and a black pudding bon bon, wilted spinach and vanilla jus

Dinner at The Sheene Mill, Melbourn

A relaxed meal in a tranquil lakeside setting works its magic on food and drink editor Richard Cawthorne

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Janey Lee Grace tries Nia excercise

Health & Beauty: Janey Lee Grace

The Radio 2 holistic health expert, Imperfectly Natural Woman author and Herts mum chooses her favourite treatments and therapies in the county

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Matt Aldous-Horne

Sporting Sawbridgeworth

The small east Herts town of Sawbridgeworth has a new generation of sporting talent tipped for great things, Sarah Hammill reports

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Constance at her writing desk with a friend. (Permission of Knebworth House)

An aristocratic freedom fighter

Imprisoned, abused yet uncowed, Lady Constance Lytton, whose family seat was at Knebworth, left the comfort of her privileged life to fight for women’s right to vote and make political protests. This year marks a century since the publication of her influential account of her suffragette experiences Prisons and Prisoners. By Leigh Goldsmith

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Strictly Come Dancing 2014 wiinners Natalie and Guy Gerrard performing their tango

Strictly Learn Dancing

St Francis Hospice in Berkhamsted is seeking 20 couples who are up for the challenge of learning to dance the Paso Doble and the Charleston as part of its 2015 Strictly Learn Dancing fundraising competition

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Anna Bance, Girl Meets Dress

Entrepreneur focus: Anna Bance

The St Albans co-founder of online luxury clothing rental destination Girl Meets Dress describes her journey from fashion magazines to ‘collaborative consumption’ guru

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South Barn, Langley

Property: 4 of the best

Fabulous barn conversions

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Mum's Guide to Harpenden at last year's Hertfordshire Business Awards

Girl Power linking Harpenden community

From making life easier for busy mums, to connecting homeworkers and creating a pop up night club to get back in time for the babysitter, women in Harpenden are creating social and business links that are improving life for thousands in the town. Julie Lucas reports

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Getting connected is the key

Five ways to market your company for (almost) free

Anna Savitsky, copywriter at Easy Accountancy, gives a five step guide to making the most of free and low-cost digital technology to promote your company

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Rabbit and cake starter at The Tilbury

Chef Q&A: Tom Bainbridge, The Tilbury, Datchworth

The chef/owner of The Tilbury restaurant in Datchworth gives an insight into his kitchen

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