Friday - - Editor’s Letter - Natalie Long, Ed­i­tor

It’s time to emerge from the co­coon that I’ve wrapped my­self in over the Christ­mas pe­riod. That co­coon has mostly been made out of roast din­ners, quiz shows and the magic that is the Ital­ian Christ­mas cake called pan­doro, lay­ered over but­tered bread, hot tea and my mother’s cod­dling, so I don’t ex­pect to break out of it re­born as a sparkling but­ter­fly. I do hope air­lines fac­tor in hol­i­day weight on flights fol­low­ing De­cem­ber 25.

I’ve been in the UK, where the press, when not spec­u­lat­ing about the lives of the royal fam­ily, loves to re­port on ev­ery new ‘study’ avail­able. Last week’s one re­vealed the de­press­ing ad­vice women say they would give to their younger selves, which is mostly about the im­por­tance of stay­ing slim. I had thought it would be the op­po­site – ‘stop wor­ry­ing and en­joy your life’ type stuff. One of the study’s re­spon­dents said she had spent her prime years over­weight, which is per­haps not ideal, but telling her younger self to spend her prime years con­stantly wor­ry­ing about be­ing thin enough may be an even worse fate. (In con­trast, the pre­vi­ous week’s study had re­vealed Brits are spend­ing less on sham­poo, as they ap­par­ently don’t wash their hair as of­ten as be­fore. Carpe diem.)

As we find our­selves in that funny spot in the year, creep­ing to­wards a new one while re­flect­ing on the old one, many of us may be look­ing for a few tips on how to nav­i­gate the next 12 months, and since giv­ing ad­vice to your­self may be fraught with self­ish mo­tives (also known as res­o­lu­tions), there are other sources to seek out, namely the eter­nal Shel­ley von Strunckel, who de­liv­ers her bumper an­nual pre­dic­tions on pages 32-43. If you only read one horoscope in the next 12 months, make it this one.

You fel­low read­ers, too, are full of ideas for a fruitful 2017, shar­ing your plans and hopes for the new year in an ex­tra-special Sto­ry­tellers on page 12.

My ad­vice to you? Stop wor­ry­ing, en­joy life, and keep on sham­poo­ing.

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