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THE EX­TRAOR­DI­NAR­ILY DRY sum­mer is fi­nally giv­ing way to a more tra­di­tion­ally, soggy au­tumn and thoughts are turning to the cel­e­bra­tions of Hal­loween and Guy Fawkes Night, be­fore the joy­ous riot of con­sump­tion at Christ­mas and the New Year. We in­vite you to join in the fes­tiv­i­ties, all around the UK (p8), but par­tic­u­larly in Lon­don’s Christ­mas fun (p34), and bring you some ideas of stylish gifts - es­pe­cially from Scot­land - for your favourite peo­ple (pp10,44). For many, how­ever, this is the time to look ahead to trav­els in 2019 and we hope we can in­spire with this is­sue’s fea­tures on serene Cam­bridge (p82), fash­ion­able Vic­to­rian spa towns (p64) and the West Coun­try de­lights of Bris­tol, Som­er­set and Ply­mouth (pp86,50,92). The essence of ‘Bri­tish­ness’ can be found in our fea­tures on fa­mous gar­den de­sign­ers (p70), ec­cle­si­as­tic Stained Glass (p58) and Royal War­rants (p29), some still ‘open for busi­ness’. Among our reg­u­lar of­fer­ings, look out for travel news (pp7) and, in our Cul­tural Agenda, the pick of the shows, ex­hi­bi­tions and per­for­mances com­ing your way (p12). The ever-pop­u­lar Mary Pop­pins has been amaz­ing chil­dren, of all ages, for 53 years, since Julie An­drews and Dick Van Dyke first danced around the rooftops! This De­cem­ber sees the re­lease of Dis­ney’s se­quel ‘Mary Pop­pins Re­turns’, star­ring Emily Blunt, co­in­cid­ing with re-is­sues of the orig­i­nal books and a re­vival of the en­dur­ing West End mu­si­cal (p99). Whether you’re read­ing this in some farflung air­port lounge or curled up at home on the sofa, we wish you hours of happy con­tent and the mer­ri­est of fes­tive sea­sons to come!

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