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There are three words that really gladden my heart. Whenever I see them, or hear them, they always make me smile. No, they have nothing to do with romantic sentiments – although I agree those are equally pleasing – but the three words to which I refer are a statement of fact. Combined together these three words are powerful, precious and a source of pride. They are testament to hard work, creativity, skill, expertise and achievement. They are a symbol of flourishing activity that has its roots embedded in Britain’s rich heritage. Sadly, these words are not seen as often as we might like today, and when you do come across them they tend to be printed discreetly in modest-sized type. However, when you do discover them – for me at least – it is cause for celebration. These three words are: “Made in Britain”.

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As dresses go, this one carried a very hefty price tag. Mind you, it was a show-stopper - a sensational gown that was imbued with a wealth of Hollywood history and glamour. Glistening with more than 2,000 hand-stitched crystals it dazzled the audience as much as the star who wore it when she memorably and breathlessly sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy in 1962.

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All I did was glance at my calendar, but it was enough to prompt a sense of panic. I'm sorry to alarm you, dear reader, but five weeks tomorrow it's Christmas Eve! Oh dear. Much as I enjoy the festive season, my mind has already gone into overdrive trying to work out how on earth I'm going to get everything done in time. Every year it's the same; I start off with the best intentions, but then 25th December creeps up on me. It's like being ambushed by jingle bells! How about you? Are you one of those incredibly organised people who plans in plenty of time for Christmas, or are you - like all of us here in the Evergreen and This England office - frantically dashing around at the last minute in search of those essential presents or vital ingredients for Christmas lunch?

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One of the many joys of working on a quarterly magazine like Evergreen is that you are constantly aware of the changing seasons, with the colours, moods and atmosphere that each one bestows upon the British countryside. It is as if the landscape is a blank canvas and the seasons take on the guise of four great artists while we watch and wait for their masterpieces to be unfurled.

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Time certainly does fly as Virgil poetically informed us. The passing of seconds, minutes and hours influences every aspect of our lives. Time can be our greatest enemy, or on our side; we can run out of it, or not have enough of it; and we’re always looking at ways to save it, or to spend it. Although some might say it costs nothing, to my mind, it is the most precious thing we have.

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Have you noticed how food seems to be making the headlines a lot just lately? Last week, for instance, we had the Marmite debacle, which prompted panic among the "Love it" brigade. I have to admit that although I enjoy this yeast spread - especially in a sandwich (brown bread) with Cheddar cheese and lettuce - it was an earlier news story that set alarm bells ringing for me and got my taste buds all of a jitter.

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What would you list as the 50 key documents of British history? It might sound easy, but think about it: where would you start? Where would you finish? And what about everything in between? Then you’d have to set the criteria – what constitutes a “key document”? Is it of political, economic and military importance, does it mark a major social change, should it be included because of its cultural and artistic impact, or perhaps as a symbol of Britain at a certain point in history? As you ponder these questions, you begin to realise that even though you are thinking about documents from the past, what many of them represent is a moment of change in the way that each one shaped the future.

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We know from our readers' emails and letters that music is a much-loved part of Evergreen. It serenades us from the pages of the magazine and our accompanying Yesterday’s Music CDs (click here for further details). You tell us how hearing and reading about particular songs is a powerful reminder of happy times, events and significant moments in your lives.

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It was a unique opportunity to look inside the Queen’s wardrobe, so how could I resist? Last Friday, I tore myself away from the office and went down to London for the day with a friend. Our destination was Buckingham Palace and the Fashioning a Reign exhibition, which was a highlight of the summer opening of the State Rooms. This year a selection of 150 dresses worn by Her Majesty for many historic events and notable occasions throughout her reign have been on display at three royal residences: Buckingham Palace (until 2nd October), the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (until 16th October), and Windsor Castle (until 8th January 2017).

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Birthdays are milestones in all our lives, but for one Evergreen reader they have, over the last few years, become momentous occasions and cause for extra special celebrations.

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