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Andy Abraham

Stars of Cheshunt and Waltham Cross

Andy Abraham, shot to fame as runner-up on The X Factor in 2005. The former bin man ultimately lost out to fellow contestant Shayne Ward but went on to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008.

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Curry Club launch at Lal Bagh

Light touch at Asian award-winner

Bushey’s Lal Bagh restaurant, a double winner in the latest Asian Curry Awards, is building on its success with a new lighter food offer with more ghee- and oil-free dishes

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Decor Tiles, Sahara

Interiors Q&A – Ask the experts

Q: I want to add a wow factor to my living room without a complete makeover – what would add instant impact?

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Hitchcock's The Birds will be shown at the festival

City of film – St Albans Film Festival 2014

St Albans has been a mecca for film and its makers for decades. From the first and soon-to-be reinstated cinema on London Road, to Stanley Kubrick choosing the district as a base to complete his creations, or even Tom Cruise popping into a city centre restaurant for a curry – it seems the city and its surrounding villages can’t escape the cinematic spotlight.

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Laura Haddock

Laura’s renaissance

Set in Renaissance Florence and inspired by the ‘untold’ story of Leonardo Da Vinci’s early years as an artist, the first series of FOX channel’s Da Vinci’s Demons captured the imagination of viewers when it premiered in the UK last year. The female lead in the series, which returns to our screens this month, is Harpenden’s Laura Haddock in the role of the aristocratic Lucrezia Donati.

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Lion skull, Natural History Museum Tring. Deadly! exhibition

Deadly exhibition at natural history museum

Malignant creatures have invaded the National History Museum at Tring – but there’s no need for visitors to panic. The creepy-crawlies and larger specimens are part of the new free-to-enter Deadly! exhibition, on show until July 6.

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The restored barn that houses Leoro

Jeweller’s winning combination

Inviting clients to browse contemporary jewellery in an historic setting has proved a success for Leoro, based in a beautifully restored barn in the countryside just outside St Albans

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Isobel Barnes, Kim Wilde and Arabella Stuart-Smith

Waste Not Want Not finds new home

A horticultural charity dedicated to helping people get back on their feet through nurturing plants, will open a new home near Knebworth this month

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Mosaics at Verulamium Museum

A day out in...St Albans

Ancient, beautiful and busy with commerce and culture, St Albans has been attracting visitors since Roman times. Spend a rewarding day out in the city this month

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Ice cream Auberge du Lac style

Chef Q&A: Marcus McGuiness, Auberge du Lac

The head chef at Auberge du Lac, Brocket Hall, Welwyn gives an insight into his kitchen

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Stewart Hunter on his farm

My Herts Life: Stewart Hunter

The president of the 2014 Hertfordshire County Show remembers his remarkable journey into the Hertfordshire farming community and looks forward to the 128th show

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Inspiration was taken from an ornate chair in the house

A stitch in time – Filamenti’s Exhibition of Embroidered Textiles

Throughout April and May, Knebworth House plays host to a unique exhibition of embroidered textiles inspired by the stately home. Stephanie Wright discovers the intricately sewn works and the artists behind them

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Kingfishers by  Steven Else, St Albans  'We have a pair of kingfishers at Verulamium lake in St Albans. They appear to be very tame and have been around since just before Christmas.'

Your pictures: March

Readers’ photos of the county’s people and places

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Bob Crooks glass

New art gallery for Baldock

An Art Deco building in Baldock formerly occupied by Chapman’s Butchers has been transformed into an art gallery specialising in contemporary paintings and other works from around the world

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Artist's impression of the Intu Watford development

£100m intu Watford plan go-ahead

A new cinema, restaurants and other family entertainment activities are on the cards for Watford after shopping-centre operator intu received detailed planning consent for a £100 million redevelopment of its Charter Place complex, formerly known as the Harlequin

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Sofas & Stuff Overbury sofa

Sofas and Stuff furniture competition winner

British furniture maker Sofas and Stuff has delivered a new sofa to lucky Diane Lilley of Baldock who won a competition in partnership with Hertfordshire Life for a designer piece worth up to £1,200

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