The Observer from London, Greater London, England on November 14, 1982 · 27
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The Observer from London, Greater London, England · 27

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Sunday, November 14, 1982
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Sunday Plus: 27 THE OBSERVER, SUNDAY 14 NOVEMBER 1982 BOOKS OF THE BODY BEAUTIFUL I HAVE long suspected that writing health and beauty books is a form of superannuation for fading beauty editorsi The tame , advice on r- diet and exercise, hair, skin and makeup is served : up over again, garnished with a sprinkling of photographs, called from back numbers of the magazine with which they are associated. This year, nevertheless, has produced a bumper crop, which suggests that the publishers at least think there is something new to be said on the subject. Perhaps the post-feminist, second-stage woman is ripe for reshaping. Perhaps Jane Fonda is an -inspiring profit model. Whatever the reason, the new packaging is only skin deep. Beneath it lies the quaint assumption that women have the time to spend on dance classes and special diets, if not on quite the scale of indulgence unveiled in Alan WMcker's memorable interview with Princess Pignatelli a few years ago. : Certainly: Penny. 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One - big' advantage' of this attractive radiator is its slimness. It takes up very little space and is portable so you can move it from room to room. It has no sharp comers, cannot be tipped over and has a" brilliant white finish. The heater is British made and BEAB approved for electrical safety. It stands about 19in. high by 31in. wide by 9in. deep, induding the feet. Our special price to Observer readers is only 24.95 induding postage and packing. Our electric pre-heating under-blanket is also British-made by Northern Blankets. It is BEAB approved for electrical safety conforming to BS3456 Section A4. It comes in pastel pink with three heat settings and polystyrene cords enable you to wrap the blanket round the mattress (a leaflet shows how to do this). Your bed will then be lovely and warm the minute you jump into it. The blanket operates on 220240 AC voltage and uses S5r 56 watts, h comes with a 3 year . guarantee and is hand-washable. The single size measures approximately 60in. by 30in.; the double size is approximately 60in. by 48in. We also have a dual-control double size blanket, with a switch on each, side of the. bed, which measures approximately 60in. by 54in. Our special prices are 13.95 (single); 16.95 (double); 21.95 (dual-control double size). Prices include postage and packing. -' h vou are not comDletely satisfied pitas return within 7 days for CELINA FOX looks Back massage (top) and facial exercises (above), fromOeborahHutton'8' VoeueBookofCompleteBeauty." know,' the jacket blurb enquires, ' that fitness improves your sex life, gets you promotions, makes your skin glow ?' After a brief discourse on ' fuel ' or diet, Ms Vincenzi zips through a course of 'bodywork,' from calisthenics, aerobics and the California Stretch to the time-honoured Lotte Berk Method, dance and gym. If all this proves too much of a strain, you can turn to chapters on yoga, meditation and alternative medicine. By way of encouragement presumably, these are inter-" spersed with pictures of bare-breasted beauties alongside muscle men, and ' Real Life Real Style ' stories, focusing on an impressive array of models and starlets, looking terrific on soap and water. In the face of such puritan zeal, it is something of a relief to come across a confession to junk food addiction or, among the hairdressers, a fondness for black roots.. Vogue- has made no less than four forays into this area over the last couple of years. ' The Vogue Book of Diets and Exercises'-by Barbara Tims, first published in 1980, has just Per nquMM only, pksaaaj telephone 01 i Please Please send me; (Indicate quantity require) Radiator(s) at 24.95 each inc pip. . O Single Electric BlankaKs) at 13.85 each inc p&p . Double Electric BiankeUa) at 16.65 each inc p&P Dual-control Double Electric Blanket(o) at 21.05 each Inc p&p I enclose crossed chequePO No(a) mads payable to Observer Offers (write address on 'back of cheque). UK readers only and subject to availability. Allow 28 days for delivery Send to: ' Observer Winter. Warmer Offer, CYo PO Box 82. London WC1H BAU. Namsu Addrese- n ... MKiB? tkm nnumr Ltd. a St Writer Waiters Offer. Co 714 TavKlock House through the latest batch of beauty manuals been reissued . as a paperback. The introduction gives a fascinating historical outline of slimming in Vogue. Among the first physicians purporting to cure obesity was a Dr Riviere, whose patients were offered, 'a colour bath without water or iodine, or with both ; they were also invited to try any position on any kind of mechanical steed, with any kind of gait.' Since his distinguished customers included Edward VTJ, no reliance should be placed, on . the,, success of his , methods, but he was awarded-, the Ligion (PHomair for his valuable contributions to science. Primitive remedies included balancing on one's head, obesity bath sachets which when dissolved helped ' the evacuation of all. superfluous fat through the intestines' and reducing corsets for 'hunting, riding; dancing, day and evening wear.' Fasts became smart in the 1930s with Syrie Maugham asserting that she bad lived solely on water and a little. orange juice for sot weeks. In; the following decade, compul sory rationing provided its own cure. - 3S7 SMS Col ..value Andrew's Hill. London EC4V. Observer East. Tavatock Square. London WC1H 9AU It was not until the Sixties that the subject was researched in any depth, and this book is an . exhaustive guide to the. latest in diets, recipes and exercises, induding 'water shape-ups' and Tai Chi. A New York doctor is even on call to put some svelte lady through the paces of his prescribed- course, but the photo-sequence disappointingly reveals that' be himself does not appear to have benefited from his own medicine. . ' Vogue Young Beauty ' was written by Brbnwen Meredith with the help of a'; '.real : live teenager ' in the' shape bf her daughter, Arabella.-' Arabella, we'are assured; has worked her way' through the book, 'though not, one hopes, through die chapter on. 'harmful habits.' Mrs Meredith's tone is distinctly nannyish, as if called iipn to advise a slightly subnormal 13 year-old. In teenage years, she says, it's a firm no to smoking, drinking and drugs. But her true-life moral tales on the associated dangers will hardly deter those most at risk, in. the unlikely event that they get beyond the contents page. She is all for teddy-bears, 'tidy bedrooms and baths not left for mothers to dean. Rather discordantly, the wlioleiS'peppediiplvitlra large " number of : glossy pictures, 1 selected in the main, it would seem, from the portfolios of Italian photographers with Lolita complexes. " '. - By contrast, Felicity Dark's ' Vogue Guide' to Skin Care, Hair Care "arid MakeS-Up appears to be aimed moreat roe mature woman, with advice on ; professional skin treatments and expert make-up for women over 35. The reader -Ms Qark has in mind also evidently goes ;4aNANDOUT OFTHE'GARDEN SARA MIDDA SioncfitSdian W7P sJmaWjBMm aipi'iK a xr ir i i m iieni uhe Relaxing Kaftan by David Nieper Simple, smart, warm inrJ u comfortable. Lorn zip front Full length 56" ornerouily cut In soft brushed 100 Pure Cotton. Victorian flbral.dark ground prim In ' - -Burgundy or Autumn Brown with tiny toning flowers. Statechoice. SLR 3234 (Bust) WED 3557 VVX 3941 OS 4244 .' 8tyl)4702 29.25 Post Free Cheque or Credit Card SAULGROVE HOUSE Dept. 0RZ9, FREEP0ST, - Long Sutton, BisingstoKe, Hants, k(jZS ibk Tel. 0773 836000 (10 a.m. 3 p.mj Allow 28 days. Money sack gwuaattei in for international travel thoueh as such, she scarcely needs to be told twice over that humiditv olus air pollution can be found in large cities like'New York, Rome, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo. This is not .merely a case of slipshod editing,' the book haying been bundled toeether in hardback from three paperbacks, but the ' level, of information presented is not of sufficient depth to be much use to anyone. j . The best of the bunch is Deborah Hutton's Vogue Book of Complete Beauty.' It starts out with the advantage of being designed with specially commissioned photographs. The, lay-out is messy but fun j . the writing lively, and if up-to-dateness is the . criterion of . judgment, this is the only book to treat herpes as a social disease, not a cold sore. . Ms Hutton does say . that ' beauty lies in the heart of the possessor ' and age is ' an unalterable, unavoidable, inevitable fact. ' She is simply in favour of developing the habit of looking after your health and looks while you have them. Perhaps it is too defeatist to follow Robert Benchley, who advised that when you feel in- neea oi exercise, ue aown ana wait for it to go away. But tnslblehjueal purpose of these ' DakB:tsUo offer 'a y more' glamorous forni of escape. When the . reflection in the mirror is too, depressing, lie. down and browse through them until you feel better. ' Cosmopolitan's Vital Health Guide,' Bnay Press 4.95.,' Vogue Book of Diets and Exercises,' Penguin 4.95. ' Vogue Young Beauty,' Alien Lane 9.95. ' Vogue Guide to Skin Care,nair Care and Make-UpS Allen Lane 7.95. ' Vogue Complete Beauty,' Octopus Books 10.95. Cardhu,12yearold highkd malt whisky, distilled in strialy 1 Bottled by JohnWalker&Sons Led, Kilmarnock, Scotland- CULTIVATING THE MIND NEAR Christmas we always get a spate of new gardening books. Some of these are 'all purpose volumes, ideal for reference, particularly for anyone new to gardening. Then were are the specialist works, devoted to one type of plant or aspect of gardening, and this year, surprisingly, there are quite a number which deal with gardeners rather than gardening. Outstanding among the latter both for its research and content is ' William Robinson ' by Mea Allan (Faber and Faber 12.50). This irascible Irishman really brought us into the twentieth century with his condemnation of the carpet bedding and formal plantings of the late 1800s. A prolific writer with some 19 books to his credit and the founder of such periodicals as Gardening Illustrated, The Garden and the much sought-after Flora and Sylva, it was he along with Gertrude Jekyll who really influenced the gardening public to adopt a more natural approach in the use of plants. Robinson travelled a good deal, especially in France, where he seems to have been much impressed by French methods of training fruit trees, particularly peach trees fashioned to form such names as Napoleon and Lepere. Surety most artificial, and contrary to his views on bedding plants 1 Mea Allan, who regrettably died just after its publication, has produced an outstanding JUDGING .by the squeals of delight, a little girl's best friend is her play tutu. Complete with shiny satin bodice, several layers of frothy net and matching satin knickers, these lurid garments are an obvious most for all child prodigies and a dear winner in the dressing-up box. 'Flower Fairies ' are available in 4. different colour combinations : Wild Rose (pale pink bodice, pink and blue frills) ; Clematis (deep pmk bodice, lavender and violet frills); Forget-me-not (sky blue bodice, magenta' and deep blue frills) ; Sweet Pea (aqua bodice, white and pale lemon frills), and come in -3 sizes i 22 in. chest, price 10.75 ; 24 in. chest, price 11:00; 26 in! chest, price 11.25, plus 60p p&p from Flower Fairies, 102 Richmond Road, Montpelier, Bristol, Avon BS6 5ER. RETURNERS' is a useful handbook to help and encourage those women who took a break in their careers and who now want to return to paid work. It doesn't pretend to offer any magical formula for getting the job you want, but. it does demonstrate some of the practical steps you can take to make the search quicker and less painful, as.well as listing the various agencies,, institutions and professional associations where you can get advice and information. First published in 1975, this new updated edition, written, by Elizabeth Dobbity fulfills an important need in an increasingly tight employment market. Price 1.95 from National . Advisory Centre on Careers for Women, Drayton House, 30 Gordon Street, London WC1. FOR THOSE who can knit (and I don't just mean one plain, I j J work about a highly controversial figure and a very readable book. ' A Century of Gardeners ' by Betty Massingham (Faber and Faber 12.50) describes the life and work of 17 famous gardeners beginning with Sir Joseph Paxton and ending with Vita Sackville-West. It is fascinating to read about these garden giants of the past, although I do wonder if longer pieces about fewer people might have been more rewarding. As to be expected in these days when women are successfully asserting their rights, a book about outstanding women gardeners had to appear. 'Down to Earth Women by Dawn MacLeod (William Blackwood 7.95) is a volume to be dipped into and savoured, giving us anecdotes about the great norticulturalists of the past, and the plants associated one (purl), Kaori O'Connor's knitting kits include everything you need to make one of her original designs : detailed pattern, yarn (2-ply pure Shetland), buttons and a ' designer ' label to finish off with. The kits were prompted by the huge response to the handko'tting section of her book, ' Creative Dressing (Penguin 4.95). There are four. designs "to choose from, all of- them rich in traditional symbolic stitches, and her prices are very reasonable,'" 27.95 to 32.95 (you can now pay anything between 150 and 200 for a hand-knitted designer sweater). For a free colour brochure, send a sae to Creative Dressing, BCM Creative, London WC1N 3XX. ANYONE entering the National Schizophrenia Fellowship International Poetry Com-petition take note that the closing date has bsen extended to 31 March. Carey Sedgwick .. . - with their names. It enriches our knowledge of the past half-century of gardening in Britain and the many splendidly autocratic, highly intelligent and creative gardeners and knowledgeable plantswomen who contributed so much to our heritage of British gardens and of garden lore. Into ' The Origins of Garden Plants' (Constable 12.95) John Fisher has packed a distillation of a vast amount of research. He tells 'the story behind the label' of some 900 plants we grow and love in our gardens. Not only do we learn where plants came from, how they got here and by whose efforts, but be also reveals much about the great names of the past whose interest in gardens sustained the search for new plants or the breeding of hybrids from them. A splendid and readable book. One reference book I would not readily do without, and which is constantly by my side, is Perennial Garden Plants ' by Graham Thomas. It is good to see that a new revised and up-to-date edition (J. M. Dent 14.95) has just been produced. It deals with hardy plants in great detail and is well illustrated, often with his own delightful pastel drawings. This is a book that any serious gardener would be glad to have. An excellent little paperback is 'Fruit Growing' by Mary Spiller (Penguin Books 2.95). It covers all the outdoor fruits Natasha Neusha a Nikolai tapestry kite bf Mrs. Grfgbry ere the perfect mecchirtf pair for the young or just the young at heert. Both kits can be worked quickly in one simple stitch by the beginner or the more experienced These lovely tapestries, worked in fourteen cheerful colours, can be purchased individuilty or as s set. And they make a perfect Christmas girt. Eadt.UpestriUlcosUtust 120 or 2295 for the pare Including pottay A packing. 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It has been so often a case of trial and error, particularly years back when we had no modern accessories like blocks of Oasis (water absorbent material), florist wires or even attractive containers to Gil with flowers. In those days not everyone knew about wire netting supports and we had no books for guidance. Accordingly many thousands of devoted folk who regularly arrange church flowers will I am sure welcome ' Growing and Arranging the Church Flowers for Seasonal and Special Occasions' by Margaret Best (A. R . Mowbray hardback 7.95, paperback 4.95). It contains not only practical advice but has many black and white illustrations to show the finished effects. As we grow older we understand better the difficulties of handicapped people who want to garden. 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