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Anne-Marie Cockburn on her pursuit of a change to UK drug policy

Anne-Marie Cockburn wants to change UK drug policy after the recent inquest into the death of her daughter

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Little Red Roaster

Things to see and do in Ashley Cross

Centred around a charming green, Lower Parkstone - or Ashley Cross as it is known to locals - has a wide array of shops, cafes, restaurants and events, not to mention a real village feel finds Andy Greeves

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Best things about living in Hamble

Hamble is all about the lifestyle - a mix of sailing and socialising. Emma Caulton pays it a visit

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Hengitsbury Head

Best things about living in Hengistbury Head

Semi-rural peace combined with Sites of Special Scientific interest make this unique residential area a local gem, writes Andy Greeves

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Events

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Things to do in Dorset this weekend

Great things to do in Dorset this weekend: art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

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Things to do in Hampshire this weekend

Great things to do in Hampshire this weekend: art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

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Purbeck 2013 - © Jerry Fenner Photography

Purbeck Folk Festival offering special ticket offer to Dorchester and Weymouth residents

Purbeck Folk Festival is inviting the good folk of Dorchester and Weymouth to come and join the party this August bank holiday – for free!

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Hampshire Hogs to host 6-a-side tournament in Warnford

The Hampshire Hogs Cricket Club are encouraging all cricket fans to join them at their beautiful home ground in Warnford, Hampshire for a day of high-octane six-a-side cricket.

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Poppy Fields Pilgrimage commences this week in Poole

Poppy Fields is a new creative project which will mark the centenary of the First World War in Poole, enabling the town to come together with the wider Dorset community to preserve the memories and heritage of those who lived through the First World War.

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Walks

The walk heads along the shoreline passing the lighthouse (or Beaulieu River Millennium Beacon) which was built to help seafarers navigate in The Solent (at high tide you may have to use the parallel road instead) © Steve Davison

The beautiful coastal views on offer when walking along the southern fringes of the New Forest National Park

Walking along the southern fringes of the New Forest National Park offers lovely coastal views, picturesque villages and a fascinating history, writes Steve Davison.

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At Hilton Dunkeld there are there are experts on hand to help you learn to shoot - whatever age or ability you are

Taking a walk in Scotland to discover how an animal goes from grazing freely to the supermarket shelf

Here in the south we are blessed with the most beautiful countryside, and even more fortunately, the stunning vista that is the Scottish Highlands is just a few hours away

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Recipes

Tom Parker Bowles’ crayfish cooked in beer and fennel recipe

Tom Parker Bowles has got a craving for crayfish, and he doesn’t care who knows it

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Tom Parker Bowles and his Gull’s eggs recipe

Tom treasures the fleeting season when we can enjoy this delicious offering

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The burger

Patrick’s Restaurant spicy corn and bean burger recipe

Spice up your month with this healthy alternative to a traditional beef burger

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The dish

Patrick’s perfectly paired prawns with fillet steak recipe

A taste-bud tantalising dish to indulge your special someone this Valentine’s Day

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Sticky toffee pudding with white chocolate parfait

Recipe: sticky toffee pudding with white chocolate parfait

Paul Reed, head chef of Penn Hill’s new dining experience, Jenkins & Sons, shares his recipe for a delicious winter warming pudding

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Life TV

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*VIDEO* Amazing lightning forks over Four Marks

Lightning forks over Four Marks, Hampshire shot by YouTube user Ben Thompson

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Restaurant reviews

Danni, Nei, Emma and Rebecca Borgert

Pictures from Fogo Gaucho’s opening in Southampton

Fogo Gaucho invited guests to the opening of the their new restaurant in Southampton’s high street last month.

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The best places for seafood in Dorset and Hampshire

Our seafood is the envy of all those landlubbers not lucky enough to live along the coast – here are some of Alice Cooke’s favourite places to make the most of it

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World Cup menu

Patrick’s Restaurant and Bar launches World Cup menu

Patrick’s Restaurant, Bar and Event Catering in Ashley Cross has launched a limited-edition menu to celebrate the FIFA World Cup this month.

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Boatyard Cafe

Places to eat al fresco in Hampshire and Dorset

The weather is finally threatening to improve, so we thought you’d like to know where to eat and bask like a butterfly in the sunshine at the same time. Spread your wings, because Alice Cooke has all the answers

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Interiors

Top tips for laying a floor tile

Tony Edwards of Atlas Ceramics gives us his top five tips for laying a floor tile

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Think about effectively using the space available. Shaker kitchen, John Lewis, www.johnlewis.com

Things to remember when planning your dream kitchen

The decisions you make when thinking about the kitchen of your dreams will live with you for many years to come. Here’s a list of points to consider when building the perfect kitchen...

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Hammonds Elan Home Office Range In Beech

Steph Horan on creating the perfect office at home

With an increasing number of people working from home, a small desk and chair in a pokey corner just won’t cut the mustard anymore

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By Arrangement designer floristry

Steph Horan’s designer notebook for your interiors this month

Take a look at what our interiors expert, Steph Horan, has been up to this month. Find out more at www.bluewalnutdesign.co.uk

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Celebrity interviews

Amanda Holden

A compilation of celebrity quotes from Compass Dorset and Hampshire

Here, we reminisce and compile some of the celebrity quotes that really stood out in our magazine interviews

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Ben Fogle on his long-standing affection for Dorset

As a second series of ITV’s Dorset-based documentary Harbour Lives hits our screens this month, the show’s presenter Ben Fogle talks to Andy Greeves about his long-standing affection for the county

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Alistair Stewart interview June

Television presenter Alastair Stewart on being rejected by Cambridge, his career in the news and life in Hampshire

ITV presenter Alastair Stewart, OBE, has been reading the news for over 30 years. But away from work, he loves nothing better than spending time around the table with his family in Hampshire, as Liz Kavanagh discovered

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Hampshire girl Amanda Holden on Britain’s Got Talent, the off screen banter and preparing herself for the limelight

Britain’s Got Talent started again last month, and Hampshire girl Amanda Holden can’t wait to see who will walk across the stage, as Liz Kavanagh found out

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Gardens

Norman Hambrook shares his summer gardening tips

Tips to keep your garden as bright as we hope this season will continue to be

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2 for 1 ticket offer for Borde Hill Plantfinders’ Fair this June

Book your tickets now for The English Garden magazine’s new summer plant fair in Sussex

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Good garden design can transform your space

Gardening expert Norman Hambrook on the Chelsea Flower Show

With Chelsea Flower Show just around the corner, our gardening expert Norman Hambrook is turning his thoughts to design

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Euphorbia

Gardening expert Norman Hambrook on taking the colour green for granted

We take the beauty of the colour green for granted, says our gardening expert Norman Hambrook

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