Spe­cial: your ques­tions an­swered

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QMost of my pho­tos are dig­i­tal these days and I rarely print them out. I’d be dev­as­tated if I lost them - how can I keep them safe?

T Botham, Wilts Yours says It’s good prac­tice to store your pho­tos in three dif­fer­ent places. Firstly, back up your phone, cam­era or tablet to a PC or lap­top. You can then set your com­puter to back them up to the likes of The Cloud, Google Drive or Mi­crosoft OneDrive. Fi­nally, make sure you reg­u­larly back up your com­puter files to a sep­a­rate hard-drive or mem­ory stick and keep it some­where se­cure.

Q Can you still write to fan clubs? If so, how can I find an ad­dress? L Kay, by email

Yours says Most fan clubs are now on on­line fo­rums and Face­book pages, but you can still send snail mail to many stars via their agent. ■ Visit www.fan­mail.biz for de­tails.

■ Yours Retro mag­a­zine has a fan club page in each is­sue. The next is­sue is on sale March 26

Q My fiercely in­de­pen­dent dad spends most of the sum­mer in his car­a­van and hates the thought of us check­ing up on him. How can I do this with­out in­vad­ing his pri­vacy? Name and ad­dress sup­plied

Yours says Let’s as­sume your dad makes him­self a cup of tea ev­ery day be­tween 7am -10am and 6pm -9pm. You can use a plug de­vice called 3 Rings into his ket­tle socket, which uses a built-in mo­bile phone to send you a mes­sage to say the ket­tle has been used. It’ll also alert you if it hasn’t been used at the ex­pected time. No in­ter­net con­nec­tion is needed, but there is an on­line por­tal you can use to change the set­tings.

■ Prices start at £79 with a monthly sub­scrip­tion of £12. Call 0161 731 0081 or visit www.3rings.co.uk

QFor years I’ve made pom-poms for my friend’s char­ity knits, but I strug­gle now I have arthri­tis in my hands. Where I can buy a pom-pom maker?

J Dent, Co Durham Yours says These pom-pom mak­ers will make craft­ing much faster and eas­ier to do. ■ Avail­able in a pack of four sizes, in store or on­line at www.Hob­by­craft. co.uk, rrp £5.

QI love the An­tiques Road­show and have some things I’d like to take along. Are there any shows vis­it­ing my area this year?

L Dor­nan, Bath Yours says I’m sure Fiona Bruce and her team of ex­perts would be de­lighted to see you at one of their Road­shows. There’s one not far from you at Aerospace Bris­tol on May 17.

QI’ve come across two real fur coats while clear­ing out my late mother’s house. I don’t want them, but nei­ther do the char­ity shops. Who can make use of them?

H Rum­bold, Cardiff Yours says You have a cou­ple of op­tions. You could ask your lo­cal an­i­mal sanc­tu­ary if they’d like them for bed­ding. Al­ter­na­tively, an­i­mal rights cam­paign­ers, PETA, will gladly ac­cept them to do­nate to refugees and the home­less or use in their ed­u­ca­tional dis­plays.

Find fan clubs such as the one for Paul McCart­ney on­line

Fur coats such as those worn by the likes of El­iz­a­beth Taylor are not ac­cept­able in these en­light­ened times! ■ Send your fur items to: Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals (PETA) Foun­da­tion, 8 All Saints Street, Lon­don N1 9RL

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